Friday to feature musical mayhem

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By Kirsten Laskey

When Devon Allman’s Honey Tribe comes to town, expect all plans and scripts to be crumpled up and thrown away in favor of an off-script and off-the-cuff performance.

This spontaneity will be featured in an old-school blues and rock n’ roll concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Best Western Hilltop House.

The concert is part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert series.

“They (Los Alamos residents) can expect absolute mayhem,” Allman joked.

On a more serious note, he said, “It’s just a good time.”

These are not careless words; the band has performed 300 shows a year for the last four years.  

“We’re very blessed,” Allman said.

A busy schedule, but it seems Allman wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Honestly, the highlight is being able to play every night,” he said. “That’s what makes a 12-hour ride in a van worth it. It’s instant gratification – to get to play for people – that’s awesome. That’s all I need. It’s fun.”

Allman may have worked in a steel factory, sold insurance and flipped burgers at Burger King, but music has always been a part of his life.

In fact, music has touched him for so long that Allman said he felt compelled to give back.

“Music has afforded me many good times,” Allman said, “(I can) put that wealth to turn other people onto it,” he said.

Along with Allman, the Honey Tribe consists of George Potsos on bass and Gabriel Strange on drums.

Allman speaks highly of his band mates. “We throw it out,” he said.

According to the Honey Tribe’s website, they originally formed in 1999 in St. Louis. After disbanding for a short time, the band reunited in 2005. The Honey Tribe’s album, “TORCH,” released in 2006, was hailed by critics and fans and the band has been running ever since.

So what has Allman learned from all his experiences up on stage?

“I think you just learn to trust how you feel and write …. Just go for it … It’s a constant evolution,” he said.

“You’ll never know it all,” Allman added. “All you can do is evolve (and) making sure your evolution is where you want to be.”