HORDE Festival gets a one-off revival at DTE

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Blues Traveler is bringing back its HORDE festival this summer for a one-off concert at DTE Energy Music Theatre.

The veteran blues rock outfit will revive the traveling ’90s fest July 9 at DTE, Billboard reported recently. Alt-rockers 311 will join Blues Traveler on the bill, along with a host of acts that have yet to be named.

“We’re adding new acts to the bill every day and it’s going to be great,” the group’s John Popper tells Billboard. “I’m bringing my sword!”

HORDE, short for Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere, was a traveling roots rock and jam band festival in the ’90s that crisscrossed North America along with touring fests like Lilith Fair and Lollapalooza. Bands that played HORDE included Phish, Widespread Panic, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Lenny Kravitz, the Spin Doctors and other like-minded artists, and though the festival folded in 1998, rumors of its revival have always followed Blues Traveler.

Ticket information for this year’s show has yet to be announced, and promoters haven’t made an official announcement regarding its return.

Blues Travler’s latest album, “Blow Up the Moon,” was released earlier this month.