Celebrations of Gregg Allman’s Life to Coincide With Arrival of ‘Southern Blood’
Gregg Allman will be remembered during three live events set around the release of his posthumous album Southern Blood. They'll take place at locations that were dear to Allman's heart, and feature his close friends and relatives.
Allman passed away in May at the age of 69, after completing work on this final LP. He led the Allman Brothers Band after the death of brother Duane Allman in 1971 until the band retired in 2014.
Southern Blood is set to arrive on Sept. 8, and the first memorial event takes place the previous night, at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles. Featured performers will share music and anecdotes throughout the evening; they include Allman’s son Devon Allman, manager Michael Lehman, Gregg Allman Band guitarist Scott Sharrard and Don Was, who produced Allman’s final album. Tickets go on sale at noon on Aug. 17.
The second event takes place at Macon, Ga. – the spiritual home of the Allman Brothers Band – on Sept. 9. Mayor Robert Reichert will announce Gregg Allman Day, to be celebrated on the singer-songwriter's birthday in December. He’ll be presented with a posthumous key to the city at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, where they lived for three years starting in 1970. A memorial show will include Devon Allman, Lehman and Sharrard, along with Allman’s friend Chank Middleton and others.
Then on Sept. 15, Devon Allman and Lehman play with Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne, Pony Bradshaw and John Paul White at the annual Americanafest at the County Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn.
Southern Blood features songs written by a selection of Allman’s collaborators over the years, including Jerry Garcia, Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon and Lowell George.
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