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Panic En La Playa Expands to Sister Resort; Rooms on Sale Tomorrow

Cloud 9 Adventures today announces that the original resort host for Panic en la Playa - Now Sapphire - is bringing their sister resort, Now Jade, into the fold. With rooms for Panic en la Playa going on sale tomorrow and an already overwhelming demand for a coveted spot, this announcement comes just in time; the addition of Now Jade promises to double the number of accommodations originally available. Set on the sandy white beaches of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, Panic en la Playa will offer a four-night run of shows from live-music legends Widespread Panic on January 31 – February 4, 2012.

Limited now to 2,000 lucky fans, Panic en la Playa promises Widespread Panic fans an exclusive and intimate run of shows and all of the luxurious benefits offered by the all-inclusive Now family of resorts. Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, days at the Now Sapphire Resort & Spa and Now Jade Resort & Spa will be spent relaxing by the pool, taking a swim in the ocean, or enjoying the incredible on-site restaurants and spa. Then, as the sun goes down, Widespread Panic will take the stage at Now Sapphire for a full two-set show each night. Fans booked at Now Jade will enjoy complimentary shuttle rides to and from the show at Now Sapphire, just a short ride away.

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Event details are as follows:

A truly intimate concert experience, Panic en la Playa is limited to 2000 fans and only those booked at Now Sapphire Resort and Now Jade Resort will be in attendance (Now Sapphire will be available first, when those are sold out, Now Jade will be put up for sale). Tropical View rooms start at $1199 per person and Oceanfront rooms start at $1599 per person. A limited number of rooms are available for families who wish to bring their children, with a complete Kid’s program for children ages 3 - 12.

For fans who want to extend their stay at either resort, Cloud 9 Adventures is offering a special discounted rate for the nights before and after the event. Guests can add an additional night one day prior to their stay and up to three days after the event, for $199.00 a night per person*. These rates are available for January 30th, 2012, and February 4th, 5th, and 6th. For more information and to book a room, please visit www.PanicEnLaPlaya.com.

* Pre / Post nights for the Presidential suites are priced at $225 per person and must be booked over the phone, based on availability.

Delloween featuring Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams, and The Travelin' McCourys


Halloween: A time for costumes, sweet treats, trickery, AND quickly becoming a holiday known for hot music collaborations.  The Del McCoury Band and Keller Williams have a long history together as well as a history of cutting edge Halloween extravaganzas, so the progression to creating a Halloween event together seems only natural.  Delloween will close out the festival season with a 2 day, 2 city indoor festival on wheels with a loopless acoustic set from Keller Williams to start the night, followed by  a set with The Del McCoury Band, and ending with a special late night set featuring both The Travelin’ McCourys and Keller Williams!

The Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams, and The Travelin’ McCourys are festival veterans hitting just about every major festival in the country this summer and Del even has his own festival – DelFest, so that festival spirit will be the backbone of Delloween.  All the Delloween artists are known for pushing the boundaries of music; Williams debuted his Show For Kids this summer at several heavy hitting festivals (with music from his album KIDS) while The Del McCoury Band has been touring and playing in support of the American Legacies album with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Travelin’ McCourys have been promoting the wildly successful Bluegrass Balls series. Delloween will follow suit with innovative sets that all but erase the boundaries of a regular theatre gig.

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Del McCoury Band

Led by a living bluegrass legend (whom The Washington Post hails a "national treasure") and featuring four immensely skilled musicians (including sons Ronnie on mandolin and Rob on banjo, with Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartram on bass), The Del McCoury Band has rightfully received numerous accolades including more than three dozen International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, a Grammy, and multiple Grammy nominations.  This world-class ensemble performs original and traditional compositions with eloquent harmonies and "ferocious, purebred musicianship" (USA Today) that has earned them a wide range of fans, from their diverse group of "Del-Heads" to such respected musicians as Steve Earle, David Grisman and members of Phish and The String Cheese Incident.  In 2008, Del started his own music festival, and DelFest has quickly become one of the premiere music festivals on the east coast.  The band also regularly appears at some of the top festivals in the country including Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Bonnaroo, Philadelphia Folk Fest, High Sierra, Grey Fox, and Austin City Limits Fest.

Keller Williams

Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 16 recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. Williams’ solo live shows—and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band—quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer. Today, whether performing as a one-man band (a stage show constructed around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar connected to a Gibson Echoplex delay system that allows him to simulate a full band), with a backing band (of which he has many - Keller and The Keels, Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe, Grunge Grass among others), or solo acoustic with simply he and his guitar, Keller always reveals himself as an artist of great stylistic breadth and infinite imagination. He is a singer, songwriter and musician, always on a quest for the new. Keller Williams has never followed the prescribed path laid out by the conventional music business but rather one of his own making. It’s a path that has served him well.

The Travelin’ McCourys

The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.

Jason Aldean & Ludacris Collaboration Available On iTunes!

Last night at the 2011 CMT Music Awards, top nominee Jason Aldean and rapper Ludacris brought the house down with an unexpected collaboration of Aldean’s current Top 10 hit “Dirt Road Anthem.”  The remix of the song is now available on iTunes for download.  Additionally, the performance video will be available on Mon., June 13.

"Ludacris absolutely killed his verse of the song," said Aldean.  "He name checks Kenny Rogers and talks about drinking cold beer…that's pretty country, if you ask me!   I think Luda said it best last night at the close of the song when he told the crowd 'History has been made.'  It really did feel like one of those one-in-a-lifetime television moments, and the CMT Music Awards was the perfect show for it.  The fans were crazy!"

To watch Aldean and Ludacris’ performance of “Dirt Road Anthem” from last night’s CMT Music Awards, click here.

Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” is currently the No. one song on the iTunes Country Songs chart, and it plowed its way into the Top 10 on the radio charts this week.  The fan-favorite track is the third single off MY KINDA PARTY that has already spawned two smash hits ( “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson and "My Kinda Party).  The album hit big out of the gate, setting a record as the highest first week debut by a male artist in 4 years, and the now PLATINUM disc it has remained planted at the top of the chart since its Nov. release. 

Lady Antebellum Unveils Album Release Date!

Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal “Group of the Year” Lady Antebellum announced today that their third Capitol Nashville studio album OWN THE NIGHT will be released on Sept. 13, 2011. The album’s lead and record breaking track “Just A Kiss” has quickly become the fastest rising single of the trio’s career, climbing into the Top 15 on Billboard’s Country Singles chart in just five weeks.

“We took more time to write and record this record than we've ever done before,” says Charles Kelley. “I remember looking at Hillary and Dave at the GRAMMYs this year, on the wildest night of our lives, and saying 'this is amazing…we'll never get to experience a moment like this again, but now we have to go home and get to work.'"

"And that's exactly what we did," adds Dave Haywood.  "We packed up and flew home from LA, cleared our calendar of everything and went into rehearsal with the musicians.  I love that part of recording…taking the songs we've written and bringing them to life with these musicians who are so incredibly talented."

“One of our favorite songs on the new record is called 'We Owned The Night,' which is about a special once-in-a-lifetime moment, and we thought that naming the album around that same sentiment was really appropriate," says Hillary Scott. "It's also about the experience we want to create every night in concert for our fans…together, we own the night!"

OWN THE NIGHT follows the band’s GRAMMY winning second disc NEED YOU NOW.  Since its release in Jan. 2010, the album has sold over five million copies across the globe, spawned three multi-week No. one hits (“Need You Now,” “American Honey,” “Our Kind of Love”), taken home five GRAMMY Awards and scored over a dozen other award show trophies.

For updates on OWN THE NIGHT and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

My Morning Jacket Debut at #5 on Billboard Chart, Play Bonnaroo on Friday

My Morning Jacket’s new album, Circuital, debuted at #5 this week on the Billboard Albums chart with nearly 55,000 copies sold.  This is both the band’s highest first week of sales and their highest charting position ever.  It also landed at #1 at Indie Retail.

The band stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, where they performed “Circuital.”  Clocking in at 6 minutes this was the longest performance by any artist to date on the show.  If you missed it, click HERE to watch My Morning Jacket play “You Wanna Freak Out,” which they played afterwards as a web exclusive.  The guys are also hitting Bonnaroo this weekend for a set at 8pm on Friday at the “What” stage, their first main stage appearance. Catch it live on VEVO!

Circuitalis the group’s first album recorded in their home base of Louisville, Kentucky.  It laid down almost entirely live to capture an honest spirit and human spontaneity throughout.  My Morning Jacket will kick off a full US tour in support of the album, including August dates with Neko Case, shortly after Bonnaroo.

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My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:

* = $1 from each ticket will be donated to a local charity
Go to www.mymorningjacket.com for more details

06/10:  Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
06/16:  Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
06/17:  Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
06/22:  Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre
06/24: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
06/26:  Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
06/28:  Portland, OR @ Edgefield
06/29:  Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
06/30-07/03:  Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
7/2 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
07/11:  Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
07/12:  Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
07/16: Southwold  @ Latitude Festival
07/17: London  @ Somerset House
8/2 St. Louis, MO The Pageant 
8/3 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater 
08/04:  Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/05-08/13:  Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival

TOUR DATES W/ NEKO CASE:
8/7 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park 
8/8 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion 
8/10 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE 
8/12 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 
8/14 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion 
8/16 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook 
8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 
8/21 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater

Four Nights with Widespread Panic in Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Cloud 9 Adventures today announces Panic en la Playa, the newest music destination event in the Cloud 9 family, which also includes Mayan Holidaze, Jam Cruise and Holy Ship! Set on the sandy white beaches of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, Panic en la Playa will offer a four-night run of shows from live-music legends Widespread Panic on January 31 – February 4, 2012.

Limited to only 1,000 lucky fans, Panic en la Playa promises Widespread Panic fans an exclusive and intimate run of shows and all of the luxurious benefits offered by the all-inclusive Now Sapphire Resort & Spa. Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, days at the resort will be spent relaxing by the pool, taking a swim in the ocean, or enjoying the incredible on-site restaurants and spa. Then, as the sun goes down, Widespread Panic will take the stage for a full two-set show each night.

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Event details are as follows:

A truly intimate concert experience, Panic en la Playa is limited to 1000 fans and only those booked at Now Sapphire Resort will be in attendance. Tropical View rooms start at $1199 per person and Oceanfront rooms start at $1599 per person. A limited number of rooms are available for families who wish to bring their children, with a complete Kid’s program for children ages 3 - 12.

For fans that want to extend their stay at the beautiful Now Sapphire Resort & Spa, Cloud 9 Adventures is offering a special discounted rate for the nights before and after the event. Guests can add an additional night one day prior to their stay and up to three days after the event, for $199.00 a night per person*. These rates are available for January 30th, 2012, and February 4th, 5th, and 6th. For more information and to book a room, please visit www.PanicEnLaPlaya.com.

* Pre / Post nights for the Presidential suites are priced at $225 per person and must be booked over the phone, based on availability.

Panic en la Playa is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures

This Desert Rocks - Desert Rocks Music Festival

Besides a plethora of giant fiddle contests, I really have no festival experience to speak of. (Don’t get me wrong, fiddle participants can booze, substance-abuse, and play the shit out of acoustic instruments till the sun rises) But that's a different story.  Let's get back to Desert Rocks, and how I am so fulfilled with my first festival journey! It was a weekend of love and acceptance, filled with the young, the transient, the locals, and the Coloradoans (not all of them, but a lot).

iClips.net to Stream Sold-Out Widespread Panic Red Rocks shows

For music fans all over the country, it wouldn’t quite be summer without a run of Widespread Panic shows at Colorado’s breathtaking Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For the band’s 2011 visit – happening June 24-25-26 - iClips.net will be onsite documenting the sold out run. “Widespread Panic: Live From Red Rocks” webcast, available at iClips.net and LiveWidespreadPanic.com, will offer full performance real-time video streaming, bringing three nights of epic music directly into people’s homes.

Performances can be purchased separately or as a 3-night package, including a limited number of 3-night packages with an exclusive event poster signed by the band. Visit WidespreadPanic.com to purchase webcasts and for more information.

“This being the 25th anniversary of Widespread Panic, we felt it appropriate to simulcast the Red Rocks shows because they have been such a huge part of our 25 years of touring,” says Buck Williams, Widespread Panic’s co-manager. iClips.net CEO and Founder Nate Parienti adds, “During a Widespread Panic show at Red Rocks, the energy is palpable. We’re thrilled to capture it on video and try and bring as much of the experience as possible to the folks at home who aren't able to be there in person.”

Frank Sinatra's inaugural Reprise album reissued on Concord

Concord Records marks the 50th anniversary of a pivotal transition in Frank Sinatra’s career with a digitally remastered version of Ring-A-Ding Ding. Under license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), the album is set for release on June 7, 2011.

By the end of the 1950s, Sinatra had spent nearly ten years on Capitol, where he’d made some outstanding recordings. But at the dawn of a new decade, he was eager to establish a creative environment of his own making — one that would open up new territory to explore and take him a step closer to realizing his unique creative vision.

The result was the establishment of Reprise, his own record label and his primary base of operations for the remainder of his career. His initial recording on the new label was Ring-A-Ding Ding, a 1961 album that not only captured Sinatra at the top of his game with a self-confident swagger, but — with the help of songwriters like Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, and arrangements by Johnny Mandel — also captured the optimistic tenor of the period.

In addition to the 12 songs from the original recording, the 50th anniversary reissue also features two bonus tracks — “Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart” and a previously unreleased version of “Have You Met Miss Jones?” The packaging also includes extensive new liner notes by Frank Sinatra Jr., who shares personal memories of his father during the founding of Reprise and the making of the album as well as annotations and insights for each track.

“As the new decade began, like Midas, everything Sinatra touched turned to gold,” says Frank Jr. “His movies were box office blockbusters, his records were gold, his concerts were standing room only, and with the help of his tireless efforts, he had been very instrumental in helping his friend John F. Kennedy become the 35th President of the United States. It was no wonder that for Frank Sinatra, the period of time in which he was living could only be referred to as ‘Ring-A-Ding Ding.’ The music in this premier Reprise recording reflected that state of mind in every note.”


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TRACK LIST
Ring-A-Ding Ding
Let’s Fall in Love
Be Careful, It’s My Heart
A Foggy Day
A Fine Romance
In The Still of the Night
The Coffee Song
When I Take My Sugar to Tea
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
You’d Be So Easy To Love
You and the Night and the Music
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

BONUS TRACKS:
Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart

Fool's Gold Set To Release New Album, Leave No Trace

Fool’s Gold was originally formed in Los Angeles by Lewis Pesacov and Luke Top as a large open-ended collective, at times ranging between 12-15 members. After many tours following the release of their self-titled debut album (2009), they organically evolved into a tight-knit five-member "band," featuring vocalist/bassist Luke Top, guitarist Lewis Pesacov, drummer Garrett Ray, multi-instrumentalist Brad Caulkins, and percussionist Salvador Placencia. Confident, focused and much more personal, this new line-up allowed for the dynamic of the group to blossom, redefining and sculpting their sound for the sophomore LP: Leave No Trace.

Much of Leave No Trace was written the last week of 2010, during late night and early morning sessions in a rented house in Wonder Valley, CA, at the edge of the Mojave desert. Produced by Pesacov (who also produced the Best Coast LP), the majority of the album was recorded live in one room at Infrasonic Studios in Alhambra in East LA, on a slow speed on an old 2" tape machine, the perfect format to capture the sonic warmth of the hazy, late night musical space these songs engender. The music on Leave No Trace is built on soulful vocals, evocative lyrics, driving beats, tightly wound percussion, and warm synthesizers, all woven together with interlocking, nimble and slashing guitar lines, and influenced by a shared love of the music from the Caribbean and Africa, 60s soul and blues, and synth-based English new wave.

Those familiar with Fool’s Gold will quickly realize an obvious distinction on Leave No Trace: the new record is sung predominately in English, an intuitive choice for Top, much in the way the debut album leaned towards Hebrew. Whereas singing in Hebrew on the debut allowed Top to find his voice and come out of his shell as a performer and songwriter, as the words and more personal themes for the new record started to take shape, he knew he had to express them as clearly as possible, both to himself and to the listener, in English.

Fool’s Gold’s Leave No Trace is out August 16th on IAMSOUND.

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Leave No Trace tracklisting:

01. The Dive

02. Wild Window

03. Street Clothes

04. Leave No Trace

05. Balmy

06. Narrow Sun

07. Tel Aviv

08. Mammal

09. Bark and Bite

10. Lantern