Two nights ago, the Allman Brothers Band kicked off their annual gathering at New York’s Beacon Theater in style, with Taj Mahal and Levon Helm taking the stage with the legendary band for several memorable jams. Last night’s show No. 2, however, upped the ante a little bit, with Johnny Winter joining the Brothers at the end of the first set for a blistering rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House,” followed by the Allman’s “You Don’t Love Me” and Winter’s classic “Highway 61.” (see the video below)

And that wasn’t all. The band also welcomed David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos during the second set, starting things off another Allman blast from the past, “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin,” then Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Good Morning Little School Girl.” Hidalgo and Rosas also returned for the show’s closer, and Allman Brothers Band staple, “One Way Out.” (see the video below)

The band takes tonight off, but returns Mar. 12, for the third of 15 shows at the iconic New York theater, which the band has dedicated to founder Duane Allman and to its 40th anniversary. In recent interviews, Gregg Allman has also hinted at the possibility of some very special guests appearing with the band throughout the Beacon run, all in honor of brother Duane’s legacy. Names being floated about include Eric Clapton, B.B. King and, of course, a reunion with Dickey Betts. None of the guests, however, have been confirmed.

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Mar. 10, 2009

Set 1: “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” (with Duane Allman montage as backdrop), “Done Somebody Wrong,” “Hot’Lanta,” “And It Stoned Me,” “Stand Back,” “Revival,” “Red House” (with Johnny Winter), “You Dont Love Me” (with Johnny Winter), and “Highway 61” (with Johnny Winter).

Set 2: “Les Brers In A Minor,” “Come & Go Blues,” “Melissa,” “Don’t Keep Me Wondering” (with David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos), “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” (with David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos), “Wasted Words” and “No One To Run With.”

Encore: “One Way Out” (with David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos).

"One Way Out"

"Highway 61 Revisited"