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Jake's 2011 North American Tour + Patagonia CD

Jake's new original song, "Less Cowbell, More Ukulele," will be featured on "Patagonia Music Collective Vol 3," a compilation recording project that supports organizations dedicated to protecting the environment. Available exclusively on iTunes now. Proceeds from Jake's track will go to the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

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7. 12 Santa Cruz, CA : Rio Theatre (SOLD OUT)
7. 13 Napa, CA : Napa Valley Opera House
7. 14 San Diego, CA : Ukulele Festival
7. 15 Grass Valley, CA : California WorldFest
7. 17 Honolulu, HI: Ukulele Festival
7. 23 - 7. 30 Japan Tour
8. 08 Honolulu, HI : 10th Anniversary Concert @ DFS Galleria Waikiki
8. 13 Yonse University Centennial Memorial in Korea
8. 20 - 8. 21 Japan Tour
8. 26 - 9. 02 Dave Koz & Friends at Sea 2011 Alaskan Cruise

iClips.net to Stream Sold-Out Widespread Panic Red Rocks shows

For music fans all over the country, it wouldn’t quite be summer without a run of Widespread Panic shows at Colorado’s breathtaking Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For the band’s 2011 visit – happening June 24-25-26 - iClips.net will be onsite documenting the sold out run. “Widespread Panic: Live From Red Rocks” webcast, available at iClips.net and LiveWidespreadPanic.com, will offer full performance real-time video streaming, bringing three nights of epic music directly into people’s homes.

Performances can be purchased separately or as a 3-night package, including a limited number of 3-night packages with an exclusive event poster signed by the band. Visit WidespreadPanic.com to purchase webcasts and for more information.

“This being the 25th anniversary of Widespread Panic, we felt it appropriate to simulcast the Red Rocks shows because they have been such a huge part of our 25 years of touring,” says Buck Williams, Widespread Panic’s co-manager. iClips.net CEO and Founder Nate Parienti adds, “During a Widespread Panic show at Red Rocks, the energy is palpable. We’re thrilled to capture it on video and try and bring as much of the experience as possible to the folks at home who aren't able to be there in person.”

Pearl Jam 20th Anniversary at Alpine Valley

In celebration of the band's twenty-year anniversary, Pearl Jam will host and headline a Labor Day weekend concert celebration at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI on September 3rd and 4th, followed by a ten-date Canadian tour. In addition to these live shows, the band will release a Cameron Crowe-directed film, Pearl Jam Twenty, which captures the band?s journey over its twenty years, along with an accompanying book and soundtrack album this fall.

Serving as the band's only U.S. shows of 2011, Pearl Jam's Labor Day anniversary weekend concert at Alpine Valley (September 3rd and 4th) will include performances by fellow artists and friends including The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, John Doe, Joseph Arthur, Glen Hansard, Liam Finn and special guests to be announced.

Tickets go on sale starting Monday, May 23rd for the Ten Club and Saturday, June 4th for the general public.  Detailed information on Pearl Jam's Labor Day anniversary weekend concert weekend at www.pj20.com.

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Pearl Jam will tour Canada from September 7th through 25th -- hitting Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.  Tickets for Pearl Jam's Canadian tour go on sale Friday, May 27th, with the exception of the Montreal concert, which goes on sale Saturday, May 28th.  A special ticket pre-sale for members of Pearl Jam's Ten Club begins Tuesday, May 24th. More information at www.pearljam.com.

Pearl Jam Canadian Tour Dates, Cities and On Sale Information:

Date                    City                    Venue                           On Sale Date / Time
7 - Sep         Montreal                Bell Centre                     May 28 / 12:00pm local
11-Sep          Toronto         Air Canada Centre               May 27 / 10:00am local
12-Sep          Toronto         Air Canada Centre               May 27 / 10:00am local
14-Sep          Ottawa          Scotiabank Place                May 27 / 10:00am local
15-Sep          Hamilton                Copps Coliseum          May 27 / 10:00am local
17-Sep          Winnipeg                MTS Centre                      May 27 / 10:00am local
19-Sep          Saskatoon       Credit Union Centre             May 27 / 10:00am local
21-Sep          Calgary         Scotiabank Saddledome   May 27 / 10:00am local
23-Sep          Edmonton        Rexall Place                    May 27 / 10:00am local
25-Sep          Vancouver       Pacific Coliseum                May 27 / 10:00am local

NOTE: $2 from every ticket sold to Pearl Jam's Labor Day anniversary weekend concert and Canadian tour will be donated to Vitalogy Foundation, which grants funds to non-profit organizations chosen personally by the members of Pearl Jam.

Tower of Power Celebrate 40TH Anniversary

TOWER OF POWER CELEBRATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ALBUM, DVD AND REUNION.   New Collection Features TOP alumni like Lenny Pickett and Chester Thompson; Special Guests Include Soul Legend Sam Moore.

It’s spring! As we celebrate the start of the baseball season, the end of the basketball season and the release of Tower of Power’s 40th Anniversary album, the operative phrase in everyone’s ears is “We Came To Play.” But then, Tower of Power has “come to play,” every single time they take to the stage over the last 42 years.  The horn driven soul and funk machine has toured consistently playing to so(u)ld out crowds around the world.  And after 40 years, four of the original musicians still play with the band.

Similar to sports teams, however, Tower of Power has had numerous players take free agency with other musical prospects. So the 40th Anniversary show gave the band an opportunity to stage their version of “Old Timer’s Day,” bringing 20 former members to work with the ongoing ten player line-up.

“When we were young and we’d lose somebody, it seemed like the end of the world,” TOP founder Emilio Castillo told Gary Graff.  “But it started happening at such an early age in our career, and we always overcame it and always got great people to come in.”

Captured live at the Legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in 2008, this extraordinary show welcomed such former members as Greg Adams, TOP’s trumpeter and arranger for 20 years and subsequently one of the architects of the “smooth Jazz” sound; Chester Thompson, who moved on to play keys for Santana and Elton John; and chart topping “smooth jazz” sax player and first call session guy Richard Elliott.

At a show recorded on the band’s actual anniversary, former TOP member Lenny Pickett, long time sax player for the Saturday Night Live band, joined in. He’s in the bonus footage and is interviewed.   Legendary vocalist Sam Moore, of Sam and Dave, added to the funkified festivities with “I Thank You,” and Otis Redding’s “Mr. Pitiful.”  The DVD is dedicated to Steve “Skip” Mesquite, long time alto player for TOP, who made the show and passed on shortly afterward.

The CD and DVD package is a slam dunk of soulful funk, with such great Tower of Power hits as “What is Hip?” “You’re Still A Young Man,” the ever timely “Only So Much Oil In The Ground,” and “This Time It’s Real.” After 40 years, this band can clearly still hit it out of the ballpark.

“It was probably the most special night of our entire career,” said Castillo. “Getting together and playing again with those guys we’d spent so much time with on the road. It was magic.”

DJ YODA U.K. Turntablist 'DJ Yoda & Friends'

Audio-visual turntablist extraordinaire DJ YODA is set to release a brand new five-track EP entitled DJ YODA & FRIENDS out March 7, 2011 via A.Skillz’ Jam City label in North America. Taken from his exclusive album sessions, the EP follows DJ YODA’s groundbreaking Stop, Look & Listen Tour which saw him mashing audio and visual elements across the U.K., conquering various venues including the celebrated British Film Institute IMAX in London.

DJ YODA is no ordinary scratch DJ. His seminal How To Cut & Paste series showcased a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q magazine in his native Britain to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die,” while Hip Hop Connection voted him “one of the top three DJs in the world.” American gaming enthusiasts may be familiar with him as a contributor to ‘DJ Hero,’ for which he collaborated with its designers, contributing his expertise to the look of the game.  It also features two of his mixes and a DJ Yoda level.

From hip-hop beginnings, DJ YODA has evolved in the past ten years, using his turntable skills and diverse influences as varied as funk, b-more, kuduro, reggae, drum ‘n’ bass and even big band swing and country & western to make unashamed party music. On the DJ YODA & FRIENDS EP— the follow-up to his 2006 debut album The Amazing Adventures Of DJ Yoda, where he produced tracks with Biz Markie, 2005 MOBO-winner Sway, Princess Superstar, Jungle Brothers, MC Paul Barman and a host of other vocalists—the master producer teams with a unique cast of characters.  Rappers Izza Kizza, a vocalist from super-producer Timbaland's stable, and Gotty Boi Chris, a key figure in the very hot New Orleans Bounce scene, and DJ/producers A.Skillz, Hervé and Nick Thayer are DJ YODA’s cohorts on these five brand new tracks

A-Skillz has done it all from plying his turntable abilities at clubs and festivals across the world to producing his own tracks and helping mould others. Similarly, Joshua “Hervé” Harvey has created club smashes under various guises and collaborated with some of the most exciting players in the scene, including Fatboy Slim to create 2010’s “Machines will do the Work.”  Nick Thayer is an Australian DJ/Producer who has already won the support of Kissy Sell Out (Radio 1), the Stanton Warriors and Utah Saints amongst others, off the back of his debut album which he released in May, Just Let It Go.

On stage, DJ YODA can be found cutting the “Indiana Jones” theme with woofer-worrying dubstep or “The Muppet Show” theme with M.IA. His shows are peppered with film, TV and YouTube samples and visuals that lift his sets to new and stratospheric heights.  His live repertoire—which U.S. audiences will get to experience this spring when he comes over to tour—has him trail-blazing into the world of the audio-visual.  DJ YODA pioneered a new art form, using cutting-edge technology that he’s been instrumental in developing to scratch and mix visuals on top of his DJ sets in the clubs.

Starting out by re-scoring both “The Goonies” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on the festival circuit in 2003 and 2004, DJ YODA went on to transform the average night out into a fusion of clubbing and the movies. His recent audio/visual tours have included “DJ Yoda Goes To The Movies,” “Magic Cinema Show” and “National Video Vacation.” Elements of his most recent outing with his “Stop Look And Listen” show can be found here.

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Recent highlights for DJ Yoda include:

  • Selling out London’s Koko on his critically acclaimed ‘Magic Cinema Show’ tour.
  • Performing alongside the likes of Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Fatboy Slim.
  • Being nominated for a Sony Radio Award in the ‘Music Special’ category for his "Cut & Paste" documentary for BBC Radio 1.
  • Winning the Contemporary Classical Album of 2009 at the Independent Music Awards for the Heritage Orchestra feat DJ Yoda's G. Prokofiev Concerto For Turntables & Orchestra.
  • Producing an hour-long music documentary for BBC Radio 1’s 40th birthday, mixing-up highlights of their history as part of their official anniversary celebrations.
  • Releasing the critically acclaimed Fabric Live 39 mix CD.
  • Working with Dame Evelyn Glennie on a genre-defying collaborative live show.
  • Mixing up the Champions League highlights for ITV’s Champions League Final.
  • Performing with Lily Allen providing exclusive visuals.
  • Creating a special Michael Jackson tribute Mini-Mix for Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show
  • DJ’ing to packed-out clubs everywhere from China to Brazil to Australia.
  • Playing on the same bill as Steve Martin, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock at the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.

Showcasing a one-off AV mix at the DMC 25th Anniversary Championships, detailing the competition’s incredible highs from the past quarter of a century in his own inimitable style.

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco - Boulder Theater's 75th Anniversary Kick Off!

The Boulder Theater is proud to announce two special performances with singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy on January 7th and 8th, 2011.  These concerts celebrate opening weekend of the 2011 concert season, and will be the first in a series of events commemorating this cultural institution’s 75th Anniversary.

As the founding member and leader of the ground-breaking American rock band Wilco and co-founder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished artists. Since starting Wilco in 1994 Tweedy has written original songs for seven Wilco albums, sold millions of records worldwide, won two Grammy Awards, and earned rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Wilco’s latest studio album, 2009’s Grammy-nominated Wilco (The Album) landed on many critics’ lists as one of the year’s best albums and Rolling Stone magazine cited Wilco’s 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as the 3rd best album of the decade.

While maintaining a full schedule of recording, releasing albums and touring extensively with Wilco, Tweedy has also toured frequently as a solo artist, playing intimate unscripted acoustic sets that draw from his 400-plus song repertoire.  A departure from Wilco’s carefully orchestrated, sonically complex performances, the solo concerts showcase Tweedy’s prolific output as a songwriter, his proficiency as a guitarist and his wry sense of humor.

Tweedy’s most recent work includes the launching of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA and producing soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples’ latest release, the 2010 Grammy-nominated You Are Not Alone.

Come celebrate the Silver Anniversary of The Boulder Theater, which opened for business on January 9th, 1936 with a screening of the Paramount Pictures film, "A Bride Comes Home".

Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.  Tickets are also available through the Boulder Theater website @ www.bouldertheater.com.

Lookout Farm 35th Anniversary at Birdland

The 1974 septet release entitled Lookout Farm distinguished saxophonist Dave Liebman as a rising bandleader and top-notch improviser. Along with Liebman, the collective featured Richie Beirach on piano, John Abercrombie on guitar, East Indian percussionists Badal Roy and Armen Halburian, drummer Jeff Williams, and upright bassist Frank Tusa. With this all-star lineup and the production values of ECM’s award-winning Manfred Eicher, Lookout Farm gained iconic status in modern jazz as it pushed the limits of how far a group could go artistically while still maintaining a definitive identity. For this special four-day run, Liebman reunites with original members Beirach and Williams, along with later member, bassist Ron McClure to mark the 35th anniversary of this one of a kind ensemble and recording..

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Birdland Jazz Club
315 West 44th Street btw 8 & 9th avs
New York, NY 10036-5402
(212) 581-3080
http://www.birdlandjazz.com/

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Wednesday-Saturday, February 17-20 @ 8:30 & 11pm Music Charge: $30, side seating; $40 center seating

Zen Tricksters 30th Anniversary Show 10/25/09

The legendary New York based jam band, The Zen Tricksters, celebrates its 30th anniversary on Sunday, October 25th with a rare show at B.B. King Blues Club in New York (237 W. 42 St. 212 997-4144), NY beginning at 7:30 PM.

Founder and lead guitarist Jeff Mattson will be joined by veteran Zen Tricksters Klyph Black (bass), Tom Circosta (guitar), and Dave Diamond (drums). The band is currently on hiatus while Mattson pursues his project with Donna Jean Godchaux (Grateful Dead), The Donna Jean Godchaux Band, and Klyph Black tours with his blues band, Rumor Has It. Mattson recalls their early days when the band was called The Volunteers and played five+ nights a week in Long Island clubs. The band began touring nationally in 1989 and has played in nearly every state in the Union, as well as Canada and Japan. Former Zen Tricksters players of note include Rob Barraco who played with band mate Mattson with Phil Lesh in 1999, went on to play with The Dead, and who now plays keys with Dark Star Orchestra.

10th Anniversary DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL @ Birdland

Launched in 2000, The DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL, the brainstorm of producers Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta, has become one of the most successful and highly anticipated annual musical events in the NY area with people flying in from all over the country to see some of the best ‘HOT JAZZ’ in the world. Ahmet Ertegun, who was a revered giant in the record industry, attended that 1st year and remarked ‘that he hadn’t seen that much excitement in a club since his early days in NYC”.  He went on to release a CD of 2000 which included Bireli Lagrene, Jimmy Rosenberg, and Babik (Django’s only son), his only recording in the US. The festival is dedicated to the memory of dear friend HANS MEELEN who turned the producers on to his great love of this music!

2009 marks the 10th Anniversary held at its official home, Birdland.  Hot Gypsy Jazz lives on!  Django, who was the partner of virtuoso Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli in the 30’s  and 40’s in Europe with  their Hot Club Quintette, left an indelible mark on music which continues on in the hands of thousands of top musicans around the world including stars such as Willie Nelson. Tony Bennett has written an English lyric to Django’s most famous song “Nuages”.

Gypsy Jazz is just that! It is Jazz coming out of the Gypsy life where children at three can be holding guitars while fathers and grandfathers sit  around and  play, many times in the caravans.  It is music passed from one generation to the other with love, amongst family, taken to the parks, streets, and boites, and as it became accepted as important music –  went to established clubs and concert halls where it is today, almost 100 years later.

Appearing will be the legendary TCHAVOLO SCHMITT, his first time at Birdland. Born in a gypsy family, living in Strasbourg, France, he epitoimizes ‘a swing of madness’ combined with romantic emotion.  He is joined by his nephew, SAMSON SCHMITT, a regular at the Festival where he grew up alongside his Dad, DORADO SCHMITT, who will return to NY on February 2nd in an important concert ending a US tour celebrating DJANGO’s ‘100th Birthday” also produced by Philips and Stratta.

ANDREAS OBERG, from Stockholm, is one of the most fluent young stylists on the guitar playing today. LUDOVIC BEIER, a real virtuoso from Paris, has also been a regular  at  the Festival playing Accordion and Accordina – a rare instrument that  is a cross between a harmonica and the accordion. Add to this community of musicians, AURORE VOILQUE, young female Violinist from  France, her first time to the US who became  part of the Manouche Jazz scene in Paris playing with all the great swing artists.  On Rhythm Guitar, which is vitally important to ‘hot jazz’, is Ted Gottsegan living in nearby Queens who has performed with the top players of this music including Robin Nolan.

A very adventurous part of the evening is when, each night, a US jazz musician steps in as special guest.  Most times, unless a repeat appearance, the players meet this guest for the first time and magic erupts bringing smiles to the faces of the musicians and audience alike. It is sometimes very daring but fun for the US artists to join into this excitement without rehearsal. Basically a few #’s are called backstage and ‘away we go’. That is the freedom of this Festival where anything can happen and does. Improvisation on all fronts abounds and creates surprises and a great time for all.

Guests:  

Nov. 3: Sax Great Joel Frahm
4:  Washboard  Percussionist:  David Langlois
5:  Another Trumpet Great:  Terrell Stafford
6:  Colombian Jazz Harpist:  Edmar Castaneda
7:  Harmonica Master:  Hendrik Meurkens
8:  Trumpet  Virtuoso:  Dominick Farinacci

It  all  happens  at BIRDLAND: 315 W. 44th Street in NYC –Showtimes:   8:30 &  11:00 PM -- Reservations: (212) 581-3080 or www.birdlandjazz.com

10th Anniversary DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL

Launched in 2000, The DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL, the brainstorm of Producers Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta, has  become one of the most successful and highly anticipated annual musical events in the NY area with people flying in from all over the country to see some of the best ‘HOT JAZZ’ in the world.  Ahmet Ertegun, who was a revered giant in the record industry, attended that 1st year and remarked ‘that he hadn’t seen that much excitement in a club  since his early days in NYC”.  He went on to release a CD of 2000 which included Bireli Lagrene, Jimmy Rosenberg, and Babik (Django’s only son), his only recording in the US. The Festival is dedicated to the memory of dear friend HANS MEELEN who turned the Producers on to his great love of this music!

django2009 marks the 10th Anniversary held at its official home, Birdland.  Hot Gypsy Jazz lives on!  Django, who was the partner of virtuoso Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli in the 30’s and 40’s in Europe with their Hot Club Quintette, left an indelible mark on music which continues on in the hands of thousands of top musicians around the world including stars such as Willie Nelson.  Tony Bennett has written an English lyric to Django’s most famous song “Nuages”.

Gypsy Jazz is just that!  It is Jazz coming out of the Gypsy life where children at three can be holding guitars while fathers and grandfathers sit around and play, many times in the caravans.  It is music passed from one generation to the other with love, amongst family, taken to the parks, streets, and boites, and as it became accepted as important music – went to  established clubs and concert halls where it is today, almost 100 years later.

Appearing will be the legendary TCHAVOLO SCHMITT, his first time at Birdland.  Born in a gypsy family, living in Strasbourg,  France, he epitomizes ‘a swing of  madness’ combined with romantic emotion.  He is joined by his nephew, SAMSON SCHMITT, a regular at the Festival where he grew up alongside his  Dad, DORADO SCHMITT, who will return to NY on February 2nd in an important concert ending a US tour celebrating DJANGO’s ‘100th Birthday” also produced by Philips and Stratta.

ANDREAS OBERG, from Stockholm, is one of the  most fluent young stylists on the guitar playing today.  LUDOVIC BEIER, a real virtuoso from Paris, has also been a regular at the Festival playing Accordion and Accordina – a rare instrument that  is a cross between a harmonica and the accordion.  Add to this community of musicians, AURORE VOILQUE, young female Violinist from France, her first time to the US who became part of the Manouche Jazz scene in Paris playing with all the great swing artists.  On Rhythm Guitar, which is vitally important to ‘hot jazz’, is Ted Gottsegan living in nearby Queens who has performed with the top players of this music including Robin Nolan.

A very adventurous part of the evening is when, each night, a US Jazz Musician steps in as Special Guest.  Most times, unless a repeat appearance, the players meet this Guest for the first time and magic erupts bringing smiles to the faces of the musicians and audience alike.  It is sometimes very daring but fun for the US artists to join into this excitement without rehearsal .  Basically a few #’s are called backstage and ‘away we go’.  That is the freedom of this Festival where anything can happen and does.  Improvisation on all fronts abounds and creates surprises and a great time for all.  
 

Guests:     Nov. 3:   Sax Great Joel  Frahm
                      4:   Trumpet Virtuoso Dominick  Farinacci
                      5:   Another Trumpet Star:  Terrell  Stafford
                      6:   Colombian Jazz Harpist:  Edmar  Castaneda
                      7:   Harmonica Master:  Hendrik  Meurkens
                      8:   Washboard Percussionist:  David Langlois
 
It all  happens at BIRDLAND: 315 W. 44th Street in NYC –Showtimes:  8:30 &  11:00 PM | Reservations: (212) 581-3080 or www.birdlandjazz.com