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Dickey-Betts at Sarasota

Dickey Betts’ performance Saturday at Robarts Arena in Sarasota ranged from brilliant to emotive to ebullient, often in the same song. The guitar great, who has lived in the Sarasota area most of his life, elated and astounded the audience. He performed a set of cleverly updated, self-composed classics, mostly culled from his years with the Allman Brothers Band. In fact, it is doubtful Sarasota has hosted such a satisfying rock show since Dickey Betts and the rest of the original Allman Brothers played the same venue in 1971.

The headliner for the “Saving Austin’s Baby Blues” benefit, Dickey Betts and his backing band Great Southern took the stage around 9:30 p.m., launching into the dreamy introduction of “High Falls.” One of Betts’ most richly textured instrumentals, the song first appeared at nearly 15 minutes on the Allman Brothers Band’s 1975 album “Win or Lose Draw.” While striking in its original form, the composition reached a greater peak Saturday with bassist Pedro Arevalo leading the way for Betts’ fluid improvisations, which flowed over the spot-on drumming of Frankie Lombardi and Kenny Crawley. Guitarists Duane Betts (Dickey’s son), and Andy Aledort enriched the soundscape with delicate harmony lines and smart fills. Keyboardist Mike Kach glided in and out with flurries of keen notes. Dickey Betts and Great Southern sounded superb. The energy and creativity coming from the stage would continue throughout the special evening.

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1 comment

  1. Ronbo16

    Ronbo16 - December 8, 2017 4:58 pm

    Time to come back to all of us out there Dickey- please start your tour soon and why not in Sarasota ?

    You are always fantastic- why not one more tour to all of us who love you. Great Southern and of course The Allman Brothers Bands

    Come back and give your best as always Mr. Betts.


    Ron Greene
    4347 Beekman Place
    Sarasota,FL 34235


    We want and need you back.

    I want to be among the first on line for 2-4 tickets or more to see you grace the stage with your band, family, and friends. Thank you.

    Ron Greene

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