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João Carlos Martins & Bachiana Filarmônica with Dave Brubeck

This October get ready for some fun, as conductor João Carlos Martins brings the Bachiana Filarmônica from Brazil to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.   Joining Mr. Martins and his orchestra are jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his son, trombonist Chris Brubeck.

The “meeting” will be October 2nd, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.   It includes a program of Brazilian works along with Dave Brubeck's own compositions.   The night begins with “Ouverture Opera Amazônia” by Mateus Araujo, followed by Villa-Lobos' “Bachiana Brasileira No. 7.”   Dave will be solo pianist in Howard Brubeck's “Theme for June,” and his son Chris plays solo trombone of his own composition, “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra.”   Mr. Brubeck's “Brandenburg Gate Revisited,” is also on the program, and a collaborative effort with João Carlos Martins with Mr. Brubeck's piece, “Thank You,” will finish the program.

Mr. Brubeck and Mr. Martins met several times throughout their lives, each time having musical experiences, which Mr. Martins explains as, “so strong, we cannot forget them.” The first time Mr. Brubeck and Mr. Martins saw each other perform was in a recital in Alaska, and they came to an understanding of how Bach and jazz have many things in common.   Later, in 1979, Mr. Martins mentioned on NBC News that he would like to play the Bach Double Piano Concerto with Dave.   Due to unfortunate events leading to the damage of both of his hands, Mr. Martins lost the ability to play the piano, and was never able to live up to his dream.

"The rapport between João Carlos and me was instant. And ever since that time we shared many a musical thought which is what the October 2nd concert is all about." - Dave Brubeck

Although the Bach Concerto is not on the program at Avery Fisher Hall, Dave Brubeck and João Carlos will perform together when Mr. Brubeck plays Brandenburg Gate with Mr. Martins' orchestra.   Even with Mr. Martins' limitations, he will join Mr. Brubeck at the piano for the last piece of the program - a dream come true.

Furthur: Weir, Lesh, Chimenti & Kadlecik

FURTHUR!

John Kadlecik, our lead guitarist and founding member of DS0, has been invited to join Furthur for a few dates in September. John has graciously accepted this invitation and is honored and thrilled to perform with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and others. We wish him the best of luck with this project and cannot wait to see and hear John play with our heroes...for Furthur info click HERE.

johnAnnouncing More Tour Dates...

After some mountain air and pacific sun on the Rex Caravan Tour the band will take a few weeks off before returning to East Coast for an extensive tour. We are excited to revisit some of our favorite east coast haunts this fall. Check out DSO at the tour kick-off at the Palace Theatre in Albany, feel the brotherly love in Philly, celebrate DSO's 12th Anniversary in Hagerstown, wave that flag in DC, return to the scene of the crime in Ithaca or hit the big apple for two nights at the Nokia Theatre. The bus will be laying rubber all over the east coast and we hope you can come along for the ride!

Check out the full tour schedule HERE.

Black Tie-Dye Ball in Portland Sept 25 Supports the Rex Foundation

Come celebrate this tradition of music and giving as Dark Star Orchestra and The Rex Foundation team up to present another epic gala event, The Black Tie-Dye Ball held September 25 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR. Proceeds help support local area non-profit programs and further the grassroots giving that is the core of The Rex Foundation's mission.

Together, with The Rex Foundation we demonstrate the power of the musical community to provide essential seed grants to smaller non-profits doing great work in many different ways. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on September 25.

Get information on this awesome event and to secure your tickets or VIP package HERE.

Jam Cruise 2010

As the summer winds up, so does your chances to book your cabin on Jam Cruise 8! The kind folks of Jam Cruise want to let you know that there are less than 50 cabins left for the adventure in January 2010, setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale heading to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Dark Star Orchestra is thrilled to be back on board and we want to make sure you come with us. Picture this in the winter: a luxury cruise line, tropical locations, and music day and night. Did we mention some of our dear friends are also on board: Railroad Earth, Steve Kimock, Hot Buttered Rum, and 20 more bands.

For more information and to book your cabin today, visit http://www.jamcruise.com/.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
FURTHUR: Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane, Joe Russo
09/18 The Fox Theater Oakland, CA  
09/19 The Fox Theater Oakland, CA  
09/20 The Fox Theater Oakland, CA  
Rex Caravan Fall Tour
09/24 The Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA  
09/25 Crystal Ballroom - Black Tie-Dye Ball Portland, OR  
09/26 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
09/27 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR  
09/29 Grand Sierra Resort Reno, NV TICKETS
10/01 Senator Theatre Chico, CA TICKETS
10/02 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA  
10/03 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA  
10/04 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA  
10/06 Mystic Theater Petaluma, CA TICKETS
10/08 Rio Theatre Santa Cruz, CA TICKETS
10/09 Music Box at Henry Fonda Theatre Hollywood, CA TICKETS
10/10 Wave House San Diego, CA TICKETS
10/11 Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas, NV  
10/14 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
10/15 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
10/16 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO TICKETS
10/17 Aggie Theater Ft Collins, CO  
Just Announced
11/06 Palace Theatre Albany, NY TICKETS
11/07 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
11/08 Strand-Capitol Theater York, PA  
12th Anniversary Show
11/11 Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD  
11/12 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA  
11/13 Nightclub 930 Washington, DC TICKETS
11/16 McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ TICKETS
11/18 State Theatre Ithaca, NY TICKETS
11/19+ The Klein Bridgeport, CT  
11/20+ Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA  
11/21+ Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
11/24 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY  
11/25+ Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  
11/27 Nokia Theatre New York, NY  
11/28 Nokia Theatre New York, NY  
11/30 Higher Ground Burlington, VT  
12/01 Higher Ground Burlington, VT  
Cruisin into 2010
01/03/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
01/04/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
01/05/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
01/06/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
01/07/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
01/08/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson

The Devil Makes Three Upcoming Dates

bernhardThe Devil Makes Three live @ KEXP was released digitally on 8.11,  including four tracks played live in the studio of the famous Seattle based radio station and an interview.

 

And all the while, Devil Makes Three frontman Pete Bernhard launches his solo album Straight Line on Milan Records on September 15th.  Stepping out with a collage of musical influences, Straight Line is a fair bit different from his primary band but one key element remains the same - Pete Bernhard's defining vocal style, unique phrasing and his distinctive point of view.

 

TOUR DATES!
September 5 - Truckee River Park Amphitheater - Truckee, CA
Sept 7th - Bumbershoot Festival - Seattle, WA
Sept 15 - Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA**
Sept 16 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA**
Sept 17 - The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA**
Sept 18 - Cafe Coda - Chico, CA**
Sept 19 - Stillwater - Ashland, OR**
Sept 27 - Earthdance Peace Festival - Black Oak Ranch - Laytonville, CA
Oct 14 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
Oct 15 - Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 16 - Downtown Brewing Company - San Luis Opisbo, CA
Oct 17 - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 18 - The Phoenix Theater - Petaluma, CA
Oct 21 - The Historic Ashland Armory - Ashland, OR
Oct 22 - WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
Oct 23 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
Oct 30 - 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN
Nov 1 - The Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
Nov 7 - Middle East Upstairs - Cambridge, MA
Nov 8 - Southpaw - Brooklyn, NY
Nov 9 - Talking Head Club - Baltimore, MD
Nov 11 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
Nov 13 - One Eyed Jack's - New Orleans, LA
Nov 20 - Walnut Room - Denver, CO

Shakedown Street ft. Rob Eaton @ Boulder Theater

By virtue of their success, Shakedown Street have proven that Grateful Dead music is an American musical institution that is rallied by hundreds of thousands and hard to resist . By necessity and demand, there are literally dozens of Grateful Dead cover bands in this country. However, Shakedown Street has garnered a national reputation as being the mother of all Dead bands!!

Rob-eatonShakedown Street has provided a musical and spiritual public service for "deadheads" for over 21 years. The Band has performed numerous times with former members of the Grateful Dead including; Vince Welnick (keyboards), Tom Constanten (Keyboards), and Bob Bralove (the Dead's longtime sound designer.) Shakedown Street has also played with and opened for many national acts including three shows with Hot Tuna, twice with the J.G.B. Band, twice with The David Nelson Band, Merl Suanders and the Rainforest Band, several shows with Spirit, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Jerry Jeff Walker, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Arlo Guthrie, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many others.

Colorado Daily presents
SHAKEDOWN STREET
ft. Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra
Friday, Sept 4
doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com
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Steve Kimock: 30 Years of Innovation on Tour

Steve Kimock is an innovator. Not just for his ability to successfully navigate live performances spanning the Summer of Love through the advent of MTV and well into the new electronic-pop revolution. And not just for his gift for leading the live music recording and download revolution with a meticulous dedication to archive and share his live shows for more then twenty years (Macworld, 2005). He is not just an innovator because of his craftsmanship restoring vintage analog equipment and for a completely custom and organic sound (he designed a highly collected edition of Two Rock brand "Kimock Amplifiers" and most recently a custom, ergonomic Scott Walker guitar, in stereo).

kimockSteve Kimock is also an innovator for his ability to create matchless arrangements of musicians, who for over thirty years have collectively created inimitable improvisational performances based on the elements of classic rock, jazz, prog and rhythm & blues, with the kind of soul only someone with his experience and depth can construct.

His latest project, aptly named Crazy Engine, is also approached with the same "a bit of the old and a bit of the new" logic. The line-up includes the legendary Hammond B3 player Melvin Seals, known for his twenty years with the Jerry Garcia Band, as well as his son, John Morgan Kimock on drums. Not without merit, the twenty-year-old drummer has organized a number of self-released albums earning him a record deal with Rope-A-Dope Records by the age of 18. Rounding out the quartet is accomplished singer-songwriter and cello player, Trevor Exter, who was plucked out of the NYC indie music scene to fill the roll of bass and vocals. This arrangement of seasoned players and talented youthful musicians blends with Kimock's innovative mind for music - and foretells a merge of his vintage appeal with a modern twist, to befit music lovers of all types.

One of the last living musicians still touring from the era of Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Grateful Dead and The Band, Steve Kimock has led a storied career. He has performed with a cast of characters that reads like the musicians almanac including John Cipollina, Peter Frampton, Little Feat, Jerry Garcia & all members of the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Buddy Miles, Buddy Cage, Trey Anastasio & all members of Phish, Jorma Kaukonen, Vassar Clements, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Joe Satriani, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Elvin Bishop, Steve Winwood, Derek Trucks, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Grace Slick, Papa John Creach, Norton Buffalo, Amos Garrett, Terry Haggerty, Hadi Al Sadoon, Stephen Perkins, Nicky Hopkins and Freddie Roulette just to name a few.

His ability to articulate tone, melody and emotion into music combined with technical brilliance has earned Kimock the title "Guitar Monk" by Relix Magazine for his commitment to guitar, and his ability to make it speak with its own original voice. Perhaps this is why Jerry Garcia himself named Steve Kimock his "favorite unknown guitarist" in Rollingstone Magazine, months before he passed.

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine is hitting the road this fall for a tour with dates spanning the East Coast, the Midwest and even the Pacific Northwest before ending down south for a two-night run in Fayetteville, AR - a place where Kimock legend tells of unusual power jams, sit in musicians and surprises, an unlikely tour finale which should live up to it's long standing tradition.

As always, this series of intimate performances will be recorded and available for purchase, and word is a live "fan release" may be in the works. While Kimock treats the spirit of live recording as seriously as another "member in the band", the live show is not to be missed. Kimock's unparalleled ability to embrace and capture a theater musically is the stuff of legends.

kimockFor tour dates and more information go to Kimock.com.

October
Oct 1 Mexicali Blues - Teaneck, NJ
Oct 2 Recher Theatre - Towson, MD
Oct 3 Canal Club - Richmond, VA
Oct 9 Riverview Fest - Chicago, IL
Oct 23 Spookstock (Camp Zoe) - Salem, MO
Oct 24 Granada Theatre - Lawrence, KS
Oct 27 Humboldt Brews - Arcata, CA
Oct 28 El Rey Theatre - Chico, CA
Oct 29 Stillwater - Ashland, OR
Oct 30 McDonald Theatre -Eugene, OR
Oct 31 Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR

November
Nov 5 Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
Nov 6 Bearsville Theatre - Bearsville, NY
Nov 7 Benefit for Queen Theatre - Wilmington, DE
Nov 8 Fairfield Theatre Company - Fairfield CT
Nov 11 The Arts Center - Carrboro, NC
Nov 12 Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
Nov 13 The Pour House - Charleston, SC
Nov 14 Bear Creek Festival - Live Oak, FL
Nov 16 Visulite - Charlotte, NC
Nov 17 Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
Nov 19 Rev Room - Little Rock, AR
Nov 20 George's - Fayetteville, AR
Nov 21 George's - Fayetteville, AR

December
Dec 17 Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 18 Fillmore - San Francisco, CA * Big Light opening
Dec 19 Crystal Bay Club - Tahoe, CA

January
Jan 3-8 Jamcruise

Allman Brothers Band & Rock the Earth to Recycle Mobile Phones across US tour

Environmental advocacy organization Rock the Earth,  announced today that they have partnered with the Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic in calling on all attendees of the bands co-headlining North American Tour, to bring their old, unwanted mobile phones (and chargers, adapters, etc) to the Rock the Earth booth at the Allman Brothers Band / Widespread Panic upcoming August - September US tour stops.

In partnership with Musictoday, Collective Good and Gibson, all attendees who bring a phone to the Rock the Earth booth for redemption will receive a 20% off a future Musictoday purchase, and be entered into a nightly drawing for an Instant Live CD of the band's performance; and the tour prize of a Gibson guitar; Plus gain entry into the national mobile phone recycling campaign Grand Prize of the "Party Like A Rock Star" experience - Winner plus 12 friends wins use of the Gibson Tour Bus for a one night concert excursion.

 

Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks commented "We're very happy to align with Rock the Earth in this effort to keep mobile phones out of landfill, and just like everyone else, we too have been looking for the right place to recycle our old phones. In fact, I plan on bringing my five old phones to the Rock the Earth booth and I encourage everyone else to do the same".

 

Did you know that one (1) mobile phone has enough super toxic heavy metals to contaminate 40,000 gallons of drinking water?  Or, that one (1) billion new mobile phones were issued last year in the US alone, yet less than 1% ever get recycled?

 

For those people looking to recycle an old phone but who are unable to attend any of these shows, they can still do so by simply going to:  Rock the Earth Phone Recycling Center to utilize the online entry form and free shipping. All participants will receive the 20% off Musictoday discount and gain entry into the Grand Prize sweepstakes drawing,

 

So, what are you waiting for?  The more phones recycled - the less toxic chemicals threatening America's most precious natural resource - our drinking water supply!! And, the greater your chances of winning!

 

wpPlease visit www.RockTheEarth.org for more information or stop by our booth at the following Allman Brothers Band / Widespread Panic tour dates:

 

August

18 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga, NY) with Doobie Brothers
19 - PNC Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ) with Doobie Brothers
21 - Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden, NJ) with Widespread Panic
22 - CMAC - Performing Arts Center (Canandaigua, NY) with Widespread Panic
24 - Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion (Gilford, NH) with Widespread Panic
26 - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel, NY) with Widespread Panic
27 - Jones Beach Theater (Wantagh, NY) with Widespread Panic
29 - Comcast Center (Mansfield, MA) with Widespread Panic
30 - Meadows Music Theatre (Hartford, CT) with Widespread Panic

September

1 - Charter One Pavilion (Chicago, IL) with Widespread Panic
2 - Charter One Pavilion (Chicago, IL) with Widespread Panic
5 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison, CO) with Widespread Panic

October / November dates - to be determined

10th Anniversary DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL

Launched in 2000, The DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL, the brainstorm of Producers Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta, has  become one of the most successful and highly anticipated annual musical events in the NY area with people flying in from all over the country to see some of the best ‘HOT JAZZ’ in the world.  Ahmet Ertegun, who was a revered giant in the record industry, attended that 1st year and remarked ‘that he hadn’t seen that much excitement in a club  since his early days in NYC”.  He went on to release a CD of 2000 which included Bireli Lagrene, Jimmy Rosenberg, and Babik (Django’s only son), his only recording in the US. The Festival is dedicated to the memory of dear friend HANS MEELEN who turned the Producers on to his great love of this music!

django2009 marks the 10th Anniversary held at its official home, Birdland.  Hot Gypsy Jazz lives on!  Django, who was the partner of virtuoso Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli in the 30’s and 40’s in Europe with their Hot Club Quintette, left an indelible mark on music which continues on in the hands of thousands of top musicians around the world including stars such as Willie Nelson.  Tony Bennett has written an English lyric to Django’s most famous song “Nuages”.

Gypsy Jazz is just that!  It is Jazz coming out of the Gypsy life where children at three can be holding guitars while fathers and grandfathers sit around and play, many times in the caravans.  It is music passed from one generation to the other with love, amongst family, taken to the parks, streets, and boites, and as it became accepted as important music – went to  established clubs and concert halls where it is today, almost 100 years later.

Appearing will be the legendary TCHAVOLO SCHMITT, his first time at Birdland.  Born in a gypsy family, living in Strasbourg,  France, he epitomizes ‘a swing of  madness’ combined with romantic emotion.  He is joined by his nephew, SAMSON SCHMITT, a regular at the Festival where he grew up alongside his  Dad, DORADO SCHMITT, who will return to NY on February 2nd in an important concert ending a US tour celebrating DJANGO’s ‘100th Birthday” also produced by Philips and Stratta.

ANDREAS OBERG, from Stockholm, is one of the  most fluent young stylists on the guitar playing today.  LUDOVIC BEIER, a real virtuoso from Paris, has also been a regular at the Festival playing Accordion and Accordina – a rare instrument that  is a cross between a harmonica and the accordion.  Add to this community of musicians, AURORE VOILQUE, young female Violinist from France, her first time to the US who became part of the Manouche Jazz scene in Paris playing with all the great swing artists.  On Rhythm Guitar, which is vitally important to ‘hot jazz’, is Ted Gottsegan living in nearby Queens who has performed with the top players of this music including Robin Nolan.

A very adventurous part of the evening is when, each night, a US Jazz Musician steps in as Special Guest.  Most times, unless a repeat appearance, the players meet this Guest for the first time and magic erupts bringing smiles to the faces of the musicians and audience alike.  It is sometimes very daring but fun for the US artists to join into this excitement without rehearsal .  Basically a few #’s are called backstage and ‘away we go’.  That is the freedom of this Festival where anything can happen and does.  Improvisation on all fronts abounds and creates surprises and a great time for all.  
 

Guests:     Nov. 3:   Sax Great Joel  Frahm
                      4:   Trumpet Virtuoso Dominick  Farinacci
                      5:   Another Trumpet Star:  Terrell  Stafford
                      6:   Colombian Jazz Harpist:  Edmar  Castaneda
                      7:   Harmonica Master:  Hendrik  Meurkens
                      8:   Washboard Percussionist:  David Langlois
 
It all  happens at BIRDLAND: 315 W. 44th Street in NYC –Showtimes:  8:30 &  11:00 PM | Reservations: (212) 581-3080 or www.birdlandjazz.com    
 

Tierney Sutton This Week At The Iridium

suttonIn a world of overnight sensations, vocalist Tierney Sutton’s success has come from the road less traveled. A decision in the mid ’90s to move to Southern California from her New England home resulted in a decade-long collaboration with her current band mates. A Wisconsin-born choir girl, unexposed to jazz until college, Sutton eventually found the best of the best – collaborators with their own impressive jazz pedigrees, from Natalie Cole to Diana Krall, from Ray Charles to Randy Brecker – pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, and drummer Ray Brinker. Twelve years and seven critically acclaimed CDs later, Sutton and her longtime band demonstrate what collective consultation and dedicated teamwork can achieve. Reviewers repeatedly say that audiences experience a rare and powerful harmony, achieved by humble performers at the top of their game. The road less traveled in an impatient world. 

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/
SETS AT 8:30 & 10:30PM

WED. THRU SUN. AUGUST 19-23 TIERNEY SUTTON

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Announce 34-City North American Tour

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey have announced a 34-city North American tour in September and October to support their new EP, One Day In Brooklyn. The band will begin the trek in their home state of Oklahoma before hitting Texas for two nights and then heading west where they'll work their way up the left coast to Seattle. After one night back in Tulsa for a release party and performance, they'll immediately join Phish bassist Mike Gordon as opening support on seven shows. From there, JFJO thoroughly covers the Northeast and then wraps the tour with a handful of dates in the Midwest, including Halloween in Kansas City.

 

jfjoOne Day In Brooklyn will be released September 1 on JFJO's own label Kinnara Records through a partnership with The Royal Potato Family. It's the band's first release since pianist Brian Haas and drummer Josh Raymer expanded the line-up to a quartet with the addition of lap steel guitarist Chris Combs and upright bassist Matt Hayes. Recorded in one day at 58NS Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, JFJO feature two original tunes ("Country Girl" and "Drethoven") along with interpretations of songs by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Abdullah Ibrahim, The Beatles and Thelonious Monk.

 

The upcoming JFJO tour dates are:

September 2 | The Deli | Norman, OK (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 3 | Granada Theater | Dallas, TX (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 4 | The Parish Room | Austin, TX (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 5 | Arts Festival Oklahoma | Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 8 | Lou's Records | San Diego, CA (5pm In-Store)
September 8 | Winston's | San Diego, CA (w/ Heavy Guilt)
September 9 | Catalina Jazz Club | Hollywood, CA (w/ Eartha Austria Trio)
September 10 | Kuumbwa Jazz Center | Santa Cruz, CA
September 11 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA (w/ The Last Ambassadors)
September 12 | Red Fox | Humboldt, CA (w/ Eskmo & Welder)
September 17 | The Dojo @ Well Springs | Ashland, OR
September 19 | Music Millennium | Portland, OR (3PM In-Store)
September 19 | Jimmy Mak's | Portland, OR
September 20 | High Dive | Seattle, WA
September 25 | The Marquee | Tulsa, OK (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 26 | Barrymore Theatre | Madison, WI (opening for Mike Gordon)
September 28 | 20th Century Theater | Cincinnati, OH (opening for Mike Gordon)
September 29 | Blind Pig | Ann Arbor, MI (opening for Mike Gordon)
September 30 | Mr. Small's Theater | Millvale, PA (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 2 | The Mod Club | Toronto, Canada (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 3 | Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 4 | Pure Pop | Burlington, VT (2PM In-Store)
October 4 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 6 | La Salla Rossa | Montreal, QC
October 7 | Gemstones | Lowell, MA
October 8 | Narrows Center For The Arts | Fall River, MA
October 9 | Le Poisson Rouge | New York, NY (w/ Moodswing Orchestra)
October 10 | Tritone | Philadelphia, PA (w/ Jason Fraticelli & the Wet Dreams)
October 13 | Mill Hill Saloon | Trenton, NJ
October 15 | Red Square | Albany, NY
October 16 | Downright Music & Art | Collinsville, CT
October 17 | The Lizard Lounge | Boston, MA
October 21 | Iowa City Yacht Club | Iowa City, IA
October 22 | The Encore | Stevens Point, WI (90-FM Jazz Fest)
October 23 | Cranky Pat's | Neenah, WI
October 24 | Kinetic Playground | Chicago, IL
October 31 | Jardine's | Kansas City, MO (w/ special guest Mark Southerland)

Sam Bush Honors First Loves on "Circles Around Me"

Sam Bush doesn't seem old enough to be a musical legend. And he's not. But he is. In September, the Americana Music Association with its Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist award will honor Bush, who is alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass. "It's overwhelming and humbling," says Bush of the honor. "It goes along with the title cut of my new album, Circles Around Me, which basically says, how in the hell did we get this far? In my brain I'm still 17, but I look in the mirror and I'm 57."

sam-bushCircles Around Me, Bush's seventh solo album and sixth with Sugar Hill, will be released Oct. 20. The album is an aurally inspiring mix of bluegrass favorites and complementary new songs. "I don't know why, but it felt right at this moment in my life to go back and revisit some things that I've loved all my life, which is bluegrass and, unapologetically, newgrass," says Bush. "After all these years of experimenting --and there's experimentation on this record too --I've come full circle."

Produced by three-time Grammy winner Bush, the 14-song set includes appearances by Del McCoury, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas and New Grass Revival co-founder Courtney Johnson (posthumously). The album also employs the phenomenal talent of Bush's band: Scott Vestal, Stephen Mougin, Byron House and Chris Brown.

The title cut, which Bush co-wrote with Jeff Black, "is about being thankful that you're still here, that you're still alive walking around," Bush explains. "Why are we the ones still here when we've had fallen comrades and loved ones?"

"The Ballad of Stringbean and Estelle," which Bush co-wrote with Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson, is the haunting real-life story of the 1973 murder of Grand Ole Opry star David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife.

Courtney Johnson, who passed in 1996, was reunited with Bush on the album thanks to New Grass Revival producer Garth Fundis, who found a previously unreleased recording with Bush and Johnson's fiddle and banjo recording of  "Apple Blossom" from 1976. The tape was restored and new parts were added. "It's pretty special and it means a lot to me," Bush says. "It reminds me how much I loved Courtney's playing."

Meanwhile, "Souvenir Bottles" and "Whisper My Name" are fine updates of songs Bush first recorded in his New Grass Revival days. "I guess I'm proud that I can still sing it in the key that we first cut it in," Bush says of "Whisper," which was on New Grass Revival's 1972 debut album.

McCoury, whom Bush has known since the mid-60s, guests on two Bill Monroe songs, "Roll On Buddy, Roll On" and "Midnight On The Stormy Deep." "Del always encouraged me to sing," Bush says. "So I wanted to do these songs with him. 'Roll On' is one of the few songs Del ever recorded with Bill."

Songs such as "Diamond Joe" and "You Left Me Alone" have roots in Bush's youth. The latter was on an album by the Country Gentlemen that Bush bought in the '60s. "It's a great 6/8 fast waltz tune and I am almost quoting John Duffey's mandolin playing note for note," he says. "It's a great tune and I never heard anyone else do it."

The Bush-penned "Old North Woods" is a "Bill Monroe-sounding waltz," according to Bush, that features Meyer, his wife, Cornelia Heard of the Blair String Quartet, and their 16 year old son, George, in his recording debut.

There's plenty more of course and Bush fans new and old will find plenty to love. "It's crazy to think about," Bush says of his influence on today's crop of mandolin players. "I'm proud to be part of a natural progression in music. But I hope to still be playing 30 years from now."