On November 25th, 1976 over a dozen of the era’s most influential musicians gathered at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco to bid farewell to The Band. With filmmaker Martin Scorsese on hand, along with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Dr. John, The Staple Singers and so many more, The Last Waltz became an epic music documentary classic and, in some circles, as synonymous with Thanksgiving as “Alice’s Restaurant.”
With this month marking the concert’s 40th anniversary, Warren Haynes has curated a tribute band that will make the rounds early next year, stopping at Verizon Hall inside the Kimmel Center on January 29th. The Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule guitarist will be joined by co-curator Don Was, along with keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Terence Higgins, singer Michael McDonald, country musician Jamey Johnson, and more to be announced.
This isn’t the only Last Waltz tribute around, though. The legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY will play host to its own performance on Thanksgiving Eve featuring Philly acts Eric Slick and Langhorne Slim, along with Nicole Atkins, Natalie Prass and members of Phosphorescent, Ween, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and the Dap Kings. Meanwhile, local outfit Brothers & Sisters will put on their own version of the concert at MilkBoy that same night.
Tickets and information for the Warren Haynes troupe go on sale today and will be available here. Watch the band play “The Weight” at Jazz Fest earlier this year below.
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