Logjam Presents

Blues Traveler and JJ Grey & Mofro

KettleHouse Amphitheater

Missoula, MT
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Logjam Presents is pleased to welcome back Blues Traveler and JJ Grey & Mofro for a live concert performance at the KettleHouse Amphitheater on Tuesday, July 9th, 2024. Tickets are on sale Friday, February 16, 2024 at 10:00AM at Logjam Box Offices, online, or by phone at 1 (800) 653-8000. General Admission standing pit tickets, reserved… Continue Reading

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$37-$65 (Adv.) + applicable fees
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Logjam Presents is pleased to welcome back Blues Traveler and JJ Grey & Mofro for a live concert performance at the KettleHouse Amphitheater on Tuesday, July 9th, 2024.

Tickets are on sale Friday, February 16, 2024 at 10:00AM at Logjam Box Offices, online, or by phone at 1 (800) 653-8000. General Admission standing pit tickets, reserved stadium seating tickets, and general admission lawn tickets are available. Shuttle tickets and parking available to purchase here. All ages are welcome.

Available Ticket Types:

General Admission Pit: General admission pit tickets allow access to the standing room only section located directly in front of the stage.

Reserved Premium Stadium Seating: Reserved Stadium seating tickets allow access to the reserved, stadium-style seating section located just behind the main pit of the amphitheater.

Reserved Stadium Seating: Reserved Stadium seating tickets allow access to the reserved, stadium-style seating section located just behind the main pit of the amphitheater.

General Admission Lawn: General Admission Lawn tickets allow access to the upper standing section of the amphitheater located just above the reserved stadium seating section.

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All concerts are held rain or shine. Be prepared for extremes such as sunshine, heat, wind or rain. All tickets are non-refundable. In the event of cancellation due to extreme weather, tickets will not be refunded.

About Blues Traveler

No matter how much the world around us may change, music persists as the last original magic. It appears seemingly out of nowhere, affecting and altering emotions, feelings, and moods before melting back into the ether.

Blues Traveler always treat this magic with the utmost care. It’s why they continue to resonate as loudly as ever among audiences nearly four decades since their emergence. It’s why their catalog endures, comprising three gold-selling records, one platinum LP, and the 6x-platinum opus Four highlighted by the GRAMMY® Award-winning “Run Around.” It’s why they can still roll through any town on tour and pack a shed or amphitheater. It’s why they even notched their most recent GRAMMY® nod in 2022. It’s also why they tally tens of millions of streams to this day.

Now, the quintet—John Popper [vocals, harmonica], Chan Kinchla [guitar], Tad Kinchla [bass], Ben Wilson [keyboards], and Brendan Hill [drums]—channel the same magic on their fifteenth full-length album, Traveler’s Soul [Round Hill Records/Black Hill Records].

On the record, the group put their spin on R&B and soul staples straight out of the American Songbook, and it’s nothing short of spellbinding…

“Music is the old magic,” smiles Chan. “You can’t recreate a live performance anywhere. It happens once– in the studio or on stage –and it brings everyone together. The songs we chose for Traveler’s Soul move people so much because there are great pockets you can really sink into. You just don’t want to leave.”

These anthems also fit like a glove for Blues Traveler. In 2021, they tackled a batch of blues covers with Traveler’s Blues and wound up with a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best traditional Blues Album.” Maintaining this momentum, the musicians made the decision to dive headfirst into another lane altogether.

“We had so much fun with Traveler’s Blues that we were like, ‘We should try this again with a different style’,” recalls Chan. “We have so many influences, going from hip-hop and blues to pop, rock, and R&B. We wanted to honor Soul and R&B and challenge ourselves by trying our own take on some of our favorites from those genres.”

Recording with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer and Traveler’s Blues cohort Matt Rollings, the boys cut 12 tunes in Nashville, TN, spanning fifties and sixties standards, New Orleans nuggets, and nineties bangers.

The guys introduce this chapter with “Fool For You” originally popularized by The Impressions back in 1968. A wailing harmonica gives way to an understated guitar riff and a heavenly piano melody. This ebb-and-flow underlines a smoldering vocal performance from John backed by a rapturous choir.

“It’s actually got a unique time signature,” Chan says. “The instrumentation we use is different from what’s on the original recording, but it has a modern vibe. It was strangely tricky and definitely a great challenge. We just love the way it turned out.”

Horns swoon across a funky guitar strut on their reimagining of King Floyd’s 1970 hit “Groove Me.” An urgent and undeniable performance thrives on the signature chemistry and unspoken sonic shorthand between the bandmates.

“We jumped on it last-minute since we needed another song,” Chan recalls. “We got it in three takes. It was one of the happiest accidents because we were originally going to do Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, but we felt like it was a little too deep for a bunch of white kids from Princeton, New Jersey,” he laughs.

They stroll through The Big Easy with a rollicking rendition of Dr. John’s “Qualified” punctuated by ragtime piano, upbeat horns, and slick fretwork. Chan adds, “We knew we needed to do a Dr. John song, because our keyboardist Ben is such a huge fan. We wanted to pick a deeper cut, and ‘Qualified’ fit the bill perfectly.”

A hypnotic groove and thumping bass line power up Blues Traveler’s swaggering take on the Ann Peebles epic “I Can’t Stand The Rain” with Valerie June.

“It’s got a very traditional R&B form in terms of the chord progression, but it eventually flips with this incredible feel,” Chan said.

A dynamic cast of collaborators adds multiple dimensions to Traveler’s Soul. Modern genre stalwart Ryan Shaw lends his vocals to the soaring “When A Man Loves A Woman,” while Clyde Lawrence rolls through for the wah guitar-driven “Just Kissed My Baby.”

Perhaps most surprisingly, they ride a wave of inspiration on TLC’s “Waterfalls,” which unites Blues Traveler with Pat Monahan of Train and up-and-coming hip-hop artist Daisha McBride. Beyond the vocal fireworks and intimate acoustic guitar, Daisha lights up the track with an homage to Lisa Left Eye’s iconic rap.

“She crushed it,” Chan grins. “It was so fun to hear a real rapper on a Blues Traveler song. We brought in the acoustic as opposed to all of the layered production in the original. We opened the door for the Blues Traveler sound. We had just toured with Train, so it was cool to have Pat on there. It brings things full circle. When ‘Run Around’ was big, ‘Waterfalls’ was on MTV back-to-back. The nineties was so weird and great, because you could have TLC followed by Blues Traveler. We’d do radio shows, and our trailer would be next to theirs. When you’ve been doing this as long as we have, you’re actually around for some of the classics!”

Inspired and invigorated by this season, Blues Traveler will continue cooking up their own classics as well.

“All of these songs have a life of their own,” Chan leaves off. “It’s magical to see what music can turn into if you’re open and creative. We learned so much by taking these songs apart and seeing how these great musicians write. It was a masterclass in songwriting, and it will definitely influence where we go next. We’ve grown, and 36 years on, that’s a great thing.”

About JJ Grey & Mofro

According to musician, singer and songwriter JJ Grey, “The best songs I’ve ever written, I never wrote. They wrote themselves. The best show I ever played, played itself and had little to do with me or talent. To me, those things come from the power of an honest moment, and I guess I’m trying to live in that power and not force life to cough up what I want.”

Since his first album, Blackwater, back in 2001, Grey has been releasing deeply moving, masterfully written, funkified rock and front porch Southern soul music. Now, with his new album, Olustee – his tenth and first in nine years, and the first he has self-produced – Grey is back, singing his personal stories with universal themes of redemption, rebirth, hard luck, and i

 

nner peace. With his music, Grey also celebrates good times with lifelong friends, oftentimes mixing the carnal with the cerebral in the very same song. Fueled by his vividly detailed, timeless originals spun from his own life and experiences in the Northern Florida swampland, Grey’s gritty baritone drips with honest passion and testifies with a preacher’s foot-pounding fervor. 

With Olustee, JJ Grey has once again pushed the boundaries of his own creative musical, lyrical and vocal talents, delivering an album that is destined to become a stone-cold classic. Many of the songs are all steeped in the mythical Southern stories of his ancestral Florida home and filled with people from JJ’s life. The songs overflow with the sights and sounds of the region as told through the eyes of a poet and sung with pure, unvarnished soul. The album’s ten songs range from the introspective opener The Sea to the raucous, celebratory first radio single, Wonderland, to an escape from an out-of-control wildfire in the title track, to the inward-looking closer, Deeper Than Belief. Singing of his own personal triumphs and struggles, his hopes and desires, his friends and family, Grey’s message is simple and strong: respect the natural world and always try to live in the moment. And never forget the importance of having a good time.

Grey made his recording debut in 2001 with Blackwater, following up in 2004 with Lochloosa. Both albums were released on the Fog City label under the name Mofro, a moniker the young Grey chose to describe his music and sound while still working his day job at a lumberyard. He has since used the word to name his band of world-class players. In 2007, Grey signed with Alligator Records and released a string of five popular and successful albums: Country Ghetto, 2008’s Orange Blossoms, 2010’s Georgia Warhorse, 2011’s live CD/DVD Brighter Days and 2013’s This River. Ol’ Glory was released on the Provogue label in 2015. Throughout this amazing run of releases, press, radio and years of touring helped catapult JJ Grey & Mofro further into the mainstream.

JJ Grey & Mofro have played countless festivals, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Austin City Limits Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival (Australia), Montreal Jazz Festival and Fuji Rock (Japan). Over the course of his career, Grey has shared stages with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, B.B. King, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, Booker T. Jones, Mavis Staples, and many others. Grey and his band continue to play over 75 shows a year across the U.S. and around the world.

JJ’s songs have appeared in films and on television, including on House Of Cards, Criminal Minds, Bones, House, Flashpoint, Crash, Friday Night Lights, The Glades, The Deadliest Catch and in films including The Hoot and The Gray Man. In November 2009, JJ wrote his first film score for the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning documentary The Good Soldier, which appeared in theatres and on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS.

Grey, an avid outdoorsman, is a dedicated fisherman, a skilled visual artist (he has designed and drawn the cover art on all of his albums), an  avid surfer and he holds an honorary position on the board of the Angler Action Foundation, dedicated to the protection of coastal fish and fish habitat. He has written passionately and articulately about his love for the untrammeled environment of his North Florida home and continues to advocate for its preservation.

From his early days playing cover music behind chicken wire at a west side Jacksonville juke joint, to playing sold-out shows at some of the largest venues and music festivals in the world, JJ Grey has always delivered his soul-honest truths. Now, with Olustee, JJ Grey & Mofro will bring their music directly to fans as they hit the road for a massive months-long tour across the country and throughout the world. AllMusic says JJ Grey’s music is “as authentic as the ground under your feet because that’s where it comes from — just before it moves, simply and directly, through the body of the listener, into the human heart.”