Many accomplished rock ’n’ roll tribute bands roll through Leesburg these days to perform to large, appreciative crowds at the Tally Ho Theater. This weekend, the walls of downtown buildings are likely to reverberate with sounds of southern rock standards of the Allman Brothers Band.
On the stage won’t be your typical tribute band, there’s a DNA bond. And the setlist won’t just be a roster of classic cover songs.
Backed by the Philadelphia-based The Mile High Club band, Michael Allman makes his first appearance in Leesburg on Saturday night.
The oldest son Gregg Allman, he was born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL, and developed his own distinctive style of blues and rock during years touring across the country. He’s even hit on his own songwriting success—with songs such as “It Ain’t Me,” “If Dreams Were Money,” and “Mule Named Whiskey”—while delivering performances that evoke memories of his father, who died last year.
This is the fourth year Allman has booked a summer tour with The Mile High Club, his backing band after meeting them at a festival in an Atlantic City casino.
“From our very first show, we knew we had something special,” guitarist John McNutt, told the Philadelphia Weeklyin June. “We were all just blown away by Michael’s soulful, bluesy voice and how well it fit with what we were doing musically. Our show is now tighter than ever and fans are going to love it.”
Michael isn’t the only child of Gregg Allman pursuing music a living in the music industry. His half-siblings are Layla Brooklyn Allman, who performs with Picture Me Broken; Devon Allman, who heads Honeytribe and Royal Southern Brotherhood; and Elijah Blue of Deadsy.
DC-area blues guitarist Mike Westcott opens Saturday’s show.
Tickets are $15-35. Doors open at 7 p.m. Go to tallyhotheater.com for details.