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  posted on 4/23/2010 at 05:35 PM
Nice!
 

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  posted on 4/23/2010 at 05:54 PM
Lauren DiSpirito interviews Berry Oakley, Jr.,

http://www.13wmaz.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=79810060001#/Allman+Brothers +Members+and+Family+Back+at+the+Big+House/79810060001

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  posted on 4/23/2010 at 06:05 PM
Very nice, Sue. Thanks Wonder whose photo is in the picture frame Gregg is holding.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2010 at 07:25 PM
Absolutely Allmanawesome! Thanks Sue

 

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  posted on 4/23/2010 at 08:22 PM
Thanks Sue! (& of course Ms. Cole too) -- great photos -- good to see Red Dog, BO et all in there too

 

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  posted on 4/23/2010 at 09:58 PM
Our Brothers looking fine!! Red Dog too!

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 06:07 AM
Good morning Sue and thanks for the pic's......you rock!

 

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 07:14 AM
Very sweet. Thanks!
 

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 07:56 AM
http://www.macon.com/2010/04/24/1105580/band-cuts-ribbon-on-museum.html



The lyric inscription on what is no doubt the most psychedelic security gate in these parts — “And The Road,” it reads, wrapped around an enormous mushroom, “Goes On ... Forever” — wasn’t entirely accurate outside the Allman Brothers Museum at the Big House on Friday afternoon.
The Brothers themselves were in town for a gig, and they’d dropped back by their most hallowed haunt. And it seems they can still stop traffic. Or at least slow it down.
A public works crew barricaded a lane of U.S. 41 in front of 2321 Vineville Ave. so the few hundred or so Allman fans and onlookers on hand for the museum’s official ribbon- cutting would have plenty of room.
“We’re all just knocked out by this,” Gregg Allman said from the recently opened museum’s front steps. The house was the band’s communal home in the early 1970s.
“This has been a long time coming,” he said. “It sat here for about 10 years and kind of got done and kind of got done ... and we’re done.”
One of the band’s founding members, Butch Trucks, said, “This morning I went around with a camera and kind of got a Butch’s view of Macon, and just remembered what an absolutely unbelievable place this was.”
Said Trucks: “We came here, and for seven years we tore this place to pieces. Any of you guys remember Ronnie Thompson? Well, Ronnie Thompson was the mayor ... and we started making a lot of money and bringing that into town so he kind of told the cops to leave us alone, just keep us from killing each other. Once we figured that out, we took full advantage of that. And then about 1976 they got a new mayor, and he changed his mind and we all moved. So now we’re back.”
Fans from as far away as Chicago and Finland, some of them following the band for a few concerts, stood on the Big House lawn across from First Christian Church for what was, at times, a front-porch revival.
“God bless you all. God bless the Allman Brothers. This has just been a magical life,” Trucks said. “There is something about music that nothing else can do. I walk onstage (for concerts) a 62-year-old really old guy and about halfway through the first song I’m an 18-year-old Super Butch. And then about three hours later, I’m a 90-year-old Claude Hudson Trucks Jr. and I can’t wait till the next night when Super Butch shows up again.”
Drummer Jaimoe Johnson, reminiscing about his years in town and the renovation of the Big House, said, “I lived here for 19 years. I came here Dec. 4 to play for the opening of this (museum), and when I walked in that door there, it took my breath away. It’s unbelievable what they’ve done in there.”
Someone in the crowd hollered, “God bless the Allman Brothers!”
When it came time to snip the ceremonial ribbon, Trucks made it sound more like they were cutting a record. In a voice deep and cool enough to kick off a blues lick, Trucks said, “One, two, three, cut it!”
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert declared his allegiance to the Southern rock legends and told folks in the yard below of his ancestral ties to the group. Or at least to one its song’s namesakes.
“I’ve got one more connection to the Allman Brothers Band. My great-grandmother was Elizabeth Reed Napier,” Reichert said to wild applause, having invoked the name of the woman whose Rose Hill Cemetery headstone inspired the tune “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.”
Then, with mid-afternoon traffic crawling past, the mayor handed the band a key to the city, which bore the inscription “For the Allman Brothers Band, the road goes on forever, but we are pleased that they call Macon, Ga., home.”

 

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 08:18 AM
VERY nice!

 

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 08:29 AM
Great pictures! It was a great show last night.
 

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 09:32 AM
The fellow holding the beginnings album is the mayor of Macon. He mentioned a distinct relationship to the ABB. He great grandmother was Elizabeth Reed Napier. It was a really nice ceremony. We started our day off eating breakfast at the H&H. Half way thru our meal Butch walks to see Mama Louise. Joe Bell was there with his camera and he filmed Butch and Mama talking about they're times together there. I assume the video Butch was making around town will be shown on Moogis.

The show Saturday was pretty awesome. I love indoor shows by the brothers, you can feel Oteil in your feet and chest. The sell out crowd was great. The whole place stood the entire 3 hours. The Brotherhood vibe was so strong. You could feel it everywhere you went. Macon is a beautiful city. The downtown area is pretty awesome. After the ABB show we all walked a couple blocks over to Grants Lounge. The birthplace of southern rock. Caroline Aiken opened and she was great. Tommy Talton was pretty awesome as well. Then Lefty and his band took the stage. Having known Lefty and Leeann for a few years now, this was the first time I have ever seen Lefty perform and all I can say is he and his band are incredible. Paul Hornsby and Chris Hicks from the Marshall Tucker Band later joined Lefty's band and pretty much blew the lid off the joint.
Not sure where the wind will blow us today, probably go back out to the big house and then see Jack Pearson perform at the Cox Capitol Theater tonight. He sounded great with the Brothers last night. That guy has such a clean sound.

We may go back out to Rose Hill, that place has the nicest vibe. So much history in that cemetery. Very hilly, small single lanes wind all through the grounds. You sit there and try to put yourself back during the time the Brothers use to hang out there. I wondered what drew them there then. I guess it was the shade, water and tranquility of that whole area. It truly is a beautiful place not only in looks but how it makes you feel being there. We did see the tree and marker remembering Bill Ector. It is located on the left driving up the hill towards the gate. That was pretty special. This whole weekend down in Macon has been special. Sharing the time with many good friends just can not be duplicated. The ABB's music has brought together a great family of friends that is so unique. Truly Brotherhood!!!

 

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 09:41 AM
that sounds spectacular...I hope they gave Kudos to Mr.Kirk West, without whom, there would be no Big House, and no Big House Museum. Thank you again Kirk West.

 

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that sounds spectacular...I hope they gave Kudos to Mr.Kirk West, without whom, there would be no Big House, and no Big House Museum. Thank you again Kirk West.



During the show Oteil dedicated his solo to Mr Kirk West and said without Kirk West there would be NO Big House!!!!! Of course the crowd roared!!!

 

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 10:06 AM
I Love Oteil....ain't that a MAN YA'LL!!!

 

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 10:16 AM
i knew i should have planned a vacation to macon for april 23.....lol
I want to get to the big house soon....anyone know the hours it's
open to the public???
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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 10:20 AM
Great to see Red Dog in his righteous place. Man, did Jaimoe dress up or what? Also great to see Berry Jr. and AJ Lyndon. Can anyone ID anyone else?

Gregg looked awesome. Sobriety certainly becomes him.

Sorry not to see Kirk anywhere. Indeed, without him and Kirsten, the Big House might be all boarded up. Thanks to Oteil for giving him the kudos he deserved.

Great pics, Sue. Keep em coming!

[Edited on 4/24/2010 by Pastdreams]

 

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 03:51 PM
Jaimoe dressed up... what gives with the shirt, tie... and shorts?!?!?!?!

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 05:09 PM
It does my heart good to see JPLHTN from this board, aka Hittin' the Note Editor John Lynskey, smiling so wide in that first picture right behind Gregg's left shoulder

John is another person who has worked tirelessly to help make the Big House a reality. Words can't express how much he deserves the smile on his face in that picture.

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  posted on 4/24/2010 at 05:29 PM
Was Galadrielle Allman there or any of the other children besides Berry Duane Oakley? BTW, he's not Berry Jr.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2010 at 07:30 AM
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Was Galadrielle Allman there or any of the other children besides Berry Duane Oakley? BTW, he's not Berry Jr.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berry_Oakley#Family

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His son, Berry Duane Oakley (aka Berry Oakley Jr.)"

 

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