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Blues Traveler

August 10, 2021 at 8:00pm

Waterville Opera House

Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St, Waterville, ME

Mask Policy: Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Kennebec County, we are asking all visitors to wear masks inside the Waterville Creates’ administrative office and studio areas, including the Waterville Opera House.

Supporting Act, Pete Kilpatrick, starts at 8pm!

Once upon a time (1987 to be exact), a group of guys 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 (1990), Travelers and Thieves (1991), and Save His Soul (1993). 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).

This time around, the quintet, John Popper (vocals, harmonica), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Tad Kinchla (bass), Ben Wilson (keyboards), and Brendan Hill (drums), reimagined and recharged classics from the American blues songbook and a few surprises, making the record they were always meant to make.

“Back in the day, we were all into blues,” says Chan. “We even started as a high school blues band. That’s why our name is Blues Traveler! So, it was fun to come full circle and really get back to blues more than we’d ever planned. It took a lifetime for us to play this style well. There’s no way we could’ve pulled off this album when we were younger. After thirty years, we finally made the record we aspired to make as kids.”

Supporting Act: Pete Kilpatrick
Maine based singer/songwriter Pete Kilpatrick grew up with a deep and resounding love of melody. With no formal training in music, Pete picked up the acoustic guitar at the age of 16 and began teaching himself how to play, crafting his own songs all while falling deeply in love with the process. Pete performs regularly both solo and with his full band and his music is a blend of acoustic based folk rock.

When everything shut down in March of 2020 Pete began a weekly livestream concert series. He ended up performing every Saturday night for 66 weeks straight. As his audience grew throughout the series he began writing and recording an album of new material from home. This would evolve into his 2020 album release “Songs From The Green Room” which many fans are calling one of his strongest releases to date.

In total he has released nine independent albums and performed over 1200 shows, including concerts with Dave Matthews Band, Guster, David Gray, Ray Lamontagne, Blues Traveler, O.A.R., and many others.

Tickets: $53 - $63
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