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Welcome To 1984 The Democrat Party, the government education complex, private corporations and foundations, the news media and the allpervasive sports and entertainment industry have incrementally repressed the foundational right of We the People to publicly debate open borders, forced immigration, sanctuary cities and the calamitous destruction of innate gender norms...

Grow Up, Kachadurian Apparently Tom Kachadurian has great words; too bad they make little sense. His Sept. 19 editorial highlights his prevalent beliefs that only Hillary and the Dems are engaged in namecalling and polarizing actions. Huh? What rock does he live under up on Old Mission...

Facts MatterThomas Kachadurian’s “In the Basket” opinion deliberately chooses to twist what Clinton said. He chooses to argue that her basket lumped all into the clearly despicable categories of the racist, sexist, homophobic , etc. segments of the alt right...

Turn Off Fox, Kachadurian I read Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion letter in last week’s issue. It seemed this opinion was the product of someone who offered nothing but what anyone could hear 24/7/365 on Fox News; a one-sided slime job that has been done better by Fox than this writer every day of the year...

Let’s Fix This Political Process Enough! We have been embroiled in the current election cycle for…well, over a year, or is it almost two? What is the benefit of this insanity? Exorbitant amounts of money are spent, candidates are under the microscope day and night, the media – now in action 24/7 – focuses on anything and everything anyone does, and then analyzes until the next event, and on it goes...

Can’t Cut Taxes 

We are in a different place today. The slogan, “Making America Great Again” begs the questions, “great for whom?” and “when was it great?” I have claimed my generation has lived in a bubble since WWII, which has offered a prosperity for a majority of the people. The bubble has burst over the last few decades. The jobs which provided a good living for people without a college degree are vanishing. Unions, which looked out for the welfare of employees, have been shrinking. Businesses have sought to produce goods where labor is not expensive...

Wrong About Clinton In response to Thomas Kachadurian’s column, I have to take issue with many of his points. First, his remarks about Ms. Clinton’s statement regarding Trump supporters was misleading. She was referring to a large segment of his supporters, not all. And the sad fact is that her statement was not a “smug notion.” Rather, it was the sad truth, as witnessed by the large turnout of new voters in the primaries and the ugly incidents at so many of his rallies...

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Blues Traveler

Rick Coates - August 2nd, 2010
Blues Traveler dishes up Paella in the Park
By Rick Coates
The Paella In The Park event on Friday night in Traverse City will
focus on the Spanish peasant dish, Paella (see Tastemakers). The
evening will be highlighted by wine pairings from the Wineries of Old
Mission Peninsula. The question is, what will be for dessert?
How about a full serving of Blues Traveler?
“We had to pull some strings,” said Sam Porter, of Porterhouse
Productions. “They are playing Grand Rapids on Thursday night and then
they are at Lollapaloza in Chicago on Saturday, but they agreed.”
Rootstand, a favorite on the festival circuit will open for Blues
Traveler. Porter hopes that the evening will result in the community
getting an opportunity to see how the grounds that once housed the
Clinch Park Zoo can serve the area in various ways.
“This is a great parcel of land; I feel that several events can take
place here. Not everything has to be about thousands of people,” said
Porter. “We are capping this at 1,500. Though I suspect that with the
stage setup we will have a lot of boats in the marina and in West Bay
watching and listening as well.”
Porter likes to have music as a complement to his events. He has seen
that synergy work with the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival,
as well as a winter version of the same festival. He felt Blues
Traveler and Rootsand would offer the perfect music styles for a wide
range of attendees for Paella In The Park.
“Blues Traveler has mass appeal to people of all ages,” said Porter.
“The play danceable music and I see them as being perfect for the
setting.”

THE BACK STORY
The band formed nearly 25 years ago when frontman and harmonica
virtuoso John Popper and some of his high school buddies started
jamming together. It would take a few years for the band’s music to
catch on, but in 1994 they hit the big time. The blues-rockers
released their album Four that contained chart-toppers “Hook,” and
“Run-Around” and it even won them a Grammy that year.
They quickly joined Dave Matthews as the popular bands on the jam-band
circuit, including performing at the 25th Anniversary of Woodstock in
1994. The band released North Hollywood Shootout in 2008, their ninth
studio album.
Health and legal issues have not slowed Popper and his bandmates.
Popper who had been overweight for years had surgery six years ago and
dropped 180 pounds. He found himself in legal trouble, being arrested
twice for marijuana possession charges. A year ago he had hip surgery,
but according to Popper, all is well in his and Blues Traveler’s
world.
“We are very, very busy,” said Popper. “There is a lot that we are
trying to accomplish with this band. We are still trying to reconcile
the different things we do, and cultivate what we’re individually good
at into something that’s bigger than the sum of its parts,”
For Popper and Blues Traveler, their focus has been on returning to
the band that has produced six Gold or Platinum albums, with a
combined sales of more than 10 million CDs.  They built their
reputation on the jam-band style that has resulted in more than 2,000
live shows in front of more than three million people over the past 16
years.

SPONTANEOUS REACTION
“As we look at our last few records we focused on the songwriting and
we felt we were getting away from that spontaneity that we create on
stage,” said Popper. “So with this last album we eliminated all the
pre-production stuff and just went right into the studio and wrote the
songs. We wrote and recorded as we went along.”
Popper also felt this process helped the group get out of the musical
rut they were in.
“Look, if you stay in this business long enough you are going to fall
into ruts. We started in this business as kids, made some mistakes
along the way. But we are still here. If you want to stick around you
fight through it and that is what we have done.”
That also included the death of founding member and bassist Bobby
Shennan in 1999.
“We are like family and when Bobby passed away we sat down as a group
and talked about what we should do,” said Popper. “Sure, we
contemplated calling it quits but we knew that Bobby would want us to
continue on and we know that we have made the right decision.”
So what is at the heart of Blues Traveler’s success after 23 years?
“We are constantly reinventing things and discovering new aspects of
what we do in order to keep things fresh,” said lead guitarist Chan
Kinchla. “We’ve spent a lot of time sorting out everyone’s role and
learning how to listen to each other and get out of each other’s way.
It’s funny, but right now the band is feeling a lot like it did in the
early days, when we were just playing for the sake of playing and we
were hitting on all cylinders and the communication was fresh and
alive.  The shows have been really kicking, and the new songs have
been going over great.”
Popper agrees.
“I think we know as a band we have more to learn,” said Popper. “What
makes it work for us is honesty. As long as we all know that we mean
it, we know that we have the potential to come up with something good.
It is the philosophy we take every night onto the stage and into the
studio.”

Blues Traveler will perform Friday night as part of the Paella In The
Park. Tickets are limited and may be purchased at
www.porterhouseproductions.com or at Oryana in Traverse City and the
wineries on the Old Mission Peninsula.

 
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