The duo of Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina formed in the early 1970s when Messina, who played guitar for the bands Buffalo Springfield and Poco, was picked to produce a solo recording for Loggins, a neophyte performer who had written tunes for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The two found that their styles meshed, and went on to record several albums - among them their debut Sittin' In in 1972 and Full Sail - before disbanding in 1976. Their songs, including "Danny's Song, "House at Pooh Corner," "Vahevala," "My Music," "Angry Eyes," "Your Mama Don't Dance (And Your Daddy Don't Rock & Roll)" and "Thinking of You," became part of the soundtrack of the 1970s.
I suppose they still fit together like a glove, and will provide evidence when they play Bethel Woods this Friday, August 21 with...yes, you guessed it: Poco. In fact, Richie Furay, an original Buffalo Springfield guy and founding member of Poco, will be on hand. He will also be interviewed at the site's museum by radio legend Pete Fornatale at 3 p.m. Please call ahead in case this event is sold out.
The next night, the Boston Pops perform a varied program and split sets with Arlo Guthrie. This is creative booking and makes perfect sense: a set of masters of particular genres and the ability to fulfill young and old.
Given the excesses, indulgences and shifting tastes that come with the job, rock bands aren't generally around long enough to stage 40th-anniversary tours - and if they are, it seldom amounts to more than a self-congratulatory tribute concert night after night. Yet somehow these rules didn't apply to the Allman Brothers Band, who plays with Widespread Panic on Wednesday, August 26. Though they've weathered lineup changes and tragedies (especially the 1971 death of guitarist Duane Allman in a motorcycle accident), lone surviving brother and keyboardist Gregg Allman leads a seven-piece band (often featuring three, count 'em, three drummers) through an adventurous mix of virtuosic Southern rock and blues that continues and even builds upon the band's legacy. Part of what allows the Allman Brothers Band to pull off this time-defying sleight of hand is an infusion of new blood - most notably with gifted slide guitarist Derek Trucks, who was ten years away from being born when the Allman Brothers released its self-titled debut.
The next night, the blues will be far from over, but just beginning when B. B. King and his pal - the storm hailing from the Windy City, Buddy Guy - play a double bill. Who could argue who opens for whom? In a time when axe-slingers make their names by note count, B. B. and Buddy provide the antidote. In a world of fast food, these guys simmer and burn: the true musical version of slow food.
For tix, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.bethelwoodscenter.org.