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2011 MassJazz Schedule Announced

MassJazz has released its annual schedule of jazz and blues festivals and outdoor concerts taking place in Massachusetts this summer and fall. The schedule includes a dozen outdoor jazz festivals across the Commonwealth, plus hundreds of outdoor concerts taking place in city parks and town squares, at museums and cultural venues, and at tourist spots around the state.

“Massachusetts has a lot to offer visitors, from our champion sports teams and our rich history to the stunning landscapes and abundance of cultural riches,” said Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.  “It’s all here and the vibrant music scene – especially jazz and blues - is another great reason to spend time in the Commonwealth this summer. ”

The Massachusetts festival season kicks off with the Hoop City Jazz & Art Festival in Springfield on July 8-10 and ends with the Pittsfield Jazz Festival in western Massachusetts on October 7-20.  Wall pointed to the strong jazz presence across Massachusetts, with festivals or concerts taking place in every region of the state.

“For tourists who savor jazz and blues – two of America’s greatest art forms – Massachusetts has a terrific slate of festivals and outdoor events this season,” said MassJazz founder Michael P. Quinlin.  “And add to that the jazz clubs, campus events, and live jazz brunches at hotels and restaurants, and you have a music lover’s paradise.”

In July, MassJazz is issuing its 3rd annual MassJazz Travel Guide, a free 40-page magazine with jazz profiles, stories and listings on the state's vibrant jazz scene.  The Guide is available at jazz venues, tourism kiosks, and cultural sports around Massachusetts.

Formed in 2009, MassJazz promotes the state’s jazz scene year round to the travel industry, in concert with Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and other partners.  For more details on jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

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Delloween featuring Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams, and The Travelin' McCourys


Halloween: A time for costumes, sweet treats, trickery, AND quickly becoming a holiday known for hot music collaborations.  The Del McCoury Band and Keller Williams have a long history together as well as a history of cutting edge Halloween extravaganzas, so the progression to creating a Halloween event together seems only natural.  Delloween will close out the festival season with a 2 day, 2 city indoor festival on wheels with a loopless acoustic set from Keller Williams to start the night, followed by  a set with The Del McCoury Band, and ending with a special late night set featuring both The Travelin’ McCourys and Keller Williams!

The Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams, and The Travelin’ McCourys are festival veterans hitting just about every major festival in the country this summer and Del even has his own festival – DelFest, so that festival spirit will be the backbone of Delloween.  All the Delloween artists are known for pushing the boundaries of music; Williams debuted his Show For Kids this summer at several heavy hitting festivals (with music from his album KIDS) while The Del McCoury Band has been touring and playing in support of the American Legacies album with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Travelin’ McCourys have been promoting the wildly successful Bluegrass Balls series. Delloween will follow suit with innovative sets that all but erase the boundaries of a regular theatre gig.

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Del McCoury Band

Led by a living bluegrass legend (whom The Washington Post hails a "national treasure") and featuring four immensely skilled musicians (including sons Ronnie on mandolin and Rob on banjo, with Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartram on bass), The Del McCoury Band has rightfully received numerous accolades including more than three dozen International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, a Grammy, and multiple Grammy nominations.  This world-class ensemble performs original and traditional compositions with eloquent harmonies and "ferocious, purebred musicianship" (USA Today) that has earned them a wide range of fans, from their diverse group of "Del-Heads" to such respected musicians as Steve Earle, David Grisman and members of Phish and The String Cheese Incident.  In 2008, Del started his own music festival, and DelFest has quickly become one of the premiere music festivals on the east coast.  The band also regularly appears at some of the top festivals in the country including Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Bonnaroo, Philadelphia Folk Fest, High Sierra, Grey Fox, and Austin City Limits Fest.

Keller Williams

Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 16 recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. Williams’ solo live shows—and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band—quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer. Today, whether performing as a one-man band (a stage show constructed around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar connected to a Gibson Echoplex delay system that allows him to simulate a full band), with a backing band (of which he has many - Keller and The Keels, Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe, Grunge Grass among others), or solo acoustic with simply he and his guitar, Keller always reveals himself as an artist of great stylistic breadth and infinite imagination. He is a singer, songwriter and musician, always on a quest for the new. Keller Williams has never followed the prescribed path laid out by the conventional music business but rather one of his own making. It’s a path that has served him well.

The Travelin’ McCourys

The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.

Kyle Hollingsworth Unveils Hoopla Pale Ale

Beer comes in many flavors. So do musicians. Rare as a double lightning strike is when both meet in perfect harmony. But it’s happened: String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth is the musician, and Hoopla is his beer. And they’re coming to a festival near you this summer; it’s the “Brewru Experience.“

BB King at the 10th edition of Gent Jazz Festival

BB King is the first name to be announced for Gent Jazz Festival’s anniversary. More names will be announced within the following months.  BB King will headline the Belgian festival during one of the special nights. On Saturday July 9 the Blues legend is coming back to Europe for a farewell tour and will perform exclusively for Belgium at Gent Jazz Festival (07-07-17.07.11). Steven De Bruyn, Tony Gyselinck & Roland will open the special night with the project with which they released the album Fortune Cookie last year. Info artists see enclosed.

Tickets are available on www.gentjazz.com and in all Fnac stores. Tickets for this Special Night cost 42 Euro, day tickets for other days of the festival will cost 32 Euro.

Member International Jazz Festival Organisation (IJFO):

Gent Jazz Festival became a member of the IJFO. The IJFO is a select worldwide club which unites 16 eminent jazz festivals like North Sea Jazz, London Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festivals, Montreal Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival… With its recent entry into the IJFO, ‘Jazz & Muziek npo’ receives worldwide recognition for its activities and high quality programme. The non-profit organization is the organizer of Gent Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim (in collaboration with public broadcasting VRT) and Jazz & Sounds (in collaboration with Arts Centre Vooruit, Music Centre De Bijloke and University College Ghent. This umbrella organization sets up synergies for common advantages and artistic opportunities. Bertrand Flamang, director of Jazz & Muziek npo: “Gent Jazz Festival recently became a member because it meets all qualitative and quantitative conditions. The membership is an important milestone for us as an organization and at the same time offers advantages for our other festivals: Jazz Middelheim and Jazz & Sounds Festival.”  For the Belgian music and festival scene this is another important step and another example of the quality of the Belgian music scene in all its diversity.

Dave Stryker CD Release @ Cecils | New Jersey

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 20 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and Kevin Mahogany, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”  He was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in the 2001 Critics and Readers Poll of Downbeat Magazine, and was recently elected again as a Rising Star for the 5th time in the 2008 Downbeat Critics Poll. His latest CD is called "Keystone" on SteepleChase Records.

Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, moved to New York City in 1980, and joined organist Jack McDuff’s group, traveling all over the U.S. for two years (1984-85).  From 1986 to 1995, Stryker played with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, performing at all the major festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the world.  He has also performed with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eliane Elias, Joe Lovano and many others.

Dave currently performs with The Stryker / Slagle Band (with saxophonist Steve Slagle), The Dave Stryker Organ Trio and his Blue to the Bone Band.  He has recorded and published over 130 of his compositions, recorded 20 CD’s under his own name and recorded as a sideman on over 50 others.  He has performed all over the world at all the great Jazz Festivals and concert halls including Carnegie Hall, The Monterey Jazz Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival, and The JVC Jazz Festival.

Dave is also involved in passing along his experience by teaching both privately and at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, The Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, The Litchfield Jazz Camp, The Veneto/New School Jazz Workshop in Italy, and The Outreach Jazz Workshop in Austria.  His book Dave Stryker’s Jazz Guitar Improvisation Method, is available from Mel Bay Publishing.

Dave Stryker Organ Quartet CD Release gigs:

Dave Stryker-guitar
Jared Gold-drums
Stephen Riley-tenor sax
McClenty Hunter-drums
Freddie Hendrix-trumpet

Cecils Jazz Club

364 Valley Rd
West Orange, NJ 07052
973-736-4800

Sat. Dec. 18th 7 and 9 pm
Shanghai Jazz in Madison NJ

Sun. Dec. 26  8 & 10 pm
w/ Billy Hart-drums
Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square
Montclair NJ 07042
973-744-2600

Crytal Castles @ Boulder Theater | New Years Eve

Formed
in 2003 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Crystal Castles consists of
producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. They are named after the
lyrics "The fate of the world is safe in Crystal Castles" and "Crystal
Castles, the source of all power" both from the theme song for She-Ra's
fortress. They are known for their melancholic lo-fi sound and their
explosive live shows. Their debut album was included in NME's "Top 50
Albums of the Decade".

Crystal Castles musical style has been
described as "ferocious, asphyxiating sheets of warped two-dimensional
Gameboy glitches and bruising drum bombast that pierces your skull with
their sheer shrill force, burrowing deep into the brain like a fever".
The band has headlined numerous tours in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and
Australia and have also appeared at festivals around the Globe
including Ireland's Oxegen Festival, Coachella, All Points West, Leeds
Festival in England and will also take part in Australia's "Big Day
Out" 2011 Tour.

The music and live show of the Crystal Castles is not one to miss. As the band themselves say,

"we are crystal castles
we are 1 boy and 1 girl
we are named after She-Ra's home
we play rough
"

Looks like the Boulder Theater is going into the New Year with a bumpy landing. More Info / Buy Tickets

Kyle Park To Release FALL EP on September 21

Country singer Kyle Park, who believes his fans deserve more than one album every 12 months, will release on September 21 his second EP this year that will ultimately become the foundation of a full-length album he will release in 2011.

The featured single from Park’s FALL EP is “All Night,” a love song with smart lyrics about how long it might take to heal a broken heart, with or without a new paramour. Again, Park’s pure country voice and pure country vibe shine through in his modern country, “rock with a twang” style.

Park spent the year touring, and he will continue on the road behind the new release. The recording artist routinely plays 200 shows a year in venues, music festivals and intimate honky-tonks, in all corners of the Lone Star State.

As Robert K. Oermann of MusicRow advises, “Lend him your ears.”

For MP3s and more, visit http://www.mcguckinpr.com. Also see www.kyleparkmusic.com.

Great American Taxi and Steep Canyon Rangers

In the past five years, Great American Taxi has become one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit, their uninhibited sound a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk, gospel and good old fashioned rock 'n' roll. The band has been led by Herman and Staehly since its inception for a Rainforest Action Group benefit show in March of 2005. Now approaching well over 400 shows, the band has kept a fairly busy schedule of 140 shows a year and has hit a lot of the premier music festivals along the way including High Sierra Music Fest, Wakarusa, Summer Camp, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Dunegrass, Nightgrass slots at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the list goes on. The band has been compared with roots rockers like New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, the Byrds and Little Feat.

Steep Canyon Rangers backed Steve Martin during his 2009 tour. Bluegrass, gospel, Appalachia. From Asheville, North Carolina, Steep Canyon Rangers have built a reputation as an engaging acoustic quintet seasoned by constant touring. Before being nominated for 2 International Bluegrass Music awards in 2008 (including Album of the Year, Lovin Pretty Women), the Rangers were named 'Emerging Artist of the Year' in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, TN. The group has been regularly featured on the Grand Ole Opry, as well as major U.S. Bluegrass and Americana music festivals such as MerleFest, Telluride, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass.

More Info / Buy Tickets

Akron/Family Announce May Tour Dates, Summer Festivals & River Free MP3

Akron/Family's Dead Oceans' debut, Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free, arrives May 5, but a free download from the band's third proper LP, "River," is available now. Fans who pre-order Set 'Em Wild now will receive immediate access to an MP3 download of the entire album.

Download the mp3 of "River" here: http://www.scjag.com/mp3/do/river.mp3

To order Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free in North America visit Dead Oceans here: http://www.scdistribution.com/cat/scd_catalognew.php?action=set_site_id&site_id=5

Akron/Family will perform an all ages show at The Bowery Ballroom Wednesday, May 6 to celebrate the album release, with additional album release shows in Boston and Burlington.

Akron/Family will follow up their dates in  the Northeast U.S. with performances in the UK, France, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium and a tour of Spain supporting Wilco. The band will then embark on their first headlining tour of Japan in June, which will also include co-headlining shows with Deerhunter. Details of Akron/Family's full North American tour are forthcoming, however, select North American festivals are already in place including All Tomorrow's Parties, Calgary Folk Festival, 10,000 Lakes Music Festival and All Points West Festival.

Akron/Family's Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free album art, plus new and preferred hi-res jpegs featuring the current Akron/Family line-up by Sebastian Mlynarski can be downloaded here: http://deadoceans.com/press/akronfamily/akronfamilypress.php

Akron/Family Tour Dates:
05/05/09 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
05/06/09 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/07/09 - Burlington, VT @ Metronome
05/08/09 - Bennington, VT @ Bennington College
05/16/09 - Brussels, Belgium  Orangerie 'Nuits Botanique'
05/17/09 - Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg Old Room
05/18/09 - Nijmegen, Holland @ Doornroosje
05/19/09 - Paris, France @ Nouveau Casino 'Custom'
05/20/09 - London, UK @ ICA
05/22/09 - Glasgow, UK @ Captains Rest
05/23/09 - Machester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
05/24/09 - Bristol, UK @ Fiddlers (with Omar Souleyman and Group Doueh)
05/25/09 - Malaga, Spain @ Teatro Cervantes w/ Wilco
05/26/09 - Madrid, Spain @ Teatro Calderon w/ Wilco
05/27/09 - Granada, Spain @ Congress Palace w/ Wilco
05/29/09 - Seville, Spain @ La Cartuja Monastery, Contemporary Arts Museum w/ Wilco (Territorios Fest)
05/31/09 - Bologna, Italy @ Locomotiv
06/01/09 - Ravenna, Italy @ Hana-bi
06/02/09 - Verona, Italy @ Interzona
06/03/09 - Milan, Italy @ Casa 139
06/04/09 - Torino, Italy @ Spazio 211
06/05/09 - Rome, Italy @ Init
06/08/09 - Shibuya, Tokyo @ O-West w/ Deerhunter
06/09/09 - Osaka, Jyuso @ Fandango w/ Deerhunter
06/10/09 - Nagoya, Aichi @ Apollo Theater
06/11/09 - Kyoto, Kyoto @ Metro
06/12/09 - Shindaita, Tokyo @ Fever
07/23/09 - Detroit Lakes, MN @ 10,000 Lakes Music Festival
07/25/09 - 07/26/09 - Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Festival
08/02/09 - Liberty State Park, NJ @ All Points West Festival
09/12/09 - Monticello, NY @ All Tomorrow's Parties Festival

Rex Foundation: Summer Festivals, Limited VIP Tix & More

The Allman Brothers in support of Rex- for the Grateful Web

The Rex Foundation would like to thank the following festivals for including us as one of their non-profits at their 2008 Summer Festivals!   It is with collective efforts we are able to give back to the communities in their areas.  We encourage everyone to attend these festivals and tell them... Rex sent me!

The 2008 Rex Musical Caravan keeps growing and we still have a limited number of VIP tickets left for the upcoming summer shows where RatDog tours with Gov't Mule and then with the Allman Brothers Band.  Enjoy access to top-priced, reserved seating tickets at the shows listed below, while also supporting the Rex Foundation.  Each ticket price noted includes a $50 charitable contribution.

RatDog with Gov't Mule at the Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA

Wednesday, July 9th - SOLD OUT

Thursday, July 10th - SOLD OUT

RatDog with the Allman Brothers Band:

Wednesday, August 13th, Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY 

These tickets at $210 each include a special party before and during the concert with food and beverages, along with VIP Parking.  Theresa and Sandy look forward to seeing you and joining in on the fun.

Saturday, August 16th, Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA - $113 per ticket

Friday, August 22nd, Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC, Canandaigua, NY - $115 per ticket

Saturday, August 23rd, Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ - $131 per ticket

Saturday, August 30th, Red Rocks, Denver, CO - $113 per ticket

Click here to order tickets or call the Rex Foundation office at 415-561-3134.

Check out Sandy Sohcot's blog posting about The World As It Could Be human rights education project.  Post your own comments and consider forwarding to others who might be interested in this project.

Keller Williams "Rex" Download Reviews?  If you have downloaded this album and have any comments, please post your review on the Rex blog page.  Rex is anxious to hear your thoughts.

Whether we cross paths at one of the Summer Festivals, Jones Beach or in cyberspace, we look forward to traveling the world of giving together with you.  Check out Rex's web site to see what you help make happen.  Climb aboard the Rex Community Caravan and together we can further what the Grateful Dead started in 1983.