The Wheels of Soul tour pulled into Indianapolis’ “The Lawn,” with special guests Los Lobos and North Mississippi Allstars.
27-Jul-2016: The North Mississippi Allstars, featuring brothers Luther Dickinson (guitar and vocals), Cody Dickinson (drums and vocals), and Danielle Nicole (bass and vocals) opened the night under a perfect Indiana summer night sky.
The North Mississippi Allstars set included songs from their material and channeled some of the Mississippi legends that shaped their sound. Their covers of R.L. Burnside’s “Poor Black Mattie” and Danielle Nicole (from Trampled Under Foot) singing Son House’s “Death Letter Blues” brought some of the biggest applause. Luther Dickinson, who like Derek Trucks, is known for his slide playing and did not disappoint those who were in attendance. This three-piece made you feel like you were in a Mississippi juke joint on a Saturday night.
Los Lobos, the East Los Angeles six-piece, took the stage with their unique mix of blues, rock n’ roll, and Tex/Mex. David Hidalgo on guitar/vocals and Cesar Rosas with his left-handed Strat and backing vocals singing songs in both English and Spanish. The band’s set had a lot of energy considering the nucleus of the band formed in 1973. Los Lobos’ wall of sound started with “Whiskey Trail,” and included “Evangeline” and “I Walk Alone.”
This night was no different than how they have handled many years of performing, inviting members of the other acts on the bill up to play. Luther Dickinson played his signature slide with them during their version of Howlin’ Wolf’s “300 Pounds of Joy,” and the title track off their 2015 release, Gates of Golds.
Susan Tedeschi came up to sing “What’s Going On” by the legendary Marvin Gaye. The finale seemed to have every member of all the bands came up to play “Mas y Mas,” including Derek Trucks with his signature Gibson SG and his left ring finger sliding up and down the fretboard.
Tedeschi Trucks Band, fronted by Susan Tedeschi (guitar and vocals) and Derek Trucks (guitar), included three backup singers, a three-piece horn section, two drummers, bass, and keys. The band played a 12-song set which included songs from their 2016 release Let Me Get By, including the albums title track.
The set started with “Laugh About It,” and included other originals “Don’t Know What It Means,” “Right on Time,” “Midnight in Harlem,” and “Bound for Glory.” Tedeschi’s soulful voice paired with Trucks’ slide play, which John Mayer said “sounds like a female singer from the 50s or 60s” made for a wonderful night of music under the stars.
The covers played included songs by ZZ Top, Bobby Bland, Sly & The Family Stone and finished with James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain.”
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