Neal Casal Tribute ‘There’s A Reward’ Lineup Announced

By Scott Bernstein Sep 12, 2019 9:56 am PDT

The late Neal Casal will be remembered at the “There’s A Reward: A Celebration Of The Life & Music Of Neal Casal” concert at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on Wednesday, September 25. Many musicians that collaborated with Neal over the past few decades will take part in the show from which proceeds will benefit MusiCares. A press release announcing the show also included word Circles Around The Sun will move forward with a new guitarist.

Beachwood Sparks, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Circles Around The Sun are aboard as are Joe Russo with Dave Dreiwitz, Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger. The tribute will also feature Hazeldine, Mapache, Dave Schools, Citizen Cope, Jeff Hill, Bob Glaub, Dan Fadel, Davis Jaynes, Don Heffington, Dori Freeman, Jesse Aycock, John Ginty, Jon Graboff, John Shannon, Kenny Roby, Leslie Mendelson, Rickey Medlocke, Robbi Robb and Zephaniah Ohora. More friends of Casal, who died by suicide last month, will also participate.

Circles Around The Sun, a band Casal initially put together to record music that was played during setbreaks at the 2015 Fare Thee Well – Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead concerts, will continue in Neal’s absence. Casal left word he wanted the band to move forward and his band mates will honor that request. The group will soon announce a new guitar player that will perform with keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy over the course of an October Run, New Year’s Run and on Jam Cruise. CATS will still release Circles Around The Sun Meets Joe Russo on October 18 and will issue a new studio album early next year that was completed with producer Jim Scott just days before Neal’s death.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday, September 13) at 12 p.m. ET via Ticketfly.

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