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U-Melt Announces New Year's Eve and Reveals Halloween

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Perennial musical powerhouse U-Melt, together with Phanphest Entertainment, have officially announced their New Year's Eve 2008 Celebration, taking place this year at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Joining a long list of epic U-Melt New Year's Eve performances, this year's party will feature two long sets from the NYC based quartet and over seven hours of live music. With special guests BuzzUniverse, Lemon Juice and Keith Kenny, the music will be cranking starting at 8:00PM. Following U-Melt's extended double set will be Long Island favorites, The Point, closing the night out with a late night set.

Tickets for the all ages New Year's Eve show are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, if tickets remain. As an added bonus for the first 200 fans that pre-order tickets, U-Melt is offering a special commemorative poster for the show. Available through InTicketing.com, the environmentally friendly online ticketing company plants a tree for every ticket purchased through them. Phanphest Entertainment has also arranged for a special $99 hotel room rate for the night at the Berkely Carteret. Conveniently located in walking distance from The Stone Pony, the four people rooms are currently available under the "Stone Pony/Phanphest NYE Rate."

In addition to the New Year's Eve celebration, U-Melt has also announced their second annual Halloween Extravaganza. Capitalizing off of last year's widely successful, yet slightly risque "Gangsters and Gag Balls" theme when the band played a Pulp Fiction themed show peppered with songs from the soundtrack and video clips from the movie, U-Melt encourages fans this year to dress as their favorite 1970's rock star (or groupie). Taking place at the brand new Wescott Theater in Syracuse, New York, the high octane show promises to be full of surprises living up to the U-Melt moniker. Tickets for the 18 and over show are $10 in advance and $14 the day of the show. Doors open at 8:00PM with Jeff Bujak kicking off the party at 9:00PM.

U-Melt hopes you can join the group as they wind down their 2008 run and get ready for gigantic steps in 2009!

SHOW DATES:

U-Melt's 2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza (with special guest Jeff Bujak):
Friday, 10/31/08
The Westcott Theater
524 Westcott St.
Syracuse, NY
(315)299-8886
Ages: 18+
Tickets: $10/$14
Doors: 8:00pm
Show Time: 9:00pm
To purchase advanced tickets, click here

New Year's Eve 2008 Celebration
Wednesday, 12/31/08
The Stone Pony
913 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 502-0600
Ages: All Ages!
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 day of show
Doors: 8:00pm
Show Time: 8:00pm
U-Melt headlines and plays 2 long sets.
Support: BuzzUniverse, Lemon Juice and a late night set from The Point
*First 200 advanced ticket purchasers will receive a free poster commemorating the night*
To purchase advanced tickets through InTicketing, please click here.

DEADMAU5 To Debut New Mau5head at Hard Haunted Mansion in LA

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Celebrated electronic music producer DEADMAU5 will unveil a Halloween-themed version of his infamous Mau5head—a giant, tailor-made mouse head costume used during live performances—at this year's electronic music festival HARD Haunted Mansion on Friday, October 31 at the Shrine Expo Hall in downtown Los Angeles. DEADMAU5's signature Mau5head already comes in a striking blue and devilish red, but with the spirit of Halloween alive and thriving, the Mau5head will be donned in pitch black with a bright orange light within the eyes of the head to perfectly reflect the image of a pumpkinMau5.
 
Billed alongside some of the biggest names in electronic music today, DEADMAU5 is expected to deliver one of the most highly anticipated live performances at the HARD Haunted Mansion event. Featuring performances by JUSTICE, SOULWAX, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, BOYS NOIZE and CRYSTAL CASTLES, DEADMAU5 joins an elite roster of artists who are taking the electronic circuit by storm.
 
DEADMAU5's appearance at HARD is in anticipation of his debut album Random Album Title, due in stores November 4 via ULTRA Records.  This release brings together for the first time all of the JUNO Award-winning producer's most popular material including the smashes "Not Exactly" and "Faxing Berlin" along with his collaboration with Kaskade "I Remember" plus new songs "Some Kind of Blue" and "Slip." 
 
Meanwhile fans around the globe can experience DEADMAU5, as he continues on his world tour:

DATE                         CITY                                     VENUE                                  
International Dates
Sat      10/17               Dublin, IRE                              Tripod
Sun      10/18               Newcastle, UK                            Digital
Thu      10/23               Brighton, UK                             Digital
Fri      10/24               Nottingham, UK                           Boudoir Superstar
Sat      10/25               Leeds, UK                                Victoria Works Warehouse
North American Dates
Thu      10/30               Sacramento, CA                           The Park
Fri      10/31               Los Angeles, CA                          Shrine Auditorium: HARD Haunted Mansion
Sat      11/1                Las Vegas, NV                            Orleans Arena
International Dates
Fri      11/7                Curitiba, BR                             Park Barigui
Sat      11/8                Buenos Aires, AR                         Creamfields
Sat      11/14               Rio De Janeiro, BR                       Cream
Sun      11/15               Belo Horizonte, BR                       Creamfields
Mon      11/16               Sao Paulo, BR                            Xxxperience
North American Dates
Wed      11/19               Boulder, CO                              Fox Theater
Thu      11/20               Atlanta, GA                              Opera
Fri      11/21               Philadelphia, PA                         Electric Factory
International Date
Sat      11/22               Santo Domingo, DR                        The Cave
North American Dates
Wed      11/26               New York, NY                             Webster Hall
Thu      11/27               Vancouver, BC                            Celebrities
Fri      11/28               Vancouver, BC                            Celebrities
Sat      11/29               Detroit, MI                              Bleu
Wed      12/3                Merida, MEX                              Centro De Convenciones
Thu      12/4                Anaheim, CA                              House of Blues
Fri      12/5                Phoenix, AZ                              Myst
Sat      12/6                Mexico City, MEX                         Vegas Night Club
Fri      12/26               Toronto, ONT                             This Is London

Rex Foundation: New Grants, Upcoming Events & More

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The Rex Foundation recently distributed $72,500 in grants, including the 2008 Jerry Garcia, Bill Graham and Ralph J. Gleason Awards.  With these, we have now donated over $1 million since December 1, 2001, the launch of the Rex Foundation's renewal in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding.  In this 25th Anniversary year, let's celebrate the $8.4 million grants to over 1,000 grassroots programs, reflecting our collective power to keep furthering what the Grateful Dead started!

With all the current financial tumult, now is the time for Rex's philanthropic community to show its strength.  Please join Rex at their upcoming benefit concerts to connect with kindred spirits and enjoy great music.  Help Rex continue supporting grassroots programs that are doing the vital work toward a healthy environment with thriving communities:

Saturday, November 29th, a Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra at the Nokia in New York City.  Enjoy a pre-concert party, mingling with the musicians, great concert seating and premium balcony access.  Click here for details.  Help us celebrate the month-long DSO Rex Caravan Tour on the East Coast, where $1 of every ticket sold is contributed to the Rex Foundation.

Saturday, December 13th, our 25th Anniversary Black Tie-Dye Ball at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.  Save the date for this very special evening of music.  Details will follow soon.

Read their just-published newsletter Perspectives on The World As It Could Be to gain new insights and inspiration about how we can, individually and collectively, visualize and move toward a global community that promotes hope and justice for all, while being economically and environmentally sustainable for generations to come.  With the imminent November 4th election, we hope the writings encourage voting and support for continuing civic engagement.

Check out the video of this year's original performance called The World As It Could Be - Where There's A Will There's A Way, created by the youth of the Destiny Arts Center Performance Troupe.  Because of the success of this performance and overall creative project, Rex is now working with Balboa High School in San Francisco to create pilot curriculum on using the creative arts to deepen the teaching of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as part of the overall The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Project.  This is all possible because of the support of project sponsors and your generous contributions.

All that Rex is doing is captured by the Rex Community Caravan, their virtual vehicle for traveling together to connect the arts, community and grassroots philanthropy.  Your contributions and participation in their events make all the difference!  Help them celebrate.  Let's show how contributions of $5 or more add up quickly and how we can, together, further what the Grateful Dead started for another 25 years

Lotus On Tour In Support of Brand New Album

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This fall, Lotus releases their highly anticipated studio album, Hammerstrike, and steps out on their most ambitious tour yet. The months ahead will wrap up a huge year of growth for Lotus; a year that has positioned this instrumental post-rock outfit for a breakout 2009.

Hammerstrike (October 14, 2008/SCI Fidelity)  finds the band reaching back in order to move forward.  Primarily recorded live in one room to analog tape by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), the album captures a sound that harkens back to the 70's but never slips into nostalgic retreads.  The compositions are focused and melodic, filled out with orchestration including swelling violins and cellos, banjo, wordless choirs, and electronic noises.  Though the tracks range from dance floor ready rockers to soaring post-rock instrumentals, the album is held together by a sanguine spirit pervading each track.  The big guitars, feedback, and distortion serve an optimistic purpose.  It is a decidedly American feel that invokes big skies, open roads, and a zealous yet naïve pursuit of the idea that defeat will never be conceded.

The band will tour this fall in support of Hammerstrike. The complete list of confirmed dates is as follows:

October 15 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA w/ BLVD
October 16 The Roxy Hollywood CA w/ Region of Darkness, BLVD
October 17 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
October 18 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR w/ BLVD
October 22 The Cabooze Minneapolis MN w/ Family Groove Company
October 23 Majestic Theatre Madison WI w/ Family Groove Company
October 24 Miramar Theatre Milwaukee WI w/ Family Groove Company
October 25 Park West Chicago IL w/ Family Groove Company
October 26 The Intersection Grand Rapids MI w/ Garganta
October 28 Skully's Music-Diner Columbus OH w/ Papadosio
October 29 House of Blues Cleveland OH w/ Papadosio
October 30 Lulu's State College State College PA
October 31 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia PA w/ Grimace Federation
November 1 9:30 Club Washington DC
November 3 Jefferson Center Roanoke VA
November 2 The National Richmond VA w/ SeepeopleS
November 5 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC w/ SeepeopleS
November 6 Cat's Cradle w/ SeepeopleS
November 7 Orange Peel Asheville NC w/ SeepeopleS
November 8 Georgia Theatre Athens GA w/ SeepeopleS
November 9 Music Farm Charleston SC w/ SeepeopleS
November 11 Freebird Live Jacksonville FL w/ SeepeopleS
November 12 Beta Bar Tallahassee FL w/ SeepeopleS
November 13 Proud Larry's Oxford MS w/ SeepeopleS
November 14 Tipitina's Uptown (Indoors) New Orleans LA w/ SeepeopleS
November 15 Antone's Austin TX w/ SeepeopleS
November 26 Chameleon Club Lancaster PA
November 28 Mr. Small's Theatre Millvale PA
November 29 Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza New York NY
December 30-31 Fox Theatre Boulder CO

Lotus formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, and has been creatively fusing electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for the past eight years. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus was a go-to act for late night festival slots this past summer, performing at ROTHBURY, Summerfest, Camp Bisco, and others. Also in 2008, Lotus saw advance sellouts in venues throughout the U.S. including Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, two nights at World Café Live in Philadelphia, two nights at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Higher Ground in Burlington, Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The band's remix album, Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed was released to critical acclaim, and came on the heels of their double live CD release, Escaping Sargasso Sea.

New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival at the Backstage Jazz Club

Rod Piazza - photo by Franky Bruneel- for the Grateful Web

The State Theatre presents the New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival at the Backstage Jazz Club, September 25-27. It's an all-star musical lineup in an intimate setting for serious and casual jazz and blues fans alike. Featured performances during the festival include Legend of Blues: Pinetop Perkins featuring Hubert Sumlin and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (9/25/08 at 8pm & 10:30pm); Ron Carter Quartet and vocalist Lisa Sokolov (9/26/08 at 8pm & 10:30pm); and Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers and John Hammond (9/27/08 at 8pm & 10:30pm).

All three sets take place in the exclusive 238-seat club-style venue on stage. Tickets range from $30-45 and are on sale now. The festival has been made possible by the generous support of The Karma Foundation and New Millennium Bank.

"We received so much great feedback from last year's Backstage Jazz Festival, we just had to bring it back… this time adding a little blues to the lineup," commented State Theatre President & CEO Wes Brustad.

The schedule for New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival at the Backstage Jazz Club is as follows:

Set #1 "Legend of Blues"
Thu, September 25, 2008 at 8pm & 10:30pm at the Backstage Jazz Club
Pinetop Perkins featuring Hubert Sumlin and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
The show boasts legendary pianist and Grammy® Award nominee Pinetop Perkins, who is best known for his piano playing in the Muddy Waters Band for 12 years; guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who has played with such names as Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, and The Rolling Stones; and seven-time W.C. Handy Award winner/multiple Grammy® Award nominee harmonica player, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Smith played with Muddy Waters for many years, appearing on all of Muddy's Grammy®-winning albums.
Tickets: $45 Table Seat, $30 Chairs.

Set #2 "Ron Carter Quartet"
Fri, September 26 at 8pm & 10:30pm at the Backstage Jazz Club
Ron Carter Quartet with vocalist Lisa Sokolov
Two-time Grammy Award-winner Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats including: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, and B.B. King. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Lisa Sokolov is a frontline New York jazz vocalist, improviser, and composer. Accompanying Lisa Sokolov will be Jazz bassist Cameron Brown. Brown anchored some of the most important groups of the '70s, '80s and '90s. The Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet, featuring Dannie Richmond, developed into a rewarding partnership which lasted nearly 10 years.
Tickets: $45 Table Seat, $30 Chairs.

Set #3 "Rod Piazza and Friends"
Sat, September 27 at 8pm & 10:30pm at the Backstage Jazz Club
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers and John Hammond
From his first recordings as a leader in 1967 fronting The Dirty Blues Band, through his multiple W.C. Handy award-winning releases with his current band The Mighty Flyers, to his countless appearances both live and on record with the most revered names in the blues, Rod Piazza has established himself as one of the most influential living blues harp players.  

With a career that now spans in excess of three decades, John Hammond is one of handful of White blues musicians who was on the scene at the beginning of the first blues renaissance of the mid-'60s. He does justice to classic blues by combining powerful guitar and harmonica playing with expressive vocals and a dignified stage presence.
Tickets: $45 Table Seat, $30 Chairs.

On Stage Venue— Backstage Jazz Club
This 238-seat on stage venue is custom designed to give patrons an exclusive club-style experience just inches away from the artists. The Backstage Jazz Club provides a unique environment for patrons to relax on stage, face the beautiful interior of the magnificently renovated 1921 hall, and experience music from living jazz and blues greats up close and personal. The venue's entrance and all accommodations are backstage. There will be assigned table seating and general admission non-table seating, as well as light fare, and a fully-stocked bar.

STS9 Announces Fall Tour & Annual Atlanta New Year's Plan

STS9 @ Rothbury - photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

This fall, STS9 hits premier indoor theatres coast to coast from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., and points in between.  The 22 night tour wraps up a huge year for the electronic buzz band, who released their acclaimed studio release, Peaceblaster, in July of this year.  Also just announced, the band will officially bid farewell to 2008 at their annual four-night New Year's Eve run at The Tabernacle in Atlanta.

Peaceblaster, released on the band's self-owned record label 1320 Records, proved STS9's rise has only just begun; the album reached #10 on Billboard's Electronic Chart, #27 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart, #2 on iTUNES Electronic Chart, and #63 on CMJ's Top 200.  Remix Magazine reviewed "STS9's new CD, Peaceblaster might take fans by surprise...the music is a lot darker, punchier, beefier and more cinematic."

STS9's fall tour and New Years celebration dates include:

October 22 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA w/ Alex Botwin of Pnuma Trio (DJ Set)
October 23 House of Blues Anaheim CA w/ Pnuma Trio
October 24 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ w/ Pnuma Trio
October 25 The Joint @ Hard Rock Las Vegas NV w/ Pnuma Trio
October 26 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ w/ Pnuma Trio
October 29 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK w/ Pnuma Trio
October 30 Warehouse Live Houston TX w/ Pnuma Trio
October 31 Stubb's Austin TX w/ Pnuma Trio
November 1 House of Blues Dallas TX w/ Count Bass D
November 2 House of Blues New Orleans LA w/ Count Bass D
November 5 Lyric Theatre Oxford MS w/ Count Bass D
November 6 War Memorial Nashville TN w/ Count Bass D
November 7 Alabama Theatre Birmingham AL w/ Count Bass D
November 8 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville TN w/ Count Bass D
November 9 Headliner's Music Hall Louisville KY w/ Count Bass D
November 12 Charleston Music Hall Charleston SC w/ Count Bass D
November 13 Amos' Southend Charlotte NC w/ Count Bass D
November 14 The NorVa Norfolk VA w/ Eliot Lipp
November 15 9:30 Club Washington DC w/ Eliot Lipp
November 16 9:30 Club Washington DC w/ Eliot Lipp
November 19 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA w/ Eliot Lipp
November 20 House of Blues Cleveland OH w/ Eliot Lipp
November 21 The Rave Milwaukee WI w/ Eliot Lipp
November 22 First Avenue Minneapolis MN w/ Eliot Lipp
December 28 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 29 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 30 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 31 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA

DSO New Years Show in Baltimore, MD

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DSO's Cosmic New Year's - Just Announced!

Although it may seem like a ways off, it's never too early to plan your New Years. This year DSO will celebrate New Year's Eve with a special show at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, MD, presented by Walther Productions, the company that brings you the All Good Music Festival. Tickets will include a champagne toast, finger foods, and party favors. A limited quantity of tickets are now available at the Early Bird Price. Buy Now and save $30 off the door price.

Enjoy NYE in style with a VIP Ticket offering: VIP merch, champagne toast, finger foods, party favors, an exclusive viewing area and more! VIP Tickets available while supplies last.

Make a road trip of it and join DSO for their last 4 shows of the year; Richmond's National (12/28), Norfolk's NorVa (12/29), location TBA 12/30, Baltimore's Rams Head Live! (12/31).

Gratefulfest 9 - A Weekend to Remember

DSO wants to thank all of you who made it out and were a part of another wonderful weekend of Gratefulfest out at Nelson's Ledges. Dan Healy naturally killed it on the mixing board, using the Meyer line-array rig that he practically invented and we were honored to have our friends, Donna-Jean and Keller Williams sit in with us. Additionally, we continued the tradition of supporting Rett Syndrome research by raising $2500 through GratefulFest supporters; that brings the total since 2003 to over $15,000!! DSO would like to offer a special thanks to everyone who contributed to this special cause and especially to Julie Fultz and Erika Seth for running the raffle booth. So, what a fantastic weekend - thanks again for coming out and sharing it with us!

"Like a Tumbleweed" Tour Kicks Off

The summer is almost over but things are still heating up on the road for Dark Star Orchestra. Starting this month, the band will be heading out west -starting the tour in Kansas City then running through Tulsa, Austin, Dallas, San Diego, 3 nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco and all points in between. Joining us behind the boards for the entire tour will be "The Maestro" Dan Healy who mixed the Grateful Dead for many years. We are honored to have him "on the bus" and hope you can join us for this special run of shows. The tour will also include another exciting Black Tie Die Ball at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on September 27. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rex Foundation, celebrating its 25th anniversary! Come by early and hang with DSO at the pre-show reception; we hope to see you there!

Seeing DSO at The Fillmore? Take Home Some Grateful Dead History

On October 5 - coinciding with Dark Star Orchestra's three night stay at the Fillmore - Bonhams & Butterfields will be hosting "More Skeletons from the Closet," the firm's second Grateful Dead auction. The auction will feature gold records, instruments, concert posters and the band's "ride" - a '56 Chevy! Previews will be held on October 2-4 and are free and open to the public, continuing until the auction stages Sunday, October 5. For a viewing of some of the items, more information and directions, visit Bonhams & Butterfields on the web.

Celebrating New Harlem Jazz

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The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce the first concert of our fall 2008 season. "Celebrating New Harlem Jazz" will feature three ensembles led by the extraordinary Marc Cary, Lenora Zenzalai Helm and Eric Reed. All told, 16 musicians will be performing onstage at Aaron Davis Hall over the course of the evening.  
 
The Center is especially pleased to be launching a collaboration with Harlem Stage and its Harlem Stage Partners Program. Through this collaboration, the two organizations will combine our resources to present a series of concerts at Harlem Stage (both at Aaron Davis Hall and the Gatehouse) which will explore jazz through a variety of artistic and scholarly perspectives.

Marc Cary   -  Lenora Zenzalai Helm   -  Eric Reed in concert

Marc Cary, piano,  Samita Sinha, vocals, Earl Travis, bass, Will Calhoun, drums,  Sameer Gupta, tablas,  Prodigal Son, rapper,  
Marvin Sewell, guitar

Lenora Zenzalai Helm, vocals,  Brandon McCune, piano,  Nasheet Waits, drums,  Miriam Sullivan, bass

Eric Reed, piano, Grant Stewart, saxophone,  Shawn Baltazor, drums,  Ben Williams, bass,  Jeremy Pelt, trumpet

Beginning with a pre-concert interview with Mr. Cary, and Ms. Helm by Quincy Troupe, author of Miles: The Autobiography.

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 7:30 pm

Harlem Stage @ Aaron Davis Hall

West 135th Street and Convent Avenue, New York City

Admission: $30 / $24 for Harlem Stage members and Harlem residents / $15 for students/seniors.
To purchase tickets, call 212.281.9240 or visit their website

Presented by the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project in collaboration with the Harlem Stage Partners program
 
The Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project is made possible by a generous grant from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. For more information on the Center for Jazz Studies events and activities, please visit our website at or call 212-851-1633.

FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC (FONT) in NYC

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Director/curator Dave Douglas, along with curators Taylor Ho Bynum and Jeremy Pelt, proudly announce the 2008 Festival of New Trumpet Music - aka FONT Music, taking place September 13-28, 2008!  The three day series NEW TRUMPET UNDERGROUND at Cornelia Street Cafe is curated by Taylor Ho Bynum.

Thursday, Sep 18

8:30PM Hooper-Piccarillo Group

Hooper Piccalero, Lauren Strobel & Danilo Henriquez, trumpet; Matt Plummer, trombone/bass trombone; Derek Beckvold, baritone sax

9:30PM Rich Johnson's Up the Turret Mil

Rich Johnson, trumpet/laptop; Aaron Jennings, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, bass

11PM Lewis Barnes' Hampton Roads

Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto sax; Darius Jones, alto sax; Todd Nicholson, bass; Warren Smith, drums

Lewis Barnes' Hampton Roads

Most directly influenced by Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Booker Little, and Thad Jones, Lewis Barnes is Virginia born, City of New York reared and a Howard University graduate. He creates music with bassist William Parker's critically acclaimed quartet (which includes Rob Brown on saxophone and Hamid Drake on drums), The Little Huey Orchestra, and The Inside The Songs of Curtis Mayfield project (with Amiri Baraka, Leena Conquest, Darryl Foster, Sabir Mateen, and Dave Burrell). He also contributes his trumpet to Greg Tate's collective Burnt Sugar, which includes a host of tremendous and outstanding musicians. Lewis has also worked and/or recorded with saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly, The Holmes Brothers, Norah Jones, drummer William Hooker, the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, Chris Becker, Noizland, and numerous other musical projects. He's written and recorded original music for two films by Actress/Cinematographer Sandye Wilson, "So Many Things to Consider" and "Notsoprivatethoughts."

Rich Johnson's Up the Turret Mil

Celebrating the release of his first solo recording for Loyal Label, Johnson will be playing music from his new CD with help from the electronic-acoustic duo "Opsvik & Jennings." "Up the Turret Mil" is a mix of trumpets, guitars, and pianos with laptop glitch, sampling, and musique concrète. Many of the songs began as experiments with laptop and electronic-acoustic treatments on the trumpet, and bridge Johnson's many influences – from free jazz to folk music. Based in NYC since 1998, Johnson plays in a wide variety of groups from British style brass bands, laptop duos, big bands, Brazilian music, brass quintet, and free jazz freak-outs. Originally from northern Minnesota, Johnson began studying classical trumpet in grade school and came to New York to study jazz. Johnson has contributed as a sideman to a number of projects including Jason Rigby's critically acclaimed 2006 recording, "Translucent Space," Ryan Green & Scott Anderson's "Tive Razão," and Opsvik & Jennings' "Commuter Anthems" on the Rune Grammofon label.

Hooper-Piccarillo Group

Unafraid of either complexity, repetition, silence or lyricism, Hooper Piccalero creates refreshing musical landscapes. The Boston-based quartet "specializes in textural scrabbles reminiscent of early Art Ensemble sides, as well as quirky spoken-word oriented pieces like 'What the Fuck,' in which the title is ritualistically repeated like some kind of Balinese monkey chant" (Time Out NY).

Drawing from influences including the aforementioned Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra, Hooper Piccalero uses spoken word and theater in many of their compositions. In their piece "No Vignettes", they phone NPR host Steve Inskeep. In other compositions, they involve the audience with in-concert surveys or directly with musical contributions.

Hooper Piccalero is comprised of four classically-trained musicians; their vocabulary of extended techniques affords the opportunity for pyrotechnic displays but also beautiful melodic statements. Their repertoire is mostly original, consisting of a variety of composed material, graphic scores and game pieces—but it also includes pieces by John Zohn, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Christian Wolff and Norman Bolter.

Hooper Piccalero members have performed or recorded with Art Lande, Anthony Coleman, Slavic Soul Party, the DaHa Orchestra (lead by Andrew D'Angelo and Curtis Hasselbring), Summit Brass, Cleo Parker Robinson dance, the Rubblebucket Orchestra and timba band La Bolá.

Performing throughout North America, Hooper Piccalero has played at the Stone and the Jalopy Theater in New York; NOW Series in Toronto; Jordan Hall, the Lily Pad, and the Boston Public Library in Boston; Radio Bean in Burlington; the Hotcakes Gallery in Milwaukee; and the Ennui Cafe in Chicago.

Friday, Sep 19

8:30PM Chris DiMeglio's Imaginary Sextet - *FONT commission*

Chris DiMeglio, trumpet; Jason Kao Hwang, violin; Dave Miller, drums; Ras Moshé,tenor saxophone/flute; Todd Nicholson, bass; Catherine Sikora, tenor & soprano saxophones

9:30PM Scott Tinkler's Antipodean Collective

Scott Tinkler, trumpet; Carl Dewhurst, guitar; Ken Edie, drums

11PM John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet

John McNeil, trumpet; Bill McHenry, tenor sax; Joe Martin, bass; Jochen Rueckert, drums

Chris DiMeglio's Imaginary Sextet

Chris DiMeglio is a trumpeter, composer, and vocalist living in Astoria, Queens. He has performed with Daniel Carter, Steve Dalachinsky, François Grillot, Jason Kao Hwang, Daniel Levin, Nate McBride, Frank Rosaly, Blaise Siwula, Steve Swell, and at the Festival of New Trumpet Music, the Protest Heaven Jazz and Improvised Music Series, the RUCMA Series, the Aperto New Music Series, and on WKCR's Live Constructions show. His first recording as a leader, "The Open Field," was recorded in July 2007 and will be released in September 2008. Chris' new Imaginary Sextet consists of musicians who were invited to share their unique and beautiful musical personalities. The music—commissioned by FONT Music—is largely through-composed and blurs some of the lines between composition and improvisation. Chris will probably sing at some point too.

Scott Tinkler's Antripodean Collective

Improvising powerhouse and all round fire-starter Scott Tinkler heads to NY to perform exclusively at FONT this September. Joining him are fellow Australians Carl Dewhurst on guitar and Ken Edie on drums, forming what has to be one of the Australia's most incendiary trios. Scott has performed and recorded with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Jeff Watts, Mark Helias and Billy Harper but is best known for his many CD releases as a leader.

"Tinkler has the best tone, technique, articulation and inventiveness of any Australian trumpeter I've ever heard.....For sheer bursting excitement there can be few anywhere to match him" - John Clare SMH

"Above all there was the trumpet of Tinkler. He ripped at the harmonic fabric of Angel with tiny, impossibly poignant cries and on Circle of Trust alternated blasts of white light with great smears of sonic emotion. This was Australian jazz at its best." - John Shand SMH

John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet

 

John McNeil is regarded as one of the most original and creative jazz artists in the world today. For over three decades John has toured with his own groups and has received widespread acclaim as both a player and composer. His highly personal trumpet style communicates across the full range of contemporary jazz, and his compositions combine harmonic freedom with melodic accessibility. John's restless experimentation has kept him on the cutting edge of new music and has kept him from being easily categorized.

 

Although his background includes such mainstream jazz groups as the Horace Silver Quintet, Gerry Mulligan, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, John is equally at home in free and structured settings. This stylistic versatility has put him on stage with such disparate artists as Slide Hampton and John Abercrombie, and shows itself in the combination of free and structured elements found in his CDs recorded on the OmniTone label from 2003 to '06.

 

Rediscovery, John's latest release (co-led with fellow individualist and tenor icon Bill McHenry), takes the free/structured approach to a different level as they redefine the harmonic boundaries of a number of forgotten or neglected jazz classics.

 

Saturday, Sep 20

 

8:30PM Nabaté Isles + 5  *FONT commission*

Nabaté Isles, trumpet/flugelhorn; Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone/flute; Stacy Dillard, tenor & soprano saxophones; Manuel Valera, keyboards; Matt Clohesy, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums

9:30PM Phil Slater Quartet

Phil Slater, trumpet; Jim Black, drums; Chris Tordini, bass; Carl Dewhurst, guitar

11PM John Carlson's Buzz

John Carlson, trumpet; Frank Carlberg, piano; Eric Hipp, tenor sax; Shawn McGloin, bass; TBA, drums

 

Nabaté Isles + 5

 

Nabaté Isles + 5 exhibits a plethora of unique and versatile musicians who he's had the pleasure to work with for a few years. The set will feature a wide array of compositions by Nabaté, including a piece commissioned by the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Nabaté has performed and recorded with great artists including Mos Def, James Newton, Charli Persip, Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Lonnie Plaxico, Mike Longo, Oliver Lake, Christian McBride, Freda Payne, the Mingus Big Band, the José Limon Dance Company, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently an adjunct professor of Music Technology at Bloomfield College and trumpet instructor at Jazz at Lincoln Center's prestigious Middle School Jazz Academy.

 

Phil Slater Quartet

 

Phil Slater is a trumpeter and composer based in Sydney, Australia. He is the leader or co-leader of several prominent Australian groups, including Band of Five Names and the Phil Slater Quartet. He has performed with various artists both in Australia and abroad, including Lou Reed, Bobby Previte, Jim Black, Barney McAll, Mike Nock, Missy Higgins, Karaikudi R. Mani, Paul Grabowsky and the Australian Art Orchestra. He has released two recordings as a leader: Strobe Coma Virgo (2002), and The Thousands (2007). Phil will be performing at Font 08 with Jim Black, Chris Tordini and Australian guitarist Carl Dewhurst.

 

John Carlson's Buzz

 

John Carlson is a jazz trumpet soloist, composer and clinician. He has achieved national recognition through tours and recordings with Grammy-nominated Either Orchestra, the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, the Machito Orchestra, the Palladium Orchestra, the Ken Shaphorst Ensemble and the David Berkman/John Carlson Duo. A member of the band Slavic Soul Party, John is also co-leader of Dharma Nau, Perfumed Scorpion and leads the group Free Range Rat.

 

John has been on over twenty national tours as well as in Canada, Europe, and Japan. As a recording artist, John has been a featured soloist on over thirty albums and has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz artists including Bob Brookmeyer, Julius Hemphill, Sam Rivers, Chocolate Armeteros, John Tchicai, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Tito Puente, Mike Stern, Cab Calloway, Burton Green, Butch Morris, Warren Smith, Billy Hart, Jay Rosen, Douglas Yates, Joanne Brackeen, Matt Wilson, Armen Donelian and John Medeski.

 

"John Carlson is a magnificent trumpeter, able to move with equal grace in the realms of both Clifford Brown and Michael Ray….he displays a great improvisational command." - Robert Spencer, Cadence Magazine

 

John Carlson's Buzz is a shared improvisational force that performs compositional material from the past to the present, original and otherwise.

Widespread Panic Announces New Years Shows in Denver

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Widespread Panic has confirmed 2 shows in Denver, Colorado playing the Pepsi Center on December 30th and 31st. Their New Years shows in Denver will be accompanied by Nederland's own Yonder Mountain String Band.  Tickets go on sale October 11th. In addition to New Years, Widespread has announced additional fall tour dates.  Their run starts in Austin, Texas at the Backyard on October 10th.

Widespread Panic Tour Dates

10/10 Austin, TX @ The Backyard
10/11 Austin, TX @ The Backyard
10/12 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
10/15 Memphis, TN @ Mud Island Amphitheatre
10/17 Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
10/18 Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
10/22 Tallahassee, FL @ Leon County Civic Center
10/24 Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum
10/25 Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum
10/26 St. Augustine, FL @ Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
10/28 Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/29 Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/31 New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
11/01 New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
11/05 Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Centre
11/07 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/08 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/09 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
12/30 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
12/31 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center