Blues Traveler will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St. in Waterville.

36 years ago, the four original members of Blues Traveler — John Popper, Chandler Kinchla, Brendan Hill, and the late Bobby Sheehan — gathered in their drummer’s parent’s basement in Princeton, New Jersey to jam. From these high school sessions emerged a band that would go on to release a total of 14 studio albums, four of which have gone gold, three platinum, and one six-times platinum — selling more than 10 million combined units worldwide.

Over an illustrious career, the band has played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people, and, in “Run-Around,” had the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a Grammy for “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.” Their latest album Travelers Blues (Round Hill Records) was released in 2021 and featured reimagined and recharged classics from the American blues songbook and a few surprises. The group’s first official blues album, it was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Traditional Blues’ Album” in 2022.

During their 2023 tour, the band will perform a bevy of songs spanning more than three decades and 14 hit albums — including the iconic four, which went six-times Platinum and spawned the definitive “Run-Around”.

Audiences also can expect to hear the band’s Billboard-topping smash singles like “Hook” and “But Anyway,” as well as their new, jam-infused renditions of some of their favorite classic blues songs, originally recorded by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Freddie King, Big Mama Thornton, and Little Willie John.

Tickets cost $63-$73
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