MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS classic trio configuration to play Northeast and Midwest dates for the first time since forming in the 1990s!
Mike Keneally (guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist) has been playing with Joe Travers (drums) and Bryan Beller (bass) since 1993, when they were members of the Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa band Z. Throughout the 90s, as Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins, they played frequently on the West Coast in support of Keneally’s solo albums hat., Boil That Dust Speck and Sluggo! Although Keneally has worked with countless brilliant musicians throughout his solo career, fans have long held a special appreciation for the high energy, humor, camaraderie and virtuosity of the Keneally/Beller/Travers triumvirate. Now finally, after more than two decades, this powerful trio version of MK/BFD is coming to states in the Midwest and Northeast of the US, and playing music covering the gamut of Keneally’s career, from those classic 90s releases all the way up to the brand new Scambot 2.
Mike: “I was a bit stunned to realize that this particular configuration, with whom I gigged so much in California in the ’90s, has never played in the Midwest and Northeast as a trio. There is a certain ferociousness that takes hold on when it’s just me, Bryan and Joe, and it’s going to be fun to finally bring that vibe to the other side of the country for once.”
Mike Keneally has played with Frank Zappa, Steve Vai and many others, in addition to his long-standing solo career. He and Bryan Beller currently play together in Joe Satriani’s band, and have toured extensively in the metal band Dethklok. Beller is also a member of the instrumental juggernaut The Aristocrats. Joe Travers, in addition to past drumming duties with Zappa Plays Zappa and Duran Duran, has held the position of Vaultmeister for the Zappa Family Trust since the 90s, exhuming unreleased Frank Zappa tapes for release to the public. http://www.keneally.com
Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins will be touring with special guest Travis Larson Band. With six studio albums and two full-length DVDs, the award-winning TLB is firmly rooted as one of instrumental music’s premier acts, having worked on records with Steve Lukather (Toto), Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck), Dave LaRue (Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Dixie Dregs), Vinx (Sting, Herbie Hancock). Additionally, the band has shared live billing with Ted Nugent, UFO, Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs), Ronnie Montrose, and The Aristocrats. TLB’s release Soundmind earned accolades as Guitar Player Magazine Editor’s Top Three in 2011. Travis Larson Band will release a new album in 2016. http://www.travislarsonband.com
17 years in the making, Scambot 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the 2009 release Scambot 1. As Mike says:
“Scambot 1 was a dense, mostly instrumental and pretty darn abstract listen, so Scambot 2 may take you by surprise with its more melodic and accessible (for me, anyway) nature. I really wanted to write a bunch of songs, as opposed to compose a bunch of pieces, and that’s what happened. From the multi-movement epic “In The Trees” to the rocking “Roots Twist” and “Roll” to the lilting “Sam” to the twangy “Constructed” to the proggity “Buzz” and “Clipper” to the…well I’ll stop describing the songs, you’ll hear them soon enough I hope.”
Scambot 2 is currently available for pre-order as a special double-CD set consisting of the Scambot 2 album (65 minutes of music) and the Inkling album (48 minutes of music) in a handsome digi-pak with two booklets. It will go into wider release through other distributors and retailers starting September 9th 2016.
Mike Keneally as special guest
In a tribute to Keith Emerson, also featuring Jonathan Schang of District 97 and Luis Nasser of Sonus Umbra and Might Could
Friday, October 21 at Reggie’s Progtoberfest II, Chicago IL.
Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins Tour (with Bryan Beller and Joe Travers)
Saturday October 22: Reggies’s Progtoberfest II in Chicago IL
Tuesday October 25: River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, PA
Wednesday October 26: Iridium Jazz Club in New York City (8pm & 10pm)
Thursday October 27: Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA (Washington DC)
Friday October 28: Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA
Saturday October 29: New Jersey Proghouse in Dunellen, NJ
Sunday October 30: The Wheelhouse in Narragansett, RI
Tuesday November 1: The Camel in Richmond, VA
Wednesday November 2: The Pour House in Raleigh, NC
Thursday November 3: The Rabbit Hole in Charlotte, NC
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