A sold-out Chicago Theatre welcomed the Tedeschi Trucks Band for the second of a two-night event.

It’s a rare sight to see the whole of the Chicago Theatre take to their feet, and stay standing, but that’s exactly what they did to show their love of the Tedeschi Trucks Band on Saturday night. This show was the second of a two-night run, and was an entirely different set up to the first. Whereas Friday night witnessed Leon Russell open for them, Saturday night had no opener; just two full sets of Telescope Trucks. There were a number of passionate fans who attended both sold out shows, and would have got to enjoy the two different setlists.

The twelve-piece blues-rock band, with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi at the helm, thrilled their adoring fanbase with a strong blend of their classic favorites, impressive representation from the new album, and covers of Joe Cocker, Leonard Cohen, and Elmore James to name a few.

This band of highly talented musicians don’t need to hide behind any tomfoolery. In good old-fashioned blues fashion, they let their music do the talking. With musicians like these, you don’t need pyrotechnics and flashy stage setups.

Susan’s voice alone was enough to captivate the audience and get them on their feet. If you are a fan of Stevie Nicks or Beth Hart, you need to check out Tedeschi. Add into the mix her blues licks – she had full command of her Strat at all times – and you get something extra special!

Of course, you can’t have a top blues band without having a great slide guitarist – enter Derek Trucks. It is clear to see how these two had so much success solo – but combine the two together and wow!

Looking at the stage setup, with two guitarists, two drummers, a bass player, three backing singers and three in the horn section, you may expect it to be an overpowering combination. Instead, they worked together perfectly, giving each other turns to showcase their talent rather than fighting for attention.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band North American tour continues through until March. Tickets will not last long so grab them while you still can! Their new album, Let Me Get By, was released yesterday, January 29.

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About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!