Zeiterion Performing Arts Center’s Summer Sizzle Series continues when Dave Mason, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary rock band Traffic, hits the stage with his Alone Together Again Tour on Tuesday, July 11, 8 p.m.
Along with his band, he performs his 1970 debut solo album, “Alone Together” in its entirety including hits such as “Feelin’ Alright,” “All Along the Watchtower” and “Dear Mr. Fantasy.”
Tickets range from $29.50 to $45.50 and can be purchased by calling (508) 994-2900, visiting zeiterion.org, or stopping by the 684 Purchase St. box office in New Bedford. Group sales are available for 10 tickets or more, which can be purchased by calling (508) 997-5664 (ext. 123).
This is a tour Mason has wanted to do for quite some time, according to a news release.
“'Alone Together' was an important album for me and I still love those songs,” he said in the release.
Fans can expect to hear Mason and his band members Johnne Sambataro (guitar, vocals), Alvino Bennett (drums) and Tony Patler (keyboards) play the “Alone Together” classics along with a selection of other hits. Photos and firsthand autobiographical commentary complement the music.
Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood in 1967 while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. In those early days, he penned the Traffic hit “Feelin’ Alright.” It became a global rock anthem and has been recorded by dozens of artists including Joe Cocker.
After extensive touring with Traffic throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, Mason headed for the United States to pursue a solo career and achieved gold-album status with his million-selling debut solo, “Alone Together.” It was known for its psychedelic marbleized vinyl and the hits “Only You Know and I Know,” “World in Changes” and “Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave.”
His album, “Let It Flow” (1977) sold millions of copies, featuring the hit “We Just Disagree.” Mason’s guitar work can be heard on landmark albums and songs such as the Rolling Stones’ “Beggars Banquet,” George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass,” Paul McCartney’s “Listen to What the Man Said” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland.” Hendrix’s rock standard, “All Along the Watchtower” features Mason playing the acoustic guitars before Hendrix’s soaring entrance onto the track.
Mason’s work and career remain linked with rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Leon Russell and Mama Cass Elliot, among others.
Mason’s career spans several rock eras and encompasses his work as a producer, performer, songwriter and guitarist. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Traffic.
Mason is also involved in the program he co-founded, Work Vessels for Veterans, an all-volunteer movement that provides veterans with the tools they need to transition to civilian work.