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Blues Traveler to bring its brand of boogie to Max's


For the New York band Blues Traveler, the name came honestly.

The four-man band and four-man road crew not only travel together, they live together when they're home.

"It cost too much to live in Manhattan so the eight of us have a big brick house in Brooklyn that we all share," said guitarist Chan Kinchla, whose band signed with A&M; Records earlier this year and will be supporting its self-titled debut album with a show at Max's On Broadway tomorrow.

"We've made it into a real family thing," Kinchla said. "We're trying to build something good for the future, something to be proud of."

That's exactly what Kinchla and his band mates John Popper (vocals), Bobby Sheehan (bass) and Brendan Hill (drummer) told their parents three years when they graduated from high school in Princeton, N.J.

"We were all going to go to college and instead we decided to go to New York and give this music thing a try," Kinchla said. "As you can imagine, they weren't very happy at first. But after a little while, they understood and they've supported us fully since."

The band's album is a strange mix of boogie and blues, laced with jazzy energy and lots of harmonica from Popper.

Some critics have compared the band to legendary road kings, NRBQ.

"I think that's a nice comparison," said Kinchla, who along with Blues Traveler opened for NRBQ at the Ritz in New York earlier this month. "It wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen to my life if we wind up like them, on the road all the time playing for a lot of people who love the music."

*Concert calendar

At Hammerjacks: Wrathchild America (Sept. 28), Mannekin (Sept. 29), Babylon A.D. and Trouble Tribe (Sept. 30), The Ramones (Oct. 5), Extreme (Oct. 6), Tony McAlpine (Oct. 7), Company of Wolves (Oct. 11), Stryper (Oct. 13), Joe Jackson ( Oct. 14), Kix (Oct. 18 and 19) Vixen (Oct. 21), T.S.O.L. (Oct. 29) . . . At Max's On Broadway: The Connells (Sept. 27), Pylon (Sept. 30), Albert Collins (Oct. 4), Steve Kilbey of The Church (Oct. 8), Beat Farmers (Oct. 14), Marianne Faithfull (Oct. 18), Steve Morse (Oct. 21) and Mary's Danish (Oct. 28) . . . Coming to the Network: Child's Play (Saturday and Sept. 30), Scatterbrain ( Sept. 28) and Social Distortion (Nov. 4) . . . At the Grog and Tankard: New Potato Caboose (tomorrow), All Mighty Senators (Saturday), Monkeyspank (Sept. 28) and 10 X Big (Sept. 29) . . . At Eight By Ten: James Cotton (tomorrow), Disappear Fear with Agit Pop (Saturday) . . . Emmylou Harris performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Wednesday . . . Suzanne Vega will appear at Shriver Hall on Nov. 4 . . . Midnight Oil will perform at the Smith Center at George Washington University tomorrow night. Call 202-994-7313 for more information . . . The 9:30 Club in D.C. has an unusually full schedule of progresive music in the coming weeks including Winter Hours (tonight), Ultra Vivid Scene (Sept. 26), Pylon (Oct. 28), 2 Live Crew for two shows at 8 and 11 (Oct. 2), Jesus Jones ( Oct. 3), Flotsam and Jetsam (Oct. 4) . . . Also in D.C., World Party will appear at Lisner Auditorium at GWU (Sept. 30), Bad Company and Damn Yankees will be at D.A.R. Constitution Hall (Oct. 28) . . . Ritchie Coliseum in College Park comes back to life next month with Dread Zeppelin (Oct. 1) and Sonic Youth (Oct. 10).

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