Blues is in the air on the opening weekend of the Kentucky State Fair as Blues Traveler dazzles the large fair crowd with The Social Animals.
Grammy award winners Blues Traveler draw from their ample catalog of material to give this crowd a jam packed set of tunes spanning their 30-year career.
Without much fanfare, John Popper and Blues Traveler take the stage to a warm ovation as the sun sets on this late summer evening. “This one’s for you!” Popper announces as Blues Traveler launch into the Charlie Daniels Band’s 1979 hit, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” with Mr. Popper on lead vocals and harmonica, Chan Kinchla (lead guitar), Brendon Hill, (drums), Tad Kinchla, (bass) and Ben Wilson (Keyboards).
Over the next 90 minutes, Blues Traveler roll through a classic set including “New York Prophecy”, a raging version of “Sadly A Fiction” from 2001’s Bridge album, fan favorite “Hook,” and their 1994 Grammy Award winning hit “Run-Around” where the fair crowd was singing the familiar verses with Popper.
At one point a fan yelled out “You look great John!” Without any hesitation, John replied “You look Great, we all look awesome!” which drew cheers from the crowd. There is something magical about being outdoors on a fantastic, star filled evening with Blues Traveler jamming on stage.
Opening the evening is Minnesota-based The Social Animals. Featuring Dedric Clark on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Tony Petersen on guitar and vocals, Roger Whittet on bass and vocals and Boyd Smith on drums The Social Animals rock a set featuring memorable melodies splattered with sarcastic lyrics.
Dedric Clark engaged in light hearted banter between songs, including comments about his polyester bowling shirt chafing him and overcoming a broken down car on the way to the show. Despite these inconveniences, The Social Animals leave it all on the stage in what was a very engaging and enjoyable set.
Event Date: 19-AUG-2017