For the second consecutive year on the same day, Tedeschi Trucks Band played in Rochester, NY at the Highland Bowl. Accompanied by friends The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna on the Wheels of Soul Tour 2017, music beginning in the afternoon until 11 pm Saturday lent towards a strong “block party” community atmosphere. Nearby residents relaxed on lawn chairs in their yards, soaking in the music and sun for blocks around.
Hot Tuna is led by bassist Jack Cassidy and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, both founding members of Jefferson Airplane. Beginning punctually right at 7 pm, the raunchy punk-blues increased the intensity of the crowd…eagerly awaiting The Wood Brothers. Chris and Oliver Wood accompanied by Jano Rix filled the natural amphitheater with buttery smooth blues and hard folk.
On upright bass, Chris Wood displayed not only an immense skill set with his abilities to create unique sounds on a classical instrument but also his stage presence and Elvis-like moves with the lower body. As a special surprise preview, Susan Tedeschi joined the trio for the first time on this tour to provide backup vocals on “Never and Always”.
The first two bands could have easily headlined shows in Rochester, yet the all-star lineup was yet to hit its zenith. Around 9pm, Tedeschi Trucks Band hit the stage to a raucous reception, alongside nearly a dozen additional musicians. A large brass section plus a few very talented vocalists made for a similar setup as Trey Anastasio Band, yet the Wheels of Soul turn at a relaxed pace and lean less towards jazz influences than TAB.
Derek and Susan
“Midnight in Harlem” put the crowd on a high that did not end until the show concluded. With a crescent moon backdrop, the dynamism of the entirety of the artists provided a cacophony of blissful sound all the way thru the encore. “Sweet Virginia”, from the Rolling Stones 72’ release Exile on Main St. was played for the first time ever by the group…immediately marking the night as a special occasion.
Tedeschi Trucks Band Setlist:
Are You Ready?
Made Up Mind
Don’t Know What It Means
Anyday (Derek and the Dominos cover)
Midnight in Harlem
Get Out of My Life, Woman
Let Me Get By
Sweet Virginia (Rolling Stones cover w/ Wood Bros)
The Sky Is Crying (Elmore James cover w/ Hot Tuna)
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Billy Taylor/Nina Simone cover)
I Want More (Les Brers teases from Derek)