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06-14-2004Free July 3rd show information leaks out; John jams with Jason Mraz in Seattle; BT family milestones and well-wishing

At long last the secret is out - according to a concert listing in The Daily Camera, Blues Traveler will be playing a free show on July 3rd at the Celtic Tavern in Denver. As is its policy, Clear Channel is preventing the promoter from advertising this show, so it will likely never be listed on the official site. This is almost definitely the "small club show in Denver" show hinted at by Chan several months ago. Sources have also indicated that there may be other similar gigs throughout the summer as well; those details will be published as soon as they become available.

John Popper seems to be taking well to the music scene in his new hometown of Seattle, sitting in with new friend Jason Mraz over the weekend. According to an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Popper introduced as "Superman" by Mraz, guested with the singer-songwriter on the ironically-titled "Too Much Food" on Friday the 11th. Mraz was in town with his "Acoustic Tour of the Curbside Prophets" tour, playing the 5th Avenue Theatre with Makana and Raul Midon. The review indicated that "all the musicians" performed on the encore of "Curbside Prophet" but Popper did not participate. John does appear on Mraz's upcoming live album and DVD, Tonight, Not Again: Jason Mraz Live At The Eagles Ballroom, guesting on "Curbside Prophet" and "Too Much Food".

Several other milestones of note in the Blues Traveler family - belated birthdays to Chan, who turned 35 on May 29th, and to Bobby, who would have turned 36 this past Saturday, June 12th. BT.net also wishes the Phish family the best after their breakup announcement came out on May 25th, and also the Leftover Salmon family, who announced an impending "break" (but not breakup) on their official site last week.

Finally, a news story in today's Sioux City Journal reveals that the Arnolds Park date originally scheduled for August 21st has been shifted to August 28th to accommodate a schedule conflict. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster and at the venue on June 19th.