Jam Central Station 10.13.12: ALO
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The members of ALO have an extensive history together. The roots of the band go all the way back to the late 80’s when guitarist Dan Lebowitz, keyboardist Zach Gill, and bassist Steve Adams were in high school. They formed a band called Django with another friend that was a drummer, going as far as to record an album. They all went off to college together and continued the band, with ALO drummer David Brogan filling in as a part of Django for a while. Django successfully toured both the southern and western states, although they never developed a very large following.
Following the end of Django, Gill, Adams, and Lebowitz reconvened with another drummer to form Magnum Family. This project didn’t last very long, and it soon morphed into the first version of ALO. They called themselves Animal Liberation Orchestra & The Free Range Horns, which featured the three core members, Jon Nathan on drums, and a horn section. After garnering some local success and releasing an independent album, Gill, Lebowitz, and Adams went on tour with drummer Rob Binkley for a more intimate tour. When they returned to California, they eliminated the horn section, brought on drummer Shree Shyam Das, and shortened their name to simply ALO. This early version of ALO released a pair of albums independently before Das moved on. In 2002, they reunited with earlier drummer David Brogan and ALO finally had a steady lineup.
Like so many other bands, ALO cut their teeth on the road. They released albums independently and toured in a van. However, they also had a friend on the rise. The band had gone to school with singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, who was beginning to make a name for himself. The band found themselves on the road with Johnson and frequently collaborating together on stage. They even recorded a reworked version of their song “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down” with Johnson on vocals. The collaborations were good for both artists, with Gill joining Johnson’s band and splitting time between the two projects. Gill added a funky flair to Johnson’s live performance, while ALO was able to attach themselves to Johnson’s rising star and get some more mainstream recognition.
In 2006, the band signed with Johnson’s Brushfire records and immediately re-released their Fly between Falls album. this was followed by a massive tour where they tour internationally with Johnson as well as playing shows with the Dave Matthews Band while seeing bigger audiences at their own headlining shows. They entered the studio to begin recording a new album in 2006, and Roses & Clover was released in May of 2007. The album was recorded in just about two weeks and featured new songs that hadn’t been road tested. They held a sold out CD release party at the Fillmore and then hit the road to support the new album.
The more mainstream sound allowed the band to be picked up by radio stations nationwide, while their ecclectic roots and road record landed them spots on festivals around the country. They toured with Brett Dennen and New Monsoon while also hitting up festivals such as Wakarusa, High Sierra, Las Tortugas, and the Monterey Music Festival. Afterwards they headed to Brazil with a handful of other acts before heading home for their New Years show in San Francisco.
ALO members also found success on their own. Gill toured with Jack Johnson and also released a solo album. Lebowitz and Adams collaborated with Brett Dennen, and Brogan released a solo album while also working with New Monsoon. Adams also spent time playing bass for the band’s friends Tea Leaf Green. Somehow, between their work in their side projects and touring with ALO, the band had time to head into the studio and record their next album. Man of the World finally saw the light of day in February of 2010. The opened for Galactic, moving back to some of their funk roots, and they went on an extended tour with Jack Johnson. They also headlined throughout strongholds on their own tour during that spring. They closed out 2010 with another headlining New Years Eve run before hitting Jam Cruise for the third time.
This past year the band released their 4th Brushfire album, Sounds Like This. While it hasn’t garnered mainstream success, it has continued to solidify them as a national touring act. ‘Dead Still Dance” has become a staple on Sirius/XM radio’s Jam On station, and they’ve continued to successfully navigate the mid-sized theater circuit while also handling their solo projects. While it’s surprising that their fun and funky music hasn’t garnered the mainstream following of some of their peers, ALO seems to be doing just fine for themselves in their market.
Warren Haynes Christmas Jam announces lineup
Warren Haynes has brought out some great artists from his annual Christmas Jam, and this year is no exception. Joining Haynes in Asheville, NC this year will be the String Cheese Incident, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sheryl Crow, and Trombone Shorty. The event will take place at the US Cellular Civic Center in Ashville on December 15, and the annual pre-jam will take place at the Orange Peel on the 14th.
Furthur announces NYE run
Furthur will spend their New Years at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco. They’ll be doing a three night run from December 29-31.
Matisyahu announces Festival of Lights tour
Matisyahu will be taking his Festival of Lights show on tour this year. The tour will run from December 8-16. They’ll include acoustic shows and performances with Dub Trio.
December 8 San Francisco, CA—Nob Hill Masonic Center(!)
December 10 Atlanta, GA—Gwinnett Center for the Performing Arts(!)
December 11 Stroudsburg, PA—Sherman Theatre(!)
December 12 Philadelphia, PA—Electric Factory(*)
December 13 Washington, DC—9:30 Club(*)
December 15 New York NY—Terminal 5(*)
December 16 Port Chester, NY—Capitol Theatre(!)
(!) Acoustic performances
(*) Backed by The Dub Trio
Harvest Music Festival
October 11-13, 2012
Yonder Mountain String Band will host the event and perform multiple sets. More artists will be announced later.
Austin City Limits
October 12-14, 2012
Performers include: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Umphrey’s McGee, Big Gigantic, Bassnectar, The Roots, Gotye, Weezer, Thievery Corp., and many others.
Bridge School Benefit
October 20-21, 2012
Mountain View, CA
Performers include: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Guns ‘n Roses, The Flaming Lips, Sarah McLachlin, Gary Clark Jr., and many others.
Southern Ground Food & Music Festival
Performers include: Zac Brown Band (both nights), The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Charlie Daniels Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Wailers, Jerry Douglas, and many others
Hangtown Halloween Ball
October 26-28, 2012
El Dorado County Fairgrounds
Performers include: Railroad Earth (3 shows), The Del McCoury Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performing a Beastie Boys tribute, Blind Pilot, The Travelin’ McCoury’s featuring Keller Williams, Emmitt-Nershi Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, and many more.
Voodoo Music and Arts Festival
October 26-28, 2012
New Orleans, LA
Performers include: Green Day, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Avett Brothers, Skrillex, Coheed & Cambria, Nas, Gary Clark Jr., and many others
With Your Friends Festival
October 26-27, 2012
Performers include: Pretty Lights, Skrillex, Santigold, Nas, 12th Planet, Michael Menart, and many others.
November 8-11, 2012
Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Umphrey’s McGee, Soulive, Lotus, Perpetual Groove, Break Science, The Heavy Pets, and many others.
Strings & Sol
December 12-16, 2012
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Yonder Mountain String Band will perform 3 shows, and Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, and The Infamous Stringdusters will each be performing 2 shows.
Warren Haynes Christmas Jam
December 15, 2012
US Cellular Civic Center
Performers include: Warren Haynes Band, String Cheese Incident, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sheryl Crow, Trombone Shorty, and many others.
December 16-19, 2012 (Bahamas)
December 19-23, 2012 (Jamaica)
Departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Performers include: Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy, Sleigh Bells, and many others.
December 17-21, 2012
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, and STS9 will each perform two shows. STS9 will also perform a special midnight set commemorating the beginning of the new Great Cycle of the Mayan Calendar.
January 7-12, 2013
Performers include: moe., Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood, Funky Meters, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Univers, Big Gigantic, Lettuce, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Greensky Bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum, and many others.
Island Exodus IV
January 16-20, 2013
Gov’t Mule will host the event and perform multiple sets. No word on other performers.
Panic En La Playa Dos
January 27-31, 2013
Hard Rock HOoel & Casino
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This event will be the return of Widespread Panic to the stage after a year-long hiatus. Tickets go on sale August 24.
Jam in the Sand
March 1-5, 2013
Breezes Grand Resort
Dark Star Orchestra’s first Jamaican event. This event will feature multiple DSO shows as well as three Keller Williams sets and other activities
April 12-14, 2013
April 19-21, 2013
Governors Ball Music Festival
June 8-9, 2013
New York City, NY
Newport Folk Festival
July 27-28, 2013
Newport Jazz Festival
Austin City Limits
October 4-6, 2013
October 11-13, 2013