On Wednesday, September 25, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY will host an all-star Neal Casal memorial show. Casal tragically passed away on August 26th. Billed as There’s A Reward: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Neal Casal, the show will see Casal’s former bandmates and musical friends join together to remember his friendship and music in a career-spanning musical biography.
On Tuesday, The Capitol Theatre announced the additions of Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), Jason Crosby (Terrapin Family Band), Todd Sheaffer, Hannah Read, and Brad Pemberton to an already overflowing lineup of artists including Beachwood Sparks, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around the Sun, JRAD’s Joe Russo, Dave Dreiwitz, Tom Hamilton, and Scott Metzger, Hazeldine, Mapache, Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Citizen Cope, Jeff Hill, Bob Glaub, Dan Fadel, Davis Jaynes, Don Heffington, Dori Freeman, Jesse Aycock, John Ginty, Jon Graboff, John Lee Shannon, Kenny Roby, Leslie Mendelson, Rickey Medlocke, Robbi Robb, and Zephaniah Ohara.
Casal’s band, Circles Around The Sun, completed recording a new studio album the week prior to his passing. The album’s producer, Jim Scott, will see the recording through to its completion with plans being made for its release in early 2020. CATS had also collaborated with drummer Joe Russo on an EP entitled Circles Around The Sun Meets Joe Russo that was already set to be released October 18th on limited edition vinyl and digital formats. CATS had previously announced tour dates in October and December, while plans were in the works for the band’s busiest year yet in 2020.
The Circles Around The Sun performance at There’s A Reward: A Celebration Of The Life & Music Of Neal Casal will mark the first performance by the project since Neal’s passing. According to Casal’s camp, Neal left behind specific wishes for Circles Around The Sun to continue in his absence. The surviving members, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne, and drummer Mark Levy, have decided to honor that request and move forward together. A new guitar player will be announced shortly and all 2019 tour dates will go on as scheduled.
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