Fresh off their performance at The Peach Festival, the Friends of the Brothers are set to make their first Connecticut appearance at The Ridgefield Playhouse! Celebrate the music of the Allman Brothers Band with this premier tribute featuring members closely associated with the original band. Guitarist/singer Junior Mack has fronted Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band for 12 years and starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway show Lackawanna Blues. Guitarist Andy Aledort played with Dickey Betts for 12 years, has recorded with Double Trouble and Band of Gypsys, and toured with Experience Hendrix. Singer/guitarist Alan Paul is the author of One Way Out, the definitive, best-selling Allman Brothers Band biography based on 25 years of reporting on and interviewing the band. Joining the friends is a Ridgefield Playhouse fan favorite – Brandon “Taz” Niederauer! The 19-year-old guitarist may be best known for his role as guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in the Tony Award-nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical, and has already earned himself a national audience and a signature D’Angelico Guitar. Taz has shared the stage with multiple members of the Allman Brothers Band, as well as a variety of other notable musicians, including Slash, Lady Gaga, Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and countless others.
The group members’ first-hand experience with the Allman Brothers Band and their deep knowledge of the repertoire and the music’s roots and heritage allows them to play with an unrivaled depth. They perform songs from every stage of the Allman Brothers Band’s career, backed by a band of inspirational, veteran players, drummers Dave Diamond (Zen Tricksters, Bob Weir, Robert Randolph) and Lee Finkelstein (Tower of Power, Blues Brothers) and bassist Craig Privett (Half Step).