Pretty Lights Announces 2011 Spring Tour

Pretty Lights, never one to stay quiet for too long, is following up a massively successful year- he fulfilled the promise he made to his fans at the beginning of 2010 by delivering three new EP's, and followed that up by touring the world over, and launching Pretty Lights Music, his digital record label at the beginning of 2011.

Now he’d like to share the news of a Spring tour, taking place from late March through April, and he’s taking his production to the next level. The tour sees him taking his visually stunning live show all over the East Coast and Midwest (all dates below), and they’re going to be bigger and brighter than ever. If you haven’t caught his live show yet, don’t miss out!

On top of all this, he also found time to launch a new YouTube channel last week, featuring unreleased Pretty Lights tracks, remixes and mashups that he debuted live over the course of the past year. Head over there to check out new remixes of Pink Floyd, Jay Z, Steve Miller Band and more!

If you missed the news last week, Pretty Lights Music released two new EP’s for free downloads; Break Science’s Further Than Our Eyes Can See, and Paper Diamond’s debut EP, Levitate. The purpose of the label and its innovative model is to supply his fans, and fans of electronic music at large, with the freshest music from the hottest new underground artists.

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Upcoming Pretty Lights Tour Dates

March 4 – Avon, CO – Snow Ball Music Experience
March 24 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach
March 25 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
March 26 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
April 12 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
April 13 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Orbit Room
April 15 – Carlisle, PA – Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (Dickinson College)
April 16 – Syracuse, NY – The Oncenter
April 19 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Amphitheater
April 20 – Gainesville, FL – Stephen C. O’Connell Center (University of Florida)
April 22 – Fayetteville, AR – The Arkansas Music Pavilion
April 23 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre

Wanda Jackson at the Boulder Theater | 4/1/11

When Wanda Jackson, the justly crowned Queen of Rockabilly, recorded “Let’s Have A Party,” a tune she made into a hit of her own in 1958 even after one-time boyfriend Elvis Presley had released a version of it, her delivery of the chorus wasn’t so much a suggestion as a command. As the title – and, more importantly, the contents -- of her latest album, The Party Ain’t Over, indicates, this feisty septuagenarian artist is as galvanizing as ever. Jackson was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honored with a long-time-coming, Early Influence accolade for her pivotal role in the evolution of popular music, especially where female artists were concerned. As a teenager in the mid-50s, the diminutive Jackson was the first woman to perform unadulterated rock and roll – and she one-upped the boys defining this new genre, Presley included, with her exhilaratingly forthright approach. The young Jackson, an Oklahoma native, came across as both gritty and glamorous; a playfully suggestive growl to her voice matched the daring, handmade outfits she wore, short skirts and fringed dresses that have inspired would-be bad girls for decades to come. A tireless touring artist for more than 50 years, Jackson continues to win over new, young fans, including guitarist-vocalist-White Stripes founder Jack White.

On this debut for Third Man/Nonesuch Records, produced and arranged by White at his Nashville studio, the spirited Jackson proves that brash rock and roll attitude need not have an age limit. Her trademark growl remains intact on rockers like “Rip It Up” and “Nervous Breakdown;” she opens the set with an echo-laden sneer on a rollicking version of “Shakin’ All Over” and ends it ten songs later with a plaintive take on Jimmie Rodgers’ “Yodel #6,” along the way gamely tackling country, gospel, densely worded Bob Dylan, and a little bit of Tin Pan Alley. Jackson and White are a remarkably simpatico pairing; their collaboration came together quickly, serendipitously. One of Jackson’s colleagues had originally approached White about doing a duet with Jackson for a proposed “Wanda and Friends” disc, but White demurred. Instead, he offered something better, inviting Jackson to cut a single with him for his Third Man label, and that swiftly led this kindred spirits to put together an entire album.

Jackson admits, “I was scared at first because I didn’t know what this young rock star was going to expect of me or ask me to do. I kind of had shaky feet, deciding whether I wanted to do this or not. Of course I knew about him, I have to admit, from the album he did with Loretta Lynn and how successful that was. That certainly got my attention when he said he was interested in doing one with me. So we began sending material to each other; he sent me the things he thought I should do or he wanted me to do, and I sent him some ideas of things I had put aside for recording at a future date. When I finally got to Nashville, he put me at ease immediately. He’s just so laid back and such a cool guy that I found myself wanting to please him, I wanted to do it his way. My husband (Jackson’s manager of 40 years) and I told him, you do this. If you want a suggestion from me, feel free to ask. Otherwise, you make the decisions. That gave him a lot of freedom and I wanted him to have that freedom. And I think that’s what made it so good as an album. As I began singing these songs and listening to the playbacks he made, I realized he wasn’t wanting to change my style of singing at all. He just wanted me to have new, fresher material. And I said, hey I could do this. I can sing like Wanda Jackson. He just wanted more of Wanda than I was used to putting out. And apparently it worked.”

White and Jackson came up with inspired and wide-ranging song choices that reflect Jackson’s long history with country, gospel, and even the big-band music she remembers from her childhood as well as with rock and roll: Harlan Howard’s woozy lament “Busted”; the Andrew Sisters’ kitschy tropical travelogue, “Rum and Coca Cola”, a fitting companion to her own “Fujiyama Mama”; Dylan’s rockabilly fever dream, “Thunder On The Mountain”. They also recorded a cover of contemporary bad-girl Amy Winehouse’s “You Know That I’m No Good,” which White first released as a single in 2009, paired with “Shakin All Over.” The Winehouse song suits her, Jackson says, but she’s careful to draw the line between life and art: “On the one hand, I’m good, on the other hand, I’m bad. That seems to be the image this new generation of fans that I have has given me. It’s like the title of the documentary about my life that recently came out: The Sweet Lady With the Nasty Voice. Maybe that says that I become a different person, a different persona, when I sing those songs. I have a good reputation, always have had, and respect from everyone as a lady, and that pleases me very much. But the young girls think I’m this hard gal that gets her way and storms in. It’s just because of the material I’ve sung and the way I’ve sung it. And that’s okay. That’s cute.

White himself backs Jackson on lead guitar, cutting loose with solos that are as ferocious and fun as Jackson’s vocals; in fact, the entire band that White assembled – including pedal steel, a horn section and backing vocals from singers Ashley Monroe and Karen Elson –is similarly uninhibited, matching Jackson’s and White’s intensity and, just as often, their humor. Though the work is carefully arranged, the resulting tracks feel like one unforgettable after-hours session, with everyone in thrall to the woman at the heart of these tunes. The first song White suggested they cut was “Rip It Up,” one Jackson knows very well from her rockabilly days. As she explains, “It shocked me that he wanted me to do that but that was the first one I recorded. He loves that song and I do too. But I think he did that to put me at ease, let me do something that I’m real familiar with and real comfortable with, and he didn’t have to direct me or any of that. I just reared back and sang it. That got me loosened up and made me comfortable.” Not that White simply wanted to make things easy. On the sultry “You Know I’m No Good,” says Jackson, “We’d get through one take and he’d say, ‘Oh Wanda that was great.’ And I said, ‘Whew, I made it.’ Then he said, ‘Now let’s do one more and let’s push a little more.’ I was getting physically kind of tired and probably kind of got angry but he got the take he wanted. It’s funny how you can come up with what your producers want in the strangest ways.” A little bit of their repartee can be detected at the top of the track, just as the analog tape gets rolling.

The Party Ain’t Over is about stepping out, not summing up, but it does touch on important aspects of Jackson’s life and ever-evolving career. “Teach Me Tonight,” a country-inflected interpretation of the DeCastro Sisters’ hit, partly fulfills Jackson’s desire to cut a 40s-style big-band disc. “Like A Baby,” recorded live in the studio with the whole band, allowed Jackson to revive an obscure, bluesy number from her old buddy Elvis. The Jimmie Rodgers tune is the first song she ever learned as a child; her father taught her the chords on the guitar, she figured out how to sing along while she played, and, like any aspiring vocal star of the era, she taught herself how to yodel, a skill she has clearly maintained over the ensuing decades.

Jackson remains too busy to look back – her legend looms especially large now in Europe and Japan, where she is always in demand as a concert performer – but she does allow herself a moment to reflect: “I can’t think of anyone who could be any luckier or any happier than me. I think it’s a blessing from the Lord. I had wonderful parents who gave up so much so that I could have my dreams come true. I was an only child so I had all the love and attention that anyone could ask for. My mother made my stage clothes and a lot of my street clothes too. Dad traveled with me and drove me to all those early dates so I didn’t have to be alone. You couldn’t ask for more, to make your living doing what you love to do, to sing and travel and entertain people all your life. I can’t think of any life that could be better than that.”

And, as she notes, the party ain’t over.

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Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.

Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.

Tickets are On Sale Friday February 11th!

$20 adv / $22.50 dos

Alfonso Velez Performs At Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre In NYC

RocketHub has partnered with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York to showcase successful RocketHub artist, Alfonso Velez, in the upcoming show "Underground Americana." Velez joins a growing list of RocketHub artists that have been featured at the UCB Theatre.

Variety show "Underground Americana" – hosted by Andy Rocco, will be held at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York on February 8th at 12 Midnight. Congruent with the UCB's mission of "big names for small change," tickets are only $5.

The lineup includes Andrea Rosen from the HBO TV show "Flight of the Concords," Caitlin Tegart from ESPN, and musical artist Alfonso Velez who ran a successful crowdfunding campaign with RocketHub and was recently named as one the top 10 best emerging songwriters by The Deli Magazine.

"Underground Americana" celebrates the seedy and urbane life in America. Host Andy Rocco likes to say "Think of us as The Prairie Home Companion, just a little more f**ked up." Also on the bill will be Shannon Coffey and Rob Hugel, of the award winning improv duo, That Annoying Couple – and special guest Matt McCarthy, of "The Other Guys."

To reserve tickets to the show, click here.

RocketHub Co-Founder and CEO, Brian Meece is a fan of UCB and has performed on "Underground Americana" as a musical guest. "Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC is just brimming with funny talent. It was awesome to play music for Andy and hang out with notables in the NYC comedy scene." Other RocketHub artists such as Aram Bajakian and Little Embers have also been featured at "Underground Americana."

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NYC – "Underground Americana"

Named "Hot Farm Team" by Rolling Stone magazine and "Best Comedy Club" by AOL, The UCB Theatre is widely recognized as home to today's funniest actors and writers. Among our esteemed alumni include several performers and writers for Saturday Night Live, The Office, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 30 Rock, Best Week Ever, Old School, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro and countless other films, commercials and television shows. Performers who have gained success continue to lend their talents to the theatre and training center.

Andy Rocco began taking classes at UCB in 1999 and has been featured in numerous TV commercials. He now hosts "Underground Americana" – a variety comedy show that features top talent in NYC.

RocketHub

RocketHub is a grassroots crowdfunding community for Creatives by Creatives, founded by Brian Meece – singer-songwriter, Jed Cohen – actor/producer, and Vlad Vukicevic – tech-thinker/writer. The concepts behind RocketHub stem from the founders' own personal challenges as creative people; therefore RocketHub supports a DIY-ethos that is welcoming and supportive to all Creatives from around the world. "We are the creative underdogs with a mission to liberate creativity through our platform and educational support. RocketHub is the center of the crowdfunding revolution and the foundation of the new creative economy."

Drive-By Truckers Premiere Go-Go Boots Episode

Weekly Drive-By Truckers have been sharing episodes that give us a view into the making of their forthcoming album Go-Go Boots out February 15 on ATO Records. This week they give us Episode 6 featuring the story behind album track "Ray's Automatic Weapon." View past episodes here. Catch the band on tour with guests Heartless Bastards on select dates. All dates are listed below.
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TOUR DATES:
Feb 15 - Bowery Ballroom – New York NY – SOLD OUT
Feb 16 - Pullo Center @ Penn State University - York, PA
Feb 17 - Paramount Center For The Arts - Peekskill NY
Feb 18- 9:30 Club - Washington, DC *
Feb 19 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC *
Feb 25 -  Vic Theater - Chicago, IL *
Feb 26 - Vic Theater - Chicago, IL *
Feb 27 - Slow Down - Omaha, NE *
Mar 2 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV *
Mar 3 - Silverton Casino - Las Vegas, NV *
Mar 4 - Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA *
Mar 5 - Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA *
Mar 7 - Troubadour – West Hollywood CA – SOLD OUT
Mar 9 - Mcdonald Theater - Eugene, OR *
Mar 10 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR *
Mar 11 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC *
Mar 12 - Showbox At The Market - Seattle, WA *
Mar 15 - Wilma Theater - Missoula, MO *
Mar 16 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID *
Mar 18 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO *
Sat Mar 19 - Ogden Theate - Denver, CO w/TBA
* =  w/Heartless Bastards

Tribal Hippie Underground Zone aka the THUGZ

Put on your dancin’ shoes, open your ears and join the party. Sonoma County’s legendary psychedelic dance band, “Tribal Hippie UnderGround Zone” (aka the Thugz) is sure to provide big fun for all with their unique brand of cosmic rock. Over the past decade this multi-faceted band has delighted music fans of all ages and tastes.

Rock, blues, country, jazz, psychedelic and various world music styles blend together at a Thugz show to bring the positive vibes of the ‘60’s into the 21st century. Informed by the music of the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Miles Davis and others the Thugz’ original songs and cosmic jams help to create a joyous, communal spirit between band and audience.

The band has a vast repertoire that includes many Dead tunes from all eras as well as interesting originals and covers. The group strives to combine traditional elements with new and creative material; more of a celebration and less of a replication of the Grateful Dead. If you are a Deadhead or music lover in general you will enjoy the Thugz’ mixture of classic arrangements and exploratory jams.

A plethora of fine musicians have sat in with the Thugz during their musical excursions including David Gans, Barry Sless, Robin Sylvester, Niina Gerber, Zac Brown, and others.

No two “tribal hippie underground zone” shows are exactly the same but the spirit and love of music making are always present.

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The Thugz are;

Mike Campbell – guitar, trumpet & vocals

Andre de Channes – guitar & vocals

Ian Favell – drums & vocals

Chris Lushington – bass

Sylvia Murphy – keyboards & vocals

Conspirator Announces Important Venue Changes

On the heels of a successful northeast tour that included a sold out show in Syracuse, NY, Conspirator has announced that five scheduled performances have newly updated venue information, in addition to confirming drummers and support acts.

Friday 2/5 in Los Angeles has been moved to the HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET STRIP. Wednesday 2/9 in Portland has been moved to the ROSELAND THEATRE. Saturday 2/12 has moved from Oakland to across the bay at THE INDEPENDENT in San Francisco. Efforts are being made to schedule a performance in Seattle, WA, and the band plans to issue updates as soon as possible.

Saturday 2/19 in Albany is being rescheduled for a later date. Instead, Conspirator will be returning to THE STONE PONY in Asbury Park, NJ. On Saturday 2/26, instead of Urbana, Conspirator will be playing THE BLUEBIRD in Bloomington, IN.

All of the West Coast shows will feature Lane Shaw on drums, and Break Science featuring Adam Deitch opening. Piper will also be DJ'ing for both Montana shows.

February 16th through 20th will feature Darren Shearer of The New Deal on drums. February 24th through March 3rd will feature Mike Greenfield from Lotus on drums. Darren will again join us for the final two shows in NYC and Stroudsburg on March 4th and 5th.

The New Deal will be co-headlining February 24th in Detroit, and February 25th in Chicago.

While Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner have occasionally invited other musicians to their live shows, the “new Conspirator,” featuring Chris Michetti and a rotating cast of first-class drummers, has proven to be a new, “full band” sound emerging not only from the group’s mentality, but by featuring a solidified, returning, 4-piece lineup. In a recent band statement, Conspirator confirmed that they have been working to restructure their signature tracks in Ableton in order to create improvisational jams during live performances.

With a firmly set 4-piece band, fans can expect performances featuring increased live improv and a refreshing musical flow, peppered with some surprises. Inspired by new collaborations and the combined musical histories of the performers, Conspirator is set to get the scene talking in 2011.

“The energy coming off of the December Conspirator shows with Michetti was very exciting for Aron and I, and the fans have responded really well,” said Brownstein. “We knew right away we had to take this across the country. There are really exciting places a full band, this full band, can take the classic Conspirator sound. It’s a whole new show each night.”

Known throughout the live music world for high energy, creative guitar shredding with his band RAQ, Chris Michetti became much more familiar to Disco Biscuits fans throughout 2010 when he periodically accompanied the band on stage at places like Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, and on a number of Spring Tour performances. Michetti has been touring and creating music with Conspirator since late 2010, and anyone who has caught the early phases of the “new Conspirator” will undeniably be psyched for round two and beyond.

The current list of confirmed Conspirator dates is as follows:

FRIDAY 2/4/11 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA

SATURDAY 2/5/11 – House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA w/ Break Science

MONDAY 2/7/11 – The Filling Station, Bozeman, MT w/ Break Science

TUESDAY 2/8/11 – The Top Hat, Missoula, MT w/ Break Science

WEDNESDAY 2/9/11 – Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR w/ Break Science

FRIDAY 2/11/11 – The Red Fox Tavern, Eureka, CA w/ Break Science

SATURDAY 2/12/11 – The Independent, San Francisco, CA w/ Break Science

SUNDAY 2/13/11 – Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA w/ Break Science

WEDNESDAY 2/16/11 – The Met, Pawtucket, RI

THURSDAY 2/17/11 – Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME

FRIDAY 2/18/11 – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT

SATURDAY 2/19/11 – Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

SUNDAY 2/20/11 – The Note, West Chester, PA

THURSDAY 2/24/11 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI w/ The New Deal

FRIDAY 2/25/11 – Congress Theater, Chicago, IL w/ The New Deal

SATURDAY 2/26/11 – Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington, IN

SUNDAY 2/27/11 – Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI

TUESDAY 3/1/11 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

WEDNESDAY 3/2/11 – Mr. Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA

THURSDAY 3/3/11 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY

FRIDAY 3/4/11 – Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY

SATURDAY 3/5/11 – Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA

The Pink Floyd Experience Performs "Animals" Live!

99.5 The Mountain & Westword are proud to announce that The Pink Floyd Experience will be performing Animals in its entirety, plus other classic Pink Floyd songs, at the Boulder Theater on Thursday, March 24th, 2011.

Without question, Pink Floyd remains one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Their record-breaking status is legendary.  The 1977 concept album Animals was a statement regarding the decline of society of the day.  While making the album did set in motion the discord that would eventually destroy the band, the subsequent tour for this release planted the seeds for what would become The Wall. Now, get ready for THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE as they perform Animals live in its entirety! With an even more spectacular light show than before, full quadraphonic sound and six outstanding musicians dedicated to bringing you the most authentic Floyd experience possible, it’s “a must-see for any Pink Floyd enthusiast!” (C-News, Northampton, MA).

Today, years since their last live performance, Pink Floyd’s appeal continues and spans the generations. Their shows were described as theatrical with mind-blowing lights and unsurpassed sound. The show is not only onstage…it engulfs the audience!  In keeping with this tradition, THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE is a full-on sensory assault – interpretive videos, plane crashes, flying pig, helicopter – it’s all there, LIVE!  This is the show for the ultimate Floyd Fan, and it gets closer to the true Pink Floyd concert experience every year!

In addition to Animals, all of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits are performed live including such favorites as “Money,” “Have A Cigar,” “Time,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Run Like Hell” and many rarities not often heard live.

Some Floyd Facts:  More than 200-million albums have been sold since 1967. Four Grammy nominations in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. They were one of the first bands to use pyrotechnics, video, and light shows in their stage acts. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. ”Dark Side of the Moon” broke all chart records when it stayed on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts for 741 weeks. It stayed there from 1973 to 1988. Nearly 1,000,000 Pink Floyd catalog albums are sold each year worldwide.

Don’t miss out!  THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE.

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Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.

Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.

Tickets are On Sale Friday December 24th!

$30 adv / $35 dos

National Jazz Museum in Harlem Jan. 24 - Jan. 30, 2011

Upcoming events at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for this week include:

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Christian McBride Hosts: My Musical Heroes
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
Christian’s Subject: Motown—The Jazz Singers

Our Co-Director, the brilliant bassist/composer/bandleader Christian McBride continues his insightful series on his musical heroes. This evening’s program will shed light on some music usually not included in a jazz context, and that’s a shame. As quiet as it’s kept, many of the instrumentalists and vocalists central to the Motown Sound were immersed in the jazz idiom. One of the singers you’ll hear tonight is Marvin Gaye, singing jazz ballad standards! If you like to expand your horizons, please join us.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Harlem Speaks
Tommy LiPuma, Producer

Interview by Christian McBride
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

One of the music industry’s most innovative and uniquely creative forces for more than four decades, Verve Music Group Chairman Emeritus Tommy LiPuma’s legendary career is record business history in the making. With 29 gold and platinum records to his credit, more than 30 GRAMMY® nominations, and three GRAMMY® Awards, he is one of the most successful pop and jazz producers ever.

By choosing to transition into the position of Chairman Emeritus in 2004, LiPuma decided to spend more time in the studio, and the very essence of what has driven him to be one of the most sought-out producers in the business – his keen musical insight and pristine sensibilities. “I can’t always put my finger on why I know something will work. It’s more the chills factor I look for — honing in on that artist whose music reaches inside you and takes you somewhere. There’s no scientific formula for hitting the mark, but that’s part of the excitement and challenge for me.”

One of the greatest success stories of LiPuma’s career is Diana Krall, with whom he continues a close association.

LiPuma began his first stint with Warner Bros. in 1974 as a staff A&R producer, helping launch the label careers of George Benson, Al Jarreau, and Michael Franks and recorded albums with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and Claus Ogerman. After a brief time back at A&M in 1978, where LiPuma led the newly formed Horizon Records, working with Brenda Russell, Seawind, Dr. John (for whom he later produced the duet “In A Sentimental Mood” with Rickie Lee Jones), and David Grisman, he returned to Warner Bros. as Vice President, Jazz and Progressive Music. As producer and talent scout, he worked with the artists who made Warner Jazz one of the most successful jazz labels in the industry: Randy Crawford, Patti Austin, Bob James, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Everything But the Girl, The Yellowjackets, Joe Sample, and the late Miles Davis.

In 1990, LiPuma joined Elektra Records as Senior Vice President, A&R, rejoining his old partner Krasnow, who was label Chairman. While at Elektra, he produced Natalie Cole and Anita Baker, and brought Sanborn, The Story, and Wayne Shorter to the label. His work on Cole’s breakthrough album Unforgettable (which was produced by LiPuma, Andre Fischer, and David Foster) earned LiPuma a share of the 1991 GRAMMY® for Album of the Year. He also produced Cole’s platinum follow-up, Take a Look, as well as her 2002 Verve Records debut, Ask A Woman Who Knows.

Al Di Meola Brings Impassioned Live Show Nationwide

Al Di Meola, one of guitar's legendary greats, embarks on his 2011 national tour with the renowned World Sinfonia this February making stops in over 20 U.S. cities, including a four-night residency at NYC's Blue Note.

Whether it's your first World Sinfonia experience or you've seen the group 20 times before, each show will impress with "impassioned, intricate tunes that [wed] jazz, rock and folk traditions" (Hartford Courant). Audiences will be awestruck by the Di Meola's "energetic, emotional roller coasters brimming with fiery passion, delicate arrangements and his inspiring technique" (Arizona Daily Star).

Watch a live performance of "Gumbiero" (from 'Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody')

A pioneer of melding world music and jazz, Al Di Meola dazzles guitar aficionados with his unparalleled technique on both acoustic and electric guitars, as well as his soulful lyricism and sophisticated musicality.  On stage, Di Meola will perform songs from his forthcoming album "Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody," out March 15th on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group.

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AL DI MEOLA TOUR DATES 2011

2/17 - Agoura, CA @ Canyon Club
2/18 - Las Vegas @ Green Valley Ranch
2/19 - San Diego, CA @ Anthology       
2/20 - San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
2/21 - Exeter, CA  @ Orange Blossom Junction
2/23 - Portland, OR @ Orange Blossom Junction
2/24 - Seattle, WA  @  Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
2/25 - Seattle, WA @  Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
2/26 - Seattle, WA @ Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
2/27 - Seattle, WA  @   Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
3/2 - Grants Pass, OR @ Rouge Theater
3/3 - Arcata, CA @ Arcata Theatre Lounge
3/4 - Oakland, CA @ Yoshi's
3/5 - Oakland, CA @ Yoshi's
3/6 - Oakland, CA @ Yoshi's
3/10 - New York, NY @ Blue Note
3/11 - New York, NY @ Blue Note
3/12 - New York, NY @ Blue Note
3/13 - New York, NY @ Blue Note
3/15 - Vienna, VA  @ The Barns- Wolftrap
3/16 - Vienna, VA @The Barns- Wolftrap
3/18 - Nashville, TN @  Schermerhorn Symphony Center
3/19 - Atlanta, GA @  Variety Playhouse
3/20 - Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House
3/22 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts
3/23 - Boston, MA  @  Scullers Jazz Club
3/24 - Boston, MA @ Scullers Jazz Club
3/25 - Albany, NY @ The Egg Theatre
3/26 - Buffalo, NY  @ Buffalo State Performing Arts Center
3/27 - Reading, Pa @ Miller Center for the Arts
3/28 - New Hope, PA@ Havana
3/29 - Fairfield, CT @  Stage One
3/30 - Norfolk, CT @ Infinity Hall
4/1 - Miami, FL @  Adrienne Arsht Center for the Arts
4/3 - Austin, TX @  One World Theater

Siriusmo To Preview Debut Album, Mosaik

After releasing dozens of singles & EPs on various Berlin-based record labels and remixing artists, including Scissor Sisters, Gossip, Chikinki, Simian Mobile Disco, Boys Noize, Digitalism, Chromeo, A-Trak, Munk and more, for over a decade, the inimitable Berlin producer, graffiti artist, ghost-painter & illustrator, Siriusmo (aka Moritz Friedrich), is set to release his debut album, Mosaik, March 1st on Monkeytown Records.

With Siriusmo’s previous releases striding confidently through a rich array of genres – from dubstep to disco, hip-hop to house, electro to experimental – his work is invested with incomparable diversity, eschewing outright any danger of a four-four snooze-fest over the course of an hour. Indeed, in its premeditated hodgepodge of styles, composite sonic totality and rugged texture, Mosaik couldn’t be more of a fitting rubric. Leading up this full-length release, Siriusmo is offering listeners a preview of what’s to come by featuring snippets of the record on his Soundcloud page. Several bits are already up, and the rest will be added by March 1st.

Betraying influences from the 70s to the present day and beyond, one foot keeps the door to the past ajar while the other kicks the door to the future wide open. The palpable funk and thumb-slap bass of opener, “High Together”, the pop-baroque of “Idiologie” and warped rap of “Bad Idea” all point towards Moritz's grounding in the records of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and plentiful helpings of hip-hop. Any hint of nostalgia, however, is dragged kicking and screaming into a 21st Century discotheque where the bass is twisted, the beats are laden and space-age grandiosity envelops the whole.

Siriusmo’s timbre-palette is strikingly visceral and his understanding and appreciation of the intricacies of harmony prevail; every note is a corporal experience as well as an aural one. And for every drop of dancefloor sweat, there’s a soothing breeze to cool down. Individual melodic lines dance impishly around one another on “Signal”, for example, as sonic warmth is woven on a loom in your ears. Throughout Mosaik, Siriusmo makes an arresting switch from the beefy to the beautiful, from the body to the mind, as elegantly tapped organ keys play a melody with soulful poise. It's this type of canny counterpoint that provides the stitching throughout Mosaik's vibrant patchwork.

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