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The 2017 Laid Back Festival: In The Spirit of Gregg Allman at The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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The 2017 Laid Back Festival: In The Spirit of Gregg Allman
The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Wantagh, NY
September 24, 2017

Gregg Allman co-founded and curated the inaugural Laid Back Festival. That festival began as a single day celebration in August of 2015 and was held at the Jones Beach Amphitheater in Wantagh, NY. Allman, The Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band and City of the Sun played that day. In 2016, Laid Back expanded to encompass one-day performances in five different cities. The 2016 festival at Jones Beach was highlighted by Allman, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, America, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Orleans, Devon Allman and Levon.

Gregg Allman passed away in late May 2017. The 2017 Laid Back Festival is being presented in the spirit of Allman with six dates (September 21 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ; September 23 at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT; September 24 at the Northwell Health At Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY; October 1 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO; October 7 at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX and October 14 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, GA).

On September 24, at Jones Beach, as in the past, the talent was hearty and plentiful enough to span two stages: the Low Country Stage and the Laid Back Stage. The Low Country Stage was home to Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Garland Jeffreys and Scott Sharrard & The Brickyard Band. The Laid Back Stage sported Peter Wolf, Steve Winwood and in the headlining slot, Jackson Browne.

In addition to the music, the event featured over 20 regional food trucks, breweries, wineries and restaurants. The venue's doors opened early providing the crowd members with more than enough time to make their way around and sample all the offerings. There were a number of large outdoor couches situated in close proximity to the Low Country Stage, toward the back of the standing area, where audience members could relax and be a tad more comfortable on this unseasonably sunny and hot late September afternoon.

As always the festival itself was sensational. In 2015 and 2016, Allman was able to create and curate a truly diverse and entertaining concert as well as a distinct food event featuring vendors from all over the area. This year's event was no different. Allman's spirit was felt throughout each of the performances. Concert goers were treated to southern- influenced rock, blues, jazz-infused Americana, old fashioned rock 'n' roll, Southern California breezy rock, pop and just about every other form of music. The assorted food vendors offered many different foods: BBQ, pizza, burgers, pulled pork, empanadas, pretzels, churros, Italian ices, ice cream and numerous wines, craft beers and sodas.

The event was well-organized and run in a first-rate fashion. In an effort to allow for a smooth flow, each band's set was staggered, so that the fans had an opportunity to see each performer.

Jaimoe's Jasssz Band was the first band to perform. Taking the Low Country Stage promptly at 4:45pm, the Allman Brothers drummer and his group (Junior Mack on guitar and vocals, Dave Stoltz on bass, Bruce Katz on keyboards, and Paul Lieberman on sax, Kris Jensen on sax and Reggie Pittman on trumpet) delivered a burning hot hour-long set of tunes that, as was expected, included a few Allman Brothers tunes.

The first set on the Laid Back Stage featured Peter Wolf delivering a baker's dozen of tunes that mixed his J. Geils Band hits with the best songs from of his solo his career. Opening with "Thick As Thieves" and "Homework," Wolf and his band immediately had the audience singing along and dancing in the aisles. The high energy set was highlighted by a stellar versions of "Lights Out," "Must of Got Lost," "Start All Over Again" and "Love Stinks."

Garland Jeffreys was the next act to play. Playing on the Low Country Stage, Jeffreys delivered a tight half-hour set that featured his patented gumbo of rock, soul, pop, blues and reggae. The stage area was packed with fans who were overheard wondering what he'd play. Many had their cellphones at the ready hoping to take video and document the performance. Jeffreys did not disappoint as he delivered stellar versions of "We The People," "When You Call My Name" (from his 2017 Luna Park Records release 14 Steps to Harlem), "Wild In the Streets," and "96 Tears."

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