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Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs' first U.S. Album & Dates

Holly Golightly & the Brookeoffs- for the Grateful Web

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, heralded by NME as "a glorious example of what rock 'n' roll should be," has signed with Transdreamer Records (distributed by MRI Distribution/RED) and are preparing their first American release as a band. Titled Dirt Don't Hurt, the CD is slated for a street date of October 14, 2008. "Band," however, is a figurative term for Holly and company— Holly Golightly and Lawyer Dave (a.k.a. the Brokeoffs) sing and play guitar, as well as drums, banjo, standup bass and an array of other instruments. It's just the two of them.

The new, self-produced album was recorded in five days during the middle of a 50-date tour in the town of Gijon on Spain's northern coast, at an analog studio called Circo Perrotti, which is outfitted with vintage recording gear and dedicated to discerning production values.
  
Their music is a lo-fi stew of blues, country and rockabilly, at once avant-garde and old-timey. As Playboy.com says, "Golightly's songs are so fresh and timeless they could have been recorded yesterday or 40 years ago." Entertainment Weekly called her "a truly appealing tunesmith." And BarnesAndNoble.com deemed her "ready for her above-ground closeup."

Holly Golightly kicked off her musical career in Thee Headcoatees, the legendary all-girl garage band, closely affiliated with U.K. cult legend Billy Childish. She spent eight years as a Headcoatee, and during those years released her first solo record, The Good Things, in 1995. She has appeared on multiple collaborative albums, contributing the title track for the Jim Jarmusch movie Broken Flowers with The Greenhornes, and celebrating "One Chord, One Sound, One Song" with Billy Childish on the album In Blood. Holly also guested on The White Stripes' "(Well It's True That) We Love One Another" from their platinum selling Elephant.  

This album is the 19th for Holly Golightly, whose discography is a cacophony of albums (studio and live), EPs, singles and 10-inch LPs and iTunes-only releases. Although many of the recordings are best known to Americans as imports on the U.K.-based Damaged Goods label, several have been released on labels like Kill Rock Stars, Sympathy for the Record Industry, Box Theory, Super Electro and Flapping Jet.

Lawyer Dave had been playing stand-up bass in Holly's touring line up for many years, and Dirt Don't Hurt is testament the countless miles they've covered together. The Brokeoffs have an independently released album Rest Stop, which was recorded entirely at rest stops that were closed for construction.

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs will embark upon a 50-city U.S. tour starting in New York on October 16 and going until Thanksgiving. The tentative tour dates are as follows and are subject to change drastically:
 
Thu. Oct. 16    NEW YORK, NY              Mercury Lounge
Fri. Oct. 17    WASHINGTON, DC            DC9
Sat. Oct. 18    PHILADELPHIA, PA          Khyber
Mon. Oct. 20    BOSTON, MA                Middle East
Tue. Oct. 21    MONTREAL, QU              Café Campus
Wed. Oct. 22    TORONTO, ONT              Horseshoe Tavern
Thu. Oct. 23    BUFFALO/ROCHESTER, NY     Mohawk
Fri. Oct. 24    PITTSBURGH, PA            Garfield Artworks
Sat. Oct. 25    CLEVELAND, OH             Beachland Tavern
Mon. Oct. 27    NEWPORT, KY               Southgate House
Tue. Oct. 28    TOLEDO, OH                Frankie's
Wed. Oct. 29    CHICAGO, IL               Subt
Thu. Oct. 30    MINNEAPOLIS, MN           7th St. Entry
Fri. Oct. 31    MADISON, WI               Café Montmartre
Sat. Nov. 1     MILWAUKEE, WI             Mad Planet
Sun. Nov. 2     KANSAS CITY, MO           Record Bar
Mon. Nov. 3     LAWRENCE, KS              Jackpot Saloon
Tue. Nov. 4     DENVER, CO                Larimer Lounge
Thu. Nov. 6     SALT LAKE CITY, UT        Kilby Court
Fri. Nov. 7     BOISE
, ID                 Neurolux
Sat. Nov. 8     SEATTLE, WA               Triple Door
Mon. Nov. 10    VANCOUVER, BC             Media Club
Tue. Nov. 11    PORTLAND, OR              Doug Fir
Thu. Nov. 13    SAN FRANCISCO, CA         Bottom of the Hill
Fri. Nov. 14    LOS ANGELES, CA           Echo
Sat. Nov. 15    SAN DIEGO, CA             The Casbah
Tue. Nov. 18    TUCSON, AZ                Plush
Thu. Nov. 20    AUSTIN, TX                Emo's
Fri. Nov. 21    DALLAS, TX                The Loft
Sat. Nov. 22    HOUSTON, TX               Rudyards
Mon. Nov. 24    MEMPHIS, TN               Hi-Tone
Tue. Nov. 25    NASHVILLE, TN             The End
Wed. Nov. 26    ATLANTA, GA               EARL

Richie Havens' 'Nobody Left To Crown' Streets Today

Richie Havens'' new album- for the Grateful Web

A sense of timelessness rings throughout Richie Havens' latest release, Nobody Left to Crown, as though the passing years have only strengthened the meaning of his soul-filled folk rock. Nobody Left to Crown, released to the US on Verve Records on July 29th, attests that Richie Havens has never been more relevant, necessary even, than he is today.

Gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music, Richie Havens has a soulful singing style that remains as unique and ageless as when he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s.  It's a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969, to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993 - coming full circle with the 30th Woodstock Anniversary celebration, "A Day In The Garden", in 1999. Richie Havens is not a man to easily abandon his hopes for a better world. "We are at the dawn of major change", he declares with a broad smile.  Nobody Left to Crown is his heartfelt and unwavering contribution to these fine aspirations.

For over three decades, Richie has used his music to convey messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. With more than twenty-five albums released and a touring schedule that would kill many a younger man, he continues to view his calling as a higher one.  As he told The Denver Post, "I really sing songs that move me.  I'm not in show business; I'm in the communications business.  That's what it's about for me".

Richie Havens tours this summer and fall in support of Nobody Left to Crown.  His current list of tour dates is as follows:

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

July 30 Sporting Monte Carlo - Salle Des Etoiles Monaco
August 02 Newport Folk Festival Newport RI
August 03 Sleeping Bear Dunegrass and Blues Empire MI
August 07 Brooklyn Academy of Music Metrotech Plaza Brooklyn NY
August 08 Reach Performing Arts Center Deer Isle ME
August 09 L. L. Bean Summer Concert Series Freeport ME
August 10 Nashua River Valley Folk Festival Lancaster MA
August 25-26 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT
August 29-31 Rhythm Festival 2008 Clapham, Bedfordshire, UK
September 05 The Ohio Theater Cleveland OH
September 06 Beverly Arts Center of Chicago Chicago IL
September 07 The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center Covington KY
September 13 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
September 15 Kentucky Theater Lexington KY
September 19 Le Poisson Rouge New York NY
September 20 Events Center at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel NY
September 26 Infinity Hall Norfolk CT
September 27 Jonathan's Ogunquit ME
September 28 Higher Ground S. Burlington VT
November 21 The Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
November 22 Patchogue Theater Patchogue NY
November 28-29 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield ME
December 05 Sun Music Hall Charlotte NC
December 06 The Orange Peel Asheville NC
December 07 The Community Church Concert Series Chapel Hill NC
December 11 Rhythm & Brews Chattanooga TN
December 13 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham AL
December 20 Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA

2009
January 16 One World Theater Austin TX
January 17 Historic Central School Lake Charles LA
January 23 Anthology San Diego CA
January 24 The Palmdale Playhouse Palmdale CA
February 06 The Firehouse Coffeehouse Littleton MA
February 07 Veritas Auditorium Chicopee MA
February 08 Carol Autorino Center / Hoffman Auditorium West Hartford CT
February 20 Kirkland Performance Center Kirkland WA
February 28 Mariner Theatre Homer AK
March 1 Alaska Center for the Performing Anchorage AK
April 17 Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Clinton Township MI
April 18 Jasper Community Arts Jasper IN
April 23 Thrasher Opera House Green Lake WI
April 24 Stoughton Opera House Stoughton WI
April 25 ECC Blizzard Theatre Elgin IL
May 15 Metropolitan Museum of Art New York NY
May 16 Algonquin Arts Manasquan NJ

More dates to be announced.

Bonerama Hits Colorado

Bonerama at the 2008 10KLF - photo by Janie Franz- for the Grateful Web

When Bonerama struts onstage with its four-trombone frontline, you can guess it's not quite like any rock 'n' roll band you've seen. When they tear into some vintage New Orleans funk, there's no questioning from which city these guys hail. And when those 'bones start ripping into Hendrix and Led Zeppelin licks, all stylistic bets are off.

Bonerama carries the brass-band concept to places unknown.  Hailed by Rolling Stone's David Fricke as "The ultimate in brass balls" last Fall, the band served as the House Band for the live all-star comedy event COMIC RELIEF.  The 2006 event, which featured a long list of A-talent including hosts Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, was recorded live from Ceasar's Palace last November. Recently, Bonerama snagged the coveted "Best Rock Band" honor from the 2007 Big Easy Awards.

Since live performance is what Bonerama is all about, it's no coincidence that their third album, Bringing It Home, is also their third consecutive live disc. It also testifies to the amount of tightening-up the band's done in recent years. Joining another stack of Bonerama originals are covers ranging from the Meters and George Porter Jr. to the Beatles (two from the White Album, no less) to Thelonious Monk. And when they take on Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean" - with trombones doing the familiar backing vocals along with the big guitar riff - you can practically hear the audience's jaws dropping.

The current list of confirmed Bonerama tour dates is as follows:

July 29 Fox Theater Boulder CO
July 30 The Eldo Crested Butte CO
July 31 Snowmass Village Snowmass CO
August 01 Cervantes Denver CO
August 02 Copper Triangle Bike Race Copper Mountain CO
August 14 Gerald Veasleys Jazz Base Reading PA
August 15 Chenango Blues Festival Norwich NY
August 16 Hot August Blues Festival Cockeyville MD
August 17 Town Point Summer Concert Series Norfolk VA
August 20 GottRocks Greenville SC
August 21 Smith's Old Bar Atlanta GA
August 22 The Nick Birmingham AL
August 23 Two Stick Market Oxford MS
August 29 On The Waterfront Rockford IL
August 30 Detroit International Jazz Festival Detroit MI
August 31 The Livery Benton Harbor MI
September 12 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Fredericton NB
September 26 Skippers Smokehouse Tampa FL
September 27-28 Hollywood Beach Clambake Festival Hollywood FL
October 03 The Green Room Music Club Covington LA
October 05 Gretna Hertitage Festival Gretna LA
October 10 The Loki Festival Millers River NC
October 25 VooDoo Music Experience New Orleans LA
November 08 Berlin Jazz Festival Berlin Germany
January 04 Jam Cruise 7 Ft. Lauderdale FL

More dates will be announced.

Even in a city that doesn't play by the rules, New Orleans' Bonerama is something different. They're not a traditional brass band, but they've got brass to spare-even with no trumpets or saxes in sight. Bonerama features a dizzying display of trombone talent; four trombones, to be exact. Band leaders Mark Mullins and Craig Klein (of Harry Connick's band) shelf any jazz subtlety for Bonerama, opting instead for heavy funk, rock 'n' roll, and pure horn muscle.  Mullins and Klein are joined by fellow boners Steve Suter and Rick Trolsen, imaginative and dynamic sousaphone player Matt Perrine and edgy experimental guitarist Bert Cotton. The band also features a rotating cast of New Orleans' finest drummers, including Russell Batiste, Stanton Moore, Eric Bolivar, and Terence Higgins.

Garaj Mahal's New CD, 'w00t,' - Street Date 9/9/2008

photos by Susan J. Weiand- for the Grateful Web

When you hear your first Garaj Mahal note, leading into an innovative fusion of funky jazz with a tasty world music flair, all other thoughts leave your mind as the music takes you on an unforgettable voyage. Fans return to experience the band again and again because they know they will always hear something new and progressive from these four first-class musicians: guitar and sitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, world-renowned bass master and educator Kai Eckhardt, gospel-inspired funky jazz keyboardist Eric Levy, and consistently in-the-pocket, natural-born drummer Alan Hertz, Garaj Mahal combines a century of musical experience to create a sound that's always new, freshly infused with a wide spectrum of musical expression, and always smoking hot.

Touring extensively since their formation in 2000, Garaj Mahal continues to earn critical acclaim and a rowing fanbase thanks to their ability to deliver serious "shut-up-and-listen" grooves while simultaneously bringing the dance floor alive. Their collective musical experience allows them to constantly push the envelope of composition and improvisation. Garaj Mahal's sound - a convergence of jazz-style improvisation, mystical Middle-Eastern atmospheres, and danceable American funk - attracts music lovers from all parts of the spectrum and creates a profoundly unique experience.

Each band member dedicates every drop of his education, history, and life-long passion for music to their audience every time they step on stage. The band member's virtuosity is no surprise when you look at even a few of the artists they've performed and/or recorded with over the years, including Dizzy Gillespie, John McLaughlin, Sting, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Holland, Bela Fleck, Chick Corea, Steve Smith, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Les Claypool, Trey Anastasio, Umphrey's McGee, MMW, Steve Kimock, and Michael Manring.

UPCOMING GARAJ MAHAL TOUR DATES:

# Aug. 24 Orton Park Fest, Madison, WI
# Aug. 26 the Waterfront, Menomonie, WI
# Aug. 27 Martyr's, Chicago, IL
# Aug. 29 Strip Mines Music Fest, Carbondale, IL
# Aug. 30 The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN
# Aug. 31 Grateful Fest/ Nelson Ledges, Garrettsville, OH
# Sept. 18 Fez Ballroom, Portland, OR
# Sept. 19 Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
# Sept. 20 Nectar, Seattle, WA
# Sept. 23 Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA
# Sept. 24 Red Fox Tavern, Eureka, CA
# Sept. 25 Caspar Inn, Caspar, CA
# Sept. 26 12 Galaxies, San Francisco, CA
# Sept. 27 Biltmore Casino, Crystal Bay, NV
# Oct. 26 MN State, Mankato, MN
# Oct. 28 Duffy's, Chicago, IL
# Oct. 30 Lula Lounge, Toronto Ontario Can
# Oct. 31 Pepper Jack's, Hamilton Ontario Can
# Nov. 1 Maverick's, Ottawa Ontario Can

Hal Ketchum's New Album, 'Father Time,' Streets 9/9

Hal Ketchum- for the Grateful Web

Hal Ketchum recorded his new album, Father Time, without a net. He amassed more than a dozen new original songs plus a dream team of musicians and entered the studio to record the album live to two-track. There were no overdubs and only a few second takes. "When I went into this project, my mentality was that this is either going to work or not," Ketchum says. But at the end of the first day, with nine songs finished, he knew the experiment was a success.

The resultant album, which contains 13 Ketchum-penned songs plus a cover of Tom Waits' "Jersey Girl," will hit stores on September 9, 2008. It is the album that Ketchum's talents have promised since he burst onto the country music scene in 1991 claiming the #1 spot with his very first single, "Small Town Saturday Night."
 
The recording of Father Time as a live, direct-to-tape album originated from a conversation he had with some fellow musicians about how recording had lost some of its creative edge in this high-tech era in which players record apart from each other in separate rooms and booths. "By the end of that conversation, I said, 'OK, I'm going to cut live to two-track.' I went home that afternoon and got a yellow pad and put together a wish list of players. And almost everyone I called was available for the two days I had blocked out."
 
Reared in upstate New York in a musical family, Ketchum played drums in R&B bar bands at a young age, but discovered his real calling upon his move to New Braunfels, Texas — just a stone's throw from the legendary Gruene Hall, the old dance hall that has become the mother church of the Texas music scene. He didn't know about the venue at the time, but one day followed the sounds of live music up a hill. "And there," he says, "was Gruene Hall in all its glory, with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel playing." Ketchum became a mainstay of the hall and later released an indie album (Threadbare Alibis) that brought him to the attention of Curb Records. Since his first Curb release, 1991's Past the Point of Rescue, he has distinguished himself as a bona fide hitmaker, with 15 Top 10 singles to his credit and five million albums sold.
 
The songs on Father Time include some of Ketchum's recent compositions — most of them road-tested before audiences at his live shows — as well as the first song he ever wrote ("The Preacher and Me") and even one number ("Surrounded By Love") written on a lunch break on the first day of recording, plus some of his favorite collaborations with fellow songwriters that had yet to be recorded. As the title implies, the songs focus on life's essential matters, with characters that resonate with the believability of real people living (and dying). In "Yesterday's Gone," "Surrounded by Love" and "The Day He Called Your Name" family members face mortality with an enriching love and sweetness, and there are cinematic tales about everyday people ("Invisible" and "Ordinary Day") as well as the vividly unique characters that make life a rich pageant ("Millionaire's Wife," "Million Dollar Baby" and "Continental Farewell").
 
"I felt it was time to make a record like the first one I made where I wrote everything on the record," he says "I had the good fortune of having some hit records and developing a strong following as a live performer. But it was important at some point over all my years of making records that people got to see the essence of my songwriting and my voice as a singer and writer."
 
"It's a coming of age," he says of the new album. "This is what I do. I have a desire to be remembered as an artist, and whether somebody discovers this record today or 25 or 30 years from now, I want them to listen to this album and go 'Yeah, I understand.' The motivation here was to leave a little trail all my own."

Ketchum's friend Neil Diamond wrote in the liner notes, "I find it impossible to listen to it without smiling at the sheer exuberance of these tracks."

JJ Grey & Mofro Announce Second Annual Blackwater Sol Revue

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Hailing from North Florida and known for their raw and swampy funk rock, JJ Grey & Mofro announce their second annual Blackwater Sol Revue at The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre on August 30th. JJ Grey, who comes from a long tradition of Southern storytellers, created the one-day festival to help promote roots and southern music and culture. In addition, this year's Blackwater Sol Revue is the Florida album release party for his brand new studio album, Orange Blossoms, his second release on Alligator Records, which hits stores nationwide on August 26.

This year's Blackwater Sol Revue, which in addition to JJ Grey & Mofro features reggae legends Toots & the Maytals, Hill Country Revue (featuring members of North Mississippi Allstars), The Lee Boys and Nervous Turkey, will also host Pre and Post-Festival shows at a local venue.

Festival information is as follows:
Blackwater Sol Revue
Saturday, August 30th from 2:00pm - 10:00pm (Doors @ 1:00pm)
The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre

1340 A1A South, St. Augustine
Tickets $35.00 Limited Early Bird, $40.00 Adv, $45.00 Dos, $100.00 VIP / All Ages Welcome
For more information please visit www.blackwatersolrevue.com or www.mofro.net

Pre-Show Party:
Hill Country Revue
Friday, August 29th @ 8:30pm (Doors @ 7:30pm)
Café 11

501 A1A Beach Boulevard, St. Augustine Beach
Tickets $10 adv $12 dos
For more information please contact 904-460-9311

After-Show Party:
The Lee Boys
Saturday, August 30th @ 10:30pm
Café 11

501 A1A Beach Boulevard, St. Augustine Beach
After-Show ticket included in VIP event ticket
For more information please contact 904-460-9311

Following the enormous success of 2007's Country Ghetto, JJ Grey & Mofro hit the studio this summer and have emerged with a new album proving to be an instant classic.  ORANGE BLOSSOMS (August 26, Alligator Records) is a collection of down-home, soul-shaking music produced by long-time cohort Dan Prothero.  The album features 12 songs (including 11 Grey originals) inspired by Grey's life experiences and visionary observations. With long-time friend and guitarist Daryl Hance, bassist/organist Adam Scone, drummer Anthony Cole, and the Hercules Horns of saxophonist Art Edmaiston and trumpeter Dennis Marion, Grey moves effortlessly from gospel-tent fervor to Southern-fried rockers to deeply emotional soul. ORANGE BLOSSOMS is a groove-driven masterpiece fueled by JJ's gritty, smoldering vocals and intense, funk-infused guitar and keyboard work.

FENNARIO – SONGS BY JERRY GARCIA & ROBERT HUNTER

FENNARIO – SONGS BY JERRY GARCIA & ROBERT HUNTER (out August 19 on Iris Records), an album  that pays tribute to the Grateful Dead's principal songwriters.  Joseph previously released a critically acclaimed American music album and also has written album tracks for friend and fan Bonnie Raitt.

Trey Anastasio, Don Hart & Orchestra Nashville Debut "Time Turns Elastic"

On September 27, 2008, Orchestra Nashville and Trey Anastasio will give Time Turns Elastic its debut performance at the orchestra's 2008-2009 season opener at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium.

The 2008 Capitol Hill Block Party

Devotchka will play the Main Stage- for the Grateful Web

The 2008 Capitol Hill Block Party takes over Seattle's South Capitol Hill neighborhood July 25-26 with its best lineup yet. The Capitol Hill Block Party is an annual music festival that draws upon and showcases the best indie and underground rock in the US, with a special focus on its Northwest artists. Launched 11 years ago, the Block Party has evolved into one of Seattle's most anticipated outdoor music festivals. With over 50 bands on 4 stages, great food, and plenty of cheap beer, this is one of the best parties of the summer.

John Richards - KEXP Morning Show Host exclaims, "The Block Party has become the place that people go to discover any band worth discovering in Seattle.  With an added push towards better up and coming and some established alternative and independent bands in the mix, it's truly a great experience for anyone who attends.  It's also has become the one event that really brings the Seattle music industry together, albeit in the VIP section and somewhat intoxicated."

We have partnered with KEXP to broadcast selected live performances from several bands throughout the weekend. John Richards and Cheryl Waters and other KEXP DJ's will also be broadcasting their shows like from the festival Friday and Saturday day and night. And The crazies at The Stranger will also be filming and posting clips at their awesome music blog. http://lineout.thestranger.com

Partial proceeds from The Block Party benefit two excellent non-profits: Home Alive, which encourages violence prevention, and The Vera Project, a youth run all ages venue and recording studio in Seattle. 

The Block Party continues to be one of the least expensive festivals in the country, with tickets only $18 in advance and a 2 day pass for only $34.

 FRIDAY July 25

 KING COBRA STAGE
  
 4:00-4:30 Black Whales 
 5:00-5:30 The Pharmacy 
 6:00-6:45 Truckasaurus 
 7:15-8:00 Airborn Toxic Event 
 8:30-9:15 Champagne Champagne 
 9:45-10:30 Pleasure Boaters 
 11:00-11:45 The Heavy Hearts 
 12:15-1:00 Lesbian  

 VERA STAGE

 4:00-4:45 Talbot Tagora 
 5:15-6:00 Abe Vigoda 
 6:30-7:15 Mika Miko 
 7:45-8:30 PWRFL POWER 
 9:00-9:45 Say Hi 
 10:15-11:15 Natalie Portmans Shaved Head 

 NEUMOS STAGE

 4:00-4:30 Black Eyes And Neck Ties   
 5:00-5:45 Head Like a Kite   
 6:15-7:00 Past Lives    
 7:45-8:30 The Emergency   
 9:00-10:00 The Dodo's   
 10:30-11:30 Jay Reatard   
 11:30-3:00am SING SING AFTER PARTIES FEAT:  
 PASE ROCK, PAUL DEVRO, & PRETTY TITTY!
  
 MAIN STAGE

 4:30-5:15 Common Market   
 5:30-6:15 U.S.E   
 6:30-7:15 Menomena   
 7:45-8:45 Girl Talk   
 9:15-10:15 Les Savy Fav   
 10:45-Midnight Vampire Weekend   

 Saturday July 26th
     
 KING COBRA STAGE

 2:00-2:30 Angelo Spencer   
 3:00-3:30 New Faces   
 4:00-4:30 The Whore Moans   
 5:00-5:30 The Loved Ones   
 6:00-6:45 Sleepy Eyes Of Death 
 7:15-8:00 Voyager One   
 8:30-9:15 Valella Valella    
 9:45-10:30 Feral Children   
 11:00-11:45 Book Of Black Earth 
 12:15-1:00 Zeke

 VERA STAGE

 2:00-2:30 TBA 
 3:00-3:45 LP & BB 
 4:15-4:45 The Physics 
 5:15-6:00 Man Plus

 6:30-7:15 Black Elk 
 7:45-8:30 Akimbo 
 9:00-9:45 Grand Ole Party 
 10:15-11:15 Schoolyard Heroes

 NEUMOS STAGE

 2:00-2:30 Kristen Ward   
 3:00-3:30 The Hands   
 4:00-4:45 Darker My Love   
 5:15-6:00 The Builders and The Butchers   
 6:30-7:15 Jaguar Love   
 7:45-8:30 Throw Me the Statue   
 9:00-10:00 Steed Lord   
 10:30-11:30 Super Secret Special Guests! 
 11:30-3:00am SING SING AFTER PARTIES FEAT: 
   CHROMEO DJ Set, FOURCOLORZACK, & PRETTY TITTY!
    
 MAIN STAGE

 2:00-2:45 Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground 
 3:15-4:00 Cave Singers   
 4:30-5:30 Kimya Dawson   
 6:00-7:00 Fleet Foxes   
 7:30-8:30 Chromeo   
 9:00-10:00 The Hold Steady   
 10:30-Midnight Devotchka

Blues Traveler's New Album 'North Hollywood Shootout,' Streets 8/26

John Popper- for the Grateful Web

After selling ten million records worldwide, six gold or platinum albums, and 2,000 shows in front of three million fans, Grammy Award-winning Blues Traveler ventured out of its creative comfort zone to explore some adventurous new horizons for its new album (and Verve Forecast label debut). The resultant North Hollywood Shootout is a landmark in the quintet's large and widely loved body of work, demonstrating the enduring strengths of the band's songwriting while capturing the spontaneous spirit of their legendary live shows.
 
According to frontman and harmonica slinger John Popper, "We're still trying to cultivate what we're individually good at into something that's bigger than the sum of its parts. When we're all playing and it's working, it becomes this separate entity, and that's still the thing that we're chasing."

North Hollywood Shootout — produced by Grammy Award winner David Bianco, whose diverse resume includes work with the likes of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger and Teenage Fanclub — draws its curious name from the fact that the band recorded the album in the NoHo district of Los Angeles. Street date is August 26, 2008.
 
Such memorable tunes as the uplifting road-trip anthem "You, Me and Everything," the playfully romantic "Love Does," and the elegant, evocative "Orange in the Sun" boast infectious melodic hooks while showcasing the interactive instrumental chemistry that originally endeared the band to its rabidly devoted fan base.
 
The new material also makes a strong case for the introspective side that's always been a key element of lyricist Popper's persona. The heart-tugging lyrics of the opening track, "Forever Owed," were inspired by the singer's recent USO trip to Afghanistan and Iraq, while the poignant "Borrowed Time" is a bittersweet meditation on mortality and transience, inspired both by the recent passing of bandmates Chan and Tad Kinchla's father and by Popper's feelings for his beloved and aging dog. The album's biggest sonic curveball is its closing track, "Free Willis, Ruminations from Behind Uncle Bob's Machine Shop." The six-minute spoken-word  sound collage finds the band jamming over an insistent drum beat, while actor Bruce Willis, a longtime friend and fan, delivers a colorful freeform monologue/rant.
 
As guitarist Chan Kinchla explains, "On the last few records, we concentrated so much on the crafting of the songwriting and arrangements that we started losing some of the live spontaneity that the five of us created onstage. So on this album, instead of doing the usual pre-production process, where we really worked out the songs before taking them into the studio, we decided to go straight into the studio and do songwriting there. We recorded all the parts as we were working them out, and then built the songs from there."
 
North Hollywood Shootout also found the band ceding more authority to Popper to create the melodies that carry his lyrics. "The main thing that we wanted to emphasize on this record was melody, and I think that aspect of it turned out very well," Popper states. "The guys took a real risk in trusting me to run with that."
 
"I think you have to be constantly reinventing things and discovering new aspects of what you do in order to keep things fresh," Kinchla adds. "This lineup (John Popper, Chan Kinchla, Brendan Hill, Tad Kinchla and Ben Wilson) has been together for eight years. We've spent a lot of time sorting out everyone's role and learning how to listen to each other and get out of each other's way. It's funny, but right now the band is feeling a lot like it did in the early days, when we were just playing for the sake of playing, and we were hitting on all cylinders and the communication was fresh and alive. The shows have been really kicking, and the new songs have been going over great."
 
And speaking of live dates, Blues Traveler is on the road now through the end of the year in support of the new album. The dates:
 
appearing with Live and Collective Soul:
Sun., July 13 LOS ANGELES, CA Greek Theater
Tue., July 15 MESA, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre

Blues Traveler:
Fri., July 18  MINNEAPOLIS, MN Aquatennial Block Party
Mon., July 21 VALPARAISO, IN Porter County Fair

appearing with Live and Collective Soul:
Tues., July 22 DULUTH, MN Bayfront Park  
Thu., July 24 ROCHESTER HILLS, MI Meadow Brook Music Festival  
Fri., July 25 WEST BEND, WI Washington County Fair  ("Mini Takes the States Festival")

Blues Traveler:
Sat., July 26 ELKHART LAKE, WI Road America Race Track

appearing with Live and Collective Soul:
Sun., July 27 FLORENCE, KY Turfway Park  
Tue., July 29 COLUMBUS, OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion  
Fri., Aug. 1 HERSHEY, PA Hershey Park Pavilion

Blues Traveler:
Sat., Aug. 2 ELGIN, IL Elgin Festival Park  
Sun., Aug 3 CHICAGO, IL Grant Park - Lollapalooza

appearing with Live and Collective Soul:
Tue., Aug. 5 BALTIMORE, MD Pier Six Concert Pavilion  
Wed., Aug. 6 WALLINGFORD, CT Chevrolet Theatre  
Fri., Aug. 8 PHILADELPHIA, PA Festival Pier at Penn's Landing  
Sat., Aug. 9  GILFORD, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion  
Tue., Aug. 12 LOWELL, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Wed., Aug. 13 WESTBURY, NY Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury  
Sat., Aug. 16 CARY, NC Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
Sun., Aug. 17 ATLANTA, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Blues Traveler:
Thu., Aug 21  JACKSON, WY  Center for the Arts
Fri., Aug. 22  PARK CITY, UT  Jazz Festival at Deer Valley Resort
Sun., Sept. 28 AUSTIN, TX Austin City Limits Festival