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Jackie Greene @ The Fox Theatre | 1.14.12

97.3 KBCO & Z2 Entertainment are proud to present Jackie Greene at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, January 14th.  Tickets go on sale Friday, November 18th for $15.00 general admission.

My Morning Jacket Debut at #5 on Billboard Chart, Play Bonnaroo on Friday

My Morning Jacket’s new album, Circuital, debuted at #5 this week on the Billboard Albums chart with nearly 55,000 copies sold.  This is both the band’s highest first week of sales and their highest charting position ever.  It also landed at #1 at Indie Retail.

The band stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, where they performed “Circuital.”  Clocking in at 6 minutes this was the longest performance by any artist to date on the show.  If you missed it, click HERE to watch My Morning Jacket play “You Wanna Freak Out,” which they played afterwards as a web exclusive.  The guys are also hitting Bonnaroo this weekend for a set at 8pm on Friday at the “What” stage, their first main stage appearance. Catch it live on VEVO!

Circuitalis the group’s first album recorded in their home base of Louisville, Kentucky.  It laid down almost entirely live to capture an honest spirit and human spontaneity throughout.  My Morning Jacket will kick off a full US tour in support of the album, including August dates with Neko Case, shortly after Bonnaroo.

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My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:

* = $1 from each ticket will be donated to a local charity
Go to www.mymorningjacket.com for more details

06/10:  Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
06/16:  Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
06/17:  Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
06/22:  Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre
06/24: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
06/26:  Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
06/28:  Portland, OR @ Edgefield
06/29:  Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
06/30-07/03:  Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
7/2 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
07/11:  Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
07/12:  Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
07/16: Southwold  @ Latitude Festival
07/17: London  @ Somerset House
8/2 St. Louis, MO The Pageant 
8/3 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater 
08/04:  Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/05-08/13:  Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival

TOUR DATES W/ NEKO CASE:
8/7 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park 
8/8 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion 
8/10 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE 
8/12 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 
8/14 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion 
8/16 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook 
8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 
8/21 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater

Band Of Skulls Announce Select U.S. Dates

Southhampton, UK trio Band of Skulls are taking some time out from recording their second album to play select tour dates in the U.S. Currently recording at Rockfield Studios in Wales, the band will bring the driving guitar force and Wall of Sound harmonies of their live shows back to the states to play four shows in California before heading to Manchester, TN for their Thursday night slot at the Bonnaroo festival. They will be performing new songs at these shows along with favorites from their debut album 'Baby, Darling, Dollface, Honey.'

After spending two years touring in support of their debut album which was universally embraced by the U.S. press including SPIN (Best of Coachella), Rolling Stone (Best of SXSW) and Entertainment Weekly (Your Next Favorite Band) and culminated with a sold-out show at the Forum in London in late 2010, the band retreated to a studio in Norfolk UK to begin writing the follow-up. They returned to their home studio in Southampton to start the recording which they are now completing in Wales. The album will be mixed by Nick Launay (Grinderman, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire) and is scheduled for release in 2012. The album will be preceded by a single and EP released in late 2011.

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BAND OF SKULLS U.S. TOUR DATES:

June 4, Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones

June 5, San Diego, CA @ Independence Jam w/ Cold War Kids, Lykke Li, Peter, Bjorn & John

June 6, Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater (SOLD OUT)

June 7, Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater (SOLD OUT)
June 9, Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo in THAT TENT 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Del McCoury and Preservation Hall Release Joint Album Today!

Fans who have been streaming American Legacies, the unprecedented collaboration between bluegrass music’s legendary Del McCoury Band and New Orleans music giants, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, can finally snag a copy of the album for themselves today, April 12th, as the set is released in multiple configurations designed to appeal to casual listeners and dedicated followers alike.  The musical partners are also celebrating the event with the release of a new video that gives a sneak peek at the cross-genre blend on both a musical and personal level, with comments from Del McCoury, the PHJB’s Ben Jaffe and more, available at http://www.mccourymusic.com/americanlegacies.cfm, where the curious can still stream the project in its entirety as well as order it directly from the source.

The set—and the joint tour organized to bring its music to venues around the country—have already gotten plenty of attention for its remarkable blend of traditions. The twin legacies of bluegrass and jazz are combined in ways that underline their points of contact while preserving their distinctive characteristics, as horns blend with string band instruments to produce something at once refreshingly new and yet profoundly familiar, from the opening, tradition-based “The Band’s In Town” through the closing “One More ‘Fore I Die.”  And whether they’re tackling a decades-old standard or a new composition, the two groups bring fierce musicianship, deep respect and a rollicking good humor to the musical table in a way that makes the joy of the encounter unmistakable.

Known as one of the premiere ambassadors of bluegrass, the Del McCoury Band is fronted by veteran Del McCoury, who apprenticed in the honkytonks of Baltimore and with Bill Monroe before starting his own band more than 40 years ago.  A hero to east coast bluegrass audiences through the 1970s and 1980s, he stepped onto the national stage with a move to Nashville in the early 1990s that started the Del McCoury Band on an unprecedented streak of International Bluegrass Music Association awards and international acclaim.  Today, McCoury, along with a band that includes his sons Ron and Rob, are admired by hard-core bluegrass traditionalists and eclectic music fans and stars alike as they make appearances everywhere from the Bonnaroo Music Festival to late night network TV shows to their own popular Delfest.  For millions of fans across the US and around the world, the Del McCoury Band is simply the face of bluegrass.

Founded just a few years before McCoury joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been carrying the distinctive sound of New Orleans jazz around the world on behalf of Preservation Hall, a unique venue that embodies the city’s musical legacy.  With a cast of musicians schooled through first-hand experience and apprenticeship into the music’s historic traditions, the PHJB has served as an irreplaceable, vital link to the earliest days of one of America’s most beloved forms of popular music, evoking the spirits of times past in an ever-evolving modern context that has found them traveling around the world.

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Del McCoury/Preservation Hall Tour Dates:

April 13 - St. Charles, MO @ Family Arena
April 14 - Lawrence, KS @ University of Kansas- Leid Center
April 15 - Appleton, WI @ Fox Cities PAC
April 16 - Naperville, IL @ Pfeiffer Hall
April 17 - Fayetteville, AR @ Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
April 19 - Wilmington, NC @ The Sarah Graham Kenan Memorial
May 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA- Royce Hall
May 27 - DelFest, Cumberland, MD
June 10 - Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
July 7 - Winnipeg Folk Fest
August 6 - Edmonton Folk Fest

Irish Rockabilly sensation Imelda May returns to the States

After her show stopping performance with Jeff Beck for the Les Paul tribute on the Grammys, Imelda May has been invited back to perform with Beck, including two shows at New York's Iridium.  These exclusive shows will feature Imelda May + Jeff Beck performing songs written and performed by the legendary Les Paul - with Imelda reviving the extraordinary vocals of Mary Ford in her own unique style. The show will also feature some great rock & roll classics - all performed with Imelda's great band.  In addition to these shows, Imelda will be performing two shows at Bonnaroo, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and even more headlining performances!
Dublin-born May, who has previously shared stages with Jeff Beck as well as Van Morrison, made her major label debut in late 2009 with Love Tattoo (Verve), which shot to #1 on the Irish charts, ahead of Bruce Springsteen and Eminem. Throughout the U.K. and Ireland, she has won honors from Rising Star of 2009 and Jazz Artist of 2009 to Best Female Newcomer.  Shaking up traditional jazz with a magnificent voice that channels both Janis Joplin and Patsy Cline, her mix of jazz, rockabilly and blues yields a cool, swinging fusion both classic and oddly modern.  Her fierce, unbridled concert performances have a reputation for being impassioned events.

Tour Dates
Jun 8 & 9 - Iridium Jazz Club - New York, NY
Jun 11 - Chastain Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA
Jun 12 - Bonnaroo - Mancester, TN
Jun 14 - Wellmont Theater - Montclair, NJ
Jun 15 - Paramount - Asbury Park, NJ
Jun 16 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
Jun 17 - Bardavon Theatre - Poughkeepsie, NH
Jun 19 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO
Jun 20 - Riverwalk Center Music Festival - Breckenridge, CO

Turbine and Mason Jar Records team up for live release Sounds in the Hall

Breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling of the improvisational rock scene proves no easy feat for young bands. Burgeoning musicians lumped in the dare we say it, jamband realm, need to successfully marry a deep high-quality catalog of material, whimsical stage presence, diverse writing chops, virtuoso instrumentation, and a calendar containing upwards of 200 shows per year. Correction, breaking through the glass ceiling of the improvisational rock scene is damn near impossible.

But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, and Brooklyn’s Turbine would like to submit their CV. On their first official live release, Sounds in the Hall, as they have over the course of 8 songs checked off every single one of the preceding prerequisites. Comprised of carefully hand-picked selections of both Turbine classics and newer material, Sounds in the Hall covers all the bases, but the clear differentiating factor that sets Turbine far above the masses is their amazing penchant for writing memorable and distinctive songs across a variety of sounds and genres.

Just running through the eight song track list, Turbine touches on a bonafide hit-single in waiting “Blackout Song,” the slow summer groove akin to the Grateful Dead “Eddy From the Sea,” a thick extended funk jam on “Behind These Walls” that stretches all way to cow funk-era 1997, blazing bluegrass chops on Maritime Rag, and a handful of tunes that highlight the remarkable vocals and smoking harmonica leads.

Having played a seemingly infinite number of shows over the past couple of years, the Turbine boys took a lot of time in selecting their finest renditions of the material on Sound from the Halls, as described by guitarist and harmonica player Ryan Rightmire.

“There were so many factors in selecting the songs. Being that this is our first official live album, we wanted to include songs from our two studio albums as well as feature some unreleased ones. In the end, half the album is made up of unreleased tracks. Listening back to the performances, it was hard to ignore the energy of the big shows. Bonnaroo and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival brought out some great moments, so they are well represented. As for a specific memory, at one point during “Stand Down” I played the harmonica with a balloon, and you can hear the crowd erupt mid-song. It’s those mid-song responses that always tell us things are going well.”

It bears highlighting that Turbine’s Ryan Rightmire incorporates the harmonica like it’s never been used in a rock context. Not only does he employ some trickery like playing with a balloon, but it’s not uncommon to hear him layer on some effects and turn his harp into a synth-laden rhythm instrument. Alternatively, he possesses to chops to play it clean and go toe-to-toe with John Popper and perhaps remain the last man standing. While it’s probably not wise for the bands’ publicity to start entering them into fights, these guys are pretty scrappy so keep your guard up, Popper.

Turbine is by no means any one trick pony either, guitarist Jeremy Hilliard plays law-running lead guitar and cranks out definitive melodies throughout  his lead playing as well as helping shape Turbine’s wide reaching sound with his song-writing talents. Bassist Justin Kimmel and drummer Octavio Salman hold down the low post like Abdul-Jabar, as both are trained musicians with the ability to run the offense and take over the game at any moment.

Sometimes these things just feel meant to be; when Turbine showed up to perform their show at Bonnaroo, from which three of these tracks were taken, they found a bit of encouraging irony. “There was a giant wind turbine spinning next to the stage. As of matter of fact, it powered our entire show including all of the recording equipment. We made the announcement that this was the first turbine-powered Turbine concert. I kept expecting the songs to speed up every time a gust of wind made it spin faster.”

Taking the name from the lyrics of one the album’s highlight tracks, “Behind These Walls,” Sounds in the Hall evokes a sense of the live experience the overall feel for this tour, which included some big venues. We can only hope that with the help of a successfully release, that the halls will keep growing and the sounds will just keep getting better.

In support of the album, Turbine will host a record release party on May 22nd at the Mercury Lounge in New York City (with the Brew).

Listen to Turbine sing "Blackout Song"

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Sounds in the Hall Tracklist:

Eddy the Sea – Telluride Bluegrass Festival, CO

War of 9161 (The Pledge) – Breckenridge, CO

Invited – Bonnaroo, TN

Behind These Walls – Boulder, CO

Doing to Me – Bonnaroo, TN

Stand Down – Bonnaroo, TN

Maritime Rag – Telluride Bluegrass Festival, CO

Blackout Song – Breckenridge, CO

They Might Be Giants Spring/ Summer Festival Update

After a hugely successful run earlier this year, They Might Be Giants will play several dates over the spring and summer of 2010, including two benefit shows in the Boston area. The two shows at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA will be aimed at kids and proceeds from the show will benefit Boston By Foot (www.bostonbyfoot.org). The band has played a series of successful kids’ shows in support of Here Comes Science, their acclaimed 2009 release.

The upcoming dates will also include several family shows across the country, as well as festival stops at Boston’s WXRV Earth Day Celebration (free show!), the Sasquatch Festival in George, Washington, and Manchester, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival.

Released in September 2009, Here Comes Science has received praise across the board for its unique and exciting fusion of rock, education and humor. Boing Boing described the album as “top-notch pop music with humor that's aimed at both kids and adults” and called the album “better than great. Perfect.”

They Might Be Giants Spring/Summer 2010 Tour Dates

04/22: Boston, MA @ Rose Kennedy Greenway
(WXRV Earth Day Celebration – FREE show)

05/23: Arlington, MA @ Regent Theatre*

05/23: Arlington, MA @ Regent  Theatre*

05/30: George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival

06/11: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony

06/12: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live*

06/13: Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo

06/26: London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall*

06/26: Royal Festival Hall

09/24: Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

09/25: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun (4th Annual Fan Appreciation Show)

09/26: New York, NY @ Town Hall*

* - family show

Rock the Earth at Bonnaroo

For the fourth year in a row, Rock the Earth will play an integral role in the environmental programming at the largest music festival in the United States -- the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, June 11-14. Rock the Earth will host a series of panel discussions, artist interviews and musical performances on Bonnaroo’s Solar Stage and will also present a series of environmental films at the festival. The new “Green Screens presented by Rock the Earth,” will feature award winning films focused on water, mountain top mining and protection of the Colorado River. In addition, the organization will also be coordinating the first-ever, large-scale music festival mobile phone recycling campaign at this year’s festival.

Moderated by Rock the Earth Founder and Board President Marc Ross, and presented on the Solar Stage each day at 1PM; the theme of the panel discussions will be "Social Change Through Music," and will explore the synergies between the artists that create music, and its interconnectedness to the environment and the world around us. Confirmed panelists include Erykah Badu, Danny Louis (Gov’t. Mule), Al Schnier (moe.), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Vieux Farka Toure, Ben Sollee, Eric Johnson and Ryan Rightmire (Turbine), Laura Sohn (AC Entertainment), Rebecca Lichtenfeld (WITNESS), Bob Ferguson (Oxfam), Andy Bernstein (Headcount), Paul Faeth (Global Water Challenge), Sally Palmer (The Nature Conservancy), Jasna Brown (Green Mountain Coffee Roasters), and Justin Levy (Conscious Alliance).

 

Rock the Earth will also conduct “Storyteller” interviews with musical performances by Del McCoury and Friends, Patterson Hood, Ben Sollee, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and a special one-on-one interview with Brett Dennen.

 

Green Screens presented by Rock the Earth will deliver a series of environmental documentaries each day in the Cinema Tent, featuring very special guests. http://www.bonnaroo.com/activities.aspx

 

Thurs, 6/11 @ 6:00 PM: Mountaintop Removal / Intro: Ben Sollee / Q&A: Maria Gunnoe

Fri, 6/12 @ 5:45 PM: Flow: For the Love of Water / Intro: Surprise Special Guest
Q&A: Paul Faeth (Global Water Challenge) Green Screens: / JoAnne Anderson, Consumer Marketing Manager, STANLEY

Sat, 6/13 @ 5:45 PM: Grand Canyon Adventure / Q&A: Surprise Special Guest

Sun, 6/14 @ 12:30 PM: Earth Days / Q&A: Director Robert Stone

 

Mobile phone recycling campaign
In addition, in partnership with Musictoday, Collective Good, and Bonnaroo - Rock the Earth is calling on all music festival attendees to bring all their old, unwanted mobile phones (and chargers) gathering dust in the junk drawer. In this special promotion, all festival attendees who bring a phone to the Rockthe Earth booth for redemption will receive a 20% off a future Musictoday purchase, and be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for prizes like CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, magazine subscriptions, signed artist memorabilia, a pair of tickets to next year’s festival, and much more. Each phone redeemed is worth one sweepstakes entry and will help keep toxic chemicals out of our landfills. If folks are interested in winning prizes and receiving the Musictoday discount, but not planning to participating attend a music festival this summer, they can still participate and win. Go to: www.collectivegood.com/bonnaroo to utilize the online entry form.

 

Rock the Earth is a national 501(c) (3) public interest, not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and defending America’s natural resources. We act as advocates to ensure the existence of a sustainable and healthy environment for all and represent those individuals and communities whose environment whose natural surroundings are directly and adversely affected by others. Thanks to generosity and support of a network of music industry partners and the world wide environmental community, we are able to carry out grassroots organizing, education, and legal action to mobilize public support and empower social change.

 

Please visit www.RockTheEarth.org or stop by our booth at the following music festivals:

6/4-7 Wakarusa (AR)
6/11-14 Bonnaroo (TN)
6/18-20 Mountain Aid (NC)
7/2-5 High Sierra (CA)
7/2 -5 Rothbury (MI)
7/9-12 All Good (WV)
7/18-19 Mile High (CO)
7/22-25 10,000 Lakes Festival (MN)
7/23-26 Gathering of the Vibes (CT)
7/23-26 Floyd Fest (VA)
8/12 -15 Mulberry Mountain (AR)
8/28-30 Outside Lands (CA)

Mike Farris will play 2 sets at Bonnaroo

The Americana Music Association's 2007 "New and Emerging Artist" shows no signs of slowing down this summer and his audiences continue to fuel his incendiary live shows from Nashville to his recent performance at Spain's Azkena Rock Festival! Catch him whenever possible and don't miss him during his two performances at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival!

mike-farrisFarris' rousing and spiritual live shows have won over thousands of fans and his reputation as a force of positive energy continues to grow. This summer Farris will perform at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for the second year in a row and is one of a selected few artists performing more than two sets at the internationally respected festival. Farris, along with Phish, The Low Anthem, and Moe, to name a few, will play a full set at one of the festival's larger stages, Which Stage, and a short set at the dynamic Sonic Stage.

To round out the summer, Farris has been invited to appear at the Strawberry Festival in Yellowstone National Park in May, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June and the High Sierra Music Festival in July. In August, he will be opening for the incomparable Patti LaBelle at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

These nationally and internationally respected appearances reiterate how energetic Mike's sets are live. From the SHOUT! Live record to summer shows, Mike gives everything he has to his live performance.

Featuring the McCrary Sisters and the Roseland Rhythm Revue, Mike Farris SHOUT! LIVE captures the energy, power and emotional conviction that has become synonymous with a Mike Farris performance. The album features songs from four nights of recording during the fall of 2008 and was released on both vinyl and CD on April 14th by INO/Columbia records.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
6/14/2009 - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival - Manchester - TN
6/19/2009 - Liberty Hall - Lawrence - KS
6/21/2009 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride - CO
7/04/2009 - High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy - CA
7/05/2009 - High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy - CA
8/06/2009 - Heritage Place Ampitheater - Conroe - TX
8/07/2009 - Antone's - Austin - TX
8/14/2009 - Snowbird Resort - Salt Lake City - UT
8/15/2009 - Snowbird Resort - Salt Lake City - UT
8/16/2009 - Snowbird Resort - Salt Lake City - UT
8/19/2009 - Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood - CA

Bonnaroo & Conscious Alliance Announce the 6th Annual Bonnaroo Food Drive

Bonnaroo Music Festival and non-profit organization Conscious Alliance announce the 6th Annual Bonnaroo Food Drive benefitting the Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Manchester, Tennessee.

Last year's Food Drive brought in 7,000 pounds of food donations for Tennessee's Coffee County.  This year's goal is to collect 10,000 pounds or more.

With America's food banks experiencing an all-time inventory low, there has never been a better time to participate in the Bonnaroo Food Drive.  Bonnaroo and Conscious Alliance are calling on all festival attendees to donate to this important cause. As an incentive, the first 2,000 patrons who donate 10 non-perishable food items will receive a free limited-edition Bonnaroo poster created by renowned rock artist, Michael Everett (www.Meverett.net).

Food Drive collection tents will be located outside of the main entrances to the concert area and will be depicted on the Bonnaroo guide map, given to all attendees upon arriving at the festival grounds. At these locations, Food Drive volunteers will trade the first 2000 participants "poster redemption vouchers" for food donations.  The vouchers can be exchanged for this year's poster at the Conscious Alliance "Art That Feeds" galleries located inside the Planet Roo vending area and just outside of the Archway entrance into the main stage area.

Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low-sodium and health food oriented products. "Organic" food donations are especially encouraged. Ramen Noodles cannot be accepted for the free poster.

For more information about the charitable efforts of Conscious Alliance, please visit www.ConsciousAlliance.org.

For more information about the Bonnaroo Music Festival, please visit www.bonnaroo.com.