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10-31-2003John Popper guests with Jason Mraz; DVD release date and title set; John Popper video clip in Suzanne Vega documentary?; John Popper autographed harmonica up for auction

Showing his typical restlessness during Blues Traveler's down times, John Popper made an appearance at Tuesday's concert by Jason Mraz. The gig at Milwaukee's Rave at Eagle's Ballroom was being filmed and recorded for a live CD and DVD, due out early next year, though it is not known if John will appear on the discs or not. Popper sat in on a mid-set "Curbside Prophet" and then returned for the second encore tune "Too Much Food"; a setlist and brief comment/reviews can be found on mrazmerized.com.

On the DVD note, Blues Traveler officially announced today that the release date for their brand new double-DVD has been set for November 18th, as previously reported here. Previously rumored to be named "Blues Traveler: On The Rocks", the set has been re-christened "Thinnest Of Air: Live From Red Rocks". The announcement also confirmed that the show will be shown in its entirety, including the band's rendition of "No Woman, No Cry" that had been left off of some online track listings. "In addition to over 2 hours of concert footage,", the press release reads, "'Thinnest of Air' comes complete with more than 90 minutes of interviews, backstage shots and never before seen footage from the 1990s."

Moving from DVDs to movies, blackcat list member Steven Rossi recently stumbled upon a video clip of John Popper playing "Alone". The snippet is from John's December 16th, 2002 solo set at the Tim Vega memorial concert, held at New York's HERE Arts Center. The show was apparently filmed as part of a Suzanne Vega documentary being shot by Mooncusser Films. According to an interview with NewEnglandFilm.com, "[Director Chris Seufert] plans to take the film on the film festival circuit and eventually try to find a home for it with a cable network such as HBO." Suzanne Vega's official site says that "[t]he documentary will include footage of her live performances, personal life, and side projects. The film will be screened at film festivals upon completion in early 2004." No further details are available at this time but updates will be posted when they are received.

Finally, if you're a 7UP drinker and a Blues Traveler fan, now's your time to cash in. blackcat list member Chris McLaren reports that at LiquidLoot.com they will be auctioning off an autographed John Popper harmonica. Instead of bidding with money, however, fans bid with points, gained by entering codes from containers of 7UP and related beverages. The Grammy-themed auction starts on November 3rd and also includes prizes donated by Alanis Morissette, Trisha Yearwood and Sisqo.