Closing out the Mainstage entertainment last night was Blues Traveler,
the intense rock band fronted by singer and virtuoso harmonica player John
Popper. Wearing a black-leather bandolier armed with about 20 harmonicas,
he wailed on the mouth organs on every song in the nearly two-hour set
(except for one in which he played guitar). His musicianship was
incredible, with cascading clusters of notes and sounds only he can seem
to coax from a harmonica, including feedback.
The band played its career-making hit, "Run-Around," and other
songs from its six-million selling four album, several cuts from
its new Straight On Till Morning disc and songs from its other
albums, as well as interesting covers, including "Low Rider,"
"Loser," "The Devil Went Down to Georgia,"
"Imagine" and "Johnny B. Goode."