In the early 1970s, an 18-room, turn-of-the-century Tudor-style mansion on Vineville Avenue in Macon, Georgia, known as The Big House, served as the center of the universe for the members of the Allman Brothers Band, their families, road crew, friends and wayward fellow travelers. Within the walls of The Big House, timeless songs were written, romances blossomed, children were reared and parties were thrown. During the years in The Big House, the Allman Brothers Band established themselves as the premiere live performance group in rock music.
The role of The Big House in the making of the legendary band is explored in the documentary Please Call Home: The Big House Years. This 100-minute documentary will debut in New York City on Friday, May 16, 2008, at the historic Hudson Theatre located at 145 W. 44th Street, an ornate 700-seat theater in the heart of Times Square. The screening of the documentary will begin at 8:30 p.m. Attending the premiere will be the filmmakers and the entire production team from Macon, Georgia’s Bright Blue Sky Productions, officers of The Big House Foundation plus various band members and other distinguished guests.
“This is not a comprehensive biography of the band per se, but rather an intimate look at the family that was this band,” states Director Kirk West, who has served as the Allman Brothers Band Tour Manager since 1989 and lived in The Big House with his wife Kirsten from 1993 to 2007. The film explores the making of the band, some of its most successful songs, its big breaks and darkest hours faced by the band members with the death of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley. "What it really talks about is the life of a family in a particular house for three years,” said West, “and in the story of this band, that is an amazing three years.”
Two levels of tickets will be available. VIP Tickets will be $100 per person (a portion of which is tax deductible) and will include a cocktail reception from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., preferred seating for the screening and guests will receive a special gift bag which will include a copy of an extended version of the Please Call Home DVD. General Admission Tickets for the screening only will be sold for $25 per person (a portion of which is tax deductible).