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Tea Leaf Green pays tribute to the Big Man at the Stone Pony

This past Sunday, Father’s Day, Tea Leaf Green performed at the fabled Stone Pony bar and frequent home of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in what became a tribute concert for legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons. Springsteen and Clemons met at the Asbury Park bar in 1971, a story both men have told onstage for the past 40 years. Clemons, 69, the “Big Man” in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died Saturday night.

Fans who came to pay respects were given free admission to evening headliners Tea Leaf Green who showed love and admiration for Clemons. “It was an honor to pay tribute to ‘The Big Man’ at our last show on this leg of the tour,” said guitarist/vocalist Josh Clark. “We saw firsthand how much Asbury Park and the Stone Pony loved him. We listened to him play all day in the van on our way down there.”

Fellow band member Trevor Garrod added, “When we found out Clarence had died we where still a few hours from Asbury Park. It was a beautiful day; the sun was setting into a riot of crimson clouds; flowers and chalk drawings lined the sidewalk outside of the club. The Atlantic Ocean's waves rolled calmly in across the street. Though we where only coming through coincidentally, we nonetheless felt honored to be part of the celebration of this great musician's life. We couldn't help but feel that somehow the universe was encouraging us to keep up this tradition of rock 'n roll. After we played our set, I jumped into the moonlit sea with some kids who had come to watch the show. I couldn't help but wonder if, back in the day, Clarence had ever done the same. He will be missed.”

San Francisco Bay Area troubadours Tea Leaf Green are newfangled Lost Boys, a traveling gang dedicated to seeking wisdom and experience in places both glorious and seedy. The band’s summer tour kicks off on July 2 in Colorado on the heels of its seventh studio album, Radio Tragedy!, freshly released through Thirty Tigers.

In many ways, this quintet is the essence of rock’s adventurous, playfully outlaw spirit, all of which ultimately fuels songs that resonate with classic vibrations, open-ended possibilities and radio-ready charm. With Radio Tragedy!, Tea Leaf Green have made a record that’s both timely and timeless - a strange, beautiful space that they inhabit naturally and gracefully.

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TEA LEAF GREEN Summer tour dates 2011

Sat., July 2   SNOWMASS VILLAGE, CO The ECO Music Festival
Sun., July 10   DETROIT, MI St. Andrews Hall
Mon., July 11   COLUMBUS, OH Newport Music Hall
Tues., July 12   GRAND RAPIDS, MI The Intersection
Wed., July 13   INDIANAPOLIS, IN Egyptian Room at Murat Theater
Thurs., July 14   DAVENPORT, IA The Redstone Room
Fri., July 15   MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall
Sat., July 16   MINNEAPOLIS, MN Cabooze On West Bank
Sat., July 23   BRIDGEPORT, CT Gathering of the Vibes
Tues., July 26   SPOKANE, WA Knitting Factory
Wed., July 27   VANCOUVER, WA Commodore Ballroom
Thurs., July 28   PORTLAND, OR Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
Fri., July 29   BELLINGHAM, WA Wild Buffalo
Sat., July 30   SEATTLE, WA Neptune Theatre  
Sun., July 31   EUGENE, OR W.O.W. Hall
Mon., Aug. 1   RENO, NV Grand Sierra Theatre
Wed., Aug. 3   LOS ANGELES, CA Club Nokia
Thurs., Aug. 4   VENTURA, CA Majestic Ventura Theatre
Fri., Aug. 5   PIONEERTOWN, CA Pappy & Harriet’s Palace
Sat., Aug. 6    LAS VEGAS, NV Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sun., Aug. 7   SAN DIEGO, CA Humphrey’s Concerts by Bay
Tues., Aug. 9   ANAHEIM, CA The Grove of Anaheim
Wed., Aug. 10   TEMPE, AZ Marquee Theatre
Mon., Sept. 5   BETHLEHEM, PA SteelJam Festival
Fri., Sept. 30   SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Independent
Sat., Oct. 1   SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Independent

Tea Leaf Green readies 'Radio Tragedy!'

It ain’t easy being gypsies, especially ones who sing for their supper. San Francisco Bay Area troubadours Tea Leaf Green are newfangled Lost Boys, a traveling gang dedicated to seeking wisdom and experience in places both glorious and seedy. The band’s seventh studio album, Radio Tragedy!, will be released through Thirty Tigers available worldwide on June 7. Fans who pre-order the album by May 1st are eligible to win handwritten lyrics from the songwriter.

In many ways, this quintet is the essence of rock’s adventurous, playfully outlaw spirit, all of which ultimately fuels songs that resonate with classic vibrations, open-ended possibilities and radio-ready charm. TLG are bruised romantics with heavy minds and a lighthearted way with experimentation, as likely to jam out a number as they are to nail a primo verse-verse-chorus pop gem.

All the steadily growing promise of Tea Leaf Green comes to fruition on their new album with the aid of producer Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine). The band has crafted a powerhouse work in Radio Tragedy!, with the oomph of their stellar live performances melded to a truly impressive array of vocal nuance, rib-sticking song craft and smart studio flourishes.

From the Bee Gees-esque bite of “Easy To Be Your Lover” to the bouncing modern rock of “You’re My Star,” Radio Tragedy! showcases a contemporary American rock monster fully emerging from the shadows, ready to take on any comers with a sound that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with skilled contemporaries like My Morning Jacket and The Strokes.

Together, Trevor Garrod (keys, vocals), Josh Clark (guitar, vocals), Scott Rager (drums), Reed Mathis (bass, vocals) and newest member Cochrane McMillan (drums) have made a record that’s both timely and timeless — a strange, beautiful space that Tea Leaf Green inhabits naturally and gracefully.

“Much of this record is a reflection on the ups and downs on the road to radio gold, chasing dreams and ghosts on America’s highways and finding triumph, sorrow and sacrifice in the pursuit,” says Josh Clark. “Tea Leaf Green has been a band for over a decade.  We’ve tried to simply focus on music, just music, honest music, operating in the shadow of braggart auto-tuned rappers and inane teeny bop prop puppets that has come to rule and choke the life out of what was once America’s greatest export — rock ’n’ roll.”

“I don't think any of us have ever felt completely satisfied with our past studio experiences, so we went into this one with the deliberate intent of making a complete album.  Each of us brought our own vision and we did our best to fuse those ideas in the studio, all of us committed to seeing each member’s vision take shape,” says Scott Rager. “TLG has been a band for 13 years and I think we’ve made the record we always thought we were capable of making.”

“I wanted a story — something loud, something bright, something to scare your kids goodnight. There is adventure to be had. There is an undiscovered country,” says Trevor Garrod.  “We have been there for each other through thick (rarely) and thin (mostly). There are five of us now and like a pack of pickpockets, we will steal your heart.”

“At the center, our commitment to this music and our passion for making it and performing it has remained rock steady,” continues Josh Clark. “Like countless bands creating phenomenal music today, we work on the edges of the mainstream where we can be heard, looking in on the tragedy that radio seems to have forgotten where to find the gold.  This album is a true story of our lives in pursuit of a dream from another time and how we survive despite it all.”

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RADIO TRAGEDY! track listing

1.    All Washed Up
2.    Easy To Be Your Lover
3.    You're My Star
4.    My Oklahoma Home
5.    Fallen Angel
6.    Sleep Paralysis
7.    Germinating Seed
8.    Honey Bee
9.    The Cottonwood Tree
10.   Arise
11.   Nothing Changes

Video Premier: THE BRIDGE "Rosie"

On the heels of releasing their latest album National Bohemian last Tuesday, The Bridge have just premiered a video for the track "Rosie."


The Bridge are currently on the road supporting National Bohemian, which was was produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin. From February 8 through February 12, they'll play shows with Tea Leaf Green, after which they'll roll straight into a support slot with Galactic. In March and April, they'll embark on their own headline tour across the U.S.

Watch "ROSIE" the Brand New Video by THE BRIDGE off their latest album, NATIONAL BOHEMIAN, Out Now on Woodberry Records/Thirty Tigers.

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The Bridge tour dates:

February 8 | Strand Capital Performing Arts Center | York, PA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 9 | Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 10 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 11 | Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 12 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 16 | The Cabooze | Minneapolis, MN (w/ Galactic)
February 17 | Majestic Theatre | Madison, WI (w/ Galactic)
February 18 | Park West | Chicago, IL (w/ Galactic)
February 19 | Beachland Ballroom | Cleveland, OH (w/ Galactic)
February 20 | Mr. Small's Theater | Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Galactic)
February 26 | 123 Pleasant Street | Morgantown, WV
March 3 | Southgate House | Newport, KY
March 4 | Max's | Bloomington, IN
March 5 | Trouser Mouse | Blue Springs, MO
March 6 | Bourbon Theatre Rye Room | Lincoln, NE
March 8 | Ullrs Tavern | Winter Park, CO
March 9 | Three20 | Breckenridge, CO
March 10 | Hodi's Half Note | Fort Collins, CO
March 11 | Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO
March 15 | The Canopy Club | Urbana, IL
March 16 | Canal Street | Dayton, OH
March 17 | V Club | Huntington, WV
March 18 | Dante's | Frostburg, MD
March 19 | The Abbey Bar at Appalachian | Harrisburg, PA
April 6 | The Pour House Music Hall | Raleigh, NC
April 7 | The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall | Asheville, NC
April 8 | Double Door Inn | Charlotte, NC
April 9 | Smith's Olde Bar | Atlanta, GA
April 10 | The Pour House | Charleston, SC
April 12 | Melting Point | Athens, GA
April 13 | The Nick | Birmingham, AL
April 14 | Tipitina's | New Orleans, LA
April 16 | Old Settler's Music Festival | Driftwood, TX
April 19 | The Mint | Los Angeles, CA
April 20 | Slim's | San Francisco, CA
April 21 | Jambalaya | Arcata, CA
April 22 | WOW Hall | Eugene, OR
April 23 | Mississippi Studios | Portland, OR
April 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA
April 26 | Top Hat | Missoula, MT
April 27 | Machinery Row | Great Falls, MT
May 6 | The Crooked I | Erie, PA
May 28 | Sterling Stage Folk Festival | Forest Hills, NY
June 4 | Crawfish Fest | Augusta, NJ
August 5 | Elysian Fields Festival | Boyce, VA
August 7 | Ladew Gardens Summer Concert | Monkton, MD

THE BRIDGE Announce 'National Bohemian' & Tour Dates

The Bridge will release their fifth studio album National Bohemian on February 1, 2011 through Woodberry Records/Thirty Tigers. For its latest effort, the Baltimore-based six-piece enlisted Grammy Award-winning producer and Los Lobos multi-instrumentalist Steve Berlin to join the band behind the boards. Ranging from the sonically dense, voodoo-tinged rock of "Sanctuary" to the modern day murder ballad "Moonlight Mission," the 11-track collection is shaped by the dynamics that distinguish the band's two principle songwriters Cris Jacobs and Kenny Liner. Jacobs delivers Dixie-drenched southern soul, while Liner's approach is steeped in swaggering American roots music. As a preview to the recording, The Bridge is offering a free download of "Moonlight Mission" at their website.

Plans are set for The Bridge to tour throughout 2011 in support of National Bohemian. They'll kick off the year sharing a three-night co-bill with Trombone Shorty that includes New Year's Eve at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. The band will then celebrate the album's release by headlining a hometown record release party at Ram's Head Live in Baltimore on January 29. In February, The Bridge will head out for a string of dates across the east coast with Tea Leaf Green before traveling to the midwest to support Galactic. The March leg includes the band's first headline show at Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, CO.

Track Listing:
1. Sanctuary
2. Chavez
3. Big Wheel
4. Moonlight Mission
5. Geraldine
6. Long Way To Climb
7. Rosie
8. Stranger
9. Hey Mama
10. Colorado Motel
11. Dirt On My Hands

Tour Dates:

December 30 | Ram's Head Live | Baltimore, MD (w/ Trombone Shorty)

December 31 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA (w/ Trombone Shorty)

January 1 | 9:30 Club | Washington, DC (w/ Trombone Shorty)

January 14 | Sound Factory | Charleston, WV

January 15 | PJ Kelly's | Clarksburg, WV (w/ Grayson Capps)

January 29 | Ram's Head Live | Baltimore, MD (WTMD Presents)

February 2 | Jefferson Theatre | Charlottesville, VA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)

February 3 | Alley Katz | Richmond, VA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)

February 4 | 9:30 Club | Washington, DC (w/ Tea Leaf Green)

February 5 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)

February 8 | Strand Capital Performing Arts Center | York, PA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)

February 9 | Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY (w/ Tea Leaf Green)

February 10 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT (w/ Tea Leaf Green)

February 11 | Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)

February 12 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY (w/ Tea Leaf Green)

February 16 | The Cabooze | Minneapolis, MN (w/ Galactic)

February 17 | Majestic Theatre | Madison, WI (w/ Galactic)

February 18 | Park West | Chicago, IL (w/ Galactic)

February 19 | Beachland Ballroom | Cleveland, OH (w/ Galactic)

February 20 | Mr. Small's Theater | Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Galactic)

March 3 | Southgate House | Newport, KY

March 4 | Max's | Bloomington, IN

March 5 | Trouser Mouse | Blue Springs, MO

March 6 | Bourbon Theatre Rye Room | Lincoln, NE

March 11 | Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO

March 15 | The Canopy Club | Urbana, IL

March 16 | Canal Street | Dayton, OH

March 17 | V Club | Huntington, WV

March 18 | Dante's | Frostburg, MD

April 16 | Old Settler's Music Festival | Driftwood, TX

June 4 | Crawfish Fest | Augusta, NJ

Tea Leaf Green at the Fox Theatre - 10.14

San Francisco-based psychedelic rock quartet Tea Leaf Green recently released a new studio album, the band’s first since 2008. Looking West is a compilation of road-tested, fan favorite songs that TLG has never recorded in the studio. “We’ve been waiting a long time to make this record,” says lead singer Trevor Garrod. “It’s almost as if we’ve loved these songs too much to encase them forever behind the iron bars of a vacuum-sealed, shrink-wrapped studio album.”

The decision to record these cherished songs marks a new chapter for TLG. In the past few years, the band has overcome more than its share of adversity, including a line-up change (current bass player Reed Mathis joined in late 2007), as well as a recent split with their record label. The hardships endured by the band have only made them stronger and the release of Looking West is a perfect representation of how far they have come.  “We came to realize that we can only truly set these beloved tunes free by putting them all down on the record,” explains Garrod. “We are ‘looking west’ into the setting sun and launching them into outer space. These songs are messages in bottles washed up on foreign shores, memories from our fading youths and reminders of our endless and repetitious search for love and freedom."

Sharing some of the style and substance of musical contemporaries My Morning Jacket and the Raconteurs, TLG conjures the spirit of artists such as 1970s-era Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and The Grateful Dead. The band takes classic sounds and gives them a present-day polish. TLG reminds us at every turn just how alluring rock and roll can be.

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Tea Leaf Green & The Fox Theater | Thursday October 14th

Tickets are on sale at Fox Theatre Box Office. Call (303) 443-3399 for tickets by phone.

Tickets are also available through our website @ www.foxtheatre.com.

Individual tickets are $15.00.

Tea Leaf Green, Oct. 14 @ the Fox Theatre

San Francisco-based band Tea Leaf Green got their start in the relationship formed between guitarist Josh Clark and drummer Scott Rager, who played in a high-school band together in Arcadia, CA. After graduation, Rager enrolled at San Francisco State College, where he met bassist Ben Chambers. When Clark moved to San Francisco, the three began playing together as a trio. Their first paying gig was attended by Trevor Garrod, a singer/songwriter and keyboard player who had moved to San Francisco looking for other musicians to play with. Garrod met the three others, and soon they were playing together as a quartet. They built a following in Northern California and self-released the albums Tea Leaf Green, Midnight on the Reservoir (2001), Live at Slim's, San Francisco CA (2003), Living in Between (2004), and Live at the Independent (2004).

They issued their first national release, Taught to Be Proud, in 2005 and within a year they were opening for Gov't Mule, Trey Anastasio, Dave Matthews Band and a host of other lauded musicians. In 2007, longtime bass player Ben Chambers left the band and was replaced by Reed Mathis, formerly of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Mathis's stylistic versatility on bass proved to be the perfect fit for the band. In 2008, Tea Leaf Green went on to re-release their first three studio albums as the triple-CD compilation entitled Seeds. Later that year the band followed up with their next studio album Raise Up the Tent.

In June 2010 Tea Leaf Green released Looking West, their first studio album in 2 years. The release is a compilation of road-tested, fan favorite songs that the band has never recorded in the studio. The album marks a new chapter for Tea Leaf Green and represents the artistic and individual growth of the band since their formation more than a decade ago.

In a few short years, these road warriors have built a strong following, consistently filling venues across the country and becoming a warmly received, go-to band on the festival circuit with stand-out performances at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, 10K Lakes, and The Echo Project, among others. Sharing some of the style and substance of musical contemporaries My Morning Jacket, Wolfmother, and the Raconteurs, Tea Leaf Green conjures the spirit of bands like '70s Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and The Grateful Dead, taking classic sounds and giving them a present-day polish. Tea Leaf Green reminds us at every turn just how alluring rock 'n' roll can be.

All Ages / GA  / $15.00 adv / $18.00 DOS

Tea Leaf Green On Tour This Winter

photos courtesy of Madison House- for the Grateful Web

It's been a busy summer for San Francisco's rising stars Tea Leaf Green, who made several festival appearances, including their second consecutive year at Bonnaroo.  Two years ago, the band played an epic debut performance to a Bonnaroo crowd of nearly 10,000; the audience spilled from under the massive tented area to be part of Tea Leaf Green history.  Since then, with non-stop touring and two critically acclaimed releases, Tea Leaf Green has garnered themselves a position among today's brightest young rockers.

Tea Leaf Green's latest release, Rock 'n' Roll Band (October 2006), captures lightning in a bottle. Available separately in both CD & DVD formats, the project joins the band for an evening performance at The Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, and offers an intimate look at a day in the life of a young rock band on the rise. The DVD was directed by filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann, son of The Grateful Dead's Billy Kreutzmann.

In November 2007, after 10 years touring with Tea Leaf Green, bassist Ben Chambers left the band to pursue life off the road.  Now, Tea Leaf Green welcomes friend and colleague Reed Mathis (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) to the TLG organization.  Audiences can experience Tea Leaf Green's electrifying live show this fall at theaters coast to coast. The current list of confirmed dates is as follows:

December 07 Rio Theatre Santa Cruz CA
December 08 Troubadour West Hollywood CA
December 20-21 19 Broadway Fairfax CA
December 29 Beacon Theater New York NY supporting Gov't Mule
January 11 Bluebird Theater Denver CO
January 12 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
January 13 Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins CO
January 14 Ski Jam - Steamboat Music Tent Steamboat Springs CO
January 18-19 Crystal Bay Club Crystal Bay Nevada co-bill with Hot Buttered Rum
February 29 - March 01 Fillmore San Francisco CA
March 14-16 Jam in the 'Dam Amsterdam Netherlands

More dates to be announced.

Since the release of the band's first album, Taught to be Proud (2005), Tea Leaf Green has relentlessly toured North America, honing their strength as both songwriters and improvisers. Thanks to their dedicated and connected fan base, the band has gone from playing small bars to large theatres in just a few short years by consistently delivering fresh, mind-blowing live performances. After winning the "Song of the Year" Jammy award for Taught to be Proud 's title track, the road warriors plowed ahead and now sell out shows in major markets including Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York and, most notably, the historic Fillmore Auditorium in their hometown of San Francisco, CA. The band's chops have earned them the respect of their musical contemporaries, sharing the stage with such acts as Dave Matthews Band, Trey Anastasio, Gov't Mule, and Bruce Hornsby.

Green Tea

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Green Tea was formed in the fall of 2000 when a group of local musicians, artists & friends got together to jam. Since the inception Green Tea has been about songwriting, improvisation, musicianship & sharing that energy with a live audience. During the fall of 2005 the band recorded its first studio CD entitled "The Healing". That debut disc along with a slew of Gigs in the Northeast has pushed Green Tea out onto the Jamband scene.

As 2006 rolled along the band picked up momentum and is certain to break out in 2007. Recently Green Tea has been a part of the Annual Music Festival on Block Island, performed for hundreds of new fans in New Hampshire & Vermont & has been invited to perform at the Rocky Road Music Festival in Louden New Hampshire in April 2007. The band is also currently at work on its second studio album being recorded & produced in West Dover, Vermont at Northern Track studio. The songs for the upcoming CD tentatively titled "Steep" are refreshing, high energy pieces that allow the freedom to jam while maintaining a solid sense of melody & harmony.

Like most jam bands today Green Tea thrives on extended improvisation and interplay between the members, but never at the expense of the song itself. Green Tea is fronted by two outstanding vocalists in Toby Kniffin and Jason Jarvis. The band has always been about selling the song and that characteristic is what makes Green Tea stand out among today's top jam bands.

teaThe line-up includes Toby Kniffin on lead vocals and guitar, Jason Jarvis on lead vocals, percussion, harmonica & flute, Jamie Conroy on guitar, John Grady on drums & Joel O'lari on bass. The influences and experience of these five define the sound of Green Tea & the spirit of the music they create. Over the years we have had the good fortune of performing with some very talented and seasoned acts such as Max Creek, Hot Tuna, The Outlaws, Miracle Train, Shockra, Young Neil & The Vipers, Liquid Dead, The Adam Ezra Group, Uncle Billy's Smokehouse, The Casual Fiasco, The Attic, Funk Nugget, Named By Strangers, James Montgomery Band, Physical Graffiti, The Brides of Jesus.

It is always & honor and privilege to share the stage with musicians creating positive energy and vibe while showcasing their talents. Since 2000 Green Tea has performed at a fantastic run of venues & clubs throughout New England that include: The Snow Barn @ Mount Snow, The Island House, The Call, The Century Lounge, Captain Nick's, The Rusty Nail, Killington Base Lodge, The Bon Vue Inn, The Wheel House, Sunday River Brew Pub, The Old Port Tavern, The Matterhorn, Stella Notte, The Perfect Wife, The Barley House, Milly's Tavern, & Shamrocks.

Please contact Jamie Conroy for any info regarding bookings, promotion & CD distribution.