Congratulations are in order for Chan and Serena Kinchla, who welcomed
the newest member of the Traveler family this past Saturday. Rowan Oliver
Blaze Kinchla, all 10+ pounds of him, was born on the afternoon of
December 6th to the proud parents. Little Aydin is now a big brother at
the age of (almost) six. Congratulations again!
In other news, rumors are flying about John sitting in with variuos bands
in the upcoming weeks. A reliable source has informed BluesTraveler.net
that John has been invited as a "surprise guest" to sit in with The Dead
at tonight's Seva Benefit in Berkeley, California, as part of the
organization's 30th anniversary celebration. Also on the bill are Jackson
Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and more. This would mark John's first sit-in with
The Dead since November 3rd, 1991, when John played a few tunes at the
memorial concert for legendary rock promoter Bill Graham, who had died a
week earlier. A setlist will be posted here as soon as it is
available. Tickets, meanwhile, are still on sale for the event through
Ticketmaster. Another rumor making the rounds is that of John sitting
in with old friends the Spin Doctors. The Spins will be playing this
New Year's Eve as the opening act for Gov't Mule, so expectations are
reasonable that John will make an appearance with the main act.
Nothing has been confirmed as of yet from either camp but an update is
sure to come.
Finally, an additional guest artist has been confirmed for the
upcoming Rob Wasserman/John Popper show - longtime Wasserman collaborator
DJ Logic will be appearing as well. This will top off a week of activity
for the band and members in the Bay area, from a taping of the Sharon
Osbourne show, to Thursday's Blues Traveler concert in Cupertino, to
tonight's rumored sit-in and the "Evening of Whatever Comes to Mind".
After this flurry, the band is expected to take a break until their annual
Tahoe gigs in January or February.