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DSO Four Winds Tour Starts Tomorrow, Gratefulfest 11

Starting at The National in Richmond, VA tomorrow Dark Star Orchestra will take a lap around the east coast with stops in Tarrytown, NY, Reading, PA, a special Acoustic show at Mexicali Blues, their 1st performance at Union County Arts Center in Rahway, NJ, stops in Falls Church, VA, Hagerstown, MD and closing out with a show at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY. Along the way band members will be sharing their touring adventures on their BLOG.

After a few weeks off they ride the wind out to the west coast to start the second leg of the Four Winds Tour. Starting in the great Northwest at the Mt Baker Theater in Bellingham, WA DSO will cruise south stopping off in Seattle, Portland, and Eugene before heading into California for shows in Arcata, Santa Cruz and three nights in San Francisco. Thursday April 7th, the first of three nights in San Fran, they be our Black Tie Dye Ball to benefit The Rex Foundation. There will be packages available that will include a pre-show and sound check party with the band. More details coming soon. After the long weekend in San Fran, DSO closes out their tour with stops in Reno, NV and a Colorado run that will include Aspen, 2 nights in Boulder and the tour closer in Fort Collins.

Check out their TOUR DATES PAGE for complete details.


Gratefulfest 11

DSO is stoked to announce that we will be returning to Nelson's Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, Ohio to Celebrate the 11th annual Gratefulfest....July 1st-4th....3 full nights of DSO....more info coming soon.

You Gotta Wear Shades

The Into The Sun Tour starts April 29th at Irving Plaza in NYC with a special recreation of the famed Grateful Dead set from 4/29/71 at the Fillmore east on the 40th anniversary of the show. DSO has just added May 17th at the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg, PA. The rest of the tour includes stops in Providence, Philadelphia, Burlington, Boston, an acoustic show in Plymouth, NH and two nights at Mighty High Mountain Fest to close out the tour. Visit their TOUR DATES PAGE for the full schedule.

For every show on the Into The Sun Tour DSO will be giving fans the chance to vote on the song we will play for their Encore/Filler for every show. Head over to the TOUR DATES PAGE to find the ballots for each show and be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets for the show you vote on.

Blue Turtle Seduction & the New Up: Set to Rock San Fran

Aptly named “The Blue Up Ball,” the split ticket performance of Blue Turtle Seduction and The New Up at The Independent in San Francisco on Memorial Day Weekend is sure to leave fans with their own memories of an already celebrated weekend. Set for May 23, Blue Turtle Seduction will make their only San Francisco appearance of the spring and summer, sharing the stage with San Francisco-based The New Up. The bands look to prove they are anything but genre-specific. Blue Rabbit will open the night up and Jack Frost will spin set breaks, which means the night should, in true Blue Turtle Seduction fashion, be full of debauchery and good times.

btsFor the spring months of 2009, Blue Turtle Seduction has been zig-zagging across the country, playing nearly night after night, building huge momentum and impeccable stage timing. By the time the band unpacks in San Francisco, fans can expect awesome interpretations of the acclaimed, recent digital release of 13 Floors. The band emanates dance vibes with intelligence through their bluegrass meets rock; gypsy folk meets hip-hop, raucous, fresh sound. The band is known well on the circuit for putting on an entertaining show through their multi-faceted performance.

The South Lake Tahoe, CA, band is Jay Seals (guitar, vocals), Glenn Stewart (harmonica, pan flute, vocals), Christian Zupancic (violin, mandolin, vocals), Stephen Seals (bass) and Adam Navone (drums). Expressing influences from Manu Chao to The String Cheese Incident to The Clash, the five-piece prides themselves on eclecticism and variation, which has afforded them the luxury of sharing the bill with a ranging cast of bands and performers across the nation.

The New Up, an up-and-coming act, is ES Pitcher on guitar and the mic, with Noah Reid on guitar, Hawk West on flute and automation, Dain Dizazzo on bass and Drew Bertrand on drums. Their sound has been called everything from trippy new wave with irresistible vocals to post-punk-brushed dance-rock. Pitcher’s voice is big, but sweet; brash, but true. Their live show combines catchy tunes with gritty guitars and polished changes, an inspiration of new sound. The band is celebrating their recent May EP release, Better Off, the second of three EPs the band is releasing in an 18-month stretch.

Opening up “The Blue Up Ball” is San Francisco’s own Blue Rabbit, a seven-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble that fuses alternative indie pop with baroque elements, modern rhythms and a hint of cabaret. The band won Artist of the Month on The Deli SF in Dec. '08 and was ranked as one of the top five most popular bands in the Bay Area.

“The Blue Up Ball”
Saturday, May 23rd
The Independent
628 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
415.771.1422
Doors @ 8 pm | Show @ 9 pm | ages 21+ | Tickets $12 adv, $14 door

San Fran's Underground DJ Releases New Album, "Underground Communication'

- for the Grateful Web

With "the largest cult following of any DJ in San Francisco" and voted "Best DJ" by Nitevibe.com and SF Bay Guardian , Bassnectar's music is forging new paths in the electronic music world, the Burning Man scene, underground hip hop circles, and beyond. Playing at nearly one-hundred and fifty shows a year, to thousands of different people a month; from national festivals to sold-out theaters to overcrowded clubs and warehouses to tight and tiny bars and venues, Bassnectar's enormous popularity reflects the current hunger for raw substance in modern music and a desire for social integrity within the music scene. The brainchild of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is an experimentally collaborative music project, but it's also a platform for social change and political awareness. It's stylistically specific, yet it's an eclectic, full spectrum adventure.

Ten years into a strong underground career, 2005 saw the debut of Bassnectar's double-disc collection entitled Mesmerizing The Ultra , described as "a kaleidoscopically brilliant funk conception" by All Music Guide [Amazon.com]. For the next release, Underground Communication (Om Records/May 8, 2007), Bassnectar takes another step forward in his genre-bending blend of musical styles and emotions, combining the visceral melodic presence of modern listening music with the force and volume of sound system dancefloor devastation. The new record is an exploration of hip-hop culture, featuring scores of MCs and rhythmic poetics mashed atop a heavy, driving range of tempo and, of course, those signature throbbing bass lines. Rooted firmly in political conviction and philosophical intention, and backed by a rabid fan base and dedicated following, Underground Communication sets a new standard for the possibilities of merging music, art, new media and social activism.

Bassnectar's live shows are a modern day social mosh pit of hippies, ex-ravers, hipsters, dub reggae heads, Dead-heads, Burning Man freaks, artists, fashion experimentalists, social activists, and hip-hop enthusiasts, all packed into one steamy room of grinding, orgiastic expression and musical experimentation.

Bassnectar is on tour this spring in support of Underground Communication , including select shows with percussive groovers Zilla and visionary puppeteers the Funginears.  Bassnectar's current list of confirmed shows is as follows:

February 23 1015 Folsom San Francisco CA
Feburary 24 The Cal Neva Crystal Bay NV w/ Heavyweight Dub Champion
March 02 Mangy Moose Saloon Teton Village WY
March 03 Abe and Jake's Landing Lawrence KS
March 15 Mercury Hall Church Austin TX
March 17 SXSW Showcase Austin TX
March 27 Dobson Ice Arena Vail CO w/ The String Cheese Incident
March 30 Vet's Hall Santa Cruz CA w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
March 31 DNA Lounge San Francisco CA  w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 03 The Armory Ashland OR w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 04 The Grove Bend OR w/ Funginears, Souleye
April 05 Wow Hall Eugene OR w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 06 City Repair Warehouse Portland OR w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 07 Felix Showdown Seattle WA w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 10 The Nightlight Bellingham WA Funginears, Souleye