Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tedeschi Trucks Band Gets Called Back for Two Encores by Fans at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 6/16/11

Photo by James Minchin  as seen at

There are bands, and then there are bands.  The Tedeschi Trucks Band is one of those real bands made up of real musicians.  The kind of musicians that musicians would like.  They are the going for the jugular, no holding back for the sake of the song musicians.

There are no skinny-jean wearing hipsters in this band.

They are the real deal.

Second to none this all-star cast of musicians hit the ball out of the park at the the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday night.  Bringing talented craftsmanship, quality sound, and musical integrity back to the forefront, their uncompromising dedication to music will surely turn heads.  

What is so great about the Tedeschi Trucks Band?  Pretty much everything!  It was clear that this group really enjoys playing together.  There were no battle of egos, on the contrary, rather a streamlined purpose to make the most of each song.
They performed a lot of songs off their new album Revelator  which is rich in variety.  Kind of like stepping inside of a movie screen and becoming part of the set, I felt as a listener I was able to get inside each song, visualize it, and progress with them naturally.  All of the songs were great and my favorites were Midnight in Harlem and Bound for Glory.   

It was really cool hearing two great guitar players with two totally different styles and sounds play together with a full band.  A lot of bands are missing that rounded out sound that a good horn section and back-up vocals provide. 

Fans called the band back for two encores.  It was one of those shows where you just didn't want the music to end.  It was a really cool laid back crowd.  From our vantage point not only did we have a great view of the stage, but we had full view of a very enthusiastic fan playing air-guitar.  I always love it when fans get down and dirty.  

After the show you didn't feel like just another face in the crowd.  The band took the time to meet their fans, shake hands, sign autographs, and actually pose for pictures.  Their  friendly warmth and graciousness struck me, and their appreciation for their fans is so important.  This hard working hard touring band still finds the time to keep it real with their loyal followers.  What a revelation... 

Nothing beats hearing a great live performance on a warm summer's night with salt-kissed skin and a gentle Atlantic sea breeze.  There is something endearingly campy about the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - a special place where magic happens and the music comes alive. 

Here are some pictures courtesy of my sister from the show!

Susan Tedeschi

The Crowd

Derek Trucks in front of the Tour Bus

Great Margaritas at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom!
Derek Trucks On Stage

Kebbi Williams Playing the Tenor Saxophone

Mike Mattison Vocals

Horn Section:  Kebbi Williams, Maurice Brown, Saunders Sermons
Mark Rivers Vocals

Mike Mattison and Susan Tedeschi

Maurice Brown and Saunders Sermons

Visit the bands official website here

Suggested Listening: 
Check out the bands latest album Revelator - it can be purchased here 

The Band:
Derek Trucks – Guitar
Susan Tedeschi - Guitar & Vocals
Oteil Burbridge - Bass Guitar
Kofi Burbridge - Keyboards & Flute
Tyler Greenwell - Drums & Percussion
J.J. Johnson - Drums & Percussion
Mike Mattison - Harmony Vocals
Mark Rivers - Harmony Vocals
Kebbi Williams – Saxophone
Maurice Brown – Trumpet
Saunders Sermons – Trombone

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