Great American Taxi Celebrates Beer and More This Fall

Vince Herman and Chad Staehly are leading their new line-up in the Great American Taxi into an exciting autumn of shows.  Taxi now boasts a solid core line-up after some experimentation with Jim Lewin from Santa Cruz, CA on electric guitars along with Boulder-area players Chris Sheldon on drums and Brian Adams on bass (both toured extensively in the Phish tribute band Phix).  First stop is this weekend to celebrate Boulder Beer’s 30th Anniversary at the Boulder Theater on Friday September 18th with local Denver pickers Oakhurst on support duties.  GAT then heads off west to play a set of their own at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as well as backing up Todd Snider for some of his set the following day.  Snider and Taxi first hooked up in Durango earlier this year and again at the Hoxeyville Music Festival in Michigan just this past August.  They will also do a few more dates together in November.  Railroad Earth has also added Taxi onto a few bills in October.  Dates continue to be added so check out www.greatamericantaxi.com for updated info.

September 18 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO with Oakhurst

September 30 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT

October 1 - Crystal Bay Club and Casino - Crystal Bay, NV - free show!

October 3 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CA

October 4 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival with Todd Snider

October 7 - tba

October 8 - Connecticut Yankee - San Francisco, CA

October 9 - Catalyst Club - Santa Cruz, CA

October 10 - Hop Monk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA

October 23 - Magnolia Music Festival - Live Oak, FL w/ special guest Barry Sless

October 24 - Magnolia Music Festival - Live Oak, FL w/ special guest Barry Sless

October 26 - Beachland Ballroom and Tavern - Cleveland, OH w/ Railroad Earth

October 27 - Mr. Small’s - Millvale, PA w/ Railroad Earth

October 28 - tba

October 29 - The Barrymore Theater - Madison, WI w/ Railroad Earth

October 30 - Vic Theater - Chicago, IL w/ Railroad Earth

October 31 - special Halloween show in Peoria, IL details tba

November 3 - tba

November 4 - Victoria’s Midnight Cafe - Columbus, OH

November 5 - Cosmic Charlie’s - Lexington, KY

November 6 - Pisgah Brewing Co. - Black Mountain, NC

November 7 - tba

November 8 - Smith’s Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA

November 11 - The Rutledge - Nashville, TN

November 12 - The Copper Dragon - Carbondale, IL

November 13 - tba

November 13 - Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI w/ Todd Snider

Leftover Salmon Celebrates 20 Year Legacy With New Year's Eve Shows in Boulder

Leftover Salmon celebrates its 20th anniversary of music and will ring in the New Year with a pair of shows at the Boulder Theater on December 30 & 31. On New Year's Eve 1989 the band was born when members of Left Hand String Band, Drew Emmitt and Glenn Keefe, joined Vince Herman and members of Herman's band, The Salmon Heads, for a gig at Crested Butte's club the Eldo.

hermanThe name Leftover Salmon was created while on the drive from Boulder to Crested Butte that day and the gig that night created the band that's swimming on to ring in 20 years this New Year's Eve. The morphing of these two bands formed a group with a trademark sound that came to be known worldwide as 'Poly-ethnic Cajun Slamgrass'. That sound propelled the group from its humble Rocky Mountain beginnings to international critical acclaim while deeply influencing countless groups that soon followed in their footsteps, such as The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band and others.

Leftover Salmon's New Year's Eve shows go on sale to general public through the Boulder Theater starting Friday, September 18 online at 10 AM MST (www.bouldertheater.com) and at the Boulder Theater box office at 3 PM.  A limited amount of tickets are available now for Leftover Salmon fan club members; anyone interested in securing these early tickets can simply visit www.leftoversalmon.com and sign up on the email list. By signing up, fans will receive a code to purchase New Year's Eve tickets in advance of the public on-sale as well as a complimentary music download of the band's main stage set at the High Sierra Music Festival.

Tickets are $38.50 for December 30 and $50 for New Year's Eve, doors are at 7:30 PM and both shows start at 8:30 PM.  The Boulder Theater is located at 2032 14th Street; Boulder, CO 80302.

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Celebrates Stout Month in Feb.

Mountain Sun- for the Grateful Web

Now in its sixteenth year, Stout Month has become a most anticipated event among local beer connoisseurs.  Ten of Mountain Sun's taps will fade to black with local, regional and national versions of the rich, thick and dark ale. For the first time ever, Stout Month will be expanding beyond Boulder as Vine Street Pub in Denver will join in paying homage to the almighty Stout!

Featured Stouts include nitrogen poured Belgian Dip Chocolate Stout and Korova Cream Stout. For the third year in a row, our Old School Irish Stout will also make an appearance on NitroOn CO2, Mountain Sun and Vine Street will be offering perennial favorite Yonder Mountain Stout and the good ol' classic Thunder Head Stout.  Once again we will brew a batch of Cherry Dip Stout  (Chocolate Stout with Sweet Cherry Puree)This decadent elixir should arrive just in time for Valentine's Day. We also found out what happens when you load a stout full of hops.  The answer is " Trickster Stout."  For the first time ever we will be featuring two house-brewed imperial stouts.  To compliment the palette- stomping Usurper, we will be unveiling a brand new Imperial.  Beware The Nihilist!

For the third year in a row, Mountain Sun will be hosting its ever-popular Stout Homebrew Competition.  Our panel of brewers will choose one lucky homebrewer to assist in brewing his or her own winning recipe on Mountain Sun's 6-barrel system. Past years' winners have included some of our tastiest and most popular stouts ever.  Two previous winners, Coconut Cream Stout and Stoaked Oak Stout, will be making yet another encore appearance at both pubs.

As usual, Mountain Sun rounds up a wide variety of local and national guest stouts to compliment the house brewed ales.  Guest stouts are still being finalized; this years line up is likely to include: Stone Imperial Stout (San Marcos, CA). Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley (Boonville, CA), Twisted Pine's Big Daddy Espresso Stout (Boulder, CO), Dog Fish Head's Chicory Stout (Milton, DE), Several vintages of Avery Czar Imperial Stout, and Great Divide's Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (Denver CO).

All the way from England, Young's, Double Chocolate Stout will be tapped for the fifth year in a row. 

This is a once a year opportunity to try some of the regions best stouts, side by side and on tap.  The fun begins on Friday, February 1st, at the Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, 1535 Pearl Street, and for the first time ever, at Vine Street Pub, 1700 Vine Street Denver.  This mega stout celebration will continue as long as supplies last.


Zappa plays Zappa - photos by A. Bell- for the Grateful Web

Los Angeles' THE ROXY THEATRE first opened its doors in the late fall of 1973.  35 years later, the legendary venue marks this significant milestone as one of America's longest-running independently owned and operated establishments with two monumental shows highlighting its rich musical history: Zappa Plays Zappa December 10, 11, 12 and 13 and a New Years Eve performance by The Wailers.

In December, the spirit of Frank Zappa—who along with the Mothers recorded numerous live tracks of Roxy & Elswhere in 1973 and 1974—returns to THE ROXY with a four-night run of Zappa Plays Zappa.  Led by Frank's son Dweezil Zappa, the band will perform various compositions the musical icon wrote from the 1960's through the 1980's.

THE ROXY's anniversary celebrations will culminate with the greatest living exponents of Jamaica's reggae tradition - The Wailers - on New Year's Eve.  At this show presented by Indie 103.1, they will perform in its entirety Exodus - the album TIME magazine called "Album of the Century" in 1999 - among other hits.   Bob Marley & The Wailers first appeared at THE ROXY in the spring of 1976 where they recorded the seminal live album, Live At The Roxy.

Today the venue is helmed by Nic Adler, son of legendary producer Lou Adler (Monterey International Pop Festival, The Rocky Horror Show, Jan and Dean, Johnny Rivers, The Mamas and The Papas, Spirit, Carole King, Cheech and Chong), who along with Elmer Valentine launched THE ROXY onto the forefront of the American musical landscape.  It remains one of the most prominent independently owned venues in Los Angeles.  The history of THE ROXY is paved with icons, whether it was pre-stardom shows from yet to be famous acts like David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Guns N' Roses, Foo Fighters, Gnarls Barkley, Amy Winehouse and the Pussycat Dolls, the setting for landmark "Live At The Roxy" recordings by Bob Marley & The Wailers, Brian Wilson and Social Distortion, or the designated party destination for John Lennon, John Belushi and any music-savvy celebrity today.   Even up to now, with recent shows with Nas, Samantha Ronson and teen sensation Demi Lovato, THE ROXY's patrons are always privy to the best in what is the best in music today. Three decades on, the club has also been a popular performance mecca for other entertainment including stage productions, comedy shows and performance art.

Upcoming shows at THE ROXY THEATRE include:

11/15/08       KROQ Locals Only Presents B Foundation with The Pricks, Dirty Heads, Meet Me At The Pub, Ballyhoo!

11/16/08       KCRW Presents Mexican Institute of Sound, Volumen Cero

11/18/08       KROQ & LA Weekly Present Guns N Roses Chinese Democracy Album Listening Event

11/19/08       Elisa, Ari Hest, Sara Haze

11/20/08       Monte Negro, Pilar Diaz, Beatmo

11/21/08       KCRW Presents Little Dragon, DJ Jason Bentley, Anomie Bell

11/22/08       3rd Annual Almost Acoustic Cursemas - Benefit show with The Curse (tribute to The Cure) and Special Guests.

11/24/08       KIIS FM Presents Shwayze, Cisco Adler, Skeet Skeet with special guest Krista

11/26/08       HARD Presents Turkey Soup, Guns N Bombs, Don Rimini, Aaron Lacrate, Destructo, Good and Plenty

11/28/08       KROQ Presents After Midnight Project, Vogue in Movement, Astronaut On Vacation, Wicker

12/4/08        SHP Presents EEK-A-MOUSE

12/6/08        Ours, Plain Jane Automobile, Everything is Energy

12/10/08       Livenation Presents Zappa Plays Zappa

12/11/08       Livenation Presents Zappa Plays Zappa

12/12/08       Livenation Presents Zappa Plays Zappa

12/13/08       Livenation Presents Zappa Plays Zappa

12/14/08       Livenation presents Nat and Alex Wolff "Fully Clothed Tour" with Savannah Outen

12/15/08       Brendan James, John West, Jay Nash

12/18/08       LMFAO

12/19/08       The Duke Spirit

12/21/08       Steve Lukather and very special guests. Benefiting the Casey Lee Ball Foundation

12/31/08       Indie 103.1 presents The Wailers, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds

1/3/09         Painted Turtle Benefit with Chenga Verrinches, Orgullo Cafe, 420, Vivrnes 13, Echo Lekua

1/10/09        Rufus

1/11/09        Wagatail Presents Rebirth Brass Band

1/17/09        KROQ Presents Unwritten Law

1/23/09        The Head Cat, Miss Derringer, Ricky Warwick

2/4/09         An evening with Al DiMeola's World Sinfonia Tour

2/12/09        Funeral For a Friend, The Sleeping, Emarosa, This Is Hell

Rex Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Phil @ Rothbury - photos by Amanda- for the Grateful Web

The Rex Foundation, founded by the Grateful Dead in 1983, celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year and continues to support community organizations through the art of giving. In September, the Rex Foundation donated $72,500 to 13 grassroots charities, marking a total of $1 million in grants since its renewal in 2001 in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding.

Ali Akbar College of Music received this year's Ralph J. Gleason Award, named in honor of the pioneering music critic and chronicler of San Francisco's music scene. The mission of the Ali Akbar College of Music is to teach, perform and preserve the classical music of North India. The Rex grant of $10,000 will go to support the Library and Archive Project, which will house the ongoing collection of Ali Akbar Khan and his college in order to make it accessible to students, scholars, and music lovers.

All Stars Project, San Francisco Bay Area received the Jerry Garcia Award, honoring the Grateful Dead's late guitarist. This group brings to California's Bay Area the All Stars "performatory" approach to inner-city youth development. The $10,000 grant will help ASP create outside-of-school, educational and performing arts activities for poor and minority young people.

The Beat Within is this year's recipient of the Bill Graham Award, honoring the memory of the legendary concert promoter and philanthropist. The Beat Within provides incarcerated youth the means for self-expression and positive connection with their community through weekly writing and conversation workshops and weekly publication of their writing and art; the $10,000 grant from the Rex Foundation will further their work.

In addition, 10 grassroots groups received smaller grants; see the accompanying page for a full listing.

Since its foundation in 1983, the Rex Foundation has granted $8.4 million to over 1,000 recipients, primarily grassroots non-profit organizations likely to be under the radar of larger funding entities.  Continuing to embody the spirit of generosity and concern that evolved in the culture surrounding Grateful Dead concerts, the Rex Foundation seeks to include and engage many people with activities that honor the spirit of community, service and creativity.

Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery Celebrates 15 Years

Kyle Hollingsworth - photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

In celebration of fifteen years of business in Boulder, The Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery will be hosting a night of funk at the beautiful Boulder Theater to say thanks to the local community for all of their support.  The Mountain Sun recently opened their third location, The Vine Street Pub, on Denver's booming 17th Street strip; adding to their two Boulder locations, The Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery and The Southern Sun.  Since The Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery opened its doors in 1993, The Pub has been a favorite local gathering place, where music has always played an important role in creating the Pub's festive vibe.

For the October 18th event, which will benefit KGNU 88.5 FM and KGNU 1390 AM, The Pearl Street All-Stars will rock the house.  The Pearl Street All-Stars is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration featuring George Porter Jr. (The Funky Meters / Bass), Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident / Keyboards), Eric Krasno (Soulive / Guitar), Adam Deitch (Lettuce / Drums) & Hazel Miller (Hazel Miller Band / Vocals) and the 14th Street Horns ( Danny Sears - Panjea / Trumpet, Dominic Lalli - The Motet / Saxophone, and Jon Stewart - The Motet / Saxophone). All proceeds will benefit KGNU 88.5 FM & 1390 AM, Boulder County's only non-profit Community Radio Station. Fellow Colorado brewers Lefthand Brewing (who also turns 15 this month) and Avery Brewing Company will help The Mountain Sun supply the beer this year (with the Vine Street location now open and waiting for zoning permits to brew more beer on site, The Mountain Sun hasn't yet caught up to the increased demand!), offering three ales on special for $3 - Avery IPA, Lefthand Haystack Wheat and Mountain Sun's own Colorado Kind Ale.

Show details are as follows:
Saturday, October 18th @ 8:30 PM
Fifteen Years of Funky Good Times Anniversary Benefit
with The Pearl Street All-Stars
Boulder Theater on 14th and Pearl
Tickets are $23.00 advance - $24.50 Day of show plus taxes and service / 21 and over
Tickets available at the Boulder Theater Box Office (303.786.7030) or online at

About The Mountain Sun
Since opening its doors fifteen-years ago, the Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery has always believed community is the foundation of business.  Our pubs are gathering places designed to feel like your living room where the community comes to eat affordable, fresh pub grub and drink finely crafted ales, where folks play Scrabble or debate politics or listen to free weekly concerts.  Our mission has and always will extend beyond our pubs.  We believe it is our responsibility to support non-profits and community-based action.  On this, our fifteenth anniversary, we want to say thank you to our community.  Our businesses begin with you.

About KGNU
KGNU has served the Boulder and Beyond audience for over 25 years.  They are a volunteer powered, listener-supported station with a commitment to diversity in their programming and open door policy. Musical selections come from around the globe and the news & Public Affairs programming looks at local, national and international issues.

Jethro Tull Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

Ian Anderson- for the Grateful Web

The 40th Anniversary of Jethro Tull is upon us this year - 2008.  The group, which is made up of frontman/flutist/guitarist Ian Anderson, guitarist Martin Barre, drummer Doane Perry, keyboardist John O'Hara, and bassist David Goodier is in the midst of a variety of tourdates that include Europe, the UK, the Middle East and North America.....

Anderson says the group will choose its set list, "to a large extent from the first few albums but with some representative songs from the '80s and the '90s, too. Songs and tunes which defined the early Jethro Tull from blues band to eclectic, pre-prog inventiveness."

But he says that this year he plans "to visit a few less places than last year. I already have some time set aside for studio work and lazing about in the garden."

The 90 shows between April and December, with which will include eleven in the United States, will be updated on the band's web site, www.jethrotull.com.

While there are no new recordings available in 2008, there are a few historical releases scheduled over the next months, including a live DVD collection of performances in Germany, a newly produced DVD documentary and history of Jethro Tull, which Anderson says will feature the contributions of most past band members, friends and associates as well as live performances from a multitude of sources over the years.  Contributions include reference information from many fans and liner notes from the group's original basssist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond. The artwork features a painting by Jeffrey depicting Blackpool, the town where Anderson, Hammond, drummer Barriemore Barlow and keyboard-player John Evan, formed a band in 1964.

On June 10, Capitol/EMI Records is re-releasing the group's first album; THIS WAS as a 2-CD and digital release of a remastered and expanded Collectors' Edition of the Tull's 1968 debut album, This Was. This release presents, for the first time on CD, the album's original mono mix as well as a new stereo mix of the album. Also featured are nine related 1968 recordings for John Peel's BBC Radio program, Top Gear, plus four rare 1968 UK singles: Sunshine Day, Song For John Gee, Love Story and A Christmas Song. The commemorative package includes 35 tracks in all, as well as package notes and anecdotes from Jethro Tull's members.

On May 20, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Jethro Tull's Jack In The GreenLive In Germany, an enticing DVD compendium of in-concert rarities [running time:  96 minutes] spanning the years 1970 to 1993. 

Jethro Tull have carved out a musical niche all their own with a career that has spanned over three decades. Selling over sixty million albums including Aqualung, Thick As a Brick and Stand Up; albums which have offered up Classic Rock radio staples Locomotive Breath and Aqualung. The band has played over 2500 concerts around the world and helped define a unique blend of acoustic and electric music that draws influences from the world's music, including Asian, Jazz, Classical and Folk.

As live performers, Jethro Tull are unparalleled. Famous for instrumental virtuosity and theatrical flair, Jethro Tull live is an event that welcomes longtime fans and new converts alike.


20 Heidenheim, Germany Im Brenzpark

21 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Castle Amphitheatre

22 Kamenz(Dresden), Germany Hutbergbühne

30 Rome, Italy Stadio della Pallacorda- Tickets


1 SOGLIANO SUL RUBICONE (FC), Italy Piazza Matteotti - Tickets

2 Milan, Italy Teatro Arcimboldi- Tickets

4 Schio (VI), Italy Arena Campagnola - Tickets

5 Pistoia, Italy Piazza del Duomo - Anteprima Pistoia Blues Festival- Tickets

6 Taormina, Italy CANCELLED the local authorities have forced cancellation of this concert due to severe restriction of audience capacity. We express our apologies and regrets.

10 Ludwigshafen, Germany Friedrich-Ebert-Halle 

11 Tuttlingen, Germany Ruine Honberg

12 Rastatt, Germany Badenerhalle

13 München, Germany Tollwood

16 Stuttgart, Germany Freilichtbuhne Killesberg

17 Bochum, Germany Ruhrkongress

18 Kempten, Germany Big Box 

19 Imst, Austria City Square

21 Lucerne, Switzerland Blueballs festival, KKL, Luzernersaal 

AUGUST  (American tour and then back Europe)

3 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion - TICKETS ON SALE NOW with Peter Frampton

4 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion - with Young Dubliners TICKETS ON SALE NOW

6 Vienna, VA Filene Center at Wolf Trap - with Young Dubliners TICKETS ON SALE

7 Bethlehem, PA Bethlehem Musikfest - TICKETS ON SALE

8 Philadelphia, PA  Mann Center for the Performing Arts - TICKETS ON SALE NOW - with Peter Frampton

9 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - TICKETS NOW ON SALE with Peter Frampton

10 Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena - TICKETS NOW ON SALE

12 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater - TICKETS NOW ON SALE guest Steve Lukather

14 Valley Center, CA Harrah's Rincon - TICKETS NOW ON SALE 

16 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Casino - TICKETS NOW ON SALE

17 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre -with Young Dubliners - tickets on sale 6/15


21 Beverungen, Germany Am Weserufer

22 Bad Brückenau, Germany Kurpark

23 Hanau, Germany Amphitheater

24 Bonn, Germany Museumsmeile


29 Zwolle, Holland  IJsselhallen

31 Siegen, Germany  Siegerlandhalle (www.siegerlandhalle.de)


1 Heilsbronn, Germany www.kulturverein-heilsbronn.de

3 Debrecen, Hungary Fornix Hall 

4 Budapest, Hungary Petofi Csarnok

5 Bratislava, Slovakia PKO

18 Copenhagen Amager Bio

19 Herning, Denmark Kongrescenter

20 Randers, Denmark Værket

21 Gothenburg, Sweden Lisebergshallen

22 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene

Hot Buttered Rum Celebrates New Years on the Front Range

photos by Michael Podrid- for the Grateful Web

In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release.  Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting.  The performances were professionally multi-tracked and later carefully mixed by Butter's long-time sound engineer, Josh Osmond. The result is striking, presenting the unique energy and improvisational spirit of a Hot Buttered Rum live performance in studio-quality sound.

Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the band's bolder and heavier side.  Their full sound permeates Live in the Northeast — from the reggae-tinged "Return Someday" and psychedelica of "Desert Rat" through definitive covers of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and Leo Sayer's "Feel Like Dancin'" — winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

Hailing from the High Sierra of California, the guys of Hot Buttered Rum grew up on the trails, in the mountains, and on the slopes.  Their ties with nature have only grown and as a group, the band has dedicated much time and energy to reducing their carbon footprint and promoting alternative fuel sources.  As a heavily touring band, Hot Buttered Rum had to face the tough reality of how a national tour can affect the environment and counter it with a positive change.  In response, the band helped to promote the biofuel renaissance, touring the country on recycled vegetable oil and biodiesel as early as 2003.  Band members have participated in numerous Renewable Energy and Biofuel conferences, as well as sitting on discussion panels at such renowned music festivals as Bonnaroo and High Sierra.  Highlighted in the November/December 2005 issue of E: Environmental Magazine, Hot Buttered Rum is commended for trying to "leave an impact on its fans, and not solely on the road that passes beneath its bus tires as it travels from coast to coast".  For more information on Hot Buttered Rum and their greening efforts, visit the band's website, www.hotbutteredrum.net.

The band's current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

November 28 Paradise Lounge Boston Boston MA
November 29-30 Stone Church Newmarket NH
December 01 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT
December 02 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton MA
December 04 Castaways Ithaca NY
December 05 The Red Square Albany NY
December 06 FTC Stage One Fairfield CT
December 07 Knitting Factory New York NY
December 08-09 Hobo Stage Newton NJ Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth to open
December 14 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA
December 15 Mystic Theater Petaluma CA
December 28 Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins CO
December 29 Stagestop Inn Rollinsville CO
December 30-31 Oriental Theatre Denver CO
January 04 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre San Francisco CA
January 18-19 Crystal Bay Club and Casino Crystal Bay NV co-bill with Tea Leaf Green
January 23 Downtown Brewing Co. San Luis Obispo CA
January 24 SOhO Santa Barbara CA
January 25 Winston's Beach Club San Diego CA
January 26 Temple Bar Santa Monica CA
January 27 Rhythm Room Phoenix AZ
January 29 Rialto Theater Tucson AZ
January 30 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ
February 08-09 Evergreen Lodge Groveland CA
March 08 El Campanil Theatre Antioch CA
April 25-27 Merlefest Wilkesboro NC
August 08 Dead on the Creek Willits CA

More dates to be announced.

The widespread appeal of Hot Buttered Rum's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together.  It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success. The band has performed at festivals as diverse as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with such artists as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine.

Kan'nal Celebrates DVD Release at Boulder Theater

Kan''Nal - for the Grateful Web

While dancing amongst the sold out crowd at the Boulder Theater it became clear to me…..why haven't I seen this band before?  This relatively unknown band performs like a veteran group, with a commanding visual presence and an amazing display of musicianship to back it up.

It was on this night fans gathered to hear the band and celebrate the release of Kan'nal's first ever DVD, Live at The Boulder Theater.  This film showcases one of the group's amazing live performances at the hometown theater last year.

This tribal rock group from Colorado blends elements of Latin, Mediterranean, and new age rock that remind one of Santana, Rusted Root or Los Lonely Boys, but with a more authentic appeal.  Members of Kan'nal originally formed in Guatemala, and were drawn together by their love for international music.  Fans of this group appreciate their unique, organic sound and are treated to a true world music experience.

This multicultural ensemble comprised of singer/guitarist Tzol, guitarist Tierro, bassist Roldolfo Escobar, performance artist Teresita Hinojoso, drummer Gilly Gonzalez, didgeridoo player/percussionist Aaron Jerad, and performance artist Akayate took to the stage last Friday night to perform many of the songs captured on Live at the Boulder Theater, as well as new songs that have been written along the way.  From song one the band had managed to captivate the audience with their earthy good looks, exceptional musical talent, and stunning theater performance.

bellThe band ripped through favorites, lead by the psychedelic guitar work of Tierro and Tzol's silky vocals; all back dropped by a stunning light show.  Already known for their accompanying dancers, midway through the set fans were treated to authentic Aztec dancers and instrumentalists, who were donned with giant headdresses and body paint.

Featured percussion solos highlighted many of the jams throughout the evening, as Gonzalez pounded rhythmic beats and Jerad's multi-didgeridoo set added textured vibrato.

The symbiotic energy between the audience and the band was strong.  Even those not familiar with the band (such as me) felt a spiritual connection within the music.  These artists speak of community and world peace, and use beautiful music to share that vision.  Music is the universal language, and this group reiterates that truth by blending elements from every continent.

The new age of world music has come to Colorado.  Although this band is not widely popular, that will likely soon change.  They have a very devoted fan base that shares their artistic vision and humanistic approach to life.

Watch for the inevitable cosmic rise of Kan'nal.

The Fox Theater Celebrates 15 Years with Umphrey's McGee

This past week the legendary Fox Theater in Boulder celebrated fifteen years of bringing exceptional music to Colorado.  The year was 1992 when Don Strasburg and his associates decided to turn the once rundown movie theater into one of the country's most popular music venues.  Since then, such celebrated artists as Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band,