The Very Best of Dave Mason (of Traffic) Meet and Greet Only - 3/4
at City Winery New York City
Hang with Dave! A memorable experience for any Dave Mason fan, attend his Sound Check and meet with him before enjoying a night of terrific music. It's a real chance to chat, ask the questions you have always wanted to ask, shake hands, take personal photos and have memorabilia signed. There are only a limited number of these made available for each show.
Included in the package are personal pictures with Dave, an exclusive VIP laminate/Backstage Pass, 8x10 color photo or a tour booklet plus a merchandise item (array of items will vary depending on availability). This VIP package is an add-on experience for ticket holders. It does not include a ticket for the show. Please be sure to purchase your concert tickets either from the venue box office or via their website. In order to provide fans with the best possible experience, a VIP Experience with Dave must be purchased 48 hours prior to the show.
Traffic operated on the cutting edge of the late-sixties music scene at a time of rapid and remarkable evolution, and expanded rock's sonic palette. But whereas most progressive British bands were based in London, Traffic retreated to a secluded cottage in the countryside. A key component of Traffic's mythology is their communal stone cottage in Berkshire. It was here the group wrote and rehearsed material for Mr. Fantasy, and Traffic, among the more remarkable albums of the sixites.
The group's first single was the Winwood/Capaldi composition "Paper Sun" followed in August 1967 by Mason's "Hole in My Shoe" which hit number two in the U.K. Mason also appeared in the debut album, Mr. Fantasy. His whimsical melodies and goodtime feel, incorporating simple yet rich lyrics, ensured a delightful contrast. His vocals adding a mellower texture to Winwood's, and an extra interest. His three tracks, "Utterly Simple", "House for Everyone", and 'Hope I Never Find Me There" having instant appeal. The latter relating more closely to the group's contributions. Mason became recognized for his obvious virtuosity on sitar, vocals, and guitar.
Artistically Mason had started the process of establishing himself. Like Winwood, he was a musical perfectionist, but their approaches were different. Rather than follow his ideals which would estrange him from the band, he decided to quit, even before the first album was released in December 1967 he left the band. He recorded a solo single, "Little Woman", released by Island in early 1968. The B side "Just for You" subsequently appeared as the opening track of "Last Exit". In pursuit of a solo career, Mason moved to the US, an environment particularly conducive for his creative talents, but when Traffic arrived there for their first tour in March, he rejoined Traffic with a handful of songs.
"Feelin' Alright" was released as the first single off the second album, Traffic in October 1968. Mason's journey with Traffic was fitful, yet fruitful. Not quite a month after the release, Mason left the band again and it broke up shortly afterward. Steve Winwood joined the band Blind Faith, Mason Capaldi, and Wood teamed with Mick Weaver in the short-lived Wooden Frog.
Traffic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.