(c) Frank Beacham

(c) Frank Beacham

Last night Levon Helm finally brought his Ramble to Philly, playing the Electric Factory. It was Helm’s second Philly appearance in the 21st Century, the first being a show by his blues group The Barn Burners at a River Jam, where following his surgery for throat Cancer, Helm did not sing. It was his second appearance at the Electric Factory, the last being what turned out to be the (reformed) Band’s final appearance in Philadelphia about 12 or 13 years ago. That show was so lackluster with blown intros and other musical disasters I decided I would not see The Band in that incarnation again, a major decision since The Band was, has been and always will be my favorite group.

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