Acclaimed bassist Les Claypool is best known for his eccentric approach to music, especially with his former band Primus. This March, the musician will take his act on the road for the month-long tour, Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini Fest.
The nearly 20-city jaunt launches March 4 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA, and closes on March 28 at Terminal 5 in New York, NY. Stops along the way include a March 7 concert at the Palladium in Los Angeles, CA, a March 14 show at the Fillmore in Denver, CO, a March 21 at Riviera in Chicago, IL, and a March 26 set at the new House of Blues venue in Boston, MA.
Claypool will be accompanied on tour by his backing band, which is composed of percussionist Mike Dillion, drummer Paulo Baldi and cellist Sam Bass. Audiences should also expect an eclectic opening set, with supporting duties rotating among Devotchka, artist Saul Williams, Yard Dogs Road Show, Mutaytor, Secret Chief 3, and O’Death.
The tour is promoting the March 17 release of Claypool’s solo record “Of Fungi and Foe.” The record features expanded material that was original recorded for a video game and motion pickture, as well as a jam session with Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hütz.
Claypool’s previous studio effort, 2006’s “Of Whales and Woe,” hit No. 115 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at No. 2 on the Top Heatseekers chart. His inventive bass-playing techniques quickly won him acclaim with alternative band Primus, which debuted in 1990 with “Frizzle Fry.” The band went on hiatus in 1999 after releasing six full-length studio albums, including 1993’s critical and commercial success “Pork Soda,” which hit No. 7 on the Billboard 200.
Les Claypool itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|March 4||San Diego, CA||House of Blues|
|March 6||Las Vegas, NV||House of Blues|
|March 7||Los Angeles, CA||Palladium|
|March 8||Lake Tahoe, NV||Montbleu Theatre|
|March 10||Portland, OR||Roseland|
|March 11||Seattle, WA||Showbox SoDo|
|March 13||Salt Lake City, UT||Depot|
|March 14||Denver, CO||Fillmore|
|March 16||Kansas City, MO||Beaumont|
|March 17||St. Louis, MO||Pageant|
|March 19||Minneapolis, MN||Myth|
|March 20||Milwaukee, WI||Rave|
|March 21||Chicago, IL||Riviera|
|March 22||Cleveland, OH||Agora|
|March 24||Toronto, Ontario||The Guvernment|
|March 26||Boston, MA||House of Blues|
|March 27||Philadelphia, PA||Electric Factory|
|March 28||New York, NY||Terminal 5|
Last Updated on January 27, 2009 by By Allison Reitz