Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Comatopia – land of music, camping, great hangs and damn good times.
We are very proud to announce this year’s schedule and lineup on the official Comatopia site!
Reserve your spot and get them tickets because it’s a cute, small, furry little festy! August 12-14 in Calpine, California!
Can’t wait to see you up there, folks. Get those tickets, and bring your tent and dancing shoes!
Ladies and Gentlemen –
Grab your thongs and your rum, we’re headed to the tropics… in January 0f 2017.
But seriously, folks – feast your eyes on the list of bands for Jam Cruise 15 that will be rocking and jamming their way across the seven seas! It will be amazing! My hope: Alex sits in and adds some tasty banjo to the Funky Meters. I get to go up and play some bass with Benevento Russo Duo. Ben does guest vocals (1612) with Volfpeck. Can’t wait.
Get the tickets now and make the plans, because post-holidays, you’re going to be exhausted and beat, and you’re not going to be able to plan an epic musical adventure to the tropics.
Do it now!
Here we come, East Coast. Starting with a pinch of MerleFest, and adding some club dates, stirring in a strong helping of DelFest, and some serious frequent flyer miles, and we have the recipe perfected for some bizarre, nation-crossing touring.
All the upcoming tour dates can be seen here (and you can also score them tickets).
Hope to see many familiar faces on the green and humid roads out East!
Hail hail good folk!
This was me, knee deep in a gorgeous river, getting ready with my vocal warmups for our Old Settler’s set. Life is pretty good.
You can have a lot of fun by looking at our tour schedule and trying to figure out how in the hell we’re going to get to these destinations at these times and by what means. Plane? Train? Automobile? (great movie, by the way).
I’m in Wimberley, Texas right now drinking great coffee, and checking in. There’s lots to say – which will end up in a blog post soon – and some news to report which we’ll give a quick once-over on here:
Comatopia dates are announced – August 12 – 14! We’ll do an official announce, and start posting lineups and schedules on the official page soon. But for those of you who were curious – It’s f&*^%$@#n ON.
We just played Old Settler’s last night in Driftwood, TX and it was amazing. Damn fun.
We’ll be on the radio Sunday night on Mountain Stage out of West Virginia – so tune in!
Take care out there all, and we’ll see you soon.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you all so much for the love and support. It’s pretty damn amazing to have the Fillmore sold out.
If this was Back to the Future, and I was able to go back and tell high school Gio that he would sell out the Fillmore… by playing upright bass… in a string band… with Ben & Alex & Joe (he wouldn’t have a frame of reference for Phil or Ryan) he would punch me and call me a liar.
Then he would help me up, because he’d be curious and enticed – despite the sheer outlandishness of the claim – because selling out the Fillmore would be just too damn amazing.
So – thanks. Thanks for the support in the Bay Area from The House of Shields to Amnesia, to PAs getting stolen, to Haight street house parties to raise money to get PAs back, to Hardly Strictly, to Outside Lands, to Slim’s, to Great American Music Hall, and now, the Fillmore.
If we can keep steady on this trajectory, we’ll see you in a few years at AT&T park.
You are all the greatest fans and friends and family of all time, and we love you. Can’t wait to throw down a huge party on Friday.
See you there.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we went to The Ruin in Pipes Canyon near Joshua Tree with two large vans full of good people, film equipment, Lagunitas, and costumery and filmed a video.
Many huge thanks to Colin Blackshear, Bret Lyman, Josh Livingston and Nick Rupiper for coming all the way to the edge of nowhere with us to make movie magic. Many seductive and siren-like thanks the the lovely Desert Spirit ladies: Alicia Greenleaf, Lili Arnold, Erin Chapin, Vanessa May & Jamison Cripps.
We hope you enjoy!
We’re in Seattle tonight (3-11) at The Tractor Tavern,
Tomorrow night in Portland (3-12) at Revolution Hall,
And then we’re coming home for the Fillmore!! (3-18).
All the links and tickets are on the tour page. Enjoy the video, and see you at the shows!
We’re back from our Desert vision quest / movie-making extravaganza (and Southern California tour) and now we’re sling-shorting back in the other direction.
We’re headed North!
We’re headed back to all of our favorite spots, and we can’t wait to see you all again.
And this time… we have a NEW ALBUM WITH US!! (woo woo wooooo!!!)
Our good friends in The Easy Leaves are on the road with us, and we’re sharing a new record, so come on out and let’s do some good-time-music partying.
We left town last Thursday. We left wonderful, warm, sea-level California coast to drive East into mountains, snow, storms, and snow. Did we mention the snow?
We started in Ogden, UT playing two shows at Snowbasin ski lodge. This was pretty damn fun. We all got time on the mountain, including this six-foot-four no-center-of-gravity-I’ve-only-skiied-once-in-my-life-twenty-years-ago bass player. It was a blast. (There’s a sub-plot here where I had a very hard time finding any espresso, but I don’t want to interrupt this band update to lament the fact that the espresso machine at Snowbasin was closed, and we were forced to drink hotel coffee for 3 days. That would be ridiculous, and excessive.) Lots of Utah friends came out to support, and good times are had by all.
Sunday we drove to Evanston, Wyoming. We played in Travis’ bar, Suds Brothers Brewery. Travis, we should add, became our host, tour-guide, temporary band-mate, and provider for our extended Evanston stay. “Extended?” you ask. Yes. Extended. Monday morning saw the closure of I-80 East of Evanston due to insane blizzards, snow, ice winds, and other things that are foreign and strange to those of us who grew up where 40 degrees is considered very, very cold.
Evanston was snow-covered and cold, but awesome. Travis was the most generous host a stranded band could hope for. (Evanston also had espresso, which brings an end to our tension-packed sub-plot. Peace and happiness was restored.) We checked out some thrift stores, went cross-country skiing on the snowed-over golf course, bought fireworks, and ate all Travis’ food.
Today – after making a video in 20 degree weather (5 if you count the wind-chill – video coming soon) – we found out I-80 was open. So, here I am. In the van, all technologically connected to the internet to let you know that we’re headed for Colorado!
Think safe, friction-full thoughts for us on our driving, and we’ll see you out there on the frozen frontiers of the Wild West.
The good people over at Paste Magazine are premiering our newest video today: Brothers!
It’s so new I can’t even show it on our own site yet! I can tell you that there is boxing involved. And a new haircut for Gio.
So go on over and check it out with the magazine, and enjoy some old-timey fisticuffing action!
Welcome one and all!
It’s been a long time coming, but we finally made a new website. Roam around the place. Peek into our medicine cabinet. Enjoy yourself.
If you find anything amiss, please do let us know. It’s new, and we’ll surely have a few kinks to work out yet.