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Chastain Series “B” announced: Duran Duran and Allman Bros. highlight

John Taylor (left), Simon LeBon and the rest of Duran Duran visit Chastain in August.

John Taylor (left), Simon LeBon and the rest of Duran Duran visit Chastain in August.

A little “Copacabana” and some primo ‘80s New Wave highlight the 2012 Georgia Natural Gas Concert Series B at Chastain Park , which was announced today.

Here are six more shows to add to the summer lineup at the venue.

  • Barry Manilow (no tables, no coolers): 8 p.m. July 29.
  • The Allman Brothers Band with moe. (no tables, no coolers): 7 p.m. Aug. 1.
  • Ledisi with Eric Benet: 8 p.m. Aug. 5.
  • Anthony Hamilton: 8 p.m. Aug. 12.
  • Duran Duran (no tables, no coolers): 8 p.m. Aug. 19.
  • B.B. King and Tedeschi Trucks Band: 7 p.m. Aug. 26.

Tickets for all shows in the series – or any combination of two or more shows – are on sale at 10 a.m. June 3 at www.chastainseries.com or by calling 404-233-2227. Prices TBA.

41 comments Add your comment

david c

May 29th, 2012
12:00 pm

Too bad it’s Chastain. Worst venue in the South.

LydiasDad

May 29th, 2012
12:02 pm

Good shows, and great venue. The problem is all the arrogant, pretentious jerks who attend and can’t quit talking during the shows. And the “no cooler” rule isn’t worth enduring.

music snob

May 29th, 2012
12:18 pm

perhaps the last time Greg Allman will tour!
Also, Moe. is a GREAT band to see as well.
Gonna be a TOUGH ticket to get I’m sure, but I won’t miss this one!

OhBrother

May 29th, 2012
12:20 pm

Oh brother, another Chastain criticism pile-on begins. Chastain is “the worst venue in the South”? You must not get out much! Yes, Chastain can have its share of white-wine drinkin’, artisanal cheese eatin’ blabber mouths. But guess what? No one is putting a gun to your head to be there! Just don’t go! People that whine about Chastain probably have never lived in some small town where big name acts NEVER play. The ”no cooler rule” isn’t worth enduring? Man, I feel for you. Life can be tough. I’m not defending the clueless season-ticket holders who wouldn’t know Duran Duran from B.B. King. But we’re blessed with a city that has many concert venues. From hole-in-the-walls to theatres to concert halls to amphitheatres. Try living in a place with zero to few venues for national and international acts, then repost.

dood

May 29th, 2012
12:20 pm

Chastain wouldn’t be a bad venue if all the douchebags would shut the hel* up once the performance starts. It’s small enough to have a decent seat as long as the drunk Buckhead bimbos don’t carry on all night.

dood

May 29th, 2012
12:22 pm

However, I saw David Byrne there a few years ago, table set up, and it was awesome!

Steve C

May 29th, 2012
12:28 pm

I don’t consider Chastain to be a bad venue for concerts, but I very much agree with the comments regarding people who apparently attend shows for reasons other than seeing the performance. It’s astonishing how many rude people almost NEVER shut up duing a show and apparently couldn’t care less they’re diminishing the enjoyment of other concert goers. Similar experiences are common at Verizon Amphithearter as well. Housewives of Atlanta, put a sock in it!

LeftCoastLouie

May 29th, 2012
12:30 pm

Tedeschi Trucks Band, YES! All others, NO.

I Needs My Cooler

May 29th, 2012
12:32 pm

ABB and Duran Duran should allow coolers, c’mon. And yeah, I’d be 100% in favor of booting out the socialite wannabes that are at Chastain for the sole point of being seen. If you don’t like the music, and can’t shut your mouth, don’t attend!

Comment Here

May 29th, 2012
12:37 pm

Do you think a Chastain bimbo can appreciate Derek Truks and Warren Haynes?

Frank Furter

May 29th, 2012
12:37 pm

PLEASE..a little love while the bands play ! No yapping !
http://www.facebook.com/notquitedevils

ozzfest

May 29th, 2012
12:44 pm

Dear Gregg Alllman….you can’t contract HEPITITAS from allowing people to bring in coolers.

I guess his 24 year old “LOVE OF MY LIFE” made him choose to squeeze his ATL fans. (24 years old….what an idiot!!!)

Kimmie

May 29th, 2012
12:51 pm

Now, don’t get me wrong……I love the Allman Brothers….ever since they perfected their show with all of us freaks in Piedmont Park…..before they did the show of the lifetime at the Fillmore.

“no tables….no coolers…..” I don’t think Duane or Berry would approve.

UGA Insider

May 29th, 2012
1:09 pm

Widespread Panic at Chastain was a “barrel of fun” back in the day!

JREV

May 29th, 2012
1:36 pm

Not a surprise. ABB mis-management somehow left out Atlanta on their 40th anniversary tour, just because the Fox fell through (oops, I guess there’s no other venues in Atlanta huh?). Now, they choose a venue that doesn’t lend itself for fans, in favor of those out on the town for a night of drinking/gossiping or pretty much anything but paying attention to the band on stage. Ohbrother, you are correct that we are lucky to live in a large city with lots of venues, but that doesn’t excuse a poor decision of venue. I would love Chastain, if not for the socialites trying to ruin it for every real fan around them. And yes, I’m still peeved over the 40th anniversary debacle…not everyone can cross state lines just to see a band, and missing Hotlanta? Come on! I miss the Lakewood days. Still, I’ll try to brave the crowds, since who knows how much longer they’ll be around. Derek and Warren make the band fresh…just wish Tedeschi-Trucks were opening instead of moe. Perhaps the no cooler/tables will mean fewer disrespectful people?

brock

May 29th, 2012
2:23 pm

The no coolers/tables was also in effect when the ABB played two shows at Chastain in ‘08. Both shows were great. Definitely less chatty-Cathys w/o the tables. Just very glad the ABB are back after a 4 yr hiatus!

I had a pit table for Winwood, and a young woman behind me would not shut up. I should have stood and blocked her view!

brock

May 29th, 2012
2:30 pm

Forgot to mention Tedeschi-Trucks Band was fantastic last yr. I’m in for that too, even though I’d prefer them as headliners (sorry BB).

darb

May 29th, 2012
3:00 pm

IMO, not a very good line up. Couldnt they find a better bunch of washed up past their prime performers?

JREV

May 29th, 2012
3:11 pm

darb, you obviously have never seen the Allman Brothers Band in the past 20 years. The “washed up” guitar duo, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes are still young (Derek’s probably around 30 now…yes, he was about 11 or so when he first played with them on stage) and fresh off playing a gig at the White House celebrating the blues. Also, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band should’ve won best album of the year grammy, instead of simply best blues album…and they are a brand new band, hardly washed up…granted, they are opening the show though. Still, the ABB remains one of the best rock shows one can see, even after 40+ years. If you like classic rock, you will be impressed by ABB.

Twiggs Lyndon

May 29th, 2012
3:27 pm

Tables, coolers, and non-stop yakkers not withstanding, and with all due respect to Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, The Allman Brothers Band just isn’t the same without Dicky Betts.

fletch

May 29th, 2012
3:45 pm

Barry Manilow (no tables, no coolers, no straight guys)

JC

May 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

What is with all the Sun. or weekday concerts? These all would be better if it were Fri. or Sat.

Judge Smails

May 29th, 2012
3:50 pm

I saw Bonnie Raitt at Chastain about ten years ogo. The whole time she was on stage, a woman behind me was going on and on about her son, Jeffrey, who had the most enjoyable summer EVER. My friend, who was not raised as courteously as me, stood up, turned around and shouted “no one gives a shi# about you son Jeffrey, so shut the FU&# UP!!!”

The applause was louder than loud and I think Bonnie was very happy with the result.

Judge Smails

May 29th, 2012
3:58 pm

Also, look for BB King to join Derek Trucks during his set. This should be an awesome display of young/old guitar pickin’

Judge Smails

May 29th, 2012
4:00 pm

@Twiggs – I used to have a policy of “No Dickey, No Tickey” Warren and Derek are awesome together and you should give them a try.

Grumps

May 29th, 2012
4:07 pm

I’d like to see Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks together, but not if Greg Allman is there. Can’t stand him. The Allman Bros. died with Duane.

I saw Tedeschi-Trucks a few weeks ago at Merlefest. Out-freaking-standing. And the jam of the festival was Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and John Cowan doing Levon Helm’s “Up on Cripple Creek”. Almost as good as the Dead in Piedmont Park :)

don

May 29th, 2012
4:14 pm

I saw Cream there and you couldn’t hear anybody talking.

Smarty

May 29th, 2012
4:21 pm

@Brock. I do stand up all the time when they start talking. One time I had a lady throw something at me and I she was thrown out. I kindly asked if they could hold it down and she went off. So she called the usher and there are no rules for standing/sitting. She started yappin’ again and I stood up
and the usher saw her throw a plastic glass at me. She was hauled off out. VERY funny still to this day. Days before iphones. @lydiasdad. How do you handle Lakewood then? Really???

Da Mick

May 29th, 2012
4:41 pm

These are all relevant and true comments as to the pitfalls of Chastain. However, in my opinion, the biggest problem with the Allmans at Chastain, it that Chastain has both, a volume restriction, which has severly curtailed the impact of some rock acts I’ve seen there (you can hear the music, but you can’t feel it), and a curfew, which means that no matter what goes down on stage, you’ll be out of there by a certain time. I think both of these restrictions are particularly wrong for an ABB show, as they like to play long and LOUD, and that’s a siginificant part of the ABB concert experience. Chastain Park is wrong for the Allman Brothers Band. Not to mention all those dis-interested attendees for whom it’s not a concert, it’s a social gathering. I’d really like to see the boys again, but I don’t think I’ll be going.

FenderMan

May 29th, 2012
5:24 pm

Da Mick is right on the money . The voulme at Chastain allows the audience to hear the music
but we cannot feel the music.

I’ve seen Derek and Warren, Warren and Dickey and even Jack Peirson. I am a huge fan of both Warren and Derek but Dickey is something. One of my favorite DVD’s is ABB at Great Woods
from 1990 with Dickey and Warren. Awesome show. I’d like to see all three guitars together.

I know Duane was huge and awesome but I’ve never heard anyone play slide guitar like Derek.
Let’s not forget what a great slide player Warren is too. I think a lot of the old timers are living
in the past. I’ll say Derek is better than Duane.

Grumps

May 29th, 2012
5:37 pm

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Grumps

May 29th, 2012
5:40 pm

@FenderMan
I’ll say Derek is better than Duane.

Funny you should say that. I’ve heard both and I’ve said several times that Derek is the closest to Duane Allman I’ve ever heard. I think Duane was a little better slide player, but I wouldn’t want to bet on the difference.

oneoldedawg

May 29th, 2012
6:05 pm

ABB dont really need coolers anyway, anyone got any rolling papers?

Da Mick

May 29th, 2012
6:08 pm

It is a real shame that because the two men have played in the same band, during different periods of the band, comparisons have to be made. I think Duane Allman’s genius in playing slide was about how he was able to be so fluidly melodic. I cant’ really think of anyone else who quite captured that feel before him or since. I’m sure he had influences, but he played as an original.

We know who Derek’s influence was — at least initially. While laboring away through his young years under Duane’s shadow, he may not ever have quite gotten Duane’s melodic touch, but he learned how to move around on the guitar with a slide without the typical use of boxed fret patterns (even Duane tended to stick to those) like no one I’ve ever heard, except for maybe Ravi Shankar. Derek has taken slide guitar to a whole other level, to a place that no one that I know of, had even thought of before. His name might be Trucks, but it’s as though Duane Allman and George Harrison had a baby with a glass finger.

Listening to Duane’s playing will always be a pure blissful pleasure. Fortunately, we have Derek (and Warren, who I agree is a terrific slide player and electrifying overall musician) to carry on playing the notes and the spirit of the Allman’s music at a level that’s exciting to listen to and deeply respectful to the originators. And while Derek does his best to be true to the original sounds and licks laid down by his predecessors, his own best work is done on his own records, not with the ABB. So if you must choose, have at it. They’re both originators, and in that way, Derek has been the most faithful to Duane’s influence.

By the way, I agree wholeheartedly about Dickie Betts, the energy he brought to the ABB, and how huge his loss was to the band. I too loved that period with him and Hayes, though I always got the feeling from watching those two together that Betts always wanted to be the big dog, and had a bit of a jealousy problem with Hayes in the band. Which was a real shame. Nevertheless, just think how devestatingly difficult it must have been for the Brothers to make that decision to get rid of Betts. He must have forced their hand, to be able to do such a thing.

big jake

May 29th, 2012
6:35 pm

dont care for the allman bros without dickey betts, good musicians but it just aint the allman bros without him.

willie

May 29th, 2012
6:58 pm

Who in the world would go to Chastain if you can’t bring in food and drinks? Ridiculous.

N-GA

May 29th, 2012
7:03 pm

STOP! You’re both right!

It actually depends on the performer and the crowd/fans. Frequently the concert-goers talk while the performers sing/play. They talk through almost any of the “over-the-hill” performers like BB King. Of course these performers are talking their way through their “hits”. But when we saw Van Morrison, the crowd treated him with such respect, you could have heard a pin drop….it was fantastic. And the Gypsy Kings played with such energy, the entire audience stood up and danced through the entire set! So what I’m saying is that the venue is terrific (intimate….every seat is good)), but the quality of the crowd varies.

brock

May 29th, 2012
7:38 pm

It took me a couple of yrs to get my head around the ABB w/o Dickey. But once I tried again, it was still damn good. Better in some ways since this band has a much bigger range of songs in the setlists.

Anyone who truly appreciates ABB tunes and a talented band will be there, with or without his cooler.

Keep On Truckin'

May 29th, 2012
8:11 pm

Forget Chastain…..Peachtree City has the best outdoor concert venue in the ATL area….The Fred. Beautiful setting in the pines, outstanding sound system and no talky patrons.

Political Mongrel

May 29th, 2012
11:02 pm

I’ve given up going to concerts at Chastain because of the pathetic coverage that the sound system gives seats on the sides, and the center’s not that much better. ALL of the worst sound jobs I’ve heard over the years have been at Chastain.

darb

May 29th, 2012
11:41 pm

No big name current top artists are going top play Chastain. Too small for them to make a lot of money. Old, washed up bands keep making the rounds because folks keep paying the big bucks to see and hear their old washed up music.