The Devon Allman band captivated fans in Chelsea with their gritty guitar and groovy rhythms dripping with soul with guests, the 418 Project.

07-July-2016: The fine folks from Rumpus Room in Chelsea closed off the parking lot and set up a stage for an evening of soulful rock music to benefit the 418 Project, which supports charity work in Haiti. A brief but fierce rainstorm threatened a delay to the event, but the skies cleared and a fantastic night of music began.

First to the stage is TJ Zindle’s band called Nine Volt Brain. When TJ isn’t jamming in the folk-fusion band the Ragbirds, he’s getting a bit more edgy with the energetic rock of Nine Volt Brain.

Nine Volt Brain engage the crowd with spirit lifting rock music that jumps with vibrant energy. The appealing timbre of TJ’s voice combined edgy guitar style and the powerful rhythms makes for an entertaining musical experience. While most of Nine Volt Brain’s music consists of engaging originals, they also throw in a brilliant cover of “Peace, Love, and Understanding?” by Nick Lowe.

With the sun just about to touch the horizon on a sticky summer night, the Devon Allman band make the evening sing with soaring guitars of Devon and Bobby Schneck. Devon kicked things off with “Half The Truth” and “Can’t Lose Them All” off his Ragged & Dirty album. He had his cherry sunburst Les Paul fired up as he lays into some delicious licks on “Mahalo” which meets with fierce applause from the audience.

In addition to barn burning original music, the Devon Allman band rock amazing covers of “Forever Man” by Eric Clapton, “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley, and a full on blues jam during Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Checking On My Baby”. Devon invited the blue guitar legend, Michael Katon, of Hell, Michigan to the stage for this song and he and Bobby Schneck laid down some beautiful blues licks that encourage a steady stream of hooting and hollering from the crowd.

The diverse musical talents of bass player Steve Duerst and drummer Anthony Nanney are showcased during the cover “I’ll Be Around” by the Spinners. This number gives the audience an opportunity to move up toward the stage and get moving with the music. The emotionally charged “Midnight Lake Michigan” hit home with the audience savoring every sweet note.

Devon wrapped up an amazing night of blues with a tribute to his roots on “One Way Out.” While the song was written by Ellmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson, Devon’s father Greg and his uncle Duane made the track famous with their version on “Eat A Peach.”

Devon invited Michael Katon back to the stage for “One Way Out” and each musician on the stage dazzled the crowd with their chops. The crowd couldn’t be happier as their cheers filled the night. Cudos to the Rumpus Room and Jets Pizza in Chelsea for making this phenomenal show happen with the Devon Allman band. The band’s performance was a sonic gem and the live sound was staggering in clarity and depth.

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Chuck is a native Michigander. He grew up in Detroit, and later Pinckney. He now calls Ann Arbor home. Running is in Chuck’s blood. He has run several marathons and numerous other races. His favorite race is Dances with Dirt in Hell, Michigan. Chuck was first exposed to photography in 7th grade. He has been a photographer ever since, honing his skills shooting landscapes and most recently concerts. In addition to experiencing music from behind the camera, Chuck is a musician in his own right. He has been playing guitar since his teen years. He played in Detroit area metal band, Battalion, recorded two independent releases, and toured. Today when not covering concerts, you can find him online at his blog, Life In Michigan.

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