Demand Takes Seth Yacovone Band Back To Europe

Due to overwhelming European demand, the Seth Yacovone Band is interrupting its 2002 American tour this week to leave for its second tour of Italy in less than a year.

The Burlington, VT, trio — praised in music magazines both domestically and internationally for its explosive blues-rooted sound — is adding Switzerland to its four-week overseas summer tour of festivals and clubs. The band, which also includes bassist Tom Coggio and drummer Steve Hadeka — last played Italy for a three-week run in October.

"The main thing I'm looking forward to about this Italy tour is getting a chance to play our music for lots of new people in new places who don't often get the opportunity to see us," said Yacovone. "This creates a whole different kind of dynamic between the band and audience, which makes us play music differently than we normally would. I expect lots of hard work, travel and great food. I expect little amounts of sleep, laundry and air conditioning. I expect to get the tremendous opportunity to express ourselves musically in front of people. And I expect to leave a little there and take a little back."

The band's tour of Italy and Switzerland tour is once again being produced by Only a Hobo Productions, the Italian promoters who originally discovered the band after reading about them in Buscadero Magazine. Only a Hobo promoter Carlo Carlini decided to bring back the trio due to pressure from fans who had either seen the band in October or heard about its fall Italian tour.

"I was getting pressed so hard from the fans, that I decided to do another tour this summer," said Carlini. "I'm sure that this tour will spread more of the band's wonderful spirit and enthusiasm throughout Italy, and be a great occasion to demonstrate that the music of the Seth Yacovone Band deserves a bigger audience over here."

The band has been touring the East Coast all year behind its fourth CD, Standing On The Sound, and will return to the U.S. In late July for another series of high-profile club and festival appearances that will continue into the fall.

Foremost among the young trio's admirers is Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, who describes 22-year-old Seth as an "incredibly soulful and a natural talent, not to mention a great guy. I loved this guy from the first moment I heard him play."

2002 European Tour

June 27 MILAN, ITA Blues House

June 28 RAPPERSWIL, SWI Piazza

June 30 MERCALLO, ITA Festa della Birra

July 3 PADOVA, ITA Banale

July 6 SESTO CALENDE, ITA Sala Marna

July 12 MENAGGIO, ITA Lido Giardino

July 13 CHIARI, ITA Piazza

July 16 STRESA, ITA Idrovolante

July 17 SARZANA, ITA Piazza Fermo Posta


July 20 MURA, ITA Le Paludi

2002 US Tour

July 26 Randolph, VT Pond N' Palooza

July 27 Windsor, VT Harpoon BBQ Festival

Aug. 1 Oneonta, NY Black Oak Tavern

Aug. 2 Saratoga Springs, NY Club Caroline

Aug. 3 Portsmouth, NH Muddy River Smokehouse

Aug. 13 Syracuse, NY OPL

Aug. 15 New York, NY Lion's Den

Aug. 16 Stanhope, NJ Waterloo Village
(side stage at Dickey Betts show)

Aug. 17 Elmore, VT Pork Fest

Aug. 22 Stanhope, NJ Stanhope House

Aug. 31 Turin, NY moe. Down Festival

Sept. 13 Portsmouth, NH Isle of Shoals Steamship

Sept. 14 Northampton, MA Pearl Street Club Room
(with Psychedelic Breakfast)

Sept. 21 Winooski, VT Higher Ground

Oct. 12 New York, NY Tobacco Road