MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Allman Brothers Band plays final show at Beacon Theater, New film-doc shows how music helps dementia patients, & Watch Ingrid Michaelson’s video for “Afterlife”

Karsten Moran for The New York Times
Karsten Moran for The New York Times

The Allman Brothers Band concert, this past Tuesday night at the Beacon Theater in New York City, was most likely the last in the band’s remarkable 45 year history.

According to the New York Times article and review of the show:

The show was billed as their last performance at the Beacon in advance and confirmed as such by the band’s leader, Gregg Allman, last week, before the first of their six Beacon shows. Of course, they could form again for an awards show or a benefit, or something, somewhere. Still, it looks reasonably final.

The Allman Brothers Band has sold out 238 shows at the Beacon Theater since 1989. Following the final concert Tuesday night, Billboard noted:

After the show, outside the Beacon, old friends hugged. Tears were shed. Crowds gathered at the backdoor, chanting each band member’s name as he emerged into waiting vans. At last, Duane Allman’s circle felt complete and unbroken.

Read the story about how the Allman Brothers Band focused on the late Duane Allman at the band’s Final Beacon Theater Show in NYC here.

Watch Allman Brothers Band with Duane Allman & Dickie Betts perform “Tied to the Whipping Post’ live, below.


A referred to on the XPN Morning Show a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients.  The study is the largest yet on the impact of the Music and Memory program, which is in hundreds of nursing homes across the U.S. and Canada.  Researchers are monitoring the responses of 1,500 Alzheimer’s and dementia patients who were given iPods at Wisconsin nursing homes through the program.  The patients mental states will then be compared to the same number of people in 100 other nursing homes who haven’t received iPods.  The program was highlighted in a documentary, called “Alive Inside” which received top honors at the Sundance Film Festival this year.  Read more here.

Watch trailer for “Alive Inside” below.



XPN fav Ingrid Michaelson has released the video to her song “Afterlife” in which she helps fans overcome their fears.  Read about it here.


Earlier this year Ingrid talked about her latest album “Lights Out”, with saying:

It’s pretty poppy, but at the same time I think it’s sonically really interesting and not dumbed down, that’s what I wanted. I definitely wanted to bring some intellectual poppiness to it. I’ve just sort of gone from the poppy ukulele girl to platforms-and-eye-makeup pop — a little different, but not, like, completely left field.


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