The New England jam band Dispatch comprised Brad Corrigan, Pete Heimbold, and Chad Urmston, who first got together while attending Middlebury College in Vermont. The young band debuted in 1996 with Silent Steeples and returned a year later with Bang Bang. Both albums displayed the trio's three-part harmonies and cheeky, college-friendly mix of Barenaked Ladies-style acoustic pop and folk-rock, with some reggae and funk influences tossed in for good measure. June 2000 saw the release of Four-Day Trials, a fan-friendly album of first takes and live favorites that featured a jammy take on the Beastie Boys' "Root Down." Who Are We Living For? followed that October, and was marked by a protest song vibe to go with the normal round of good-time grooves. By this point, Dispatch had built a sizable East Coast following due to frequent university gigs and a strong Internet presence. The buzz secured the band some national modern rock airplay of the reggae-tinged single "Open Up." They returned in 2001 with Gut the Van, which enjoyed national distribution through the Digital Club Network online store and showcased the band's energetic live act. In 2003, however, the bandmates announced their amicable decision to split up; the following year, Dispatch played what was said to be the band's final concert, a free show that drew upwards of 110,000 fans to the Hatch Shell in Boston. The live album All Points Bulletin documented the event, and the three members subsequently disbanded to pursue other ventures. Fans didn't have to wait long for a reunion, however, as Dispatch reunited in the summer of 2007 for a string of benefit concerts. A CD/DVD package, Dispatch: Zimbabwe: Live at Madison Square Garden, was released to commemorate the shows. In 2011, the band announced that they would be reuniting, playing a series of shows across the United States. Together again, Dispatch released Circles Around the Sun, an album produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, the National), which found the band exploring an expansive new sound after their ten-year hiatus. It was followed in 2013 by the double-disc live album Ain’t No Trip to Cleveland, Vol. 1. The band then retreated into the studio to begin work on their next album, taking time out to play their second headlining show at Madison Square Garden in July of 2015. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
Following a ten-year breakup, a Dispatch tour and reunion album are currently in the works! The smooth acoustic jam band made the '90s feel like a perpetual summer. Don't miss out on Dispatch tour dates and concert performances. Use Eventsfy as your source for Dispatch tour 2011 information and concert schedule updates. Chad Urmston, Brad Corrigan, and Pete Heimbrold started the group while attending Middlebury College. They incorporated reggae, acoustic rock and folk and played in and around the local Vermont bar scene before relocating to Boston following graduation. Dispatch gained national recognition as independent artists who benefitted from Napster and constant touring to develop a national following. They built their fan-base largely around their live shows and evolved into a jam band known for their musical spontaneity. They released their debut album Silent Steeples in 1996 and toured constantly to promote the disc. Dispatch released their sophomore set, Bang Bang, featuring the radio-friendly single, "The General", which has become a staple of rock radio. Dispatch released two more albums Four-Day Trials in 1999 and Who Are We Living For? in 2000 and toured extensively until 2002 when rising tensions forced an extended hiatus. Dispatch announced their break-up in 2002 and scheduled a final concert in 2004. The event known as "The Last Dispatch" was intended for an audience of about 30,000 at Boston's outdoor Hatch Shell venue; However, an estimated 100,000 fans from all over the world descended on the open air venue to see their last performance. The experience was chronicled in the documentary The Last Dispatch which details the final two weeks of the band's existence. Following the break-up, all band members remained active in the music industry. Urmston fronted "State Radio", while Corrigan and Heimbrold went solo. Dispatch reunited in 2007 for a concert performance at Madison Square Garden to benefit Zimbabwe and the recent political upheaval that plagued the African nation. Due to high demand, tour dates for the benefit concert were extended and they added an additional two shows. In 2009, Dispatch was invited to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to perform an acoustic show at the behest of Zimbabwean Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai. More recently, Dispatch announced in January, 2011 that a reunion concert tour was in the works. Dispatch tour dates have the band traveling throughout the country for the better part of Summer, 2011. In addition, Dispatch tour dates are slated alongside Dave Matthews Band on the DMB Caravan. A new EP was released in May, 2011 which featured the first set of original material in over a decade! Don't miss a tour date of this historic reunion. Use Eventsfy as your source for Dispatch tour dates and concert schedule information.