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Blues Traveler 30th Anniversary Tour - Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Blues Traveler - Ridgefeidl Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT - photo by Luxury Experience We caught the Grammy® award winning, multi-platinum selling Rock band, the Blues Traveler 30th Anniversary Tour at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and what a night it was! Founded in 1987 in Princeton, New Jersey, Blues Traveler is a rock band that has long been on our musical radar, and in our stacks of music.

 

 

 

In 2006, the Blues Traveler performed at The Ridgefield Playhouse to a sold-out house. On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, we had the good fortune of attending the first stop of the Blues Traveler 30th Anniversary Tour at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where once again Fairfield County showed its appreciation by selling out the house. Front man, singer, songwriter, harmonicist John Popper, grew up in Stamford, Connecticut and Princeton, New Jersey, and Fairfield County came out in force to celebrate their one-time native son.

 

Los Colognes - Ridgefield Playhouse - photo by Luxury Experience
Los Colognes

 

Opening for Blues Traveler was the rock band Los Colognes, a young and talented 5-piece band based out of Nashville, comprised of front man singer guitarist Jay Rutherford, Gordon Persha on bass, Micah Hulscher, Chuck Foster, and drummer Aaron Mortenson.

 

The band played a selection of cuts including Baby, You Can't Have Both, and Backseat Driver off their 2015 Dos release, Molly B. Good and The White Whale off their latest 2017 release entitled, The Wave, and the title track Working Together off their 2014 release by the same name. They ended by covering the Bob Dylan song, It's All Over Now Baby Blue, giving the audience a glimpse into their talent.

 

Blues Traveler - Ridgefield Playhouse - photo by Luxury Experience
Blues Traveler

 

Blues Traveler has been together for 30 years, with 15 albums to their credit and as such had a treasure chest of music from which to perform, allowing them to take the audience on a nostalgic musical tour of their repertoire. Founded in Princeton, New Jersey in 1987 by John Popper (vocals, harmonica), Brendan Hill (drums), Chan Kinchla (guitar), and Bobby Sheehan (bass) who died in 1999, Blues Traveler is a band that has retained its core players. In 1999 they added Tad Kinchla (Chan Kichla's younger brother) on bass, and Ben Wilson on keyboards, providing the band with the advantage of having an engaging and distinct sound that has earned them world-wide recognition and awards.

 

John Popper - Ridgefield Playhouse - Photo by Luxury Experience
John Popper

 

The band opened the first night of their 30th anniversary tour with the song, Believe Me, off their third album entitled, Save His Soul, from 1993. Next in the line-up was Girl Inside My Head, off their 6th album entitled Bridge, released in 2001, followed by Dropping Some NYC off their debut 1990 eponymous album, Blues Traveler.

 

Listen to Blues Traveler perform Run-Around Live at the Ridgefield Play -  https://youtu.be/pdwamx2Xg6M   

 

Moving to their later library of music, the band segued into Things Are Looking Up, off their Suzie Cracks The Whip album released in 2012. When the band slid into Run-Around, off their 1994 fourth release, entitled, Four, they had the audience on their feet, a position that most held throughout the evening.

 

Chan Kinchla - Ridgefield Playhouse - photo by Luxury Experience
Chan Kinchla


Providing a glimpse into the future and their upcoming release (expected out in early 2018), the band played Ode To The Aspect, a ballad, for which if the rest of the release is as good as that was, the new album is going to be a killer.

 

Moving back in time, the band played the song, You, Me, And Everything, off their 10th album, North Hollywood Shootout, released in 2008, followed by Castaway off their 12th album, Blow Up The Moon released in 2015.

 

Ted Kinchla - Ridgefield Playhouse - photo by Luxury Experience
Ted Kinchla

 

The band continued with three great cuts off their 1996 release, Live From The Fall, with But Anyway from Disc One, and The Mountains Win Again and What's For Breakfast from Disc Two, and Hook off their 1994 album, entitled Four.

 

John Popper introduced the next song, She Becomes My Way, as a song off their upcoming release, and it was a dynamic way to end the evening with a tantalizing view of what's to come from the Blues Traveler. 

 

Ben Wilson - Ridgefield Playhouse - photo by Luxury Experience
Ben Wilson


Musical highlights from the evening included Brendan Hill bringing down the house with his drum solos and Tad Kinchla shredding his bass with his quick fingered playing. Ben Wilson had some wonderful keyboard interludes, and as always, John Popper's voice and harmonica carried the day, crafting another highpoint of excellence. Chan Kinchla on guitar was the band's resident cheerleader who engaged the audience by getting them to sing along, wave, and just ride along on the musical high of the first night of their 30th anniversary tour.

 

Until next time, keep enjoying the music!

 

Brendan Hill - Ridgefield Playhouse - photo by Luxury Experience
Brendan Hill

 

The upcoming dates of the Blues Traveler 30th Anniversary Tour

 

October 14, 2017

The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD

October 15, 2017

The NorVa, Norfolk, VA

October 17, 2017

The National, Richmond, VA

October 18, 2017

The Ritz, Raleigh, NC

October 20, 2017

Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL

October 21, 2017

Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale, FL

October 24, 2017

The Steeple, Mobile, AL

October 26, 2017

Elmo's, Austin, TX

October 27, 2017

House of Blues, Dallas, TX

October 28, 2017

House of Blues, Houston, TX

October 30, 2017

Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, OK

November 1, 2017

Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

November 3, 2017

The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN

November 4, 2017

Delmar Hall, Saint Louis, MO

November 5, 2017

Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO

November 7, 2017

House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

November 8, 2017

The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT

November 10, 2017

Knitting Factory Concert House, Boise, ID

November 11, 2017

Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR

November 12, 2017

The Showbox @ The Market, Seattle, WA

November 14 -15, 2017

The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

November 17, 2017

The Belasco, Los Angeles, CA

November 18, 2017

House of Blues, Anaheim, CA

November 19, 2017

House of Blues, San Diego, CA

January 26, 2018

House of Blues, Boston, MA

January 27, 2018

Paramount, Huntington, NY

January 28, 2018

State Theatre, Ithaca, NY

January 30, 2018

House of Blues, Cleveland, OH

February 2, 2018

20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI

February 3, 2018

House of Blues, Chicago, IL

February 6, 2018

Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY

February 7, 2018

Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

February 9, 2018

Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA

February 10, 2018

House of Blues, Orlando, FL

February 11, 2018

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL

February 13, 2018

The Stage on Bay, Savannah, GA

February 15, 2018

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

February 16, 2018

Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH

February 23, 2018

Irving Plaza, NY, NY

 

For a complete listing of upcoming Blues Traveler performances, please visit the website: www.BluesTraveler.

 

A Sampling of the many upcoming 2017 shows at The Ridgefield Playhouse:

 

October 17, 2017

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 2017

October 19, 2017

Boney James

October 20, 2017

Mary Wilson of the Supremes

October 21, 2017

The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute

October 25, 2017

Dennis Quaid an The Sharks

October 26, 2017

Renaissance

October 27, 2017

Martin Sexton Trio

October 30, 2017

An Intimate Evening with Amos Lee

November 2, 2017

Kenny G: The Miracles of Holiday & Hits Tour 2017

November 4, 2017

Vanessa Williams in Concert

November 5, 2017

Tuesdays with Morrie: The Play

November 7, 2017

Citizen Cope

November 8, 2017

Anna Raimondi

November 9, 2017

Carbon Leaf

November 11, 2017

The Sixties Show

November 12, 2017

America

November 18, 2017

A Darlene Love Christmas: Love For The Holidays

November 19, 2017

The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Tour Gala

November 20, 2017

David Crosby & Friends, Sky Trails Tour 2017

November 22, 2017

Met Opera ENCORE in HD: The Exterminating Angels (Ades)

November 25, 2017

Bolshoi Ballet ENCORE in HD: Taming of the Shrew

November 30, 2017

Rufus Wainwright

December 1, 2017

John Tesh Grand Piano Christmas

December 2, 2017

Jane Lynch: A Swingin' Little Christmas

December 6, 2017

Melissa Etheridge: Merry Christmas, Baby

December 7, 2017

Tim Currie's Motown Review Band

December 9, 2017

Snowkus Pocus

December 15-17, 2017

The Nutcracker

December 20, 2017

The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration

 

For information and the complete listing of upcoming performances at The Ridgefield Playhouse, please visit the website: www.RidgefieldPlayhouse.org

 

For tickets or information, please call The Ridgefield Playhouse Box Office: + 1-203-438-5795.

 

Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT

 

The Ridgefield Playhouse

80 East Ridge Road

Ridgefield, CT

United States
Telephone:        +1-203-438-5795

Fax:                   +1-203-438-4543              

Website:            www.RidgefieldPlayhouse.org

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