Blues Traveler rolled into Wilmington, DE, on Feb. 22, as part of the band’s 30th Anniversary Tour. It’s hard to conceptualize their longevity in decades. The music was as fresh as ever, blasting through a sold out show at The Queen, a stylish music venue in the heart of Wilmington.
Backed by guitarist Chan Kinchla, bassist Tad Kinchla, drummer Brendan Hill, and keyboardist Ben Wilson, vocalist John Popper was as sharp as ever, crushing their biggest hit, 1994’s “Run-Around,” live and in color.
Their set was preceded by an impressive performance from a group by way of Nashville called Los Colognes, who brought the same high energy and dynamic tunes to the stage, and set the tone as the opener. With a sound reminiscent of the Grateful Dead, Los Colognes won the crowd early on with a jam-heavy set containing just the right amount of sonic grooviness.
Once Blues Traveler took the stage, the quintet played a medley of cuts, from the popular “But Anyway” to deeper tracks like “The Mountains Win Again.” The band impressively hit the halfway mark of the show with a modern and harmonica-infused cover of Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”
The show was electrifying, remarkable in its seamlessness overall, and accentuated by the timelessness of the songs. I can only imagine the band’s 60th Anniversary tour, rocking just as hard and still as ageless as the satisfying notes of “Hook.”