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11-26-2000Band wraps up fall tour in sunny Florida; John Popper to guest with Warren Haynes' at annual benefit gig

Shoehorned into the Zenfest schedule between Prophesy and Fishbone, Blues Traveler wound down their 2000 Fall Tour with a brief set, showcasing their new lineup and several tunes due to appear on their new album. Over the course of the tour, the band had guests such as former Spin Doctor Eric Schenkman and Mosaic guitarist Jean-Marx Santel, broke out two new covers [Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" and the Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"], and debuted new tunes "Rage", "All Hands", and a one-time rendition of a tune labeled as "Cali. Groove". The band has apparently decided against a New Year's Eve extravaganza this year, opting instead to take time off to plan for their far-reaching spring tour, about which John Popper quipped that the band would be playing so much that "you'll be sick of us" by the time the tour is over.

Popper, however, will keep busy by playing at Warren Haynes' 12th annual Christmas Jam, to be held December 21st at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Haynes' hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. A press release read, in part:

"It started out as a chance for all of the local musicians to play together, the one time of year when everyone was around," recalls Warren. "Each year, more national acts get involved. Everyone is there for the right reasons - to play good music and to spread good vibes." The 12th Annual Christmas show will also host the reunion of the original members of the Aquarium Rescue Unit. Col. Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Sipe have not performed together since 1994. Adds returning veteran, Edwin McCain, "It is always an honor to be a part of the Christmas Jam. In addition to my respect for Warren as a musician, it is inspiring to see him giving back to his home community of Asheville."

All proceeds from the Christmas Jam concert and CD benefit Habitat for Humanity, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to building affordable housing for those in need.

Tickets are available for $29.50 in advance and $35.00 day of show through TicketMaster at 828-251-5505.