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Stanton Moore Trio Coming to the Boulder Theater

In the early 90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic. Their first album, 1996's widely acclaimed Coolin Off, led to an intense tour schedule of nearly 200 gigs a year for the next ten years. Building on their fan base by adding an esteemed list of all-star collaborations to the six albums that followed, Galactic continues to amass a worldwide audience via recording and touring globally.

Moore launched his solo career in 1998 aided by eight-string guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik (Les Claypool, John Scofield, Roger Waters). The group recorded All Kooked Out! featuring a handful of local New Orleans musicians as well.

In April 2010, Moore releases Groove Alchemy. The 12-track set is the culmination of Moore's multimedia project that also includes an instructional book and DVD of the same name. All three facets of the project are designed to explore the roots of funk drumming by examining the work of pioneers like Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, and Zigaboo Modeliste - each of whom made their mark at different times throughout the 1960s as the engines driving James Brown's and the Meters' legendary rhythm sections - and in turn tracing their influences back to the rhythms coming out of New Orleans in the earlier part of the 20th century. Recorded at Levon Helm's studio in Woodstock, NY, this project is the follow up to the widely acclaimed Take it to the Street DVD and book that focused specifically on New Orleans drumming styles.

Moore stays active as a spokesperson for the Gulf Restoration Network and is a regular proponent of and player with the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars. Additionally he serves on the board of directors for the Roots of Music, a free music education and academic mentoring program founded by Derrick Tabb, drummer for Rebirth Brass Band and recent nominee for CNN's Heroes awards.

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BRAIDS Announce North American 2011 Winter Tour

BRAIDS was formed by four best friends in their last year of High School in Calgary, Alberta. Convincing one another to skip university, they stayed in the garage all year and practiced obsessively, even while their fingers froze during the cold prairie winters. Then, at only 18 years old, they took the bold step of moving across the country together to Montreal, where they began crafting their self recorded/self produced debut album Native Speaker.

Oscillating between density and spaciousness, BRAIDS' sound is not easy to define. The four members construct music which is ample and rolling, perhaps alluding to the landscapes of their youth, but filled with radical texture and startling immediacy, an influence of their more recent surroundings. Delicate layering gives their experimental pop epics just enough breath to playfully explore the depth of ambient melody. Though BRAIDS dives into moments of deep obscurity and sonic experimentation, there remains embedded within the music the hypnosis of an unforgettable pop tune.

Native Speaker, is the accumulation of months of meticulous craft-work to properly capture the band's entrancing live performance. The albums' songs were tested and shaped through numerous performances and lyrical massages, resulting in work that is brilliant in detail and structure. Averaging over 6 minutes and never coming in under 4, the tracks on Native Speakermaintain a deep seeded focus.

BRAIDS has an unusually collaborative dynamic, generating all of their sweeping sounds live in a synergistic maelstrom. Even their name, BRAIDS, evokes a feeling of something continuous and progressive, yet lush and intertwining. It implies the interweaving of all four members' musical ideas, favoring collective and equal input.

On January 18, 2011 BRAIDS is putting forth their debut album Native Speaker, a reflection of coming of age for the four intricately linked musicians. It captures a period of innocence and a period of change, yet comes off as strikingly mature beyond their years. Most importantly, it displays a yearning and striving to break through, an ambitious debut for a young band just getting started.

BRAIDS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

11-30 New York, NY - Knitting Factory ^
12-01 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^
02-04 Dallas, TX - The Nightmare *
02-05 Austin, TX - The Mohawk *
02-07 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *
02-08 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
02-09 Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern *
02-10 Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse (Duke University) *
02-11 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
02-12 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory *
02-13 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *
02-16 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
02-17 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
02-18 Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore *
02-21 Columbus, OH - Skully's Music Diner *
02-22 Urbana, IL - The Canopy *
02-23 Iowa City, IA - Gabe's *
02-24 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
02-25 Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar (University of Wisconsin) *
02-26 Chicago, IL - Subterranean *
03-01 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
03-02 Portland, OR - Holocene *
03-04 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
03-05 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *

^ with the Radio Dept. * with Baths, Star Slinger

Danielle Ate the Sandwich Releases New Album and Tours Coast to Coast

Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the musical persona of singer/songwriter and ukulele/guitar player Danielle Anderson. Born in Nebraska and living in Colorado since 2000, Danielle’s beautiful voice and unique songwriting are impossible to deny, but one glance at her chosen moniker and it’s clear she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Danielle Ate the Sandwich likes to have fun on record, onstage, and in life. And it’s infectious.

Described by Denver's Westword as, "cripplingly enchanting… her lyrics tell the story of a generation uncertainly coming of age in an age of uncertainty," Danielle might as well be the spokesperson for this brave new world. Part of a young breed of artists who are finding fame in new places, Danielle wasn’t discovered in a coffeehouse like her idols; she was ushered into stardom by YouTube.

A few years ago Danielle started making home videos featuring hokey skits and sweet acoustic songs. Her disarming charm and natural talent captured the hearts of fans around the world. She now has over 3.5 million views and 25,000 subscribers on YouTube and has toured the country, played the Mile High Music Festival, and performed at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Though she may crack fun at everyone including herself and tell a few dirty jokes during the show, Danielle’s music is full of depth, nuance, and subject matter ranging from sex changes and death to hot dogs. She’s fiercely intelligent and witty as hell but completely disarming, and she’s not afraid to bust out covers like Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl,” Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The U.S.A.” and TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

Danielle has certainly made more than a few fans by reworking popular songs until they feel like her own, but it’s her refreshing original material that keeps them coming back. In the summer of 2010 she released Two Bedroom Apartment, her third album and first effort in a professional studio. Upon its release, the album quickly shot to #5 on iTunes’ singer/songwriter chart, confirming the YouTube buzz and welcoming a new star to the indie world. Danielle Ate the Sandwich will be on tour this fall and winter, details below.


Danielle Ate the Sandwich Tour Dates

09/24/10 Denver, CO Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
09/25/10 Colorado Springs, CO The Loft
10/08/10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
10/11/10 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Cafe
10/15/10 Eugene OR Uketoberfest Eugene Uke Festival
10/16/10 Santa Cruz, CA The Crepe Place
11/04/10 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
11/05/10 Easton, MD Stoltz Listening Room @ The Avalon Theatre
11/06/10 Brooklyn, NY Little Field Arts Center
11/08/10 New London, CT Oasis Room @ The Garden Arts Center
11/11/10 Clinton, NY The Barn at Hamilton College
11/13/10 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
11/21/10 Charleston, WV Mountain Stage

Mimi Fishman Foundation News (PHISH, PHISH, PHISH)

The WaterWheel Foundation and the Mimi Fishman Foundation have teamed together for a “reprise” of their recently completed on-line charity auction. While the previous auction featured a package representing each tour stop on the 1st leg of the 2010 Phish Summer tour, the new auction covers the tours 2nd half. Every tour stop multiple nights including fan favorites such as Alpine Valley, Deer Creek, and Jones Beach, as well as a special 3 night run at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. A very special run in Telluride places an exclamation point on the tour.

All proceeds raised will mutually benefit the Foundations, both of which have strong ties to the band Phish. The WaterWheel Foundation was created by Phish in 1997 to oversee the band’s various charitable activities. The Mimi Fishman Foundation was established in1999 by Miriam "Mimi" Fishman (the late mother of Phish drummer Jon Fishman) and David Shulman, as a vehicle to raise funds for various charities important to Mimi.

The on-line auction is currently live with the bidding coming to close on Monday, July 19.

In addition to a pair of reserved tickets per show, the auction packages include “bonus” items including posters by famed poster artist Jim Pollock and signed by the band, a rare David Welker print, etc. .

To view and/or bid on the auction, as well as read about the charities the auction supports, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Page.

Toubab Krewe Spring Tour - 2010

Toubab Krewe is a couple weeks into their Spring Tour and things are off to a great start. Thanks to all of you who have been coming out!

Toubab Krewe has a few more dates in the Northeast this weekend before joining up with their friends in John Brown's Body for a 12-night co-headlining run that will take us throughout the Midwest, Rockies and West Coast.

Toubab will then swing back through the South on our own, and are happy to announce several new dates, including a special 2-night run in NOLA during JazzFest and a tour of Florida. Many of the upcoming NE and FL shows will feature special guests The Heavy Pets.

Looking ahead to the summer, Festivus is set for July 8-11 in Cabot, VT, and should be bigger and better than ever. The full line-up and more details are coming soon.

Check out Toubab Krewe on the road!

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TOUR DATES
DATE CITY VENUE Other Acts
03/25/10 Allston, MA Harpers Ferry W/special guests The Heavy Pets
03/26/10 New Haven, CT Toad's Place In support of Railroad Earth
03/27/10 Providence, RI Jerky's Live Music Hall W/special guests The Heavy Pets
04/03/10 Chicago, IL Double Door Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/04/10 Madison, WI The Majestic Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/05/10 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/07/10 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/08/10 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body & special guest Giant Panda Guerilla
04/09/10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater Co-bill w/John Brown's Body & special guest Giant Panda Guerilla
04/12/10 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/16/10 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/17/10 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/19/10 San Francisco, CA Independent Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/20/10 Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/21/10 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern Co-bill w/John Brown's Body & special guest Stickfigure
04/23/10 Scottsdale, AZ McDowell Mountain Music Festival
04/27/10 Austin, TX Stubb's BBQ
04/29/10 New Orleans, LA Tipitina's French Quarter Cyril Neville & Tribe 13
05/01/10 New Orleans, LA Blue Nile
05/04/10 Tallahassee, FL The Engine Room W/special guests The Heavy Pets
05/05/10 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds W/special guests The Heavy Pets & Diocious
05/06/10 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live W/special guests The Heavy Pets
05/07/10 Orlando, FL The Plaza Theatre W/special guests The Heavy Pets
05/08/10 Tampa, FL Skipper's Smokehouse W/special guests Diocious & Hip Abduction
05/15/10 Gulf Shores, AL The Hangout Festival
7/8-7/11 Cabot, VT Festivus Full line-up and details coming soon!


MSO coming to Ultra Music Festival

The ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF)--the world’s leading two-day electronic music experience--has announced the dates for its 11th consecutive year: Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 2009. South Florida’s favorite music festival, internationally renowned for its memorable live performances and DJ sets from the world’s top electronic and alternative rock artists, will take place during the 24th annual Winter Music Conference at the beautiful waterfront location of Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. The initial line-up for the first night of the festival includes Miami exclusive performances from: The Black Eyed Peas, Tiësto, Bloc Party, The Ting Tings, Santogold and--making their first US appearance as a full band in seven years--drum and bass legends Roni Size Reprazent. Miami exclusive artists confirmed for the second night of the festival include Cut Copy, Deadmau5, Crystal Castles, The Presets, Hercules and Love Affair, Simian Mobile Disco and Busy P.  Carl Cox will also return to perform on both Friday and Saturday and will host the legendary Carl Cox and Friends arena with a full complement of special guests TBA.  Many additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Last year over 55,000 dance music enthusiasts coming from the entire United States and over 50 countries around the world were in attendance, marking it as the largest ever UMF event and ranking at #14 on Pollstar’s 2008 Mid Year Top 100 Concert Grosses.

BOOKA SHADE

Berlin-based BOOKA SHADE (Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier) leapt to the forefront of contemporary dance music in 2005 with their classic singles “Body Language” (with M.A.N.D.Y.) and “Mandarine Girl,” as well as  their debut full-length Memento. Since then, they’ve released a string of hit singles and have become one of the world’s most sought-after electronic live acts. This spring, the duo will return to the United States for a run of exclusive dates in support of their new offerings: their iTunes exclusive album Cinematic Shades (The Slow Songs) (released Dec 2008) and "Donut," a new BOOKA SHADE vs M.A.N.D.Y. single which will mark Get-Physical's 100th release during WMC.

CYBERSUTRA

Producers, performers and radio hosts, CYBERSUTRA is the live electronic music project from West Coast-based DJ and percussionist Scott Binder (via San Francisco) and producer Nathan Heal (via Seattle).   Weaving together elements of electro house, melodic trance and live improvisation, the duo have designed their sound by fusing live performance with dance music while reaching out around the globe to collaborate with top vocalists on sensational new tracks.  Their most recent single “I See Fire” featuring Jacinda debuted on Billboard’s Club Play Chart and is available now through KULT Records/BeatPort with remixes by Karmatronic, Gabriel Robella, Brian Gionfriddo and Asi Givati.

DEADMAU5

Closing out an immensely busy 2008, where his massive ‘World Tour’ took him around the globe, electronic music's fastest rising star, prolific producer and electronic artist DEADMAU5 is set to dominate 2009 with his highly anticipated North American spring tour, bringing him to both days of the Ultra Music Festival. In other news, DEADMAU5 (pronounced ‘Dead Mouse’) has released an innovative and interactive application on the iPhone and iPod Touch for music enthusiasts. In association with Future Audio Workshop, the Deadmau5 Touch Mix application allows users to mix DEADMAU5 music using an iPhone or iPod Touch. Users can download the DEADMAU5 content onto the application's track players, where they can then apply effects, cross fade between tracks and scratch and mix songs to create a realistic and easy-to-use mobile interface.  Recently nominated in this year's Grammys for his remixed rendition of producer Morgan Page’s "The Longest Road" in the "Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical" category, DEADMAU5 anxiously awaits his potential wins at the Canadian Juno Awards, where he is nominated twice in the “Dance Recording Of The Year” category for his ULTRA EMI single “Move For Me” (Deadmau5 vs. Kaskade) and his 2008 debut album, Random Album Title. 

KASKADE

KASKADE is one of electronic music's most sought-after emissaries and one of its most beloved figures. Unaffected and laidback, he's known per BlackBook magazine as "…the man [who] gets his sh*t done with an unassuming demeanor, and usually in flip flops." Otherwise known as Ryan Raddon, the San Francisco-based electronic artist continues the ongoing march to his special brand of beat, a style that is instantly recognizable both musically and technically. On March 24, he will continue his musical progression and follow-up last year's chart-topping long player Strobelite Seduction with a new mix album titled THE GRAND (Ultra Records).  The album features a various assortment of original productions and remixes by KASKADE as well as Deadmau5, Misha Daniels, Jes, Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty Vegas and others. 

KRAAK & SMAAK

Holland’s breakthrough band KRAAK & SMAAK will be returning to the United States as they continue to support their critically acclaimed sophomore album PLASTIC PEOPLE. Don’t miss out when their live band comes to the ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL!   Released in North America on September 9, 2008 via Ultra Records, Plastic People captures the K&S brand of future funk and features the hit single “Squeeze Me,” which has been gaining great exposure via a Rhapsody national TV ad campaign and the band’s recent performance on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” View their performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzCQ3tTQeBY KRAAK & SMAAK has quickly become one of the hottest live properties in electronic music. Original founding members Oscar De Jong, Mark Kneppers & Wim Plug are joined by the additional live band members of Andre Kemp (drummer), Rose Spearman (vocalist), Sebastian van der berg (MC) and Marc Baronner (bass). With keyboards, FX and percussion played by the band themselves, they bring their distinct brand of funk to the dance floor. During this limited US tour, the live band will make appearances at SXSW and the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

MORGAN PAGE

MORGAN PAGE--the hotly sought after producer/remixer nominated for two IDMA’s this year--is currently putting the finishing touches on BELIEVE, his first artist album of all original material featuring an array of new collaborations and vocals by Morgan himself. Collaborators on the album include Angela McCluskey (telepopmusik), Natalie Walker, Samantha James (Om Records) and Dave Dresden (Gabriel & Dresden). BELIEVE is his much-anticipated follow-up to 2008’s Elevate (Nettwerk) which featured the GRAMMY-nominated song “The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix)” and seamlessly weaved highlights of his prolific production career with his organic, melody-driven tracks.

SHARAM

One of only a handful of producers of his kind that can move effortlessly between the nocturnal world of underground dance floors with acid house gems like “Get Wild” (Essential Miami WMC Tune of 2008), his techno infused summer anthem “Texi” (hailed as one of the top Ibiza records of 2008) and its darker sibling stormer “Crazi” (hammered by the who’s who of the techno scene as the sleeper record of the fall of 2008), all the way to the crossover radio hits with releases such as “PATT” and “The One” (both of which hit top 20 in many international markets). Always unpredictable, SHARAM (known to many as one half of seminal electronic music’s Deep Dish) will never conform to anything other than his own high standards, so one can help but to wonder what he is going to come up with next.  On April 4, 2009 he’ll release his long-awaited debut solo album GET WILD (Ultra Records) which features the above mentioned gems plus many more original tracks featuring guests like Diddy, Daniel Bedingfield, Tommy Lee, Kid Cudi and more.

PAUL VAN DYK

Grammy-nominated artist and internationally acclaimed DJ and producer PAUL VAN DYK (PvD) has dominated electronic music since the early 1990’s.  He is renowned as one of the world's hardest working artists, with sold-out tours that cross each continent, headline spots at every major festival and for having a hugely successful recording career.  This spring the Berlin, Germany-based artist will celebrate his musical achievements with the release of VOLUME, an album of his best works to date.  Set for release in stores June 9 and digitally May 26 on Ultra Records, the album will encompass selections from his massive, 15-year catalogue.  VAN DYK is currently finalizing the track listing but fans are sure to find works from his studio albums 45 RPMSeven Ways (1996), Out There And Back (2000), the Grammy-nominated Reflections (2003) and In Between (2007).  Volume will also include the long-awaited remastered and remixed classic “For an Angel” and a brand new song titled “Home” featuring vocals by Johnny McDaid of Vega 4 who also collaborated with VAN DYK on the single “Time Of Our Lives” from Reflections. (1994).

Bill Kreutzmann is Coming to Denver and Boulder - Feb 20 & 21

see Billy K on tour in February- for the Grateful Web

Bill Kreutzmann, Grateful Dead drummer for the band's entire thirty year career, tours this February with his new power trio featuring bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) and guitarist Scott Murawski (Max Creek).  The tour, which is also the trio's west coast debut, launches a busy year ahead for Kreutzmann; The Dead recently announced they will reunite for a run of dates this spring.

Bill Kreutzmann featuring Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski is sure to capture the interest of music lovers of many genres of music. Kreutzmann and Murawski were first introduced in Costa Rica at a meeting facilitated by Phish bassist Mike Gordon. Their musical chemistry was immediately compelling. Shortly after, Burbridge joined the band for a gig and it quickly became obvious that the trio would pursue further musical adventures.

You can catch Bill Kreutzmann featuring Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski live in Santa Cruz.  Show details are as follows:

Friday, February 20th @ 9:00 PM (Doors @ 8:00 PM)
Bluebird Theater
3317 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
Tickets: $25 ADV / $30 DOS / Ages 16+ Welcome
For more information please visit: www.bluebirdtheater.net

Saturday, February 21st @ 9:00 PM (Doors @ 8:30 PM)
Fox Theatre
1135 13th Street, Boulder
Tickets: $25.00 / All Ages Welcome
For more information please visit: www.foxtheatre.com

The complete list of confirmed tour dates for Bill Kreutzmann featuring Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski is as follows:

Thurs, February 12   Moe's Alley               Santa Cruz, CA
Fri, February 13     Independent               San Francisco, CA
Sat, February 14     The Eureka Theater        Eureka, CA
Sun, February 15     Crystal Ballroom          Portland, OR supporting The Greyboy Allstars     
Fri, February 20     The Bluebird Theater      Denver, CO
Sat, February 21     Fox Theatre               Boulder, CO

STS9 Coming to Red Rocks

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Woah, is it finally September? I've been anxiously, and not always patiently, waiting for September since oh March when tickets for Sound Tribe Sector 9's Colorado Fall run of shows went on sale. First, if you don't have tickets for any of these shows, first slap yourself, and then get your freaking tickets! Less than a week here folks, okay and do you really want all of them to sell out and you have to wait outside with your finger in the air? HELL NO!

Check back here often at Grateful Web for daily updates, reviews, perhaps a few live blogs and lots of photos. Here is a short inventory on what will be happening while Sound Tribe Sector 9 is in the area.

Wednesday night at the B Side Lounge, formerly Trilogy, in Boulder is Sacred Science with Jantsen and Alala.One. The cost for the show is $12.75 and it is for those of the legal drinking age. (Sorry freshmen)

The Lowdown, a place for STS9 fans to gather on the internet, which is in my opinion a better version of any Phantasy Tour site, is having an unofficial meet and greet this night. I've found that although, at times, some of the STS9 community can have an air of let's say righteousness or reluctance in their attitude towards new fans, most if not all are really amazing people who have a great feel for what STS9 is trying to accomplish through their music. Please check out the http://thelowdown.org/ and get involved.

Thursday the real party begins! Sound Tribe Sector 9 will be headlining a Fan Club show at the Boulder Theater. This is the first time since the historic 5 night run, ending on St. Paddy's Day 2007, that STS9 has played the Boulder Theater. Tickets are hard to come by but just this week the band released a handful of tickets for this show with all proceeds benefiting one of the many charitable organizations they support, The Solar Knights. Act quickly as there are a few tickets left. Sure, they may cost a little more than if you had bought one back in March, but again remember the proceeds go to charity so you can feel useful buying one!

If you are unaware of all the charitable organizations that STS9 supports, I beg you to please take a moment and read over all of them here - http://sts9.com/?cat=12 Although more and more artists are putting intention into supporting good causes, STS9 does much more than most, and usually quietly. (Did you know almost every ticket price you pay for a STS9 show, part of that goes to charity?).

Every night of this run if you bring 10 canned goods, or usually $10, to the show, you will receive a free poster from Conscious Alliance, an amazing Boulder based organization. If you bring 25 canned goods you will receive a three panel poster from each of the nights. The posters they provide are generally done by some elite artists from around the world. They are for some treasures and highly collectible artwork.  Please consider supporting Conscious Alliance.

Starting at 11:59pm on Thursday is the Late Night show at the Fox Theater. You'll get not just Boulder's Pnuma Trio, not just Flying Lotus but as well Eliot Lipp Live featuring Alex and Lane of Pnuma Trio. Let me gush a moment because this lineup is SICK! Lane has quickly worked his way up in my mind as one of the top three live electronica drummers. Recently, at Mishawaka, I was put into a trance while watching Lane. I couldn't take my eyes off of him, my gaze surely reminiscent of a schoolgirl crush! I just couldn't bear to look away! Although I feel as if he may be part robot, his motions with his body are pure human and very very fluid.  Now add in Eliot Lipp, and yeah...

Friday, after everyone has a chance to sleep in a little, hopefully, kicks off a two night run at the always legendary Red Rocks Ampitheater. Although last year at STS9's two night Red Rocks run it felt as if more than ½ of the venue was empty, this year I doubt will be the case. This past winter STS9 did sell out BOTH of their Fillmore Auditorium shows, keep that in mind if you are waiting around to grab your Red Rocks tickets. Supporting acts for Friday's Red Rocks show are Talib Kweli and Flying Lotus.

The Gothic Theater, which is home to many old spirits from the past who have chosen to keep the Gothic as their home, is hosting the after show parties each night following Red Rocks. Friday's after show features Simon Posford performing the music of Shpongle and Hallucinogen, Future Rock doing a special Live PA set and Fort Collins' own Pretty Lights. Taken from http://livepa.org/faq/  "Live P.A. stands for "Live Personal Appearance" or "Live Performing Artist" depending on who you talk to.  In the context of electronic music, Live P.A. means that electronic musicians are playing a live show using electronic music gear (laptops, keyboards, synthesizers, samplers, hardware sequencers, etc.)  Typically electronic musicians write and produce their tracks using sequencers before the show, and play and improvise on their gear during show."

Okay okay so now *drumroll please* we can talk about Saturday. First, head down to Red Rocks for STS9 with supporting acts Bassnectar and Ghostland Observatory. That's a given right? Right! Then, unless you're brain is seriously too disconnected, you should head over to the Gothic Theater for a special night with Daedulus, and Conspirator, featuring David Murphy (STS9) and Marc and Aron (Disco Biscuits), with special guests. There is a very special act yet to be announced for this show as well. I have no problem being a gossip queen and saying that the rumor on the streets of Boulder is that this COULD turn into a TractorBeam show. Let me just say this, if you have ever enjoyed either a STS9 show or a Disco Biscuits show, go to this one. Even if it does not turn out to be a TractorBeam show, it's gonna be the heat!

All of the late night shows are being organized by Euphonic Conceptions, a great Boulder production company, and 1320 Records.

Again, keep checking back here at Grateful Web for updates and photos from the entire weekend.

Umphrey's McGee Coming to Colorado

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee released Jimmy Stewart 2007 this past June.  This digital-only release features the band's best improvisations of the past year.  Jimmy Stewart 2007 is a limited edition release, first available at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and thereafter available digitally through UMLive.net and itunes.  Plus the UM download will offer up a companion piece podcast offering an additional 70 minutes of material that did not make the Jimmy Stewart 2007 album.

Jimmy Stewart 2007 is an ambitious effort to compile a year's worth of the band's inspired improvisations into two seamless 70-minute "mixtapes."  At over 100 shows a year, Umphrey's McGee delves into these spontaneous compositions, engaging their fans as they feed off each other's energy.  A Zappa-inspired language of body gestures and hand-signals allow the band to break structure while creating an entirely new arrangement.  As Umphrey's McGee's continues to evolve, each live performance showcases the band's "Jimmy Stewart" approach to structured improvisation.

Also, Umphrey's McGee released a digital-only live series titled CompendiUM.  Available through itunes and UMLive.net, CompendiUM offers live recordings of the band's favorite ten shows of 2007.  Included in the series are the band's Boulder, Colorado show from March 6th, their Portland, Oregon show on June 7th, and the Chicago Show from December 30th, among others.

In the ever-changing music industry, Umphrey's McGee has proven adaptive and inventive both in music and in business.  Through grassroots promotions, an intensive touring schedule, open taping policies and music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee provides a new approach to media, entertainment, and music distribution.  Tape trading in the jam-band scene was one of the earliest examples of free music distribution and Umphrey's has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide.  With an extensive variety of downloadable formats, UMlive.net offers more music than any other indie label with download stores, and Umphrey's McGee basically gives away the equivalent to 40,000 CDs each month through their podcast program.  The band has also been releasing soundboard recordings at the end of each night's concert for immediate sale since 2001 and typically sells anywhere from 120 to 180 CD-Rs per night.  Their unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans their top priority.

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

August 31 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morisson CO With Gov't Mule

September 01 The Fox Theatre Boulder CO
September 05 Robert J. Fischgrund PAC South Bend IN
September 11 Stubb's Waller Creek Amph Austin TX

September 12 Granada Theatre Dallas TX
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark AR
October 02 State Theatre Kalamazoo MI
October 03 Emens Auditorium Muncie IN
October 04 CEFCU Ctr. Stage @ The Landing Peoria IL
October 09 Northern Lights Clifton Park NY
October 10-11 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
October 14-16 Blender Theatre at Gramercy New York NY
October 17 Smith Opera House Geneva NY
October 18 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA
October 23 Richards on Richards Vancouver B.C.
October 24 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
October 25 Showbox at the Market Seattle WA
October 27 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay NV
October 31 Warfield Theatre San Francisco CA
November 01 Slim's San Francisco CA
November 14 Eagles Club Milwaukee WI
November 15 Cannery Ballroom Nashville TN
November 16 The Music Farm Charleston SC
November 18-19 Bijou Theater Knoxville TN
November 20 The National Richmond VA
November 21 Nightclub 9:30 Washington D.C.
December 11-15 Caribbean Holidaze Jamaica IA

More dates will be announced.

Hot Buttered Rum is Coming to Eugene - Sept 28

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release.  Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting.  The performances were professionally multi-tracked and later carefully mixed by Butter's long-time sound engineer, Josh Osmond. The result is striking, presenting the unique energy and improvisational spirit of a Hot Buttered Rum live performance in studio-quality sound.

Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the band's bolder and heavier side.  Their full sound permeates Live in the Northeast - from the reggae-tinged "Return Someday" and psychedelica of "Desert Rat" through definitive covers of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and Leo Sayer's "Feel Like Dancin'" - winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, the guys of Hot Buttered Rum grew up on the trails, in the mountains, and on the slopes.  Their ties with nature have only grown and as a group, the band has dedicated much time and energy to reducing their carbon footprint and promoting alternative fuel sources.  As a heavily touring band, Hot Buttered Rum had to face the tough reality of how a national tour can affect the environment and counter it with a positive change.  In response, the band helped to promote the biofuel renaissance, touring the country on recycled vegetable oil and biodiesel as early as 2003.  Band members have participated in numerous Renewable Energy and Biofuel conferences, as well as sitting on discussion panels at such renowned music festivals as Bonnaroo and High Sierra.  Highlighted in the November/December 2005 issue of E: Environmental Magazine, Hot Buttered Rum is commended for trying to "leave an impact on its fans, and not solely on the road that passes beneath its bus tires as it travels from coast to coast".  For more information on Hot Buttered Rum and their greening efforts, visit the band's website, www.hotbutteredrum.net.

The band's current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

August 13 Live from Mt. Crested Butte Crested Butte CO
August 14 Oriental Theatre Denver CO
August 17 Yarmony Grass Copper Mountain CO
August 23 Mountain Sage Groveland CA
September 07 Rancho Nicasio Nicasio CA
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Music Festival Ozark AR
September 25 Domino Room Bend OR
September 26 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
September 27 Triple Door Seattle WA Two Shows!
September 28 W.O.W. Hall Eugene OR
October 30-31 Las Tortugas at Evergreen Lodge Groveland CA
November 21 Lowell Auditorium Lowell MA supporting Dark Star Orchestra
January 24 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Utica NY
February 20-21 Wintergrass Tacoma WA

More dates to be announced. 

The widespread appeal of Hot Buttered Rum's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together.  It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success. The band has performed at festivals as diverse as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with such artists as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine.