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Home for seven weeks! Thx again 2 all who make this possible. Europe, Asia, S America - see you in 2nd half of 2016. https://t.co/Gi6BD0sTSs
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@ProfStruthers I hope he enjoyed the show!
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Aw thx!! RT @MadestThouLook: @bryanbeller Loved that wah wah thing you did last night wit @chickenfootjoe . The world needs more of that 🎸
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@tdd yes I did. woke at 4:30am and left the car there all day. I can't believe you found that writing!
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Seems that way. ;-) -- @guitarnoize: @bryanbeller you're finally coming to Australia?! 😮😀
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@jchristenbury aw, thanks!
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@Vinyl775 I thought maybe you were trying to blend me with someone else!
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Great pix! RT @northtexaslive: Photos: @chickenfootjoe w/ @MikeKeneally @bryanbeller & @mrkempinski in Dallas, TX https://t.co/Ltl1p3x4Kd
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@Vinyl775 Whoa. Who is that supposed to be??
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More G3 (@chickenfootjoe / @SteveVai / @acratsband) dates this summer in GERMANY! Full info: https://t.co/6oekqLSJH3 https://t.co/mIUxNZRftP
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The Aristocrats will tour Asia/Australia this fall! JP,Taiwan,Thailand,Nepal +more. Details: https://t.co/4wpXLVJ7IG https://t.co/9dM1AmKKGE
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Latest BellerBytes: 2016 Stuff- G3 Satch/Vai/Aristocrats Tour In Europe, Aristocrats AustralAsia in Fall '16 & more: https://t.co/KcOMGT7fbA
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WesFest 11 Benefit Concert - feat, Abe Laboriel, this Sun 3/6 at @BakedPotatoJazz. Poster with details! https://t.co/TnlutkfXaA
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WesFest 11 Benefit Concert - Featuring Abraham Laboriel! Sunday March 6 at The Baked Potato in L.A. My take: https://t.co/L5tkbvi6Ix
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Thanks to Paperclip Scientists for giving me the chance to just slow-burn groove on a totally unshreddy tune. https://t.co/hIu1E8W8bs
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Limited G3 summer dates: @chickenfootjoe, @SteveVai, & The Aristocrats (@acratsband)! Info: https://t.co/wZcPQnaDDS https://t.co/dVet392RCn
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GREAT pix from last show of tour, in Tel Aviv, by Eyal Pe'er! https://t.co/3PyPVvlabh - also, BIG ANNOUNCEMENT in about 10 hours...
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Awesome Europe crew! Marco "Mr Panda" Musco(2nd from left), Riccardo Cappelli (3rd from right), Kip Stork (hard rt). https://t.co/Xki6d2RYMo
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Thank you ISRAEL! Tel Aviv post-show pic. That's it! Finally: thank you EUROPE for an unforgettable tour. https://t.co/vkWa1mKS5O
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Thank you ITALY for a great run! Mr. Panda photo from Roma. Last show of the Aristocrats TC tour tonite in Tel Aviv! https://t.co/MQawkGzUY1
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Home! (For Seven Weeks)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

After 10 months, I’m home to stay for a while (seven weeks). Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who makes this possible.

Europe, Asia, and South America: I’ll see you in the second half of this year. :-)

Summer 2016 Satriani/G3 (with The Aristocrats) Calendar Update

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Just a quick heads up to let you know that there’s been some updates to the calendar since the post below. Just click on CALENDAR in the toolbar above to get the very latest!

Thanks and hello from Atlanta GA,
BB

2016 Stuff: G3 Satch/Vai/Aristocrats Tour In Europe & Lots More

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

And hello again! I’m writing to you from San Diego, in the first week of the Joe Satriani “Surfing To Shockwave” North America tour. Normally I’d have gotten this missive out in between tours, as the Aristocrats “Tres Caballeros” Europe tour just ended after 55 great shows (and thank you to all of our fans across Europe for such a grand adventure!)…but unhappy cold viruses and major jetlag would not allow such timeliness.

But never fear: I’m back up and running and happy to share with you some news about what’s coming next.

And we’re going to do it: Fast. In numbered list format, no less.

1) As stated above, The Aristocrats just finished up a really amazing tour across Europe. In addition to the European mainland, we made it to some more out-of-the-way places like Greece, Finland, Malta and Israel. An excellent time was had by all. Want to relive it in pictures and text? The best way is to see The Aristocrats Facebook Page, start at the top and scroll down. Worth doing, I say - especially the photos by Eyal Pe’er of the final show in Tel Aviv.

2) Current day: I’m touring North America with Joe Satriani (with Mike Keneally and Marco Minnemann in the band, a rockin’ little combo, dare I say). Here are the dates remaining:

MAR 01, 2016 – Balboa Theatre – San Diego, CA
MAR 02, 2016 – Fox Tuscon Theatre – Tucson, AZ
MAR 03, 2016 – Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA
MAR 04, 2016 – Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino – Las Vegas, NV
MAR 05, 2016 – Grand Ballroom @ Talking Stick Resort – Scottsdale, AZ
MAR 07, 2016 – Paramount Theatre- Denver, CO
MAR 08, 2016 – Abraham Chavez Theatre – El Paso, TX
MAR 09, 2016 – The Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX
MAR 10, 2016 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
MAR 11, 2016 – Laurie Auditorium – San Antonio, TX
MAR 12, 2016 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA
MAR 14, 2016 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL
MAR 15, 2016 – Saenger Theatre – Pensacola, FL
MAR 16, 2016 – Parker Playhouse – Fort Lauderdale, FL
MAR 17, 2016 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL
MAR 18, 2016 – Hard Rock – Orlando, FL
MAR 19, 2016 – Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL
MAR 21, 2016 – Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC
MAR 22, 2016 – Knight Theater – Charlotte, NC
MAR 23, 2016 – Symphony Hall – Atlanta, GA
MAR 24, 2016 – The National – Richmond, VA
MAR 25, 2016 – Sandler Center for the Performing Arts – Virginia Beach, VA
MAR 26, 2016 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
MAR 29, 2016 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
MAR 30, 2016 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
MAR 31, 2016 – The VETs – Providence, RI
APR 01, 2016 – Tilles Center for the Performing Arts – Brookville, NY
APR 02, 2016 – Lincoln Theatre – Washington, DC
APR 04, 2016 – Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ
APR 06, 2016 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA
APR 07, 2016 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
APR 08, 2016 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ONT
APR 09, 2016 – UB Center for the Arts – Buffalo, NY
APR 10, 2016 – Hard Rock Live – Northfield, OH
APR 12, 2016 – Carnegie Music Hall – Munhall, PA
APR 13, 2016 – Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
APR 14, 2016 – Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
APR 15, 2016 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
APR 16, 2016 – Fitzgerald Theater – St. Paul, MN
APR 17, 2016 – Fargo Theater – Fargo, ND
APR 19, 2016 – Conexus Arts Center – Regina, SK CA
APR 21, 2016 – Grey Eagle Event Centre – Calgary, AB CA
APR 22, 2016 – River Creek Resort & Casino – Enoch, AB CA
APR 24, 2016 – Hard Rock Casino – Vancouver, BC CA

3) This is a great honor: The Aristocrats have been invited to join Joe Satriani and Steve Vai for a limited run of G3 concert dates in Europe!

Why can’t a band be a “G”, right? Needless to say, we’re extremely happy and grateful for the opportunity. Right now it’s three dates in Italy. More *may* be added, but just a couple more at most. For now:

JUL 02, 2016 – Rome, IT – Rock In Roma / Moon Stage @ Ippodromo delle Capannelle
JUL 03, 2016 – Sogliano al Rubicone, IT – Piazza Matteotti
JUL 04, 2016 – Ascoli Piceno, IT – Piazza del Popolo

4) Meanwhile, those G3 dates are going to take place during a Joe Satriani summer festival run that’s in the process of being finalized. Here are the confirmed dates so far:

JUN 18, 2016 – Clisson, FR – Hellfest
JUN 22, 2016 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
JUN 23, 2016 – Brussels, BE – Cirque Royal
JUN 25, 2016 – Esch/Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
JUN 27, 2016 – Copenhagen, DK – Amager Bio
JUN 28, 2016 – Oslo, NO – Rockefeller Music Hall
JUN 29, 2016 – Aarhus, DK – Train
JUL 15, 2016 – Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, FR – Guitare en Scene

More will be added in July, and should be announced fairly soon.

5) From August 8-12, we’re doing another G4 Experience camp, this time on the east coast! It’s actually going to be on Long Island, NY, boyhood home of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Mike Keneally (what was in the water there, eh?). You can find out more about this by clicking here.

6) In September and early October, The Aristocrats will be heading back to Asia…and then, for the first time, Australia!

We’re still putting this one together as well, but right now it looks something like this:

Sept 5, 2016 – Fukuoka, JAPAN – Gate’s 7
Sept 6, 2016 – Osaka, JAPAN – BigCat
Sept 7, 2016 – Nagoya, JAPAN – The Bottom Line
Sept 8, 2016 – Kawasaki, JAPAN – Club Citta
Additionally in September, dates TBA: Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand + MORE
October 1-10: AUSTRALIA (Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, exact dates TBA)

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*pant pant pant* That’s about as fast as I can say all of that! I hope you found it informative, somewhat entertaining, and yet, also, efficiently presented. ;-)

You can always check my website calendar page for the latest info on where I’m at.

Right now, the space I’m in is one of…gratitude. Thanks for reading along, and hope to see you out there somewhere in 2016!

Cheers to all,
Bryan

2016 Kickoff: Aristocrats Europe, Satriani North America

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Happy 2016, everyone! I hope your holiday break was indeed a break, that no furniture was broken over political or other discussions after dinner and (too many) drinks with the family, and that everyone got a chance to reflect on The Year That Was and say either, “That was awesome” or “2016 will be Moar Awesomer than 2015″. Perhaps with better grammar. Or not! I won’t judge.

I believe in my December e-mail I said something like, You should know by now that my typical e-mail updates will basically say “I’m On Tour FOREVER!” and then have a bunch of dates. After a deviation from the norm, I’m afraid I’m reverting to form. (Rhyme Status: Unintentional.) Which means…Europe with The Aristocrats first, and then North America with Joe Satriani second.

So, from today in Helsinki all the way until Vancouver on April 24, I’m back on the road and hoping to run into You, Dear Reader, somewhere along the way.

And now for the aforemtioned bunch of dates:

THE ARISTOCRATS
“TRES CABALLEROS” EUROPEAN TOUR PART DEUX
WINTER 2016
For complete info/ticket links, click here.

January 13th 2016: Espoo (Finland) – Sellosali (sold out!)
January 15th 2016: Äänekoski (Finland) – Painotalo (band clinic + concert)
January 16th 2016: Espoo (Finland) – Sellosali (sold out – thank you FINLAND!)
January 18th 2016: Lisbon (Portugal) – RCA Club
January 20th 2016: Sevilla (Spain) – Custom
January 21st 2016: Murcia (Spain) – Garaje
January 22nd 2016: Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
January 23rd 2016: Valencia (Spain) – Rockcity
January 24th 2016: Barecelona (Spain) – Razzmatazz 2
January 26th 2016: Nice (France) – Forum Nice Nord
January 27th 2016: Genova (Italy) – La Claque
January 29th 2016: Athens (Greece) – Athina Live
January 30th 2016: Athens (Greece) – Athina Live
February 2nd 2016: Milan (Italy) – Blue Note
February 3rd 2016: Zurich (Switzerland) – Moods
February 4th 2016: Rubigen (Switzerland) – Muhle Hunziken
February 6th 2016: Verona (Italy) – Officina degli Angeli
February 7th 2016: Bologna (Italy) – Zona Roveri
February 8th 2016: Pordenone (Italy) – Il Deposito
February 10th 2016: Florence (Italy) – Teatro Puccini
February 11th 2016: Terni (Italy) – Auditorium Gazzoli
February 12th 2016: Malta (Malta) – Ir-Razzett l’Ahmar
February 14th 2016: Palermo (Italy) – Zsa Zsa
February 16th 2016: Roccaforzata (TA) (Italy) – Saloon Public House
February 17th 2016: Caserta (Italy) – Softly Live
February 18th 2016: Rome (Italy) – Planet Live Club
February 20th 2016: Tel Aviv (Israel) – Reading 3

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Then I fly the always-popular Tel Aviv-to-Seattle route so I can be there in time for this…

JOE SATRIANI
THE SHOCKWAVE TOUR – NORTH AMERICA LEG
WINTER/SPRING 2016
For complete info/ticket links, click here.

FEB 25, 2016 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
FEB 26, 2016 – Elsimore Theatre – Salem, OR
FEB 27, 2016 – Grand Sierra Resort Theatre – Reno, NV
FEB 28, 2016 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
MAR 01, 2016 – Balboa Theatre – San Diego, CA
MAR 02, 2016 – Fox Tuscon Theatre – Tucson, AZ
MAR 03, 2016 – Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA
MAR 04, 2016 – Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino – Las Vegas, NV
MAR 05, 2016 – Grand Ballroom @ Talking Stick Resort – Scottsdale, AZ
MAR 07, 2016 – Paramount Theatre- Denver, CO
MAR 08, 2016 – Abraham Chavez Theatre – El Paso, TX
MAR 09, 2016 – The Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX
MAR 10, 2016 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
MAR 11, 2016 – Laurie Auditorium – San Antonio, TX
MAR 12, 2016 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA
MAR 14, 2016 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL
MAR 15, 2016 – Saenger Theatre – Pensacola, FL
MAR 16, 2016 – Parker Playhouse – Fort Lauderdale, FL
MAR 17, 2016 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL
MAR 18, 2016 – Hard Rock – Orlando, FL
MAR 19, 2016 – Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL
MAR 21, 2016 – Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC
MAR 22, 2016 – Knight Theater – Charlotte, NC
MAR 23, 2016 – Symphony Hall – Atlanta, GA
MAR 24, 2016 – The National – Richmond, VA
MAR 25, 2016 – Sandler Center for the Performing Arts – Virginia Beach, VA
MAR 26, 2016 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
MAR 29, 2016 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
MAR 30, 2016 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
MAR 31, 2016 – The VETs – Providence, RI
APR 01, 2016 – Tilles Center for the Performing Arts – Brookville, NY
APR 02, 2016 – Lincoln Theatre – Washington, DC
APR 04, 2016 – Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ
APR 06, 2016 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA
APR 07, 2016 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
APR 08, 2016 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ONT
APR 09, 2016 – UB Center for the Arts – Buffalo, NY
APR 10, 2016 – Hard Rock Live – Northfield, OH
APR 12, 2016 – Carnegie Music Hall – Munhall, PA
APR 13, 2016 – Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
APR 14, 2016 – Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
APR 15, 2016 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
APR 16, 2016 – Fitzgerald Theater – St. Paul, MN
APR 17, 2016 – Fargo Theater – Fargo, ND
APR 19, 2016 – Conexus Arts Center – Regina, SK CA
APR 21, 2016 – Grey Eagle Event Centre – Calgary, AB CA
APR 22, 2016 – River Creek Resort & Casino – Enoch, AB CA
APR 24, 2016 – Hard Rock Casino – Vancouver, BC CA

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And then I’ll be home for six whole weeks!

What’s on deck for the rest of the year? Here’s some exclusive BellerBytes insider scheduling info, with decreasing levels of commitment in the veracity of my statements as we get further and further away from present day:

* June/July: Some summer festivals with Joe Satriani (astute Satch fans already know about a single date on June 18 for something called “Hellfest“…interesting lineup!)
* August 8-12: Joe Satriani G4 Experience Camp in Long Island, NY (this one’s actually 100% confirmed)
* September/October: The Aristocrats really want to tour Asia and…for the first time ever…Australia! Will it happen? We’re working on it.
* November: An Italian guitarist I know might tour somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.
* November/December: An ironically-titled power trio I’m familiar with might try to do the same thing.

There it was, a bunch of dates.

Thanks again for following along. Feel free to watch The Aristocrats’ Facebook Page for constant updates about that tour, and my own Facebook Page for slightly more personal posts. For now, stay warm (or cool if you’re in Australia or South America), and hope to see you out there soon.

Cheers to all,
Bryan

2015 Holiday Recommendations

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello everyone and Happy December! You should know by now that my typical e-mail updates will basically say “I’m On Tour FOREVER!” and then have a bunch of dates. And it’s true here as well. Now that the Joe Satriani Europe tour is done, the Aristocrats Europe tour is about to begin, and those dates will be listed later on in this e-mail.

But instead of shouting about all that yet again, I thought I’d share four things that, in my view, would make great super-early holiday gifts. It’s never too soon, right? And honestly, by the time the holidays roll around I’m probably not going to have enough energy to write out another one of these. So you’ll get it now and like it. ;-)

Here they are, the Four Things I Recommend For Super-Early Holiday Gifts (to yourself, if you like)…

1) Underneath Everything, a young adult fiction novel by Marcy Beller Paul, a.k.a. my younger sister.

I’m beyond proud to tell everyone I know that my sister’s debut young adult fiction novel was just released last month. Underneath Everything is a deliciously deceptive and engrossing story about an obsessive and toxic friendship between two teen girls. Marcy’s amazing not just because she got her first manuscript published, but also because she did it while raising two kids under the age of 5! That’s some Superwoman shit right there.

Here’s a pile of links to learn more (and hopefully order) from various places.

At Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Underneath-Everything-Marcy-Beller-Paul/dp/0062327216
Signed copies: Books of Wonder: http://www.booksofwondershop.com/underneatheverything.aspx
For local independent orders: IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062327215
Marcy’s own website: http://www.marcybellerpaul.com/

I realize that the Bryan Beller/Frank Zappa/Steve Vai/Joe Satriani/Mike Keneally/Aristocrats universe might not completely cross over with the Young Adult Fiction universe, but I’m hoping that some folks following me out there will check it out regardless. Because: Awesome sister. And great book, which I read and loved! Bonus points and insider enjoyment will go to anyone from Westfield, NJ, where we grew up and where the novel is set.

2) T H I S C L O S E, the new album by guitarist/composer Janet Feder

I’ve mentioned Janet before in this newsletter, and with good reason: She’s currently one of my favorite artists. She also just released my favorite new album of this year, T H I S C L O S E, on SA (super-audio) CD, 180-gram vinyl, and hi-res digital, all through Bandcamp. I can’t remember the last time I was moved so deeply by a musical work – maybe a Pink Floyd or Nine Inch Nails album? – and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Imagine an artist who digested the entire classic, folk and progressive rock oeuvre, picked up the guitar and studied classical for years, and then went hard the other way into prepared baritone guitar and the avant-garde world…and came out the other side combining it all with simple melody, an occasional intimate vocal, and otherworldly sonic high fidelity (recorded in DSD on Gus Skinas’ Sonoma System). That’s what Janet Feder does. Not easy to describe, but truly incredible to listen to.

It’s my long-held thought that people who dig the whole instrumental progressive/muzo universe (everything from John Scofield to Bill Frisell to Steve Vai to Frank Zappa and lots in between, including the aforementioned Floyd and NIN) will find something to like in Janet’s music. In other words, it’s worth the click.

https://janetfeder.bandcamp.com/


3) Emergence, the new album by UK progressive band Godsticks.

Godsticks is that rare band – a modern progressive band that’s truly modern. So much of what’s called “prog” nowadays is either actually full-on metal, or total throwback ’70s-era worship. Godsticks is neither, and somehow occupy a space between straight rock, muzo, and prog. Their newest album leans harder towards the heavier side of things, which was a deliberate choice, and totally works. It sounds like a ton of bricks and the riffs and tunes are tight as nails.

Some of you may remember that Godsticks opened for The Aristocrats on previous tours of the UK (and will do an “encore” opening slot at our show in Bristol on December 17). Bandleader Darran Charles has done Herculean things to help us out there, and not just us; he’s a big supporter of touring bands in our genre whenever they come through. Not to be outdone, his wife Rhiannon runs RJPR, which does publicity for The Aristocrats and several other acts, and kicks ass in general. I guess what I’m saying is this: The music *and* the people involved are both worth your support.

Check out Godsticks here: http://www.godsticks.co.uk/

4) The Way Home and A Crack Where The Light Gets In, the latest albums by bassist/composer Steve Lawson.

I believe I’ve also mentioned Steve in these pages (pages?) before, but he too is worth a revisit. He’s still churning out unique albums at a frightening pace – I think he’s completed over 30 releases now? – but each one has its own distinct flavor while still retaining Steve Lawson’s “One Note”. That note is his compositional sound, a mostly soothing trance/ambient groove, slightly bass-focused (but not wankishly so in the least), and just a bit distressed, more than enough to keep you from becoming too complacent as a listener.

I’m listing both of these albums because he recently gave them to me. I find them to be better listens all the way through rather than just by “highlighted track selection”, but for the purposes of this format, I really like the slightly broken groove in “Theoria (triptych 1)”, and the long soundscape wave goodbye of A Crack Where The Light Gets In’s closing track “This is My Truth…Tell Me Yours”. But you could pick any Steve Lawson album and “get” what’s essentially cool about him, which is plenty.

Steve’s world at Bandcamp: https://bandcamp.com/solobasssteve


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So, there’s some cool stuff for you to check out. Oh, you’re still reading for the remaining Aristocrats’ European tour dates? Here they are, then, mostly complete except for a few Italian dates:

THE ARISTOCRATS
“TRES CABALLEROS” EUROPEAN TOUR
WINTER 2015/2016
For complete info/ticket links, click here.

November 30th: Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
December 1st: Osnabruck (Germany) – Gaste Garage
December 2nd: Hamburg (Germany) – Fabrik
December 4th: Larvik (Norway) – Bolgen
December 6th: Istanbul (Turkey) – Garajistanbul
December 7th: Bucharest (Romania) – Silver Church
December 9th: Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
December 10th: Verviers (Belgium) – Spirit of 66
December 12th: Dublin (Ireland) – The Grand Social
December 13th: Edinburgh (Scotland) – Liquid Room
December 15th: Manchester (England) – Club Academy
December 16th: Birmingham (England) – O2 Institute 3
December 17th: Bristol (England) – Bierkeller
December 18th: London (England) – Heaven
December 19th: Brighton (England) – The Haunt
December 20th: Paris (France) – La Maroquinerie

January 13th 2016: Espoo (Finland) – Sellosali (2nd show added!)
January 15th 2016: Äänekoski (Finland) – Painotalo (band clinic + concert)
January 16th 2016: Espoo (Finland) – Sellosali
January 18th 2016: Lisbon (Portugal) – RCA Club
January 20th 2016: Sevilla (Spain) – Custom
January 21st 2016: Murcia (Spain) – Garaje
January 22nd 2016: Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
January 23rd 2016: Valencia (Spain) – Rockcity
January 24th 2016: Barecelona (Spain) – Razzmatazz 2
January 26th 2016: Nice (France) – Forum Nice Nord
January 27th 2016: Genova (Italy) – La Claque
January 29th 2016: Athens (Greece) – Athina Live
January 30th 2016: Athens (Greece) – Athina Live
February 2nd 2016: Milan (Italy) – Blue Note
February 3rd 2016: Zurich (Switzerland) – Moods
February 4th 2016: Rubigen (Switzerland) – Muhle Hunziken
February 6th 2016: Verona (Italy) – Officina degli Angeli
February 7th 2016: Bologna (Italy) – Zona Roveri
February 8th 2016: Pordenone (Italy) – Il Deposito
February 10th 2016: Florence (Italy) – Teatro Puccini
February 11th 2016: Terni (Italy) – Auditorium Gazzoli
February 12th 2016: Malta (Malta) – Ir-Razzett l’Ahmar
February 14th 2016: Palermo (Italy) – Zsa Zsa
February 16th 2016: Roccaforzata (TA) (Italy) – Saloon Public House
February 18th 2016: Rome (Italy) – Planet Live Club
February 20th 2016: Tel Aviv (Israel) – Reading 3

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That’s all I got for 2015. Happy merry everything to everyone and anyone celebrating anything, or not, or just hanging out. How’s that for all-inclusive?

Best wishes to all,
BB

Joe Satriani + The Aristocrats’ Tours: Still Forever!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Guess what? I just wrote another Aristocrats promo blast for our upcoming European tour. This is what I do sometimes while I’m on the road in a very nice Joe Satriani tour hotel. Oh, right – I’m still on tour with Joe Satriani! Here are the remaining European dates:

Oct 11, 2015 – National Palace of Culture Sofia, BG
Oct 12, 2015 – Sala Polivalenta Bucharest, RO
Oct 13, 2015 – Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, RO
Oct 14, 2015 – Aegon Arena Bratislava, SK
Oct 15, 2015 – Tisport Arena Prague, CZ
Oct 16, 2015 – Werk Arena Trinec, CZ
Oct 18, 2015 – Torwar Warsaw, PL
Oct 19, 2015 – Rock Cafe Tallinn, EE
Oct 20, 2015 – Circus Helsinki, FI
Oct 22, 2015 – Debaser Medis Stockholm, SE
Oct 23, 2015 – Skraaen Aalborg, DK
Oct 25, 2015 – Circus Krone Munich, DE
Oct 26, 2015 – Laeishalle Hamburg, DE
Oct 27, 2015 – Admiralspalast Berlin, DE
Oct 28, 2015 – Theaterhaus Stuttgart, DE
Oct 29, 2015 – Salle Metrole Lausanne, CH
Oct 30, 2015 – Ruhrcongress Bochum, DE
Nov 01, 2015 – Manchester UK – 02 Apollo
Nov 02, 2015 – Birmingham UK – Symphony Hall
Nov 03, 2015 – Glasgow UK – Royal Concert Hall
Nov 04, 2015 – Sheffield UK – Sheffield City Hall
Nov 05, 2015 – Cardiff UK – St. David’s Hall
Nov 07, 2015 – Southend-on-Sea UK – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Nov 08, 2015 – Bristol UK – Bristol Colston Hall
Nov 09, 2015 – Portsmouth UK – Portsmouth Guild Hall
Nov 10, 2015 – London UK – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo

I love our SHOCKWAVE tour set and can’t wait to share it with you in a city hopefully close to you soon.

Now we can pick up with The Aristocrats’ newsletter, copied here in full. Enjoy, and there’s more afterwards…

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Dear Aristocratic Faithful-

Hello out there! While Marco and Bryan tour Europe with Joe Satriani, and Guthrie tours Asia doing clinics, the buildup for the “TRES CABALLEROS” EUROPE TOUR continues. It’s being split into two legs, before and after the winter holidays, and most of the dates are now in (with lots of Italy left to confirm in mid-February).

The first date is just over a month away. Our very prestigious team of medical experts from around the world has analyzed the situation and offered the following official advice on the matter: Get tickets now and tell your friends. :-)

TresCaballeros_tourPosterEUweb

THE ARISTOCRATS
“TRES CABALLEROS”
EUROPEAN TOUR WINTER 2015/2016

November 16th: Cologne (Germany) – Kantine
November 17th: Dortmund (Germany) – Piano
November 18th: Frankfurt (Germany) – Zoom
November 20th: Nurnberg (Germany) – Luise Cultfactory
November 21st: Stuttgart/Winterbach (Germany) – Strandbar 51
November 22nd: Reichenbach (Germany) – Bergkeller
November 24th: Munich (Germany) – Strom
November 25th: Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic Musik Club
November 26th: Nove Mesto (Slovakia) – Blue Note
November 27th: Bochnia (Poland) – Oratorium Sw. Kingi
November 28th: Warszaw/Grodzisk Mazowiecki (Poland) – Centrum Kultury
November 30th: Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
December 1st: Osnabruck (Germany) – Gaste Garage
December 2nd: Hamburg (Germany) – Fabrik
December 4th: Larvik (Norway) – Bolgen
December 6th: Istanbul (Turkey) – Garajistanbul
December 7th: Bucharest (Romania) – Silver Church
December 9th: Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
December 10th: Verviers (Belgium) – Spirit of 66
December 12th: Dublin (Ireland) – The Grand Social
December 13th: Edinburgh (Scotland) – Liquid Room
December 15th: Manchester (England) – Club Academy
December 16th: Birmingham (England) – Temple
December 17th: Bristol (England) – Bierkeller
December 18th: London (England) – Heaven
December 19th: Brighton (England) – The Haunt
December 20th: Paris (France) – La Maroquinerie

and then (with many more dates in Italy and a few others TBD):

January 15th 2016: Äänekoski (Finland) – Painotalo (band clinic + concert)
January 16th 2016: Espoo (Finland) – Sellosali
January 18th 2016: Lisbon (Portugal) – RCA Club
January 20th 2016: Sevilla (Spain) – Custom
January 21st 2016: Murcia (Spain) – Garaje
January 22nd 2016: Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
January 23rd 2016: Valencia (Spain) – Rockcity
January 24th 2016: Barecelona (Spain) – Razzmatazz 2
January 26th 2016: Nice (France) – Le Palace
February 3rd 2016: Zurich (Switzerland) – Moods
February 4th 2016: Rubigen (Switzerland) – Muhle Hunziken
February 18th 2016: Rome (Italy) – Planet Live Club
February 20th 2016: Tel Aviv (Israel) – Reading 3

Full info and ticket links for all dates can be found by clicking here.

If for some reason you missed the whole thing about us releasing our third studio album TRES CABALLEROS, the medical experts have a different prescription: Check it out here and then get your copy here. They say that this is not the kind of condition you should leave unattended and are quite serious about this, it seems.

Bonus news for those still reading: The chances are VERY good that we will be touring SOUTH AMERICA for the very first time ever, in May of 2016. The medical experts are also saying that people in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil might want to check back soon for further advice on this very important issue.

We wish everyone the best of health and hope to see our European friends soon!

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats

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Then it looks like I’m flying straight from Tel Aviv to Seattle for the Joe Satriani SHOCKWAVE North American tour, which so far looks like this:

FEB 25, 2016 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
FEB 26, 2016 – Elsimore Theatre – Salem, OR
FEB 27, 2016 – Grand Sierra Resort Theatre – Reno, NV
FEB 28, 2016 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
MAR 01, 2016 – Balboa Theatre – San Diego, CA
MAR 03, 2016 – Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA
MAR 04, 2016 – Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino – Las Vegas, NV
MAR 05, 2016 – Grand Ballroom @ Talking Stick Resort – Scottsdale, AZ
MAR 07, 2016 – Paramount Theatre- Denver, CO
MAR 08, 2016 – Abraham Chavez Theatre – El Paso, TX
MAR 09, 2016 – The Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX
MAR 10, 2016 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
MAR 11, 2016 – Laurie Auditorium – San Antonio, TX
MAR 12, 2016 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA
MAR 14, 2016 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL
MAR 15, 2016 – Saenger Theatre – Pensacola, FL
MAR 16, 2016 – Parker Playhouse – Fort Lauderdale, FL
MAR 17, 2016 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL
MAR 18, 2016 – Hard Rock – Orlando, FL
MAR 19, 2016 – Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL

Plenty more to come there, all the way into late April. The Aristocrats’ South American tour *should* follow very shortly thereafter.

I don’t really have much else to say, other than, yeah, it’s nuts. But it’s great. And hopefully I’ll see you soon somewhere. I hope you’re all doing really well!

From Sofia, Bulgaria with love,
BB

Europe Forever: Satriani Now, Aristocrats Next!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Hello everyone – it’s been too long! I have a good excuse, though.

If you’re a regular reader of these here BellerBytes, and you see my schedule, and sometimes wonder, “With that crazy schedule, doesn’t he ever just hit the wall?”…well, wonder no more: I hit it pretty hard at the end of the just-completed Aristocrats Tres Caballeros North American tour. Turns out I had one – yes, one! – day to transition into Joe Satriani rehearsals after that run was over, and then a few more days before setting off to France, which is where I’m writing you from right now. I was barely coherent there for nearly two weeks, which hopefully will be a good enough excuse for my near-inexcusable gap since I last wrote you.

What I’ve got here is major, big-time, yuuuuuuge gratitude for everyone who made the Aristocrats North American run a success. Being a part of The Aristocrats for the past four years has been an amazing experience, and it’s hard to describe just how special it is to see this band grow from a single NAMM jam into what we’re still becoming.

So I just want to say to everyone from Seattle to Salt Lake, from to Omaha to Ottawa, from Cincy to Indy, from Boston to Houston, from New York to New Mexico, from Montreal to Mexicali, and from St. Louis to Los Angeles: T H A N K Y O U.

Thanks to you, and to our amazing crew, and to the Travis Larson Band, and to our North American booking agents Blue Mouth Promotions, we did the thing they said couldn’t be done: We did an old-fashioned two-van rock-venue tour of North America, for 8 weeks, as an instrumental rock/fusion band, and It Worked. We are all grateful beyond words.

Here’s a shot of the Tres Caballeros North American Tour entourage plus one, backstage at King King in Hollywood, the last gig of the tour. L to R: Guthrie Govan, stage tech/assistant T.M. Ben Travers, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann, BOING Music (label) head Ed Yoon, and Josiah Baker (social media/merch).

And here’s a (slightly fuzzy) shot from the same gig of everyone in the traveling party, both bands and both vehicles. L to R: Guthrie Govan, Josiah Baker, Travis Larson, Dale Moon (drums/TL), Kip Stork (seated; front of house sound for both bands), Jennifer Young (bass/TL), Marco Minnemann, Devon Booth (merch/TL), Ben Travers, Bryan Beller.

Many more awesome live shots of the tour can be found at these links:

DALLAS (Daniel Work)

INDIANAPOLIS (Concart.net)

As always, our Facebook page is the best place for consistent updates. You can also re-live the tour by starting at the top and scrolling down. It’s fun.

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What’s next? Well, the Joe Satriani European tour for his new album (Shockwave Supernova) is happening right now. After that, it’s more European touring with The Aristocrats, both before the holidays and after (with many more dates still to be announced). Here’s a couple of shots of me (by the amazing Jon Luini!) from the rehearsals, where I was barely awake but managed to smile somehow anyway.

And – OMG – I met Michael Anthony while I was there! I’m a huge early Van Halen fan and played along with many of this guy’s basslines. All of the stories about him being the nicest guy ever are absolutely true.

After that, because you read BellerBytes, you get some exclusive breaking news:

May 2016: The Aristocrats WILL tour South America!

I have no details beyond that, but they’ll be coming soon. You heard it here first.

There will also be more Joe Satriani dates announced soon (*cough* North America *cough*). And I know something about summer and fall 2016 that I can’t share yet, but let’s just say our friends around the world will enjoy some of the details when they’re available.

For now, here are the confirmed dates on the calendar:

JOE SATRIANI
“SHOCKWAVE” EUROPEAN TOUR (in progress)

Sep 20, 2015 – Casino Barriere Toulouse, FR
Sep 21, 2015 – Silo – Marseille Marseille, FR
Sep 22, 2015 РAmphith̢̩tre de la Cit̩ Internationale Lyon, FR
Sep 24, 2015 – Grand Rex Paris, FR
Sep 25, 2015 РTh̢̩tre S̩bastopol Lille, FR
Sep 26, 2015 – Limburg Hall Heerlen, NL
Sep 27, 2015 – De Roma Antwerp, BE
Sep 28, 2015 – De Oosterpoort Groningen, NL
Sep 30, 2015 – Kursaal Auditorium San Sebastian, ES
Oct 01, 2015 – Circo Price Madrid, ES
Oct 02, 2015 – Sala Barts Barcelona, ES
Oct 03, 2015 – Salle Garnier – Monte Carlo, MC
Oct 05, 2015 – Teatro della Luna Milan, IT
Oct 06, 2015 – Teatro Obihall Florence, IT
Oct 07, 2015 – Auditorium Parco della Musica Rome, IT
Oct 08, 2015 – Palariviera San Benedetto del Tronto, IT
Oct 09, 2015 – Patria Hall Budapest, HU
Oct 11, 2015 – National Palace of Culture Sofia, BG
Oct 11, 2015 – National Palace of Culture Sofia, BG
Oct 12, 2015 – Sala Polivalenta Bucharest, RO
Oct 13, 2015 – Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, RO
Oct 14, 2015 – Aegon Arena Bratislava, SK
Oct 15, 2015 – Tisport Arena Prague, CZ
Oct 16, 2015 – Werk Arena Trinec, CZ
Oct 18, 2015 – Torwar Warsaw, PL
Oct 19, 2015 – Rock Cafe Tallinn, EE
Oct 20, 2015 – Circus Helsinki, FI
Oct 22, 2015 – Debaser Medis Stockholm, SE
Oct 23, 2015 – Skraaen Aalborg, DK
Oct 25, 2015 – Circus Krone Munich, DE
Oct 26, 2015 – Laeishalle Hamburg, DE
Oct 27, 2015 – Admiralspalast Berlin, DE
Oct 28, 2015 – Theaterhaus Stuttgart, DE
Oct 29, 2015 – Salle Metrole Lausanne, CH
Oct 30, 2015 – Ruhrcongress Bochum, DE
Nov 01, 2015 – Manchester UK – 02 Apollo
Nov 02, 2015 – Birmingham UK – Symphony Hall
Nov 03, 2015 – Glasgow UK – Royal Concert Hall
Nov 04, 2015 – Sheffield UK – Sheffield City Hall
Nov 05, 2015 – Cardiff UK – St. David’s Hall
Nov 07, 2015 – Southend-on-Sea UK – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Nov 08, 2015 – Bristol UK – Bristol Colston Hall
Nov 09, 2015 – Portsmouth UK – Portsmouth Guild Hall
Nov 10, 2015 – London UK – Hammersmith Apollo

THE ARISTOCRATS
“TRES CABALLEROS” WORLD TOUR
EUROPE LEG 1

November 16th: Cologne (Germany) – Kantine
November 17th: Dortmund (Germany) – Piano
November 18th: Frankfurt (Germany) – Zoom
November 20th: Nurnberg (Germany) – Luise Cultfactory
November 21st: Stuttgart/Winterbach (Germany) – Strandbar 51
November 22nd: Reichenbach (Germany) – Bergkeller
November 24th: Munich (Germany) – Strom
November 25th: Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic Musik Club
November 26th: Nove Mesto (Slovakia) – Blue Note
November 27th: Bochnia (Poland) – Oratorium Sw. Kingi
November 28th: Warszaw/Grodzisk Mazowiecki (Poland) – Centrum Kultury
November 30th: Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
December 1st: Osnabruck (Germany) – Gaste Garage
December 2nd: Hamburg (Germany) – Fabrik
December 4th: Larvik (Norway) – Bolgen
December 6th: Istanbul (Turkey) – Garajistanbul
December 7th: Bucharest (Romania) – Silver Church
December 9th: Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
December 10th: Verviers (Belgium) – Spirit of 66
December 12th: Dublin (Ireland) – The Grand Social
December 13th: Edinburgh (Scotland) – Liquid Room
December 15th: Manchester (England) – Club Academy
December 16th: Birmingham (England) – Temple
December 17th: Bristol (England) – Bierkeller
December 18th: London (England) – Heaven
December 19th: Brighton (England) – The Haunt
December 20th: Paris (France) – La Maroquinerie

THE ARISTOCRATS
“TRES CABALLEROS” WORLD TOUR
EUROPE LEG 2

January 18th: Lisbon (Portugal) – RCA Club
January 20th 2016: Sevilla (Spain) – Custom
January 21st 2016: Murcia (Spain) – Garaje
January 22nd 2016: Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
January 23rd 2016: Valencia (Spain) – Rockcity
January 24th 2016: Barecelona (Spain) – Razzmatazz 2
January 26th 2016: Nice (France) – Le Palace

STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED:
ADDITIONAL FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND, ISRAEL AND MORE!

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For now, from Bordeaux, France, I bid you a warm au revoir.

Best wishes to all,
Bryan

Joe Satriani’s “Shockwave Supernova” Out Now

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The new Joe Satriani album “Shockwave Supernova” came out on Friday, and I really recommend picking it up. And not just because I’m playing bass on it! I think there are some really cool compositions, melodies and arrangements worth exploring, and having had six months since I tracked the record, I’m re-exploring those musical ideas right now.

Here’s some of my favorite moments of the record:

* The chorus melody/changes in “Shockwave Supernova”, especially the way the chorus form finishes

* The chorus melody/changes (very emo and aspirational, to my ears) in “Lost In A Memory”

* The hypnotic drone of the verse, and the climax of the guitar solo in “On Peregrine Wings” (when does an extended sus4 to V-dom7 *not work? :-) ) – and the overall tone and vibe of this song screamed “this is the single” to me right after I heard the rough mix. Plus: Marco, for god’s sake.

* The bass sound and groove of “Cataclysmic”

* The entire bridge of “San Francisco Blue”. That’s a legit guitar sound right there.

* The chorus of “All Of My Life” – that’s a great melody, and I’m a sucker for “desert highway” stuff anyway

“Stars Race Across The Sky” – ALL of it

* “Goodbye Supernova” – again, all of it (this is a personally deep song for me, as it is for Joe, but in a different way), but especially the beginning of Verse 2 where Joe let me drop the low Bb distorted bomb groove for a while. That’s heavy.

If you’re into Joe, and even if you’re not, check it out and see what you think. I’m very proud to be on it.

–BB

Aristocrats Chicago Date Sold Out – But Milwaukee Tickets Still Available!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hey everyone –  The Aristocrats‘ “Tres Caballeros” tour is now in full swing, and the crowds have been great so far! Right now we’ve got some important news on a couple of shows coming up:

1) The Chicago show at Reggie’s on Friday July 24 is SOLD OUT. We know there’s been a bit of back and forth on this one, but that’s now official. So…

2) If you’re in the Chicago area and didn’t get a ticket, we’re playing the night before – Thursday July 23, two days from now – at The Miramar Theatre in Milwaukee! It’s not that long of a drive for hardy midwestern folk, and there’s plenty of seats left. Click here to get tickets!

3) Other near sellouts include: Montreal (Cafe Campus) and Washington DC/Vienna VA (Jammin Java). We think there’s under 15 tickets left for each of those shows, so if you’re on the fence, now’s the time. Check out the Shows page for all ticket links.

4) People of Austin, TX: You may have heard that our venue The Roost has closed. This is true but perhaps only temporarily. There WILL be a show no matter what, either at the re-opened Roost or at Threadgill’s if The Roost doesn’t re-open. We’re on the case and all pre-purchased tickets will be honored if the venue changes. Just watch our website and Facebook page for the latest updates on that one.

Thanks to all the fans who’ve already come out to witness the “Tres Caballeros” in action. Here’s a shot from our packed show in Vancouver. Check out the video screens. ;-) (photo by Jennifer Young)

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Hope to see you out there soon, friends in North America and beyond!

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats (actually BB, your humble Aristocratic narrator)

New Aristocrats Tour Dates: Milwaukee, Kansas City – “Tres Caballeros” Tour Starts This Week!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

(BB here – shamelessly crossposting an Aristocrats update as I leave for the tour tomorrow!)

This is it – The Aristocrats’ Tres Caballeros North American Tour starts on Monday in Northern California! We have two important late changes to the itinerary we wanted to tell our North American friends about:

1) MILWAUKEE! On Thursday July 23 we will be playing the The Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, WI. If you’re up there, please help us spread the word on this late addition to the tour!

2) KANSAS CITY! On Monday, August 17, the venue has changed. It’s now VooDoo (in Harrah’s Casino) Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club. All tickets purchased in advance for The Scene (previous venue preselling tickets) will be honored.

This is all brand new information. If you don’t see it on the venue websites yet, don’t fret – it’ll be there soon. The most current information is always available on our Tours page.

Here’s the new full itinerary for the tour:

THE ARISTOCRATS
“Tres Caballeros”
North America Tour Summer 2015
with special guests The Travis Larson Band

Mon 6-Jul Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Tues 7-Jul San Francisco, CA Slim’s
Wed 8-Jul Santa Cruz, CA Don Quixote’s
Fri 10-Jul Portland, OR Star Theater
Sat 11-Jul Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Sun 12-Jul Vancouver, BC, CANADA Rickshaw Theatre
Tues 14-Jul Boise, ID Reef
Wed 15-Jul Salt Lake City, UT Club X
Fri 17-Jul Denver, CO Quixote’s True Blue
Sun 19-Jul Omaha, NE Slowdown
Mon 20-Jul Des Moines, IA The Gaslamp
Tues 21-Jul St. Paul, MN The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
**Thurs 23-Jul Milwaukee, WI The Miramar Theatre**
Fri 24-Jul Chicago, IL Reggie’s
Sat 25-Jul Indianapolis, IN Birdy’s
Sun 26-Jul Cincinnati, OH The Mad Frog
Tues 28-Jul Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Wed 29-Jul Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Café
Thur 30-Jul Columbus, OH Skully’s
Fri 31-Jul Detroit, MI Token Lounge
Sat 1-Aug Toronto, ON, CANADA Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug Ottawa, ON, CANADA The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug Montreal, QC, CANADA Cafe Campus
Wed 5-Aug Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
Fri 7-Aug Boston, MA The Middle East
Sat 8-Aug New York City, NY Irving Plaza
Sun 9-Aug Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
Mon 10-Aug Washington, DC Jammin‘ Java
Tues 11-Aug Raleigh, NC Pour House
Thur 13-Aug Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Fri 14-Aug Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
Sat 15-Aug Nashville, TN The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
**Mon 17-Aug Kansas City, MO Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club**
Tues 18-Aug Tulsa, OK The Vanguard
Thur 20-Aug Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Fri 21-Aug Austin, TX The Roost
Sat 22-Aug Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX The Sanctuary
Mon 24-Aug Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Wed 26-Aug Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Thur 27-Aug Mexicali, MX Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug San Diego, CA Price Center Ballroom East, UCSD
Sat 29-Aug Riverside, CA Romano’s Concert Lounge
Sun 30-Aug Los Angeles, CA King King

Meanwhile reviews for Tres Caballeros keep rolling in. Here’s a snippet from a particularly effusive writeup from UltimateGuitar.com:

“Surely one of the best albums of the year, Tres Caballeros represents a tour de force of musicianship, poignant storytelling, and artistic control.”

We’ve been blown away by the response to our very ambitious new album. Thanks so much to all who ordered. What, you didn’t order yet? Click here to join the “better late than never” crowd. :-)

Lots of album previews are still available at our YouTube page.

Finally, we had an absolute blast at the G4 Experience camp last week, along with Joe Satriani, Animals As Leaders, Mike Keneally and a cast of thousands (ok, hundreds). Some highlights from the last night:

* Mike Keneally and Guthrie Govan playing dual leads Frank Zappa’s ”Zomby Woof”
* Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes from Animals As Leaders jamming Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” (on their 8-string guitars!) with Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller and Joe Travers (drums)
* Joe Satriani and Mike Keneally playing Keneally’s tune “Rosemary Girl”

In addition to the guitar clinic information overload, bassists saw Bryan Beller and Stu Hamm lead clinics and do a live tribute to the late Chris Squire of Yes…and drummers (and plenty of guitarists!) saw Marco Minnemann and Matt Garska (of AAL) work up a righteous sweat in a dual-drummer chopsfest.

Here’s a shot of all of the instructors hamming it up for the camera. From left to right: Andy Aledort, Bryan Beller, Mike Keneally, Bruce Bouillet, Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes, Joe Satriani, Matt Garska, Stu Hamm, Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann. (photo by Doug Doppler)

Thanks to all who attended and everyone who made it such a successful event.

That’s it. Time to hit the road! Hope to see you out there…

Best wishes to all,
BB


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