MUSIC NEWS: THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Announce Initial 45th Anniversary Plans For 2014 Including Annual NYC Beacon Theatre Residency And Archival Live CD And DVD Releases

The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND have announced initial plans for their 45th anniversary in 2014, including the annual string of concerts at New York City's Beacon Theatre, with 10 shows kicking off March 7.  The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and live music stalwarts have performed at the 2800-seat Beacon over 220 times since they began the tradition in 1989.

The group formed in Florida in 1969 before moving to Macon, GA and became one of the biggest American rock bands in the world, famous for their musical prowess and legendary live concerts.  "It's always good to get back on stage with the Brothers," says ABB co-founder GREGG ALLMAN.  "Man, beyond the Brothers, that Beacon audience is like our family.  You can look into their eyes—they're right on top of you…there's no other room like it."  All 11 of their 2013 Beacon Theatre shows sold out.

In 2014, fans of the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND--now including founding members GREGG ALLMAN (vocals and keyboards), BUTCH TRUCKS (drums and tympani) and JAIMOE (drums) plus longtime members WARREN HAYNES (vocals, lead and slide guitar), DEREK TRUCKS (slide and lead guitar), OTEIL BURBRIDGE (bass) and MARC QUINONES (congas and percussion)--will also hear an array of live concert releases from throughout their storied career.  In February, the group's own Allman Brothers Band Recording Company will issue Boston Common 8/17/71, which was recorded 10 weeks before the death of co-founding guitarist DUANE ALLMAN.  It is one of the few Duane Allman-era shows that no fan has heard or owns.  In addition, on February 18 Epic/Legacy Recordings will release the two-CD set Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992 and a live DVD from 1991, Live At Great Woods

The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND first began performing their annual multi-night engagements at the Beacon in 1989, with few exceptions, and have now performed there 222 times so far.  The 2014 shows will mark their only metropolitan NYC-area performances.

In April, the group will return to Live Oak, FL for the 10th annual WANEE FESTIVAL, which they have curated and headlined since 2005; the full line-up will be announced in early 2014.  Major acts who have joined the ABB at Wanee in past years include Gov't Mule, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, The Black Keys, Furthur, Widespread Panic,  Robert Plant, Dr. John, Steven Stills, Steve Miller Band, O.A.R., Robert Randolph, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Levon Helm, Buddy Guy, Little Feat, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and many more.

Tickets for the Beacon Theatre shows go on sale to the public Friday, January 10 at 10AM ET and can be purchased at and and via charge by phone at (800)745-3000.   If tickets remain, they will also be available at the venue box office beginning Monday, January 12. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, January 3 at 10AM ET through Thursday, January 9 at 10PM ET.

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