Allman Brothers fans turn private party into street party
Saturday night, Allman Brothers Band fans jammed along Vineville Avenue.
The section in front of The Big House was shut down and that’s where hundreds of people along the street sung and danced to some of their tunes.
On one side of the gate was family and friends, and on the other, the fans.
Patty Mayeau drove 10 hours overnight from Louisiana to make it here.
Some drove four hours, but the distance wouldn’t keep fans from lining the street further signifying the power of the bands’ music.
Willis Gore says in the 1970s, the band’s music brought together people from different races and walks of life.
“You can be in a room with 10 different people from 10 different countries and not be able to say something to understand each other, but be able to play something. And everybody be on the same page,” said Gore.
Gore calls their music a sign of freedom.
“It’s R&B, Rock and Roll, blues, jazz and gospel all mixed in the same thing. Coming at to you like a freight train,” said Gore.
Longtime fans gathered to send a message of love and respect to his family.
"Rest in Peace Gregg Allman," said Mayeau. "You will be dearly missed by a lot of people. Everybody is here to show their support."