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Kristy Lee is coming to NYC to Send off August with a Big Bang!

Kristy Lee will be opening for Dickey Betts, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, for ALL 3 of his performances at City Winery on Sunday, August 23rd thru Tuesday, August 30th.

Kristy Lee is a soul singer/songwriter from Alabama whose raw music
is connecting with hearts around the country. She is a songwriter for ASCAP  Nashville,
one of the many music artists on The Agency Group’s roster,
and has caught the ears of the recording industry’s heavyweights and executives
as well as Grammy Award winning artists Zac Brown & John Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band.

Currently, Kristy Lee and The Dirt Road Band are in pre-production with
Zac Brown & John Hopkins who will be producing several new songs for her new album.

On August 15th, Kristy Lee hit the road with a multi-city tour that will bring her powerful fan-base out to party while captivating new fans with a voice that is taking the music industry by storm.

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Tour Dates:

8/28-8/30 8pm City Winery w/ Dickey Betts- New York, NY

8/31 8pm Club Helsinki - Hudson, NY

9/2 8pm The L Word- Cayce, SC
9/3 1pm SC Pride Festival: Finlay Park - Columbia, SC
9/4 7:30pm 31st Stage @ American Music Festival - Virginia Beach, VA
9/28 8pm Ybor City - Tampa, FL
9/29-10/3 Rombello Cruise
10/15 8pm WorkPlay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
10/16 8pm 3rd and Lindsley - Nashville, TN
10/20 9pm Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
10/22 7pm Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
10/29 8pm Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL
11/4 8pm Hartigan's Irish Pub - Charlotte, NC
* Tour Dates Added Regularly.

Blackberry Smoke to Shoot Live DVD at Re-opening of Georgia Theatre

Critically acclaimed band Blackberry Smoke will perform August 5, 2011 during the 14 day Grand Re-opening of the famous Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA . The Southern rock group will film the concert for fans that have not yet experienced the thrill of Blackberry Smoke live. The eighteen and up show will be a ninety minute full throttle ride with Nic Cowan opening and appearances by other special guests . This monumental performance is one stop on the group's rigorous summer tour schedule where they not only open for the Zac Brown Band but recently signed to Zac’s new label, Southern Ground Artists.  To purchase tickets for this event please visit: www.georgiatheatre.com/calendar1.html

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About Blackberry Smoke:

Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke continues to grow into the premiere Southern Rock band of America. Over the last two years the band has shared the stage with kindred spirits ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, Cross Canadian Ragweed and continue tour as the opening act on the Zac Brown Band’s summer tour. The band is currently recording their highly anticipated third studio album under Southern Ground Artists where they will bring their signature sound forward with tracks reminiscent of Marshall Tucker Band and Allman Brothers. For more information about Blackberry Smoke please visit www.blackberrysmoke.com

About Georgia Theatre

While Orvold and Greene worked to preserve the setup and overall feel of the original Theatre, they also welcomed the opportunity to make numerous improvements including building a larger stage, adding a third viewing level, bigger dressing rooms and bathrooms, and upping its capacity to hold over 1000 guests. Patrons will be greeted by the original marquee and brick walls and may also spot an impressive support beam that withstood the fire. The enhanced venue also features reclaimed wood from the original venue that will be used for the bars and as decorative pieces throughout the building. Old breaker boxes that no longer work and part of a historic underground coal tunnel will be in public view in the basement. The new building was also designed in a way that the duo coined, industrial deco, creating a modern feel with industrial elements and sweeping curves.

Concord Original Jazz Classics titles announced for March 15

Concord Music Group marks the first anniversary of its highly successful Original Jazz Classics Remasters series with the reissue of four new titles on March 15, 2011. Originally launched in March 2010, and enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, the series showcases some of the most pivotal recordings of the past several decades by artists whose influence on the jazz tradition is beyond measure.

The four new titles in the series are:

  • Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers: Ugetsu
  • Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson: Ella and Oscar
  • Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Music
  • Cal Tjader/Stan Getz Sextet


“In keeping with the philosophy behind the series, we continue to showcase the best – and in some cases, the most influential — recordings by some of the most legendary artists in jazz,” says Nick Phillips, Vice President of Jazz and Catalog A&R at Concord Music Group and producer of the Original Jazz Classics Remasters series. “After 14 titles in a span of 12 months, there’s obviously no lack of high caliber artists and excellent material in the Concord vaults to draw from.”

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Ugetsu

Recorded live at Birdland in New York City in June 1963 for Riverside, Ugetsu features trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist Cedar Walton and bassist Reggie Workman — a crew heralded as “one of the top three or four lineups Blakey ever led,” according to Neil Tesser, who wrote the new liner notes for the reissue. The CD ends with four bonus tracks, including a previously unreleased cover of George Shearing’s 1949 bop classic, “Conception.”

“There’s something special about Art Blakey and his band live, and this album is certainly no exception,” says Phillips. “That’s partly because this was the natural environment in which these guys were working night after night in the clubs. There are certain things that can happen in a live jazz recording that don’t always happen in the more artificial environment of a recording studio.”

Tesser notes that the recording marks the first appearance of iconic tunes that would remain in the Messengers’ repertoire long after their composers left the band, including Shorter’s “One by One” and “On the Ginza,” Fuller’s “Time Off,” and Walton’s title track. “Blakey almost never took an extended drum solo with the Messengers,” says Tesser. “He didn’t need to. He stamped every gig, every phrase, practically every note from his sidemen with the unerring judgment and bold panache of his colors and accents.”

Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson, Ella and Oscar

Ella and Oscar was recorded in May 1975 for Pablo and produced by jazz impresario Norman Granz, who’d founded the label just a couple years earlier. The album is a series of duets that enlists the aid of bassist Ray Brown on four of the original nine tracks. Brown also appears on two of the four previously unreleased bonus tracks included in the reissue.

“The selections that make up Ella and Oscar, as well as the casual ambience of the exchange between singer, pianist, and bassist Ray Brown . . . beckons the listener to enjoy this meeting of musical minds that could have taken place in Ella’s living room in Beverly Hills or Oscar’s home in Mississauga, Ontario, rather than in a recording studio,” says Tad Hershorn, who wrote the new liner notes for the OJCR reissue. “The interaction between Fitzgerald, Peterson, and Brown accomplishes two ends. It reveals the creative improvisational process while delivering a finished definitive product destined to linger in the annals of jazz vocals. The spare directness of these recordings lay bare the emotions contained in the songs themselves with few frills.”

The bonus tracks are alternate takes that “underscore the fact that both artists were true masters of the art of jazz improvisation,” says Phillips. “The alternate takes don’t sound like the master takes. Each performance is fresh, and each captures that spontaneity and that in-the-moment creativity that are hallmarks of the greatest jazz artists and timeless jazz recordings. Nothing is done by rote.”

Thelonious Monk, Monk’s Music

Recorded in New York in June 1957 for Riverside, Monk’s Music surrounds the pianist/composer with a stellar crew: trumpeter Ray Copeland, alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce, tenor saxophonists John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins, bassist Wilbur Ware, and drummer Art Blakey.

“What makes this one of the most fascinating recordings of Monk’s career is the complexity of the material combined with the caliber of the musicians on hand to play it,” says Phillips. “You have John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins, two all-time legends of the tenor saxophone, playing Monk’s music side-by-side. That in and of itself makes this a very special recording. They’re two artists with very different styles, and two artists who have had a profound influence on legions of other saxophonists.”

Monk’s Music was the haymaker in a one-two-three combination of albums, all recorded in 1957, that made it a breakout year for Thelonious Monk,” says Ashley Kahn, author of the new liner notes for the reissue. “A solidly balanced recording that highlighted Monk’s growing status as the pre-eminent composer of the modern jazz scene, it featured a septet that drew on an unusual mix of soloists and a solid rhythm team. It also stood out as being the first recording released that was conscious of Monk’s increased popular appeal.”

Heralded by Downbeat as one of the top five albums of 1958, Monk’s Music “remains one of Monk’s most cherished recordings: coherent, organic, and fully realized,” says Kahn.

Cal Tjader / Stan Getz Sextet

A study in serendipity, Cal Tjader / Stan Getz Sextet was recorded for Fantasy at the Marines Memorial Auditorium in San Francisco in February 1958. The two leaders are backed by pianist Vince Guaraldi, guitarist Eddie Duran, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Billy Higgins.

There are no bonus tracks, and for good reason, says Doug Ramsey, author of the new liner notes. No evidence exists in the Fantasy/Concord vaults of alternate takes or outtakes from this session. “What we have here is 43 minutes and 51 seconds of perfection,” says Ramsey, “a demonstration that six masters who have never before played together as a group can produce timeless music in the common language of jazz.”

Duran, the sole survivor of the 1958 sessions, concurs: “There was no rehearsal before the date, no alternates, no second takes. It went very smoothly. It just kind of fell into place. The feeling was happy and relaxed.”

“From the LP era, there are many examples of indifferent recordings by makeshift bands – jam sessions filling out the 12-inch vinyl with endless choruses,” says Ramsey. “In this joint venture, planning, preparation, six major talents and a spontaneous compatibility bordering on magic made the Tjader-Getz collaboration a classic. It’s good to hear it again.”

Dierks Bentley Announces 30-City Spring Tour

Multiple GRAMMY nominee and chart-topping country music star Dierks Bentley is slated to headline the 2011 JÄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR kicking off March 17.  The 30-city tour runs through mid-May and will feature special guest Columbia Nashville road warrior Josh Thompson and brand new A&M/Octone duo Miss Willie Brown.  Each concert will also feature a local Jägermeister sponsored country act.

Pre-sale tickets are available to fan club members through www.dierks.com, while the general public will be able to purchase tickets beginning Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 through Ticketmaster.  The remaining cities will go on sale over the coming weeks.

“It’s a good thing we’ve got a video crew on the road with us capturing everything that goes down,” laughed Bentley.  “Putting my band, Josh Thompson, the Miss Willie Brown girls and a few thousand fans in a Jägermeister sponsored room with loud country music sounds like a pretty solid recipe for a great night!”

“For the brand’s 20th music tour, Jägermeister is bringing top country star Dierks Bentley to the stage to show our dedication and loyalty to country music,” says Bill Henderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising at Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc.  “In addition to this great line-up, Jägermeister is sponsoring over 25 country music acts to open the shows and is looking for more.”

2011 Jägermeister Country Tour Dates:
3/17            Wallingford, CT *
3/18            Sayreville, NJ **
3/19            Atlantic City, NJ **
3/20            Pittsburgh PA **
3/24            Lewiston, ME **
3/25            Poughkeepsie, NY
3/26            Reading, PA            **
3/27            Westbury, NY **
4/1              Los Angeles, CA **
4/2              Las Vegas, NV **
4/6              Houston, TX            **
4/7              Mescalero, NM **
4/13            Asheville, NC
4/14            North Myrtle Beach, SC **
4/15            Melbourne, FL
4/16            Boca Raton, FL                                           
4/21            Mankato, MN
4/22            Sioux Falls, SD
4/23            Clear Lake, IA
4/27            Salina, KS
4/28            Bloomington, IL
4/29            Saint Charles, MO                                                        
5/5              Akron, OH
5/6              Detroit, MI
5/7              Indianapolis, IN
5/11            Augusta, GA
5/12            Charleston, SC
5/13            Norfolk, VA
* Tickets On Sale Jan. 21
** Tickets On Sale Jan. 28

Gary Wilson, Reigning King of Outsider Music, to Release Electric Endicott

In 1977 Gary Wilson famously released a uniquely bizarre and personal album titled You Think You Really Know Me..., full of electro-funk, proto-new wave, noise collage, and avant-garde jazz. Despite the fact that the album's fans included Beck, Questlove from The Roots, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, and Stones Throws' Peanut Butter Wolf, widespread fame and notoriety eluded Gary Wison until the 2002 re-release of his debut album. Soon after media outlets like Pitchfork, The Village Voice, and The New York Times were talking about the lecherous outsider artist, remarkable as much for his idiosyncrasies and DIY aesthetic as his edgy and creative music.

More than the perverted musings of a peeping tom, Gary's music is an honest reflection of ourselves…at least of that part of ourselves that loved our childhood pets more than we loved our parents, that worried if we'd ever make it to second base, or that really knows how often we floss. Equal parts Prince and Pee Wee Herman…Joe Jackson and Charlie Brown, Gary's songs celebrate our inner ickiness, silliness and grooviness, the romance and randiness of born-losers from Endicott or Anywhere. Rather than alienating us with their creepiness, his lyrics and melodies ultimately make us feel more comfortable being who we are....more comfortable being human.

Like ignoring the downfall and ruin of your hometown or clinging to the rotting corpse of your prom date that you've been keeping in your closet, on Electric Endicott Gary makes a choice, as many of us often do, to inhabit and mythologize, a time and place where he was the king or the charming jester, and Karen, Mary, and Linda were his fair princesses.

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Toubab Krewe Spring Tour - 2010

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

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

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

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

Check out Toubab Krewe on the road!

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


Maceo Parker at Cervante's Ballroom - March 12th

Maceo Parker: his name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth.

Everyone knows by now that he’s played with each and every leader of funk, his start with James Brown, which Maceo describes as "like being at University"; jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton; stretching out with Bootsy’s Rubber Band. He’s the living, breathing pulse which connects the history of Funk in one golden thread. The cipher which unravels dance music down to its core.

“Everything’s coming up Maceo,” concluded DownBeat Magazine in a 1991 article at the beginning of Maceo Parker’s solo career. At the time Maceo was a remembered by aficionados of funk music as sideman; appreciated mainly by those in the know. More than a decade and a half later Maceo Parker has been enjoying a blistering solo career. For the past sixteen years Maceo has been building a new funk empire, fresh and stylistically diverse. He navigates deftly between James Brown’s 1960’s soul and George Clinton’s 1970’s freaky funk while exploring mellower jazz and the grooves of hip-hop.

His collaborations over the years performing or recording or both have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His timeless sound has garnered him a fresh young fan base. It is almost impossible to separate which came first, Maceo or the funk. The amazing P-funk Parker has been at it with his legendary alto horn for some time dating back to the 1960’s. That’s when Maceo and his drummer brother Melvin climbed on board the James Brown funky soul funk train. It wasn’t long before James coined the solo summoning signature, “ Maceo, I want you to Blow!” . To most musicologists it’s the muscially fertile group of men from this period of James Brown’s band who are recognized as the early pioneers of the modern funk and hip-hop we still jump to today.

Tickets are $20.00 Advance / $25.00 Day of show
Doors are at 8pm, show begins at approx. 9PM
Tickets are available at the Cervantes’ box office or online at Cervante's Ticketing

Toubab Krewe Co-Headlining Tour with John Brown's Body!

On March 11th, progressive reggae band John Brown's Body and West African-influenced quintet Toubab Krewe kick off a 13-city co-headlining U.S. tour. The tour begins in Brooklyn, NY, and ends in Solana Beach, CA.

Each group has achieved mainstream success by performing their own forward-thinking approach to traditional roots styles, John Brown's Body with reggae and Toubab Krewe with West African music.

In recent years both groups' music has spread like a grassroots wildfire to the farthest corners of the world. While Toubab Krewe performed in Mali and Portugal, John Brown's Body completed first-ever tours of New Zealand and the UK in late 2009.

This month, the musicians were re-introduced aboard Jam Cruise -- the celebrated, floating music festival in the Caribbean. Returning from stops in Jamaica and Grand Cayman Island, the bands met up during an all-artist basketball tournament (neither advanced past the first round). Despite a disappointing showing on the court, they spent the night catching up and watching each other perform as the ship sailed out to sea.

The upcoming tour will build on the friendly vibe forged in far away places, where the bands found common ground.

John Brown's Body & Toubab Krewe Co-Headlining U.S. Tour Dates:

March 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
March 12 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways
April 03 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
April 04 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
April 05 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
April 08 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
April 09 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
April 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
April 16 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
April 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
April 19 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
April 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
April 21 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

Complete Toubab Krewe Tour Dates (*Indicates co-bill with JBB):

February 4 - Boone, NC - Legends at Appalachian State

February 5 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

February 6 - Charleston, SC - Pour House

February 12 - Richmond, VA - The National

February 13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

February 18 - Knoxville, TN - Cider House

February 19 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco

February 20 - Nashville, TN - Exit In

February 25 - Greenville, SC - Handlebar

February 26 - Wilmington, NC – Soapbox

February 27 - Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre

*March 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

*March 12 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways

March 13 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

March 16 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

March 17 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe

March 18 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre

March 19 - Harrisburg, PA - Abbey Bar

March 20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Note

March 24 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall

March 25 - Allston, MA - Harper’s Ferry

March 26 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place

March 27 - Providence, RI | Jerky's Live Music Hall

*April 3 - Chicago, IL - Double Door

*April 4 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

*April 5 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

*April 8 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre

*April 9 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre

*April 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

*April 16 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

*April 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

*April 19 - San Francisco – Independent

*April 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre

*April 21 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

April 27 - Austin, TX – Stubbs

'Godfather of Soul' James Brown dies

RIP James Brown- for the Grateful Web

'Godfather of Soul' James Brown dies at 73.  Grateful Web sends our thoughts to his friends, family and fans.