Dispatch:  America, Location 12 Tour with Guster and Jake Shimabukuro

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Dispatch: America, Location 12 Tour with Guster and Jake Shimabukuro

Guster, Jake Shimabukuro

Sun · June 18, 2017

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

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Dispatch
Dispatch
"We've been called the biggest band nobody's ever heard of," says Brad Corrigan, one of Dispatch's
three singers and multi-instrumentalists. "People either know everything about us or they know nothing.
There never seems to be any middle ground."
He's not kidding. When Dispatch called it quits in 2004, their farewell show at the Hatch Shell in
Boston drew 110,000 fans from around the world, making it one of the largest independent music events
in history. Not bad for a band that formed in college and only put out three albums (Silent Steeples in
1996, Bang Bang in 1998, and Four-Day Trials in 1999), and never managed to get any significant radio
play.
Nine years later, Brad Corrigan, Chad Stokes, and Pete Francis briefly reunited, performing at New
York City's Madison Square Garden to raise funds for Zimbabwean humanitarian efforts. When the
show sold out, marking Dispatch as the first independent band to sell out the storied venue, they
announced two more shows—both of which also sold out immediately, raising even more for relief
efforts. In 2009, the band would go on to perform an all-acoustic show, held at the Kennedy Center in
Washington, D.C., at the request of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.
In June 2011, Dispatch officially regrouped for a sold-out U.S. tour that included three shows at the TD
Garden Arena in Boston, three shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and the first-ever concert
at New Jersey's Red Bull Arena. Their passion for social responsibility still a major driving force, they
introduced their 'Amplifying Education' campaign during the tour, donating one dollar per ticket sale to
local school systems. They also offered several Dispatch-sponsored volunteer events throughout the
tour. "I'm always amazed when people show up for these volunteer events, because everyone's busy and
has a lot going on in their lives," Stokes says. "But our fans are so passionate about the band, and that
seems to lend itself to wanting to do more than just come to the show."
The band also continued to release new material, including a six-song EP and their first full-length
studio album since 2000, 2012's Circles Around the Sun. The album features cinematic, expansive
production by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National), ultimately creating an eclectic all-American
rock and roll record that delivers the gutsy storytelling, radiant harmonies, and good-time grooves. In
2013, the band released a double-disc live recording, entitled Ain't No Trip To Cleveland: Vol. 1, which
includes both classic and new material. Currently, the band has been spending time in the studio
working on writing the next record.
For the band, all the whirlwind begins and ends with the fans. "It's a dream to know that your music is
actually a part of people's experiences and becomes tied to special moments in their life," Corrigan says.
"That makes it all worth it. Also, it all just feels fun again. We're so fired up to be great friends and to
travel the world and see places we've never been before. I mean, come on. It doesn't get much better
than that."
On July 11, 2015, Dispatch's musical and social awareness history will come full circle as the band
takes the stage for a second time at Madison Square Garden. With one in six people struggling to put enough food on their table, the smallest big band in the world is looking forward to doing their part.
Guster
Guster
"I told Swift that our last two records took a year each to make," laughs Guster's Ryan Miller. "He told me he'd never spent more than nine days on an album." The band and producer got together anyway and the result is Evermotion, an album of raw acid-soaked chamber pop, and a stylistic departure that no one saw coming.

Guster sought out Shins keyboardist/Black Keys bassist Richard Swift based on his work with Damien Jurado and Foxygen, giving themselves over to the full experience of recording at Swift's Cottage Grove, Oregon studio for three weeks in January 2014.

"It wasn't hard to figure out where we overlapped with Swift," adds percussionist/drummer Brian Rosenworcel. "It was just a matter of trusting ourselves to go big and commit. Richard is the type of artist that's always standing back and taking in the whole canvas."

With a new looseness and swagger, Guster pushes the acoustic guitars into the background, instead exploring deeper drum grooves, keyboard textures and atmospheric noise -- a language they shared easily with Swift. The band that emerged from this session sounds like one that is no longer evolving, but has evolved into something else entirely.

"Richard helped us figure out what was important about recording," says guitarist Adam Gardner. "We had just one microphone over the drum kit, used whole takes, didn't obsess over vocals or really edit things at all -- it's a raw version of our band, mistakes and all, that feels more relevant. He helped us tremendously with the big picture."

Evermotion's first single, the infectious "Simple Machine," has been hailed by TIME magazine for its "frantic beats and crawling synthesizers." The chiming lullaby of "Long Night" with its aching Ryan Miller falsetto, the shimmering "Endlessly," the distorted steel drums and Bacharach melody of "Doin' It by Myself," the a cappella Beach Boys harmonies in the gently breezy "Lazy Love," the dream-pop of "Expectation," the British Invasion beat of "Gangway," the woozy trombones and whistling of "Never Coming Down" and the Beatle-esque psychedelia of "It Is Just What It Is" shows Guster is still learning new tricks.

Since forming at Tufts University in 1992, Guster has become one of the leading indie/alternative bands, releasing seven critically acclaimed albums in 20 years, starting with Parachute in 1995. Evermotion (to be released on their own Ocho Mule label through Nettwerk Records) is the follow-up to 2010's Easy Wonderful, which earned the band its highest-ever chart debut on the Billboard 200 at #22, while reaching #2 on both the SoundScan Alternative and iTunes charts.

On Evermotion, Guster's acoustic roots are buried deep beneath the surface, almost impossible to detect, even though every song has, at its heart, an indelible melody and more than its share of tight, lethal hooks that catch and hold.

The 2010 addition of multi-instrumentalist Luke Reynolds to the core group of founding members Miller, Gardner and Rosenworcel, added immeasurably to Guster's expanding musical palette. Evermotion marks the first time that Reynolds joined for the preproduction and writing process, which took place in Rosenworcel's Brooklyn basement over 2012 and 2013. Reynolds' stamp is clear and his passion is all over the record, from his guitar melodies on "Lazy Love" to his fuzz bass on "Doin' It By Myself."

Guster's songs remain packed with hummable choruses and dense lyrical detail amid the muscular guitar riffs, clanging percussion and deceptively dark lyrics. The new album features adventurous turns on slide guitars, brassy trumpets and even a glockenspiel, with sax and trombone accompaniment by Jon Natchez, whose stints with the War on Drugs, Beirut, Passion Pit and others have led NPR to call him "indie rock's most valuable sideman."

From the start of the album, it's clear that this is a renewed band with a bolstered purpose, a band on their own vector. Evermotion introduces you to a Guster that is free, not calculated, seasoned but loose, confident in re-shaping their legacy.
Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro
Consider the humble ukulele. It's an adaptation of a stringed instrument that traveled with Portuguese immigrants who came to work in the sugar cane fields of Hawaii. Islanders made the "machete" their own, mixing external influences of classical European music and Spanish guitar with Hawaiian songs. Native Hawaiians renamed the little machete the ukulele and it's become synonymous with Hawaiian music and Hawaiian culture.

Jake Shimabukuro comes from that same process of mixing both island and outside influences, both modern and historical. He's combined the qualities of a long line of virtuoso ukulele players with modern rock musicians to create a sound that's uniquely his own but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition.

Growing up in Hawaii, Jake's influences include legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. Jake also credits icons like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan as a source of inspiration.

Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake's performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert's Ave Maria and Cohen's Hallelujah.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake's life has always centered on the ukulele. He started playing at the age of four, urged by his mother who also played.

Jake began his music career in the mid-90's, performing at local coffee shops as a sideman with his first band, Pure Heart. But Jake's solo career began in 2002 when he signed with Epic Records, becoming the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when a cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world's eyes to Jake and his unique playing style.

In the years since the YouTube clip aired, Jake has collaborated with an array of artists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Lyle Lovett -as well as orchestras around the world. He's sold out world-class venues, played at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, the influential TED conference, and even performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

He has topped Billboard's World Music Chart numerous times, been declared a musical "hero" by Rolling Stone Magazine, which also stated: "one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn't actually play guitar." He has also won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder who states: "Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can't see anybody else catching up with;" been talked about by Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on national TV with appearances on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Good Morning America," and "The Today Show," and along the way has earned comparisons to musical innovators such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Jake has been the subject of an award winning documentary "Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings," currently on Netflix.

Jake also travels to schools around the world and spreads positive messages to young people, encouraging them to find their passion and live drug-free.

Although he is constantly touring, playing 140 shows a year, Jake and his family continue to make Hawaii their home.
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