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The Bad Plus & Marco Benevento Trio @ Boulder Theater

bad-plusArguably one of the biggest breakout stories of jazz in the past decade, The Bad Plus (Reid Anderson - bass; Ethan Iverson- piano; & David King - Drums) have connected with the jazz world and beyond with These are the Vistas (2003), Give (2004), Suspicious Activity? (2005), and Prog (2007).

Performing both original compositions and a variety of covers, The Bad Plus brings a winningly disparate body of influences to the stage. This is not a jazz trio for whom being "rock-influenced” means simply playing loud or referencing Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, and The Pixies, etc. With deep experience writing and performing across several genres, these guys are shrewd, hearty improvisers with the ability to build, contort, distort, destroy, rebuild and reinvent without losing grasp of “the song.”

Marco Benevento returns with Me Not Me, a new studio album featuring 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 on the sessions by bassist Reed Mathis and drummers Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr.

Marco-beneventoMarco Benevento initially garnered national attention playing Hammond B-3 organ and Wurlitzer in The Benevento-Russo Duo, but he shifts the focus to acoustic piano with his own trio. Throughout Me Not Me, he proves himself one of the most compelling sonic innovators of his generation, re-imagining the instrument by running it through pickups, delay and distortion pedals and a Fender Super Reverb Amp.

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone. Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.  Ticket prices include tax and service charge.

Girl Talk Heads To Sunny Florida, Plus Other U.S. Cities..

Girl Talk on tour starting today!- for the Grateful Web

With hardly a minute at home to catch up on sleep and DVDs, Girl Talk is kicking off 2009 with a host of shows across the U.S.! In the months ahead, Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) will hit several towns throughout the slushy midwest, stop off in Arkansas, M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i and the mountains of Montana, and then make his way south for the sunshine of sandy Florida. (Not to mention a two week trek in between to New Zealand and Australia.) Still reeling from the craziness of Girl Talk's fall tour for Feed The Animals, the Steelers continuous killer season, plus making all of those best of 2008 lists and winning $600 at black jack in Vegas, Gillis continues on. Before he knows it, he'll have played all 50 states by the end of 2009! 

Girl Talk 2009 Tour Dates:
Fri.    Jan. 9    Omaha, NE @ Slowdown w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt 
Sat.    Jan. 10   Des Moines, IA @ Peoples Court w/ Grand Buffet
Fri.    Jan. 16   Bloomington, IN @ Jake's Nightclub w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Sat.    Jan. 17   Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses 
Sun.    Jan. 18   Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Thu.    Feb. 12   Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music Room w/ Mad haPPy
Fri.    Feb. 13   Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford w/ Mad haPPy
Thu.    Feb. 19   Missoula, MT @ University of Montana Ballroom w/ That 1 Guy 
Fri.    Feb. 20   Bozeman, MT @ Gallatin Co. Indoor Arena w/ That 1 Guy 
Tue.    Mar. 3    Pensacola, FL @ Sluggos w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt 
Wed.    Mar. 4    Gainesville, FL @ The Venue w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt
Thu.    Mar. 5    Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt
Fri.    Mar. 6    St. Augustine, FL @ Harvest of Hope
Sat.    Mar. 7    Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt
Sun.    Mar. 8    Miami, FL @ Langerado Music Festival 2009 @ Bicentennial Park

U-Melt x2 in NYC Plus Spring Tour

photo courtesy of Tsunami Publicity- for the Grateful Web

New York City's favorite groove rockers, U-Melt, will kick off their Spring Tour with their first two night stand in their hometown on Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th at the newly renovated and renamed Sullivan Hall (where the former Lion's Den used to stand). U-Melt will follow up their 2 night run with an extended Spring Tour, which includes a return to New Orleans for a late night Jazz Fest show at the Blue Nile on Saturday, May 3rd with DJ Logic, as well as three shows with their friends Umphrey's McGee at the beginning of April.

Following this weekend's shows in NYC, U-Melt will travel down south for a couple shows with Umphrey's, including stops at The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC on 4/2 and The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on 4/3, before heading back up north for a co-bill with Ryan Montbleau Band on Saturday, 4/5 at The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. U-Melt will then meet back up with Umphrey's on Friday, 4/11 at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA, before heading to Rhode Island for a headlining performance at The Wheel House in Narragansett on Saturday, 4/12.

After taking the following week off to continue work on their upcoming studio album, U-Melt will head back down south for an extended tour, which will kick off with at The 8x10 with a co-bill with The Pnuma Trio on Thursday, 4/24. From there, U-Melt will headline The Mix One6 in Roanoke, VA on 4/25, Headliners in Columbia, SC on 4/26, Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA on 4/27, Proud Larry's in Oxford, MS on 4/29, Martin's in Jackson, MS on 4/30, and Zydeco in Birmingham, AL on 5/1.

U-Melt will then travel down to the Crescent City for their second consecutive late night Jazz Fest show, this year to be held at The Blue Nile, during the late night hours of 5/3 (technically 5/4). U-Melt is exited to be joined by fellow New Yorker DJ Logic for this performance, which will kick off around 2:00am.

Following their late night performance, U-Melt will head home to wrap up their Spring Tour with a return to NxNW in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, 5/9.

U-Melt has already revealed a small preview of their summer festival plans, which will include returns to the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Day weekend and NLQP in Garrettsville, OH on the Thursday, 7/3. U-Melt has just announced it will also be making their debut at The Disco Biscuit's Camp Bisco in Mariaville, NY in mid-July.

Mar 28 & 29- Sullivan Hall- New York, NY
Apr 2- House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
Apr 3- The Orange Peel- Asheville, NC (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
Apr 5- Bearsville Theater- Woodstock, NY (Co-Bill with Ryan Montbleau Band)
Apr 11- Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
Apr 12- The Wheel House - Narragansett, RI
Apr 24- The 8x10 - Baltimore, MD (Co-Bill with The Pnuma Trio)
Apr 25- The Mix One6 - Roanoke, VA
Apr 26- Headliners - Columbia, SC
Apr 27- Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
Apr 29- Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS
Apr 30- Martin's - Jackson, MS
May 1- Zydeco - Birmingham, AL
May 3- The Blue Nile - New Orleans, LA (Late Night show feat. DJ Logic)
May 9- NxNW - Philadelphia, PA
May 23- May25- Summer Camp Music Festival - Chillicothe, IL
Jun 20- River St. Jazz Cafe, Plains, PA
Jun 21- Stonehenge Music Festival - Kellyburg, PA
Jul 3- NLQP's Rythmfest - Garrettsville, OH
Jul 17- 19- Camp Bisco - Mariaville, NY

The Bad Plus the Real O'Riley Factor

"If the Coen Brothers put together a jazz trio, perhaps it would be like this, the comic and the dramatic rolled together."

–– The Guardian