Saturdays show opened with lead man, John Popper proclaiming, “We’re 30 years old”. The Blues Traveler 30th year Anniversary Tour was welcomed to The House of Blues Lake Buena Vista to a delighted, sold out audience. In traditional style, the first three songs ran into one, with “Run Around” ending the stretch. “Run Around”, the longest charting radio single in Billboard history at 26 weeks of “Most Played by Jockeys” was Billboard's original airplay chart, before the inception of the current “Hot 100” chart. Which also won them a Grammy in 1996. With the opening momentum in full swing, John Popper and the band, poured it on until the final note. Born out of the 1990, Blues Travel is one of the few remaining jam-bands on the scene. Similar in style to The Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic, and The Allman Brothers, where the songs performed on stage go off into their own life while being played in front of a hungry crowd.
Blues Traveler just left the studio recording their 13th album titled, “Hurry Up and Hang Around”, which is due to be released this spring.
The opening band, Los Colognes from Nashville, is touring on their third and newest released album “The Wave”.
Blues Traveler is John Popper on lead vocals and harmonica, Ben Wilson keyboards, Brendan Hill drums, Chan Kinchla guitar, and Chan’s younger brother Tad Kinchla on bass. Thirty years, and this tight, well-oiled machine maybe ready for thirty more, or another ten at the very least. This is an Anniversary Tour, and not a farewell tour. Don’t worry, those of you that were unable to get tickets to this sold out show will have another chance when Blues Traveler, Travels again to Central Florida.