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Celebrate Valentine's Week At Iridium With Vocal Legends Jimmy Scott & Andy Bey

Venerable vocalist Jimmy Scott does it all, from soulful spirituals and R&B grooves to passionate ballads and popular song. Scott’s big, soul-stirring sound defies his diminutive size and projects a powerful will to overcome adversity. Despite a career beset with heartaches, Scott has relentlessly pursued this very personal form of expression, achieving a level of artistry that is unparalleled.

Ray Charles describes Jimmy's singing, "This man is all about feeling. He defined what 'soul' is all about in singing long before anyone was using that word!"

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Andy Bey's silky bass-baritone voice has been called "one of the finest instruments in jazz." He's got a unique way of mixing lyrics and melody to tell a story, and after more than five decades of making music, the 70-year-old musician has a growing legion of fans worldwide.

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

FEB. 11 & 12 JIMMY SCOTT

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FEB. 13 & 14 ANDY BEY

Girl Talk Rings In The New Year With Biggest House Party Of The Decade

To celebrate the end of the decade and New Year’s Eve, Girl Talk threw one of the largest and craziest house parties the world has seen last week in Chicago. As an incredible surprise to the entire 4500-capacity audience at the Congress Theater, Girl Talk literally had a two-story, five-room HOUSE built on stage, including drywall, staircase, fake wooden floor and impeccable detail! What took months and months to plan, 4+ solid days and 21+ crewmembers to build, was a huge undertaking and undeniably, impressive success appreciated by all.

Complete with a kitchen that included a refrigerator with a note and photo stuck on the door, dinner table with fruit bowl, blender and more, hutch filled with china and glassware, fireplace, couch, coffee table, rug, picture frames and more in the living room, a kid's room with a bed, desk, computer and mouse, pencil jar, trophy, Snoop Dogg poster, and a bathroom with a toilet, sink, shower and curtain, plus fake trees in the yard, and the table he uses to perform presented as a large rock, the detail and thought that went into each element was flawless. The lights constructed on the outside and inside of the house, including an LCD curtain surrounding the house to make it look like the night sky, and all over the venue, added to the insanity. When the house was first presented to the audience, all the lights that were on included a few lamps inside each room, however, as the night neared midnight, the house counted down from 9 to 0, and then once midnight hit, the house came alive as lights all over the house, inside and out, shown bright. This was the first of many secrets revealed throughout the show. Others include the kitchen floor which eventually lit up turning into a disco dance floor, the entire bathroom could strobe any color, the computer in the kid’s room had an LED light attached to it, and huge amounts of light came out of the fireplace. And that’s just inside the house! There were special lights strategically hidden all over the venue that were active and radiant throughout the night.

To match the extravagance of the house and excitement of the whole night, Girl Talk played his longest set in history! The energy was outstanding! All of these aspects combined to form a truly over-the-top, electrifying night and an especially invigorating way to kick off 2010!

The entire construction process building up to the show and the actual show itself was documented on multiple HD cameras. A short film about this is being put together by Girl Talk and crew. Announcements regarding the film will be released in the coming weeks.

Watch the house countdown to midnight here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L0IhZiuHa8&feature=youtube_gdata

Roman Candle: January Tour Dates with Alejandro Escovedo

Today Roman Candle announced new January tour dates in support of Alejandro Escovedo. The tour will take the Nashville-by-way-of-Chapel Hill band throughout the southeast, beginning January 15th at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, and wrapping up January 23rd at Headliners in Louisville, KY.

Roman Candle's third album Oh Tall Tree in the Ear was released May 12th by Carnival Recording Company. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus and Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, the smart, lyrical album is a loose meditation on the connection between music and longing, full of hooks and impassioned vocals (download album track "They Say" here). Oh Tall Tree... has been earning the band some of the best reviews of their young career, with USA Today declaring, "...These are simply witty, sturdily built and charming pop/rock tunes that owe their debt to Wilco, The Jayhawks, Ryan Adams, perhaps even My Morning Jacket. That's great company, and these songs should accompany you on summer road trips." Summer is over, but Roman Candle will continue to warm up and keep fans company on these winter dates...

Roman Candle tour dates with Alejandro Escovedo:

JAN. 15 ASHEVILLE, NC THE ORANGE PEEL

JAN. 16 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA JEWISH MOTHER

JAN. 17 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA JEFFERSON THEATRE

JAN. 19 KNOXVILLE, TN THE BIJOU

JAN. 21 BIRMINGHAM, AL WORKPLAY THEATER

JAN. 22 MEMPHIS, TN MINGLEWOOD HALL

JAN. 23 LOUISVILLE, KY HEADLINERS

At the core of Roman Candle are Skip (vocals, guitar), Logan (drums), and Timshel (Wurlitzer, Farfisa) Matheny - Skip and Logan are brothers; Skip and Timshel are married. Formed in Chapel Hill, NC, in 1998, the band released their debut album Says Pop on small indie Outlook in 2002 and quickly rose to prominence in the ever-burgeoning music scene of the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Triangle, even catching the eye of Rolling Stone, who deemed them Chapel Hill's "darling" band on the rise. Roman Candle re-tooled the songs on Says Pop with the help of producer Chris Stamey (Yo La Tengo, REM, Whiskeytown) to create The Wee Hours Revue, and after some unfortunate turmoil with another would-be label, the album was picked up and released by V2 Records, eventually landing at #38 on Paste's Best 100 Albums of 2006 list. Sadly, V2 folded in 2007, but the band continued working and wrote Oh Tall Tree in the Ear while staying with friends in the English countryside outside of London. Roman Candle began recording the album themselves at their family studio in Wilkesboro, NC, and finished the album with the help of producer Jason Lehning in their adopted hometown of Nashville, TN, after signing with Carnival Recording Company

Chris Berry Trio with Steve Kimock

CB-3 (Chris Berry Trio) featuring Steve Kimock will tour West coast style for a great run beginning end of February. Inspiring Kimock guitar with the positive vocals of Chris Berry, authentic African rhythms, electronic loops, the umbira and driving rhythm section make for some uplifting music, which also features the rhythm section of Jesse Murphy and Aaron Johnston from the Grammy-Nominated Brazilian Girls.

Feb 24 Moe's Alley- Santa Cruz CA
Feb 25 Montbleu Resort Casino, Bleu Room,- Lake Tahoe NV
Feb 26 Yoshi's- San Francisco CA
Feb 27 Yoshi's- San Francisco CA
Feb 28 Mystic Theater- Petaluma CA
Mar 1 Point Arena Theater,- Point Arena CA
Mar 2 Red Fox Tavern - Eureka CA
Mar 4 W.O.W Hall- Eugene OR
Mar 5 Mt. Tabor Theater, Portland OR
Mar 6 Domino Room,- Bend OR

Chris Berry's music got its start in the Ghettos of Zimbabwe where his platinum selling albums featured fusions of Funk, Dance Hall Reggae and African Rhythms. CB-3's Sound is a mix of the modern and the ancient. Old rhythms from the motherland are played through heavy electronics and otherworldly effects. The electric Mbira developed by Chris Berry, is the only one of its kind and creates a unique and distinctive sound that characterizes CB-3's original sound. The result is a dubbed out very dancey version of CB-3's mother-band, Panjea.

Jammin' With Rex: Dec. 13th Party with Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Join us on Sunday, December 13th: Meet Grace Potter and The Nocturnals at a pre-concert party and enjoy their music at The Fillmore in San Francisco.  Our party will feature a special beer tasting compliments of San Francisco's Magnolia Brewery.

Now through December: Grateful Graphics will contribute to Rex $2 of every website purchase.

Purchase the special Rex Foundation 25th Anniversary Poster designed by Stanley Mouse as a gift for yourself or others.

As to direct contributions, consider Jammin' with Rex: Make a Gift ~ Get a Gift, where with your contribution of $25 you can choose either some delicious Rex Jam - a jar of organic strawberry spread made by Sweet Creek Foods or the 3-disc Jerry Jams-Jerry Cares CD.

Just as with the Rex Community Caravan that we started a few years ago to encourage contributions of $5 or more, we hope Jammin' with Rex is another way you can enjoy helping fund more and more programs like those receiving our recent grants.

It is because of the generous support you have provided these last eight years of renewal that the Rex Foundation has been able to distribute just over $1.1 million in seed grants to over 200 programs, now totaling $8.5 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally since our inception in 1983.  Your support also enables us to produce events and create The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Project .  This demonstrates the power of grassroots giving in every dimension - your contribution dollars, whether $5, $50, $500 or more, add up quickly to connect us as a philanthropic community, making a positive difference in many ways.

Jake Shimabukuro to Perform with Bette Midler for Queen of England

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele virtuoso from Hawaii, will perform his arrangement of the Beatles’ tune “In My Life” with Bette Midler for The Royal Variety Performance 2009 in Blackpool, England.

The Performance is presented annually in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (the EABF), whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen.  Acts lined up to appear include: Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, Canadian singer and Grammy Award winner Michael Buble, teen superstar Miley Cyrus, and many more.

Midler, a multi-award winning performer also from Hawaii, has followed her fellow islander’s career and loves Jake’s arrangement of “In My Life,” a Beatles cover that appeared on Jake’s 2008 release, My Life.

“I was shocked to hear that Bette Midler knew my music.  I’ve been a huge fan of hers for many years,” said Jake.  “She’s like a queen of entertainment.  And to be performing with her for the Queen of England… it’s a bit too much for me.  I’m just so honored.”

The performance will be Jake’s first time to England and second time to Europe after touring earlier this year in Stockholm, Sweden, Pori, Finland, Nice & Paris, France, and San Sebastian, Spain.

Blackpool’s legendary Opera House is the largest theatre in the UK outside of London with a seating capacity of 3000.  The star-studded spectacle will take place on Monday, December 7 and be screened on ITV1, in the UK, later that month.  It will be produced by ITV Studios, the makers of the 2007 Royal Variety Performance, which attracted an impressive 9 million viewers.

The money raised from this event will help to maintain Brinsworth House in Twickenham, Middlesex – the entertainers’ retirement and nursing home which is run by the EABF.

Greensky Bluegrass Joins With Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth for 2 Week Tour

Perennial Bluegrass favorites Greensky Bluegrass have joined forces with Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth for an inspiring one-week tour in December. With dates spanning the mid-west and up through the northeast, this is one tour that will go down in the Americana history books.

Greensky Bluegrass is one of the most exciting bands in today’s music scene. Since winning the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, Greensky has been touring the country consistently with over 170 shows a year and many sold out performances along the way. In a very short time the band has performed with the likes of Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth along with the stages at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury and more. Add in the talents of Todd Sheaffer from Railroad Earth and you have one of the most well-rounded set of performers on stage today. Known for his soulful vocal delivery and song-writing skills, Sheaffer brings more then just another acoustic guitar to the stage - together the combined talent and creativity is bound to also bring many surprises to the tour as well.

On any given night, in addition to the myriad of original songs, one might hear traditional bluegrass songs with an exploratory rock and roll jam or selections from the Talking Heads, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead or Bob Marley turned bluegrass. “We are as likely to play a three minute song as we are a ten minute song on any given night”, says dobro player Anders Beck, “and I think that keeps it exciting for the audience”

This is not the first collaboration between Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth. Greensky Bluegrass is currently on tour in support of their recently released fourth album, Five Interstates, which was produced by Tim Carbone, also of Railroad Earth. Their strongest album to date, the twelve track journey features 11 original tracks and one traditional bluegrass song (a nod to the deceased King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin). Carbone notes on the package: “Five Interstates came together like five lives intertwined, the intersection of a lifetime frozen in precious time and preserved in a digital tableau. I’m blessed…We’re all blessed to be witness to a band ascending as true as an arrow shot to the sky.”

Greensky Bluegrass and Todd Sheaffer will be on tour for the following dates in December. For more information, check out: www.railroadearth.com and www.greenskybluegrass.com.

ON TOUR:
12/1 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
12/2 Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant
12/3 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
12/4 Bridgeport, CT - The Field
12/5 Teaneck, NJ - Mexicali Live
12/6 Annapolis, MA - Rams Head Tavern (early show) 12/6 Vienna, VI - Jammin' Java

Late Night Post Phish with Kimock

Beginning the first week in December, New York City will not be the same as you know it. PHISH is scheduled to gobble up Madison Square Garden, followed by an ultra-smooth and extra funky KIMOCK chaser on Dec. 3rd and 4th. Steve Kimock Crazy Engine will be performing at both the intimate Sullivan Hall as well as BB Kings in Time Square (just a few short blocks from MSG). Buy your tickets for these shows in advance. We want to see all of your smiling faces at the show!

Even better...Our friends at CEG are offering some sweet deals for advance ticket purchases. Buy at least a pair of tickets online for either of the shows and receive a free download of that entire show courtesy of DigitalSoundBoard.net! The way Kimock and the Engine have been moving along, those recordings are going to be well worth the ticket alone. And there's more!...receive MP3s of the band after you purchase a ticket AND be entered to win a free pair of tickets to Phish at MSG, thanks to CEG. Check it out.

KIMOCK tour is running full speed ahead with dates in the Mid Atlantic, the southeast and another jaunt on the west coast! New tunes have been appearing nightly and a number of unexpected cover tunes are being worked on along the way. This is a new frontier for Kimock and you don't want to miss it. Check out livedownloads.com and digitalsoundboard.net for recordings of the shows!

FALL TOUR ROLLS ON...
Nov 12 Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
Nov 13 he Pour House - Charleston, SC
Nov 14 Bear Creek Festival - Live Oak, FL
Nov 16 Visulite - Charlotte, NC
Nov 17 Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta GA
Nov 18 Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Nov 19 The Rev Room - Little Rock, AR
Nov 20 George's Majestic - Fayetteville, AR
Nov 21 George's Majestic - Fayetteville, AR
Dec 3 Sullivan Hall - NYC, NY
Dec 4 BB Kings - NYC, NY
Dec 17 Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 18 The Fillmore, SF, CA * *Big Light opening
Dec 19 Crystal Bay Club Tahoe, CA
Jan 3-8 JamCruise

EVERCLEAR is back with West Coast Tour & New Album

The word is out: EVERCLEAR is back, better than ever, and ready to re-connect with their audience.  Frontman Art Alexakis has gone back to basics: recruiting a new band, releasing In A Different Light, a new album that reinterprets the Everclear songbook with some fresh surprises, and finally returning to the road, to the delight of fans nationwide.
Alexakis says, "It's so amazing to see the enthusiasm and intensity of  our fans.....not to mention the diversity in age...they range from 15 to 50...it's great to see kids who were in middle school singing all the words to every song!"

In A Different Light is the band's first release on record label 429 Records, and, in celebration, finds the band revisiting their past work with refreshed, stripped-down arrangements of some of their best songs. Classics such as "Everything to Everyone," "Santa Monica," and "Father of Mine" stand comfortably alongside new tracks "At the End of The Day" and "Here Comes the Darkness." Like many rock greats before them, Everclear revisits their back pages with ease, intrigue, and a more mature perspective, making for an album that is a listening experience in itself.
With new members, bassist Freddy Herrera, guitarist Johnny Hawthorn, keyboardist Sasha Smith and drummer Jordan Plosky, Alexakis has been performing a slew of intimate tour dates with a rejuvenated Everclear, packing clubs and reconnecting with longtime fans around the country - proving that the band is as vital and needed today as ever before. They've also reached out to their audience in a radical move: allowing fans to vote for the tour's opening bands city-by-city on the internet. The band just completed a successful October run through the East Coast, and will be returning to the West Coast this month with special guest Clayton Senne for a series of dates alongside the fan-selected openers.
Refreshed, revamped, and reinterpreted, Everclear is ringing in a new era in their already storied history, and making strides with both older and newer generations of fans around the country. Don't miss your chance to see this already legendary re-emergence of an old favorite in a new shape.

Tour dates:

November 6               Rialto Theater, Tuscon, AZ

November 7               Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV

November 9               The Independent, San Francisco, CA

November 11             House Of Blues, San Diego, CA

November 12             The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA

November 13             House Of Blues, Anaheim, CA

November 14             The Big Pour Festival, Scottsdale, AZ

November 16             Bluebird Festival, Denver, CO

November 17             Murray Theatre, Murray, UT

November 18             Knitting Factory, Boise, ID

November 19             Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR

Celebrate the Holidays with Cascadia Yulegrass

Looking for an alternative to traditional holiday entertainment this season? Acoustic holiday bluegrass visits the Pacific Northwest December 16-20 with the inaugural Cascadia Yulegrass celebration. Featuring world-renowned musicians and regional favorites including Darol Anger, Sharon Gilchrist, Bill Nershi and others, Cascadia Yulegrass is a contemporary, family-friendly, and affordable holiday alternative that doesn't involve cracked nuts or ballerinas.

World-renowned fiddle master Darol Anger will direct and perform. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has driven the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous path-breaking ensembles such as the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, and his Republic of Strings. Today Darol can be heard on NPR's "Car Talk" theme song along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice, and is a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks. For Cascadia Yulegrass, Anger is joined by Rowan/Rice, mandolin-player Sharon Gilchrist, regional guitar hero Scott Law, flat-picking master and String Cheese Incident guitarist Bill Nershi, and SCI bassist Keith Moseley. Nershi is coming off a diverse and successful 2009, including a performance at folk music icon Pete Seeger's 90th birthday party at Madison Square Garden. The event was recorded by PBS and is currently being broadcast nationally.

Cascadia Yulegrass also features special guest appearances by Hot Buttered Rum drummer/Everyone Orchestra founder Matt Butler and vocalist Jilian Nershi. Opening the event is feel-good artist Big Water, who will be bringing his message of love, truth & grooving rhythms.

Cascadia Yulegrass hits the following locations this season:

12/16/2009 - River City Saloon, Hood River, OR

12/17/2009 - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA

12/18/2009 - Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, WA

12/19/2009 - Historic McDonald Theatre, Eugene, OR

12/20/2009 - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR

Tickets priced from $10 - $22. A variety of VIP and seating packages are available.

Tickets for all markets go on sale Tuesday, November 3rd at www.CascadiaYulegrass.com and venue box offices.

Don't Forget the Food Drive!

In a year when the need for emergency food boxes throughout the Oregon and Washington foodbank networks skyrocketed to historic highs, Cascadia and The Conscious Alliance are proud to announce food drives at each concert - with 100% of donations going to benefit local area food banks. Each patron who donates 10 non-perishable food items will receive a free limited edition Cascadia Yulegrass poster! The Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low-sodium health food oriented products.