summer

Toubab Crewe Upcoming Summer Dates & Beyond...

photo by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

The run continues throughout the Northwest, where we've added a show in Ashland, OR at Mobius. We're also very excited to announce several new late summer and fall festival dates, including Festivus in Cabot, VT (more details soon), Lotus Fest in Bloomington, IN, Magnolia Fest in Live Oak, FL, and the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans.

Dates

(many more coming soon)

6.29 | Petaluma, CA Mystic Theater
www.mystictheatre.com
6.30 | San Francisco, CA 12 Galaxies
www.12galaxies.com
7.06-7 | Quincy, CA
High Sierra Music Festival
www.highsierramusic.com
7.10 | Caspar, CA
Caspar Inn
www.casparinn.com 
7.11 | Ashland, OR Mobius
www.themobius.com
7.13 | Seattle, WA
High Dive
www.highdiveseattle.com
7.14 | Portland, OR Goodfoot Lounge
www.thegoodfoot.com
7.18 | Jackson, WY Mangy Moose
www.mangymoose.net
7.19 | Big Sky, MT Meadow Village Pavilion
www.bigskyarts.org
7.21 | Detroit Lakes, MN 10,000 Lakes Festival
www.10klf.com
7.27-28 | Floyd, VA | Floyd Festival
www.floydfest.com
8.18 | Governor's Island, NY | In the Pocket Concert Series
8.25 | Cabot, VT | Festivus
9.08 | Trade, TN | Trade Music Farm
www.trademusicfarm.com
9.13 | Urbana, IL | Wall to Wall Guitar Festival
www.walltowallguitar.com
9.14 | Chicago, IL | Double Door
www.doubledoor.com 
9.20 |Minneapolis , MN | Cabooze
www.cabooze.com
9.28-29 | Bloomington, IN | Lotus World Music & Arts Festival
www.bloomingtonarts.info
10.25 | Live Oak, FL | Magnolia Fest
www.magmusic.com 
10.26-27 | New Orleans, LA | Voodoo Music Festival
voodoomusicfest.com
1.04.08-1.09.08 | Port Everglades | Jam Cruise
www.jamcruise.com

Rex Foundation Summer Festivals and More

Support the Rex Foundation!- for the Grateful Web

As summer quickly approaches, the Rex Foundation looks forward to seeing many of you at the following summer festivals:

    * July 4-8            Grateful Fest, Nelson, Ohio

    * July 13-15        All Good Festival, Masontown, W. Virginia

    * July 18-21        10,000 Lakes Festival, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

    * July 20-22        A Bear's Picnic, Milton, Pennsylvania

    * August 9-12     Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Check out Festival details via the Rex Foundation website, including the special 10,000 Lakes (10KLF) ticket purchase discount with a contribution to the Rex Community Caravan.  And, thanks to 10KLF and Matt Butler with The Everyone Orchestra, there will be a special Rex Jam on Friday, July 20th .  We encourage carpooling to minimize environmental impact.  In that spirit, the All Good Festival will contribute to Rex for each vehicle with 3 or more people.

The 2006 Annual Report was just mailed out, and is also available online.  We hope you enjoy reading the Report and seeing all that your support helps make happen.

Plans are underway for fall Rex Foundation benefits and fundraisers.  Plans include a special Dark Star Orchestra Rex Musical Caravan Tour beginning September 26th, where $1 per ticket will be contributed to the Rex Foundation, and a celebratory Black Tie-Dye Ball will happen along the way.

Upcoming Kimock Summer Gigs

Mike, Kimock & Aaron (2001)- for the Grateful Web

KIMOCK AT HARMONY

The 29th Annual HARMONY FESTIVAL, Northern California's Premier Music, Camping & Sustainable Lifestyle Festival, runs from June 8-10 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA.

"Promoting Global Cooling," this year's Harmony Festival is bigger than ever featuring World Class Music & Speakers on multiple stages for 3 Days and 3 Nights of Entertainment, Arts, Ecology & Healthful Living with 350 booths!

Harmony Day Shows include BRIAN WILSON, STEVE KIMOCK w/ Banyan (featuring Stephen Perkins, Willie Waldman, & Rob Wassernam w/ special guest Melvin Seals),ERYKAH BADU & RICKIE LEE JONES & UMPHREY'S MCGEE & DENNIS KUCINICH, THE ROOTS, KINKY, ALO & ARIANA HUFFINGTON& many more!

And there's more... Harmony After Dark Late Night Shows in 3 Venues featuring moe., SOUND TRIBE SECTOR 9, JAI UTTAL & SHEILA CHANDRA, TECHNO-TRIBAL DANCE / Shongle & Rabbit in the Moon, plus MIKE STERN, VICTOR WOOTEN, Dennis Chambers & STEVE KIMOCK on Saturday night and much more!

Please visit the Harmony Festival website for more details. See you there!

PRE-SALE TICKETS: $32 per day / $32 Harmony After Dark late night shows. Weekend packages from $80-$149 plus special limited MAGIC PASS VIP TICKETS $500 AT THE GATE : $37 per day / $37 Harmony After Dark late night

KIMOCK ON JAMCRUISE

Everyone Orchestra will play on JamCruise 6 from January 4-9 2008, featuring Jon Fishman, Jeff Coffin, Kimock, conducted by Matt Butler and more! Other acts include: Warren Haynes, Michael Franti & Spearhead, funky METERS, Dark Star Orchestra, Toots & The Maytals and many more! Aboard the MSC Lirica, JamCruise 6 heads to Roatan, Honduras & Costa Maya, Mexico.

The public on-sale is Monday, June 4, so visit

www.jamcruise.com now to reserve your spot!

Kimock w/ Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Steve Kimock will be performing together for three special shows on the East Coast in June. They will feature some favorite music from the Steve Kimock Band and more! This creative collaboration is not to be missed!

JFJO w/ Kimock

June 20 Mexicali- Teaneck, NJ

June 21 Southpaw - Brooklyn, NY

June 24 World Cafe - Philadelphia, PA

ZERO SHOWS

July 6 Grateful Fest - Nelson Ledges, OH

August 10 Gathering of the Vibes - Bridgeport, CT

Steve Kimock w/Banyan

June 8 Harmony Festival - Santa Rosa, CA

July 13 Rio Theater- Santa Cruz, CA

July 14 12 Galaxies- San Francisco, CA

July 27 DogStock Festival- Melvern, KS

August 26 Riverview Music Fest - Chicago

PBS & Kimock

August 25 NedFest- Nederland, CO

Conscious Alliance Hosts Food Drives This Summer

photo(s) by Madison House- for the Grateful Web

Colorado not-for-profit Conscious Alliance continues to broaden their reach, hosting food drives at concerts and other events throughout the country this summer.  In addition to returning to such festivals as 10,000 Lakes, Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, and Camp Bisco, and touring with such bands as Sound Tribe Sector 9 and The String Cheese Incident, Conscious Alliance will debut their services at the Joshua Tree Music Festival and the Taos Solar Music Festival, among others.  Conscious Alliance will also host their 1 st annual benefit festival, Sonic Bloom, in their home state of Colorado.

Their complete list of summer stops is as follows:
May 18-20 Joshua Tree Music Festival Joshua Tree, CA                  
June 7-10 Wakarusa Music Festival Lawrence, KS
June 14-17 Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester, TN
June 21-23 Sonic Bloom Red Feather Lakes, CO
June 29-July 1 Taos Solar Music Festival Taos, NM
July 6-7 Re:Generation Music Festival Asheville, NC 
July 13-15 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV
July18-21 10,000 Lakes Music Festival  Detroit Lakes, MN
August 3-5 Big Summer Classic Salem, MO
August 16-18 Camp Bisco VI Mariaville, NY
September 8 Power to the Peaceful Festival   San Francisco, CA 
September 14-16 Earthdance Laytonville, CA
September 20-24 Symbiosis Festival Northern CA
The String Cheese Incident Summer Tour
Sound Tribe Sector 9 Summer Tour

As always, attendees at the above events are encouraged to donate 10 or more non-perishable food items at the entrance, redeemable for an exclusive event poster. Food donated will benefit local America's Second Harvest food banks, and monies donated will help support the development of a second emergency food storage facility, this one on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana. Additional food drives to be announced. For more information visit www.conciousalliance.org.

Conscious Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to the redistribution of much needed food to the impoverished communities of the United States.  They operate an ongoing, national grassroots food collection and hunger awareness program. In short – they organize food drives at concerts and sporting events to collect food donations to benefit local food pantries and impoverished Indian reservations throughout the U.S.

Since their first event in 2002, Conscious Alliance has hosted hundreds of food drives at many events, including such music festivals as Bonnaroo, Power to the Peaceful, and the Langerado Music Festival, and for such artists as Jack Johnson, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Dead, The String Cheese Incident, and many, many others. The net result: the redistribution of over 300 tons of food – and counting!

During a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert in 2005, The Conscious Alliance teamed up with the Dave Matthews Band, resulting in the collection of over 30,000 lbs. of food and over $70,000 in donation money that supported the disaster relief efforts.

Also in the fall of 2005, Conscious Alliance completed the first phase of Project Restoration, a project that created a brand new food storage and distribution facility on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota.  The facility provides emergency food relief to hundreds of families each month, and phase two of the project is currently in progress.

SCI announces additional dates along their Summer Tour

photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

SCI has confirmed two new "Incidents" along their sold out New York City and Colorado runs; Wednesday, July 11 th at the Beacon Theatre and Thursday, August 9 th at Red Rocks have been added to their Summer Tour schedule. Tickets for these two shows go on sale on Thursday, May 31 st at 10:00 am Mountain Time at www.stringcheeseincident.com.

The band is also confirmed to headline Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes Festival on Friday, July 20 th on the Main Stage.  Tickets are available now at www.10klf.com.

The list of String Cheese Incident summer tour dates is as follows:
June 15 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
July 11 Beacon Theatre New York, NY / JUST ADDED Tickets on sale May 31 at 10 am MDT
July 12 Beacon Theatre New York, NY / SOLD OUT
July 13 Beacon Theatre New York, NY / SOLD OUT
July 14 Beacon Theatre New York, NY / SOLD OUT
July 20 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN / Tickets on sale now at www.10klf.com 
July 21 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with Sound Tribe Sector 9 and The Disco Biscuits
July 22 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with Railroad Earth and Hot Buttered Rum
July 27 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with Femi Kuti & the Positive Force and others TBA / SOLD OUT
July 28 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with special guests TBA / SOLD OUT
July 29 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with ALO and others TBA / SOLD OUT
August 3 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 4 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 5 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic 
Confirmed artists include The Roots, Los Lobos, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Greyboy Allstars, The Wailers, Infected Mushroom, Del McCoury Band, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Vusi Mahlasela, Bassnectar, David Lindley, Drew Emmitt Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Chris Berry & Panjea, EOTO, Jonah Smith, The Schwag, Old School Freight Train and others TBA. www.bigsummerclassic.com
August 9 Red Rocks Morrison, CO / JUST ADDED Tickets on sale May 31 at 10 am MDT
August 10 Red Rocks Morrison, CO / SOLD OUT
August 11 Red Rocks Morrison, CO / SOLD OUT
August 12 Red Rocks Morrison, CO / SOLD OUT

For tickets and additional information visit www.stringcheeseincident.com

As always, not-for-profit Conscious Alliance will be at every show to host food drives. Attendees are encouraged to bring 10 non-perishable food items to each show redeemable for an exclusive event poster. www.consciousalliance.org

There are currently no plans for The String Cheese Incident beyond summer of 2007.

Over the past decade, The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of America's most significant independent bands. Born in 1993 in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, SCI has since released 6 albums, 3 DVDs and countless live recordings from their relentless tour schedule. Their 14 year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit, philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.

When The String Cheese Incident's growth first started gaining momentum over a decade ago, when the internet was just beginning to take hold and the major-label business model was failing, the band decided to make music on their own terms.

Since then, The String Cheese Incident has gone on to carve out a completely different approach to the business of music; they are truly pioneers of a new way of "making a band."  With the World Wide Web as their tool, SCI was among the first artists to disseminate information via the internet, such as tour dates, release information, and other news, to their growing fan base.  Rather than doing business on such terms as "the bottom line," The String Cheese Incident put their music and their fans first, opening companies of their own, including a ticketing company, a merchandise company and a fan travel agency, to best serve their community. The band's record label, SCI Fidelity Records, has always operated under the same ideals. Even early on, SCI Fidelity embraced downloadable music and file sharing, delivering SCI's "On the Road" series, where every show the band plays is made available for download on the internet.  Whether they realized it at the time or not, The String Cheese Incident was inventing grassroots band development.  Today, literally hundreds of bands are using some version of this same approach to building a band. 

The String Cheese Incident's commitment goes well beyond their immediate community, and even beyond the music community as a whole. Early on, the band took a serious interest in giving back to the communities that they visited, and they were among the first performers to encourage "Green" shows and tours.  SCI's support has helped give rise to such not-for-profit organizations as Conscious Alliance, Rock the Earth, and Head Count. In 2002, when the band's right to sell tickets to their own shows became threatened by ticketing giant Ticketmaster, the band stood strong for the independent music community and filed a lawsuit against the company.  All the while, The String Cheese Incident has stayed committed to music as a creative endeavor, not just in their recordings but also in their live performances.  The list of SCI's special guests and collaborators is long and diverse. Their annual events such as Horning's Hideout, and holiday shows such as New Year's and Halloween, have helped redefine the concert experience and has garnered the band a reputation as live music vibe innovators.

Toubab Krewe Summer Tour

Toubab Krewe- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe kicks off its U.S. Summer Tour on May 25 at the Lowertown Art and Music Festival in Paducah, KY. The run continues into September with shows from coast to coast, including performances at the Summer Camp, Asheville Music Jamboree, Wakarusa, High Sierra, 10,000 Lakes and Wall to Wall Guitar festivals.

The band started 2007 at the legendary Festival of the Desert in Essakane, Mali, known as the most remote festival in the world. The Malian tour was covered extensively by Afropop Worldwide, which declared that the band has "set a new standard for fusions of rock 'n' roll and West African music."

Toubab Krewe followed the tour of West Africa with a spring tour of the U.S., playing several dates with Toots and the Maytals and shows at the Langerado Music Festival, SxSW Music Festival and Merlefest, where members of the band performed with Rayna Gellert (Uncle Earl) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

Since forming in early 2005, the magnetic instrumental quintet has been credited with bridging the gap between West African and American music unlike any group before them, winning a diverse and devoted following and international acclaim from the New York Times, Global Rhythm, Relix, fRoots, NPR and more. Members of the group developed their unique sound over the course of numerous extended trips to Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with luminaries such as Lamine Soumano, Vieux Kante, Madou Dembele and Koungbanan Conde.

The band is currently working on their sophomore album with Grammy winning producer Steven Heller, slated for an early 2008 release.

Tour Dates

5.25 | Paducah, KY | Lowertown Art and Music Festival
5.26 | Chillicothe, IL | Summer Camp 2007
5.29 | Bloomington, IN | Bluebird Nightclub
5.30 | Columbus, OH | The Basement/House of Crave
5.31 | Knoxville, TN | Sundown in the City w/ Ozomatli
5.31 | Knoxville, TN | World Grotto
6.01 | Horse Shoe, NC | Asheville Music Jamboree
6.02 | Athens, GA | Melting Point
6.03 | Atlanta, GA | Smith's Olde Bar
6.06 | St.Louis, MO | Lucas School House
6.07 | Lawrence, KS | Wakarusa
6.08 | Lawrence, KS | Wakarusa
6.13 | Fort Collins, CO | Hodi's Half Note
6.14 | Boulder, CO | Fox Theater
6.15 | Denver, CO | Quixote's True Blue
6.16 | Santa Fe, NM | Santa Fe Brewing Company
6.17 | Flagstaff, AZ | Mogollon Brewery
6.19 | Phoenix, AZ | Rhythm Room
6.20 | Tucson, AZ | Plush
6.22 | San Diego, CA | Winston's Beach Club
6.23 | San Diego, CA | Ocean Beach Fair
6.23 | Los Angeles, CA | Fais Do-Do
6.24 | Santa Barbara, CA |SOhO
6.27 | Sacramento, CA | Harlow's
6.28 | Santa Cruz, CA | Moe's Alley
6.30 | San Francisco, CA | 12 Galaxies
7.06 | Quincy, CA | High Sierra Music Festival
7.07 | Quincy, CA | High Sierra Music Festival
7.10 | Caspar, CA | Caspar Inn
7.13 | Seattle, WA | High Dive
7.14 | Portland, OR | Goodfoot Lounge
7.18 | Jackson, WY | Mangy Moose
7.19 | Big Sky, MT | Meadow Village Pavilion
7.21 | Detroit Lakes, MN | 10,000 Lakes Festival
7.27 | Floyd, VA | Floyd Festival
7.28 | Floyd, VA | Floyd Festival
8.18 | Governor's Island, NY | In the Pocket Concert Series
9.13 | Urbana, IL | Wall to Wall Guitar Festival

Rex Foundation on Summer Tour

Support the Rex Foundation!- for the Grateful Web

The Rex Foundation is proud to again announce that it will be participating in the following festivals in 2007 and we gratefully acknowledge the support of the Foundation by the Promoters of the following Festivals:

MOUNTAIN JAM June 1-3, 2007:
Gov't Mule
Umphrey's McGee
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Robert Randolph and The Family Band
New Orleans Social Club
Ozomatli
North Mississippi Allstars
Tea Leaf Green
New Monsoon
Backyard Tire Fire

 

 

Nelson Ledges Quarry Park July 4-8, 2007:

Dark Star Orchestra
Keller Williams
Donna Jean & the Tricksters
Melvin Seals & JGB
Boris Garcia

10,000 Lakes Festival July 18-21, 2007:

Bob Weir & RatDog
Trey Anastasio
Umphrey's McGee
Gov't Mule
Little Feat
The Derek Trucks Band
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
The Everyone Orchestra
Trampled By Turtles

A Bears Picnic July 20-22, 2007:

New Riders of the Purple Sage

Donna Jean & the Tricksters

Gathering of the Vibes August 9-12, 2007:

Ratdog
Los Lobos
Buddy Guy
Deep Banana Blackout
Assembly of Dust

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT ANNOUNCES 2007 SUMMER TOUR

Billy Nershi @ 10KLF- for the Grateful Web

Today, independent music pioneers The String Cheese Incident announce their 2007 Summer Tour – which also marks the beginning of an end for the band and their community.  In the fall of 2006, The String Cheese Incident announced it would make no plans beyond summer 2007, as SCI guitarist Billy Nershi would be leaving the group to explore a different musical path.

Since the band's inception, The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of today's most significant independent bands. Born in 1993 in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, SCI has since released 6 albums, 3 DVDs and countless live recordings from their relentless tour schedule. Their 14 year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit and philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.

When The String Cheese Incident's growth first started gaining momentum over a decade ago, the landscape of the music industry was like the wild west from where the band came.  With the major-label business model failing and the age of the internet just dawning, The String Cheese Incident began to rethink the traditional rock-n-roll dream. Once the band decided to go for it and make music completely on their own terms, they never looked back.

The String Cheese Incident went on to carve out a completely different approach to the business of music; truly pioneers of a new way of "making a band."  With the World Wide Web as their tool, SCI was able to easily disseminate information such as tour dates, release information, and other news to their growing fan base.  Rather than doing business on such terms as "the bottom line," The String Cheese Incident opened companies, such as a ticketing and a gear company and a fan travel agency to truly cater to the audience and their needs.  Their record label, SCI Fidelity Records, operated on the same ideals; they embraced tape trading and downloadable music, eventually offering the SCI's "On the Road" series, where every show the band played was made available for download on the internet.  Whether they realized it at the time or not, The String Cheese Incident was inventing grassroots band development.  Today, literally hundreds of bands are using some version of this same approach to growing a band. 

The String Cheese Incident's commitment went well beyond their immediate community and even beyond the music community in general. Early on, the band took a serious interest in giving back to the communities that they visited, and they where among the first performers to encourage "Green" shows and tours.  SCI's support helped give rise to such not-for-profit organizations as Conscious Alliance, Rock the Earth, and Head Count. In 2002, when the band's right to sell tickets to their own shows became threatened by ticketing giant Ticketmaster, the band stood strong for the independent music community and filed a lawsuit against the company.  All the while, The String Cheese Incident stayed committed to music as a creative endeavor, not just in their recordings but also in their live performances.  The list of SCI's special guests and collaborators is long and diverse. Their annual events such as Horning's Hideout and holiday shows such as New Year's and Halloween helped redefine the concert experience and garnered the band a reputation as live music vibe innovators.

Now, on the heels of five sold-out, home-state shows for their annual "Winter Carnival," the band announces their 2007 Summer Tour, which stops in markets that hold plenty of SCI history (such as the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and Colorado) and features some of the band's favorite kinds of shows - namely weekend camping events with plenty of musical friends in tow (a long weekend in Oregon and the "Big Summer Classic" festival at Camp Zoe).

Dates begin on July 12 with a three night run at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York City. Then the band skips to the west coast for two nights in the Bay Area at Berkeley's Greek Theatre on July 21 & 22, with special guests Sound Tribe Sector 9 on Saturday and Railroad Earth on Sunday. The weekend of July 27-29 will include three nights in Oregon, at a venue still to be determined (visit the band's website for more information and details as they become available). Then, the "Big Summer Classic" will return in the form of a three-day camping festival on the weekend of August 3-5.  In the tradition of the inaugural BSC tour in summer of 2005, the weekend festival will feature a slew of SCI's musical friends.  Confirmed so far are Los Lobos, Yonder Mountain String Band, JJ Grey & MOFRO, The Wailers, EOTO and many others to be announced. The tour will end at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, where it all began. 

The String Cheese Incident Summer Tour list of dates is as follows:
June 15 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
July 12 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
July 13 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
July 14 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
July 21 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with Sound Tribe Sector 9
July 22 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with Railroad Earth
July 27 Venue TBA Oregon
July 28 Venue TBA Oregon
July 29 Venue TBA Oregon
August 3 Big Summer Classic Camp Zoe Salem, MO
August 4 Big Summer Classic Camp Zoe Salem, MO
August 5 Big Summer Classic Camp Zoe Salem, MO
Produced with Peak Experience. Special guests include Los Lobos, The Wailers, Yonder Mountain String Band, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Greyboy Allstars, EOTO and many others TBA
August 10 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
August 11 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
August 12 Red Rocks Morrison, CO

Tickets on sale Tuesday, May 8 at 10 am MST at www.stringcheeseincident.com

Ratdog & Keller Williams Announce Summer Tour

Bobby @ The Fillmore in Denver- for the Grateful Web

Bob Weir and RatDog and Keller Williams will cross the country this summer, sharing a stage both separately and together, making music and doing what they do best.  The tour will begin in Atlanta on July 7th and end in Los Angeles on July 28th.

Bob Weir is a founding member of the legendary Grateful Dead.  He founded RatDog as a duo in 1995, and over the succeeding years he has enlisted Jay Lane (drums), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Mark Karan (lead guitar), Kenny Brooks (saxophone), and Robin Sylvester (bass).  RatDog plays not only Bob's various solo material but the complete Grateful Dead repertoire, and has evolved from an elegant duo to a snarling beast of a rock band that contains a jazz trio at its heart.

Keller Williams has been called guitar's mad-scientist and a one-man-band for the new millennium. Williams is considered by some, but not by himself, to be a master of the acoustic guitar, known for his ability to solo over layers of spontaneously created loops. He is a generous performer who plays down-to-earth acoustic music that defies any effort to find a convenient pigeonhole.  If pressed for a definition, Williams, as adept with language as he is with a guitar pick, calls it solo, acoustic jazzfunk reggae technograss – or simply - solo acoustic dance music.

Sometimes musicians tour together purely because of business.  These guys actually like each other, as evidenced by the tune "Cadillac" on Keller's recently released new album on SciFidelity, Dream, a duet between Keller and Bob.  Recorded at Weir's home studio, it also features an appearance from Weir family retriever Jackson (see the tour advertising design and notice who's driving the Cadillac!).  Or, as the inimitable Weir said of him, "Keller Williams is more fun than a frog in a glass of milk."  Keller seems to like the idea, too: "I love this tour because I get to get in for free."

That positive vibe will be felt across the country this summer.

Tour Dates:

July 07  Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta GA   
July 09  Summerstage, Central Park, New York City NY
July 10  Bank of America Pavilion, Boston MA
July 11  Lincoln Park, Lincoln RI 
July 13  All Good Festival, Marvin's Mountaintop WV
July 14  Charlottesville Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
July 16  Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland OH
July 17  Promowest Pavilion, Columbus OH 
July 19  Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL
July 20  10,000 Lakes Festival, Detroit Lakes MN   
July 21  Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino, Council Bluffs IA  
July 24  Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO
July 25  Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre, Santa Fe NM
July 27  Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay, San Diego CA
July 28  Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA