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08-19-2005Fall tour taking shape; Fan-only pre-sales now available; New front page look for BT.net

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages...the fall tour is coming. And it's bringing back the two-night stand in the process. Rumored last month, partially confirmed via the black-cat list, and completely confirmed by the recent additions to the calendar on bluestraveler.com and a well-placed message board source, the band has booked at least a pair of two-night runs for their upcoming fall tour to support ¡Bastardos!. While the tour looks to kick off deep in the heart of Texas with appearances in Dallas, Austin and Corpus Christi (the latter with the Black Crowes), the double-dips start in earnest in southern Florida, with a pair of shows at Ft. Lauderdale's Culture Room. The band last played the venue in 2003, a trait shared by the other two-date booking: the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO. Yes, the band has signed on for two shows at the intimate venue, on October 25th and 26th. HOB.com has also confirmed a date at the House of Blues Orlando on October 2nd and another at the HOB New Orleans on the 4th, and dates in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston have been added to the calendar as well. In the meantime, the summer tour is slowly winding down, but the band will not be off the road for long - it is a mere nine days between the last summer show and the release of ¡Bastardos, and another week before the Dallas gig kicks things off.

Even better news for fans on the fall tour: Blues Traveler has teamed up with Front Gate Tickets to sell a limited number of tickets for this and all upcoming tours. These tickets are only available to the fans and are to ensure that you can buy your tickets in advance of the public. The link to purchase presale tickets is bluestraveler.frontgatetickets.com - check back soon for the ticket release. Remember, there are a limited number of "pre-sale" tickets available! If you find that a particular show either does not appear on this site or if it appears that tickets are "sold out", please check the respective venue/club web site for information on how to buy tickets directly from them.

Front Gate Tickets is an Austin, TX based ticketing company that partners with music festivals, clubs and artists to sell tickets directly to music fans. Other bands for whom Front Gate sells tickets include New Found Glory, Blue October, My Chemical Romance, Modest Mouse and Jimmy Eat World. The company's software also powers ticket sales for Green Day, The Pixies, String Cheese Incident and Brian Wilson.

BT.net also welcomes you to a new look and feel for the front page. While we'd like to say that we finally learned how to code this stuff ourselves, it's unfortunately not true. But a generous friend and fan has offered his services to the site, and while you may not notice a difference on the front end, he's making life much easier for us on the back end, so look for more and easier additions to the setlist archive, the memorabilia areas and other sections, as well as a bit of sprucing up here and there. If you have any feedback as to other site features you'd like to see, let us know. Email bt at bluestraveler dot net with your suggestions or comments and strike while the iron is hot!