Umphrey's McGee to Perform at the Crystal Ballroom

Bayliss - Photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee recently released The Bottom Half – a spontaneous and intriguing follow-up to their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In NumbersThe Bottom Half includes two discs: disc one features ten songs that did not make it onto Safety In Numbers, while disc two offers outtakes, alternative versions of songs, a cappella recordings, and other bits from the band's 2005 studio sessions.  The album, which recently reached #26 on Billboard 's coveted "Heatseakers" Chart, is receiving highmarks;  HARP Magazine recently reviewed " …[The Bottom Half delivers] creamy studio work infused by diabolical skill."

Now, on the heels of a very special home-town Green Apple Festival performance to an over-flowing crowd of almost 15,000 at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and a National Anthem appearance at U.S. Cellular Field for the Chicago White Sox's home opener, Umphrey's McGee hits the road in support of The Bottom Half.

The current list of confirmed tourdates is as follows:

May 25-27 Summer Camp 2007 Chillicothe IL
June 01 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA
June 01-03 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter NY
June 07 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
June 08 Truckee Regional Park Amphitheater Truckee CA
June 09 Harmony Festival Sonoma CA
June 10 The Catalyst Santa Cruz CA
June 12 Majestic Ventura Theatre Ventura CA
June 13 John Anson Ford Theatre Los Angeles CA
June 14 House of Blues San Diego CA
June 27 Charlottesville Pavilion Charlottesville VA With The Disco Biscuits
June 28 NTELOS Pavilion Portsmouth VA With The Disco Biscuits
June 29 Lincoln Theatre Street Stage Raleigh NC With The Disco Biscuits
June 30 Masquerade Park Atlanta GA With The Disco Biscuits
July 01 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Pompano Beach FL With The Disco Biscuits
July 05 Summerfest 2007 Milwaukee WI
July 07 GratefulFest Garrettsville OH
July 13 Ogden Theatre Denver CO
July 13-15 Trancegression Festival Copper Mountain CO
July 19 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes MN
August 17-18 Verizon Wireless Music Center Noblesville IN With Dave Matthews Band
August 28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Bonner Springs KS With Dave Matthews Band

More dates to be announced.

Umphrey's McGee's growing success has not gone unnoticed.  The band's virtuoso playing and edgy songcraft compelled Rolling Stone to choose them as "a band to watch" in their annual Hot Issue, and recently prompted Guitar Player Magazine to include the band's guitarists – Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss – on their list of "Best Unsung Guitar Heroes."  Umphrey's McGee, who's headlining shows consistently sell-out from coast to coast, boasts appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, and many others.

REGGAE on the River Victory on Control of Festival Permit

Buju Banton photos by Kim Sallaway- for the Grateful Web

The Humboldt Planning Commissioners held steady in their support for the community last evening by confirming through actions, that the Mateel Community Center is still the applicant and holder of the permit for this year's festival.  "We appreciate the planning commission taking the action necessary to maintain the integrity of the decision making process to help guide the community through this controversy." said Boots Hughston of 2b1 Multimedia, the producer for Reggae on the River.  This clears the way for the Mateel, owners of the festival - for over twenty three years, and its production partner, 2b1 Multimedia to successfully confirm its right to produce the festival this year and beyond.

The festival is a crucial part of the social and economic goodwill for the local Southern Humboldt community, a community which has much pride in their support over the years for building and maintaining a healthy nonprofit sector in a rural area with limited governmental services.  For over twenty-three years the Mateel Community Center has used their largest fundraiser to distribute the goodwill of the festival by developing diverse cultural arts, theater, and music programs for the surrounding communities.

Programming includes items like the Mateel Meal for those without resources and acclaimed theatrical performances by local youth through Recycled Youth.  Taunya Stapp, Executive Director of the Mateel Community Center said, "We are grateful to the commission and acknowledge the difficulty of the job, the changes requested, and we are fully up to the task.  We have taken their words to heart and we hope to have any remaining issues resolved prior to the deadline set with the Mateel and Reggae on the River prevailing."

2b1 Multimedia has an excellent reputation and track record for safe large festival events.  The Mateel is very appreciative of 2b1's support and continued willingness to assist in this year's production. The Mateel commends 2b1 Multimedia for stepping up to ensure this festival stays with its community and music roots.


YMSB will play Jam Cruise- for the Grateful Web

Today, Jam Cruise 6 confirms trip dates and makes its line-up announcement.  This year's annual floating festival will leave Ft. Lauderdale on January 4, 2008 for a 5 day / 5 night music and travel adventure.  With over 20 bands and 2000 passengers aboard the MSC Lirica, the luxury cruise liner will make stops in Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico.

So far, Jam Cruise 6 has confirmed accomplished guitarist Warren Haynes, conscious hip hop innovators Michael Franti & Spearhead, New Orleans funk legends funky METERS featuring Art Neville, George Porter, Russell Batiste & Ian Neville, progressive bluegrass band Yonder Mountain String Band, new-funk favorites Galactic, Grateful Dead re-creators Dark Star Orchestra, jazz organ trio Soulive, reggae architects Toots & the Maytals, soul sister Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler featuring Jon Fishman, Steve Kimock & Jeff Coffin,  high energy jammers Perpetual Groove, B-3 organ-fueled blues-rock quartet Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, electronic loungers Lotus, west coast Rockers New Monsoon, the West African skewed Toubab Krewe, the inspired Colorado outfit The Motet, the thumping soundscapes of DJ Harry, special guest Karl Denson, and many others still to be announced.

More cabins than ever have been pre-booked!  Jam Cruise 6 reservations open to the public on June 4, 2007 at

Since its first journey in 2003, Jam Cruise has revolutionized the music festival experience by blending the community, spontaneity and good times of a music festival with the convenience, luxury, and adventure of cruise travel.  Jam Cruise's unique story has been featured in a diverse list of media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, HARP, Gourmet Magazine, Outside Magazine, Travel and Leisure, and many others.

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


- for the Grateful Web

The Mugwumps are best known as the band immortalized in autobiographical song by the Mamas & the Papas. Many know of them, but few have heard their one 1967 album for Warner Bros. Records. Until now, that is, as Collectors' Choice Music prepares its June 5 reissue of The Mugwumps' self-titled album.

"This was the first folk-rock group ever," Cass Elliot boasted to Johnny Carson about The Mugwumps. In a sense it's true. Born of the late Greenwich Village folk scene just as many of its proponents prepared to colonize Laurel Canyon, the band consisted of Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty (later of the Mamas & the Papas), Zalman Yanovsky (future guitarist for the Lovin' Spoonful) and Jim Hendricks. A small amount of cross-pollination occurred in the group's formation: Cass and her erstwhile husband Jim had been in Cass Elliot & the Big Three, a progressive folk outfit. Canadians Denny and Zal hailed from The Haliax Three, a more traditional folk trio. In early '64, Zal and Denny launched a rock alter ego called The Noise. Also in '64, Cass introduced Zal to John Sebastian by claiming Ringo Starr was with her. A historic connection was made as Zal and John went off to form the Lovin' Spoonful, while Cass and Denny joined John & Michelle Phillips to form the Mamas & the Papas, who pioneered rock's "California Dreamin'" era.

The Mugwumps' name was given to them by producer Erik Jacobsen, who heard them at the skid row flophouse known as the Hotel Albert in Greenwich Village, where the members made their home. A mugwump is a fence-sitter who can't make up his mind – mug on one side, wump on the other side.

The Washington Post noted the group was "attempting a new sound."  Another review described Cass as a "large young gal dressed in a leopard-skin muu muu."  The description continued of the guys: "One wore his hair combed forward over his brow à la a Beatle. Another looked like you or me except for sideburns which grew at least half way to his chin.  Another looked like Paul of Peter, Paul & Mary fame."  As they played, the critic noted, "the men plucked glistening electric guitars with great vehemence and the one with the Beatle mop moved his head back and forth like a Dupont Circle pigeon spying a crust of bread."

Cited in the reissue's liner notes by Richard Barton Campbell, Denny Doherty was quoted as saying: "Picture this group: Zalman Yanovksy, free lance Jew; me from Halifax, the weird Irishman playing bass; this 300 pound Cass; we've got Art Stokes, black kid on drums; Jim Hendricks on guitar, John Sebastian sometimes sitting on a stool playing harmonica, and we called ourselves The Mugwumps! We went electric a year before Dylan. Everybody went, 'What!? Get out of here!'"

Unfortunately, the Mugwumps era lasted only from July through November 1964, their one album recorded August 13 & 14, 1964, produced by Alan Lorber, who'd gone to see them at the behest of managers Roy Silver and Bob Covello.

In November 1964, they played their swan song performance at the Peppermint Lounge in New York.

Recalled Cass: "We were doing very sophisticated folksy stuff, but obviously 1964 wasn't the year for it. . . It was in a time warp. Just too much before its time."

Perhaps we can better understand the Mugwumps muse 43 years later, in 2007. At any rate, thanks to Collectors' Choice, we'll have the opportunity to try.


photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Cloud 9 Adventures, the people who bring the music community the floating festival known as Jam Cruise, today announce their next destination concert experience.  Caribbean Holidaze will bring 800 music fans to Jamaica for four nights to celebrate the music of The Disco Biscuits & Umphrey's McGee, along with very special guests Keller Williams, the Benevento/Russo Duo, Mad Professor and the return of the Brain Damaged Eggmen, a unique collaboration between Umphrey's McGee and The Disco Biscuits performing the music of the Beatles and Pink Floyd.

Caribbean Holidaze will take place December 13-17, 2007 at two of Jamaica's most celebrated and lavish resorts – Breezes Runaway Bay and Hedonism III.  The Disco Biscuits and Umphrey's McGee will each be performing three shows while Keller Williams will be performing twice.

Both Resorts are super-inclusive; just about everything you can eat, drink and do is included in your vacation price. Choose which resort fits your style and tastes, from the wild atmosphere at Hedonism to the laid back island vibe at Breezes, both resorts offer incredible amenities, activities and much more. Oceanfront concerts will take place all four days with attendees free to explore all the amenities each resort has to offer – all included in the package price.

Event details are as follows:

Caribbean Holidaze
December 13 -17, 2007
Breezes Runaway Bay & Hedonism III
Runaway Bay , Jamaica
Featuring Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits, special guests Keller Williams, the Benevento/Russo Duo, Mad Professor and the return of the Brain Damaged Eggmen

Pre-booking begins Thursday May 16 th at 12pm EST

Super-inclusive vacation packages starting as low as $845.00 plus airfare.


- for the Grateful Web

Fresh from a wildly successful European debut, the West's sexiest, surliest performance troupe hits the road this may for their Cabaret Blitz! tour. Then, catch them in Manchester, Tennessee this June for their Bonnaroo debut

Consider Yard Dogs Road Show's "Cabaret Blitz!" a polite challenge to all that is prevailing in American culture.  There is poetry everywhere and it must be acknowledged!  Collaborating for these shows with regional and local artists, the groups billed along this very special run represent a menagerie of west coast cabaret and circus arts.  Many of them have never shared the same stage.  They come with open hearts to engage a decorated and poetic civilization.  Dress code: A formal rendition of your inner carnival - something stitched and stunning and nearly falling off.

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, Yard Dogs Road Show create a timeless and surreal union of ancient theatrical alchemy and modern pop culture. It's a true story on stage: sword swallowers, dancing dolls, fire eaters and hobo sunset poetry - all animated by the live sounds of the Yard Dogs cartoon band. Yard Dogs Road Show is pure visual and sonic voodoo. The times have demanded it and here it is: "The new emergence of road show nobility."

Cabaret Blitz! Show dates include:
Fri May 4     Showbox              Seattle, WA w/ Circus Contraption
Sat May 5     Nightlight           Bellingham, WA w/ Dream Science Circus
Sun May 6     The Commodore        Vancouver, BC
                                   w/ Tarran the Tailor and the Ancient Rugged Revival
Mon May 7     Capitol Theater      Olympia, WA w/ Femme De Fabrique
Tue May 8     Wonder Ballroom      Portland, OR w/ March Fourth Marching Band
Wed May 9     McDonald Theater     Eugene, OR w/ Vagabond Opera
Thu May 10    Ashland Armory       Ashland, OR w/ Vagabond Opera
Sat May 12    Fillmore Auditorium  San Francisco, CA w/ Rosin Coven and others TBA
June 14-17    Bonnaroo Festival    Manchester TN

There is some speculation as to the origin of the Yard Dogs Road Show.  Not for the want of mystery but for the difficulty in translating an experience that was navigated by the overly-romantic and sleep deprived. Shows came and went leaving very little time to fully comprehend what was going on.  Some say the carnival-inspired performance art of the Yard Dogs Road Show began as a three piece jug band performing in road houses and dance halls and at informal gatherings, including Oregon's modern day acid tests with Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters. Some say they traveled in a 1967 Ford Galaxy 500 and the evolution of their show revealed itself in the flames of a campfire on Dog Creek Road: dancing dolls with feather fans, an hombre in silver sunglasses eating fire, a dreamy guitar boy with golden locks, a bearded swami capable of conjuring the supernatural . Others say this story is complete hogwash and it was actually the brainchild of a unemployed "cowboy" and his faithful muse – transient artists with an incredible talent for brainstorming impossible ideas while under the influence of poppy tea and wishful thinking.  By chance these conversations were overheard by an ambitious young poet who decided to actualize them for the sake of all impossible dreams everywhere.

Either way, that was seven years ago, and the unlikely troupe of gypsies has been performing on stages ever since.

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, including recent recognition in SPIN Magazine. Bringing rock & roll to theatre and theatre to rock & roll, they have collaborated with Teatro Zinzanni, Cirque Du Soleil, and Burning Man and have performed such renowned festivals as Vegoose, Oregon Country Fair and Wakarusa.


Steve Barton- for the Grateful Web

You have heard Steve Barton on Translator's huge hit "Everywhere That I'm Not." The veteran San Francisco alt-rock outfit recorded four albums on 415/Columbia, and toured with R.E.M., Gang of Four and David Bowie. And Translator lives on to this day, soon to announce new recordings, rarities and reissues. However, in Barton's other, more day-to-day life, he's the vocalist/songwriter/guitarist in Steve Barton & the Oblivion Click, whose new album, Flicker of Time, will hit the streets on June 12. The album is on the Sleepless label, distributed through Redeye Distribution.
With 2005's Charm Offensive, Barton created the perfect pop monster. The Boston Phoenix wrote: "The high quality of the songwriting makes the album more than the sum of its influences: the hooks and riffs come so dependably that it all feels effortless. And the lyrics take a few sharp looks into the dark corners of love affairs, proving that the thoughtful streak of Barton's younger days hasn't waned." PopMatters called it "a most energetic and enjoyable effort, one where both the power and the pop are present and accounted for."  Mojo awarded it three stars, and the Sunday London Times called it "one of the year's unexpected delights."
The new album, Flicker of Time, presents a more varied musical palette, the result of Barton's band of two years  — Oblivion Click — road-testing the material before they hit the studio. The band contains Casey Dolan, guitar; Derrick Anderson, bass; and Robbie Rist, drums. (As an inevitable footnote, Rist is known to many as Oliver in "The Brady Bunch" television series and has accrued many Google-able TV, film and indie music credits since then.) Bassist Anderson contributed a photograph to the album's surreal cover graphic.
One of the pivotal songs on the new album is "Beverly Park," about an amusement park Barton used to frequent as a boy – until it was torn down to build a shopping mall. The themes of time and change continue throughout the album with such songs as the angular rocker opening track, "Cartoon Safe," the epic "Maps & Bridges," and the solo piano performance on his ballad "Under A Broken Sky." Fans of Barton's short rock 'n' roll bashers will be thrilled by the 2-1/2 minute "You Make Me Smile As Big As I Can" and the trashy pounding of "Winter Light." The album closes with the lovely instrumental "End Credits" (music supervisors, take note).

The band will tour behind this release, and the songs from this album and from Steve's previous solo releases, The Boy Who Rode His Bike Around the World and Charm Offensive will be featured, as well as gems from his Translator past.

Speaking of Translator, there's a lot happening in that band's world as well. All four 415/Columbia albums were recently reissued on the Wounded Bird label – their first time on CD. Different Time, an album of outtakes, demos and live recordings will come out on Almacantar Records this summer. Almacantar will also release Time of the Miracles, a document of the band's first reunion in 1993. And UK label Evangeline Records will release a two-disc set this June. Translator will tour this year at times in which Steve Barton & the Oblivion Click are off the road.


photo: Shauna Regan- for the Grateful Web

San Francisco' s "number one DJ" has just been confirmed to perform at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. On Saturday, April 28, Bassnectar will appear as a featured artist in the "Lucent Misting Oasis" - a 360 degree, big sound, interactive environment set to showcase the country's hottest underground acts. The "Lucent Misting Oasis" is Coachella's largest art installation yet, encompassing one full acre in the center of the festival. The area is hosted by The Do LaB, an ensemble cast of creatives from the Los Angeles underground, including artists, event producers, lighting designers and the performance troupe Lucent Dossier.

Look for Bassnectar and The Do LaB to share the stage again two weeks later at the annual Lightning in a Bottle Festival on May 11, 12 and 13 at Live Oak in Santa Barbara, California.

With "the largest cult following of any DJ in San Francisco" and voted "Best DJ" by and SF Bay Guardian, Bassnectar's music is forging new paths in the electronic music world, the Burning Man scene, underground hip hop circles, and beyond. The brainchild of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is an experimentally collaborative music project, but it's also a platform for social change and political awareness. It's stylistically specific, yet it's an eclectic, full spectrum adventure.

For Bassnectar's new release, Underground Communication (Om Records/May 8, 2007), Bassnectar takes another step forward in his genre-bending blend of musical styles and emotions, combining the visceral melodic presence of modern listening music, with the force and volume of sound system dancefloor devastation. The new record is an exploration of hip-hop culture, featuring scores of MCs and rhythmic poetics mashed atop a heavy, driving  range of tempo and, of course, those signature throbbing bass lines. Rooted firmly in political conviction and philosophical intention, and backed by a rabid fan base and dedicated following, Underground Communication sets a new standard for the possibilities of merging music, art, new media and social activism.

Here's what the critics are saying:

"Zigzagging bass flutters, acid techno, hip-hop, and ambient breakbeats
which are tantamount to pulsating club bangers."

"Innovative, unique stylish & infectious"
- SF Bay Guardian

"Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) is a musical renaissance man."

" The alt-culture festival favorite expands his deep, warbled bass lines, otherworldly atmospheres, and socially conscious lyrics within a dizzying range of genres"

Bassnectar is on tour this spring in support of Underground Communication.  Current appearances include:

April 19 Starlite Lounge Edmonton AB
April 20 Idywyld Event Center Saskatoon SK
April 21 Royal Canadian Legion Calgary AB

April 28 Coachella Music Festival Indio CA
May 02 Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins CO with Seied and VibeSquad, Chordata
May 03 Bluebird Denver CO
May 04 Element - presented by Sub Swara New York NY
May 05 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
May 11 San Francisco CA 
May 12 Lightning in a Bottle Festival Santa Barbara CA 
May 16 The Chatterbox Lincoln NE
May 17 King Club Madison WI
May 18 The Social Milwaukee WI
May 25 Kava Lounge San Diego CA
June 07 Mosiac Baltimore MD w/ Fort Knox Five, Adam T Rush
June 08 Club Five Washington DC w/ Zak Davis, Fort Knox Five, Smalltown DJ's
June 09 Wakarusa Lawrence KS
July 06-07 High Sierra Festival Quincy CA 

More dates to be announced.

Rex Foundation on Summer Tour

Support the Rex Foundation!- for the Grateful Web

The Rex Foundation is proud to again announce that it will be participating in the following festivals in 2007 and we gratefully acknowledge the support of the Foundation by the Promoters of the following Festivals:

MOUNTAIN JAM June 1-3, 2007:
Gov't Mule
Umphrey's McGee
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Robert Randolph and The Family Band
New Orleans Social Club
North Mississippi Allstars
Tea Leaf Green
New Monsoon
Backyard Tire Fire



Nelson Ledges Quarry Park July 4-8, 2007:

Dark Star Orchestra
Keller Williams
Donna Jean & the Tricksters
Melvin Seals & JGB
Boris Garcia

10,000 Lakes Festival July 18-21, 2007:

Bob Weir & RatDog
Trey Anastasio
Umphrey's McGee
Gov't Mule
Little Feat
The Derek Trucks Band
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
The Everyone Orchestra
Trampled By Turtles

A Bears Picnic July 20-22, 2007:

New Riders of the Purple Sage

Donna Jean & the Tricksters

Gathering of the Vibes August 9-12, 2007:

Los Lobos
Buddy Guy
Deep Banana Blackout
Assembly of Dust

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Kyle Hollingsworth Debuts soleside

Kyle Hollingsworth  (The String Cheese Incident) steps out with his latest collaboration – soleside – which features Kyle, Speech (of Arrested Development) and DJ Logic. Backed by a full band, these three creative souls, seemingly worlds apart, will smash jazz/funk, hiphop and turntables into an explosive new music that defies categorization.