Matt Butler
Everyone Orchestra is hitting East Coast stages in October with an exciting edition assembled from a rotating cast of all star musicians, including EO founder/conductor Matt Butler, Phish drummer Jon Fishman, guitar legend Steve Kimock, string wizard Jamie Masefield (Jazz Mandolin Project), saxmen Jeff Coffin (The Flecktones) and Peter Apfelbaum (Hieroglyphics Ensemble; Trey Anastasio), bassist Reed Mathis (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, SKB), hammered dulcimer player/percussionist Jamie Janover (Zilla), guitarist Scott Law, keyboardist Asher Fulero and more.

What makes Everyone Orchestra performances stand out from other jam band collaborations is the conducting and audience participation. Butler facilitates the jams using giant cue cards, hand signals and more which direct the musicians and audience alike in flowing, playful and incredibly dynamic co-creations.

The list of Everyone Orchestra alumni reads like a who's who of jam band music and beyond including members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, moe., String Cheese Incident, Derek Trucks Band, Railroad Earth, Hot Buttered Rum, Tea Leaf Green and Jimmy Herring, Darol Anger, Adrian Belew, Taj Mahal and Maria Muldaur among a growing legion of other performers. Butler's version of breaking down the barriers between musician and audience derives in part from desert art festival Burning Man's 'no spectators, only participants' ethic and is undoubtedly influenced by his old friend and mentor Ken Kesey, the king of the Merry Pranksters.

The impetus for the Fall '06 tour evolved out of numerous benefit and festival dates where the cast of musicians and the audience were left hungry for more. "Often, the group is just starting to really hit its stride together, and then these 'one-off' shows are over. Short tours like this one, and others in the works, will allow the musicians to stretch themselves and the boundaries of the improvisational games we play," says Butler.

Keeping with EO's activist commitment, not-for-profit Conscious Alliance will join EO at each tour stop to host food drives to help feed America's hungry. Attendees are encouraged to bring ten non-perishable food items in exchange for a limited edition tour poster. For more information and details visit www.consciousalliance.org.

Based in Eugene, OR, Everyone Orchestra made its east coast debut last March at Snoe.down, the Lake Placid, NY winter festival hosted by moe. Since then, EO has appeared at numerous festivals including Green Apple Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Smilefest XII, Harmony Festival, Oregon Country Fair and 10,000 Lakes Festival.

"I’ve been part of several memorable EO shows over the past few years and enjoy the energy and music that flows from Everyone Orchestra concept. What makes Everyone Orchestra performances stand out is the conducting which really creates an exciting synthesis with the band and audience." –- Steve Kimock

"If you can't enjoy this..." -- Jon Fishman

Tuesday, October 3 - Pearl Street Nightclub - Northampton, MA
Tix online at NBOTickets.com or 800.THE.TICK
Wednesday, October 4 Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
Tix online at LiveNation.com or 800.431.3462
Thursday, October 5 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
Tix online at etix.com or Toad’s Place Box Office – 203.624.TOAD
Friday, October 6 - Recher Theatre - Baltimore, MD
Tix onlne at ticketmaster.com or Recher Box Office – 410.337.7178
Saturday, October 7 - The State Theatre - Falls Church, VA
Tix online at ticketmaster.com 800.551-SEAT
Sunday, October 8 - House of Blues - Atlantic City, NJ
Tix online at ticketmaster.com 609.236.BLUE

Cast of players for Everyone Orchestra, 10/3-8:
Matt Butler – Conducting, Percussion/Drums
Peter Apfelbaum – Horns
*Jeff Coffin – Saxophone
Jon Fishman - Drums
Asher Fulero - Keyboards
Jamie Janover– Hammered Dulcimer, Percussion
*Steve Kimock – Guitar
Scott Law – Guitar, Vocals
Jamie Masefield - Mandolin
Reed Mathis - Bass
Plus Live Painting and Special Guests
*Steve Kimock & Jeff Coffin appear October 6, 7 & 8 only


[Published on: 8/16/06]

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Justandy starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/17/2006 11:57AM
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This is gonna be insane

messick starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/17/2006 12:07PM
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AMAZING line-up. Yet another great step for the EO. If you haven't seen an EO show and you live on the East Coast... DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR!

insignia Thu 8/17/2006 12:17PM
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aw man wish they did more thatn 6 shows very sweet linup.

musicalearth starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/17/2006 01:03PM
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These EO events have been some of the best musical highlights of the past four years for me. EO has torn it up at:
The 10,000 Lakes Festival
Jam Cruise 4
High Sierra
Oregon Country Fair

and beyond...These shows are must see events!

Check out some Google Video of EO from 10KLF last year with Kimock:

you have to get to the part where the conducting begins to understand the magic happening at these shows...It is all improv!

spaceface7 Thu 8/17/2006 01:44PM
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Who's bright idea was it to only do a 6 date tour!?!? This lineup looks amazing and I love the idea of just a superjam of performers. But what kinda east-coast tour is this. I WOULDNT WALK 500 MILES!!! DAMN IT

(10k performance was NASTY)

NickBoeka Thu 8/17/2006 01:55PM
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Holy Crap, please come to the Left Coast with that star studded lineup....

sunlee starstarstarstar Thu 8/17/2006 04:29PM
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One thing I would change about the article and that is to mention Zambiland. This is kinda the precursor to EO and used to happen in Atlanta and Boulder I believe.

I love the EO though. Matt does a great job conducting and has found his groove. I also like it when Jamie d\gets up there to conduct as well.

And lucky me I won the raffle back in April and got to conduct. If they have a raffle, go for and have the time of your life.

claypool018 Thu 8/17/2006 04:57PM
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wheres the mid-west love?

totalot starstarstar Fri 8/18/2006 09:17AM
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Some of the EO stuff can get pretty annoying though, I think the hotest EO sets was the ones I saw with the boys from Delta Nove! The horns really bring it.

lurchmudpuddle starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/18/2006 06:52PM
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Saw them on Jamcruise 4 and at the Oregon Country Fair. I was blown away. Brilliant concept, superb musicianship.

jellyphish starstarstarstar Sun 8/20/2006 10:45AM
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why no show in philly???

ajerk Tue 8/22/2006 06:12AM
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"If you can't enjoy this..." -- Jon Fishman
maybe you can enjoy the belching of the MAGIC BURPS