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Beller's touring Europe with Joe Satriani
this summer. Click & scroll for dates!
WesFest 9 raised over $22K - thanks to
all who supported this great cause!
The Aristocrats' massive 10-week tour 
of Europe
 rolls on, and on and on...


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H O M E.
– 4 days ago.


What do you call an act crazy enough to tour for 3 months straight? THE ARISTOCRATS. Pic from last show (Israel): http://t.co/NZDjmpsFr2
– 6 days ago.


LAST show of the Aristocrats "Culture Clash" tour tonight in Herzliya, ISRAEL! Caption this pic from Istanbul for us: http://t.co/F8NeOc2aoF
– 7 days ago.


Dane Runyon's new LP is 1 of the best sounding/written records I've ever cut. Highest possible recommendation, srsly! http://t.co/Lvx62Ym6jn
– 11 days ago.


ok, STOP what you're doing & please check out Dane Runyon's new LP, "Under Grand Suggestion". Killer psychedelic pop. http://t.co/VNuqIBnVXm
– 11 days ago.


@KileyDodge thanks! we know that Portland, Seattle, Idaho and Salt Lake are the last places in the US for us to get to, and we will!
– 11 days ago.


@axeldenoux looking forward to meeting him!
– 11 days ago.


58 gigs down, 3 to go: My 3-mo. @acratsband US/Mex/Europe tour is almost over. What. A. Ride. Thx to all who made it work. U know who U are.
– 12 days ago.


Also, thanks to @JimDunlopUSA pedals, @XoticUSA effects, & @DarkglassFinn electronics for killer tones! And photo was by Laura Rossi.
– 14 days ago.


This is me *loving* my sound onstage w/@acratsband, thanks to @GallienKrueger, @MikeLullCG & @daddarioandco! http://t.co/lmeQbHo8u5
– 14 days ago.


@s0mbunall funny enough, I just had a Greek woman come up to me and start asking for directions in Greek. So...yes, maybe it's the nose. :-)
– 15 days ago.


Aristocrats Mgmt HQ, current location: Athens hotel balcony. Note the Acropolis. E-mails a’flying. http://t.co/xuG4UE1Esl
– 16 days ago.


Right on! RT @CodeKloet: #radio6 this is what our midnite special looks like @bryanbeller http://t.co/2eJkTZXaXc
– 16 days ago.


Tonight: The Aristocrats (@acratsband) play Athens, then back to Italy, Turkey, Israel, and finally home! Dates: http://t.co/CTDVLfCXGs
– 16 days ago.


Tonight @CodeKloet spins @acratsband & @JanetFeder & @SteveVai vinyl on Dutch Radio 6 at midnight CET! http://t.co/LSRkyZROZr
– 16 days ago.


Always humble, that Skwisgaar. RT @_Brendonsmall: Here's a brand new interview from our old pal Skwisgaar Skwigelf RT http://t.co/XVRf6PoNxH
– 19 days ago.


@timlefebvre Switch to T-Mobile. Int'l texts free. Int'l data roaming on 3G: FREE. Killer service in Europe. Under $100 a month. No shit.
– 22 days ago.


@IffeWar thanks dude!
– 24 days ago.


@AutoharpAngel everyone. :-)
– 24 days ago.


The Aristocrats with Tom Colbie, art designer of "Culture Clash" (plus a new work of his): http://t.co/4cEJtcFvjY - http://t.co/Z540SVZdpa
– 24 days ago.


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WesFest 9 Featuring John Patitucci – and The Aristocrats’ European Tour Kickoff

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hey everyone. We’ve got two big things to talk about here:

* WesFest 9, featuring John Patitucci
and
* The Aristocrats “Culture Clash” European Tour

I’ll take the first part first, Bob: The 9th Annual WesFest fundraising drive kicks off right now. It’s centered around the WesFest 9 benefit concert, which goes to benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music. This year’s headliner is a musical hero of mine – the one and only John Patitucci, in his first L.A. performance in many years – and it’s going to be at an intimate venue: The Baked Potato in Los Angeles, CA. The bill will also feature Joe Travers & Friends (a rotating hotshot lineup), as well as Danny Mo & The Exciters featuring 2013 Wes Wehmiller Scholarship Award Winner Max McKellar, with Jonathan “JR” Robinson and Kira Small.

Ticket sales are also a little different. Because of the smaller venue, tickets will be made available first to those on the event’s mailing list. Not on it? Then get on it! Just e-mail wesfest@weswehmiller.net and make the request. General tickets go on sale to the public on February 17.

Can’t make the show? It’s OK, you can donate anyway! We’ve raised over $160K to date for the Wehmiller Scholarship Fund, and some amazing bassists and people have benefited from it. The goal this year is to raise another $20K, which doesn’t only happen from ticket sales.

So it’s a group effort, and all the info you need to know about the multi-act event – and more if you click around the Wes website, which I encourage you to do – can be found by clicking right here.

If you’ve followed me for any length of time then you probably know that I’ve helped to organize this whole thing since its inception in 2006. This year I’m unable to do that or be there because I’ll be bouncing around the globe with The Aristocrats (and the tireless Stacey Ferguson is leading this year’s effort), but I’m still committed to seeing the event succeed. I hope you’ll join me in that effort, in any way that you’re moved to do so.

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And now, the just-as-important Part 2 of our update: The Aristocrats’ European “Culture Clash” tour starts tonight in Bilbao, Spain! There’s been a couple of small changes to the tour itinerary, so here’s the latest official list of dates:

THE ARISTOCRATS
“CULTURE CLASH” TOUR
WINTER 2014

(a few more dates still TBD)

February 6th – Bilbao, SP – Cafe Antkozia
February 7th – Madrid, SP – La Sala Live
February 8th – Valencia, SP – Sala Loco
February 9th – Barcelona, SP – Luz de Gas
February 11th – Nice, FR – B Spot
February 12th – La Valette du Var, FR – Le Vox
February 14th – Paris, FR – Le Zebre
February 15th – Eeklo, BE – JH de Route
February 17th – London, England, UK – The Garage
February 18th – Bristol, England, UK – The Fleece
February 19th – Leamington, England, UK – The Assembly
February 20th – Manchester, England, UK – Band on the Wall
February 21st – Newcastle, England, UK – The Cluny
February 23rd – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – Liquid Room
February 24th – Dublin, IE – The Grand Social
February 26th – Tilburg, NL – Paradox
February 27th – Verviers, BE – Spirit of 66
February 28th – Zoetermeer, NL – De Boerderij
March 1st – Esch Sur Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
March 2nd – Munich, DE – Backstage Werk
March 4th – Berlin, DE – Kesselhaus
March 5th – Hamburg, DE – Fabrik
March 9th – Dortmund, DE – Domicile
March 10th – Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 11th – Ludwigshafen am Rhein, DE – Das Haus
March 12th – Reichenbach, DE – Bergkeller
March 13th – Dresden, DE – Tante Ju
March 15th – Warszaw, PL – Progresja
March 16th – Krakow, PL – Lizard King
March 17th – Olomouc, CZ – Jazz Tibet Club
March 20th – Milano, IT – Live Forum
March 21st – Rubigen, CH – Muhle Hunziken
March 22nd – Castegnato (Brescia), IT – Gasoline Road Bar
March 23rd – San Giovanni alla Vena, Pisa, IT – Blitz Live Music Pub
March 26th – Verona, IT – Officina degli Angeli
March 27th – Moncalieri (Torino) IT – Audiodrome
March 29th – Larvik, NO – Larvik Guitar Festival
April 4th and 5th – Athens, GR – Athina Live Club
April 7th – Roccaforzata (Taranto), IT – Saloon Public House
April 8th – Caserta, IT – City Life
April 9th – Rome, IT – Planet Roma
April 11th – Istanbul, TR – Roxy Club
April 13th – Herzliya (Tel Aviv), ISRAEL – Zappa-club Herzliya
March 24th through April 2nd – ITALY/EASTERN EUROPE TBA

Click here for full info and ticket links on these dates.

Taking a step back for a second, the “Culture Clash” tour just finished up a great run through the U.S. West and Mexico (including first-ever shows in Denver, ABQ, Phoenix, Vegas, Mexicali and Mexico City), and we hereby thank everyone who came out to see those shows. Here’s a composite shot from our gig at the Charvel Guitars-sponsored NAMM Jam in Anaheim, CA, as part of a bill with djenters Periphery and metal legend Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel. Fun was had by all.

And, of course, don’t forget to follow The Aristocrats on Facebook and Twitter for updates from the road.

That’s it for now – time to hit the road in a van across Europe for 10 weeks. :-)

Cheers to all,
Bryan Beller

2014 Kickoff: Three Months Of Aristocrats Touring – Will I Survive?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

There’s only one way to find out, I guess.

As of this posting, in three days I’ll hit the road for three months. It’s all with The Aristocrats, and it’s going to be a wild and wooly trip through the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, and then 10 weeks in Europe. No guts, no glory, YOLO, all that stuff. Because why not?

The most current dates are always on the calendar page. You know that already, because you’re just. that. smart. But I thought I’d remind you anyway, because I’m just. that. OCD.

Of course, if you want the official version of the latest and greatest events, you can always check out the most recent BellerBytes, which has a ton of links to Aristocrats social media world. That’s where I’ll be posting mostly over the next three months, so I implore you to click that BellerBytes link, and then click the other links, and then just clickclickclickclick until you’re downright saturated with information. That’s how the internets work best, right?

Seriously, thanks for being here, and here’s to a great 2014 for you and yours. Hope to see you out there on the road this year somewhere on the small ball we call home.

Packing, packing, packing,
BB

2013, It’s Been Real

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It’s been a wild year ’round these parts:

* Two Mike Keneally tours
* Two Joe Satriani tours
* Two Aristocrats tours and a big album release (Culture Clash)

and I just wanted to take a brief moment to wish you all the very best of holiday seasons, and to thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading along these past 12 months (and for many of you, far longer). I never forget that it’s your support of what I’m up to that makes it possible for me to have a life as a working musician. You’ve already given me the greatest gift I could ever hope to have. I’ll do my best to honor that gift in the busy months – and hopefully busy years – to come.

And if you’re already here, you might as well sign up for BellerBytes, my e-mail news thingy that I, if I have anything to do with it, will continue to be the most info-packed yet still readably entertaining newsletter I can produce. (Don’t make me resort to headstands in a clown suit, because I’ll do it.) Just click that link to have the latest tour dates and other news delivered straight to your digital doorstep. You know you want to.

That’s all I got. Wherever you are, whoever you’re with…

Happy merry everything,
Bryan Beller

P.S. 2014 latest tour dates below, now with Las Vegas, France, Turkey, Germany and Israel updates…

The Aristocrats “Culture Clash” Tour
U.S. West/Mexico Leg – January 2014
(for details on all dates, visit The Aristocrats calendar page)

1/13 – Denver, CO – Quixote’s True Blue
1/17 – Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock Live
1/18 – Mexicali, Baja, MEXICO – Casa De La Cultura
1/19 – Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Country Saloon
1/21 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
1/25 – Whittier, CA – The Center Theater (CalProg) – double bill with The Stickmen (Tony Levin, Pat Mastellotto and Markus Reuter)
1/26 – San Pedro, CA – Alvas Showroom
1/28 – Mexico City, MEXICO – Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral
1/30 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew
2/1 – San Francisco, CA – Biscuits & Blues

The Aristocrats “Culture Clash” Tour
Europe Leg – Winter 2014
(for details on all dates, visit The Aristocrats calendar page)

February 6th – Bilbao, SP – Cafe Antkozia
February 7th – Madrid, SP – La Sala Live
February 8th – Valencia, SP – Sala Loco
February 9th – Barcelona, SP – Luz de Gas
February 11th – Nice, FR – B Spot
February 12th – La Valette du Var, FR – Le Vox
February 14th – Paris, FR – Le Zebre
February 15th – Eeklo, BE – JH de Route
February 17th – London, England, UK – The Garage
February 18th – Bristol, England, UK – The Fleece
February 19th – Leamington, England, UK – The Assembly
February 20th – Manchester, England, UK – Band on the Wall
February 21st – Newcastle, England, UK – The Cluny
February 23rd – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – Liquid Room
February 24th – Dublin, IE – The Grand Social
February 26th – Tilburg, NL – Paradox
February 27th – Verviers, BE – Spirit of 66
February 28th – Zoetermeer, NL – De Boerderij
March 1st – Esch Sur Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
March 2nd – Munich, DE – Backstage Werk
March 4th – Berlin, DE – Frannz
March 5th – Hamburg, DE – Fabrik
March 6th – Worpswede, DE – Music Hall
March 9th – Dortmund, DE – Domicile
March 10th – Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 11th – Ludwigshafen am Rhein, DE – Das Haus
March 12th – Reichenbach, DE – Bergkeller
March 13th – Dresden, DE – Tante Ju
March 15th – Warszaw, PL – Progresja
March 16th – Krakow, PL – Lizard King
March 17th – Olomouc, CZ – Jazz Tibet Club
April 4th and 5th – Athens, GR – Athina Live Club
April 7th – Roccaforzata (Taranto), IT – Saloon Public House
April 11th – Istanbul, TR – Roxy Club
April 13th – Herzliya (Tel Aviv), ISRAEL – Zappa-club Herzliya
March 18th through April 10th – ITALY/EASTERN EUROPE & MORE TBA

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Mike Keneally & Aristocrats Tour Dates 4-Evah

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I’m happy to report that, after a few weeks in the Touring Decompression Chamber, I’m rested and ready (if not tan) and wanted to share with you the following news about a whole pile of upcoming shows…starting with my dear friend Mike Keneally coming right up in December!

The Mike Keneally Band
California Tourette 2013
(Mike Keneally/vox + gtr, Rick Musallam/gtr, Bryan Beller/bass, Joe Travers/drums –
for details on all dates, please visit The Mike Keneally Live Dates page)

12/6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Baked Potato
12/7 – San Diego, CA – The Loft @ UCSD
12/12 – San Francisco, CA – Biscuits & Blues
12/13 – Arcata, CA – The Jambalaya

We’ll be doing new tunes from Keneally’s latest opus “You Must Be This Tall“, as well as chestnuts from his recently re-released classic album “Sluggo!“. It’s not easy to get the four of us together, so, you know…don’t miss it.

Then, after everyone gets their holidays on, Aristocrats touring mania starts right up in January, including some brand new western cities for us. And Mexico!

The Aristocrats “Culture Clash” Tour
U.S. West/Mexico Leg – January 2014
(for details on all dates, visit The Aristocrats calendar page)

1/13 – Denver, CO – Quixote’s True Blue
1/15 – Albuquerque, NM – The Dirty Bourbon
1/17 – Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock Live
1/18 – Mexicali, Baja, MEXICO – Casa De La Cultura
1/19 – Tijuana, Baja, MEXICO – Rock House
1/21 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
1/25 – Whittier, CA – The Center Theater (CalProg) - double bill with The Stickmen (Tony Levin, Pat Mastellotto and Markus Reuter)
1/26 – San Pedro, CA – Alvas Showroom
1/28 – Mexico City, MEXICO – Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral
1/30 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew
2/1 – San Francisco, CA – Biscuits & Blues

These will be first-ever live performances for The Aristocrats in every city outside of California, so if you’re local, or even if you’re not…come on out and bring a friend who likes guys with facial hair playing lots of notes. :-)

Then, we’re heading off to Europe for an epic 10-week tour that’s still being booked, but currently looks like this:

The Aristocrats “Culture Clash” Tour
Europe Leg – Winter 2014
(for details on all dates, visit The Aristocrats calendar page)

February 6 – Bilbao, SP – Cafe Antkozia
February 7 – Madrid, SP – La Sala Live
February 8 – Valencia, SP – Sala Loco
February 9 – Barcelona, SP – Luz de Gas
February 12th – La Valette du Var, FR – Le Vox
February 13th or 14th – Paris, FR – TBA
February 15th – Eeklo, BE – JH de Route
February 17th – London, England, UK – The Garage
February 18th – Bristol, England, UK – The Fleece
February 19th – Leamington, England, UK – The Assembly
February 20th – Manchester, England, UK – Band on the Wall
February 21st – Newcastle, England, UK – The Cluny
February 23rd – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – Liquid Room
February 24th – Dublin, IE – The Grand Social
February 26th – Tilburg, NL – Paradox
February 27th – Verviers, BE – Spirit of 66
February 28th – Zoetermeer, NL – De Boerderij
March 1st – Esch Sur Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
March 2nd – Munich, DE – Backstage Werk
March 4th – Berlin, DE – Frannz
March 5th – Hamburg, DE – Fabrik
March 6th – Worpswede, DE – Music Hall
March 9th – Dortmund, DE – Domicile
March 10th – Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 11th – Ludwigshafen am Rhein, DE – Das Haus
March 12th – Reichenbach, DE – Bergkeller
March 13th – Dresden, DE – Tante Ju
March 15th – Warszaw, PL – Progresja
March 16th – Krakow, PL – Lizard King
March 17th – Olomouc, CZ – Jazz Tibet Club
March 18 through April 10 – ITALY/EASTERN EUROPE/TURKEY/ISRAEL & MORE TBA

And for the rest of the year, we’re currently working on this:

May 2014: Brazil/South America
August 2014: Southeast Asia

Crazy, right? There’s actually *more* that I can’t announce yet, but suffice it to say I’ll be on the road for most of 2014. So I hope I see you out there somewhere!

And finally, if you’re still reading – thanks to everyone who checked out my first solo album “View” for the first time during the whole 10th Anniversary Month thing (that thing being: it’s been streaming for free at SoundCloud all month, and you get a signed copy of “View” plus a free “Wednesday Night Live” CD if you buy it from my webstore). It’s nice to know that record’s still being appreciated, especially now. In fact, I’ve decided to leave the special up through the Black Friday weekend, because Capitalism. :-) But after Sunday, it’s coming down.

That’s it for now. Don’t eat too much turkey, OK?

Best wishes to all,
Bryan Beller

“View” 10th Anniversary Celebration – Streaming For Free All Month!

Monday, October 28, 2013

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true: My first solo album “View” came out 10 years ago this very day (October 28, 2003). So I wanted to say a little something about that, and also do something special to mark the occasion…like stream it for free for a month, and give away my live album to anyone who buys “View” from my website during the special celebration! (Really. More about that in a sec.)

As you may know, I’ve been on the road with either Joe Satriani or The Aristocrats for over five straight months now. So I thought, I could really use some time alone, in solitude, in the mountains. That’s exactly what I’m going to do once I release this into the interwebs. Where I’m going might even look suspiciously similar to this:

Some things never change.

Here’s what’s different: In celebration of the album’s 10-year mark, I’m seriously going to put the whole album up on my Soundcloud page as one streaming mp3 audio file for an entire month. If you already have it, take a trip down memory lane with me and relive my early-aughts emo-angst.

But I’m suspecting that some folks – who may have jumped on the Beller train through Dethklok, or The Aristocrats, or even Joe Satriani – may not even know this album exists. If that’s you…it’s kind of a rock/fusion-meets-solo-acoustic/electric concept album. There’s definitely elements of prog in there somewhere. And for those Aristocratically-minded, there’s ample evidence that I actually enjoy (maybe even prefer) writing for larger bands. Larger than trios, anyway. You’ll also find the original version of “See You Next Tuesday” on here, featuring Mike Keneally playing The Impossible Melody on baritone guitar.

Just go here to check out my first solo album “View” in its entirety, streaming for free on Soundcloud.

If you like what you hear, you’ll find links to buy from my webstore, or from iTunes. But here’s the special bit: If you buy “View” from my website during the 10th Anniversary celebration, I will:

a) Sign it for you, with a little number “10″ next to my sig so the occasion is marked;

b) Send you a copy of my live CD “Wednesday Night Live” for FREE!

Yes, I’ll really do that. They’ll all start shipping in the first week of November, when I get back from my mountain escape.

So, happy birthday to “View”, happy birthday to “View”. :-)

Very special thanks to everyone who had enough faith in me to buy that album when it first came out. For you, I’ve got another special link that maybe you didn’t know about: There’s an old, old page on my old, old website called “Rear View Mirror” which has links to demos, tracking takes, live in-studio jams, and other cool artifacts of the era. It’s even linked to a whole world of archival stuff about “View”, depending on how deep you want to go down the rabbit hole.

Click here to check out Rear View Mirror, and the rest of the View web archives.

To everyone who came out to a Joe Satriani or Aristocrats show over the past 5+ months, thank you thank you thank you. It was a long, life-changing journey, one I won’t soon forget, and you carried me through it more than you realize. Here’s a special picture that encapsulates what the whole thing did to my brain.

Now, I’ve got a desolate road to disappear down. See you on the other side.

Best wishes to all,
BB

The Aristocrats’ Double-Vinyl Limited Edition Of “Culture Clash” Is Out NOW!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hello again. I’m gearing up for the all-important NE leg of the Joe Satriani U.S. tour, currently in progress. So this is just a very short reminder of today’s news:

The Aristocrats’ very special limited edition double-vinyl version of “Culture Clash” is out and shipping NOW!

It’s a limited pressing of 1000 on 180-gram audiophile virgin vinyl, packaged in a deluxe gatefold polybagged jacket. It contains artwork exclusive to the packaging. And the folks who pre-ordered are getting it in the mail as we speak.


We have less than 60 left in our own webstore (which is, of course, the best place to get it!).

Just click here to go to the Aristocrats website and order now.

And while you’re at it, be sure to check the Calendar page for the latest updates on the 2014 Aristocrats tours in the West U.S., Mexico and Europe.

Thus concludes one of the lamest, shortest blog posts I’ve ever had the gall to hit “publish” on after writing. Talk about mailing it in!

Then again, it is 4:46 in the morning. Protip: Writing after 4:00am does not always produce that late night magic.

I do promise that the vinyl sounds good. That part was *not* mailed in, at least.

BB

The Aristocrats’ Double-Vinyl “Culture Clash” Limited Edition – Available For Presale Now, Drops On 9/24

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Greetings from the Joe Satriani U.S. Tour, currently in progress. While this massive machine moves across America, I’ve got some very special Aristocratic news for you: We’re proud to announce that we’re selling a very special limited edition double-vinyl version of “Culture Clash”.

It’s a limited pressing of 1000 on 180-gram audiophile virgin vinyl, packaged in a deluxe gatefold polybagged jacket. It contains artwork exclusive to the packaging, and the very few folks who’ve heard the vinyl test pressings say it sounds huge. :-)

We’re pre-selling 200 of these through our online Aristo-store. Click here to pre-order now. Release date is September 24.

If you don’t manage to get one directly from us (which you should, hint hint, until they run out), you can get one from our vinyl partners Hostile City Distribution, by clicking here.

In other news, if you’ve been paying attention to the Calendar page, you’ve seen some 2014 dates suddenly pop up. If you haven’t noticed, now might be a good time to check out the latest over there. Remember, these tours are still being booked and are far from complete, so don’t panic if you don’t see your city or country on there. There’s more to come.

Meanwhile, if you’re in Florida or on the east coast, the Satriani machine is headed your way. Hope to see you out there soon.

-BB

Aristocrats Tour Done, Satch Tour Begins, New Keneally Album Out!

Friday, August 30, 2013

The headline pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

The Aristocrats “Culture Clash” U.S. tour was a rousing, blowout success, exceeding all expectations we ever could have hoped for. There is no way I could possibly express enough gratitude to all the people who came out to see us across the eastern and midwestern U.S.  It was all done in two cars with just five people – three band, two crew – and we hardcore DIY’d it across America, overcoming sleep deprivation and other obstacles to make it all work. Here’s a shot of the touring entourage below (L to R): Chris Del Nostro (driver/stage tech), BB, Marco Minnemann, Guthrie Govan, and Corey Madson (driver/merch). It was taken in Lockhart, TX, outside one of the most famous BBQ joints in the country, Smitty’s Market. The clothes I wore that day *still* smell of barbequed meat.

Meanwhile, I’ve gone straight from that adventure to another one – the Joe Satriani U.S. Tour. Dates below:

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Joe Satriani “Unstoppable Momentum”
2013 North America Tour
Featuring: Joe Satriani (gtr), Mike Keneally (keys/gtr),
Bryan Beller (bass), and Marco Minnemann (drums)
with special guest Steve Morse Band
(click here for full details and ticket links on Joe’s website tour page)

8/30 – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas, NV
8/31 – Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/1 – Talking Stick Resort Ballroom – Scottsdale, AZ
9/2 – Kiva Auditorium – Albuquerque, NM
9/4 – Historic Paramount Theatre – Denver, CO
9/5 – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center – Midland, TX
9/6 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie, TX
9/7 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
9/8 – Austin City Limits/Moody Theater – Austin, TX
9/10 – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
9/11 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL
9/12 – Parker Playhouse – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
9/13 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
9/14 – Saenger Theatre – Pensacola, FL
9/15 – Symphony Hall – Atlanta, GA
9/17 – War Memorial Auditorium – Nashville, TN
9/18 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
9/19 – Lakewood Civic Auditorium – Lakewood, OH
9/20 – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
9/21 – Wings Stadium – Kalamazoo, MI
9/22 – Macomb Music Theatre – Mt. Clemons, MI
9/24 – The Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC
9/25 – The Warner Theatre – Washington, DC
9/26 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY
9/27 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
9/28 – Tower Theatre – Upper Darby, PA
9/29 – Carnegie Music Hall Of Homestead – Munhall, PA
10/1 – University Of Buffalo Center For The Arts – Buffalo, NY
10/2 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY
10/3 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
10/4 – Centre At Casino New Brunswick – Moncton, NC, CANADA
10/5 – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium – Halifax, NS, CANADA
10/7 – Capitole Theatre – Quebec City, QC, CANADA
10/8 – National Arts Center – Ottawa, ON, CANADA
10/9 – Theatre St. Denis – Montreal, QC, CANADA
10/10 – Centre In The Square – Kitchener, ON, CANADA
10/11 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON, CANADA
10/14 – Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB, CANADA
10/15 – TCU Place – Saskatoon, SK, CANADA
10/16 – Northern Jubilee Auditorium – Edmonton, AB, CANADA
10/17 – Southern Jubilee Auditorium – Calgary, AB, CANADA
10/19 – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC, CANADA
10/21 – Fox Theatre – Spokane, WA
10/22 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
10/23 – Elsinore Theatre – Salem, OR
10/25 – Vino Robles Amphitheatre – Paso Robles, CA
10/26 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA (Steve Morse Band not on this date)

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And last but certainly not least, Mike Keneally has a new album out called “You Must Be This Tall“.  It’s a typically wide-ranging and fearless piece of work, and features performance by me, Marco Minnemann, Joe Travers, Rick Musallam, and a one-song collaboration with Andy Partridge. It’s awesome and deserves your attention!

I’ll have lots of news about next year pretty damned soon. This oughta keep you busy in the meantime. :-)

BB

The Aristocrats’ “Culture Clash” Hits #8 On Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart!

Monday, July 29, 2013

(Well. Once again, I’m reduced to cross-posting something from Aristocrats world, but hopefully you’ll forgive me because this news is just too big not to do it. Have I said thank you to you lately? -BB)

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As you can see from the subject line, we’ve got some big news:

The Aristocrats’ brand new album Culture Clash cracked the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart Top 10 this week! The album hit #8 on that chart, and also debuted at #16 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.

Needless to say, we’re totally blown away, and frankly, a little shocked. We’re also a bit amused at being classified as any kind of “jazz”. :-)

But more than anything, we’re grateful to everyone who went out and bought the album, because that’s what made it happen. So, from the bottom of our hearts: THANK YOU!

Meanwhile The Aristocrats U.S. Summer Tour is going incredibly well. Venues have been packed and there seems to be some real excitement out there. For our part, we’re just going to keep on touring and doing what we do.

With that said, here’s the rest of our tour dates, starting with the storied Northeast coming right up this week!

7/29 – Boston, MA – Berklee College of Music (clinic)
7/30 – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center (concert)
7/31 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – River St. Jazz Cafe
8/1 – New York City, NY – Highline Ballroom
8/2 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
8/3 – Dunellen, NJ – New Jersey Proghouse
8/6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe
8/7 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
8/8 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
8/9 – Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House Revival
8/10 – Charleston, WV – Empty Glass
8/12 – Detroit MI – Token Lounge
8/13 – Indianapolis, IN – Birdy’s
8/14 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
8/15 – Madison, WI – Brink Lounge
8/16 – St. Paul, MN – The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
8/17 – Omaha, NE – Shamrock’s
8/19 – St. Louis, MO – 2720 Cherokee
8/20 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
8/21 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
8/23 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf
8/24 – Houston, TX – Rudyard’s Pub
8/25 – Austin, TX – Saxon Pub

Once again, thank you so much for helping to make this happen. We’re actually speechless about it. :-)

Cheers,
The Aristocrats

P.S. Obligatory links to album previews and the webstore, just in case you haven’t bought it yet…

The Aristocrats’ “Culture Clash” Is Out NOW

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hallelujah, praise the interwebz: The Aristocrats“Culture Clash” drops today.



Thanks to everyone who helped to make this happen on time despite considerable obstacles. You know who are.

Is this news to you? If so, check out the many previews of this album right here.

And of course, you can order right here from our webstore (we ship worldwide).

And, but also, the tour starts tomorrow!

THE ARISTOCRATS
CULTURE CLASH
SUMMER 2013 U.S. TOUR

7/17 – Nashville, TN – Douglas Corner
7/19 – Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
7/20 – Orlando, FL – West End Trading Company
7/21 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
7/23 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Institute of Music (clinic/performance)
7/24 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Purgatory)
7/25 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall (Casbah)
7/26 – Raleigh, NC – Pour House Music Hall
7/27 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
7/29 – Boston, MA – Berklee College of Music (clinic)
7/30 – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center (concert)
7/31 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – River St. Jazz Cafe
8/1 – New York City, NY – Highline Ballroom
8/2 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
8/3 – Dunellen, NJ – New Jersey Proghouse
8/6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe
8/7 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
8/8 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café
8/9 – Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House Revival
8/10 – Charleston, WV – Empty Glass
8/12 – Detroit MI – Token Lounge
8/13 – Indianapolis, IN – Birdy’s
8/14 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
8/15 – Madison, WI – Brink Lounge
8/16 – St. Paul, MN – The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
8/17 – Omaha, NE – Shamrock’s
8/19 – St. Louis, MO – 2720 Cherokee
8/20 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
8/21 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
8/23 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf
8/24 – Houston, TX – Rudyard’s Pub
8/25 – Austin, TX – Saxon Pub

It’s been great being home for 48 hours. Now, time to pack and practice and check gear and…

See you soon I hope,
BB


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