Atlanta Laid Back Festival with Gregg Allman, ZZ Top rescheduled

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Allman will bring his fest to Atlanta in October.

Allman will bring his fest to Atlanta in October.

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Earlier this week, ZZ Top announced that an injury to bassist Dusty Hill would force the postponement of several shows, including the May 7 launch of Gregg Allman’s Laid Back Festival at Lakewood Amphitheatre.

The show has been rescheduled for Oct. 29. All previously purchased tickets will be honored, or refunds are available at point of purchase.

Joining Allman and ZZ Top at the fest are Blackberry Smoke, Michelle Malone, Gabriel Kelley, Stonerider and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. Due to the rescheduling, the Kevn Kinney Band will not be part of the new date, but Atlanta’s Mother’s Finest has been added to the bill.

Tickets for the fest are $32-$112 (a limited lawn four-pack is available for $100) and can be purchased via www.livenation.com, www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets and by calling 1-800-745-3000.

ZZ Top’s Hill injured himself during a concert in Lubbock, Texas, last week.

According to ZZ Top’s manager, Hill tripped on a step on his way to the stage at the Texas show and has undergone treatment for a fractured shoulder.

“It was very dark back there and the step – really a half-step – wasn’t lit so there’s no way he could’ve seen it.  We found out that others had missed it and stumbled earlier in the day. Maybe some strategic lighting could’ve prevented this, but that’s water under the bridge.  What’s important now is that Dusty and his medical team to do what’s necessary for a complete recovery,” said manager Carl Stubner in a statement.

Hill added, “My physicians told me that this type of injury is usually associated with contact sports.  I’m not sure bass-playing qualifies as such but they’re doing their best to get me back in the game as soon as possible.  Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes we’ve received.  We’re determined to enjoy a speedy recovery and to see you soon!”

In 2014, ZZ Top postponed its Atlanta show after Hill took a misstep on the band’s tour bus and injured his hip. They returned for a performance with Jeff Beck in May.

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