by Laura Feeney

The Tedeschi Trucks Band was the much-anticipated headliner at the Blues Tent on Friday night of the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. The Florida-based 11-member blues-rock band certainly lived up to their hype, delivering an exceptional set that kept the audience moving for just over two hours.

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring the lovely Susan Tedeschi [Photo: Scott Greer]

 The performance included a unique mixture of classic blues, funk, soul, and rock. They kicked off the show with an electric cover of George Harrison’s classic ‘Wah-Wah’. The show included hits from their Grammy award-winning album ‘Revelator’, as well as classic covers like ‘The night they drove old Dixie down’ and plenty of all-out jams. The tent was filled with dancing and joy as the audience let loose and danced well into the night.

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Husband and wife duo, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi [Photo: Scott Greer]

Each member of the All-Star band had a chance to showcase his or her own style during the set. Derek Trucks, of Allman Brother fame, brought his unforgettable slide guitar expertise to the stage, performing soaring solos with seeming ease. His wife, the talented Susan Tedeschi, held her own on electric guitar and swept the audience away with her powerful voice. Two drummers kept perfect time as the audience moved along with the exuberant brass section, which featured trumpet, trombone, and saxophone. Using each instrument and vocalist to their full potential, the Tedeschi Trucks Band delivered a performance that has Fredericton talking. We hope to see them back in the future!

For more photos from Friday’s performance, check out the slideshow: