Jam band festivals are a dime(bag) a dozen these days. Depending on where you live, you can check out the best improvisational rock and roots artists at the Wakarusa Festival in Ozark, Arkansas, the Mountain Jam in upstate New York, the Allman Brothers Band’s Peach Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania and, of course, Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee. But Robert Randolph tells Radio.com that he’s bringing back the biggest jam band tour of the ’90s, the H.O.R.D.E.
“We’re in the process of re-branding the H.O.R.D.E. tour,” Randolph said. “We’ll be bringing that out with a group of bands and artists that the fans will really enjoy. We’ve got Trombone Shorty and John Fogerty and Gary Clark Jr., we’re gonna invite Blues Traveler out since it was their original idea back in the early ’90s.”
Randolph discussed the tour when asked about his tour plans for his upcoming album, Lickety Split, due out July 16. He says that the H.O.R.D.E tour will have a soft launch this fall with 6-7 dates with the artists he named, and the tour will have a larger slate of dates in the spring or summer of 2014.
The name standing for “Horizons Of Rock Developing Everywhere,” the H.O.R.D.E. Tour started in 1992, as a more jam-based, less testosterone-y version of Lollapalooza. The initial trek featured Blues Traveler (frontman John Popper and manager Dave Frey were said to have come up with the idea), the Spin Doctors, Phish, the Aquarium Rescue Unit and Widespread Panic. The tour took place every summer through 1998, and featured a number of other jam bands — including the Dave Matthews Band and Rusted Root — as well as artists from outside that scene (Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Beck, the Black Crowes, Ziggy Marley).
— Brian Ives, Radio.com