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DSO Spring Tour

New West Coast Dates

As the winter ice begins to melt, we will start our Spring Tour in April. Joining us on guitar and vocals for this tour will be Stu Allen of (JGB). With his eagerness to improvise and his commitment to making every performance unique, Stu has made extensive contributions to the jam music scene. In the early 1990's, he co-founded the Minnesota-based acoustic-electric jam band, Blue Man Jive. In addition, he is a founding member of The Jones Gang , Minneapolis' premier Grateful Dead tribute band. He can't wait to get out on the road and play for you folks.The tour will kick off with a run through the Colorado Rockies including stops in Aspen, Avon and 2 nights in Boulder at The Boulder Theater of all places! From there, it's westward bound to Portland, Seattle and Reno before another 2 night stand, this time in San Francisco at The Regency Ballroom. After San Fran it's on to LA for a show at the El Rey Theatre before closing out the tour in Solona Beach. Rocky Mountain High to California Sun. Hope to see you out there!

Visit our TOUR DATES PAGE for tickets, more info and additional show announcements this coming week.

A Cosmic Time Was Had By All

It seemed that everyone had a blast this year as we celebrated the New Year in Baltimore at Rams Head Live with 6 plus hours of music. The Bridge kicked off the night with a smokin' set with Rob Koritz sitting in for most of the show. We then rolled into our 2nd ever Acoustic Set on the east coast: Deep Elem, Monkey, Cold Jordan, You Ain't Woman Enough, Midnight Moonlight, Mountains of the Moon into Ripple. We took a short break and rocked right into our 1st Electric Set: Help>Slip>Franklin's, Cassidy (w/Donna), Next Time You See Me, Cumberland, Midnight Hour - into the countdown and back to Midnight Hour>China>Rider. At midnight, there was the thunder of confetti cannons, a shower of balloons and a return of Father Time as he welcomed in the New Year by shadowing the musicians and dancing his timeless freaky dance with Donna Jean. As the confetti settled and the balloons kept bouncing, we went into our 3rd Set Scarlet (w/Donna)>William Tell>The Eleven>Fire(w/Both ladies)>Drumz>Sp...anish jam>Alligator>Blues for Allah>St Stephen>Viola Lee. Encores w/ both ladies...I'll Be With Thee>Tangled Up in Blue. We hope that you all had as much fun as we did and we wish you all the happiest and healthiest of New Years.

The Boat Was A Rockin'

As the ship set sail, DSO launched their first set of the week on the Pool Deck with an original setlist packed with gems. A massive segway of Playin in the Band-> Cryptical->The Other One->Cryptical->Drums->Space->Playin in the Band->Eyes of the World->Sugar Magnolia sent the ship dancing into the high seas. A couple nights later the band held court in the Teatro Carlo Felice Theater closing out night 4 of the cruise. From the opening jam that led to Shakedown Street, the night was on. The sets highlight was the run of Alligator->St Stephen->William Tell Bridge->The Eleven->Drums->Space-> Truckin->Death Don't Have No Mercy->Lovelight.

In addition to the two formal sets, various DSO members were found all over the boat in different musical groupings. Both Rob Koritz and Rob Barraco were found in The Jam Room well past 5:00 am on more than one occasion. Rob Koritz joined The Everyone Orchestra for their improvised set. Dino joined the Rock Star Karaoke Band which included members of Hot Buttered Rum. As pictures and recordings surface we are sure to uncover other stories and will share them as they come to light.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Winter Tour 2010
02/03 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN TICKETS
02/04 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
02/05+ Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
02/06+ Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
02/08 Englert Civic Theatre Iowa City, IA TICKETS
02/10 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
02/11 The Pageant St. Louis, MO TICKETS
02/12 Egyptian Room at Murat Center Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
02/13 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
02/14 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH TICKETS
02/16 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
02/18 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
02/19+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/20+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/21 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
02/24 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL TICKETS
02/25 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS TICKETS
02/26+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
02/27+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
03/01 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL TICKETS
03/03 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA TICKETS
03/04 House of Blues Houston, TX TICKETS
03/05 House of Blues Dallas, TX TICKETS
03/06 Stubb's Waller Creek Austin, TX TICKETS
Just Announced - Spring Tour
04/07 Belly Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/08 Vilar Center Avon, CO
04/09 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/10 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
04/17 The Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA TICKETS
04/19 Ashland Armory Ashland, OR
04/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA
04/22 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/23 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/24 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/28 El Rey Theater Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
04/30 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
05/01 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson

Thanks to Jam Cruise for throwing a great party!

Dark Star Orchestra @ Boulder Theater

DSO sing entire shows from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates the original song for song performance set list for an entirely new generation of, as well as old school, Deadheads. Dark Star Orchestra performs Grateful Dead classics in the same way that an orchestra interprets music of classical composers. The composer spirit is derived and channeled as the players capture the excitement and innovation of the original performances and compositions. Touring nationwide for nine years to the tune of nearly 1500 shows since forming, the band's determined commitment to "raising the Dead" has drawn national media attention.

Precision is king with DSO; the band adapts their stage positioning, vocal arrangements, specific musical equipment and instruments to fit the era of the show they are performing. Following each performance the band announces the date and venue of the original performance. Dark Star Orchestra could dip into any incarnation of the dead at any of their shows, allowing fans to experienceˇ shows that happened long before they were born.
GA / 21+ / $30.00
On Sale Jan 15!

Boulder Weekly Presents
Dark Star Orchestra
Friday, April 9 and Saturday April 10
doors 8:00pm, show 9:00pm

Tickets are on sale Jan 15 at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.  Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.  All tickets are subject to tax and service charge.

Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band

MAC and Bistro Award Winning singer, band leader, and comedienne Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band will play the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009.  Her band features: Grammy Award Winner LEW SOLOFF on trumpet with EMEDIN RIVERA on Latin Percussion and TOM HUBBARD, who is just returning from Liza Minelli's Australia tour, on Bass also with Barry Levitt on Piano, Sean Harkness on Guitar, Joe Abba on Drums, Cliff Lyons on Tenor Sax and Mark Miller on Trombone.

Big Band Tuesdays
Iridium Jazz Club 1650 Broadway (51st)
www.iridiumjazzclub.com 212-582-2121 or www.ticketweb.com

MAC and Bistro Award Winning singer/band leader/comedienne...
Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band

ekoostik hookah's Bassist, Cliff Starbuck, To Leave the Band Following NYE

Today the venerable Ohio jamband institution, ekoostik hookah, offers two announcements about the departure of band founder, bassist and vocalist Cliff Starbuck. With no plans to end their nearly twenty-year career of playing music, ekoostik hookah will continue playing music, hosting Hookahvilles and touring. Here is Cliff Starbuck’s statement:

After a lot of careful thinking, I have decided to leave the band. Having played with Hookah for almost 19 years, it was an extremely difficult decision, made even more difficult by my love for my band mates and our music.  Naturally I'll be coming back to sit in periodically, but after New Year's Eve you'll be enjoying a new bass player.

It has been an amazing privilege to spend so many years playing with this band, and I'll always be grateful for the experiences I've had along the way. I’ve gotten to travel all over the world to play music that I love with all my favorite people. I've been extremely lucky, and there's no other way I would rather have spent these years. I'm proud to be the musician that I am today, one that I could never have become without the influence of everyone in this band.  I know my decision to leave might be surprising and hard to understand, but I’m asking for your support and trust on this. 19 years is a long time for anyone to do the same thing, let alone someone with my short attention span. I feel strongly that this is the right time in my life to explore new options and try new things.  It's very sad to be leaving the people with whom I've shared so much, but I'm also excited about the prospect of going new places and seeing what the future might bring. A significant change in my life is essential for me to evolve, not just as a musician but as a person.

It's natural to be resistant to change, especially when it comes to altering a formula that's been so successful for so long. Sometimes veering off from the inevitable path will make the trip more interesting, and ultimately more fulfilling. The band is in the process of finding a bassist who will live up to and probably eclipse my legacy. I'll pass on everything I've learned, but it'll be nice to hear new ideas and a fresh perspective on the bass lines.

Words are inadequate when it comes to trying to express my gratitude for all of your support, and for the good music and good times we've all had together. I'll miss you all and look forward to when our paths cross in the future.

Cliff

~~~

And ekoostik hookah responds with this public statement:

While we are sad to see Cliff go, we respect his decision and wish him the best in whatever he ends up doing.  It has been a great honor to be able to spend all of these years together making music and building the wonderful scene that surrounds and supports ekoostik hookah.  From a dingy bar in Columbus to Amsterdam, from tiny crowds in Alabama to massive Hookahvilles, it’s been an amazing ride.  One that would have never been possible without Cliff.

Cliff will be playing with us through the end of the year, his last show being at The Newport in Columbus, Ohio on New Year’s Eve.  We will then be taking a 6 week break to work in our new bass player.  While Cliff will be missed, we are confident that we will be as strong as ever when we return.  It will be exciting to see what this change brings to our music.  In the meantime, we plan on making the most of these last few shows with Cliff, and we’ll be looking forward to having him come back to sit-in with us on occasion.

See you soon,
Dave, Eric, John, and Steve

David Crowder Band | Terminal 5 | NYC

About David Crowder Band:

On Church Music, the six-piece band debuts 17 compelling, inimitably progressive electronic rock tracks. With songs influenced by artists that range from Radiohead to Portishead to Sigur Rós and Linkin Park, Church Music may not be what you expect sonically when you think of one of Christian music’s leading bands. The album even includes a decidedly unique cover of hard rock act Flyleaf’s hit “All Around Me,” and features Flyleaf lead singer Lacey Mosely and the Dupree sisters from Eisley singing background vocals on various tracks.

During their last major tour, in support of 2007’s Remedy, the DAVID CROWDER BAND sold out nineteen large clubs across the country including notable venues like New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, The Wiltern in Los Angeles and The Fillmore in San Francisco.

David Crowder returns to New York City to play Terminal 5 on Friday, November 13th.  Show time: 8PM

The Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson

The DJGB is pleased to announce that Mom brought us up right and taught us to share. And while the DJGB w/JM isn’t going anywhere (except on the road and to musical venues near your house!), we’re happy to lend our sterling lead guitarist, Jeff Mattson, to our friends at Dark Star Orchestra in their time of need. Hey – we like him too!

Jeff will be sitting in with DSO on:

11/16 Mon McCarter Theater, Princeton, NJ

11/18 Wed State Theater, Ithaca, NY

11/19 Thu The Klein, Bridgeport, CT

11/20 Fri Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA

11/21 Sat Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MA

For breaking news, check www.donnajeangodchauxband.com

Christian McBride Big Band at the Iridium

mcbrideThe Iridium Jazz Club Is Pleased to Present

A Very Special One Week Engagement

With The

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND

WED. THRU SUN. SEPT. 16-20, 2009

Featuring

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE-LEADER

DAVID BRYANT - PIANO
ULYSSES OWENS, JR. - DRUMS
BEN WILLIAMS - BASS

TRUMPETS:
FREDDIE HENDRIX, FRANK GREENE, BRANDON LEE, KENNY RAMPTON

TROMBONE:
STEVE DAVIS, DOUGLAS PURVIANCE, + 2 TBS TBA

REEDS:
STEVE WILSON, LOREN SCHOENBERG, TODD WILLIAMS, TODD BASHORE, FRANK BASILE

 

Co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, bassist, educator, composer, super-sideman, and bandleader Christian McBride brings his 18 piece big band to The Iridium Jazz Club for five nights Sept. 16 through 20 sets at 8:30 & 10:30PM. From Philadelphia, McBride has become the most acclaimed acoustic and electric bassist to emerge from the jazz world in the past decade. His CDs on Verve and Mack Ave. as a leader and the literally hundreds of albums he has performed on showcase his funky style and big tone. His ever-expanding pop, R&B and fusion palette takes him around the world anchoring some of the best jazz groups today. He has performed with numerous artists including at Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Sting, Chick Corea, The Roots, Diana Krall, D'Angelo, Betty Carter, McCoy Tyner, Roy Hargrove and Wynton Marsalis.

 

 

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/
SETS AT 8:30 & 10:30PM

Allman Brothers Band & Rock the Earth to Recycle Mobile Phones across US tour

Environmental advocacy organization Rock the Earth,  announced today that they have partnered with the Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic in calling on all attendees of the bands co-headlining North American Tour, to bring their old, unwanted mobile phones (and chargers, adapters, etc) to the Rock the Earth booth at the Allman Brothers Band / Widespread Panic upcoming August - September US tour stops.

In partnership with Musictoday, Collective Good and Gibson, all attendees who bring a phone to the Rock the Earth booth for redemption will receive a 20% off a future Musictoday purchase, and be entered into a nightly drawing for an Instant Live CD of the band's performance; and the tour prize of a Gibson guitar; Plus gain entry into the national mobile phone recycling campaign Grand Prize of the "Party Like A Rock Star" experience - Winner plus 12 friends wins use of the Gibson Tour Bus for a one night concert excursion.

 

Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks commented "We're very happy to align with Rock the Earth in this effort to keep mobile phones out of landfill, and just like everyone else, we too have been looking for the right place to recycle our old phones. In fact, I plan on bringing my five old phones to the Rock the Earth booth and I encourage everyone else to do the same".

 

Did you know that one (1) mobile phone has enough super toxic heavy metals to contaminate 40,000 gallons of drinking water?  Or, that one (1) billion new mobile phones were issued last year in the US alone, yet less than 1% ever get recycled?

 

For those people looking to recycle an old phone but who are unable to attend any of these shows, they can still do so by simply going to:  Rock the Earth Phone Recycling Center to utilize the online entry form and free shipping. All participants will receive the 20% off Musictoday discount and gain entry into the Grand Prize sweepstakes drawing,

 

So, what are you waiting for?  The more phones recycled - the less toxic chemicals threatening America's most precious natural resource - our drinking water supply!! And, the greater your chances of winning!

 

wpPlease visit www.RockTheEarth.org for more information or stop by our booth at the following Allman Brothers Band / Widespread Panic tour dates:

 

August

18 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga, NY) with Doobie Brothers
19 - PNC Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ) with Doobie Brothers
21 - Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden, NJ) with Widespread Panic
22 - CMAC - Performing Arts Center (Canandaigua, NY) with Widespread Panic
24 - Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion (Gilford, NH) with Widespread Panic
26 - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel, NY) with Widespread Panic
27 - Jones Beach Theater (Wantagh, NY) with Widespread Panic
29 - Comcast Center (Mansfield, MA) with Widespread Panic
30 - Meadows Music Theatre (Hartford, CT) with Widespread Panic

September

1 - Charter One Pavilion (Chicago, IL) with Widespread Panic
2 - Charter One Pavilion (Chicago, IL) with Widespread Panic
5 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison, CO) with Widespread Panic

October / November dates - to be determined

Zack Borer Band Chosen Again To Play Side Stage - Nikon At Jones Beach

On the heels of an incredible performance at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater’s Side Stage just two weeks ago, the zAck borer band has again been selected to perform during yet another Platinum-selling, award-winning artist’s tour on Friday August 7th.  For a complete listing of bands and headliners performing at the Jones Beach Theater on this date, visit www.livenation.com/venue/nikon-at-jones-beach-theater-tickets/

zack“I am excited that we have been chosen to perform on the same nights as such talented artists I’ve always looked up to,” said zAck borer.  “We’re more focused and determined than ever before and are looking forward to returning to Jones Beach to share the new music we’ve been working on all summer.”

zAck’s ongoing unsigned journey finds him in the running to be named the MTV Video Music Awards’ “Best Breakout Artist in NYC.” Fans are encouraged to vote for zAck’s song “That’s The Way” by August 14th at
http://www.ourstage.com/judge?channel=207-mtv-vma-best-breakout-nyc. The top 3 finalists will battle it out at a MTV2 & Time Warner Cable VMA weekend pre-party. The winning band will be revealed locally the night of the VMAs and showcased nationally on MTV2’s Rail N Rock or Sucker Free!

In addition to the Jones Beach side stage shows, fans of the band and music lovers alike can catch the zAck borer band in New York City at the following dates and locations:

* August 27, 2009 – 9PM, The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street, New York 10012
* September 19, 2009 – 9PM, dromNYC, 85 Avenue A, New York, 10009

"...As a 25 year old dude who mostly likes rap music I found it to be one of the most enjoyable full albums that I have heard in a while"-- Westsidewill- Wild Off The Air (July, 2009) Full album review here:
http://westsidewill.com/newblog/2009/07/23/zack-borer-home-album-review/

The Band of Heathens: One Foot in the Ether

The Band of Heathens’ self-titled studio debut album brought the band from relative obscurity to playing 250-plus shows a year for their rabid fan base, as well as a coveted taping for this year’s 35th Anniversary season of Austin City Limits. The album hit No. 1 on the Americana Music Association Radio chart, spending two weeks in the top spot against formidable competition. It charted a total of 34 weeks in the U.S., held No. 1 for two months on the Euro-Americana chart, and was No. 8 on the AMA’s Top 100 albums of 2008 list. The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Fusilli wrote, “The Band of Heathens, an Austin-based group, played the best set I came across during my five nights in town (at SXSW 2009).”

band-of-heathensHow does a band follow a year like that? Indeed the bar has been set high. But one listen to the new album, One Foot in the Ether, due out September 15 on BOH Records through Redeye Distribution, makes apparent that the Heathens’ three-frontman approach to writing and performing over the past three years has paid off in the studio. Apart from the confidence necessary to pull off releasing two live albums before releasing 2008’s debut studio record, it’s evident that their unorthodox career strategy suits them well.

“The band doesn’t do things safely,” explains Gordy Quist, one of the group's three frontmen. “Random and Chance might actually be named as extra band members in the liner notes somewhere.”

The guys in the band are fond of saying they became a unit by accident. But that’s like saying the Big Bang was an accident: unplanned, maybe, but hardly random. The merger of three singers/songwriters/multi-instrumentalists — Quist, Ed Jurdi and Colin Brooks — resulted in a solid entity worthy of the comparisons the band receives to the Black Crowes, The Band and Little Feat.

One Foot in the Ether wasn't initially conceived as a full-length album, but the muses felt otherwise.  The band started booking short bursts of studio time in Austin while they were in town, with no producer and no expectations. As they continued deeper into the sessions, the project went from the originally planned (or un-planned) three to four songs to 16 completed songs. “It became apparent that we had a full-length album on our hands and started honing things down to make a cohesive album,” Jurdi said.

Not given to labeling their music, The Band of Heathens loosely define the sound they’ve achieved on One Foot in the Ether simply as rock ‘n’ roll. While the last Heathens album might have been more acoustic and swampier, this album is heavier — both thematically and sonically. It’s muscular with guitars, Hammond organs, vintage electric pianos and pill-bottle slides — all fine ingredients for rock ‘n’ roll in its purest form.

With a five-album record deal offer from one of the major-independent record labels on the table, The Band of Heathens opted to release the new album on their own BOH Records, just as they did their last self-titled studio album that won the accolades. Brooks explains, “In the current ‘climate change’ of the music business, nobody knows how it is going to work so we are not averse to trying things our own way and experimenting.”

The year ahead holds much promise, starting with the worldwide September 15 release of One Foot in the Ether. In July, the band taped Austin City Limits, an opportunity that came to them when the program’s producer, Terry Lickona, first saw the group at the Americana Music Conference last September. He was amused that he’d traveled 1,200 miles to discover a band that lived in his backyard. The ACL episode also features Elvis Costello and will air November 7. The band will tour Europe in fall, following a Ryman Auditorium appearance the American Music Awards on September 17. And then it’s time to log miles on the odometer as they cross America for the rest of the year and into next.