A Study in Musical Contrasts: From Hanson to Thorogood For Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers
As if to underscore the eclectic nature of their band (and its latest release, Glassjaw Boxer) Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers are in the middle of a run of shows with an extremely divergent cast of fellow travelers. They are currently on The Walk Tour with Kate Voegele and Hanson (the band that first brought us ‘MmmBop’ and since have gone on to be celebrated by many in the industry including Bob Weir, The Dust Brothers and Bono, who termed their music, ‘genius’). So far there have not been reports of any cross-pollinating between groups, but certainly this might happen before the tour concludes at the Carolina Theater in Durham, North Carolina May 7.
Kellogg and the Sixers will conclude their spring tour with two headlining dates featuring opening band the Sons of William. These will take place at the Visulite Theater in Charlotte May 8 and the Five Spot in Atlanta May 9 (the band’s May 10 gig at Virginia’s Ashland Coffee and Tea has been moved to August 14).
Then on May 16 they will change gears and begin a 15 date Canadian tour with George Thorogood at the Interior Savings Center in Kamloops, British Columbia.
‘We’re excited about doing both these tours so closely together’ says Kellogg, ‘We feel equally comfortable in front of both audiences and they speak to different parts of our personalities. The common denominator of course being high energy live shows. I’m sure the first night will be a slight culture shock but we’re a band that has built our whole artistic approach on taking chances each show and we enjoy the challenge.’
The tour will hit Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Thunder Bay, Kitchener, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Quebec City, Summerside and Halifax before concluding at the Moncton Coliseum in New Brunswick June 7. The band will also offer a special acoustic set at the Tarrytown Music Hall May 31. Dan Bern and Anthony DeCosta will also perform on this evening. Report by Rob Turner