Our Wild West Winter Tour starts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this Friday January 23rd and ends in Las Vegas on February 9th. In between we stop to perform in Arcata, Chico, Sacramento, Mill Valley, Petaluma, Crystal Bay (Tahoe), Salt Lake City, Boulder, Frisco, Aspen, Durango, and the Gem & Jam Festival in Tucson, AZ. You may have spotted something of a winter sports resort theme: this is because Eddie has developed a mid-life crisis ski obsession, and the tour was his idea (not Pete's, who hates the cold and will be hibernating when not on stage.)
We just finished a week’s recording at a great studio in NOLA called The Living Room. We were joined by some amazing musical guests and have pretty much got a new album out of the process. Hurrah. More details to follow in coming weeks and months…
Just got back to New Orleans after an intense weekend in Miami playing interlocking / overlapping sets with Dopapod from midnight to 4am both nights. Which took place just after we had recovered from a super-fun New Year’s Eve set at NOLA’s Joy Theater (thanks for having us two years in a row, btw!) We’re all having an early night tonight in preparation for this week’s recording studio adventure.
What fun we had at Bear Creek again this year! We were honoured by funky sit-ins from all sorts of musical luminaries: George Porter Jnr, Grant Green Jnr, Pee Wee Ellis and for the first time, our hero, Bernard Purdie. The excellent FunkIt blog captured the moment where Bernard joined us on second drum kit for a rendition of “Who’s Making Love.” After the set our keyboard player Joe chatted to Bernard, who was full of smiles and extremely pleased that Pee Wee had talked him into coming to Bear Creek. Now aged 75, and possibly the world’s most recorded drummer, BP said to Joe: “I’m having a blast - this festival takes me back 40 years!”
Our next show is a double-header with the amazing Dumpstaphunk at the Joy Theater in New Orleans on New Year’s Eve, before we head over to Grand Central in Miami to play 2 nights of Phish after-show parties with Dopapod on Jan 2nd & 3rd.
Woke up today in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where we start the final run of our Fall Tour (this evening at The Press Room). We’re all tickled by the stunningly unoriginal names of other nearby towns, like Durham, Dover, York, Rochester, Manchester, Weymouth, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Taunton and Leominster, all jumbled up in the wrong topographical relation to each other, but presumably pronounced in a much less counter-intuitive way than their Old-English namesakes (“Wuster” “Shrows-bree” “Lemster” etc..) We’re darting around this general area in a Dodge Caravan for the rest of the week, before flying down to Asheville and picking up another Dodge Caravan to start a little run down towards Bear Creek Festival in Live Oak, FL, where we play next weekend. (This tour would not be possible without our generous support of American Airlines and Avis, for which we hope they are suitably grateful.)
Here’s Eddie driving us to the airport at the end of the latest leg of our US Fall 2014 tour. We’re now enjoying a hard-earned break until the end of the month when we open for Maceo Parker in London. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, L.A., San Diego, Fort Collins, Denver, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Raleigh and Corolla. We’ll be back Stateside in November to play Portsmouth, Providence, Fairfield, Ardmore, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Asheville, Athens and Greenville before we head down to Live Oak FL for our annual appearances at Bear Creek Music Festival. Thankyou bye.
Bye bye, Colorado - thanks for a great weekend! We’ll see you again at the end of January. Rather infuriatingly, we have to be up at 4am tomorrow to fly to Rochester, NY. (It’s the 4am that’s the problem - for all we know, Rochester might be a charming place.) Counting on a significant hotel nap situation on arrival. We finish this three-week tour leg on Saturday night in Corolla, NC, which is kind of in the Atlantic. Then 3 weeks back in Blighty sampling the various forms of rain, before we come back Stateside to slide down the country all the way to Bear Creek Festival in Florida. If you came out to see us recently, thanks for coming out to see us recently and please come again.
We will return to the Brooklyn Bowl in May to play 4 consecutive shows: Thu 14th, Fri 15th, Sat 16th evenings, plus an all-ages daytime show on Sat May 16th. Tickets are available from 10am on 1/23/15 from the venue website
Please note: this is the original BB in New York, NOT the one in London where we opened for Maceo last November. But if you are in London, you’re very welcome to fly over for the weekend to see us in the Big Apple.
|Tue Feb 03||
The State Room
Salt Lake City, UT
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|Thu Feb 05||
The Barkley Ballroom
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|Sat Feb 07||
Animas City Theatre
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