Justin Veatch Fund Brings Live at the Fillmore to the Paramount
Featured Writer, Carlos Villamayor
The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater was proud to host the Justin Veatch Fund’s presentation of Live at the Fillmore—the definitive tribute to the Allman Brothers Band—on October 15.
The concert was a great opportunity for Allman Brothers enthusiasts to relive the band’s legendary 1971 live album At Fillmore East. Yet, the night belonged to the legacy of Justin Veatch and the work of his father, Jeffrey Veatch.
Just before the night got underway, the Fund’s workers handed out programs in which Jeffrey Veatch shared the story of the death of his 17 year old son from an accidental drug overdose. He also shared the story of the Fund’s amazing work and achievements.
Gilbert, a 5-person budding rock band from the tri-state area and the Fund’s 2016 All Star Band, opened for Live at the Fillmore.
During the intermission, Veronica, from Buchanan, said she was “ridiculously surprised by [Gilbert], it’s amazing that 16-year-olds know and play these [classic rock] bands so well.” She was also an Allman fan and had actually seen the band before at the Paramount.
Anthony, from North Salem, was there to see his son, Justin Giacchetto—Gilbert’s guitarist.
“[The Fund’s work] is a great cause,” he said. “It is great to see kids play music and keep the memory alive.”
Anthony doubly enjoyed himself, since he is also an Allman Brothers fan. He mentioned “Blue Sky” and “One Way Out” as some of his favorite songs. He also said that his son had been invited to play during one of Live at the Fillmore’s songs.
This was Live at the Fillmore’s third time playing the Paramount.
Dave, from Mahopac, was at the Paramount with eight other friends, all Allman fans, who had known each other since college, some 40 years ago. Dave said the concert had given them a chance to reunite.
George and Marianne, from Cortlandt, were admirers of both the Allman Brothers’ music and the Fund’s work. They grew up with the Allman Brothers Ban’s music. Some of their favorite songs were “Sweet Melissa,” “Ramblin’ Man,” and “Whipping Post.” Marianne said they are from the area and know the story of the Fund and Jeffrey Veatch’s passionate efforts.
“It is great tribute to the memory of his son,” she said.