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The Devil Makes Three share new video

The Devil Makes Three have had an amazing 2010 bringing their electric live performances from coast to coast, wowing audiences at Bonnaroo and the Outside Lands Music & Art Festival, appearing on the first season of the successful IFC series Dinner With the Band and releasing four songs on the always great Daytrotter.
To celebrate the phenomenal year, the band has created a video from still photographs for the track "Aces and Twos" - check out the lovely black & white video!  Looking ahead to 2011, The Devil Makes Three will be announcing even more national tour dates and new recording surprises!
Until then, take a peak at the live audio and video from this past year below!
Watch the live, woodland videos for "All Hail" and "The Johnson Family."
Check them out performing "Do Wrong Right" LIVE on KEXP and live again on Oregon Public Radio performing "Help Yourself."

Announcing 4 Nights w/ DSO and Keller

dsoDark Star Orchestra Summer Festival Circuit

Heating up along with the climate, many of this summer's festival lineups have already been announced. This year, Dark Star Orchestra performs alongside some incredible artists at Summer Camp and Delfest in May, GratefulFest, All Good Festival and Gathering of the Vibes in July, and at Dancin' in the Streets in Denver in August. GratefulFest celebrates its tenth year this summer with DSO hosting another 4th of July weekend extravaganza featuring Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Keller Williams, JGB, Donna Jean Band and many more - what are you grateful for?

New York, New Jersey, Just Announced! Dark Star Orchestra and Keller Williams

In addition to their festival appearances, Dark Star Orchestra is delighted to team up with Keller Williams for 4 smokin' summer nights at Governor's Island, Lewistown, Utica, NY and Hackettstown, NJ this July. The Hackettstown show at Vasa Park also features Donna Jean Band who will perform before Keller & DSO. Tickets are sure to go fast for these special shows so be sure to check out DSO Ticketing and get yours ahead of time!!

To New England and Beyond!

If all of that wasn't enough, Dark Star Orchestra will be performing throughout towns across America in May, June, July and beyond. New late summer dates have just been announced, so be sure to check below and see when the band will be rolling into a city near you!

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Spring Tour Continues...
04/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA  
04/23 The Showbox Seattle, WA  
04/24 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
04/25 Mcdonald Theater Eugene, OR  
05/22 Summer Camp Chillicothe, IL  
05/23 Summer Camp Chillicothe, IL  
05/24 Delfest Cumberland, MD  
05/27 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY  
05/28 North Fork Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY  
05/29 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ  
05/30 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
06/01 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT TICKETS
06/02 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT TICKETS
06/04 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg, PA TICKETS
06/05 Celebrate Virginia Central Park Fredericksburg, VA TICKETS
06/06 Innsbrook Pavillion Glen Allen, VA TICKETS
06/08 Higher Ground Burlington, VT TICKETS
06/09 Higher Ground Burlington, VT TICKETS
06/11 South Shore Music Circus Cohasset, MA TICKETS
06/12 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
06/13 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
06/14 Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis, MA TICKETS
Summer Tour '09
07/03 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/04 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/05 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/09 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/10 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ  
07/11+ Governor's Island New York, NY TICKETS
07/12 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV TICKETS
07/15 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH  
07/16+ Artpark Lewiston, NY TICKETS
07/17+ Saranac Brewery Utica, NY  
07/18+ Vasa Park Hackettstown, NJ TICKETS
07/21 Lupos Providence, RI TICKETS
07/22 Colonial Theatre Pittsfield, MA TICKETS
07/23 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT  
08/07 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/08 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/09 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/10 Strings in the Mountains Steamboat Springs, CO TICKETS
08/12 Spud Drive-In Driggs, ID  
08/13 Emerson Theater Bozeman, MT  
08/14 Love your Mother Earth Festival Lolo Hot Springs, MT TICKETS
08/15 Love your Mother Earth Festival Lolo Hot Springs, MT TICKETS
+ w/ Keller Williams

Announcing the Donna Jean Godchaux Band w/ Jeff Matson

Donna Jean- for the Grateful Web

A band, like every living thing, needs to evolve. Donna Jean Godchaux and Jeff Mattson are pleased to announce that "Donna Jean and the Tricksters" has morphed into the – see above!

Donna Jean Godchaux – lead vocals

Jeff Mattson – lead guitar, vocals

David MacKay – bass, vocals

Clint Bailey – keyboards, vocals

Joe Chirco – drums

Rock and roll and lots more, delivered with Muscle Shoals-trained soul and inspiration. Fine original material plus a nod to Donna Jean's deep roots with lots of Grateful Dead songs, too.

All things pass, but the seeds that were silent burst into bloom. Look out – this flower will thrive.

The band will be stepping out in April with a full tour, and will be widely seen on the summer festival circuit.

Bios:

Donna Jean Godchaux

Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Donna Jean was a vocalist at both Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Fame Studios, home of the legendary "Muscle Shoals Sound," on records like Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman," and Boz Scagg's eponymous first solo album. She moved to San Francisco, married Keith Godchaux, and spent the 1970s as a vocalist in the Grateful Dead as well as the Jerry Garcia Band. After life with the Dead, she and Keith created the Heart of Gold Band with drummer Greg Anton and guitarist Steve Kimock.

Following various side trips, she resumed serious focus on her singing in the '90s, recording a new Heart of Gold Band album, At the Table, and singing with Phil & Friends and her own Donna Jean Band.

Jeff Mattson

Jeff came to prominence as the lead guitarist, primary vocalist, and leader of Long Island's legendary Grateful Dead-influenced jam band, the Zen Tricksters. Over the course of thirty years, his supple, elegant playing reflected a fusion of rock, blues, bluegrass, country, jazz and folk stylings, along with a healthy dose of psychedelia. His songwriting credits include the exquisitely mournful "Shelter" (co-written with Donna Jean), as well as "Travelin' Light," (co-written with Melissa Marston), "He Said/She Said," (with Donna Jean), and "A Prisoner Says His Piece," all for Donna Jean and the Tricksters. He also contributed "Leave Me Out of This" to Phil Lesh and Friends' There and Back Again. He played with Phil Lesh and Friends in 1999.

David MacKay

David hails from Marin County, California. As part of the emerging Bay Area music scene of the 70's, he was a founding member of the popular band the "Tasmanian Devils" and recorded and toured with Michael Nesmith, playing bass on the first Grammy-winning video, "Elephant Parts." He was a member of both the original and reformed "Heart of Gold Band." Most recently, he has played bass with the Muscle Shoals-based group "The Fiddleworms."

Clint Bailey

Is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a well-respected member of the Muscle Shoals music scene and the band the Fiddleworms.  He has played on occasion with "Donna Jean the Tricksters" and with Jason Isbell (Drive By Truckers).  He began on piano at the age of 15, and then found the Hammond B-3 and became permanently hooked.  He is a strong songwriter, touching the Southern wellsprings of rock, soul, gospel, blues, and New Orleans styles, and contributed the title track to the Fiddleworms' Volkswagen Catfish.

Announcing The 9th Annual Taos Solar Music Festival

Todd Park Mohr- for the Grateful Web

Each year, through the universal language of music, the Taos Solar Music Festival celebrates sun and renewable energy, and continues to be the festival of choice for music fans around the country who share an environmental consciousness and zealousness about this community we call Earth.

Now in its ninth year, the Taos Solar Music Festival is quite likely one of the music industry's original Green events.  Hosting attendees from over 30 U.S. States and internationally reputed for blazing a trail in awareness for solar energy, the Taos Solar Music Festival honors the unparalleled contributive power of the sun with three days of eclectic music, interactive exhibits and activities, and much more.  Attracting over 5,000 people annually from all over the country, the festival's main stage is powered through the use of photovoltaic panels. As always, the Solar Village, located on Solar Fest grounds and free/open to the public, will feature booths and demonstrations designed to inform and expose alternative and renewable energy sources and solutions. Festival producer Dawn Richardson explains, "We're really proud of the Solar Village – and hope that it helps to inspire and nurture sustainable communities in the region and throughout the nation.  We think the Solar Village is what makes this festival stand out from so many others around the country." This year, the Solar Musical Festival's Solar Village will be one of only a handful of places to find Toyota's Mobile Hybrid Experience, which will be on site showcasing their Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive vehicles. Stay tuned at www.solarmusicfest.com for additional details on Solar Village specifics.

The festival's complete musical lineup will be revealed in the coming weeks.  For now, let it be known that Big Head Todd and the Monsters will kick off the weekend on Friday, June 29. Front man Todd Park Mohr, a long-time renewable energy advocate himself, says, "We always look forward to playing Solar Fest in Taos.  It is a beautiful setting with a great lineup of artists alongside a much needed plug for solar energy and environmental awareness.  It is always a raucous celebration!"  Also on the bill, Michael Franti & Spearhead and John Butler Trio. Additional artists TBA.

A premier vacation spot for the entire Four Corners region and beyond, Taos can be accessed through some of the most scenic and majestic highways and byways of America. A fun road trip and weekend getaway for family and friends, the festival is just a four to five hour drive from the Denver area, just over two hours from Albuquerque, or a day's jaunt from northern Texas.

Festival details are as follows:
9 th Annual Taos Solar Music Festival
June 29, 30 and July 1
Kit Carson Park in Downtown Taos
Tickets are on sale now.  Kids 10 and under free.