Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is no newcomer to the Allman Brothers family. One of Taz’s very first sit-ins was the Gregg Allman Band at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2014, just days before he boarded his first-ever Jam Cruise—a definitive turning point in his young career—where the then-10-year-old played “Whipping Post” and “Hot ‘Lanta” to a sold-out crowd. Just a few days after, Taz met the cosmic Col. Bruce Hampton on Jam Cruise 12 and they quickly became friends.
During last year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, an all-star collective of musicians gathered at Brooklyn Bowl to pay homage to fallen musical heroes Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks. “The Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music Of The Allman Brothers” was Brooklyn Comes Alive‘s tribute to those two iconic musicians and the incredible music that they created, and it featured an impressive and diverse array of musicians from across the improvisational music universe.
Taz was at the center of this madness, joining the all-star cast for a roaring rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post”. As the iconic bass line of “Whipping Post” began, Scott Sharrard and Niederauer buckled up, taking the excited audience on a journey of epic proportions. Taz was incredible, nailing the song’s spacey rhythm guitar while Sharrard took his solo. When it was Taz’s turn to solo, he was patient, slowly building up in speed and intensity until he exploded, unleashing what can only be described as a ferocious attack on his guitar. You can see the pure joy on Niederauer’s face, as he sails smoothly through the Allman Brothers Band classic.
Watch video of Taz ripping up “Whipping Post” below.
The Road Goes On Forever: The Music Of The Allman Brothers, Brooklyn Comes Alive – “Whipping Post” – 9/22/2017
[Video: Live For Live Music]
During the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive on September 29th, the one-day jam-packed festival will host a special tribute to iconic rock artists we lost in 2017, including Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks, and Gregg Allman. The special set will see an all-star cast of musicians come together to pay their respects to these three musical legends, including young guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.
For this special performance, Taz will serve as the set’s musical director and will be joined by Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and The Meters bassist, George Porter Jr.; acclaimed Lettuce guitarist, Adam Smirnoff; founding drummer of Col. Bruce’s Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jeff Sipe; Gregg Allman’s organ player for the Gregg Allman Band, Peter Levin; and former American Idol contestant and current vocalist for Taz’s solo band, Elise Testone. The show takes place from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 29th, at the Brooklyn Bowl.
Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full schedule for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.
Brooklyn Comes Alive is sponsored by Denver-based company, Pure CBD Exchange, which creates and sells a number of CBD/cannabidiol products (What is CBD?) from concentrates, tinctures, extracts, lotions, creams, and more. The use of CBD has gained much notoriety as of late, for use as both a health and wellness supplement and to treat conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer, and a number of mental disorders and is also used for anti-inflammation, nausea reduction, sleep aid, and more. Pure CBD Exchange was co-founded by Gregg Allman Band organist/keyboardist and Brooklyn Comes Alive musician Peter Levin back in 2017.
Pure CBD Exchange focuses on low-THC cannabis products with high CBD content. They work within the Colorado Industrial Hemp pilot program to distribute non-psychoactive tinctures, extracts, lotions, and more all over the world. The company has featured by companies like VICE, High Times, Leafly, and more.
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