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Lunch with Jon Fishman on Current Mimi Fishman Auction

Fishman - photo by Laura McDaniel- 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 MFF also wanted you to know they just added an Alpine Valley Resort (Suite) and Waterpark Package to the current Mimi Fishman Foundation charity auction.  As a reminder, the auction concludes in 1 week, Wednesday, Feb 25.  The auction ending times are staggered so pay close attention to the items you are interested in.

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.

KELLER WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES WINTER TOUR DATES

photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Keller Williams hits the road this winter to tour southern U.S. states.  The one-man-band has built a career on his uncanny ability to captivate a packed house—all by himself. He's been called a "solo cult-hero" and "music's mad-scientist." 

For over 100 shows a year, Williams has proven himself to be a master of improvisational performance art. In his one-man show, he pads barefoot from guitar to bass to percussion stations, using looping effects—and enough instruments to stock a strip-mall music store—to layer sound atop sound until the stage swirls with a full-blown composition.

Keller Williams' current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

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February 18 Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge LA

February 19 The Lyric Oxford Oxford MS

February 20 Crossroads Huntsville AL

February 21 The Pageant St. Louis MO

February 22 Blue Note Columbia MO

February 24 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS

February 25 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK

February 26 Granada Theatre Dallas TX

February 27 Antone's Austin TX

February 28 New Daisy Theatre Memphis TN

March 1 Bottling Company Hattiesburg MS

March 18 Whitaker Center – Sunoco Performance Theater Harrisburg PA

March 19 TLA Philadelphia PA

March 20 Hart Theater Albany NY

March 21 Skowhegan Opera House Skowhegan ME

March 22 Port City Music Hall Portland ME

March 25 Higher Ground Burlington VT

March 26 Pearl Street Northampton MA

March 27 Paradise Boston MA

March 28 Nokia New York NY

March 29 Ithaca State Theatre Ithaca NY

April 4 Mt. Lutsen Papa Charlie's Lutsen MN

April 10 Birchmere Alexandria VA

April 17 The Wharf Orange Beach AL supporting Widespread Panic

 

Additional dates to be confirmed.

While Keller has made liberal use of technology throughout his solo career, he also knows that musicianship is ultimately a human undertaking. With a seemingly unquenchable thirst for all genres of music - bluegrass, jazz, and—who'd-a-thunk-it—hard rock – occasionally Williams puts unyielding faith in a backing band, as he did for his September 2008 release LIVE.  On LIVE, Keller taps into the world-class talent of Keith Moseley (bass – The String Cheese Incident), Gibb Droll (guitar – Marc Broussard, Brandi Carlile), and Jeff Sipe (drums – Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon). The musical horsepower of four friends playing together on stage proves stronger than even Keller had dreamed. Recorded at select live shows during a winter 2008 tour, and featuring seventeen tracks that span Keller's career, Live is a testament to how a band, with the right chemistry and chops, can take a song to places even the writer couldn't have imagined.

The National Jazz Museum Events | February 16 - 21

Forrest

As a young man in Los Angeles, Drummer Forrest "Chico" Hamilton was entranced by Count Basie's band, especially his drummer Jo Jones, and the band's featured soloists, tenormen Lester Young and Herschel Evans. Join us for this week's  Jazz for Curious Listeners dedicated to Evans, the soulful titan of the Texas tenor. Chico Hamilton, still going strong as he approaches 90, is leading his famous band at Friday's Harlem in the HImilayas. We conclude the week on Sunday when the JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM ALL-STAR BIG BAND joins the celebration of African-American Heritage Day at the Museum of Natural History.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Herschel Evans
with Loren Schoenberg

7:00 – 8:30pm         
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | Reservations: 212-348-8300 or register online

Join us for an evening celebrating one of the lesser known giants of jazz, the earliest "Texas tenors," Herschel Evans, whose soulful sound was a perfect contrast to that of the cool-toned Lester Young in the Count Basie Orchestra. Evans started out playing in territory bands, including Troy Floyd (1929-1931) with whom he made his recording debut, and Benny Moten (1933-1935). In 1936, Evans had stints with Lionel Hampton and in Los Angeles and then joined Count Basie just in time to enjoy the band's success and participate on many recordings; his most famous solo was on a ballad feature "Blue and Sentimental" from 1938. Sadly, Herschel Evans died of a heart ailment before his 30th birthday.

He may be gone, but certainly not forgotten, as you'll discover!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Harlem in the Himalayas
Chico Hamilton
7:00pm
Location: Rubin Museum of Art
(150 West 17th Street)
$18 in advance | $20 at door |
Box Office: 212.620.5000 ext. 344

Chico Hamilton, drums
Cary DeNigris, guitar
Paul Ramsey, bass
Evan Schwam, flute, tenor & soprano saxophones
Eddie Barbash, flute, soprano & alto saxophones
Jeremy Carlstedt, percussion 

Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton, born September 21, 1921 in Los Angeles, had a fast track musical education in a band with his schoolmates Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton, Slim & Slam, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnett, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and six years with Lena Horne established this young West Coast prodigy as a jazz drummer on the rise, before he struck out on his own as a bandleader in 1955.

Chico's impact upon jazz includes the introduction of two unique and distinct sounds: first in 1955 with his Original Quintet which combined the sounds of his drums, the bass of Carson Smith, the guitar of Jim Hall, the cello of Fred Katz, and the flute of Buddy Collette; and the second in 1962 with his own drums, the bass of Albert Stinson, the guitar of Gabor Szabo, the tenor sax of Charles Lloyd, and the trombone of George Bohanon.

In 1997, Chico received the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Programs Beacons in Jazz Award in recognition for his "significant contribution to the evolution of Jazz". In 2002, Chico was awarded the WLIU-FM Radio Lifetime Achievement Award. At the IAJE in NYC January 2004, Hamilton was awarded a NEA Jazz Master Fellowship, presented to him by Roy Haynes. In December 2006, Congress confirmed the President's nomination of Chico to the Presidents Council on the Arts. And in 2007, Chico received a Living Legacy Jazz Award as part of The Kennedy Centers Jazz in Our Time Festival, as well as receiving a Doctor of Fine Arts from The New School.

Still swingin' at the age of 86, Chico Hamilton has a resume that includes scores for film, original compositions, commercial jingles, 50 + albums as a leader, and countless international tours. Come witness a living legend in collaboration with his young ensemble members, heard on Hamilton's most recent recordings, "Chico Hamilton Trio!," "The Alternative Dimensions of El Chico," and "It's About Time!"
Friday, February 21, 2009

Special Event
African-American Heritage Day
1:00 – 5:00pm
Location: American Museum of Natural History
(Central Park West @ 79th Street | get directions
Free with Museum admission

The National Jazz Museum All Star Big Band will be performing as part of

HARLEM SERENADE: A MOMENT IN TIME

This event is co-produced by Community Works and the New Heritage Theatre Group.
           
"A" Train to the Harlem Renaissance
 
Performance • 1:00-2:45 pm, Kaufmann Theater, first floor
 
Artistic Director and host James Stovall narrates an afternoon of musical performances by the All-Star Orchestra of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
 
The Jazz Orchestra will be joined by members of the Silver Belles – 2nd Generation, a group of exceptional senior female dancers inspired by the original Silver Belles, who appeared in the choruses of the prestigious Cotton Club and Apollo Theater during Harlem's heyday. Also joining them will be the Jitterbug Kids, a group of young dancers who recapture Harlem's Swing era. The performances will be woven together with classic film clips from Harlem's Golden Era.

BoomBox, EOTO & Pretty Lights Respond to 'Hamptonite'

Boombox - photo by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

In light of the recent cancellation of "Hamptonite" (the after Phish shows previously scheduled to take place on March 6th & 7th) BoomBox, EOTO and Pretty Lights have joined together to organize a free-ticket exchange for all ticket holders who lost money on their processing fees.

Beginning February 17th, all ticket holders who can prove proof of purchase, will be allotted a free replacement ticket to the show of their choice in 2009, for one of the three participating acts (festival and private dates excluded).

Organizers of the free ticket exchange have set up a dedicated fax line and email account for ticket holders to submit their proof of purchase for review. The ticket exchange ends at midnight on March 17th and all approved participants will be contacted after March 18th to be given the opportunity to select their replacement show (must be a published and scheduled date at the time of selection).

Also, for those who still wish to see EOTO after Phish, their performance has been moved to the NorVa with Bassnectar on March, 6th – however due to a change in venue, purchased tickets cannot be honored at the new location.

If you purchased tickets to either the March 6th or 7th "Hamptonite" shows and would like to receive free tickets to see BoomBox, EOTO or Pretty Lights in exchange for the lost processing fees, submit your proof of purchase to one of the following outlets:

Email: freetickets@client.tsunamipublicity.com

Fax: 866.540.0378

Offer ends at midnight on March, 17th

Steve Kimock and Friends Pen Second Night at The NorVa

photo by Tawny- for the Grateful Web

After an initial sell out, Passion Presents Steve Kimock and Friends for a second night performance at the NorVa Theater in the heart of Norfolk, VA. The exclusive appearance will also feature legendary Hammond B3 player, Melvin Seals, among other distinctive surprise guests. The two-night event takes place on March 7th and March 8th, slated to coincide with the Phish reunion shows at nearby Hampton Coliseum.  $1 of all tickets sold on the March 8th show will go to support the Rex Foundation.

Steve Kimock & Friends featuring Melvin Seals
March 7th & 8th
NorVa Theater - Norfork, VA
www.thenorva.com
Show: 12:00AM

Marking Kimock's first shows of 2009, this weekend event promises to bring some great new performers to the stage for the first time under the Steve Kimock & Friends moniker. With a number of scheduled concerts in the area, lips are sealed on who will actually take the stage at either show. This special event preludes the launch of his new band Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, whose national tour begins in subsequent weeks.  

Steve Kimock has performed in an evolving line-up of "friends" since the early 90's that have featured such guests as Keller WilliamsJeff Sipe, George Porter Jr, Donna Jean-Godchaux, Merl Saunders, Martin Fierro, Reed Mathis, Kyle Hollingsworth, Robert Walter, Pete Sears, John Molo and even Michael Franti. While each event has been entirely unique and in the moment, there is no doubt that SK&F continues to stand the test of time with Kimock continuing to mesmerize audiences with his inspired guitar speak. Event organizers at Passion Presents, who are also celebrating their five-year anniversary in conjunction with this event, are encouraging music fans to buy their tickets in advance. Single night tickets for March 7th are sold out; however, there are a limited number of weekend passes now available, along with tickets for March 8th, at www.kimock.com

For 5 years Passion Presents has been Humboldt County, California's comprehensive music production company featuring high grade sound, an exhilarating line up of events, persistent dedication to the enrichment of our community, and an unparalleled devotion to fans.  Their 5th Anniversary allows them to revisit and reconfirm their mission statement. As of press time, Passion Presents owner, Steve Watts, has finished serving three years on the Arcata Board of Directors, in an executive capacity, along with the Arcata Economic Development Committee, and the Arcata Main Street Board of Directors. He currently serves as the city's events liaison for their 4th of July festivities and annual Oysterfest. 2009 also sees Passion Presents co-owner, Mathew Beck, returning as the Touring Director of Phish's non-profit organization, The Waterwheel Foundation. Passion Presents is proud to support the Rex Foundation in 2009 through several upcoming events, including donating $1 of every ticket sold for the 5th Anniversary Celebration at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA on Sunday, March 8th, as well as for Steve Kimock Crazy Engine at the Red Fox Tavern March 31st & April 1st.  Passion Presents is proud to reaffirm their commitment to working with non-profit organizations.

Turbine Announces US Winter Tour

photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

The versatile four-piece band Turbine have jam-packed their calendars with coast-to-coast US tour dates, spanning December through February. True to their native New York City, the quadraphonic barrage is a genre splitting melting pot of rock, funk, bluegrass, and Americana. Hitting the road for nearly two straight months, Turbine is creating a marked buzz on the music scene with their infectious songwriting skills and high-octane live performances.

Having already been declared an "On the Verge" artist by Relix magazine, Turbine is making noise on all levels. The group has also been featured on the Relix CD and has garnered press from Hittin' The Note magazine. Their new album, Reward, showcases a band unafraid to write or play in any style possible. With an invigorating blend of trans-genre music, Turbine weaves their way through improvisational instrumental arrangements and contagious lyrical passages. Melodic guitar runs, wailing harmonicas and danceable rhythms add to the Turbine experience.

Kicking off the tour in Cleveland, OH on December 18th, Turbine will wind their way through the Midwest. The December 19th show at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago pairs Turbine with fellow Relix "On The Verge" artist Lubriphonic. They will then make stops in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, before a special six night run to end the year in Colorado. January will find the group in Utah, Wyoming, and Nevada before they work their way up the west coast with a run of shows in California, Oregon, and Washington. For a complete list of dates visit www.myspace.com/turbine.

TOUR DATES:

02/16 - Belly Up w/ GALACTIC - Aspen, Colorado
02/18 - The Bubble Lounge - Telluride, Colorado
02/19 - Steamworks Brewery - Gunnison, Colorado
02/21 - Three20South - Breckenridge, Colorado
02/24 - Hastings College - Hastings, Nebraska
02/25 - The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
03/06 - Goody's (Phish After Show) - Hampton, VA
03/07 - Goody's (Phish After Show) - Hampton, VA
04/10 - Donegal - Kearney, New Jersey
04/11 - Cameo (Brolik opens) - Brooklyn, New York

Jazz Appreciation Series Features Tyner, Frisell, Smith & Scofield

John Scofield - photo by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Brilliant "sheets of sound" pianist, member of legendary John Coltrane Quartet.

Boulder Theater and Jazz89 KUVO present the Jazz Appreciation Series in celebration of April Jazz Appreciation Month with Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Bill Frisell Trio featuring Rudy Royston and Tony Scherr, McCoy Tyner and John Scofield's Piety Street Band featuring George Porter Jr., Jon Cleary and Ricky Fataar.

It is not an overstatement to say that modern jazz has been shaped by the music of McCoy Tyner. His blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists.

At 17 he began a career-changing relationship with Miles Davis' sideman saxophonist John Coltrane. Tyner joined Coltrane for the classic album My Favorite Things (1960), and remained at the core of what became one of the most seminal groups in jazz history, The John Coltrane Quartet. The band, which also included drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison, had an extraordinary chemistry, fostered in part by Tyner's almost familial relationship with Coltrane.

In 1965 Tyner broke out as a leader and has since released nearly 80 albums under his name, earned four Grammys and was awarded Jazz Master from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. He continues to leave his mark on generations of improvisers, and yet remains a disarmingly modest and spiritually directed man.

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an authentic Master of the Hammond B3 organ. For over five decades he has furthered the sound of Jazz Organ, created a worldwide fan-base, and revealed his musical talents on over seventy albums. Today, his name is truly synonymous with the instrument. Lonnie Smith has consistently been a leading force in jazz since 1969 when critics for Downbeat magazine hailed him as 'Top Organist of 1969.' More recently he has been selected as 'Organ Keyboardist of the Year' by The Jazz Journalist Association in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Guitarist, composer and band leader Bill Frisell explores the musical possibilities of his own multi-faceted compositions and time-honored jazz and folk songs with this ever-evolving constellation of extraordinary musicians. Bill Frisell Trio features Denver-raised percussionist Rudy Royston and bassist Tony Scherr.

John Scofield's Piety Street Band features John Scofield (guitar), Jon Cleary (keyboards) George Porter Jr. (bass) and Ricky Fataar (drums). In introducing this all new group for 2009, John forges a connection from jazz to blues to gospel. "I've always wanted to record and tour a blues project...that's where I started as a guitarist and I'm feeling that music more than ever of late. My jazz is funky, my funk is jazzy and R&B flavors run through it. I'm just shifting the balance for this one and I am really excited to be making music with Jon Cleary (Boonie Raitt), the legendary George Porter, Jr. (The Meters) and Ricky Fataar (Bonnie Raitt, Beach Boys)."  Inspired by the songs of Thomas A. Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson, John Scofield's Piety Street Band has all the swing and blues needed to finally make a real jazz/funk fusion project.

An Evening with McCOY TYNER @ the Boulder Theater
Tuesday, April 28
doors: 6:30pm, show: 7:30pm
Reserved=$38.00, GA seated=$29.50

An Evening with the DR. LONNIE SMITH TRIO @ the Boulder Theater
Wednesday, April 1
doors: 7:00pm, show: 8:00pm
Reserved=$34.50, GA seated=$29.00 / 21+

An Evening with the BILL FRISELL TRIO @ the Boulder Theater
ft. Rudy Royston & Tony Scherr
Tuesday, April 7
doors: 6:30pm, show: 7:30pm
Reserved=$32.00, GA seated=$25.00 / All Ages

An Evening with the JOHN SCOFIELD'S PIETY STREET BAND @ the Boulder Theater
ft. George Porter Jr., Jon Cleary & Ricky Fataar
Wednesday, April 29
doors: 7:00pm, show: 8:00pm
GA / 21+ / $34.00

Tickets sold separately to each show

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!