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Umphrey's Releases New Album Today

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The first single from Mantis, "Measure to Measure," debuted at #1 on the R&R Indicator Top 30 chart (tied with "Lucky" - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat duet). Billboard Magazine recently recognized Umphrey's McGee's "digital savvy," hailing Mantis's innovative pre-order campaign, where fans unlock bonus content as the number of Mantis pre-orders increase, as "...a likely template for emerging and established acts [looking to] kick-start interest in a new release."

Umphrey's McGee will appear on PBS's critically acclaimed concert series, Soundstage, on February 5, 2009 - just in time to celebrate the release of Mantis.  Look for the new material on Mantis to get a live workout in 2009, when the band hits the road in support of the new album.  Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

January 22 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, CO
January 23 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
January 24 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
January 30 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
January 31 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
February 01 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
February 12 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
February 13 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
February 14 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
February 15 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
February 19 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
February 20 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
February 21The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
February 22 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
March 04 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL
March 05 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL
March 07 Langerado Music Festival Miami Beach, FL
March 12 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
March 13 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN
March 14 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN
March 25 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK
March 26 Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS
March 27 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
March 28 Minglewood Hall Memphis, TN
April 01Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
April 02 The Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
April 03 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
April 04 Ram's Head Live! Baltimore, MD
April 05 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
April 07 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
April 08 Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA
April 09 House of Blues Boston, MA
April 10 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY
April 11 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY
April 16 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
April 30 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
May 01 House of Blues New Orleans, LA 

In addition to a one-of-a kind pre-order campaign where fans can participate in "unlocking" exclusive bonus material, Mantis incorporates PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to deliver new content throughout 2009.  PUSH requires no software installation or serial number; by simply putting the Mantis CD in your CD-ROM drive, the disc will act as a "key" to an Umphreys.com micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available.  

Mantis is yet another innovative music experience to be offered by Umphrey's McGee, who have proven adaptive and inventive both in music and business over the last 10 years. Through online community building, creative web-based promotions, and open taping policies allowing live music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide.  The band's download store UMLive.net is an archive of their ever-diverse live performances, hosting downloads of over 300 shows with 750,000 tracks sold since 2004. Umphreys.com hosts the iTunes friendly UM Podcast which releases two 75-minute episodes of live material each month to its 20,000 subscribers. Since 2001, Umphrey's has released soundboard recordings of each night's concert immediately after the show in both physical and digital formats - and each show typically sells upwards of 300 copies per night. The band's unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans a top priority.

Cary Brothers: New dates, Songs & Ryan Adams cover

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Cary Brothers is returning to the stage with two exclusive performances in March.  It's been a full year since Cary toured America, as the last time was in March/April 08 to support his debut album "Who You Are", with Ingrid Michaelson, Joshua Radin, Sara Bareilles on the hugely popular Hotel Cafe Tour which he co-founded 5 years ago.

Cary has been in the studio for a latter part of 2008 and will preview a couple of tracks in the sets, like "Break Off The Bough," "Ghost Town," "After The Fall," and "Under Control" which will be on his, as of yet untitled, upcoming album.

See Cary Brothers video blog 2009.1 in which he previews a snippet of his new song "Ghost Town". He also plays an amazing cover of Ryan Adams' "Come Pick Me Up".

Last year, Cary Brothers "Ride" was remixed by the world famous DJ/producer Tiësto and the track became a European dance floor hit. Tiësto invited Cary to perform live on stage with him during his headlining slot at the Bonnaroo Festival and Tiësto's sold-out 20,000-capacity O2 Arena in London on 8/8/08. Besides the live shows in Europe, Japan and America, Cary also made several TV appearances, like Jimmy Kimmel and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

March 3rd New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (w/ Luke Temple and Callers)
March 5th Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour (w/ Buddy)

Noise Pop 2009 New Artist Confirmations

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San Francisco, CA Event producers, Noise Pop Industries, have released additional headliners and other new event details for Noise Pop 2009. The 17th year of the West Coast's premiere independent celebration of music, film and art will take place February 24 through March 1, 2009 at venues throughout San Francisco, CA.
   
Newly announced headliners for Noise Pop 2009 will include legendary singer/songwriter Bob Mould, Thao, The Ohsees, Sleepy Sun, Ra Ra Riot, Sholi and From Monument To Masses. John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats will also return to Noise Pop in song and conversation as part of a special lecture event, Talking Music, produced in partnership with City Arts & Lectures.  These new artists join previously confirmed acts the French Kicks, A.C. Newman, St. Vincent, Martha Wainwright, Broken West, Clues, The Morning Benders, No Age, Josh Ritter, The Submarines and Stephen Malkmus' who is performing his first ever solo show in the Bay Area.

Antony and the Johnsons are performing at San Francisco's beautiful Masonic Center on February 24 as part of Noise Pop 2009. Tickets for this special opening night show go on sale through Ticketmaster on Sunday, January 11. Additional opening night Noise Pop events will be announced in the coming weeks. 
   
Show schedule information and individual tickets for many Noise Pop events will be offered for exclusive presale from the Noise Pop 2009 Festival site, starting today, January 8, 2009. The Noise Pop ticket store is powered by partner In Ticketing, with a tree being planted for every ticket sold. Individual tickets will go on sale through all regular venue outlets starting on Sunday, January 11. Noise Pop 2009 Festival badges are still available. Noise Pop Badges grant the owner entry to all general admission Noise Pop Festival events and are priced at $150 each. An early bird 10% discount is being offered until January 12, 2009.
   
In addition to dozens of live music events, Noise Pop 2009 will include a film festival, gallery art openings, and "Industry Noise" (co-produced with Bandwidth Conference) a single day music industry conference featuring educational panels. Also returning for the fourth year is "Pop 'n' Shop" – Noise Pop's take on the local indie designer trunk sale and rock poster show.

Switzerland Meets New York @ The Canal Room - 1.14.09

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Visit the Canal Room on January 14th, 2009 for an incredible night of new music from three of the hottest performers from Switzerland. With support from the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, the night will also include gift bags filled with tasty Swiss treats.

8pm:
BEAT KAESTLI:  "Beat Kaestli's emergence as a vocalist bespeaks a life full of experience. Like jazz itself, his willingness to adapt and improvise has given rise to a unique young man and artist." —David Donnenfeld, Esquire Magazine

Beat Kaestli moved to New York from his native Switzerland, where he was awarded a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music and he received his Master Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music. While honing his craft alongside luminaries such as Jane Monheit, Jason Moran and Stefon Harris, he immersed himself in Manhattan's fiercely competitive music scene, and now appears in clubs such as The Blue Note, Birdland, The Bitter End, The Jazz Standard, The Stone and Sweet Rhythm, performing with jazz greats, like Esperanza Spalding, Clarence Penn, Joel Frahm and Victor Prieto.

In 2005, Beat was the chosen vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, thrilling audiences in concert halls across the USA. Since the release of his acclaimed CD "Happy, Sad and Satisfied" in 2006, he has toured the world extensively with his own projects, around the US, Europe, Mexico and Canada. Tonight, the internationally acclaimed vocalist previews his upcoming release
Far From Home – A Tribute to European Song.

9 pm
SERENA JOST:  "Serena Jost writes gently eccentric songs and sings them in an elegant alto, often accompanying herself on cello, but it isn't quite right to call her a singer-songwriter. The term art song—normally tied to 19th-century concert music—usefully characterizes Jost's carefully arranged pieces and succinct lyrics, neither quite rock nor folk..." —Bob Bannister, Time Out New York

Singer-songwriter and cellist Serena Jost was born to Swiss parents and raised in the Midwest. Her debut CD, Closer Than Far, was produced by Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson) and released in spring 2008 to a sold-out house at Joe's Pub.  Time Out NY lauded Serena's "rollicking take" on Iris DeMent's bittersweet Our Town and "catch(y) vocal hooks" and noted: "Jost writes gently eccentric songs and sings them in an elegant alto, often accompanying herself on cello, but it isn't quite right to call her a singer-songwriter. The term art song—normally tied to 19th-century concert music—usefully characterizes Jost's carefully arranged pieces and succinct lyrics, neither quite rock nor folk..." (Bob Bannister). Serena's music has been compared to 70s English folk artists like Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention—and also to the Canadian artist Jane Siberry—but is still entirely her own, "seamlessly merging classical and pop melodies" (Lucidculture).

10 pm
GRAND PIANORAMAX FEAT. MIKE LADD & CELENA GLENN:

"Funky, flipped-out, beat-heavy tracks that pop, swagger, and strut across everything from post-bop jazz to hip-hop to electronic music, all the while staying in the pocket enough to be accessible as well as innovative…
The Biggest Piano in Town actually is—and then some." —All Music Guide

Winner of the first Montreux Jazz Festival International Piano Solo Competition, Leo Tardin conceived Grand Pianoramax as a live keyboard/drum group, blending powerful analog-synth bass, syncopated keys, organic drumming and freestyle spoken word.

Tailored to explore hybrid stylistic directions in their most essential renditions, Tardin developed the ambitious Grand Pianoramax project by joining forces with first-class NYC drummers Deantoni Parks (Kudu, The Mars Volta), Jojo Mayer, and Adam Deitch (Talib Kweli, John Scofield). To add to the unique sound, Tardin invited in some of the most creative poets/MCs on the scene today, including Americans Mike Ladd, Celena Glenn and Invincible (Platinum Pied Pipers), and French hip-hop/folk artist Spleen.

Grand Pianoramax's latest album on the ObliqSound label, The Biggest Piano In Town and its hit single "The Hook," remixed by DJ Spinna (which hit #18 on CMJ's RPM charts and was DanceTracksDigital's #1 download), continues to generate rave reviews in publications such as Downbeat, BPM, XLR8R, Jazzthing, Jazzthetik, Time Out New York and Vibrations.  Grand Pianoramax is joined onstage by emcees Celena Glenn (Coco Rosie) and underground spoken word hero Mike Ladd (Big Dada recording artist known for his trilogy of albums Nostalgiator, Father Divine and Negrophilia: The Album).

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Beat Kaestli's Upcoming Performances:
Jan 26th - Blues Alley, DC
Feb 8th  - Smoke Jazz, NYC
Marz 19th - Francophonie, Mexico City
Maerz 28th - Festival de Cuidade de Mexico
April/May - European Tour
May 20th - The Kitano Hotel, NYC (Reservations advised 212 885 7119)
June 4th - Ottawa Swiss Residence (tbc)

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Announce New Lineup & Jan./Feb. Tour Dates

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Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey are very pleased to announce a revamped lineup for 2009.  The odyssey continues with Brian Haas on keys, Josh Raymer on drums, and proudly introducing new members Chris Combs on guitar and lap steel and Matt Hayes on bass.  The reconfigured band made its debut on New Year's Eve to an elated sold out crowd in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They'll make their next apperance this coming Saturday, January 10th in New York City as part of the 2009 Winter Jazzfest.

JFJO would also like to wish their best to founding member of 15-years, Reed Mathis, as 2009 will find him exploring other musical endeavors.

JFJO has a handful of dates in January, returning to old haunts like Denton, Fayetteville, and Kansas City.  February will then find the band on a full West Coast tour, brought to fans by Aurora Innovations, beginning what promises to be another year of musical evolution.

Upcoming tour dates for Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey are:

January 10 / Winter Jazzfest / New York, NY
January 17 / Hailey's / Denton, TX (w/ Snarky Puppy)
January 29 / George's Majestic / Fayetteville, AR (w/ The Doldrums)
January 30 / Jardine's / Kansas City, MO (w/ The Doldrums)
January 31 / Mojo's / Columbia, MO (w/ The Doldrums)
February 10 / Winston's / San Diego, CA (w/ The Bridge)
February 11 / Largo / Los Angeles, CA (w/ Marco Benevento)
February 12 / Yoshi's / Oakland, CA
February 13 / Hopmonk Tavern / Sebastopol, CA (w/The Bridge)
February 14 / Venue TBA / Humboldt, CA
February 18 / Indigo / Eugene, OR (w/ The Bridge)
February 20 / Eastside / Olympia, WA
February 21 / The Goodfoot / Portland, OR
February 22 / Tractor Tavern / Seattle, WA
February 25 / Hodi's Half Note / Fort Collins, CO (w/ Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle)
February 27 / B-Side Lounge / Boulder, CO
February 28 / Cervante's / Denver, CO
March 28 / The Parish / Austin, TX

New Years Eve Party, Ky-mani Marley, TOK, Turblence, & Pressure

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Son of the legendary Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley continues his father's legacy in a different, but difficult world after thirty years, delivering the pop-reggae sound in which his family's been known for, while adding his unique mixture of classical reggae beats and contemporary hip hop. Stepping into his Jamaican roots, Marley independently released his debut 'The Journey' in 1998, which developed a huge following on the reggae charts as well as some dedication from fans of Bob Marley. The following year, 'The Journey' was eventually re-released in the United States. His latest, "Radio", is Ky-Mani Marley's first release since his Grammy nominated album, 'Many More Roads', five years ago. The album features several key singles including 'One Time' and 'The March and Conversation', and features contemporary hip hop.

What: New Years Eve Party
 
Where: 2b1 Multimedia Inc. 3075 17th Street, San Francisco
 
When: 12/31/08 New Years Eve Party. 8pm to 4am
 
Featuring: Ky-mani Marley, TOK, Turbulence,  Pressure  and Winstrong
 
Tickets: going.com/365newyears
 
For you Reggae heads This party is off the hook.

RIBS & BRISKET REVUE New Year's Eve at Cornelia Street

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Paul Shapiro, saxophone & clarinet; Cilla Owens, vocals; Babi Floyd, vocals; Dan Rosengard, piano; Booker King, bass; Joe Ham, drums

And downstairs in the cabaret what more exhilarating way to bring in the New Year than with Paul Shapiro's fabulous foot-stomping RIBS & BRISKET REVUE,* w/ the incredible Cilla Owens and Babi Floyd on vocals,and Paul's wonderful six-piece band.

Ribs and Brisket's new album Essen is out on Tzadik Records:

THE BUFFALO NEWS:
This is from Shapiro's fabled "Ribs and Brisket Revue" and it's from the Shapiro who's more of an avant-klezmer vaudevillian than one of the most powerful multicultural saxophonists in New York... In other words, it's the downtown New York jazz version of Jewish novelty maestro Mickey Katz.

STRAIGHT NO CHASER- UK:
Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish..; Shapiro tips his beret to Slim Gaillard with a couple of his tunes in praise of kosher cuisine, pours soul sauce and reggae beats over Jewish comedy songs and generally rips into things with just the right mix of irreverence and affection... Respect is due to John Zorn's Tzadik label for bringing this unique recording to the world. There really is no one else doing it quite like Shapiro!

$50 includes a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Vintage Brut Champagne at midnight

CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York    212-989-9319
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.

New Year's Eve Show Marcus Goldhaber W/The Jon Davis Trio

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When Marcus was growing up, every night after dinner his mother would call him over to the piano to teach him a new song. She had no great plan to train him professionally, she only wanted him to know this music and have it a part of his life. She would always say, "This is a great one for you to know."

At age 14, he quickly realized that this was not a common practice in the homes of his friends. So needless to say, he listened to a wide range of music that included Robert Smith, Jim Morrison, Sarah Vaughn, Elton John, Claude Debussy, Eddie Vedder, and Chet Baker, but at night he'd always go right back to the piano with his mom after dinner; quite the balance for a suburban kid in Buffalo, NY.

This was not a chore, but rather a treat – a chance to get another piece of a genre in which he always wished he'd been born. Instead, born in 1978, Marcus fell in love with this music through the influence of his grandparents, Ernest and Martha Blaustein and, of course, through these after dinner sessions with his mom. When his grandparents were alive, these two were grace, class and chivalry incarnate and to Marcus, this was all written and brought to life in the music of their time.

Today, he is right at home in this genre interpreting the songs of Dorothy Fields, Sammy Cahn, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Fain, and so many others. Marcus is a perfect blend of yesterday and today. With a modern approach that stays true to the style of this music, he hopes to help bring these great tunes back so that young people can grow up knowing this music as he did and then pass it on to their children, maybe after dinner at the piano.

Catch Marcus Goldhaber with the Jon Davis Trio on NYE

Marcus Goldhaber
W/The Jon Davis Trio
Matt Clohsey, bass  /  Willard Dyson, drums

At Fabio Piccolo Fiore
230 East 44th St. (between 2nd & 3rd ave.)
10pm show — no cover.

Dinner seating: 9pm / prix fixe - $85 (includes champagne)
Reservations: 212. 922. 0581
http://www.fabiopiccolofiore.com

Blue Turtle Seduction & Izabella Together on New Years

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Looking for a high-energy bash to bring in the 2009 New Year? Look no further than Sparks, Nevada where California up-and-comers, Blue Turtle Seduction and Izabella, have joined forces to produce a "retro-formal" New Year's blowout at the Great Basin Brewery. Both bands have garnered reputations for turning each and every performance into an all-out dance party, and this all-night celebration promises to be no exception.

The fresh musical movement known as Blue Turtle Seduction is a two-fold sonic experience. Both musically and socially aware, the five-piece rock / bluegrass / reggae / hip-hop hybrid creates music that defies classification. Their 2008 release, "13 Floors" was recently selected as one of the top 100 albums of 2008 at KTHX 100.1 radio. Nestled between legends such as Radiohead, Lucinda Williams and Joan Baez, 2009 promises to be a big year for this South Lake Tahoe band.

Dec. 31, 2008
Blue Turtle Seduction & Izabella New Years Bash

Great Basin Brewery
846 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, Nevada
Ticket Phone: 775-355-7711
10 PM, 21+
$20 adv | $25 doors

Izabella is another California band to keep your eyes on. Their originals are dead solid with hooky lines and exultant, flowing music - - following in the Bay Area tradition of great forebears like the Sons of Champlin, Izabella is making national waves in a very short time.

The New Year's Eve show will begin at 10:00 PM and will feature drink specials on the Great Basin's award winning brews as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Fans are encouraged to dress in "retro-formal attire" and it is strongly suggested that attendees purchase tickets in advance, the show is expected to sell out.

MARCO BENEVENTO To Release New Album, ME NOT ME

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

On February 3, Marco Benevento will release Me Not Me, a new studio album featuring his interpretations of songs by artists including My Morning Jacket, Leonard Cohen and Deerhoof among others.  The ten-track collection arrives within a year from release of Benevento's critically acclaimed debut studio effort, Invisible Baby. Like its predecessor, Benevento is joined by bassist Reed Mathis and drummers Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr.  The band recorded at Chroma Sound in Seattle during days off on a West Coast tour earlier this year. Engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & The Johnsons, Phish) mixed the sessions in Brooklyn. Of further note, Benevento takes a giant step into the 21st century with the formation of his own label, The Royal Potato Family (distributed by MRI/Red), for the worldwide release of Me Not Me.

"When I first started touring with the trio, in addition to my own material, there was a great opportunity for me to perform tunes from other artists that I'd always wanted to play, both a combination of older rock songs and modern tunes that are part of our current culture," explains Benevento. "So the next step was to make a record with some of this material. I decided to leave the harmony of the songs pretty close to the originals, but really get into messing with the arrangements. I got into sculpting sound around the original piano parts by using some of my favorite keyboards and re-amping them in interesting ways. This album has more layering and textures than the last one. Bryce and I worked closely in developing that idea as an underlying concept for the music."

Marco Benevento, who first attracted national attention playing Hammond B-3 organ and Wurlitzer in The Benevento-Russo Duo, shifts the focus to acoustic piano with his own trio. Throughout Me Not Me, he proves to be one of the most compelling sonic innovators of his generation, re-imagining the instrument through guitar pickups, delay and distortion effects and a Fender Super Reverb Amp.  He shapes and shifts the aural depth of the recording by adding layers of Ace Tone drum machines, Farfisa, Optigan, Mellotron, tack piano and other unconventional keyboards, while using circuit bent toys to develop the emotional character of the songs. Beneath the blanket of colors, the core of the album is the collective energy of Benevento's trio. Reed Mathis, Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr provide a take off point for magnetic post jazz improvisations.

The three original compositions on Me Not Me underscore Marco Benevento's inclination for simple pop melodies, multihued sound and playful composition. "Now They're Writing Music" was first debuted in a rough sketch when the pianist was a guest on "The World Cafe With David Dye." Benevento asserts the "toys" themselves wrote the song. The instantly familiar "Mephisto," often performed by The Benevento-Russo Duo, is the closest the album comes to straight-ahead jazz, hinting at 1970's Keith Jarrett. On the other hand, "Call Home" seems to summon the spirit of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Marco Benevento will launch Me Not Me with a residency at Yoshi's in Oakland, appearing every Tuesday night in February with different special guests. Additional West Coast tour dates for February will also be announced shortly.

The track listing for Me Not Me is:

1. Golden (My Morning Jacket)
2. Now They're Writing Music (Marco Benevento)
3. Seems So Long Ago Nancy (Leonard Cohen)
4. Mephisto (Marco Benevento)
5. Twin Killers (Deerhoof)
6. Call Home (Marco Benevento)
7. Heartbeats (The Knife)
8. Sing It Again (Beck)
9. Friends (Led Zeppelin)
10. Run Of The Mill (George Harrison)