Blues Traveler set to play at Grass Valley Vet’s Hall |

Blues Traveler set to play at Grass Valley Vet’s Hall

The Center for the Arts has announced that it has added Blues Traveler to its 2013 lineup of off-site shows at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley.

Tickets for the Oct. 19 concert are already on sale to the Center’s members and will be available to the general public Monday.

A quarter-century ago, the four original members of Blues Traveler, who had known each other since their early teens — John Popper, Chandler Kinchla, the late Bobby Sheehan and Brendan Hill — gathered in the basement of the drummer’s parents’ Princeton, N.J., home. The seeds were sown for a band that has released a total of nine studio albums, four of which have gone gold, three platinum and one six-times platinum, according to its biography.

Over the course of an illustrious career, Blues Traveler has sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide, played more than 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people and, in “Run-Around,” had the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Their movie credits include “Blues Brothers 2000,” “Kingpin,” “Wildflowers” and others. A television favorite, they have been featured on “Saturday Night Live,” “Austin City Limits,” VH1’s “Behind the Music,” and they hold the record for the most appearances of any artist on The Late Show with David Letterman.

“We started this whole adventure as a team,” said Hill. “We’ve taken every step of this as a group together, from the basement to moving to New York, getting signed, hiring a manager to achieving all our goals.”

Currently putting the finishing touches on a 10th studio album — the first to feature outside songwriters in addition to the band members’ contributions — the group is taking the opportunity to look not just behind but ahead.

Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for non-members and are available in person or online at the Center’s Box Office, by phone at 530-274-8384, ext. 14, or at BriarPatch Co-op. For information, visit

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