The Last Waltz Ensemble
The Last Waltz Ensemble kicks off a nationwide spring tour at The State Theatre in Falls Church VA with special guests Capricorn Recording Legend Tommy Talton, founder of the band Cowboy and studio guitarist with Gregg Allman and Allman Brothers Band. Also guest starring the incomparable Efrem Towns from The Dirty Dozen Brass Band who has relocated to Falls Church after Hurricane Katrina. Also appearing is Greg Hester, the astounding vocalist of The Van Morrison Review. Doug Wanamaker from the Virginia based Indecision lends his considerable talents to this special event.

Opening the show is Charlottesville’s answer to young country rock, Sons of Bill, who are fresh off a sell out performance at the Knitting Factory in NYC.

Kris Gloer didn’t intend for The Last Waltz Ensemble to get so out of hand, and he readily admits it. The affable organizer and front man of The Last Waltz Ensemble laughs as he marvels at a year that has seen the band go from friendly jam session status to full-fledged national touring act.

“I thought we could have a great yearly event in Atlanta with The Last Waltz Ensemble. You know, get a few friends together during the holidays and do a yearly tribute to the music of The Band. Now it looks like there is a demand for this material and this show in other like-minded places. Four hundred people showed up at the Georgia Theatre in Athens a couple of months ago and our Smith’s show in Atlanta drew three hundred. It’s just amazing and surprising and so much fun.”

Adding to the adventurous spirit of fun, The Last Waltz boasts an incredible regular line (Gloer and Mark Kramer share guitars and vocals, Eric Reed plays bass, Kevin Rutschman on drums, keyboardists Jason Fuller and Dan Seifert) as well as special guests. Slide master Benji Shanks of Captain Soularcat and pianist Tony G are two of the band’s semi regular members.

03.02 Falls Church, VA State Theatre
03.03 Richmond, VA Alley Katz
03.08 Chapel Hill, NC Cats Cradle
03.09 Wilmington, NC KEFI
03.10 Cape Carteret, NC The Dive
03.16 Atlanta, GA Smith’s Olde Bar
03.23 Raleigh, NC Pourhouse Music Hall
03.24 Charlotte, NC Visulite
03.29 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
03.30 Hattiesburg, MS Bottling Co.
03.31 Birmingham, AL Birmingham Southern KA
04.01 Hattiesburg, MS Bottling Co.
04.12 Auburn, AL KA
04.13 Charleston, SC Charleston Pourhouse
04.14 Greenville, SC Gottrocks
04.21 Auburn, AL SAE
04.25 Boone, NC Boone Saloon
04.27 Auburn, AL Bourbon Street
04.28 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
05.17 Canton, GA Downtown Kitchen
05.18 Chattanooga, TN Rhythm & Brews
05.24 Kill Devil Hills, NC Outer Banks Brewing Station
05.27 Palatka, FL Blue Crab Festival