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Porter Batiste Stoltz ft. Kyle Hollingsworth @ Boulder Theater

Kyle will join Porter Batiste Stoltz | photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Known for creating some of the funkiest music on the scene, Porter Batiste Stoltz is comprised of three outstanding individual musicians who together always put the music – no, the groove – first.  George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste Jr., and Brian Stoltz are part of the rich history that is New Orleans' musical ancestry and this March, PBS will be bringing their NOLA funk show to Boulder Theater.  Master keys player Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident) will be joining PBS so the funk grows on.

Porter Batiste Stoltz are celebrating the success of their first-ever live release MOODOO, which hit streets in the fall of 2008.  Offbeat Magazine named MOODOO one of their Top 10 albums of 2008 and Creative Loafing calls the tunes "fresh and full of energy."  The album features special guest keyboardist Page McConnell (Phish) sitting in on select songs.  The recording offers highlights from an epic November 2, 2007 gig at Burlington, Vermont's Club Metronome, where McConnell joined PBS on stage for part of their performance. Documentation of the evening had been highly sought after by fan communities, yet there had been no known recordings of the show – until its release.

Radio 1190's Krewe de Louisianne presents
PORTER BATISTE STOLTZ ft. KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH
Wednesday, March 18
doors 8:00pm, show 9:00pm

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

Genre-Bending Fiddler Casey Driessen's New CD Streets 5/12

With one Grammy nomination and two years of solo touring under his belt for 3D, his debut release on Sugar Hill Records, inventive genre-warping fiddler Casey Driessen has recorded a fascinating new CD.

3 New Shows Added to The Dead Tour

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

The Dead just added 3 new shows to the spring tour, with additional nights at Chicago and Shoreline, plus a show at The Gorge in Quincy, WA! Now the band will be playing 22 shows spread across a month from mid-April through mid-May!

Click here for links to the ticket vendors handling pre-sale starting Tuesday, February 17th at noon EST.

Dead.net will be your official hub for ALL news about the tour, including dates and ticket info... and perhaps even a few surprises along the way!

 

PHIX to play TWO shows in Denver this weekend

Paul from Phix- for the Grateful Web

Ever since Phish announced their reunion, our heads have been FILLED with Phishy thoughts.  We've been digging back through our collections and listening to all of the old shows with a renewed love for the music.  And though rumors abound regarding some Phish shows in Colorado this summer, nothing has been announced yet.  And we are well aware that, as lucky as a couple of us are to be going to Hampton next month, MOST folks here in Colorado didn't get so lucky and will have to miss out.  So we thought, what the hell, let's play a couple of PHIX shows here in Denver...it'll be a little warm-up for the reunion shows and the summer tour, a little Phix for those who can't be there for whatever reason.  And it'll most definitely be a blast, and a great chance to get together with all of our friends who we don't see so often these days...

We should also add that we have opening acts on both nights, both of which feature Phix bass beeyotch Brian Adams, the hardest-working bassist in Colorado.  On Friday 2/13, the band is Ethereal Plane, featuring Patrick Latella on guitar and some outstanding funky, fusiony jams.  On Sat. 2/14, the opener is Magnolia Row, a wonderful bluegrass band featuring excellent musicianship and beautiful vocal harmonies.  We think you'll really enjoy both bands, and we hope you'll get there early both nights to hear them play.  Music will get going by 9:30, if not earlier, and Phix will take the stage by 10:45 or so both evenings.

We look forward to seeing our Colorado friends and family at these shows, and we thank everyone for all the support you have given us over the years.  It'll probably be a while before you get another e-mail from us, since these are the only Phix shows we have on the calendar.  We don't know what the future holds for Phix, but we have been very thankful for the opportunities we have had to get back together over the last year or so, and it may still happen again in the future...but meanwhile, we're all looking forward to getting out to see the real deal this spring and summer, and we hope to bump into some of you at the shows.  

The Walkmen Announce US Tour With Kings Of Leon

Kings of Leon - photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

The Walkmen Announce US Tour With Kings Of Leon - Their new album, You and Me Out Now On Gigantic Music

4/19: Agannis Arena, Boston, MA
4/20: La Sala Rossa, Montreal (Solo Headline)
4/21: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
4/22: Palumbo, Pittsburgh, PA
4/24: Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA
4/25: Spectrum, Philadelphia
4/27: Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, Va
4/28: Koka Booth Ampitheatre, Raleigh, NC
4/30: Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
5/04: St Augustine Ampitheater, St, Augustine, FL
5/05: UCF Arena, Orlando, FL
5/07: Bank United Center, Miami, FL
5/08: Sundome, Tampa, FL
5/10: North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, SC
5/12: National City Pavillion, Cincinnati, OH
5/13: Tower City, Cleveland, OH
5/19: Mesa Ampitheatre, Phoenix, AZ
5/21: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

Lubriphonic February Tour Announced

photo courtesy of Tsunami Publicity- for the Grateful Web

The Chicago, IL based Lubriphonic is heading out west, with stops through the Midwest, for a string of Colorado dates this February. With high intensity live performances and a searing stage presence, the quintet mixes elements of rock, soul, funk and groove into a silky smooth auditory experience not to be missed.

Mixing five individual, yet equally skilled touring musicians, Giles Corey (vocals, guitar), Richard King (drums, percussion), Joewuan Scott, (bass), Ron Haynes (trumpet) and Johnny Cotton (trombone) collectively make up Lubriphonic. Having toured with the likes of Koko Taylor, Buddy Miles, Otis Rush and Lenny Kravitz, the quintet blends pure talent with years of experience to create an original and exciting project. Dirty guitars, blistering leads, groovy rhythms, punchy bass, soulful vocals and razor sharp brass are trademark Lubriphonic.

Watch the funk out for these upcoming tour dates:

02/12 – The Gramophone – St. Louis, MO
02/13 – Port of Wichita – Wichita, KS
02/14 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
02/15 – Bar Fly – Omaha, NE
02/17 – Jazz @ Jack's – Denver, CO
02/18 – Gunnison Brewery – Gunnison, CO
02/19 – Snake River Saloon – Keystone, CO
02/20 – Alma's Only Bistro – Alma, CO
02/21 – Bubble Lounge – Telluride, CO
02/23 – Three20South – Breckenridge, CO
02/24 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
02/25 – The Goat – Keystone, CO
02/27 – The Eldo – Crested Butte, CO
02/28 – Dulcinea's 100th Monkey – Denver, CO

STS9 ANNOUNCES 2009 PLANS, INCLUDING SPRING TOUR DATES

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Rising electronic heroes STS9 announce a busy first half of 2009, including a Spring Tour in March that brings the band to parts of the west coast, Midwest, and southeast. Also this year, STS9's boutique digital record label, 1320 Records, continues to generate buzz as a tastemakers in today's new music culture, offering digital delivery of new releases by Prefuse 73, Count Bass D, Eliot Lipp, Calmer, and others.

 

1320 Recordsis STS9's passion for music manifested, and it is quickly becoming the go-to digital delivery store for in-the-know music addicts in search of new listening, and for underground indie artists looking to be heard.  On the heels of buzzed-about 2008 releases including STS9's own critically acclaimed studio statement, Peaceblaster, and L7 by hip hop pioneer Count Bass, 1320 Records promises more cutting edge offerings hand picked by the members of STS9.

 

First up for 1320 Records in 2009: Prefuse 73 vs STS9 (Megaloid MPC VET Mixxx).  For this 7-minute megamix of tracks, beloved producer/DJ Prefuse 73 returns to his roots on the ubiqutous MPC beat machine, offering up classic Prefuse 73 treatment of new STS9 favorites "Squishface," "Shock Doctrine" and "Metameme."

 

Also new on 1320 Records is Eliot Lipp's Peace Love Weed 3D (in partnership with Old Tacoma Records), Past is Present by Brooklyn percussionist/composer Collin M Palmer aka Calmer, DubConscious' new release Nonviolent, new material by Lowpro Lounge collective's The Flying Skulls, and more.  Download these releases and others at www.1320Records.com. And while you are there, listen to the new 1320 Music Player - a "showcase" streaming full tracks of choice selections from the label's catalog, as well as live STS9 and 1320 podcasts.

 

Much of the music that STS9 chooses to feature on 1320 Records is inspired by the band's life on the road.  Catch STS9 on tour beginning late February. The complete list spring tour dates is as follows:

February 26        The Fillmore              San Francisco, CA
February 27        The Fillmore              San Francisco, CA
February 28        The Fillmore              San Francisco, CA
March 1            The Fillmore              San Francisco, CA
March 5            McDonald Theatre          Eugene, OR
March 6            Roseland Theater          Portland, OR
March 7            Roseland Theater          Portland, OR
March 12           Orpheum Theater           Madison, WI
March 13           Congress Theatre          Chicago, IL
March 14           The Pageant               St. Louis, MO  
March 17           Orange Peel               Asheville, NC
March 18           Orange Peel               Asheville, NC
March 19           Georgia Theatre           Athens, GA
March 20           Georgia Theatre           Athens, GA
March 21           Georgia Theatre           Athens, GA

 

Giving back to the communities they visit has always been a priority for STS9. For over a decade the band has rallied their community of fans around important causes, and in the past 18 months alone the band donated over $150,000.00 to a variety of charities including Rock Against Cancer, Make It Right Foundation, Yellow Ribbon Fund, Conscious Alliance, Global Education Fund, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, Mariposa's Art, Headcount, Samaritan House, and others.  For 2009, look for 100% of STS9's charity work to benefit the Make It Right Foundation.  It is the band's goal - with the support of their fan community and the involvement of the Make It Right Foundation - to build a home in New Orleans, raising money via $1 ticket charity taxes, Charity Raffles, and other STS9 initiatives. Check out www.peaceblaster.com for daily posts on band's political, social, and environmental muses of the moment.

Dimitri Vassilakis Quartet @ Onassis Cultural Center - NYC

Dimitri Vassilakis- for the Grateful Web

Greek saxophonist and composer Dimitrios Vassilakis was born in Athens and studied Chemical Engineering at the Athens University obtaining a Bachelor's Degree (6/1986). He then moved to London and studied saxophone, piano and composition at the London College of Music with the aid of the Onassis Foundation. He graduated with Honors with an additional Diploma in Classical Saxophone and won national UK competitions and the LCM Society prize. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music (advanced studies in jazz saxophone and composition) gaining a scholarship from the British Council and was awarded the LRAM diploma in jazz teaching (6/1991. Dimitri's had three CDs from the UK based Candid label; "Secret Path", "Daedalus Project-Labyrinth", and "Parallel Lines."

Thursday, February 12, 2009 
ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTER
Olympic Tower Atrium
645 Fifth Avenue - entrance on 52nd Street,
New York City

Fareed Haque +The Flat Earth Ensemble New CD 'Flat Planet'

Flat Planet- for the Grateful Web

Hindustani music swings! says Fareed Haque, leader of the Flat Earth Ensemble. A jazz and classical guitar virtuoso, Haque's latest project is the culmination of years of study and innovation, a blending of Hindustani folk rhythms and groove jazz. All my life Ive loved the rhythms of South Asian folk music the folk music from northwestern India and Pakistan, that is the basis for much of what is today called Bollywood film music, Qawwali, Bhangra. All of these are styles of South Asian music that GROOVE with hypnotic, high energy, danceable rhythms...much the same as the African-American gospel that is the basis of so much popular American music. In South Asia, as on the South Side of Chicago, charismatic music music that builds to an emotional and many would say spiritual climax is at the core of traditional culture and the basis for much in popular culture...simply put Punjabi folk music is to India what gospel is to America funky, fun, danceable and spiritual.

"Its a perfect match...I remember listening to Hindustani film and folk music as a child [Haque's lineage is Pakistani and Chilean], and the way that music shuffles is right up there with most jazz shuffles... I remember going to see the Sabri Brothers, a Qawwali group from Pakistan, and the audience was losing it! Rolling on the stage, going into the same kind of trance that once might see at a gospel revival in Mississippi."

Mimi Fishman Foundation's New Charity Auction is Live!

Bonnaroo tixs up for auction- for the Grateful Web

The new Mimi Fishman Foundation charity auction is up and running.  The Foundation's first auction of 2009 includes amazing items donated by Phish, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Jack Johnson, Scramble Campbell, moe, Dave Matthews Band, and Yonder Mountain String Band.  The auction proceeds will benefit the Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments.

One of the more unique items on the auction is a lunch with Phish drummer Jon Fishman.  The winner and one guest will enjoy lunch and conversation with the Phish drummer.  In addition, Fishman will hand the winner a pair of tickets for the next evenings Phish show at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

The auction, which concludes Feb 26, also features:

·       Phish Summer 2009 Ticket/DVD Packages
·       Dave Matthews Band Ticket/Pass Package
·       Yonder Mountain String Band Ticket/Signed Poster Package
·       Bonnaroo Ticket/Phish Laminate Package
·       Umphrey's McGee VIP Package
·       String Cheese Incident Signed Posters
·       .moe Ticket/Pass Package
·       Scramble Campbell Original Phish Artwork
·       Jack Johnson Signed CD/DVD Package

To view and/or bid on the auction, as well as read about the charities the auction supports, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Page.