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Tea Leaf Green On Tour This Winter

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It's been a busy summer for San Francisco's rising stars Tea Leaf Green, who made several festival appearances, including their second consecutive year at Bonnaroo.  Two years ago, the band played an epic debut performance to a Bonnaroo crowd of nearly 10,000; the audience spilled from under the massive tented area to be part of Tea Leaf Green history.  Since then, with non-stop touring and two critically acclaimed releases, Tea Leaf Green has garnered themselves a position among today's brightest young rockers.

Tea Leaf Green's latest release, Rock 'n' Roll Band (October 2006), captures lightning in a bottle. Available separately in both CD & DVD formats, the project joins the band for an evening performance at The Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, and offers an intimate look at a day in the life of a young rock band on the rise. The DVD was directed by filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann, son of The Grateful Dead's Billy Kreutzmann.

In November 2007, after 10 years touring with Tea Leaf Green, bassist Ben Chambers left the band to pursue life off the road.  Now, Tea Leaf Green welcomes friend and colleague Reed Mathis (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) to the TLG organization.  Audiences can experience Tea Leaf Green's electrifying live show this fall at theaters coast to coast. The current list of confirmed dates is as follows:

December 07 Rio Theatre Santa Cruz CA
December 08 Troubadour West Hollywood CA
December 20-21 19 Broadway Fairfax CA
December 29 Beacon Theater New York NY supporting Gov't Mule
January 11 Bluebird Theater Denver CO
January 12 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
January 13 Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins CO
January 14 Ski Jam - Steamboat Music Tent Steamboat Springs CO
January 18-19 Crystal Bay Club Crystal Bay Nevada co-bill with Hot Buttered Rum
February 29 - March 01 Fillmore San Francisco CA
March 14-16 Jam in the 'Dam Amsterdam Netherlands

More dates to be announced.

Since the release of the band's first album, Taught to be Proud (2005), Tea Leaf Green has relentlessly toured North America, honing their strength as both songwriters and improvisers. Thanks to their dedicated and connected fan base, the band has gone from playing small bars to large theatres in just a few short years by consistently delivering fresh, mind-blowing live performances. After winning the "Song of the Year" Jammy award for Taught to be Proud 's title track, the road warriors plowed ahead and now sell out shows in major markets including Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York and, most notably, the historic Fillmore Auditorium in their hometown of San Francisco, CA. The band's chops have earned them the respect of their musical contemporaries, sharing the stage with such acts as Dave Matthews Band, Trey Anastasio, Gov't Mule, and Bruce Hornsby.

Richie Havens on Tour This Winter

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It has been since 2004 that Grace of the Sun was released. Now, Richie Havens is at it again, making finishing touches on his 27th album.  Recorded last month at Sear Sound Recording in NYC, Nobody Left to Crown will be released in Europe this fall on Polydor Records. The U.S. release date and label imprint will be announced soon.  Special guests on Nobody Left to Crown include Derek Trucks and Harry Manx. For more information regarding Richie's new album release, visit Brightcove.tv

Richie Havens first emerged from New York City's Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 60's, and in 1969 inspired and electrified an audience of over half a million with his legendary three hour opening performance at Woodstock.

Four decades later Richie Havens remains one of the most recognizable voices and universal lyricists in popular music.  A truly timeless performer, and a man before his time, today this Brooklyn Native celebrates the reissue of two album classics (Stonehenge and Wishing Well) by Sony RED. 

Haven's recently released his 26th album, Grace of the Sun, on his own Stormy Forest record label.  A testament to Havens' continued evolution as an artist, Grace of the Sun is being hailed as one of his most worldly and relevant albums to date. Billboard says, "…this acoustic soul giant truly seems to be getting more inspiring and graceful with age," and Guitar Player echoes, "…as vibrant and purposeful as ever."

Richie Havens' live performance is as captivating as always; a passionate and inspiring display of timelessness and spirit.  His concerts include music from Grace of the Sun as well as a broad selection of songs from his extensive repertoire. On a side note, Richie's 1981 hit "Going Back to My Roots" has hit dance floors in the form of a cool Afro-beat remix by celebrated remixer/producer and club DJ Danny Krivit. 

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

November 09 Lobero Theatre Santa Barbara CA

November 10 Napa Valley Opera House Napa CA

November 11 Van Duzer Theatre Arcata CA

November 17 The Birchmere Alexandria VA

November 23 Towne Crier Cafe Pawling NY

November 24 Sanctuary Concerts Chatham NJ

November 26 8th Annual "Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square New York NY

December 01 Tupelo Music Hall Londonberry NH

December 02 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield ME

December 07 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River MA

December 08 The Eighth Step at Proctors Schenectady NY

December 13 Boulder Theater Boulder CO

December 14 Sheridan Opera House Telluride CO

December 15 Fort Lewis College Community Durango CO

December 16 Wheeler Opera House Aspen CO

January 05 El Campanil Antioch CA

January 19 The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield CT

January 26 Al. Ringling Theatre Baraboo WI

January 29 Riverside Theatre Vero Beach FL

February 08 McClohon Theatre Charlotte NC

February 09 The Melting Point Athens GA

March 27 Massillon Museum Massillion OH

March 28 Stuart's Opera House Nelsonville OH

March 29 Holland Theatre Bellefontaine OH

March 30 The Kent Stage Kent OH

More dates to be announced soon.

HOT BUTTERED RUM ON TOUR THIS FALL

photos by Michael Podrid- for the Grateful Web

In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release.  Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting.  The performances were professionally multi-tracked and later carefully mixed by Butter's long-time sound engineer, Josh Osmond. The result is striking, presenting the unique energy and improvisational spirit of a Hot Buttered Rum live performance in studio-quality sound.

Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the band's bolder and heavier side.  Their full sound permeates Live in the Northeast — from the reggae-tinged "Return Someday" and psychedelica of "Desert Rat" through definitive covers of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and Leo Sayer's "Feel Like Dancin'" — winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

Hailing from the High Sierra of California, the guys of Hot Buttered Rum grew up on the trails, in the mountains, and on the slopes.  Their ties with nature have only grown and as a group, the band has dedicated much time and energy to reducing their carbon footprint and promoting alternative fuel sources.  As a heavily touring band, Hot Buttered Rum had to face the tough reality of how a national tour can affect the environment and counter it with a positive change.  In response, the band helped to promote the biofuel renaissance, touring the country on recycled vegetable oil and biodiesel as early as 2003.  Band members have participated in numerous Renewable Energy and Biofuel conferences, as well as sitting on discussion panels at such renowned music festivals as Bonnaroo and High Sierra.  Highlighted in the November/December 2005 issue of E: Environmental Magazine, Hot Buttered Rum is commended for trying to "leave an impact on its fans, and not solely on the road that passes beneath its bus tires as it travels from coast to coast".

The band's current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

October 31 Charley's Paia HI Halloween show!
November 01 Liquid's Nightclub Kihei HI
November 02 Charley's Paia HI
November 03 Akebono Theater Pahoa HI
November 14 Red Fox Tavern Eureka CA
November 15 WOW Hall Eugene OR
November 16 The Mobius Ashland OR
November 17 Domino Room Bend OR
November 24 19 Broadway Fairfax CA
November 28 Paradise Lounge Boston MA
November 29-30 Stone Church Newmarket NH
December 01 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT
December 02 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton MA
December 06 FTC Stage One Fairfield CT
December 07 Knitting Factory New York NY
December 15 Mystic Theater Petaluma CA
December 28 Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins CO
December 29 Stagestop Inn Rollinsville CO
December 30-31 Oriental Theatre Denver CO
January 04 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre San Francisco CA
January 18-19 Crystal Bay Club and Casino Crystal Bay NV co-bill with Tea Leaf Green
March 08 El Campanil Theatre Antioch CA
April 25-27 Merlefest Wilkesboro NC
August 08 Dead on the Creek Willits CA

More dates to be announced. 

The widespread appeal of Hot Buttered Rum's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together.  It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success. The band has performed at festivals as diverse as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with such artists as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine

RAILROAD EARTH ON TOUR THIS SUMMER

photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Using bluegrass tradition as a starting point, then exploring various musical idioms ranging from Celtic to Rock and Country to Folk, all infused with enduring lyrical storytelling and innate pop sensibilities, Railroad Earth has unearthed and delivered a truly original Americana sound.

Right from their first shows in May 2001, word-of-mouth on Railroad Earth was instant and superlative, as evidenced by their rapidly growing and highly loyal fan base. Driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members, Railroad Earth's powerful live experience has finally been captured on their first ever live release, Elko (SCI Fidelity Records).  Recorded during their 2005 spring tour, the double disc set captures all the timeless qualities without compromising the unpredictable nature that is at the core of a Railroad Earth concert.

Railroad Earth is currently on tour in support of Elko.  Current confirmed tour dates include:

September 06 Higher Ground South Burlington VT
September 07 Paradise Rock Club Boston MA
September 08 CT Folk Festival and Green Expo New Haven CT
September 11 The Dame Lexington KY
September 12 The Orange Peel Asheville NC
September 13 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham AL
September 15 Austin City Limits Festival Austin TX
September 18 Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge LA
September 19 Granada Theater Dallas TX
September 21 Mulberry Mountain Music Festival Ozark AR
September 24 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK with Hot Buttered Rum
September 25 Tha Crossroads Kansas City MO with Hot Buttered Rum
September 26 Knickerbocker's Lincoln NE with Hot Buttered Rum
September 28-29 Gothic Theatre Englewood CO with Hot Buttered Rum
October 01 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM with Hot Buttered Rum
October 02 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ with Hot Buttered Rum
October 04 Key Club West Hollywood CA
October 05 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
October 07 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco CA
October 26-27 Magnolia Fest Live Oak FL
November 01 Rams Head Live! Baltimore MD
November 02 The Fillmore at Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia PA
November 03 The Fillmore at Irving Plaza New York NY
November 23-24 The Sherman Theatre Stroudsburg PA

More dates to be announced soon. 

Stop Shell's Arctic Drilling This Month - Before It Starts

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The Bush Administration is opening the back door to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by allowing Shell to start drilling off its spectacular coastline this month.

 

NRDC needs your immediate help to go to court, slam that door shut and throw away the key. Because if we don't, we'll be leaving the Arctic Refuge and its wildlife vulnerable to a disaster that could be more devastating than the Exxon Valdez.

 

Please make a donation to stop Shell by going here.

 

It would take just one oil spill on the icebound Beaufort Sea that borders the Arctic Refuge to create a long-term toxic waste site. That's because the oil industry has no proven method for cleaning up oil in icy water!

 

Shell is planning to start its exploratory drilling within weeks. We need your immediate support to wage and win this federal case in defense of the Arctic Refuge and the wildlife that depend on it for survival.

 

You can help to stop Shell by clicking here.

 

A worst-case spill in the Beaufort Sea sends shivers down the spine of anyone who knows the appalling record of toxic spills by Big Oil in the Arctic.

 

And make no mistake: an oil spill off the coast of the Arctic Refuge is all but assured. The Bush Administration's own experts have predicted that drilling in the Beaufort will lead to at least one oil spill.

 

That spill would likely spread into the migratory routes of the endangered bowhead whale...blanket the shores of the Arctic Refuge where polar bears give birth...and impact hundreds of thousands of migratory birds.

 

The death toll of oil-soaked and poisoned whales, seals, polar bears and shore birds would be unimaginable.

 

There's still time to stop this disaster in the making, but NRDC is going to need your most generous support right away.

 

With your financial help, we can win this case - because the Administration's approval of Shell's drilling is a brazen violation of our country's environmental laws.

 

Please stand with NDRC right now in defense of the Arctic Refuge.

Conscious Alliance Hosts Food Drives This Summer

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Colorado not-for-profit Conscious Alliance continues to broaden their reach, hosting food drives at concerts and other events throughout the country this summer.  In addition to returning to such festivals as 10,000 Lakes, Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, and Camp Bisco, and touring with such bands as Sound Tribe Sector 9 and The String Cheese Incident, Conscious Alliance will debut their services at the Joshua Tree Music Festival and the Taos Solar Music Festival, among others.  Conscious Alliance will also host their 1 st annual benefit festival, Sonic Bloom, in their home state of Colorado.

Their complete list of summer stops is as follows:
May 18-20 Joshua Tree Music Festival Joshua Tree, CA                  
June 7-10 Wakarusa Music Festival Lawrence, KS
June 14-17 Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester, TN
June 21-23 Sonic Bloom Red Feather Lakes, CO
June 29-July 1 Taos Solar Music Festival Taos, NM
July 6-7 Re:Generation Music Festival Asheville, NC 
July 13-15 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV
July18-21 10,000 Lakes Music Festival  Detroit Lakes, MN
August 3-5 Big Summer Classic Salem, MO
August 16-18 Camp Bisco VI Mariaville, NY
September 8 Power to the Peaceful Festival   San Francisco, CA 
September 14-16 Earthdance Laytonville, CA
September 20-24 Symbiosis Festival Northern CA
The String Cheese Incident Summer Tour
Sound Tribe Sector 9 Summer Tour

As always, attendees at the above events are encouraged to donate 10 or more non-perishable food items at the entrance, redeemable for an exclusive event poster. Food donated will benefit local America's Second Harvest food banks, and monies donated will help support the development of a second emergency food storage facility, this one on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana. Additional food drives to be announced. For more information visit www.conciousalliance.org.

Conscious Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to the redistribution of much needed food to the impoverished communities of the United States.  They operate an ongoing, national grassroots food collection and hunger awareness program. In short – they organize food drives at concerts and sporting events to collect food donations to benefit local food pantries and impoverished Indian reservations throughout the U.S.

Since their first event in 2002, Conscious Alliance has hosted hundreds of food drives at many events, including such music festivals as Bonnaroo, Power to the Peaceful, and the Langerado Music Festival, and for such artists as Jack Johnson, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Dead, The String Cheese Incident, and many, many others. The net result: the redistribution of over 300 tons of food – and counting!

During a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert in 2005, The Conscious Alliance teamed up with the Dave Matthews Band, resulting in the collection of over 30,000 lbs. of food and over $70,000 in donation money that supported the disaster relief efforts.

Also in the fall of 2005, Conscious Alliance completed the first phase of Project Restoration, a project that created a brand new food storage and distribution facility on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota.  The facility provides emergency food relief to hundreds of families each month, and phase two of the project is currently in progress.

The Nebraska Cornhusker's 2006 Season Kicks Off This Weekend!

To help build some excitement, here is a not so professional Tunnel Walk video clip from the October 29, 2006 Oklahoma game.  Go Big Red!

 
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Coretta Scott King Died This Week At The Age Of 78

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Coretta Scott King was the wife of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. She gained an international reputation as an advocate of civil rights, nonviolence, international peace, full employment, and equal rights for women. She died at the age of 78.  She embodies everything good about human beings and were not for her, MLK's voice would not have shined so bright.

King remained largely in the wings of her husband's fight for civil rights, while participating in the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott and efforts to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

After her husband was shot and killed on April 4, 1968, King stepped up efforts to promote nonviolence, fight poverty and began work establishing the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. She also led the Coalition of Conscience, which sponsored the 20th Anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1983.