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California '66 Revue tour brings Electric Prunes, Love & Moby Grape

Three premiere bands of the Los Angeles psychedelic era of the late ’60s will join forces August 4-18, 2009 for the California ’66 Revue tour. The Electric Prunes, Love and, for the April 12-18 dates, Jerry Miller from Moby Grape will bring the spirit of Sunset Strip and San Francisco in the late ’60s up the East Coast and into Canada and the Midwest.

Miller joined the tour when Sky “Sunlight” Saxon of The Seeds, originally booked, passed away unexpectedly on June 25. The tour will continue in Saxon’s memory.

According to promoter Patrick Hand, “A major reason I'm promoting this tour is that the Electric Prunes are the best rock band in the world right now. Just listen to 'Feedback.' They sound like 20-year-olds. The Electric Prunes are the only band from the 1960s who are putting out better music now than then.  And the music they put out then was pretty damn good.”

The current incarnation of Love is led by Johnny Echols, lead guitarist in the classic 1966-68 lineup, and will be backed by Baby Lemonade, the latter-day psychedelic L.A. band that accompanied Love founding member Arthur Lee from 1993 until his 2005 death. Jerry Miller will perform songs from his tenure with Moby Grape as well as other eras of his 50-year recording career.

The tour begins in August 4 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia and ends on August 18 at the Birchmere outside Washington, D.C. Other tour cities include New York, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

love“We wanted to do a few shows in intimate venues to see if there is still interest in this genre, and we’ve already passed that test,” adds Hand. “If the public is as enthusiastic in attending the shows as the clubs have been in booking, then I have no doubt we’ll be back on the road again, in the West Coast and the U.K.”
 

About the artists:

The Electric Prunes: In 1966, a sonic blast of feedback, tremolo and fuzz emerged from the confines of a Los Angeles garage. The Electric Prunes’ electrifying single “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night),” widely recognized as one of the first psychedelic hit records, heralded a transition period in popular music. Their combination of psychedelia and bluesy grit offered a unique auditory experience that was a far cry from the pop music popular at the time. A cut from the band’s Mass in F Minor concept album was selected for the soundtrack of the classic road movie Easy Rider. Unlike many of their contemporaries, the Electric Prunes were capable of reproducing their distinctive recording sounds in live performances. They continue to perform across the world, stewarded by founding members Mike Tulin and James Lowe.
 
• Love: Led by the late singer/songwriter/guitarist Arthur Lee, this interracial Los Angeles band was among the most influential and original of its era. Love’s creative impact on other artists from the mid-’60s right up to this very day outweighs the commercial success of their brief but highly productive heyday. The 1967 epic Forever Changes, a suite of songs using acoustic guitars, strings and horns recorded while the band was falling apart as the result of various abuses, is widely cited as one of rock’s all-time greatest albums. Since Arthur Lee’s death in 2005, the legacy of Love has been carried forward by its founding guitarist/songwriter Johnny Echols along with Baby Lemonade.
 
Jerry Miller, who Eric Clapton is reported to have called the “best guitar player in the world,” is best known as the lead guitarist in late ‘60s San Francisco three-guitarist band Moby Grape, which signed to Columbia and recorded four albums between 1966-69. He co-wrote with member Don Stevenson the classics “Hey Grandma” (covered by the Move) and “Murder in My Heart for the Judge” (covered by Three Dog Night and Lee Michaels.) Earlier in his career, Miller played with Bobby Fuller in his predecessor band to the Bobby Fuller Four. Following the Grape’s 1970 dissolution, Miller joined two Grape bandmates in the Rhythm Dukes, and later shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal and Robert Plant. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Miller is once again based in his hometown of Tacoma.
 

grapeCALIFORNIA ’66 REVUE DATES
Tuesday, August 4 PHILADELPHIA, PA Johnny Brenda’s
Wednesday, August 5 HOBOKEN, NJ  Maxwell’s
Thursday, August 6 FAIRFIELD,CT Quick Center; benefit for WPKN-FM radio (with guests the Blues Magoos)
Friday, August 7  CAMBRIDGE, MA  Middle East
Saturday, August 8 MONTREAL, QU  Theater Plaza; affiliated with the “Teenbeat Takeover Woolly Weekend.”
Sunday, August 9 NEW YORK, NY  B.B. King’s
Monday, August 10  FOXBORO, MA  Patriot’s Place
Wednesday, August 12 CHICAGO, IL  Double Door*
Thursday, August 13 MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall*
Friday, August 14 TORONTO, ON  Lee’s Palace*
Saturday, August 15 DETROIT, MI  The Magic Bag*
Sunday, August 16 CLEVELAND, OH  Beachland Ballroom*
Monday, August 17 PITTSBURGH, PA  Hard Rock Café*
Tuesday, August 18 ALEXANDRIA, VA (DC AREA)  Birchmere*

* denotes dates with Jerry Miller from Moby Grape on bill.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Booker T with Hill Country Revue

dozenOn Friday, April 24th the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will kick off its fourth consecutive season with a high-spirited performance by the legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Booker T. Quoted by the Rolling Stone for radically modernizing brass-band music, the members of Dirty Dozen Brass Band were the first to incorporate funk and bebop to traditional New Orleans sounds putting distinctly personal stamps on traditional and familiar material. Joining the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be Hammond B3 organ alchemist Booker T Jones, one of America's most prolific, distinguished and instantly recognizable musical forces who recently collaborated on his new album with The Drive By Truckers and Neil Young. Get ready for a high-octane performance when New Orleans most prolific modern brass band and organ prodigy Booker T take the stage!
 
 
Following the soulful sounds of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band feat. Booker T will be a performance by THE modern blues band for the new generation, Hill Country Revue. Formed by Cody Dickinson from The North Mississippi Allstars, Hill Country Revue is a product of a very special time for modern Mississippi country blues. The band is a collective of musicians from the fertile soil of North Mississippi who have grown up living and breathing the folk music of African fife and drums that dates back to the birth of the nation.
 
 
Don't miss these spirit-filled performances at Republic NOLA!
 
 
And remember, this year the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.
 
 
Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.backbeatpresents.com or www.ticketweb.com.
 
 
Additional details and information about the events can be found at www.backbeatfoundation.org or by visiting the Foundation's Myspace and Facebook. Additional information and updates about the series can be found at the Backbeat Jazzfest Series 2009 group page.
 
 
For information about the Dirty Dozen Brass Band please visit their website at www.dirtydozenbrass.com. Additional information about Booker T Jones can be found at www.bookert.com. For information on Hill Country Revue please visit www.myspace.com/hillcountryrevue.
 
 
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RIBS & BRISKET REVUE New Year's Eve at Cornelia Street

RIBS & BRISKET REVUE- for the Grateful Web

Paul Shapiro, saxophone & clarinet; Cilla Owens, vocals; Babi Floyd, vocals; Dan Rosengard, piano; Booker King, bass; Joe Ham, drums

And downstairs in the cabaret what more exhilarating way to bring in the New Year than with Paul Shapiro's fabulous foot-stomping RIBS & BRISKET REVUE,* w/ the incredible Cilla Owens and Babi Floyd on vocals,and Paul's wonderful six-piece band.

Ribs and Brisket's new album Essen is out on Tzadik Records:

THE BUFFALO NEWS:
This is from Shapiro's fabled "Ribs and Brisket Revue" and it's from the Shapiro who's more of an avant-klezmer vaudevillian than one of the most powerful multicultural saxophonists in New York... In other words, it's the downtown New York jazz version of Jewish novelty maestro Mickey Katz.

STRAIGHT NO CHASER- UK:
Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish..; Shapiro tips his beret to Slim Gaillard with a couple of his tunes in praise of kosher cuisine, pours soul sauce and reggae beats over Jewish comedy songs and generally rips into things with just the right mix of irreverence and affection... Respect is due to John Zorn's Tzadik label for bringing this unique recording to the world. There really is no one else doing it quite like Shapiro!

$50 includes a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Vintage Brut Champagne at midnight

CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York    212-989-9319
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue @ Boulder Theater

photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review was formed in 2005 from the top players of the foremost Grateful Dead tribute bands in the Rocky Mountain region, Shakedown Street & Dark Star Orchestra. Based originally on a premise of player interchangeability to suit the situation, compatibility and success have coalesced the band into its present configuration. The band's forte lies in its faithful rendering of Grateful Dead material, both originals and covers, and the Grateful Dead's trademark style of improvisation. Achieved through a careful balance of comprehension and execution of the more defined musical elements of the material with a fearless passion to connect with the elusive "X factor" that Jerry Garcia affectionately spoke of, RMGDR remains aligned with the Dead's creed of playing off the energy of the audience and making them an integral component of the overall dynamic.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRATEFUL DEAD REVUE
Friday, January 9      
doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm

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

JJ Grey & Mofro Announce Second Annual Blackwater Sol Revue

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Hailing from North Florida and known for their raw and swampy funk rock, JJ Grey & Mofro announce their second annual Blackwater Sol Revue at The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre on August 30th. JJ Grey, who comes from a long tradition of Southern storytellers, created the one-day festival to help promote roots and southern music and culture. In addition, this year's Blackwater Sol Revue is the Florida album release party for his brand new studio album, Orange Blossoms, his second release on Alligator Records, which hits stores nationwide on August 26.

This year's Blackwater Sol Revue, which in addition to JJ Grey & Mofro features reggae legends Toots & the Maytals, Hill Country Revue (featuring members of North Mississippi Allstars), The Lee Boys and Nervous Turkey, will also host Pre and Post-Festival shows at a local venue.

Festival information is as follows:
Blackwater Sol Revue
Saturday, August 30th from 2:00pm - 10:00pm (Doors @ 1:00pm)
The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre

1340 A1A South, St. Augustine
Tickets $35.00 Limited Early Bird, $40.00 Adv, $45.00 Dos, $100.00 VIP / All Ages Welcome
For more information please visit www.blackwatersolrevue.com or www.mofro.net

Pre-Show Party:
Hill Country Revue
Friday, August 29th @ 8:30pm (Doors @ 7:30pm)
Café 11

501 A1A Beach Boulevard, St. Augustine Beach
Tickets $10 adv $12 dos
For more information please contact 904-460-9311

After-Show Party:
The Lee Boys
Saturday, August 30th @ 10:30pm
Café 11

501 A1A Beach Boulevard, St. Augustine Beach
After-Show ticket included in VIP event ticket
For more information please contact 904-460-9311

Following the enormous success of 2007's Country Ghetto, JJ Grey & Mofro hit the studio this summer and have emerged with a new album proving to be an instant classic.  ORANGE BLOSSOMS (August 26, Alligator Records) is a collection of down-home, soul-shaking music produced by long-time cohort Dan Prothero.  The album features 12 songs (including 11 Grey originals) inspired by Grey's life experiences and visionary observations. With long-time friend and guitarist Daryl Hance, bassist/organist Adam Scone, drummer Anthony Cole, and the Hercules Horns of saxophonist Art Edmaiston and trumpeter Dennis Marion, Grey moves effortlessly from gospel-tent fervor to Southern-fried rockers to deeply emotional soul. ORANGE BLOSSOMS is a groove-driven masterpiece fueled by JJ's gritty, smoldering vocals and intense, funk-infused guitar and keyboard work.

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue @ Boulder Theater

Rob Eaton of DSO - photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review is the apex of Colorado's vast cadre of uniquely talented and "Deadicated" musicians. Over the years, many regional bands have offered up their best efforts toward keeping alive the unparalleled music and party spirit of the phenomenon that was the Grateful Dead. From this cross-pollenating web of specialized tribute musicians has shaken out a pool of players deemed most apt, by popular opinion and support, to offer the truest interpretation of the essence of that legendary band.

Unlike many "put a quarter in the jukebox" tribute bands, Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review delivers a caliber of genuineness, spontaneity and artistic integrity by weaving their own measure of "X factor creativity" into the songs, jams and transitional interludes.  Chemistry, both personal and musical, is an important ingredient of the musical high generated by RMGDR. This chemistry exists both among the band members themselves and between the band and their all-important audiences. It is a closed-loop of positive energy that feeds on itself and tends to elevate gyrating bones off the floor.

Perfect harmony with this chemistry emanates when the band is joined by their good friend from Dark Star Orchestra, Rob Eaton. The consummate Grateful Dead tribute musician, Rob is proudly presented as special guest of Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review at the Boulder Theater. Don't miss what is sure to be a very special evening!

Feat. Members of Shakedown Street & Dark Star Orchestra
Friday, August 15
Doors 8:30pm, Show 9:00pm

GA / 21+ / $10.00

Other Shows:
August 16th
Saturday 9:30pm/21+
Sandbar
2161 N Frontage Rd W Vail, CO 81657 (970) 476-4314
 
August 22nd & 23rd
Friday & Saturday 9:30pm/21+
Mahogany Ridge
435 Lincoln Steamboat Springs, CO 80488 (970) 879-3773
 
Rob Eaton - guitar & vocals
Dave Kochman - guitar & vocals
Jim Allard - bass & vocals
Jake Wolf - drums & vocals
Smokey Joe Weisiger - Keyboards & vocals

Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue Rex Fundraiser

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The Grateful Dead's Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Mookie Siegel of the David Nelson Band (and formerly a member of both Phil & Friends and Ratdog), Wendy Lanter of Hope in Time, and Jeff Mattson, Tom Circosta, Klyph Black and Dave Diamond, all of the The Zen Tricksters, now create music together as Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue. Thrilling and surprising audiences with a unique mix that spans a variety of musical genres, Kettle Joe's showcases both the extraordinary musicianship and amazing songwriting craft of its members. The band displays astonishing mastery of "the jam," and possesses uncommon vocal prowess. All seven band members sing well, and they achieve deeply rich textures and harmonies throughout their repertoire. These incredible and highly regarded musicians have made Kettle Joe's their full-time musical vehicle, and continue to perform a growing catalog of original material, contributed (and increasingly co-written) by its various members, along with some truly choice covers.

Donna Jean recently said she is "thrilled and honored to be creating and performing music with such an immensely talented group of artists.  This is my dream come true, and I think we'll be doing this for a long time to come. It's just way too much fun not to!"

DATE OF SHOW: DECEMBER 29, 2006

Whitaker Center For Science & The Arts, Sunoco Theater

301 Market St Fl 7, Harrisburg, PA
Tel: (717) 221-8201

kettleTICKETS:

Concert tickets are $25.00 and $1.00 of every ticket will be donated by 4Evergreen to the Rex Foundation. Tickets are available online.

MEET & GREET:

Purchase on day of show the CD of the November 12, 2005 Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball, produced by members if the band, and you can be part of a pre-show meet and greet with the band, with a signing of the CD. CD's are $20.00 and all the proceeds of the CD sales go to REX. -Sorry, due to time limitations, no other signing will be permitted-

The Rex BTDB CD is also available online.

The Rex Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, has been aiding in building stronger communities, promoting individuality in the arts, helping secure a more healthy environment, and protecting the rights of indigenous people for twenty-two years.  The first Grateful Dead Rex benefit concert was held in the spring of 1984.  Over the course of the next 11 years, the Rex Foundation granted over $7 million to some 900 programs.  In December 2001, the Rex Foundation launched its renewal efforts in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding, presenting fundraising events in the Bay Area and in other cities across the country, and has since granted $776,500 to 127 programs across in the United States and internationally.

Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue

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In jam rock, the line between imitation and evolution can be woefully blurry.  Often, the farther the bands and the scene get from the Grateful Dead seed, the harder the listener has to work in order to derive an original experience from the music.

Driving drums, noodling bass, swirling guitars and thin vocals rushing through stoner lyrics - we've all been there.  And by and large, we like it there.  Comfort candy for the ears.

But back at the source, something old is new again.  Welcome to the Swamp.

Fronted by zenith-era Grateful Dead chanteuse Donna Jean Godchaux McKay, Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue has taken only exactly what it needs from jam music to create an inviting and compelling new brew of sound and scene - it's taken the ethos, the spirit, the organic approach of re-invention.

At first glance, this project's lineup may seem like old parts thrown together, but don't be lulled to sleep by your own smoky haze.  Dead influenced grassroots legends The Zen Tricksters - anchored by guitarist/vocalists Jeff Mattson and Tom Circosta, bassist/vocalist Klyph Black and drummer Dave Diamond -  have taken their long fused dynamic and teamed it with the keyboard genius of jam scene keyboard icon Mookie Siegel. This core backs the elegant and elegaic vocals of Donna Jean and Wendy Lanter.  The result is indeed a jam band, but one with the right idea - to serve the sound, to explore and soar in the present; bridging the past to the future in the process.

Yes, the requisite jam expectations are met; Mattson's leads spiral and swirl with the best of them, Circosta's inverted rhythm licks are strange, seemingly impossible and ear-bending.  Black thumps, rolls and climbs underneath and the drums swing when swayed and thunder when dared.

But what's different here is the return to the most important aspects of jam music; the band is obviously dedicated to seeking out interesting material and making it their own.  And from that simple decision, true originality is born.

It seems as if Donna Jean is leading the way.  She has a Garcia-esque presence, quiet and kind, curious yet in control - she is completely fused to her talent, with no gap between thought and expression. The band's wonderfully eclectic song selection invites an energy that is spry and refreshing, but not to be taken lightly.  The result is the ever-elusive winning jam band formula; veteran players playing cool nuggets and blowing
them through the roof.

The band has created, well... a psychedelic kettle-brew of originals and pointed cover choices that allow them to tranverse from folk to funk and back again, hitting those special Grateful Dead moments along the way.

Like The Band did for Dylan, The Trickster foundation breathes unprecedented life into Donna Jean's tunes.  They may not look like much on paper, but ditties like France and From The Heart Of Me now have a warmth and beauty never before captured live.  The band does to Garcia's Mission In The Rain what Garcia did with so many songs in his repetoire, they simply love it and make it count, giving it new and original feeling.  As a unit, Kettle Joe's embodies this spirit - the essence of interpretation, and of preservation. They are an interactive  museum of old and new, unburdended by overwhelming celebrity, yet wholly eager and unafraid to fill big shoes.

And when the stakes are raised for die-hard Heads, the band soars to the occasion.  Epics like Weather Report Suite and Terrapin Station get killer workouts, but never is the listener recalling or aching for a different time or place, a different sound or a different moment.  Everything the listener could ever hope for or expect from these efforts is there in spades - the mandala is woven, the door opened, the listener need only close his eyes and step through.

Jam music, in it's best and highest functions, serves to evolve and transcend - to breathe and live.  If that's a benchmark everyone in the scene can agree upon, then Kettle Joe's has instantly and effortlessly carved for themselves a thriving little niche in the firm rocks of jam history, well protected from the drowning, rolling seas of jam band inertia.