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Elizabeth & The Catapult Brings You "Christmas With The Jews"

In less than two years since their move to New York, Elizabeth and the Catapult has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. In May and August of 2006 they were featured in WNYC's "Soundcheck" as well as PRI's "Fair Game with Faith Salie" At the end of the year they were dubbed by NPR as "One of the Best Discoveries of 2006."  The Catapult have had residencies at clubs such as the Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall, and after opening for national headliners like Jessie Harris, Kirk Kirkwood (of the Meat Puppets fame), The Wood Brothers (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), and Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) there was enough buzz about them to support a tour and label interest on the West Coast. All of this success also earned them a place as the Billboard Underground Artist for last October.

Bound by a common love of eclectic influences, Elizabeth & the Catapult draws inspiration from artists such as Tom Waits, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, and Jon Brion—as well as classical influences such as Debussy, Ravel and Chopin. One explanation for the band's musical diversity is Elizabeth Ziman's musical background. She was trained as a classical pianist until the age of sixteen. "As a kid, I used to practice all the time…" Elizabeth explains. "But one day I realized that I couldn't lock myself in a room for eight hours a day…that's when I started writing and singing." After that, it quickly became apparent that her vocal abilities rivaled her piano skills. In 2002, Elizabeth successfully auditioned to be a background vocalist for soul-queen Patti Austin and ended up joining her on tour for the next year and a half. Elizabeth's experience along with Pete and Danny's folk/rock sensibility piece together to make up the band's harmonically distinctive pop sound, a sound well reflected in their stylistically diverse new EP.

After a listen to the Elizabeth & the Catapult EP, it is immediately clear that a great deal of thought went into each of the songs' arrangements. Strings, Horns, Marimba and Synthesizers are all blended together, creating an organic, off-beat style that fans have often referred to as "baroque pop." The sound of the EP is also shaped by the guerilla-style fashion in which it was recorded. Drummer Danny Molad recorded most of the EP in basements and bathrooms, producing this album, along with Elizabeth, in an incredibly modest home studio. With these limited resources, Elizabeth & the Catapult managed to produce an expertly mixed album. Every note of the EP sounds deliberately placed while there still manages to be an air of effortlessness that penetrates throughout all the songs.

In their recordings as well as live performances, Elizabeth and her band members bring together all their backgrounds and experiences to make music that they themselves enjoy. They acknowledge their amorphous style and readily admit that it probably scares record labels. Even so, Elizabeth asserts that she is "not interested in assigning herself a specific style." Elizabeth & the Catapult are proud of their ever-changing sound and are committed to keeping their music fresh and creative.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Dec 27 Washington DC at DC9
Dec 29 Easton MD at Coffee East
Jan 22 Hoboken NJ at Maxwells

Mountainside Mardi Gras Brings the Spirit of New Orleans To Colorado

From just below sea level to a mile high come the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras, the bead-tossing, costumes, big brass, jazz and funk, all the way from New Orleans to the mountainside of Colorado on Saturday Aug. 8. With a full day of festivities straight from the heart and soul of one of the world’s largest celebrations, Mountainside Mardi Gras is Bourbon Street at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, packed full of New Orleans-based acts like headliner and Grammy Award-winning Dr. John, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, just to name a few.

red-rocksWith Colorado’s favorite venue full of costume-wearing fans, dressed down in the traditional mask, feathers, green and purple, additional artists like George Porter, Jr., Papa Grows Funk, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes will be right at home. The epitome of the word festival, Mountainside Mardi Gras is authentic from start to finish, including mini-parades led by the Krewe of OAK and The New Era Brass Band, in which beads and medallions will be tossed as such in New Orleans. DJ Kinetik will be at the top of Red Rocks spinning sets.

“We are truly focused on bringing the sights, sounds, flavor and flair of the New Orleans Mardi Gras to the amphitheatre,” said Trevor Jones, President of For/Sure Productions.

Jones and his partners are Denver-natives, but the idea for the landmark festival came by way of Jones’ experiences as a student at Tulane University, bringing instant credibility to a vision that has traveled 1,300 miles to honor the good fans of the Rocky Mountain Region. At just 23-years-old, Jones wants to bring his passion for New Orleans and its music to his hometown. To give back to the city that taught him of the bayou sound, Jones is donating a portion of the proceeds to the New Orleans-based Tipitina’s Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to revitalizing the local music community and supporting public school music programs in Louisiana.

Gates to Red Rocks open at noon and the music starts at 1 p.m., but Mardi Gras will undoubtedly begin well before gates open the morning of the festival with fans dressed in their best costumes, which is highly encouraged by the promoters. Tickets are on sale now through TicketsWest and are going fast! Expect special announcements soon concerning the festival, a day that invites all to partake in a collage of culture stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Colorado Front Range.

For more information about the festival visit, www.mountainsidemardigras.com. Tickets can be purchased at all King Soopers locations, by phone at 866-464-2626 or online at www.ticketswest.com.

California '66 Revue tour brings Electric Prunes, Love & Moby Grape

Three premiere bands of the Los Angeles psychedelic era of the late ’60s will join forces August 4-18, 2009 for the California ’66 Revue tour. The Electric Prunes, Love and, for the April 12-18 dates, Jerry Miller from Moby Grape will bring the spirit of Sunset Strip and San Francisco in the late ’60s up the East Coast and into Canada and the Midwest.

Miller joined the tour when Sky “Sunlight” Saxon of The Seeds, originally booked, passed away unexpectedly on June 25. The tour will continue in Saxon’s memory.

According to promoter Patrick Hand, “A major reason I'm promoting this tour is that the Electric Prunes are the best rock band in the world right now. Just listen to 'Feedback.' They sound like 20-year-olds. The Electric Prunes are the only band from the 1960s who are putting out better music now than then.  And the music they put out then was pretty damn good.”

The current incarnation of Love is led by Johnny Echols, lead guitarist in the classic 1966-68 lineup, and will be backed by Baby Lemonade, the latter-day psychedelic L.A. band that accompanied Love founding member Arthur Lee from 1993 until his 2005 death. Jerry Miller will perform songs from his tenure with Moby Grape as well as other eras of his 50-year recording career.

The tour begins in August 4 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia and ends on August 18 at the Birchmere outside Washington, D.C. Other tour cities include New York, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

love“We wanted to do a few shows in intimate venues to see if there is still interest in this genre, and we’ve already passed that test,” adds Hand. “If the public is as enthusiastic in attending the shows as the clubs have been in booking, then I have no doubt we’ll be back on the road again, in the West Coast and the U.K.”
 

About the artists:

The Electric Prunes: In 1966, a sonic blast of feedback, tremolo and fuzz emerged from the confines of a Los Angeles garage. The Electric Prunes’ electrifying single “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night),” widely recognized as one of the first psychedelic hit records, heralded a transition period in popular music. Their combination of psychedelia and bluesy grit offered a unique auditory experience that was a far cry from the pop music popular at the time. A cut from the band’s Mass in F Minor concept album was selected for the soundtrack of the classic road movie Easy Rider. Unlike many of their contemporaries, the Electric Prunes were capable of reproducing their distinctive recording sounds in live performances. They continue to perform across the world, stewarded by founding members Mike Tulin and James Lowe.
 
• Love: Led by the late singer/songwriter/guitarist Arthur Lee, this interracial Los Angeles band was among the most influential and original of its era. Love’s creative impact on other artists from the mid-’60s right up to this very day outweighs the commercial success of their brief but highly productive heyday. The 1967 epic Forever Changes, a suite of songs using acoustic guitars, strings and horns recorded while the band was falling apart as the result of various abuses, is widely cited as one of rock’s all-time greatest albums. Since Arthur Lee’s death in 2005, the legacy of Love has been carried forward by its founding guitarist/songwriter Johnny Echols along with Baby Lemonade.
 
Jerry Miller, who Eric Clapton is reported to have called the “best guitar player in the world,” is best known as the lead guitarist in late ‘60s San Francisco three-guitarist band Moby Grape, which signed to Columbia and recorded four albums between 1966-69. He co-wrote with member Don Stevenson the classics “Hey Grandma” (covered by the Move) and “Murder in My Heart for the Judge” (covered by Three Dog Night and Lee Michaels.) Earlier in his career, Miller played with Bobby Fuller in his predecessor band to the Bobby Fuller Four. Following the Grape’s 1970 dissolution, Miller joined two Grape bandmates in the Rhythm Dukes, and later shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal and Robert Plant. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Miller is once again based in his hometown of Tacoma.
 

grapeCALIFORNIA ’66 REVUE DATES
Tuesday, August 4 PHILADELPHIA, PA Johnny Brenda’s
Wednesday, August 5 HOBOKEN, NJ  Maxwell’s
Thursday, August 6 FAIRFIELD,CT Quick Center; benefit for WPKN-FM radio (with guests the Blues Magoos)
Friday, August 7  CAMBRIDGE, MA  Middle East
Saturday, August 8 MONTREAL, QU  Theater Plaza; affiliated with the “Teenbeat Takeover Woolly Weekend.”
Sunday, August 9 NEW YORK, NY  B.B. King’s
Monday, August 10  FOXBORO, MA  Patriot’s Place
Wednesday, August 12 CHICAGO, IL  Double Door*
Thursday, August 13 MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall*
Friday, August 14 TORONTO, ON  Lee’s Palace*
Saturday, August 15 DETROIT, MI  The Magic Bag*
Sunday, August 16 CLEVELAND, OH  Beachland Ballroom*
Monday, August 17 PITTSBURGH, PA  Hard Rock Café*
Tuesday, August 18 ALEXANDRIA, VA (DC AREA)  Birchmere*

* denotes dates with Jerry Miller from Moby Grape on bill.

Elizabeth & The Catapult Brings You 'Christmas With The Jews'

Elizabeth & the catapult - photo by EJ Decoske- for the Grateful Web

In less than two years since their move to New York, Elizabeth and the Catapult has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. In May and August of 2006 they were featured in WNYC's "Soundcheck" as well as PRI's "Fair Game with Faith Salie" At the end of the year they were dubbed by NPR as "One of the Best Discoveries of 2006."  The Catapult have had residencies at clubs such as the Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall, and after opening for national headliners like Jessie Harris, Kirk Kirkwood (of the Meat Puppets fame), The Wood Brothers (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), and Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) there was enough buzz about them to support a tour and label interest on the West Coast. All of this success also earned them a place as the Billboard Underground Artist for last October.

Bound by a common love of eclectic influences, Elizabeth & the Catapult draws inspiration from artists such as Tom Waits, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, and Jon Brion—as well as classical influences such as Debussy, Ravel and Chopin. One explanation for the band's musical diversity is Elizabeth Ziman's musical background. She was trained as a classical pianist until the age of sixteen. "As a kid, I used to practice all the time…" Elizabeth explains. "But one day I realized that I couldn't lock myself in a room for eight hours a day…that's when I started writing and singing." After that, it quickly became apparent that her vocal abilities rivaled her piano skills. In 2002, Elizabeth successfully auditioned to be a background vocalist for soul-queen Patti Austin and ended up joining her on tour for the next year and a half. Elizabeth's experience along with Pete and Danny's folk/rock sensibility piece together to make up the band's harmonically distinctive pop sound, a sound well reflected in their stylistically diverse new EP.

After a listen to the Elizabeth & the Catapult EP, it is immediately clear that a great deal of thought went into each of the songs' arrangements. Strings, Horns, Marimba and Synthesizers are all blended together, creating an organic, off-beat style that fans have often referred to as "baroque pop." The sound of the EP is also shaped by the guerilla-style fashion in which it was recorded. Drummer Danny Molad recorded most of the EP in basements and bathrooms, producing this album, along with Elizabeth, in an incredibly modest home studio. With these limited resources, Elizabeth & the Catapult managed to produce an expertly mixed album. Every note of the EP sounds deliberately placed while there still manages to be an air of effortlessness that penetrates throughout all the songs.

In their recordings as well as live performances, Elizabeth and her band members bring together all their backgrounds and experiences to make music that they themselves enjoy. They acknowledge their amorphous style and readily admit that it probably scares record labels. Even so, Elizabeth asserts that she is "not interested in assigning herself a specific style." Elizabeth & the Catapult are proud of their ever-changing sound and are committed to keeping their music fresh and creative.

Tour dates!
Dec 27 Washington DC at DC9
Dec 29 Easton MD at Coffee East
Jan 22 Hoboken NJ at Maxwells

New Little Steven 'Coolest Songs' Collection Brings Good Luck

Little Steven ''Coolest Songs''- for the Grateful Web

On November 25, Wicked Cool Records released the latest installment of Steven Van Zandt's irresistibly eclectic collection of rock music, 'Little Steven's Underground Garage Presents the Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7,' this time featuring songs by Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Flogging Molly, John Fogerty, Kaiser Chiefs and R.E.M.

"You can try having a party without this album blasting your bad luck into oblivion," cautions Van Zandt"but I wouldn't recommend it." As he did for the previous volumes in the 'Coolest Songs in the World' series, Little Steven studiously scoured the world for the best music, picking tracks that give this new compilation "a little bit of everything that's cool." 

Here's what Little Steven has to say about 'Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7':

"We start with Swedish Surf Rock (Hawaii Mud Bombers) and Mother Truck ("Streets of Atlanta") right through R.E.M.'s neighborhood ("All The Right Friends") all the way to a "Shady Grove" (Mudcrutch) where we get the singular pleasure of Flogging Molly ("Requiem For A Dying Song"). We've got the Dead But Never Better (Rocket From The Crypt) and Born Again But Never Nastier (The Doughboys) and you want born again? We've got nothing less than "Mother Mary" herself (Foxboro Hot Tubs) and she brought along her own Catholic Girls ("Rock'n America"), we've got Guys (Big Midnight), "Dolls" (Primal Scream), "Gangsters" (Elvis Costello), Pigeons ("I Found Out"), a "Riot" goin' on (Kaiser Chiefs) and a "Longshot" you'd bet on every time (John Fogerty)."

'Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7' Track List:

1. "Dolls" - PRIMAL SCREAM
2. "All The Right Friends" - R.E.M.
3. "Black Sheep" - THE DOUGHBOYS
4. "Mother Mary" - FOXBORO HOT TUBS
5. "Doin' All Right" - BIG MIDNIGHT
6. "Longshot" - JOHN FOGERTY
7. "I Predict A Riot" - KAISER CHIEFS
8. "Johanna Beach" - HAWAII MUD BOMBERS
9. "American Gangster Time" - ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE IMPOSTERS
10. "I Found Out" - THE PIGEON DETECTIVES
11. "Heart Of A Rat" - ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT
12. "Rock'n America" - THE CATHOLIC GIRLS
13. "Streets Of Atlanta" - THE MOTHER TRUCKERS
14. "Requiem For A Dying Song" - FLOGGING MOLLY 
15. "Shady Grove" - MUDCRUTCH

And while 'Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7' is out just in time to be the soundtrack to your most rockin' Thanksgiving yet, Steven's also making sure that you'll be rockin' around the Christmas tree, too: his rarities-packed 'Little Steven's Underground Garage Presents Christmas A Go-Go' is out now (also from Wicked Cool Records), featuring the coolest from Keith Richards (available for the FIRST time on CD), The Kinks, The Ramones, Bob Seger, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Darlene Love, and even Joe Pesci. The album also includes a bunch of superb, newly recorded songs from Wicked Cool artists like The Chesterfield Kings, Cocktail Slippers, and Len Price 3. 20 tracks total!

About Little Steven Van Zandt and Wicked Cool Records:

Host of Little Steven's Underground Garage, the most successful syndicated rock radio show in the country, Steven Van Zandt is also known for his role as Silvio Dante in the Sopranos and as a founding member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. LSUG is now in over 200 markets and has surpassed 1 million weekly listeners. An extension of the weekly show, the Underground Garage Channel 25 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio plays the best of all 60 years of Rock and Roll 24 hours a day featuring the best new Rock and Roll worldwide. Steven is also the creator and executive producer of the Outlaw Country Channel 63 and The Wiseguy Show on SIRIUS.

Wicked Cool Records is distributed by RED Distribution and is featured in endcaps at FYE stores across the country.

BoomBox Brings Non-Stop Dance Party on Tour

Russ Randolph - photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

BoomBox is hitting the road for a non-stop dance party consisting of almost 30 national dates through 2008. The tour plans include near sold-out performances at the legendary Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH, the Pour House in Raleigh, NC, and Cervantes Masterpiece Theater in Denver, CO. On the heels of an up-coming studio release, BoomBox is laying down the groundwork to accomplish great things in 2009.

Hailing from the legendary Muscle Shoals, Alabama, BoomBox offers encyclopedic insight into decades of music and popular culture influence in a one hundred percent original musical message. Comprising of two parts sonic interplay, DJ/producer Russ Randolph and singer/songwriter/guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux have built BoomBox on a foundation of danceable rhythms, hypnotic mixes and shimmering guitar phrases. Adding to the distinctiveness of the experience, the duo incorporates a live DJ with guitars and vocals mixed in real time.

BoomBox takes to the stage each night with unmatched energy and an unspoken vibe, winning audiences over on a city-by-city basis. Evolving through the common visualization of a pair of forward thinking artists from diverse musical backgrounds, BoomBox creates a sound that appeals to an extensive audience for fans of all ages and musical influences. As 2008 winds down, BoomBox is just getting started. With a full touring schedule booked until the end of the year, expect gigantic things from the duo. Intent on infecting the masses with the BoomBox vibe, Randolph and Godchaux's ambition is unrivaled. For fans looking forward to the next great chapter in musical history, the future is now. The future is BoomBox.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

10/24 – Cervantes' Masterpeice Ballroom – Denver, CO
10/25 – Fox Theater – Boulder, CO
10/30 – Rick's Cafe Live – Starkville, MS
10/31 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
11/05 – Rocktown Grill – Harrisonburg, VA
11/06 – Rex Theater – Pittsburg, PA
11/07 – Jigsaw Saloon and Stage – Parma, OH
11/08 – Jigsaw Saloon and Stage – Parma, OH
11/12 – The Lyric Theatre – Oxford, MS
11/15 – Copper Mountain – Copper Mountain, CO
11/28 – Crossroads – Huntsville, AL
12/03 – The Pour House – Charleston, SC
12/04 – Loco's Deli and Pub – Savannah, GA
12/05 – French Quarter Cafe – Statesboro, GA
12/06 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
12/19 – Gottrocks – Greenville, SC
12/20 – Shoreline Ballroom – Hilton Head, SC
01/30 – Newby's Restaurant – Memphis, TN
01/31 – George's Majestic – Fayetteville, AR

Stanton Moore Trio Brings the Funk

On a night where Colorado music fans could have seen G-Love and the Special Sauce, another Zero reunion, and numerous other acts it was exciting to see folks completely pack the Bluebird Theater in Denver to witness the latest incarnation of the