How The Allman Betts Band rocked San Luis Obispo

On Wednesday March 11th, The Fremont theater in San Luis Obispo was blessed with a performance by The Allman Betts Band, fronted by Devon Allman (son of Greg Allman of The Allman Brothers) and Duane Betts (son of Dicky Betts). Opening the show was a band all the way from Saint Louis, Missouri named The Jackson Stokes. The band has a bluesy, funk, jazz sound to them. After the first set, I personally introduced myself to the frontman — such a great and humble guy! The Jackson Stokes is one you should check out!

During the show, I felt like I was listening to their dads’ music, which was great!

Next was Marc Ford, formerly known for his role as lead guitarist in American rock band The Black Crowes. Ford’s sound is gritty blues, mixed with some classic rock and roll. Finally, The Allman Betts came out. I was excited to see them, because I grew up listening to The Allman Brothers; knowing the sons of Greg Allman and Dicky Betts formed a band together made me have to do photography for them! They played some originals, as well as classic songs that their parents had made back in the 70s. During the show, I felt like I was listening to their dads’ music, which was great! The chemistry between Devon Allman and Duane Betts was like watching their parents up onstage, from the way they interacted, played their instruments and the way they engaged the crowd. If they come to a city near you, definitely go to a show! You will feel like you’re living in the 70s! Glad I got to see them before the Coronavirus broke out and forced us to stop going to shows, because this one is definitely one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. 

Photography by Gunnar Velten

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