Acclaimed bassist Les Claypool is best known for his eccentric approach to music, especially with his former band Primus. This March, the musician will...

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.

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Les Claypool itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

March 4San Diego, CAHouse of Blues
March 6Las Vegas, NVHouse of Blues
March 7Los Angeles, CAPalladium
March 8Lake Tahoe, NVMontbleu Theatre
March 10Portland, ORRoseland
March 11Seattle, WAShowbox SoDo
March 13Salt Lake City, UTDepot
March 14Denver, COFillmore
March 16Kansas City, MOBeaumont
March 17St. Louis, MOPageant
March 19Minneapolis, MNMyth
March 20Milwaukee, WIRave
March 21Chicago, ILRiviera
March 22Cleveland, OHAgora
March 24Toronto, OntarioThe Guvernment
March 26Boston, MAHouse of Blues
March 27Philadelphia, PAElectric Factory
March 28New York, NYTerminal 5

Last Updated on January 27, 2009 by By Allison Reitz