Concert Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band (July 15, 2015)

July 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

ARTISTS:  Tedeschi Trucks Band

VENUE:  Uptown Amphitheater at NC Music Factory

DATE:  July 15, 2015

Review By:  Carol Spagnuola

Photos By:  Carol Spagnuola

Tedeschi Trucks Band 2015-07-15Tedeschi Trucks Band 2015-07-15© Copyright Carol Spagnuola Three acts and a night full of music set the scene at the Uptown Amphitheater in Charlotte, NC Wednesday night where the Wheels of Soul 2015 Summer Tour arrived in grand fashion. I watched the place fill up as each band took the stage. By the first note of the head-liner, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Uptown Amphitheater was packed to capacity, and rightfully so. 

The night started off with Doyle Bramhall ll, followed by Sharon Jones and the Dapp-Kings, who got the crowd off their feet, and ready for the finale. With the openers successfully filling their roles, the Tedeschi Trucks Band took the stage to deliver their soulful brand of feel-good music. With an infusion of three distinct music genres over the course of the evening, it proved to be a marvelous night in the Queen City.

TTB's 11-piece ensemble consisted of lead singer Susan Tedeschi, lead guitarist Derek Trucks, a bass player, two sets of percussion and drums, keyboards, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and a few harmonizing vocalists.  Tedeschi Trucks Band started off their night with “All That I Need”,
a catchy upbeat tune with compelling lyrics, as Tedeschi immediately wowed the crowd with her bluesy vocals.  

The crowd was in fine form for the evening, and many were singing along as the wind blew just enough for you to feel Tedeschi's voice flow through the amphitheater.  Trucks displayed a commanding stage presence with his edgy rock guitar leading the band, his body slightly still but his fingers moving like a spider running for his life.  Trucks has been on the road since he was a young boy and his talent for rocking out on stage exceeds his youthful appearance.
Tedeschi Trucks Band 2015-07-15Tedeschi Trucks Band 2015-07-15© Copyright Carol Spagnuola
There was a moment during “Midnight in Harlem” that a fan looked over and we exchanged the same thought as she said “That was gospel. That was church on Wednesday.” She could not have said that any better. You can’t help but allow your body to easily sway while the effervescent twinkling lights circled the stage during “Midnight in Harlem”, definitely one of my favorites of the night. 

With Trucks spending many of his younger years with the Allman Brothers Band, it’s no surprise where TTB’s influence has its roots. As expected, Derek and Susan fed off of each other taking turns ripping the lead, sharing what one would expect from a married music couple – their love of song.

The night ended with an encore led by TTB, but with Doyle Bramhall and Sharon Jones’ crew joining them, providing a spectacle of 23 artists on stage at once. I am pretty sure there were a few musicians lurking in hidden places as well!  They all grouped together to play Sly and the Family Stone’s “I Want To Take You Higher”. The encore was truly a gospel event and the perfect ending to an inspired evening in Charlotte.




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