'A Brothers Revival' band brings Allman Brothers music to Destin, Niceville stages

Tony Simmons
The News Herald

NICEVILLE — The legendary Allman Brothers band lives on through the music of A Brothers Revival, which is playing two local concerts in May.

A Brother's Revival features former Allman Brothers bassist David "Rook" Goldflies (aka Goldflēce) along with Mike Kach of the Dickey Betts Band on keyboards and vocals.

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A Brothers Revival will kick off its summer tour in Niceville on May 1.

The band is opening up its 2021 tour with a local performance at the Taylor Haugen Foundation's National #PledgeTo Protect Campaign, which potentially saves lives by encouraging action toward better protection of sports players against abdominal injuries. The concert will be at the Northwest Florida State College Outdoor Amphitheater, 100 College Blvd. in Niceville, from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1. Tickets are $10 per person, or $30 per family (for up to five members). For advance tickets and more information, call 850-729-6000 or visit MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.  

The second stop on the tour will be the Concerts In The Village, 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin, from 7 to 9  p.m. May 20. Tickets are $15 for adults, and free to Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation members and children under the age of 12. For more information, call 850-650-2226 or visit EventBrite.com.

A Brothers Revival takes Allman Brothers’ fans back in time to hear the music of one of the most loved and successful groups in rock 'n roll history.

“Performing with A Brother's Revival takes the entire experience I had while touring with the Allman Brothers full circle," said Goldflies, who played on multiple tours and recorded three albums with the Allman Brothers Band. "I learned so much about this music from the original four members — Gregg, Dickey, Jaimoe and Butch. It’s an honor to bring what I learned back to the stage.”

A Brothers Revival, featuring David Goldflies (third from left), will play in Destin on May 20.

Goldflies told The News Herald in 2013 that he owed his father a debt of gratitude for supporting his musical passion: "My dad would encourage me to practice,” he said. “I remember him holding dinner for me and telling me to get back in there and practice. When you have a dad who is into just about everything, it keeps you on your toes.”

Few singers have the range and passion to sing Gregg Allman's music, according to band spokesman Doug Deutsch. A Brothers Revival's Mike Kach successfully takes listeners back to the sound of Allman's bluesy performances.

In 2019, Goldflies collaborated with Dr. David Ott, who is widely acknowledged as one of America’s greatest living composers. for "A Night On The Road," which fused the music of A Brothers Revival with the Panama City Pops Orchestra (now known as the Panama City Symphony). 

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A Brother's Revival will perform the Allman Brothers' most memorable classic hits, including "Whipping Post," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," "Southbound," "Ramblin Man," "Melissa," "Jessica," "One Way Out," "Midnight Rider," "Soulshine," "Statesboro Blues," and of course, "Revival."

The song list will change from show to show, with unexpected jams added — just as the Allman Brothers did to keep the show exciting for its fans, Deutsch said. The tour was postponed more than a year because of the COVID-10 pandemic, Deutsch said.