Sun 4/23 @ 7:30PM
This year Blues Traveler celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, part of the second wave of jam bands that followed in the footsteps of the Grateful Dead’s enduring success. Like them, Blues Traveler has endured as well, continuing to play its improvisational mix of southern rock, psychedelic rock, blues and R&B with three of the four founding members (singer John Popper, guitarist Chad Kinchla and drummer Brendan Hill) still together (the 4th, bassist Bobby Sheehan, died in 1999 and was replaced with bassist Tad Kinchla and keyboard player Ben Wilson, who continue with the group to this day).
The group’s latest album 2015’s Blow Up the Moon was an interesting departure, which featured a series of collaborations with a motley crew of artists including Plain White T’s, Jewel, Blowing for Soup and … Hanson? Yes, Hanson. But as with all jam bands, ya gotta see ’em live. And you’ll have the chance to do so this week at the Kent Stage. Tickets are $37.