John Popper (of Blues Traveler)

DSP Shows

John Popper (of Blues Traveler)

Mike Brindisi & John O'Leary of the New York Rock

Wed · April 3, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Hangar Theatre

Ithaca, NY

$45.00

One of the most iconic harmonica players in history, John Popper is a virtuoso musician who has expanded the possibilities of the instrument for future generations. He is best known as the frontman and creative force of seminal jam band Blues Traveler, which he formed with high school friends in Princeton, NJ in the late ‘80s and led to mainstream success with 1994’s Four.

With skills honed classically and in the 90s NY jam scene, John has perfected the ability to cross musical boundaries. Over an illustrious 30-year career, he has sat in with acts as diverse as Phish, B.B. King and Metallica among others.

John’s solo show, with piano accompaniment from fellow Blues Traveler Ben Wilson, is an opportunity to share in this wealth of experience in an intimate setting. Pull up a chair and enjoy as John tells some of the stories he’s picked up along the way, and plays beloved Blues Traveler hits as well as other original and traditional songs.

John Popper
John Popper
One of the most iconic harmonica players in history, John Popper is a virtuoso musician who has expanded the possibilities of the instrument for future generations. He is best known as the frontman and creative force of seminal jam band Blues Traveler, which he formed with high school friends in Princeton, NJ in the late ‘80s and led to mainstream success with 1994’s Four.

With skills honed both classically, at New York University’s The New School, and in the crucible of the 90s New York City jam scene, John has perfected the ability to cross all musical boundaries and genres. Over an illustrious 30-year career, he has sat in with acts as diverse as Phish, B.B. King and Metallica among many others.

John’s solo show, with piano accompaniment from fellow Blues Traveler Ben Wilson, is an opportunity to share in this wealth of experience in an intimate setting. Pull up a chair and enjoy as John tells some of the stories he’s picked up along the way, and plays beloved Blues Traveler hits as well as other original and traditional songs.
Mike Brindisi & John O'Leary of the New York Rock
Mike Brindisi & John O'Leary of the New York Rock
Though known for its vibrant music scene, Ithaca NY is a relative fishbowl musically, often keeping its boundless talents within city limits for nobody outside the local scene’s elite to hear.

Meet the fish that jumped out of the water.

The New York Rock has been one of the city’s shining stars since its founding in February 2008 by Mike Brindisi (Guitars/Vocals) and John O’Leary (Keyboards). Began as a dream of Brindisi on the streets of Manhattan, the dream behind the New York Rock started with handfuls of change in the bottom of a guitar case following a brief stint on Saturday Night Live and a rough runaround in Nashville, when a trip down south after high school ended with “a broken heart, empty pockets and another tough lesson learned.”

Though superficially a fruitless expedition, the trip yielded a demo that eventually became the foundations of the band. Inspired by the city’s local scene, Brindisi moved to Ithaca, NY, where his first single, “Crawl,” jumped to number 22 on the most-requested chart of local station WVBR. Attracted by its low-key atmosphere and exceptional music scene, it was an excellent place to begin a career, and where he would eventually meet fellow founder John O’Leary.

Within the band’s first year, they had already opened for national touring act Gavin Degraw and off that first bit of momentum, saw the video for the band’s first single make it onto the playlist of Cool TV.

Within two years, Brindisi was in Howard Stern’s studio promoting the band’s first record.

In the time since, The New York Rock has begun to see their profile grow nationwide, from gigs at the notable Driven Music Conference in Atlanta to one-off gigs in places such as Nashville, Austin, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and a primetime gig at the legendary Bitter End rock club in Greenwich Village, NYC—a night the club was packed to capacity.

The band has also appeared on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour, making a single-show appearance in Hartford, CT and in the documentary Passfire, for which they wrote the theme song subsequently performed at the PGI fireworks convention in Iowa, an international event for members of the pyrotechnics industry.

Whether its for a stage of four fans like the early days or the 4,000 the band has played for at venues like Saranac Brewery, the band refuses to sell out, instead looking for a means to hone their craft to the point where nobody can deny their style as a powerful voice in today’s industry.

“We have always stuck to our guns,” Brindisi said. “We have always played rock. That's it. Good melodies, loud guitars and great hooks. We have never wavered… we want to keep rock alive.”
Venue Information:
The Hangar Theatre
801 Taughannock Blvd
Ithaca, NY, 14850
http://www.hangartheatre.org/