Devon Allman, singer/songwriter/guitarist and son of Gregg Allman, debuted his new band, The Devon Allman Project, at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA on Friday night. The evening was a double celebration as it was also the birthday of the late Gregg Allman. Allman took the opportunity to invite fellow Allman Brothers Band family member, Duane Betts, to share the stage for the evening–as they gear up for a 2018 World Tour together. Following the opening performance from Duane Betts, son of original ABB guitarist/singer/songwriter Dickey Betts, the Devon Allman Project took the stage for the headlining set.
From there, the show continued for the “special guests” portion of the evening, with bassist Berry Oakley Jr., son of original ABB bassist Berry Oakley, Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), and keyboardist Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band) holding it down with the core band. Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Robert Randolph, Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr.), Brooklyn Allman, G. Love, Ben Sparaco, Alex Orbison, and Johnny Stachela all traded places throughout the evening, playing through several Allman Brothers Band classics.
The tribute was one of legends, and the perfect introduction of Devon Allman’s new project. The sold-out event served as a celebration of the Allman Brothers Band, with many family members both on and off the stage. The Devon Allman Project will continue with a show at the Florida Jazz & Blues Jam in Boca Raton, FL, and will appear on the Rock Legends Cruise in mid-February. Allman has also announced that he and Duane Betts are plotting a 2018 World Tour, so stay tuned!
Check out the Devon Allman Project performing “I’ll Be Around” below, courtesy of firefromtheice:
“One Way Out” via Robert Boydston:
“Blue Sky” with Duane Betts, and Luther Dickinson from firefromtheice
At the end of the 4+ hour show, all guests joined the stage for a massive finale. Watch how it all went down below in the video, uploaded by Clint Wesley.
Check out the setlist for Devon Allman Project + special guests below.
[photo via Devon Allman Facebook]