The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic’s joint summer tour moved through New England this past weekend. On Saturday, the two bands performed at Mansfield, MA’s Great Woods Amphitheatre. Widespread Panic played first and invited out Derek Trucks for “It Ain’t No Use” and “Blight,” as well as Warren Haynes for “Smokestack Lightning” and “Chilly Water.” Soon after, the Allman Brothers Band took the stage and bassist Dave Schools sat in on “Dreams,” while John Bell played guitar and sang on a cover of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” (Widespread Panic has covered the tune since the 1980s). Later in the evening, Schools returned for a jam based around Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed & Confused” during “Mountain Jam,” and Jimmy Herring emerged to help the group close its set with the final section of the Eat a Peach song.
Last night, the two bands performed at Hartford, CT’s Meadows Music Theater where Trucks and Haynes once again emerged for a few songs: “Surprise Valley” and “Goin’ Out West.” Before that Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge took the stage for “Fixin’ To Die,” a song often associated with his old band Aquarium Rescue Unit. Jimmy Herring then emerged during the Allman Brothers Band’s set for “Les Brers in A Minor,” shortly before Widespread Panic percussionist Sonny Ortiz and keyboardist JoJo Hermann appeared on “You Don’t Love Me.” The song also featured veteran Connecticut guitarist Scott Murawski of Max Creek fame— Murawski plays with Oteil Burbridge in Bill Kreutzmann’s trio.