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David Grisman's new website, AcousticOasis.com

I'm very pleased and excited to announce the arrival of my new website, AcousticOasis.com, featuring new and previously unreleased projects that are now available to you as high-quality digital downloads, exclusively through this site. All projects include downloadable graphics (CD covers, tray cards and labels) and cost is less than most other download sites.

Among the initial Acoustic Oasis releases are extended versions of Acoustic Disc projects like the 170-minute Extra Large Pizza Tapes with Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice and myself, exceptional live performances like The Bluegrass Quintet - Live in Japan, vintage recordings of historical importance such as Giovanni Gioviale - Italian Mandolin & Banjo Classics, out- of-print gems like jazzmaster Don Stiernberg's Mandolin Restaurant and new Oasis recordings like Slapback by mandolin whiz-kid Josh Pinkham and his grandfather, Texas swing legend Jerry Thomasson.

Also available are videos, educational materials, special bargain compilations, free streaming radio & tv, and a free daily download.  New releases and features will be coming each month so you'll want to keep checking us out!

After 20 successful years with Acoustic Disc, I want to thank all of you for your continued support and encouragement - and extend a big welcome to check out Acoustic Oasis!

PAUL VAN DYK: FULL TRACK LISTING FOR DOUBLE-DISC 'BEST OF' ANTHOLOGY UNVEILED

Throughout his unparalleled 15-year career in electronic dance music, PAUL VAN DYK has achieved what most musicians in any genre only dream of: a hugely successful recording career that has resulted in over three and a half million albums sold worldwide, a prestigious Grammy nomination, a high profile remixography that includes U2, Justin Timberlake, Depeche Mode and Britney Spears, multiple sold-out global tours and now his very own DJ iPhone and iPod App.  Following the June 9 (retail) and May 26 (digital) release date announcement for his next album VOLUME (Ultra Records), the dance music trailblazer has now unveiled details about the package’s track listing and U.S. tour.

van dykVOLUME is a heavyweight two-disc anthology of PAUL VAN DYK’s most memorable and requested releases of original songs from his studio albums 45 RPM (1994), Seven Ways (1996), Out There And Back (2000), the Grammy-nominated Reflections (2003) and In Between (2007), plus various remix productions.  CD 1 is a mixed collection of his original works including “White Lies,” featuring the Pussycat Dolls’ Jessica Sutta, “Nothing But You” and “Time Of Our Lives” with Vega 4, whose lead singer Johnny McDaid also lends his vocals to the brand new song “Home” that was created specially for VOLUME.  Also highlighted are VAN DYK’s stellar hits “Forbidden Fruit” and “We Are Alive” that achieved worldwide chart success.

The set additionally includes a new mix by VAN DYK--as constantly requested by his fans--of his timeless classic “For An Angel.”  Also available to coincide with the release will be a remix EP of a number of new mixes by Spencer & Hill, Miika Kuisma, Filo and Peri, Dave Darrell and others of “For An Angel.”  CD 2 consists of his most popular remixes of artists such as U2, Depeche Mode, New Order, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.  The complete track listing follows below.

In support of VOLUME, the live electronic music performer who’s known for his creative on-the-spot mastery will embark on an intense tour, appearing in 17 cities in 17 days.  The VOLUME tour kicks off June 11 in Scottsdale, AZ and will take VAN DYK throughout middle-America, making stops in such markets as Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City, Detroit, Chicago, Nashville and Atlanta.  The leg wraps June 26 with a headlining spot at the Electric Daisy Carnival in downtown Los Angeles, the two-day festival where over 100,000 people are expected.  Select dates prior to the tour will have VAN DYK hitting San Francisco and Las Vegas for headlining one-off Memorial Day weekend performances.  The highly anticipated tour is one of the most sought-after tickets this summer.  Fans can check out www.wantickets.com/paulvandyk, the official ticket provider of the PAUL VAN DYK - VOLUME U.S. Tour, for more information.

Since announcing the PAUL VAN DYK iPhone Application last Monday, April 21, the YouTube link which depicts him demonstrating the different assets of the app has already received over 10,000 views.  “What you have is different tools that … are very, very helpful if you’re a DJ,” VAN DYK told Deanna Rilling of the Las Vegas Weekly (4/23/09) about the new technology.  “Van Dyk explains that he didn’t want a boring app that people lose interest in after a few minutes. ‘I wanted to have something more than just a gadget,’ he says. Van Dyk’s app has BPM, decibel and frequency meters, plus a torch function to illuminate the booth in case a DJ loses a contact lens or drink ticket.”

View the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES8Km5UUn8U

The complete track listing for VOLUME is as follows:

Disc 1

1. For An Angel (PvD Remix ‘09)

2. Home (PvD Club mix)

3. Let Go

4. White Lies

5. Nothing But You

6. Another Way

7. Forbidden Fruit

8. Together We Will Conquer

9. New York City

10. A Magical Moment

11. The Other Side

12.  We Are Alive

13. Time of Our Lives

Disc 2

1. Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around Comes Around (PvD Mix)

2. U2 – Elevation (PvD Mix)

3. Depeche Mode – Martyr (PvD Mix)

4. Timo Maas – Pictures (PvD Mix)

5. New Order – Spooky (PvD Mix)

6. Humate - Love Stimulation (PvD Mix)

7. Faithless - Bring My Family Back (PvD Mix)

8. Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard - Batman Theme (Paul van Dyk remix)

9. Binary Finary – 1998 (PvD Mix)

10. Lisa Miskovsky - Still alive (PvD Mix)

11. Britney Spears - Gimme More (PvD Mix)

PAUL VAN DYK’s upcoming U.S. tour dates are:

DATE

CITY

VENUE

Fri 5/23

San Francisco, CA

Cow Palace

Sun 5/24

Las Vegas, NV

Rain

VOLUME tour:

Thu 6/11

Scottsdale, AZ

Myst Nightclub

Fri 6/12

Salt Lake City, UT

The Great Saltair Amphitheater

Sat 6/13

Denver, CO

Electric Daisy Carnival - Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Regional Park

Sun 6/14

Albuquerque, NM

Sunshine Theatre

Mon 6/15

Oklahoma City, OK

City Walk

Tues 6/16

St. Charles, MO

HOME

Wed 6/17

Columbus, OH

BoMA

Thu 6/18

Pontiac, MI

Crofoot Ballroom

Fri 6/19

Minneapolis, MN

Epic

Sat 6/20

Chicago, IL

Congress Theatre

Sun 6/21

Milwaukee, WI

The Rave

Mon 6/22

Indianapolis, IN

Talbott Street

Tues 6/23

Nashville, TN

Limelight

Wed 6/24

Atlanta, GA

Opera

Thu 6/25

Dallas, TX

Lizard Lounge

Fri 6/26

Houston, TX

Bar Rio

Sat 6/27

Los Angeles, CA

Electric Daisy Carnival - LA Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park

Umphrey's McGee Releases Double Disc, 'The Bottom Half'

Jake Cinninger- for the Grateful Web

On April 3, 2007 Umphrey's McGee releases a double disc B-Sides album – a spontaneous and intriguing follow-up to their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In Numbers. Titled The Bottom Half, disc one features ten songs that did not make it onto Safety In Numbers, while disc two offers outtakes, alternative versions of songs, a cappella recordings, and other bits from the band's 2005 studio sessions. As with Safety In Numbers, famed album artist Storm Thorgerson has designed the artwork for The Bottom Half.

Safety In Numbers attracted mountains of attention for Chicago's rising stars during 2006. The highly anticipated album charted on Billboard's Top 200 and on the coveted "Heatseekers" chart, and received a "4 Star" review in Blender magazine. Also in 2006, Umphrey's McGee sold out shows in theaters coast to coast, appeared at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and made their late night TV debut on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition, Guitar Player Magazine recently featured the band's guitarists – Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss – on their list of "Best Unsung Guitar Heroes."

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

February 21 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale FL
February 22 State Theatre St. Petersburg FL
February 23 The Music Farm Charleston SC
February 24 Amos' South End Charlotte NC
February 25 Legend's Music Hall Boone NC
February 27 The NorVa  Norfolk VA
February 28 Georgia Theater Athens GA
March 01 The Orange Peel Asheville NC
March 02 Bijou Theatre Knoxville TN
March 05-06 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
March 14 Canopy Club Urbana IL
March 15 The Orbit Room Grand Rapids MI
March 16 Clutch Cargos Pontiac MI
March 17 Morris Performing Arts Center South Bend IN
March 22 Orpheum Theatre Madison WI
March 23-24 First Avenue Minneapolis MN
April 03 Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom Iowa City IA
April 04 The Blue Note Columbia MO
April 05 The Pageant St. Louis MO
April 06-07 Egyptian Room - Murat Centre Indianapolis IN
April 11 Calvin Theatre Northampton MA
April 12 Avalon Theatre Boston MA
April 13 Nokia Theatre Time Square New York NY
April 14 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
April 15 Water Street Music Hall Rochester NY
April 17 The Opera House Toronto Ontario
April 18 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe PA
April 19 The Town Ballroom Buffalo NY
April 20 Newport Music Hall Columbia OH
April 21 TBA - Green Apple Music Festival Chicago IL
May 02-03 The Workplay SoundStage Birmingham AL
May 04 House Of Blues New Orleans LA
May 05 Granada Theatre Dallas  TX
May 25-27 Summer Camp Chillicothe IL
June 02 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter NY
July 18-21 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes MN

It has been a quick rise for Chicago's Umphrey's McGee. Their virtuoso playing and edgy song craft recently compelled Rolling Stone to choose Umphrey's "a band to watch" in their annual Hot Issue. Relix magazine put them on the cover of their December 2004 issue and the prestigious Chicago Music Awards bestowed upon Umphrey's McGee the coveted Best Rock Entertainer of the Year award. Booked coast to coast by the Monterey Peninsula Booking Agency, the band recently sold out three nights at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, two nights at Irving Plaza, San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, and the list goes on.