Billboard Bits: Hornsby, Galactic, Hot Snakes

News on Bruce Hornsby, Galactic, Hot Snakes

BruceBruce Hornsby has slated a trio of late-October New York performances in vastly different settings. Under the banner of "Three Nights on the Town," the veteran artist will host an Oct. 26 jam session at famed jazz club the Blue Note, an Oct. 28 solo piano performance at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall and a full band show the next night at Town Hall.

With a capacity of 200, the first show, dubbed "Jammin' at the Blue Note," promises to be the most intimate. While "special guests" are expected, it is unknown exactly who will fulfill that promise. The possibilities are exciting, seeing as Hornsby is a one-time touring member of the Grateful Dead and an artist who has shared stages with Bruce Springsteen, Chick Corea and Ricky Skaggs, among many others.

Add to that Hornsby's latest album, "Halcyon Days," which boasts guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Sting and Elton John. Bumped one week to Tuesday (Aug. 17), the set will be Hornsby's first for Columbia after a career spent with RCA.

Hornsby is already on the road with his band, playing the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., tonight. Stateside dates pause after an Aug. 27 Memphis show for a September European tour, and resume Oct. 8 in Hampden-Sydney, Va., according to his official Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

GalacticAt the conclusion of the band's summer tour, Galactic and Theryl "The Houseman" DeClouet will part company. A member of the jam band for nearly its entire decade-long career, the veteran singer is exiting amicably.

"We all view our years of collaboration as a magical experience," the band says in a statement. "From the beginning, Theryl has been a musical inspiration, mentor, partner and most importantly a friend. Although Theryl will not be continuing with us he will always remain a huge part of the Galactic family... We look forward to the times when we will collaborate in the future."

Galactic's summer tour kicks off tomorrow (Aug. 12) in Steamboat, Col., and will close with a Sept. 10-11 stand at San Francisco's Fillmore Theater. An October instrumental tour is being planned.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

SnakesUnderground rock act Hot Snakes will return Oct. 5 with its highly anticipated third album, "Audit in Progress." The 12-track Swami Records set marks the debut of new drummer Mario Rubalcalba, who has previously played with Rocket From The Crypt and Black Heart Procession. Tracks include "This Mystic Decade," "Think About Carbs," "Lovebirds" and "Plenty for All."

The band is planning its heaviest tour schedule to date, beginning with an eight-date North American run that kicks off Sept. 30 in Phoenix and wraps Oct. 10 in New York. Hot Snakes will then tape a "Peel Session" on Oct. 14 for BBC Radio.

Here are Hot Snakes' tour dates:

Sept. 30: Phoenix (Mason Jar)
Oct. 1: San Diego (Epicentre)
Oct. 2: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
Oct. 3: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
Oct. 7: Philadelphia (Ottobar)
Oct. 9: Brooklyn, N.Y. (North Six)
Oct. 10: New York (Knitting Factory)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.