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Dylan, Cash, Miles + More at Morrison Hotel's 30th St. Exhibit

Miles Davis - photos by Don Hunstein- for the Grateful Web

On July 18 the Morrison Hotel Gallery's Soho loft (116 Prince Street, NYC) will offer the first fine art photography exhibit drawn from the extensive Sony BMG archive. "In Session at the Columbia Records 30th Street Studio" will feature candid, in-the-studio photographs taken mostly by Columbia Records' in-house photographer Don Hunstein, at its legendary 30th Street Studio in New York City. The exhibit will feature over 30 limited edition fine art silver gelatin prints - many of them never-before-seen - of singular figures such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, Muhammad Ali, and Charles Mingus among others. Prior to the exhibit's public opening, the Morrison Hotel Gallery will host invitation-only previews of "In Session" on July 17.

In 1949, an abandoned Armenian Greek Orthodox church at 207 East 30th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, was transformed into one of the world's greatest recording studios, where some of the most dynamic and enduring records were created. From Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" to Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story," from Miles Davis's "Kind Of Blue" to Glenn Gould's interpretations of Bach's "Goldberg Variations," the 30th Street Studio provided a distinctive ambience, featuring a kaleidoscope of sublime sonic qualities unparalleled in the recording industry.

Though the building itself was demolished, "In Session" frames the momentous occasions that occurred within the 30th Street Studio walls and allows fans to hold on to them forever.

Each print to be featured in this exhibit was meticulously hand selected by the Morrison Hotel Gallery and Sony BMG's ICON Collectibles (www.Icon-Collectibles.com), and represents a piece of musical history. Prints by Don Huntstein are numbered and signed by the photographer, who still lives in New York, and plans to attend the 'In Session' preview events. Prints will also be available for sale at morrisonhotelgallery.com.

About The Morrison Hotel Gallery
Founded in 2001 by former record company executive and producer Peter Blachley, former independent record store owner Rich Horowitz and music photographer Henry Diltz, The Morrison Hotel Gallery has grown to become the major brand in fine art music photography. With already thriving locations in Soho in NYC, La Jolla California, and Los Angeles, MHG opened their largest location to date in March 2008, at 313 Bowery Street in NYC, former home to the legendary CBGB Gallery.

About ICON Collectibles
ICON Collectibles is a business specializing in selling unique Fine Art Prints, Music Plaques, Cover Art and one-of-a-kind memorabilia featuring a diversified collection of some of the world's greatest recording artists including: Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Ella Fitzgerald and Muhammad Ali. All offerings are showcased and sold on Icon-Collectibles.com. Powered by SONY BMG Music Entertainment, ICON Collectibles is headquartered in New York City.

Joe Deninzon + Jay and the Americans News & Dates

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius- for the Grateful Web

Joe Deninzon's summer "vacation" includes collaborations with a variety of folks.  He's the musical director for SPIDER DANCE, which he describes as an Italian Riverdance crossed with Cirque Du Soleil, and celebrates the mythical and therapeutic history of the dance, the Tarantella. Mixed with electronic music, the show features fire dancers, stilt walkers, and aerial dancers and percussionist Alessandra Belloni.   From August 9 through the 23, SPIDER DANCE will tour Spain and Italy.

Joe has also co-created an electric, classical music quartet called Metro Strings.  He, of course, plays violin.  Also in the quartet are: and Brazz Tree violinist Mazz Swift and Sweet Plantain's cellist/vocalist David Gotay, and Hiroko Taguchi on viola.

He's got other projects happening; check them out at his NEW website.

Stratospheerius has many tour highlights this summer and an unreleased live bootleg song with vocals called "Climbing," which he wrote for his wife, Yulia, a member of the New York City Philharmonic.

Here are confirmed tourdates for Stratospheerius (more dates, especially on the West Coast in September, to be confirmed)

July 11                          w/ Metro Strings live!  Fat Baby, New York, NY
July 12                          Great South Bay Music Festival
July 25                          w/Danny Aiello's jazz band St. Anne's Church, Hoboken, NJ
August 29                        The Winchester, Lakewood OH
August 30                        Detroit International Jazz Festival
September 4                      Winston's  San Diego, CA 
September 5th                    Leavitt Pavilion, Pasadena, CA (FREE ALL AGES CONCERT)
September 9                      The Red Fox Tavern, Eureka, CA
September 13                     Jam on the Lake  Williamstown, NJ 
September 26                     Harvest Celebration, Fulton, NY
September 27                     Bearslee Castle   Little Falls, NY 
October 3 and 4                  Harvest Fest in Maine   Starks, ME

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Jay and the Americans are performing very special classic shows this year.  While one of the group's concerts are always a treat, these gigs are connected to the history of rock and roll:

August 9, the group performs a benefit concert for the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Sharon, PA.  The Vocal Group Hall of Fame inducts performers from every era of music history where group members harmonize with each other.  Inducted groups include Simon and Garfunkel, the Cowsills, the Whispers….

On November 1, the guys will be performing at a tribute to Gene Pitney to raise funds for the Somers Education Foundation, which raises money for special educational programs.  The benefit takes place at La Renaissance Banquet House in East Windsor, CT.  The contact number is 413-531-6104.  Event producer Evan Plotkin was a childhood friend of the late Gene Pitney.  Gene's career started in the late '50s, and included so many highlights: including introducing psychedelia to American culture with a 1963 hit "Mecca," singing pop songs with a theatrical flair - "Town Without Pity," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."  In the late 1980s, he collaborated with Mark Almond. Like Jay and the Americans, Gene recorded "Cara Mia."  Visit my youtube playlist to hear and see Gene performing "Mecca," "It Hurts To Be In Love," and other hits with a full orchestra.

Jay and the Americans will also perform on a classic rock cruise from January 17 through 24 in the Eastern Caribbean. The tour includes The Guess Who, Paul Revere and Dean Torrance of Jan and Dean fame.  Tickets are available c/o Tammy Selee at Harmon Travel: 208-388-3000.

There will be some amazing shows in group members' hometowns: July 27 is the Boulton Center for the Arts in Bay Shore, NY.  Phone: 631-794-2040.

Jay Reincke is based out of Chicago.  These two summer dates will be great: July 18, at the Lake Zurich Alpine Fest, in Lion's Park, Lake Zurich, IL.  Contact: 847-847-2171

The Buckinghams will also be on hand for the Northbrook Days Festival, which runs from July 30 through August 3.  Jay and the Americans will perform on August 2. Phone: 847-498-5555

New From JEMP Records – 7/22/97 Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC

On July 22, 1997,  Phish performed the second show of their U.S.

Rex Foundation: Summer Festivals, Limited VIP Tix & More

The Allman Brothers in support of Rex- for the Grateful Web

The Rex Foundation would like to thank the following festivals for including us as one of their non-profits at their 2008 Summer Festivals!   It is with collective efforts we are able to give back to the communities in their areas.  We encourage everyone to attend these festivals and tell them... Rex sent me!

The 2008 Rex Musical Caravan keeps growing and we still have a limited number of VIP tickets left for the upcoming summer shows where RatDog tours with Gov't Mule and then with the Allman Brothers Band.  Enjoy access to top-priced, reserved seating tickets at the shows listed below, while also supporting the Rex Foundation.  Each ticket price noted includes a $50 charitable contribution.

RatDog with Gov't Mule at the Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA

Wednesday, July 9th - SOLD OUT

Thursday, July 10th - SOLD OUT

RatDog with the Allman Brothers Band:

Wednesday, August 13th, Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY 

These tickets at $210 each include a special party before and during the concert with food and beverages, along with VIP Parking.  Theresa and Sandy look forward to seeing you and joining in on the fun.

Saturday, August 16th, Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA - $113 per ticket

Friday, August 22nd, Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC, Canandaigua, NY - $115 per ticket

Saturday, August 23rd, Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ - $131 per ticket

Saturday, August 30th, Red Rocks, Denver, CO - $113 per ticket

Click here to order tickets or call the Rex Foundation office at 415-561-3134.

Check out Sandy Sohcot's blog posting about The World As It Could Be human rights education project.  Post your own comments and consider forwarding to others who might be interested in this project.

Keller Williams "Rex" Download Reviews?  If you have downloaded this album and have any comments, please post your review on the Rex blog page.  Rex is anxious to hear your thoughts.

Whether we cross paths at one of the Summer Festivals, Jones Beach or in cyberspace, we look forward to traveling the world of giving together with you.  Check out Rex's web site to see what you help make happen.  Climb aboard the Rex Community Caravan and together we can further what the Grateful Dead started in 1983.

Los Lobos Announces Summer Tour

Los Lobos on tour this summer- for the Grateful Web

Latin rock fans nationwide are in store for a special treat with this summer's The Brotherhood Tour.  Hosted by Los Lonely Boys who are joined by co-headliners Los Lobos, The Brotherhood Tour will stop in cities across the United States to bring that special Latin flavor for which they are both renowned.

Since they began as Los Lobos Del Este Los Angeles in 1973, Los Lobos has evolved into a respected artistic entity using eclectic musical molds built on the blues, rockabilly, jazz, Latin and their own Mexican-American heritage.  Critically acclaimed Los Lobos has thrived for more than three decades.  In that time, they have released over 15 albums, won the Best American/Mexican Grammy for Anselma in 1984, and in 1987 their cover of "La Bamba" shot straight to #1 on the Billboard Singles chart where it remained for three weeks.

In September 2006, Los Lobos released The Town and the City to much critical acclaim. The album's lyrics deal with vocalist/guitarist/drummer Louis Perez's childhood in East Los Angeles while the music portrays complex and original soundscapes. "Nearly three decades in, Los Lobos have yet to make a bad record," said the Chicago Reader and Rolling Stone Magazine asserts that, "With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos."

Since their worldwide breakout three years ago, Texican trio Los Lonely Boys - brothers Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza - have achieved multi-platinum album sales, a Grammy Award (their monster hit "Heaven" won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group in 2005), and widespread acclaim from critics, fans and other musicians.  In 2007, Los Lonely Boys participated in Amnesty International's "Make Some Noise" project. Their cover of John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You thru the Night" is the second single from the charity album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.  Look for The Boys' third album, Forgiven, to hit streets on July 1st.

Current confirmed Los Lobos tour dates are as follows:
June 21 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CANADA
June 28 Kate Wolf Memorial Music Fest Laytonville CA
July 04 Waterfront Independence Fest Louisville KY
July 05 Alameda County Fair Pleasanton CA
July 06 Marin County Fair San Rafael CA
July 10 Party in the Park Rochester NY
July 11 Town Center Park at Meadowbrook Hamden CT
July 12 The Mahaiwe Theatre Great Barrington MA
July 18 Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre Portland OR - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 19 Marymoor Amphitheater Redmond WA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 20 Cuthbert Amphitheatre Eugene OR - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 22 Mountain Winery Saratoga CA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 25 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 26 Concerts in the Park Alpine CA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 27 Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre Tucson AZ - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 29 Sandia Casino Albuquerque NM - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 30 Red Butte Garden Amphitheater Salt Lake City UT - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 31 World Arena Colorado Springs CO - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 01 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 02 Harrah's Casino Council Bluffs IA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 04-05 Music in the Zoo Apple Valley MN - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 07 Frederik Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids MI - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 08 Ravinia Festival (Pavilion) Highland IL - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 09 Egyptian Room at Murat Centre Indianapolis IN - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 10 Meadow Brook Music Festival Rochester Hills MI - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 12 The Filene Center Vienna VA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 14 Central Park Summerstage New York NY - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 29 Harley Davidson 105th Anniversary at Cutler Park Waukesha WI
August 30 American Music Festival Virginia Beach VA
September 01 Texas Music Festival Houston TX
October 05-12 Rhythm & Blues Cruise Pacific San Diego CA
October 25 Bloomington Center for Performing Arts Bloomington IL
November 08-09 Walt Disney World Resort Orlando FL
December 07 Lancaster Performing Arts Center Lancaster CA

Matmos Takes on Boulder Theater July 15th

Matmos- for the Grateful Web

Matmos' approach is quickly pushing them to the center of the experimental music world.  Straddling pop and serious electronica, they've toured and recorded with pop icon Bjork, performed in Lincoln Center and the Whitney Museum of Art, given seminars at Harvard and worked with some of the top musicians in the classical world. They're collaborating with the Kronos Quartet and composer Terry Riley, the city of Verona commissioned a re-think of Verdi's "Aida" from them last summer, and they're now readying a new work for the prestigious Group de Recherches Musicales in Paris.

"It's fascinating, what they're doing," says David Harrington, founder and first violinist of the Kronos Quartet, who commissioned a piece from Matmos after hearing one of their early recordings. "They invent these incredibly beautiful, thought-provoking sounds, and bring them together in ways that seem totally unique and natural. And there's nothing precious about it; there's a kind of openness about their music that attracted me immediately."

The new album finds the dynamic duo taking a holiday from conceptual responsibility, skipping the outré sampling antics in favor of a light-hearted "cosmic-pop" record made entirely out of synthesizers. Expect the unexpected.

Opening for the duo is Offthesky, multi tasking interdisciplinary artist Jason Corder from Lexington, Kentucky. Presenting Phonograffiti, a portmanteau that describes an interactive artistic community performance project where the musician and public audience are able to interact together on an intimate level. It is an event where everyone is able to become a performer. Offthesky has invited local painters to take the stage, painting on canvas hooked up with contact microphones. The painting creates the sound for the musician to process via brush strokes or light tapping while painting on the canvas during the performance.

Radio Ready

Celebrating 30 years of independent community radio, Communikey presents Matmos in honor of KGNU. Matmos will make a special appearance at KGNU performing live from the studio on Monday July 14th. A portion of proceeds from the 30 Year Anniversary Celebration show at the Boulder Theater on Tuesday July 15th will go to benefit the station. Doors are at 8:00pm and the show is all ages. Tickets can be purchased at www.BoulderTheater.com.

COMMUNIKEY PRESENTS: CMKY 19: MATMOS (Matador Records) with Offthesky (Live Installation)

TUESDAY JULY 15TH 2008

DOORS AT 8:00PM

ALL AGES

$15

BOULDER THEATER

2032 14TH STREET BOULDER COLORADO

303-786-7030

WWW.COMMUNIKEY.US

TICKETS ONLINE: http://bouldertheater.com

PORTION OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT KGNU COMMUNITY RADIO 88.5FM

Reckless Kelly Release 'Bulletproof' on 6/24

Cody from Reckless Kelly- for the Grateful Web

According to an early review in the Austin American Statesman, Reckless Kelly's 'Bulletproof,' out next week on Yep Roc Records, is the "record of their career."

Highlighting one track in particular, the Statesman notes that "with 'American Blood,' the Reckless ones brilliantly stand up for their country, while blasting the Bush administration," adding "It's the most powerful moment in an album full of them."

Austin Music Magazine agrees, hailing 'Bulletproof's "gripping rock'n'roll pulse... tough strong beats and driving rhythms."

Listen to tracks from 'Bulletproof' here:
http://recklesskelly.com/BP_preview.htm

Upcoming Reckless Kelly Tour Dates:
6.20 - National Anthem for The Atlanta Braves game - Atlanta, GA
6.22 - Skipper's Smokehouse - Tampa, FL
6.24 - Antone's (album release show) - Austin, TX
6.26 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
6.27 - National Anthem for Houston Astros game - Houston, TX
6.28 - CD signing Houston Pasture - Concan, TX
7.2 - Colonial Theatre - Idaho Falls, ID
7.3 - Dude Bra Brew Fest - Jackson, WY
7.4 - 4th on Fourth Street Party - Ketchum, Idaho
7.5 - Sorry For Partying Fest Tamarack Pavillion - Donnelly, ID
7.6 - Sacajawea Center - Salmon, ID
7.14 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
7.17 thru 7.21 - Cross Canadian Ragweed Cruise - Gavelston, TX
7.31 - Brewster Ice House - Corpus Christi, TX
8.1 thru 8.2 - Gruene Hall - New Braunfels, TX
8.6 - Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO
8.7 thru 8.9 - Braun Brother's Reunion - Challis, ID
8.15 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA

Umphrey's McGee Releases Jimmy Stewart 2007 and A New Live Series - CompendiUM

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} In June, prog-rock powerhouse Umphrey's McGee will release Jimmy Stewart 2007 - an ambitious double-live album comprised of some of the band's most inspired improvisations, sequenced into two seamless 70-minute "mixtapes."  Several times each performance Umphrey's McGee delves into the "Jimmy Stewart" creation process.  They aim to generate melody-rich, spontaneous compositions, utilizing a Zappa-inspired language of body gestures and hand-signals which allow the band to create structure on-the-fly.

As Umphrey's McGee's sound continues to evolve, each live performance is increasingly a showcase for their "Jimmy Stewart" approach to progressive improvisation, which they utilize as a breeding ground for new material. Fan favorites "In the Kitchen", "Intentions Clear", "Bridgeless", and many more have come from such sessions.  In fact, the newest original to the Umphrey's McGee live repertoire is "Waist Down", a song with firm roots in the Jimmy Stewart 2007track “Eat - 2.17.07 - San Francisco".

Umphrey's is a band always on the cusp of fresh technology and music distribution, and the trendsetting Umphrey's McGee Podcast serves up two 75-minute sets of live UM each month to its 20,000 subscribers. On June 10th, the Podcast offered it's 66th broadcast, a Jimmy Stewart 2007 companion piece of an extra CD's worth of material from the cutting room.  That past weekend weekend, a limited pressing of 2,000 Jimmy Stewart 2007 CDs were available at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, with remaining copies to be distributed at shows and though the band's online store.  Beginning June 17, the record is available digitally via iTunes and UMLive.net.

Also this month, Umphrey's McGee debut a digital-only live series called CompendiUM.  The first ten releases in this iTunes series are comprised of the band's favorite ten shows of 2007, showcasing the incredibly diverse range of the Umphrey's McGee live experience.

 
CompendiUM releases:
CompendiUM: Live in Boulder, Colorado - 03.06.07
CompendiUM: Live in Pontiac, Michigan - 03.16.07
CompendiUM: Live in Madison, Wisconsin - 03.22.07
CompendiUM: Live in Rochester, New York - 04.15.07
CompendiUM: Live in Portland, Oregon - 06.07.07
CompendiUM: Live in Portsmouth, Virginia - 06.28.07
CompendiUM: Live in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota - 07.19.07
CompendiUM: Live in Bloomington, Indiana - 11.09.07
CompendiUM: Live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 11.10.07
CompendiUM: Live in Chicago, Illinois - 12.30.07

Look for the band on tour this summer:
July 05 Saturday in the Park Sioux City IA
July 06 Weesner Amphitheater - Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley M
July 10 Willow Island at Alliant Energy Center Madison WI Co-Headline with STS9
July 12 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha NE Co-Headline with STS9
July 15 Moonlite Gardens Cincinnati OH Co-Headline with STS9
July 16 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen VA Co-Headline with STS9
July 17 Promowest Pavilion Columbus OH Co-Headline with STS9
July 18 The Lawn at White River State Park Indianapolis IN Co-Headline with STS9
July 19 Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island Chicago IL Co-Headline with STS9
July 24 Roseland Ballroom New York NY Co-Headline with STS9
July 25 Festival Pier at Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA Co-Headline with STS9
July 25 Fillmore at the TLA Philadelphia PA
July 26 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA Co-Headline with STS9
July 27 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD Co-Headline with STS9
July 30 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC Co-Headline with STS9
July 31 Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary NC Co-Headline with STS9
July 31 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh NC
August 01-02 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA Co-Headline with STS9
August 09 Up North Music and Arts Festival Hiram ME
August 31 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morisson CO With Gov't Mule
September 01 The Fox Theatre Boulder CO
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark AR
December 11-15 Caribbean Holidaze Jamaica IA

Peter Buffett & Akon Announce Musical Collaboration

Akon- for the Grateful Web

Composer and philanthropist Peter Buffett and international star Akon announced today the beginning of their musical collaboration and the launch of a new social action and resource website, IsThereSomethingICanDo.com. Akon added vocals and remixed Buffett's song "Anything," from his 2007 album 'Staring At The Sun.' Starting today, the track is available for free download at their new website IsThereSomethingICanDo.com

The website hopes to answer the question "Is there something I can do?" posed within the song and will offer practical ways to get involved in affecting positive change. It will also serve as a forum for users to learn and share information about their experiences with giving back.

Buffett wrote "Anything," after visiting post-war Liberia and Sierra Leone. Akon, an avid supporter of aid organizations benefiting his home of Senegal, viewed the video Buffett created after his trip and was immediately inspired to contribute.

"This song serves as a global call to action. After my trip to West Africa I knew I had to express what I saw the best way I know how - through music - and to have Akon hear my call was an honor and a surprise to both of us," Buffett says.

Akon adds, "I didn't know who Peter was when we met, and he didn't know anything about me. That's the thing that makes our work together genuine: It's based simply on our desire to encourage people to do something."

The "Anything" remix is the first project in what will be an ongoing relationship for this unique pairing. Next up, Akon will begin work on the song "Can We Love" from Buffett's upcoming album 'Imaginary Kingdom' (out September 9th, BeSide Records) and together they are planning further artistic collaborations around this theme.

More on Peter Buffett:
Omaha-born, EMMY Award winning Buffett has spent two decades as a composer and producer, best known for contributing to the score of the ACADEMY AWARD-winning film 'Dances With Wolves.' It wasn't until 2006's 'Gold Star' album that he added vocals to his intricate ambient sounds.

Buffett's next release 'Imaginary Kingdom' finds his signature lush electronic music and layered harmonies in their most revved-up state. The album features 14 tracks with a socially conscious focus including "Can We Love?," a song Buffett performed at this year's anniversary celebration of V Day in New Orleans, making him the only male to ever take the stage at the revolutionary rally to stop violence against women and girls.

More on Akon:
The son of accomplished jazz musician Mor Thiam, Akon was introduced to varied musical styles early on, and his two full-length albums for Universal, 'Trouble' and 'Konvicted,' are a hybrid of rap and silky R&B vocals. His multifaceted sensibilities and popular club anthems have launched him to international success, with four 2008 GRAMMY nominations and over 8 million records sold.

Infamous Stringdusters New Album + Summer Tour Dates!

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

With "The Infamous Stringdusters" (released 6/10/2008), the award-winning sextet has put on record the dynamic of intimacy and virtuosity that distinguishes their live shows. The eponymous album is both a nod to traditions and a challenge to conventions, proving that the Infamous Stringdusters' combination of innovation and experience has truly molded a new level of newgrass music.

Catch 'em live this evening on WSM's Grand Ole Opry: www.wsmonline.com

"Young kids who can seriously play bluegrass. Their album Fork in the Road, feels like it could have been the score for Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid." - Jay Faires, Lionsgate Music

". . . hot picking, tight harmonies, and songwriting that continues their willingness to venture outside the notions of traditional bluegrass." - Dave Stallard, Blue Ridge Outdoors

"The Stringdusters produce bluegrass with such meticulous skill and discipline that it's initially jarring to hear the music without the chaotic energy and rough edges so seemingly inherent to the genre." -  Rob Bricken, Performing Songwriter

 

** INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS SUMMER TOUR '08  **

6/14/2008 Hiawassee, GA
6/20-21/08 Cashmere, WA
6/26/2008 Nashville, TN
6/28/2008 Owensboro, KY
7/9/2008 Ann Arbor, MI
7/10-12/08 Winnipeg, Manitoba
7/14/2008 Alexandria, VA
7/15/2008 Philadelphia, PA
7/16/2008 New York City
7/18-19/08 Ancramdale, NY
7/21-26/2008 Lyons, CO
7/31/2008 Boston, MA
8/1/2008 East Hartford, CT
8/2/2008 Blue Hill, ME
8/8/2008 Alta, WY
8/9/2008 Seattle, WA
8/10/2008 Spokane, WA
8/21/2008 Culver City, CA
8/23-24/2008 San Diego, CA
8/29-31/08 Pagosa Springs, CO