VIDEO: January 13, 2015: Gregg Allman playing "Midnight Rider" at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Video by LaVon DuBois.
Gregg Allman, Ryman Auditorium, January 13, 2015
Gregg Allman the guy that kick started the entire genre of "Southern Rock" and defined the era of the 70's rock and roll played two shows at the Ryman Auditorium (better known to us Nashvillians as the "Mother Church") this past week. The Ryman is an awesomely beautiful venue with a comforting feeling of down home Nashville. Gregg's band was totally awesome, from the drummer, Steve Potts to Scott Sharrard on guitar, Marc Quinones on percussion, and Ron Johnson on bass. You cannot forget Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston, and Marc Franklin on brass..... they all were totally awesome.
His Tuesday night opening act was Nashville's own J.D. "Simo" band which did an excellent show. Gregg also had a special guest, Jack Pearson step in for a few songs as well. Jack use to play with the "Allman Brothers Band". I wondered what it would be like to hear such an awesome singer, songwriter perform some of those old famous songs of yesteryear in today's world some thirty years later. The crowd quite diverse consist of grey hair and no hair, to canes and walkers, young and old. Then here they came one by one, Midnight Rider, Sweet Melissa, and Whipping Post. I closed my eyes and there it was 1970 something. Awwww.... How sweet Gregg Allman, you brought it, a job well done. Thank you for the Memories.
VIDEO: March 11, 2015: A short video clip of Santana at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville TN
Taken by LaVon DuBois
Santana - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - Ryman Auditorium
Carlos Santana, the Mexican –American fiery, spiritual, master of the guitar has
been playing music professionally since the 1960’s. He appeared Wednesday night
at Nashville’s own “Mother Church” the Ryman. He started out his show, “The
Corazon Tour” very appreciative of the crowd and very humble to be a part of our
grand venue by saying, “This is the temple… I know where I’m at and I never go
to church without my Congas.”
The crowd was once again a mixture of ages young and old. However, this crowd
seemed a bit different in excitement and anticipation of the show that was to come.
Maybe it was just me; he is my all time favorite. The crowd was on their feet
through most of the show swaying and shimmying as I call it. If you have ever
heard his music you know that it is a challenge to stand still and not move. He
plays a combo of Latin, jazz, and blues that makes the body and soul move.
He played one of my all time favorite instrumentals, “Europa” Earth’s Cry
Heaven’s Smile and the crowd was mesmerized. Then for a little rock and roll the
crowd was on their feet with another favorite “Smooth”. He also plays for the
crowd one of his new songs, “Blackie Joe” a pretty catchy tune.
Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackman sits in on drums and plays a solo that was out of
this world. She is an amazing drummer along with the other eleven or so band
members. His percussion section is awesome as well as brass, guitar, keyboards
and bass. I can’t forget to mention the lead vocals of Andy Vargus and Tony
Lindsay, you guys brought it, and you’re amazing.
Carlos said he would give you a show you would never forget, a special show. He
was right. The best show I have ever seen from the most precious and humble man.
You rock Santana, please come back to see the Musical City! We love you and no
we will never forget!
VIDEO: March 18, 2015: Fleetwood Mac performing
"Don't Stop", with Lindsey Buckingham on vocals
at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Video from YouTube.
VIDEO: April 9, 2015: The Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian" at the City Winery in Nashville Tennessee
VIDEO: June 17, 2015: The Rolling Stones performing "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" live at LP Field (now Nissan Stadium) in Nashville Tennessee