Tedeschi Trucks Band premiered I Am The Moon: Episode II. Ascension, the second film and album of the band’s four-part audiovisual epic I Am The Moon, on Tuesday. The band simultaneously debuted two tracks from the new seven-song album at its concert at TCU Amphitheatre at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN.
I Am The Moon is an ambitious series of four albums each accompanied by a full album-length film. The first visual installment, Crescent, debuted on May 31st, three days before the CD and digital release. Ascension likewise received a film premier prior to the audio release, which is set for Friday, July 1st.
The film premiere coincided with the fourth night of the band’s Wheels of Soul Tour, and TTB opened the show with two songs from the album that had never been played for an audience—album opener “Playing With My Emotions” and “La Di Da”, which the band did perform once during the Fireside Session Broadcasts. Tedeschi Trucks Band also experimented with incorporating the film component into the live show for the first time, projecting cuts from the Ascension film onto the venue’s in-house video screens during “Playing With My Emotions”.
Like every show of the tour so far, Tedeschi Trucks Band performed the entire first episode too, including all five songs from I Am The Moon: I. Crescent—”Hear My Dear”, “Fall In”, “I Am The Moon”, “Circles ‘Round the Sun”, and the instrumental “Pasaquan”.
Another highlight of Tuesday’s show was a sit-in from Los Lobos‘s David Hidalgo, who joined the band midset for “Why Does Love Have to Be So Sad?”. Hidalgo previously sat in with the band at the tour opener in Jacksonville, FL, playing “The World Is A Ghetto” along with Los Lobos bandmate Steve Berlin. Hidalgo stuck around for the show-closing “Get What You Deserve” in Florida and made another appearance in Tuscaloosa, AL, where he again sat in on “The World Is A Ghetto”.
Tuesday’s concert also featured a smooth segue from “Angel From Montgomery” into the Jerry Garcia classic “Sugaree”, as opposed to the usual segue into Neil Young‘s “Helpless”, perhaps intended as a nod to Dead & Company, who happened to be playing across town at Ruoff Music Center.
Watch I Am The Moon: Episode II. Ascension in full and check out fan-shot videos from Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul Tour below. The tour continues tonight, June 29th, at Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI. To view a complete list of upcoming tour dates and purchase tickets, visit the band’s website.
Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am The Moon: Episode II. Ascension
Tedeschi Trucks Band – “I Am The Moon” – Jacksonville, FL – 6/24/22
Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Pasaquan” – Mobile, AL – 6/25/22
[Video: Lowell George Wanna Be]