Soulive's Alan Evans Announces His New Band AE3 Drop & Run Tour

Article Contributed by JanaliciousPR | Published on Monday, July 2, 2012

Alan Evans Trio, featuring soul and jazz veteran Soulive's founding member Alan Evans, kicks off their US Drop & Run tour beginning August 5, 2012, with over 30 stops across the country including Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and more; ending in Florida for Bear Creek Festival.
Alan Evans Trio recently released their new album Drop Hop (Royal Family Records), now available digitally and on vinyl around the globe, and in select retail outlets. As Alan Evans Trio, members Danny Mayer (On the Spot Trio) on guitar, and Beau Sasser (Melvin Sparks Band, Akashic Record) on organ, together with Alan Evans, share an energetic on-stage chemistry, a love for album recording, and for taking their music out on the road.

"I'm really happy that I've been able to turn my connections with Beau and Danny into fully realized dream. For awhile, I was contemplating starting a new band to do something different. I had been playing with Beau regularly at Bishop's Lounge, a local spot in Northampton, MA, and had also just worked with Danny on his last album with OTS. This is when it all started to come together for me. Danny was straight killin it, playing guitar exactly the way I would. I knew that Danny and Beau together would be scary," says Alan about how AE3 started.
Founder, writer and drummer of Soulive for over 15 years, Alan Evans proudly presents his newest creation the Alan Evans Trio; an inspiring and fresh organ trio lineup. Enlisting the support of good friends and talented players Danny Mayer on guitar (On the Spot Trio), and Beau Sasser (Melvin Sparks, Akashic Record) the trio's sound proves hard driving and groovin' with dark funky rhythms and blues lick solos. Alan Evans Trio opens a window into another side - an emotional introspection, as dark as it is powerful. Their passionate progressions emanate an electrified, smoky, 70s-era CTI Records zeitgeist.  

Together as the Alan Evans Trio, Alan, Danny and Beau share an energetic on-stage chemistry, a love for album recording, and taking their music out on the road. Armed with an abundance of newly inspired songs, Alan is taking the band on tour across the US, Japan and Europe in support of their debut album Drop Hop, released in April 2012, and now available via iTunes and on vinyl.

Mention the name Alan Evans to a room full of music lovers, and you will get a consensus nod at one of the most celebrated and tenacious drummers in the jazz, funk, and soul scene. A producer, recording engineer, guitarist, percussionist, vocalist and writer, Alan's repertoire of skills have been perfected with more than a decade of dedication.

"I've known for a long time what my purpose is this time around. All I want to do is try to make people happy with what makes me and my family happy... Music," says Alan about his new trio project.

For Alan, the idea of Alan Evans Trio hatched soon after he transitioned from Playonbrother Studios in Hatfield, MA to his own home recording studio. Alan then enlisted the ingenious talent of both Danny Mayer and Beau Sasser for the project.

Alan had met Danny Mayer first as a Soulive fan, but then connected on a musical level when his band, On the Spot Trio (OTS), came out to Playonbrother Studios to record their first album, with Alan at the helm as producer. Alan had played gigs with Beau Sasser for some time, and had a great deal of respect for Beau's masterful proficiency on the organ, and knowledge of the history behind the instrument.

Alan muses of Alan Evans Trio's beginnings, "This is when it all started to come together for me. Danny was straight killin' it, playing guitar exactly the way I would. I knew that Danny and Beau together would be scary." Danny and Beau both consented to a recording session with one another. Alan set up the mastering date, began thinking about a release date, tour, and even began designing the website and logo.

Passionate and inspired, Alan cranked out Drop Hop in a couple of days. He recorded bass, drums, guitar and then emailed Beau and Danny the tune of the day to learn for the session. "It was all coming together so well, I could hear the entire album in my head. I can honestly say, this is the first album I've ever recorded that came out exactly the way I dreamed it."

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Sun                  8/5/2012         Norwalk, CT  - Sono Arts Celebration
Tues                8/21/2012        Los Angeles, CA  -    The Mint
Wed                 8/22/2012       Santa Cruz, CA  -  Moe's Alley
Thurs               8/23/2012       Crystal Bay, NV   -  Red Room at Crystal Bay Club
Fri                    8/24/2012       San Francisco, CA -    Brick & Mortar
Sun                  8/26/2012       Portland, OR   -  Mississippi Studios
Tues                8/28/2012        Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
Wed                 8/29/2012       Ft. Collins, CO   -  Hodis
Thurs               8/30/2012       Denver, CO   -  The Other Side
Sat                   9/1/2012         Teton Village, WY  -   Mangy Moose
Tues                9/4/2012          St. Louis, MO  -   Old Rock House
Wed                 9/5/2012          Evanston, IL  -   SPACE
Thurs               9/6/2012          Columbus, OH  -   Woodlands Tavern
Fri                    9/7/2012          Pittsburgh, PA   -  Club Cafe
Sat                   9/8/2012          Hancock, NY  -  Catskill Chill Music Festival
Sun                  9/9/2012          Fairfield, CT  -  Fairfield Theatre - Stage One
Wed                 9/12/2012        Richmond, VA -  Capital Ale House
Thurs               9/13/2012        Wilmington, NC -    The Soapbox Laundrolounge
Fri                    9/14/2012        Athens, GA  -   New Earth Music Hall
Sat                   9/15/2012        Black Mountain, NC  -   Pisgah Brewery
Sun                  9/16/2012        Virginia Beach, VA  -   The Jewish Mother
Wed                 9/19/2012        Vienna, VA   -  Jammin' Java
Thurs               9/20/2012        Philadelphia, PA  -   Milkboy
Fri                    9/21/2012        Portland, ME -  State Theatre w / SOULIVE
Sun                  9/23/2012        Burlington, VT   -  Nectar's
Tues                9/25/2012        Pawtucket, RI  -  The Met Cafe
Wed                 9/26/2012        Plains, PA   -  River Street Jazz Cafe
Thurs               9/27/2012        Buffalo, NY -  Nietzche's  
Sat                   9/29/2012        Northampton, MA   -  Iron Horse
Sun                  9/30/2012        Brooklyn, NY -    Brooklyn Bowl
Sat                   11/10/2012      Live Oak, FL -    Bear Creek Music Festival