California rock band ALO will continue their highly successful Silver Saturdays tour this November after a run of recently announced dates this August. The band has been busy touring along the West and East Coasts as they celebrate 25 years together with their new spirited ninth studio album Silver Saturdays out everywhere now via Brushfire Records. See a full list of dates below and get an exclusive look at the making of the new album as the band brings listeners behind the scenes here.
Of the band's Santa Barbara, CA show in March, JamBase wrote, "ALO delivered a career-spanning performance in between cuts from Silver Saturdays in Santa Barbara." Santa Barbara Independent added, "ALO can still deliver the fun, especially for a nostalgic crowd whose connections to the band are longstanding and deep-rooted...They hit SOhO with a vengeance." The publication concluded, "The entire show was well worth staying up late for."
Glide Magazine praised the March 25 show at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, stating, "ALO took the stage with their signature positivity and the first song of the set, 'Make It Back Home' from their new release 'Silver Saturdays' hit the spot just right. Everything was on point, tight, and practiced as ever."
Silver Saturdays, the band's bright ninth full-length album out now, celebrates an ongoing journey that began in Saratoga, California in the late eighties when Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (guitar/vocals), Zach Gill (keyboards/vocals) and Steve Adams (bass/vocals) met in grade school. It stands out as the first full-length studio release featuring drummer/vocalist Ezra Lipp—a fixture in the Northern California creative scene where he cut his teeth with the likes of Phil Lesh, Sean Hayes and countless others. Meanwhile, the title nods to the band’s recent penchant for silver attire at their Saturday shows, which became a costume theme amongst their fan base and an acknowledgment of their silver “25th” anniversary.
Leading up to the release of the album, the band shared the sweet ode to friendship "Growing Your Hands Back," the uplifting track "Sparrow" and the irresistible "Hot Damn." "Growing Your Hands Back" is a unifying moment that captures the warm feeling of seeing old friends again after a long time apart.
Recorded at Sun Machine studio—nestled in the hills of northern Marin County, CA—the album is a fully collaborative effort written by the band and co-produced alongside longtime engineer David Simon Baker. For Gill, Lebo, Adams and Lipp the session was both a return to their roots and a new beginning – a chance to reconnect and immerse themselves in the creative process.
“There’s always a moment in the making of an ALO record when we ask ourselves, “Why make another record?” Gill reflects, “For me, the answer comes in waves over time. It has to do with the spirit of musical adventure and the rhythms of laughter. It’s about the sweet release of a Lebo guitar lead over an Ezra drum beat as Steve and I weave the bass and keys around each other. Call it a jam, call it a song, call it a feeling, but it has to do with connection. For me, it feels like coming home.”
The result is ten new original songs, recorded mostly live, that pay direct homage to the journey and the artistic process and further refine ALO’s singular and self-ascribed “jam-pop” genre—which Lebo fondly describes as “human music for humans.”
The sounds captured on Silver Saturdays are fresh and mercurial, but they are also fun, thoughtful, dreamy and articulate. All four members lend their distinctive lead and background vocals throughout. Their concise, meticulously-crafted songwriting and storytelling is interwoven with Lebo’s soaring, seemingly effortless leads as he draws impossible, ever-evolving tones from his signature acoustic-electric guitar. Gill’s tasty comping on keys and Adams’ bass groove perfection provide deep pockets sewn by a lifetime of mutual experience, and Lipp’s jam-informed rhythmic flourishes breathe new energy into the mix while also maintaining stylistic continuity with ALO’s earlier body of work.
After completely sold out West Coast shows, don't miss ALO live equipped with new music and unmatched energy. Silver Saturdays, the ninth studio album by ALO is out everywhere now via Brushfire Records.
Silver Saturdays Tour
May 6 - West Palm Beach, FL - SunFest 2023
Aug. 3 - Carmel, CA - Folktale Winery* (Rescheduled date, Sold Out)
Aug. 5 - Orinda, CA - Bruns Amphitheater*
Aug. 6 - Orinda, CA - Bruns Amphitheater*
Aug. 12 - Olympic Valley, CA - Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest*
Aug. 15 - Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios*
Aug. 16 - Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse*
Aug. 17 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl**
Aug. 18 - Harrisburg, PA - XL Live*
Aug. 19 - TBA
Oct. 1 - Ocean City, MD - Oceans Calling Festival
Nov. 3 - Denver, CO - Cervantes' Other Side (JUST ANNOUNCED)
Nov. 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Commonwealth Room (JUST ANNOUNCED)
* Support TBA
** Co-bill w/ Honey Island Swamp Band