Stage On June 29, 2004 beloved one-man-band Keller Williams releases an album that highlights his awe-inspiring live performance. Stage (SCI Fidelity) is a sonic snapshot of the singer/multi-instrumentalist settling into the groove with digital looping devices that make his solo performances sound as if he's backed by a full band. Williams is fully enveloped in the rising art of digital looping on the album's two discs, which were recorded during spring and fall of 2003. The first disc is culled from a performance in the spring on the West Coast, while the second was captured several months later in the Northeast. Listen closely and you'll hear Williams' art evolving from disc to disc. More obvious is the difference in mood. Says Williams, "Ninety-nine percent of the first CD was recorded at the Cal Poly Theater in San Luis Obispo; and that was an all-seated venue, listening intently and it's quiet, whereas the show in the Northeast was seatless. There was much more of a dance energy vibe there."

Here's what critics are saying...

"These days, you don't need a full band to put on a great rock show. Keller Williams' gargantuan grooves pack halls across the country..." --Guitar Player

"Eight guitars, one man, no shoes, and a crowd barely breathing in anticipation for the first chord...Keller Williams personifies musical evolution." --Relix

"...Williams' unique balance of serious musicianship and funny-yet-pointed lyrics become is quite clear that there is singular talent, intelligence and insight at work here." --Album Network

Summer is the season that Keller heads away from the indoor theaters into the great outdoors. This often includes performing with other artists. For summer 2004, Williams will open select dates with the Dave Matthews Band, will tour with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Yonder Mountain String Band as part of the Acoustic Planet Tour, and will hop around to some of the country's best festivals.

Confirmed dates are:

With Dave Matthews Band
6.26 | Burgettstown, PA | Post-Gazette Pavilion Star Lake
6.27 | Burgettstown, PA | Post-Gazette Pavilion Star Lake
6.29 | Cuyahoga Falls, OH | Blossom Music Center
6.30 | Toronto, ON | Ontario Place--Molson Amphitheatre

Acoustic Planet Tour-
Keller Williams, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Yonder Mountain String Band

8.05 | Interlochen, Switzerland | Mi Kreske Auditorium
8.06 | Columbus, OH | Promowest Pavillion
8.08 | Cleveland, OH | Scene Pavillion
8.10 | Cincinnati, OH | Timberwolf Amphitheater
8.11 | Rochester Hills, MI | Meadow Brook
8.12 | Chicago, IL | Aragon Ballroom
8.13 | Kansas City, MO | City Market
8.14 | Tulsa, OK | Tulsa's Brady Village Stage
8.16 | Minneapolis, MN | Music in the Zoo**
8.17 | Minneapolis, MN | Music in the Zoo *
8.27 | Birmingham, AL | Oak Mountain Amphitheater
8.28 | Nashville, TN | Dancin' in the District
8.29 | Columbia, MD | Merriweather Post Pavillion
8.31 | Norfolk, VA | Harbor Center
9.1 | Richmond, VA | Brown's Island
9.2 | TBA
9.3 | Cary, NC | Regency Park Amphitheater
9.4 | Atlanta, GA | Fox Theater
9.5 | Myrtle Beach, SC | House of Blues

*without Keller
**without YMSB

Additional Festival Dates
5.29 | Kirkersville, OH | Hookahville
5.30 | Chillicothe, IL | Three Sisters Park
6.13 | Santa Rosa, CA | Health & Harmony Festival
6.18 | Lawrence, KS | Wakarusa Music Festival
6.20 | North Plains, OR | Horning's Hideout
7.2 | Detroit Lakes, MI | 10,000 Lakes Festival
7.3 | Garrettsville, OH | Gratefulfest
7.9 | Masontown, WV | All Good Festival
7.22 | Harmony NC | Smilefest

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