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01-30-2002John Popper plays brief solo set; Tribute album released; Gina sez...

Happy New Year! After a four-week break in late December/early January, John Popper came out of hibernation on the 19th of this month to play a brief solo set at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. The event was a benefit concert for Voters For Choice, a pro-choice organization. Popper played six songs, accompanied only by his guitar; the set consisted of Just Wait, 100 Years, Pretty Angry, Yours, Alone, and the first Who Is This? since 1998. He later joined the other musicians - Ani DiFranco, Bruce Hornsby and Joe Henry - for a night-closing rendition of No Woman, No Cry.

As reported first on the message board, a group of bluegrass artists has released what is believed to be the first-ever Blues Traveler tribute album. As part of their "Pickin' On" series, the album features ten tracks - chosen by Blues Traveler - to get an instrumental, bluegrass treatment. The series has also honored artists such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and U2, as well as HORDE alumni Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers Band and Neil Young among almost fifty others. The album can be purchased through CDNow, Amazon.com or other online vendors.

Finally, Gina has released her latest edition of "Gina sez...", with more than a few surprises in store for fans. The band is currently still on vacation and writing new tunes, to be debuted on the next tour. While the only dates nailed down thus far are the Tahoe shows early next month, Gina reveals that they are hoping to play the New Orleans Jazzfest, which kicks off April 26th and runs through May 5th. This would mark the band's fourth appearance and first since 1997 at the festival; they also played New Orleans in 1992 and 1995. There are also plans to play the traditional Red Rocks show on July 4th, as well as others in the area around that time. Perhaps the most welcome announcement of all is that of a live CD to be culled from the 2001 Fall/Winter tours; the band is currently soliciting cover art ideas as well as opening bands for the upcoming tours. Any suggestions or proposals should be forwarded to Gina at blackcatz@earthlink.net. Read more from Gina's letter here, including info on how to buy a T-shirt to support the The Widows and Orphans Fund for NYC Police, Port Authority and Fire Departments.