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Singer-Songwriter Justin Hines Triumphs With US Debut

Optimism permeates throughout Days to Recall, Justin Hines U.S. debut album to be released August 2nd on Decca. The Canadian singer/songwriter’s collection of heartfelt songs about life and love showcase his considerable talents, and his will to overcome insurmountable obstacles.  The CD coincides with a PBS special of Hines in concert -- taped at Toronto’s Royal Cinema with special guests Ron Sexsmith, Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, Sierra Noble and The Canadian Tenors -- slated to air multiple times across the U.S. during Public Television’s August pledge drive.

Justin Hines has thrived all his life against odds that would daunt someone with a less indomitable spirit.  Hines has Larsen Syndrome, a joint dislocation condition that confines him to a wheelchair.   He admits his condition has provided challenges, but primarily sees the good it has brought him and the inspiration he can provide others.  “There have been so many blessings. It’s afforded me so many other opportunities. It’s a bit of an attention grabber,” he says. “But then my job is to keep people interested, and keep their attention with my music.”

Highlights on Days To Recall include the first single, the instantly catchy “Tell Me I’m Wrong,” a duet with fellow Canadian/actress Jill Hennessy on the plaintive, “Why Not Love Me” and the uplifting “Say What You Will.”  The latter track took on a life of its own after a South African video featuring the Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Tutu was used as part of a campaign to build 20 schools in 11 days.  Hines performed in South Africa this spring and saw the schools that will educate more than 22,000 students.

To hear “Tell Me I’m Wrong,” click here.

Music was integral throughout Justin’s young life.  He doesn’t remember it, but his mom tells him he wrote his first song when he was seven. In his late teens, he decided to teach himself how to play piano as a way to better express himself.  “I’d done a lot of writing with other people. The most frustrating thing was I could hear the song in my head, but I was relying on other people to write chords since I didn’t play anything,” he says.

Even though Justin grew up singing in church, the realization of pursuing his musical dreams happened at the most unlikely of places— at a Toronto Raptors’ basketball game in his hometown 15 years ago.  A then 14-year-old Justin won a vocal competition to sing the National Anthem at the game — both the Canadian and American -- and his world opened up before him. “In that moment, it all seemed possible,” he recalls. Thrown in the deep end, Hines has performed professionally ever since and realized he could not only survive, but succeed.

To watch the Justin Hines EPK click here.

Live Webcast of The 2011 Hangout Festival

The Hangout Music Festival, America’s only music festival located on white sandy beaches with ocean views, is excited to announce that highlights from the second annual Hangout Music Festival will be streamed live on SPIN.com this weekend, with video production and transmission by iClips.net.

Jam Cruise Celebrates 10th Sailing, Announces Artist Lineup

Few music gatherings can offer adventure in addition to entertainment, but Jam Cruise is a different EXPERIENCE than any other music event out there. Where else can one see the sunrise over a Caribbean island as you sing “You Are My Sunshine” with fifty strangers and roaming troubadours? See a herd of zebra-striped party people stampede down gangways? Hobnob with the inventors of funk and rock while they too have the time of their lives? Watch the best musicians on earth while percolating in a hot tub under blue skies on the open sea? The answer: nowhere else besides Jam Cruise!

The 10th sailing of Jam Cruise will be January 9 – 14, 2012, leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and traveling to Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica before turning homeward. Once again, the MSC Poesia will be home to Jam Cruise 10. Cabins go on sale to the public Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at noon EST. Anyone who pre-booked will be able to book according to their assigned booking time beginning on May 11, 2011.

The10th sailing features long time live music favorites, emerging talent from the jam world and surprises around every corner, including an opportunity to give back to our global community.

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Jam Cruise 10 Music Lineup

Umphrey's McGee
Galactic
Keller & the Keels
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Toots & the Maytals
Soulive
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Railroad Earth
Ozomatli
The New Deal (final performance)
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
EOTO
7 Walkers feat. Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, Matt Hubbard & George Porter, Jr. w/ Steve Kimock
The New Mastersounds
Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set)
Perpetual Groove
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Toubab Krewe
Break Science w/ Chali 2na
George Porter & the Runnin' Pardners
Orgone
Dr. Klaw
Surprise Me Mr. Davis
Dead Kenny G's
The Heavy Pets
A Tribute to Sly & the Family Stone w/ Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Ian Neville, Adam Deitch, Nick Daniels & Nigel Hall
Tony Hall Super Jam
The Everyone Orchestra
Paper Diamond
DJ Logic
DJ Kraz
Special Guests:
Steve Kimock
Anders Osborne
Col. Bruce Hampton
Big Sam
Kyle Hollingsworth
Chali 2na
Jessica Lurie

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With this being the 10th sailing, the vibe is set to be more magical than ever when the MSC Poesia departs Florida in January.

10 Great Reasons To Sail With Jam Cruise 10

1. Once in a lifetime musical experiences. The level of interaction between the seasoned legends and up and coming musicians on Jam Cruise 10, particularly in the nightly free-for-all that is The Jam Room, is sure to send folks home with minds blown from the utterly unexpected collaborations.

2. The luxury of having one’s own cabin, 24-hour food and drink, a hot shower and Jam Cruise TV programming that offers up daily photos and live video as the boat sails – all within steps of the music.

3. The beautiful private paradise of Labadee is a safe and remote area owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line where lush rolling hills meet the sea. Labadee provides a platform for Jam Cruise to have a conscious beach party with music and fun while being able to give back to the people of Haiti at a time where the need is greater than ever. Positive Legacy is building strategic alliances with several major organizations and capitalizing on the space available on the ship to bring goods and services to benefit the victims of the devastating earthquake.

4. Shipboard workshops that get attendees involved in making music. Past workshops have included Robert Randolph, Steve Kimock and Luther Dickinson offering slide guitar tips, Cornmeal and Greensky Bluegrass leading folks in a classic rock song jam, Taylor Hicks hosting the Gong Show… Who knows what tricks the pros will lay on cruisers this year!

5. A ship full of concert going experts. This mecca for music lovers attracts attendees as dedicated as the programmed entertainment to making the very most of the five days on the water. Moreover, this is one of the most welcoming collections of humanity one could ever encounter. Those new to the Jam Cruise experience are ushered in and aided in their journey before the ship ever leaves port. JamBase wrote of Jam Cruise 9: “There is SO much positive energy, good will and creativity afloat on Jam Cruise that one’s faith in humanity’s potential is rekindled.”

6. The opportunity to visit one of Jamaica’s most interesting cities. Falmouth boasts a newly designed port, some of Jamaica’s earliest architecture and a vibrant market place.

7. Evening piano concerts in the ship’s atrium. The likes of Marco Benevento, ALO’s Zach Gill and WSP’s JoJo Hermann have all tickled the ivories for small, attentive audiences sipping cocktails on the spiral stairwell surrounding the clear-top baby grand.

8. Packed days of music. On days at sea, the action starts in the morning by the pool and doesn’t wrap until well after dawn in the disco, offering Jam Cruisers a chance to sunbathe and splash while marquee talent plays. On port days, the sail away party is always a high energy blast that carries the music into a long night of sets on multiple stages, as well as the Jam Room, disco and impromptu merriment popping off all around.

9. Regular opportunities to revel with one’s musical heroes. On Jam Cruise, the majority of the performers spend their non-stage time enjoying the ship’s thriving, loving community and many amenities. If you’ve always longed to shake the hand of the folks who make the music that informs your life, Jam Cruise is a chance to live that dream.

10. Shipboard activities and contests that let attendees be the star. From a yearly Talent Show to costume contests, Jam Cruise regularly shifts the spotlight to cruisers, giving them a forum to shine as they get their groove on!

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Positive Legacy

In honor of the 10th sailing, Jam Cruise is embracing the opportunity to explore new places. Positive Legacy, the nonprofit organization whose goal is to leverage the power in the music industry to do good for others, is building strategic alliances with several major organizations and capitalizing on the space available on the ship to bring goods and services to benefit the people of this beautiful island nation. Positive Legacy has been a part of every Jam Cruise since 2004, bridging together musicians, fans and the greater global community in the places visited on all of Cloud 9’s adventures. Over the years they have serviced areas including: Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; a remote area in Belize; Turks & Caicos; and various places in Jamaica.

Attendees are encouraged to express the communal spirit of Jam Cruise by supporting the relief efforts and contributing to the most significant outreach to date. Stay tuned for big announcements as this project develops...

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Pre-Cruise Shows, featuring 2 nights w/ Umphrey’s McGee

Get ready for Jam Cruise 10 with two nights of Umphrey's McGee at Revolution Live! The shows will take place January 7th and 8th in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, just minutes from Port Everglades. Umphrey's McGee will be joined on the 7th by Toubab Krewe, and on the 8th by The New Mastersounds.

Scattered Trees' Sympathy Out Today

Scattered Trees’ highly anticipated new album Sympathy (Roll Call/EMI) hits stores across the country today. In honor of the album’s release, AOL Spinner is currently streaming the album in its entirety — click HERE to listen. The band has also made their anthemic track “Four Days Straight” available for free download. Click HERE to download the track. Scattered Trees has also created four videos for “Four Days Straight” with the help of film students at four different schools in NYC, and is currently running a contest on Consequence of Sound to select the band’s next official video. Click HERE to view the videos and vote on the contest. And to celebrate the Sympathy’s release, Scattered Trees has announced a very special album release show on 4/30 at Schubas in Chicago. See the band’s full tour dates below.

Already, the album has been hailed by Nylon, RCRD LBL, Consequence of Sound and others as an album that’s not to be missed. And it’s easy to see why. The album is a focused, deeply personal collection of songs that finds Scattered Trees experimenting with lush multi-part harmonies, constructing dynamic builds, and exploring the intricacies of love and loss. Driving rock epics like “Four Days Straight” rub shoulders with melancholic elegies like “Where You Came From.” The album’s title track starts with a stripped-down plaintive mandolin, ultimately fading into a slow-burning orchestral groove. Melting into “Five Minutes,” Scattered Trees continues the build until the track bursts forth. The band rounds out the record with the mournful acoustic closer “On Your Side,” a fitting tribute for a deeply heartfelt and therapeutic album.

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Scattered Trees Upcoming Tour Dates:

04/09: KANSAS CITY, MO @ Middle of the Map Festival (The Union - 10:00pm)
04/30: CHICAGO, IL @ Schubas (Sympathy Album Release Show sponsored by Consequence of Sound)
05/13: DES MOINES, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
05/20: GRAND RAPIDS, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
07/31: CHICAGO, IL @ Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Halie Loren Releases "In Time (Hope for Healing)" to Benefit Japan Relief Fund

In many countries, the name Halie Loren is not well known.  However, in Japan, the talented Jazz/Pop singer's name is as well known and her CDs and concert tickets sell as well as Norah Jones and other popular singers in similar genres.

The events in Japan over the last few weeks have affected everyone around the world, including Loren. She has turned energies and her talent and popularity in Japan to raise money with an original song called ‘In Time (Hope for Healing)’, that in just a few days has become a major hit.  When asked about the song, Loren said, "I wrote 'In Time (Hope for Healing)' about rising above hardship and sadness, rebuilding our lives, and being even better for all we come through.  I dedicate it to Japan's people, in solidarity with them during their healing process, and in belief that they can once again feel safe and whole."

‘In Time (Hope for Healing)’, which is currently only available on Amazon.JP as a download, donates all money directly to Red Cross Japan and is already the most popular download on the site after only a few days.  Northwest-based Loren has visited Japan three times in the last seven months, most recently playing in support of her latest CD release ‘After Dark’ to sold-out audiences at the Cotton Club and the Blue Note.  She records in Japan for JVC/Victor and in the United States for White Moon Productions distributed by Burnside Distribution.  More information on Halie Loren, including an update on additional websites carrying the song, can be found at www.halieloren.com or by following her on Facebook or Twitter.

Girl Talk Releases NYE Chicago Documentary

In the first few days of 2010, we shared news of Girl Talk’s mind-blowing, over-the-top New Year’s Eve extravaganza, where he threw one of the largest house parties the world has seen to celebrate the end of the decade. With so much time and effort put into making this such an extraordinary night, Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) and his crew decided not just those in attendance, but all Girl Talk fans, should have a chance to see the insanity. The planning and show was documented on multiple HD cameras, and has now been made into a short film that’s almost ready to be shared. You can get a sneak peek of “Girl Talk NYE Chicago” by checking out the trailer here.

To give you an idea, here’s what went down: As a surprise to the 4,500-capacity Congress Theatre audience in Chicago, Girl Talk had a two-story, five room house built on stage. This house took months to plan, and 4+ full days and 21+ crewmembers to build. Girl Talk and the set designers seriously took things to the next level when it came to the detail that went into each aspect of the house. They drywalled the rooms, made a real staircase, and fake wooden floors, built a kitchen that included a refrigerator with a note stuck on the door, and a table with a fruit bowl, blender and more, a living room that included a hutch filled with china, fireplace, couch, coffee table, rug, picture frames and more, the kid's room had a bed, desk, computer and mouse, pencil jar, trophy, amongst other items, and the bathroom featured a real toilet, sink, shower and curtain. Plus, outside the house, there were even fake trees lining the yard, and a rock was placed in front of the house covering the table Girl Talk works on. The lights constructed on the outside and inside of the house, including an LCD curtain surrounding the house to make it look like the night sky, and all over the venue, were equally elaborate. When the house was first presented to the audience, only a few lamps inside each room were turned on, however, as the night neared midnight, the house counted down from 9 to 0, and then once midnight hit, the house came alive as lights all over the house, inside and out, shown bright. The kitchen floor eventually lit up turning into a disco-dance floor, the entire bathroom could strobe any color, the computer in the kid’s room had an LED light attached to it, and intense lights came from the fireplace. There were also special lights strategically hidden all over the venue that were active and radiant throughout the night. Check out stills from the film below.

Girl Talk has been on the road nonstop since Feed The Animals was released in June 2008. After playing over 240 shows and rarely taking more than five days off at a time, Gregg has finally taken a break for most of the summer to work on his next album, which will be unleashed upon the world in early 2011. Stay tuned for more details!

Girl Talk Upcoming Shows:

Fri. Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC @ MoogFest

Sat. Nov. 20 – Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Planeta Terra Festival w/ Smashing Pumpkins, Pavement

Reverend Horton Heat @ Boulder Theater | 8/20

Recently, the Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, had something along the lines of what he calls an epiphany. He's a little tired of being taken so seriously-well, maybe not seriously, exactly, but you get the idea-and lately he's noticed that some of his funnier, country-tinged songs were his biggest crowd pleasers. Besides, being entertaining is what this is all about, right?

So, ladies and gents, roll your smokes up in your sleeve and hold on to your cowboy hats, it's time to take a trip back to a time before slick, over-produced country became the norm-a time when outlaws wrote songs about being without a pot to piss in-or at least about psycho exboyfriends and deadbeat girlfriends that spend your paycheck faster than you can say Lone Star.

Without a doubt, the mighty Reverend has won a cult following around the world these past 20+ years with a nearly endless touring ethic and musical style that's equally as rooted in tradition as it is in breaking it. He's one of the lynchpins of the neoroots movement and responsible for moving the genre forward and garnering it a whole new generation of fans. Mix that with a mythic stage presence and you've got a live act that turns rock clubs into psychobilly tent revivals across the country 300 days a year. Heath, who personally loves good old, mid-20th century country music, cautions that the record was not born out of a desire to introduce his audience to a new set of influences-it's just meant to have a little fun.

Friday August 20, 9:00pm
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Tickets will be on sale through the Boulder Theater box office | Internet 24-7 at www.bouldertheater.com | Phone: During box office hours 303-786-7030

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL EXPANDS TO TWO DAYS

Southern California’s premier electronic music experience for over a decade, ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL (EDC) has announced it will expand to two days for the first time ever, following last year’s sold-out event with 65,000 attendees.  With over 100,000 people expected, North America’s largest electronic music gathering will return for its second run at the LA Memorial Coliseum & Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles Friday, June 26 with Paul Oakenfold, ATB,  Eddie Halliwell and Boyz Noise and Saturday, June 27 with Fatboy Slim, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Benny Benassi and Roger Sanchez.

EDC will feature two full days and nights of beats, freaks, fun and festivities as Insomniac Events transforms the LA Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park into a carnival for the eyes and ears. Join in as the world's leading names in dance music descend upon Los Angeles for an entire weekend enhanced by extraordinary light and sound production.

EDC has hundreds of additional artists still to announce that will be placed throughout five stages, along with a mind-blowing array of attractions, more full-size carnival rides than ever before and an intensely surreal assortment of art installations and performers. With six themed areas of music, art and festivities, this will be a truly special ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 21 and will be available online via www.insomniac.com and www.electricdaisycarnival.com as well as at select independent retail outlets. Two-day packages as well as individual tickets for each day will be available.  Sell-out crowds are anticipated so early purchase is suggested.  VIP packages will be announced at a later date.

Founded by Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac Events in 1996, ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL has become a staple of West Coast electronic music culture.  For the last 12 years, many major staples of the genre have performed at the event including Moby, Above & Beyond, Infected Mushroom (live), John 00 Flemming, Deep Dish, Hernan Cattaneo, Cedric Gervais, Deslyn Masyello, Mark Farina, Stanton Warriors, Krafty Kutz, Pendulum, Ferry Corsten, Junkie XL, Sandra Collins, Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, VHS or BETA, Uberzone, Christopher Lawrence, Adam Freeland, Sander Kleinenberg, Rennie Pilgrim, Bassnectar, Armand Van Helden, Z-Trip, Rabbit In The Moon, BT, The Freestylers, Todd Terry, Harry Choo Choo Romero and Joey Beltram.

Over the years, there have been many unique venues in Southern California that have played host to EDC including the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, Lake Dolores Waterpark in Barstow, Hansen Dam in Los Angeles and Tulare. Insomniac Events have also brought the festival to other states including Colorado and Texas.  On June 13, EDC will return for its second annual turn in Denver.

Last year’s ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL was tapped “Coachella in the city” by the Los Angeles Times Soundboard blog (Charlie Amter, June 30, 2008).  The news outlet noted, “…Italy's Benny Benassi…stole the show. The ‘Satisfaction’ purveyor wowed the masses with a varied electro-house set touching on his own offerings such as his Grammy-winning take on Public Enemy's ‘Bring the Noise’ as well as fresh looks at 1990s dance floor classics like Basement Jaxx's ‘Where's Your Head At’ and current favorite Busy P's ‘Rainbow Man.’ On the Circuit Grounds stage, SoCal's Donald Glaude and DJ Dan owned the old-school crowd, with the pumped-up believers unable to resist the duo's hyperactive set, which featured Justice vs. Simian Mobile Disco's ‘We Are Your Friends’ and older classics like Green Velvet's ‘Flash.’  But Dan and Glaude's tag-team style of playing sound effects over tracks live is what make their gigs so vibrant. Sped-up dancehall breaks and even Robert Plant's opening wail from Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ turned up throughout their set, as did more traditional DJ rig sound effects over house tracks.”

In addition to ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL, Insomniac Events also produce such electronic music festivals as Together As One, Nocturnal Wonderland, How Sweet It Is and Audiotistic, as well as Tiësto In Concert which sold out the LA Sports Arena with a 15,000 capacity.