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The MOTET Dig Deep with summer album release

With its 6th release, Dig Deep, The Motet once again proves that it is a group committed to exploring and pushing the sonic envelope, while still remaining dedicated to the musical traditions that have defined their sound. A heavy-horned afrobeat influence countered with a textural blanket of electronica, this album showcases the talents and strengths of the cast of characters that drummer and producer Dave Watts has assembled. Keyboardist Joey Porter lays down the funk under the coursing melodies of saxophonist Dominic Lalli in pure Motet fashion, with the ever-driving beats of Watts' masterful rhythmic production pushing the music through sonic peaks and valleys that tantalize and invigorate listeners. If you've loved The Motet for years or are just tuning in, listen up. You won't be disappointed.

The Motet is known for its revolving musicians and a breadth of musical influences, and Dig Deep plays to the strengths of many former and current members. Bassists Garrett Sayers and Paul McDaniel both shine brilliantly on Dig Deep, adding the sonic drive that is characteristic of The Motet's sound, which has steadily morphed and evolved over the last ten years. Sayers' bass solo on 'Guru' is a perfect example of his technical virtuosity, and with this, Watts as a producer has captured a quintessential Motet moment. The title track 'Dig Deep' showcases another side of The Motet low-end, heavy-bass sound, with McDaniel laying down raw grooves in an open section that is peppered with Watts' sonic explorations.

Longtime fans of The Motet will be happy to hear Jans Ingber's voice on 'Push,' a track that was born from an improvisational moment during the band's New Years 2009 show. Last featured on The Motet's 2000 release Play, Beth Quist's soaring vocals are highlighted on the Fela Kuti track 'Kalakuta Show' and the tune 'The Luxury of Doubt,' a collaborative effort with Watts. Throughout Dig Deep, percussionist Scott Messersmith adds his signature textural rhythms, anchoring the evolutionary sound of the band in its Afro-Cuban and West African roots. His contributions are particularly salient in the afrobeat tunes 'Mighty' and 'Roforofo Fight." Guitarists Mike Tiernan and Zivanni Masango both add their talents on Dig Deep, as do Danny Sears on trumpet and John Stuart on baritone saxophone. With this mix of talented musicians contributing to the album, it is no wonder the album sounds as good as it does. But at the helm is drummer Dave Watts, simultaneously embodying the roles of bandleader, musician, composer, and producer. It is Watts' creative imagination that drives Dig Deep, mixing recorded and sampled tracks that seamlessly carry the music forward throughout the album. As a drummer, Watts has been called "the human metronome." His sense of timing and polyrhythmic understanding is what has made him a force in the live music scene for over twenty years.

Dig Deep is his most in-depth exploration into production work thus far. Watts has amply represented the layered electronica-funk vibe that has begun to characterize The Motet's sound over the last few years, and he has truly "dug deep" to bring you Dig Deep.

Sept. Black Tie-Dye Ball with DSO in Portland, OR & More

Join us for a fun Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra on Friday, September 25th at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, to celebrate the DSO Rex Caravan month-long Tour and to help provide support to local area non-profits.  As you'll see in the event details, the festive pre-concert party will be from 6:00 - 7:30 in Lola's Room, and all attending the party have first access to the ballroom for the concert.  Tickets for the party and concert are $100 and $200.  If you've already purchased your concert tickets, you can get reception upgrade tickets.  A bunch of us from Rex will be there to join in the fun.  We look forward to a great evening with you.

DSOOn August 1st, supporters of the Rex Foundation are presenting A Very Jerry Evening in Indianapolis, Indiana as a Rex Musical Caravan event in honor of Jerry GarciaCheck out these details and tell your friends in the Indianapolis area to enjoy a great night of music.

Our 2008 Annual Report is now available on-line.  We hope you enjoy reading through all that was accomplished in 2008 because of your support.  With care about the environment as well as costs, we'll soon be mailing the Report, though only to those supporters not receiving e-mail updates.  Let us know if you want the hard copy of the Annual Report. E-mail info@rexfoundation.org or call the office at 415-561-3134.

Check out the video recently done at the Rex office, featuring me and Rex Board members Carolyn Garcia and Nick Morgan, where we describe the positive impact of Musical Caravan events like the two described here.  Our main message is that your support, whether as direct contributers, musicians putting on Caravan events, fans at festivals and other Caravan events, adds up quickly to make it possible for Rex to provide the seed grants to non-profits doing such important work, like Good Cents for Oakland pictured here.  We crossed the $1 million in grants since beginning our renewal because of you!

The Walkmen Announce US Tour With Here We Go Magic

US Tour Dates

8/14 - Guggenheim 'It Came From Brooklyn' - New York, NY
8/16 - Central Park SummerStage w/ Dinosaur Jr. - New York, NY
9/12 - Red Rocks (Monolith Festival) - Morrison, CO
9/18 - Middle East -
Cambridge, MA*
9/19 - Middle East - Cambridge, MA*
9/20 - Pearl Street Downstairs - Northampton, MA*
9/22 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC*
9/23 - Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA*
9/25 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA*
9/26 - Grey Eagle Tavern - Asheville, NC*
9/27 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
9/29 - The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL*
9/30 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA*
10/2 - Zilker Park (Austin City Limits) - Austin, TX
10/18 - Treasure Island - San Francisco, CA
*with Here We Go Magic

 Tickets Are Available Starting August 1st At 12PM EST

Clifton Anderson Quintet Returns to NYC with Iridium Gig

Trombonist/Composer Clifton Anderson brings his Quintet into the Iridium on Tuesday, August 4th in support of his new Doxy Records release, Decade.   A February gig at Dizzy’s Coca Cola introduced the CD and debuted his new group, which features Eric Wyatt on tenor, Stephen Scott on piano, Russel Blake on bass, and Steve Williams on drums, in addition to Anderson’s vibrant trombone.

clifford-andersonUpcoming for the Bronx native is a September 29 date at Birdland, and two nights at the new East Harlem hotspot, Creole, on October 9 and 10.

Reaction to Decade has been positive with encouraging reviews and considerable airplay.  In his celebrated blog, jazzwax, Marc Myers wrote: “…Anderson demonstrates a new level of maturity and offers a warm, round and purposeful sound…his compositions are all strong and fresh, and they avoid being derivative. Best of all, they are tailor made to show off the trombonist's lyricism and powerful chops...Decade is a solid work by Anderson, who clearly has a rich musical voice, a creative vision and a comprehensive grasp of the instrument's tender purpose."

Clifton Anderson's newly revised website includes lead sheets and solo transcriptions for Decade and his debut recording as a leader, Landmarks, as well as a video overview of Decade and some performance video.

For more on Clifton Anderson, please visit here. For more info on the Clifton Anderson Quintet at The Iridium Jazz Club, and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Stanley Jordan With The Les Paul Trio

stanley-jordanStanley Jordan plays with an uncommon depth of feeling. Many who see him perform for the first time are struck by the emotional intensity of his playing. There are times when he seems totally immersed in the music. As a listener, it is hard not to be affected by this feeling. Before you know it, you are drawn in to a new musical world with its own rules and its own seemingly limitless possibilities. And whether he's spinning out ever-new variations on songs he's played for years, or creating new songs on the spot, his shows are dependably unpredictable.

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
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The Iridium Jazz Club Is Pleased To Present:

STANLEY JORDAN WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO
JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS  

MONDAY JULY 20 & 27

SETS AT 8:00 & 10:00PM

Bucky Pizzarelli With The Les Paul Trio

John 'Bucky' Pizzarelli (1926) began his professional career in 1943 at 17 years old playing in the Vaughn Monroe dance band. He toured and recorded with Monroe through 1951, and in 1952 he joined NBC as a staff musician. At NBC, for many years, he played in the Doc Severinson Band on the Tonight Show. He also toured and recorded with Benny Goodman into the 1980's.

bucky pizzarelliIn New York, Pizzarelli worked mainly as a freelance musician in the studios and he appeared on many recordings as part of the rhythm section. One of the era's most solid rhythm players, Pizzarelli was in high demand to provide propulsion and background for other musicians.

His recordings as leader began to appear in the 1970's with recordings like Green Guitar Blues. On this recording Pizzarelli established a pattern he repeated throughout his career. That is, playing and recording some of the great historic guitar compositions from the 1930's. On this recording he pays homage to Carl Kress and Dick McDonough by including Chicken A La Swing. A few years later he paid tribute to these two guitarists again on his Guitar Quintet LP. On April Kisses from 1999, he includes original music by Carl Kress, George Van Eps and George M. Smith.

Bucky Pizzarelli has carried forward other jazz guitar traditions as well.

His extraordinary skill as a rhythm player places him in the company of the great rhythm players like Freddie Greene and Barry Galbraith. And he has brought forward the great chord solo tradition begun by George Van Eps and Dick McDonough. Like George Van Eps, Bucky Pizzarelli adopted the seven-string electric guitar (in fact, playing the Gretsch Van Eps model for many years). And, although this guitar is very popular today, for many years, Bucky Pizzarelli, was considered the only guitarist next to George Van Eps, to play the seven-string electric guitar exclusively.

Along with being a dedicated preservationist of the old guitar music and the early styles of playing, Bucky Pizzarelli has also developed a very personal style that sets him apart. Recordings like Love Songs and NY Swing present a picture of the complete jazz musician and guitarist who moves effortlessly from the daunting format of the solo guitar to playing solid, swinging rhythm and single string solos in an ensemble setting.

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The Iridium Jazz Club Is Pleased To Present:

BUCKY PIZZARELLI WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO MONDAY, JULY 6TH Sets at 8 & 10PM   JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS  

Bernie Williams With The Les Paul Trio June 22 & 29

bernieWithout question, New York Yankees superstar Bernie Williams is one of the most popular and talented players in major league baseball, a potential hall-of-famer, and one of the most popular and well known athletes in pro sports. But ask Bernie Williams what he wanted to be when growing up, and he’ll say it was to be a professional musician. A classically trained guitarist, playing and composing music is Bernie’s first true passion with influences that include jazz, classical, pop, Brazilian, and Latin sounds.

BERNIE WILLIAMS WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO JUNE 22 & 29 Sets at 8 & 10PM

Special Opportunity to See The Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist / Yankee Legend Sub For Les Paul - who will be back soon!

JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS

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NEW YORK, NY 10023
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Infected Mushroom Return with ‘Legend of the Black Shawarma’

For their highly anticipated release LEGEND OF THE BLACK SHAWARMA, electronic-rock innovators INFECTED MUSHROOM return with their patented hybrid of thrashing metal and psychedelic trance to bring a frenetic rock energy to the form and venture where other electronic acts fear to tread.  The Israeli-bred, Los Angeles-based electronic duo continues to push sonic boundaries for their eighth studio album that’s due out September 8, 2009 on electronic music giant Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label.

infected-mushroomLegend Of The Black Shawarma sees Amit “Duvdev” Duvedevani and Erez Eisen teaming with high-profile rockers. The album’s lead single “Smashing the Opponent” features a scorching vocal from Korn’s Jonathan Davis, while Jane’s Addiction frontman and alt-rock trailblazer Perry Farrell lends his inimitable pipes to the follow-up track “Killing Time.”  “Recording with Jonathan and Perry was a highlight, of course,” Duvdev notes.  “They were both incredibly cool. The fact that they liked the tracks was awesome because we’re huge fans of what they do.”

The album is the follow-up to 2007’s Vicious Delicious and takes INFECTED MUSHROOM's psy-trance fusion of bruising, metallic rock and unstoppable dance-floor beats to a new level.  “It’s a really diverse record,” Duvdev says, “but it’s even more aggressive–both on the metal side and on the breakbeat side.”  Taking its time to craft the album, the duo worked on Shawarma whenever their frenetic, globe-trotting tour schedule permitted.  Whether singing about “Smashing” and “Killing” or paying tribute to beloved (Los Angeles) eateries like “Poquito Mas,” “Frank’s” (“The best taco place in Mexico in our opinion”) or Israeli hummus factory “Sae’ed,” INFECTED MUSHROOM prove they’ve stayed hungry despite their massive international success.

And what of the album’s mysterious, culinary title?  “We were on tour in Australia two years ago,” he explains.  “My friend came to me said, ‘I have this dream to dive with sharks.’  They do that in Australia–you’re lowered into shark-infested waters in a cage.” At that point, Duvdev warned his burly friend that in a wetsuit he would resemble, to toothy denizens of the deep, a certain meat wrap of Middle Eastern origin.  “I told him if he did this, there were five gigantic sharks waiting for a shawarma like him to come down in a cage and be devoured.  We thought that was pretty funny and the Legend of the Black Shawarma was born.”  As the title track’s cautionary lyrics have it:  “Life’s been treating you nice/You better be wise/And enjoy your moment.”

Thanks to INFECTED MUSHROOM's genre-pushing songs and incendiary performances, the adventurous duo has become one of the biggest live electronic bands on the planet.  Their schedule has proved as relentless as their juggernaut jams.  From the Ultra Music Festival in Miami (which drew over 100,000 attendees this past March), Coachella, the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, Mexico’s OMIX, Brazil’s Ipanema Beach and Melbourne’s Metro Club, INFECTED MUSHROOM has averaged about 120 live performances per year. Twice ranked among the world’s 10 best DJs by the bible of the scene, the U.K.’s DJ magazine, they routinely whip crowds of all cultures into the same whirling froth.

Their explosive show--featuring guitars, live drums, Duvdev’s intensely passionate vocals, Erez’s nimble keyboards and an ambitious multimedia backdrop--ranks among the genre’s most unpredictably joyous events. INFECTED MUSHROOM will highlight new selections from Shawarma during several of their live shows in North America this summer, launching “Smash The Opponent” during their performance at electronic mega-music festival Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles June 27.  The complete list of dates follows below.

The complete track listing for INFECTED MUSHROOM's Legend of the Black Shawarma is:

1. Poquito Mas

2. Sa'eed

3. End of the Road

4. Smashing the Opponent *featuring Jonathan Davis (Korn)

5. Can't Stop

6. Herbert the Pervert  

7. Killing Time *featuring Perry Farrell (Janes Addiction)  

8. Project 100  

9. Franks

10. Slowly

11. Legend of the Black Shawarma

INFECTED MUSHROOM’s North American summer tour dates are as follows:

DATE                          CITY                                    VENUE

Thu      6/11                 Anaheim, CA                          Heat

Fri        6/12                 San Diego, CA                         Spin

Sat       6/13                 Denver, CO                            Electric Daisy Carnival

Thu      6/25                 Edmonton, CANADA                Empire Ballroom

Fri        6/26                 Sal Lake City, UT                     The Great Saltair Magna

Sat       6/27                 Los Angeles, CA                      Electric Day Carnival

Fri        7/3                   Seattle, WA                           The Showbox Sodo

Fri        7/17                 San Francisco, CA                    Regency Center Grand Ballroom

Sat       7/18                 Los Angeles, CA                      Vanguard

Phamily Reunion: Special Event to Coincide with Phish at Red Rocks

Fans that did not score tickets to Phish at Red Rocks Amphitheatre should worry not; there just happens to be a four-day camping and music festival a few short miles away on a private ranch. For those that did score tickets, The Phamily Reunion Festival offers what Red Rocks cannot: camping and a safe ride to and from the festival to each Phish show. Set for July 30 through August 2 on the beautiful Van Eden Ranch in Idaho Springs, the good souls that love Phish, live music, camping, hiking, biking, hot springs and much more, will come together for a special string of days, all set to the good vibes of the Colorado Rockies.

hahnWith an already heavy-hitting lineup including The New Mastersounds, EOTO, The Heavy Pets, Juno What?!, LYNX & Janover, Ana Sia, YAMN and others, the festival promises to be big enough to stand on its own without Phish coming to town. With rumors surfacing after the 1996 Phish shows at Red Rocks about the band being banned because of an infiltration of campers in Morrison, CO, The Phamily Reunion is the perfect spot for one of the most coveted aspects of a Phish tour: community. And who knows, campers may just score the ticket they were looking for on the grounds of the ranch.

With four-day event passes available and buses running back and forth all day from the campgrounds to Red Rocks, it’s the ultimate and safest option. Add to that the chance to fish, hike, whitewater raft, gamble, soak in the hot springs, and horseback ride, The Phamily Reunion makes for perhaps the best all-around experience for both Coloradans and those visiting. Before heading to the lot at Red Rocks, campers can get their dancing feet warmed up to live music, only to be treated to late-night DJs and bands from Colorado and coast-to-coast.

Headlining the festival are The New Mastersounds, a funk, soul, jazz and rock quartet hailing from across the pond in England. It’s a true privilege to have such a pioneering act in the “new funk” movement in the Front Range of Colorado. From Colorado are slated both EOTO and Juno What?!, the former being a cutting-edge electro/improvisational duo, comprised of the rhythm section of The String Cheese Incident. Likewise, Juno What?! is a new project to come of the highly touted Colorado group The Motet, which has a passionate fan base in and around Colorado. Juno What?! brings back the eighties with a new look, combining fresh funk with quasi-disco undertones. The Heavy Pets are one of the hottest, up-and-coming jam bands on the circuit, all the way from Florida. Ana Sia is a psychedelic hip-hop DJ from San Francisco that drops huge beats, while the hip-hop, beat-boxing and innovative percussion of LYNX & Janover are not to be forgotten. More artists are to be announced, so stay tuned.

Fans won’t want to miss this epic weekend on the grounds of the Van Eden Ranch, where what is not being offered at Red Rocks is more than possible at The Phamily Reunion.

For more information about the festival and ticket pricing, visit: www.phamilyreunion.com

Equaleyes Ushers in Summer with Utah & Colorado Tour

Save a ‘Welcome Home’ and moe. after party in Boise, Idaho, Equaleyes May tour is equal parts Colorado and Utah, with six stops in each state through the end of the month. A three-show run in Utah opens the tour, with the rock, pop, bluegrass and funk then heading to Nederland, Colorado. A run down the Front Range – including a stop in Denver – will lead the band back into the Rocky Mountains, before three southern Colorado shows push the band back into Utah, with two huge back-to-back shows in Moab, Utah.

EqualeyesThe tour sees the band return to its roots, where fans know the jams and the lyrics, where the feel good vibes of Boise, Idaho, are at home in both Utah and Colorado. The smart lyrics and riding guitar work of Jeff Crosby allows the funky rhythm section of bassist Tom Borda and drummer William Prescott to work their magic. Prescott brings a refreshing tap on the kit and Borda is a wizard on the bass, with each solid enough for the other to roam. Daniel Blumenfeld brings an added voice in his keyboard and accordion playing, rounding out what makes for a road trip of sort in each song, a journey with a smile and one arm hanging out the window. Just don’t be surprised when a big bridge leads into big volume and a tap of the distortion pedal.

The band planted its roots in 2006 as a three-piece exploring bluegrass, reggae, pop and rock. Just as they were about to finish the studio album While I’m Alive in 2007, Blumenfeld joined the band and took it up a notch. While still exploring some reggae, the band now prides itself on writing catchy, pop, rock, bluegrass and funk songs, original tunes with bountiful melody and big themes. They craft songs the fans can sing along to and the album takes on nearly ever genre, exploiting each of the musicians’ rich musical talent.

The band is primed for the May run with big ideas of venturing into other states to follow, allowing the rest of the country to hear the electricity that has been building in the Mountain West over the last two years. Equaleyes returns home to Boise, Idaho, on June 4 to play a moe. after party.

TOUR DATES:
05/07 – The White Owl – Logan, UT
05/08 – The Woodshed – Salt Lake City, UT
05/09 – The Downstairs – Park City, UT
05/13 – 1st St. Pub – Nederland, CO
05/14 – Connor O’Neil’s – Boulder, CO
05/15 – Dulcinea’s 100th Monkey – Denver, CO
05/16 – The Summit – Durango, CO
05/21 – Bongo Billy’s – Salida, CO
05/22 – Fly Me to the Moon Saloon – Telluride, CO
05/23 – Woody’s Tavern – MOAB, UT
05/24 – Desert Rocks Music Festival – MOAB, UT
05/26 – Mystic Hot Springs – Monroe, UT
06/04 – Liquid (moe. after party) – Boise, ID