Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guest Jon Cleary at the Opening of Daily’s Place, May 27, 2017
It was opening day at the New Daily’s Place at Everbank. Though the day somewhat somber after the loss of Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band hit the stage and made an everlasting mark as they filled the atmosphere with beautiful music, love, and showed us there is still so much to be thankful for. The experience was a unique one as I ventured all over the new venue from the photo pit, to the Daily’s store in the stadium, to the view of Jacksonville Jaguars‘ field of green, and eventually to my seat witnessing along the way friends, family, and fans enjoying every second of the show. It was all so glorious! What is more beautiful than the experience of concert that shakes up your soul?
Kicking off the amazing evening in true NOLA fashion were Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. A bluesy set that got the crowd groovin’ in their seats and made us all feel as if we were really there.
Taking great pride in the new venue Daily’s Place and the very first headlining act and Jacksonville natives Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jaguar’s owner Shad Kahn enthusiastically welcomed them to the stage. Though he told us the celebration had been going on all day long, we knew the party was nowhere near over!
With heavy hearts over the loss of long time friend and Derek Trucks‘ band mate Greg Allman, the crowd knew Tedeschi Trucks was going to play their hearts out not only for Greg but, to ensure the opening the brand new Daily’s Place would be one memorable experience. As they played songs like “Aint Wastin’ Time No More,” “Bird On The Wire,” “Keep On Grownin” and “I Pity The Fool.” Susan Tedeschi not only brought a soulfully captivating voice that brought tears to fans eyes but, she wailed on guitar! Meanwhile, Derek’s genius guitar riffs made all of our hearts race with each pluck and slide on those strings of magic. The dream team does not stop with husband and wife duo Derek and Susan. Accompanying them on stage were three incredible singers, TWO drummers (which I thought was one of the coolest things ever!), a lively horns section, and a keyboardist. The stage was fantastically full, along with the hearts of each fan.
As soon as the crowd thought the show was at an end, Susan & keyboard player Kofi Burbridge came back to the stage. Performing a elegantly heartfelt and tear jerking rendition of “Song For You” in remembrance of friends recently lost. “The past year has been tough.” Susan tells the crowd. With Greg Allman, Leon Russell, Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks getting called to the big stage up above, their entire performance was a beautiful and honorable way to show their love and respect for those lost.
For a night of hello’s, goodbyes, firsts, and soul revival Tedeschi Trucks has certainly left a historical mark on the stage. This was a beautiful experience many will not soon forget.
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