Review - Live At the Atlanta International Pop Festival

Artist: The Allman Brothers Band


For the first time, the Allman Brothers Band's breakout live performance at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival is available, and includes both their fest-opening and fest-closing sets. The festival that year featured heavyweights such as Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Grand Funk Railroad and Ten Years After. "Idlewild South" had not yet been released and the band was considered something of a regional act, but these two performances showed they belonged with the big boys. Four songs from the first album are included here, along with three from "Idlewild." "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" was still a work in progress and the contrast is reason enough to crank up the album version for comparison. The epic "Mountain Jam" was also in its infancy. "Atlanta" showcases one of the first jam bands on their way up and provides a glimpse of what was to come with their monumental "Live at the Fillmore East" release.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.