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Byrne, other stars, serve up a delightful musical potpourri
by Patrick McDonald
Unknown, Unknown, CA
Sep 2nd, 1997

Closing out the Mainstage entertainment last night was Blues Traveler, the intense rock band fronted by singer and virtuoso harmonica player John Popper. Wearing a black-leather bandolier armed with about 20 harmonicas, he wailed on the mouth organs on every song in the nearly two-hour set (except for one in which he played guitar). His musicianship was incredible, with cascading clusters of notes and sounds only he can seem to coax from a harmonica, including feedback.

The band played its career-making hit, "Run-Around," and other songs from its six-million selling four album, several cuts from its new Straight On Till Morning disc and songs from its other albums, as well as interesting covers, including "Low Rider," "Loser," "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Imagine" and "Johnny B. Goode."