The beloved “Wheels of Soul” returns for the third straight year, as the Tedeschi Trucks Band hosted summer event always brings some of the greatest talent together for extended tour engagements. This year is no exception, as TTB has recruited by Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers for a month long tour schedule together. The tour runs from July 1st through the 30th, culminating in two nights at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.The three bands will cross the country together, starting in the Northeast before moving to the Southeast and Midwest, ultimately ending up in Colorado. The Wheels Of Soul tours are known for their collaborative spirit, and the musicians from Hot Tuna and Wood Brothers are no stranger to collaborating. Jorma Kaukonen, for example, has played many times with TTB in recent double billings.“It’s been great to develop this tour into an annual event where we get a chance to hit the road and share the stage with fellow musicians we love and respect, says Susan Tedeschi in a statement. “Each year we try to find bands that share our musical vision while bringing their own unique talents to this traveling circus.” Oliver Wood adds, “We go way back with Derek and Susan. They are some of our favorite friends and collaborators.” Wood co-wrote a track on TTB’s Revelator album, and both Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi appeared on The Wood Brothers’ Paradise album as well.Check out the full tour schedule below, and head to TTB’s website for details.Wheels of Soul Summer Tour 2017July 1 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire PavilionJuly 2 – Essex, VT (Burlington) – Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley ExpositionJuly 3 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts CenterJuly 5 – Vienna, VA (DC) –Wolf Trap *July 8 – Rochester, NY – Highland BowlJuly 9 – Simsbury, CT – Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts CenterJuly 12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater **July 14 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater **July 15 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ***July 16 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre **July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance LawnJuly 21 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music CenterJuly 22 – Huber Heights, OH (Dayton) – Rose Music CenterJuly 23 – Rochester, MI (Detroit) – Meadow Brook AmphitheatreJuly 25 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music PavilionJuly 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia CasinoJuly 29-30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre*On sale March 18th**On sale February 10th***On sale February 3rd
“Why shouldn’t I (think I can win the tournament)? I try to believe,” Williams said.“Should I look across the net and believe the person across the net deserves it more? This mentality is not how champions are made. I’d like to be a champion, in particular this year.“The mentality I walk on court with is: I deserve this.”Williams, ranked 17th in the world, will take on fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe for a place in Saturday night’s final in what she said is “a great win for the US”.She beat Russian 24th seed Anastasia Pavyluchenkova in straight sets to make it through.“I’m sure she’s going to want to be in her first final,” the seven-time grand slam winner said.“I’m going to want to be in only my second final here. So it’s going to be a well-contested match.”Vandeweghe, 25, has made consecutive semi-final appearances at the last two US Opens, with her previous best Australian Open showing being a quarter-final berth last year.While she said making it as far as today is “amazing”, she is anything but satisfied.“There’s more things to do out on a tennis court that I’m hoping to achieve.”The pair have only met once, but Vandeweghe echoed Williams’ excitement at sharing the experience with a compatriot.“To play an unbelievable player, future Hall of Famer, Venus, to be on the court with her, I’ve only experienced it one time before,” she said.“To have two Americans against each other in the semi-final I think is pretty cool.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Venus Williams is determined to maintain a champion mindset as she prepares for today’s all-American semi-final at Melbourne Park.The 36-year-old will become the oldest woman to play in an Australian Open semi-final, and the oldest semi-finalist at any grand slam in 23 years.And she won’t be letting anyone tell her she doesn’t deserve to be there.Venus Williams is eyeing her first Australian Open final since she played her sister in 2003. Picture: Wayne Ludbey
MORE: Ray Shero starting to listen to offers for former Oiler Taylor Hall Through 15 games this season, Smith is 7-7-1 with a 2.83 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. Koskinen is 9-2-0 with a 2.55 GAA and .920 save percentage, also through 15 games.In addition to Smith, Oilers forward Zack Kassian is day to day with a back injury, while defenseman Kris Russell has traveled home for the birth of his second child. Neither player will be available vs. the Canucks on Sunday.Skinner, 21, boasts a 3.23 GAA and .890 save percentage through 15 games for Bakersfield. As the Edmonton Oilers look to hold onto first place in the Pacific Division, they’ll have to do so without goaltender Mike Smith, who was listed as day to day Sunday with a leg injury.The 37-year-old netminder suffered the injury in the team’s 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday and is not in the lineup for Sunday’s rematch against them. Mikko Koskinen will start instead, and the Oilers recalled goaltender Stuart Skinner from the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors under emergency conditions to fill in for Smith.