The Counting Crows Traveling Circus and Medicine Show is rolling across the country and their appearance Wednesday, July 21st at Mountain Park in Holyoke will feature them, Augustana, and rapper NOTAR. The three bands will be playing together: two at a time: one at a time: and sometimes the band members just mix it up for fun. This isn't a show to be missed. But get there on time because Counting Crows often goes on right away.
In a recent interview Adam Duritz said, “NOTAR is on my label. We’re on there, and him. I started it for him, to work with him. I love hip-hop. I grew up in Oakland, and NOTAR is a flippin' genius.
"And I wanted the tour to be a mixture of style. You have country-rock-pop Augustana, our country-punk-rock-soul-whatever, and then half of our band is playing on NOTAR's hiphop. The Circus was always meant to be about playing with a friend. It's the idea that the thing with opening bands is that no one hears them, and then there's a middle band that people hear but they don't hear much of, and you don't get your band until the end and it's never enough. And so I wanted everyone onstage together and to just go, everyone out to the end. It's one big thing. We play together, we play separately, we guest on each other's songs or we don't. It's just fun to stand there and stand back and sing a seven, eight part harmony. It's a wall of harmony, like the Beach Boys or something.”
August and Everything After, the T-Bone Burnett produced 1993 debut from Counting Crows established the band and frontman Adam Duritz as the heirs apparent to the Van Morrison/Bob Dylan/Bruce Springsteen songwriting tradition. The fusion of Duritz’s hauntingly smooth vocals with Hammond B-3 organ and accordion and hits like “Mr. Jones,” “Round Here,” and “Rain King” catapulted them to stardom. In 2008 they released their most recent work, Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings. To date the band has sold over 20 million CDs worldwide. But as good as they are in the studio, Counting Crows and Adam Duritz are renowned for their energetic and passionate live performances.
Tickets for Counting Crows Traveling Circus and Medicine Show at Mountain Park in Holyoke this Wednesday, July 21st at 7PM (doors at 5:30) are available at NBO, 413-586-8686 or online at IHEG.com.