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The Walkmen Sign To Fat Possum Records

Esteemed indie rock act, The Walkmen, announce their signing to Fat Possum Records.  The band is currently in the studio with Chris Zane recording the follow-up to 2008's widely-acclaimed LP You & Me.

The band kicks off 2010 with a couple New York City plays including MOMA's Opening Night Armory Show benefit on March 3rd and an intimate engagement at Brooklyn's The Bell House on April 1st where they'll showcase songs from the upcoming album.  A 24-hour pre-sale begins tomorrow (more details below).

The band also travels to Austin, TX to play NPR's South By Southwest Showcase March 17th at Stubbs. For the third year running, NPR Music will present, broadcast, and webcast the opening night showcase which features performances by The Walkmen, Spoon, and soon to be named acts.

The Bell House pre-sale begins at noon EST on Thursday, February 11th.  Public onsale  will take place on Friday, February 12th. More details can be found at http://www.thewalkmen.com.

SNL's Christine Ohlman's new CD with Marshall Crenshaw

Christine Ohlman, a.k.a. “The Beehive Queen,” whose “day job” is that of the flashy, gritty long-time featured vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band, has completed her first new album in five years, The Deep End, to be released by the Horizon Music Group through Selct-O-Hits on April 6, 2010.

Having won the respect of many fellow artists over the years, Ohlman recruited a stellar group of them to contribute to the new CD, including Marshall Crenshaw, Dion DiMucci and Ian Hunter as duet partners, as well as an all-star list of accompanists: G.E. Smith, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel from the Del-Lords, NRBQ veteran Big Al Anderson, Catherine Russell, the Asbury Juke Horns (Chris Anderson and Neal Pawley) and more.

Working in a swampy, guitar-driven style of contemporary rock/R&B, Ohlman and The Deep End co-producer Andy York (John Mellencamp) crafted 15 songs of life and love tempered by loss. It is Ohlman’s first album of new work since 2004; her recording hiatus followed the deaths of both long-time producer and mate Doc Cavalier and guitarist and founding member of Ohlman’s Rebel Montez band, Eric Fletcher. (The band presently includes Michael Colbath, bass; Cliff Goodwin, guitar; and Larry Donahue, drums.)

Christine is a musicologist of note of whom SNL bandleader Lenny Pickett, quoted in the New York Times, once said, “She knows the really good, obscure stuff.” The covers on The Deep End were lovingly chosen from her fabled record collection. She duets with Dion on the obscure Southern soul gem “Cry Baby Cry” and with Crenshaw on a Motown classic, Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells’ “What’s the Matter With You Baby.” A third duet with Ian Hunter on Ohlman’s own “There Ain’t No Cure” celebrates her love of the music and language of the Delta behind a punked-out, soul-searing groove. It’s one of a group of eleven new originals that includes “The Gone of You” (a song of loss and longing so central to The Deep End’s theme that it appears twice: in a full-band version and in York’s evocative, loop-driven demo, dubbed “After Hours” both for Ohlman’s late-night vocal and its darkest-before-the-dawn sensibility); the Muscle Shoals-tinged ballad “Like Honey”; flat-out barnburners “Bring It With You When You Come” and “Born To Be Together”; and Ohlman’s post-Katrina lament “The Cradle Did Rock,” which will appear later this year alongside tracks by Irma Thomas, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint as a bonus cut to the reissue of Get You A Healin’, a CD benefitting the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.  The late Eric Fletcher is memorialized in the album’s third cover, a pristine reading of Link Wray’s “Walkin’ Down the Street Called Love.”

Ohlman and her previous recordings have impressed critics. The late Brownsville Station leader, bluesman and musicologist Cub Koda, writing in Stereo Review, believed, “Musical treasures like this don’t come along very often. Ohlman is the number one secret weapon in America’s gal-singin’ sweepstakes.” Charles M. Young in Playboy observed, “The first thing you notice is her tough, rousing, sexy voice.” Elmore magazine noted: “Few singers today are truly versed like Ohlman in all things soul. Tough and raw around the edges, she belts with a voice steeped in the heritage of this musical tradition.” All Music’s Hal Horowitz raved: “Ohlman never sings a tune halfway . . .she’s the leader of the pack.” And of the new album, critic/broadcaster Dave Marsh said, “There are so many ‘wow’ moments.”

In addition to her years on Saturday Night Live, Ohlman has an impressive resume. She sings on the theme song for 30 Rock; performed at Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary bash at Madison Square Garden with George Harrison and Chrissie Hynde; performed at President Obama’s Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C.; led Big Brother & the Holding Company in a Central Park tribute to Janis Joplin; worked on a musical with Cy Coleman, who compared her sense of timing to that of Peggy Lee; and frequently duets with blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Eddie Kirkland. She also edited Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham’s autobiography 2Stoned (Oldham described Ohlman’s Wicked Time as “a deep swamp theme to a movie Burt Reynolds wished he’d made’)  and worked with Bonnie Raitt and Ry Cooder at the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Awards — all while continuing to torch clubs up and down the Eastern Seaboard with Rebel Montez. She counts among her friends Willie Nile, Syd Straw, Charlie Musselwhite, Hal Willner, David Johansen, Paul Thorn and Marshall Chess.

A Connecticut native and resident, Ohlman played with G.E. Smith in the Scratch Band in the 1970s, leading to her long association with Saturday Night Live. Her stint in fabled Studio 8H of Rockefeller Center includes the Sinead O’Connor and Ashley Simpson meltdowns (she was present for both) and the current season’s hilarious “Swine Fever” commercial parody, featuring a magnificently beehived Ohlman in full Dolly Parton regalia. She fondly recalls waltzing around 8-H with the late Chris Farley to Paul McCartney’s impromptu rehearsal performance of “Hey Jude.” With her long-time mate, the late Doc Cavalier producing, Ohlman released four records with Rebel Montez: The Hard Way (1995), the live Radio Queen (1997), Wicked Time (1999) and Strip (2003). In 2008 with current business partners Alex DeFelice and Vic Steffens at Horizon Music Group, she released a career compilation called Re-Hive. Yet she has remained under the radar — a best-kept secret. Until now.

Reflecting on The Deep End’s central theme of love both lost and found, Ohlman says, “Rosanne Cash and I were talking and she asked me if I’d written sad songs. It wasn’t until then that I realized I hadn’t. Ultimately, this album is about love and the courage to fall into it. Loss just informs you; it opens emotional doors that couldn’t possibly have opened before, no matter how much you thought you knew about it. I wrote about love — the newness of it, the glory of it, the loss of it, the sadness that can come from it, the wonder of it . . . the sweet bitterness of it.”

33rd Cape May Jazz Festival April 16-18, 2010

Immerse yourself in jazz vocals from ballads to low-down blues, mellow sax, high-pitch trumpet, Latin piano at the 33rd Cape May Jazz Festival April 16-18, 2010, presented by Bank of America and New Jersey Department of Travel and Tourism. Spyro Gyra opens up the festival Friday night with music that encompasses straight-ahead jazz, blues, Latin, Brazilian, instrumental pop, funk and fusion.  For more than 3 decades  Spyro Gyra has been dominating the contemporary jazz scene and still has a snap, originality and fresh sound which appeals to both old and new fans. Blues singer Shemekia Copeland opens up Saturday night with her huge, blast-furnace voice which gives her music a timeless power and heart-pounding urgency.  Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up.

Friday night tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield, one of the most impressive young tenors around, will pay Tribute to Shirley Scott with his organ quintet. Warfield wanted to pay tribute to Shirley using the Hammond B-3 to relate his happy, soulful experiences with music they performed together, songs introduced by her or original compositions Warfield wrote with her in mind.  Continuing Friday night guitarist Monnette  Sudler will perform in Carneys Main Room with tenor Bootsie Barnes, trombonist Steve Turre and Aaron Graves on keys for a slamming hard-bop groove.  For a total change of pace vocalist Marta Topferova, who moved from Prague to New York City and immersed herself in the dynamic clusters of Latin American life, will entertain in Carneys Other Room with her elegant, low-key misty voice backed by stellar musicians who include Latin sounds from Cuban, Argentinian tango to Venezuelan rhythms. Mississippi Heat is one of Chicago’s hottest blues bands playing traditional Chicago blues with their  band leader’s golden tone on the harmonica and vocalist Inetta Visor permeating Cabanas  Friday night.

Saturday afternoon starts out with prejams  in both rooms at Carneys with the up-and-coming youth bands Tom Zmuda and Thursday Night Jazz and the Divine Jazz Combo followed by jam sessions.  Georgie Bonds, a world-class singer, songwriter and blues entertainer, will continue the blues tradition with Delta blues in Cabanas.

Saturday night continues with the exciting Cuban piano player Chuchito Valdes returning for 2 shows in the Grand Hotel Ballroom.  Chuchito raised a mountain of rhythmic intensity with power and passion at the April 2008 festival   following in the footsteps of his grandfather Bebo and father Chucho Valdes blending elements of Afro-Cuban music, jazz, bebop, mambo and cha-cha-cha.   Another jazz festival favorite vocalist Juanita Williams along with Fred Hughes on piano will perform at the Jazz Dinner and 11pm show in Aleathea’s Restaurant.  Juanita came up musically by way of gospel, was inspired  by  blues greats Etta James and Aretha Franklin and sings sweet soul music and gritty blues with originality, sass and flair.  Pianist Fred Hughes, another festival favorite, compliments Juanita playing dynamic piano solos.  Appearing in Carneys Main Room B. D. Lenz has been described as one of the hottest new contemporary jazz guitarists on the scene today fusing  jazz and rock complemented by warm chords of funk, soul, rhythm and blues to dance to.  Carneys Other Room presents The Shook-Russo Quartet who is composing their own original music within the jazz idiom honoring the masters by carrying on the mainstream tradition with the huge sound and driving groove of Amy Shook on bass and the incredibly skillful Frank Russo on drums.   Jesse Andrus, a favorite tenor/alto sax and flute player seen at the jams, will be in the Boiler Room with his group Absolute Truth Saturday night.  Absolute Truth weaves jazz with soul, R&B, African and Latin rhythms, gospel, blues and funk which creates a sound that is at once fresh and familiar honoring the masters who came before them while creating a sound all their own.   Performing in Cabanas the multi-talented  Ray  Schinnery  will stir the soul with his vocals, move you to hilarity with his lyrics and woo you with his guitar.
Pre-Jam Sunday opens up with the Little Jazz Giants and the Young Lions in 2 rooms at Carneys followed by 2 Jam Sessions along with the Charles Walker Blues Band in Cabanas.  Hailing from Wisconsin the 5-piece Walker band performs various styles of blues, R&B and funk with Walker’s expressive saxophone stealing the show along with Shanna Jackson’s  powerfully deep soulful voice.

The schedule, musician’s pictures, information and sounds bytes are found on the web at www.capemayjazz.org.  For more information on reduced price All Event Weekend Pass including reserved seating or to be put on the mailing list please call 609-884-7277.  An All Event Weekend Pass to attend 18 events beginning 8pm Friday through 4pm Sunday is $150 general admission. Individual Friday or Saturday Night All Event Wristbands are $55.  Saturday Afternoon Jam Wristbands are $35, Sunday Jams $25.  Reserved Seating is available at the Theatre at Lower Regional High School for an additional $25 per person. Complimentary Festival Transportation running every 10 minutes is available between venues all weekend.

The 33rd Cape May Jazz Festival is presented by New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism VisitNJ.Com and Bank of America and sponsored by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, Barefoot Wines, Jazz Times, WRTI Temple Public Radio, WBGO Jazz 88, WMGM  TV40, WCFA 101.5, WTTH the Touch, Cape May Star and Wave, Verizon Wireless with generous support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, local businesses and donors.

DSO Spring Tour

New West Coast Dates

As the winter ice begins to melt, we will start our Spring Tour in April. Joining us on guitar and vocals for this tour will be Stu Allen of (JGB). With his eagerness to improvise and his commitment to making every performance unique, Stu has made extensive contributions to the jam music scene. In the early 1990's, he co-founded the Minnesota-based acoustic-electric jam band, Blue Man Jive. In addition, he is a founding member of The Jones Gang , Minneapolis' premier Grateful Dead tribute band. He can't wait to get out on the road and play for you folks.The tour will kick off with a run through the Colorado Rockies including stops in Aspen, Avon and 2 nights in Boulder at The Boulder Theater of all places! From there, it's westward bound to Portland, Seattle and Reno before another 2 night stand, this time in San Francisco at The Regency Ballroom. After San Fran it's on to LA for a show at the El Rey Theatre before closing out the tour in Solona Beach. Rocky Mountain High to California Sun. Hope to see you out there!

Visit our TOUR DATES PAGE for tickets, more info and additional show announcements this coming week.

A Cosmic Time Was Had By All

It seemed that everyone had a blast this year as we celebrated the New Year in Baltimore at Rams Head Live with 6 plus hours of music. The Bridge kicked off the night with a smokin' set with Rob Koritz sitting in for most of the show. We then rolled into our 2nd ever Acoustic Set on the east coast: Deep Elem, Monkey, Cold Jordan, You Ain't Woman Enough, Midnight Moonlight, Mountains of the Moon into Ripple. We took a short break and rocked right into our 1st Electric Set: Help>Slip>Franklin's, Cassidy (w/Donna), Next Time You See Me, Cumberland, Midnight Hour - into the countdown and back to Midnight Hour>China>Rider. At midnight, there was the thunder of confetti cannons, a shower of balloons and a return of Father Time as he welcomed in the New Year by shadowing the musicians and dancing his timeless freaky dance with Donna Jean. As the confetti settled and the balloons kept bouncing, we went into our 3rd Set Scarlet (w/Donna)>William Tell>The Eleven>Fire(w/Both ladies)>Drumz>Sp...anish jam>Alligator>Blues for Allah>St Stephen>Viola Lee. Encores w/ both ladies...I'll Be With Thee>Tangled Up in Blue. We hope that you all had as much fun as we did and we wish you all the happiest and healthiest of New Years.

The Boat Was A Rockin'

As the ship set sail, DSO launched their first set of the week on the Pool Deck with an original setlist packed with gems. A massive segway of Playin in the Band-> Cryptical->The Other One->Cryptical->Drums->Space->Playin in the Band->Eyes of the World->Sugar Magnolia sent the ship dancing into the high seas. A couple nights later the band held court in the Teatro Carlo Felice Theater closing out night 4 of the cruise. From the opening jam that led to Shakedown Street, the night was on. The sets highlight was the run of Alligator->St Stephen->William Tell Bridge->The Eleven->Drums->Space-> Truckin->Death Don't Have No Mercy->Lovelight.

In addition to the two formal sets, various DSO members were found all over the boat in different musical groupings. Both Rob Koritz and Rob Barraco were found in The Jam Room well past 5:00 am on more than one occasion. Rob Koritz joined The Everyone Orchestra for their improvised set. Dino joined the Rock Star Karaoke Band which included members of Hot Buttered Rum. As pictures and recordings surface we are sure to uncover other stories and will share them as they come to light.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Winter Tour 2010
02/03 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN TICKETS
02/04 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
02/05+ Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
02/06+ Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
02/08 Englert Civic Theatre Iowa City, IA TICKETS
02/10 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
02/11 The Pageant St. Louis, MO TICKETS
02/12 Egyptian Room at Murat Center Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
02/13 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
02/14 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH TICKETS
02/16 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
02/18 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
02/19+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/20+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/21 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
02/24 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL TICKETS
02/25 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS TICKETS
02/26+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
02/27+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
03/01 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL TICKETS
03/03 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA TICKETS
03/04 House of Blues Houston, TX TICKETS
03/05 House of Blues Dallas, TX TICKETS
03/06 Stubb's Waller Creek Austin, TX TICKETS
Just Announced - Spring Tour
04/07 Belly Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/08 Vilar Center Avon, CO
04/09 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/10 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
04/17 The Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA TICKETS
04/19 Ashland Armory Ashland, OR
04/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA
04/22 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/23 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/24 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/28 El Rey Theater Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
04/30 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
05/01 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson

Thanks to Jam Cruise for throwing a great party!

Girl Talk's Night Ripper Now Available On Vinyl!

It’s been over three years since the release of Girl Talk’s Night Ripper, the groundbreaking album that ultimately launched Gregg Gillis’ frenzied career and brought him to the attention of so many. Finally, tomorrow, December 8th, Illegal Art is making that record available to the masses for the first time on 180-gram 2 LP vinyl! Just in time for the holidays!

A limited edition 180-gram 2 LP pink vinyl version of Night Ripper will be sold for $100 with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity organization, mycharity: water. The goal is to find at least 50 donors allowing for Illegal Art and Girl Talk to fund a $5,000 well that will provide clean water for a community for 20 years.

Night Ripper vinyl (limited-edition pink and regular version) can be purchased here: http://illegal-art.net/shop#release113

To go directly to the mycharity: water page, visit: http://mycharitywater.org/gt_nr_pinkvinyl

Though Night Ripper was many people’s first introduction to Girl Talk, Gillis had been dedicating himself to creating sample-based music for over six years prior to that album’s release, with each record embracing pop music more and more. The two initial Girl Talk album’s, Secret Diary and Unstoppable, are now being released via a “Pay What You Want” plan on Illegal Art. Unstoppable is available now; Secret Diary will be available on January 5, 2010. Pay What You Want for these Girl Talk releases and more at http://www.illegal-art.net/shop.

Its hard to believe Girl Talk’s last record, Feed The Animals, was just released last year with the pace he’s been keeping and amount Gillis has accomplished since then. Girl Talk has perpetually been on the go since before that album’s release, essentially being on tour for two years straight playing festivals (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Treasure Island, Summer Camp, Monolith, Osheaga, Virgin MobileFree Fest, Wanderlust, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, All Points West, Detroit Electronic Music Festival and more), shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and across Europe, a sold out 5-week tour in 2008, plus multiple mini-tours and shows for colleges across the country almost every week. He’s just finished playing three shows in Mexico, will head to Chicago for New Year’s (a 4,500 capacity show that sold out in less than two weeks!) and then will head down under to Australia and New Zealand for the Big Day Out festival. With the amount of energy he puts into each show, you’d never know how long he’s been on the go. Who knows what Girl Talk will have in store for 2010?!

Girl Talk Upcoming Tour Dates:

Thu. 12/31 -- Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater w/ Hearts of Darknesses & Urbindex DJ Set, Grand Buffet

Fri. 1/15 -- Auckland, NZ @ Big Day Out

Sun. 1/17 -- Gold Coast, AUS @ Big Day Out

Wed. 1/20 -- Melbourne, AUS @ Palace

Fri. 1/22 -- Sydney, AUS @ Big Day Out

Sat. 1/23 -- Sydney, AUS @ Big Day Out

Mon. 1/25 -- Newtown, AUS @ The Enmore

Tue. 1/26 -- Melbourne, AUS @ Big Day Out

Fri. 1/29 -- Adelaide, AUS @ Big Day Out

Sun. 1/31 -- Perth, AUS @ Big Day Out

Sun. 5/2 -- East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands Sports Complex

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

Orenda Fink: New Album Ask The Night Out Now

Orenda Fink's sophomore solo album Ask The Night arrived in stores on Tuesday. Following her heralded 2005 release Invisible Ones, the new album is an homage to her Southern roots and inspired by traditional American folk music and Southern Gothic literature. The album has been striking a chord with the press; the blog Captain's Dead remarked, "Orenda Fink's Ask The Night...plain and simple is a beautiful and haunting record and definitely one of my favorite sounding records of the year...Highly recommended!"

Yesterday, PasteMagazine.com premiered new album track "That Certain-Something Spring" here. A full album stream is also currently available on AOL Music's Spinner blog.  Prefix premiered her first single "High Ground" (featuring Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse) on August 25th; KCRW also named the song their 'Top Tune' on September 2nd.

Orenda will travel to New York City for the CMJ Music Marathon later this month to perform at an Oct. 21st day party presented by Rachael Ray's Feedback, The Syndicate, and Amnesty International, as well as the Saddle Creek showcase on Oct. 22nd.

OCT. 21         NEW YORK, NY         THE STUDIO AT WEBSTER HALL
(Day party; 5pm set)

OCT. 22         BROOKLYN, NY         KNITTING FACTORY - BROOKLYN
(Saddle Creek showcase; 12am set)

Live Dead & Dead Guise Jam Into the Night At Ashkenaz

On Friday June 12, at around 9:25 I walked into Ashkenaz on San Pablo Ave, in Berkeley, to the sounds of the Dead Guise playing their opening set of acoustic Grateful Dead covers, in a style similar to the Grateful Dead’s early 80’s acoustic albums Reckoning and Dead Set.

Steve Kimock and Friends Pen Second Night at The NorVa

photo by Tawny- for the Grateful Web

After an initial sell out, Passion Presents Steve Kimock and Friends for a second night performance at the NorVa Theater in the heart of Norfolk, VA. The exclusive appearance will also feature legendary Hammond B3 player, Melvin Seals, among other distinctive surprise guests. The two-night event takes place on March 7th and March 8th, slated to coincide with the Phish reunion shows at nearby Hampton Coliseum.  $1 of all tickets sold on the March 8th show will go to support the Rex Foundation.

Steve Kimock & Friends featuring Melvin Seals
March 7th & 8th
NorVa Theater - Norfork, VA
www.thenorva.com
Show: 12:00AM

Marking Kimock's first shows of 2009, this weekend event promises to bring some great new performers to the stage for the first time under the Steve Kimock & Friends moniker. With a number of scheduled concerts in the area, lips are sealed on who will actually take the stage at either show. This special event preludes the launch of his new band Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, whose national tour begins in subsequent weeks.  

Steve Kimock has performed in an evolving line-up of "friends" since the early 90's that have featured such guests as Keller WilliamsJeff Sipe, George Porter Jr, Donna Jean-Godchaux, Merl Saunders, Martin Fierro, Reed Mathis, Kyle Hollingsworth, Robert Walter, Pete Sears, John Molo and even Michael Franti. While each event has been entirely unique and in the moment, there is no doubt that SK&F continues to stand the test of time with Kimock continuing to mesmerize audiences with his inspired guitar speak. Event organizers at Passion Presents, who are also celebrating their five-year anniversary in conjunction with this event, are encouraging music fans to buy their tickets in advance. Single night tickets for March 7th are sold out; however, there are a limited number of weekend passes now available, along with tickets for March 8th, at www.kimock.com

For 5 years Passion Presents has been Humboldt County, California's comprehensive music production company featuring high grade sound, an exhilarating line up of events, persistent dedication to the enrichment of our community, and an unparalleled devotion to fans.  Their 5th Anniversary allows them to revisit and reconfirm their mission statement. As of press time, Passion Presents owner, Steve Watts, has finished serving three years on the Arcata Board of Directors, in an executive capacity, along with the Arcata Economic Development Committee, and the Arcata Main Street Board of Directors. He currently serves as the city's events liaison for their 4th of July festivities and annual Oysterfest. 2009 also sees Passion Presents co-owner, Mathew Beck, returning as the Touring Director of Phish's non-profit organization, The Waterwheel Foundation. Passion Presents is proud to support the Rex Foundation in 2009 through several upcoming events, including donating $1 of every ticket sold for the 5th Anniversary Celebration at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA on Sunday, March 8th, as well as for Steve Kimock Crazy Engine at the Red Fox Tavern March 31st & April 1st.  Passion Presents is proud to reaffirm their commitment to working with non-profit organizations.

Dark Star Orchestra's Two Night Celebration @ Boulder Theater

photos by Laura McDaniel- for the Grateful Web

A two night celebration of the Dead! Giving homage in a continually evolving artistic outlet, the Dark Star Orchestra recreates historic Grateful Dead set lists with compelling accuracy. Each night, the Chicago-based band decides on performing one show from the over 2,500 that the Grateful Dead originally performed during their 30 year tenure as fathers of improvisational rock.

Dark Star Orchestra presents the complete original set list, song by song, and in order, with uncanny faithful interpretation. To date, DSO has covered more than 1,500 different Grateful Dead shows The group has their craft so well-refined that even members of the Dead themselves, rhythm guitarist/singer Bob Weir, drummer Bill Kreutzmann, and late keyboardist Vince Welnick, have appeared on stage and performed with these live music interpreters.

Precision is king with this group, who position the stage plot based on the year of Grateful Dead show they are performing. Dark Star Orchestra adapts their phrasing, voice arrangements, and even arranges specific musical equipment for the various eras in which they perform.

At the end of every performance, the band announces the date and venue where the original show just covered took place. Dark Star Orchestra dips into every incarnation of the Dead, so most fans can "see" shows that happened long before some were born.

GA / $29.50 
Friday, 21+ 
 Saturday, All Ages Balcony
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.