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Black Seeds + Katchafire @ The Fox Theatre

Originating from Wellington, New Zealand, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation through platinum selling albums, a masterful 8-piece live show, and a unique sound that fuses infectious grooves and melodies with undiluted roots music. With numerous European festival tours and releases behind them, and a successful 2009 North American release, their following continues to spread quickly around the globe.

Led by the vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman, at its core The Black Seeds music is a boundary-crossing sound fusion of big-beat funk, dub, soul, and afro-beat, mixed with vintage roots-reggae. Described by Clash Magazine as ‘one of the best reggae acts on the planet’, their legendary 8-piece live show brings the raw energy and good vibes wherever it goes. They now have countless sell-out New Zealand and Australasian tours behind them, and regularly perform at many of Europe’s biggest festivals.
The Black Seeds manage to play beyond the normal boundaries of reggae without compromising the music’s heart. While “Rotten Apple” has all the thump of a vintage Parliament-Funkadelic jam , “Afrophone”’s punchy horns and get- on-the-good-foot rhythm recall James Brown and the J.B.s at their peak – and the Seeds manage to pull it all off while retaining their voice. They make the blend of sounds feel absolutely natural. This is not a reggae band dropping a nov- elty funk cover into the middle of a set, this is simply Black Seeds music.” - Jambase.com (U.S.A) – Nov. ‘09
Reggae is one of the bloodlines of New Zealand music -- which accounts for the extraordinary success of Hamilton's Katchafire who, emerged as the hardest working band in the country. Their astonishing debut album, the prophetically named Revival, sold in excess of 30,000 copies (double platinum). The success of the band was evident in album sales, opening shows for the likes of Michael Franti and Spearhead, gigs all across the country (three in one day on Waitangi Day 2004, in Hamilton, Manukau and Nelson), three tours to Australia and New Caledonia, and most recently a stadium-filling headlining show in Fiji.
From humble beginnings ‘jamming’ in a garage, Katchafire is a melting pot of unique members, including two generations of one family and diverse musical perspectives – yet this blend is exquisitely aligned with the essence of reggae which can be an expression of social and political persuasions, hardship and pain, relaxation and reflection. Dubbed New Zealand’s hardest working band by national media, Katchafire have now completed numerous national and seven international tours. The band has moved audiences around the globe with three tours in New Caledonia, one tour in each Fiji and Hawaii and 10 Australian tours.
Katchafire’s unique, proudly New Zealand reggae style envelopes cross-cultural and cros-generational audiences in the revitalising vibes of healing music, encouraging sing-alongs and regeneration of soul. The Katchafire flame continues to burn ever brighter and stronger.

Sat, July 10th, 9:00pm
BLACK SEEDS + KATCHAFIRE

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Shy Blakeman To Release LONG DISTANCE MAN

Shy Blakeman, the Texas singer-songwriter with a colorful past and engaging character who was first introduced to audiences during the 2006 season of “Nashville Star,” is scheduled to release his third album LONG DISTANCE MAN today.

Influenced by the eclectic southern mixture representative of The Black Crowes, Waylon Jennings and Ray Charles, Blakeman succeeds in his efforts to break ground on a new sound by melding genres into an album that is equally pleasurable and viably commercial. This new venture allows the listener to go along for a ride with the “Long Distance Man” as he musically meanders through songs that cross the plains of Texas country at “Quarter to Three,” hears the blues and tastes the “Swamp Water Whisky” of Baton Rouge, dances all night in a few of the “So Many Honky Tonks” that decorate the true country landscape, and establishes roots at the Americana homestead that is “Dragon Fly.”

Produced by Ted Russell Kamp (Shooter Jennings) and Executively Produced by Warren Izard, the album also features a bevy of world class players who have graciously lent their time and talent to support the new project. Artists of note include Marc Ford (The Black Crowes), Audley Freed (The Black Crowes, Cry Love, Peter Frampton), Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, Jewel), Kenny Vaughn (Steve Earle, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell), Michael Webb (John Fogerty), Jason Sutter (Chris Cornell), Ron Dziubla (Royal Crown Reveue, Ricky Martin), and Gia Ciambotti (Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt).

The rollicking title track was released to radio on February 23, 2010 and early commendations for the album are already rolling in. “I’ve been drowning in a sea of cookie-cutter music. Thank you Shy Blakeman for throwing me a life preserver [with] LONG DISTANCE MAN,” says Kelley Peterson of KHKX/KMCM/KQRX in Odessa, Texas.

Blakeman will be promoting his new album today during a performance at the Kinetic Entertainment "The Early Bird Gets The Music" showcase at Annie’s West, 706 W. 6th St. Austin, Texas. He has also been invited to perform for the CMT Awards after-party in Nashville, Tenn. Scheduled for June 9, 2010, this unofficial wrap-up to the CMA Music Fest activities will be hosted by Cowboy Troy, the 2006 and 2007 co-host of “Nashville Star.”

For more information visit: www.shyblakeman.com

Otis Taylor's new album, 'Clovis People,' set for May 11 release

Otis Taylor digs the past. Whether it’s the songs he wrote a decade ago, or ancient civilizations that lived more than 10,000 years ago, he’s drawn to stories from another time, and he’s compelled to retell them in a way that’s relevant in the modern day. On Clovis People, set for release May 11, 2010, on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, Taylor writes his own history.

It’s the ideal project for the architect of a sparse and hypnotic style that has come to be known as “trance blues.” Taylor has spent his career crafting songs that are wide open to interpretation — thematically as well as structurally. “I give people a starting point, and then they can take it where they want to take it,” he explains. “That’s true for the people playing my music as well as the people listening to it. That’s how art should be. A person looking at a painting should be able to interpret it in whatever way he wants. The more words you put into a song, the less freedom the listener has to decide what it means.”

The album title is inspired by a recent scientific discovery very close to Taylor’s home in Boulder, Colorado. Barely 100 yards from the edge of his property, archeologists dug up a cache of tools and other implements belonging to a civilization known as the Clovis people, who walked the earth briefly about 13,000 years ago and then mysteriously disappeared.

“That’s amazing to me,” says Taylor. “There have only been four or five sites like this found all over the country. That means these people probably walked on my property. My music only goes back about ten years, but there’s something about reaching back to an earlier time and revisiting the stories of the past from a new perspective that I find compelling.”

Helping to shape that new perspective is a crew of players who lend a variety of shades and voices to the mix. Among them is guitarist Gary Moore, a guest musician on two of Taylor’s previous recordings (Definition of a Circle in 2007 and Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs in 2009), who moves in and out of the tracks with a hard riff here, a subtle accent there, and just the right atmospherics wherever he appears. Also on hand for nine of the twelve tracks is pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell — a member of the Campbell Brothers, the African-American gospel group that has developed a sound commonly known as “sacred steel.” In addition, Clovis People features cornetist Ron Miles and bassist Cassie Taylor (Otis’ 22-year-old daughter).

The set gets under way with the haunting “Rain So Hard,” a bluesy number that employs an intriguing mix of pedal steel, cornet and theremin as the backdrop to Taylor’s unsettling lyrics about a hard rain turning to snow and falling on a scene of betrayal and deceit.

“Little Willy” and “Lee and Arnez” are two previously unreleased songs. The former is a fictional tale of a school shooting — a song Taylor wrote in 1990s, but then shelved in the aftermath of the Columbine shooting of 1999. “Lee and Arnez” tells the story of a couple that Taylor remembers from the neighborhood where he grew up. “They were my parents’ best friends, and they had a boxer dog that I really loved,” says Taylor. “This would have been the 1950s, which were still a difficult time for black people, but I have great memories of this couple and their beautiful dog.”

“It’s Done Happened Again” is built on an urgent rhythm that plays like a frantic heartbeat. “The song is about that moment when someone who got his heart broken hears about someone else who got his heart broken,” says Taylor. “It’s that moment when pain and empathy converge, and you say, ‘Oh yeah, I know where he’s coming from.’”

“Harry Turn the Music Up” recalls Taylor’s memories of the Denver Folklore Center, a place he frequented when he was a boy in the early ’60s. “The song follows a groove that’s deep in the pocket, and it’s really powerful,” says Taylor. “The Denver Folklore Center was a place where nobody cared if you were black or white, skinny or fat. It was a place where everyone was accepted.”

“Babies Don’t Lie” rides on a single chord and speaks to the profound vulnerability of innocents. But somewhere underneath the simple and recurring lyrical line is the question of how and when dark forces take hold and turn some innocents into monsters.

“Think I Won’t” is a showdown-flavored track that captures the moment when a mother confronts a drug dealer in a schoolyard. “There are some badass moms out there,” says Taylor. “Sometimes people don’t realize how tough black women can be. It’s a matriarchal culture, and there are some moms who’ll kick your ass in a half-second if you threaten their children.”

Indeed, some instincts are eternal, whether the frame of reference is 2010, 1950 or some time before recorded history. Clovis People is in some respects a vehicle for Taylor  — an archeologist of a different kind — to re-examine some of the truths he’s uncovered in his own era and preserve them for listeners in some future time.

“I went back to my musical past with these songs — all the way back to my first album,” says Taylor. “I like finding different ways to retell the old stories. They continue to mean something — to me, to the people who hear them, to the musicians who play with me — many years after I first told them.”

Groove Armada announces Tour Dates

Andy Cato and Tom Findlay, better known as Groove Armada, have announced a spring U.S. tour in support of Black Light, their sixth studio album releasing March 2 on Om Records. The tour will find them dropping by the U.S. for multiple dates in New York, California, and Florida, including appearances on Morning Becomes Electric and at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. The highly anticipated Black Light sees the duo stepping in bold new directions and featuring an impressive list of guest artists, including silky smooth guest vocals from Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry on the single “Shameless,” vocal turns from Kate Bush-evoking chanteuse SaintSaviour, and appearances on several tracks from Nick Littlemore of the Aussie electronic sensation Empire of the Sun.

Prolific remixer Classixx has produced a light and playful remix of Black Light highlight "Paper Romance," replacing the hard four-to-the-floor of the original track with bubbling synths, softly skittering drums, and delicate, swooning guitars that bring out the passionate vocal takes from SaintSavior and Fenech-Soler.  Download the remix here, and feel free to post and share!  In addition to Classixx, several tracks from the album have already been remixed by other such luminaries as Mock & Toof, Bloody Beetroots, and more, all currently available on iTunes. Keep an eye out for a remix from the always fun Dan Deacon!

In case you missed them the first time around, don’t forget to catch the videos for singles I Won’t Kneel, and Paper Romance here!  Don’t miss your chance to see this legendary duo live when they stop by the U.S. this spring!

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Groove Armada 2010 U.S. TOUR DATES:

03/18: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
03/19: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

03/20: San Bernardino, CA @ NOS Events Center  (DJ Set)
03/21: Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
03/22: Los Angeles, CA @ KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic
03/24: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03/26: Miami, FL @ Ultra Music Festival 

2010 University Of Michigan Jazz Festival "Charles Mingus Day"

The 2010 University Of Michigan Jazz Festival  "Charles Mingus Day" will take place February 13th at 7:30p.m. at the Power Center for the Performing Arts in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The festival announced today that Congressman John Conyers Jr. would receive the first, "University of Michigan John Conyers Jr. Jazz Advocacy Award". This award is named in his honor and serves as recognition of extraordinary achievement in the world of Jazz by an advocate or patron.

In recognition of Black History Month and the Jazz Festival tribute to Charles Mingus, three virtuoso bassists, Christian McBride, Robert Hurst and Rodney Whitaker, will take the stage together in an historic improvised performance.

The festival feature concert will also include the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble, The Christian McBride Band and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra under the direction of Dennis Wilson. The DJFO will feature a new composition by Christian McBride entitled "The Movement Revisited". This composition is an important expression of the Black experience through the language of Jazz and will also be performed on February 14th at 7:30pm at Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit.

The University of Michigan Jazz Festival is a noncompetitive event providing collegiate, high school and middle school students an opportunity to interact with the music faculty of the University of Michigan as well as other distinguished educators.  The Festival is open to students, educators, and music lovers of all ages and is presented by the School Of Music Theatre & Dance through the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation with additional support from numerous academic units within the University Of Michigan.

Guitarist For Ozzy Osbourne Zakke Wylde Will Celebrate Les Paul

The Iridium is pleased to announce that legendary guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society Zakk Wylde will celebrate Les Paul Monday, January 25th at 8 & 10PM.

About Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society:

In the two decades since Ozzy Osbourne hired him away from his job at a New Jersey gas station to become his new guitarist, Zakk Wylde has established himself as a guitar icon known and revered the world over. Writing and recording with Osbourne led to multi-platinum success, inspiring him to create the now legendary Black Label Society in 1998. In the decade since, BLS has turned the notion of what a rock band should be upside down by inspiring legions of fans (known as Berserkers) all over the world to follow the mantra: Strength, Determination, Merciless, Forever. SDMF for short, the Berserkers, along with Wylde have created a heavy metal institution true to his vision of uncompromising, unfiltered and unrestrained rock and roll. Wylde’s inspiration comes from not only the fans, but from such notable guitarists including Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Frank Marino, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Albert Lee , as well as the vocal stylings of Elton John, Gregg Allman and late Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie VanZant. Wylde has won nearly every guitar award imaginable, and is a major influence to a new battalion of rock guitarists currently popular today. One thing is for certain, wherever Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society travels: brewtality is sure to follow. For more information please visit www.blsnation.com and/or www.blacklabelsociety.com

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LES PAUL TRIO SETS AT 8:00 & 10:00PM

Here We Go Magic Release Black Cab LIVE Session

It's been a big year for Here We Go Magic following the release of their much celebrated self-titled debut (Western Vinyl), and now they have their sights firmly set on 2010 with a new album, a new record label, and an ever expanding sound. Having just signed to Secretly Canadian, the band is targeting Spring of 2010 to release their highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's breakthrough record.

The band have spent much of the year on the road touring with indie giants including Grizzly Bear and are currently supporting The Walkmen before playing Austin City Limits.

Here We Go Magic are also hard at work recording the self-produced sophomore album in a house they've commandeered in upstate New York, and while the first record was the result of Luke Temple getting creative in his bedroom, this release is a fully fledged team effort.

With an eye towards 2010 the band is looking forward to expanding their audience as their unique sound continues to permeate throughout the indie world.

Black Tie-Dye Ball 9-25 w/ Dark Star Orchestra

Enjoy a pre-concert, festive party in Lola’s Room, mingling with the artists and other kindred spirits, as well as first access to the Ballroom to enjoy the concert.

 

We are pleased to announce special rates for Rex Foundation attendees at the classic Mark Spencer Hotel in downtown Portland.  Check out www.markspencer.com to see what the hotel has to offer.  You can call either 503-224-3293 or 800-548-3934 and ask for the Rex Foundation rate, which will be $79 for their Studio Queen room and $99 for the Junior Suite.


RECEPTION and CONCERT TICKETS (all but $70 is tax-deductible)
American Beauty $200
The party with food & drinks, a goody bag, plus special roped off area stage left for concert + collectible poster

Scarlet Begonia $100
The party with food & drinks, a goody bag, plus first entry into Ballroom

Reception Upgrade  For those who have previously purchased concert tickets.
$75 for Scarlet Begonia tickets & $175 American Beauty tickets.

 

To order Reception and Concert Tickets call 415-561-3135 or download the Ticket Order Form  with this link  DSO-Rex-event-order-form-9-25-09 and fax to 415-561-3136, or mail to Rex Foundation, P.O. Box 29608, San Francisco, CA 94129-0608 with your order.

 

CONCERT TICKETS ONLY: $26 in advance available online or through Ticketmaster.
Call Ticketmaster: 1-800-745-3000
Online: Click here to order online through Ticketmaster

In Person: Tickets available at the Crystal Ballroom and the Aladdin Theater


rexABOUT THE BLACK TIE DYE BALL

The Rex Foundation presented the first Black Tie-Dye Ball in Chicago in March 2004 with Dark Star Orchestra. Since then, there have been Black Tie-Dye Balls in New York City, Washington, D.C., Denver, Colorado, Los Angeles and San Francisco. These festive occasions provide the opportunity to collaborate with gifted performers that care about the Rex Foundation. On September 25th, as at each Ball, enjoy a unique musical experience, while also celebrating the Portland area’s talent, enterprise and community spirit. Proceeds help support local area non-profit programs.

 

The September 25th Black Tie-Dye Ball also helps celebrate the 3rd month-long DSO Rex Caravan Tour, where every show along the way includes $1 per ticket as a contribution to the Rex Foundation. We thank Dark Star Orchestra for their steadfast and generous support. Together, with all DSO fans, we demonstrate the power of the musical community to provide essential seed grants to smaller non-profits doing great work in many different ways.

 

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on September 25th.

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Friday, September 25, 2009
Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
503-225-0047

6:00 – 7:30 pm Drinks, Food & Reception with Artists in Lola’s Room   (For Ages 21 and Over)
7:00 pm General Admission Doors open
8:00pm Show   (All Ages)

Sept. Black Tie-Dye Ball with DSO in Portland, OR & More

Join us for a fun Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra on Friday, September 25th at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, to celebrate the DSO Rex Caravan month-long Tour and to help provide support to local area non-profits.  As you'll see in the event details, the festive pre-concert party will be from 6:00 - 7:30 in Lola's Room, and all attending the party have first access to the ballroom for the concert.  Tickets for the party and concert are $100 and $200.  If you've already purchased your concert tickets, you can get reception upgrade tickets.  A bunch of us from Rex will be there to join in the fun.  We look forward to a great evening with you.

DSOOn August 1st, supporters of the Rex Foundation are presenting A Very Jerry Evening in Indianapolis, Indiana as a Rex Musical Caravan event in honor of Jerry GarciaCheck out these details and tell your friends in the Indianapolis area to enjoy a great night of music.

Our 2008 Annual Report is now available on-line.  We hope you enjoy reading through all that was accomplished in 2008 because of your support.  With care about the environment as well as costs, we'll soon be mailing the Report, though only to those supporters not receiving e-mail updates.  Let us know if you want the hard copy of the Annual Report. E-mail info@rexfoundation.org or call the office at 415-561-3134.

Check out the video recently done at the Rex office, featuring me and Rex Board members Carolyn Garcia and Nick Morgan, where we describe the positive impact of Musical Caravan events like the two described here.  Our main message is that your support, whether as direct contributers, musicians putting on Caravan events, fans at festivals and other Caravan events, adds up quickly to make it possible for Rex to provide the seed grants to non-profits doing such important work, like Good Cents for Oakland pictured here.  We crossed the $1 million in grants since beginning our renewal because of you!

Infected Mushroom Return with ‘Legend of the Black Shawarma’

For their highly anticipated release LEGEND OF THE BLACK SHAWARMA, electronic-rock innovators INFECTED MUSHROOM return with their patented hybrid of thrashing metal and psychedelic trance to bring a frenetic rock energy to the form and venture where other electronic acts fear to tread.  The Israeli-bred, Los Angeles-based electronic duo continues to push sonic boundaries for their eighth studio album that’s due out September 8, 2009 on electronic music giant Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label.

infected-mushroomLegend Of The Black Shawarma sees Amit “Duvdev” Duvedevani and Erez Eisen teaming with high-profile rockers. The album’s lead single “Smashing the Opponent” features a scorching vocal from Korn’s Jonathan Davis, while Jane’s Addiction frontman and alt-rock trailblazer Perry Farrell lends his inimitable pipes to the follow-up track “Killing Time.”  “Recording with Jonathan and Perry was a highlight, of course,” Duvdev notes.  “They were both incredibly cool. The fact that they liked the tracks was awesome because we’re huge fans of what they do.”

The album is the follow-up to 2007’s Vicious Delicious and takes INFECTED MUSHROOM's psy-trance fusion of bruising, metallic rock and unstoppable dance-floor beats to a new level.  “It’s a really diverse record,” Duvdev says, “but it’s even more aggressive–both on the metal side and on the breakbeat side.”  Taking its time to craft the album, the duo worked on Shawarma whenever their frenetic, globe-trotting tour schedule permitted.  Whether singing about “Smashing” and “Killing” or paying tribute to beloved (Los Angeles) eateries like “Poquito Mas,” “Frank’s” (“The best taco place in Mexico in our opinion”) or Israeli hummus factory “Sae’ed,” INFECTED MUSHROOM prove they’ve stayed hungry despite their massive international success.

And what of the album’s mysterious, culinary title?  “We were on tour in Australia two years ago,” he explains.  “My friend came to me said, ‘I have this dream to dive with sharks.’  They do that in Australia–you’re lowered into shark-infested waters in a cage.” At that point, Duvdev warned his burly friend that in a wetsuit he would resemble, to toothy denizens of the deep, a certain meat wrap of Middle Eastern origin.  “I told him if he did this, there were five gigantic sharks waiting for a shawarma like him to come down in a cage and be devoured.  We thought that was pretty funny and the Legend of the Black Shawarma was born.”  As the title track’s cautionary lyrics have it:  “Life’s been treating you nice/You better be wise/And enjoy your moment.”

Thanks to INFECTED MUSHROOM's genre-pushing songs and incendiary performances, the adventurous duo has become one of the biggest live electronic bands on the planet.  Their schedule has proved as relentless as their juggernaut jams.  From the Ultra Music Festival in Miami (which drew over 100,000 attendees this past March), Coachella, the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, Mexico’s OMIX, Brazil’s Ipanema Beach and Melbourne’s Metro Club, INFECTED MUSHROOM has averaged about 120 live performances per year. Twice ranked among the world’s 10 best DJs by the bible of the scene, the U.K.’s DJ magazine, they routinely whip crowds of all cultures into the same whirling froth.

Their explosive show--featuring guitars, live drums, Duvdev’s intensely passionate vocals, Erez’s nimble keyboards and an ambitious multimedia backdrop--ranks among the genre’s most unpredictably joyous events. INFECTED MUSHROOM will highlight new selections from Shawarma during several of their live shows in North America this summer, launching “Smash The Opponent” during their performance at electronic mega-music festival Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles June 27.  The complete list of dates follows below.

The complete track listing for INFECTED MUSHROOM's Legend of the Black Shawarma is:

1. Poquito Mas

2. Sa'eed

3. End of the Road

4. Smashing the Opponent *featuring Jonathan Davis (Korn)

5. Can't Stop

6. Herbert the Pervert  

7. Killing Time *featuring Perry Farrell (Janes Addiction)  

8. Project 100  

9. Franks

10. Slowly

11. Legend of the Black Shawarma

INFECTED MUSHROOM’s North American summer tour dates are as follows:

DATE                          CITY                                    VENUE

Thu      6/11                 Anaheim, CA                          Heat

Fri        6/12                 San Diego, CA                         Spin

Sat       6/13                 Denver, CO                            Electric Daisy Carnival

Thu      6/25                 Edmonton, CANADA                Empire Ballroom

Fri        6/26                 Sal Lake City, UT                     The Great Saltair Magna

Sat       6/27                 Los Angeles, CA                      Electric Day Carnival

Fri        7/3                   Seattle, WA                           The Showbox Sodo

Fri        7/17                 San Francisco, CA                    Regency Center Grand Ballroom

Sat       7/18                 Los Angeles, CA                      Vanguard