You know him as the integral part of the rock and roll band “Traffic” that he founded with Steve Winwood. Among the greats of rock and roll from Eric Clapton to The Rolling Stones is a legend in his own right. With such rock hits as “Feelin’ Alright,” “We Just Disagree” and “Only You Know & I Know,” his fame precedes him.
On January 31, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., Dave Mason will be brining his “Traffic Jam World Tour” to PlayhouseSquare for a night of rock and roll and music history. The show features tunes from his early days as well as songs that lauched his solo career.
Dave Mason began life as a rocker at the tender age of 18 when he teamed up with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood to form the legendary band “Traffic” which still has an effect on rock and roll. His huge hit “Feelin’ Alright” became a world sensation and has been recorded by dozens of artists (not the least was Joe Cocker who took the song to international fame).
After “traffic” parted ways, Mason came to the United States to pursue a solo career. His first album “Alone Together” became a huge hit and rock and roll staple. The packing of the album itself was far ahead of its time with marbleize vinyl and vertical gatefold packaging, but it was what was on the album that sold millions of copies. The album contained such classics as “Only You Know And I Know”, “World In Changes”, “Shouldn’t Have Took More Than you Gave” and more. The first album was followed by five more (four of them went gold) with his second album “Let It Flow” containing the classic “We Just Disagree”.
On tour, Mason played to sold out audiences due to his superb guitar work. He also sat in on may classic albums and songs such as the Rolling Stones' “Beggar’s Banquet”, George Harrison's “All Things Must Pass,” Paul McCartney's “Listen To What The Man Said” and Jimi Hendrix's Electric “Ladyland”. On the Hendrix song standard “All Along The Watchtower” Dave is heard playing the acoustic guitars before Hendrix’s soaring entrance onto the track. The song remains one of Dave’s favorites.
Dave Mason’s playing is forever linked with numerous members of the rock and roll legends such as Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Ron Wood, Jim Capaldi, Mama Cass Elliot, and The Spencer Davis Group. It was in 2004 that Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with “Traffic”.
Off the stage, Mason is involved with a program he co-founded, “Work Vessels for Veterans” (WVFV) that is an all volunteer program designed to provide assistance in transitioning veterans back to civilian work. Along with this, Mason is an official supporter of “Little Kids Rock” that as a non-profit organization provides free musical instruments and lessons to children in public schools throughout the United States.
Tickets for the January 31, 2014 8:00 p.m. show at PlayhouseSquare’s Ohio Theatre are $45, $35 and $10 and may be purchased at the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office, by calling (216) 241-6000 or online at playhousesquare.org