Legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician and songwriter Dave Mason announces his spring 2024 tour plans; the Traffic Jam tour will begin February 29 in Florida and run through April 13 in San Antonio, TX. Along the way Mason will also share the stage with Pat Travers, Jimmy Hall, The Outlaws as well as Jefferson Starship. Full itinerary is below and tickets on sale in most markets starting Friday, December 8 at 10am local time.
Whether you live your life with this music as the soundtrack or are a modern concert enthusiast, 'Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam'' is bound to leave you much more fulfilled, delighted, and buoyant— and that much closer to the brilliance of the music of Dave Mason.
To see this extraordinary guitar player, a soulful singer LIVE guarantees an evening of music as astonishing as the legend Dave Mason himself. 'Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam' is a must-see concert that includes fan favorites and deep cuts from Traffic, Dave Mason, and other surprise songs that share the story and important milestones in an undeniably powerful era of rock n’ roll history. 'Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam' brings this all to life with multimedia visuals, dynamic set lists, along with first-hand stories and memories that can only be shared authenticity by a man who has lived it.
Mason also recently unveiled a new version of the timeless Traffic hit, "Dear Mr. Fantasy," breathing new life into the classic song with the help of modern blues rock icon Joe Bonamassa. The collaborative effort delivers a fresh yet reverent take on a piece that has captivated audiences since its original release in 1967. Watch the new animated music video NOW.
"Fantasy" has been a cornerstone in Mason's sets, a testament to its enduring brilliance and his personal connection to the song. "Dear Mr. Fantasy has been a favorite song of mine since its release in 1967," Mason shared. "I’ve played it live for years in a number of different arrangements. As I’ve often said, there are no old songs, just good songs, and 'Dear Mr. Fantasy,' in my mind, is one of the finest examples around."
In an exciting turn for fans, Mason joined forces with Joe Bonamassa, whose guitar mastery and vocal prowess are well-suited for the complexity and depth of the iconic track. Mason's enthusiasm about the collaboration is palpable: "To have the opportunity to incorporate one of the modern-day great guitar players, Joe Bonamassa, is as exciting to me as playing with Jimi Hendrix. He is the first person I wanted to include on this new version of 'Fantasy.'"
The synergy between Mason's seasoned artistry and Bonamassa's fresh perspective has culminated in a rendition of "Dear Mr. Fantasy" that honors the original while standing firmly with a foot in the contemporary music scene. "The combination of talent with great song structure is exhilarating to me, and I knew Joe would play it like nobody else," Mason expressed. "He has a uniquely keen sense of precise timing, unobstructed by a bluesy groove that’s perfect for this song."
This collaboration is more than just a revisit to a beloved classic; it's a fusion of tradition and innovation. Bonamassa's contribution is not limited to his guitar genius; his vocal ability adds a new dimension to the track. Mason celebrates this, saying, "He brings everything up, and 'Dear Mr. Fantasy' is both classic and current, an exceptionally difficult balance to do but Joe Bonamassa pulled it off powerfully with grace and genius."
The new version of "Dear Mr. Fantasy" featuring Dave Mason with Joe Bonamassa is available on all major streaming platforms. It serves as a poignant reminder of Traffic's musical genius and as a bridge connecting generations of rock enthusiasts.
Stream “Dear Mr. Fantasy” on all digital platforms HERE
Traffic Jam 2024 Tour:
February 29 Tallahassee, FL The Moon
March 2 Oxford, AL Oxford PAC
March 3&5 Atlanta, GA City Winery
March 6 Ponte Vedra Beach,FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
March 8 Orlando, FL Plaza Live *
March 9 Fort Pierce, FL Sunrise *
March 11 Fort Lauderdale, FL The Parker *
March 12 Key West, FL Key West Theater
March 13-21 Miami, FL 70’s Rock & Romance Cruise
March 23 The Villages, FL Savannah Center
March 24 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theater **
March 25 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theater **
March 27 Pensacola, FL Saenger Theater ***
March 28 Baton Rouge, LA Manship Theatre
March 29 Montgomery, AL MPAC ***
March 30 Memphis, TN Soundstage at Graceland
April 2 Knoxville, TN Bijou
April 4 Nashville, IN Brown County PAC ^
April 5 St. Louis, MO The Factory
April 6 Cincinnati, OH Ludlow Garage
April 10 Dallas, TX Longhorn ^
April 12 Houston, TX The Heights
April 13 San Antonio, TX Aztec Theatre
^ w/Jefferson Starship