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Blues Traveler performs its classic jam band, rock sounds Oct. 16

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Aug. 18, 2010--Blues Traveler will give jam-band and mainstream rock fans an early fall treat when it performs Oct. 16 at North Central College.

Not every band stakes out new musical territory and embraces fresh challenges more than 23 years into its career, but that's the case with Blues Traveler. Known for its improvisational live performances, the band is influenced by a variety of genres, including blues rock, folk rock, soul and Southern rock.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in North Central's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $60, $55 and $45; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit  

Their knack for evolving musically has been a hallmark of Blues Traveler's output ever since the group's founding members-John Popper, Chan Kinchla, Bobby Sheehan and Brendan Hill-began playing together as high school friends. The quintet may have started out with local fame, but they've progressed to much more.

Their self-titled debut album featured "But Anyway," their first single to receive airplay. Their increasing success on the airwaves and appearances on the "Late Show with David Letterman" gave the group solid ground for the release of "Four," featuring the group's 1995 hit single "Run-Around." The song remains the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history and won the group a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Blues Traveler's most recent release, "North Hollywood Shootout," shows the group's versatility and includes a spoken-word piece along with the classic rock style. "I think you have to be constantly reinventing things and discovering new aspects of what you do in order to keep things fresh," Kinchla says.

Blues Traveler's performance is the second of five from North Central College's new Contemporary Series. Tickets are on sale now; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) to subscribe or for more information about the series.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).