Last night, Tedeschi Trucks Band performed at Prudential Hall at New Jersey Perform Arts Center in Newark, N.J. Over the course of the performance, the 12-piece blues-rock ensemble led by guitarists Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks shared tastes of their stunning album I Am the Moon, deeper cuts and a wide array of covers with the nearly 3,000-capacity venue.
Tedeschi Trucks Band’s first set was comprised primarily of originals, including “Hear My Dear,” “Playing With My Emotions,” “Circles ‘Round the Sun,” “Pasaquan,” and more. Each of the songs offered ample room for the musicians to showcase their individual skills and balanced on-stage chemistry. Trucks slide guitar was, as usual, a welcomed, distinct and connective force throughout the set, as was Tedeschi’s playing and soulful signing. The set was closed by the first cover of the evening, “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” by Bonnie Raitt, which Tedeschi offered solo.
After a short intermission, the ensemble returned to the stage and performed four more originals: “Soul Sweet Song,” “Misunderstood,” “Take Me as I Am,” and “Anyhow.” From there, the band flowed into a run of covers, including Sleepy John Estes’ “Leaving Trunk,” Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s “Volunteered Slavery,” Elmore James’ “Done Somebody Wrong,” and Billy Taylor’s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free.” Notably, in the midst of the run of covers, Tedeschi Trucks Band performed a beautiful rendition of fan favorite “Midnight in Harlem.”
After a short pause, they returned to the stage for an encore of the title track of their third studio album, Let Me Get By.
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Tedeschi Trucks Band
Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, N.J.
March 23, 2023
Set I: Hear My Dear, Playing With My Emotions, Ain’t That Something, Emmaline, Circles ‘Round the Sun, Pasaquan, Yes We Will, I Can’t Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt cover)
Set II: Soul Sweet Song, Misunderstood, Take Me as I Am, Anyhow, Leaving Trunk (Sleepy John Estes cover), Volunteered Slavery (Rahsaan Roland Kirk cover), Midnight in Harlem, Done Somebody Wrong (Elmore James cover), I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Billy Taylor cover)
Enc.: Let Me Get By
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