The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND have announced their final plans: they have rescheduled dates for four shows at New York City's Beacon Theatre that were postponed in March: Tuesday, 10/21, Wednesday 10/22, Friday, 10/24 and Saturday, 10/25. Tickets purchased for those sold-out shows (originally set for 3/25, 26, 28 & 29) will be honored on these dates for the corresponding days (see itinerary below). Fans unable to attend the rescheduled shows can return tickets for a refund at the point of purchase prior to August 1.

Immediately following the four make-up dates, the ABB have announced the final shows for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group, which formed in 1969. These final ABB performances will also be at the Beacon Theatre October 27 and 28, a venue the band has played exactly 232 times since their annual tradition began there in 1989. On-sale information for the two newly added shows will be announced in the near future.

The current lineup of the band--founding members GREGG ALLMAN (vocals and keyboards), BUTCH TRUCKS (drums and tympani) and JAIMOE (drums) plus longtime members WARREN HAYNES (vocals, lead and slide guitar), DEREK TRUCKS (slide and lead guitar), OTEIL BURBRIDGE (bass) and MARC QUINONES (congas and percussion)--is, at 14 years, substantially longer than any other version of the band. The group returned to the stage in April with two shows at their 10th annual Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL, where they played to an enthusiastic sea of fans each night.

The ABB's next concert appearance will be as the closing performer at this year's Mountain Jam this Sunday, June 8 in Hunter, NY. The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND will close the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, VA on Sunday, September 7.

Meanwhile, the band is gearing up for two nights of concerts as part of their very own PEACH FESTIVAL, August 14-17 in Northeast Pennsylvania. In its third year, PEACH FEST 2014 will feature artists including the ABB on two nights, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Trey Anastasio Band, Lotus, Big Gigantic, the Taj Mahal Trio, Blackberry Smoke, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, the London Souls and more.

Here is the band's final itinerary:

DATE                CITY                           VENUE:

Sun 6/8           Hunter Mountain, NY Mountain Jam

Thu-Sun 8/14-17   Scranton, PA                 Peach Fest

Sun 9/7                Arrington, VA                 Lockn' Music Fest

Tues 10/21           New York, NY                Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 25 honored)

Weds 10/22          New York, NY                Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 26 honored)

Fri 10/24              New York, NY                Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 28 honored)

Sat 10/25             New York, NY                Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 29 honored)

Mon 10/27            New York, NY                Beacon Theatre

Tues 10/28           New York, NY                Beacon Theatre


altEditor Jonathan Mover Responds to Reader's Question

Reader Chopra M. sent a question to Drumhead via Ask A Pro: I bought an acoustic drum kit recently. The setup is standard but I am more comfortable in playing bass with my left foot (using a double-bass pedal extension), left-handed snare and right-handed hi-hats.

Is this appropriate or should I change the style to what maximum percentage of drummers use?

In response to his question, Jonathan Mover sent out this reply:

There is no inappropriate way to set up and/or play drums. You should approach setting up and playing in the most comfortable way you can, and with what makes the most sense for you.

Left-hand-lead drummers have the advantage of playing openhanded on a right-handed drum kit: Simon Phillips, Billy Cobham, Lenny White, Carter Beauford, etc. That being said, there are some amazing left-handed drummers playing left-handed kits:Phil Collins, Rod Morgenstein, Mark Craney.

Try taking your standard setup and reversing it, so that the hi-hat (right foot) and snare are on the right side, the floor tom on the left with the ride cymbal, and your left foot on the kick. See how it feels and take it from there.

Just go for it. The fact that your playing drums and excited about it is all that matters.

Jonathan Mover

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altKiss Shouts it Out On "American Idol" Finale

The world’s greatest rockstars, KISS, performed on the Season 13 Finale of "American Idol" this week, joined by show contestant Caleb Johnson for a two-song medley of the hit singles “Love Gun” and “Shout it Out.”  A video of the performance can be found here.  

Throughout the performance, Pearl Artist, Eric Singer turned to his stunning Masters MCX Series “Mirrorball Kit,” to provide the warm and full bodied tones that are synonymous with rock n’ roll.  This particular and one-of-a-kind Mirrorball Kit originally made its debut on KISS’s massive 2012 amphitheater tour, The Tour, which featured a co-headlining effort by KISS and Motley Crue. It has since traveled the world over, putting Pearl’s durability through the ultimate test in part to Eric Singer’s powerful hard-hitting night after night. More information on Eric Singer can be found here.

KISS is currently gearing up for a huge summer tour in celebration of their 40th Anniversary, which is scheduled to kick off on June 23rd at the USANA Amphitheater in West Valley City, Utah.  A full list of tour dates can be found below and ticketing information can be found at


altChad Smith Takes On the White House

Pearl Artist and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer, Chad Smith, visited the White House this week to meet with the President and First Lady on behalf of The Turnaround Arts Initiative- A public-private partnership designed to funnel money into low-performing schools for arts and music education.  At this event, Mrs. Obama talked about the success of the Turnaround Arts Initiative, which initially launched with 8 schools back in 2012, and announced that the program is now expanded to include 35 schools in Des Moines, Chicago, Boston, Minnesota, Louisiana, and California.  Chad Smith was one of several celebrities on hand for the expansion announcement and, under the program, he will be travelling to several of the now-35 schools to mentor and educate the students.

During this trip to Washington D.C., Chad also went to Capitol Hill to speak with House Speaker John Boehner, among others, about the importance of arts in education.  Speaking on the topic, Chad states:

"I probably wouldn't have graduated and gone on to have a career in music if it wasn't for arts in school," says Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  He continues, "When you do well in music and art, it just motivates you to want to excel in other areas."

More information on The Turnaround Arts Initiative can be found at


Umphrey’s McGee cut the cable

Chicago based groove-rockers, Umphrey’s McGee- who includes Pearl Artists Andy Farag and Kris Myers- recently released an in-studio video for their latest single, “Cut the Cable.” The video, which is linked below, offers fans a behind scenes into the recording sessions of the band’s forthcoming album, Similar Skin, which is scheduled to hit the shelves on June 10th.  Pre-orders for the new album are currently available through the band’s website,

In support of Similar Skin, Umphrey’s McGee will embark on a lengthy summer tour that will find the band rockin’ some of the world’s largest music festivals, along with performing a plethora of 2-set headlining tour stops as part of their 2014 World Tour.  Throughout this trek, Umphrey’s stage will be littered with the Pearl Drums brand with Pearl Percussion Artist, Andy Farag, debuting his Havana Series Congas and Bongos - a new series for the Pearl Percussion lineup in 2014 - while Pearl Combo Artist, Kris Myers, will display his uncanny talents behind a set of Reference Series drums.  A full list of the band’s upcoming US tour dates can be found below.

More information on both Andy Farag and Kris Myers can be found on their respective Artist Profiles on

Umphrey’s McGee: “Cut the Cable”-


Alabama Awes Millions with Surprise Performance on ‘the Voice’

Legendary and iconic country stars, Alabama, made a surprise guest appearance on the season finale of NBC’s hit television show, "The Voice," this past Tuesday, performing with show contestant and finalist Jake Worthington.  The performance video of Alabama’s surprise appearance can be viewed here.

Having captivated and enthralled country fans for the past 40+ years, Alabama has reached legendary status in the music world for their seemingly endless list of hit songs, several multi-platinum selling albums, and for their unmistakable and signature sound which has inspired the genre’s biggest names of today.  For their surprise appearance on "The Voice," Alabama performed their former No. 1 hit single, “Mountain Music,” which was the single that earned Alabama their first Grammy Award in 1983.

Pearl Artist, Chuck Tilley, once again provided the backbeat for Alabama- as he’s done for the past several years- turning to the proven and classic tones of Pearl’s Masters Series Drums for Tuesday’s performance in front the millions of "Voice"-viewers.  For more information on Chuck Tilley and Alabama, please visit

Alabama: “Mountain Music” (live on The Voice)


More information on your favorite Pearl Artists can be found at


altBilly Hart Quartet U.S. Tour Dates

Quartet to play NYC's Village Vanguard June 3-8

Drum legend Billy Hart and his Quartet are currently on tour in Europe. They will be bringing their incredible sound to the state side starting on June 3rd with a week long run at the Village Vanguard and ending with two nights at The Blue Whale in LA.The tour is in support of his second ECM release One is the Other. Listen to tracks from the the album here.  On this nationwide tour, Hart is backed by his quartet of Mark Turner on tenor saxophone, Ethan Iverson on piano and Ben Street on bass.

William “Billy” Hart is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history. Early on Hart performed in Washington, D.C. with soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and then later with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was a sideman with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964–1966), and Wes Montgomery (1966–1968). Following Montgomery’s death in 1968, Hart moved to New York, where he recorded with McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul, and played with Eddie Harris, Pharoah Sanders, and Marian McPartland.

Hart was a member of Herbie Hancock’s sextet (1969–1973), and played with McCoy Tyner (1973–1974), Stan Getz (1974–1977), and Quest (1980s), in addition to extensive freelance playing (including recording with Miles Davis on 1972′s On the Corner).

At age 72, Billy Hart works steadily and teaches widely. Since the early 1990s Hart spends considerable time at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is adjunct faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. He also conducts private lessons through The New School and New York University. Hart often contributes to the Stokes Forest Music Camp and the Dworp Summer Jazz Clinic in Belgium. More information can be found at Hart's website here.

June 3-8                    New York, NY                    Village Vanguard

June 13&14               Chicago, IL                        Constellation

June 15                     Minneapolis, MN                 venue tba

June 16                     Santa Cruz, CA                  Kuumbwa

June 17                     Fresno, CA                        Fresno Jazz Festival      

June 18                     Oakland, CA                      Yoshi's

June 19&20               Los Angeles, CA                 Blue Whale
Join drummer Steve Smith in tribute to Miles Daves this week at NYC's Iridium Jazz Club, May 21 - May 24, two sets nightly, 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM.

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