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Blues Traveler w/ Matt Jaffe
October 11, 2015
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm | $30 ADV / $35 Doors | 21+
1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR
Blues Traveler Become Team Players
America’s rock innovators celebrate milestone on collaborative Blow Up The Moon
After selling millions of records and logging thousands of miles on the road, GRAMMY award-winning band Blues Traveler continue to chart new musical directions evident on their upcoming record Blow Up The Moon. A clever collaboration between various artists, Blow Up The Moon sees Blues Traveler keep an open-minded perspective on making music and enlists an eclectic mix of songwriters influenced by the bands remarkable 25+ year career.
Blow Up The Moon is first time the band collaborated with other songwriters and this record happened to feature a range of artists across the spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop.
“We wanted to experiment with co-writing since we usually try to do everything in-house, in this misguided homage to The Beatles,” says singer John Popper. Blow Up The Moon allowed Blues Traveler to expand their musical palette while holding the foundation of their distinct and explosive brand of rock. “We found quality writers to see what they could bring to us as a band, and also people who could see our strengths, something that’s hard to see for yourself.”
Blow Up The Moon features collaborating artists Thompson Square, Plain White T’s, 3OH!3, Dirty Heads and Rome Ramirez (Sublime,) Hanson, Jewel, Secondhand Serenade, JC Chasez (*NSYNC), Bowling for Soup, New Hollow and Thomas Ian Nicholas.
It was in the basement that Matt Jaffe found his parents’ copy of ‘My Aim Is True.’ He’d recently been given a turntable as a gift, and in short order he proceeded to use it so much he nearly wore out the grooves of the Elvis Costello vinyl. If that sounds unusual for a teenager today, that’s because Matt Jaffe is an unusual teenager. And with ‘Blast Off,’ his first official EP, he’s got an exceptional debut to show for it.
The roots of Jaffe’s quick rise go back to an encounter with Jerry Harrison, the famed Talking Heads keyboardist.
“If I had to name one group that I would call the bedrock of my influence, it would be Talking Heads, along with David Byrne’s solo stuff” says Jaffe. “I have to credit my parents for turning me on to a lot of that stuff. For my birthday they’d give me compilation CDs like ‘Talking Heads’ Greatest Hits.'”
Jaffe was playing a solo set at a local Bay Area open mic night a few years ago when Harrison discovered the young songwriter’s undeniable energy and talent.