Those that went caught a killer show last night (6/7) at Chastain Park in Atlanta.
Levon Helm Band was amazing as expected. The set was pretty similar to what I saw the last time I caught them. They added a second guitar player though and maybe an extra horn? The band sounded great. They opened with Ophelia and closed with the Weight. Other highlights were Rag Mama Rag, Anna Lee (Larry on fiddle with the vocal harmonies is so sweet), and Teresa singing a beautiful Long Black Veil. They also played Tennessee Jed, which is on the new album. Levon looked super happy and energetic - hopefully he makes it out to the west coast some time. I'd love a Fillmore show...
John Prine followed. I was unsure of how his stripped down music would translate after a rockin' Levon set, but there were no problems that I could tell. He did his normal show and also seemed to be in good spirits. The Paradise encore had the extra guitar player from Levon's band and Larry on fiddle. That was friggin' great. Larry Campbell is definitely a certified BA, and I love his fiddle playing.
Other thoughts: It was a beautiful night under an amazing moon. Chastain is sick when you can bring in your own booze. Also free poster upon exiting a la Fillmore/Warfield.
The ticketing/seating was so weird though. You could tell that Ticketbastard sold the shitty seats first and tried to scalp the rest (unsuccessfully). Rows R-V were packed, but there was just a sprinkling in other sections. We scored tickets outside for $25 and quickly moved up to the front row in the $70 section b/c it was practically empty. The consequence of this scalping practice is that the real fans end up with shitty seats that they dropped a lot of money for, while the good seats go empty (unless you apprehend them). All in all, I'd say there was only 1800 people there - I'm not sure how this show is going to play Red Rocks...
Great night - go check it out if it comes to your town.
Just got back from seeing Levon at the Chicago Theatre.
You are right on about Ticketbastard. Show was not sold out.
The second guitarist is Jim Weider - long time Band guitarist.
I had a great time.
Levon makes great music.
Jim Weider is the King of Tone! He sat in with John Prine a couple of shows now!
wow man wish they'd bring that west!!!!
Levon's show from Chicago is streaming at sugar megs: