A Tribute to Delaney & Bonnie
and Their Famous Friends
With guest of honor Bonnie Bramlett
Friday, Jun 08, 2012 7:30 PM EDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
Denny Laine (Wings, Moody Blues)
John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin)
Clifford Carter (James Taylor, Paul Simon)
Amy Helm (Ollabelle)
Jeff Kazee (Southside Johnny, Early Elton)
Lou Marini (SNL)
Shawn Pelton (SNL, Sheryl Crow)
Tabitha Fair (Beyonce, Carole King)
Rich Pagano (Fab Faux, sugarCane cups, Levon Helm)
Elaine Caswell (Cindi Lauper, Mick Jagger)
Zev Katz (Hall & Oates, Roxy Music)
Tawatha Agee (Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan)
Marc Copely (Ryan Shaw, James Cotton)
Craig Dreyer (Leo Nocentelli)
Jim Keller (Jim Keller Band, Tommy Tutone)
Brian Mitchell (Levon Helm, Rosanne Cash)
Christine Ohlman (SNL)
Fred Walcott (Shemekia Copeland, David Johansen)
Jeff Young (Jackson Browne)
Jeff Kievit (Darius Rucker)
Plus an appearance by guest of honor Bonnie Bramlett herself!
Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett are best remembered as a dynamic roots rock and rhythm songwriting duo who, in the end, may have been overshadowed by their own band, which was comprised of an incredible list of iconic and influential artists. The pair's Delaney & Bonnie & Friends incarnation was particularly influential, drawing in, and in many cases helping shape the direction of, such musical luminaries as Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, and King Curtis.
After the early 1970 breakup of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Leon Russell recruited many of its ex-members to join Joe Cocker's band, participating in Cocker's recording sessions for Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1970) and embarking on his North American tour (March – May 1970; Rita Coolidge's version of "Groupie (Superstar)" was recorded with this band while on tour). Following this stint, some of these same musicians, joined by Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and Dave Mason, also formed the core backing band on George Harrison's vocal debut album All Things Must Pass (1970). Clapton subsequently recorded his landmark album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) with the band's bassist Carl Radle, singer and keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, and drummer Jim Gordon as Derek & The Dominos (with assistance on many tracks from lead slide guitarist Duane Allman).
Tonight's performance is a tribute to the influence of Delaney and Bonnie – and the band that got away. All net proceeds from this show will benefit Theatre Within.