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THE BRIDGE ON TOUR NOW

The Bridge put in their time this Winter with a seven week, coast to coast U.S. tour playing in almost every corner of the U.S. With festivals and club dates lined up throughout the Spring and Summer, they're seriously on the verge. If you've yet to hear them, you can check out a free mp3 of "Let Me Off This Train" here. Or you can just pick up a copy of their latest record, Blind Man's Hill. You won't stop listening.

And here's what the beginning of that Spring and Summer looks like for The Bridge...

April 22 / Santa Fe Cafe / College Park, MD
April 23 / PJ Kelly's / Clarksburg, WV
April 24 / 123 Pleasant Street / Morgantown, WV
April 25 / Blossom Blast @ Nelson's Ledges / Garrettsville, OH
April 28 / Mellow Mushroom / Tuscaloosa, AL
May 1 / The Blue Nile (upstairs) / New Orleans, LA    
May 4 / The Maple Leaf  w/ Papa Grows Funk / New Orleans, LA
May 8 / The V Club / Huntington, WV    
May 9 / Treehuggers Ball @ Sunshine Daydream / Terra Alta, WV        
May 22 / Summer Camp Festival / Chillicothe, IL
May 23 / Buffalo Creek Music Festival @ Zollman's Pavilion / Lexington, VA
May 29 / NC Mountain Sports Festival / Asheville, NC
May 30 / GA Smith's Olde Bar / Atlanta, GA
June 5 / MD Towne Centre (Acoustic Trio) / Hunt Valley, MD
June 6 / Starscape / Baltimore, MD
June 9 / Emerald Lounge (post-Phish) / Asheville, NC
June 10 / TBA (post-Phish) / Knoxville, TN
June 20 / Eysian Fields Festival (post-phish) / Boyce, VA
June 27 / OR Gathering Before the Light Festival / Tidewater Falls, OR
July 11 / All Good Festival / Masontown, WV
July 12 / All Good Festival / Masontown,WV
July 24 / Whiskey 1803 / Annapolis, MD
July 25 / Whiskey 1803 / Annapolis, MD
July 26 / Towne Centre (outdoor, early show) / Quarry Lakes, MD
August 13 / Camp Barefoot / Gore, VA
August 15 / Nottingham's (post-Phish) / Columbia, MD
August 27 / Winston's / San Diego, CA
August 28 / TBA / Los Angeles, CA
August 31 / Red Roomn @ Crystal Bay / Crystal Bay, NV

Announcing 4 Nights w/ DSO and Keller

dsoDark Star Orchestra Summer Festival Circuit

Heating up along with the climate, many of this summer's festival lineups have already been announced. This year, Dark Star Orchestra performs alongside some incredible artists at Summer Camp and Delfest in May, GratefulFest, All Good Festival and Gathering of the Vibes in July, and at Dancin' in the Streets in Denver in August. GratefulFest celebrates its tenth year this summer with DSO hosting another 4th of July weekend extravaganza featuring Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Keller Williams, JGB, Donna Jean Band and many more - what are you grateful for?

New York, New Jersey, Just Announced! Dark Star Orchestra and Keller Williams

In addition to their festival appearances, Dark Star Orchestra is delighted to team up with Keller Williams for 4 smokin' summer nights at Governor's Island, Lewistown, Utica, NY and Hackettstown, NJ this July. The Hackettstown show at Vasa Park also features Donna Jean Band who will perform before Keller & DSO. Tickets are sure to go fast for these special shows so be sure to check out DSO Ticketing and get yours ahead of time!!

To New England and Beyond!

If all of that wasn't enough, Dark Star Orchestra will be performing throughout towns across America in May, June, July and beyond. New late summer dates have just been announced, so be sure to check below and see when the band will be rolling into a city near you!

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Spring Tour Continues...
04/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA  
04/23 The Showbox Seattle, WA  
04/24 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
04/25 Mcdonald Theater Eugene, OR  
05/22 Summer Camp Chillicothe, IL  
05/23 Summer Camp Chillicothe, IL  
05/24 Delfest Cumberland, MD  
05/27 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY  
05/28 North Fork Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY  
05/29 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ  
05/30 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
06/01 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT TICKETS
06/02 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT TICKETS
06/04 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg, PA TICKETS
06/05 Celebrate Virginia Central Park Fredericksburg, VA TICKETS
06/06 Innsbrook Pavillion Glen Allen, VA TICKETS
06/08 Higher Ground Burlington, VT TICKETS
06/09 Higher Ground Burlington, VT TICKETS
06/11 South Shore Music Circus Cohasset, MA TICKETS
06/12 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
06/13 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
06/14 Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis, MA TICKETS
Summer Tour '09
07/03 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/04 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/05 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/09 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/10 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ  
07/11+ Governor's Island New York, NY TICKETS
07/12 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV TICKETS
07/15 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH  
07/16+ Artpark Lewiston, NY TICKETS
07/17+ Saranac Brewery Utica, NY  
07/18+ Vasa Park Hackettstown, NJ TICKETS
07/21 Lupos Providence, RI TICKETS
07/22 Colonial Theatre Pittsfield, MA TICKETS
07/23 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT  
08/07 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/08 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/09 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/10 Strings in the Mountains Steamboat Springs, CO TICKETS
08/12 Spud Drive-In Driggs, ID  
08/13 Emerson Theater Bozeman, MT  
08/14 Love your Mother Earth Festival Lolo Hot Springs, MT TICKETS
08/15 Love your Mother Earth Festival Lolo Hot Springs, MT TICKETS
+ w/ Keller Williams

Arturo Sandoval Opening Tonight At The Iridium Jazz Club

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

APRIL 16-19 ARTURO SANDOVAL

"Latin Grammy award-winning Arturo Sandoval is fluent in at least four musical languages. He can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop
tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and soothe you with a luscious ballad; with equal power and grace."

Mimi Fishman Auction Live NOW!

For the 6th time in as many years the Foundation's auction includes a section that directly benefits Rock the Earth.  Rock the Earth - the winner of the Jammy's 2008 Mimi Fishman Memorial Award for Community Service - is an organization that is dedicated to bringing about positive and beneficial environmental consequences on behalf of members of the music industry through the means of active litigation and negotiation.  The Foundation also continues its support of the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments.

The Robert Cray Band @ Boulder Theater

For thirty-plus years Robert Cray has laid down track after track of good-time, uptown, low-down blues. He’s won five Grammys and been nominated an astounding 13 times.  What he hasn’t done is work this magic on a full-length concert CD, where the fires that drive him onstage burn on disc as well.

Robert Cray is one of a precious few young (at this stage, that translates to under 50 years of age) blues artists with the talent and vision to successfully usher the idiom into the 21st century without resorting either to slavish imitation or simply playing rock while passing it off as blues. Just as importantly, his immensely popular records helped immeasurably to jump-start the contemporary blues boom that still holds sway to this day. Blessed with a soulful voice that sometimes recalls '60s-great O.V. Wright and a concise lead guitar approach that never wastes notes, Cray's rise to international fame was indeed a heartwarming one.

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.
GA / 21+ / $39.00
On Sale Saturday, April 18
10am internet, 12pm phone/box office

Tim Reynold & TR3 w/ On the One @ Tipitina's French Quarter!

timTim Reynolds has been playing music all of his life. Starting as a bass player in a gospel band in his hometown of St. Louis to his break through band in the 80's, TR3 and forward to recording and touring with Dave Mathews Band, Reynolds is a guitarist who rises above the mere mastery of chops to a virtual state of communion with his instrument. Since earning the reputation as a musical virtuoso alongside Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds has been recognized for his mind-bending guitar techniques, his trademark ability to improvise on any instrument, and his uncommon command of melody and dissonance. He makes use of every capacity the guitar possesses from progressive rock, straight-up jazz and high-powered funk fusion guitar. Tim Reynolds founded TR3 in the 80's and brought back a new version of the band in 2008 to rock and funk the house down. Don't miss this master of psychedelic improvisation on the acoustic guitar!

Opening for the funky rock of Tim Reynolds and TR3 will be San Diego Music Award Winners for Best Jazz Album (2007), ON THE ONE. Drum King John Staten (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) teamed up with long time friend and sax aficionado Jesse Molloy (Giant People) to create ON THE ONE in the summer of 2006. Bassist Andy Irvine (Giant People) and the recent addition of guitarist Pete Lombardo square this funky soul rock quartet. With music industry heavy hitters calling him one of the best drummers in the business, Staten's hard hitting hip-hop beats drive ON THE ONE's sound. Sax, groove bass, and effortless guitar team up to bring generations of music lovers to the dance floor.

Don't miss the Funkdown at Tipitina's French Quarter!

And remember, this year the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.

Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.backbeatpresents.com or www.ticketweb.com.

Additional details and information about the events can be found at www.backbeatfoundation.org or by visiting the Foundation's Myspace and Facebook pages. Additional information and updates about the series can be found at the BackbeatJazzfest Series 2009 group page.

For information about the Tim Reynolds please visit his official website at www.timreynolds.com. Additional information about TR3 can be found at www.myspace.com/timreynoldstr3. For information on One the One please visit www.myspace.com/ontheone.

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Tobacco Control Program (LTCP) coordinate their efforts in tobacco prevention and control by providing statewide coordination of existing tobacco control initiatives, funding innovative community programs for tobacco control, and improve the overall health and quality of life in Louisiana. For more information visit, www.tobaccofreeliving.org.

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine feat. Melvin Seals @ Tips FQ!

Please join us on Friday, May 1st at Tipitina's French Quarter with a performance by "The Guitar Monk" Steve Kimock and his new band Crazy Engine featuring Melvin Seals.

kimockSteve Kimock is one of today's most talented guitarists and composers, a master musician known for his uncanny ability to balance passion and power with soaring grace. Truly a Renaissance man, Kimock's guitar prowess has been heard in dozens of bands and special guest appearances including many Grateful Dead-family bands. For nearly four decades Steve Kimock has earned a reputation as a guitarist with an enlightened approach to melodic improvisation and has captured audiences from around the globe with his tasteful guitar speak and brilliant tone. Relix magazine recently dubbed Steve Kimock "The Guitar Monk" for his relentless pursuit of 'Zen and the art of guitar.'

Exploring a new direction, Crazy Engine is a Steve Kimock project unlike any other. The long-awaited new nationally touring band features legendary Hammond B3 wizard, Melvin Seals, best known for his work with the Jerry Garcia Band, and Kimock's son John Morgan Kimock on drums. This is Steve Kimock unleashed, pushing the limits of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, gospel and soul for undeniably feel-good music.

Don't miss this incendiary musical performance at Tipitina's French Quarter!

And remember, this year the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.

Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.backbeatpresents.com or www.ticketweb.com.

Additional details and information about the events can be found at www.backbeatfoundation.org or by visiting the Foundation's Myspace and Facebook. Additional information and updates about the series can be found at the Backbeat Jazzfest Series 2009 group page.

For information about please visit www.kimock.com. To find out more about please visit www.myspace.com/melvinsealsandjgb.

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Tobacco Control Program (LTCP) coordinate their efforts in tobacco prevention and control by providing statewide coordination of existing tobacco control initiatives, funding innovative community programs for tobacco control, and improve the overall health and quality of life in Louisiana. For more information visit, www.tobaccofreeliving.org.

Blue Turtle Seduction: 16 States for 13 Floors Tour

blue-turtleBlue Turtle Seduction is no stranger to the road - and now their upcoming “16 States, 13 Floors Tour,” leads them across 16 states in support of their digital release of 13 Floors, proof this touring juggernaut is primed to give the fans ample opportunity to hear the latest tunes featured on the release. The bluegrass, folk, hip-hop and rock ensemble will kick off the tour in Sparks, Nevada, on April 18 before making their way through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and several others before heading back west with a finale in Dunsmuir, CA, at Sengthong’s Blue Sky Room on May 16, less than a month after the tour kicks off.

Hailing from South Lake Tahoe, CA, the band released the digital version of their album 13 Floors on Feb. 10. Perhaps the truest encapsulation of the essence of the band, this release pieces influences from The String Cheese Incident to Duran Duran to The Clash into a 13 track good vibe record. Since forming in 2001, the band has worked to bring the good mountain vibes together with the easy living vibes of the coast of California. The album is at times rock, at times bluegrass, occasionally hip-hop and gypsy folk at the core. The album showcases each musician equally, with intricate undertones of a deeper side of the band. Dennis Cook of JamBase.com said of the album in a Sept. 2008 review, “… 13 Floors is a good time, plain and simple, and a finely crafted studio effort that hints at their true depths.”

Featuring Jay Seals (guitar, vocals) Glenn Stewart (harmonica, pan flute, vocals), Christian Zupancic (violin, mandolin, vocals), Stephen Seals (bass) and Adam Navone (drums), the band met while working at a resort in South Lake Tahoe. Their combined effort on-stage leaves no opportunity for crowds to just stand there, but rather, get down and dance. Big smiles and high energy typify a Blue Turtle Seduction show, all the while spreading the socially aware message the band has grown to be known for.

Already the band has worked up thrilling stage interpretations of the songs off of 13 Floors, so fans should expect to hear the album in variation at stops along the 16-state run. And further expect those songs to lead into jam sessions, then falling back into chorus. Several highlights on this tour include the Norman Music Festival and the Hemp Hoe Down, as well as sharing bills with Oakhurst, That One Guy, Madahoochi, 56 Hope Road and Pert Her Sandstone. Spring is a great time for a road trip and Blue Turtle Seduction is really looking forward to this one.

For more information go to:
www.BlueTurtleMusic.com

Tour Dates:
04/18 – Great Basin Brewery Co. – Sparks, NV
04/21 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
04/23 – Hodi’s Half Note – Ft. Collins, CO
04/24 – Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
04/25 – Norman Music Festival – Norman, OK
04/28 – The Deli – Norman, OK
04/30 – Juanita’s Cantina – Little Rock, AR
05/01 – The Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
05/02 – High Noon – Madison, WI
05/03 – Nomad World Pub – Minneapolis, MN
05/05 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
05/07 – Hemp Hoe Down – Sturgis, SD
05/08 – Filling Station – Bozeman, MT
05/09 – John’s Alley – Moscow, ID
05/10 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
05/12 – The Goodfoot Lounge – Portland, OR
05/13 – Sam Bond’s Garage – Eugene, OR
05/14 – The Applegate Lodge – Applegate, OR
05/15 – Humboldt Brews – Arcata, CA
05/16 – Sengthong’s Blue Sky Room – Dunsmuir, CA

U-Melt Spring Tour on the Books

u-meltWith the southeastern leg of their Winter Tour 2009 coming to a close, NYC road warriors U-Melt have solidified plans for their Spring Tour 2009 kicking off at the end of March. Featuring several debuts at venues throughout the northeast, U-Melt is continuing to amass an ever-growing fan base the old-fashioned way; through a rigorous touring schedule punctuated by electrifying live performances. Pushing the boundaries of a multi-genre blend and traditional musical logic, the band will be showcasing fresh U-Melt material alongside the live staples that have kept the crowds returning night after night.

Bringing their four piece sonic explorations to new and exciting venues, the Spring Tour 2009 will open with four straight Northeastern debuts as U-Melt delivers their progressive groove to Lucky’s in Cortland, NY on Thursday, March 26th, The Warehouse in Hartford, CT on the 27th, the newly opened Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME on the 28th and the Thunderbird Café in Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, April 2nd. Following the series of debuts, the band will make an extraordinary return to a couple of their favorite haunts in Nietzsche’s in Buffalo, NY on the 3rd and the River Street Jazz Café in Plains, PA on the 4th.

Thursday, April 9th marks a monumental occasion on the U-Melt calendar as the band supports longtime friends in Umphrey’s McGee as the pair commemorates the newly opened House of Blues in Boston, MA. In what is becoming the latest in a long line of U-Melt traditions, the following night will feature a very special post-Umphrey’s McGee late night set as the group performs at the famous BB King Blues Club in Times Square. The official Umphrey’s McGee after party will feature special guest and longtime friend and collaborator, Wyllys, as the two artists groove on original material as well as elements of NYC drum and bass. After the hometown show in NYC, U-Melt will take the drive down I-95 to West Chester, PA, as they make their debut at The Note.

Before the band makes their way to the Rocky Mountain State for a stretch of dates, U-Melt has penned four dates for their eagerly awaited return to the upper Midwest. Kicking festivities off in Chicago, IL on Thursday, April 16th, the band presents “An Evening with U-Melt” at Martyr’s. Friday the 17th features U-Melt hosting another post-Umphrey’s McGee party at The House Café in Dekalb, IL followed by a special stop at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on the 18th. U-Melt will set sail west after performing at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, IA on the 20th. On Wednesday, April 22nd, the band will make their highly anticipated return to Colorado with a show at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins. The following night has the band returning to the Fox Theater in Boulder. The band will conclude their Mile-High stay with a two-night stand at the renowned Quixote’s True Blue in Denver on the 24th and 25th.

U-Melt will head south for the final three dates of the tour, debuting at the Flytrap Music Hall in Tulsa, OK on Tuesday, April 28th and the Buc Days Festival in Corpus Christi, TX on the 30th. Proving that all good things must come to an end, U-Melt will bring their Spring Tour 2009 to a close in the Big Easy as the band makes their third consecutive late night Jazz Fest appearance at the Blue Nile on May 2nd. Never a band to stray too far from the road, U-Melt jump-starts their summer tour plans with their fourth annual performance at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL May 22nd – 24th, an eagerly awaited return to Mountain Jam in Hunter New York May 29th – 31st and an always memorable U-Melt late night set at the Stonehenge Music Festival in Kellyburg, PA on June 19th.

U-MELT '09 SPRING TOUR

4/16 - Martyr's - Chicago, IL
4/17 - The House Cafe - Dekalb, IL (Official Umphrey's McGee After Party!)
4/18 - University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI (FREE Show!)
4/20 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
4/22 - Hodi's Half Note - Fort Collins, CO
4/23 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
4/24 - 4/25 -Quixote's True Blue - Denver, CO
4/28 - Flytrap Music Hall - Tulsa, OK
4/30 - Buc Days Celebration Festival - Corpus Christi, TX
5/2 - Blue Nile - New Orleans, LA (Late Night Jazz Fest series w/ Orchard Lounge)
5/22 - 5/24 - Summer Camp Music Festival - Chillicothe, IL
5/29 - 5/31 - Mountain Jam - Hunter, NY
6/19 - 6/20 - Stonehenge Music Festival - Kellyburg (Trout Run), PA

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine Heads East

Steve Kimock will be hitting the road this spring with his new project Steve Kimock Crazy Engine. Exploring a new direction, Crazy Engine is a Steve Kimock project unlike any other. Pushing the boundaries of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, gospel and soul, the repertoire will include Kimock classics as well as an energized catalogue of covers and fresh material.

For nearly four decades Steve Kimock has earned a reputation as a guitarist with an enlightened approach to melodic improvisation and has captured audiences from around the globe with his tasteful guitar speak and brilliant tone. Labeled the “guitar monk” by Relix Magazine for his relentless pursuit of the art of guitar, Steve Kimock blends all of his influences, capturing the spirit of the music wherever he goes, while tuning into sounds from some unseen dimensions.

The long-awaited project will also feature legendary Hammond B3 player, Melvin Seals, best known for his work with the Jerry Garcia Band. The glistening new line up also includes the cookin’ rhythm section of Janis Wallin on bass (Family Groove Company) and Kimock’s own son, John Morgan Kimock on drums. Rounding out the configuration with their soulful crooning are “The Girls” on vocals, featuring Cheryl Rucker and Shirley Starks (Melvin Seals and JGB).

Crazy Engine will begin the ride on the West Coast in late March of 2009. With dates filling in quickly from coast to coast, there is no stopping the tour-de-force that moves Steve Kimock and his dynamic band.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.kimock.com.

TOUR DATES:
April 16 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
April 17 Fairfield Theatre - Fairfield, CT
April 18 BB Kings Blues Club - NYC, NY
April 19 State Theatre - Falls Church, VA
April 20 Ramshead - Annapolis, MD
Aprill 22 Visulite - Charlotte, NC
April 23 Pour House - Charleston, SC
April 24-25 Revolution* - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
April 26 Skippers Smokehouse - Tampa, FL
April 28 Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
April 29 Workplay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
April 30 Tipitinas Uptown - New Orleans, LA
May 1 Tipitinas French Quarter - NO, LA
*venue change from City Limits