Gov’t Mule and Soulive

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It’s really a feat that Warren Haynes is still touring so constantly. The 53-year-old’s been a part of the Allman Brothers Band for nearly 25 years, and the man can jam. Seriously, he’s been on board since interest in the Brothers was renewed in the early 2000s as they played alongside folks like String Cheese Incident, moe. and Dave Matthews Band, including spots at some of the country’s biggest music fests. His side gig, Gov’t Mule, is kind of like Phil Lesh & Friends in that it’s a mix of new and old heads—most of the old heads being legendary high-functioning legends—who are deeply steeped in a classic rock tradition. And it’s heavily spiked with the blues and experimental improvisation.

But what makes this show extra awesome is that Soulive, one of my favorite live acts ever, opens for them on both of these nights. As a junior in high school and shepherd for my brother and his drunk friends, we saw Soulive at Irving Plaza in New York City on New Year’s Eve. It remains, to this day, one of my most treasured concert experiences. They’re a trio, mostly; Erik Krasno’s stellar guitar work is as funktastic and jazzy as the brothers Evans (Alan and Neal), on drums and Hammond B3 organ, keep time and solo masterfully. This combo of jazz and jam may seem a touch wacky, but trust us—it makes all the sense. Solos and improvs will be aplenty, just with different vibes, all of ‘em worth soaking in. / BILL CHENEVERT

Through Sat., Dec. 28. 7:30pm. $25-$35. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow sts., Upper Darby. 610.352.2887. thetowerphilly.com
 

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Friday, December 27, 2013
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