Tedeschi Trucks Band Welcomes Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady At 50th Beacon Theatre Concert
The group performed 'I Am The Moon: I. Crescent' in its entirety as part of the celebratory evening in New York City.
Tedeschi Trucks Band took The Beacon Theatre stage for the 50th time on Monday. Last night’s celebratory concert in New York City featured a surprise opening set from Hot Tuna and saw the duo of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady guest with the TTB after the group performed all of their recently released album I Am The Moon: I. Crescent.
Fans entering the venue were given buttons commemorating the 50th Tedeschi Trucks Band concert at The Beacon Theatre. The tradition started way back on September 10, 2011 and has grown in size and stature each year. 2020 was the only year in which the TTB didn’t play the hallowed theater on New York City’s Upper West Side and 2022 marks the first time the group will perform seven shows at The Beacon.
Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady emerged exactly at 7:30 p.m. ET for their unannounced support performance. Hot Tuna delivered a nine-song set that included such staples as “Good Shepherd,” “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” and “San Francisco Bay Blues.”
Tedeschi Trucks Band released four new albums as part of the ambitious I Am The Moon cycle between June and August. Opening night of the 2022 Beacon run began with a complete performance of the I Am The Moon: III. The Fall album. Then, on Friday, Tedeschi Trucks Band launched night two by playing I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell in its entirety. With I Am the Moon: II. Ascension offered from front-to-back to get night three underway on Saturday, it was expected Crescent would complete the presentation to start last night’s show.
However, the 12-piece ensemble kept fans on their toes by kicking off Monday’s concert with a journey to the past. The Tedeschi Trucks Band played a song from each of their first four studio albums to start the night. “Don’t Let Me Slide” represented 2011’s Revelator before the group chose “All That I Need” from 2013’s Made Up Mind. Next came a euphoric “Laugh About It” off 2016’s Let Me Get By ahead of the intense Signs (2019) cut “Signs, High Times.”
The tour through the group’s back catalog was followed by the complete rendering of I Am The Moon: I. Crescent. The five-track LP was released in June with Ascension and The Fall arriving in July and Farewell unveiled in August. Susan Tedeschi shined on “Hear My Dear” to get the Crescent portion of the night underway. Vocalist Mike Mattison then fronted the group with guitar in hand for “Fall In.” From there, Tedeschi and keyboardist Gabe Dixon dueted on the gorgeous “I Am The Moon.”
Crescent built in emotion with each passing song. “Circles ‘Round The Sun” saw Derek Trucks tear through a solo egged on by the capacity crowd. Yet it was on the instrumental “Pasaquan” that closes the album where the guitarist uncorked his best playing of the night. While Derek was in fine form throughout the evening, he took it to a new level during the 22-minute “Pasaquan” performance. Trucks shredded hard to lead into a drum duet from Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell and Isaac Eady. Derek then ripped it up once more to bring the song and presentation of Crescent to a close.
Jorma and Jack emerged following Crescent for a two-song guest spot. Up first was the TTB debut of Janis Joplin’s “Turtle Blues.” Susan Tedeschi explained Kaukonen used to perform with Joplin “back in the day” and she thought it would be fun to sing a song she hadn’t played since she was teenager. Casady held down the bottom end in taking over for the TTB’s Brandon Boone, while Kaukonen laid down impactful guitar riffs and Tedeschi belted out the tune.
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady followed “Turtle Blues” with a beautiful cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” Susan thanked the “living legends” for taking part in the celebratory concert and urged the audience to give it up for the pair. The horns and backing vocalists returned after Jorma and Jack vacated the stage and the 12-piece ensemble worked through the high-octane “Made Up Mind.” Singer Mark Rivers was featured on the title track from the TTB’s 2013 LP.
Mattison and Tedeschi dueted on the ensuing “Keep On Growing.” Derek Trucks delivered an incendiary solo that set the tone for his revelatory work on “The Storm” that closed the evening’s main set. Trucks and his bandmates fit a crowd-pleasing “Whipping Post” coda onto “The Storm.” The night wasn’t done yet as the TTB capped their 50th Beacon Theatre concert with a three-song encore. Farewell standouts “Another Day” and “Soul Sweet Song” were paired with the band’s beloved cover of the Joe Cocker-popularized “Space Captain” to end the night. The Tedeschi Trucks Band returns to The Beacon on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Listen to an audience recording of last night’s show taped by Eric Lugassy along with fan-shot videos below:
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