“Midnight Rider” with Lamar Williams Jr.[Video: jmphillips21]Before the launch of The ABB in 2019, you can find Devon and Duane on tour through late February 2019 as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts. Ticket links and information for those shows can be found here. Jan 20-24, 2019 | Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Gov’t Mule’s Island Exodus with Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Ron HollowayJan 28, 2019 | Park City, UT @ The Cabin (Devon & Duane acoustic @ Sundance Festival)Feb 14-18, 2019 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Rock Legends Cruise VI with Roger Daltrey and Buddy GuyFeb 20, 2019 | Stuart, FL @ Lyric TheaterFeb 21, 2019 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Parker PlayhouseFeb 22, 2019 | Ocala, FL @ Reilly Arts CenterFeb 23, 2019 | Ormond Beach, FL @ The Pavilion at Destination DaytonaFeb 24, 2019 | Clearwater, FL @ Clearwater Sea-Blues FestivalFeb 25 – March 1, 2019 | Tampa, FL @ Keepin’ The Blues Alive w/ Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd For the Devon Allman Project’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza, Dickey Betts joined the all-star cast right before the clock struck midnight, and helped the musicians ring in 2019 with a scorching rendition of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”. The performance was highlighted by the father and son combo of Dickey and Duane firing blazing hot guitar licks back and forth, as Oakley rocked the low end. For the encore, Lamar Williams Jr. joined the stage for a heartwarming performance of “Midnight Rider”. It was a full-circle family affair, indeed. The Allman Betts Band DatesMar 28, 2019 | Torrington, CT @ Warner TheatreMar 29, 2019 | Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey PACMar 30, 2019 | Plattsburgh, NY @ The Strand TheaterApr 4, 2019 | Huntington, NY @ The ParamountApr 5, 2019 | Stowe, VT @ Spruce Peak PACApr 6, 2019 | Staten Island, NY @ St. George TheatreApr 11, 2019 | Homer, NY @ Center for the ArtsApr 12, 2019 | Newton, NJ @ Newton TheaterApr 13, 2019 | Beverly, MA @ Cabot TheaterJun 29, 2019 | New Martinsville, WV @ Back Home FestivalSep 1, 2019 | Lakeville, PA @ Cove Haven Southern Rock FestivalView All Tour Dates Devon Allman Project w/ Special Guest Duane Betts Dates: On Monday night, The Devon Allman Project celebrated New Year’s Eve in the hometown of the Allman Brothers Band at Macon GA’s Grand Opera House. Fittingly, the southern rock show featured a slew of special guests, as former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts made an appearance, as well as his son Duane Betts, bassist Berry Oakley Jr., who’s father was the original ABB bassist, and Lamar Williams Jr., son of former bassist Lamar Williams. The family affair seemed like a sneak-peak of the recently announced Allman Betts Band, which the original press release referred to as “the new ABB”, and includes Devon and Duane, along with Berry Oakley Jr., slide guitarist Johnny Stachela, and DAP percussionists R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow) and John Lum.
They submitted the petition to the City Clerk’s Office to call for a referendum on the March municipal election ballot, halting the ban from going into effect last Thursday. The City Attorney’s Office notified 1,046 suspected dispensary locations to shut down by the Sept. 6 deadline or face a fine when the ban was approved in July. Los Angeles city officials are not currently enforcing the ban because of their ongoing verification of the 50,000 signatures submitted on the petition.When the council passed the ban in July, a total of 762 dispensaries were registered within the city of Los Angeles. The new regulation does not permit the sale of medical marijuana in stores but does allow licensed patients and caregivers to grow their own marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act.Steven Hwang, a USC alumnus who majored in human performance, co-founded Students for Sensible Drug Policy in January to push for drug policy reform. He said his organization did not help with directly gathering signatures for the petition but helped spread information about the ban.“It’s not a sensible policy whatsoever,” Hwang said. “We always want to ease patient access. We always want to provide them with the best quality for them to enjoy and medicate on their own from the safety of their homes. This ban is really out of touch with what the citizens are asking for.”If the petition to eliminate the ban is verified, the L.A. City Council will decide whether to repeal the ordinance, call for a special election within the next 140 days or put it on the ballot March 5.Sarah Lovering, development officer for the Marijuana Policy Project, said the ban will likely be overturned. She is also unsure, however, what it will mean for medical marijuana policy overall as the ban also bars the city from enforcing a 2010 ordinance to regulate dispensaries.“If the ban is repealed, then I guess we go to a situation where there is no ordinance, which could be good for patients,” she said. “It means that patients will be able to shop at dispensaries. But dispensary owners will be at risk because there won’t be any clear guidelines about who’s allowed to operate and where.”She said the alternative to dispensaries is generally the black market, where there is no guarantee of quality or consistency of the product.“The benefits [of dispensaries] are things like patients who need medical marijuana will be able to find it much more easily and be able to have a lot more in its quality,” she said. “A lot of dispensaries do test their products and even those who don’t … it would be very easy to tell others about that and report it.”Junior business major Cynthia Bardon said she supports the use of medical marijuana but sees potential dangers in a lack of regulation.“There should be more control to avoid illegal trafficking,” Bardon said. “If people are going to try to obtain it illegally through street vendors, it will be more dangerous.”Hwang said part of the initial goal of SSDP was to put a legalization initiative on the November ballot. Though there is no initiative on the ballot, Hwang said that SSDP will continue working for new policies.“We’re going to be rallying everyone to overturn this ban in March and elect more officials who have more sensible policies,” he said. “This ban … really makes no sense on how we can continue to ease access for the patients instead of putting up barriers and putting our patients in very dangerous situations.”Staff writer Kimberly Montenegro contributed to this report. Medical marijuana supporters collected 50,000 signatures to overturn a ban to shut down most of the medical marijuana storefront dispensaries in Los Angeles last Thursday.Green doctors · Students for Sensible Drug Policy pushed against a potential ban on marijuana dispensaries, like this one in Venice Beach. – Lisa Parker | Daily Trojan