For the last 19 years, it's been constant as kudzu in the summertime: The one band you could always count on coming to Raleigh's Walnut Creek was the Allman Brothers, the only act to play there every season since the amphitheater opened in 1991. But barring a miracle of some sort, the streak will end this year. Gregg Allman is still recovering from last month's liver transplant, and the band is off the road until November at the earliest -- too late for Walnut Creek, which wraps in October.
"It appears we will not be playing Walnut Creek this year," says Allman Brothers manager Bert Holman. "That disappoints us, but Gregg's long-term health is more important to us. We have a lot of history at Walnut Creek and we hope to be able to come back for years to come. But he has to recover for that to happen."