Keller Williams gears up for Spring 2018 Tour Story by Miles Hurley To submit a review for consideration hit us at [email protected] Check out the Live Music News and Review.com Facebook page for updates and announcements. The musical mad scientist that is Keller Williams is hitting the road next week, for a string of dates through March and April that will see him go from the northeast to out west, down south and back around. Probably more than anybody else on the scene today, Keller is the man known for his seemingly infinite trove of artistic creativity, with a slew of different bands that he has started and developed, recorded albums with and fronted and toured with, at both intimate clubs and many of the biggest jam festivals around. From soul with More Than a Little, to groove rock with the WMDs and The Kwahtro, to all his bluegrass cover projects with The McCourys, The Keels, and most recently, PettyGrass-a string band tribute to the late, legendary Tom Petty, with help from progressive bluegrass quintet The Hillbenders. Find Keller’s various versions of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” on the internet to clue yourself in as to how exciting that new project should prove to be! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gZDhXL_ZiU This coming tour, for the most part, will feature Keller doing his solo act, something that he has proven time and again can be just as enigmatic and exciting to see live as any of his group projects, if not more. When he’s doing his thing on stage, there’s no telling what musical tricks might happen, and it could be anything from the outright whimsical to the unexpectedly moving-spontaneous, profound lyrics thought up on the spot, new dance moves, and intricate ways to use the many different instruments he employs toward crafting his undeniably unique sound: acoustic dance music. This writer in particular holds various Keller shows as some of the most entertaining nights of music he has ever attended. He remembers in particular a show at Jonathan Edwards Winery in Connecticut a few years back, where Keller played to a crowd of people that were clearly for the most part a new audience, but after brilliant, emphatic versions of songs like “Naive Melody,” “Freeker By The Speaker,” “Above The Thunder” and more, the room that was previously unacquainted with the self-described bluegrass ninja of funk had turned into a dancing circus of love and enthusiasm. Bottom line: he’s an artist to get yourself acquainted with if that’s not the case already. Keller will be kicking off his run of dates with a show next Thursday on March 1 at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, NJ. Following that, he will only be in the northeast for two more nights, with follow up shows at Homer, NY’s Center For The Arts and Burlington VT’s Higher Ground. From there he will head out west for several dates in Colorado, Oregon and Washington, before heading down south for several shows in Florida in the end of March and beginning of May. Beyond that lies more northeast dates, and festy season! UPCOMING 2018 TOUR DATES: 03.01 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall, Keller Williams solo $20, Doors 7:00 pm / Show 8:00 pm, 18+ 03.02 – Homer, NY – Center for the Arts, Keller Williams Solo ADV $30 / DOS $35, Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM, All Ages More+Info 03.03 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground, Keller Williams Solo ADV $20 / DOS 423, Doors 8:00 pm / Show 9:00 pm, All Ages 03.08 – Crested Butte, CO – Center for the Arts, Keller Williams Solo ADV $45 / DOS $50, Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM, 18+ 03.09 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House, Shut the Folk Up & Listen ft. Martin Sexton and Keller Williams 03.10 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up – Shut the Folk Up & Listen ft. Martin Sexton & Keller Williams 03.11 – Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s Shut the Folk Up & Listen ft. Martin Sexton & Keller Williams 03.17 – Harrisburg, PA – The Capitol Room ADV $20 / DOS $25, Doors 7:00 pm / Show 8:00 pm, 21+ 03.21 – Ashland, OR – Ashland Armory – Evening with Leftover Salmon and Keller Williams ADV $35 / DOS $40, Doors 7:00 pm / Show 8:00 pm, 21+ 03.22 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre – An Evening with Leftover Salmon and Keller Williams ADV $30 / DOS $35, Doors 7:00 pm / Show 8:00 pm, All Ages 03.23 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall – An Evening with Leftover Salmon and Keller Williams $35, Doors 7:00 pm / Show 8:00 pm, 21+ 03.24 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre – An Evening with Leftover Salmon and Keller Williams ADV $26.50 / DOS $28.50 Doors 7:00 pm / Show 8:00 pm, All Ages 03.30 – St. Petersburg, FL – State TheaterKeller Williams Solo ADV $21.50 / DOS $23, Doors 8:00 pm / Show 9:00 pm, All Ages 03.31 – Sanibel, FL – Beer in the Bushes – More Than A Little 04.05 – Key West, FL – Key West Theater, Keller Williams Floor $41 / Balcony $56, Doors 8:00 pm / Show 9:00 pm, 21+ 04.06 – Ft. Lauderale, FL – Revolution Live – Keller Williams Solo ADV $21.50 / DOS $23, Doors 8:00 pm / Show 9:00 pm, All Ages 04.12 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head Onstage – Keller Williams $40, Doors 8:00 pm / Show 9:00 pm, 21+ 04.13 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton – Keller Williams Solo GA $29 / RES Seated $35, Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM 04.14 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger – Keller Williams Solo ADV $22 / DOS $25, Doors 8:30 pm / Show 9:30 pm, 16+ 04.20 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall $20, Doors 8:00 pm / Show 9:00 pm, 21+ 05.05 – Berkley Spring, WV Sleep Creek Springdig – Keller Williams Solo & Keller Williams with More Than A Little 05.17 –Geneva, MN – Revival Fest – Keller Solo & Keller & The Keels 05.18 – Kansas City, MO – Bluegrass in the Bottoms @ Knuckleheads Outside, Keller Williams Solo 05.19 – Bellefontaine, OH – Hookahville 2018 05.25 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival – Keller & The Keels 05.26 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room Lounge – Keller Williams Solo ADV $23 / DOS $25, Doors 8:00 pm / Show 9:00 pm All Ages 06.16 – Pelham, TN – The Caverns – Keller Williams Solo Doors 3:00 pm / Show 4:00 pm, All Ages 07.08 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Keller Williams Solo 07.14 – Navarro, CA – Redwood RamblePettyGrass ft. The HillBenders 07.23 – Arrington, VA – Lockn’ Festival – Keller & The Keels & Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel 07.25 – Floyd, VA – Floyd Fest – PettyGrass ft. The HillBenders + Keller Williams Solo Date listed is first day of festival. Daily lineup TBA To submit a review for consideration hit us at [email protected] Check out the Live Music News and Review.com Facebook page for updates and announcements.