World-renowned virtuoso guitarist and multi-instrumentalist/composer Mike Keneally is set to launch his first full-band tour in nearly five years, bringing his ever-evolving, remarkably inventive musical vision to the Northeast US in early May for five shows in support of his latest Exowax Recordings release, Scambot 1.
From Keneally’s well-documented recorded work as a guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist in Frank Zappa’s last touring band, to his recordings and performances with Robert Fripp, Dethklok, Wayne Kramer, Steve Vai, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Andy Partridge and many others, he’s earned a reputation as someone who can bring an intense, original musical voice to any situation. His extensive and wildly diverse original catalog of 19 albums and counting defies traditional classification, and concertgoers are regularly left awestruck by his band’s high-wire-act execution of the eclectic material. Time Out New York says “this band, with such a peculiar genius leading it, is a thing to savor.”
In a unique twist, this tour’s Mike Keneally Band members also comprise the opening act, the band of Keneally’s longtime bassist Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Dethklok), whose intricate jazz/rock compositions and tasteful playing earned his sophomore album Thanks In Advance widespread acclaim (“A bonafide entry for bass album of the year” – Chris Jisi, Bass Player Magazine.) The sneakily-titled “They’re Both The Same Band” Northeast Tour 2010features Keneally, Beller, drummer Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa), and guitarists Rick Musallam (Ben Taylor, Byrd York) and Griff Peters (Billie Myers, Anika Paris).
MIKE KENEALLY BAND WITH SPECIAL GUEST BRYAN BELLER BAND
“THEY’RE BOTH THE SAME BAND” NORTHEAST TOUR 2010 DATES
Tuesday 5/4 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
Wednesday 5/5 New Haven, CT (Lilly’s Pad at) Toad’s Place
Friday 5/7 Boston, MA The Regattabar Jazz Club at the Charles Hotel
Saturday 5/8 New York City, NY Highline Ballroom
Sunday 5/9 Baltimore, MD Orion Sound Studios
More tour info, including hi-res photos: www.keneally.com/promo/netour2010.html
On Twitter: @mikekeneally – @bryanbeller