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June = Festivaaaaaaal!!!! | Great American Taxi

Dear Festivarians-

'Tis the season with the reason for getting out in the sun and soaking up some music.  We had a great holiday weekend and are looking forward to what June 2011 holds.  We hope you all can join us somewhere along the way this month from the 1st Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival to the long standing Kate Wolf Music Festival in beautiful Laytonville, CA.  We are really excited to be getting into Summer and hanging out with everybody.  Things start off tomorrow night in Lincoln, NE (yeah, we know what you're alll thinking, "CORN!").  We hope this message finds you all doing well and loving each other.  Peace.

Great American Taxi

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Zoo Bar | Lincoln, NE | Wed Jun 01 11 -- 08:30 PM | Tickets

Iowa City Yacht Club | Iowa City, IA | Thu Jun 02 11 -- 07:30 PM | Tickets

Bell's Eccentric Cafe and Brewery | Kalamazoo, MI | Fri Jun 03 11 -- 08:30 PM | Tickets

EOTO: A Vicious Bass Onslaught

Dubstep has arrived. It's in the clubs. It's on TV, insidiously creeping into commercials and terrorizing radio waves around the world; from Berlin to New York City and everywhere in between, Dubstep is a force to be reckoned with. The once-underground phenomenon crossed the pond and went mainstream. Thanks to its growing popularity, amateur producers just flip on their low frequency oscillators and take a nap. Drab and derivative, the genre has been co-opted by DJs simply regurgitating the work of others. There is one act, though, that has been leading the way and setting the standard for live performance Dubstep/Electro/House for over five relentless years. One force that does it live.

The cyber-kinetic bass juggernaut EOTO is Dubstep's savior and innovator. Two twisted demons blasting razor-bass and shrapnel beats from coast to coast and beyond. Snarling and brutal, these psy-dub beat sorcerers create Dubstep from the ground up, night after night, using only real instruments and their sonic wizardry. No pre-programmed loops, no heavy samples snatched from other producers, Jason Hann and Michael Travis bring Dubstep to life in real time, and push the movement into unexplored territories. Their soul-shattering brand of lazerstep is as mesmerizing as it is evil.

Those who haven't been exposed to the two-headed, buzzsaw-juggling behemoth best check their schedules. EOTO is in the process of throwing down an unprecedented 60 performances in 64 nights. There's no break, there's no solace, just a vicious bass onslaught from the South to the Rocky Mountains to the West Coast, and back across the Midwest. And that's before festival season even kicks off. Beginning with Summer Camp, and running through Wakarusa, The Big Up, and Nateva in August, EOTO is already charting its course of summer destruction. You can bet they're planning something perverse and especially warped for the season's most anticipated gathering of subsonic junkies: Sonic Bloom Festival.

There is no stopping EOTO from spreading a near lethal dose of dance music to the masses. The duo just unleashed a FREE 10-track sampler from their 2011 Colorado tour on SoundCloud and is also expected to release the third rendition of their annual live tour compliation called "K-Turns and U-Turns" on May 17th (Album Art). The 39-song-collection was recorded live in 2010 with each disc meticulously mixed to flow like a live show.

To educate and prepare the unwitting masses for their awesome destructive power, EOTO just wrapped up filming for their soon to be released live DVD. Soon, the world will be able to witness these two dark ninjas maneuvering in precise symbiosis through technology, slaying crowds in high definition, and will understand that Travis and Hann have been, and always will be, true pioneers of Dubstep. Their debut concert DVD will capture their entirely original, completely improvised sonic assault. Beware of the release date, to be announced this summer.

For more information about EOTO or their spring/summer tour check out their website at www.eotomusic.com and don't forget to check out their new ticketing service offering only $2 ticketing fees on all advance tickets.

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Spring Tour 2011

4/13/2011 The Westcott Theater
Syracuse, NY
4/14/2011 Pearl Street
Northampton, MA
4/15/2011 Port City Music Hall
Portland, ME
4/16/2011 Paradise Rock Club
Boston, MA
4/17/2011 Toad's Place
New Haven, CT
4/18/2011 The Met
Pawtucket, RI
4/20/2011 Higher Ground
SO Burlington, VT
4/20/2011 Memorial Auditorium
Burlington, VT
4/21/2011 9:30 Club
Washington, DC
4/22/2011 Irving Plaza
New York, NY
4/23/2011 Washington Avenue Armory
Albany, NY
4/24/2011 Castaways
Ithaca, NY
4/26/2011 Town Ballroom
Buffalo, NY
4/27/2011 Blind Pig
Ann Arbor, MI
4/28/2011 Vogue Theatre
Indianapolis, IN
4/29/2011 Madison Theatre
Covington, KY
4/30/2011 Expo Five
Louisville, KY
5/1/2011 Newport Music Hall
Columbus, OH
5/2/2011 123 Pleasant Street
Morgantown, WV
5/3/2011 The Intersection
Grand Rapids, MI
5/4/2011 The Canopy Club
Urbana, IL
5/5/2011 Skyway Theatre
Minneapolis, MN
5/6/2011 The Portage Theater
Chicago, IL
5/7/2011 The Portage Theater
Chicago, IL
5/26/2011 Bella Music Festival
Geneva, MN
5/28/2011 B.O.M.B Fest @ Comcast Theatre
Hartford, CT
5/29/2011 Summer Camp Festival
Chillcothe, IL
6/2/2011 Wakarusa Music Festival
Ozark, AR
6/4/2011 Starscape Festival - Ft. Armistead Park
Baltimore, MD
6/25/2011 Sonic Bloom
Georgetown, CO
7/3/2011 Electric Forest
Rothbury, MI
7/15/2011 Motion Notion Festival
Edmonton, AB
7/30/2011 The Big Up
Ghent, NY


Bela Fleck & The Flecktones 2010 Winter Tour

Happy Holidays from the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones wanted to let you know that we have just 6 more shows this year on our west coast run; Chico, Santa Rosa, Oakland, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Tucson - starting tomorrow!

We are playing our derangements of holiday music, plus some 'non holiday' Flecktone standards - ALSO - we have our very special guests 'Alash' with us. They are incredible Tuvan Throatsingers - you won't believe them! Tuva is a region in Siberia where this amazing singing style is prevalent and these dudes are some of the best at it. Also we have Casey Dreissen sitting in on fiddle, he is a fantastic player. In Oakland, Howard Levy will take Jeff's place, he is the musical phenomenon who started the band with us in 1988. He is truly one of the greatest harmonica players to ever pick up the instrument and it's a rare chance to hear the 'Original Flecktones'. Bela, Victor, Jeff, Future Man and the whole Flecktone crew wish you a happy season and all the best for the new year!

Check out some Bela Fleck coverage on The Grateful Web.

Upcoming Bela Fleck & the Flecktones Tour Dates:

12.14.10 Chico, CA US Laxon Auditorium - California State University
12.15.10 Santa Rosa, CA US Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
12.16.10 Oakland, CA US Fox Theater
12.17.10 Santa Barbara, CA US University of California
12.18.10 Los Angeles, CA US Orpheum Theater
12.19.10 Tucson, AZ US Rialto Theater


Conscious Alliance Announces Holiday Meal Drive & Toy Collection

As the holidays approach and the spirit of giving swells, Boulder, Colorado-based national nonprofit Conscious Alliance announces the 7th Annual Holiday Meal Drive this Thanksgiving Season, taking place November 18-24, 2010. Conscious Alliance has been hosting food drives at concerts and sporting events since 2002, collecting and distributing nearly 1,000,000 pounds of food to impoverished Native American Reservations.

Last year, Conscious Alliance’s Holiday Meal Drive collected enough food to distribute over 1,500 holiday meal boxes to Native American households at Lame Deer Reservation in Montana, Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and Houma Reservation in Louisiana. This holiday season, Conscious Alliance hopes to feed more than 10,000 families through donations and it’s easy to help. A donation of $15 or more will provide dinner for a family this holiday season and only $30 or more will feed an individual for an entire week. For more information or to make a donation, visit here.

Conscious Alliance concentrates much of their efforts on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where the average median income is under $3,000. Many families in this region struggle to provide food and heat for their households. Native American youth are particularly affected by the poverty in Pine Ridge, where one-fourth of the population is under the age of eighteen. Not forgetting the children in these impoverished families, Conscious Alliance will host a toy drive too – this year at the November 7, 2010 Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! performance at Broomfield, Colorado’s 1STBANK Center.

All toys collected at Kia Motors Presents Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s A Party In My City! will benefit the youth of this area and be distributed during the holiday season. It is recommended all donations at Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! are a new stuffed animal valued at $10 or more.

To find out more information or to make a donation, visit here.

Legendary Reggae Band The Wailers Contribute Exclusive Studio Track

Oniric Records is proud to announce that legendary reggae band The Wailers, have contributed an exclusive new track titled “A Step for Mankind” to Solution for Dreamers: Season 3, a compilation CD to be released this month. This compilation CD is the third in the “Solutions for Dreamers” series, with this disc created to support the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP).  This is the first studio track from the Wailers in 16 years.
The Wailers “A Step for Mankind” track is exclusively recorded for Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3, written by the remarkable singer/songwriter Duane Stephenson and features hip-hop artist Bishop Lamont.  A songwriter renowned for his portrayal of love, culture and spirituality, Stephenson is well-known for many incredible reggae songs, most notably for his work on Jah Cure’s reggae anthem “True Reflections.” Lamont, an up-and-coming rapper and Dr. Dre protégé known for his hit radio single “Grow Up,” contributes an unforgettable flow in the track’s breakdown. Like many of the Wailers’ best known international hits, the song is a call for world unity and peace with an undeniably distinctive groove. You can check out the song here:
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest organization fighting hunger globally.  WFP is committed to getting food to where it is needed, and saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters.  Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries. WFP is a United Nations institution and is voluntarily funded.  In honor of WFP’s noble cause, Oniric Records’ Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3 directs all proceeds to benefit the World Food Programme while the CD is printed on 100% recycled materials.
Oniric Records, founded in 2005 in Santa Barbara, is an independent label dedicated to the promotion of artists who advocate social and environmental change through their music. Unlike many record labels, Oniric Records has taken a different approach than its peers in the music industry. The driving force behind the label is a passion for the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. The "Solutions for Dreamers" series was created to raise awareness and funds for non-profit partners of Oniric Records, such as environmental group Heal The Ocean.  This collective has now provided a perfect opportunity for the world’s most well-known reggae band, The Wailers, to show their support for a cause both they and the label support, alongside Oniric Records artists such as Matthew McAvene, Marc B and Danny Riley.
The Wailers have an unprecedented global fan-base and, together with Bob Marley, have sold an excess of 250 million albums worldwide, and played shows to over 24 million people throughout their 40-year long career. Known for such anthems as “Jammin’,” “One Love,” “No Woman No Cry” and “Exodus,” the band continues to thrill audiences of all kinds with a relentless tour schedule and an unparalleled stage show. Continuing the legacy, the band has recently been in the studio in Jamaica to begin work on an album of all-new material. With Duane Stephenson, they have created a powerful, moving addition to the Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3 – a small taste of music to come from the world’s most famous reggae group of all time, all in support of alleviating the ongoing tragedy of worldwide hunger.
The compilation features 13 international artists including Uru, Marc B, Matthew McAvene, Danny Riley, Bryon Friedman, Matt Jennings, The Aluminum Ponies, Tad Wagner, Reed Thomas Lawrence, J-Radio, Natty Nation,  Chase McBride and The Wailers. All proceeds benefit the United Nations’ World Food Programme.
Check out an earlier Wailers write-up on the Grarteful Web.
Wailers Tour Dates:
Friday, September 17              Easton, MD – Avalon Theatre
Saturday, September 18         Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Sunday, September 19            Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
Monday, September 20           New York, NY – B.B. King’s Blues Club
Wednesday, September 22    Lexington, Kentucky – Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
Thursday, September 23         Nashville, Tennessee – Live On The Green
Friday, September 24              Carrboro, North Carolina – Cat’s Cradle
Saturday, September 25         Franklin, Ohio – J.D. Legends
Monday, September 27           Jacksonville, Florida – Freebird Live
Wednesday, September 29    Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Revolution
Thursday, September 30         Gainesville, Florida – The Venue
Friday, October 1                       New Orleans, Louisana – House of Blues
Thursday, November 11           Lima, Peru – Maria Angola

Tori Amos "Live from the Artists Den" DVD Released July 13

On July 13, 2010 Artists Den Records will release the Limited Edition DVD “Tori Amos: Live from the Artists Den,” featuring a private solo performance by the Grammy-nominated artist for just 100 fans in the Veterans Room of New York’s historic Park Avenue Armory. The DVD’s release coincides will the nationwide premiere of the second season of “Live from the Artists Den,” the hit public television series spotlighting extraordinary artists performing in extraordinary settings, which features Amos’s concert in addition to shows by Ringo Starr with Ben Harper, Corinne Bailey Rae, David Gray, and others.  For local listings, visit TheArtistsDen.com

The DVD’s special features include two songs not included in the televised broadcast, a 20-minute interview with music journalist Alan Light, a tour of the Veterans Room with Amos, and a 34-page scrapbook containing behind-the-scenes photos and a history of the historic venue.


Tori Amos is one of the most influential and respected artists of the modern era.  The double-digit Grammy nominee has recorded 11 acclaimed studio albums – and gone platinum nearly 20 times – since emerging in the early ’90s.

Amos closed 2009 with a special solo show for 100 fans in New York City’s Park Avenue Armory, an immense historical landmark built in the late 19th century as both a military facility and a social club.  Described as “Greek, Moresque, and Celtic with a dash of the Egyptian, the Persian, and the Japanese,” the Armory’s ornate Veterans Room provided a fitting setting for one of the most eclectic and culturally curious artists in music today.

Of playing the unique room, Amos said, “Let’s face it: when you’re playing in a room that doesn’t have a lot of personality, then you have to bring everything yourself.  It’s sort of like a bad blind date—you hope the food’s good, and if the waitress is entertaining, you’ll make it through.  But when you have a magical place, then all of a sudden it’s a conversation, and you could be falling in love on your first date.”

The DVD features both hits and rare fan favorites spanning Amos’ catalogue, from her breakthrough 1991 debut “Little Earthquakes” to her acclaimed 2009 album “Abnormally Attracted to Sin.”

The “Live from the Artists Den: Season 2” compilation album is currently available on iTunes and features “Ruby Through the Looking Glass,” a rare song Amos played to open this special show.

DVD Track List

1. Ruby Through the Looking Glass

2. China

3. Lust

4. Concertina

5. Virginia

6. Black Dove

7. Wednesday

8. Ophelia

9. Girl

10. Bells for Her

11. Toast

12. Maybe California

Jewish Music for the Season: The Jewish Songbook & Songs for Zeyde

Nearly every performer out there is touting some sort of Christmas or holiday album. Among those that came across my desk was a little gem called The Jewish Songbook: The Heart and Humor of a People (2008).  It's a CD compilation from Shout Factory and the Jewish Music Group put together by record producer, recording engineer, playwright, singer, and screenwriter, Brooks Arthur.

Swing Into The Holiday Season With George Gee's Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra

George Gee- for the Grateful Web

This Holiday season, The Edison Ballroom and producer Mickey Marchello, former guitarist from the legendary New York Rock Band Good Rats, will welcome the swing era sounds of George Gee and his Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra as they entertain guests with a new show that evokes a golden era:  "Sleigh Bells Swing."  George Gee and his 22-piece Big Band offer the perfect Holiday treat for not only swing and jazz music fans, but also for tourists and tri-state area residents looking for an incredible Holiday entertainment experience.  The Edison Ballroom poses as the perfect backdrop for George Gee's musical extravaganza with its plush leather walls and sophisticated art deco accents in tones of whites, blacks, shades of grey, and platinum juxtaposed against illuminated glass tiles.  Combined with the décor of The Edison Ballroom and a presentation of classic Holiday songs, guests will feel as if they are re-entering a fantasy world of 1930s/1940s retro era of glitz and glamour that no longer exists – until now.
 
A world-renowned professional swing band leader, George Gee is also the only Chinese-American one. He has compiled a hip and cosmopolitan big band show fully equipped with 22 tuxedoed musicians, captivating singers, rhythmic tap dancers and gravity-defying lindy hoppers, punctuated by a custom-tailored bandstand to complete the look of this elegant evening.  "Sleigh Bells Swing" will begin with an interactive and multi-media floor show with the full swing orchestra and complete cast during dinner, MC'ed by the seasonal anecdotes of Mickey Marchello.  After the show and four course meal, the complete 1,700 square feet dance floor will open for dancing to the swingin' big band sounds of George Gee and his orchestra.

Edison Ballroom's "Sleigh Bells Swing" will run straight from December 20th, 2008 through January 3rd, 2009 (with no performance on December 24th, 2008).  Tickets for the floor show and dinner are $190.00 per person including all drinks and dancing; tickets are $75 per person for general dancing, include open bar and hors d'oeuvres  (post-dinner and floor show).

ABOUT THE EDISON BALLROOM

The Edison Ballroom, first opened in the 1930's, reopened June 2008 following a $5 million renovation targeted to make it the premiere venue for a wide variety of private events and celebrations. Located at 240 West 47th Street in the heart of Times Square (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), the Edison Ballroom boasts a long and illustrious history that is still visible in the details of its restoration.  The new renovation is meant to highlight the room's art deco flair of the 1930's.  Owner, Allan Wartski (Christo's Steakhouse and Hakata Grill) hired Glen Coben of the award winning New York-based architecture and design firm Glen & Company to design the interior.  A neutral palette was used to play up the architectural details, spotlighting their beauty. The main floor houses a 700 square foot stage framed by elegant and traditional silk curtains. Upstairs is a balcony that has its own bar.

ABOUT GEORGE GEE

Nearly three decades ago, in an era when punk, new wave and heavy metal ruled, a Chinese-American musician named George Gee launched his imaginative big band vision.  A native New Yorker, George Gee has always loved the syncopated jump styles of the Big Band Era and his career was propelled by the support of  swing giant Count Basie.  He grew up with rock 'n' roll, R&B and disco – but also developed a powerful passion for swing. At renowned Stuyvesant High School, George Gee wowed the crowds with his flashy showmanship on bass in the school's jazz band.  After an extended stint on the road, George returned to his hometown of NYC in 1989 to make his big band dream a reality.  He  summoned top notch musicians – (young and old), including veterans of legendary bands such as those led by Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and also Latin and pop music giants – all to continue living his big band dream.
 
With each performance, George Gee's powerful and entertaining swing orchestra continues to set new standards and reach for loftier heights.  George Gee and the band were recently invited to the Middle East to perform for an audience including The Prince of Jordan and musical impresario Quincy Jones. Gee also served as a primary expert for the nationally broadcast and DVD distribution of the documentary "The Joint is Jumpin'" and was also a featured appearance on PBS's "Live at Lincoln Center" for 11 million viewers.  George Gee continues to tour the world spreading the Gospel of Swing and is ecstatic about his collaboration with The Edison Ballroom.

Conscious Alliance Plans for a Busy Spring Season

STS9 in support of Conscious Alliance- for the Grateful Web

This fall, Colorado based not-for-profit Conscious Alliance continued its mission to help feed America's hungry communities, hosting food drives at various music events this winter/spring.  Look for Conscious Alliance at the Langerado Music Festival at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Florida on March 6th-9th, along STS9 and EOTO Winter Tours, and at select one-off concert events including Keller Williams and The WMD'S on February 2nd at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado and New Monsoon (featuring Tim Carbone from Railroad Earth and EOTO with special guest Michael Kang) on February 9th at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.  As always, patrons can donate 10 non-perishable food items or $10.00 to receive a limited edition rock art poster.

For this trip, Conscious Alliance will host their second Student Service Learning Project.  The program offers exciting alternative service-learning experiences for college students during their fall/spring breaks.  The Student Service Learning Project synthesizes service learning by combining education and hands-on service.  Participating students learn about hunger related issues, as well as Lakota culture, by providing compassionate cross-cultural community service on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  While on the reservation, students lodge with community leaders Floyd and Natalie Hand, as they sort and distribute food to community members in need, aid with home repairs for Lakota families, participate in educational sessions with Lakota elders, and communicate with Pine Ridge college students and peers about current cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.  This spring, March 23rd - 29th, Conscious Alliance will organize a group of students from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Conscious Alliance started off the 2008 by partnering with Jam Cruise to host a school supplies drive to benefit children living in Roatan, Honduras, one of the stops along Jam Cruise 6.  Conscious Alliance, Jam Cruise, Pangea Organics, The Children's Fund of Roatan and Zero Hero teamed up to deliver dozens of backpacks and boxes of school supplies, which were collected from passengers when the ship docked at port.  Additionally, Pangea Organics donated 1000's of bars of organic soap that were divided between a school, orphanage and clinic on the island.  The Children's Fund of Roatan shared their history to a group of 40 Jam Cruise volunteers, and children at the orphanage received an acoustic performance by Jam Cruise musicians including Jon Fishman, Jamie Janover, Jeff Coffin, Dave Watts and Dan Lebowitz.

For Conscious Alliance, the 2008 winter/spring season comes on the heels of a hugely successful 4th annual Turkey n' Trimmings holiday fundraiser.  As a result of a generous outpouring of donations, Conscious Alliance was able to deliver nearly 2,000 holiday dinners- three times the amount delivered in 2006!  Deliveries were made to communities on Pine Ridge, Northern Cheyenne, Rosebud, Standing Rock, and Fort Peck Indian Reservations.  In addition, the 4th annual Toy Drive received a huge boost this year thanks to a donation from JAKKS Pacific.  The contribution landed the total number of toys donated at nearly 10,000, resulting in distribution to dozens of communities on Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Peck Indian Reservations.  Instead of wrapping paper, toys were given out in pillowcases sewn by quilting groups across the Midwest, thus eliminating excess waste.

N.Y. Guitar Festival Announces 7th Season of Concerts

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Fresh off the heels of the enormously successful inaugural Adelaide Guitar Festival in Adelaide, Australia, which drew more than 30,000 attendees, organizers for the New York Guitar Festival (the original in a series of sister festivals, which also includes Wall to Wall Guitar Festival) proudly announce its 7th season of concerts, January 12 - February 6, 2008. 

With more than 25 performances by some 60 exceptional guitarists - whose styles vary from jazz and classical to rock/pop, traditional and avant-garde - the festival will explore the universal significance of the guitar. Audiences will be treated to concerts ranging from an all-day Guitar Marathon that focuses on the guitar's history in Brazil to eclectic tributes to country music's biggest legends.  A sure highlight at this year's event, The "Royal Albert Hall" Project honors the music of Bob Dylan, the most covered songwriter in history, by reinventing his famed 1966 concert.  In 2006, the Bruce Springsteen tribute drew rave reviews and The Boss himself showed up to sit in.  This year's performances will be held at Merkin Concert Hall, The 92nd Street Y, The World Financial Center's Winter Garden, Jazz Standard, the Apple SoHo Store, and The Monkey.  Featured artists include Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), The Assad Brothers, Larry Coryell, GE Smith (former music director of SNL), Teddy Thompson, Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Laura Cantrell, Marshall Crenshaw, Toshi Reagon, and Jason Isbell, among many others. 

The New York Guitar Festival, a not-for-profit arts organization, was founded in 1999 by musician and producer David Spelman , who serves as the festival's Artistic Director. By fostering emerging talent, supporting innovative collaborations among outstanding artists and commissioning new works, the festival endeavors to broaden the public's appreciation for the guitar.  The festival is presented with support from Apple Computer, The D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts, Avalon Guitars, WNYC Radio, WFUV Radio, WBJB-90.5 The NIGHT, Guitar Player Magazine/Music Player Network, flavorpill.net, and Brooklyn Brewery.

In addition to producing eclectic concerts and radio broadcasts, its Guitar Harvest series of recordings supports outreach programs in New York City public schools.  Spelman says "In raising scholarship funding, the New York Guitar Festival, in partnership with the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center, is able to provide guitars and musical training free of charge.  At a time when arts education is the first to go in budgetary cutbacks, encouraging hope and inspiration through music making is invaluable."  The beneficiaries of the New York Guitar Festival's scholarship programs are young students enrolled at an innovative elementary school on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

CONCERT SCHEDULE:

Saturday, January 12 at 8:00pm – FREE OPENING NIGHT CONCERT
The "Royal Albert Hall" Project
World Financial Center's Winter Garden
Battery Park City, bordered by West Street, the Hudson River, Vesey and Liberty Streets. 
Information: (212) 945-2600 /  www.worldfinancialcenter.com

The "Royal Albert Hall" Project honors Bob Dylan's storied May 17, 1966 concert - long the Dylan bootleggers' favorite, and released legit by Sony on CD in 1998 - which included material performed both solo and with The Hawks (soon after re-named The Band) (and which actually went down in Manchester, England, not London's Royal Albert Hall). This FREE concert is the opening night of the 2008 New York Guitar Festival and takes place under the glass atrium of the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street (directly across the street from the World Trade Center site), on Saturday, January 12 at 8:00pm. Performing their own arrangements of Dylan's songs in sequence from the original show will be Laura CantrellStevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Marshall Crenshaw, Oakley Hall, Nicole Atkins & Lenny Kaye, Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, Toshi Reagon, Freeman (recently signed by RCA), Harry Manx & Kevin Breit, The Last Town Chorus/Megan Hickey, Jesse Harris, Richard Julian & Jim Campilongo, Kelly Joe Phelps, Chocolate Genius Inc. and others. Produced in association with Arts > World Financial Center ( www.worldfinancialcenter.com ). Presented in association with WFUV Radio and broadcast on 90.7 FM. www.wfuv.org


Sunday, January 15 at 2pm and 7pm, with a break at 5pm.
The Brazilian Guitar Marathon.
Features Sérgio & Odair Assad (the Marathon's co-curators) and others. 

92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Tickets and information: (212) 415-5500 / www.92Y.org

In our 4th biannual Guitar Marathon, the guitar's rich history in Brazil will be explored, from renaissance and baroque to classical and flamenco repertoire. The Assad brothers are today's foremost guitar duo and have worked with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw. They collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma on his popular release, "Obrigado Brazil", a Grammy-winner in 1998, and in 2002 they won a Latin Grammy for their release "Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla". The programming will also include the world premiere of a work commissioned by the NYGF. Composed by Stephan Crump, the work will be performed by his Rosetta Trio. All-day tickets are $60.


BLUE COUNTRY HEART
4-concert Festival Subscription: $120
Single tickets: $35 in advance / $40 day of show

Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: (212) 501-3303 / www.kaufman-center.org

Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Hank Williams, Sr. 

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, GE Smith, and Toby Walker. Taught by a bluesman known as "Tee-Tot," Hank wrote and sung some of country music's best-loved songs. He achieved much in his short life and his love for the blues lent his music a lasting quality that has kept him in the spotlight more than fifty years after his death.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Merle Haggard

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, Jim Lauderdale, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Carrying the mantle of country music into the rock era, Merle Haggard is the embodiment of how it's done right. With forty number-one hits in his career, Merle continues to tour in his 70th year. Join Jorma Kaukonen and friends as they explore the music that has kept us tapping our feet, singing along, and occasionally crying in our beer.


Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Loretta Lynn

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, GE Smith and Taylor Barton, and Laura Cantrell. American icon and songwriting giant Loretta Lynn personifies the very heart of what country music describes: hard times made good through sharing music. Her career has been an autobiographical journey; she is truly one of the toughest spirits in music. Jorma Kaukonen and a star lineup will reinvent Loretta's very personal, folk-tinged music.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Lefty Frizzell

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, Jim Lauderdale, Teddy Thompson, and Ollabelle. Over thirty years ago, Lefty Frizzell left us with a legacy of country music that inspired generations of singers and songwriters; Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson all claim lineage to this early country and rockabilly legend. Lefty's sound continues to be imitated today as we interpret this legendary music on the concert stage.

In addition, New York Guitar Festival will host shows at the Jazz Standard and The Monkey, with more to be announced soon.  Stay tuned to www.newyorkguitarfestival.org for current show schedules and information.