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Published: 2012/11/01

Blues Traveler Play a Stealth Show with an Austin Phish Cover Band

Photo by Berkeley Ramsbottom-Cox

Blues Traveler played a surprise show at Austin, TX’s Antone’s last night. The band’s quick set took place during a three-set performance by A Live One, a local Phish cover band that is made up of Austin musicians who usually appear in bands like Moving Matter, Dimitri’s Ascent and Toast. This is the second year the group has celebrated Halloween with a three-set, Phish-style “musical costume” show (last year the band covered Prince’s Purple Rain as their second set).

This year’s musical costume was supposed to be the soundtrack to The Blues Brothers, and A Live One kicked off their show with a set of Phish covers. John Popper joined the group at the start of their second set but then the members of the band slowly faded off the stage claiming technical issues, and Blues Traveler emerged for a surprise set. The band ran through a number of originals and classic covers, including “Run-Around,” Sublime’s “What I Got” and Cheap Trick’s “I Want You to Want Me.”

A Live One returned with a horn section for a third set where, as promised, they performed the soundtrack from The Blues Brothers film. Popper sat in for the first few songs of the show, including “She Caught the Katy.”

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