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  posted on 9/4/2011 at 09:08 AM
Chitown Pat commented he thought this show was a tad better then the Chicago show if you can imagine that. Sure glad I got to see them twice in a week in 2 of my favorite venues. Run don't walk to get tickets if they come to a venue near you.

Tedeschi Trucks Band more than sum of its parts at Riverside show

By Erik Ernst, Special to the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 3, 2011

Some musical pairings just seem like they are the product of destiny.

When Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi were married in 2001, it was only a matter of time before their family bond expanded to the stage. While they had occasionally shared concert bills in recent years, it took until this year's release of "Revelator" to formalize their joint project.

Leading the Tedeschi Trucks Band Friday night at the Riverside Theater, the two performers were both masterful in their craft. Tedeschi's rich, soulful vocals firmly steered the lyrics of the two-hour set, while Trucks' slide guitar pierced the melodies as he explored blues, jazz, rock and funk.

But the most remarkable part of the show was that Tedeschi and Trucks were just two parts of an impressive 11-piece ensemble, each with the capacity to shine on his or her own. And with a lack of visible egos on the simply set, yet musician-packed, stage, the night quickly became a cohesive blend of eclectic talents.

On the opening cover of Joe Cocker's "Space Captain," Tedeschi leaned into the vocals as Trucks' slide guitar wailed a harmonious response. The thumping dual drums of Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson balanced the Southern romp of "Come See About Me," as Kofi Burbridge's keyboard work bounced across a three-horn melody. Tedeschi harmonized with vocalist Mike Mattison on a burning cover of the Beatles' "I've Got a Feeling," while bassist Oteil Burbridge bounded around the stage and the drummers pounded in time. Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" was capped by Kebbi Williams' explorative, free-form saxophone solo.

Pairing her vocals with guitar on a number of songs - including her own fretwork acrobatics on Bobby "Blue" Bland's "That Did It" - Tedeschi was warm and emotive.

As a bandleader, Trucks is an interesting subject. On stage, he was often a reserved and stoic presence that belied his blistering talents. Visually, his guitar work was effortless. Aurally, though, it was energetic and engaging.

His restrained tones on the smooth R&B of "Midnight in Harlem" swelled to a roar. He bent a series of bluesy notes along with the horns on "Don't Let Me Slide" and in the soulful "Bound for Glory," his work swayed from delicate to a fierce pace.

Closing the encore, the band moved the crowd to their feet for a funky pairing of Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song" and "I Want to Take You Higher." Tedeschi traded spirited vocals with Mattison and Mark Rivers, and trumpeter Maurice Brown's playful interludes led the band into a joyful musical frenzy.

Minnesota-formed trio Scrapomatic opened the show with a 45-minute set that mixed funky blues, folk and roots melodies. The rich yet gritty character of Mattison's vocals - he helped form Scrapomatic a year after joining Trucks' band in 2002 - paired with dual guitars on the country stomp of "Long Way Home" and the bluesy shuffle of the title track of 2006's "Alligator Love Cry." Later, Greenwell, who worked on the group's most recent album "Sidewalk Caesars," joined the group to add the thumping beat of the upbeat "Horsemeat."

 

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  posted on 9/4/2011 at 11:33 AM
That's a nicely penned review from an obviously knowledgeable writer. A pretty rare thing these days. Thanks Pete!
 

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  posted on 9/4/2011 at 01:50 PM
Anyone know if Scrapomatic are opening for TTB at the Beacon show next Saturday??? That would be a special treat as I have never saw Scrapomatic yet and want to very much!!!

 

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  posted on 9/4/2011 at 04:13 PM
Excellent article from a newspaper journalist. He obviously knows something about music. Nice to read an intellectually based review. Thanks for the post.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2011 at 05:30 PM
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Anyone know if Scrapomatic are opening for TTB at the Beacon show next Saturday??? That would be a special treat as I have never saw Scrapomatic yet and want to very much!!!


Scrapomatic is opening at the Beacon!

 

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  posted on 9/4/2011 at 09:27 PM
Pete

Thanks very much for posting this nice review of the Milwaukee TTB show. I have to agree with Chitown that this show may have been a little hotter that last weeks Chicago Theater show.We were blessed to see this incredible band in 2 awesome theaters in 2 weeks within driving distance. I see they have now posted this show to download

Tedeschi Trucks Band 2011-09-02 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=548069

We have 3rd row dead center balcony to see TTB on NYE at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco

 

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  posted on 9/5/2011 at 12:49 AM
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Excellent article from a newspaper journalist. He obviously knows something about music. Nice to read an intellectually based review. Thanks for the post.



Exactly. Well written. Nice copy.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2011 at 07:22 AM
nice article thanx alot.
 

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  posted on 9/5/2011 at 08:09 AM
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Thanks very much for posting this nice review of the Milwaukee TTB show. I have to agree with Chitown that this show may have been a little hotter that last weeks Chicago Theater show.We were blessed to see this incredible band in 2 awesome theaters in 2 weeks within driving distance. I see they have now posted this show to download

Tedeschi Trucks Band 2011-09-02 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=548069

We have 3rd row dead center balcony to see TTB on NYE at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco


Tucker, thanks for the show link pulled it over late last night,can't wait to hear it again.

 

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