The third installment of the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul Summer Tour is now set for 2017, and this year, TTB will be joined on all dates by longtime friends and collaborators The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna.
The tour is scheduled to hit some of the country’s premier outdoor venues on what’s already projected to be the most ambitious Wheels of Soul tour to date. For example, after four consecutive sold-out shows at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Colorado for TTB, this year’s tour adds a second night at the illustrious venue, with special plans in the works to make both nights unique events.
This annual summer run has become a highlight for the musicians involved. “It’s been great to develop this tour into an annual event where we get a chance to hit the road and share the stage with fellow musicians we love and respect. Each year, we try to find bands that share our musical vision while bringing their own unique talents to this traveling circus,” says Susan Tedeschi. Notes The Wood Brothers’ Oliver Wood, “We go way back with Derek and Susan. They are some of our favorite friends and collaborators.” Oliver co-wrote a song on TTB’s Grammy-winning debut album, 2011’s Revelator, and Derek and Susan guested on The Wood Brothers’ 2015 release, Paradise.
Derek Trucks adds that this tour offers a unique opportunity for both the musicians and fans. “Every year as the tour rolls along, the collaborations between all the musicians grow and grow,” he says. “It inspires and challenges us in new ways, and I think that really translates to the audience when they see how much fun we’re having with our friends.”
BTW, yours truly interviewed Derek Trucks back in late 2013, and you can read that in-depth conversation over on The SoundBard. In that chat, Derek and I commune over his favorite gear and LPs, the albums that made the deepest impressions on him growing up, and how good the TTB’s then-current studio album Made Up Mind sounds on vinyl.
Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna crossed paths with Derek and Susan early in their careers, and their mutual admiration and kinship grew as Jorma supported TTB on select shows in 2016. When asked about joining Wheels of Soul this year, Jorma had this to say: “Tedeschi Trucks is arguably one of the greatest bands in the world today. It is an honor for me and my Hot Tuna brothers to be part of this great tour.”
Beginning in 2015, the inaugural Wheels of Soul tour featured Doyle Brahmall II and the late, beloved Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings. The collective energy of the tour would often times amass in a 30-person encore of Sly Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song/Higher,” which the Denver Westword called “a wall of talent onstage.”
Following that success, the 2016 tour took the platform to new heights, with TTB bringing North Mississippi All-Stars and rock legends Los Lobos on the road with them. The Oakland Press deemed Wheels of Soul 2016 as “the best musical hang of the season… a celebration of kindred creative spirits.” With members of all bands joining each other’s sets, the 2016 tour took on a traveling festival atmosphere, and that vibe is something fans can look forward to on this summer’s run.
Wheels of Soul 2017 – Fan Pre-Sale
Current Wheels of Soul 2017 dates and on-sale information listed below. The fan pre-sale begins on Tuesday, January 24, and tickets go onsale to the public on Friday, January 27. Additional dates and info will be listed on the TTB tour page as they’re confirmed.
July 1 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 2 – Essex, VT (Burlington) – Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition
July 3 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 5 – Vienna, VA (DC)* – Wolf Trap
July 8 – Rochester, NY – Highland Bowl
July 9 – Simsbury, CT – Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center
July 12 – Virginia Beach, VA** – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 14 – Raleigh, NC** – Red Hat Amphitheater
July 15 – Atlanta, GA*** – Fox Theatre
July 16 – Charlotte, NC** – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
July 22 – Huber Heights, OH (Dayton) – Rose Music Center
July 23 – Rochester, MI (Detroit) – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 25 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Casino
July 29-30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
* Pre-sale March 3 / On sale March 18
** Pre-sale February 7 / On sale February 10
*** Pre-sale January 31 / On sale February 3