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Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Booker T with Hill Country Revue

dozenOn Friday, April 24th the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will kick off its fourth consecutive season with a high-spirited performance by the legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Booker T. Quoted by the Rolling Stone for radically modernizing brass-band music, the members of Dirty Dozen Brass Band were the first to incorporate funk and bebop to traditional New Orleans sounds putting distinctly personal stamps on traditional and familiar material. Joining the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be Hammond B3 organ alchemist Booker T Jones, one of America's most prolific, distinguished and instantly recognizable musical forces who recently collaborated on his new album with The Drive By Truckers and Neil Young. Get ready for a high-octane performance when New Orleans most prolific modern brass band and organ prodigy Booker T take the stage!
 
 
Following the soulful sounds of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band feat. Booker T will be a performance by THE modern blues band for the new generation, Hill Country Revue. Formed by Cody Dickinson from The North Mississippi Allstars, Hill Country Revue is a product of a very special time for modern Mississippi country blues. The band is a collective of musicians from the fertile soil of North Mississippi who have grown up living and breathing the folk music of African fife and drums that dates back to the birth of the nation.
 
 
Don't miss these spirit-filled performances at Republic NOLA!
 
 
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 the Dirty Dozen Brass Band please visit their website at www.dirtydozenbrass.com. Additional information about Booker T Jones can be found at www.bookert.com. For information on Hill Country Revue please visit www.myspace.com/hillcountryrevue.
 
 
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Umphrey’s McGee Among First to Embrace New HDMP3 Format

ryanUmphrey's McGee are among the first bands to make their content available in the new HDMP3 format.  The new format allows for the creation and playback of a new type of audio file using lossless compression. MP3HD files are approximately four times the size of corresponding MP3 files, but remain compatible with existing MP3 players.  Umphrey's McGee will make a sizable portion of their recent two-night run at the historic Murat Egyptian Room on March 13, 2009 available in the new format beginning April 1st at http://all4mp3.com/Listen_mp3HD.aspx.  Additional recordings will be made available in the coming weeks.

"As one of the few artists who record and make available every show that is played, sound quality is paramount to the entire band.  The HDMP3 format is a welcome addition to our existing arsenal of lossless and lossy formats we make available for fans, explains Umphrey's McGee's audio engineer & producer Kevin Browning." Offering a much richer sound spectrum combined with the convenience and familiarity of the MP3 format, we expect HDMP3 to be a hit with the band and fans alike."

Umphrey's McGee has recently made headlines with a groundbreaking digital campaign surrounding their latest studio album, Mantis.  Mantis debuted at #62 on the Billboard 200 Chart, and #6 on the Indie Chart, with more than twice the sales the band's previous effort achieved week of release.  In a declining record industry, the band's ingenious and innovative digital strategy has bucked the downward trend.  Prior to this initiative, the standard approach towards offering bonus content was limited to delivery of exclusive materials as a one-shot incentive to the buyer.  Umphrey's McGee, in super-serving their fan base, have built a modern nine-tier solution supported by grassroots and viral word-of-mouth, that marketing executives across the planet will envy.

This innovative initiative relies on fan support to see its goals realized.  A variety of content is made available to those who pre-ordered the album in stages, based on purchased units unlocking the vault at varying thresholds.   With each tier reach, more content goes out to the core crusaders.  Guitarist and vocalist Brendan Bayliss explains, "Our fans have always been there for us, and with each year that has passed, the legion has exponentially grown.  Collectively, we knew that this is a program that they'd love.  Without a community, as we enjoy, this would probably never be executed as a realized vision.  In our case, it worked."  Band manager Vincent Iwinski adds, "That we were able to super-serve our fanbase with content they want, while making them part of the process, resulted in crowd-sourcing a passionate sales team like no other.  With sales more than doubling our previous album in such a tough recorded music market is a testament to the creativity of the band, the support of the fans and the power of the new medium that enables artists like Umphrey's McGee to push the envelope from both music and marketing perspectives."  During the release week, Mantis reached #25 on the iTunes Album chart.

In addition to a one-of-a kind pre-order campaign where fans can participate in "unlocking" exclusive bonus material, Mantis incorporates PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to deliver new content throughout 2009.  PUSH requires no software installation or serial number; by simply putting the Mantis CD in your CD-ROM drive, the disc acts as a "key" to an Umphreys.com micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available.

Umphrey's McGee has also broken new ground by being among the first bands to offer their fans a video subscription service.  Available exclusively at iClips.com, Umphrey's has made an entire week's worth of concerts available in realtime video streaming to their fans for the low cost of only $5 per show, or the total package for only $20.  Fans have the option of streaming the shows live as they happen, as well as further streaming on demand for two weeks following the concerts.

The Mantis campaign, the band's video subscription, and their use of the HDMP3 format are all innovative music experiences offered by Umphrey's McGee, who have proven adaptive and inventive both in music and business over the last 10 years. Through online community building, creative web-based promotions, and open taping policies allowing live music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide. The band's download store UMLive.net is an archive of their ever-diverse live performances, hosting downloads of over 300 shows with 750,000 tracks sold since 2004. Umphreys.com hosts the iTunes friendly UM Podcast which releases two 75-minute episodes of live material each month to its 20,000 subscribers. Since 2001, Umphrey's has released soundboard recordings of each night's concert immediately after the show in both physical and digital formats - and each show typically sells upwards of 300 copies per night. The band's unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans a top priority.

jakeThe band has returned to the road for a run through the northeast, midwest and several forthcoming summer festivals.  Confirmed dates are as follows:   

April 02 The Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
April 03 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
April 04 Ram's Head Live! Baltimore, MD
April 05 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
April 07 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
April 08 Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA
April 09 House of Blues Boston, MA
April 10 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY
April 11 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY
April 16 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
April 17 Egyptian Theatre Dekalb, IL
April 18 Morris Performing Arts Center South Bend, IN
April 29 Bama Theatre Tuscaloosa, AL
April 30 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
May 01 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
May 02 The Lyric Oxford MS
May 22 Summer Camp Chillicothe, IL
May 29 Mountain Jam Festival ~ Hunter Mountain Hunter, NY
May 30 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
June 05 Wanee Festival Live Oak, FL
July 02 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy, CA
July 11 All Good Music Festival ~ Marvin's Mountaintop Masontown, WV
July 18-19 Alpine Valley East Troy, WI supporting The Dave Matthews Band
July 25 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN

Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart & Jimbo Mathus tour as South Memphis String Band

south-memphis-string-bandThe South Memphis String Band, a trio composed of Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Alvin “Youngblood” Hart (Grammy-winning bluesman) and Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers), launches its first tour on April 23, 2009 in Dallas, Texas, targeting the East and South. The three friends, bound by Memphis and North Mississippi roots, will tour ahead of recording their debut album later this year. So far only two songs have been unveiled, both at the trio’s MySpace page myspace.com/southmemphisstringband. So the April and May dates will be an opportunity for fans to get in on the ground floor.

Although they’d known each other for years, the trio’s musical spirit gelled last year when they recorded a yet-unreleased album with Luther’s father, legendary producer Jim Dickinson, called New Moon Jellyroll Freedom Rockers.

The South Memphis String Band was greatly influenced by the Mississippi Sheiks, Gus Cannon & the Memphis Jug Band and other string bands and jug bands of their ilk, as well as Mississippi Delta and Hill Country blues. They will travel with a passel of guitars, mandolins, banjos, lap steel guitars and harmonicas.

Luther Dickinson is lead guitarist and vocalist for the North Mississippi Allstars as well as lead guitarist for the Black Crowes. The son of producer Jim Dickinson was born and raised in West Tennessee, where he played concerts and gained recording experience with his father and brother, Cody. The family moved to the hills of North Mississippi in 1985. Luther befriended the musical families of Otha Turner, R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. They were the inspiration for Luther and Cody to form the North Mississippi Allstars in ‘96. The Allstars have been nominated for three Grammy Awards in the Best Contemporary Blues category. Luther produced two Otha Turner albums: Everybody Hollerin' Goat and From Senegal To Senatobia. Luther was recently featured in Rolling Stone as one of the “New Guitar Gods.” He has recorded with the Replacements, Mojo Nixon, Toy Caldwell, Billy Lee Riley, John Medeski and Robert Randolph (as The Word), John Hiatt and Jon Spencer, in addition to Turner, Burnside and the elder Dickinson.

Though born in Oakland, California, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart had family connections in Carroll County, Miss., and spent time there in his childhood, hearing his relatives’ stories of Charlie Patton. Influenced by the country blues, Hart is known as one of the world's foremost practitioners of that genre. He’s also a faithful torchbearer for the ‘60s and ‘70s guitar rock of his youth, as well as Western Swing and vintage country. His music has been compared to that of artists ranging from Leadbelly and Spade Cooley to Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy. Hart plays acoustic and electric guitar as well as banjo and sometimes the mandolin. Bluesman Taj Mahal once said of him, “The boy has got thunder in his hands.” In 2003, Hart's album Down in the Alley was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album. In ‘05, Hart received a Grammy Award for his contribution to Beautiful Dreamer — The Songs of Stephen Foster. He was featured in the Wim Wenders film The Soul of a Man, which was part of Martin Scorsese’s 2003 PBS series “The Blues,” and also appeared in the documentary Last of the Mississippi Jukes.

Guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer Jimbo Mathus grew up in Clarksdale, Miss. He first caught the public’s ear in the 1990s with the hyper-ragtime vaudeville act the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Since then, he has released many recordings of his own in a style he describes as Mississippi Music. “Basically,” Mathus says, “I combine the myriad styles of deep roots music in a type of alchemy. Blues, country, gospel and soul all go into the equation equally.” His last outing, Knockdown South, was released on his own label and received much critical acclaim, including the No. 2 spot on Honest Tune magazine’s Best of 2005 list. He runs the Delta Recording Service, a studio based in Clarksdale, and is sought out by many artists seeking the old-school style of recording. One such artist was Elvis Costello, who recorded his Grammy nominated “Monkey to Man” single in Mathus’ studio in 2005. He has produced two blues CDs that were nominated for Blues Music Awards in 2006, Duwane Burnside’s Under Pressure and Big George Brock’s Club Caravan. Additionally, he contributed vocals on the North Mississippi Allstars’ 2006 Grammy-nominated Electric Blues Watermelon. Mathus sums it up: “I break down walls and stereotypes with my music. I confuse people. I use Mississippi music, which is renegade music at heart, as my inspiration and motivation. I use it as a tool to reach people, to express my own feelings and continue to express those that came before me. I keep the old stories alive while they help keep me alive.”

Mathus says, “Luther, Youngblood Hart and myself have been musical co-conspirators for over a decade. It is only fitting that we should come together with acoustic instruments and perform Mississippi music.”
 

Tour dates:
April 23 – DALLAS, TX Sons of Hermann Hall
April 24 – AUSTIN, TX Antones
April 25 – HOUSTON, TX  Continental Club
April 26 – NEW ORLEANS, LA House of Blues Parish Room
April 27 – BIRMINGHAM, AL  Work Play Theatre
April 28 – MACON, GA  Hummingbird
April 29 – ATLANTA, GA  Eddie's Attic
April 30 – CHARLOTTE, NC  Evening Muse
May 1 – CARRBORO, NC  Carrboro Arts Center
May 2 – RICHMOND, VA  Capital Ale House
May 3 – ANNAPOLIS, MD  Rams Head On Stage
May 5 – NEW YORK, N.Y.  Joe's Pub (9:30pm slot)
May 7 – SELLERSVILLE/PHILADELPHIA, PA - Sellersville Theatre
May 8 – ALEXANDRIA, VA  Birchmere (supporting Dr. John)
May 9 – MEMPHIS, TN  Otherlands

Dale Watson | The Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two

Dale Watson has made a career out of defying contemporary country music standards. The Austin, Texas maverick has remained tried and true to the spirit of authentic country giants like Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, and in the process has grown into an artist equal in stature.  Over his 25-plus year career, Dale has released one country classic after the next, while raising the roof with fiery performances at the smallest of honky-tonk dives to legendary music halls like The Grand Ole Opry.

Following up his critically acclaimed 2007 release From The Cradle To The Grave, Dale Watson returns with his second album on Hyena Records entitled The Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two. The collection reprises the most celebrated album in his discography, 1998's The Truckin' Sessions. A tribute to truck-driving men (and even a truckin' queen), the album's 14 songs pay homage to those who commandeer a mighty 18-wheeler rig for their livelihood. Through his sharp songwriting and soulful baritone vocals, Dale captures both the humor and sadness of lives lived on the road, while empathizing with these iconic characters of America's highways. Abetted by his seasoned band that has logged countless road miles themselves, The Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two is a big wheeled, classic country ride not to be missed.

Dale Watson's The Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two is available In-Stores and Online on April 21.

The Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two Tracklist:

1. Drag N Fly
2. Jack's Truck Stop & Cafe
3. Truck Stop In LaGrange
4. 10-4
5. Yankee Doodle Jean
6. Hey Driver
7. Hero
8. I Got To Drive
9. Truckin' Man
10. Me And Freddie And Jake
11. Truckin' Queen
12. Let This Trucker Go
13. No Help Wanted
14. Texas Boogie

Dale Watson Tour Dates:

04-03 | Carls Corner, TX | Willie's Place at Carl's Corner
04-04 | Forth Worth, TX | Stagecoach Ballroom
04-06 | Austin, TX | The Broken Spoke (6:30pm)
04-06 | Austin, TX | The Continental Club (10:30pm)
04-10 | Houston, TX | Blanco's
04-11 | Austin, TX | The Broken Spoke
04-13 | Austin, TX | The Continental Club
04-18 | Helotes, TX | Floores Country Store
04-20 | Austin, TX | The Continental Club
04-22 | Tucson, AZ | Vaudeville 
04-23 | Phoenix, AZ | The Rhythm Room
04-25 | Bakersfield, CA | Fish Lips Bar
04-26 | Indio, CA | Stage Coach Festival
04-30 | Oss, Netherlands | Groene Engel
05-01 | Tilburg, Netherlands | 013
05-02 | Groningen, Netherlands | Oosterpoort
05-03 | Zoetermeet, Netherlands | De Boerderij
05-04 | Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands | Stonevalley
05-05 | München, Germany | Rattlesnake 
05-06 | Arnhem, NL | TBA
05-07 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Paradiso
05-08 | Austin, TX | The Broken Spoke
05-11 | Austin, TX | The Continental Club
05-16 | Spring, TX | Private Event
05-18 | Shreveport, LA | Eldorado Casino
05-22 | Newport, KY | The Southgate House
05-29 | Houston, TX | Blanco's
05-30 | Austin, TX | The Broken Spoke
06-12 | Chicago, IL | Martyr's
06-13 | Janesville, WI | Bass Creek Golf Course @ The Big Red Open
06-14 | Green Bay, WI | Oneida Casino
06-19 | Windelsbach, Germany | Old West Ranch
06-20 | Untermeittingen, Germany | Four Corners
06-21 | Untermeittingen, Germany | Petrol Club
06-24 | London, UK | The Luminaire
06-25 | London, UK | The Kings Head
06-27 | Skjaak, Norway | Skjaak Country Festival
07-03 | Delft, Netherlands | Stars & Bar
07-04 | Ydre, Sweden | Ydre Country Festival
07-10 | San Antonio, TX | Hangin' Tree Saloon
07-11 | Austin, TX | The Broken Spoke
07-17 | Austin, TX | One World Theatre w/Ray Price
07-18 | Bandera, TX | 11th Street Cowboy Bar
07-29 | Boise, ID | Grove Plaza "Alive After Five Series"
07-31 | Seattle, WA | Tractor Tavern
08-02 | Happy Valley, OR | Pickathon Roots Music Festival

Tiësto wins big in IDMA Awards & headlines Ultra Music Festival in Miami

"It's Tiësto Time" was the headline of NBC Miami's coverage at the start of this week, which covered the arrival of the international dance community to Miami for the 24th Winter Music Conference festivities.

The 24th annual International Dance Music Awards winners have been announced last night and Tiësto won an unprecedented amount of 4 awards in the following categories:

Best Artist (Solo) - Tiësto

Best Global DJ - Tiësto

Best Podcast -"Tiësto's Club Life"

Best Full Length DJ Mix - "In Search Of Sunrise 7: Asia"

"I'm very excited to have won this many awards tonight! The IDMAs are very important to me since the fans are the ones who vote. Thank you so much for your support!"

To see the full list of winners go to

http://www.wintermusicconference.com/idmaballot/nominees/2009.php

The superstar DJ/producer headlined the world's leading two-day electronic music experience, Ultra Music Festival on Friday. Other acts on the bill are Black Eyed Peas, The Prodigy, Bloc Party, Santigold, The Ting Tings, David Guetta and many more.

More Tiësto live dates:

Saturday     4/4     Blu4Dance Festival, Eilat, Israel

Saturday     4/11     Queen Club, Paris, France

Sunday       4/12    Circus Club, Nancy, France

Saturday     4/24     Edition Bangkok Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

Sunday       4/25     Embassy Superclub, The Fort, Taguig City, Philippines

Saturday     5/2     Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim, Norway

Saturday     5/9     Queen Club, Porrino, Spain

Saturday     5/16     Olympiahalle Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Sunday       5/24     Jet, Las Vegas, USA

Monday       5/25     Bank, Las Vegas, USA

Friday         6/5     Beach Party, Skive, Denmark

Saturday     6/6     Forum Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Saturday     6/13   Pyramide Vosendorf, Vienna, Austria

Friday         6/19   Ciney Expo, Ciney Belgium

Saturday     6/20   Steel Arena, Kosice, Slovakia

Friday         7/10   Bullmusic Festival, Pamplona, Spain

Saturday     7/11   Breda Live, Breda, The Netherlands

Friday         7/17   Foroya Festivalur, Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Friday         7/31   Victoria Park, London, UK

31st Cape May Jazz Festival

Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Award for The Favorite Music Festival went to the Cape May Jazz Festival January 8, 2009.  Festival’s organizers wish to thank all the friends and supporters who voted for the festival.

The 31st Cape May Jazz Festival “Legends….and more Blues” April 17-19, 2009 presented by NJ Division of Travel and Tourism and Bank of America promises to be one of the best.  A Tribute to Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan with “Have a Song on Me Celebrating Mr. B” and the Big Band Music of the 40s and 50s with the B Swingers Big Band and Steve Butler. Billy Eckstine, known as Mr. B, became the most influential ballad singer during this era with an appealing baritone voice.  It has been said Steve Butler “looks and sounds hauntingly similar to Billy Eckstine…capable and convincing” and the Big Band one of the best.

More Blues Saturday night with Grammy Award winner James “Superharp” Cotton whose pedigree is a veritable who’s who in the world of Blues. Cotton and his Blues Band continue to showcase his immense talent and keep him one of the most sought-after, hard-driving blues musicians touring the world today.  More Blues continues all weekend at Cabanas with Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, Alan Weber and Frenz and Juke Joint Central.

Legendary Odean Pope, known for his fiery, often intense solos, dazzling elevations and throbbing, husky sounds, opens Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May for an 8:30pm Jazz Dinner and late Show with open seating available.  Barbara King will continue the legends with a Tribute to Sarah Vaughan.  “Barbara King’s dusky, Sarah Vaughan-like qualities mark her as a talent to watch” says Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun-Times.

Opening up Carney’s Main Room Saturday night, Cuban percussionist Mayra Casales brings her band “Women on Fire” with Cuban Francois Zayas on drums. Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, her earlier influences began with the Afro-Cuban musical culture of her surroundings.

DC Sharon Clark returns by popular demand for the Jazz Dinner and late show in Aleathea’s Saturday night.  Sharon is an amazing, exceptionally gifted talent with performances including jazz standards but also lesser known songs performed by Ella, Sarah, Johnny Hartman and Nancy Wilson.

Performing in Carney’s Other Room is guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, a very charming, talented guitarist and composer offering creative melodies, brilliant solos and dazzling original compositions.  As a leader he has won high praise from jazz critics around the world.

Sylvia Cuenca opens Carney’s Main Room Friday night with her organ quartet.  Sylvia swings impeccably with her authentic feel for the Latin genre.  Performing in the Boiler Room at Congress Hall Saturday night, the Michael Thomas Quintet is a powerful and energetic group that is deeply rooted in the rich tradition of hard-bop and blues with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers their major influence.

Along with the usual high energy jams Saturday and Sunday in Carney’s, the complimentary workshops and Saturday CD Signing Party, Juke Joint Central will be in Cabanas Sunday afternoon.  This is a fun, stimulating band with a juke joint jamming feel that is mainly blues -- a not to be missed experience.

The schedule, musician’s information and sounds bytes are found on the web at www.capemayjazz.org.  For more information or to be put on the mailing list please call       609-884-7277.  An All Event Weekend Pass to attend 18 events beginning 8pm Friday through 4pm Sunday is $150 general admission.  Individual Friday or Saturday Night All Event Wristbands are $55.  Saturday Afternoon Jam Wristbands are $35, Sunday Jams $25.  Reserved Seating is available at the Theatre at Lower Regional High School for an additional $25 per person .  Complimentary Festival Transportation running every 10 minutes is available between venues all weekend.

The 31st Cape May Jazz Festival is presented by New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism VisitNJ.Com and Bank of America and sponsored by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, Barefoot Wines, Jazz Times, WRTI Temple Public Radio, WBGO Jazz 88, WMGM  TV40, WCFA 101.5, WTTH the Touch, Cape May Star and Wave, Verizon Wireless with generous support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, local businesses and donors.

Soul Rebels Brass Band @ Boulder Theater

Imagine blending the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock, and reggae so seemingly it defies category. Now shrink that idea into a seven-piece ensemble, add a hip hop sensibility plus a hundred years of New Orleans jazz tradition, and you'll get the Louisiana sound known as the Soul Rebels. This shrewd crew of college trained multi-instrumentalists are forcing listeners to "Let your mind be free" as they "Work it out" on the dance floor. There music is utterly uplifting and hard core leaving fans with a myriad of intrinsic sounds and songs to enjoy.

After parading around the streets of New Orleans in the traditions of the second line and jazz funerals, the Soul Rebels began their professional debut with the famed Neville Brothers in New Orleans at the Hot Spot Tipitina's! The Soul Rebels rocked so hard and so strong they continued opening for the Neville Brothers and beyond. The band was featured in Spike Lee's HBO Documentary "When the Levees Broke". The bands hard funk groove has landed them gigs as an opening act for: Bootsy Collins, A Tribe Called Quest, Better than Ezra, Counting Crows, Olympia Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Roy Hargrove, James Brown, Allen Toussaint, Lionel Hampton, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis,The Fugees, Digital Underground, The Roots, Brand New Heavies, The Gap Band, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page and many more.

Perhaps there latest album, "Rebelution" says it all. The Souls Rebels have rebelled against the music world rapping, soul shouting, and blasting out an assault of what is, in the truest possible way, unquestionably the hottest dance sound around.  The band’s mission is to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. So, bring a taste of New Orleans to your festival, club, or party today with a visit from the Soul Rebels Brass Band.

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. All tickets are subject to tax and service charge.

Jeremy Garrett Delivers a Diverse Acoustic Collection w/ I Am A Stranger

garrett"It's my best attempt at not being too shallow," laughs The Infamous Stringdusters' Jeremy Garrett when you ask him about his first solo project, but don't take him at his word.  Indeed, it doesn't take more than a moment's worth of listening to I Am A Stranger for anyone to realize that the young singer, songwriter and fiddler has accomplished much more than that.  Debuting on March 31st as a Sugar Hill Records digital-only release, the album serves up a healthy portion of cutting edge bluegrass along with a few curves that will leave even the most jaded listener satisfied with the project's depth.

Like bandmate Andy Hall, whose Sound Of The Slide Guitar earned the IBMA's Instrumental Album of the Year title in 2008, Garrett highlights his Stringdusters bandmates on a tasty selection of material while leaving plenty of room for contributions by a carefully chosen assortment of friends and colleagues who just happen to be among bluegrass and country's finest.  "Honestly, the musicians were as big a part as the songs were," he says.  "I envisioned how each song would go with particular musicians in mind, and there were songs I wanted to do but didn't because the musicians weren't right, and others that I added because the musicians fit them so well--like Julie Elkins on banjo, whom I've played with since we both lived out west, or Shawn Lane, who's one of the best mandolin players on the planet."

Choosing to focus on "songs that were fairly simple, but with some real depth," Garrett spent the early part of 2008 assembling a collection of actual and future classics.  Some, like the title track and the light-hearted "I Knew You Would Love Me," offer convincing evidence of his own writing talents; others come from grass-rooted favorites like John Pennell, Jeff White and Craig Market, while the genre's stalwarts get a nod in a delicious recap of Flatt & Scruggs' "What's Good For You," sung with Americana sweetheart Abigail Washburn.

But while much of I Am A Stranger is devoted to the kind of energetic bluegrass that Garrett's been contributing to the Stringdusters over the past four years, other numbers stretch out to reflect other aspects of his musical personality--and again, whether he's accompanying himself on the mournful "Fields Of My Mind," learned years ago in his native Idaho, leaning on Music City stalwarts Paul Franklin and Jeff Taylor for piano and steel on Hank Thompson's "Today," or borrowing a song from personal favorites U2, each setting is carefully crafted and each performance compelling.

For those already familiar with his career, the breadth, substance and spirit that pervade the set will come as no surprise.  After moving to Nashville some seven years ago, Garrett swiftly ascended into the ranks of the city's busiest musicians, serving stints with Chris Jones and Ronnie Bowman while filling in with legends like Bobby Osborne before launching the Stringdusters with a group of like-minded colleagues.  The group quickly jumped into the forefront of a bluegrass youth revolution with the release of Fork In The Road (2007), earning the IBMA's Emerging Artist, Album and Song of the Year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association for its compelling vocals--many featuring Garrett's wailing tenor--instrumental brilliance, engaging song choices and blend of taut, hard-driving precision with loose, funky jams.  Grabbing a brief time-out from a hectic tour schedule, the group went back into the studio to produce last year's follow-up, The Infamous Stringdusters, and then hit the road again.

"This one became a super-intense passion for me," Garrett says as he recalls working on his own album in between 'dusters tours.  "Somehow holes opened up, and we recorded for a total of about five days, and wrapped it up at the beginning of December.  By that point, I'd been concentrating on it so hard that I just took a break from it--but you know," he adds," I listened to it again for the first time in a while not long ago, and I thought it sounded pretty decent."  To which it only needs to be added, don't take his word on that either; whether a bluegrass, Americana or just plain good music fan, any listener will find that I Am A Stranger is one enduring introduction to the full breadth of one of the scene's brightest talents.

TORTOISE RELEASE BEACONS OF ANCESTORSHIP

The great majority of artists spend their formative years, if not their entire careers, working to shake off the gravitational pull of their predecessors, and the many masters and masterpieces that came before them. Rare indeed is the artist who outgrows their early influences, and instead become one of the markers by which other groups are measured. Almost alone among bands of the last two decades, Tortoise is a group that resists easy metaphors and analogies, who can be described as sounding like only themselves and no one else. Twenty years after its founding, the band’s signature and singularly inimitable sound—a fluid intersection of dub, dance, jazz, techno, rock, and classical minimalism, with no part overwhelming or dominating the whole—remains an American and international original. Even more unusually, they seem to have arrived at their sound with almost no apprenticeship to speak of; to judge from their early singles and albums alone, they seem to have come into being with their musical identity and DNA fully formed, like Athena from the forehead of Zeus. Further, while the group has spawned countless imitators, heirs, and followers—sincere, flattering, and otherwise—Tortoise remains unique in the world of contemporary music for their boundless intellectual curiosity, their unmistakable compositional voice, and their synthesis of seemingly contradictory sound worlds far from their doorstep.

Beacons of Ancestorship is Tortoise's sixth full-length album, and their first release of new material in five years, since 2004's It's All Around You. In the interim, the group also released and toured behind the 2006 career retrospective box set A Lazarus Taxon, and an album of covers with vocalist Will Oldham by the likes of Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Richard Thompson, and The Minutemen, entitled The Brave and the Bold. Additionally, the individual members have kept busy with various other projects, including but not limited to Exploding Star Orchestra, Bumps, Fflashlights, and Powerhouse Sound.

A characteristic Tortoise album is one that traverses an encyclopedia of styles and reference points, a document of where musical intersections and dialogue are occurring at a given moment in time. Beacons of Ancestorship is no different, with nods to techno, punk, electro, lo-fi noise, cut-up beats, heavily processed synths, and mournful, elegiac dirges. We see these ideas working out in compositions like “High Class Slim Came Floatin' In,” an eight-minute track which playfully references the world of ecstatic rave and dance culture with a curiously ambivalent, multi-part suite overlaid with robotic, machine-sounding melodies that stop and start in several different time signatures before the song’s ultimate resolution; and again in “Yinxianghechengqi,” which begins as a straightforward uptempo math-rocker before steadily accelerating into a wall of fuzzy atonal sqwonk.

There are many moods, styles, and modes in the Tortoise songbook, of course—often, in the course of a single composition. Consistent throughout, however, is what might be called a pervasive element of group play, or ensemble-mindedness, as opposed to emphasis on a virtuoso soloist or frontman. (Think Robert Altman versus Robert Plant.) In the same sense that the string quartet and all small-ensemble chamber music can be thought of as an intelligent conversation among equals—violins, viola, and cello taking turns, expressing opinions, joining voices and then coming apart, as also occurs in elevated discourse—so, too, the calling card of a Tortoise song is the experience of a sound being worked out as a conversation among the individual and interrelated parts—of an ensemble thinking collectively and in group dynamics through the expression of a multi-layered musical thought.

Tortoise's Beacons of Ancestorship is out June 23rd on Thrill Jockey. Additionally, the first track on the album will be included on a Thrill Jockey compilation, Records Toreism, being released on Record Store Day on April 18th, and the band will be releasing a series of 5" records following the album's release. Tortoise will also be playing the Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday, July 17th. Their performance is part of the "Write the Night: Set Lists By Request" series where ticket holders can vote on which of the band's songs they'd like to hear during their set.

Beacons of Ancestorship tracklisting:
01. High Class Slim Came Floatin' In
02. Prepare Your Coffin
03. Northern Something
04. Gigantes
05. Penumbra
06. Yinxianghechengqi
07. The Fall Of Seven Diamonds Plus One
08. Minors
09. Monument Six One Thousand
10. de Chelly
11. Charteroak Foundation

Nershi's Blue Planet @ Boulder Theater

nershiString Cheese Incident frontman, Billy Nershi, brings along Keith Moseley, Jeff Sipe, Erik Deutsch, Nick Forster and friends for a night of Newgrass Revival in celebration of the Earthfest Boulder.

Elephant Revival is a soulful, seductive quiver of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists that reign from points all across America. In respect to the great American tradition of roots music and rock n' roll, Elephant Revival is influenced by some of the greatest 20th century bands, singers, songwriters and visionaries of all time: Little Feat, The Band, The Beatles, Leftover Salmon, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Gram Parsons, Billie Holiday, Randy Crouch, Celtic, Scottish and Old-Time Appalachian traditions, Colorado bluegrass, roots reggae and mountain hip-hop.

Official after-party of Boulder Earthfest.

GA / 21+ / $18.50

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.