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All-Stars Unite on Jerry Jams for Rex

August 9, 2010 marks the 15-year anniversary of legendary musician and Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia’s death. As a way to honor his musical and community legacy, the gifted musicians on this compilation have generously contributed stirring live performances of Jerry Garcia songs to benefit the Rex Foundation. Available August 10 in a variety of formats (see below), Jerry Jams for Rex was brought to life by Brad Serling of nugs.net and includes four exclusive previously unreleased live Garcia songs from Phish, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The String Cheese Incident, and Keller & The Keels. Other artists featured on the album include The Black Crowes, Yonder Mountain String Band and more. All proceeds are a contribution to the Rex Foundation.

Furthering what Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities, and educating children and adults. The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out fundraising initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections. Visit www.rexfoundation.org for a complete list of grantees and information about current initiatives.

Jerry Jams for Rex is possible because of the honorable contributions of music, resources and know-how of the participating artists and people involved in the initiative. The Rex Foundation extends its heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the generosity of spirit and action of all the people involved in creating Jerry Jams for Rex, as well as to all the people who purchase the compilation. Together, we honor Jerry Garcia and demonstrate the positive power of music and community spirit.

TRACK LIST

1. Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers - Lady With A Fan
(7/25/2009 - The Biltmore, Asheville, NC) *

2. The String Cheese Incident - Eyes of the World
(8/1/2001 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA) *

3. Railroad Earth - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
(7/29/2006 - Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ)

4. The Black Crowes - Sugaree
(8/1/2006 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH)

5. Moonalice - Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
(7/22/2010 - The Silvermoon Brewery, Bend, OR) **

6. Yonder Mountain String Band - Reuben And Cherise
(12/31/2009 - Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO)

7. The Waybacks - Dupree's Diamond Blues
(4/26/2007 - Watson Stage, MerleFest, NC)

8. Widespread Panic - Cream Puff War
(7/26/2010 Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN)

9. Keller & The Keels - Mountains of the Moon
(6/17/2010 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO) *

10. Hot Buttered Rum - Cumberland Blues
(3/21/2009 - Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA) **

11. Steve Kimock Crazy Engine - Stella Blue
(7/25/2009 - Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA) **

12. Phish - Terrapin Station
(8/9/1998 - Virginia Beach Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA) *

Rhythm Devils ft. Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann announce Summer Tour

For nearly three decades they were the two-headed, eight-limbed, polyrhythmic engine that drove the Grateful Dead. Now, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart are the Rhythm Devils, and when the veteran percussionists take to the road this summer, even the most Deadicated of fans will be in for some big surprises. “The music is quite different,” says Kreutzmann. “It’s real groove-based. It has lots of percussion and electronics. It’s very danceable. It’s gonna be quite a mix up there.”  Hart says, “This music will take you to a very special place, I think. It’s like a super friendly rhythm snake that has wrapped itself around the world a few times and now it’s coming our way. It’s electric; it’s got rhythm, has words and flies. It’s the Rhythm Devils.”

Joining Hart and Kreutzmann in the Rhythm Devils for this tour will be Nigerian talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju, returning from the last RD tour in 2006, Back Door Slam’s Davy Knowles (guitar, vocals) and Andy Hess (bass). Plus one-man-band Keller Williams (guitar, vocals) makes his first run as a Devil, joining the band on select dates, as does The Mother Hips' Tim Bluhm (guitar, vocals).

The Rhythm Devils name has its origins in the late ’70s. As Hart explains, “I remember Jerry looking at Bill and I one time. He shook his head and just said, ‘You guys are Rhythm Devils.’”

But the 2010 incarnation of the Rhythm Devils is guaranteed to be unlike anything that’s come before—the dynamic mix of the musicians’ individual but complementary styles and approaches is sure to lead to some serious sparks. “It’s a great combination,” says Hart. “You have the deep trance music from Nigeria and West Africa that Sikiru brings to us and there’s Davy who at any moment just might rip the sky apart with his guitar and Andy Hess is a real gem of a bass player. Joining us for the first part of the tour is the 'one man band' Keller Williams and on the second part of our tour is Tim Bluhm, who will bring his ferocious California guitar style and beautiful vocals to the mix.”

While both Hart and Kreutzmann promise that the music will be percussion-driven, another factor contributing to the Rhythm Devils’ special mojo is the troupe’s repertoire: Not only will they be reconstituting some familiar Grateful Dead tunes in their unique way, but the Devils will also be performing numerous tunes written exclusively for them by Robert Hunter, the legendary songwriter whose collaborations with the late Jerry Garcia provided the Dead with their most beloved and durable material.

“Robert Hunter is a major force in all of this. He has written his heart out in these new songs,” says Hart. “There will also be enormous, exciting electronic sections of pulsing, throbbing, beautiful zones. There are places and sounds still unknown and unborn that we will no doubt visit.”

Kreutzmann and Hart have been inextricably entwined as partners since they first met in 1967, two years after the formation of the Grateful Dead with Kreutzmann the sole drummer. On that first night, they literally “played the city,” walking around San Francisco with drumsticks banging on everything in sight. Hart joined them immediately and except for a brief hiatus in the ’70s, the pair remained with the Dead until 1995, when Garcia’s death signaled the end of an era. Since then, Kreutzmann and Hart have continued to make music both together (most recently in The Dead) and apart, but they both agree that a special chemistry takes place when their percussive minds are in sync.

“When we get together and we’re in the groove it’s a tractor beam,” says Hart. “Anyone around that will be drawn in. But we always thought of the Grateful Dead, and anything that we did together, as a work in progress. This too is a work in progress and that’s the best thing you could say. We’re looking to the future with this kind of music. In the Grateful Dead we created a body of work that we’ll not leave behind. But we also have an identity as the Rhythm Devils, and that’s who we’ll be.”

When they’re not working together as the Rhythm Devils, both Hart and Kreutzmann are involved in other projects. Kreutzmann plans to release a new album later this year with his other band, 7 Walkers, which features singer-songwriter Papa Mali (who has also been collaborating with Hunter on new material), multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard, and George Porter Jr. on bass.

Among Hart’s recent endeavors is the tentatively titled Rhythms of the Universe, a project of enormous scope. Hart is currently working with leading scientists to capture raw light waves from Space and then transform those light waves into sound waves. Hart then uses those sounds to compose Universal music. Hart's goal is nothing less than exploring what the universe really sounds like, from the Big Bang to the galaxies, to the stars and planets and beyond.

But for both Kreutzmann and Hart, it’s the upcoming Rhythm Devils tour that’s got them most excited. “It’s part of my lifelong partnership, my 40-year rhythmic experience, with Bill Kreutzmann,” says Hart. “It’s time for Bill and me to get together and explore new rhythms and take it to the next level. We share a unique rhythm and we’ve got some great guys with us who we’re going to explore what it sounds like on this planet…star date; 2010.”

Rhythm Devils current tour schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 16 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA with Keller Williams
Saturday, July 17 String Summit North Plains OR with Keller Williams
Sunday, July 18 Britt Festival Jacksonville OR with Keller Williams
Thursday, July 22 Ogden Theatre Denver CO with Keller Williams
Friday, July 23 Steamboat Springs Concert Series Steamboat Springs CO with Keller Williams
Saturday, July 24 Spud Drive In Driggs ID with Keller Williams
Sunday, July 25 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City UT with Keller Williams
Tuesday, July 27 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ with Keller Williams
Wednesday, July 28 Rialto Theatre Tucson AZ with Keller Williams
Thursday, July 29 Soundwave San Diego CA with Keller Williams
Saturday, July 31 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT with Keller Williams
Tuesday, January 4 - Sunday, January 9 Jam Cruise 9 Fort Lauderdale FL with Tim Bluhm
Sunday, January 9 Revolution Fort Lauderdale FL with Tim Bluhm
Part two of the summer tour still to be announced.

Keller Williams releases brand new album, Thief, today

Today, Keller Williams releases his first-ever all-covers collection, amusingly titled Thief. Recorded with the Keels—husband and wife duo Larry and Jenny Keel—Thief includes songs originally written and recorded by as wildly diverse an assemblage as anyone’s ever likely to dream up.

Thief offers up Keller-versions of songs by an [almost] unthinkable collection of artists: from Amy Winehouse (“Rehab”) to the Grateful Dead (“Mountains of the Moon”), the Butthole Surfers (“Pepper”) to Kris Kristofferson (“Don’t Cuss That Fiddle,” which opens the album, and “The Year 2003 Minus 25,” which closes the album). The set is filled out with tunes by Ryan Adams, the Presidents of the United States of America, the Raconteurs, Patterson Hood, Danny Barnes, Cracker, the Yonder Mountain String Band and Marcy Playground. All over the place, indeed, but that’s the way Williams likes it. And in his hands it all makes sense—like everything he’s ever touched, whether from his own pen or someone else’s, it all becomes Keller Williams' music.

Those who purchase Keller’s new album, Thief, at Keller’s Official Merch Store by August 31, 2010, will be automatically entered into The “Keller and The Keels On Your Couch” sweepstakes. The contest offers a chance to win a 90 minute private acoustic performance by Keller and The Keels in the winner’s living room for them and up to 49 of their friends.

Keller is on tour this summer - at solo shows, with The Keels, and even for a run of gigs as vocalist/guitarist in The Rhythm Devils, the project by Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and his partner percussionist Mickey Hart.

Keller’s complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is as follows:

Tuesday, May 25 "City of Fredericksburg" Riverboat Fredericksburg VA CD Release Party!
Friday, May 28 Bella Madre Music Festival Geneva MN
Saturday, May 29 Summercamp Chillicothe IL
Sunday, May 30 Delfest Cumberland MD Keller Williams and Friends featuring Jeff Austin and Keith Moseley
Thursday, June 17 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride CO with The Keels
Thursday, June 17 Sheridan Opera House Telluride CO with The Keels
Saturday, June 19 Clearwater Festival - Croton Point Park Westchester NY
Friday, June 25 Buffalo Place Rocks The Harbor Buffalo NY supporting moe.
Friday, July 2 Nateva Music & Arts Festival - Oxford Fairgrounds Oxford ME
Sunday, July 4 Gratefulfest - Nelson Ledges Garrettsville OH Keller Williams solo and with The Keels
Friday, July 9 Aberdeen Music Festival Aberdeen SD
Sunday, July 11 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV
Saturday, July 17 YMSB String Summit North Plains OR RHYTHM DEVILS
Sunday, July 18 Britt Festival Jacksonville OR RHYTHM DEVILS
Thursday, July 22 Ogden Theatre Denver CO RHYTHM DEVILS
Friday, July 23 Steamboat Springs Concert Series Steamboat Springs CO RHYTHM DEVILS
Saturday, July 24 The Spud Drive In Driggs ID RHYTHM DEVILS
Sunday, July 25 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City UT RHYTHM DEVILS
Saturday, July 31 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT RHYTHM DEVILS
Friday, August 13 Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival Alta WY with The Keels
Saturday, August 14 Mile High Music and Arts Festival Denver CO
Saturday, August 21 Hoxeyville Festival Cadillac MI
Friday, August 27 Music on the Mountain Top At The Old Fairgrounds Boone NC
Thursday, September 2 Bottle & Cork Dewey Beach DE

Keller Williams Announces "Keller on Your Couch"; new album out May 25

Keller Williams releases his first-ever all-covers collection, amusingly titled Thief, on May 25, 2010. Recorded with the Keels—husband and wife duo Larry and Jenny KeelThief includes songs originally written and recorded by as wildly diverse an assemblage as anyone’s ever likely to dream up.

Now, with the announcement of his “Keller On Your Couch” contest, Keller and the Keels are on the lam, and they have no idea where they'll end up. The reward for assisting in their capture is a 90 minute private acoustic performance by Keller and The Keels in the winner's living room for them and up to 49 of their friends.

Those who purchase Keller’s new album, Thief, at Keller’s Official Merch Store by August 31, 2010 will be automatically entered into the contest. Those who pre-order Thief through www.kellerwilliams.net before its May 25, 2010 release date will receive two entries into the contest.

Thief offers up Keller-versions of songs by an [almost] unthinkable collection of artists: from Amy Winehouse (“Rehab”) to the Grateful Dead (“Mountains of the Moon”), the Butthole Surfers (“Pepper”) to Kris Kristofferson (“Don’t Cuss That Fiddle,” which opens the album, and “The Year 2003 Minus 25,” which closes the album). The set is filled out with tunes by Ryan Adams, the Presidents of the United States of America, the Raconteurs, Patterson Hood, Danny Barnes, Cracker, the Yonder Mountain String Band and Marcy Playground. All over the place, indeed, but that’s the way Williams likes it. And in his hands it all makes sense—like everything he’s ever touched, whether from his own pen or someone else’s, it all becomes Keller Williams' music.

Keller is on tour this summer - at solo shows, with The Keels, and even for a run of gigs as vocalist/guitarist in The Rhythm Devils, the project by Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and his partner percussionist Mickey Hart.

Keller’s complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is as follows:


Thursday, May 13 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond VA
Sunday, May 16 The Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores AL
Saturday, May 22 SmileFest - Deerfields Amphitheater Pinnacle NC
Friday, May 28 Bella Madre Music Festival Geneva MN
Saturday, May 29 Summercamp Chillicothe IL
Sunday, May 30 Delfest Cumberland MD
Keller Williams and Friends featuring Jeff Austin and Keith Moseley
Thursday, June 17 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride CO
Saturday, June 19 Clearwater Festival - Croton Point Park Westchester NY
Friday, July 2 Nateva Music & Arts Festival - Oxford Fairgrounds Oxford ME
Sunday, July 11 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV
Saturday, July 17 YMSB String Summit North Plains OR RHYTHM DEVILS
Sunday, July 18 Britt Festival Jacksonville OR RHYTHM DEVILS
Saturday, July 24 The Spud Drive In Driggs ID RHYTHM DEVILS
Sunday, July 25 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City UT RHYTHM DEVILS
Saturday, July 31 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT RHYTHM DEVILS
Saturday, August 14 Mile High Music and Arts Festival Denver CO
Saturday, August 21 Hoxeyville Festival Cadillac MI

Keller Williams announces Brand New Album and Summer Tour Dates

Keller Williams releases his first-ever all-covers collection, amusingly titled Thief, on May 25, 2010. Recorded with the Keels—husband and wife duo Larry and Jenny KeelThief includes songs originally written and recorded by as wildly diverse an assemblage as anyone’s ever likely to dream up.

Keller is on tour this summer - at solo shows, with The Keels, and even for a run of gigs as vocalist/guitarist in The Rhythm Devils, the project by Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and his partner percussionist Mickey Hart. Keller’s complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is included below.

Thief offers up Keller-versions of songs by an [almost] unthinkable collection of artists: from Amy Winehouse (“Rehab”) to the Grateful Dead (“Mountains of the Moon”), the Butthole Surfers (“Pepper”) to Kris Kristofferson (“Don’t Cuss That Fiddle,” which opens the album, and “The Year 2003 Minus 25,” which closes the album). The set is filled out with tunes by Ryan Adams, the Presidents of the United States of America, the Raconteurs, Patterson Hood, Danny Barnes, Cracker, the Yonder Mountain String Band and Marcy Playground. All over the place, indeed, but that’s the way Williams likes it. And in his hands it all makes sense—like everything he’s ever touched, whether from his own pen or someone else’s, it all becomes Keller Williams' music. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned for a big Thief pre-sale and contest announcement coming soon.

Keller’s thirst for music of all kinds has also led him to the world of radio. For the past seven years he has hosted Keller’s Cellar, a weekly syndicated program available on over 40 terrestrial stations and online. Williams describes the show as “a self-indulgent, hour-long narrated mix tape of stuff I’m into. It’s rule-less except for what the FCC says we can’t do. I don’t play contemporary country music. I don’t play contemporary Christian music—however, there is possibly some old gospel. I don’t play opera. Everything else is fair game. World music from all around—African music from all the countries, jazz, funk, reggae, techno, chill, lounge, lounge singers, rub-a-dub, dancehall. I pretty much stay away from smooth jazz. It’s definitely a fun outlet for me.”

Long considered one of the most unique and prolific performers in all of rock, the Fredericksburg, Virginia native is known for flying by the seat of his pants on stage, utilizing an unorthodox approach that centers around an Echoplex Digital Pro looping unit, which allows Keller to alternate between several instruments on stage.

Keller Williams’ Current Tour Dates:
Friday, April 16 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver BC
Sunday, April 18 World Ski Festival Whistler BC
Thursday, April 22 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham AL
Friday, April 23 Floyd's Tallahassee FL
Saturday, April 24 Freebird Live Jacksonville FL
Friday, April 30 Handle Bar Greenville SC
Thursday, May 13 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond VA
Sunday, May 16 The Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores AL
Saturday, May 22 SmileFest - Deerfields Amphitheater Pinnacle NC
Friday, May 28 Bella Madre Music Festival Geneva MN
Saturday, May 29 Summercamp Chillicothe IL
Sunday, May 30 Delfest Cumberland MD
Keller Williams and Friends
featuring Jeff Austin and Keith Moseley
Thursday, June 17 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride CO
Saturday, June 19 Clearwater Festival - Croton Point Park Westchester NY
Friday, July 2 Nateva Music & Arts Festival - Oxford Fairgrounds Oxford ME
Sunday, July 11 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV
Saturday, July 17 YMSB String Summit North Plains OR RHYTHM DEVILS
Sunday, July 18 Britt Festival Jacksonville OR RHYTHM DEVILS
Saturday, July 24 The Spud Drive In Driggs ID RHYTHM DEVILS
Sunday, July 25 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City UT RHYTHM DEVILS
Saturday, July 31 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT RHYTHM DEVILS
Saturday, August 14 Mile High Music and Arts Festival Denver CO
Saturday, August 21 Hoxeyville Festival Cadillac MI

DSO News & Spring 2010 Tour Dates

Gratefulfest Artist Additions

Nelsons Ledges has just announced a great lineup of artists joining us for 4th of July weekend. There will be 2 special performances by Keller Williams. One is Keller & the Keels do Deadgrass & more plus a Keller solo dance set! There will also be sets from: New Riders of the Purple Sage, Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band, JGB, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Moonalice, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Jemimah Puddleduck, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Boombox, David Gans, DJ Harry, Rumor Has It and Ekoostik Hookah projects- Katz & Jammers and The Spikedrivers.

These bands will join us as we play three nights during the weekend of July 2-5. Visit NLQP.com for more details.

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One Way Or Another...

April brings the band back to the mountains for another great run out west. The tour begins with stops in Aspen and Avon before holding down the Boulder Theater for Friday and Saturday night. From there its off to Northern California for two nights at the Mystic Theater before heading to the northwest for shows in Portland, Seattle, Olympia and Ashland. 4/20 finds the band back in CA at the Eureka Theater. Then its off to Reno before swinging into San Fran for a weekend at the Regency Ballroom. The last leg of the tour winds south through California stopping off in Modesto, Los Angeles, Santa Ana before wrapping up with 2 nights at the Belly Up in Solona Beach.

Our friend Stu Allen will be joining us for this tour starting April 7th. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Stu joined Melvin Seals & JGB in June 2004 and appears on the 'Keepers of the Flame' album. In the early 1990's, he co-founded the Minnesota-based acoustic-electric jam band, Blue Man Jive. In addition, he is a founding member of The Jones Gang, Minneapolis' premier Grateful Dead tribute band, to which he still lends his talents. A resident of San Francisco, Stu continues to explore, experiment, create, and recreate, within a variety of musical styles. He can't wait to join us on the road and come and play for you folks.

Ticket info and more details available on our Tour Dates Page.

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Summer's Here and the Time is Right...

The first leg of our summer tour is locked in and we are excited to share our plans with you. Kicking off in Minnesota and cruising through the mid-west with stops in Iowa and Illinois before hitting Summerfest for the annual street fest where there will be plenty of dancin' in the streets. From there we head to our annual celebration at Nelson's Ledges where we will celebrate 4th of July weekend (July 2-3-4) with Gratefulfest 11 and will be joined by Keller Williams, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band, JGB, Emmit-Nershi Band and more! Follow that up with a headlining spot at All Good's Thursday Throwdown and a return to the annual Gathering of the Vibes. Summer is looking pretty sweet.

Visit our Tour Dates Page for more info.

Keller Williams Releases ODD August 12

Everyone's favorite one-man-band, Keller Williams, is preparing to officially release his new studio album, ODD, on August 12, 2009. He's spent the last 12 weeks releasing the songs track by track through his brand new, fan-oriented download feature, ‘The Once A Week Freek'. Now, full digital copies and physical copies of ODD are available for purchase at www.kellerwilliams.net and at Keller's live shows.

On Keller Williams' previous albums, you can never predict what his next move will be...and ODD is certainly no different. Over the course of twelve songs, Keller covers an impressive amount of stylistic ground - everything from the ‘off-the-wall' ("Day at the Office") to piano-based lounge music ("Warning"), and even a tribute to legendary afrobeat musician Fela Kuti ("Song for Fela"). And somehow, the singer/multi-instrumentalist ties it all together into a unified sound/approach - that is unmistakably Keller.

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Funky, acoustic, and electronic are not three musical descriptions that you often see mentioned together, but Keller Williams incorporates all three into his signature style. Case in point, ODD's album opener, "Environmental Song." And while Keller certainly has a knack for lyrics that don't take themselves too seriously ("Doobie in My Pocket"), the aforementioned track tackles the subject of mortality - head on. Keller's percussive style of attacking the acoustic guitar - which is showcased on "Elephorse" - will certainly catch the ear of many fellow musicians, as well. From start to finish, ODD is 100% pure, vintage Keller Williams.

ODD Track Listing: (release date August 12, 2009)

1. "environmental song"
2. "day at the office"
3. "spartan darn it"
4. "groove of the storm"
5. "elephorse"
6. "lost"
7. "warning"
8. "tundra"
9. "ultimate"
10. "doobie in my pocket"
11. "ear infection"
12. "song for fela"

Undoubtedly, fans will be able to sample some of Keller's new material during his upcoming tour dates. His complete list of tour dates is as follows:

August 6 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach DE
August 7 Outer Banks Brewing Station Kill Devil Hills NC
August 8 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC with Almira Fawn
August 12 Spud Drive In Driggs, ID w/ Dark Star Orchestra
August 14 Festival @ Sandpoint at Memorial Field Sandpoint ID
August 15 Frontier Ranch (Shamy Bash) Frontier Ranch Music Center Pataskala, OH
August 21 Mishawaka Bellevue CO
August 22 Mishawaka Bellevue CO with Moseley, Droll & Sipe
August 29 Music on the Mountaintop ~ The Old Fairgrounds Boone NC
September 3 Bear Tooth Theatre Pub Anchorage AK
September 4 Denali Park Salmon Bake Denali Park AK
September 5 The Blue Loon Fairbanks AK
September 7 Bumbershoot Festival Mural Amphitheatre Seattle WA 
September 17 The Depot Salt Lake City UT with Umphrey's McGee
September 18 Egyptian Theatre Boise ID
September 19 Wilma Theatre Missoula MT
September 20 Emerson Theater Bozeman MT
October 8 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg PA w/ Retro Rocket
October 9 The State Theatre State College PA
October 13 The Intersection Grand Rapids MI
October 15 City Opera House Traverse City MI
October 16 Barrymore Theatre Madison WI
October 17 Park West Chicago IL
October 19 People's Des Moines IA
October 20 The Beaumont Kansas City MO
October 21 Fargo Theatre Fargo ND
October 22 Varsity Theatre Iowa City IA
October 23 Englert Theatre Iowa City IA
October 24 Murat Center ~ Egyptian Room Indianapolis IN
October 25 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA
November 11 Ventura Theatre Ventura CA
November 12 House of Blues Anaheim CA
November 13 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles CA
November 14 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
November 15 Downtown Brewing Co. San Luis Obispo CA
November 17-18 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA
November 19 McNear's Mystic Theatre Petaluma CA
November 20 Eureka Theatre Eureka CA
November 21 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
November 22 Crystal Bay Casino Crystal Bay CA
November 23 The Big Room @ The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Chico CA

Long considered one of the most unique and prolific performers in all of rock, the Fredericksburg, Virginia native is known for flying by the seat of his pants on stage, utilizing an unorthodox approach that centers around an Echoplex Digital Pro looping unit, which allows Keller to alternate between several instruments on stage.

Keller Releases New Album Track-By-Track

Everyone's favorite one-man-band, Keller Williams, releases his forthcoming album, ODD, through his brand new, fan-oriented download feature, ‘The Once A Week Freek'. Visit ‘The Once A Week Freek" at www.kellerwilliams.net to download a new song from ODD each week, available in the sequence that the songs will appear on the album - before its official release on August 12, 2009. Beginning August 12, full digital copies and physical copies of ODD will available for purchase at www.kellerwilliams.net and at Keller's live shows.  In addition to weekly song features from ODD, those who choose to purchase and download the album one track at a time, may also receive unexpected and spontaneous bonus content hand-picked by Keller himself. Keller hits the road this summer - both on his own and co-headlining a short run of shows with Dark Star Orchestra.

kellerLong after the new tracks from ODD are released via ‘The Once A Week Freek', visit back weekly for downloads of never-before-heard original studio recorded songs, live gems from the archives, versions of songs recorded as recent as last night's show, and more. "I'm truly excited to share with you the ton of music that I have been sitting on for so long," says Williams. "The more support we get from this project, the more selections will be available every week."

Undoubtedly, fans will be able to sample some of Keller's new material on his upcoming summer tour. His complete list of summer tour dates is as follows:

June 26 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Great Barrington MA
June 27 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown NY
July 2 ROTHBURY Rothbury MI
July 5 Nelson Ledges Quarry Park Garrettsville OH
July 9 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV
July 11 Governor's Island New York NY w/ Dark Star Orchestra
July 16 Artpark Lewiston NY w/ Dark Star Orchestra
July 17 Saranac Brewery Saranac NY w/ Dark Star Orchestra
July 18 Vasa Park Mt. Olive NJ w/ Dark Star Orchestra
July 24 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT Keller Williams and The MD'S
August 1 Celebrate Virginia Fredericksburg VA
August 6 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach DE
August 12 Spud Drive In Driggs, ID w/ Dark Star Orchestra
August 14 Festival @ Sandpoint at Memorial Field Sandpoint ID
August 15 Frontier Ranch (Shamy Bash) Frontier Ranch Music Center Pataskala, OH
August 21-22 Mishawaka Bellevue CO
August 29 Music on the Mountaintop ~ The Old Fairgrounds Boone NC
September 7 Bumbershoot Festival Mural Amphitheatre Seattle WA  
October 8 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg PA
October 17 Park West Chicago IL
October 23 Englert Theatre Iowa City IA

Long considered one of the most unique and prolific performers in all of rock, the Fredericksburg, Virginia native is known for flying by the seat of his pants on stage, utilizing an unorthodox approach that centers around an Echoplex Digital Pro looping unit, which allows Keller to alternate between several instruments on stage.

Announcing 4 Nights w/ DSO and Keller

dsoDark Star Orchestra Summer Festival Circuit

Heating up along with the climate, many of this summer's festival lineups have already been announced. This year, Dark Star Orchestra performs alongside some incredible artists at Summer Camp and Delfest in May, GratefulFest, All Good Festival and Gathering of the Vibes in July, and at Dancin' in the Streets in Denver in August. GratefulFest celebrates its tenth year this summer with DSO hosting another 4th of July weekend extravaganza featuring Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Keller Williams, JGB, Donna Jean Band and many more - what are you grateful for?

New York, New Jersey, Just Announced! Dark Star Orchestra and Keller Williams

In addition to their festival appearances, Dark Star Orchestra is delighted to team up with Keller Williams for 4 smokin' summer nights at Governor's Island, Lewistown, Utica, NY and Hackettstown, NJ this July. The Hackettstown show at Vasa Park also features Donna Jean Band who will perform before Keller & DSO. Tickets are sure to go fast for these special shows so be sure to check out DSO Ticketing and get yours ahead of time!!

To New England and Beyond!

If all of that wasn't enough, Dark Star Orchestra will be performing throughout towns across America in May, June, July and beyond. New late summer dates have just been announced, so be sure to check below and see when the band will be rolling into a city near you!

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Spring Tour Continues...
04/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA  
04/23 The Showbox Seattle, WA  
04/24 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
04/25 Mcdonald Theater Eugene, OR  
05/22 Summer Camp Chillicothe, IL  
05/23 Summer Camp Chillicothe, IL  
05/24 Delfest Cumberland, MD  
05/27 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY  
05/28 North Fork Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY  
05/29 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ  
05/30 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
06/01 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT TICKETS
06/02 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT TICKETS
06/04 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg, PA TICKETS
06/05 Celebrate Virginia Central Park Fredericksburg, VA TICKETS
06/06 Innsbrook Pavillion Glen Allen, VA TICKETS
06/08 Higher Ground Burlington, VT TICKETS
06/09 Higher Ground Burlington, VT TICKETS
06/11 South Shore Music Circus Cohasset, MA TICKETS
06/12 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
06/13 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
06/14 Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis, MA TICKETS
Summer Tour '09
07/03 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/04 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/05 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/09 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/10 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ  
07/11+ Governor's Island New York, NY TICKETS
07/12 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV TICKETS
07/15 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH  
07/16+ Artpark Lewiston, NY TICKETS
07/17+ Saranac Brewery Utica, NY  
07/18+ Vasa Park Hackettstown, NJ TICKETS
07/21 Lupos Providence, RI TICKETS
07/22 Colonial Theatre Pittsfield, MA TICKETS
07/23 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT  
08/07 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/08 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/09 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/10 Strings in the Mountains Steamboat Springs, CO TICKETS
08/12 Spud Drive-In Driggs, ID  
08/13 Emerson Theater Bozeman, MT  
08/14 Love your Mother Earth Festival Lolo Hot Springs, MT TICKETS
08/15 Love your Mother Earth Festival Lolo Hot Springs, MT TICKETS
+ w/ Keller Williams

Keller Williams is Albany Bound

kellerThe weather in the North East iis warming up and so is the live music scene, as Keller Williams is set to bring his enigmatic one man show to The Egg, Albany’s world renowned musical hotspot, inside of The Hart Theatre this Friday, March 20th. Keller, who has toured as a part of a bluegrass trio (Keller & The Keels) a jamband super group (Keller Williams and the MDS), a Grateful Dead tribute band (Grateful Grass) and even led The String Cheese Incident at some of their most memorable shows is returning to what he does best. A multi-instrumental virtuoso, Williams is able to loop two, three, hell- a symphony’s worth of instruments until, if you closed your eyes, you would be sure that he was not alone at all. Rather your ears would tell you that he had been joined by dozens of other performers.

But that is the genius that is Keller Williams. With the help of longtime soundman Lou Gosain, William’s is able to release all of the accompaniment he hears in his head on the crowd of eager listeners. Rarely in the jam scene can such a dichotomy occur- one man’s vision explored by the sound of countless players. And The Egg, known for its odd egg-like shape and near perfect acoustics, will be the perfect compliment for William’s show. But don’t fret if you miss out on one of the few remaining tickets for this Friday’s show. Keller is continuing to meander through the northeast before looping back down south. Check out kellerwilliams.net for more details. See you at the show!