The Easy Leaves and Karl Blau on Halloween in Weed

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Karl Blau, photo left by Joel Askey, and The Easy Leaves, photo right by Zack Sumner, are bringing their Fall Classic Tour to the Weed Palace Theatre for a Halloween night Haunted Honky Tonk performance.

Karl Blau and The Easy Leaves are bringing their Fall Classic Tour to the Weed Palace Theatre for a Halloween night Haunted Honky Tonk performance.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite western costume or any other costume to the show, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Blau is described in a press release as “a Pacific Northwest staple, a prolific troubadour who defies genre. Outfitted with an unmistakable, deeply emotional voice that roams between baritone and falsetto with ease.”

Blau has performed solo and in numerous bands, touring across the globe since the mid-1990s. He will be adding songs by Waylon Jennings to his set on this 24-show tour, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 17 in Flagstaff, Ariz., end Nov. 10 in Boise, Idaho, and includes stops in Mariposa and Paradise, Reno, Nev., and Bend, Ore.

“The Easy Leaves are proud ambassadors of California Country & Western music; who over the course of 2 full length albums and 2 EPs, under the guidance of Merle Haggard's music, and countless other barroom heroes, have released their own unique collection of poetry for the common man,” as stated in the release.

The pairing of these two acts is said to be reminiscent of the late ’60s and early ’70s in Austin, Texas, “where the outlaws, outcasts, hippies, honky tonkers, freaks, and forward thinkers converged in harmony for a plethora of music happenings... That time and place is to many the greatest in music history; with The Fall Classic Tour, Karl Blau and The Easy Leaves aspire to create an experience worthy of mention in the same breath, as well as being memorable in its own right.”

Blau has performed in the bands EARTH, Your Heart Breaks, Laura Veirs, Bright Black Morning Light, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, D+, The Gift Machine, The Solvents, The Microphones/Mount Eerie, Little Wings, Lori Goldston, and others.

In the past few years he has released two critically acclaimed albums: “Introducing Karl Blau” (Raven Marching Band Records/Bella Union) and “Out Her Space” (Bella Union).

The Easy Leaves have played many festivals across the land, had their videos premiered by and performed in-studios for CMT, were featured in the documentary The 78 Project (alongside Rosanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright III, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Justin Townes Earl, and Richard Thompson); and have been tapped as sole support by Dwight Yoakam, Junior Brown, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep At The Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Earl Keen, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jim Lauderdale, Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Kasey Chambers and Los Lobos.

Food and drink will be available, along with free candy. Tickets are $15, adults; free for kids. Tickets can be purchased at the website: