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Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz will ring in the New Year with a two-show run at JaM Cellars Ballroom in Napa, CA on December 30th and 31st. Joining Claypool, Skerik, and Mike Dillon is special guest Vinnie Colaiuta, a GRAMMY winning drummer who has toured and recorded with many artists, including Frank Zappa, having played drums on the iconic ‘Joe’s Garage album.’ Tickets are on sale at 1pmET/10amPT today. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://lesclaypool.com/

“I am a very fortunate fellow on many levels, and now and again I have to sit back and take stock and relish the fact that I’ve been able to befriend and collaborate with so many amazing artists in and around the music world,” Claypool comments. “That list of champions is about to get a notable addition with the upcoming Bastard Jazz shows with the mighty Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. I’ve met Vinnie a few times but have never had the opportunity to stand before him with a four-string hunk of furniture in my hands. Those of you in the know will understand the epic possibilities of this impending interaction. Those of you who don’t, I suggest you get on the YouTube machine and go down the Vinnie wormhole. Your brain may melt.”

Two VIP upgrades will be offered for the festivities on 12/31. The “Bastard” option includes 1 GA ticket along with a VIP only Q&A with Les Claypool, a Claypool Cellars Champagne Toast, an exclusive Bastard Jazz NYE poster signed by Les, VIP laminate, early entry, and crowd-free merchandise shopping before doors. The “Fat Bastard” package includes 1 balcony ticket, access to a private bar, and all of the aforementioned VIP amenities.

The NYE run follows a busy year for Claypool, who in addition to performing with Bastard Jazz this summer, traveled the country with Primus for the band’s wildly popular ‘A Tribute To Kings’ Tour, paying tribute to Rush. This year also saw the release of Primus’ first new music in more than five years, the sprawling 3-song ‘Conspiranoid’ EP, which included the epic 11-minute opening track, “Conspiranoia,” and secondn single, “Follow The Fool.” A special vinyl release of the ‘Conspiranoid’ EP is out now via ATO Records.

Claypool is the one of the most unlikely success stories in the entertainment history. His trademark voice, thumping bass lines and unique worldview have become the calling cards for a number of wildly successful and influential albums in the last two decades. But through his myriad of musical and creative projects, Claypool has also become a favorite of jam banders, funk connoisseurs and pretty much everything in-between.

“Let’s put it this way … I think, with Primus and without, I’ve played every music festival in the last ten years, except Lilith Fair,” he comments. “You could say I’m the guy who doesn’t fit in anywhere, but a little bit everywhere.”

For more information on Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz, please visit https://lesclaypool.com/

PRIMUS ‘A TRIBUTE TO KINGS’ TOUR DATES
Wednesday, November 2 – Santiago, Chile – Teatro Coliseo
Thursday, November 3 – Santiago, Chile – Teatro Coliseo
Friday, November 4 – Mexico City, Mexico – Hipnosis 2022

LES CLAYPOOL’S BASTARD JAZZ TOUR DATES
Friday, December 30 – JaM Cellars – Napa, CA
Saturday, December 31 – JaM Cellars – Napa, CA

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