Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks's Wheels of Soul Summer Tour is heading out across America July 1st with longtime friends and collaborators Electric Hot Tuna (Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and drummer Justin Guip) and masters of soulful folk, The Wood Brothers. The Tedeschi Trucks Band, a 12-piece ensemble led by the husband and wife master musicians, is scheduled to bring the show to many of the country’s premier outdoor venues on the most ambitious Wheels of Soul tour to date July 1 through August 2, 2017. For the latest ticket on-sale information, please visit: www.tedeschitrucksband.com.
With an incomparable live show that embodies the vision of a large touring family bound by music, the Wheels of Soul summer dates are a favorite among fans and critics alike. The Oakland Press deemed Wheels of Soul “the best musical hang of the season…a celebration of kindred creative spirits,” while Denver Westword calls TTB’s summer package “a wall of talent on stage.”
When asked about joining Wheels of Soul this year Jorma offered excitement and praise, “Tedeschi Trucks is arguably one of the greatest band in the world today. It is an honor for me and my Hot Tuna brothers to be part of this great tour.” Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna crossed paths with Derek and Susan early in their careers and their mutual admiration and kinship grew as Jorma supported TTB on select shows this past year.
For more than four decades, Hot Tuna has played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever. From their days playing together as teenagers in the Washington, DC area, through years of inventive Psychedelic rock in San Francisco (1996 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees), to their current blues sound, no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna. At the 2016 Grammys, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The two boyhood pals have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in Rock history. They are a force in American music.
The annual Wheels of Soul summer run has become more than just a fan favorite; it has become a highlight for the headliners as well. “It’s been great to develop this tour into an annual event where we get a chance to hit the road and share the stage with fellow musicians we love and respect. Each year we try to find bands that share our musical vision while bringing their own unique talents to this traveling circus,” says Susan.
Derek adds that this tour offers a unique opportunity for both the musicians and fans, “Every year as the tour rolls along the collaborations between all the musicians grow and grow. It inspires and challenges us in new ways and I think that really translates to the audience when they see how much fun we’re having with our friends.”
Wheels of Soul Summer Tour 2017
July 01 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH
July 02 Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo, Essex, VT
July 03 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY
July 05 Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
July 08 Highland Bowl, Rochester, NY
July 09 Simsbury Meadows Perf Arts Center, Simsbury, CT
July 12 Veterans United Home Loans Amp, Virg. Beach, VA
July 14 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
July 15 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
July 16 Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amp, Charlotte, NC
July 19 Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn, Indianapolis, IN
July 21 PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Ctr, Cincinnati, OH
July 22 Rose Music Center, Huber Heights (Dayton), OH
July 23 Meadow Brook Amp, Rochester (Detroit), MI
July 25 Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, Rogers, AR
July 27 Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, NM
July 29-30 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
Aug 01 Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 02 Kettle House Amphitheater, Bonner, MT