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Anders Osborne optimistic about Soundstage show

October 31, 2012

Hoping to appear at Baltimore Soundstage Friday as part of Magic Hat’s Participation mini-tour, Anders Osborne and Ian Neville’s Dumpstaphunk are dealing with changes to initial travel arrangements caused by Hurricane Sandy. Local guitarist and vocalist John Kadlecik, who has been co-opted by the post-Grateful Dead project Furthur, is also slated to appear as a late addition to the bill.

“We’ll see, we’re actually still in limbo”, Osborne said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “But if we get in there, it’s gonna be great. It’s super exciting to have people come out and kind of shake [the storm] off for a minute.”  With dates in Baltimore, D.C., Philadelphia and culminating in the Official Participation Party at New York’s Highline Ballroom on November 5th, the eve of the election, the tour is slated for some of the areas most affected by Sandy.   The tour is a partnership between Magic Hat Brewery and Headcount, a non partisan voter registration group. According to a press release, the tour “seeks to bring together lovers of music, beer and the democratic process to motivate, inspire and unite in this election season.”

This year, the combined efforts of Magic Hat and Headcount have resulted in over 110,000 citizens registering to vote.   Osborne, who left his homeland of Sweden at 16 and traveled the world before settling in New Orleans in 1985, has made regular stops in Baltimore on recent tours. Known for his trademark slide guitar leads, he was joined on stage in his last Baltimore appearance on June 20th for a nearly hour long sit-in by Baltimore native and former Bridge guitarist/vocalist Cris Jacobs. Reflecting on that night via phone interview, Osborne had high praise for Jacobs.   “He’s just wonderful; I mean his whole personality, his soul. Nice, humble and very, very sophisticated kind of artist. I think he’s spectacular. Great voice. He sings his ass off”, he said.

Recently appearing on David Simon’s HBO series Treme, Osborne has been pleased with the show’s authenticity in portraying post-Katrina New Orleans.   “I think the overall consensus down here is we’re really happy to have it. The filming, the work that we get and parts of it are really spot-on. They do a great job”, he said.   Should the dates go on as scheduled; Osborne and Neville will undoubtedly channel the spirit of post-Katrina New Orleans in entertaining the waterlogged east coast.

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  • Jen

    The entire HeadCount Participation Tour will now benefit hurricane Sandy victims.

    A limited edition Magic Hat guitar signed by the performers will be raffled at each show, with every dollar raised going directly to the relief efforts.