Mellow Fever


What could be a better entrée to Jack Johnson's low-key California strumming than one of the beach-bum heartthrob's favorite bands? Given its shared dedication to sand-in-the-sandals, brushfire fairytales, it's no surprise Jack handpicked ALO (short for Animal Liberation Orchestra -- not a PETA action group but a band intent on liberating your inner animal) as his current tour mates. The San Francisco four-piece splashes gentle funk and simple, blue-eyed soul over breezy, keys-driven grooves. A longstanding, road-tested staple of the West Coast underground, ALO is revered on the jam-band circuit for its impassioned live shows that come off as much as calming, group-hugging love-ins as goofy, all-night rock fests. ALO's recent backyard barbecue masterpiece, Flying Between Falls, is a sunset-smokeout showpiece of the band's sugar-coated sound. Johnson's guest spot on "Girl I Wanna Lay You Down" yields exactly the kind of slinky foreplay shuffle that endears ALO to California dreamers everywhere.
Who's got the herb? ALO wants to crash on your couch.
Who's got the herb? ALO wants to crash on your couch.

ALO opens for Jack Johnson at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 6, at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $35. Call 561-962-4109.

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