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05-13-2004Bobby Sheehan All-Star Jam to take place on June 3rd; New album featuring John on harp and vocals out now; Spring tour/JPP wrapup and summer plans coming soon; Stolen Ogre tearing up the charts with Road to Jericho

Several months ago, Jonny Sheehan approached the famous Gina-Z of Blues Traveler's home office and simply said "Gina, I'm ready." She immediately knew what he was talking about. While the Wetlands tribute following Bobby's untimely death had been touching, it was a spur-of-the-moment thing; the funeral later that month had been for friends and family. So Bobby's brother and sister wanted to do something for everyone. That something will be happening - where else? - in Brooklyn on Thursday, June 3rd, starting at 10pm. Southpaw (www.spsounds.com) will be hosting an All-Star jam to honor the life and music of our own Bobby Sheehan. Various friends from the scene are expected to show up and jam. A list isn't finalized yet (nor can it be published - thanks, ClearChannel) but give it some thought, can you probably guess a few names. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketweb and cost $15. All proceeds will benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that helps blues musicians in need of financial assistance for basics like medical care, food and housing. For more info, visit www.musicmaker.org. Southpaw is a small venue and tickets will sell out quickly, so get yours today and pay tribute to the life of Bobby Sheehan.

Several months ago we reported that John had hit the studio with local band Buddahead, and that the album Crossing The Invisible Line would be out shortly. That day is here, and the new disc, featuring John on vocals and harmonica, on the track "Invisible".

The past week has been a busy one for John and Tad in particular, as they pull double duty in Blues Traveler and the John Popper Project. The Project closed down three shows in New York/New Jersey on the 5th, then Blues Traveler jetted off to Chicago for a show on the 7th, followed by a trip to Texas on the 9th. John even found time in Texas on the 8th to sit in with old friends the Spin Doctors at the Firewater Bar & Grill in Dallas. With the two crossing paths a few more times this summer, this is an event that we can only hope will reoccur. The band is now off for some rest, relaxation and recovery until a Memorial Day weekend spin through Indiana, Ohio and Missouri, with a detour to Boston for a free outdoor show. Several fans have reported that John was feeling under the weather at recent shows so a couple of weeks off should do him well. Summer tour plans are also very close to becoming confirmed - possibly as early as tomorrow!

Finally, Stolen Ogre's Michael McMorrow reports in that Road to Jericho is getting some great play across the country - visit stolenogre.com to find out which radio stations in your area are playing Ogre rock, and head over to cdbaby.com to order a copy if you're so inclined, or check out their first review at the Nashville Sun.