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A JAZZ NATIVITY SWINGS INTO BIRDLAND FOR 3rd YEAR

THE JAZZ NATIVITY- for the Grateful Web

BENDING TOWARDS THE LIGHT… A JAZZ NATIVITY, the joyful musical holiday show that warms the hearts of families of all faiths, swings into Birdland (315 West 44th Street, New York City) with seven performances this season, Sunday, Dec 21st through 25th  There will be two performances on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

A colorful presentation that delights children as well as jazz fans, the JAZZ NATIVITY boasts an all-star band featuring Latin percussionist Candido and tenor saxophonist Bob Kindred; vocalist Hilary Kole in the role of Mary; Brenda Feliciano as the archangel; and features many jazz greats. Among this years performers as Kings are saxophonist, Frank Wess, trombonist, Benny Powell, , trumpeters Lou Soloffand Ingrid Jensen, and tappers Maurice Chestnut, Andrew Nemr and Roxane Butterfly. Taking part as special guests, pianists, Hank Jones and Arturo O'FarrellDaniel Marconi, from Broadway's  Mary Poppins and Misael Sanchez from the Newark Boys Chorus School will alternately play the role of the shepherd boy.

" Written and arranged by singer-songwriter Anne Phillips at the suggestion of the late John Garcia Gensel of St. Peter's Church, JAZZ NATIVITY first premiered in 1985.  Since then, it has been a popular Christmas offering across the country.  

The show combines well-known Christmas carols with original music by Ms. Phillips, Bob Kindred andDave and Iola Brubeck. The original soundtrack recording features as narrator the late CBS Newsjournalist Charles Kuralt, with Lionel Hampton, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Benny Powell, Toots Thielemans and many other jazz greats in the band.  For information: www.jazznativity.com orwww.cdbaby.com.

Tickets at $40 are now on sale at Birdland box office (212-581-3080)

The Dead Trees play at Larimer Lounge on December 2nd

The Dead Trees- for the Grateful Web

When it all started out, Matthew, Noah, Tad and Michael weren't really a 'band' exactly but the fruits this "not band" ended up being the much loved Fort Music EP earlier this year.

Last spring, The Dead Trees self released Fort Music EP was widely supported through the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and landed these friends from Boston to supporting Albert Hammond, Jr. on a national tour. They just about burned down the Metro in Chicago, abandoned a broken down van somewhere in Iowa (which is heavily chronicled in Daytrotter.com) along the way playing shows that LA's The House Of Blues in LA and Webster Hall in NYC.

The band plan on touring in support of King Of Rosa throughout the fall/winter of 2008, and into 2009. 

NOV 26- The Lounge @ Elm Street - Dallas, Texas
NOV 28- Warehouse Live- Houston, Texas
NOV 29- The Parish -Austin, Texas
NOV 30 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom 2nd Stage
DEC 02 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
DEC 04 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
DEC 05 - San Diego, CA - H.O.B. - 5th Street Side Stage
DEC 06 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
DEC 07 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
DEC 09 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
DEC 11 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
DEC 12 - Vancouver, BC - The Plaza Club
DEC 13 - Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

photo by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Here is a list of upcoming shows at the Boulder Theater.  All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted.

Fri, Nov 28                     KUVO presents
9:00pm                          QUEMANDO
                                GA / 21+ / $10.00

Sat, Nov 29                     Marquee Magazine presents
9:00pm                          ELEPHANT REVIVAL, BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY, & RIVERBEND
                                GA / 21+ / $10.00

Sat, Dec 6                      6th Annual Mark Vann Foundation Holiday Benefit Show
8:00pm                          ft. GREAT AMERICAN TAXI with TIM CARBONE, EMMITT NERSHI BAND,
                                JEFFERSON HOMER, K.C. GROVES AND GREG SCHOCHET TRIO,
                                PETE KORTSOUNES BAND, FAT RABBIT ft. members of SHANTI GROOVE & MORE
                                GA / 21+ / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$17.00

Thur, Dec 10                    Boulder Weekly Film Series & Radio 1190 present
8:00pm                          THE FLAMING LIPS' "CHRISTMAS ON MARS"
                                GA / All Ages / $10.00                               

Sun, Dec 14                     Rocky Mountain Revels present
2:00 & 7:00pm                   THE CHRISTMAS REVELS – COLORADO PIONEERS
                                Gold Circle=$31.50, Reserved=$21.00, GA Balcony=$14.75 / All Ages

Tues, Dec 16                    FACE
7:30pm                          All-Vocal Holiday Rock
                                GA / Adult=$15, Student & Senior=$8.00 / All Ages

Wed, Dec 17                     97.3 KBCO & The Onion present
8:00pm                          SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS
                                w/ guests
                                GA / 21+ / $20.00

Fri, Dec 19                     FACE
7:30pm                          All-Vocal Holiday Rock
                                w/ Dueling Pianos (Brian Juan & Mike Cappo)
                                SOLD OUT
                               
Sat, Dec 20                     Rocky Mountain Revels present
2:00 & 7:00pm                   THE CHRISTMAS REVELS – COLORADO PIONEERS
                                Gold Circle=$31.50, Reserved=$21.00, GA Balcony=$14.75 / All Ages

Sat, Dec 27                     Colorado Daily & KGNU present
9:00pm                          THE MOTET performs Talking Heads
                                GA / 21+ / $20.00

Tues, Dec 30                    97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
9:30pm                          ROSE HILL DRIVE - Performing Led Zeppelin II
                                w/ Paper Bird & White As Night
                                GA / All Ages / Advance=$24.00, DOS=$26.50

Wed, Dec 31                     97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
9:30pm                          ROSE HILL DRIVE - Performing Led Zeppelin II
                                w/  Paper Bird
                                GA / 21+ / Advance=$30.00, DOS=$32.50

Sat, Jan 17                     KUVO presents
8:00pm                          BLUE NOTE RECORDS 70th Anniversary Tour
                                ft. Peter Bernstein, Bill Charlap, Ravi Coltrane, Lewis Nash,
                                Nicholas Payton, Peter Washington & Steve Wilson
                                Reserved=$37.50 / GA=$30.00 / All Ages

Mon, Jan 19                     Boulder Weekly presents
8:00pm                          FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE
                                w/ guests
                                GA / All Ages / $26.50
                               
Fri, Jan 23                     Live Nation presents
9:00pm                          UMPHREY'S MCGEE
                                GA / All Ages / 2 Day Pass Only for Fillmore & Boulder Theater show=$55.00

Sun, Jan 25                     Daily Camera presents 12th Annual
10:00am                         BOULDER WEDDING SHOWCASE
                                at Boulder Theater & Rembrandt Yard
                                GA / All Ages / $7.00

Wed, Jan 28                     DREW EMMITT BAND
8:30pm                          w/ guests
                                GA / $12.50 / 21+
                                On Sale December 5

Fri, Jan 30                     TODD SNIDER
8:30pm                          w/ guests
                                Reserved=$25.00, GA=$19.00 / All Ages
                                On Sale December 5

Sat, Feb 7                      The Onion & Radio 1190 present
8:00pm                          THE SECOND CITY TOURING COMPANY
                                Reserved=$25.00 / GA=$20.00 / All Ages

Wed, Mar 4                      Maven Productions, KGNU, KUVO & Creative Music Works present
8:00pm                          LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO
                                Reserved=$34.00 / GA=$30.00 / All Ages
                               
Sat, Mar 14                     JUSTIN ROBERTS & THE NOT READY FOR NAPTIME PLAYERS
11:00am                         GA Seated / $15.00 for walking humans / All Ages

 Sat, Apr 11                    KUNC presents
8:00pm                          GEORGE WINSTON
                                Reserved=$34.50 / GA=$25.00 / All Ages

Sun, Apr 12                     ARLO GUTHRIE'S LOST WORLD TOUR
7:30pm                          Feat. Abe Guthrie & the Burns Sisters
                                Reserved=$34.00 / GA=$25.00 / 21+

Turbine Announces US Winter Tour

photos by Janie Franz- 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:

11/26 - Fatty J's - Fredericksburg, Virginia
11/28 - Cary Street Cafe - Richmond, Virginia
11/29 - The Lantern - Blacksburg, Virginia
12/04 - Oasis Cafe - New Paltz, New York
12/05 - Donegal Saloon - Kearny, New Jersey
12/06 - Velvet Lounge - Setauket, New York
12/13 - The Fire w/ Buzz Universe - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
12/18 - Wilbert's - Cleveland, Ohio
12/19 - Beat Kitchen w/Lubriphonic - Chicago, Illinois
12/21 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, Iowa
12/26 - Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill - Steamboat Springs, Colorado
12/27 - Sandbar Sports Grill - Vail, Colorado
12/28 - Red Fish - Boulder, Colorado
12/29 - Quixotes True Blue - Denver, Colorado
12/31 - Three 20 South - Breckenridge, Colorado
01/02 - Alma's Only Bistro - Alma, Colorado
01/03 - The Eldo - Crested Butte, Colorado
01/07 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, Utah
01/08 - Mangy Moose - Teton Village, Wyoming
01/09 - Mangy Moose - Teton Village, Wyoming
01/10 - Knotty Pine - Victor, Idaho
01/14 - Thunderbird Lounge @ The Aruba - Las Vegas, Nevada
01/15 - Winston's - San Diego, California
01/16 - Gypsy Lounge - Lake Forest, California
01/20 - Mojito's - San Francisco, California
01/22 - Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, California
01/23 - Divided Sky - South Lake Tahoe, California
01/27 - Ace-in-the-Hole Cider Pub - Sebastopol, California
01/28 - Blue Lamp - Sacremento, California
01/30 - The Laytonville Inn - Laytonville, California
01/31 - Humboldt Brews - Arcata, California
02/03 - Johnny B's - Medford, Oregon
02/04 - Sam Bond's Garage - Eugene, Oregon
02/05 - Goodfoot Pub and Lounge - Portland, Oregon
02/06 - The Red Room - Kennewick, Washington
02/07 - Silver Moon Brewery - Bend, Oregon
02/10 - John's Alley - Moscow, Idaho
02/11 - John's Alley - Moscow, Idaho
02/18 - El Bait Shop - Des Moines, Iowa

Kenny Drew Jr. In Rare New York City Performance

Kenny Drew Jr.- for the Grateful Web

Jazz pianist Kenny Drew Jr. returns to New York for a rare solo performance on December 17, 2008 as part of the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York concert series at the Kosciuszko Foundation. He continues the Lyric's tradition of infusing Jazz into traditional Chamber Music programming, combining his virtuosic talents, evident in his performances of Classical works, with superb improvisational instincts, as showcased in his Jazz performances, be they solo or in collaboration with such luminaries as David Taylor, Daniel Schnyder and many others.

In just ten seasons since its debut in the spring of 1998, the Lyric Chamber Music Society is recognized by musicians, the press, and audiences as one of the preeminent chamber music organizations in the country. Founded to present the works of the giants of the past and present, the Lyric performs masterpieces of chamber music literature and unusual repertoire in the intimate salon of an elegant Fifth Avenue mansion and at Victor Borge Hall — offering the music in the personal and intimate ambience in which it was intended to be heard. "Adventurous," The New York Times has called the Lyric, for its repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to the present, a combination of classic canonical chamber works, rarely performed compositions, and contemporary pieces. Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata may be followed by a sonata by Poulenc, Gershwin by Jobim, Bizet by bossa nova, or J.S. Bach transcribed for four marimbas by a world premiere composed for Lyric artists.

The Lyric has attracted to its roster some of the world's most distinguished musicians, accomplished orchestral players, and up-and-coming young talent. More than a dozen concert masters and first chair players of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as well as extraordinary jazz musicians have chosen the Lyric as their musical second home. Young artists who are recognized in music circles as the next generation of performing greats—many handpicked by the Lyric's legendary Advisory Board—regularly get an opportunity to introduce themselves to a wider audience. Such has been the creative energy and sense of possibility flowing from our concerts that in the brief period since our inception one new trio has already been formed under our auspices and two have made their New York debuts.

Reaching out to an ever-widening audience, Lyric virtuosos bring the inspiring scope of music's possibilities to thousands of New York public school students and reach millions of listeners on National Public Radio. As New Yorkers and visitors look to the Metropolitan Opera for opera and the New York Philharmonic for symphony, more and more people are turning to the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York for chamber music and "chamzz," a Lyric innovation: programs combining classical music and jazz.

Kenny Drew Jr. was born in New York City in 1958. He started music lessons at the age of four. After studying classical piano with his Aunt Marjorie, he branched out into the area of jazz music. Kenny Jr. has performed worldwide with a comprehensive variety of musicians, including Stanley Jordan, Out of the Blue (OTB), Stanley Turrentine, Slide Hampton and the Jazz Masters, the Mingus Big Band, Steve Grossman, Yoshiaki Masuo, Sadao Watanabe, Smokey Robinson, Frank Morgan, Daniel Schnyder, and many others.

Kenny Drew Jr. was the winner of the 1990 Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. He has appeared as a leader at many major festivals, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Kyoto Jazz Festival, Savannah on Stage Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival, and the Newark Jazz Festival. Kenny has also performed as a leader at many major jazz clubs around the country, such as Bradley's (NY), Visiones (NY), The Blue Note (NY), Blues Alley (DC), Fat Tuesday's (NY), The Village Gate (NY), Trumpets (NJ), The Jazz Showcase (Chicago), Twins Lounge (DC), One Step Down (DC), and the Montreal Bistro (Toronto). He has recorded nine albums as a leader and has also made numerous recordings as a sideman. Kenny has performed at concerts and in clubs with The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Faddis/Hampton/Heath Sextet, Steve Turre, Jack Walrath, David Sanchez, Jack Wilkins, Michael Mossman, Ronnie Cuber, Steve Slagle, and Marlena Shaw. Other performances included appearances with Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, and Jimmy Heath at the Montreal North Sea, and Lugano festivals and with the Mingus Big Band at the Chicago and Detroit festivals.

In addition to his exploits in Jazz, Kenny has built a reputation as a performer of classical music. He has performed both jazz and classical music at the Barossa Music Festival in Australia. The classical repertoire included Bach concertos and music by African-American composers. These concerts consisted of solo piano recitals and appearances with renowned classical musicians such as violinist Jane Peters and pianist Peter Waters. Kenny participated in a performance of Charles Mingus' large-scale composition Epitaph at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam under the direction of Gunther Schuller. He performed a Mozart concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony conducted by Andreas Delfs, and appeared at the International Bach Festival in Leipzig, playing Bach's music with Daniel Schnyder and David Taylor. Further appearances as a classical performer include the Luzern Piano Festival and in Key West.

In addition to his work as a soloist and jazz side man, Kenny has been playing with a classical/chamber-jazz trio led by composer/saxophonist/flautist Daniel Schnyder, with David Taylor on bass trombone. The group has performed concerts in Switzerland and New York as well as the Barossa Festival in 1997. Among Kenny's recordings with Daniel Schnyder are the Sonata for Soprano Saxophone And Piano and the Sonata for Bass Trombone And Piano (with David Taylor). Kenny also participated in the recording of Schnyder's Third Symphony with the Basel Radio Orchestra under the direction of Hans Drewanz. Other groups and artists Kenny has performed with are the Absolute Ensemble, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Shirley Horn, Teddy Edwards and Henry Johnson. Kenny also played a solo piano tribute to Duke Ellington on Ellington's 100th birthday at the Tonhalle in Zurich. He has recently appeared with his own trio at the Village Vanguard in New York, the Jazz Showcase in Chicago and on the Queen Elizabeth II Jazz Cruise.

Kenny has recorded over twenty albums as a leader, amongst them, in 2001, Autumn for the Japanese label Pony Canyon. The CD features George Mraz on bass and Tony Jefferson on drums. Drew recorded a CD of two-piano jazz arrangements of music by Ravel with pianist Peter Waters. This CD, which was recorded in Switzerland, also features the Winterthur Chamber Orchestra. Kenny Drew Jr. taught at the Engadin International Summer Piano Academy in Switzerland, giving master classes and private lessons. He was one of the featured artists at the West Coast Jazz Party in California. He has toured Switzerland with Daniel Schnyder, including a concert with members of the Zurich Opera Orchestra. Kenny played two concerts at the Umea Jazz Festival in Sweden, including a performance of Daniel Schnyder's Piano Concerto with the Norrlands Opera Orchestra under the direction of Kristjan Järvi. This concert was recorded for release as a CD.

Backyard Tire Fire | The Places We Lived | Tour Dates

BACKYARD TIRE FIRE- for the Grateful Web

If you haven't checked Backyard Tire Fire out yet, you're sleeping on one of the best rock bands out there right now - -not to mention one of the best rock records released this year - seriously!

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  • November 29 / Double Door / Chicago, IL (FREE show)
  • December 3 / Mercy Lounge / Nashville, TN (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 4 / Vogue / Indianapolis, IN (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 5 / Southgate House / Newport, KY (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 6 / Majestic Theatre / Detroit, MI (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 7 / The Intersection / Grand Rapids, MI (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 10 / Otto's / Dekalb, IL (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 11 / People's / Des Moines, IA (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 12 / Cain's Ballroom / Tulsa, OK (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 13 / The Village / Little Rock, AR (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 27 / House of Blues / Chicago, IL (w/ Rusted Root)
  • December 28 / House of Blues / Chicago, IL (w/ Rusted Root)
  • December 29 / Eagles Ballroom / Milwaukee, WI (w/ Rusted Root)
  • December 30 / St. Andrews Hall / Detroit, MI (w/ Rusted Root)
  • December 31 / House of Blues / Cleveland, OH (w/ Rusted Root)
  • JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY DECEMBER TOUR DATES

    JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY- for the Grateful Web

    JFJO are just back from a tour of Europe where they hit a slew of festivals and turned on a whole new world of fans. At The Cork Festival in Ireland, they won the Guinness Award for "Best New Band," meanwhile Reed Mathis returned with a treasure trove of soundboard recordings from the tour, so we might even get a limited edition release of JFJO in Europe '08. Fingers crossed. Back in the U.S., look for JFJO to maintain a high touring profile throughout '09. Their album from earlier this year, Lil Tae Rides Again, was a musical departure, but then again isn't every JFJO album. Therein lies the beauty.

    JFJO | Tour Dates

    • December 5 / The Deli / Norman, OK
    • December 6 / Granada Theater / Dallas,TX (w/Stanton Moore Trio)
    • December 31 / Blank Slate / Tulsa, OK

    The Bridge's 'Blind Man's Hill' + Tour Dates

    The Bridge''s Blind Man''s Hill- for the Grateful Web

    Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, THE BRIDGE are a defiant reminder that B-more is south of the Mason-Dixon line. The band cooks up a stew of New Orleans rhythm & blues, high & lonesome country pickin' and earthy Southern roots spiked with lyrics that romanticize locomotives, poison wine, hurricanes and carnival barkers. Check it out their new album Blind Man's Hill and you'll be a believer too. They will celebrate the new long-player with a hometown release party and performance on November 26 at Ram's Head Live. In January '09, they hit the highway for a cross-country U.S. tour.

    The Bridge | Tour Dates

    • December 4 / The Double Door Inn / Charlotte, NC
    • December 5 / The Pour House / Charleston, SC
    • December 6 / Berkley Cafe / Raleigh, NC
    • December 26 / The Birchmere Bandstand / Alexandria, VA
    • December 27 / World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA
    • December 28 / The National / Richmond, VA (w/ Dark Star Orchestra)
    • December 29 / The Norva / Norfolk, VA (w/ Dark Star Orchestra)
    • December 31 / Sheraton Center City Ballroom / Baltimore, MD (w/ Rebirth Brass Band)
    • January 22 / Club Cafe / Pittsburgh, PA
    • January 23 / The V Club / Huntington, WV
    • January 24 / 123 Pleasant Street / Morgantown, WV
    • January 28 / The Lantern / Blacksburg, VA
    • January 29 / Boone Saloon / Boone, NC
    • January 30 / Smith's Olde Bar / Atlanta, GA
    • January 31 / Mellow Mushroom / Tuscaloosa, AL
    • February 5 / The Continental / Houston, TX
    • February 6 / House Of Blues / Dallas, TX
    • February 7 / Stubb's BBQ / Austin, TX
    • February 10 / Winston's / San Diego, CA
    • February 11 / The Mint / Los Angeles, CA
    • February 13 / The Hopmonk Tavern / Sebastapol, CA
    • February 14 / Boom Boom Room / San Francisco, CA
    • February 18 / WOW Hall / Eugene, OR
    • February 19 / The Goodfoot / Portland, OR
    • February 22 / John's Alley / Moscow, ID
    • February 23 / Top Hat / Missoula, MT
    • February 27 / Quixote's / Denver, CO
    • February 28 / B Side Lounge / Boulder, CO

    Brave Citizens Announce December West Coast Tour

    photos by Emily Ibarra- for the Grateful Web

    California's BRAVE CITIZENS have had a year of non-stop action in 2008—consistent touring, critical acclaim, and the release of the Deluxe Edition of REVOLUTIONS this fall—that has combined to fuel countless successes for a band that just one year ago was quietly releasing their digital debut to the world. To celebrate, the boys of BRAVE CITIZENS have tacked on an additional run of dates for December where they'll be joined by Portland indie-rock outfit Brightwood. The 10-day stretch launches December 12 in Sacramento, California.

    By melding ethereal vintage with modern flair, BRAVE CITIZENS presented Revolutions as a rock album at its core. But what lies within—bold grandeur, big ambience, and melody-soaked pop power—is the display of the band's ability to transcend a simple genre tag or style affiliation and root each listener in its complete emotionality.

    When the digital album hit the internet last winter, the blogosphere chatter began to demand the band's live presence. Ever since, BRAVE CITIZENS' constant motion has led to a string of dates on the 2008 Vans Warped Tour, a co-headline stint on The Daily Chorus Tour and captivating shows at clubs and universities throughout the west coast all year long.

    Meanwhile, influential music outlets including Myspace.com, AOL Music, Alternative Press Magazine, FUSE TV and Purevolume.com have started taking note, while songs from Revolutions are beginning to spin at radio in Los Angeles and land in television shows across a number of networks.

    On December 12, BRAVE CITIZENS will launch their final trek of 2008 with a 10-day tour alongside friends Brightwood. These shows advance BRAVE CITIZENS' forthcoming nationwide tour, set to launch in January 2009 (an official announcement is expected next month.)  The December dates will extend from the west coast into the northwest and include stops in Reno, Santa Rosa, Portland, Seattle and Salem, among others. The tour's confirmed dates are:

    Friday, December 12

    Java Lounge

    Sacramento, CA

    Saturday, December 13

    El Balazo

    San Ramon, CA

    Sunday, December 14

    The Satellite Lounge

    Reno, NV

    Monday, December 15

    The Last Day Saloon

    Santa Rosa, CA

    Tuesday, December 16

    Hawthorne Theatre

    Portland, OR

    Wednesday, December 17    

    Ethnic Cultural Theatre

    Seattle, WA

    Thursday, December 18

    IKE Box

    Salem, OR

    Saturday, December 20

    The Revolution

    Ashland, OR

    BEN HARPER PERFORMING 12/13 AT 20TH ANNUAL X-MAS JAM

    photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

    BEN HARPER & RELENTLESS7 have just been added to the 20th Annual Christmas Jam on Dec. 13th! They'll join a host of musicians for the 2-day event including Allman Brothers Band, John Paul Jones, Gov't Mule & more hand picked by Warren Haynes to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

    Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster!