Blues Traveler Comes to The Warner
The Warner Theatre welcomes BLUES TRAVELER to the Main Theatre on Sunday, October 14 at 8 pm. Opening the show is Brooklyn-by-way-of-Baltimore trio ANIMAL YEARS.
BLUES TRAVELER - John Popper (lead vocals, harmonica), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Tad Kinchla (bass), Brendan Hill (drums) and Ben Wilson (keyboard) - have a proven reputation for their improvisational live shows and tireless touring. With a total of twelve studio albums - four gold, three platinum and one six-times platinum - they have sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide and played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people. Their hit "Run-Around" is the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history and earned then a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
The group's 2015 album, Blow Up The Moon, was its first collaborative album. Keeping an open-minded perspective on making music, the unique and successful process enlisted a range of artists across the musical spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop. On the heels of the band's 30th anniversary, the multi-platinum rock mavericks will release their 13th studio album, Hurry Up & Hang Around, on October 12. The 12-track opus finds the band re-energized and laser-focused stirring up an intoxicating brew of rowdy rock, smoky psychedelica, southern folk, staggering soul and brash blues. The group rented a house in Nashville to write and record with Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Rollings (Willie Nelson). Rollings' intense attention to detail unlocked a rich sonic spectrum as he challenged and pushed each member to excel without compromising or taking "no" for an answer. ANIMAL YEARS is a an upbeat folk band comprised of Mike McFadden (vocal/guitar), Anthony Saladino (bass) and Anthony Spinnato (drums) who perform with rapid-fire, finger-picked guitars and percussion that ticks and thumps along to harmonious vocal arrangements. In 2017, the band was named as one of Rolling Stone's top 10 new Country and Americana artists to watch.
To tickets, call the Warner Box Office at 860-489-7180 or visit warnertheatre.org.
Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as "Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre." Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat Studio Theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA's mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region.