These cheerful folks are ALO. Few musicians love their craft as much as these four lads, and honestly, there’s not many of their caliber around. These pictures capture the high spirits in the room near the start of ALO’s annual Tour d’Amour, a February Cali love fest soundtracked by an invigorating merger of pop ‘n’ jam. Folks dress up and hearts swell a few sizes. It’s a reliably neat shindig at each stop on this home state jaunt (which also benefits Music In Schools Today – ALO are good people on top of being great players). Tour d’Amour VI concludes tonight, February 25, at The Fillmore in San Francisco, and will be mixed in Quadraphonic Sound (aka, Surround Sound). If your dance card is open you’d have a hard time finding a better way to spend your Saturday night in SF.
To get folks in the mood for the amorous finale, here’s a boffo gallery from the Mystic Theatre – one of the Bay Area’s coolest venues – shot by Mr. John Margaretten. We’ve said it before but it warrants repeating – John is one of the best live music shooters out there today and we’re lucky he shares his work with DI. This set also includes some choice pics of Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, who warmed up the crowd for this entire tour – a killer pairing that meant for regular, fruitful collaboration, always a winning bonus for audiences.
And if you can’t make The Fillmore hoedown, ALO has just announced a May tour of the East Coast, Southeast and Midwest. Dates and details here.