It’s been a tough year for fans of the Allman Brothers Band with the deaths of co-founders Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks. In later years, the group was known for now-legendary residencies at New York’s Beacon Theater (concluding with its last-ever show in 2014) and more occasionally, Boston’s Orpheum. Now the Tedeschi Trucks Band has picked up the mantle, following a fall Beacon run with a three-night Orpheum stand, cementing what looks like an early December institution. On Thursday, TTB split the Orpheum bill with the North Mississippi Allstars, whose Luther Dickinson also served as a guest, adding incendiary guitar licks to the Allmans classic “Ain’t Wasting Time No More.” While TTB loves to nod to its soul, blues, jazz and rock heroes, such an overt Allmans homage seems unlikely for the group’s two-set Friday and Saturday shows. Norwell-bred singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and ex-Allmans guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks (nephew of Butch) have increasingly come into their own with TTB, a versatile 12-piece outfit with horn and vocal trios and double drummers as well as returning keyboardist/flutist Kofi Burbridge, who suffered a heart attack in June. After such a year of challenges, the Orpheum offers a cathartic celebration of life for the Tedeschi Trucks clan.
Guitars won’t only be roaring at the Orpheum as the Dream Syndicate, those psych-rock pioneers from LA’s ’80s Paisley Underground, roll into Once Ballroom on Friday behind the inspired How Did I Find Myself Here? It’s the first album in 30 years from the gnarly, atmospheric group, which still features original singer/guitarist Steve Wynn and drummer Dennis Duck, longtime bassist Mark Walton and guitarist Jason Victor (old LA associate Chris Cacavas should also guest on live keyboards). And if that’s not enough six-string enticement, ex-Television guitarist Richard Lloyd opens at the Once show.
On the jazz front, the effervescent Grammy and Tony Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater plays Scullers Jazz Club both Friday and Saturday, while New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band pumps up the Sinclair the same nights. On Saturday, Louisiana-flavored roots rockers Donna the Buffalo bring the herd to new local venue City Winery, located smack between North Station and Haymarket. And Jolie Holland teams with her former Be Good Taynas mate Samantha Parton at Great Scott on Saturday (before that club hosts singer/guitarist A Savage from Parquet Courts on Sunday). Sunday also finds singer Emily Haines stepping out from her role fronting Toronto dance-rockers Metric to play the ICA behind Choirs of the Mind, a new piano-rooted album from her solo project the Soft Skeleton.