Annual concert pays tribute to the Allman Brothers Band

lmorris@macon.comNovember 24, 2013 

A lot of “Brothers and Sisters” of the Allman Brothers Band showed up at the eighth annual Skydog concert and benefit Sunday at Central City Park in Macon.

Thousands gathered on a somewhat chilly but sunny day for the Skydog 67 concert -- a tribute to Duane Allman, who would have been 67 on Nov. 20. The event “celebrates the life, birthday and music of Duane Allman (known as ‘Skydog’),” according to the event’s website.

Admission to the concert was 10 cans of food for the Macon Rescue Mission and midway through the event two trucks were filling up fast. While a tally wasn’t available Sunday, last year more than 5,000 pounds of food was given to the Rescue Mission.

Victor Scott, of Macon, who has attended every Skydog concert since it began, said he is a big Allman Brothers Band fan.

“I went to the first (Allman Brothers concert) at Macon Coliseum,” said Scott, 57.

“I’ve been to 15 or 20 -- at least that many. ... Everybody loves the Allman Brothers Band. It’s a Macon thing.”

Scott remembers hearing the band play at the Red Lamp Lounge, which used to be in the Dempsey Hotel in downtown Macon, “about the time they got famous.”

Sunday’s concert drew a variety of people: families with children, young adults and middle-age men and women. Several people came to the event on motorcycles.

This year the musicians honored the 40th anniversary of the band and played the entire “Brothers and Sisters” album.

Robert Ashley, 45, said he likes Allman Brothers’ music because it doesn’t fit just one style.

“It’s got soul and it fills my spirit,” Ashley said. “It’s something I grew up on. It’s enduring. ... They are still going and making great music. No other music touches me the way it touches me. ... They take so many genres of music and put it together.”

Ashley said he’s been to every Skydog concert except the first one and said the performers do a good job of capturing the Allman Brothers sound.

While most of the music focused on the Allman Brothers’s music, a performer also sang Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” and “Hey Jude” by the Beatles.

Gail Creel, 58, travelled from Dublin to attend her first Skydog concert.

“It’s a great fellowship, and it’s for a great cause,” Creel said. “I grew up with this kind of music.”

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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