January 20, 2024 The Hamilton Live Doors 6:30 pm

New Potato Caboose

Joe Lawlor & Kristen Rae Bowden

Jan 20 (Sat)

Doors 6:30 pm All Ages


Venue Information


600 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

New Potato Caboose

Official Band Site

With almost 40 years of music bonding and bringing it all to every show, New Potato Caboose is rolling strong with epic jamband groovy goodness. The roots of NPC stretch back to the early days of the jam scene, sharing stages with the likes of Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, and legendary ground-floor acts like The Band and the Neville Brothers. As the first band ever to play the iconic Wetlands Preserve in NYC, NPC was featured in the Sundance documentary. At one point, the group was playing over 200 dates a year and garnering write-ups in Pollstar, Billboard, and Variety. They’re currently performing at outstanding venues and bringing their one of a kind live act to a fervent fan base.

The Caboose has just released a new album, It Ain’t a Thing, that captures both the band’s origins and the magic that is happening now. The album was tracked almost entirely live with the band performing all original songs as you would hear them at a live concert. You can hear the band deftly roll in influences from the party vibe of Little Feat, the innovation of the Grateful Dead, the shimmering vocals of CSN, and the relatable earthiness of The Band. These elements are brought to life by the extraordinary talents of members Doug Pritchett (acoustic guitar, vocals), Don Laux (rhythm guitar, vocals), John “Red” Redling (keyboards, vocals), Tim Pruitt (lead guitar, vocals), Mike Mahoney (bass), and the powerful double drums sound of John Trupp and John McConnell.

Renowned producer John Alagia (DMB, John Mayer) was inspired to produce the project, tapping into the music scene roots they all share. Alagia brought in a talented team from the Red Light Management/DMB family, including engineering wizard Jeff Moxley (Blues Traveler, Plain White T’s) and L.A. mastering ace Whynot Jansveld (The Wallflowers, Crash Test Dummies). The band and production team lived and recorded together at Haunted Hollow, Dave Matthews’ private studio in Charlottesville, VA. The new album has gotten rave reviews and charted very well going up to #5 on the jambands.com radio chart and #18 on the RMR chart. This positive momentum has energized the band and their fans.

Moving forward, the band is excited for the future and looking forward to performing more great concerts that always deliver a wide variety of Caboose originals and select signature covers, amazing harmonies, melodic depth, and killer double drum grooves. As life-long friends and accomplished musicians, NPC always throws down next level jams. One live concert, with a mix of New Potato Caboose originals and signature covers, is all a music lover needs to know how truly good it feels to “Get Loose with the Caboose.”

Joe Lawlor & Kristen Rae Bowden

Official Band Site

Joe Lawlor and Kristen Rae Bowden have been building a musical romance since they met onstage in 2016. As a duo they combine Joe’s driving electric guitar with Kristen’s intimate singing and rhythmic piano, melding classic rock musicality to highly personal emotional explorations. It’s a refreshingly eclectic aesthetic with contrasts that fit cohesively together, much like their relationship off the stage.

Joe Lawlor was born into a creative family from the Washington DC area. He began playing guitar at age 10 and attended the Berklee College of Music after high school. As a founding member of the Washington DC – based band Egypt, Joe’s notoriety grew as his guitar playing bloomed. With influences ranging from his guitar heroes (Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen) to Delta slide blues, New Orleans stomp, and the ethnic modes found in Sitar and Qawwali music, Joe has developed his own signature style. For the last two decades he has traveled the globe with the Dave Matthews Band as their live recording archivist, thrilling audiences when he guests with the band on his guitar.

Within singer-songwriter Kristen Rae Bowden is the spirit of the mountains and a wild streak of wanderlust. Kristen was born and raised in Boone, North Carolina into a musical family with a lightning-in-a-bottle charismatic musical father who passed away when she was 18. Her 11-song debut, Language And Mirrors, snapshots nostalgic moments of rugged rural life and bracing jolts of adventure. It’s an electrifying yin yang collection of roots rock and stately orchestral rock that lyrically reveals the singer-songwriter’s fiery blend of sensitivity and strength. Kristen’s voice conjures the smell of damp earth and bucolic comforts with tinges of country, folk, and singer songwriter intimacy.

Most recently Joe & Kristen joined TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band) for a leg of their December 2022 tour, armed with co-written tunes soon to be released in 2023.