Last Waltz Ensemble announces summer tour, special guests

A stellar lineup of special guests promises this summer's Last Waltz Ensemble shows will be must see events in select east coast cities.  Special feature artists include the legendary Mookie Siegel, Jess Franklin of Tishamingo, Bobby Houck of the Blue Dogs and new face Justin Brogden.

The Last Waltz Ensemble embarks on summer touring with a June 9 date at The Visulite Theatre in Charlotte NC with feature artist Jess Franklin from the southern whiskey rock and roll band Tishamingo.  The Last Waltz is proud to present The Justin Brogden Band to open the show. 

At 8×10 in Baltimore MD, they will be joined by very special guest keyboardist and accordian master, Mookie Siegel.  Siegel has played with such venerable talents as Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Friends and has played for the past eight years with The David Nelson Band (New Riders of the Purple Sage ).

At Alley Katz in Richmond June 14 they will feature Blue Dog's frontman Bobby Houck from Charleston SC.  Houck and bandmates lived, recorded and played in Richmond from 1987-1989 before relocating to Charleston.

With the core lineup of The Last Waltz Ensemble featuring Mark Kramer, Kevin Rustchman, Eric Reed, Kris "Jellyroll" Gloer, slide guitar guru Benji Shanks (Captain Soularcat) and Jason Fuller, the addition of special guests creates a chemistry and comaraderie that people have come to expect from The Last Waltz Ensemble.

"I think that 'The Last Waltz' is a rite of passage in everyone's life at some point," says Kris Gloer, the organizer and performer behind The Last Waltz Ensemble, A Concert Celebration of the music and spirit of The Band. "You get to a point where you discover it around your late teens or early 20s, and you grow into those songs and find solace in them. We are able to dig deep into The Band's repertoire, giving the royal treatment not only to standards like "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" but also to some of the group's lesser-known gems."

"We love to play a song like "Cripple Creek" just because of the reaction that people bring to it, and "Caravan"u003cbr>gets pretty heavily requested. But then there are songs like "King Harvest" where we added this real meaty section at the end with an extended guitar solo, or "Get Up Jake" where we put a jam in there and let it breathe alot. Really we haven't even begun to scratch the surface."

Tour Dates

6/9 – Visulite Theatre, Charlotte NC

6/10 – The State Theatre, Falls Church VA

6/12 – 8×10, Baltimore MD

6/13 – 202 Market Street, Roanoke VA

6/14 – Alley Katz, Richmond VA

6/15 – Kefi, Wilmington NC

6/16 – Ziggy's, Winston Salem NC

7/14 – Charleston Pour House, Charleston SC

8/3 – Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta GA

8/24 – Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh NC