Jam Cruise 7 Announces Lineup

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

As summer approaches and festival season swings in to high gear, Jam Cruise - the floating festival where everyone on board has a "back stage pass" - is preparing for its seventh incarnation.  On January 4, 2009, Jam Cruise 7 will depart from Fort Lauderdale for five days and head to Belize City, Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico on the elegant MSC Orchestra.  Performing artists include Les Claypool, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Michael Franti featuring Jay Bowman, Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe, Galactic Cruise Crewe (featuring Big Sam, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Trombone Shorty), Leftover Salmon, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Martin Sexton, the New Deal, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Garage A Trois, Lettuce, Porter, Batiste & Stoltz, New Mastersounds, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Bonerama, The Lee Boys, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Brock Butler,and DJ Rekha, with others still to be announced.

Featuring nearly 800 cabins with ocean view balconies, 13 decks, a fitness/relaxation area, a jogging track, a sauna, Turkish bath, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, restaurants, pizzerias, theatres, nightclubs and shopping areas, the MSC Orchestra offers Jam Cruisers all they could want and more. 

Following the strongest pre-booking in Jam Cruise history, all remaining cabins will become available for sale to the public on June 4 at 12 noon ET on www.jamcruise.com.  Jam Cruise has sold out each year and is on track to sell out again.  Visit www.jamcruise.com for more details.

Jam Cruise is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures: a partnership between Mark Brown, Josh Moore & Roger Naber.

Dark Star Orchestra Returning to Jam in the Dam

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

2007 was another amazing year for Dark Star Orchestra so let's take a second to look back at the band's top 10 highlights of the year:

-Adding Rob Barraco to DSO full-time on keyboards and vocals

-Raising over $22,000 for the Rex Foundation during the DSO Rex Caravan Tour of the West Coast

-Celebrating our 10-year anniversary since forming on a cold November 1997 night in Chicago: what a long strange trip it's been!

-Performing with Bob Weir at the Fillmore during the Black Tie Dye Ball to benefit the Rex Foundation

-Playing the 30th anniversary of 5/8/77, releasing the recordings as the 3-CD Ithaca: 30 Years Later

-Performing our first European dates at Amsterdam's Jam in the Dam festival alongside Yonder Mountain, Keller Williams and Galactic

-Finishing the year by selling out all four mid-Atlantic shows leading up to and including New Year's Eve

-Raising nearly $3000 for Rett Syndrome research at the 5th Annual GratefulFest Benefit Song Raffle, bringing the 5 year total to nearly $15,000 raised for Rett research!

-Launching the all new DarkStarOrchestra.net website

-Having the privilege of performing the Grateful Dead's timeless music to over 125,000 of the best fans nationwide

Dark Star Orchestra returning to Jam in the Dam

The jam is far from over and for those of you who missed out on Jam Cruise (or for those of you still left wanting more!) the Jam in the Dam festival is only a few short months away. DSO is playing a special show Saturday, March 15 at the Melkweg performing an entire 2 set show. Come out and join DSO, Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Perpetual Groove, Tea Leaf Green & Lotus for four nights of great music in Amsterdam, March 16-19. Check out www.jaminthedam.com for the complete details and to secure your festival laminates!

1500 and Counting Tour and Show

Hot on the heels of the '10th Anniversary Tour', Dark Star Orchestra will perform their 1,500th show on this tour, in their hometown of Chicago on February 2. Tickets are now available for the spring tour through DSO Ticketing - it is the online home of our fan club ticketing where you get DSO tickets lower service fees and each ticket you purchase actually plants a tree! So be sure to secure your chance to see the band as they celebrate another milestone of their career!


1,500 and Counting Tour... Begins
Thur 1/31/2008 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
Fri 2/1 The Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
Sat 2/2 The Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
Mon 2/4 GuthrieTheater Minneapolis, MN TICKETS
Tues 2/5 Englert Civic Theater Iowa City, IA TICKETS
Thur 2/7 Barrymore Theater Madison, WI TICKETS
Fri 2/8 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA TICKETS
Sat 2/9 The Pageant St. Louis, MO TICKETS
Sun 2/10 Music Mill Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
Tues 2/12 Bogarts Cincinnati, OH TICKETS
Thur 2/14 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
Fri 2/15 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH TICKETS
Sat 2/16 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY TICKETS
Sun 2/17 Carneige Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA TICKETS
Thur 2/21 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
Fri 2/22 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
Sat 2/23 Neighborhood Theater Charlotte, NC TICKETS
Sun 2/24 Lincoln Theater Raleigh, NC TICKETS
Wed 2/27 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA TICKETS
Thur 2/28 Orangepeel Asheville, NC TICKETS
Sat 3/1 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Tues 3/4 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
Wed 3/5 Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, FL TICKETS
Thur 3/6 Langerado Everglades Nat'l Park, FL TICKETS
1,500 and Counting Tour... Ends
Sat 3/15 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam, Netherlands TICKETS
Sun 3/16 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam, Netherlands TICKETS
Mon 3/17 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam, Netherlands TICKETS
Spring Tour... Begins
Fri 4/11 Valar Center Avon, CO TICKETS
Sat 4/12 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO TICKETS
Sun 4/13 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO TICKETS
Wed 4/16 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO TICKETS
Thurs 4/17 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO TICKETS
Fri 4/18 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO TICKETS
Sat 4/19 Oriental Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
Sun 4/20 Oriental Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
Thurs 4/24 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA TICKETS
Fri 4/25 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Sat 4/26 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Mon 4/28 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Tues 4/29 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Wed 4/30 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Fri 5/2 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
Sat 5/3 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
Sun 5/4 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR TICKETS

The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam | 2007

The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, an annual event to benefit Habitat for Humanity, brings some of the top musical talent in the world to the beautiful mountain city of Asheville, NC.  This year the lineup stretched further beyond its traditional jam band focused roster to include such musical greats as Jackson Browne and Peter Frampton

Conscious Alliance Hosts the Rebel Alliance Jam IX

photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Conscious Alliance is excited to announce their Rebel Alliance Jam IX and Toy Drive at the Fox Theatre on December 8th.  The annual holiday benefit event will support the children of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  All patrons who donate one unwrapped toy (of at least a $10.00 value) or $10.00 will receive a limited edition poster by artist Will Ruocco.

The Rebel Alliance Jam is a Conscious Alliance tradition that features a rotating line up of exceptional musicians, who come together often times for rare collaborations to support the initiatives of Conscious Alliance.  This year, MOCAPAY and KCUV 102.3 (Denver) will host the Rebel Alliance Jam IX, taking place December 8th, 2007 at Boulder, Colorado's Fox Theatre.  Rebel Alliance Jam IX will feature Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident), Fareed Haque (Garaj Mahal), Dave Watts & Dominic Lali (The Motet), Alex Botwin & Lane Shaw (Pnuma Trio), Danny Sears & Zivanai Masango (Chris Berry & Panjea Allstars), Jamie Janover (Zilla) and very special guests still to be announced.

Show details are as follows:
Rebel Alliance Jam IX and Toy Drive
Saturday, December 8 th @ 8:30 pm (Doors @ 8:00 pm)
Fox Theatre
1135 13th Street, Boulder
Tickets $18.00, $13.00 with MOCAPAY at Albums on the Hill / Ages 21+ Welcome
For more information please visit www.foxtheatre.com

All tickets purchased using MOCAPAY as a payment method receive a $5.00 discount.  To learn more about MOCAPAY and to sign up, please visit http://www.mocapay.com.

Tune into KCUV online.

Already this holiday season, Conscious Alliance delivered donations collected during their 4th Annual Turkey n' Trimmings holiday food drive.  This year, the organization collected upwards of 2,500 holiday turkey boxes and have also expanded outreach to include additional communities in South Dakota and Montana, and in New Mexico and Louisiana as well. In 2006, Conscious Alliance distributed approximately 1,000 holiday turkey boxes to people in need in South Dakota and Montana.

Conscious Alliance's Youth Against Hunger project (YAH) offers exciting alternative service-learning experiences for college students during their fall/spring breaks.  YAH synthesizes service learning by combining education and hands-on service.  The inaugural YAH trip took place October 21-26, 2007, with students from Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC) participating.  YAH students learned about hunger related issues, as well as Lakota culture, by providing compassionate cross-cultural community service on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  While on the reservation, students lodged with community leaders Floyd and Natalie Hand, as they sorted and distributed food to community members in need, aided with home repairs for Lakota families, participated in educational sessions with Lakota elders, and communicated with Pine Ridge college students and peers about current cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.  Conscious Alliance's YAH provides students with the knowledge and support they need to return to their respective communities and, using the skills they have acquired, create positive change in their local communities.  The next YAH trip will take place in spring 2008.  For more information on Conscious Alliance and YAH, and upcoming service learning opportunities, please visit http://www.consciousalliance.org/projects.yah.htm.

Conscious Alliance December Food Drive events include:

November 31-December 01 Catalyst Santa Cruz CA STS9
December 08 Fox Theatre Boulder CO Rebel Alliance Jam IX
December 28-December 31 Tabernacle Atlanta GA STS9
December 29-December 31 Fillmore Denver CO Yonder Mountain String Band

In addition, a Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction.  Conscious Alliance is a Partner of America's Second Harvest.

Conscious Alliance & Bioneers Present The Rebel Alliance Jam

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Conscious Alliance is proud to present Rebel Alliance VIII on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the Boulder Theater. For this eighth event in the Conscious Alliance benefit concert series, Michael Kang (The String Cheese Incident), Keith Moseley (The String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams and The WMD'S), and Chris Berry & Panjea will perform with guests to be announced for one very special evening of music.

Each Rebel Alliance VIII performer will participate in the Colorado Bioneers Conference happening at the CU Boulder campus that same weekend. Michael Kang, Keith Moseley, and Chris Berry, together with Conscious Alliance founder Justin Baker, will speak as panelists on the Bioneers session entitled "Activism through Art and Music." The panel will explore how musicians and artists are achieving profound social change locally and globally as well as their sources of inspiration and worldly visions.  For more information on this panel and other events taking place throughout the weekend, please visit http://www.ecenter.colorado.edu/bioneers07.

Boulder  is one of 21 communities in North America with a Bioneers satellite forum. Bioneers is the preeminent gathering of leading scientific innovators & environmental visionaries who offer practical solutions to the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time. Visit www.bioneers.org for more information.

Proceeds from the Rebel Alliance Jam VIII will benefit Conscious Alliance www.consciousalliance.org and Our Future Now www.ourfuturenow.org.  Every patron attending this year's show is encouraged to donate $10.00 or 10 canned food items in exchange for a free limited edition poster by artist Timothy Ripley www.timothyripley.netfirms.com.

Since its inception three years ago, Boulder-based not-for-profit Conscious Alliance has collected and donated over 500,000 lbs. of food to local U.S. food banks and to impoverished Indian Reservations in the western United States.  The bulk of food collected at Rebel Alliance VIII will go directly to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in accordance with the first annual Conscious Alliance Student Service Trip, while money donations collected will be used to support "Turkey n' Trimmings" food deliveries over the Thanksgiving holiday.  For more information please visit www.consciousalliance.org.

Also, check out Chris Berry & Panjea, featuring Dave Watts and Dominic Lalli from The Motet, October 19th at Quixotes in Denver.


YMSB will play Jam Cruise- for the Grateful Web

Today, Jam Cruise 6 confirms trip dates and makes its line-up announcement.  This year's annual floating festival will leave Ft. Lauderdale on January 4, 2008 for a 5 day / 5 night music and travel adventure.  With over 20 bands and 2000 passengers aboard the MSC Lirica, the luxury cruise liner will make stops in Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico.

So far, Jam Cruise 6 has confirmed accomplished guitarist Warren Haynes, conscious hip hop innovators Michael Franti & Spearhead, New Orleans funk legends funky METERS featuring Art Neville, George Porter, Russell Batiste & Ian Neville, progressive bluegrass band Yonder Mountain String Band, new-funk favorites Galactic, Grateful Dead re-creators Dark Star Orchestra, jazz organ trio Soulive, reggae architects Toots & the Maytals, soul sister Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler featuring Jon Fishman, Steve Kimock & Jeff Coffin,  high energy jammers Perpetual Groove, B-3 organ-fueled blues-rock quartet Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, electronic loungers Lotus, west coast Rockers New Monsoon, the West African skewed Toubab Krewe, the inspired Colorado outfit The Motet, the thumping soundscapes of DJ Harry, special guest Karl Denson, and many others still to be announced.

More cabins than ever have been pre-booked!  Jam Cruise 6 reservations open to the public on June 4, 2007 at  www.jamcruise.com.

Since its first journey in 2003, Jam Cruise has revolutionized the music festival experience by blending the community, spontaneity and good times of a music festival with the convenience, luxury, and adventure of cruise travel.  Jam Cruise's unique story has been featured in a diverse list of media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, HARP, Gourmet Magazine, Outside Magazine, Travel and Leisure, and many others.

Jam Cruise is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures: a partnership between Mark Brown, Josh Moore & Roger Naber.

Jam in the Dam with Yonder, DSO, Keller, Galactic

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Dark Star Orchestra is pleased to be a part of:

Dark Star Orchestra Heads to Europe!

Join DSO, Galactic, Yonder Mountain, Keller Williams at
Jam in the Dam

An International Festival at THE MELKWEG
Amsterdam, Holland | March 18 - 20, 2007

Tickets available Tuesday 9/12 | View video clips from Jam in the Dam 2005 | Read the 2005 review on Jambase

DSO's first international voyage happens this coming March. Only 1500 tickets will be available and 2006 's event sold out four months before the festival happened. This festival WILL SELL OUT.
If you are interested, check out their site and secure your tickets sooner than later.

Join Dark Star Orchestra
for a Musical Celebration & Benefit for the
Rex Foundation

A Black Tie-Dye Ball at
Denver, CO | Sat. Sept. 23 | 7:30 PM

2 Levels to Fly at the Rex Foundation Reception:
MILE HIGH & SUMMIT level tickets including
Open Bar Reception w/DSO, Dinner, & Concert - Silent Auction too!
Begins at 5:30 PM Advance tickets available now

DSO gives special thanks to:



Always be sure to visit the websites of DSO and the venues

Date Venue City, State
Fri 9/15 Laumeier Sculpture Park St. Louis, MO
Sat 9/16 Music Mill Indianapolis, IN
Sun 9/17 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
Tue 9/19 Martyrs' Chicago, IL
Wed 9/20 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
Thu 9/21 Abe & Jake's Landing Lawrence, KS
Sat 9/23 The Fillmore Denver, CO
Mon 9/25 The Barcode Las Vegas, NV
Tue 9/26 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ
Thu 9/28 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
Fri 9/29 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
Sat 9/30 Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
Sun 10/1 Key Club W. Hollywood, CA
Tue 10/3 Galaxy Theater Santa Ana, CA
Thu 10/5 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco, CA
Fri 10/6 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco, CA
Sat 10/7 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco, CA
Sun 10/8 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
Wed 10/11 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Thu 10/12 Showbox Seattle, WA
Fri 10/13 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
Sat 10/14 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
Mon 10/16 Mazzotti's Arcata, CA
Wed 10/18 Crystal Bay Club Tahoe, NV
Thu 10/19 Mystic Theater Petaluma, CA
Fri 11/10 Revolution Hall Troy, NY
Sat 11/11 Revolution Hall Troy, NY
Sun 11/12 Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH
Thu 11/16 Colonial Theater Keene, NH
Fri 11/17 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
Sat 11/18 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
Tue 11/21 Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY
Wed 11/22 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
Fri 11/24 Nokia Theater New York, NY
Sat 11/25 Nokia Theater New York, NY
Sun 11/26 Mexicali Blues Teaneck, NJ
Mon 11/27 Mexicali Blues Teaneck, NJ
Fri 12/1 Nine Thirty Club Washington, D.C.
Sat 12/2 Nine Thirty Club Washington, D.C.
Mon 12/4 Starr Hill Music Hall Charlottesville, VA
Tue 12/5 Starr Hill Music Hall Charlottesville, VA
Fri 12/8 Lupo's Providence, RI
Sat 12/9 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
Mon 12/11 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
Tue 12/12 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
Wed 12/13 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
Fri 12/15 Worcester Palladium Worcester, MA
Sat 12/16 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Thu 12/28 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Fri 12/29 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Sat 12/30 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Sun 12/31 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Visit the Dark Star Orchestra website to confirm show dates & secure advance tickets


DSO shacks up in Boulder, CO for four nights of steamy music inside the legendary Fox Theatre.

Secure tickets to DSO's historical 9th New Year's Eve adventure. It is a show not to miss!

Tickets will soon be available online.

Additionally, stay tuned for information on HOTEL DSO for four nights in Boulder!

Pick up a copy of the current issue of Relix Magazine as Dark Star Orchestra is featured within its pages! Richard Gehr interviews Rob Eaton for this feature article on tribute bands.



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Pearl Jam Selects Bonneville Environmental Foundation for Renewable Energy Programs

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Pearl Jam announced today that Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) was selected as one of nine non-profit organizations to receive a combined total of $100,000 to launch its 2006 Carbon Portfolio Strategy. The band's initiative is the latest demonstration of its commitment to solve global warming and provide information to music fans worldwide about what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. The band also is inviting its fans to make their own contributions in support of the initiative, as a way of taking action against climate change.

BEF and the other organizations were selected according to their advancement of approaches to develop clean, renewable energy options and other climate change solutions.

"We looked for partners to put our contributions towards the greatest use in combating global climate change," said Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard. "BEF was an obvious choice when we considered the renewable energy component."

Pearl Jam has been a supporter of BEF since the 2004 Vote for Change tour, when Gossard organized some of the participating bands to fund the installation of small-scale renewable energy projects in many of the states where it toured. In addition to Pearl Jam and Gossard, participants included Bonnie Raitt, The Dave Matthews Band, and REM. BEF's role was to identify the Vote for Change beneficiary projects, and to manage the ongoing installation efforts.

"With the Vote for Change initiative, Pearl Jam helped BEF expand the scope of its renewable energy programs to reach new audiences in the Midwest, Southeast, and Eastern states," said Tom Starrs, Vice President of Marketing and Sales & Chief Operating Officer of Bonneville Environmental Foundation. "With the Carbon Portfolio Strategy, Pearl Jam is helping BEF reach an even broader audience with the message that it's easy to take action today to make our energy supply cleaner, safer, and more secure. We are very grateful for the band's continuing support."

bBEF will use the contributions from Pearl Jam's Carbon 2006 Portfolio Strategy to support its renewable energy initiatives, including its Green Tag programs. BEF's Green Tag programs enable individuals, businesses, and other organizations to offset their carbon footprint by supporting renewable energy projects that deliver solar and wind power into the nation's power grid.

The organizations designated as beneficiaries of Pearl Jam's Carbon Portfolio Strategy include: the American Solar Energy Society, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Cascade Land Conservancy, Conservation International, EarthCorps, Green Empowerment, Honor the Earth, IslandWood, and Washington Clean Energy Initiative. To learn more about Pearl Jam's Carbon Portfolio Strategy visit: www.pearljam.com/activism/ .

About the Bonneville Environmental Foundation:
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1998 and was a pioneer in developing the market for renewable energy certificates, which it calls Green Tags. BEF reinvests all the net revenues from Green Tags sales in support of its mission, which funds solar power systems for schools and businesses, wind power systems for farms and ranches, and restoration efforts for salmon-bearing streams. Visit http://www.GreenTagsUSA.org to learn what individuals, utilities, and businesses are doing to increase the use of wind and solar power in our nation's electricity grids. www.b-e-f.org or www.greentagsusa.org.