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04-16-2006High-profile festivals; Spring/summer tour dates; Archive.org approval!

Blues Traveler's profile will be significantly heightened this summer on the festival scene - not at the cost of returning to the festival circuit days of summer 2001-2002, but instead through a few well-known, high-profile festivals and other events. After the tease of John showing up in 2003 and the speculation of 2004, the band announced in February that they would be playing at Bonnaroo this coming June. But in a bigger surprise, the band that had a founding stake in the H.O.R.D.E. Festival - partially as a response to the year-old Lollapalooza - confirmed late last month that it would in fact be part of this year's Lollapalooza. After The former traveling festival ran from 1991-1997, the tour resurface for a year in 2003 before reinventing itself as a destination festival in 2005, taking over Chicago's Grant Park for two days in August. This year's Lollapalooza takes place from August 4th through 6th, with Blues Traveler's set due to take place on the last day.

In more impending event news, the band has been asked to participate in this year's Jammy Awards, to take place on April 20th at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden. As is the custom for all artists appearing at the awards ceremony, the band will likely play only a few brief songs, likely joined by other artists, and it is equally probable that band members will guest with other acts throughout the night. But the band's night won't end there - the band will be headed over to Rothko for a late-night gig that is the unofficial kickoff to the inaugural Green Apple Music Festival, held in New York through the weekend.

And with that begins the band's spring tour. With the exception of a few week breaks here and there, the band is expected to be on the road from late April through at least mid-August - the tour page is quickly filling up with dates running from April 20th through August 13th (a return home to New Jersey). Stops in between include a thorough run down the southern east seaboard (including five shows in Florida and a two-night stand in Ft. Lauderdale), the band's first time sharing a stage with the Spin Doctors in twelve years in Cleveland, the aforementioned Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza dates, and the yearly return to Red Rocks, this time with Jonny Lang opening the show. Also on the slate are two co-headlining gigs with Yonder Mountain String Band (and rumors of more to come), one double-bill with Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and a special Jazzfest weekend show in New Orleans with Soulive. And lately there are even dates for November and January on the schedule, indicating many months of touring ahead.

But not everything lies in the future. For three years now, a campaign has been afoot among the fan base to have the band and management approve the hosting of their live recordings at the Live Music Archive. And earlier this week, the persistence bore fruit as the approval went out from Gina-Z. Per her messages regarding Blues Traveler and John Popper, a host of Blues Traveler and related recordings are now allowed for hosting on archive.org's servers. Several dozen shows have already been uploaded in FLAC and SHN format, but for the bandwidth-challenged and those who like to stream at work, mp3 and ogg versions are available as well. Hundreds more recordings are still in the pipeline, so be sure to visit the Live Music Archive on a regular basis to hear the latest audio treats available from the fan base, thanks to the generosity of the band and their management!