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Black Moth Super Rainbow's 'Eating Us' Streets May 26th

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After a year of eerie, stilted silence, the sun shines and the shadows reappear. Black Moth Super Rainbow has crept from the forests and cities to make Eating Us, their dark bubblegum freakout for 2009.  The first fully hi-fi BMSR record, Eating Us, adds space and dimension to the band's sticky, off-kilter melodies. This isn't an album about witches and woods, and this time around the band isn't letting on to what it all might mean. Because to them, it's just better that way.  

The modern musical unit known as Black Moth Super Rainbow first emerged from an obscure Pennsylvania forest glen in 2003 to relay a somewhat confounding sound with Falling Through a Field. Over the next few years, that peculiar sound developed, and the cult of BMSR began. With the release of their naturally-sweetened, candy-coated, and acclaimed 2007 treat, Dandelion Gum, a number of curious listeners bent their ears and adjusted their listening habits to incorporate Black Moth Super Rainbow's oddly creepy and off-beat sweet audio plyings. With support slots opening for Flaming Lips and Aesop Rock, the oft-camera shy outfit was soon positioned in front of thousands of brand new sonically adventurous music enthusiasts who weren't necessarily prepared for the eccentric visuals of BMSR's surreal live show, but would hopefully emerge changed, and be better off for it.

Their new full length presentation for 2009, Eating Us, promises to up the ante on the fidelity and melodies that BMSR have become known for. Here, the merry cryptic band has added some new flavors to their already well-established rainbow of sounds, with even more dense layers of lushly complex orchestration, intensely rhythmic drumming from a live, human drummer, vocoder vocals that are anything but robotic, and thick, undulating bass tones. Recorded at Tarbox Road Studios, Eating Us marks the first time BMSR has ventured into a modern recording studio. Production and partial tracking were handled by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Weezer) whose hands and ears were the only ones trusted to keep the freaked out wiggles and hairy candies fully in-tact, while also expanding them in a more realistic space.  

Now a six piece, BMSR could come or go at any time, however 2009 promises a return to touring.  

Eating Us will be released May 26, 2009 on Graveface. The full deluxe CD version features a 16 page art booklet and hairy summer jewel case jacket.

Tracklisting:
01 Born On A Day The Sun Didn't Rise
02 Dark Bubbles
03 Twin Of Myself
04 Gold Splatter
05 Iron Lemonade
06 Tooth Decay
07 Fields Are Breathing
08 Smile The Day After Today
09 The Sticky
10 Bubblegum Animals
11 American Face Dust

Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Boulder Theater

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the GRAMMY® Award winning vocal group from South Africa that has conquered nations in its own way with a joyous and spiritually charged brand of vocal music and native choreography, pays tribute to this historical icon with their new Heads Up International release, Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu. Ilembe celebrates not only Shaka Zulu but the sense of perseverance, creativity and pride that he has inspired in generations of descendants.

For more than thirty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. Their musical efforts over the past three decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry, but also solidified their identity as a cultural force to be reckoned with.

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Maven Productions & KUVO present
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO
Wednesday, March 4
doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm

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Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030

Celebrating 11 Years, Black-Tie Dye Ball & Cosmic NYE

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Last Friday at the Pageant in St. Louis, Dark Star Orchestra threw a Halloween Bash to remember. Set to the sounds of an inspired original set list, attendees joined in the holiday spirit with some truly fantastic costumes. Check out some of the best dressed and see if you snuck into a shot or two now posted online. Thanks to everyone for coming out!

Dan Healy Hops Aboard For The Rex Caravan Tour

As if helping out the Grateful Dead-founded Rex Foundation with a $1 per ticket donation wasn't reason enough to come catch Dark Star Orchestra this fall, we will also be joined for the entire tour by Dan Healy, the Grateful Dead's sound man for over three decades. If you haven't already heard us mixed by Dan you really should come check it out. DSO will be making stops throughout the Northeast starting with a two night stand at the 9:30 Club in DC this weekend with special guest Hot Buttered Rum on the first night, as well as our return to the State Theater in Ithaca Tuesday, November 18, our first visit since releasing: Ithaca 30 Years Later: The Video on DVD. Hope to see you there!

The Big Three

The elevens come together at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH, as 11/11/08 marks the band's 11th Anniversary. Join DSO's sonic celebration of playing out the Grateful Dead's music to audiences worldwide since forming in Chicago at Martyr in in 1997. Buy your tickets HERE.

The Black Tie Dye Ball, to benefit the Rex Foundation, returns to the East Coast once again, this year to be held in Times Square on Saturday, November 29, the second of their two-night stay at the Nokia Theatre. Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay will be joining the band on Friday night and a surprise special guest will join DSO on Saturday. Be sure to come and join us for two nights of great music! For fans that have already purchased tickets to the 11/29 Nokia Theatre show, you may upgrade your tickets to include the Rex Foundation reception and meet & greet with the band by visiting The Rex Foundation website.

Tickets are on-sale now for DSO's Cosmic New Year's Eve performance at Ram's Head Live! in Baltimore, MD. Plan to ring in 2009 with DSO and secure your tickets now. Tickets include a Champagne Toast, Finger Foods and Party Favors. DSO will perform three shows leading up to New Year's Eve including 12/28 at The National in Richmond, VA, 12/29 at the NorVa in Norfolk, VA, and 12/30 at an East Coast venue still TBA.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Rex Caravan Tour
Fri 11/07 9:30 Club Washington, DC  
Sat 11/08 9:30 Club Washington, DC  
Sun 11/09 Paramount Center for the Arts Peekskill, NY  
Tues 11/11 Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH TICKETS
Thur 11/13 Calvin Theater Northampton, MA  
Fri 11/14 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA  
Sat 11/15 Palace Theatre Albany, NY  
Sun 11/16 McCarter Theatre Princeton, NJ  
Tues 11/18 State Theatre of Ithaca Ithaca, NY TICKETS
Thur 11/20 Garde Arts Center New London, CT TICKETS
Fri 11/21 Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA  
Sat 11/22 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
Sun 11/23 Klein Auditorium Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
Sun 11/25 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY  
Wed 11/26 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  
Fri 11/28 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Black Tie-Dye Ball
Sat 11/29 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Mon 12/01 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Tues 12/02 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Thur 12/04 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE  
Fri 12/05 Theater @ Lancaster Host Resort Lancaster, PA TICKETS
Sat 12/06 Shea Center For The Performing Arts Wayne, NJ  
Cosmic New Year's Run
Sun 12/28 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
Mon 12/29 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
Tues 12/30 TBA TBA  
Cosmic New Year's Eve
Wed 12/31 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD TICKETS
2009 Tour Dates - Just Announced!
Wed 1/28 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL  
Thu 1/29 Jannus Landing St Petersburg, FL  
Fri 1/30 Florida Theater Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
Sat 1/31 Club Cinema Pompano Beach, FL TICKETS
Tue 2/3 Workplay (Tentative) Birmingham, AL  
Thu 2/5 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS  
Fri 2/6 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sat 2/7 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sun 2/8 House of Blues (Tentative) Myrtle Beach, SC  
Thu 2/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC  
Fri 2/13 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC  
Sat 2/14 Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head, SC TICKETS
Sun 2/15 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC  
Tue 2/17 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA  
Thu 2/19 Madison Theater Covington, KY  
Fri 2/20 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
Sat 2/21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN  
Tue 2/24 Carnegie Music Hall Munhall, PA  
Wed 2/25 House of Blues Cleveland, OH TICKETS
Thu 2/26 The Vic Chicago, IL  
Fri 2/27 The Riverside Milwaukee, WI  
Sat 2/28 The Barrymore Madison, WI  

Rex Foundation: Black Tie Dye Ball, Musical Caravan Shows & More

Black Tie-Dye Ball with DSO - photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Rex Musical Caravan keeps growing with upcoming events, community fundraisers, festival presence and great success with Rex Jams at recent summer festivals, all demonstrating the musical community's support of the Rex Foundation.  Check out all that is happening and join in for the great music, fun connections and celebrations of our 25th anniversary:

    * Donna Jean & the Tricksters, Saturday, September 20th, Knitting Factory, NYC - Come early for the pre-concert reception with musicians, food, drinks, and VIP Balcony access.  Click here for ticket details.

    * Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra on Saturday, September 27th, Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA

Be part of this fun evening featuring a pre-concert reception with the artists, food, drinks, goody bags and local area entertainment.  And, there will be a silent auction.  Click here for more details, including how to purchase reception tickets if you already have your concert ticket and to check out the local area programs designated to receive proceeds from the event.

    * New Riders of the Purple Sage, Tuesday, September 30th, The Blue Nile, New Orleans, LA.

The Rex Foundation has given over $20,000 in Katrina relief since 2005.  We are pleased to celebrate our first fundraising event in New Orleans with our good friends the New Riders of the Purple Sage - a pre-concert reception with the musicians, finger foods, drinks, and concert tickets.  Due to the recent hurricane weather in the New Orleans area, ticketing for this event is not yet available.  Please check out our website next week for updated information and ticket links.

Blue Turtle Seduction is on board the Musical Caravan, helping raise funds for the Rex Foundation during their Human Rights Awareness tour September 19th - November 2nd.   All shows during this tour are free to students and help raise awareness for human rights.

Dark Star Orchestra Rex Musical Caravan Tour - Join Dark Star Orchestra as they travel on the Rex Musical Caravan through their East Coast tour between November 7 and December 6th, where $1 of every ticket sold supports the Rex Foundation.   We'll have a celebratory Black Tie-Dye Ball on Saturday, November 29th, at the Nokia Theater in New York City.  Stay tuned for more information regarding this event.  

The Rex Foundation is honored to be a designated recipient of proceeds from The Give Festival, taking place Saturday, September 20th in Philadelphia.  We hope all of you in the Philadelphia area will attend.

Rex Jam Success!

The Rex Foundation would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Rex Jams at the Mountain Jam, High Sierra, All Good, 10,000 Lakes, and the Gathering of the Vibes Festivals.   Thanks to everyone's generosity and great efforts, $10,709 was raised to help support local area music programs for youth.   For a complete recap, visit our 2008 Summer Festivals page.

Rex Foundation at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

The Rex Foundation is honored to be one of the non-profit organizations present at the upcoming Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival on October 3rd-5th in San Francisco, CA.   Stop by the Rex Foundation booth to find out more about our current activities and get on board the Rex Community Caravan.

Check out and post your comments on the Rex Blog!

Want to know what is happening in the world of Rex? Get involved with the Rex Foundation Blog by posting your comments to share your views on the topics presented.  Add the RSS feed to your favorite social network and let your friends know you are a proud supporter of the Rex Foundation.

Save the Date for our 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on December 13th!  Details soon to come.

As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary we are reminded of the help we have been able to give thanks to generous supporters like you.  We are proud to travel on the Rex Community Caravan with everyone and continue our efforts through the power of community, service and the arts.

Rex Foundation: Black Tie Dye Ball w/ DSO – 9/27/08

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Dark Star Orchestra will be playing a benefit show for the Rex Foundation.  The show is taking place on September 27th, in Hollywood, California.

Festivities include:

Reception, Food, Drinks, Goodie Bags, Silent Auction, GA Balcony Seating and Concert Tickets: $150 & $500 (All but $60 is tax deductible)

Upgrade for Reception, with prior purchase of concert ticket:  $120 & $470

To order Reception and Concert Tickets call 415-561-3135 or download the ticket order form

Special Hotel Package offered by the Best Western Hollywood Hills only $129 per night (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) for Rex Supporters. Reservations: 323-464-5181 Toll Free: 800-287-1700. Ask for "Rex Foundation special rate" when making reservations.

Concert Tickets only: $30.00 available online at darkstarorchestra.net or goldenvoice.com

The Rex Foundation presented the first Black Tie-Dye Ball in Chicago in March 2004. Since then, there have Black Tie-Dye Balls in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado. These festive occasions provide the opportunity to collaborate with gifted performers that care about the Rex Foundation and want to further what the Grateful Dead started 25 years ago. On September 27th, as at each Ball, enjoy a unique musical experience, while also celebrating each community's talent, enterprise and community spirit. Proceeds support local non-profit programs.

2008 marks the Rex Foundation's 25th Anniversary.   This Rex Musical Caravan's Black Tie Dye Ball is a great way to further a tradition of grassroots giving and demonstrate the power of community, service and the arts.

For more information, call 415-561-3134

September 23rd REX FOUNDATION Black Tie-Dye Ball

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Founded in 1984 by the Grateful Dead, the Rex Foundation celebrates the magical combination of music, community, creativity and joyful spirit . This is the third Black Tie-Dye Ball the Rex Foundation has presented with Dark Star Orchestra. We began this now burgeoning tradition in Chicago on March 6, 2004, then in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2005. The next installment will be on September 23rd, 2006 in Denver at The Fillmore Auditorium.

We look forward to another great Saturday night with Dark Star Orchestra as we celebrate and support Denver's enterprise and community spirit. Proceeds from the event will support local non-profit programs.

ABOUT DARK STAR ORCHESTRA:

There are a lot of cover bands around and a lot of those are Grateful Dead cover bands. You've seen them, they're good. Most include the music of Jerry Garcia, Bobby Weir et al with other cover songs and some originals mixed in. DSO is a different breed of "Dead" band. What Dark Star Orchestra does is recreate the Grateful Dead. Not with hippie wigs and fake beards but through the live music. They play the setlist song for song in the same arrangements used by the Dead members of that period. When you're at a DSO show you may really be in the Providence Civic Center back in May of '81. Or you could even be at the 1973 Denver Coliseum show listening to Weather Report Suite. Who knows?

Actually no one does and that's part of the trip. The date of the show to be recreated is kept secret right up till the performance. Oh, there are clues (the number and placement of microphones, the keyboard setup, a midi guitar) and the secret becomes part of a game. Usually the audience in front starts throwing out guesses toward the end of the first set. The wiser observer waits for the start of the second set to venture a showdate. Sometimes a curious look comes over the faces of the audience as they realize, "Hey! I was at this show!" followed by a smile as they realize...they're at the show again! Remember: This is an exhibition, not a competition. So please....no wagering! The original showdate, for those who are DEADBASE-impaired, is announced at the end of the night usually followed by an extended encore of the band's choosing.

rexThe Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.

Join the Rex Foundation at the Black Tie-Dye Ball, celebrating the magical combination of music, community, creativity and joyful spirit. Proceeds support local non-profit programs.

Concert-only tickets are $26.00 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com and "Mile High" Premium Seating Tickets ($125) and "Summit" Front and Center Tickets ($300) which both include the Pre-Concert Reception with the Artists and dinner, are available on the Rex Foundation web site. For more information, go to www.rexfoundation.org or call 415-561-3135.

dsoThe Rex Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, has been aiding in building stronger communities, promoting individuality in the arts, helping secure a more healthy environment, and protecting the rights of indigenous people for twenty-one years. Their fundraising began in 1984 with the Grateful Dead performing "Rex" benefit concerts. Over the course of 11 years, the Grateful Dead raised $7 million which reached 900 programs. In December 2001, the Rex Foundation launched its renewal efforts by presenting fundraising events in the Bay Area and in other cities across the country, and has since granted $751,500 to 119 programs in the United States and internationally.

Black Tie-Dye Ball CD Release Party on 7/20 in NYC

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On November 12, 2005, a group of musicians came together for the first ever NYC Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Bal l Benefit and created a night of incredible musical chemistry.

The Zen Tricksters (Jeff Mattson - lead guitar & vocals, Klyph Black - bass, slide guitar, & vocals, Tom Circosta - rhythm guitar & vocals, Joe Ciarvella - drums) plus special guests : Mickey Hart - vocals & cowbell, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay - vocals, David Nelson - guitar & vocals, Tom Constanten - organ, piano & vocals, Michael Falzarano - guitar & vocals, Rob Barraco - piano, organ & vocals, Greg Anton - drums, David MacKay - bass, and Wendy Lanter - vocals.

Out of this event, The Zen Tricksters and Donna Jean Godchaux realized the music was too good to let go, and they had to continue this journey. So they added Mookie Siegel on keys and included Wendy Lanter on vocals and became: Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue

The Black Tie-Dye Ball

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Produced by Donna Jean and David MacKay and The Zen Tricksters

Heart of Gold Records/Zebra Tango

Release date 7/20/06

All proceeds go to the Rex Foundation

11/12/05 The Black Tie-Dye Ball

The New York Society for Ethical Culture

On November 12, 2005, a group of musicians came together for the first ever NYC Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball Benefit and created a night of incredible musical chemistry.

The band:

The Zen Tricksters: (Jeff Mattson- lead guitar & vocals, Klyph Black - bass, slide guitar, & vocals, Tom Circosta- rhythm guitar & vocals, Joe Ciarvella- drums) Plus special guests: Mickey Hart - vocals & cowbell, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay -vocals, David Nelson- guitar & vocals, Tom Constanten- organ, piano & vocals, Michael Falzarano- guitar & vocals, Rob Barraco - piano, organ & vocals, Greg Anton - drums, David MacKay - bass, and Wendy Lanter -vocals.

Out of this BTDB event, The Zen Tricksters and Donna Jean Godchaux realized  they had to continue this journey. So they added Mookie Siegel on keys and included Wendy Lanter on vocals and became:

KETTLE JOE'S PSYCHEDELIC SWAMP REVUE

http://www.kettlejoespsr.com/

CD RELEASE PARTY AT THE CANAL ROOM NYC 7.20.06

http://www.canalroomlive.com/july20.htm

Party and CD signing (CDs will be available to purchase), KJPSR will perform

This CD will be available through Dead.net (Donna Jean's page and on the Rex Foundation page) http://gdstore.com/

and ALL proceeds from the sale of the CD go to the Rex Foundation.

The Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.

REX FOUNDATION, P.O. Box 29608, San Francisco, CA 94129-0608, (415)561-3134