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Fresh from Peach Fest, Tedeschi Trucks Band heads to Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 15

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From a press release:

They have a “made up mind;” Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are bringing the band to Wilkes-Barre. It was announced today that Tedeschi Trucks Band will visit the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre) box office, online at, or by phone at 570-826-1100. A special Kirby Member pre-sale begins Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m.

Tedeschi Trucks Band is an 11-member collective that thrills audiences worldwide with its transcendent live performances and award-winning albums. Formed in 2010 by husband-and-wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks and featuring two harmony singers, a three-piece horn section, keyboards, bass, and a pair of drummers, the band disproves the adage “less is more” while building a devoted following of fans and critics alike.

Tedeschi Trucks Band has taken its roots-rich musical mix to audiences across the globe and become a proven powerhouse on stage. Driven by Trucks’ signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi’s honey-to-husk voice, the group consistently delivers an electrifying blend of blues, soul, jazz, and rock, drawing from an ever-evolving song list.

They have headlined the venerable Newport Jazz Festival, co-headlined tours with B.B. King and The Black Crowes, and have played to packed houses in the world’s most celebrated venues, from Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Beacon Theatre to the Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall. Local fans may have caught the band earlier this year at The Peach Music Festival in Scranton.

Their debut release, “Revelator,” earned both a Grammy and Blues Music Award, while 2011’s live follow-up, “Everybody’s Talkin’,” delivered a double-disc classic reminiscent of legendary concert recordings like The Allman Brothers Band’s “At Fillmore East.” Currently, the band is touring in support of its second studio effort, “Made Up Mind,” which entered the Billboard 200 at No. 11 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “equal parts Stax and Muscle Shoals without dilution of either.”

Emerging as one of the most respected guitarists of his generation, Trucks led his own Derek Trucks Band for more than 15 years, prior to teaming up with Tedeschi. For the past 13 years, the Florida native has also performed as a full member of The Allman Brothers Band and has toured with both Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. Trucks was voted No. 16 on the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time (Rolling Stone, November 2011) by a panel of fellow musicians and industry experts.

No stranger to center stage herself, singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi started playing in bands in her hometown of Boston at age 13. Her knack for combining American roots music, particularly electric blues, Southern soul, and gospel, with passionate, awe-inspiring vocal prowess has resulted in a prolific solo career full of award-winning records, six Grammy nominations, and a devoted following. Blessed with a voice that ranges from powerful R&B belters to gentle ballads, Tedeschi is a talented guitarist as well, her style alternately recalling post-war electric blues and Hendrix-inspired rock.

Easily capable of shining as individuals, this 11-piece ensemble is concerned more with the sound than the spotlight. Sharing a level of respect and camaraderie rarely found in rock ‘n’ roll, Tedeschi Trucks Band has found a magical combination that delivers an unforgettable, can’t-miss concert experience, one the Boston Herald says, “booms like a soul thunderclap.”

For these musicians and their audiences, more is indeed more.