This weekend isn’t just about the food. You came to rock out too. Beginning with an intimate night of music with Grammy Award winning Angie Aparo for our Coligny BBQ Society ticket holders, we’ll end the weekend with the six-times Platinum record band, Blues Traveler. Throw in some local acts and you’ve got yourself one rockin’ weekend.
Once upon a time (1987 to be exact), a group of guys—John Popper [vocals, harmonica], Chan Kinchla [guitar], Tad Kinchla [bass], Ben Wilson [keyboards], and Brendan Hill [drums]— jammed out blues in a garage somewhere in New Jersey. However, it took them 33 years to really do it again in the same way. In between, Blues Traveler made every boyhood rock ‘n’ roll dream come true. They burst onto the scene with a trio of gold-selling albums—Blues Traveler , Travelers and Thieves , and Save His Soul . Then in 1994, Four went six-times platinum and spawned the definitive “Run-Around,” which garnered a GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group.” They logged another platinum album with Straight On Till Morning in 1998 and spent the next twenty years selling out shows on multiple continents. In 2018, Hurry Up & Hang Around kicked off a new era with the guys firing on all cylinders. However, they look back and leap forward on their fourteenth full-length album, Traveler’s Blues [Round Hill Records].
“Blues Traveler is not just a band; it’s a lifestyle,” Guitarist Chan Kinchla leaves off. “Blues Traveler is our life’s work. It’s enabled us to do so many other things. This little tribe we built in New York during the late eighties has survived all the way through—plus or minus some dearly departed brothers and sisters. It’s empowered us to be creative, make people happy, and travel around spreading some good vibes. The longer we do it, the more we like it. …” he laughs.