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The 2010 Smooth Cruise Jazz Series

The Smooth Cruise jazz series is back and better than ever!  This  summer's lineup features live intimate performances by artists including Down to the Bone, Spyro Gyra, Najee, Alex Bugnon, Marion  Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, RnR, Guitars & Saxes, The Rippingtons  feat. Russ Freeman, Mindi Abair, and Jonathan Butler!   All performances are on the water with the New York City skyline as the backdrop as Smooth Jazz New York sets sail aboard The Spirit of New York on the Hudson River every Wednesday night from June 30th through September 1st.  The ship departs from Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan with TWO shows per evening— The Sunset Cruise at 6:30PM and the Moonlight Cruise at 9:30PM.

The Smooth Cruises sell out fast. So get your tickets now. For tickets  and more information log onto SmoothJazzNewYork.com.

Purchase Tickets Now at http://www.spiritofnewyork.com/ny/jazz_cruise.jsp

Tickets available by:  Calling Spirit Cruises at 866-211-3812  | Visiting Spirit Cruises box office Pier 61, Chelsea Piers

Marsha Heydt & the Project of Love Performing @ The Garage

Marsha Heydt is an accomplished woodwind player whose stylistic expertise spans the gamut of Latin, Funk, Jazz and Rock.  In addition to her Bachelor of Music from the University of the Arts, she holds a Masters in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music.

She has studied privately with Ron Kerber, John Blake, Larry McKenna, Jim Pugh, John Stubblefield and Sir Roland Hanna.  In June 2002, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s Professional development Fund awarded her a grant to study with the renowned Jimmie Amadie. She is mentored on sax and flute by Eric Person and teaches at various prestigious private schools and music conservatories in New York City.

Marsha has shared the stage with Grover Washington, Bill Watrous, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, John Stubblefield, George Gee and his “Make Believe Ballroom Orchestra” and with Paul Schaefer in a guest appearance on The David Letterman Show and has appeared at Gerald Veasley’s Jazz Bass in Reading, PA.

Marsha also plays with her own ensemble, in and around New York City performing in both private and public venues, including the Iridium Jazz Club and Swing 46.  She also performs each month for recovering patients at NYU Hospital’s Rusk Institute.

Marsha Heydt and the Project of Love Performing at The Garage | Sunday, June 6, 2010
99 Seventh Ave. South, New York, NY 10014 | 212-645-0600 | http://www.garagerest.com/

STS9 Make Album, Build House, Premiere Film Plan Massive Tour

In December of 2009, STS9 sat down in Denver, Colorado in one of America's most pristine modern opera houses to create "Axe The Cables... An Evening of STS9." What this night encompasses is one of the most flawless evenings of STS9 music in the band's decade plus history.  The entire show was played, for the most part, sans all "electric" gear including the common stage instrumentation of laptops and samplers that fans have grown accustomed to as the band's sound has evolved. To say the event was a hit is an understatement.  It was a night legends are made of...so much so that the band has decided to re-mix and re-master this into one massive release on their ever-exploding indie record label, 1320 Records.

Axe the Cables will be available June 29th exclusively through 1320 Records and iTunes.  Plans are also in the works to release correlating HD video of much of the show via iClips.net

STS9 is on tour in the coming months, performing select intimate acoustic Axe The Cables shows in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, as well as plenty of the electronic heavy-hitting events the band is known and loved for, culminating with their annual, 2 night musical takeover of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.   STS9 has signed on a massive slew of supporting acts across the entire tour including Thievery Corporation, Big Gigantic, The Disco Biscuits, The Album Leaf, Lotus, Ghostland Observatory, Bassnectar, Alex B, John Hughes, RJD2, and many more to still to come.

Sound Tribe Sector Nine Tour Dates:

August 11 Blender Theater @ Gramercy New York NY - "Axe The Cables"

August 12 Roseland Ballroom New York NY - w/ Lotus, The Album Leaf & John Hughes

August 13 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA - w/ Lotus, The Album Leaf & John Hughes

August 14 Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA - w/ Lotus, The Album Leaf & John Hughes

August 15 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD - w/ RJD2 & The Album Leaf

August 17 Higher Ground Burlington VT - An Evening with STS9

August 18 Saranac Brewery Utica NY - An Evening with STS9

August 20 House of Blues Chicago IL - An Evening with STS9

August 21 Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL - w/ Big Gigantic & More

August 22 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago IL - "Axe The Cables"

August 25 Raleigh Amphitheatre Raleigh NC - w/ special guests TBA

August 26 Blackwater Music Festival Live Oak FL - w/ Spearhead, Slightly Stoopid & More

August 27 Tabernacle Atlanta GA - featuring both "Axe The Cables" and STS9 Electric

August 28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Atlanta GA w/ The Disco Biscuits, Big Gigantic & More

September 1 Sloss Furnaces Birmingham AL - w/ special guests TBA

September 2 Arkansas Music Pavilion Fayetteville AR - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 3 River Parks Amphitheatre Tulsa OK - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 4 Anchor Inn Music Center Omaha NE - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 5 Crossroads Pavilion Kansas City MO - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 9 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO - An Evening With STS9                                      

September 10 Red Rocks Morrison CO - w/ Thievery Corporation, Alex B & John Hughes         

September 11 Red Rocks Morrison CO - w/ Ghostland Observatory, Big Gigantic & John Hughes

Crowded House To Release "Intriguer"

Following up on their 2007 release, Time On Earth – their first studio recording in fourteen years – New Zealand dream-pop auteurs Crowded House deliver Intriguer, scheduled for release on July 13th, 2010, on Fantasy Records, a division of Concord Music Group.The internationally acclaimed group begins a nationwide tour of the U.S. and Canada in support of the new album on Monday, July 12th. Also available that day will be the 2-disc Intriguer Deluxe Edition, featuring a special bonus live DVD.
Produced by Jim Scott (Wilco), Intriguer once again brings together singer/guitarist and chief songwriter Neil Finn with original Crowded House bassist Nick Seymour and keyboardist/guitarist Mark Hart, who’d been with the band from 1989 until its last days. Also on board is drummer Mark Sherrod, the relative newcomer to the family, having joined the band for the making of the aforementioned Time On Earth. Recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland, New Zealand, in the spring and summer of 2009, the album includes songs that “have been worked over on the road and transformed a few times, some all the way back to square one,” says Finn. “It’s a good place to return to from time to time.” Intriguer opens with “Saturday Sun,” a track whose straightforward backbeat calls to mind the best elements of ‘60s pop. The follow-up track, “Archer’s Arrows,” takes a more ominous turn with the help of some carefully layered vocals and the violin work of Lisa Germano (who later reappears on the pensive “Even If”).
“Falling Dove” is both melancholy and defiant, while “Isolation” derives its dreamlike sensibility from a heavy dose of guitar tremolo and the dreamlike vocals of Finn’s wife, Sharon Dawn Johnson. Both of these tracks, positioned back-to-back in the sequence, benefit from the psychedelic guitar work of Liam Finn, Neil’s son and longtime collaborator in the studio and onstage.
“Twice If You’re Lucky” is a prime example of the aforementioned evolutionary process that left its mark on most of the songs on Intriguer. “We played an alternative version, more complex and mysterious on tour, then deconstructed back to the original, simple form in the last week of recording,” Finn explains. “I am inclined to circle songs, looking for any bit of advantage I can find – a verse, a chord or a word to change.”
“Elephants” is the wistful closer, driven by lush piano harmonies that seek to linger a while and take in the fleeting moment before the story comes to close. “Intriguer is exotic in parts, traditional in origin,” says Finn. “Through many a twist and turn we fashioned some drama and intrigue. You will find some threads that go back through all that history and some new discoveries as well that will need to be followed up. Its part of the continuum and it may just be the best thing we’ve done…until the next one.”
2007’s Time On Earth, turned the band on to what Finn calls “the scent of something new.” Thankfully, for the rest of us, Intriguer proves the Crowded House story in many ways, is just beginning.

TOUR DATES

Jul 12 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Jul 13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Jul 15 - Ottawa, ON - Lebreton Flats Park
Jul 16 - Buffalo, NY - Erie Canal Harbor
Jul 17 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Jul 19 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Jul 20 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Jul 21 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Jul 23 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre
Jul 24 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
Jul 26 - Vienna, VA - Wolftrap
Jul 28 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Jul 29 - Miami, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
Jul 30 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Aug 1 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
Aug 2 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Aug 4 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Walker Creek
Aug 5 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Aug 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
Aug 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
Aug 22 0 San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
Aug 23 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
Aug 24 - Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery
Aug 26 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Amphitheater
Aug 28 - Seattle, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Aug 29 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Aug 30 - Victoria, BC - Royal Theatre
Sep 1 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sep 2 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sep 4 - Apple Valley, MN - Zoo Amphitheater
Sep 5 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues Sep 6 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues

Irish Rockabilly sensation Imelda May returns to the States

After her show stopping performance with Jeff Beck for the Les Paul tribute on the Grammys, Imelda May has been invited back to perform with Beck, including two shows at New York's Iridium.  These exclusive shows will feature Imelda May + Jeff Beck performing songs written and performed by the legendary Les Paul - with Imelda reviving the extraordinary vocals of Mary Ford in her own unique style. The show will also feature some great rock & roll classics - all performed with Imelda's great band.  In addition to these shows, Imelda will be performing two shows at Bonnaroo, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and even more headlining performances!
Dublin-born May, who has previously shared stages with Jeff Beck as well as Van Morrison, made her major label debut in late 2009 with Love Tattoo (Verve), which shot to #1 on the Irish charts, ahead of Bruce Springsteen and Eminem. Throughout the U.K. and Ireland, she has won honors from Rising Star of 2009 and Jazz Artist of 2009 to Best Female Newcomer.  Shaking up traditional jazz with a magnificent voice that channels both Janis Joplin and Patsy Cline, her mix of jazz, rockabilly and blues yields a cool, swinging fusion both classic and oddly modern.  Her fierce, unbridled concert performances have a reputation for being impassioned events.

Tour Dates
Jun 8 & 9 - Iridium Jazz Club - New York, NY
Jun 11 - Chastain Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA
Jun 12 - Bonnaroo - Mancester, TN
Jun 14 - Wellmont Theater - Montclair, NJ
Jun 15 - Paramount - Asbury Park, NJ
Jun 16 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
Jun 17 - Bardavon Theatre - Poughkeepsie, NH
Jun 19 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO
Jun 20 - Riverwalk Center Music Festival - Breckenridge, CO

The Songwriter’s Beat @ The Cornelia Street Café

The Songwriter’s Beat presents the 6th annual Songwriter’s Beat Festival & Song Contest at the Cornelia Street Café, July 22-24, 2010. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Feel the Music!, which brings music to children and families impacted by trauma.

This July, The Songwriter’s Beat Festival - New York City’s only festival celebrating performing songwriters – returns for three consecutive nights and features 18 top performing songwriters including acclaimed artists Martha Redbone, Steve Addabbo, Felicia Collins, Bertha Hope, Valerie Ghent, Rob Morsberger, Tabitha Fair, Peter Calo, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein and more.

NEW: Leading up to this year’s Festival will be the first annual Songwriter’s Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest, open to all songwriters. Win prizes and a performance slot at the Festival! Celebrity judges including songwriting legends Ashford & Simpson will review the finalists and decide the winners. The contest also serves as a fundraiser: song submission fees support Feel the Music!

Song submission deadline is June 27, 2010 at http://sonicbids.com/SongwritersBeat

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WHAT: Sixth Annual Songwriter’s Beat Festival & Song Contest

WHEN: July 22-24, 2010; Thurs 8:30pm, Fri-Sat 9pm

WHERE: The Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014
212.989.9319 http://corneliastreetcafe.com

ADMISSION: $10 + $7 food/drink minimum; reservations recommended

BENEFIT: Proceeds benefit Feel the Music!, a nonprofit music/arts education program for children and families impacted by trauma, loss and illness
http://musicandhealing.org

Parlovr Unveil Cover Art & Tracklisting / East Coast Tour To Be Announced Soon

Meet Parlovr (pretend the V is a U when you say it). Over the last few years, these three Montrealers have been bringing their manic melee of indie pop to the musically-curious masses. They’ve already amassed plenty of attention from tasters and tastemakers alike via their blissfully bizarre tracks and seizure-inducing live shows; however, after recently signing onto the Dine Alone Records roster, the band is ready to make some serious noise in the new decade – in more ways than one…
Initially formed in a Mile-End loft during the winter of 2006 by guitarist/vocalist Louis David Jackson and keyboardist/vocalist Alex Cooper, the current incarnation of Parlovr came about in 2007 when drummer Jeremy MacCuish entered the fold – a catalyst to the fusion of the foiling songwriting styles of the original two. Since, the band has taken off on its own sonic tangent, appropriately dubbed “sloppy pop” in the past; stripped down but salacious and spastic.
The music is about as diverse as the city that spawned it – an interweaving of styles that takes on a shape and shimmer of its own. Raw and reverb-soaked, their independently-released, self-titled debut dropped in late 2008, recorded and produced by Martin Horn at Digital Bird Studios.
The songs found therein are rooted in dramatic dynamics not unlike those that exist between Cooper and Jackson’s foiling songwriting styles – quiet and loud; screams and whispers; sing-alongs and spacey instrumentals; warm low-end and crisp, shimmering leads; short pop jabs and extended epics. You get the idea, right? It’s quirky, it’s catchy, and while it’s full of familiar throwbacks to ‘60s pop, ‘80s post-punk, and ‘90s garage, it’s also refreshing.
Since its release, the album has garnered some great ink in pretty much every well-respected left-of-centre publication here in Canada – Hero Hill, Chartattack, and Hour among them. Even some from the south are taking notice, with Spin magazine calling the band one of the “5 to watch” out of Montreal (it’s pretty much the new Seattle) and The New York Times sharing kind words about their live show. It’s obvious the bandwagon is starting to fill up, and everybody on it is dancing.
Parlovr has spent time bringing their melodies on the road, having toured extensively throughout Canada, New York, France and Europe alongside indie pop peers like Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.
With all of the pieces in place, Parlovr seems set to bring their melodic mayhem to a widespread populace for the new decade.
It’s 2010, and it’s finally cool to say you listen to Parlovr music.

a-ha's Farewell Tour: First US Shows in Over 20 Years!

Multi-million selling Norwegian trio a-ha will return to North America next week for 7 shows, before heading back to Europe for the final leg of their year-long world-wide Farewell Tour. The band will perform together for the very last time in Oslo on 4 December 2010.

Following a fantastic international career spanning 25 years and over 35 million albums sold, a-ha’s Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy will perform their final shows together exactly 25 years after the release of the band’s multi-platinum debut album Hunting High & Low and debut single “Take On Me”, which reached number 1 in 27 countries including the USA. Since that time, “Take On Me” has been played 3 million times on American radio… the equivalent of 375 times a day for 22 years! For a blast from the past, check out the video for “Take On Me” here.

In the mid 80’s the Norwegian trio created teenage hysteria and general pandemonium wherever they went. All told, the band has released 9 studio albums in 25 years, and toured the world many times (more than 500 concerts in 33 countries to be exact), including the legendary show at Maracana Stadium, Rio De Janeiro in 1991 which earned a Guinness World Record for the largest-ever audience attendance at a paid concert – 196,000 people (George Michael, Prince and Guns N' Roses managed to gather only sixty thousand each).

In 2006 the band received the ‘Q Inspiration Award’ in honor of their lasting musical influence. The band returned to the UK Top 5 in 2009 with the album Foot Of The Mountain. The video for the title track can be seen here. In recent years the focus has shifted to the musical legacy they will leave behind, inspiring a whole generation of artists such as Coldplay and Keane to Kanye West, Oasis, The Strokes, Robbie Williams and U2.

The band would like to thank their fans and everyone who has contributed to their amazing journey and say, “We’ve literally lived the ultimate boy’s adventure tale, through a longer, more rewarding career than anyone could hope for. Doing this now will give us a chance to get more involved in other meaningful aspects of life, be it humanitarian work, politics, or whatever else – and of course through new constellations in the field of art and music. We are retiring as a band, not as individuals. Change is always difficult and it is easy to get set in one’s ways. Now it is time to move on.” In keeping with their interest in humanitarian and global causes, a-ha still own a sizeable part of the Amazon rainforest as part of a 1980's reforestation/preservation scheme.More Info Available at www.a-ha.com

DON’T MISS A-HA’S LAST PERFORMANCES IN NORTH AMERICA!

05/06:  New York, NY @ Nokia Theater

05/07:  New York, NY @ Nokia Theater

05/08:  New York, NY @ Nokia Theater

05/10:  Toronto, ONT @ Massey Hall

05/13:  Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater

05/15:  Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live

05/16:  Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live

JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY | STAY GOLD

JFJO celebrated Record Store Day this weekend with a limited edition 7-inch release of "The Sensation Of Seeing Light," which also served as a sneak peak into the quartet's sprawling new album, Stay Gold, that is due on June 22 on CD, Double Gatefold Vinyl and mp3. If you collect wax, it's not too late to track down the single at your favorite indie record stores.

Upcoming JFJO dates are:

June 12 | OK Mozart Festival | Bartlesville, OK
June 16 | The Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH
June 17 | Rochester International Jazz Festival | Rochester, NY
June 18 | Chris' Jazz Cafe | Philadelphia, PA
June 19 | 92Y Tribeca | New York, NY
June 22 | Mill Hill Saloon | Trenton, NJ
June 23 | Parima | Burlington, VT
June 24 & 25 | Outpost 186 | Cambridge, MA
June 26 | Mass Moca | North Adams, MA
July 9 | Festival Lent | Maribor, Slovenia

Railroad Earth: New Album, New Bassist - On TOUR

After celebrating the end of their first decade together with a massive fan release, Railroad Earth Retrospective: 2001-2009, the tightly-woven unit of Railroad Earth is embarking on a new chapter in their musical journey. The rootsy Americana ensemble will hit the stage again on their first tour of 2010 with a new bass player, a new record deal (One Haven Music), and a new album in the can (to be released late Summer 2010) for what is expected to be a great year for the revitalized Railroad Earth. With Spring tour dates mostly focused on the Eastern Seaboard, fans can expect an newly energized live show with surprises around every bend.

After coming off a highly successful 2009, Railroad Earth is preparing for another year of sold-out theaters and large club performances. The band has built up some incredible steam over the past few years with highly notable performances on some of the most prestigious stages in the country, including; the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury, 10,000 Lakes Festival and many more.

Collectively, Railroad Earth wields an impressive arsenal of sounds, with each player bringing a variety of instruments and tones to the collective. The unique howl of an edgy rock-inflected violin, a fat-toned acoustic guitar with sounds bordering on a classic Gibson motif, wild fanning mandolin chording that has an almost piano-like attack, rolling or clawing banjo and dobro, and a slamming rhythm section driven by precise, rock-hard drumming and an aggressively, pumping upright bass. All of this delivered with surprisingly unique vocals, powerful harmonies and world-class songwriting.

To be more precise, Railroad Earth features songwriter/singer, Todd Sheaffer (Lead vocals, acoustic guitars), Tim Carbone (Violin, electric guitar, vocals), John Skehan (Mandolin, vocals), Andy Goessling (Acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon (Drums, hand percussion, vocals) and newcomer Andrew Altman (Upright bass), formerly of the Southeast band, The Codetalkers .

Railroad Earth’s unique sound is one that may be hard to categorize, but is also damn hard to shake! Each live performance is like a journey into the beating heart of American life, its heartaches and its triumphs. A true musical celebration, this is one tour that is not to be missed.

4/22/2010 The 8 x 10 Baltimore Maryland
4/23/2010 The Orange Peel Asheville North Carolina
4/24/2010 Variety Playhouse Atlanta Georgia
4/26/2010 Workplay Theatre Birmingham Alabama
4/27/2010 The Engine Room Tallahassee Florida
4/28/2010 Tipitina's New Orleans Louisiana
4/29/2010 Tipitina's French Quarter New Orleans Louisiana
4/30/2010 Attitudes Bar Blacksburg Virginia
5/1/2010 Washington & Lee University Lexington Virginia
5/13/2010 Port City Music Hall Portland Maine
5/14/2010 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence Rhode Island
5/15/2010 Bromberg's Big Noise Wilmington Delaware
5/20/2010 Keswick Theatre Glenside Pennsylvania
5/21/2010 Brown's Island Richmond Virginia
5/22/2010 Cat's Cradle Carrboro North Carolina
5/23/2010 Visulite Theatre Charlotte North Carolina
5/27/2010 Allegany County Fairgrounds Cumberland Center Maryland
5/28/2010 Allegany County Fairgrounds Cumberland Maryland
5/30/2010 Summer Camp 2010 at Three Sister's Chillicothe Illinois
6/1/2010 Old Rock House St Louis Missouri
6/3/2010 Wakarusa Festival Ozark Arkansas
6/4/2010 Wakarusa Festival Ozark Arkansas
6/6/2010 Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest Augusta New Jersey
6/17/2010 The Temptress (Rocks Off Boat) New York City New York
6/19/2010 Clearwater Festival Croton on Hudson New York
7/1/2010 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy California
7/2/2010 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy California
7/10/2010 All Good Music Festival and Campout Masontown West Virginia
7/16/2010 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Oak Hill New York
7/23/2010 Floydfest Floyd Virginia
7/24/2010 The Stone Pony Asbury Park New Jersey
7/25/2010 Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival Trumansburg New York
8/15/2010 Mile High Music Festival Commerce City Colorado
8/20/2010 YarmonyGrass Music Festival Bond Colorado
8/21/2010 YarmonyGrass Music Festival Bond Colorado
8/27/2010 Music on the Mountaintop Festival Boone North Carolina