Live Review: JGBCB and Tribute at The Variety Playhouse

On June 24, 2017, my husband and I, along two long-time friends were at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta for a night of Allman Brothers and Jerry Garcia cover tunes. The Allman Brothers catalog was performed by the aptly named Tribute, while JCBCB (Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band) handled the songs of their namesake. We were all quite pleased to come away from the concert, both bands having exceeded our expectations. The conversation on the way home was focused on which of the two bands we liked best, and it was unanimous: one band could not be picked over the other. They were both that great.

Tribute rocked the walls with one great song after another including “Whipping Post”, “Midnight Rider”, and even the audience chimed in during “Soul Shine.” Tribute wasn’t really trying to be the Allman Brothers, or even act like they wanted to be them; they were themselves, with their own style, singing Allman Brothers songs for the love of the music. And, they pulled it off with amazing grace and professionalism.

Photo Gallery – Tribute 6/24/17

JGBCB  was an awesome breathe of style and grace, reminding us that Jerry Garcia was the soul of Grateful Dead. An icon in that right, but he was so much more, even as great as that was. Jerry Garcia has so much more music in circulation beyond the Dead. And JGBCB delivered that message to the audience with every note of every song. They played the music to us in the audience, and we gave them back our energy.

Photo Gallery – JGBCB 6/24/17

JGBCB/ TRIBUTE suggestion and/or opinion: If you ever get a chance to get tickets for their shows, do it. I dare you to go and then honestly say that you were disappointed. With either of these bands, your feet are just gonna groove with the music. We were so glad this concert was at the Variety Playhouse. I have attended several theaters in the Atlanta area, and in my opinion, there is no place better then Variety Playhouse. The acoustics there are in a league of their own. Last year the theater was renovated, and the new look compliments the core structure of the building. All the staff at The Variety Playhouse are sweet and friendly, along with professionalism.

We love going to Variety Playhouse for a night of music, and on Saturday, June 24, JGBCB & Tribute were amazing.

Barry Waldrep’s ‘Smoke From The Kitchen’ VIP event

Highlights from Barry Waldrep’s Smoke From The Kitchen CD release

VIP event at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth May 11

A work of ART - Benji Shanks, Charlie Starr, Barry Waldrep and Paul T. Riddle.

A work of ART – Benji Shanks, Charlie Starr, Barry Waldrep and Paul T. Riddle.

The guitars of Charlie Starr and Barry Waldrep take a rest before the show.

The guitars of Charlie Starr and Barry Waldrep take a rest before the show.

Barry Waldrep signs his "Smoke From The Kitchen" CD/DVD set for a loyal fan.

Barry Waldrep signs his “Smoke From The Kitchen” CD/DVD set for a loyal fan.

Benji Shanks and Josh Shilling chat before the show.

Benji Shanks and Josh Shilling chat before the show.

Eddie Owen introduces the evening's lineup.

Eddie Owen introduces the evening’s lineup.

Paris Luna performs an acoustic set. L-R: Michael Harris, Kane Russell, Heather Russell, Toby Marriott and Jonny Daly.

Paris Luna performs an acoustic set. L-R: Michael Harris, Kane Russell, Heather Russell, Toby Marriott and Jonny Daly.

Benji Shanks is groovin'.

Benji Shanks is groovin’.

Paul T. Riddle ddn't miss a beat!

Paul T. Riddle didn’t miss a beat!

Barry Waldrep is "in the zone."

Barry Waldrep is “in the zone.”

Charlie Starr is having fun.  Check out his guitar wardrobe in these photos.

Charlie Starr is having fun. Check out his guitar wardrobe in these photos.

Charlie Starr, Josh Shilling and Barry Waldrep.

Charlie Starr, Josh Shilling and Barry Waldrep.

Oteil Burbridge is "feelin' it!"

Oteil Burbridge is “feelin’ it!”

Charlie Starr and Barry Waldrep are actually related.  Music obviously runs in the family.

Charlie Starr and Barry Waldrep are actually related. Music obviously runs in the family.

Can you feel it?  Charlie Starr, Barry Waldrep, Oteil Burbridge and Benji Shanks can!

Can you feel it? Charlie Starr, Barry Waldrep, Oteil Burbridge and Benji Shanks can!

Barry Waldrep, Oteil Burbridge and Heather Russell (Paris Luna).

Barry Waldrep, Oteil Burbridge and Heather Russell (Paris Luna).

What a lineup ... Charlie Starr, Josh Shilling, Oteil Burbridge, Barry Waldrep, Paul T. Riddle, Paris Luna and Benji Shanks.

What a lineup … Charlie Starr, Josh Shilling, Oteil Burbridge, Barry Waldrep, Paul T. Riddle, Paris Luna and Benji Shanks.

I love Barry Waldrep's music and wan his hair!

I love Barry Waldrep’s music and want his hair!

Charlie Starr "slides" a bit.

Charlie Starr “slides” a bit.

Coy Bowles joins the fun, too!

Coy Bowles joins the fun, too!

Josh Shilling steps away from the Hammond to sing.

Josh Shilling steps away from the Hammond to sing.