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02-11-20062006 touring update - deep south, festivals & spring tour; John Popper Project news & CD update

A new year, and so much to report...

Blues Traveler kicked off 2006 by playing straight through midnight on New Year's Eve in downtown Tempe, Arizona. The band's first New Year's show since 1998 was the capper to a busy 2005, but 2006 promises to be even busier. The band already has a mini-run through the south slated for later this month, starting in Louisiana and then hitting Texas for three gigs in Corpus Christi, Galveston, and San Antonio. The real tour is supposed to kick off in earnest in early May, though one date in New Haven, CT, has already been booked for late April. The tour will run through late July, and word is that much like last fall's tour, there will be a consistent opener for most of the headlining dates.

But not all is headlining dates in the Blues Traveler world. Perhaps the biggest news of the few spring/summer dates announced to date is that the band has managed to land a spot at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Taking place over three days in Manchester, TN, the festival will have a lineup of dozens of artists in its fifth year. The band is scheduled for a slot on the second day, June 17th, though the time and length is not yet known. The band will also be making their sixth visit to the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN, one of their favorite festival stops ever since they first played there in 1992.

In the meantime, John has been keeping busy at his typical breakneck pace. A half-dozen solo appearances last November and December were reportedly well-received by the US Air Force reserve men and women in Europe and the Middle East, and John even popped up at a post-Golden Globes party at Cain in New York to play harmonica in a DJ booth.

Recent news also places John at a gig in Austin with Ivan Neville's new project Dumpstaphunk last September during the ACL Festival. That guest appearance will apparently be released this year, according to a recent blurb from John on jambands.com:

In Austin [where Blues Traveler recorded its latest album], down on Cedar Street, there are all these local musicians who play all these local bars. The Neville Brother moved there after Katrina and I jammed with them on Cedar Street. We call it the session at Cedar Street in Austin. They are actually going to release it. At the of the gigs, Ivan said, "We're making this into a CD and you're signing off on it because we don't live anywhere."

For more information regarding this show - and a picture of John jamming with Dumpstaphunk - check out HARP Magazine. Special thanks to author Andy Tennille for clarifying the date of the show.

In between the February and April dates, there will be some John Popper Project appearances as well. The band will be playing the SXSW Festival, and is expected to have a studio album out soon. The band recently finalized their rough cuts from the studio with producer Craig Street, and the album will be out on Relix Records sometime this year. The lineup is, as always, John Popper, Tad Kinchla, DJ Logic, and Marcus Bleecker. More news to come as it is released.