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Old 97's @ Boulder Theater | 1/27/11

Since the Old 97's roared out of Dallas more than fifteen years ago, they have blazed a trail through alt-country and power-pop, led by the piercingly observant lyrics of lead singer Rhett Miller. Each new Old 97's record is hotly anticipated, and rightfully so: "Blame It On Gravity," from 2008, contained some of the band's most deeply felt and passionately played songs. But in a career full of high-water marks, "The Grand Theatre Volume 1″ is perhaps the most ambitious and accomplished set of recordings yet.

The album, the band's eighth, began to come together last year, when Miller was on a solo tour of Europe with Steve Earle. "When I started in this band, I wrote on the road constantly," Miller says. "But I was 23 then, so everything was new to me. Over the years, those strange and wonderful things have begun to feel more commonplace. On the familiar highways, in familiar hotels, it's pretty easy to turn into a zombie. But on this tour, I was in England and Ireland and Scandinavia, places where I haven't spent very much time in, and because of that things seemed somehow fresh. I felt recharged."

The result was a set of songs rooted in specific locations. "The title track, which I wrote in Leeds, is like a series of postcards that try to capture the moment of falling in love; it begins in the Grand Theatre, which is a historic venue there, on the elevator. There's another song, "Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)," that I wrote, or at least started to write, while I was walking around in Soho. And a song like "The Dance Class" wouldn't have happened if I wasn't in Birmingham, trapped in a hotel, looking out at streets that were bleak and gray except for a dance studio across the way. I imagined an agoraphobic who sees a beautiful girl in that studio and fantasizes about being freed by her." Miller's portraits of love and loneliness are paired with some of the sharpest music the band has ever produced, from the propulsive celebration of "Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)" to the manic (and almost panicked) energy of "The Dance Class."

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Furthur Spring Tour 2011

Furthur has announced a 3 night run at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado beginning Friday, February 11th through Sunday, February 13th.   Furthur will head back east for an extensive east coast tour beginning Friday, March 4th in Boston, MA at the Orpheum Theatre.

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Furthur's full tour dates here:

Friday February 11th - 1st Bank Center | Broomfield, CO

Saturday February 12th - 1st Bank Center | Broomfield, CO

Sunday February 13th - 1st Bank Center | Broomfield, CO

Friday March 4th - Orpheum Theater | Boston MA

Saturday March 5th - Orpheum Theater | Boston, MA

Sunday March 6th - Orpheum Theater | Boston, MA

Tuesday March 8th - Oakdale Theater | Wallingford, CT

Thursday March 10th - Best Buy Theater | New York, NY

Friday March 11th - Best Buy Theater | New York, NY

Saturday March 12th - Best Buy Theater | New York, NY

Sunday March 13th - Best Buy Theater | New York, NY

Tuesday March 15th - Best Buy Theater | New York, NY

Thursday March 17th - Patriot Center | Fairfax, VA

Friday March 18th - Tower Theater | Upper Darby, PA

Saturday March 19th - Tower Theater | Upper Darby, PA

Sunday March 20th - Tower Theater | Upper Darby, PA

Tuesday March 22nd - Tower Theater | Upper Darby, PA

Wednesday March 23rd - Tower Theater | Upper Darby, PA

Friday March 25th - Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY

Saturday March 26th - Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY

Sunday March 27th - Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY

Tuesday March 29th - Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena | Binghamton, NY

Wednesday March 30th - Petersen Events Center | Pittsburgh, PA

Friday April 1st - Hampton Coliseum | Hampton, VA

Saturday April 2nd - North Charleston Coliseum | Charleston, SC

Sunday April 3rd - Fox Theatre | Altanta, GA

Tuesday April 5th - UCF Arena | Orlando, FL

Wednesday April 6th - Mizner Park Amphitheater | Boca Raton, FL

Old 97's w/ Langhorne Slim @ Boulder Theater

Since the Old 97's roared out of Dallas more than fifteen years ago, they have blazed a trail through alt-country and power-pop, led by the piercingly observant lyrics of lead singer Rhett Miller. Each new Old 97's record is hotly anticipated, and rightfully so: "Blame It On Gravity," from 2008, contained some of the band's most deeply felt and passionately played songs. But in a career full of high-water marks, "The Grand Theatre Volume 1″ is perhaps the most ambitious and accomplished set of recordings yet.

The album, the band's eighth, began to come together last year, when Miller was on a solo tour of Europe with Steve Earle. "When I started in this band, I wrote on the road constantly," Miller says. "But I was 23 then, so everything was new to me. Over the years, those strange and wonderful things have begun to feel more commonplace. On the familiar highways, in familiar hotels, it's pretty easy to turn into a zombie. But on this tour, I was in England and Ireland and Scandinavia, places where I haven't spent very much time in, and because of that things seemed somehow fresh. I felt recharged."

The result was a set of songs rooted in specific locations. "The title track, which I wrote in Leeds, is like a series of postcards that try to capture the moment of falling in love; it begins in the Grand Theatre, which is a historic venue there, on the elevator. There's another song, "Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)," that I wrote, or at least started to write, while I was walking around in Soho. And a song like "The Dance Class" wouldn't have happened if I wasn't in Birmingham, trapped in a hotel, looking out at streets that were bleak and gray except for a dance studio across the way. I imagined an agoraphobic who sees a beautiful girl in that studio and fantasizes about being freed by her." Miller's portraits of love and loneliness are paired with some of the sharpest music the band has ever produced, from the propulsive celebration of "Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)" to the manic (and almost panicked) energy of "The Dance Class."

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Upcoming Steal Your Face Tour Dates

Dynamic psychedelic jams, deep-funk grooves, tight emotional vocals, a little space and enough rocket fuel to get there and back - STEAL YOUR FACE is a high-energy band.  Born from the Spirit of Jerry Garcia, Steal Your Face blends thought provoking original music with the vast library of the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and other Classics.  Each SYF show is a unique experience, audiences are captivated as they and the band push each other to new heights and make music together. Five musicians with impressive chops who are constantly intertwining with each other and the audience,  Steal Your Face has a fresh sound that has the Woodstock generation reminiscing, the Bonaroo kids screaming for more and everyone dancing.

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Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday November 30
Tie-Dye Tuesdays at Tulip Hookah Cafe

Tuesday December 7
Tie-Dye Tuesdays at Tulip Hookah Cafe

Saturday December 11
Steal Your Face's JAM FOR THE KIDS at The Temperance House: Bring a New Unwrapped Toy for Toys For Tots and get in FREE!- Newtown, PA

Tuesday December 14
Tie-Dye Tuesdays at Tulip Hookah Cafe

Thursday December 16
ACOUSTIC SYF at The Temperance House

Friday December 17
Stadium Bar and Grill Street Road

Tuesday December 24
Tie-Dye Tuesdays at Tulip Hookah Cafe

Friday January 14
The Temperance House

Saturday January 22
SYF and Think Pink Floyd at Stadium 5 Points

Friday January 28
The Temperance House

Thursday February 3
The Temperance House

Friday February 18
The Temperance House

Friday March 4
The Temperance House

Thursday March 10
The Temperance House

Saturday April 9
The Temperance House

Saturday April 30
The Temperance House

Saturday May 14
The Temperance House

Friday May 20
The Temperance House

Monotonix to Embark on January and February Tour

Monotonix, Tel Aviv’s preeminent experts in being the best live band around and doling out equestrian treats, are elated to announce more fervid touring in the months of January and February, adding to an already busy December. Coincidentally, these freshly announced dates happen to follow the release of their sophomore full-length, Not Yet, out January 25th on Drag City.  Funny how that happens, no? Additionally, Monotonix are extremely excited to be opening for the one and only Faith No More in Santiago, Chile and Los Angeles, USA! Warning: Things may get EPIC.

Listen to/download the first single off of Not Yet, Give Me More

MONOTONIX TOUR DATES:

Tuesday, Nov. 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium w/ Faith No More

Wednesday, Dec. 1 - Calgary, AB @ Broken City

Thursday, Dec. 2 - Edmonton, AB @ New City

Friday, Dec. 3 - St. Louis, MO @ The Gargoyle Club, Washington University w/ Heavy Cream

Sunday, Dec. 5 - Santiago, Chile @ Estadio Bicentenario de la Florida w/ Faith No More, Primus

Monday, Dec. 6 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum

Tuesday, Dec. 7 - Tallahassee, FL @ Engine Room

Wednesday, Dec. 8 - Atlanta, GA @ 529

Thursday, Dec. 9 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone

Friday, Dec. 10 - Chattanooga, TN @ Discoteca

Saturday, Dec. 11 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's

Sunday, Dec. 12 - Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse

Thursday, Jan. 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Ty Segall

Friday, Jan. 28 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Ty Segall

Saturday, Jan. 29 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk Outside w/ The Strange Boys

Sunday, Jan. 30 - Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves w/ The Strange Boys

Monday, Jan. 31 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack's

Tuesday, Feb. 1 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree Cafe w/ Pujol

Wednesday, Feb. 2 - Nashville, TN @ The End w/ Pujol

Thursday, Feb. 3 - Raleigh, NC @ King's Barcade w/ Pujol, Federation X

Friday, Feb. 4 - Washington, DC @ Comet Pizza w/ Pujol, Federation X

Saturday, Feb. 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent Ave. w/ Pujol, Federation X

Sunday, Feb. 6 - Providence, RI @ Machines with Magnets w/ Pujol

Tuesday, Feb. 8 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom w/ JEFF the Brotherhood, Pujol

Wednesday, Feb. 9 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ JEFF the Brotherhood, Call Me Lightning

Thursday, Feb. 10 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club w/ JEFF the Brotherhood

Friday, Feb. 11 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ JEFF the Brotherhood, Call Me Lightning

Umphrey's McGee Announces 2011 Winter Tour

Having just wrapped up a monumental fall tour, Umphrey’s McGee today announces early 2011 tour plans. The band will begin their winter adventures with their 4th annual destination event, this year in sunny Mexico, where 1000 fans will join them for the sold-out Mayan Holidaze. Soon after, Umphrey’s McGee embarks on a two-month tour that takes them from coast to coast. Along the way, the band will be joined by support acts including Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Orchard Lounge, Zach Deputy, Keller Williams and others to be announced. Ticket Presale for the US Winter Tour begins on Tuesday, November 16 at UMTicketing. Those who purchase early will be entered to win a cool merchandise package (1 winner for each show on the tour!). Visit www.umphreys.com for details. The complete list of winter tour dates is included below.

Before year’s end, Umphrey’s McGee will conclude 2010 with some special holiday performances. Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss’ 8th Annual acoustic holiday show to benefit Ustorm Foundation is on Saturday, December 4th at the Park West in their hometown of Chicago. The following weekend, Umphrey’s McGee is honored to be part of Warren Hayne’s 22nd annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, North Carolina. Finally, the band rings in the New Year with three nights at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Tickets for the New Year’s run are on sale now via Etix.

Umphrey’s McGee will release a collection of new music in early 2011. In a departure from the standard "album" format, Umphrey’s will instead offer up the highly anticipated new material via a series of digital EPs. To get fans warmed-up, Umphrey’s has released a free MP3 download of the band’s brand new song “Wellwishers.” Folks can download it here, and while there, fans can snatch up the Wellwishers widget to easily share the new tune with friends.

Visit www.umphreys.com for news of the bite sized music portions from the band’s perspective, and look for full details regarding the releases to be announced in the coming weeks.

Check out Grateful Web's interview with Jake Cinninger.

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Umphrey’s McGee’s complete Winter tour schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, December 29 - Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL

Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

Thursday, January 27 House of Blues - Boston Boston MA

Friday, January 28 Best Buy Theater New York NY with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Saturday, January 29 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Sunday, January 30 Ram's Head Live Baltimore MD with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Wednesday, February 2 State Theatre State College PA

Thursday, February 3 Buster's Billiards & Backroom Lexington KY with Orchard Lounge

Friday, February 4 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH with Orchard Lounge

Saturday, February 5 The Fillmore Detroit MI with Orchard Lounge

Wednesday, February 9 - Thursday, February 10 Belly Up Aspen Aspen CO

Friday, February 11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO

Saturday, February 12 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS

Sunday, February 13 Slowdown Omaha NE

Wednesday, February 16 Music Farm Charleston SC with Zach Deputy

Thursday, February 17 Orange Peel Asheville NC with Zach Deputy

Friday, February 18 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville TN with Keller Williams

Saturday, February 19 The Fillmore Charlotte NC with Zach Deputy

Sunday, February 20 The National Richmond VA with Zach Deputy

Wednesday, March 2 - Thursday, March 3 Barrymore Theatre Madison WI

Friday, March 4 - Saturday, March 5 First Avenue Minneapolis MN

Sunday, March 6 The Venue in Fargo Fargo ND

Wednesday, March 9 Babcock Theatre Billings MT

Thursday, March 10 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise ID

Friday, March 11 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR

Saturday, March 12 - Sunday, March 13 The Fillmore San Francisco CA

Wednesday, March 16 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay NV

Thursday, March 17 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA

Friday, March 18 House of Blues - San Diego San Diego CA

Saturday, March 19 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks' Crazy for Christmas out now

Hailed as, “The eternal hipster, purveyor of the drollest and most swingin' tunes the rock generation ever enjoyed” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks have hijacked the holidays and created a Christmas album you’ll enjoy all year long. Released on October 12, 2010 through Surfdog Records, Crazy For Christmas is classic Hot Licks, full of the same dry wit and musical brilliance that has defined Dan Hicks’ music for the past four decades and established him as one of American music’s true cult heroes.

“We wanted to have the Hot Licks sound going, with our signature violin and guitar and two girls backing me up and the tongue-in-cheek approach to the material and the delivery. Keeping it swingin’, keeping it light, with lots of good solos and some cool scat stuff,” explains Dan Hicks. “It’s a Christmas album, yes, but first and foremost it’s a Hot Licks album.” Crazy For Christmas covers it all - with Hicks originals “I’ve Got Christmas By The Tail” and the humorous “Santa’s Workshop” nestled in with classics (done Hicks’ style) like “Here Comes Santa Claus” and an amazing original take on “Carol Of The Bells.” Of course, no Dan Hicks holiday album would be complete without a few irreverent parodies including “Christmas Mornin’” (done in the tune of Hicks’ hit “Where’s The Money”) and “Santa Got A Choo-Choo” (a Hicks re-write and salute to “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”).

Crazy For Christmas comes on the heels of Hicks’ critically acclaimed 2009 release Tangled Tales. The recording, dubbed an “irreverent, rowdy, even dangerous distillation of real American music,” by the East Bay Express, proved once-and-for-all that Hicks’ undeniable musical legacy is still evolving. “Talk about a rugged, all-American individual,” the LA Weekly reviewed, “Dan Hicks has plowed deep furrows through some of the most fertile pop music territory known to man, and during it all has maintained both his own distinct, light yet emphatic touch and a pace that's always kept him more than a few steps ahead of his colleagues.”

Dan Hicks began his career in 1965 as the drummer for psychedelic San Francisco rock band The Charlatans before forming the acoustic ensemble Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. His unique songwriting and blend of styles, masterful folk-swing guitar playing, and unmistakable sense of humor have made him a cultural icon, landing Hicks on the cover of Rolling Stone twice and provoking Tom Waits to say, “Dan Hicks is fly, sly, wily and dry” while Elvis Costello proclaimed him “an American treasure.”

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks are on tour this fall with their always over-the-top “Holidaze in Hicksville” extravaganza.

The complete list of tour dates is as follows:

Friday, November 19 O'Shaughnessy Center Whitefish MT

Saturday, November 27 Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Elmer NJ

Sunday, November 28 The Turning Point Piermont NY

Tuesday, November 30 City Winery New York NY

Wednesday, December 1 Barns at Wolftrap Vienna VA

Thursday, December 2 Greensburg Garden and Civic Center Greensburg PA

Friday, December 3 Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA

Saturday, December 4 The Met Cafe Pawtucket RI

Tuesday, December 7 Wood Fire Dowagiac MI

Wednesday, December 8 Wealthy Theatre Grand Rapids MI

Thursday, December 9 Kent Stage Kent OH

Saturday, December 11 McCabe's Guitar Shop and Concert Hall Santa Monica CA

Wednesday, December 15 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA

Friday, December 17 The Center for the Arts Grass Valley CA

Wednesday, December 22 Yoshi's Oakland CA

7 Walkers release self-titled debut today!

7 Walkers, the new project featuring famed drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann, guitar master Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball), today release their self-titled debut. With nearly all of its songs co-penned by Papa Mali and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, early reviews on 7 Walkers have been incredible.

The highly anticipated release features a batch of brand-new originals, a guest performance by Willie Nelson on “King Cotton Blues,” and a few smokin’ instrumentals. A self-proclaimed “open love letter” to the city of New Orleans, the end result is a fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture a unique collaboration between these very different musical shamans.

For both Kreutzmann and Papa Mali, 7 Walkers—whose name is borrowed from one of the band’s songs—is something of a dream come true. Kreutzmann has New Orleans in his DNA, literally—his mother was born there—and he’s always been partial to the city’s music. “I have a real feeling for that music and I get along with the folks down there really well,” he says.

The Crescent City, of course, also impacted native Louisianan Papa Mali incalculably. Although he grew up in Shreveport, he made frequent trips during his youth to New Orleans, where his mom’s family was from. “I bought my clothes and my records there, saw lots of live music there and began to forge my own personal style and musical identity in New Orleans,” he says.

The songwriting partnership between Robert Hunter and Papa Mali created undeniable chemistry. Their collaboration, says Kreutzmann, “reminds me very much, and not because of the personalities or anything, of Garcia and Hunter working together, in that really tight fashion. Those words, if you just read them, they’re fun stories, but when you put the music to them it sends them over the top."

He’ll get no argument from Robert Hunter. “7 Walkers hit the ball so far out of the park it’s still sailing,” he says about the album. “It might actually have gone into orbit. I’m very proud to be part of the project. This album is sheer joy from first note to last.”

The complete list of 7 Walkers tour dates is as follows:

Thursday, December 9 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT

Friday, December 10 Narrow Center for the Arts Fall River MA

Saturday, December 11 Higher Ground South Burlington VT

Sunday, December 12 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH

Tuesday, December 14 Port City Music Hall Portland ME

Thursday, December 16 Stage One Fairfield CT

Friday, December 17 Boulton Center for the Arts Bay Shore NY

Saturday, December 18 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA

Sunday, December 19 City Winery New York NY

Tuesday, December 28 Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction VT

Wednesday, December 29 Pearl Street Northampton MA

Thursday, December 30 Westcott Theater Syracuse NY

Friday, December 31 The Silo Reading PA

Keller Williams' first ever kids album, Kids, hits streets today

Today, Keller Williams releases his sixteenth album — and first-ever album for kids and families — appropriately titled Kids. With Kids, Keller once again breaks new ground, staking out his next conquest: the absolute adoration of the under-10 crowd and their parents, caregivers, and relatives.

Kids has already been warmly embraced by such kids’ music tastemakers as Stefan Shepherd (Zooglobble), Amber Bobnar (Boston Children’s Music), Pamela Brill (Rockabye Baby Music), and syndicated columnist Lee Littlewood (Kids Home Library). Stefan Shepherd wrote that Kids “immediately shoots to near the top of my most-anticipated albums list.” Declared Amber Bobnar, “It almost sounds like something from Stomp or Blue Man Group that just builds and builds on itself. It’s really a trip!” Lee Littlewood included Kids in an “Incredible New Music for Kids” column, writing, “Williams' high musical standards make Kids a superb CD for all ages.” Enthused Pamela Brill, “This CD blends Williams’ love of bluegrass and rock to create a unique sound that will resonate with listeners of all ages. What we like is that his music really gets it … he knows how to capture his listeners’ attention—and how to hold on to it.”

When Keller Williams addresses kids in song or words, it’s with extreme sincerity, respect, and more than a dash of his famous quirky, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Every song on Kids clicks into a kid’s world, from the bouncy, two-beat “Taking a Bath” to the compellingly hip speak-singing of “Horseback Rider” and “Grandma’s Feather Bed” to the catchy, rhythmic, danceable “Keep It on the Paper.” Keller’s infectious good humor and the compelling joyfulness of his songs invite young listeners to freely sing, dance, and play along, becoming true partners with his legendary creativity.

In conjunction with the release of Kids, Keller Williams is releasing his first children's book, Because I Said So. Based on Keller’s song by the same name (included on Kids), the story is told through the eyes of “L’il Keller,” who learns that you can’t always get what you want, and there isn’t always a good reason why! Enhanced by the cleverly drawn illustrations of Fredericksburg, Virginia artist Bill Harris, Because I Said So is humorous, colorful, and wise. Included with the book is a CD containing the song "Because I Said So.” Because I Said So is available at www.kellerwilliamskids.net.

Also this fall, Keller expands his touring horizons to include kids and families, joining the Yo Gabba Gabba Tour as a “Super Music Friend” at select shows in the Pacific Northwest and California. Keller is one of many acclaimed artists joining Yo Gabba Gabba’s fall tour; also confirmed are Pretty Lights, Steel Train, Kid Koala, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, The Saltines, and others. Keller’s list of Yo Gabba Gabba tour dates is included below.

Keller Williams' current list of tour dates is as follows:

Friday, November 5 Rick's Cafe Starkville MS

Saturday, November 6 Rock For Hunger Orlando FL

Wednesday, November 10 WOW Hall Eugene OR

Thursday, November 11 Wild Buffalo Bellingham WA

Friday, November 12 INB Performing Arts Center Spokane WA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Friday, November 12 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane WA Keller Solo

Saturday, November 13 Tacoma Dome Tacoma WA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Saturday, November 13 Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle WA Keller Solo

Sunday, November 14 Memorial Coliseum Portland OR Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Sunday, November 14 Aladdin Theatre Portland OR Keller Solo

Monday, November 15 Hult Center for the Performing Arts Eugene OR Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Wednesday, November 17 Humboldt Brews Arcata CA Keller Solo

Thursday, November 18 Memorial Sacramento CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Thursday, November 18 Harlow's Sacramento CA Keller Solo

Friday, November 19 Blu Nightclub - Montbleu Resort Lake Tahoe NV

Saturday, November 20 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA

Sunday, November 21 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Saturday, November 27 State Theater Falls Church VA

Thursday, December 2 Avalon Theatre Easton MD Keller Williams Kids Show

Saturday, December 4 Stage One Fairfield CT

Sunday, December 26 Fredericksburg Field House Fredericksburg VA SPCA Benefit

Wednesday, December 29 The Norva Norfolk VA

Thursday, December 30 The National Richmond VA

Friday, December 31 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC

7 Walkers ft. Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali Pre-Release Listening Party

Famed drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann, guitar master Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball), come together as 7 Walkers for their self-titled debut release, due out November 2, 2010 on Response Records. Be among the first to hear the new album in its entirety on Thursday, October 28 at 9 PM EDT, exclusively at gdradio.net. You can also pre-order the album now only at www.7walkers.com.

With nearly all of its songs co-penned by Papa Mali and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, 7 Walkers is an electrifying hybrid of classic Bay Area rock and New Orleans funk. The highly anticipated release features a batch of brand-new originals, a guest performance by Willie Nelson on “King Cotton Blues,” and a few smokin’ instrumentals. A self-proclaimed “open love letter” to the city of New Orleans, the end result is a fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture a unique collaboration between these very different musical shamans.

For both Kreutzmann and Papa Mali, 7 Walkers—whose name is borrowed from one of the band’s songs—is something of a dream come true. Kreutzmann has New Orleans in his DNA, literally—his mother was born there—and he’s always been partial to the city’s music. “I have a real feeling for that music and I get along with the folks down there really well,” he says.

The Crescent City, of course, also impacted native Louisianan Papa Mali incalculably. Although he grew up in Shreveport, he made frequent trips during his youth to New Orleans, where his mom’s family was from. “I bought my clothes and my records there, saw lots of live music there and began to forge my own personal style and musical identity in New Orleans,” he says.

The songwriting partnership between Robert Hunter and Papa Mali created undeniable chemistry. Their collaboration, says Kreutzmann, “reminds me very much, and not because of the personalities or anything, of Garcia and Hunter working together, in that really tight fashion. Those words, if you just read them, they’re fun stories, but when you put the music to them it sends them over the top.”

He’ll get no argument from Robert Hunter. “7 Walkers hit the ball so far out of the park it’s still sailing,” he says about the album. “It might actually have gone into orbit. I’m very proud to be part of the project. This album is sheer joy from first note to last.”

The complete list of 7 Walkers tour dates is as follows:

Friday, October 22 Revolution Hall Fort Lauderdale FL

Saturday, October 23 Magnolia Music Festival Live Oak Fl

Monday, October 25 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach CA

Tuesday, October 26 Winston's Beach Club San Diego CA

Thursday, October 28 Coach House San Juan Capistrano CA

Friday, October 29 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA

Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31 Las Tortugas Festival Groveland CA

Thursday, December 9 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT

Friday, December 10 Narrow Center for the Arts Fall River MA

Saturday, December 11 Higher Ground South Burlington VT

Sunday, December 12 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH

Tuesday, December 14 Port City Music Hall Portland ME

Thursday, December 16 Stage One Fairfield CT

Friday, December 17 Boulton Center for the Arts Bay Shore NY

Saturday, December 18 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA

Sunday, December 19 City Winery New York NY

Tuesday, December 28 Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction VT

Wednesday, December 29 Pearl Street Northampton MA

Thursday, December 30 Westcott Theater Syracuse NY

Friday, December 31 The Silo Reading PA