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Bob Weir's TRI Studios Hosts Slightly Stoopid

Slightly Stoopid is pleased to announce their live debut at Grateful Dead/Furthur founding member Bob Weir’s TRI Studios on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The band will perform two sets (acoustic & electric) and the performance will feature guests Karl Denson (Greyboy Allstars, Tiny Universe), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk, Funky Meters), and Don Carlos (Black Uhuru), with plenty of surprises in store. In between sets, fans can partake in the first-ever live Stoopid Q&A from TRI Studios, communicating with the band via onscreen Facebook and Twitter feeds.

TRI Studios is a state-of-the-art performance studio, broadcasting live HD video and audio streams via the Internet. The show will air live at www.tristudios.com at 6:00pm PDT, and will also be offered on re-played at 9:00pm PDT. Each Streaming costs $10.00 for access. Tickets are on sale now for both showings and can be purchased by visiting www.tristudios.com or clicking the banner at www.SlightlyStoopid.com. Band members will also be featured speakers at the SFMusicTech Summit on Monday, September 12, 2011, in support of this high profile, groundbreaking broadcast.

Slightly Stoopid is currently on their Seedless Summer 2011 Tour making 25 stops in all, including some of the country’s best outdoor venues, such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA, and Cricket Amphitheater in their hometown of San Diego, CA. As The San Diego Union-Tribune recently reported, “Headlining Cricket for the third year in a row is a coup for the Ocean Beach-based group -- a feat unmatched by blink-182, Jason Mraz, Jewel, P.O.D. or any other nationally prominent San Diego act, past or present.” The complete list of Slightly Stoopid’s Seedless Summer 2011 Tour dates is included below.

Formed in 1995 in San Diego, CA’s Ocean Beach by childhood friends Miles Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and Kyle McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), Slightly Stoopid has become one of the most influential and progressive improvisational musical outfits on the tour circuit. As Amped Up Magazine points out, it’s for good reason. “Slightly Stoopid have perfected one of the rarest and most valuable skills a band can develop: the art of the stealth groove.” Always a festival favorite, Slightly Stoopid has performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, Milwaukee Summerfest, Wakarusa, and many others. With their two most recent albums both debuting on Billboard and iTunes charts, the band has sold over 750,000 albums and now releases all material on Doughty and McDonald’s own record label, Stoopid Records.

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SLIGHTLY STOOPID SEEDLESS SUMMER TOUR DATES:

8/25 Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Amphitheatre
8/26 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
8/27 Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion
9/03 Mohawk, NY - Moe Down at Gelston Castle Estate
9/10 Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Beach
9/13 San Rafael, CA - TRI Studios (webcast performance)
9/16 Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
9/17 Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/24 Page, AZ - Powellapalooza on Lake Powell
9/29 Tampa, FL - Rombello Cruise
9/30 Tampa, FL - Rombello Cruise
10/1 Tampa, FL - Rombello Cruise
10/2 Tampa, FL - Rombello Cruise
10/3 Tampa, FL - Rombello Cruise
10/8 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl

John K Band Labor Day Weekend Mini-Tour

Its been a hot summer, but this past Furthur tour on the east coast was an incredible (and sweaty) blast!  And now the John K Band is pleased to announce that as the summer rolls into the final stretch, the John K Band will be out on the road for a Labor Day Weekend Mini-tour!  A three-night run that sees us returning to the 8x10 in Baltimore (Fri Sep 2) and the State Theatre in the DC area (Sat Sep 3) and then making our first real road-trip to the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ (Sun Sep 4).

At our Spring performances we brought out some new material, including new original songs, and we have more planned for these upcoming shows.  You can listen to some of our previous shows free at the Internet Archive.

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Upcoming Shows

Friday, September 2nd, 2011
The 8x10, Baltimore, MD
$10 in advance, $12 day of show - all-ages

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
$10 in advance, $12 day of show - 18+

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
$12 in advance, $15 day of show

Introducing NYC Blues Rockers - Memphis Crawl

New York City based blues rockers, Memphis Crawl, recently released their debut album, “Falling Down Against The Sun” in the winter of 2011. The band will be hitting the road this summer, playing select dates in support of the new record. For more information, please visit: www.memphiscrawl.com

Formed in the summer of 2004 by songwriter and front man, Matty O’Brien, Memphis Crawl has been regarded as one of the best and most exciting live acts around. O’Brien himself has been described as “one of the most charismatic rock n roll frontmen of all time, with the voice and looks to back it up”. He amplified and perfected the sound with the addition of lead guitarist Bryan Stevens, bassist Mad Freik, drummer Mike Vincenti, and rhythm guitarist Nick Vincenti.

Memphis Crawl dropped their debut EP, “Falling Down Against The Sun”, in January 2011. The bands first studio effort received an enormously positive response from both music critics and fans alike, catapulting them to new career heights.

Having performed from New York to Los Angeles, sharing the stage with notable acts such as Leon Russell and Silvertide, the band built a solid following with their fusion of psychedelic rock-blues and hypnotic live performances. Their fans have become as infamous as the band with their wild behavior, and are often referred to as the Memphis Mafia or Crawl Dogs.

Memphis Crawl proves that rock n roll is alive and well and can hold its own on any stage in the land!

Tour Dates:

9.2.11 - The Velvet Lounge                    East Setauket, NY

9.15.11 - Trash Bar                                Williamsburg, NY

9.17.11 - The Brickhouse Brewery           Patchogue, NY

For more on Memphis Crawl, please visit: www.memphiscrawl.com

Dark Star Orchestra 2011 Summer/Fall Tour News

Dark Star Orchestra is currently on-tour. They'll be in Colorado in just another week, before heading up to the true Great Northwest.. in Alakska!  Check out a full list of tour dates below as well as updates to their current summer tour.

As the wheel of the year begins the slow downward turn into winter, it's time to think of the long nights and frosty stars. Where will we be when the snow starts to fall? On our Fly Through the Night tour, flying above the city lights of the East Coast, strung together like clusters of diamonds on the black planet below. Finding comfort in some of our usual haunts in DC and Virginia as well as touching down in some new venues in New England, we'll sing a little while for you, and then fly on. If you're in our fan club, tickets are already available; the general public can get tickets starting on August 5th. Visit our tour page for details.

Sometimes we visit your country

Wondering where we'll be carried away in March of 2012? To that great city of blended cultures and sidewalk cafes, clean canals and bicycles, Van Gogh and anything goes, the Venice of the North. It's Amsterdam, and we're thrilled to be playing for All Good and Vision International's 6th Jam in the Dam. Come see the silent seeds all burst into bloom and decay. Wait - don't visit our tour page for this one - go straight to the Jam in the Dam site, and check it out!

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DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Hearts of Summer Tour
08/11 Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM TICKETS
08/12 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/13 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/14 State Bridge Lodge Bond, CO TICKETS
08/16 Quixotes *Terrapin Nation* Denver, CO TICKETS
08/18 Bear Tooth Theater Anchorage, AK TICKETS
08/19 49th St Brewing Company Healy, AK TICKETS
08/20 Blue Loon Fairbanks, AK TICKETS
09/10 Werk-Out Festival Bellefontaine, OH TICKETS
Last Rose of Summer Tour
09/22 House of Blues San Diego, CA TICKETS
09/23 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
09/25 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA TICKETS
09/27 Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA TICKETS
09/29 River Theater Guerneville, CA TICKETS
10/01 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
10/02 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival San Francisco, CA
10/04 Montbleu Resort and Casino Lake Tahoe, NV
10/06 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
10/07 TBA TBA
10/08 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
10/09 Pikes Peak Center Colorado Springs, CO TICKETS
10/11 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK TICKETS
10/13 House of Blues Dallas, TX
10/14 Moody Theater Austin, TX
10/15 House of Blues Houston, TX
Fly Through The Night Fall Tour
11/17 Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA
11/18 Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA
11/19 State Theatre Ithaca, NY TICKETS
11/21 Harro East Ballroom Rochester, NY TICKETS
11/22 State Theater New Brunswick, NJ TICKETS
11/23 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA TICKETS
11/25 Best Buy Theater New York, NY
11/26 Best Buy Theater New York, NY
11/27 Bearsville Theater (Acoustic Show) Woodstock, NY
11/29 State Theatre State College, PA TICKETS
11/30 Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh, PA TICKETS
12/01 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA
12/02 930 Club Washington DC TICKETS
12/03 930 Club Washington DC TICKETS
12/05 Capitol Center Chubb Theatre Concord, NH TICKETS
12/07 Lupos Providence RI
12/08 Klein Auditorium Bridgeport, CT
12/09 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
12/10 State Theatre Portland, ME TICKETS
Jam in the Dam VI
03/14 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/15 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/16 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS


Blackberry Smoke to Shoot Live DVD at Re-opening of Georgia Theatre

Critically acclaimed band Blackberry Smoke will perform August 5, 2011 during the 14 day Grand Re-opening of the famous Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA . The Southern rock group will film the concert for fans that have not yet experienced the thrill of Blackberry Smoke live. The eighteen and up show will be a ninety minute full throttle ride with Nic Cowan opening and appearances by other special guests . This monumental performance is one stop on the group's rigorous summer tour schedule where they not only open for the Zac Brown Band but recently signed to Zac’s new label, Southern Ground Artists.  To purchase tickets for this event please visit: www.georgiatheatre.com/calendar1.html

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About Blackberry Smoke:

Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke continues to grow into the premiere Southern Rock band of America. Over the last two years the band has shared the stage with kindred spirits ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, Cross Canadian Ragweed and continue tour as the opening act on the Zac Brown Band’s summer tour. The band is currently recording their highly anticipated third studio album under Southern Ground Artists where they will bring their signature sound forward with tracks reminiscent of Marshall Tucker Band and Allman Brothers. For more information about Blackberry Smoke please visit www.blackberrysmoke.com

About Georgia Theatre

While Orvold and Greene worked to preserve the setup and overall feel of the original Theatre, they also welcomed the opportunity to make numerous improvements including building a larger stage, adding a third viewing level, bigger dressing rooms and bathrooms, and upping its capacity to hold over 1000 guests. Patrons will be greeted by the original marquee and brick walls and may also spot an impressive support beam that withstood the fire. The enhanced venue also features reclaimed wood from the original venue that will be used for the bars and as decorative pieces throughout the building. Old breaker boxes that no longer work and part of a historic underground coal tunnel will be in public view in the basement. The new building was also designed in a way that the duo coined, industrial deco, creating a modern feel with industrial elements and sweeping curves.

National Jazz Museum in Harlem July 2011 Schedule

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem kicks off the summer of 2011 with our very first Music Festival! Dubbed “Summer Serenades,” the festival includes performances at the Highline Ballroom downtown, Orchard Beach in the Bronx, and Jackie Robinson Park, Grants Tomb and the NJMH Visitor’s Center in uptown Manhattan. Check schedule below for details.

Bassist Avery Sharpe leads a quintet in a live show at the Rubin Museum of Art, and live jazz on film will be presented for several of our programs at the Museum of the City of New York, Maysles Cinema, and at our home Visitor’s Center. A highlight of these film presentations will be two led by the museum co-director, Christian McBride.

The Midwest connection will be pursued at our Saturday Panel, where special guests will venture details about Missouri’s national music legacy.

As well, our flagship public program, Harlem Speaks, brings two keepers of the tradition of swinging jazz—trumpeter Warren Vache and tenor saxophonist and flutist Lew Tabackin—to share the story of their life and career in the music.

It’s a busy month with loads of events for you to attend—most free—so mark your calendar now and call some friends to share the musical wealth!

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival
Jonathan Batiste Band plus Blackberry Winter Play the Music of“Winter’s Bone”

8:00pm
Location: Highline Ballroom
(431 West 16th Street)
$20 in advance | $25 at door | Doors open @ 6pm
For tickets: RMA Box Office or call 212-620-5000 ext. 344

This summer musicians from the Oscar nominated film Winter’s Bone and its soundtrack will be taking to the road, performing their unique take on the traditional music of the Missouri Ozarks to audiences across the US and Canada.

This intimate evening of music will feature Marideth Sisco, Blackberry Winter, Bo Brown, Van Colbert, Dennis Crider, Tedi May, and Linda Stoffel - the original Ozarks musicians from the Winter’s Bone film, playing their authentic blend of traditional Americana in what will be their first ever North American tour. Bear witness to a legacy that spans generations in the making, performed by the heirs of the Great American Songbook.

New Orleans native Jonathan Batiste is a young ambassador of the culture of jazz music in America. By the age of 17, he released his first of his two CDs as a leader entitled "Times In New Orleans" which features the talents of some of New Orleans’ finest musicians including Jason Marsalis, Donald Harrison and Christian Scott. He presently studies Jazz Piano at The Juilliard School of music in New York.

Seen recently on the HBO series Treme, Batiste has headlined numerous performance and discussion sessions for the NJMH, and swings his band into this new venue for the jazz museum.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Saturday Panel
Missouri on My Mind: An American Legacy
12:00– 4:00pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Join us for an exciting and unusual afternoon as we trace the history of music in the great state of Missouri and its trail to Harlem. Some people think of Missouri as the home of ragtime, some as the home of KansasCity swing, but there are many strands that led to ragtime and Kansas City swing. Join music historian Jonathan Scheuer, radio host/singer Marideth Sisco and others for an afternoon you won’t forget.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival

Jazz in the Parks

3:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Jackie Robinson Park
(147th and Bradhurst Avenue)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem and Jonathan Batiste present a special afternoon of music in Harlem's own Jackie Robinson Park inside the newly renovated bandshell (at W147th and Bradhurst Ave.). Young performers,from a variety of genres, will come together to celebrate July 4th in the spirit of America. From modern dance, country western, to swinging jazz music and gospel music, this performance will have a
little something for everyone!

The Jonathan Batiste Band - 3pm
The Jonathan Batiste Band (with Mary Ellen Beaudreaux and guest) - 3:15pm
Jerome Bell (of American Idol) with Michael T's Eclectic- 3:30pm
The Bailen Brothers Band - 4:15pm
Damien Sneed - 4:45pm
The Tres Amigos- 5:15pm
Michael T's and the Eclectic - 6pm
Fourth of July Jam with all performers and guests - 6:45 - 7:00pm

(w/ D.J. UWS spinning all afternoon)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Jazz for Curious Listeners
JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S NIGHT: Jazz on Film—Rare Ellingtonia

7:00– 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Duke Ellington’s leadership of his sui generis orchestra for over 50 years is a definitive accomplishment in the annals of 20th century America. Come witness on film the evolution of jazz through the prism of Maestro Ellington, the most comprehensive composer of the jazz idiom!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Harlem Speaks

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

Several years before Wynton Marsalis garnered headlines for breathing life into straight-ahead, acoustic jazz, Warren Vache had been leading the charge of a small group swing revival. He’s the son of bassist Warren Vache, Sr. and the brother of clarinetist Allen Vache, making yet another musical family of note in jazz. He studied music with Pee Wee Erwin, and early on played with Benny Goodman, Vic Dickenson, and Bob Wilber.

He’s played as a leader since the mid-‘70s, and was known in those days for teaming up with tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton. His warm tone belies an adventurous, soulful style of playing, which is akin to Vache’s approach to conversational engagement also, as you will see tonight!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

MCNY Summer Film Shows
52nd Street Swing: Jazz Films

2:00pm
Location: Museum of the City of New York
(1220 Fifth Avenue)
FREE with Museum Admission| For more information: 212-348-8300

In the late 40s to early 50s, 52nd Street was known for its amazing array of jazz talent, sprinkling the cultural scene with the magic of jazz styles of every imaginable genre. Come and experience filmic representation of the excitement of an era central to jazz lore and history!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jazz for Curious Listeners
The World of Christian McBride, Pt. 1: Rare Films at Maysles Cinema

7:00– 8:30pm
Location: Maysles Cinema
(343 Lenox Avenue, bet. 127th and 128th)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Coming off his world travels on the road, museum co-director Christian McBride will present rare films from his vast treasure trove of archival footage. It’s always a happening when McBride presents, so make sure to arrive early!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival
Film and Live Music(co-sponsored by Maysles Cinema)

7:00pm
Location: Jackie Robinson Park
(147th and Bradhurst Avenue)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Check http://jmih.org for more details.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Harlem in the Himalayas
Avery Sharpe Quintet
7:00pm
Location: Rubin Museum of Art
(150 West 17th Street)
$18 in advance | $20 at door |
For tickets: RMA Box Office or call 212-620-5000 ext. 344

Avery Sharpe - acoustic bass

Onaje Allen Gumbs – piano

Yoron Israel – drums

Craig Handy - tenor and soprano sax

Maya Sharpe – vocals

CD release concert for "Running Man."

A bass player and composer of note who’s played with a plethora of jazz greats, from Dizzy Gillespie to Pat Metheny and McCoy Tyner, Avery Sharpe has an acclaimed career of his own. His quartet (with guest vocals) comes to the Rubin Museum to celebrate the release of their brand new album, Running Man.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival

SALSA MEETS JAZZ: Dave Valentin Live in a Free Concert

12:00pm

Location: Orchard Beach Stage in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Live music returns to the Orchard Beach stage as acclaimed Grammy Award-winning flutist and Bronx resident Dave Valentin offers a free, sizzling hot concert at Orchard Beach. Party all day starting at 12:00pm! Co-sponsored by Bronx Lebanon Hospital in association with the Bronx Tourism Council.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Jazz for Curious Listeners
JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S NIGHT: A Jazz Potpourri – 1927-2011

7:00– 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Jazz music was born in the sweltering heat of the tragic tale of race and culture at the turn of the century in New Orleans, but the resulting musical idiom carries the sweet smell of fine art. We invite you to a visual tour of jazz, from the early days of Armstrong to the biting modernity of today’s sounds!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival

Harlem Nocturne: Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasone

7:00pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The husband-wife musical team, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasone, have been thrilling cabaret audiences at renowned rooms such as the Algonguin for several years. In this special, intimate performance they will serenadeeach other and you too.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jazz for Curious Listeners
The World of Christian McBride, Pt.2:

7:00– 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The most acclaimed bassist of his generation, Christian McBride, will take visitors into his musical world, which encompasses jazz, funk, fusion, and other genres, and share select videos for your viewing pleasure. His commentaries are always humorous and soulful, so don’t miss this special evening.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Harlem Speaks

Lew Tabackin, Tenor Saxophone and Flute
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Lew Tabackin is known for co-leading one of the most innovative big bands of the past quarter century, the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin big band. Yet he’s also one of the keepers of the flame of tenor sax stylings of masters such as Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and Don Byas. Plus, he’s one of the most original voices on jazz flute living today.

Come here his intriguing story of stylistic development from his days as a Philadelphia teen through his world travels as a soloist and bandleader with his wife Toshiko Akiyoshi, herself a former guest of Harlem Speaks, the flagship public program of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival

CONCERT UNDER THE STARS: NJMH Afro-Cuban All Stars

6:30 PM
Location: Grants Tomb
(122nd St. and Riverside Drive

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

An explosive gathering of Latin jazz titans! Flutist Dave Valentin, trumpet legend Chocolate Armenteros, percussionist Johnny Rodriguez, pianist and arranger Edy Martinez and others will blaze the outdoor stage on the opening day of Harlem Week festivities. They’ll make you wanna move and groove, so bring your dancing shoes!

Guster To Release EP & Tour w/ Jack Mannequin

Just in time for their upcoming summer tour with Jack's Mannequin, iconic alt-pop outfit Guster will be releasing a 6 song EP titled On The Ocean on August 2nd. In addition to previously unreleased tracks, On The Ocean will also feature acoustic versions and a remix of a few songs that will be familiar to Guster fans. The EP will be available from your traditional digital outlets, but in keeping with the band's progressive nature physical copies of the album will only be available at independent retailers and at the shows themselves.
Guster has been growing their cult-like fanbase for over 15 years now, and as evident by their latest album Easy Wonderful, they are only getting better. The band feels the release of Easy Wonderful marked a turning point in their career, and believe they have emerged from the process as "stronger players, writers and record makers".
Below is a list of the tour dates for Guster's summer run with Jack's Mannequin. Make sure you find your way to the show when they're in your town, and experience for yourself the effect  "feeling more energized about our music and playing together than ever" has had on the band's already legendary live performance.
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Tour Dates
08/02/11 - Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cd Melody Tent
08/03/11 - Danbury, CT @ Ives Concert Park
08/04/11 - Newport, RI @ Newport Yacht Club
08/06/11 - Portland, ME @ Concerts on the Waterfront at Ocean Gateway
08/07/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six
08/09/11 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
08/11/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
08/12/11 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavillion
08/13/11 - Canandaigua, NY @CMAC
08/15/11 - Vienna, VA @Wolf Trap
08/16/11 - Portsmouth, VA @ nTELOS Pavillion
08/17/11 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
08/19/11 - Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
08/20/11 - Mt Pleasant, SC @ Patriots Point
08/21/11 - Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
08/23/11 - Tampa, FL @ Ritz Ybor
08/24/11 - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park
08/29/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Lawn at White River
08/30/11 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
08/31/11 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens
09/02/11 - Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium
09/03/11 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival09/04/11 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion

Zee Avi Announces Sophmore Album "Ghostbird"

25-year-old Malaysian singer songwriter Zee Avi announces the release of her sophomore album Ghostbird through Brushfire and Monotone Records on August 23. Avi took her fresh batch of tunes to Brushfire Records’ Solar Powered Plastic Plant studios and got down to business with producer Mario Caldato, Jr., best known for his work with the Beastie Boys and Brazilian artists like Bebel Gilberto.
Ghostbird (the literal translation for owl in Avi’s native language) was born in her Brooklyn kitchen last summer; however it was a trip to the Florida Everglades where Avi found endless inspiration and wrote the album’s first single, “The Book of Morris Johnson,” an upbeat song inspired by the Floridian folk artist.
A video preview of the recording of the album featuring a glimpse of three new songs: “The Book of Morris Johnson,” “Swell Window,” and “31 Days in June” can be found at www.zeeavi.com/ghostbird
In the last two years since Avi’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut, Zee Avi (a 2009 Associated Press Top 10 album) her very free spirit has wandered from major music festivals (Outside Lands, Bonnaroo) and concert venues across the country to her homeland of Sarawak, Borneo, where she recently picked up an International Youth Icon Award.
After the album arrives this summer Avi is itching to get back on tour and show off her live skills. "I want people to feel like they're being hugged," she says of the soothingly beautiful Ghostbird.
Tour dates to be announced.

DSO: Gratefulfest & New Fall Tour Dates

Today's the first full day of summer - time to swim in clear waters, lay in the grass under the long twilight, dance in the starlight to your favorite bands, and experience "fireworks, clowns, skydivers, fire performers, swimming, cliff diving, Grateful vendors, family, friends..." Gratefulfest has it all: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, plus Keller Williams, Rusted Root, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Railroad Earth, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, BoomBox and more! We can't wait to share the awesome park with you. Join us - check out the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park here!

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The Last Rose of Summer

Come September, when the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain and the stars seem to splatter in the sky, we'll be singing our songs in the Southwestern sun, up and down the California coast and through the desert into the rolling green hills of Texas. San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura; Salt Lake City; Denver; Tulsa, Dallas and Houston, here we come. It's the Last Rose of Summer Tour, and we hope to see you there. Visit the tour page for details.

The Last Rose of Summer

Come September, when the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain and the stars seem to splatter in the sky, we'll be singing our songs in the Southwestern sun, up and down the California coast and through the desert into the rolling green hills of Texas. San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura; Salt Lake City; Denver; Tulsa, Dallas and Houston, here we come. It's the Last Rose of Summer Tour, and we hope to see you there. Visit the tour page for details.

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Hearts of Summer Tour
06/24 Erie Canal Harbor Buffalo, NY
06/25 Piere's Fort Wayne, IN
06/26 Park West Chicago, IL
06/27 Weesner Amphiteater Apple Valley, MN
06/29 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
07/01 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/02 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/03 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/06 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
07/07 Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre Wilmington, NC
07/08 Pisgah Brewing Black Mountain, NC TICKETS
07/09 Lincoln Theatre Plaza Raleigh, NC TICKETS
07/10 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
07/13 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH
07/14 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/15 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/17 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/20 Papermill Island Amphitheater Baldwinsville, NY TICKETS
07/21 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
07/22 Bergen PAC Theatre Englewood, NJ
07/23 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ TICKETS
07/31 Fuji Rock Festival Nigata, JP TICKETS
08/11 Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM TICKETS
08/12 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/13 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/14 State Bridge Lodge Bond, CO TICKETS
08/16 Quixotes *Terrapin Nation* Denver, CO TICKETS
08/18 Bear Tooth Theater Anchorage, AK TICKETS
08/19 49th St Brewing Company Healy, AK TICKETS
08/20 Blue Loon Fairbanks, AK TICKETS
09/10 Werk-Out Festival Bellefontaine, OH TICKETS
Last Rose of Summer Tour
09/22 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
09/23 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
09/25 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
09/27 Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA
09/29 River Theater Guerneville, CA
10/01 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
10/02 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival San Francisco, CA
10/04 Montbleu Resort and Casino Lake Tahoe, NV
10/06 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
10/07 TBA TBA
10/08 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
10/09 Pikes Peak Center Colorado Springs, CO TICKETS
10/11 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK TICKETS
10/13 House of Blues Dallas, TX
10/14 Moody Theater Austin, TX
10/15 House of Blues Houston, TX
Jam in the Dam VI
03/14 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/15 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/16 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS

Jim Lauderdale's Reason and Rhyme: Out TODAY

Can there be too much of a good thing?  If the question’s about collaboration between American roots music hero Jim Lauderdale and legendary lyricist Robert Hunter, the answer’s an emphatic “no!”  Marking the former’s debut on the respected Sugar Hill records label, Reason And Rhyme makes a compelling case for the continued vitality of the Lauderdale—Hunter partnership—and for Lauderdale’s unique and deeply satisfying approach to bluegrass.

“This one’s back to total bluegrass,” Lauderdale says of the collaborative follow-up to 2010’s electric Patchwork River, and so it’s no surprise that it features many of the musicians involved in previous bluegrass efforts like Could We Get Any Closer (2009) and 2007’s Grammy-winning The Bluegrass Diaries.  The close-knit crew, headed up by producer and resonator guitarist Randy Kohrs, is perfectly in tune with Lauderdale’s ‘grass-with-a-twist sensibilities, and whether it’s a return buddy like bassist Jay Weaver or new colleague Mike Compton (mandolin), each player delivers mightily with the genre’s characteristic virtuosity and emotional fire.

“We started on this one last August,” Lauderdale notes, “right after I finished touring with Elvis Costello.  Robert and I have worked just about every way you can think of—writing in the same room, adding lyrics to music and music to lyrics—but whichever way we go, he’s the lyrics guy and I’m the music guy.  This time around, we wanted to keep the momentum from Patchwork River going; I started sending him melodies, and ten days later we had 18 songs to choose from.”
The collaboration began over a decade ago, when Lauderdale was preparing for his first joint project with bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley, and quickly bore fruit, with more than 30 songs written before the first all-collaborative album, Headed For The Hills (2004).  “I’m not surprised, but I’m always blown away how creative he is lyrically,” says the singer/songwriter, who’s busy enough that finding time to record has always been among his greatest challenges.
With 11 fresh takes on the bluegrass sound that he’s loved since he was a teenager, this latest effort presents Jim Lauderdale at his most relaxed and rooted—and with the help of one of American music’s greatest lyricists, it’s a set that offers not only deep musicality, but deep meaning and vision.  Reason And Rhyme—it’s just the right name for just the right music.
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Jim Lauderdale 2011 Tour Dates

2011-06-22           Nashville, TN - Music City Roots
2011-06-24           Nashville, TN - Station Inn
2011-06-27           New York, NY - The Living Room
2011-07-22           Trumansburg, NY - Grassroots Festival
2011-07-24           Washington, DC - Hill Country
2011-07-26           Abindgon, VA - Virginia Highlands Community College
2011-08-06           Casper, WY - Beartrap Summer Festival
2011-08-08           Helena, MT - Myrna Loy Center
2011-08-10           Boise, ID - Alive After Five
2011-08-11           Snowmass Village, CO - Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Series
2011-08-13           Alta, WY - Targhee Music Festival
2011-09-06           The Woodlands, TX - Real Life - Real Music @ Dosey Doe
2011-09-17           Bristol, TN - Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion
2011-10-06           Richmond, VA - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
2011-10-07           Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel - with the Blind Boys of Alabama
2011-10-13           Nashville, TN - Americana Music Conference

2011-10-21           North Bethesda, MD - Strathmore