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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Pulse of Naperville Music Scene – Traffic Jam hits Wentz Hall

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Dave Mason
Dave Mason
photo by Chris Jensen

No need to divert from your normal route through the streets of Naperville, this Traffic Jam will take place inside Wentz Hall.

Allow me to explain….

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Dave Mason will be bringing his solo music, as well as the music of his legendary band Traffic, to Wentz Hall on April 28. I recently spoke with Mason about the aptly titled Traffic Jam Tour and he explained, “The show is basically in two parts. The first part is from the Traffic era – from the first two albums – then we take a break, come back and do Dave. They get everything!”

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I had a chance to see Mason a couple of years ago and was flabbergasted by the resiliency of his voice and his artistic guitar playing style. Having started Traffic in 1967, Mason found great success with the songs “Hole In My Shoe,” and later with the classic “Feelin’ Alright”; the latter of which was covered most famously by Joe Cocker. Mason has had great success as a solo artist as well, with “Only You Know And I Know” and the radio staple “We Just Disagree.”

But, perhaps the most important contribution Dave Mason has made in his life is his devotion to charity. Mason is a philanthropist that supports music education by being a board member of Little Kids Rock, and is actively involved with Work Vessels For Veterans, an organization that helps veterans start their own businesses. As he spoke proudly of the organization’s successes, he stated, “Our motto is, “We’re into giving a hand up, but not into giving handouts.”

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Scott "Dr. Music" Itter
Scott "Dr. Music" Itterhttp://DrMusic.org
Scott Itter resides in the Willowgate subdivision with his wife, Barbara, and their two children. Contact Scott at DrMusic@wowway.com.

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