On Tuesday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the Beacon Theatre in New York for the first of two mid-week shows during the band’s seventh annual residency at the famed Upper West Side theater. After performing one concert with an opener (The Greyhounds on 10/6) and one two-set “Evening with” show (the following night on 10/7), the band threw it back to their summer 2017 “Wheels of Soul” tour with an opening set and collaborations from The Wood Brothers.
Following their emotional, all-TTB celebration of the full band’s reunion on Saturday night, the band welcomed a number of surprise sit-ins during their headlining set. After beginning the set with favorite originals (“Made Up Mind,” “Do I Look Worried,” etc.) and well-received cover staples (Sly & The Family Stone‘s “Are You Ready?”; Derek and the Dominos‘ “Anyday,” and a particularly powerful rendition of Leonard Cohen‘s “Bird on the Wire”), ever graceful frontwoman Susan Tedeschi welcomed the evening’s first sit-in: Jimmy Vivino. The longtime Conan O’Brien bandleader helped lead the band through improv-laden takes on a pair of tunes (“Can’t Find My Way Home”; “Had To Cry Today”) by Blind Faith, the short-lived 1969 supergroup comprised of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech.
Watch Jimmy Vivino join Tedeschi Trucks Band for a pair of Blind Faith tunes at the Beacon via Sean Roche:
As Vivino exited the stage, Oliver Wood replaced him, helping the band through “Ball and Chain” from their 2011 debut, Revelator, and sticking around for a fiery cover of Elmore James‘ “Done Somebody Wrong.” “Laugh About It” and Titus Turner‘s “Sticks and Stones” followed, before an excellent one-two punch of blues standard “How Blue Can You Get?” and a spacey, Allman-inflected jam on TTB favorite “Idle Wind” closed the set.
However, there were still plenty of surprises left to come during the encore. First, Susan welcomed The Wood Brothers to the stage once again to assist the band in a rendition of Wings‘ “Let Me Roll It.” The cover is being played with increased frequency of late, likely due to the fact that Tedeschi’s soulful vocals blow its lid off every time it’s played. With the Woods still onstage, Susan welcomed “our good friend Marcus King,” who led the now 15+ strong collective of musicians through a slinky rendition of Bill Withers‘ “For My Friend.” King then stuck around as Oliver Wood lent his sweet, sweet vocals to The Rolling Stones‘ “Sweet Virginia,” another incredible cover that went into full rotation during the bands’ joint tour this summer.
You can watch fan-shot footage of the entire encore, including “Let Me Roll It,” “For My Friend,” “Sweet Virginia” ft. Marcus King and the Wood Brothersbelow via Sean Roche:
The 2017 Tedeschi Trucks Band Beacon Theatre residency continues tonight with a very special TTB & Friends performance featuring the North Mississippi Allstars in celebration of the band’s milestone 25th anniversary at the ornate and historic venue.
You can hear full audio from the performance below, via taper edtyre2 on archive.org:
For more information on TTB’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.
SETLIST: Tedeschi Trucks Band | The Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 10/10/17
Set: Are You Ready?, Made Up Mind, Do I Look Worried, Bird on the Wire, Anyday, Right on Time, Sweet Mama Janisse, Can’t Find My Way Home > Had To Cry, Ball and Chain, Done Somebody Wrong, Laugh About It, Sticks and Stones, How Blue Can You Get?, Idle Wind
Encore: Let Me Roll It, For My Friend, Sweet Virginia
[Cover Photo via Derek McCabe]