The Duhks Return with Fast Paced World

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Hailed by the New York Times as one of the artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, the Duhks continue the evolution with their fourth album, 'Fast Paced World,' (August 12th / Sugar Hill Records). "We traveled from Winnipeg, locked ourselves in a Nashville basement, pooled our ideas together and invented a new sound," says new frontwoman and bilingual, budding soul queen, Sarah Dugas (she replaced Jessee Havey in 2007).

Produced by Jay Joyce, who joins an impressive line of producers (Béla Fleck, Tim O'Brien) before him, the Duhks have created their most energetic, fully realized, unearthly album to date.   Seriously. "Jay's basement studio was like something out of the Star Trek Enterprise," adds founder and clawhammer banjoist, Leonard Podolak, who, in the past, "traditionally stuck close to the acoustic sound of our instruments.   This record is a beautiful mosaic of different ideas and soundscapes."

Leonard, Sarah, Tania Elizabeth (fiddle, mandolin), guitarist Jordan McConnell and new worldbeat drummer Christian Dugas (Sarah's brother) have melded French lounge pop ("Toujours Vouloir") and scratchy soul meditations on the Galveston flood in 1900 ("Mighty Storm") and sleeping ("Sleepin' Is All I Wanna Do") with the soundtrack of the weirdest 1930s Marlene Dietrich movie you never saw ("This Fall"), and beyond.    "We're all proud of this record and can't wait to release it to the world," adds Sarah.

In the space between the Grammy-nominated 'Migrations' (2006, Sugar Hill Records) and now, the Juno-winning band has gained critical love ("overall virtuosity that could make them stars" - Boston Globe), toured the world and earned a solid fan base - no doubt due to their manic, spirited live shows. (Check YouTube for John Paul Jones joining the band for "Whole Lotta Love").

Environmental issues have always been a passion for the band, inspiring them to launch The Duhks Sustainability Project (

The goal is to "tour as sustainably as possible - Biodiesel, local organic farmers, sustainable eco-conscious clothing," says Tania, who was invited by Bonnaroo to speak about sustainability during the festival on June 13th.    In addition, Bonnaroo has chosen the Duhks to perform on the Solar Stage on June 14th.

Catch the Duhks on tour throughout 2008

6/6/2008            Enterprise, AL - Bamajam Festival
6/7/2008            Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live
6/8/2008            Tampa, FL - Skipper's Smokehouse
6/13/2008           Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
6/21/2008           Telluride, CO - Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
6/22/2008           Telluride, CO - Telluride BGF
7/19/2008           Marquette, MI - Hiawatha Music Co-op
7/24/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
7/25/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
7/26/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
7/27/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
8/2/2008            Canmore, AB - Canmore Folk Festival
8/3/2008            Canmore, AB - Canmore Folk Festival
8/4/2008            Canmore, AB - Canmore Folk Festival
8/9/2008            Edmonton, AB - Gallagher Park
8/10/2008           Edmonton, AB - Gallagher Park
8/16/2008           Huntington, VT - Valley Stage
8/17/2008           Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Folk Festival
8/23/2008           Shropshire, UK - Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Northeastern Trajectories Underway

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Toubab Krewe is heading northeast this week, stopping in Charlottesville, VA, today, (5/9) for a show at the Satellite Ballroom, and landing in NYC on Saturday (5/10) for a show at the Blender Theater at Gramercy. We're thrilled to have our friend,  legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan (The Last Poets), join us on stage in NYC. Brooklyn based Turbine opens the night.

The run continues through the Northeast before we finish the tour at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT on May 16. Looking ahead, we're excited for the summer festival season, a lot of dates close to home in the Southeast, and our European debut in Portugal!

Thanks so much to everyone for making this such an amazing tour!



DATE CITY VENUE                                  Special Guests


Charlottesville, VA    

Satellite Ballroom

                                                    Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun

5-10  New York, NY     

Blender Theater at Gramercy          Umar Bin Hassan (The Last Poets) + Turbine



Narragansett, RI

Wheel House



Portland, ME

Empire Dine and Dance



Newmarket, NH    

Stone Church



Burlington, VT   

Higher Ground



Baltimore, MD    

Starscape Festival



Raleigh, NC      

Lincoln Theatre

(supporting The Disco Biscuits)    


Wilmington, NC   




Charlotte, NC    

Neighborhood Theatre



Floyd, VA  

Sun Music Hall



Chattanooga, TN  

Riverbend Festival



Birmingham, AL   

City Stages



Orlando, FL      

The Social



Tallahassee, FL  

Beta Bar


6-20  St. Petersburg, FL     

The State Theatre



Jacksonville Beach, FL

Freebird Live



Athens, GA

Georgia Theatre



Asheville, NC    

Vortex Music Festival (Asheville Civic Center)



Charleston, SC   

Music Farm



Cabot, VT  

6th Annual Sol Harvest Festivus for the Restivus

Full line-up and details TBA



Sines, Portugal  

Festival Músicas do Mundo



Runaway Bay, Jamaica   

Caribbean Holidaze

Colorado Music Association Presents Kai Eckhardt Bass Clinic

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Bassist Extraordinare Kai Eckhardt, along with the Colorado Music Association, will be hosting a unique day long clinic in Denver with the legendary virtuoso. Known primarily for his work with jazz funksters Garaj Mahal and fusion guitarist John McLaughlin, Eckhardt has established himself as one of the premier bassists in the music industry. Creating a style melding worldly flair with scorching fretwork and exotic rhythms, Kai Eckhardt blazes a trail of originality.

For the clinic, Eckhardt's teachings will concentrate on the Konokol method. The Indian method of Konokol teaches the fundamentals of rhythm through the use of spoken syllables and hand motions, without the use of drums or other percussive devices. Also featured will by Kai's Symmetrical Approach to melody and harmony. Using this approach, Eckhardt creates an entirely new piece of music from completely random selections. Incorporating elements of the polyrhythmic matrix, he will demonstrate how this method works for rhythm.

Musicians across the musical spectrum, from drummers to vocalists to horn players, can benefit from Kai's teachings. In addition to musical growth, Eckhardt's clinics also contribute to inner development and inspiration. "It is my desire to teach people how to invent and reinvent themselves by paying close attention to the underlying principles that make us learn. During my clinic, I will be open to any sincere question and I will do my best to help the student unblock, trouble shoot, align and get inspired," says Eckhardt.

In order to facilitate the learning process, Kai Eckhardt will feature a series of graphs and illustrations, along with original compositions accompanied with lyrics and groove loops. The clinic will take place Sunday, May 18th at 10:00AM at the intersection of Colfax and Lafayette in Denver. Cost for the day long seminar is $60.00.

Colorado Music Associations presents:
Kai Eckhardt Clinic
"Rhythm, Melody and Harmony"
When: Sunday May 18th, 2008
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $60.00 at the door
1490 Lafayette (Colfax and Lafayette)
RSVP to to receive a coupon for $5.00 off the admission.

Kai Eckhardt one hour LIVE performance/interview
KRFC 88.9 FM Live@Lunch
Friday, May 16, 2008
12 noon - 1 pm MST
Kai's fans around the world can listen on-line via or locally via 88.9FM in N. CO.

Jam Cruise 7 Announces Lineup

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

As summer approaches and festival season swings in to high gear, Jam Cruise - the floating festival where everyone on board has a "back stage pass" - is preparing for its seventh incarnation.  On January 4, 2009, Jam Cruise 7 will depart from Fort Lauderdale for five days and head to Belize City, Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico on the elegant MSC Orchestra.  Performing artists include Les Claypool, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Michael Franti featuring Jay Bowman, Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe, Galactic Cruise Crewe (featuring Big Sam, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Trombone Shorty), Leftover Salmon, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Martin Sexton, the New Deal, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Garage A Trois, Lettuce, Porter, Batiste & Stoltz, New Mastersounds, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Bonerama, The Lee Boys, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Brock Butler,and DJ Rekha, with others still to be announced.

Featuring nearly 800 cabins with ocean view balconies, 13 decks, a fitness/relaxation area, a jogging track, a sauna, Turkish bath, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, restaurants, pizzerias, theatres, nightclubs and shopping areas, the MSC Orchestra offers Jam Cruisers all they could want and more. 

Following the strongest pre-booking in Jam Cruise history, all remaining cabins will become available for sale to the public on June 4 at 12 noon ET on  Jam Cruise has sold out each year and is on track to sell out again.  Visit for more details.

Jam Cruise is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures: a partnership between Mark Brown, Josh Moore & Roger Naber.

Keller Williams Releases REX

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Keller Williams offers up a live, digital-only release titled REX (Live at the Fillmore).  The recording captures a very special live performance by Grateful Grass - a project featuring Williams, Keith Moseley (The String Cheese Incident), and Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band) - performing not-so-traditional bluegrass versions of Grateful Dead favorites.  The collection, recorded February 8, 2006 at D

Nightmare Of You Bang Tour - Win Panic At The Disco Tickets!

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Nightmare Of You is heading out on tour with Paper Rival, Edison Glass, and The Graduate this May - June!

Be sure to check out this video at Almacks Dance Hall with Christian Siriano of Project Runway which features NOY's music from 'Bang.'


May 15 2008


Middle East

Cambridge, Massachusetts

May 16 2008


Webster Underground

Hartford, Connecticut

May 17 2008


Xtreme Wheels

Buffalo, New York

May 18 2008


Magic Stick

Detroit, Michigan

May 20 2008


The Basement

Columbus, Ohio

May 21 2008



Chicago, Illinois

May 22 2008


Mojoes Rock House

Tinley Park, Illinois

May 23 2008


Main Street Cafe

Kansas City, Missouri

May 24 2008


The Marquis Theater

Denver, Colorado

May 25 2008


Solid Ground

Salt Lake City, Utah

May 27 2008


El Corazon

Seattle, Washington

May 29 2008


Downtown Brew

San Luis Obispo, California

May 30 2008


Knitting Factory - LA

Hollywood, California

May 31 2008


Chain Reaction

Anaheim, California

Jun 1 2008


SOMA - Sidestage

San Diego, California

Jun 3 2008


The Clubhouse

Tempe, Arizona

Jun 4 2008


Club Congress

Tucson, Arizona

Jun 5 2008


Rock Bottom

San Antonio, Texas

Jun 6 2008


The Prophet Bar

Dallas, Texas

Jun 7 2008


Stubb's BBQ

Austin, Texas

Jun 9 2008


The Conservatory

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Jun 10 2008


Crush Lounge

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jun 11 2008


2 Cents Plain

St. Louis, Missouri

Jun 13 2008


Fireman's Hall

North Caldwell, New Jersey

Jun 14 2008


Blender Theatre At Gramercy

New York, New York


Win Panic At The Disco Tickets!

Almacks Dance Hall and Fueled By Ramen are giving away 4 tickets to Panic At The Disco's Roseland shows May 7th and 8th in NYC to two winners.

Enter to WIN!

Joan Osborne Joining Kimock THIS Weekend

photo by Michelle Sammartino- for the Grateful Web

Multi-platinum performer Joan Osborne will join the all-star lineup of Steve Kimock, Bobby Vega, Melvin Seals and John Molo at Owsleys Golden Road, in Denver on April 25th and April 26th. This recent announcement is in light of the last minute cancellation of vocalist Ray White. Friday and Saturday will also feature performances by LA-based, Underground Orchestra, who have become a "must-see" musical act on the West Coast. Sunday, April 27th will highlight a number of surprise special guests.

Tickets are available through and

Friday April 25th, Doors 7 PM - Show 9 PM (ages 16+)
Saturday April 26th, Doors 7 PM - Show 9 PM (ages 16+)
Sunday April 27th, Doors 6 PM - Show 8PM (ages 16+)

Owsley's Golden Road
2151 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO, 80205

(303) 297-1772

EOTO Wraps Up Spring 2008 Tour

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

EOTO (pronounced E-oh-toe) featuring Jason Hann and Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident fame are wrapping up a string of dates taking them from the east coast throughout the Midwest. The project has eagerly taken to the road with an entirely unique and completely refreshing experience.

Stepping outside of the String Cheese box entirely, the duo delivers monster bass, hypnotic beats and intoxicating melodies in a totally unrehearsed, unscripted dance party, unleashing diverse performances night in and night out. In the world of EOTO, nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is pre-looped, no sets are pre-planned and the crowd feels it. Each night transports the listener to a different place and a different time.

Drawing from the ethos of some of the great DJ's and computer artists of the world, they use cutting edge technology to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment with the undeniable power of live drums. The music is all created on the spot, recorded, then mixed and remixed live to create an ever-evolving musical experience.

Playing roles completely different than they did in SCI, Jason Hann commands the drum kit, all percussion and samples. Michael Travis creates the tonal ambiance through the use of the bass, guitar, keyboards, and hand percussion, all while throwing down the live mixing. While completely different from SCI, life-long fans as well as new fans will be drawn to the spontaneity that is EOTO.

Apr 21 2008 @ Wilbert's: Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 22 2008 @ The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 23 2008 @ Papa Pete's: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Apr 24 2008 @ Subterranean: Chicago, Illinois
Apr 25 2008 @ The Miramar Theatre: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Apr 26 2008 @ The Cabooze: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 27 2008 @ High Noon Saloon: Madison, Wisconsin
Apr 28 2008 @ Vaudeville Mews: Des Moines, Iowa
Apr 29 2008 @ Iowa city Yacht Club: Iowa City, Iowa
Apr 30 2008 @ The Canopy Club (opening for Umphrey's McGee): Urbana, Illinois
May 1 2008 @ Crusens: Peoria, Illinois
May 2 2008 @ The Redstone Room: Davenport, Iowa
May 3 2008 @ The Box Awesome: Lincoln, Nebraska
May 23 2008 @ Schwagstock 37 @ Camp Zoe: Salem, Missouri
May 24 2008 @ Schwagstock 37 @ Camp Zoe: Salem, Missouri
Jun 7 2008 @ Wakarusa Festival: Lawrence, Kansas
Jun 29 2008 @ Lazy River Music Festival: St Charles, Illinois
Jul 3 2008 @ Rothbury Music Festival (Late Night Show): Rothbury, Michigan
Jul 4 2008 @ High Sierra Music Festival: Quincy, California
Jul 6 2008 @ High Sierra Music festival: Quincy, California
Jul 11 2008 @ Oregon Country Fair: Veneta, Oregon
Jul 13 2008 @ Oregon Country Fair: Veneta, Oregon
Jul 24 2008 @ 10,000 lakes Festival: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Landreth taps Clapton & Knopfler on new album

Sonny Landreth- for the Grateful Web

Louisiana-based singer/songwriter/slide-guitar monster Sonny Landreth will release his ninth album, titled From The Reach and his first on his own Landfall Records label (distributed by Ryko Distribution), on May 20. On it, Landreth does something unprecedented in his body of work as he collaborates with five of the greatest guitar players on the planet — Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson and Vince Gill — in some jaw-dropping performances. Also making appearances are the legendary New Orleans pianist and singer Dr. John and Margaritaville's iconic troubadour Jimmy Buffett.

"I've been wanting to make this kind of record for a long time —– to do an entire album that would feature some of my favorite players as special guests," says Landreth. "The other thing was how to do it without being yet another clichéd 'duets' album. Then I got the idea to write the songs specifically for each of the artists and that was the real hook for me, as a writer as well as a guitar player."

On the opener, "Blue Tarp Blues,' Sonny exchanges solos with Knopfler, and the aural contrast between Sonny's shimmering slide and the Dire Straits leader's biting Strat is a textural treat. Clapton appears to cut loose on "When I Still had You," adding his soulful voice to the choruses as well. Slowhand then wails on "Storm of Worry," a spooky slow blues reminiscent of his Bluesbreakers era.

"The Milky Way Home" is a powerful instrumental rocker that features Eric Johnson on delectably distorted guitar passages that morph into his trademark cello-like sound. "The Goin' On" shifts into a country-rock groove, with Vince Gill and Sonny alternating between guitar solos and lead vocals. Robben Ford brings his extraordinary tone and phrasing to "Way Past Long" and "Blue Angel" (the latter with Gill on backing vocals), as Landreth swaps his trusty Strat for a Les Paul. Each of these performances is an extraordinary showcase of brilliant players reacting to each other in supremely inspired fashion.

In one of two delightful changes of pace to the album's six-string focus, Dr. John brings the requisite gris-gris to "Howlin' Moon" with his trademark rollicking piano and harmonies, and he's joined on the track by Jimmy Buffett. "Although the idea of the record was playing with my guitar heroes, I wanted to open to the unexpected as well," Landreth explains. "I'd written 'Howlin' Moon' a long time ago and I'd always had Dr. John in mind for it. Then we took it a step further with Jimmy's vocal and the vibe was perfect."

As for the intriguing album title, "I thought about it a lot," he says. "One of the most interesting things to me in the songwriting process is letting it cook and bubble and see what comes up to the top. As I was writing these songs, the word 'reach' kept coming up and 'reach' is a pretty powerful word. Aside from the obvious meaning, it can refer to a body of water. And the water imagery kept coming throughout the writing of these songs as well, so it's like this is what came up out of this whole project for me. What would happen if I invited all these people: where would this take me. I literally reached out to them, and they graciously came on board. Then there was the impact locally of Katrina. So the title is the result of all of the above. It's coming from an honest place."

The same could be said of everything this one-of-a-kind artist has done in his single-minded career.

This spring and summer, Landreth will perform at the following festivals: Houston International Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festival Internationale de Louisiana, Metro Fountain Blues Festival in San Jose, Tropical Heatwave in Tampa, Blues Brews and BBQ Festival in Charleston WV, Cisco Systems Blues Festival Ottawa, Montreal Jazz Festival. Belleville American Music Festival in Wisconsin, Calgary Folk Festival, Blues On The Green in Austin and the Chenango (NY) Blues Festival.

DJ Goodfoot Announces Music Release Party

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Colorado-based spinster DJ Goodfoot and Turn It Out Productions announce a music release party dubbed "Welcome To The Candy Shoppe".

The gathering will take place in Denver on Tuesday May 20th at the Sugar House (, located at the corner of Alameda Ave. and Pecos.  Also performing throughout the evening will be Razor FM and Jasun Lovejoy w/special guests.

DJ Goodfoot is a local artist who has been busy spreading his craft across the West over the last five years.  He garnered some local fame through his residency at the famed Snake Pit in Denver for their "Destination Mondays", and more recently brought his style of house, techno, and break beats to exclusive clubs in Seattle such as Club Trinity.

His previous demos entitled "It's All in the Name" and "3rd Times a Charm" were well-received in the local club community.  Next month he plans to release his new single called "Dangs".  Funky beats and dark breaks layer this new piece, and it is sure to be another big piece in his musical puzzle.

The Sugar House will open at 8:00pm for the event, and a cover charge of $6 per person/$10 for two will apply.  Drink specials will also be featured during the performances.  Get your dancing shoes on get ready to boogie!