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  posted on 3/2/2015 at 08:57 AM
Well it is sad to finally realize that I am not going to make my annual trip from Maryland to NYC
for the Beacon Run. I will miss so much, of course the music but my friends I have met over the years. So I thought it might be cool to ask folks to post what show(s) that really
stood out in their memory. I have many, but my 2 best were:

3/19/09 Eric Clapton and 10/28 The final show

 

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  posted on 3/2/2015 at 09:31 AM
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Well it is sad to finally realize that I am not going to make my annual trip from Maryland to NYC
for the Beacon Run. I will miss so much, of course the music but my friends I have met over the years. So I thought it might be cool to ask folks to post what show(s) that really
stood out in their memory. I have many, but my 2 best were:

3/19/09 Eric Clapton and 10/28 The final show


Mine would definitely be the same.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2015 at 09:53 AM
Too many GREAT memories to list!

My first Beacon experience was 2003. It was also my first trip to New York.
Donna and I visited the city and did as many museums and as much sight-seeing etc as time would allow. We hadn't really met any peachies yet, so we knew nothing about the Sweeties parties, etc. We attended 2 shows and headed home on a Sunday flight. Once aboard the plane, I saw a guy in an Eat a Peach t-shirt. Struck up a conversation and established one of my life's greatest friendships. I miss Randy (Buppalo1) every day.

I forget exactly how many Beacon trips and shows I have attended since. The aforementioned Sweeties parties will always be fantastic memories! I remember the "Cure" party in honor of the special guest, Bill "Willie Howard" Ector. That party turned into an amazing show in itself. Seeing Devon jamming with Lefty, the Todd Wolfe Band and all the sit-ins (Brent, Bluedad, Vancuras ... I'll never be able to list them all!) - just a really cool and great event! I actually have a DVD of a mini-documentary that I made of this event. My friendship with Bill will be a life-long, sweet memory itself. I really miss that guy!

Just couple of years ago - 2013 (right?) - the HTN party at BB Kings featuring the Tommy Talton Band!
This one was especially cool for me because I know two of the guys in Tommy's band - David Keith and Brandon Peeples. The show was incredible and I got to meet (re-meet) lots and lots of peachies!



In honor of this years long and lasting winter, I give you this photo of the Beacon marquee decorated with snow - also from 2013.


And dinners with friends!


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  posted on 3/2/2015 at 10:21 AM
"Lounge Night" 3/18/06.

THE show of that year's run.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2015 at 10:30 AM
Like most who still frequent here, I have so many Beacon in March memories as well as some great ones from my one Beacon in Oct trip! Yesterday am I was up early and knew my insomniac wife had probably just gone to sleep and would want to sleep in. so I realized, Heck it's March 1rst and normally the Internet would be a buzz with Beacon anticipation, but not so this year. so I decided I should don the headphones and visit some March memories past. first up was my first Beacon trip, in 1992 when two couples of us travelled from South Cack-a-lackie for the 3-14-92 Sat show. without tickets in hand, but those were the days of SRO tickets on day-of-show and we got in no prob and saw a great show that continued to fuel this fire inside. I decided on vinyl so I went for Play All Night and spent the next hour plus listening to The ABB circa 1992 while memories flooded back. then decided to go with first, why not last and listened to the IL from last October's 10-24 show which will go down as my last ABB show "I Guess"! Great Friday night at the Beacon with MY Daughter who is as into music as I am and it was her first trip to the Beacon(she's made many shows across the southeast with us over the years). We got a setlist that was tailored for us ( she got her Soulshine and I got one more Blue Sky and a YDLM with Soul Serenade) and shared one last ABB concert together as many tears of joy mixed with a certain sadness flowed! So I spent my good old Sunday morning of 03-01-15 with Beacon Bookends!
 

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  posted on 3/2/2015 at 10:32 AM
My first show...1998 I believe. Experiencing the force and power in that band blowing the doors off of the Beacon. I was hooked!

The last show, 10/28. Incredible music wrapped in lots of emotion.

3/26/09. Start to finish perfection.

But the common denominator was always the people. The Sweeties. The Brothers. The Loungers.

The best of times.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2015 at 11:01 AM
One more thought! Thanks to all the tapers thru the years who'd be there every single night recording the magic and then sharing with the rest of us who were hanging on any internet thread to see the setlist and any info as to what went down last night! I have so many ABB shows thru the years of shows from locales I could never visit. Shows with better than decent sound, that I can go back and revisit anytime, thanks to the kindness and diligence of all who've taped a show and shared it. For the insight from the band to do Instant lives and sell them to their fans. to finally bring IL's to the beacon with the Labor hassles that recording in NYC had to present. And yes to Butch and Moogis who gave us a few years of couch tour opportunities to watch it and hear it unfold from the comfort of our own homes. I hope that someday those Moogis shows can be made available for the world to see. Thanks to "THE" best live band out there for all those nights and all the ways we were allowed to experience & share them!

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  posted on 3/2/2015 at 12:07 PM
I posted this in a thread on FB today:

I haven't been in a few years but I'm still sad too. I made it 1999 - 2009. So much great stuff: Gary Wonwayout's Gin Mill parties (my first NYC gathering back in 1999), the Hotel Beacon parties (in suites, hallways, elevators and the conference ball room), lots of world languages mixing in with Allman fans in the Hotel lobby, the excursions to Central Park, shopping at the Fairway, pre & post show at the P&G and Bear Bars or elsewhere where ABB music seemed to play non-stop, dinners within walking distance where a band member or two might stop by to say hi if you were lucky, ABB guests being spotted on sidewalks and the word getting passed around during the day...... Plus, the excitement of new tunes, covers, or deep cuts from the catalog being brought back out at the first few ABB shows. Too much fun...

 

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  posted on 3/2/2015 at 11:25 PM
3/19/09 Clapton show..Gregg on Stormy Monday and EC on Liz Reed....40th Anniversary show..Warren was simply incredible that night...Gregg sang his ass off

JUST AS IMPORTANT...The Sweeties parties...Wall to wall people in the suite and overflowing into the hallway, meeting people for the first time that you had "spoken" to a thousand times....The absolute warmth and love and hospitality shown by Jacqui, Sari, Terri..BEST NIGHT..Jacqui, Stormy and myself going back to the Beacon Hotel after another great show and just talking quietly till 4:30 in the morning

MAN, March isn't the same....

 
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  posted on 3/3/2015 at 07:38 AM
The 35th anniversary of AFE. I wasn't at the Beacon but I was logged on here. People were posting about the show almost real time. You could feel some of the vibe and it was fun. Later on, they show started to live stream. I really felt the power and the connectedness of the internet.

I never made it to a Beacon show. My wife isn't a big fan of the ABB (that's being kind) and I didn't want to travel to NY without her. Just one of those things. Hopefully in the next life!

 

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  posted on 3/3/2015 at 11:58 AM
One super cool "remote" ABB Beacon experience I had was in 2009. I attended a Moogis showing at Smith's Olde Bar in their Georgia music room with PatCrenshaw. They had the show on a large screen and high end sound playing, with lights turned low and even disco type ball hanging in the middle of the room. As much as I enjoyed a couple years of moogis over my computer screen and computer speakers at home, this too took it to another level.....X100. We were able to relax on couches on the back wall and everyone responded to great solos and song endings with full applause. It was without a doubt the best "concert movie going experience" I've ever had.

The show was the night Levon Helm & band were guests along with Taj Mahal. When Taj walked back out to sing a verse of "The Weight" there were smiles as wide at Smith's as Warren! I remember that show as much as just about any I attended at the Beacon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC-xcJYCdpc

 

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  posted on 3/3/2015 at 12:00 PM
the smiles were as wide as Warren's smile on stage!

 

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  posted on 3/3/2015 at 04:26 PM
met my husband at a Hittin the note party when it used to be held at the Beacon Hotel so I have ABB to thank for that , we are still going strong and would not have met otherwise, being from different states and opposites. Best memories? sweeties party's, left coast parties, Yogis before and after the shows, Bob Margolin at the 40th run and any time the Colonel joined the boys!!!

[Edited on 3/3/2015 by lovelight]

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  posted on 3/3/2015 at 04:52 PM
We would be in full on Beacon fever rt now. Man such a void in March now that the brothers are no more. Great thread!

So this is the first time since 94 I am not going to the Beacon theatre for the Allmans. It was the third time I had ever seen them, 1st time being in 92 at the Garden State Arts Center. That show changed my life! Soooo many great Beacon memories and I have to say it took on a whole no meaning when I started hanging with the peeps from this website. I do believe the first people I met at the Beacon were Stormy, LamDog and Brofan, my man Rich! And the Beacon just is not the Beacon without Yogi's. What can I say about that place???You just had to be there.LOL. The parties and gatherings were almsot as fun as the shows. Back in the day when everyone could go to like 4 or 5 shows at least and not get a second job. I would just love meeting everyone at the Beacon hotel. The hospitality Sweeties, much love Great friendships forged and the music of course. The Beacon Theatre was like going to church on Sundays. So many great shows and moments. I can go on and on. To throw a few of my favs out there.

3/20/98 the double LIz Reed show. They did it acoustic and then electric in the second set.

3/12/11 - 40th anniversary of Live at the Fillmore. maybe the best set I ever saw from them post Dickey.

At least we still have the music and live shows to keep us warm during this March absence.

I dont get here often but good to see the lights are still on. As the great man once said , y'all a great bunch !

 

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  posted on 3/3/2015 at 06:36 PM
March 28th-09
The boys were on fire and played till around 12:45
Chuck Levall,Bob Wier,Phil Lesh,very cool
And as mentioned,many a night thru the Moogis years chatting with folks while enjoying many cool guests,and fine music.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2015 at 06:44 PM
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3/12/11 - 40th anniversary of Live at the Fillmore. maybe the best set ever by them post Dickey

I would agree.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2015 at 08:05 PM
I actually didn't go to many Beacon shows compared to some here. Only 6 total, 3 in 2001 and 3 in 2004. Two of them really stand out.

3/17/2001--This is the show I once referred to as the "St. Patrick's Day Miracle" in a story I wrote for Jambands.com. While I eventually became one of the biggest fans of the Derek/Warren lineup, at first I was not sold at all on the idea of the band without Dickey. I went to these shows, the first Beacon shows with Derek and Warren, out of a curiosity to see if they could pull it off. The first 2 shows left me with doubts, but this Saturday night barnburner with special guest Chuck Leavell convinced me that the ABB could continue without Dickey, and they did for over a decade.

3/18/2004--This was the very first Beacon show that year, and as far as I can tell, it was the first ABB show to ever open with Mountain Jam. That alone made it special, but the ABB debuts of Walk On Gilded Splinters AND Afro Blue? At the same show? This remains a great memory of a creative band in their prime, taking chances and doing things differently.

Looks like I misremembered the 2004 show. It was actually 3/18/04, not 3/9/04.

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  posted on 3/4/2015 at 10:12 AM
Thanks everyone for posting
One more show for me was March 22, 2005 The Big House Benefit Show
Allman Brothers Band, Govít Mule, the Derek Trucks Band, Oteil and the Peacemakers, and Jaimoís Jassss Band
Show started at 7:00 PM and ended just a few minutes before 2:00 AM
Fantastic show

 

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  posted on 3/4/2015 at 10:19 AM
Having a hard time this month with no beacon. Just the chatter on here was fun.

Some stand out shows in my memory.

4/1/94. Floored by the back where it all begins material. So good and maybe the last time I saw Gregg and Dickey both totally locked in and on point together.

St Pats weekend 96. Friday and Saturday nights. Just great memories of the old wild beacon. Turning around from being up close and seeing girls on guys shoulders everyone on their feet. Just wild and fun. Tombstone Eyes and the Dark Star other One teases come to mind from that year.

3/26/97. The last Warren and Woody show. Something was up that night and we found out Warren and Woody were leaving a few days later but man was it a smoking show.

Closing night 98. A Sunday. Got a ticket literally in the last row. We kept shouting " Last Row , Last Show !! Great time. Hideaway jam and Pony Boy stand out to me since i don't recall them being played much before or after.

St Pats 2000. Sloppy show. Knew something was up with Dickey. Went to the closing show also. Fun but the DTB at the Wetlands late night set was better. What a crazy time. The mule did 2 shows at Irving Plaza in the middle of the beacon run. So much fun. Also saw Otiel at small bar play with Soul Live and then go to opening day Mets at Shea the next day. ohh to have that energy again ...

2001. - St Pats Day. Only time I was front row. Someone already posted how good it was. Warren was back ! Strings flying off Derek's guitar during Whipping post ! Closing show with Chuck !

2002-2003 a blur to me really. Great shows with the Hittin the Note Material. Still the wild old beacon. Used to go the staircase down low on the Otiel side and knew some guys who knew some guys and we had beacon staff bringing us cans of beer. Unheard of. Probably get arrested for that today.

2005. Only attended the big house show. I just remember a very long night. Nothing over the top about the ABB but loved the DTB and seeing Jaimoe open the show playing jazz.

2006 - the Cornell Dupree and the King Pins night. Gregg seemed so happy to have those guys out there. Then sat near Cornell and Bernard Purdie in the P&G after the show. I was walking out and Derek and Mike Mattison were walking in...

2009. 3/26/09. No need to elaborate. Bummed I missed the Clapton shows but Moogis was great !

2012 - closing night - no Gregg. Some good jams though.

2013 - caught a great second set with 1983.Mt>Jam 1983

2014 - caught the second to last night. Second only to the closing IMO.

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  posted on 3/5/2015 at 11:14 PM
I caught about 50+ shows at the Beacon from 1994 to October 2014. I never had a bad time and felt you had to hit a few shows each run to get the full on experience. I would find out of several shows in a run there would be one where they went more jazz/improv, one where they were solid rockin' ABB start to finish, and then there would be the one that for whatever reason was over the top awesome, and it was that show that always reminded me why there was nothing else like them and as soon as a Beacon run ended, the countdown to the next year began. I am comfortable with them calling it when they did, but there is ABB ingrained in my DNA now and that will never fade.

The 3/17/01 show sounds like it left an impression - any suggestions on where to get a copy?

 

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  posted on 3/6/2015 at 02:35 PM
Love Tommars list. Thanks! Here's mine...

Even though I went 10 years in a row 1999-2009 (only gap when the ABB canceled the Beacon run in 2008 due to Gregg's health), I only saw 18 shows...thought it was 16 but my count below shows 2 more.

1999 - Made it for first time. Great pre-show party at the Gin Mill and then very solid show from the Jack lineup. It had taken me a while to not miss Warren on stage (saw the Jack/Dickey lineup 4 times), but I was firmly there by this show.

2000 - Had front row via HTN pre-sale. It was terribly loud up there. Not enjoyable. We opted for the back of the orchestra after a couple of songs. I was enjoying Derek in the band but this was one of the least enjoyable overall shows. Tapes confirm it. An off night for the ABB is still a great night of music and my co-worker & I had a blast in our whrilwind into & out of NYC.

2001 - Made for the final night Sunday night of the run. I just couldn't miss Warren & Chuck playing with the ABB again. It was a grand night. Caught up with RonE and crew of folks which always makes it more enjoyable. And I dug the new tunes immensely.

2002-2003 Really enjoying the mix of HTN tunes with the classics. Setlist starting to get mixed up more but I was still only seeing a single show. Started meeting up with the Sweeties and Leftcoast crew and having a grand time at the Beacon hotel, P&G, Gin Mill and thoroughly enjoying the upper west side.

2004-2005 - Band is really hitting on all cylinders and I'm starting to see a couple shows on my weekend trips. In 2005, I see the ABB Thursday (St Patrick's Day), Van Morrison at the Apollo Fri, and the ABB at the Beacon Saturday. Beacon Hotel parties are in full swing.

2006-2007 - I see the band 3X each. I almost did an ABB/Sabbath/ABB sandwich one year, when Dio reunited with them. Wish I had now!

2008 - No shows

2009 - I extended a business trip in Virginia and caught just the Thursday Night Clapton show. PaulK & a whole crew of folks showed me great hospitality at the Beacon Hotel and it was a GRAND night of fellowship along with one of the best shows I've ever seen in my life. The next morning, I got up early, jogged in Central Park in the snow (it was above freezing with huge flakes coming down), took a cab to the airport and was home in Atlanta that afternoon for a lake cabin trip with friends starting that night. Whew. As a final night of the ABB @the Beacon I can only imagine the final/closing 10/28/2014 could have been better or more emotional.

By 2007, I started my annual pilgrimages to Wanee (based on meeting Helen & others at the Beacon!). Based on price increases (tickets, hotel etc), the move out of the Beacon in 2010, the Beacon Hotel cracking down on our gatherings/parties after '08, I didn't return. I would have this past year (and even for the last show) but it would have very irresponsible financially at the time, as much as I would have loved to have been there.

It would have been cool to been seen Warren/Woody at the Beacon but I wasn't traveling to shows back then (just catching the annual Atlanta stop) and wasn't on the internet then either to see/hear what the Beacon was all about.

Beacon pilgrimages where I met people from all over the world doing the same will be something I will always, always remember. I even connected with Georgia & FL folks doing the same who see regularly to this day. What a adventure this ABB thing was....I thought it had all come to close in Spring 2000, but more great great experiences and memories were in store I would have never guessed at that time.




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