JAMBASE FALL TOUR PREVIEW 2002

Summer is almost over and for many it's time to move your life again. Whether it's back to the books, pre-season in your favorite mountain town or a return to the city, you can always Go See Live Music! With bands rested after an impressive summer, and a cool wind of tour dates heading your way, we bring you the JamBase 2002 Fall Tour Preview to help you stay on top of your game!

Northeast
Let's get things rolling in the Northeast, the home of legendary venues such as Higher Ground, Paradise Rock Club, Pearl Street Nightclub and Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, to name a few. With an abundance of fans to fill rooms, clubs and arenas, this area always guarantees a full fall schedule of great music, and this year is no exception.

Trey "Big Red" Anastasio, undoubtedly feelin’ good from the effects of Phish's recent New Years Eve show declaration, once again proves that the tour bus is his second home. Following its successful summer tour, the Trey band will kick off a nine-show East Coast run in Burlington, VT at the Memorial Auditorium on October 22nd. A good portion of these shows’ proceeds will benefit Burlington City Arts, an organization that works to sustain and enhance the cultural life of the greater Burlington community. The tour then heads to the coast for a show at Portland Expo Center in Maine, before hitting the always raging town of Utica, NY and then swingin' South. Look for Trey and his caravan of busses headin' down the coast this fall.

Yonder Mountain String Band, from Nederland, Colorado, continues its exhaustive touring schedule with stops in big cities all across the country. Before winding their way towards the West Coast for performances at The Fillmore in San Francisco and The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, the band will play two two-night stands in New England. On October 23rd and 24th they pull into Boston to play the Paradise Rock Club, then head North to Burlington for shows on the 25th and 26th at Higher Ground. This band pulled off a marathon late-night show at High Sierra Music Festival in July - one of the longest shows of the entire weekend! - so make sure to bring your dancing legs.

One of the most groundbreaking bands on the scene today, The Slip (hailing from Providence, RI), has been steadily solidifying its name in music history. Led by Brad Barr on guitar and vocals and complimented by brother Andrew Barr on drums and the rock-solid Marc Friedman on bass, this trio has been fine tuning its unique sound for ten years after first getting together in high school. The Slip's latest release, Angels Come On Time, is no doubt their best yet. With original vocals by Brad Barr and a creative and fresh sound, this band will be around for quite a while and continue to flourish. Their Northern-tier tour of New York State includes shows on September 18th at Northern Lights in Clifton Park; the 19th at Anna's in Syracuse; the 20th at Milestones in Rochester; the 21st at The Old Main Inn, Fredonia; and the 22nd at University of Buffalo Center for the Arts. If you haven't seen The Slip yet, get out there and check them out!

After playing several festivals this summer and opening for the Trey Anastasio Band on selected dates, Michael Franti and Spearhead are sure to once again pack clubs and theaters around the country, spreading their positive message and danceable groove. From anywhere in the Northeast you will be within earshot of Franti's powerful voice. Catch them at Club Soda in Montreal, Quebec on October 20th; Pearl Street Nightclub on the 21st; back North to Higher Ground on the 22nd; at Dartmouth College on the 23rd; and headlining The Avalon Ballroom in Boston on the 24th. Providing infectious grooves and a “do something about it” message, Spearhead will leave you energized and amazed.

On a smaller scale, Psychedelic Breakfast, from New Haven, Connecticut, has been earning meals and fans on the New England club scene for a few years now. Guitarist Tim Palmieri turned heads out West this summer as a featured member of the Saturday morning guitar showcase dubbed "The New Monsters of Rock” at High Sierra, along with David Shore (Moonshine Still), Jason Concepcion (Netwerk: Electric), Jake Cinninger (Umphrey's Mcgee) and Josh Clark (Tea Leaf Green). Following the festival, P.B. hit the Great American Music Hall in SF, opening for the amped quartet Particle and fellow New England rockers RAQ. You can catch Psychedelic Breakfast this fall on September 13th at Tobacco Road in New York City; the 14th at Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton, MA (with Seth Yacovone opening; PB returns the favor on the 21st at Higher Ground); and on the 18th at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, opening for the John Butler Trio.

These shows are definitely on the calendar, but leave room for other great acts visiting your stomping grounds. The Pepsi (a.k.a. Knickerbocker) Arena in Albany gets ready for the Other Ones on the 16th of November, right before “the boys” head to the Fleet Center in Boston on the 18th and 19th. Also check out the Vermont quartet RAQ at Harper's Ferry in Allston, MA on four consecutive Wednesdays in October. Or if you can't wait, head north to the famous Nectar's in Burlington on the 18th and 25th of September. Warning: déjà vu might set in.

A special two-night benefit concert hosted by twisted rockers WEEN will be held at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on the 7th and 8th of October. Proceeds from these shows will help pay the medical bills of band drummer Claude Coleman, who was seriously injured in an automobile accident last August. (Coleman is expected to make a full recovery after a long, costly rehabilitation process.) These will no doubt be sold-out shows. Tickets go on sale September 11th.

Mid-Atlantic/Southeast
Hitch a ride with us as we chase summer South to the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast section of our Fall Preview. From Virginia and North Carolina in the North to Tennessee in the West and Florida in the South, we've got the region covered. In preparation for events like Harvest Festival in Georgia and the Florida Music Harvest in Live Oak, several bands are making their way through the hills and valleys of that area.

The Chicago- and California-based shredders Garaj Mahal (with Fareed Haque on guitar, Kai Eckhardt on bass, Alan Hertz on drums and Eric Levy on keyboards) have been making a name for themselves in the last few years by blending a Middle Eastern sound with pure American rock ‘n’ roll. These four musicians truly are “world class” and a sight to be seen. Hear the exceptional Fareed play his custom built “guisitar” the 23rd of September at The Pour House in Raleigh, NC; the 25th at Cumberland's in Charleston, SC; and on the 26th at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta.

Robert Walter's 20th Congress, benefiting from the addition of Bay Area guitarist Will Bernard (Motherbug) and several high-caliber opening acts, is preparing for a memorable tour of the East. After performing selected gigs this summer, the Congress turns it up in the fall with shows on the 24th of September at Senate Park in Columbia, SC; the 25th at Stella Blue in Asheville; the 26th in Blacksburg, VA at Baylee's; and on the 27th at Starr Hill Music Hall in Charlottesville, VA. Relax and catch some of Robert's smooth West Coast sounds as the leaves turn gold and nights grow cold.

These next boys mean serious business, ladies and gentleman: from Chicago, Illinois, weighing in with six hard-hitting members, Umphrey's McGee! This band has caught people’s attention in a big way. Their own form of “Midwest and damn proud of it” rock ‘n’ roll turns ordinary nights into mind-blowing mornings. Having shocked fans out West this summer with a truly epic show in Santa Cruz, CA last July and a co-bill with Moonshine Still at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco the night before (not to mention a killer performance at Bonnaroo in Tennessee in front of 12,000 heads), they won't remain under the radar for long. Catch the “Umph” on the 10th of October at The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC; The Music Farm in Charleston on the 11th; Blue Cats in Knoxville, TN on the 14th; the 16th at 12th and Porter in Nashville, TN; and the 17th at Zydeco in Birmingham, AL. Do yourself a huge favor and catch this band as soon as possible!

Widespread Panic's road to success has been one that has taken many intersting turns and unfortunatly of late, a very sad one. With the loss of Panic guitarist and band founder Michael Houser the Panic community was left wondering if there was a future for the band they so passionatly followed. The question has been answered with the announcement of a Fall tour covering the South. Kicking off this short tour will be three shows at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, including the tour opener on Halloween. They close out their stay in NOLA on the 1st and 2nd of November before heading to Georgia, The Carolinas, Alabama and ending up the run with three nights in Tennessee. Widespread Panic is rock n' roll and will continue to blow minds this fall all over the South, where it feels "Just Like Home...".

Not satisfied? Then check out one of these truly inspiring bands playing across Southern Appalachia. Lake Trout hits Main Street Bar & Grill in Harrisonburg, VA on the 14th of September, before heading South to The Cotton Club in Atlanta on the 19th and Florida Music Harvest on the 21st. Also making their presence known in the South this fall are Sound Tribe Sector 9, Zony Mash, Dark Star Orchestra and Joshua Redman. So much music, so much time!

South
Off to the South, where music has been a huge part of life ever since there have been people to play it. With destinations like New Orleans and Austin nestled firmly in the heart of the South, it's no wonder these lands are host to two great music festivals: the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (which includes the recently formed yet quickly infamous late-night concert series) and the first-ever Austin City Limits Music Festival (created by the staff of the longest-running music program on television). This year, the South is a hotbed of touring activities.

Galactic's ability to forge new paths in musical sound has been apparent since the inception of the band. Stanton Moore’s maniacal but always in time drumming brings grins and wide eyes to audiences all over the world. Stanton is famous for standing and smiling while pounding out the most complicated beat. This band thrives on the musical creativity of its members, so it’s no surprise that they'll raise the bar once again this fall. The band, consisting of Jeff Raines (guitar), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (sax), Stanton Moore (drums), Rich Vogel (keys) and Theryl deClouet (vocals), will blaze a new trail with their 'Sight of Sound' Tour. Embarking on a journey across the country that will bring them from Texas to Boston and beyond, the members of this explosive New Orleans band have added two visual artists, Doze Green and SKW to help express their style of rock and roll funk. Catch up with Galactic and their 'Sight of Sound' tour this fall on the 30th of October at The Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas before a special Halloween show at Stubb's BBQ in Austin and followed by a two night stand at Tipitina's Uptown in New Orleans on the 1st and 2nd of November, before heading up the coast. Check their dates for a wide ranging lineup of supporting acts including Kid Koala, The North Mississippi Allstars and Mofro.

Many bands, including the L.A instrumental quartet Particle, are heading to Austin in September for the inaugural ACL Music Fest. The tweaked-out musical stylings of Steve Molitz (keyboards), Eric Gould (bass), Charlie Hitchcock (guitar) and Darren Pujalet (drums) are almost beyond definition. Particle exploded on the scene after playing its first gig in San Francisco during the fall of 2000, making a name for itself by taking over the always-crucial late night/early morning slots, and even then having to be dragged from the stage. Drop in on Particle at La Zona Rosa in Austin on the 27th of September, followed by a performance at Austin City Limits on the 29th where they'll be joined by such diverse acts as Arc Angels, EmmyLou Harris, The Jayhawks and Shawn Colvin. La Zona Rosa will also be the site of one heady night of music as The New Deal open for Sound Tribe Sector 9 on the 28th.

The blood pressure-raising horn work of Topaz and the rest his of the band roll deep in late September, bringing their own form of high-octane funk and jazzy interludes to faithful Southern fans. Come out and play with Topaz on the 25th of September at The Library in Oxford, MS; at Chelsea's on the 26th in Baton Rouge, LA; followed by a show at The Garden in the Heights in Houston, TX on the 27th; and winding it up at the all-too-familiar confines of Tipitina's Uptown in New Orleans, LA. It is sure to be a leg-tiring time.

Portland rockers Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons have been around for a while, yet they are anything but stale. With Jerry Joseph continually solidifying his place in songwriting history with tunes like “Most Beautiful Day” and “Conscious Contact,” he keeps your mind in a continuous cycle of lyrical comprehension. Teamed up with Junior Ruppel (bass) and Brad Rosen (drums), the Jackmormons truly define the sacred term “power trio.” For a night of heart heavy rock, check out Jerry, Brad and Junior at The Continental Club in Austin on the 16th; The Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas on the 17th; and Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack in Little Rock, AR on the 18th.

Of course, these aren’t the only bands winding through Dixie. San Francisco players OM Trio make an appearance at Tipitina’s Uptown in NOLA, supporting Robert Walter on the 19th of September. Playing close to home, Florida innovators MOFRO rock Zydeco in Birmingham, AL on the 7th of September as well as at Tipitina’s on the 14th. Go get some!

Midwest
On to the Midwest, home to many emerging touring forces including Umphrey’s McGee, Ray's Music Exchange and half the members of Garaj Mahal. This fall, though, the home clubs and theatres of these bands will host several of their fellow musicians and their legions of fans.

Let's begin with a band that deserves all the coverage it gets, and moe.. Hailing from all over the Northeast and led by the searing guitar exploits of Al Schnier, this band has been touring constantly since its formation in 1991. These guys are picking up even more steam, coming off the successful summer pairing in the moe. or Les? tour (featuring Les Claypool's Frog Brigade), and the moe.down in Turin, NY. moe. plays several dates throughout the Midwest this fall, including September 24th at The Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI; The Rave in Milwaukee, WI on the 25th; out to Kalamazoo, MI on the 26th at The State Theater; and then to The Egyptian Room in Indianapolis, IN on the 27th. If you have yet to see these talented and hard-working musicians, go discover them this fall.

This next group needs no introduction, but we’ll give them one anyway. Out of San Diego, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe has been moving feet all day and late into the night for years. Legends of the late-night show scene, KDTU have built a strong following no matter where or when they play. With a solid roster in place - including the big man himself, Karl D, on sax and Brian Jordan, one of the smoothest guitarists in the game - these guys come to the show with a plan, and that’s to make you dance. Get your groove on with the Tiny Universe way out in North Dakota at The Playmaker's Pavillion on the 17th of September, followed by a few shows a little closer to the Heartland: September 19th at The Barrymore Theatre in Madison, WI; on the 20th at Mississippi Nights in St.Louis, MO; and two big shows the 25th and 26th at the House of Blues in Chicago. Look out for Karl at the House of Blues in New Orleans late-night, and the first few days of November as well. When the horn sounds, the game is on!

Hailing all the way from Australia, the John Butler Trio is making waves in the American acoustic rock scene. John’s music speaks to the involved generation of music fans who appreciate a timely message and a passionate courier. With lyrics evoking pride in the earth and anger in the harm being done to her, socially responsible audiences will connect with the words being sung over a powerful eleven-string acoustic guitar. Experience the John Butler Trio at The Cabooze in Minneapolis, MN on the 11th of September; the 12th at Schuba's in Chicago; the 14th at Alvin's in Detroit; and on the 16th at The Comfort Zone in Toronto, Canada.

Up from the South and drawing in legions of new fans everywhere they play,Moonshine Still is a young band that staying power. With phenom David Shore on guitar and Scott Baston’s distinguished vocal expression, this band has no problem delivering a truly rocking original or complicated Zappa cover. After Moonshine showed they could deliver the goods during their highly anticipated performances at the High Sierra Music Festival and the Great American Music Hall in July, the West Coast pines for their return. You can catch Moonshine Still on the 18th of September at The Mad Frog in Cincinnati, OH; the 19th at Wise Fools Pub in Chicago; Thai Joe's in Milwaukee on the 21st; and in Akron, OH on the 24th at The Lime Spider.

Keller Williams is a one-man band, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to his live recordings. While playing his acoustic guitar, he takes the time to loop his sound and then layer on a few more melodies, all the while singing in his distinctive voice. A real showstopper wherever he appears, Keller is a welcome performer to any lineup. Head out to the best one-man show in town at The Copper Dragon in Carbondale, IL on the 21st of October; The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on the 22nd; at The Union Bar in Iowa City on the 24th; The Barrymore Theatre in Madison, WI on the 25th; and The Vic Theatre in Chicago on the 26th. The Midwest is a great place to be this fall, but we’re not done yet!

Rocky Mountains
The Rocky Mountain region is a true test for bands touring the country, not just because of the seasoned crowds that know their music, but also for the unpredictable weather that can strand you at any time. Many a band from the Southland has been caught in a snowstorm that stirs up thoughts of a hired driver and a comfy tour bus. Not to be deterred, bands flock to the area in search of a little love. One band getting that love from fans all over the country is the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Hailing from the plains of Tulsa, OK, this trio is as complex as you can get. Possessing a hovering energy and a highly cerebral jazz sound that shatters the parameters of the genre, this team whips the scene into a frenzy with grin-generating originals like “Thelonius Monk is My Grandmother” and the gentle “Vernal Equinox.” Wrap yourself in the sound that is the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey this fall on the 26th of September at The Zephyr in Salt Lake City; the 27th at Tulagi in Boulder; and on the 28th at The Starlight in Fort Collins, CO. Dubbed “The Ancient Creatures Tour,” this is JFJO’s first full headlining tour in support of their new release All is One: Live in New York City.

The North part of the country always gets a little quiet this time of year, but the String Cheese Incident hopes to change that for a few days. Heading North to the “Big Sky Country,” where a great show can change the attitude of a town, this band is setting its sights on Montana and beyond. Having steadily built their following in this region, SCI is playing the biggest venues in town including the Brick Breeden Field House in Bozeman, MT on the 11th of October, then up to the hidden jewel of the Rockies (which holds a special place in my heart) for one night at the Adams Center in Missoula, MT. This town has soul! Next it’s up I-15 to Canada for an Incident of international flavor at MacEwan Hall Ballroom in Calgary, Alberta on the 14th before heading for the coast of British Columbia. Pack up your hoops and get your wings ready for flight!

OM Trio, hailing from San Francisco, shows that the Bay Area has a truly deep pool of talent. Featuring Brian Felix on keys, Ilya Stemkovsky on drums and the thundering Pete Novembre on bass, this trio is a force to be reckoned with. Having delighted audiences with their improvisational originals and an evening-igniting cover of Guns and Roses’ “Paradise City” at this year's High Sierra, OM Trio is on the path to a long and thrilling career. Check out their sound at the Gothic Theatre in Denver on the 12th of September (opening for ekoostik hookah); the 13th at the Starlight in Fort Collins; then back down to Boulder for a show at Tulagi’s on the 14th; and in Colorado Springs at The Acoustic Coffee Lounge on the 15th.

No strangers to the Colorado music scene, Sound Tribe Sector 9 have been transporting crowds with their transcendent style of electronic grooves and steady beats for years. Consisting of Hunter Brown (guitar), Jeffree Lerner (percussion), David Murphy (bass), David Phipps (keys) and the hypnotic drumming of Zach Velmer, this band has all the right ingredients. With a wish-list type tour set up for this fall - including two-night appearances at The Fillmore in San Francisco and the House of Blues in Chicago, plus Halloween and the following night at The Roxy in Atlanta - these guys are proof that hard work and patience pay off. As an exclamation point to the STS9 fall tour, they will hit the Fox Theatre in Boulder on the 6th, 7th and 8th of November, followed by a show the next night at the undisputedly “heady” Gothic Theater in Denver. No matter where you are this fall, you can catch “the 9” in an ultra-swank venue.

Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest is the next stop on this journey through all things fall. Making up a good portion of the country and including the kind destination of Vancouver, BC, the team up North should have no shortage of venues for their fall tours. Starting us off is a band from nowhere near the Northwest, the North Mississippi Allstars, a three-piece ensemebl out of Memphis, TN. Anchored by Luther and Cody Dickinson and accompanied by long-time friend Chris Chew, this band is a true family affair. Blending their own form of Southern blues and rock, old-school Memphis and Southern hill country traditional music, they chart new territory while evoking a familiar sound that true music fans can relate to. Catch the Allstars this fall on the 30th of September in Portland, OR at The Crystal Ballroom; on the 2nd of October at The Showbox in Seattle; and on the 3rd at Richard's on Richards in Vancouver. Also look for the Allstars as they headline The Fillmore in SF the week before, on the on the 28th of September.

Colonel Les Claypool brings us his music in many forms. From the early incarnation of Primus to Oysterhead to Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains, Les shows that he has more than a few ideas under his helmet. This fall he shows us what he's thinking with the Frog Brigade, featuring horn psycho Skerik and the tree-like Eenor as they march across our land, thumping huge baselines and calling out with screaming horn solos. Head out and join the ranks of the Frog Brigade on the 22nd of October at the McDonald Theater in Eugene, OR, followed by a show at The Met in the beautiful city of Spokane, WA on the 23rd. The Frogs will then head to Seattle and the Moore Theater on the 24th, before closing out the Northwest section of the tour with a show at the Roseland Ballroom in Portland, OR on the 25th. Les has also announced plans for another New Year's Eve blowout at The Fillmore.

West Coast
Saving the West for last, we have arrived in the land of plenty. Whether it be plenty of music or plenty of traffic, it is what it is and if you’ve been here, you no doubt love it. California and the adjoining land make up what is the end of the road: I-80 ends here, as do I-15 and I-10, and what begins here is the long road for any band that wants to hit it big. With annual events like the High Sierra Music Festival and Mountain Aire, this land can make you or break you. The thing is, the fans seem to be a little more receptive to new groups and performers that are making their debut or are fresh to the scene. They give each performance a chance and applaud loudly when pleased. These next bands have done their time and shown that they are here to stay.

The Disco Biscuits are a team of musicians who continually win new fans with performances that leave even the most experienced show-goers wondering, "Where did they come up with that last jam?" Having proven themselves by delivering epic shows in favorite venues, these guys are ready to do it again this fall with a string of shows up the Cali coast. Starting off in their adopted hometown of Santa Cruz (also the adopted hometown of the Sound Tribe), Bisco will kick it at The Catalyst on the 25th of September. Next up is a night at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, followed by the House of Blues in Hollywood on the 27th and one night in San Diego on the 28th at the infamous Belly Up Tavern.

Since there is so much going on this fall all over the Coast, we thought it would be a good thing to mention some of the acts who have only a few dates this fall. Let's get it goin' with Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains. With a name that says it all, this is a serious lineup that will play two nights only in San Francisco, at Slim's on the 13th of September and the Great American Music Hall on the 14th. With Brain on drums, Bernie Worrell on keyboards, Buckethead on guitar and Les on many a bass, this should prove to be a solid opportunity to see some of the more colorful musicians on the scene, all on one stage. Next we have The Yohimbe Brothers, consisting of Vernon Reid on guitar and effects and DJ Logic on the tables and samples. These two have had a long relationship, dating back to New York City where they formed innovative bands such as Masque and My Science Project. They’re back together again this fall with a tour that includes dates in Santa Cruz at the Rio Theatre on the 18th of October; The Troubadour in Los Angeles on the 19th; and The Casbah in San Diego on the 20th. Never denied, they roll back to San Francisco on the 26th for a night at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Catch these two innovators as they cruise across the U.S. Also, don't miss the homecoming of SF's own Tea Leaf Green. Having been on the road for seven weeks with stops all over the map, these guys are ready to bring it back to the Bay and thrill the local crowd with their own form of rock ‘n’ roll at the Great American Music Hall on the 27th of September.

With so much music on tap for the fall season, we here at JamBase know that good things are about to happen for more than a few bands. This has always been a standout season both for bands playing and fans seeing live music. After the summer heat and the huge crowds, it feels extra nice to be back inside amongst the fortunate and dedicated. So get out there, but don’t take our word for it: see for yourself what this musically rich country has to offer. There is no scene in the world like the one you have helped create and continue to support, but enough already:

Go See Live Fall Music!

Andrew J. Warren
JamBase | Mill Valley

Photos By:
Jay Blakesberg
Adam Foley
Michael Weintrob
Jay Archibald
The Kayceman
Liz O'keefe
Terry Wickham

[Published on: 9/6/02]

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