As everyone knows, the entertainment industry is littered with stories of excess and debauchery, and these tales extend from those with superstar status to the grassroots level. From the destruction of hotel rooms to limos outfitted with hot tubs to band members each traveling in their separate tour buses, we have all heard about the resulting effects of the vacuum of stardom. In the wash of these urban legends and anecdotes, it is often the altruistic ventures of our musical heroes that go overlooked, and it is of no surprise as we live in the age of sensationalism and shock journalism.
The 12th incarnation of the Petaluma Music Festival, proceeds of which are allocated to local public school’s music programs, packed a potent punch on August 3. This year’s all-Bay-Area-band fest’s pleasing musical patchwork, which fueled lively dancing, swaying and foot-tapping, was led by prominent rock ‘n’ jam bands ALO, David Nelson Band, The Mother Hips, Hot Buttered Rum, Blame Sally, New Monsoon, and Royal Jelly Live.
Music-fan tribes of all stripes gathered for the Independence Day weekend to luxuriate in the 29th annual High Sierra Music Festival in tiny Quincy, California, basking in the music, vibes, joy, and friendships old and new. Over the four-day celebration, among the beautiful clear-aired mountainous sky and mountains, fun oozed everywhere, from the scheduled and numerous unscheduled live performances and collaborations to the often luxurious and nicely appointed home bases set up in the campgrounds.
California’s ALO announce that they will be releasing a series of EPs over the course of the next several seasons. The first, Creatures, Vol. 1: Spark is set to come out July 19th on Brushfire Records. As a sneak preview, the first track “Get To Do it Again" is available on all digital services today. Fans can buy and/or stream the new track here: https://ffm.to/alodoitagain. YouTube embed link also below.
ALO’s lucky 13th annual Tour d’Amour included a stop in Chico, Calif., in which the band offered an exhilarating illustration of its intelligent, crafty songs, and its extraordinary aptitude toward innovative improvisational instrumentation. “To surround Valentine’s Day, the tour is a celebration of LOVE – musically, communally, and in all of its many forms,” a recent band statement proclaimed.
ALO is excited to announce their (lucky!) 13th annual Tour d’Amour. Held each year in February/March to surround Valentine’s Day, the tour is a celebration of LOVE - musically, communally, and in all of its many forms. The band is thrilled to announce some amazing openers (old friends and new), as well as a fundraising component for the victims of California’s recent wildfires. More info on the charitable component to come.
Lukas Nelson, whose career profile continues to broaden and flourish, most recently for his work in the remake of “A Star is Born,” doubled down on his commitment to the Music Heals International (MHI) organization. On November 19, he again headlined a dynamic, diverse, and musically proficient lineup of music in support of MHI’s Haitian music-in-schools program at the intimate Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, Calif.
ALO is heading east. Known for their annual Tour D’Amour of California and the Pacific Northwest, ALO has heard their fans’ requests and are heading east for two big weekends this fall. First up the band will be visiting New York, Philadelphia, D.C., Boston and Pawling, NY. in October. November will feature a visit to Colorado’s front range for shows in Boulder and Denver where the band will be joined by fellow Californians Tea Leaf Green.
Singer/Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zach Gill has announced a four show run slated for California this August. Billed as an “Evening With” these shows will take a dip into his solo catalog, highlighting compositions from his recent solo album Life In The Multiverse, and 2008’s Stuff as well as songs from his role as one of the founding members of ALO.