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Thunderbird Sun Transformation by Dave Brogan
"Thunderbird Sun Transformation" was produced by Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips and features performances by Bluhm, Jackie Greene, Dan Lebowitz (ALO), Paul Hoaglin (The Mother Hips) and Tim Young.
Thanks to the AS Program Board and the faculty and students of UCSB for having us on campus on October 8th. ALO and Jack Johnson played an extended set at a student rally in Storke Plaza to remember the victims of the Isla Vista shootings. As graduates of UCSB we feel we owe a lot to the student culture there, and the school, so it was especially meaningful to get the opportunity to show our support for the community.
Lot's of good stuff on the horizon: ALO will be playing two nights at Soho in Santa Barbara after the Phish shows at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. Then it's off to the Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville, CA for a couple of sets, including a late night show with The Motet, which should be more-or-less tons of fun! The Motet kills it.
For you country music fans, November 25th is the release date for Brokedown in Bakersfield's first album: Brokedown in Bakersfield, Live. It's a mix of some classic California Country songs by Merle, Buck and Gram as well as a couple of originals penned by the great Tim Bluhm. We will support the release with a tour through the cities of Northern California starting in San Francisco on November 26th. See the Shows page for more details.
I'll be doing a few "dates" along the Cali coast in May with Garrin Benfield and Tom Treund. The three of us first came together last year for a songwriter's round-robin at the Brick and Mortar in San Francisco at the behest of Dave Marguiles, music impresario of the High Sierra Music Festival. Garrin is a guitarist, Tom's main ax is the upright bass and with me on drums we form a complete instrumental trio. We're doing songs from each of our songbooks as well as tunes from our common love- the Grateful Dead.
I'm really excited to play with these guys some more. Garrin is an amazing songwriter with an emotional depth unparalleled and Tom is a major force on the LA scene, collaborating with the likes of Ben Harper, Brett Dennen, Jackson Browne and Graham Parker. He's the resident troubadour of Venice Beach and just a brilliant craftsman of song. I hope you folks on the west coast can make it out to a show. Bring your ears and be prepared to hear every note, every word and every breath in between. Go to my shows page to get the dates!
Also: more information on Garrin Benfield and Tom Freund
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