Allman, Miller pack the house

Gregg Allman

Devin Grant

The Lowcountry received a double shot of classic rock 'n' roll Tuesday night as the Steve Miller Band and Gregg Allman kicked off their co-headlining tour to a sold-out crowd at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

Allman got the crowd going early, performing classics, such as his solo hit "I'm No Angel," as well as material from his recently released CD "Lowcountry Blues." Of course, there also were a few hits from his early days with the Allman Brothers Band.

Allman, backed by a superb seven-piece band, delighted the crowd with favorites, such as "Whipping Post." At one point during his set, Allman walked off the stage, possibly to take a breather while his band kept the crowd entertained with a swinging R&B instrumental. He was back a few minutes later and rewarded the waiting crowed with the classic "Melissa," which included a flute solo. Guitarist Scott Sharrard in particular did a great job of re-creating the classic guitar licks most folks associate with the Allman Brothers Band.

After a brief intermission, the PAC darkened and psychedelic space sounds began to play over the venue's speakers. A huge curtain adorned with the image of the Space Cowboy dropped to reveal the Steve Miller Band, which kicked into the classic rock hit "Jet Airliner," followed by "Take the Money and Run."

Miller played a few new songs, including "I Got Love if You Want It" from his latest CD "Let Your Hair Down," but for the most part the guitarist and his band stuck to the classics, leading the crowd in singing along with such hits as "Swingtown," "Abracadabra," "Fly Like an Eagle," and "Rock'n Me." The encore included "Jungle Love," "Space Cowboy" and "The Joker."

The show ended late for a weeknight, but none of the estimated 2,300 fans in attendance seemed to mind staying up.

Devin Grant can be reached at chucktowncritic@yahoo.com.