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Ziggy Marley "Family Time" @ Boulder Theater

Ziggy Marley presents "Family Time" performing songs from his children's album.

In the wake of his 2006 album Love Is My Religion, which earned his fourth Grammy Award, Ziggy Marley shares his musical love with families - his own and the extended human family. Marley's third solo release, Family Time, is produced with old friend Don Was and will be released this May on Marley's independent Tuff Gong Worldwide label.

An easygoing journey of original tunes and a few covers, the album offers a full collection of family-oriented songs for those already familiar with Marley's beloved work in the genre, and may serve to introduce today's youngest generation to reggae. Highly listenable many times around, a quality that parents will appreciate, Family Time resonates with themes of love, responsibility, unity, freedom and fun (not to mention generosity - proceeds from the sale of Family Time will benefit Chepstowe Basic School in Port Antonio, Jamaica).

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ZIGGY MARLEY presents "FAMILY TIME" Friday, June 12 doors: 10:00am, show 11:00am - GA / 12 & over=$23.50, Under 12=$16.50 On Sale Now!

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com

Family Groove Company: Models & Metrics

Models & Metrics- for the Grateful Web

Having never heard the music of Family Groove Company before, I was intrigued to hear what the buzz is about.  After listening to the Chicago quartet's new album Models & Metrics, I am left still wondering what the buzz is all about.  There is very good musicianship displayed throughout this release, however as with most bands that rely on the experience of playing live their music does not seem to translate well in the studio.

This Midwestern group consisting of Jordan Wilkow on keys/vocals, Mattias Blanck on drums, Adam Lewis on guitar, and Janis Wallin on bass credit Models & Metrics as their fourth full-length album since the bands inception in 2002, and their second this year (Live in Chicago).  It may take a few more tries before this collective gets it right in the studio, but since they are relatively young there is still time for that to happen.

There is no doubt that this band knows how to get down.  Their sound weaves between the 70s soft-rock of Steely Dan, the 90s jam-rock of Phish or even God Street Wine, and the modern jazz of Medeski Martin and Wood.  It definitely has a sweet groove to it, and I can see their music showing more boldness in a live performance.

Where they seem to fall revolves mostly around the songwriting and vocals.  The lyrical sections on this release leave a bit to be desired, and Wilkow's voice sounds too much like a struggling Al Stewart or a less-than-smoky Trevor Garrard.  It does not bode well for the songs that are fairly rich in groove and flow, making me wonder if they would function much better as an instrumental group, evident in such numbers as "Tutear" and "The World is Watching (Part Two)".

Nevertheless, there is some energetic jamming throughout many of these songs which lead me to believe that Family Groove Company would be a worthy band to check out live.  They have, after all, been serious road warriors this year with appearances at the larger festivals such as Wakarusa and Summercamp.  The studio magic may not be present yet, but I am guessing the stage magic is downright funky.

Message from Merl Saunders' family

Merl Saunders - (2.14.34 - 10.24.08)- for the Grateful Web

Merl Saunders stood for music and love – his smile alone told you that.  We loved him very much – and we know that you, his fans, did too.  Sad as we are to lose him, we're very aware of being comforted by the affection coming from all those touched by that smile and that wonderful music.  He was a special man, a beautiful companion, father, grandfather, and family patriarch, and the proof of that spirit is in the way you've reached out to us at his passing.  From our hearts, thank you.  And we know Merl thanks you too.   

Keep on keepin' on, The Saunders Family

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, at 11 am at First AME Zion Church, 2159 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco.  

In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made to either the Rainforest Action Network or the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic.

Family Dog's "Chet Helms Tribal Stomp" Release party Nov 7th

Chet Helms Tribal Stomp- for the Grateful Web

At long last after 2 years of editing and mixing 2b1 Multimedia Inc. is proud to announce the release of the "Chet Helms Tribal Stomp". The package consists of four DVD's and two CD's from the October 2005 concert in Golden Gate Park. Many have called it "the event of the century". The collection centers on the life of "Chet Helms" his influence on the 60's and the "Family Dog."

 

What: The Family Dog's "Chet Helms Tribal Stomp" Memorial concert, sneak preview screening party, Pot Luck.

 

When: November 7th, 7pm to 12pm.

 

Where: 2b1 Multimedia Inc. 3075 17th Street, SF (cross street Folsom)

 

Admission: Free (Open to the Public)

 

Box Set Highlights: 4 DVD's and 2 CD's covering 29 bands, 50 interviews (including people who worked at the family dog), Poster &  Photo Gallery (the family dog), history & liner notes, HD 5 camera video, digitally mastered video and audio, outtakes and much more.  Featuring: Paul Kantner and friends, Blue Cheer, Country Joe, Barry "The Fish" Melton, Lydia Pense, Vince Welnick, David LaFlamme, Canned Heat, Members of Steve Miller's band with Squid Vicious, Nick Gravenites, Annie Sampson, Zero, Quicksilver Gold, Narada Michael Walden, Wavy Gravy, The Charlatans, Terry Haggerty, Jerry Miller, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Rowan Brothers, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Roy Rogers, Natural Act, Jeff Blackburn, James Gurley, Faith Petrice, Roy Blumenfeld, Stephen Gaskin, Michael McClure, Wavy Gravy.

The National Headline 'Co-ops Rock!' Benefit For Family Farmers

Menomena will play in support of the NCGA – photo by Sylvere H- for the Grateful Web

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) are pleased to announce the first annual "Co-ops Rock!" event featuring The National and Menomena on September 19th at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. This concert will attempt to raise awareness and funds for farmers impacted by the recent flooding in the Midwest, as well as secure funds for future natural disasters farmers may face.
 
NCGA is a business services cooperative for 109 consumer-owned food co-ops located throughout the United States. Member stores in the Seattle area include PCC Natural Markets and Central Co-op's Madison Market.  This event will aid the NCGA in raising money to support sustainable food initiatives through a celebration of music and the co-op model, and will feature presentations from impacted organic farmers and videos highlighting nature's impact on the farms over the past year.  In light of this year's flooding in the Midwest, the beneficiary for the first "Co-ops Rock!" event will be Northcountry Cooperative Develop Fund (NCDF) Foundation's Cooperative Disaster Relief Fund, which provides disaster relief to impacted farmers impacted by flooding.

Doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm. Tickets available through www.ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster locations, The Moore and Paramount theatre's or charge by phone at 206-628-0888. "Co-op members and customers are a diverse group of individuals of all backgrounds, beliefs and lifestyles," Robyn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. "They love healthy organic and natural foods, they love great music, and they share a passion for seeking cooperative ways to help others when they need it. "Co-ops Rock! brings all these elements together with great music for the sake of co-op suppliers farmers hit hard by recent flooding," Shrader added. "We hope this event raises a lot of money for the farmers, provides a great evening for attendees and sets the tone for future Co-ops Rock! events."

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About NCGA National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCGA is owned by 109 food co-ops operating more than 130 stores in 32 states with combined annual sales of over $945 million. NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op shoppers everywhere. For a map of co-op member locations, visit www.ncga.coop/member-stores .  To learn more about NCGA, visit www.ncga.coop. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.go.coop.

Becoming What You Abhor: The Lesson Learned from "The Family"

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Recently, eleven members of a group known as "The Family", who are in fact an extremist faction of both the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), were indicted on 65 charges, all related to "eco-terrorist" attacks that were carried out over four and a half years and spanned five states.

While it is easy for most of us to empathize with their concern for the environment and animals, and their discouragement and outrage at how little the masses of society care about these concerns, it is harder to understand what they thought they were accomplishing with their violent attacks.  If their goal was to help further world peace on all levels (ecologically, spiritually, physically, etc…), isn't it counterintuitive to destroy, blow up, vandalize or otherwise harm anything?  As the consummately wise Gandhi believed, we cannot achieve peace through violent means.  It may be easy to think that we must shock or jolt people out of their complacency to make any change in the world, but change is usually not something that comes about in one moment of epiphany.  Usually, it is a series of gradual changes that take place over time.  Unfortunately, when someone uses violence, even if it's to highlight an important injustice or wrong that is happening in society, they then relinquish their right to speak for positive change as they've become part of the problem.  Michael Franti, of the group Spearhead, ask the all-important question in one of his songs, "Are we part of the solution, or are we part the pollution?"

However, the tone and words that officials in the U.S. government have used to condemn these acts strike me as the epitome of hypocrisy.  Although the technical definition of terrorism, according to the American Heritage dictionary, is "the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons," I would like to propose a change in that definition.  Even though most can justify war as lawful and necessary, aren't the bombs we're dropping, the guns we're shooting and the sanctions we've imposed intended to intimidate and coerce societies?  And aren't the majority of these people innocent of any wrongdoing, but unfortunately happen to be in the wrong place at the terribly wrong time?

As the Bible so clearly advises us all, don't point out the speck of wood in another's eye when you have a log in your own.  It also warns:  "Judge not, lest you be judged."

Henry J Hansen for the Grateful Web