The band consists of Brad Corrigan vocals , drums , guitar , percussion , and harmonica , Pete Francis Heimbold vocals, bass , and guitar , and Chad Urmston vocals, guitar, bass, and percussion. The band, which is based in the Boston area, was originally active from until The members then announced a hiatus, which would ultimately last for almost a decade; during this period, the band came together for reunion concerts in Boston , New York City , and Washington, D.
The hiatus ended in the beginning of , when the band announced a national tour. In May of the same year, Dispatch released an EP containing six new songs, their first all-new release since The band released both their first studio album in over a decade, Circles Around the Sun , and an iTunes session in and toured North America that summer in support of the album.
After a long hiatus, Dispatch returned with their new album, America, Location 12 , released on June 2, They soon changed their name to Dispatch after a dispute with another band of the same name. Chad Urmston , Brad Corrigan , and Pete Heimbold , who were all attending Middlebury College , comprised the band's lineup throughout their entire schooling.
Their music drew upon several genres, such as acoustic folk-rock , reggae , and funk. They did several concerts in their early years both in and around Middlebury, gaining a name for themselves at the college. However, even with their Middlebury roots, Dispatch's first show was not near their home campus. They first performed at Cosmic Cantina in Durham, North Carolina , while on a trip to visit the younger sister of one of the band members at Duke University.
After graduating from college the members of Dispatch relocated to the greater Boston area to continue the strong touring effort that would characterize their sound. Their live show progressed through the years to include extended jams, guest appearances, and mash ups of their songs with other popular artists' songs such as Sublime and often found themselves playing on the jamband circuit.
Dispatch gained much recognition outside of New England , without any help from a label, thanks to peer-to-peer file sharing programs such as Napster , as well as word-of-mouth. Tensions began to run high between the band members, and they announced an indefinite hiatus in after a performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
The band eventually scheduled a farewell concert to their fans, in order to get closure on the Dispatch portion of their lives. Corrigan told the fans near the end of the performance, "Somebody said, downstairs, that we were shooting for, I don't know, 20,, 30, people would be considered a huge success. And um, we were kind of excited about the idea of trying to get enough of you guys in here that they'd start shutting down Storrow Drive. Well we got our wish. Special guest appearances at the Somerville performance included Craig Dreyer on saxophone and Brian Sayers on drums.
Dispatch then released a documentary film The Last Dispatch which chronicles their final twelve days together as a band and tells the story of how they became "the band that redefined independent music history". The film was released and previewed in Somerville, at the same theater they used for the Last Dispatch warm-up shows. Urmston, Corrigan, and Heimbold attended the showing and celebrated throughout the weekend with their fans. The film was released on DVD September 26, All three of the band's members stayed in the music industry.
Urmston became the front man of State Radio , while Corrigan now credited as Braddigan , a nickname by which he was known since his time with Dispatch and Heimbold now credited as Pete Francis , Francis being his middle name were pursuing solo efforts.
All of the money raised from ticket sales went directly to charities that are fighting disease, famine and social injustice; the vast majority of the funds went to charities in Zimbabwe , though a portion was allocated to local charities that the band supports in the U.
On January 10, during the first half-hour of the exclusive presale, available to their MySpace friends only, the band announced that the show was "officially sold out. This show sold out within 24 hours, resulting in the addition of yet another night: July 15, Tickets for this show went on sale January 20 at AM on Ticketmaster , which also sold out. Tickets to the show were available on Ticketmaster through online auction only between June 20 and July 2. On the day of the concert on July 14, several charity and volunteer events were held in New York City relating to the concerts.
Members of the band made appearances at the events, greeting fans and thanking them for coming. At the Madison Square Garden concerts, the band alternated full band performances on the venue's main stage and acoustic numbers on top of their iconic van, Wimpy, in the middle of the arena.
They were joined on stage for some songs by various musicians such as the African Children's Choir , Bongo Love a group from Zimbabwe , and various horn and percussion players. The concert was also split into segments, divided by informational videos on the current state of famine, poverty, and AIDS in Zimbabwe.
Recordings of the concerts were made available in various forms. A video stream of the July 14 concert in its entirety was also streamed from the band's MySpace for a week. In December , a DVD directed by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Danny Clinch , highlighting the weekend will be released in a Collector's Edition, along with a photo book. A regular edition was released on January 29, , which included a DVD of the concert, an audio recording of the concert on CD, a booklet, as well as a dropcard to download additional tracks through a webpage.
Dispatch played an acoustic show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. This was another benefit show for Zimbabwe, and the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe was in attendance.
The show sold out within ten minutes of going on sale. On November 15, , the Dispatch website was updated with a countdown to the year , with the words "Dispatch " clearly visible in the top right, leading to speculation that one or more reunion concerts would be announced in the coming months. Further adding to speculations of a reunion, on November 22, , Dispatch tweeted an image of a QR code which pointed to a pin on Morrison, Colorado, the home of Red Rocks Amphitheatre , on Google Maps, suggesting that a reunion concert might be played there.
On January 1, , Dispatch officially announced that they would mount a reunion tour the following June. Additionally, the band announced that "a portion of all ticket proceeds will go towards education programs in local communities.
They agreed to two shows, on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September Throughout the rest of the winter, Dispatch released short clips of themselves rehearsing new songs, as well as photos of themselves in a studio, fueling suspicion that a new album or EP would accompany the tour. On April 5, , Dispatch released a short video via YouTube confirming that they were in the process of recording a new EP. Along with the news, Dispatch also released a sample of their song "Valentine", which appeared on the EP.
On May 17, , Dispatch released their new EP. Within hours of its release, it shot to No. In , Dispatch released their first full-length studio album in over a decade, called Circles Around the Sun. On April 2, , Dispatch announced a North American tour in support of the release. The album consists of versions of songs performed at shows during their tour. It was released on June 4, Dispatch played a number of dates in the summer of On September 2, , Dispatch announced via an email newsletter that they had begun production of their sixth full-length studio album.
On January 1, , Dispatch announced that they would be playing a benefit show on July 11, , at Madison Square Garden in New York City to shine light on the issue of hunger in America. John Butler Trio is slated to guest at the benefit concert. Dispatch announced on their website on April 5, , that they would be playing in Germany and Austria that July.
On February 10, , Dispatch announced on their website that they would be touring the United States in June and July, and would be joined by Guster for most of their shows. In the same announcement, the band released a new song, "Only The Wild Ones" from their upcoming album, entitled America, Location 12 , released on June 2, The band went on tour following the release of their new album, with shows throughout the US and Europe.
In , Dispatch announced another summer tour and a new "album project" titled Location The band began releasing songs every couple of weeks throughout the summer, culminating in a release in the Fall The first single, Cross the World , tracks the band's history from formation through the present.
The story behind the song "Elias" written by Chad Urmston about his experience living and teaching in Zimbabwe inspired the nonprofit organization the Elias Fund to form in The Elias Fund looks to provide hope and opportunity to Zimbabwean youth through community development and education while empowering the American youth culture to embrace their global role and make it an active one.
Along with several other performers, Corrigan invited Heimbold and State Radio to play. The three reunited very briefly, playing the song "Here We Go" as an encore. Corrigan stated there that he plans further Relief Project concerts featuring all three. The three members of Dispatch founded the non-profit, Amplifying Education, to encourage volunteers to take on simple actions to help improve schools and support education. The campaign works with the Calling All Crows non-profit to organize tour projects and over the last year it has worked with more than fan volunteers working nearly 4, hours to improve schools in North America and Europe.
The band has already participated in school improvement projects in Boston, Denver, Chicago, and New York. Dispatch experiments with a variety of genres, and thus is known as a very difficult band to categorize. Different styles and idioms employed by the band include reggae , flamenco , funk , ska , folk , rock , and rap. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.
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