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Published: 2008/06/05

Mike Gordon Hits the Road; Discusses New Band

As expected, Mike Gordon will hit the road this summer in support of his forthcoming studio album The Green Sparrow.The former Phish bassist will hit the festival circuit in July, before launching a club tour at Philadelphias The Fillmore at the TLA on August 3. From there Gordon will make stops at Richmond, VAs Toads Place (8/5), Raleigh, NCs Lincoln Theatre (8/6), Charlotte, NCs Neighborhood Theatre (8/7), Charleston, SCs The Music Farm (8/8), New Yorks Highline Ballroom (8/13), Buffalo, NYs Thursday At The Square (8/14), Seattles The Tractor Tavern (8/22), Portland, ORs Aladdin Theatre (8/23), San Franciscos Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (8/24), Los Angeles Roxy Theatre (8/26), Boulder, COs Fox Theatre (8/29), Bellevue, COs Mishawaka Amphitheatre (8/30), Omaha, NEs Slowdown (8/31), Minneapolis, MNs Varsity Theatre (9/2), Madison, WIs Majestic (9/3), Chicagos Park West (9/4), Cleveland, OHs Beachland Ballroom (9/5) and Bostons Paradise Rock Club (9/17). Of particular note is Gordons Chicago performance, which is being billed as Mike Gordons Variety Show.

For this run Gordons band will consist of Max Creek guitarist Scott Murawski, Rubblebucket Orchestra percussionist Craig Myers, keyboardist Tom Cleary (an instructor at UVM) and drummer Todd Isler, who Gordon stumbled upon by chance through Chris Thile collaborator Michael Davis. Todd didnt know anyone I knew, even Joe [Russo] and Marco [Benevento] and those guys know everyone, Gordon tells Relix/ But I think jamband fans are going to be in heaven. His playing is funky and danceable and mesmerizing, but very creative at the same time. Hes like this secret treasure.
He continues: I wanted to go with people I really resonated with, even if it wasnt names that people necessarily know. Scott and I have this chemistry that keeps growing and growing. I feel like I am copying his band Max Creek by having a percussionist and a drummer and keep joking that I should call us Mikes Creek [laughter]. It is just so fun to connect with him. Scott and I and our girlfriends went to the volcanoes together recently, so it was a no-brainer to have him. We may bring out some of the songs from Inside In, though some of those songs are about the silly characters in my film. I want to make a band that isnt just for this one album. Who knows, people can change in three years maybe one day they will even get a different bass player, like Scotts new band with Bill Kreutzmann [laughter].
Gordon will officially debut his band during an intimate performance at Northampton, MAs Iron Horse Music Hall on June 30.

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