I wouldn’t even consider shelling out $90 to see the Allman Brothers at the Beacon during their traditional spring run, but when Dan had an extra for Warren Haynes‘ off night benefit at Irving (for half that price) I said sure. Warren has a lot of friends, and you never know who might stop by. Who knows, it could turn into a repeat of that sweaty winter night two years ago when Warren, Medeski, Dave Schools and Skerik demolished the Bowery Ballroom (download).

Skerik and Medeski didn’t show up last night, but Warren brought plenty of friends eager to play righteous rock’n roll. The show–a solid four hours all in all–started with some acoustic Haynes, Edwin McCain and Kevin Kinney from Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ did a Seal song, and Gregg Allman came out with an acoustic guitar. Susan Tedeschi sat in for “I Shall Be Released,” and after a break, we were treated to the full Allman Brothers Band. Whoa! Too see what that band can do to a venue like Irving Plaza was pretty instructive. “Jessica” tore the place up, but prodigy Derek barely broke a sweat. And the night was far from over: after another break, it was the Derek Trucks Band with Susan Tedeschi (including a peculiar arrangement of “The Weight”), followed by a Govt. Mule set with Eric Krasno, Kofi Burbridge, Col. Bruce Hampton, and some other unidentified but gifted individuals. A funked-up “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” brought the show home somewhere near 3am. It’s already available for download at bt.etree.org.

For your enjoyment: last night’s “Jessica”: