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Zoë Keating @ Boulder Theater | 6/11/11

Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Increasingly considered a role model for DIY artists, Zoë's self-released albums have sold over 35,000 copies and she has amassed an incredible 1.3 million Twitter followers. Born in Canada and classically trained from the age of eight, Zoë spent her 20's dabbling in computer software while moonlighting as a cellist in rock bands. Inevitably, she combined the two and developed her now signature style while improvising for late night crowds at her San Francisco warehouse. She makes an effort to reach audiences wherever they are and has performed on National Public Radio, television, webcasts, outdoors in the Nevada desert, in churches, concert halls, universities, museums, technology conferences, executive brainstorming sessions, house concerts, bars and rock clubs across North America and Europe.

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Fishbone Embarking on 2011 Tour

On February 8th hyperactive punk/funk/ska legends Fishbone will embark on a 25 date cross-country tour including stops at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins (Feb 10) and Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom  in Denver (Feb 11).

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the highly innovative and influential Los Angeles outfit. Perhaps the most original band to emerge in the early 80’, Fishbone went on to release over 10 albums and influence countless bands including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, Public Enemy, and Jane’s Addiction.

Complimenting the release of the 2010 documentary Everyday Sunshine- The Story of Fishbone, the boys have been back in the studio working on material for a to be announced new album set for release in 2011. Fishbone is a musical gem of the L.A. music scene, and paved the way for modern music. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of one of the most high-energy, genre-bending concerts you may see in your life!

Check out their website for a complete list of dates, and to purchase tickets.

Here’s a link to the Everyday Sunshine- The Story of Fishbone trailer.

Read Grateful Web's review of the Fort Collins show.

Jon Hardy & the Public to release 'A Hard Year'

Acclaimed purveyors of resonating Americana, Jon Hardy & the Public prepare for the January 25 release of a new stand-out EPA Hard Year - continuing their tradition of being St. Louis' "best kept secret" and announce a very special hometown show to celebrate!

Jon Hardy’s voice is deep and true, expressing yearning, pain, and triumph all at the same time. The St. Louis singer/songwriter and his band, The Public, make music that has bowled over critics at outlets like NPR, No Depression and hometown weekly Riverfront Times. “I asked fellow music writer Roy Kasten to name a better song than Hardy’s ‘Cassius Clay’ to come out of St. Louis since Uncle Tupelo’s ‘Gun,’” wrote that paper’s Christian Schaefer. “He couldn’t.”

Indeed, the group’s Americana-rooted sound often draws comparisons to Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar’s early work, though it also incorporates horn-driven soul and stomping, anthemic rock a la Bruce Springsteen. Also featuring Glenn Labarre on lead guitar, Johnny Kidd on keyboards, Greg Shadwick on bass and Mike Schurk on drums, The Public are also influenced by Randy Newman, and released a four song cover EP of his tracks called Little Criminals. “There’s something in his voice that gives me the impression that he’s on the outside looking in, that he’s not invited to the party,” says Hardy. “His songs are comforting and troubling all at the same time.”

This uneasy combination was recently featured as NPR’s Song of the Day with the single “Worst I Ever Had”. “Brilliantly capturing that desperate feeling lying somewhere between lust and fear,” wrote NPR’s Ben Westhoff, “the group shows why they probably won’t be simply regional favorites for much longer.”

The two EPs followed the group’s 2005 debut Make Me Like Gold, which No Depression writer Ed Ward said was “about as original as any grass-roots recording by a guitar-based band is going to get at this late date” and their 2007 disc Working In Love. That album featured the show-stopping “Cassius Clay” and songs concerning Hardy’s recent divorce; in many ways the album was a letter to his ex-wife. “That was the best way I knew to tell her what I was thinking and feeling,” he says.
In recent years, Jon Hardy & The Public have performed with acclaimed acts including Okkervil River, The Avett Brothers, White Denim, John Vanderslice, Pernice Brothers and White Rabbits and drawn comparisons to Spoon. Their music has been played on college and community radio stations from coast to coast.
Hardy was raised in Webster Groves, just outside of St. Louis, by a Presbyterian preacher father and a mother whose work included substitute teaching. “It was a strange mix of liberal and conservative,” Hardy says. “My dad would always spend time reading to us about the civil rights movement. At the same time, TV was not smiled upon and music was carefully reviewed.” Having grown up on his parents’ classic rock and pop records, he taught himself guitar largely from listening to blues players like Lightnin’ Hopkins and B.B. King on local radio.
His first band was a power pop outfit called Shelby. “I remember I was very afraid of being in front of people and performing,” he says. “I don’t know that I’ve completely gotten over it.” An odd thing to say, as Jon Hardy & The Public’s shows have the inspirational quality of a revival meeting worthy of his father. Often featuring a full horns section and a faithful cover of Springsteen’s “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” they are largely responsible for the band’s considerable grassroots following in the Midwest.
Shadwick joined the group not long before he and Hardy were laid off from their jobs. He joined Labarre (a former fan of the band who came aboard shortly after Make Me Like Gold), Kidd (who brought a soul and pop aesthetic to the group) and Schurk, who answered a craigslist ad and bested other potential stickmen in a try-out. All five members collaborate on their albums’ stunning production, which highlights each member’s considerable musicianship without sacrificing their raw power.
Hardy makes it clear that he and The Public are dedicated to making quality tracks that stand the test of time. “We all still have to work other jobs to pay the bills, and in the meantime we’re trying to create good music,” he says. He’s also firmly rooted in his community, penning songs largely for himself and his friends. It just so happens that these tunes -- in all their rumbling power -- resonate with folks he’s never met. A sound as big as theirs, it turns out, has a hard time being contained.

Jim James Performs at National Tree Lighting

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will have the honor of performing at the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting.  The event will be held this Today, December 9th at 5pm EST on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington DC.  He will be joined by fellow performers B.B. King, Sara Bareilles, Maroon 5, and Jackie Evancho, and the evening will be hosted by rapper/actor Common.  You can watch the ceremony live at www.thenationaltree.org or on public television throughout December.  My Morning Jacket is currently recording a new full-length album, which will be released in 2011.

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Check out some My Morning Jacket coverage on The Grateful Web.

Pearl Jam Winter 2010/2011 News + EV Tour

Kicking off the Pearl Jam's twentieth anniversary year and ensuing celebrations in style, Pearl Jam will release a new live compilation album, ‘Live Live On Ten Legs’, on January 17th 2011.

‘Live on Ten Legs’ was recorded over the course of the band’s 2003-2010 world tours by recording engineer John Burton and newly remixed by longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason and remastered.

The ‘Live on Ten Legs’ tracklisting (below) spans the entirety of Pearl Jam’s 20-year career catalog and also includes a couple of rare cover versions (Joe Strummer and The Mesceleros’ ‘Arms Aloft’ and Public Image Ltd.’s ‘Public Image’).

Both the CD and box set can be pre-ordered from liveontenlegs.com

A U.S.-based pre-sale of the CD and LP is also available at pearljam.com

Full Tracklisting:

1. Arms Aloft

2. World Wide Suicide

3. Animal

4. Got Some

5. State of Love And Trust

6. I Am Mine

7. Unthought Known

8. Rearview Mirror

9. The Fixer

10. Nothing As It Seems

11. In Hiding

12. Just Breathe

13. Jeremy

14. Public Image

15. Spin the Black Circle

16. Porch

17. Alive

18. Yellow Ledbetter


Pearl Jam Radio Now on XM/Sirius

Sirius/XM Radio celebrates Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary with the launch of Pearl Jam Radio.

Tune to XM 39 or Sirius 17 to hear a commercial-free music channel dedicated to Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam Radio features archival concerts from throughout the band's celebrated 20-year career, rarities, unreleased material from the band's personal music library and music from the band's side projects, including solo and pre-Pearl Jam music.

For those of you who don't have satellite radio, you can check out Pearl Jam Radio online at pearljam.com. The on-line programming is geared towards the hard-core PJ fan (yeah, you!) and features much more obscure and hard-to-find material.

BRAD Appear as Musical Guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 12/7; Shows in Seattle and L.A.

BRAD will appear as the musical guest on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, December 7th (airing at 12:05am ET/PT). The following day, Wednesday, December 8th, the band is scheduled to play The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

BRAD heads to L.A. on the heels of their two hometown shows, scheduled for Sunday and Monday, December 5th and 6th at The High Dive in Seattle.

Ticket information:

Tickets for BRAD's Seattle and Los Angeles shows are on sale now for $15 each. Tickets for the High Dive shows can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets for The Roxy Theatre show are available through The Roxy Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:30am to 5:30pm (walk-up or by phone at 310-278-9457) or online anytime at ticketmaster.com. shows are 21+.

BRAD’s latest album "Best Friends?", is available on the Ten Club store here.

Check out their music video for “Believe In Yourself” here.

EV Australia Tour-

Eddie Vedder is heading down under for his first ever Australian solo tour kicking off on March 10th in Brisbane, QLD and ending on March 27 in Adelaide, SA. Evil J & Saint Cecilia will open these shows.

General Public tickets go on-sale at 9:00 local time on Friday, December 10th at ticketek.com.au except Brisbane (qtix.com.au) and Adelaide (venuetix.com.au)

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Date

Venue

City, State

10 March

QPAC Concert Hal

Brisbane, QLD

12 March

QPAC Concert Hal

Brisbane, QLD

15 March

Royal Theatre

Canberra, ACT

16 March

Civic Theatre

Newcastle, NSW

18 March

State Theatre

Sydney, NSW

24 March

Palais Theatre

Melbourne, VIC

25 March

Palais Theatre

Melbourne, VIC

27 March

Thebarton Theatre

Adelaide, SA


Mayan Holidaze with The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey's McGee and STS9

Cloud 9 Adventures is proud to announce the lineup and details of Mayan Holidaze – the newest event in the Cloud 9 family, which includes the always sold-out Jam Cruise and Caribbean Holidaze. The past three years have seen Holidaze in Jamaica but this year, Mayan Holidaze will move the all-inclusive musical adventure to the beautiful shores of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. Mayan Holidaze will feature host bands The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey's McGee and STS9 for four nights, from January 20-24, 2011.

Not only will The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee and STS9 each perform 2 full shows, each band will also treat fans to a more rare and intimate performance: Axe the Cables, an acoustic set by STS9; Tractorbeam, an all instrumental performance by The Disco Biscuits; and Elige la Musica by Umphrey's McGee, an all-request set. Special guests will also be announced in the coming months.

The beautiful locale and luxurious accommodations at the Now Sapphire Resort & Spa complete the Mayan Holidaze vacation. Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, the Now Sapphire is a first-class, all-inclusive resort that boasts spacious suites, an incredible on-site spa, gourmet restaurants, beachfront palapas, poolfront Bali beds, and of course, stunning ocean views. Mayan Holidaze offers music fans a genuine luxury vacation featuring days relaxing on the beach with friends and nights listening to their favorite bands perform in paradise.

Event details are as follows:
As a courtesy, Holidaze guests from past events will be eligible for an exclusive presale to be held on May 12; all remaining rooms will go on sale to the general public on May 13th at 12pm Eastern at www.mayanholidaze.com.

Only 400 rooms total will be available for sale to the general public, and a limited number of rooms will be sold at early bird pricing. Early bird pricing starts at $899 per person for triple occupancy rooms, and at $999 for double occupancy rooms, with Oceanfront rooms starting at $1399 per person. A limited number of rooms are available for families who wish to bring their children, with a complete Kid’s program offered by the resort.

Look for announcements to come including special guests, poolside sets, artist hosted activities and more!

Hot Hot Heat Announce Brooklyn Residency in May

Hot Hot Heat’s highly anticipated new album, Future Breeds (Dangerbird Records), hits stores on June 8th but fans in New York can get an early taste when the band begins its May residency at Brooklyn’s Public Assembly.  The band opted to do the shows at the venue because of its intimate setting and its close ties to Brooklyn’s thriving indie music scene – a connection that the band feels to be particularly relevant with their forthcoming album.

Future Breeds is filled with the addictive, candy-coated melodies that Hot Hot Heat are famous for, but it also includes some of the band’s most experimental moments yet.  Charged with sonic detail, the collection of songs is packed with unconventional rhythms and quirky arrangements.  From the dark, carnival-esque feel of “Times a Thousand” to the frenzy of “What is Rational,” Future Breeds balances danceable, pop melodies with an unfettered and musically adventurous spirit.

Hot Hot Heat Residency Dates:

05/05:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/12:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/19:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/26:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours At the Brooklyn Public

Jazz trombonist Papo Vazquez’s Afro-Caribbean ensemble, Pirates Troubadours, will be hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture on Thursday, April 1 for a free concert from 7 to 8:30 PM.  The Dweck Center’s entrance is located at the Central Library on Eastern Parkway near Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.  This performance is part of the 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival.  For information call 718.230.2100.

Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours are Willie Williams (sax), Zaccai Curtis (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass), Alvester Garnett (drums), Anthony Carrillo (percussion), Richie Flores (percussion).  Mr. Vazquez’s music combines elements of Jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms to create his special blend of Latin Jazz.  He is considered by many as one of the pioneers of Afro Puerto Rican Jazz which is a mixture of Bomba, Plena and Jibaro music.  Papo has performed with jazz luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Palmieri and is an original member of the Fort Apache Band just to name some musical affiliations.

The Brooklyn Public Library serves 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn and the Dweck Center is the borough’s newest public cultural venue.  "Brooklyn has long been home to many of the world's great jazz musicians, and Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center is pleased to participate in the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival and to showcase the borough's creative musical talent." States Jay Kaplan, Director, Programs and Exhibitions Dept., Brooklyn Public Library.  The Dweck seats 189 people and is fully accessible to all.  With an elevated stage, acoustical walls and ceilings panels this center is perfectly suited to host Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) announces Brooklyn's longest running continuous festival dedicated to Jazz, 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival - "Expressions of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow". This celebration of an American original art form will take place during Jazz Appreciation Month, March 27 - April 30, 2010 at multiple venues throughout the borough.  For festival information call 718.773.2252 or visit here.   

Caribbean Holidaze On Sale to Public Today

Tickets are on sale today for the third installment of the immensely popular Caribbean Holidaze in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.  Following a strong pre-booking period, fans can now book all remaining rooms. Limited availability remains!

umThe four-night all-inclusive vacation features the music of The Disco Biscuits & Umphrey's McGee with special guest performances from favorites like The New Deal, Perpetual Groove, Lipp Service "Eliot Lipp & Members of Pnuma", Yacht Rock, Omega Moos, and Michael G from Easy Star.  In addition, fans can look forward to solo performances from ALO's Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz and Perpetual Groove frontman Brock Butler.

Held at two of Jamaica's most exclusive resorts - Hedonism III and Breezes Runaway Bay - Caribbean Holidaze offers fans a super-inclusive getaway and music experience.  All you can eat, drink, and just about everything you can do is included in every package, in addition to four days of unforgettable oceanfront concerts.  Fans can choose the wild atmosphere at Hedonism or the more laid-back island vibe at Breezes; both resorts offer incredible amenities, activities and much more.

Whether staying at Hedonism III or Breezes, the all-inclusive resorts offer rooms and suites for all tastes; prices range from $945 - $1895. Visit www.caribbeanholidaze.com for more information.

Event details are as follows:

Caribbean Holidaze
December 10-14, 2009
Breezes Runaway Bay & Hedonism III
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Featuring Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits, The New Deal, Perpetual Groove, Lipp Service "Eliot Lipp & Members of Pnuma", Yacht Rock, Omega Moos, Michael G from Easy Star, Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz and Brock Butler solo.

Tickets on sale now at www.caribbeanholidaze.com.

Public Property: New Wave Reggae

- for the Grateful Web

From the Heartland of America, Iowa City, IA, comes a new heartbeat in reggae. Public Property, originally a trio mushroomed into a 8-member full-out reggae band just last year. They are pumping out old school reggae laden with original lyrics that are fresh and timely about issues we all need to talk about.  Even when they speak about romance, it's with a sweetness and respect for that special lady that reggae hasn't seen in a decade or two.

David Bess, guitarist and founder of the group, recalls the bands early roots. "It started out as a trio three years ago. We just started out: me, a good friend who was a drummer, and we found a good bass player.," he says. "I had a bunch of songs already written so we just went off that."

But it was a Bob Marley tribute night in 2004 that held the vision of what Public Property could become. Bess and a few female friends (Mareva Minerbi, Georgette Stern, and Margaret Larson) had talked about doing some classic reggae. The women came to the mike as Public Property's backup singers, and Bess knew then he had started something. 

"From there it grew," he says. "We had a  percussionist added to the band and a keyboard player."

publicBut it wasn't without some growing pains. As the band began to gig seriously and talk of wider touring, band members left. "A year later, that whole line up changed. Some people split for another band, and others just left," Bess says. This was just after their sophomore CD was released to critical approval.

But Public Property cast its musical nets upon the waters and new musicians were brought in. In addition to the three backup singers and Bess, the lineup is Ben Franklin, Paul Hala, Jeremiah Murphy, and Andy Parrott,. "Now, we have a permanent rhythm section," says Bess. "This is THE band." It is a combination that is gelling into New Wave Reggae with some touches of ska, hip-hop, and island uke stylings. 

Though Bess himself has been playing guitar since he was 12, he picked up ukelele two years ago and incorporated it into the band's instrumentation. "I'm an OK ukelele player," he admits. "I'm primarily the rhythm guitar player for the band. We have a lead guitar player who has tons of experience.. He's a great guitar player." That guitarist was part of the new blood in the band that is coloring the band's older material with new hues. 

Public Property just recorded their third album, Movement, Movement, which will be out in August.  Their debut album, a self-titled CD, sold out. "We've got to reprint it.," Bess says. "That album had 16 songs on it. So, we had lots of material to start with. It was a good thing to have that first album. It's definitely a beginning album." But it was their seond CD, What's Going Down, that started raising eyebrows and getting media attention because of its mix of reggae-rooted musical styles and its consciousness-raising lyrics. "The second album is much more mature. It definitely got us on our feet,' Bess says.

amesThough the band is instrumentally accomplished, it is unlike many bands that play jam festivals.  Public Property is as Bess puts it "very song-writing oriented, very vocal-heavy."  The lyrics are substantial and deal with war, religion, peace, and love with the big L, but they are wrapped up in the happy reggae and island sounds. Don't be fooled by the sweet harmonies and the dance beat. The message doesn't pull any punches. Nothing is sacred or off limits. Everything comes under the scrutiny of Bess's pen. He and Public Property speak not only for their generation but for the rest of the world. The deceptively light "Choo Choo" is really a call for humanity in the face of the brutality of the genocide in Rwanda. "Higher" takes on religion and war fought in its name.  "Power Trip" indicts governments. Public Property deals with issues that belong to all of the world. They are in truth public property.

On its very first national tour this summer, Public Property has been hitting venues on the West Coast and throughout Colorado. They will make their debut at a major festival this Saturday when they perform at the Saloon Stage at the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota.. Public Property was brought there as part of the Cosmic Break Midwest band search that the festival does every year. Their appearance this week is a testament to their potential. Come listen. Come dance. Come absorb the lyrics.