John Popper of Blues Traveler

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents

John Popper of Blues Traveler

Katrina Woolverton

Tue, May 8, 2018

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

$30.00 - $55.00

John Popper of Blues Traveler
John Popper of Blues Traveler
John Popper, who for 30 years has been front man for the platinum-selling hit-making jam band Blues Travelers is coming to The Kent Stage.

Popper is revered as among the best harmonica players in rock music.

With Blues Traveler — which this year is touring to celebrate 30 years as a band — he has had five gold and platinum albums, from its 1990 self-titled debut to its 1994 album “four,” which sold six times platinum, broke the Top 10 and produced the Top 10 hit “Run-Around” and Top 30 hit “Hook.”

Popper won a Grammy Award as author of “Run-Around,” which set a then-record for most weeks on the Billboard charts.

Blues Traveler appeared at the 25th anniversary of Woodstock in 1994, and was an opening act for The Rolling Stones. In all, Blues Traveler has released 12 studio albums, three live albums and three compilation discs, the latest of which was 2015’s “Blow Up the Moon.”

Popper has released two solo discs, as well as five albums with side projects The Devotees in 1997, Frogwings on 1999, The John Popper Project in 2006 and two discs with The Duskray Troubadours in 2011.

Popper also has co-written songs with Trey Anastasio, Warren Haynes, Chris Barron and Jonny Lang, and he has frequently appeared as a guest performer with musicians in a variety of genres, including Spin Doctors, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, B.B. King; Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins and more.
Katrina Woolverton
Katrina Woolverton
Katrina tabled her singing aspirations for a while and pursued both a college and law degree - but never stopped nurturing her musical destiny. Continuing to perform in school choirs and other platforms where she was afforded the opportunity (and writing songs in every spare moment available), the dedicated Los Angeles native always promised herself she would fulfill the potential of her tremendous singing gift. After receiving her Juris Doctor and Masters in Entertainment and Media Law, she made the decision to fully recalibrate her musical career and assembled a stellar team of songwriters and collaborators to create what would become her acclaimed 2012 debut venture, In The Blink Of An Eye. The inaugural album featured Billboard charting hits, “Shame On Me” and “So Eden,” among other songs (she released the stand-alone 2013 gem “Ready To Love” that also climbed the Billboard charts). Katrina has toured across the US with legendary icon Meat Loaf (as well as hosting her own live treks in the U.S. and UK), pop singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin and most recently with the revered rock front man John Popper of Blues Traveler. Her scheduled tour with the legendary Leon Russell was sadly cut short when the renowned musician/songwriter passed away in 2016. In the course of her successful musical run, Katrina has also found time to embrace another passion of hers: healthy cooking. She was motivated to blog about healthy eating and easy-to- make recipes while encountering the more unimaginative ‘road food grind’ while on tour, calling it “Katrina’s Kitchen.” Her desire to make better food decisions, and her passion for preparing quick, tasty, nutritionally sound meals has resonated , along with her music, with her social media (over ½ million) followers. Katrina shares her strategies for healthy, creative recipes that can fit everyone’s on-the-go regimen on her website. Katrina has publicly talked about her tumultuous early life. “My parent’s marriage turned into a battleground,” she says. “It was difficult and painful as a child, but I eventually learned to channel the transformative power of healing into my law career, into my music, and most importantly, as a form of engagement to lift others who may have experienced similar circumstances.” Katrina has shared her story in public forums willingly, and continues to help her mother transform her life after enduring so much pain. “It’s important for every one of us to recognize the worth in ourselves,” she says. Katrina’s success in both her law achievements and musical career are a testament to a formidable inner strength that comes across whether you’re listening to her powerful musical canon or engaging her in conversation. “I’ve learned that life is a constant barrage of decisions, and sometimes we don’t always make the right one,” she says. “That’s part of life. But by putting your real feelings out there, your true experiences – it gives you strength. It can empower others. It’s like how love gives you strength. Whether it’s your significant other or spiritual. Music has the ability to make that kind of connection too. It’s like the title song ‘Better Now,’ that I wrote with Amy. We had certain things in common about our relationships, and we went with it. Certain people have told me they listen to that song and it’s like tapping into that warm feeling out loud; like wrapping a warm blanket around you. Sometimes only music can provide that.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240
http://www.thekentstage.com/