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Trey Anastasio's 'Northern Exposure' Tour 2008 + MP3

Public on sales for Trey's eight show Fall Tour with Classic TAB band mates Russ Lawton, Tony Markellis and Ray Paczkowski go on sale to the general public this Friday and Saturday.

Please see below for a list of dates and on sale times.  For specific show information, please visit Trey.com.

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Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB

"Northern Exposure" Tour 2008

Yard Dogs Road Show Descend Upon Denver Oct. 4th

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

The Yard Dogs Road Show most recently left ROTHBURY and Glastonbury Festival audiences breathless. Yard Dogs Road Show will release their first music video EVER on their website in the next two weeks. It's called Lucky Day and it's an in-depth documentation of their last ten years on the road - from inception to the present - all about sprinklers, swimsuits and summer fun.  Shot by Dugan O'neal (Michael Franti, Bassnectar, M.I.A.). Now, San Francisco's hobo cabaret bring their living patchwork of vaudeville and rock and roll indoors for a headlining U.S. tour.

The run of shows launches on September 6 with a hometown show at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium. Complete with red carnations for all of the ladies in attendance, Beats Antique opens the show, while Shellac Shack spins vintage 78s in the venue's "Poster Room."  After SF, the troupe heads east for a string of dates with support act The Indigo Belly Dance, featuring Rachel Brice, Mardi Love and Zoe Jake are all members of Miles Copeland's internationally acclaimed Bellydance Superstars.

Of course, it wouldn't be a fall tour for Yard Dogs Road Show without a stop in Denver, where on October 4 they return to the Mile High City - this time at the Bluebird Theatre - for the first time since last year's epic Halloween bash with Devotchka. 

Yard Dogs Road Show Fall Dates are as follows:

September 11 Georgia Theater Athens GA w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 12 Variety Playhouse Atlanta GA w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 13 Orange Peel Asheville NC w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 14 Bijou Theatre Knoxville TN w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 16 The Cannery Ballroom Nashville TN w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 19 The Birchmere Alexandria VA w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 20 Asbury Lanes Asbury NJ
September 21-22 Spiegelworld, Pier 17 New York NY w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 26-27 Music Hall Portsmouth NJ
October 2 Majestic Theatre Madison WI
October 4 Bluebird Theater Denver CO

Yard Dogs Road Show are pure visual and sonic voodoo. It's a true story on stage: sword swallowers, dancing dolls, fire eaters and sunset hobo poetry - all animated by the live sounds of the Yard Dogs cartoon heavy band. Born from the saloon vaudeville that toured the Wild West in the late 1800's and slammed into the underworld of modern American road culture. The Yard Dogs create a timeless space for the union of ancient theatrical alchemy and modern pop culture.

With the publication of his book, Hobo: A Young Man's Thoughts on Trains and Tramping in America (Random House / 2003), straw boss and founding member Eddy Joe Cotton and the Yard Dogs Road Show surfaced into the mainstream media. As the San Francisco Weekly reviewed, "Many wandering youngsters identify with the label "tramp artist," but few have taken it to the top-hat perfection quite like Eddy Joe Cotton...[Eddy] and the Yard Dogs Road Show do their neo-vaudeville thing the only way it should be: with flash, panache and an underlying sense of menace."

Celebrating New Harlem Jazz

Marc Cary- for the Grateful Web

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce the first concert of our fall 2008 season. "Celebrating New Harlem Jazz" will feature three ensembles led by the extraordinary Marc Cary, Lenora Zenzalai Helm and Eric Reed. All told, 16 musicians will be performing onstage at Aaron Davis Hall over the course of the evening.  
 
The Center is especially pleased to be launching a collaboration with Harlem Stage and its Harlem Stage Partners Program. Through this collaboration, the two organizations will combine our resources to present a series of concerts at Harlem Stage (both at Aaron Davis Hall and the Gatehouse) which will explore jazz through a variety of artistic and scholarly perspectives.

Marc Cary   -  Lenora Zenzalai Helm   -  Eric Reed in concert

Marc Cary, piano,  Samita Sinha, vocals, Earl Travis, bass, Will Calhoun, drums,  Sameer Gupta, tablas,  Prodigal Son, rapper,  
Marvin Sewell, guitar

Lenora Zenzalai Helm, vocals,  Brandon McCune, piano,  Nasheet Waits, drums,  Miriam Sullivan, bass

Eric Reed, piano, Grant Stewart, saxophone,  Shawn Baltazor, drums,  Ben Williams, bass,  Jeremy Pelt, trumpet

Beginning with a pre-concert interview with Mr. Cary, and Ms. Helm by Quincy Troupe, author of Miles: The Autobiography.

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 7:30 pm

Harlem Stage @ Aaron Davis Hall

West 135th Street and Convent Avenue, New York City

Admission: $30 / $24 for Harlem Stage members and Harlem residents / $15 for students/seniors.
To purchase tickets, call 212.281.9240 or visit their website

Presented by the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project in collaboration with the Harlem Stage Partners program
 
The Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project is made possible by a generous grant from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. For more information on the Center for Jazz Studies events and activities, please visit our website at or call 212-851-1633.

Dead.Net - Introducing Two New Full Show Downloads

Two magical, complete performances from Fall '79, the basis for Road Trips, Vol. 1 No.1. These Spectrum shows, 11/5/79 & 11/6/79, are now available in both FLAC and MP3; documenting the band in the midst of their sparkling three-week eastern swing and capturing the raw excitement of the first tours with keyboardist Brent Mydland.

ok|ok's EATING MANTIS September 18th 8pm at Roulette

ok|ok''s EATING MANTIS- for the Grateful Web

Celebrating the release of ok|ok's first album EATING MANTIS, and keeping in line with the band's philosophy of turning concerts into borderless events for all to enjoy, RKM Music presents a FREE multi-media event by the avant-jazz/avant-rock group ok|ok who will be performing works from the new album. Lending visual support will be video artist Benton-C, known for his live visual performances with such artists as Bobby Previte and the Beastie Boys. Also not to be missed: the premier of the director's cut of ok|ok's animated music video "Hunt" by PECKS, a visual-artist team in Japan, which recently won the Reel Thirteen short film competition and was broadcast on THIRTEEN/WNET. The artful CD packaging was created by PECKS. 

ok|ok is Kyoko Kitamura on voice and laptop, Mike McGinnis on clarinet, Khabu Doug Young on guitars, Tony Moreno on drums. Steeped in the language of jazz improvisation but working with elements of rock, folk, poetry and their own beguiling style, ok|ok manages to seamlessly fuse avant-garde jazz with avant-garde rock, adding multi-lingual spoken words and inexplicable noises to create a wild landscape all its own.

"For all its eccentricity and oddball experimentation, Eating Mantis is a highly musical album. An inside/outside perspective defines this 2006 session...a promising and engaging effort from this New York City-based foursome. " - Alex Henderson, AllMusicGuide

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 @ 8pm (1 set only)
(meet and greet for the press and industry at 7:15pm)

No Cover, No Minimum, FREE
(no strings attached)

Roulette @ 20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand Streets)
212.219.8242

An Evening of Dialogue and Insight with Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa- for the Grateful Web

Guitar Center is pleased to announce the next installment of Guitar Center Sessions: An Evening of Dialogue and Insight with Joe Bonamassa. Taking place Wednesday, September 17 at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA, the evening is free and open to the public. The evening will be powered in part by Gibson Guitars.

Joe Bonamassa is one of the premier blues-rock guitarists of his generation. At the early age of 12 he was already a touring pro, opening for the legendary B.B. King. Since then, Joe's incendiary playing has earned him a loyal legion of fans and numerous albums in Billboard's Top 10 blues chart. Also a gifted singer and songwriter, Joe Bonamassa was named Best Blues Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine's readership in their annual Reader's Choice Awards for 2008, and recently released From Nowhere in Particular, a 2-CD live album recorded during his fall 2007 U.S. tour and released on his own J&R Adventures label. The CD debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts. Joe also hosts "Daily Cup Of Joe" as well, a Monday-Friday show on Sirius Satellite Radio's Blues Channel 74 that airs from 12-12:15 PM (ET).

Designed to provide informative, provocative conversation and hands-on tutorials, Guitar Center Sessions serves as an incubator for musicians, providing them an opportunity to network with their peers in an intimate setting and gain career-fostering advice from their heroes. Join us for a very special in-store event as Joe shares tips, techniques and experiences, talks about his signature Gibson Les Paul, and lays down some seriously soulful licks.

Wednesday, September 17 @ 7 pm

Guitar Center Hollywood

7425 Sunset Blvd.

(323) 874-1060

Free to the public. Limited capacity.

About Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the world's largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 214 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalog and website. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the company's website. The Guitar Center logo is a registered trademark of Guitar Center, Inc. Other brand or product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

Trace Bundy CD Release @ Boulder Theater

photo by Kimberly Kay- for the Grateful Web

Guitar wizard Trace Bundy celebrates the release of his new Studio CD titled "Missile Bell - Part 2" at Boulder Theater.

Trace Bundy must not only be heard, but seen. Listening is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed "Acoustic Ninja" play live, it becomes quite confusing how one man can do that with just two hands and ten fingers - harmonics, right-hand tapping, slapping, percussive, looping, multiple capos, lightning fast picking... you name it. Since Trace hit the road as a full-time touring musician, the exponential growth of his fan base resulted in sold-out shows with standing ovations at venues across the country and around the world (throughout the US and 13 countries). Video clips of his playing have quickly circulated across the globe, with views of over 2,500,000 on YouTube. Don't take our word for it, go to www.TraceBundy.com and watch the videos.  After all, Trace Bundy must not only be heard, but seen.

Luba Mason at Birdland October 7

Luba Mason- for the Grateful Web

Stunning Slovak beauty Luba Mason fuses her classical vocal training, her impressive Broadway credentials, and a seamless blend of latin jazz, folk, and pop influences. The result is a unique and sultry sound which places equal emphasis on her vocal talent and stylistic range. A truly versatile entertainer, Luba has starred on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in "How to Succeed in Business" and Brooke Shields in "Chicago," and has made a smooth transition into other venues, such as performing in nightclubs and concert halls, recording studio albums which feature her talents as a vocalist and songwriter, and guest-starring on several popular television shows. "Time Out New York" calls Luba Mason "too good to overlook," while "Jazz Times" recently wrote that Luba Mason has "a voice as big and rich as the star filled sky."

Luba Mason will preview her latest project KRAZY LOVE at the World famous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City on

Tuesday, October 7 with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 PM.

Luba Mason, vocals

Dario Eskenazi, piano

John Benitez, bass

Adriano Santos, drums

Sandro Albert, guitar

Dende, percussion

(Special Guest star TBA)

KRAZY LOVE is the title of her upcoming CD in which she executes a "cool, Brazilian mood" with an intimate acoustic sound.  In addition to co-producing this new CD, Luba's blossoming writing talents are premiered with 8 original songs, creating a distinctive yet personal sound and style to a unique blend of melodies. 

Don't miss this special preview Of Her All New Show on October 7.

The David Leonhardt Trio CD Releases 'Explorations'

David Leonhardt Trio- for the Grateful Web

Pianist David Leonhardt and his respective band-mates have performed and recorded with some of the finest jazz musicians in the business, and it's no wonder that they would be called upon by numerous jazz artists after listening to this polished and nicely-flowing trio set, where Leonhardt steers the unit through standards and pop/rock favorites.

An all star trio's exciting new eclectic collection of jazzed up arrangements showcasing their improvisational abilities in a creative journey set to songs by James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Elton John, George Harrison as well as Horace Silver, and Jerome Kern.

The musicians generate dynamics while tempering the various currents when required.  For example, on the pianist's comp "Whispers of Contentment – Shouts of Joy," the trio renders gradually ascending choruses, abetted by Leonhardt's powerful block chords and drummer Alvester Garnett's display of rhythmic ferocity.  Yet, melody is a key ingredient throughout, as the band tackles George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and Elton John's "Your Song," with panache, and a jazzy vibe.

On James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," Leonhardt injects jazz fills and a loose-groove motif amid lyrically resplendent phrasings, while the band also explores via an improvisational approach.  However, the musicians do find time to up the ante with bluesy moments and heated workouts.  In addition, Leonhardt looms as a vivid storyteller here and alters the overall tone of the album with his North African modal piece "The Dawn Over Morocco." Ultimately, it's a superfine effort that is topped off with an irrefutably appealing track mix and all executed with a melding of eloquence and passion. by Glenn Astarita JazzReview.com

David Leonhardt has always been a jazz pianist first, while enamored with the realm of contemporary popular songs. This duality is reflected in this set of standards, originals, and rearrangements of well known hit tunes. While one wonders if there is a real need to do numbers out of the repertoire of The Beatles, Elton John, Cream and James Taylor, Leonhardt and his trio do them with a modified flair and at times thoughtful repast. The extraordinary bassist Matthew Parrish and hot drummer Alvester Garnett help Leonhardt greatly in lifting all of these tracks to a higher interpretive level. The originals of the pianist are, to say the least, interesting. "Whispers Of Contentment - Shouts Of Joy" is a definitive spirit song, lovely in its Zen like invention. "The Dawn Over Morocco" sports impending heavy dramatic modality leading to a brighter day, the title track is a free bop true to its title, and "Winter Waltz" a quicker ice skating number reminiscent of a Vince Guaraldi Charlie Brown tune. "Late Night Blues" is pretty straight laced, and "Iberian Lament" organic, pretty and pensive. The trio does a splendid sprinting version of the Jerome Kern standard "Yesterdays" moving quickly from sideline to sideline, and a gorgeous, near perfect interpretation of Horace Silver's "Peace." Then there's the block chords and light Brazilian take of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," a waltz to 4/4 saccharine "Your Song," hard bopping and scattershot but barely recognizable "Sunshine Of Your Love," and off melody phrases but otherwise true to form "Fire & Rain." As honest, balanced and flexible a musician as there is in jazz, Leonhardt and this truly excellent trio needs to be heard by a general populist mainstream audience, and likely stretch these tracks out in more intimate live performances. - by Michael G. Nastos AllMusic.com

David Leonhardt Trio - EXPLORATIONS: Simply superb piano from David, bassist Matthew Parrish and crisp/clear drums by Alvester Garnett on this gem of a CD.  There are several originals; all packed with talent that shines from all 3 players, but in this case, the most notable tracks are David's arrangements of tunes like George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", & Clapton's "Sunshine Of Your Love"!  He breathes new life into those tracks & elevates them back into their proper place... far above Muzak, & in the Universal realm... I can tell you without qualification that you've NEVER heard interpretations as spirited as these!  The recording is excellent; you're able to hear every little nuance, especially on tunes like the opener, "Whispers of Contentment - Shouts of Joy", definitely my favorite on the album; though in semi-ballad mode, power emanates between Leonhardt's phrasings here!  A great jazz album with a new approach to standards that merits our MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - by Rotcod Zzaj

The Rumble Strips Tour North America

The Rumble Strips- for the Grateful Web

In 'Girls and Weather', The Rumble Strips have recorded a truly classic debut album.  With their somewhat eccentric origins in Devon, the four young men from Tavistock have fashioned a set of songs steeped with huge, life-affirming choruses all awash with the optimism of youth. This is a  band whose sound and look is entirely their own: thundering drums and  piano, brass to stir the soul and singer Charlie Waller's voice – a  thing of rare beauty and power suggesting the arrival of a genuine new  star.

Among the band's most passionate fans is producer du jour, Mark Ronson. Having heard Rumble Strips' spine tingling reworking of Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black', Ronson fell in love with the band. He promptly invited Charlie to sing lead vocals at his acclaimed BBC Electric Proms performance at the London Roundhouse last year, with Charlie's performance widely declared the highlight of the evening. Further guest appearances have followed as Ronson and Charlie's relationship has blossomed, with the most recent show seeing Charlie being flown out to Coachella to sing with Mark.          

"Girls and Weather" opens with Charlie hollering as if his life depended on it, "I ain't got no soul". What follows is 12 songs bristling with energy, frantic rhythms, wide-eyed yearning and certainly no little soul.

Indeed, the Young Soul Rebel spirit of the singles 'Alarm Clock' and 'Motorcycle' is evident on the album, but the record also takes in a range of less expected (but no less profound) influences: the gorgeous harmonies are born out of the band's love of 1950s doo-wop, whilst the epic nature of Charlie's song writing recalls the oddball genius of both Adam Ant and Queen (as imagined by the Stax house band).

Elsewhere, the brass on 'Oh Creole' is like a rousing, doom laden Van Morrison classic, whilst the E Street holler of 'Hate Me (You Do)' owes its anthemic quality to Tom Gorbutt's inspired saxophone opening. Clocking in under two minutes, August single 'Girls and Boy in Love' is all hand clap rhythms, Motown piano and gorgeous, bitter sweet melodies - a festival anthem for certain.

Recalling the achingly close, three part harmonies of Rubber Soul era Beatles, 'Don't Dumb Down' is a scathing tale of faking to impress.  Key lyrics:  "You don't come from London do you? / But, sometimes you sound like you do / What the hell is that all about?"

The album closes with arguably it's strongest moment.  Built around a huge, Talking Heads-esque piano rhythm, 'Hands' is an extraordinary piece of song writing. Charlie's almost spoken word delivery is like an anglicized Springsteen, as he talks of finding himself, "on the hard shoulder of the motorway / to my feet I tried to complain / but I don't think they were listening", as the song build to almighty crescendo.

The Rumble Strips are a truly special group:  Pure, sad and romantic. Theirs are songs that strike a chord with the masses, whilst remaining enigmatic and standing alone from the crowd.  

2008 US Fall Tour

10/2/2008     Princeton, NJ        Terrace Club      

10/4/2008     Philadelphia, PA     Johnny Brenda's

10/5/2008     Washington, D.C.     Black Cat

10/6/2008     Carrboro, NC         Cat's Cradle

10/7/2008     Atlanta, GA          The Earl

10/8/2008     Orlando, Fl          The Social

10/9/2008     Tallahassee, FL      Club Downunder    

10/10/2008    New Orleans, LA      House of Blues

10/11/2008    Austin, TX           The Parish Room

10/14/2008    San Diego, CA        Casbah

10/15/2008    Los Angeles, CA      Spaceland

10/16/2008    San Francisco, CA    Pop Scene      

10/18/2008    Portland, OR         Doug Fir Lounge

10/19/2008    Seattle, WA          Chop Suey

10/20/2008    Vancouver, BC        Media Club

10/23/2008    Minneapolis, MN      7th St. Entry

10/24/2008    Chicago, IL          Abbey Pub

10/25/2008    Madison, WI          Der Rathskellar    

10/27/2008    Newport, KY          Southgate House

10/28/2008    Detroit, MI          Magic Stick         

10/29/2008    Toronto, ON          El Mocambo        

10/30/2008    Montreal, QC         Zoo Bizarre       

10/31/2008    Cambridge, MA        TT the Bears

11/1/2008     New York, NY         Bowery Ballroom