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04-06-2000New tourdates announced & Red Rocks opener set; More birthday wishes; Another Brendan project; Bobby Sheehan Foundation to be formed

As had been previously rumored, Blues Traveler announced a weeklong "Run to Red Rocks" set of tour dates, starting in Chicago on June 28th, passing through the already-planned July 4th Red Rocks date, and finishing up with an intimate show at the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO. Tickets for the tour, which also will include stops in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Lawrence, KS, are not advertised to the general public; only fans who call the hotline at (212) 582-8787 or consult BluesTraveler.Net or bluestraveler.com. Details including on-sale dates, prices and locations can be found in the Tourdates section.

While no openers have been announced for the "Run to Red Rocks" tour, Pollstar is reporting that Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise will be an opener for this year's Red Rocks gig. Also, the previously-mentioned rumor of Sonia Dada is in fact true; so much like 1998 and what was supposed to happen in 1999, Red Rocks will feature two opening acts for a full evening of musical mayhem. Additionally, with July 3rd open, it is a strong possibility that John will show up to jam with the Allman Brothers, who have the venue the day before Blues Traveler's return.

More birthday wishes go out to the undescribably cool and dedicated Gina-Z, without whom a lot of the news seen here would not be possible. This July 4th will be her 12th anniversary of seeing the band, who she first saw July 4th, 1988 at the Nightengale Bar in NYC. How times have changed! Also celebrating today is long-time friend Warren Haynes, Gov't Mule's guitarist/vocalist.

Brendan Hill has been quite busy lately; his latest project is an instructional drumming video which can be purchased via his web site, www.bigbangdrum.com. The video, entitled "Big Bang Theory", details all aspects of beginning drumming, from kit assembly and tuning to demonstrations complete with sideband-mates Stolen Ogre. Sale prices is $24.95 plus shipping and handling.

Greg Martens and Kyle Holbrook, longtime fans and friends of the band, have undertaken their latest project via their Family Tree Productions website at www.ftreep.com - the Bobby Sheehan Foundation. In a statement on the web site, Family Tree says:

Family Tree announces the formation of the Bobby Sheehan Foundation. We are seeking family friends,and fans of Bob's and otherwise interested persons to form the board of directors with us. The experience of forming Musical Preservation Society as a non profit gave us valuable insight in to the procedure of forming non profits. We wish to gather an initial group of people numbering at least twenty to join the board and decide what the groups mission statement will be.
We know that before Bobby's death he had started to speak with us about forming a charity that would help unknown musicians to be heard, even offering a place or venue to be heard at. This is the core idea we have for the charitable mission of this foundation; however, every idea will be considered as we shape the initial mission statement. We plan to have a benefit show to raise monies for the charity this fall. (October?)