Gregg Allman Commemorative Events Planned

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Rounder Records has announced a series of special events celebrating the final album from Gregg Allman, Southern Blood, which will be released Sept. 8. The events, called “Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman,” will be held in three American cities held dear by Allman, beginning Sept. 7 at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles.

Presented by American Express in conjunction with the Americana Music Association and Rounder Records, that event will see Devon Allman, longtime friend and manager Michael Lehman, Gregg Allman Band guitarist/musical director Scott Sharrard and Southern Blood producer Don Was joining Grammy Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman to pay homage to Allman with an evening of stories, memories and music. American Express pre-sale ticketing began Thursday, August 10th at 10:30 am (local); all remaining tickets will then be released to the general public on Thursday, August 17th at noon. For more information, visit GrammyMuseum.org.

Later that week, Macon, Ga., Mayor Robert Reichert will issue a proclamation declaring December 8 (Allman’s birthday) to henceforth and forever be known as “Gregg Allman Day.” On September 9, Allman will be posthumously honored with the key to his hometown at a commemorative celebration to be held at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House (2321 Vineville Avenue, Macon), home to the original band and their families during their initial golden era of 1970-1973. In addition, that same evening will see the Big House hosting a “Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman” event, this time featuring Devon Allman, Michael Lehman, Scott Sharrard and Allman’s closest friend Chank Middleton, joined by Chuck Reece, Editor-in-Chief of The Bitter Southerner, catered by the H&H restaurant, which kept the Allman Brothers fed for the entirety of their career, even in the early days when they couldn’t pay.

Related: Allman was celebrated by colleagues and kin at the Peach Music Festival

The third and final “Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman” event will then be presented at the 18th annual Americanafest: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, set for Sept. 15 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater in Nashville, Tenn. Presented by the Grammy Museum in conjunction with the Americana Music Association, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Rounder Records, the event will feature Devon Allman and Michael Lehman sharing a stage with musicians Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne, Pony Bradshaw and John Paul White, once again joined by Grammy Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman.

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