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This Desert Rocks - Desert Rocks Music Festival

Besides a plethora of giant fiddle contests, I really have no festival experience to speak of. (Don’t get me wrong, fiddle participants can booze, substance-abuse, and play the shit out of acoustic instruments till the sun rises) But that's a different story.  Let's get back to Desert Rocks, and how I am so fulfilled with my first festival journey! It was a weekend of love and acceptance, filled with the young, the transient, the locals, and the Coloradoans (not all of them, but a lot).

Wagons' 'Rumble, Shake & Tumble' is twisted country-rock from Oz

While the title Rumble, Shake & Tumble goes a long way in describing Wagons’ unruly yet easy-to-like roots-rock sound, all you really have to do is listen to the disc’s opening lines.

Trampled By Turtles @ Telluride Bluegrass Fest

Trampled by Turtles, the highly regarded Duluth, MN acoustic 5-piece, will be making their debut at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival this summer.  They’ll be appearing Friday, June 17 at 4:30 pm (right after Jerry Douglas and before Emmylou Harris – great company to keep).

The band’s incendiary sets at SxSW 2011 and Coachella showed up in countless best-of lists and fest recaps by NPR, Esquire.com, American Songwriter and the Boston Globe, to name just a few.

It’s been a steady climb for the band since the April 2010 release of their breakthrough record, Palomino. The album is still holding in the Top 5 on the Billboard bluegrass charts, and critical acclaim has accompanied TBT’s word-of-mouth reputation as a live band not to be missed. While it’s the band’s energy and quicksilver picking that has made them a favorite on the tour and festival scene, it’s the songwriting that seals the deal. All the band members cut their teeth in rock, punk and metal bands but their original material draws from the same well of inspiration as Townes Van Zant, Dylan, Neil Young, Del McCoury and Ralph Stanley, putting their own unique spin on this classic genre.

Trampled by Turtles have been tapped to provide music for the Adult Swim cartoon Squidbillies, and will be releasing a split vinyl/digital single with fellow Minnesota band Motion City Soundtrack in June 2011. Stay tuned for further details

Hurricane Bells Launches PledgeMusic Campaign for Sophomore Album Tales and Tides,

Hurricane Bells today launched a PledgeMusic campaign to support the completion of its sophomore album, Tides and Tales, which will be released this fall via band architect Steve Schiltz's own label, Invisible Brigades.

As with Hurricane Bells' debut album Tonight Is The Ghost, Tides and Tales was recorded, produced, and mixed almost entirely by Schiltz (longtime front man of Longwave) over the past few months. The funds raised through PledgeMusic will directly contribute to the mastering, manufacturing, touring and promotion of the album. For pledging, multiple incentives are offered to fans, including exclusive vinyl, signed CDs and t-shirts, a house concert by the band, and a vintage Gibson guitar, among many others. Fans who pledge will also be able to stream new album track "Let's Go" immediately via the Hurricane Bells PledgeMusic page.

Hurricane Bells has chosen to donate a portion of all campaign proceeds through PledgeMusic to Education Through Music, a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports music instruction in disadvantaged schools. For more information on the Hurricane Bells PledgeMusic campaign and to view a full list of pledge incentives, please visit here. Additional news about the release of Tides and Tales will be announced soon.

Hurricane Bells is playing a stripped-down show in New York tonight at CULTUREfix to celebrate finishing recording Tides and Tales. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are $10. To purchase, visit here.

Earlier this spring, Hurricane Bells digitally released two live albums, Hurricane Bells Live At House Of Blues Boston and Hurricane Bells Live At House Of Blues San Diego. The two albums were recorded last fall during the band's tour supporting KT Tunstall. The band released an EP, Down Comes The Rain, last September and Tonight Is The Ghost, in the fall of 2009. The Hurricane Bells song "Monsters," a Tonight Is The Ghost B-side, was featured on The Twilight Saga: New Moon official soundtrack.

New era of NRBQ and new CD ushered in by Terry Adams

Terry Adams, visionary, driving force, and “untamed genius of the keyboards” for the great American band NRBQ since its inception more than 40 years ago, resumes his life’s work with the release of a new studio album, Keep This Love Goin’ by NRBQ, due out July 19, 2011. Recorded with the band he formed in 2007 — Scott Ligon on guitar and vocals, Pete Donnelly on bass and vocals, and Conrad Choucroun on drums, formerly known as The Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet — Keep This Love Goin’ features 12 unforgettable songs, from the opener “Boozoo and Leona,” inspired by Adams’ relationship with the great zydeco musician Boozoo Chavis and his wife (Adams produced three albums for and performed with Chavis), to the instrumental closer “Red’s Piano,” a tune written by Piano Red and recorded in one take in that unmistakable NRBQ style. Adams learned the song from Red himself, when the Atlanta legend visited him at his upstate New York home in the 1970s.

In between is the unique Q mix of rock, pop and jazz, and of course no album of theirs would be complete without a classic Adams twist — here, an adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor,” done as a country tune called “In Every Dream.” Original compositions from Adams, Ligon, and Donnelly, written separately and together, and stellar playing throughout make for a true band effort. Former NRBQ bandmate Tom Ardolino provided the front cover art (and sits in on drums on two tracks).

“I found musicians who not only understand NRBQ’s past and traditions but who are open to future impossibilities,” says Adams. “It’s important that their reason for being musicians in the first place is real.”

Chicago’s Scott Ligon is on guitar and vocals. The multi-instrumentalist is, says the Nashville Scene, “an unqualified badass — he echoes Adams’ gift for balancing melody with dissonance.” Philadelphia-based Pete Donnelly, also a member of the Figgs, handles bass and vocals. And from Austin comes drummer Conrad Choucroun, who has played with numerous Texas bands and musicians (Bob Schneider, Kelly Willis, the Damnations, among others).

Adams announced in March 2011 the return of the NRBQ name along with the release of the new album. In the years since 2004, when the most recent Q line-up last appeared regularly onstage, Adams has been steadily rebuilding his health after a cancer diagnosis, and rebuilding the band after the other members decided to form their own band (Joey and Johnny Spampinato) or retire from the road (Tom Ardolino).

Why did he initially call his band the Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet in 2007 instead of NRBQ?

“I didn’t want to call the band NRBQ right away,” says Adams “because I didn’t want Scott, Pete, and Conrad subjected to unfair comparisons. It was clear in the spring of 2009 that we had it onstage, but I wanted to wait until we had more road experience and a new studio album with new songs that we wrote and recorded together. You can hear it on Keep This Love Goin’. The time is right.”

“I’m finally free to let go and move NRBQ forward. That’s what I’ve been doing since I was 18. With all due respect to the past, NRBQ is a living, breathing, ongoing sound. I never intended it to ever become a trip down memory lane.”

The first weekend of April found the band onstage for their first live shows, now billed as “the New NRBQ.”  Said the Albany Times-Union, “ . . . the current incarnation lived up to the legacy. They reclaimed not only the vast NRBQ catalog of songs and loose-as-a-goose sound, but also the band’s wildly unpredictable spirit on stage . . . their willingness to step way out on a limb has always been one of NRBQ’s most endearing qualities, and in the contemporary world of pre-packaged, cookie-cutter pop stars, it’s sure great to have them back.” The Schenectady Gazette added, “the re-branded NRBQ has developed an impressive depth of mutual intuition so that even odd detours took on unanimous glee Sunday. They felt so good and they made everyone feel good too.”

THE BRIDGE: A Farewell Statement

Dear Family and Friends,

This next Thanksgiving will mark the 10-year anniversary of The Bridge.  It has been an amazing ride that we have shared with you all.  It is therefore with a heavy heart that we announce that this year will mark the end of The Bridge.  After ten years and thousands of miles, the harsh realities of life on the road have led us to a point where we can no longer sustain ourselves as a band.  We fought on to continue for as long as we could, because we truly believed in our music and cherished the deeply special connection that we have built with our audiences throughout the years.  But at the end of the day, the economy won, and we are forced to close up shop.

What started as a show for our friends on one Thanksgiving Eve has led us on a wild, beautiful journey beyond our expectations.  The long van rides, smoky bars, sleepless nights, wicked hangovers, cheap motels, and flat tires were all worth it for the chance to play music for you all and create those special moments that we live for.  It has been the most rewarding experience of our lives.  In true Bridge fashion, we will be giving you everything we have left for the rest of our shows.  We will be playing our final residency at 8x10, the house that built The Bridge, in the coming weeks, as well as our beloved All Good Festival, our favorite day of the year for the last 7 years.  And as if it was meant to be, we will be closing out our run as a band on our 10-year anniversary, Thanksgiving Eve, at Rams Head Live.  We plan on cherishing every last moment we have with you as The Bridge.

As chapters end and new ones begin, we will continue to pursue other musical endeavors, and hope to keep the spirit of this community alive.  We are forever grateful to you all, the people who we have gotten to know so well through the years, as well as those who have worked so hard and given so much of themselves for the band.  And lastly we want to thank each other, the members of the band both past and present, for sweating out the tough times and celebrating the high times together to try and live the dream.  We are truly brothers for life.  As sad as we feel that this experience is ending, we have no regrets. We feel we have achieved what we set out to do, which is to make people happy through our music.  We humbly thank you, from the absolute bottom of our hearts, for your love, support, and inspiration that has given us this opportunity.  It has been an honor and a privilege.

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Our remaining dates this summer are:

May 28 | Sterling Folk Festival | Sterling, NY tickets
June 1 | 8x10 Club | Baltimore, MD
June 8 | 8x10 Club | Baltimore, MD
June 15 | 8x10 Club | Baltimore, MD
June 22 | 8x10 Club | Baltimore, MD
June 4 | Crawfish Fest | Augusta, NJ
July 4 | TBA | Harrisonburg, VA
July 7 | Bottle & Cork | Dewey Beach, DE
July 10 | Ladew Gardens | Monkton, MD
July 17 | All Good Festival | Mastontown, WV
July 22 | Gathering of the Vibes | Bridgeport, CT
July 29-31 | Black Sheep Family Reunion | Tidewater, OR
August 5 | Elysian Fields Festival | Boyce, VA
August 7 | Flood City Music Festival | Johnstown, PA
August 12 | Hunt Valley Towne Center (acoustic) | Hunt Valley, MD
August 19 | Bella Terra Festival | Stephentown, NY

Sincerely,

Cris, Kenny, Dave, Mike, Patrick, and Mark

The Bridge

Panther Style "¡Emergencia!" + June 11th Chicago Record Release Show!

May 31, 2011 brings the highly anticipated debut release from Chicago rock band, Panther Style. The "¡Emergencia!" LP will be available on 180 gram vinyl, digital and CD formats, all including a cover of "Blind Eyes Open" by The Posies.

This project of heavy tasty pop was started by Chicago rock veterans Jeanne McClure, Al Rodis, Dan Lutger, & Melissa Koehl (Mary Tyler Morphine, Siderunners, Dyslexic Apaches, Reptoids) out of a mutual desire to make some beautifully catchy songs that rocked. Drawing influences from The Posies, Big Star, New Order, and U2, along with the seductive feel of in-your- face screaming tube amps and chest pounding bass from The Cult, Fugazi and Failure, their sound brings a refreshing blend of sweet melodies and thick distorted guitars all held together with an air-tight driving rhythm.

"¡Emergencia!" was recorded at B-Side Audio in Chicago with Neal Ostrovsky on a 16-track analog tape machine to capture the warm tones and genuine feel of the band's live sound. All of the music was recorded live with everyone in the same room. It was mastered with Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. "Blind Eyes Open" was also released on the "Beautiful Escape" Posies cover compilation, by Burning Sky Records.

Soon after the formation of Panther Style, Dan and Melissa got hitched. Soon afterwards Dan and Jeanne jumped in to complete the rhythm section of Melissa's other established project, Reptoids. They brought a commanding presence to match Reptoids progression to a heavier sound and will be releasing the "Invasion" EP in the Summer of 2011.

You can learn more about Panther Style by visiting their website.

New Jersey 2011 Jazz Society Jazzfest

Each year since 1976, the New Jersey Jazz Society has presented Jazzfest, one of the best mainstream jazz festivals in the entire metropolitan area.  This year is no exception as this popular jazz festival presents nine hours of great music in the air conditioned comfort of two concert halls plus outdoor entertainment, a food court and vendors selling everything from hard-to-find CDs to crafts and interesting merchandise. Jazzfest will take place on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey on Saturday, June 11th from Noon to 9:00 p.m.

The afternoon lineup includes:

· The Winard Harper Sextet with special guest Phillip Harper and a rare reunion of the renowned Harper Brothers.

· The always entertaining Jay Leonhart joined by Harry Allen on saxophone and Joe Cohn on guitar.

· The swinging sounds of the Jazz Lobsters Big Band featuring Carrie Jackson on vocals and Larry McKenna on Tenor Sax.

· And the ever popular Ken Peplowski Quartet.

In the food court, the trad sounds of Emily Asher’s Garden Party will fill the air and the virtuoso trombonist will be joined by Dan Levinson on reeds, Bria Skonberg on Trumpet, Jared Engel on Banjo and John Phillip on Sousaphone.

The evening concert kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with the exciting vocals and guitar of Allan Harris and his Quartet followed by the critically acclaimed Ellington Legacy Band under the leadership of Edward Kennedy Ellington II. The Legacy Band also includes Norman Simmons on piano and Virginia Mayhew on Tenor Saxophone. Also at the evening concert, the New Jersey Jazz Society will honor Mayor Mary Anna Holden of Madison, and Jon Brauer and Anthony Ferrara of Toyota of Morristown.

Most of the music takes place in two venues, Dolan Hall in the Annunciation Center and the Octagon Theatre right next door. As an extra bonus, there will be a variety of vendors offering a wide selection of food, hard to find records, jazz CDs, art and crafts of all kinds. Admission to the craft and food court is free.

Jazzfest is made possible through the generous support of Toyota of Morristown, RXR Realty, the Star-Ledger, WBGO Jazz99FM, Hot House Magazine, Songbirds Agency, Hullarious Productions and the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance.


SPECIAL ROOM RATE FOR JAZZFEST ATTENDEES

The Best Western Morristown Inn is the official festival hotel and offers a special discount room rate for attendees of the festival. The Morristown Inn is located just two miles from the College. For reservations, call 973-540-1700.

ORDER TICKETS BY JUNE 9 FOR SAVINGS

The College of Saint Elizabeth is on Route 124 (36 Madison Avenue) just a couple miles east of Route 287 in Morris Township, New Jersey. Tickets for Jazzfest are only $55.00 in advance, and $70.00 at the gate. New Jersey Jazz Society members enjoy a special rate available through the website. Full time students with valid ID are only $10.00 at the gate. Parking is free and train travel is easy with a station right at the college gate.  The gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the music begins at noon. For more information on tickets and directions visit the New Jersey Jazz Society website (www.njjs.org) or call the NJJS Hotline at 800-303-NJJS (6557).

Suzanna Choffel To Release New Album, 'Steady Eye Shaky Bow,' May 24

Suzanna Choffel, whose dusky vocals are as intriguing as her indie-soul-pop originals and sultry stage presence, releases on Tuesday, May 24, her latest album, STEADY EYE SHAKY BOW, a collection of upbeat melodies and ballads that Choffel describes as “blues-colored dark grit” drawing from musical influences that include Stax-style jazz and Motown R&B.

Choffel and her band — Kyle Thompson on drums, Johnny Vogelsang on bass, Laura Scarborough on vibraphone and synthesizer, and Chris Gebhard on keys and guitar —will make numerous special appearances around the new release. The band recently performed at SXSW Music Festival, including a show at Auditorium Shores with Blue October.

Around the release of STEADY EYE SHAKY BOW, Choffel will tour in Texas in May and June, including an Album Release Show in Austin. The album has already yielded “Raincloud,” with its smart, witty lyrics and soulful syncopated sound that is more than pop, the song infused with the flavor of New Orleans with the backing by Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and a video viewed on YouTube more than half a million times.
Another song on the new album is “Archer,” from whence the album’s title comes, a song that exemplifies Choffel’s unique lyrical expression of the emotions inherent in relationships.
Multiple award-winner Choffel was named Indie Artist of the Year at the 2009 Austin Music Awards and won top honors in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
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Suzanna Choffel upcoming shows include:
May 13, Saxon Pub, Austin
May 19, The Shady Grove, Austin
May 20, Luna, San Antonio
May 24, Waterloo Records In-Store, Austin
May 28, One World Theatre, Austin (Album Release Show)
June 11, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, Houston
June 16, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock

Rebelution Joins Slightly Stoopid on Summer Tour

Santa Barbara based band Rebelution has officially announced they will be joining Slightly Stoopid on tour in July, August, and September, for The Seedless Summer 2011 Tour which will span over twenty-five cities in top outdoor venues, nationwide. The Seedless Summer 2011 Tour will stop at some of the country’s best outdoor venues, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, The Greek Theater in Berkley, CA, and Cricket Amphitheater in San Diego, CA, to name a few.  Shwayze & Cisco Adler will also be on the bill.  Tickets went on sale to the public on Saturday May 14, 2011.

Some of Rebelution’s latest career highlights, include recently retuning from a two week tour across Brazil, performances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Wakarusa, Reggae Rising, Power to the Peaceful, and Ragga Muffins Tribute to Bob Marley Festival. They also headlined the US open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA.  On their 2010 headlining, national “Winter Greens” tour, the band played to sold out crowds across the country including selling tickets to upwards of 3,000 people in venues including: The House of Blues, San Diego, The Fox Theatre, Oakland, The House of Blues, Chicago, Irving Plaza in New York City, The House of Blues, Boston, The House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, and a sold out show at the renowned Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California.  The band was also named one of the “Five Artists Your Should Know About” by Relix Magazine heading into 2011, one of the “Top 8 SoCal Bands” by Fashion 5.0 Magazine – and Music Connection Magazine said “ Rebelution’s guitar solos and horns give a breath of fresh air, to a played out style.  With guitar leads like the one showcased in ‘Outta Control,’ this four-piece is creating what it takes to stand out in a crowded room.”

Other upcoming Rebelution show dates, include the California Roots Music FestivalWakarusa Music Festival, Crossroads KC with Ben Harperfour Hawaii dates supporting reggae legends Steel Pulse in Kona, Oahu, Maui and Kauai, the Sierra Nevada World Music FestivalDave Matthews Band's Caravan FestivalHigh Sierra Music FestivalHollywood Park in Los Angeles, CA and the Klover Outdoor Pavilion in Billings, Montana.

Outside of their two Billboard charting albums [Courage to Grow, Billboard Top Reggae Album Charts since its release in 2007 and Bright Side of Life which debuted at #54 on the Billboard Top 200, #6 on the Billboard Independent Albums, and #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts] Rebelution is currently in the studio working on their forthcoming third, full-length album, with notable guests passing through the studio including AmpLive, The Aggrolites, and Kymani Marley.

For more information on Rebelution, the Seedless Summer 2011 Tour, or for a complete list of Rebelution tour dates, click here.  You can also visit Rebelution on Facebook - and follow the band on Twitter.

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THE SEEDLESS SUMMER 2011 NATIONAL TOUR DATES

July 21 – Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewery

July 22 – Boise, ID – Idaho Botanical Garden

July 23 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Amphitheatre

July 24 – Eugene OR – Cuthbert Amphitheatre

July 26 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion

July 27 – Lake Tahoe, CA – Harvey’s Amphitheatre

July 29 – Berkley, CA – The Greek Theatre

July 30 – San Diego, CA Cricket Amphitheatre

August 4 – Salt Lake City, UT – Gallivan Center

August 5 – Aspen, CO – TBD

August 6 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

August 10 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage

August 11 – Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion

August 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing

August 13 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion

August 17 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion

August 18 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre

August 19 – Cocoa Beach, FL – Cocoa Beach Pier

August 20 – West Boca Raton, Fl – Sunset Cove Amphitheatre

August 21 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

August 24 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park

August 25 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Amphitheatre

August 27 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion