The Tedeschi Trucks Band has made a habit of playing the Orpheum Theatre whenever an album-supporting tour winds through Los Angeles. Yet, there was a decidedly different feel to the 12-piece ensemble’s show downtown on a Thursday in mid-May.Related: Tedeschi Trucks Band Performs On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ [Pro-Shot Video]Sure, the two sets were freshly filled with tracks from their new album, Signs, including “I’m Gonna Be There” and the title track to start the second set and the powerful “Shame” popping up shortly thereafter. And yes, there were more cameras than usual in the building to capture the magic for those watching at home through Nugs.net.But the biggest difference of all was a rather somber one. This marked the first LA show for the Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks-led outfit since the tragic passing of keyboardist Kofi Burbridge earlier this year. His loss is the closest to the band’s performing core, but hardly the only one within the Tedeschi Trucks circle in recent years. From Gregg Allman and Leon Russell to Colonel Bruce Hampton and Derek’s uncle, Butch Trucks, the band’s long list of confidants and collaborators shrunk considerably and sadly during the creation and release of Signs.The resulting raw emotions lent an entirely more somber and, in some respects, more powerful quality to TTB’s performance. Even songs from records past—from Revelator’s “Midnight in Harlem” to Made Up Mind’s title track, “Do I Look Worried,” “Idle Wind” and “Part of Me”, took on a different quality and meaning given all the group has been through.The same could be said for TTB’s litany of covers. With Willie Nelson’s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces,” Bob Dylan’s “Down in the Flood” and “Lord Protect My Child” and the Four Tops’ “Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever,” the group did its part to honor some of the music world’s living legends. And with Elmore James’ “The Sky is Crying,” the Allman Brothers Band’s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’,” Allen Toussaint’s “Get Out of My Life, Woman,” and Joe Tex’s “Show Me,” TTB seemingly paid homage to the greats who’ve come and gone, and on whose timeless shoulders the band still stands.None of this is to suggest that TTB has at all diminished as an act. For one, Gabe Dixon was (and still is) no slouch on the keys, as difficult as it may be to attempt to fill Kofi’s shoes.Moreover, through these hard times, the extraordinary musicians who comprise TTB remain as masterful as ever, and now bring with them an even more powerful depth of emotion to color their spectacular displays of artistry.The drum duet from Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson on “Idle Wind” was that much more grounding, the brass solos by Kebbi Williams on saxophone, Ephraim Owens on trumpet and Elizabeth Lea on the trombone that much more stirring. The range shown by Alecia Chakour and Mark Rivers on vocals felt that much wider, and the rasp on the mic from Tedeschi and Mike Mattison seemed to have more of a reason—as if they were weeping along with the audience.As for Trucks, his singular guitar work was once again spellbinding. But where once the contrast between his more feathery finger work and his bluesy overdrive was more a matter of happenstance, in this case, it took on the timbre of tough times and how music can help to pull us through them, one heart-wrenching note after another.All told, these challenging months and years have not bowed TTB. If anything, the earthly departures from the band’s world appear to have given it ample reason to not just carry on, but to honor the memory of their loved ones gone and inspire the living to reach for more impassioned artistry.Tedeschi Trucks Band’s tour continues tonight, May 18th, with a performance at Mesa Amphitheatre in Mesa, AZ. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here. Scroll down for a photo gallery from Thursday’s performance, courtesy of Brandon Weil.You can watch a pair of pro-shot videos from the performance below courtesy of Nugs.tv.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Do I Look Worried” [Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “I’m Gonna Be There” [Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 5/16/19Set One: Do I Look Worried, Part of Me, Don’t Drift Away, Somebody Pick Up My Pieces, High & Mighty, Down in the Flood, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, The Sky Is Crying, Idle WindSet Two: I’m Gonna Be There, Signs, High Times, Lord Protect My Child, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Shame, Midnight In Harlem, Get Out of My Life, Woman, Show MeEncore: Made Up MindTedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 5/16/19 | Photos: Brandon Weil Load remaining images
Coby White is heading to the NBA.The point guard announced Wednesday on Twitter he was entering the draft after one season at North Carolina. “This season has taught me so much and I wouldn’t trade the opportunity to play at UNC with a group of guys that have truly become my brothers for anything,” White said. “These past 10 months have been the highlight of my basketball career and I’ve grown so much on and off the court.“I’ve always had a dream of playing basketball in the NBA and with that being said, I’ve decided to enter the 2019 NBA Draft. This year, this school, this experience has prepared me for the next phase of my basketball journey. Related News Blessed beyond measures🙏🏽 #FMF pic.twitter.com/Ih RZte4yn1— whitecoby2 (@whitecoby2) April 3, 2019White was the 25th-ranked recruit in the class of 2018, according to 247Sports, but had a breakout freshman year for the Tar Heels. He averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 35.3 percent from 3-point range.North Carolina finished the season with a 29-7 record and advanced to the Sweet 16, where it fell to Auburn, 97-80.”I just loved every minute of coaching Coby,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said in a statement. “Anyone who follows the game knows Coby could always put the ball in the basket. I also gave him the ball and asked him to run my team. And he did that very well. Rising star Ja Morant to enter 2019 NBA Draft “He gave our fans and our team many thrills this year and accomplished things that only a few players his age have ever done. He is one of the most exciting young players in the game. I am going to enjoy watching him play at the next level.”White is projected to be selected by the Magic with the 13th pick in Sporting News’ latest mock draft. Fellow Tar Heels freshman Nassir Little also announced he was turning pro last week.