Show is being billed as a "homecoming" for longtime Sarasota County resident Betts
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Sarasota County resident Dickey Betts has booked his closest full-fledged show since relaunching his touring career in May following four years of retirement.
The Dickey Betts Band will play Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Nov. 5. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m.
The show is being billed as a homecoming for Betts, the Allman Brothers Band founding member who played lead guitar, wrote and sang such hits as "Ramblin' Man" and "Blue Sky," and composed the classic instrumentals "Jessica" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." Betts' family has ties to Sarasota-Manatee dating back to the Civil War.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Billy Gibbons, best known as the co-lead singer and lead guitarist of ZZ Top, which rocked a sold-out Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota in 2016, will open. Gibbons' touring band includes Guns ’n’ Roses veteran drummer Matt Sorum, guitarist Austin Hanks as well as DJ Elwood Francis, who doubles on harmonica.
Betts and Gibbons shared a stage as early as 1971 when ZZ Top opened for the original Allman Brothers Band lineup at The Warehouse in New Orleans. Gibbons recalls the event in the foreword he wrote for the Randy Poe biography "Skydog: The Duane Allman Story."
Since relaunching his career in May with a "live rehearsal show" at White Buffalo Saloon about seven miles from his Sarasota home, Betts has maintained a steady touring schedule of several shows per month including the Peach Music Festival in July.
"Even when this wasn’t the tightest set of the weekend, iconic songs like the harrowing 'Whipping Post' and the guitar masterpiece 'Jessica' incited roars, mostly out of respect and a realization that everything was in its right place for the first time in decades," reads the closing sentence from a glowing Rolling Stone review that ran in the article "Peach Music Festival 2018: 10 Best Things We Saw."
Tickets for the Nov. 5 show in Clearwater are priced at $100, $85, $69 and $55 and will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket office by calling 727-791-7400 or visiting rutheckerdhall.com.
On Wednesday, Duane Betts, Dickey's son and band mate who recently was interviewed for the Herald-Tribune's current edition of "Ticket," will be at the Five O’Clock Club in Sarasota for his “Downtown Runaround” video shoot and "family jam." Limited tickets priced at $60-$70 are on sale at eventbrite.com.