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The Aristocrats’ Third Album Title: “Tres Caballeros” – Plus North America Tour Dates!

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Hello all-

I’ve been teasing this for long enough…here’s the official announcement!

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The Aristocrats reveal the title of their third studio album:
Tres Caballeros
Plus: North America Summer 2015 Tour Dates Announced

“virtuosic, melodic, spontaneous, outrageous and fun” [Guitar World]

(photo by Mike Mesker)

Fresh off their wildly successful 2013-2014 Culture Clash world tour, The Aristocrats – by any measure the hottest new band in instrumental rock/fusion today – rewrote their own rules for their third studio album, Tres Caballeros, which is slated for release in late June.

After two fairly raw trio albums, guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS), bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) set up camp at legendary Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, CA, where Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Van Halen all recorded landmark albums.

The result: Nine new compositions of greater sonic depth and breadth than ever before, with unique textures and lush layering augmenting the band’s preternatural ability to improvise both individually and as a group at the highest levels possible. But not to worry – it’s all still tempered with a steadfast refusal to take themselves too seriously, and The Aristocrats are still having more fun than a fusion band has any right to have.

“We’ve learned a lot since we started this band – four years, three studio albums, two live DVDs and about a billion notes ago! – and I think our latest offering reflects this in all kinds of ways,” says guitarist Guthrie Govan. “The decision to road-test our new material in front of a live audience before commencing the recording process; the choice to record in a studio which had some thoroughly inspiring rock’n'roll ‘mojo’; our sudden urge to become more bold and experimental with overdubs rather than feeling any pressure to record exclusively in a strict ‘trio’ format… all of this has had some kind of positive effect on the way the new record came out. Plus, I think the material on this album is some of the most interesting stuff we’ve ever written for each other, so… here’s hoping our noble listeners will like the finished product as much as we do!”

The Tres Caballeros tour will bring the band’s new musical vision in trio form to stages across North America in their most ambitious jaunt yet. The Aristocrats will be supported by fellow rock/fusion power trio The Travis Larson Band.

Full details on each date can be found on the Aristocrats website calendar page.

The Aristocrats
Tres Caballeros North America Tour – Summer 2015

Date                  City                              Venue

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, CAN   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
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, CAN        Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug       Ottawa, ON, CAN         The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug       Montreal, QC, CAN      TBD
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                   TBD
Sat 15-Aug         Nashville, TN                The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug        St. Louis, MO                Old Rock House
Mon 17-Aug       Kansas City, MO          The Scene
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, MEXICO      Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug          San Diego, CA               TBD
Sat 29-Aug          Corona/Big Bear, CA  TBD
Sun 30-Aug        Los Angeles, CA            King King


It was quite something to get this tour together, and I want to personally thank Rodney Cord and Julie Cord at Blue Mouth Promotions for an incredible job in making this a reality.

And that’s all I got for now. Gotta get back to mixing Tres Caballeros. :-)

Best wishes to all,
Bryan Beller

Beller Bass Clinics & WesFest 10 Wrap-Up

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Hey everyone. Just a very quick update to let you know that I’ll soon be doing a few bass clinics for the first time in a while! My friends at Gallien-Krueger AmplificationMike Lull Custom Basses, and D’Addario Strings have been kind enough to sponsor my appearances at the following four events:

May 27 - Professional Music Center – Des Moines, IA
May 28 - Chicago Music Exchange – Chicago, IL
May 30 - Bass Break Live – Washington, DC (weekend bass retreat)
June 16 - Bass San Diego – San Diego, CA

(all start times 7pm except for Bass Break Live; see that link for details)

I really enjoy doing group instructional work, and I’ve missed doing clinics. Touring is great, don’t get me wrong, but the opportunity to connect with bassists and musicians on a more intimate level is something I’m looking forward to doing again. Also, I have a boatload of touring coming up again, starting this summer (more details on that very very soon), so these could be the last clinics I do for quite some time. If you’re closeby, I hope to see you there.

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Meanwhile, WesFest 10 was a great success, with lots of money and spirits raised for everyone involved. Thanks again to everyone who came out and packed the house! Special thanks also to those who donated their time and efforts to make the event a success (remember, I didn’t organize it this year; that torch was passed to others who did an amazing job).

Here’s a pic of me jamming with Victor Wooten for the encore, along with this year’s Wes Wehmiller Scholarship Award Winner Stefan Sandman to the right. (photo by John Wehmiller)

This was taken just seconds before I started soloing and then somehow managed to yank my short and borrowed instrument cable out of the preamp, knocking it to the ground and cutting my signal out completely in front of 300 people, demonstrating that it’s never too late for a lesson in humility. :-) Thanks again for reading all of my updates about this cause near and dear to my heart…and here’s to you, Wes. You would have laughed.

There’s a gigantic truckload of great pictures from this event, courtesy of Ron Lyon. Check them out by clicking here.

Stay tuned for the big Aristocrats album/tour announcement, coming extremely soon to an inbox near you…

Cheers to all,

Last Call – WesFest 10 This Sunday At The Roxy! (Plus A Little More)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Hello again. We’re going to cover WesFest 10 first, and then get to some other stuff below…

First: This is it! Just 3 days until the 10th WesFest benefit concert. It’s happening this Sunday at The Roxy in Los Angeles. The lineup is epic: Victor Wooten headlining with Steve Bailey guesting. Mike Keneally & BFD (I’ll be playing with Mike and others). Danny Mo & The Exciters featuring Wehmiller Scholarship Award Winner Stefan Sandman. And more more more! Plus I’ll be your M.C. for the evening. Greater SoCal and beyond, I strongly urge you to consider attending this event, joining our community for an awesome hang, supporting a great cause, and enjoying a killer night of music. Or, if you can’t make it, you can donate right at this same page I’m linking over and over and over again.

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Meanwhile, in just under two weeks The Aristocrats will be announcing both the name of the new studio album we just tracked and the dates on our North American tour this summer. It will be the longest tour we’ve ever done on this side of the pond, and we’ll be in some great new (and bigger!) venues. On the record side of things, we’re mixing and mixing and mixing. We won’t stop until it sounds Great. But I can tell you that it’s pretty different from anything we’ve ever done before (in a good way, we all think), and we can’t wait to share it with you.

You can always check out the website calendar page to see the latest gig postings. I’ll be doing a local gig with Mike Keneally in March, and there’s the big G4 camp with Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Animals As Leaders and Mike Keneally in late June, and more.

That’s it for the time being. I need to listen to more Aristocrats mixes now. Here’s to this winter…ending eventually?

Cheers to all,

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