John Popper (of Blues Traveler)

John Popper (of Blues Traveler)

Katrina Woolverton

Sun · April 22, 2018

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

This event is all ages

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John Popper - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
John Popper
The harmonica virtuoso and rotund frontman for jam band favorites Blues Traveler, singer/harpist John Popper was born in Cleveland, OH, on March 29, 1967. While attending high school in Princeton, NJ, he befriended drummer Brendan Hill; together, the two -- in combination with guitarist Chan Kinchla and bassist Bobby Sheehan -- would go on to form Blues Traveler, earning a fervent grassroots following during the early '90s on the basis of their relentless touring schedule and a sprawling blues-rock sound that aligned them alongside other neo-hippie outfits including Phish, Widespread Panic, and the Spin Doctors. All of the aforementioned joined Blues Traveler in 1992 on the inaugural H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) tour, which was originally conceived by Popper and band manager Dave Frey and went on to become one of the most successful annual tour packages of the decade.

The group's momentum was derailed in the fall of 1992, however, when Popper was severely injured in a motorcycle accident; returning to the road, he played a number of dates while confined to a wheelchair. Released in 1994, Four was Blues Traveler's mainstream breakthrough, launching a major hit with the single "Run-Around." After completing his 1999 debut solo effort, Zygote, Popper -- who'd been experiencing chest pains for months -- was forced to undergo an angioplasty; the record's eventual release that September was further overshadowed when Blues Traveler bassist Sheehan was found dead in his New Orleans home on August 20. But following his record's release, Popper took his backing band out on the road for the first time through that winter. Still struggling with health problems (and obese for quite a while), Popper underwent gastric bypass surgery the next year, which led to a significant weight loss.

The sixth Blues Traveler album, Bridge, then appeared in May 2001; Truth Be Told followed two years later. When BT decided to take a break at the end of the year (to accommodate Chan Kinchla's growing family), Popper wasn't ready to sit around and so hooked up with bassist Rob Wasserman (of RatDog fame), playing a random show together in San Francisco. Turntablist DJ Logic happened to drop by for that set, and next thing anyone knew, Popper and Logic had formed the John Popper Project together in early 2004. The group, which also includes Blues Traveler bassist Tad Kinchla and Mosaic drummer Marcus Bleeker, went on to tour sporadically in between BT's schedule, eventually releasing their first album together in October 2006.

BT reunited for the 2008 recording North Hollywood Shootout on Verve's Forecast imprint and once more toured heavily in support of it. The last two years of the 21st century's first decade found Popper in demand as a session player, contributing to albums such as John Oates' 1000 Miles of Life, ZO2's Casino Logic, and Lisa Bouchelle's Blue Room with a Red Vase. In 2010 Popper assembled another band called John Popper & the Duskray Troubadours. He described it as "a scrappy roots rock alter ego to Blues Traveler," though they sound directly influenced by the music of the Band. Besides Popper, the group consists of guitarist/producer/keyboardist Jono Manson, bassist Steve Lindsay, drummer Mark Clark, and guitarists Kevin Trainor and Aaron Beavers. They issued their self-titled debut album on 429 Records in early 2011.

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Katrina Woolverton
Katrina Woolverton
Singer songwriter KATRINA WOOLVERTON made a simultaneous debut and return to music with her album In the Blink of An Eye (Red Red/BDG/Sony) that featured hit songs “Shame on Me” and “So Eden”. Her powerful vocals have been an attention getter among fans and a talking point among critics, while helping her secure the #1 slot on Clear Channel’s ‘NEW! Artists to Watch’ Chart. Katrina spent last year touring across the US with legendary rocker Meat Loaf, she was the opening act on his 2012 Mad Mad World Tour. In between Meat Loaf dates she toured with her own band, including dates in the UK and saw additional success with the single “Watch Me Walk Away” (over ¼ million views on YouTube)- making her return to music even more sweet.

She just started working on her next album when she penned the song “Ready to Love” with long time friend and British songwriter/electro-pop musician Frankmusik. The new single is an impromptu recording the two made while together in Hollywood a few months ago. “We’re good friends and have worked together before so we thought let’s go into the studio and mess around a bit,” says Katrina. “The result was ‘Ready to Love’- this fun upbeat dance song. We sent it back to the label and the next thing we know- they have all these cool remixed versions of the song including a radio mix by Mike Rizzo Funk Generation! It’s great when things like that happen.”

Katrina’s compelling story-her debut and return in the same breath-is unique. Her “return” is full time to an art she desperately loved yet left when she was just an adolescent; having made her initial music “debut” on the ratings high TV show Star Search, the same show that helped launch Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Usher and Justin Timberlake, among other household names. Katrina won the Junior Vocalist Category over the late R&B star Aaliyah and soon began receiving offers from record companies for what appeared to be a glittering career ahead of her. Instead, at the age of 11, her family life was thrown into turmoil and she quickly declined the offers. “The success of Star Search quickly turned my parents’ already tumultuous marriage into a battleground. Something I didn’t want a part of, I just wanted to be a kid,” she recalls. “I thought if I forgot about the music, things would be OK, but of course, the music was never the problem.”

Her parents soon divorced and although Katrina focused on her education, determined after seeing the abuse her mother endured, to control her own destiny by securing both a college and law degree, she continued performing in her school choirs, singing backup for friends’ bands and writing her own songs.

After receiving her Masters in Entertainment and Media Law, it wasn’t until one night when she went to see Cher in concert that it hit her: “I’ve always been a huge fan,” she says, “I went to see Cher in Las Vegas and walked out of that show in tears saying, ‘I can’t do this anymore’.”

The decision may have been simmering for a decade, but it was made in a flash. “I always knew I’d go back to singing,” says Katrina, who quit her law firm job and spent the following year writing songs on piano, exploring the blues, performing in clubs and learning how to play a ’63 Gibson SG.

She was soon introduced to Grammy Award winning producer Val Garay (James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Elton John) and multi-platinum songwriter/ instrumentalist Bonnie Hayes (Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Natalie Cole), who says he was drawn to Katrina by the distinctiveness of her voice, her “incredible” range and her “fearlessness” as a writer.

“I’ve always been influenced by rock music,” says Katrina, “and Val’s work influenced me a long time before I met him. Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Kim Carnes, the Motels, Dramarama–I know all of their songs from the radio. I still hear them all the time. Of her musical homecoming, Katrina says, “When the time came, I knew it was right and I haven’t looked back. I’m doing what I love most – this was meant to be.”
Venue Information:
The Tin Pan
8982 Quioccasin Road
Richmond, VA, 23229