B 212: Allman Brothers, Steve Winwood at Meadowbrook on August 27

GILFORD — Meadowbrook welcomes the Allman Brothers Band with Steve Winwood on August 27 as part of the Eastern Propane Concert Series.
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. and range from $35.25-$94.25. To order, call 293-4700 or log on to www.Meadowbrook.net.
As the principal architects of Southern rock, the Allman Brothers Band forged this new musical offshoot from elements of blues, jazz, soul, R&B and rock and roll. Along with the Grateful Dead and Cream, they helped advance rock as a medium for improvisation. Their kind of jamming required a level of technical virtuosity and musical literacy that was relatively new to rock & roll, which had theretofore largely been a song-oriented medium. The original guitarists in the Allman Brothers Band - Duane Allman and Dickey Betts – broke that barrier with soaring, extended solos. Combined with organist Gregg Allman's gruff, soulful vocals and Hammond B3 organ, plus the forceful, syncopated drive of a rhythm section that included two drummers, the Allman Brothers Band was a blues-rocking powerhouse from their beginnings in 1969.
For more than four decades, Steve Winwood has remained a primary figure in rock 'n' roll as a respected innovator who has helped to create some of the genre's most celebrated achievements. Winwood burst into prominence in 1963 with the Spencer Davis Group and since that time his celebrated skills as a composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist have developed an impressive catalog of popular music.