AUGUSTA – The Allman Brothers will return to Maine for the first time in almost 20 years, bringing their classic rock and Southern blues to the Augusta Civic Center Friday, July 8.

Concert tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. today.

Tickets are available at the Augusta Civic Center and from Ticketmaster. To charge by phone, people can call (207) 775-3331 or go on the Web at

The concert will begin at 8 p.m., with Gavin DeGraw opening. DeGraw got his break from producer Clive Davis, who heavily promoted him.

His debut album, “Chariot,” hit the airwaves in June 2003 and went platinum this January. The beginning of 2005 also saw his second single, “I Don’t Want to Be,” reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 40 chart.

After three decades, The Allman Brothers are one of the most influential rock groups in America.

The band’s mix of blues, country, jazz and even classical influences, and their powerful, extended onstage jamming, altered the standards of concert performance.

They gave it all a distinctly Southern voice and, in the process, opened the way for a wave of ’70s rock acts from south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Their hits include “Melissa,” “Ramblin’ Man,” “One Way Out” and “Midnight Rider.”

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