ALO & Big Light Tour


ALO :: 12.31 :: S.F. by Miller
ALO will be setting out on their third annual Tour d'Amour through California this February 7-15. The tour will begin at the opening weekend of The Fox Theater in Oakland where the band will support Michael Franti & Spearhead. San Francisco rockers Big Light will join ALO for the remainder of the tour after a recent sold-out pairing in S.F.

Being praised for their rousing performances during their recent New Years Eve shows (read our review here), critics raved that ALO is "a band with a crazy amount of hooks, buckets of charm and talent... exciting stuff that's not remotely hard to get into."

Continuing in the spirit of love, compassion and music, a portion of proceeds from the Tour d'Amour will be donated to Bay Area-based organization Music in Schools Today (MuST). MuST is the Bay Area's answer to the program-cutting crisis in music education, serving over 10,000 children and youth annually. A nightly raffle will feature donated prizes from tour sponsors such as Jay Alders, Zola Acai, Simple, Original Skateboards, Okoto and reapandsow.

Tickets and more info available at

Sat 2/07 :: Fox Theater :: Oakland, CA / with Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sun 2/08 :: Van Duzer Theater :: Humboldt, CA / with Big Light
Wed 2/11 :: SOhO :: Santa Barbara, CA / with Big Light
Thu 2/12 :: Belly Up :: Solana Beach, CA / with Big Light
Fri 2/13 :: Troubadour :: West Hollywood, CA / with Big Light
Sat 2/14 :: Moe's Alley :: Santa Cruz, CA / with Big Light
Sun 2/15 :: Mystic Theater :: Petaluma, CA / with Big Light

[Published on: 1/23/09]

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iwantstogetfunkedup starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 09:42AM
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Hooray for the Fox Theater! So stoked for this venue in Oakland...oh yeah and ALO is badass. Check em out if you never have.

salmon401 Fri 1/23/2009 09:44AM
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I would really like to check them out live, but they never seam to leave California.

iwantstogetfunkedup Fri 1/23/2009 09:48AM
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^^ Yeah, they are both Cali bands and tend to play here a lot which is cool if you live here cuz they are both really good.

sschaffner Fri 1/23/2009 09:57AM
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that's a tour... 8 days? let's add some dates to that shit, i'd love to see ALO in denver. please.

URTH2URTH starstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 09:59AM
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i love ALO but damn play outside california sometime. i live in ohio so can't get to see them too often in the midwest

Justin Gillett Fri 1/23/2009 10:12AM
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Justin Gillett

ALO is dope!!! I saw their new years show and it was subtle but truly great. It's true they don't get out of Cali much, and that's a shame. I'd go to their Fox show except that Franti is headlining that show!?!?!?!

johnnunn Fri 1/23/2009 10:21AM
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please go on a real tour outside of cali! would love to hear some ALO in the south!

Benjamin Human Fri 1/23/2009 10:47AM
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Posting in support of ALO leaving California! I remember when they came to GA, blew an amp and played acoustic (including the smooth and creamy peanut butter song!) until someone arrived with the spare.

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 10:51AM
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I'm wondering if these guys are worth $20 to see...Everyone seems to like them so damn much. Are they any good? They're coming my way....

Wild Turkey starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 11:27AM
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Wild Turkey

Im with sschaffner, DENVER now bye. remember Ned.

Chaloupka starstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 11:34AM
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Big Light needs to come to Colorado!

Roswellznutsack Fri 1/23/2009 11:44AM
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drnokbot Fri 1/23/2009 11:47AM
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Come to CO!!

Road To Shambala Fri 1/23/2009 11:48AM
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Road To Shambala

Hoodoo, well worth $20 for these fellas, great show, great musicianship, hot lady fans and a party crowd to boot. This is their usual February tour centered around V-day (check out the article on in reference to the Brushfire X-mas Album). Sounds like they won't be in the road all that much this year so catch them when you can. If you want to check them out online has a bunch. I recommend Zellet/Duffy Wedding, World Cafe show from WXPN in Philly, and all shows in general Bay area.

dlk2020 Fri 1/23/2009 12:20PM
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Seriously guys! Do you ever leave Cali? You have a lot of fans in other states that want to see you. Go back on tour!

IE: Midwest!

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 12:32PM
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Thanks Shambala...I'll check those shows out. I figured they'd have a lot of hot chicks at their shows with the Jack Johnson connection and all. I'll check out the shows you recommended.

OaksterDan Fri 1/23/2009 12:32PM
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Check out ALO Las Tortugas shows 11/01/08 & 11/02/08 they are mind blowing...

Natey starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 12:38PM
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We are truly blessed here in CA with these two bands. We should ALL be happy (FREAK OUT)with any shows that they play.... I hope they do make an effort to get out the places where there are new listeners, for their sake (but not mine). It is hard when Zach is in a band that has GLOBAL status, I imagine.

Road To Shambala Fri 1/23/2009 12:42PM
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Road To Shambala

True that Boston Dan. The 1st show they had at the Fillmore is sickness, plenty of guests including a sweet "She's Mine" with Brett Dennen.

mgiaco Fri 1/23/2009 01:09PM
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iwantstogetfunkedup Fri 1/23/2009 01:20PM
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Yo Rozwell- Hate to break it to ya but Spearhead is from the Bay too.

Trippy14 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 02:08PM
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COME EAST! We'll be nice, I promise.

jalew Fri 1/23/2009 03:36PM
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super fucking stoked to live here in Cali. see ya' at the mystic beeotch!

adventuresinperception starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 04:24PM
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ALO is a lovely band. And I believe steve adams is also the bassist for Big Light.

What northern california band has this guy not played bass with??

Mriddle440 Fri 1/23/2009 05:47PM
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i just want to repeat the same old thing. please leave cali. come to ohio. i hope they at least play a couple of festivals this summer, or at least one that i am going to.

GratefulHokie Sat 1/24/2009 07:14AM
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what about the EAST?! haha Everyone still requesting shows out west...bring me some ALO love to the East Coast baby...spread that Atlantic Ocean amour

androckguitar starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/24/2009 12:15PM
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It's gonna be so awesome when they rock at my school on February 8th!

Looking forward to this

Natey Sun 1/25/2009 10:30AM
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Have fun andrew..... do they let you rock out at the Van Duzer?? I remember being bummed when "danceable" bands played there, since they made you dance in the corners. Either way, it will be a blast!! Wish I could make it to my alma mater.

androckguitar Sun 1/25/2009 12:33PM
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yeah, they are playing in the Van's true that some shows are not very "dance friendly", but this show will be different since students are helping put it on, including myself.

iwantstogetfunkedup Sun 1/25/2009 08:18PM
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Nice Andrew and Natey! I'm also a Humboldt State Alum. I've seen many a show at Van Duzer, but like you remember Natey I may never have seen a show that was dance friendly. I remember seeing Wilco there, and David Grisman to name a couple that had people dancing on the side walls only. Still a great venue though. I'm sure ALO will be fun in there.

Parsonsgoggles Mon 1/26/2009 07:55AM
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please leave California...

nimili01 Mon 1/26/2009 09:09PM
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Ive seen them in fort collins and omaha, absolutley worth checking them out.

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 10:03AM
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I hope ALO does a little more touring east this year. I missed an opportunity to see them locally a couple of years ago.... A mistake I will not make twice!