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NJ Blues and Jazz Festival

New Jersey Blues and Jazz Festival @ the backstage JAZZ club will take place September 24-26, 2009.  Below is a list of performers, dates, times, and prices.

nj-bluesThu 9/24 – Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers (8pm)
Thu 9/24 – Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers (10pm)
--Table Seat:  $45
--Chair Seat:  $35

Fri 9/25 – Marcia Ball (8pm)
Fri 9/25 – Marcia Ball (10pm)
--Table Seat:  $50
--Chair Seat:  $40

Sat 9/26 – Yellowjackets (8pm)
Sat 9/26 – Yellowjackets (10pm)
--Table Seat:  $50
--Chair Seat:  $40

**All Access = 3-Set Pass (package)
8pm / 10pm Table Seat:  $130
8pm / 10 pm Chair Seat:  $100

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Email: statetheatrenj@gmail.com
Phone:  732 246 SHOW (7469)

LIVING COLOUR To Release 'The Chair In The Doorway'

Living Colour will release their first new studio album in five years entitled The Chair In The Doorway on September 15 via Megaforce Records. The legendary downtown NYC rock band, who exploded out of CBGB's in the late '80s, landing all over MTV, the cover of Rolling Stone and stadium stages around the world with their Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum debut album Vivid, are back and "fierce" as ever. Original members Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, Will Calhoun and (since 1993) Doug Wimbish gathered at Sono Studios outside of Prague in The Czech Republic during the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009 to write and record what would become The Chair In The Doorway. The results stretch from the modern soul anthem "Behind The Sun" to the politically-charged, heavy rock of "DecaDance" to the sacred steel blues of "Bless Those." The artwork for The Chair In The Doorway was compiled from thousands of contest entries by fans from around the world.

Living Colour"We feel like this is the best record we've made yet and we couldn't be more excited to be releasing it with the legendary Megaforce Records," says guitarist Vernon Reid.  "Some of our favorite bands were or are Megaforce artists, Metallica, Bad Brains, Anthrax, Black Crowes, so it's an honor to be part of a label with a great legacy."

Living Colour will announce plans for a world tour shortly. With dates set to begin in September, it will include their first North American tour in four years along with performances in South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Having helped to pave the way for a number of contemporary African-American artists to follow in their wake, ranging from Rage Against The Machine to Lenny Kravitz to Ben Harper, with a multi-dimensional sound that drew equally from Jimi Hendrix, Bad Brains, Talking Heads and Ornette Coleman, the success of Living Colour broke down the color barriers in rock music. Guitarist and founding member Vernon Reid also founded the Black Rock Coalition to use his influence to further this cause.

Discovered by Mick Jagger who produced their first demo and later offered them an opening slot with The Rolling Stones, Living Colour would go on to create a repertoire that includes a multitude of classic songs, including "Cult Of Personality," "Elvis Is Dead," "Open Letter To A Landlord," "Glamour Boys" and "Love Rears Its Ugly Head." With The Chair In The Doorway, the fifth album of their storied career, Living Colour expands the scope of their timeless body of work and, in the process, proves vital as ever.

Track listing:

1. Burned Bridges
2. The Chair         
3. DecaDance   
4. Young Man    
5.  Method             
6.  Behind The Sun
7.  Bless Those
8.  Hard Times  
9.  Taught Me
10. Out Of Mind     
11. Not Tomorrow

Akron/Family Announce Tour Dates

Akron/Family are gearing up for a North American tour that features a handful of summer festivals plus headlining club and theater dates. Just back from Japan (JPGs HERE!), Akron/Family will be joined by Wooden Wand for an east coast run and in September by very special guests Jeffery Lewis & The Junkyard and Slaraffenland. The Slaraffenland horns will join the band on stage each night (a la The Dodos or Megafaun before them) to form the Akron/Family big band.

akron-familySimultaneously, Akron/Family’s US label, Dead Oceans, will be releasing a series of Akron/Family 7"s.  Side A will feature a track off their newest, most dynamic offering, Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free, and the flip-side will boast an exclusive, 7"-only track.  These releases can be purchased at the band’s shows first before they will be made available to traditional retail outlets. The first in this series, "Everyone is Guilty,” is all but sold out - there are a few copies left at the band’s web store at akronfamily.com. The second 7" in the series, "River,” can be purchased during the September run and from traditional outlets in October. Details from the "Many Ghosts" single will be announced soon.

Tour Dates:

Wed.       Jul. 22        Cleveland, OH @ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Thu.        Jul. 23        Detroit Lakes, MN @ 10,000 Lakes Festival
Fri.          Jul. 24        Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ Icy Demons
Sat.         Jul. 25        Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Festival
Sun.        Jul. 26        Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Festival
Wed.       Jul. 29        Steamboat Springs, CO @ Ghostranch Saloon
Thu.        Jul. 30        Vail, CO @ The Sandbar
Fri.          Jul. 31        Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Sun.        Aug. 2        Liberty Park, NJ @ All Points West Festival
Tue.        Aug. 11       Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Wooden Wand
Wed.       Aug. 12      Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle w/ Wooden Wand
Thu.        Aug. 13      Atlanta, GA @ E.A.R.L. w/ Wooden Wand
Fri.          Aug. 14      Birmingham, AL @  BottleTree w/ Wooden Wand
Sat.         Aug. 15      Asheville, NC @ Harvest Festival at Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Fri.          Aug. 28      San Francisco @ Outside Lands Festival
Sat.         Aug. 29      Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater w/ Howlin' Rain, Lucky Dragons
Mon.       Sep. 7        Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival
Tue.        Sep. 8        Portland, OR @ Baghdad Theatre
Thu.        Sep. 10      Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
Fri.          Sep. 11      Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
Sat.         Sep. 12      Monticello, NY @ ATP NY Festival
Mon.       Sep. 14      Hudson, NY @ Jason's Upstairs w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland
Tue.        Sep. 15      Williamsport, PA @ Site B w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland
Wed.       Sep. 16      Ithaca, NY @ Castaways w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland
Thu.        Sep. 17      Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland
Fri.          Sep. 18      London, ON @ LOLA Fest
Sat.         Sep. 19      Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland
Sun.        Sep. 20      Louisville, KY @ 21C Museum Atrium Gallery w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland

15th Annual West Coast Jazz Party Sept. 3-6, 2009

4 Nights and 3 Non-Stop Days of America’s Best Mainstream Jazz Party featuring: Three Big Bands, Nightly Ballroom Concerts, Outdoor Pool Sessions, a Saturday Night Dance and a unique Newport Harbor Jazz Brunch Cruise!   Helping celebrate 15 swingin’ years will be the Four Freshmen, Terry Gibbs, Jack Sheldon, Ken Peplowski, Ernie Andrews, Houston Person, Marilyn Maye, Paul Smith, Peter Erskine, Frank Capp Juggernaut plus special tributes by Debby Boone, Charlie Shoemake and Byron Stripling with his All-Star Orchestra featuring Butch Miles on drums!

 

west-coast-jazzWith Orange County’s wonderful weather in September, this year’s party will feature Pool Sessions on Friday and Saturday, both days  from 12 noon until 3:15pm including on Friday the JazzAmerica Big Band directed by Richard Simon and the Dave Tull Quartet plus a special act to be announced. On Saturday- two sets with the celebrated Frank Capp Juggernaut Orchestra featuring Ernie Andrews plus Guitar Summit with Mundell Lowe, Mimi Fox & Ron Eschete  supported by Jon Mayer, Hassan Wiggins and Harold Jones.

 

The Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise on Hornblower Yacht’s Entertainer will again be a highlight of the 3 day event.   Attendees and the artists will transition from the Marriott to Newport Harbor, where 3 decks of  specially designed “jam sessions” with over 20 All-Stars, including Terry Gibbs, Marilyn Maye, Guitar Summit and the Peter Erskine Trio will be featured during the champagne brunch cruise which will take place from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

September 3-6, 2009 is the weekend for the West Coast Jazz Party & Brunch Cruise, to again be held over Labor Day Weekend at the Irvine Marriott Hotel and Hornblower Yacht’s Entertainer.

 

The party will center on a large stage nightly at 7:00pm (8:00pm on Thursday night only) with reserved seating, and conclude each night with an “up close & personal” acoustic lobby bar session, wrapping up well after midnight.   Late afternoon lobby sessions will also feature artists in an acoustic setting.

 

*Kicking off this 15h year will be the Grand Opening Sessions on Thursday evening featuring two sets with the Four Freshmen, including 5 Trombones and the Ken Peplowski All-Stars!
 
*Featured on Friday evening will be legendary vibist Terry Gibbs and his quartet with Ken Peplowski, the Grant Stewart Quartet, Byron Stripling Quintet and closing the night- Ernie Andrews & Houston Person-Together Again!
 
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Saturday evening will feature the Paul Smith Trio, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Byron Stripling, Harold Jones followed by Marilyn Maye and her trio featuring Tedd Firth plus the Jack Sheldon California Cool Quartet.
  
*Sunday night’s closing sessions will include the Ken Peplowski Quartet, a Tribute to Rosemary Clooney by Debby Boone with Musical Director- John Oddo, Charlie Shoemake’s Tribute to George Shearing with Terry Trotter, Luther Hughes, Colin Bailey & Ron Anthony plus BIG BAND MEETS BROADWAY with Byron Stripling’s All-Star Orchestra featuring Butch Miles on drums!

 

Also featured  during this Labor Day Weekend jazz Celebration will be Dan Barrett, Chuck Berghofer and his Midnight Jazz Band,  Jim DeJulio, Matt Finders, Gary Foster, Paul Kreibich, Andy Martin, Jon Mayer Trio, Roy McCurdy, Ira Nepus, Tom Ranier, Bob Summers, Terry Trotter, and Scott Whitfield!

 

Tickets are now available for the complete four night, three-day package (Over 33 hours of jazz!) including the Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise. Prices are $335/375. Individual reserved seats are priced at $60/$75 for evening performances and $40/50 for the Grand Opening Sessions,  $30 each  for “Friday & Saturday By the Pool” and $79 for the Jazz Brunch Cruise (space available). For tickets to the West Coast Jazz Party & Brunch Cruise, call the Jazzline at 949.759.5003 or for complete artist appearance times and an order form  visit our website at: http://westcoastjazzparty.com/ . Those wishing to have a weekend getaway may also enjoy the Irvine Marriott’s special rate of $135 per night and $165 for concierge.  For hotel reservations call the Irvine Marriott Hotel at 949.553.0100 and ask for the WCJP rate.   The Irvine Marriott is located at 18000 Von Karman Ave., five minutes from the John Wayne/Orange County Airport, with free shuttle service.  Free self-parking will also be available for attendees.   

The Motet Dig Deep: New Album Release!

Packed with all new material and masterfully produced by drummer Dave Watts, The Motet’s highly anticipated studio release, Dig Deep, will be celebrated in true Motet fashion with three CD release parties in Colorado starting July 9th. Dig Deep is a tapestry of sound that pushes the expectations of any listener who is familiar with the band’s signature mix of afrobeat, electronica, funk, and jazz. Albino! joins The Motet for the three night party, which opens at the Boulder Theater on July 9th, moves south to Cervantes’s Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver on July 10th, and then wraps up at The Mishawaka Amphitheater in Bellvue, CO on July 11.

motetDig Deep presents The Motet revisited and refreshed, showcasing 12 great musicians who have contributed to the band over the years. Much of the material is geared toward the studio setting rather than their famed live shows, which is evident in Watts’ rich production of interweaving rhythms and melodies. But in addition, every song on the 11-track album expresses the talents of these great musicians and plays well to the roots of the band’s signature sound.

The album, in a sense, is a family reunion with Dave Watts on the drums, Joey Porter on keyboards, Scott Messersmith on percussion, Mike Tiernan on guitar, Garrett Sayers on bass, and the powerhouse horn section of Dominic Lalli (tenor), John Stewart (baritone), and Dan Sears (trumpet). Beth Quist and Jans Ingber put their touch on three tracks with some strong vocals and the recording is rounded out with Paul McDaniel on bass and Zivanni Masango on guitar.

The record will be available at the shows for the ridiculously low price of $1 and will be made available for download on the band’s MySpace page. Once again, all three shows will also include, direct from San Francisco, the fantastic afrobeat big-band Albino!. These two groups together will be a rare treat for Colorado music lovers.

For more information about the three-night celebration, visit: MySpace & Website .

Shows:
July 9 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
July 10 – Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
July 11 – The Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Bellvue, CO

Groundation @ Boulder Theater

Groundation's long awaited full length studio album "Here I Am" will be released July 21 in the US. Groundation has truly become a worldwide movement. Incorporating a unique blend of reggae, jazz, and dub Groundation has created a global community of fans that continues to grow.

Groundation was founded in the fall of 1998 when three long time musicians Marcus Urani, Ryan Newman, and Harrison Stafford came together to form the core of the pioneering sound. They were later joined in 2000 by San Francisco based Jazz trumpeter David Chachere and the North Bay’s Kelsey Howard on trombone. Drummer Paul Spina (Les Claypool, Will Bernard’s Mother Bug) has been with the group since 2001. Harrison Stafford taught one of the only University courses on the History of Reggae Music at Sonoma State University from 1999 to 2001.

2006's "Dub Wars" was met with impressive reviews including 3 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone Magazine who said, “This collection gives the dub treatment to tracks from the group’s stellar albums Hebron’s Gate and We Free Again, adding a hypnotic resonance to their groove-based songs.”

Boulder Weekly presents
GROUNDATION
w/ guests
Thursday, October 1
doors 8:00pm, show 9:00pm

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone. Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com. Ticket prices include tax and service charge.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds play Colorado Springs, July 24

For over thirty years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group's distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up.”

thunderbirdsFounding member Kim Wilson spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation. “We started as a straight blues band.” vocalist and harmonica player Wilson says. “We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles. We're an American music band and we're higher energy than ever before.” The Fabulous Thunderbirds features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass.

Wilson’s musical talents have garnered him multiple Blues Awards and Grammy Nominations. The Blues Foundation 2008 blues Music Awards named Wilson "Instrumentalist - Harmonica" category.  In 2006, he was named “Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year” in 2006, and “Lookin’ for Trouble!” was named Blues Song of the Year in 2004. Wilson has contributed to the work of many other great artists such as the legendary Muddy Waters (who called him his “son”), contemporary artist Bonnie Raitt, guitar legends Stevie Ray Vaughn and brother Jimmy Vaughn, and Martin Scorsese’s movie “The Blues." With his current movie project “Cadillac Records,” Wilson continues to focus on the music he loves.

With over 20 albums recorded and millions sold, Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds tour the world performing their own unique style of music. Ranging from pop anthems like “Powerful Stuff” which was featured in the Tom Cruise movie “Cocktail," to the low down blues of "Chicago," this brand of honest music brings fans back time and again.

Having shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana and blues legends BB King and Buddy Guy and countless others, The Fabulous Thunderbirds continue to tour Europe and the North America, bringing more great music to their fans worldwide.

Their new CD (tentative title “Pay Back Time”) is to be released in mid-2009.

Bucky Pizzarelli With The Les Paul Trio

John 'Bucky' Pizzarelli (1926) began his professional career in 1943 at 17 years old playing in the Vaughn Monroe dance band. He toured and recorded with Monroe through 1951, and in 1952 he joined NBC as a staff musician. At NBC, for many years, he played in the Doc Severinson Band on the Tonight Show. He also toured and recorded with Benny Goodman into the 1980's.

bucky pizzarelliIn New York, Pizzarelli worked mainly as a freelance musician in the studios and he appeared on many recordings as part of the rhythm section. One of the era's most solid rhythm players, Pizzarelli was in high demand to provide propulsion and background for other musicians.

His recordings as leader began to appear in the 1970's with recordings like Green Guitar Blues. On this recording Pizzarelli established a pattern he repeated throughout his career. That is, playing and recording some of the great historic guitar compositions from the 1930's. On this recording he pays homage to Carl Kress and Dick McDonough by including Chicken A La Swing. A few years later he paid tribute to these two guitarists again on his Guitar Quintet LP. On April Kisses from 1999, he includes original music by Carl Kress, George Van Eps and George M. Smith.

Bucky Pizzarelli has carried forward other jazz guitar traditions as well.

His extraordinary skill as a rhythm player places him in the company of the great rhythm players like Freddie Greene and Barry Galbraith. And he has brought forward the great chord solo tradition begun by George Van Eps and Dick McDonough. Like George Van Eps, Bucky Pizzarelli adopted the seven-string electric guitar (in fact, playing the Gretsch Van Eps model for many years). And, although this guitar is very popular today, for many years, Bucky Pizzarelli, was considered the only guitarist next to George Van Eps, to play the seven-string electric guitar exclusively.

Along with being a dedicated preservationist of the old guitar music and the early styles of playing, Bucky Pizzarelli has also developed a very personal style that sets him apart. Recordings like Love Songs and NY Swing present a picture of the complete jazz musician and guitarist who moves effortlessly from the daunting format of the solo guitar to playing solid, swinging rhythm and single string solos in an ensemble setting.

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The Iridium Jazz Club Is Pleased To Present:

BUCKY PIZZARELLI WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO MONDAY, JULY 6TH Sets at 8 & 10PM   JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS  

Leftover Salmon Summer Shows

Leftover Salmon continues with it's second part of summer dates this weekend at the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA. Performing 2 shows this weekend, a late nite, two set show on Friday (technically the early hours of July 4th) and the celebration continues the following afternoon at 4pm the forth of July on the Main Stage. High Sierra and Leftover Salmon have many memories together. We are looking forward to seeing so many familiar faces and some new ones this weekend.

Two recently added dates will follow in August and September. The first ever Dancing in the Streets festival held in the Historic Five Points district of Denver on August 7,8,9. Salmon will headline with 2 full sets Sunday night August 9th. Other bands on Sunday include Dark Star Orchestra, Matt Butler's Everyone Orchestra featuring Steve Kimock, and Nailhouse (Moseley, Law, Sipe & Droll). Passes for Sunday only or full weekend passes are now available through our ticketing HERE. Complete festival info and lineup at http://www.quixotes.com/Dancin.html.

Salmon's final stop of the summer will be at the fall Hookahville in Palaskala Ohio, performing on Sunday evening. This event hosted is by Ekoostik Hookah who will perform two nights, is the 32nd installment of this well established event. Other confirmed acts include Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Cornmeal, and Great American Taxi. For info, additional acts, and tickets go to http://www.hookahville.com.

135,000 Attend Electric Daisy Carnival

Never underestimate the power and popularity of electronic dance music in America, or the reputation of a successful annual event. This past weekend (Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Exposition Park, ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL (EDC), Southern California’s leading electronic music festival, returned for its 13th year with a truly phenomenal turnout.  In its first year as a two-day event, EDC drew over 135,000 attendees: 45,000 on Friday and a whopping 90,000 on Saturday. The latter figure ranks ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL as one of the largest single day attended music festivals in the U.S.

paulvandykOn Saturday, such world-renowned artists as Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Groove Armada, Kaskade and James Zabiela performed to the largest audiences they ever had in America.  A combination of stellar musical sets from these talents along with other top-tier electronic musicians from around the globe, spectacular art installments by Gerard Minakawa, Dan Das Mann, Patrick Shearn and Jason Krugman (all of whose works have also shown at Coachella and/or Burning Man) and an intensely surreal assortment of performers created a carnival for the eyes and ears unparalleled by any other music festival.    The complete talent line up can be found at http://www.electricdaisycarnival.com/la/lineup.html.

The event was marked by spectacular staging and production, with massive lighting displays throughout the Coliseum and beyond, plus non-stop firework displays each night and not to mention free carnival rides on the field in the stadium itself as well as throughout Exposition Park.  The Olympic Cauldron was also ignited several times throughout the festival, an honor reserved only during USC football games and other special occasions (i.e., when the Olympics are being held in another city).

Founded by Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac Events in 1996, ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL has become a staple of West Coast electronic music culture.  For the last 12 years, many major icons of the genre have performed at the event including Moby, Above & Beyond, Deep Dish, Hernan Cattaneo, Pendulum, Ferry Corsten, Junkie XL, Sandra Collins, Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, VHS or BETA, Armand Van Helden, Z-Trip, Rabbit In The Moon, BT and many more.  Over the years, there have been many unique venues in Southern California that have played host to EDC including the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, Lake Dolores Waterpark in Barstow and Hansen Dam in Los Angeles. Insomniac Events have also brought the festival to other states including Colorado and Texas.  On Friday, August 14 the festival will travel to Puerto Rico.