John Popper’s Storytime
In the era when you learned about bands from the radio, and not streaming services and social media, a young teenage girl heard a song she loved from a band called Blues Traveler. Using her hard-earned money from her part-time job cleaning a furniture store in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, this girl purchased their (Blues Traveler's) 1995 album four. This jam-band went on to win a Grammy award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group that same year for the song “Run-Around.”
Fast forward to 2018… that same girl (now in her late 30s) finds herself in the small venue Thirty-One West in Newark, Ohio on April 28, 2018 watching Blues Traveler front-man John Popper give an intimate storyteller-style solo show with guitarist Jono Manson. Popper played a wide-variety of tunes from his solo work, Blues Traveler, and his side project with Manson called John Popper & the Duskray Troubadours such as “100 years,” “Regarding Steven”, “Champipple”, “Alone”, “The Mountains Win Again”, “Carolina Blues”, and “Hook”.
The extra value that consumers received that night was the stand-up comedian style storytelling that Popper weaved in between songs. It felt like you were just sitting in your living room having a glass of wine or beer while he played you a few songs and took you behind the scenes. We also were introduced to opening act Katrina Woolverton who wowed us with her vibrant vocals and sweet admiration of Popper as they sang a Beatles song together at the end of the show.
Popper provided us with some exciting news: To celebrate Blues Traveler’s 30th anniversary, they are releasing a new album this October entitled Hurry Up & Hang Around.
Ohio can claim rights to harmonica virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist John Popper since he was born outside of Cleveland. You could tell he was right at home in this small town as his unique bluesy voice graced the hall and captivated the audience. It was a night that this once teenage fan-girl will remember for a lifetime.