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Ellnora Guitar Festival Announces 2009 Event

The return of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' biennial guitar festival Ellnora | The Guitar Festival at Krannert arrives September 10-12, 2009. This newly renamed, three-day, round-the-clock guitar extravaganza will emerge with over 30 guitarists, scores of musical collaborators, innovative engagement events, 11 free performances, and global perspectives on all things guitar.

Propelled by the extraordinary success of the Wall to Wall Guitar Festival in 2005 and 2007, the 2009 festival promises an astonishing collection of genres and artists, the return of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a Guitar Hero gaming station, community engagement programs with Dan Zanes and Friends, and numerous opportunities to delve deeper into this truly international instrument through commentaries, discussions, and interactive workshops-all assembled by Krannert Center's director Mike Ross and his staff in collaboration with the festival's artistic advisor, David Spelman. Spelman, the founder/director of the New York Guitar Festival, also launched the Adelaide International Guitar Festival in South Australia in 2007 and has served as the artistic advisor for all three biennial Krannert Center festivals.

Plans to rename the festival, now dubbed Ellnora | The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center, first began as the Center embarked on preparations for this third biennial event. The festivals in 2005 and 2007 had served as microcosms of the Center's strong commitment to diversity, quality, and distinctiveness in programming. In approaching its latest incarnation, the staff realized that the first party had grown into an internationally recognized arts event and were concerned that it might be confused with other endeavors that had "wall to wall" in their titles. The decision to change the name also rested on a desire to better reflect the festival's distinctiveness and the unique micro-urban setting of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. This examination ultimately led organizers back to the inception of the Center in the 1960s, when philanthropists Herman and Ellnora Krannert first envisioned the multifaceted facility that has become a leading university-based performing arts center. Key to that vision was Mrs. Krannert's captivating plan to utilize the central lobby as a crossroads for audiences, artists, academics, and community members to meet, mix, and mingle in celebration of the arts. Ellnora Krannert's exceptional foresight has continued to lead the Center in the more than 40 years since. It was with this lineage in mind that the Wall to Wall Guitar Festival was reborn as Ellnora-to honor the philosophy, philanthropy, and powerful leadership of the Center's first patron.

The 2009 artist roster includes Ani DiFranco, the Keb' Mo' Band, the Derek Trucks Band, Bill Frisell's Disfarmer Project, The National, Chicha Libre, Junior Brown, The Jerry Douglas Band, Dan Zanes & Friends, Alex de Grassi, the Leni Stern Quartet, the Frank Vignola Trio, the Brasil Guitar Duo, Debashish Bhattacharya, The Long Count, The Sisters Euclid, Nigel North, Paul Galbraith, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Erin McKeown & Natalia Zukerman, the Jake Hertzog Trio, Richard Julian & Jim Campilongo, the Laurie Morvan Band, and Luciana Souza & Romero Lubambo.

Regular updates will be posted at EllnoraGuitarFestival.com. Single tickets and festival passes go on sale July 16 at 10am. Festival passes include all eight events; passes must be purchased by August 2 for priority seating. Festival pass prices range from $80 for students to $192 for standard admission.  

PERFORMANCE DETAILS 

Opening Night Party
Chicha Libre
Junior Brown
Derek Trucks Band
Frank Vignola Trio
We ignite the 2009-10 season with our blockbuster Opening Night Party-and a quadruple bill of scorching bands, head-back-for-thirds food, dancing space, and festive crowds will keep this joint jumping well into the night. Chicha Libre's Peruvian-influenced psychedelic pop claims the Lobby at 7pm, Junior Brown brings his country soul sounds in at 8pm, and the Derek Trucks Band takes over at 9pm with a funk-filled progressive roots blend. Outside, the Frank Vignola Trio fires up the Amphitheatre with feisty jazz at 7:30 and 8:45pm. Come early, stay late, and enjoy yourself to the fullest at this all-out, party-mode liftoff to the new season at Krannert Center!
Thursday, September 10 at 7pm; doors open at 6pm
Lobby
$5

 

Dan Zanes and Friends
Dan Zanes and Friends will spin train tunes, Jamaican beats, Zulu numbers, salsa, sea shanties, and the folk songs collected by Illinois son Carl Sandburg into a Lobby-wide party that will have kids and grownups on their feet for high-energy dancing, clapping, stomping, whistling, and singing.
Friday, September 11 at noon
Lobby
Free

Interval: Brasil Guitar Duo
João Luiz and Douglas Lora, the 2006 Young Concert Artists Guild International Competition winners, have demonstrated their dexterity through captivating performances at the unconventional venues of the New Music/New Places initiative as well as Carnegie Hall. Their sublime synchronicity on Bach and Scarlatti and joyous affinity for the sambas and choros of their native country are infused with musicianship that is "simply outstanding" (Classical Guitar).
Friday, September 11 at 3pm
Stage 5
Free

Traffic Jam: The Jerry Douglas Band
Jerry Douglas presides over bluegrass-this 12-time Grammy Award winner was also voted Musician of the Year three times by the Academy of Country Music-and blues, jazz, and folk ripple out from his resonator guitar. You'll savor the tornadic picking, nimble strumming, and limitless artistry of the man called "Flux."
Friday, September 11 at 5pm
Lobby
Free

Morning and Evening Ragas: Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
At age four, Bhattacharya had already demonstrated his dominance on the sitar through his expressive ragas. As an instrument architect, he has more than 19 guitar designs to his credit, including three known as his "trinity of guitars" that represent, like Bhattacharya himself, the past, present, and future of Indian slide.
Friday, September 11 at 6:15pm; Saturday, September 12 at 9am
Lobby
Free
Join us for a special yoga session beginning on Saturday, September 12 at 8:30am in the Lobby.

The Long Count
The Mayans believe that we reside in the fourth world-with the fifth world set to emerge on December 20, 2012. Bandmates and brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner and artist Matthew Ritchie reveal the power and symbolism of the Mayans' long count as they intermingle the hues and cardinal directions of Mayan myth and indie rock within a revolving baseball diamond for a revealing, hypnotic sensory experience.
Friday, September 11 at 7pm
Colwell Playhouse
Flex: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 13 / UI & Yth 8
Single: 30 / SC 25 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

A Story of Floating Weeds with live music by Alex de Grassi
In this 1934 silent film, an aging leading man takes the "floating weeds" (itinerant actors) of his failing troupe to his hometown in the hopes of achieving triumphs in his professional life but instead suffers personal setbacks. Alex de Grassi's inspired fretboard work, divine arrangements, and delicate fluidity perfectly escort Yasujiro Ozu's contemplative visual style in an exploration of family and love.
Score commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival
Friday, September 11 at 8:30pm
Amphitheatre
Free

Keb' Mo' Band
Keb' Mo' has fearless acoustic phrasing and deft slides that reveal his connections to the Delta blues of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, and his "effervescent" and "wonderfully engaging" songs showcase his luminous voice colored with "a wink and a grin" (All Music Guide).
Friday, September 11 at 10pm
Tryon Festival Theatre
Flex: 43 / SC 38 / Stu 28 / UI & Yth 23
Single: 45 / SC 40 / Stu 30 / UI & Yth 25

Afterglow: The Sisters Euclid
Fronted by Grammy Award-winning Kevin Breit, the musicians of The Sisters Euclid aren't sisters-or brothers for that matter-but they are connected to the bone through luxuriously rough and jaggedly lustrous melodies. You'll be "transfixed" when this group pulls out every conceivable six-string sound (and some seemingly impossible ones) to end this exquisite Ellnora evening (JazzReview.com).
Friday, September 11 at 11:15pm
Stage 5
Free

Bachfest
Nigel North, lute
Paul Galbraith, guitar
Brazilian Guitar Quartet

Ellnora takes a classical turn with this celebration of the Baroque master. Nigel North's gentle soul and "unfailingly stylish" playing is a perfect match for the subtle beauty of the lute (Gramophone), while Paul Galbraith brings a "soaring dignity" to Bach's work through his peerless and revolutionary approach (Los Angeles Times). Then the members of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet will add their "irresistibly driving" energy to conclude this tribute (Los Angeles Times).
Saturday, September 12 at 10am
Foellinger Great Hall
Flex: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 13 / UI & Yth 8
Single: 30 / SC 25 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

Interval: Natalia Zukerman and Erin McKeown
Zukerman's tender bottleneck slide will gently entice you-and once you've heard her gentle blues-folk melodies, you'll be drawn way down into her sweetly sophisticated tunes. With songs "so catchy and clever it's a wonder she's not yet a household name," Erin McKeown will further enthrall you (Entertainment Weekly). Separate, they're delicious; together, they can't be resisted.
Saturday, September 12 at noon
Stage 5
Free

Interval: Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S and Victor Jones
Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Ted Greene, and Lenny Breau's mastery fuel Jake Hertzog, and he's known for jamming with local favorites like Chip McNeill and Rocky Maffit. He's "sure to blow your ears wide open" with his own searing and unmistakable licks (Midwest Records), so don't miss your chance to show your love to one of our most gifted native sons!
Saturday, September 12 at 1pm
Stage 5
Free

Bill Frisell's Disfarmer Project: Musical Portraits from Heber Springs
Featuring Viktor Krauss, Greg Leisz, and Eyvind Kang

Known for a quiet demeanor and ever-present humor, Bill Frisell is a six-string giant who's been tapped by DownBeat as Guitarist of the Year five times over since 1998. His Disfarmer Project sprouts from outsider artist Mike Disfarmer's biting and intimate portraits taken in small-town Arkansas during the height of the Great Depression. Disfarmer's shimmering projected images play counterpoint to the unpretentious original music rooted in the heart of the Ozarks.
Saturday, September 12 at 2pm
Colwell Playhouse
Flex: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 13 / UI & Yth 8
Single: 30 / SC 25 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

Brazilian Bash: Brasil Guitar Duo, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, and Luciana Souza featuring Romero Lubambo
The Brasil Guitar Duo and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet will turn from the splendor of their earlier shows to their flair and passion for the music of their home culture before Luciana Souza ends this ebullient afternoon. Descended from bossa nova innovators, the Grammy-nominated Souza continues this enlightened approach to her own craft through gossamer and earthy interpretations of songs and her genre-wrenching collaborations with the sophisticatedly intense guitarist Romero Lubambo.
Saturday, September 12 at 3:30pm
Foellinger Great Hall
Flex: 32 / SC 27 / Stu 23 / UI & Yth 18
Single: 34 / SC 29 / Stu 25 / UI & Yth 20

Traffic Jam: Richard Julian and Jim Campilongo
His twilit lines, painterly voice, and witty acoustics prompted Bonnie Raitt to embrace the work of Richard Julian as "some of the coolest, smartest and original music" this decade. He'll match licks with Telecaster master Jim Campilongo, who reigns as the professor of "an overall killer course on How To Play Your Instrument Putting All Others To Shame" (Billboard).
Saturday, September 12 at 6pm
Stage 5
Free

Ani DiFranco
A fiercely honest passion and the heart of a poet have drawn crowds to the hard-driving staccato fingerpicking of independent music's It Girl for over two decades. Through her unique voice and unending verve, DiFranco bravely leads all "who feel that burning desire to go farther out and experience life at a wilder level" (Folk and Music Exchange).
Saturday, September 12 at 7pm
Colwell Playhouse
Flex: 36 / SC 31 / Stu 23 / UI & Yth 18
Single: 38 / SC 33 / Stu 25 / UI & Yth 20

The Goddess with live music by the Leni Stern Quartet
The harrowing tale of a mother-turned-prostitute set against the backdrop of 1930s Shanghai becomes palpably taut through the "haunting power" of German-born guitarist Leni Stern's original score (Washington Post). Her "beautifully drawn vignettes" musically express the struggle, solace, and hope of director Wu Yonggang's masterful film (Washington Post).
Score commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival
Saturday, September 12 at 8:30pm
Amphitheatre
Free

The National
Founded in Brooklyn by Cincinnati natives, The National briskly grew its small but heated group of followers into broad support and placement on "best of" lists from Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, and Paste Magazine. Even the Obama campaign took notice, using the band's "Fake Empire" as a backdrop for its Signs of Hope and Change video at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Saturday, September 12 at 10pm
Tryon Festival Theatre
Flex: 26 / SC 21 / Stu 17 / UI & Yth 12
Single: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 19 / UI & Yth 14

Laurie Morvan Band
Pat Morvan, bass; Kevin Murillo, drums; Lisa Grubbs and Carolyn Kelley, backing vocals and percussion Before she lit up the stages at blues festivals across the country and before she opened for the Fabulous Thunderbirds and before her widespread recognition for "wiry, fiery solos" and a "sweet, soaring voice" (Blues Revue)-before all of that, this bluesy singer/songwriter was a standout right here at the University of Illinois. Join us in welcoming her back home!
Saturday, September 12 at 11:30pm
Lobby
Free

 

CREATIVE INTERSECTIONS AND SPECIAL FEATURES 

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
On Goodwin Street in front of Krannert Center, Free
A mobile recording and video production studio outfitted with the latest musical instruments, computers, recording equipment, and video production gear, the John Lennon Bus provides students, schools, and communities with a free, hands-on introduction to music, songwriting, video, and broadcast technologies. The John Lennon Bus will be stationed at Krannert Center's Goodwin Street entrance throughout the festival. The bus will be open for tours and activities-details are pending. 

Krannert Coffeehouse
The Intermezzo café at the north end of the Center's central lobby will be transformed into a coffeehouse for this year's festival. Patrons can grab a cup of cappuccino between performances, down an espresso shot to rev up for the late night shows, or simply relax and recharge throughout the festival. 

Outdoor Food Vendors
In addition to the large tented food area on the west terrace for the Opening Night Party, local food vendors will also be open during the evenings on both Friday and Saturday night. 

The Studio Store
The Studio Theatre, located at the north end of the Center will once again become the official festival store, featuring merchandise, sponsor tables, special displays, and meet-and-greets with select artists.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Ellnora | The Guitar Festival Single Tickets and Festival Passes

Single tickets and festival passes are on sale July 16 at 10am. Festival passes include all eight events; passes must be purchased by August 2 for priority seating.

Festival Pass: 192 / SC 160 / Stu 120 / UI & Yth 80

Ticket Office Information
Phone: 217/333-6280 or 800/KCPATIX (527-2849)
TTY: 217/333-9714 (for patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired)
Fax: 217/244-7469
Online: KrannertCenter.com or EllnoraGuitarFestival.com
E-mail: kran-tix@illinois.edu 

Mail: Krannert Center Ticket Office
500 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801-3788

In person: Visit the Krannert Center Ticket Office at 500 South Goodwin Avenue in Urbana, Illinois, anytime daily from 10am to 6pm. 

General Ticket Information/Key to Ticket Prices
SC = Senior citizens 65 years or older or retired University of Illinois faculty and staff
UI = University of Illinois students who have paid the Krannert Center fee
Stu = All students college age or younger
Yth = All children high school age or younger  

CREDITS 

Krannert Center's Ellnora | The Guitar Festival is supported in part by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and these sponsors: 

Patron Sponsor: Anonymous 

Patron Co-sponsors: Frances and Marc Ansel; Jean Huddleston, Kelly Foster, and Paul Foster; Mary and George Perlstein; and Carol and Ed Scharlau 

Corporate Power Train Engines: Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center; Scanics 

Corporate Platinum Event Sponsor: WCIA 3 

Corporate Gold Sponsor: One Main Development 

Corporate Silver Sponsors: Dean's Graphic Division; Chief/Bauer Heating & Air Conditioning; and The Blind Man Hunter Douglas Gallery 

Corporate Bronze Sponsors: Bacca Cigar Company; Barham Benefit Group; and Jeffrey Van Buren, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, and Valerie Van Buren 

ELLNORA | THE GUITAR FESTIVAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Th Sep 10
7pm    Opening Night Party with Chicha Libre, Junior Brown, the Derek Trucks Band, and the Frank Vignola Trio 

Fr Sep 11
Noon | Dan Zanes and Friends
3pm | Interval: Brasil Guitar Duo
5pm | Traffic Jam: The Jerry Douglas Band
6:15pm | Evening Raga: Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
7pm | The Long Count
8:30pm | A Story of Floating Weeds with live music by Alex de Grassi
10pm | Keb' Mo' Band
11:15pm | Afterglow: The Sisters Euclid

Sa Sep 12
8:30am | Yoga Session
9am | Morning Raga: Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
10am | Bachfest: Nigel North, lute; Paul Galbraith, guitar; Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Noon | Interval: Natalia Zukerman and Erin McKeown
1pm | Interval: Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S and Victor Jones
2pm | Bill Frisell's Disfarmer Project: Musical Portraits from Heber Springs Featuring Viktor Krauss, Greg Leisz, and Eyvind Kang
3:30pm | Brazilian Bash: Brasil Guitar Duo, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, and Luciana Souza featuring Romero Lubambo
6pm | Traffic Jam: Richard Julian and Jim Campilongo
7pm | Ani DiFranco
8:30pm | The Goddess with live music by the Leni Stern Quartet
10pm | The National
11:30pm | Laurie Morvan Band with Pat Morvan, bass; Kevin Murillo, drums; Lisa Grubbs and Carolyn Kelley, backing vocals and percussion.

Bernie Williams With The Les Paul Trio June 22 & 29

bernieWithout question, New York Yankees superstar Bernie Williams is one of the most popular and talented players in major league baseball, a potential hall-of-famer, and one of the most popular and well known athletes in pro sports. But ask Bernie Williams what he wanted to be when growing up, and he’ll say it was to be a professional musician. A classically trained guitarist, playing and composing music is Bernie’s first true passion with influences that include jazz, classical, pop, Brazilian, and Latin sounds.

BERNIE WILLIAMS WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO JUNE 22 & 29 Sets at 8 & 10PM

Special Opportunity to See The Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist / Yankee Legend Sub For Les Paul - who will be back soon!

JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/  

YAMN Headlining Show at Mishawaka

In quick fashion, YAMN has taken their vision of the live electronic genre to new heights and they plan to unveil their latest live installment at the famed Mishawaka Amphitheatre on June 19 as the headlining act. Fresh off a momentous performance at the Summer Camp Festival in Illinois, the four-piece is antsy to get back in front of their Colorado allegiance with one of their biggest shows to date.

YAMNBorn of Breckenridge, CO, in 2007, YAMN has been re-arranging the live electronic genre to fit their good-natured mountain spirit since day one. Once dubbed by a writer as “progressive-electro-trance-fusion with Colorado Jam Rock enthusiasm,” it’s quite difficult to fit this band into a box that needs to be labeled. They are explorers of not just sound, but sight and creativity, leading fans through a chase of sonic themes and into a night of dancing.

Brian Hamilton leads the charge on guitars and vocals, executing timely riffs with enthusiastic vocals, a good portion of which capture the essence of mountain life. All of the guys pitch in on vocals, creating a chorus that layers well the rhythm section made up of bassist David Duart and drummer Adam Ebensberger. Ryan Ebarb’s work on the keyboards and guitar is often gritty, yet at times as eloquent as the elite of organists. Ebensberger and Duart are the wheels of a sound that seems to capture a road trip, with the other half steering via calling melodies that hint at bluegrass, funk and everything else on the list of genre. Not to be forgotten is the fifth member of the band: a stage show and lighting rig that will intoxicate the eyes.

YAMN is not following in the footsteps of other live electronic bands, but carving out there own niche. For two years Colorado has been dancing away nights to their grooves, and with more shows to be announced in-state through June, fans will be eager to travel as the band lands itself on concert bills in other states.

For more information about the band, visit: www.myspace.com/yamnit or www.yamnit.com.

For information about their show at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, visit: http://www.mishawakaconcerts.com

The Crystal Method Announce US Dates

As they continue to crisscross the country bringing their Divided By Night live show to the masses, THE CRYSTAL METHOD have announced the addition of several new dates for late July and early August.  The duo of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland will also take their live show across the Atlantic, where for the first time ever they will perform at the U.K.’s two leading music festivals: Leeds on August 29 and Reading on August 30.

methodTheir additional U.S. dates commence on July 30 in Detroit and have the pair traveling through the Southeast into such markets as Columbus, Norfolk, Charlotte, Nashville, Little Rock, Tulsa and Albuquerque. They’ll then head to the northeast for DJ sets in Afton, NY and Washington D.C. and then return to Southern California for another DJ set in San Diego.  Tickets for all U.S. dates are on sale now.

Upon its release on May 12, Divided By Night hit #1 on iTunes' Electronic Music chart and #1 on Amazon. It also debuted on various Billboard charts including: #38 Top 200 Albums, #2 Top Electronic Albums, #3 Top Digital Albums and #4 Top Independent Albums.  It features a vast array of guests including vocalists Emily Haines of Metric, Justin Warfield of She Wants Revenge and his wife Stefanie King Warfield, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, rappers LMFAO plus players like bassist Peter Hook (New Order) and drummer extraordinaire Samantha Maloney (Peaches, Hole). The album was launched with the momentous first single “Drown in the Now,” their infectious collaboration with mic master Matisyahu.  Watch the video for the song here.

THE CRYSTAL METHOD’s current tour routing is as follows:

DATE                          CITY                                       VENUE                      

Wed    6/17                 San Francisco, CA                 Grand Ballroom

Sat       6/27                 Los Angeles, CA                  Electric Daisy Carnival

Thu      7/30                 Pontiac, MI                         The Crofoot

Fri        7/31                 Columbus, OH                      Boma

Sat       8/1                   Norfolk, VA                         The Norva

Sun      8/2                   Charlotte, NC                       Amos’ Southend

Mon     8/3                   Nashville, TN                         Limelight

Tue      8/4                   Little Rock, AR                      Juanita’s Cantina

Wed    8/5                   Tulsa, OK                              Cain’s Ballroom

Thu      8/6                   Albuquerque, NM                   Sunshine Theatre

Fri        8/7                   Afton, NY                              The New Echo Lake (DJ set)

Sat       8/8                   Washington D.C.                    Fur (DJ set)

Sun      8/9                   San Diego, CA                        Hard Rock Hotel (DJ set)

The Dodos To Release "Time To Die" This Fall

With a title like Time To Die, you might think the Dodos’ third disc is their ‘mature album,’ a deadly serious undertaking punctuated with string sections and synths. Nice try kid, but you’ve got it all wrong. While indie rock’s go-to guy, Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Fleet Foxes, The Shins), hopped behind the boards this time, the Dodos’ wildly-percussive style is still centered around two key elements: the punchy percussion of Logan Kroeber and the Fahey-infused finger-picking of frontman Meric Long. Oh sure, you’ll hear a horn blast here and there, but it’s never enough to distract you from the group’s riffs and rolls.

“I’m glad that we were able to keep things simple on this record,” says Long, “Because when your band gets a little popular, there’s this tendency to say things like, ‘Let’s add an orchestra on this one!” That works for some people, but it would detract from this band.”

Indeed, and as right as Long may be, Time To Die introduces one major addition to the Dodos’ creative core: Keaton Snyder, a 21-year-old music school dropout who plays a mean vibraphone. As Long puts it, “He’s a better musician than Logan and I combined. I don’t even know what’s going on with his music theory ideas half the time.” On a similar note, Snyder—a classically-trained musician—is constantly learning what ‘being in a band’ entails. In fact, he didn’t even know how to react when a chord was yanked during his Dodos debut. “After the show,” says Long, “he was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve never had to plug anything in before.’ It was hilarious.”

All jokes aside, you’d never know Snyder was the Dodos’ third man without looking at the new album’s liner notes. Not because he’s missing in action half the time; he’s just locked in step with Long’s steady-handed strumming and Kroeber’s canon-like beats. That, and Snyder’s actual sound/physical presence isn’t all that different than the visceral elements explored on the Dodos’ previous two albums, 2006’s Beware of the Maniacs and the band’s buzz-stirring breakthrough, 2008’s Visiter.

“The vibraphone is pretty crazy and loud,” says Long, “and if you put it through some effects, you can make it sound like a guitar or synthesizer. It still has that element of something you’re hitting, though, which is central to how Logan and I play our instruments.”

That’s the thing about Time To Die: It expands the Dodos’ Ginsu-sharp sound without smothering it. It’s not the death of everything you adored about the duo; it’s a rebirth, revealing some serious career standouts (the widescreen payoff of “Small Deaths,” the string-and-drum spasms of “Longform,” the delicate/distorted dynamics of Snyder’s “Troll Nacht” parts) along the way.  Which isn’t a surprise when you hear how many months they spent writing the damn thing earlier this year.

“After Visiter, we had a lot of options for which direction to go,” says Long, “But I knew we wanted to make a rock record. Being an acoustic band—primarily, at least—sort of works against this idea, but Phil’s production showcased that side of our band.”

Made In The UK Presents the TONY KOFI QUARTET

Tony Kofi is one of the UK’s outstanding saxophonists, 2008 Best Instrumentalist BBC Jazz Awards and MOBO nominee amongst his most recent recognition.  Since 2000 Tony Kofi Quartet have been performing together, inspired by the more visceral end of the hard bop of the 1960s.  His quartet moves through vibrant swing to reflective lyricism with a powerful rapport, bridging the heavyweight American tradition and European individuality.

kofiAs well as leading the quartet, Tony is the youngest, and only UK, member of the renowned World Saxophone Quartet with David Murray, Oliver Lake and Hamiet Bluiett  – touring with them again in 2009, along with tours of Europe with Abdullah Ibrahim, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma. Tony has played frontline with Branford Marsalis, Courtney Pine, Clifford Jarvis, Dr Lonnie Smith, Gary Crosby's Nu Troop, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Afropeans, Queen Latifah, US-3, Salt 'n' Pepper, to name just a few.

In 2005 Tony Kofi Quartet released All is Know (Specific Jazz), arrangements of compositions by Thelonious Monk and performed Monk’s entire repertoire in marathon six-hour performances at London Jazz Festival in 2003 and 2005.  In 2008 they released their own compositions, The Silent Truth on Specific Jazz.

 

TONY KOFI QUARTET

 

Tony Kofi (saxes), Jonathan Gee (piano), Ben Hazleton (acoustic bass) & Rod Youngs (drums)

Sunday, June 21st Sweet Rhythm, New York 8 & 10PM

double bill with Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio

Sweet Rhythm
88 Seventh Avenue South
New York, NY 10014
212-255-3626

Tortoise Annouce Fall Tour Dates

Tortoise's new album and first full-length release of all new material in over five years, Beacons of Ancestorship, is out June 23rd on Thrill Jockey. As previously reported, the band will be playing select cities this summer in the week surrounding their performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival. Additionally, Tortoise has added a week of shows throughout the midwest to their fall schedule. A complete list of dates is below.

tortoiseAlmost alone among bands of the last two decades, Tortoise remains unique as one of the rare bands who outgrew their early influences and instead became one of the markers by which other groups are now measured. Resisting easy metaphors and analogies, while spawning countless followers and imitators, Tortoise truly sound like themselves and no one else. Witnessing the element of group play between the five band members in a live setting and their adept skills at playing interchanging instruments to create this sound is truly an inspiring experience and one that should not be missed!

Tortoise Tour Dates:
Sat. July 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Mon. July 13 -- San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Wed. July 15 -- Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Fri. July 17 -- Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Sun. July 19 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Mon. July 20 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Sanctuary at First Unitarian Church
Tue. July 21 -- New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Fri. July 24 -- Tokyo, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
Fri. Aug. 14 -- St. Malo, France @ La Route Du Rock
Sat. Aug. 22 -- Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
Tue. Sep. 29 -- St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Wed. Sep. 30 -- Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
Thu. Oct. 1 -- Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Fri. Oct. 2 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Sat. Oct. 3 -- Dubuque, IA @ Voices Warehouse Gallery

**RESCHEDULED** The Seldom Scene @ Boulder Theater

The Seldom Scene has been rescheduled to Friday, July 10 from it's previous date of Friday, July 17. Tickets purchased to the July 17 date will be honored at the July 10 date. Refunds can be made at Boulder Theater Box Office.

The Seldom Scene are approaching 40 years of service as progressive pickers and beautiful harmonizers.

Since its inception in 1971, the Seldom Scene has thrived on playing bluegrass a little differently than everyone else. If other bands used a fiddler, the Seldom Scene used a Dobro; if others relied on old standards, the Seldom Scene played rock classics like J.J. Cale's "After Midnight." Through skilled musicianship and an urban approach to bluegrass, the Seldom Scene has become one of the most influential -- if not the most influential -- bluegrass band of their time.

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone. Tickets are also available through their website @ www.bouldertheater.com. All tickets are subject to tax and service charge. Reserved=$26.50, GA=$20.00 / 21+

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com

MONSTERS OF FOLK release DEBUT September 22nd

Monsters of Folk – comprised of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and singer/songwriter M.Ward – will be releasing their first collaborative album on September 22nd.  The self-titled effort was recorded in Malibu, CA and Omaha, NE, and produced by Mike Mogis.  Although these critically acclaimed artists have shared the stage before, this album marks their first recorded output as a band.  The record will be released in North America on Shangri-La Music, and internationally on Rough Trade (UK/Europe), Spunk Records (Australia/New Zealand) and P-Vine Records (Japan).

Monsters of Folk began as folklore of sorts, when James, Oberst, Ward and Mogis did their first run of shows together in 2004.  Like the musical revue shows that went town to town when rock ‘n’ roll was newly born, the tour was called “An Evening With:  Bright Eyes, Jim James and M. Ward,” although amongst friends and crew, it became affectionately known as the “Monsters of Folk Tour.”  While entertaining audiences coast to coast with gorgeous acoustic melodies and world-weary tales, the foursome vowed to make their way to a studio at some point after the tour’s completion.  Instead,  the songsmiths went on to individually release some of rock music’s most exciting and essential albums of the last five years – Bright Eyes’ I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning & Cassadaga; My Morning Jacket’s Z & Evil Urges; M. Ward’s Post War and Hold Time.   Never ones to forget their promise, when downtime presented itself, they convened in the studio multiple times over two years, with Mogis at the helm of their first recorded effort.  The result is as stunning and storied as you would expect it to be.

All four members play every instrument on the album, supplying everything from drum kills to cascading backing vocals.  The songs – some road-worn fables, some intimate and intricate with electronic elements, some woozy and sun-soaked – are everything one expects from these four musical minds collaborating together.  The album exudes a warm, organic spaciousness, filled by brilliant choruses, intoxicating harmonies and effortless melodies, as each member brings his own strengths to the table to create one perfect whole.

Track List in full:

1.    Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.)
2.    Say Please
3.    Whole Lotta Losin'
4.    Temazcal
5.    The Right Place
6.    Baby Boomer
7.    Man Named Truth
8.    Goodway
9.    Ahead of the Curve
10.  Slow Down Jo
11.  Losin Yo Head
12.  Magic Marker
13.  Map Of The World
14.  The Sandman, the Brakeman and Me
15.  His Master’s Voice

Rock the Earth at Bonnaroo

For the fourth year in a row, Rock the Earth will play an integral role in the environmental programming at the largest music festival in the United States -- the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, June 11-14. Rock the Earth will host a series of panel discussions, artist interviews and musical performances on Bonnaroo’s Solar Stage and will also present a series of environmental films at the festival. The new “Green Screens presented by Rock the Earth,” will feature award winning films focused on water, mountain top mining and protection of the Colorado River. In addition, the organization will also be coordinating the first-ever, large-scale music festival mobile phone recycling campaign at this year’s festival.

Moderated by Rock the Earth Founder and Board President Marc Ross, and presented on the Solar Stage each day at 1PM; the theme of the panel discussions will be "Social Change Through Music," and will explore the synergies between the artists that create music, and its interconnectedness to the environment and the world around us. Confirmed panelists include Erykah Badu, Danny Louis (Gov’t. Mule), Al Schnier (moe.), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Vieux Farka Toure, Ben Sollee, Eric Johnson and Ryan Rightmire (Turbine), Laura Sohn (AC Entertainment), Rebecca Lichtenfeld (WITNESS), Bob Ferguson (Oxfam), Andy Bernstein (Headcount), Paul Faeth (Global Water Challenge), Sally Palmer (The Nature Conservancy), Jasna Brown (Green Mountain Coffee Roasters), and Justin Levy (Conscious Alliance).

 

Rock the Earth will also conduct “Storyteller” interviews with musical performances by Del McCoury and Friends, Patterson Hood, Ben Sollee, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and a special one-on-one interview with Brett Dennen.

 

Green Screens presented by Rock the Earth will deliver a series of environmental documentaries each day in the Cinema Tent, featuring very special guests. http://www.bonnaroo.com/activities.aspx

 

Thurs, 6/11 @ 6:00 PM: Mountaintop Removal / Intro: Ben Sollee / Q&A: Maria Gunnoe

Fri, 6/12 @ 5:45 PM: Flow: For the Love of Water / Intro: Surprise Special Guest
Q&A: Paul Faeth (Global Water Challenge) Green Screens: / JoAnne Anderson, Consumer Marketing Manager, STANLEY

Sat, 6/13 @ 5:45 PM: Grand Canyon Adventure / Q&A: Surprise Special Guest

Sun, 6/14 @ 12:30 PM: Earth Days / Q&A: Director Robert Stone

 

Mobile phone recycling campaign
In addition, in partnership with Musictoday, Collective Good, and Bonnaroo - Rock the Earth is calling on all music festival attendees to bring all their old, unwanted mobile phones (and chargers) gathering dust in the junk drawer. In this special promotion, all festival attendees who bring a phone to the Rockthe Earth booth for redemption will receive a 20% off a future Musictoday purchase, and be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for prizes like CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, magazine subscriptions, signed artist memorabilia, a pair of tickets to next year’s festival, and much more. Each phone redeemed is worth one sweepstakes entry and will help keep toxic chemicals out of our landfills. If folks are interested in winning prizes and receiving the Musictoday discount, but not planning to participating attend a music festival this summer, they can still participate and win. Go to: www.collectivegood.com/bonnaroo to utilize the online entry form.

 

Rock the Earth is a national 501(c) (3) public interest, not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and defending America’s natural resources. We act as advocates to ensure the existence of a sustainable and healthy environment for all and represent those individuals and communities whose environment whose natural surroundings are directly and adversely affected by others. Thanks to generosity and support of a network of music industry partners and the world wide environmental community, we are able to carry out grassroots organizing, education, and legal action to mobilize public support and empower social change.

 

Please visit www.RockTheEarth.org or stop by our booth at the following music festivals:

6/4-7 Wakarusa (AR)
6/11-14 Bonnaroo (TN)
6/18-20 Mountain Aid (NC)
7/2-5 High Sierra (CA)
7/2 -5 Rothbury (MI)
7/9-12 All Good (WV)
7/18-19 Mile High (CO)
7/22-25 10,000 Lakes Festival (MN)
7/23-26 Gathering of the Vibes (CT)
7/23-26 Floyd Fest (VA)
8/12 -15 Mulberry Mountain (AR)
8/28-30 Outside Lands (CA)