David Brandt had few expectations when he formed My Blue Sky. He thought they would play some Allman Brothers tunes, share their love of music with an audience and just have fun performing.
He didn’t expect that in the short time after forming the band, he’d end up meeting legendary musician Gregg Allman – or performing onstage with Gregg’s son, Michael.
But, that’s the case for the tribute band’s upcoming performance at the Rialto Theater in Loveland, Colorado. Michael will join the group for the latter half of their concert, playing not only his father’s music, but his own, too.
“We’ll play a few of our original tracks, then Michael will join us onstage,” Brandt, the band’s bassist and vocalist, said. “We’ll play a handful of songs from his latest album, then we’ll go into The Allman Brothers Band. It’s going to be great.”
The Allman Brothers Band formed in 1969. They mainly performed southern rock, but incorporated blues, jazz and country music into their work.
They gained international fame after the release of their live album, “At Fillmore East,” in 1971, which is considered one of the greatest live recordings ever made. Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident later that year and bassist Berry Oakley died in similar fashion nearly one year later, but the band soldiered on, releasing “Brothers and Sisters” in 1973. The album contained two of their most popular songs, “Ramblin’ Man” and “Jessica.” They officially disbanded in 2014.
My Blue Sky came together in 2013, gaining traction as a popular tribute and jam band in the Denver area. Even though they perform TABB’s music during their live shows, they have been including their original tracks in the lineup over the past year.
“There are a lot of tribute bands out there that stick to the script and do everything exactly like the band they’re paying tribute to,” Brandt said. “We’re not like that. We do focus on the Allman Brothers, but we don’t want to pigeonhole ourselves. We want to hit on the entire family of bands that the Allmans created.”
That means covering southern rock bands like Gov’t Mule and Wet Willie during concerts, too. They also like to touch on Greg Allman’s solo career, because it allows the group to provide a musical variety for their audience.
Brandt described himself as a lifelong fan of the Allmans, noting they’re the godfathers of southern rock music.
“By honoring the music of this seminal band, it makes us better musicians and entertainers,” Brandt said. “We’re so honored to be a part of this phenomenon.”