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Phish to Release Clifford Ball 7-DVD Box Set

Phish is pleased to announce The Clifford Ball, the highly anticipated 7-DVD Box Set documenting Phish's landmark concert event that drew more than 70,000 fans to upstate New York in August 1996. The collection is available for pre-order now at Phish Dry Goods and will hit stores March 3rd.

RICHIE HAVENS ON TOUR THIS WINTER

photos by Laura McDaniel- for the Grateful Web

A sense of timelessness rings throughout Richie Havens' latest release, Nobody Left to Crown, as though the passing years have only strengthened the meaning of his soul-filled folk rock. Nobody Left to Crown, recently released to the US on Verve Records this past July, attests that Richie Havens has never been more relevant, necessary even, than he is today.

Gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music, Richie Havens has a soulful singing style that remains as unique and ageless as when he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s. It's a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969, to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993 - coming full circle with the 30th Woodstock Anniversary celebration, "A Day In The Garden", in 1999. Richie Havens is not a man to easily abandon his hopes for a better world. "We are at the dawn of major change", he declares with a broad smile.  Nobody Left to Crown is his heartfelt and unwavering contribution to these fine aspirations.

For over three decades, Richie has used his music to convey messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. With more than twenty-five albums released and a touring schedule that would kill many a younger man, he continues to view his calling as a higher one.  As he told The Denver Post, "I really sing songs that move me.  I'm not in show business; I'm in the communications business.  That's what it's about for me".

Richie Havens tours this summer and fall in support of Nobody Left to Crown.  His current list of tour dates is as follows:

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

January 17 Sons of Hermann Hall Dallas TX
January 18 Manship Theater at Shaw Center for the Arts Baton Rouge LA
January 23 Anthology San Diego CA
January 24 The Palmdale Playhouse Palmdale CA
January 30 Fairfield Theatre Company Fairfield CT
January 31 Barre Opera House Barre VT
February 06 The Firehouse Coffeehouse Littleton MA
February 07 Veritas Auditorium Chicopee MA
February 08 Carol Autorino Center / Hoffman Auditorium West Hartford CT
February 13 Coconino Center for the Arts Flagstaff AZ
February 14 Rhythm Room Phoenix AZ
February 15 Temple of Music and Art Tucson AZ
February 20 Kirkland Performance Center Kirkland WA with Harry Manx
February 22 Aladdin Theater Portland OR
February 25 Kayhi Auditorium Ketchikan AK
February 28 Mariner Theatre Homer AK
March 01 Alaska Center for the Performing Arts - Discovery Theatre Anchorage AK
March 05 Northern California Center for the Arts Grass Valley CA
March 06 Napa Valley Opera House Napa CA with Harry Manx
March 07 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA with Harry Manx
March 20 Irvington Town Hall Theater Irvington NY with Cliff Eberhardt
April 17 Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Clinton Township MI with Harry Manx
April 18 Jasper Community Arts Commission Jasper IN with Harry Manx
April 23 Thrasher Opera House Green Lake WI with Harry Manx
April 24 Stoughton Opera House Stoughton WI with Harry Manx
April 25 ECC Blizzard Theatre Elgin IL with Harry Manx
April 26 University Church West Lafayette IN with Harry Manx
May 15 Metropolitan Museum of Art New York NY
May 16 Algonquin Arts Manasquan NJ
May 28 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN
May 29 Paramount Theatre Austin TX

Cape May Jazz Festival April 17-19, 2009

James Cotton- for the Grateful Web

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 opens featuring a Tribute to Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughn 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.  Sabrina Carten is convincing honoring Sarah Vaughn.

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 Joints Last Stand.

Legendary Odean Pope, known for his fiery, often intense solos, dazzling elevations and throbbing, husky sounds, opens Aleatheas Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May for an 8:30pm Jazz Dinner and late Show with open seating available.  Pope worked with Max Roach for many years and permanently joined the Max Roach Quartet in 1979.  Barbara King will continue the legends with a Tribute to Sarah Vaughn. "Barbara King's dusky, Sarah Vaughn-like qualities mark her as a talent to watch" says Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun-Times.  Enjoying a mix of family background cultures from Cuba, Jamaica and Costa Rica and surrounded by music and dancing, Barbara was introduced at an early age to jazz legends such as Sarah, Ella, Dinah and Billie who influence her singing.

Opening up Carneys Main Room Saturday night, Cuban percussionist Mayra Casales brings her band "Women on Fire" with Cuban Francois Zayas, drums. Born in Cuba, raised in Miami her earlier influences began with the Afro-Cuban musical culture of her surroundings.  Her fiery, heartfelt spirit with strong roots in Cuban music is always present.  Mayra is a versatile vocalist, percussionist, arranger, lyricist and composer who is considered one of the most complete percussionists of our time.

DC Sharon Clark returns by popular demand for the Jazz Dinner and late show in Aleatheas Saturday night.  Sharon is an amazing, exceptionally gifted  talent having performed at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and for President Bill Clinton and can be seen weekly in clubs and hotels in the DC area.  Her performances include jazz standards but also lesser known songs performed by Ella, Sarah, Johnny Hartman and Nancy Wilson.

Woody and Carol saw Roni Ben-Hur in NYC and knew he was a must for the festival.  He is 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.  Gary Giddins describes Ben-Hur  "as eloquent as a cool breeze, this understated exercise in bebop equilibrium goes down so easy you might underestimate the magic.  A limber and inventive guitarist….keeps the modernist flame alive and pure with a low flame burning in every note."

Sylvia Cuenca opens Carneys Main Room Friday night with her organ quartet.  Sylvia swings impeccably with her authentic feel for the Latin genre.  Originally a sideman who performed with almost everyone around the NYC area, her band performs in clubs and festivals in the US and around the world. 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 Carneys, the complimentary workshops and CD Signing Party, Juke Joints Last Stand 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.  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 $25pp. 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, 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.

Bill Kreutzmann is Coming to Denver and Boulder - Feb 20 & 21

see Billy K on tour in February- for the Grateful Web

Bill Kreutzmann, Grateful Dead drummer for the band's entire thirty year career, tours this February with his new power trio featuring bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) and guitarist Scott Murawski (Max Creek).  The tour, which is also the trio's west coast debut, launches a busy year ahead for Kreutzmann; The Dead recently announced they will reunite for a run of dates this spring.

Bill Kreutzmann featuring Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski is sure to capture the interest of music lovers of many genres of music. Kreutzmann and Murawski were first introduced in Costa Rica at a meeting facilitated by Phish bassist Mike Gordon. Their musical chemistry was immediately compelling. Shortly after, Burbridge joined the band for a gig and it quickly became obvious that the trio would pursue further musical adventures.

You can catch Bill Kreutzmann featuring Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski live in Santa Cruz.  Show details are as follows:

Friday, February 20th @ 9:00 PM (Doors @ 8:00 PM)
Bluebird Theater
3317 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
Tickets: $25 ADV / $30 DOS / Ages 16+ Welcome
For more information please visit: www.bluebirdtheater.net

Saturday, February 21st @ 9:00 PM (Doors @ 8:30 PM)
Fox Theatre
1135 13th Street, Boulder
Tickets: $25.00 / All Ages Welcome
For more information please visit: www.foxtheatre.com

The complete list of confirmed tour dates for Bill Kreutzmann featuring Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski is as follows:

Thurs, February 12   Moe's Alley               Santa Cruz, CA
Fri, February 13     Independent               San Francisco, CA
Sat, February 14     The Eureka Theater        Eureka, CA
Sun, February 15     Crystal Ballroom          Portland, OR supporting The Greyboy Allstars     
Fri, February 20     The Bluebird Theater      Denver, CO
Sat, February 21     Fox Theatre               Boulder, CO

Shannon Whitworth @ Swallow Hill, Denver ~ Fri., Feb 13th

Shannon Whitworth- for the Grateful Web

Shannon Whitworth's music is something one would imagine to hear on a front porch in the hills of Appalachia. Combining a love for old-time banjo with a voice sounding like a younger Gillian Welch, Shannon Whitworth defines mountain music. She has spent the last ten years focusing on bluegrass and country music. Her talent as a singer and songwriter enabled her to spend the last four years touring the United States with acclaimed bluegrass band, The Biscuit Burners, which she co-founded. On clawhammer banjo and guitar, Shannon's compositions contributed depth to the band's material and have helped her gain respect as a truly talented singer and songwriter.

No Expectations features ten of Shannon's most recent compositions accompanied by an all-star cast of musicians. Great singing, great writing, and great picking makes Shannon Whitworth's first solo project unforgettable.

Swallow Hill - Tuft Theater

(71 East Yale Ave ~ Denver)

Friday, Feb 13th @ 8 PM

Info: 303.777.1003

THE GABE DIXON BAND REACHES FOR THE STARS

Gabe Dixon with Anne Hathaway- for the Grateful Web

Following a very successful 2008, Fantasy recording artists The Gabe Dixon Band have begun the New Year with a bang. Their self-titled debut for Fantasy Records was released last August to glowing reviews as they barnstormed all over the United States making fans, famous and not so famous along the way.
 
The hard working, Nashville based trio, whose unforgettable, piano-driven songs has been compared to Elton John, Ben Folds and Jackson Browne, have been featured in many television shows including One Tree Hill and Privileged. In addition the band has performed on numerous late night shows including the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the KTLA Morning News and most recently Jimmy Kimmel Live where they met their latest fan, actress Anne Hathaway.

Mark Murphy Jan. 22-25 At The Iridium Jazz Club

Mark Murphy- for the Grateful Web

Mark Murphy is one of the world's greatest - and hippest - jazz vocalists performing today.
 
His coterie of fans includes tap dancer Gregory Hines, who spontaneously jumped up on stage at Mark's Las Vegas engagement in 1995 to join him for an impromptu duet. Legendary composer Alec Wilder said of Mark, 'I was quite literally amazed. Mark's musicianship, range, intonation, diction, inventiveness and incredible rhythmic sense are all of a piece and all marvelous.' Vocal greats Betty Carter, Peggy Lee, Cleo Laine and Shirley Horn all sing Murphy's praises as one of the best in he business and the legendary Ella Fitzgerald declared 'he is my equal.'
 
A six-time Grammy nominee, Mark Murphy has enjoyed a prolific 40-year recording career, with over 40 releases to date. His original lyrics to 'Stolen Moments,' 'Red Clay' and more are known the world over. His innovative projects range from the work of Nat 'King' Cole to Jack Kerouac to Ivan Lins to Eddie Jefferson. Stereo Review dubs Mark 'one of the major artists of our age.' Mark Murphy is a jazz singer. 'For decades the question 'What exactly is a jazz singer' 'has had two easy answers, Betty Carter. And Mark Murphy.' writes the New York Post. 'He is arguably the best male jazz singer in the business,' declares Rex Reed.

'Mark Murphy is to jazz singing what Bobby Fisher is to chess.' Jazz journalist Dan Morgenstern writes, 'I can't help relishing his sure and swinging time, his musical and ever-inventive phrasing and that certain quality of sound and feeling combined with time and taste that to me spells jazz.'

MARK MURPHY

Jan. 22-25

At the IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB

1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)

NEW YORK, NY 10023

RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121

Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

Cary Brothers: New dates, Songs & Ryan Adams cover

Cary Brothers- for the Grateful Web

Cary Brothers is returning to the stage with two exclusive performances in March.  It's been a full year since Cary toured America, as the last time was in March/April 08 to support his debut album "Who You Are", with Ingrid Michaelson, Joshua Radin, Sara Bareilles on the hugely popular Hotel Cafe Tour which he co-founded 5 years ago.

Cary has been in the studio for a latter part of 2008 and will preview a couple of tracks in the sets, like "Break Off The Bough," "Ghost Town," "After The Fall," and "Under Control" which will be on his, as of yet untitled, upcoming album.

See Cary Brothers video blog 2009.1 in which he previews a snippet of his new song "Ghost Town". He also plays an amazing cover of Ryan Adams' "Come Pick Me Up".

Last year, Cary Brothers "Ride" was remixed by the world famous DJ/producer Tiësto and the track became a European dance floor hit. Tiësto invited Cary to perform live on stage with him during his headlining slot at the Bonnaroo Festival and Tiësto's sold-out 20,000-capacity O2 Arena in London on 8/8/08. Besides the live shows in Europe, Japan and America, Cary also made several TV appearances, like Jimmy Kimmel and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

March 3rd New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (w/ Luke Temple and Callers)
March 5th Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour (w/ Buddy)

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine Heads West

Kimock- for the Grateful Web

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 kimock.com.

TOUR DATES:
03/26 – Crystal Bay Club – Crystal Bay, NV
03/27 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco
03/28 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco
03/29 – Mystic Theatre – Petaluma, CA
03/31 – Red Fox Tavern – Eureka, CA
04/01 – Red Fox Tavern – Eureka, CA
04/02 – The Domino Room – Bend, OR
04/03 – Aladdin Theatre – Portland, OR
04/04 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
04/05 – Big Room @ Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Chico, CA

Umphrey's McGee Releases Mantis Tuesday, Jan. 20th

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Chicago's Umphrey's McGee enters its second decade together with their hardest, darkest, and most artistically cohesive album to date. The new album hits streets on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, when Mantis casts another Windy City family into the limelight.

The first single from Mantis, "Measure to Measure," has already debuted at #1 on the R&R Indicator Top 30 chart (tied with "Lucky" - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat duet). Billboard Magazine recently recognized Umphrey's McGee's "digital savvy," hailing Mantis' innovative pre-order campaign, where fans unlock bonus content as the number of Mantis pre-orders increase, as "...a likely template for emerging and established acts [looking to] kick-start interest in a new release."

Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay.  In an Umphrey's McGee first, the album offers 100% new material - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions.

Umphrey's McGee will appear on PBS's critically acclaimed concert series, Soundstage, on February 5, 2009 - just in time to celebrate the release of Mantis.  Look for the new material on Mantis to get a live workout in 2009, when the band hits the road in support of the new album.  Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

January 22 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, CO
January 23 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
January 24 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
January 30 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
January 31 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
February 01 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
February 12 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
February 13 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
February 14 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
February 15 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
February 19 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
February 20 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
February 21 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
February 22 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
March 04 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL
March 05 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL
March 07 Langerado Music Festival Miami Beach, FL
March 12 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
March 13 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN
March 14 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN
March 25 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK
March 26 Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS
March 27 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
March 28 Minglewood Hall Memphis, TN
April 01 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
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 30 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
May 01 House of Blues New Orleans, LA

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 will act as a "key" to an Umphreys.com micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available.  

Mantis is yet another innovative music experience to be 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.