30th Anniversary Tour:

Blues Traveler

March 2, 2018

Venue Matthews Theatre


Thirty years ago in 1987 in a nearby New Jersey galaxy called Princeton, four teenagers at Princeton High School formed a rock band, and the rest is pop history. They called themselves Blues Traveler, and today, 12 studio albums and 2,000 live shows later, they celebrate their 30th anniversary by returning to McCarter in their hometown where they last appeared in 1994 at the height of their popularity, having just won a Grammy for their hit single Run Around from their fourth album four.

Three of the band’s original members—singer/harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, and drummer Brendan Hill—have been joined by Chan’s brother Tad on bass and keyboardist Ben Wilson. Their music remains as it has: encompassing a variety of genres from blues and soul to every form of rock: folk, Southern, and even psychedelic. Blues Traveler is one of the original “jam bands” and their improvisational live shows have become legendary. In between gigs they managed to appear at both Woodstock and Lollapalooza, open for a Rolling Stones tour, played on the 1995 season premiere of Saturday Night Live, played themselves in the film Blues Brothers 2000, and were a favorite of David Letterman’s on The Late Show. To mark their 30th anniversary, they will be releasing a new studio album this spring.