Allman Brothers Band co-founders Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, along with longtime members Oteil Burbridge and Marc Quiñones, have formed a group called Les Brers, which will perform at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, Oct. 13. Tickets go on sale Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.
The group has made some festival appearances this month, and its setlists have been heavy on ABB classics, including “Statesboro Blues,” “Whipping Post,” “Jessica” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” Below is a video of them performing “Anyday,” a Derek and the Dominos song that was in the ABB repertoire.
“Les Brers” is slang for “The Brothers,” and is taken from the title of the Allman Brothers Band instrumental, “Les Brers in A Minor.” Joining Trucks (drums), Jaimoe (drums), Burbridge (bass) and Quiñones (percussion) in the group are former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson, frequent ABB collaborator Bruce Katz (keyboards), singer Lamar Williams Jr. (son of the former ABB bassist) and guitarist Pat Bergeson.
Trucks told Billboard magazine in April: “Nobody is playing music like this, like the Allman Brothers, and there’s still a lot of fans out there, so that’s what we’re doing with Les Brers. We’re taking this stuff and getting loose with it and improvising and really having a good time.”
The last lineup of The Allman Brothers Band — also featuring co-founder Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks — presented farewell shows in 2014. Allman recently canceled a number of concert appearances due to illness, but plans to return to the road as a solo act in late October.