Tag Archives: Jack Johnson

Blogaroo: Day 1: ALO

5 Jun

Now I wouldn’t be a very good vegan if I didn’t dedicate a blogaroo post to the Animal Liberation Orchestra.

ALO is a California rock band composed of Zach Gill (keys and vocals), Steve Adams (bass and vocals), Dan Lebowitz (guitar and vocals) and Dave Brogan (drums and vocals).

The group got their start in 1989, when Lebowitz, Adams, Gill and former drummer Matt West formed a band in junior high school. Calling themselves Django, the group recorded their first album, Contact, the summer before their senior year. The band continued through college, when the boys moved to Santa Barbara. West returned home after a couple of years, making room for Brogan.

The group is currently signed to Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records. They have released three full-length albums for Brushfire, along with a number of independent releases.

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Blogaroo: Day 3: Dispatch

3 Jun

Dispatch is a Boston-based indie/roots band that was active from 1996 to 2002. While the band took a decade-long hiatus, they’re back in action just in time for Bonnaroo. Following a 2011 national tour, the group released a self-titled EP containing six new songs. It was their first all-new release since 2000.

The band includes Brad Corrigan (vocals, drums, guitar, percussion and harmonica),  Pete Francis Heimbold (vocals, bass and guitar) and Chad Urmston (vocals, guitar, bass and percussion). Their music crosses several genres, including acoustic folk-rock, reggae and funk.

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