Blues Traveler Announces 30 Year Anniversary Tour

Every now and again we try to lay down some support for a tour that might not be 100% Metal or Heavy Rock and with that being the case here is the latest from the people handling the touring information for Blues Traveler. The full press release, poster and dates are below for your edification. Check it out. I’ll come back at the close. I promise.

The Press Release:
Blues Traveler started their career in the late ‘80s, and went on to become one of the most widely known artists in the jam-band scene. In celebration of their monumental 30 year career, Blues Traveler has
announced that they will embark on a 30 Year Anniversary tour this October. Kicking off on October 11th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT, the 25 date run will take the band across the US, wrapping up at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA on November 19th.

Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase starting on Tuesday, April 25th and tickets for the general public will go onsale on Friday, April 28th starting at 10:00 a.m. local time. To purchase tickets and find more information on pre-sale options, please visit the link at the close of this narrative. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

Frontman John Popper states, “Three decades… three decades and I am still surprised when we play and find some rich new musical vein to tap. Three decades and I cannot believe my luck with this band of brothers and this string we have run! Thirty years since a bunch of loud boys embarked on an adventure that took them around the world and made them a family that has not ceased growing to this day. Thirty years later and I am still so very grateful.”

Guitarist Chan Kinchla adds, “The longer I do it the more I like it! I remember laying on my bed at 13 years old in Princeton, New Jersey. Spinning my precious LPs, dropping the needle back across a part over and over trying vainly to scry some part of a Bowie record or a Clash record or a Pretenders record, maybe gazing at the back of the album jacket as side A played again and again. All I dreamed of was playing in a cool band with great musicians, in front of a bad ass crowd, creating a floating, bubbling, hissing group. Think rock show in the shiny lights. The fact that I've been able to be a part of exactly that for 30 years leaves me humbled and thankful and wanting more….much more!”

Blues Traveler — John Popper (lead vocals, harmonica), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Tad Kinchla (bass), Brendan Hill (drums), and Ben Wilson (keyboard) — have a proven reputation for their improvisational live shows and tireless touring. With a total of twelve studio albums — four gold, three platinum and one six-times platinum — they have sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide, and played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people. Their hit “Run-Around ( )” is the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, and earned them a Grammy® for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1996. The group also founded H.O.R.D.E. Festival, a touring progressive rock music festival and creative nest, hosting everyone from Beck and Neil Young to Ben Harper and Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Continuing the tradition of sitting in with other bands, Blues Traveler’s John Popper has sat in with countless artists all over the world, including Foo Fighters, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Keith Urban, and even alternative acts like Passion Pit. With an open mind, it’s no surprise that on the group’s latest release, Blow Up The Moon, they took this a step further to enlist a range of artists across the musical spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop, on their first-ever collaborative album.

As they enter the fourth decade of their career, Blues Traveler will begin recording their a brand new album this May, expected for release in early 2018.

The Tour Dates:
10/11/17 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
10/13/17 – Philadelphia, PA – The TLA
10/14/17 – Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
10/15/17 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
10/17/17 – Richmond, VA – The National
10/18/17 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
10/20/17 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
10/21/17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
10/26/17 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/27/17 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
10/28/17 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
10/30/17 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
11/01/17 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
11/03/17 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
11/04/17 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
11/05/17 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
11/07/17 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
11/08/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/10/17 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11/17 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
11/12/17 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox at The Market
11/15/17 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
11/17/17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco
11/18/17 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
11/19/17 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues

About Blues Traveler: 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Blues Traveler’s monumental career. Blues Traveler emerged in the late ‘80s and are best known for their improvisational live shows and tireless touring, and their breakthrough, multi-platinum selling album four, which earned them a GRAMMY for Best Rock Performance and features hit singles “Run-Around” and “Hook.” Throughout their career the band has released 20 full-length albums with their most recent, Blow Up the Moon, being a collaborative effort featuring a range of artists across the musical spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop. Throughout their extensive career, Blues Traveler has earned a massive fanbase of dedicated and loyal followers and continues to do so with each performance.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Truth be told, Blues Traveler was never a band that I followed over the years. Sure I own the album with that surefire radio hit, but that’s it in my collection. I’ve never caught them in concert but would have been interested in doing so had this tour been working through my area. I wanted to share this one since a lot of our friends are Jam Band fans and in my never ending quest to diversify when its possible to do so (and keep up with our friendly neighborhood publicists) you post it. If you are a fan of the band and they are coming to your region are you planning on attending? If you are a long time fan what have we been missing? Let us know down in the comments section below.

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