Peter Buffett & Akon Announce Musical Collaboration

Akon- for the Grateful Web

Composer and philanthropist Peter Buffett and international star Akon announced today the beginning of their musical collaboration and the launch of a new social action and resource website, Akon added vocals and remixed Buffett's song "Anything," from his 2007 album 'Staring At The Sun.' Starting today, the track is available for free download at their new website

The website hopes to answer the question "Is there something I can do?" posed within the song and will offer practical ways to get involved in affecting positive change. It will also serve as a forum for users to learn and share information about their experiences with giving back.

Buffett wrote "Anything," after visiting post-war Liberia and Sierra Leone. Akon, an avid supporter of aid organizations benefiting his home of Senegal, viewed the video Buffett created after his trip and was immediately inspired to contribute.

"This song serves as a global call to action. After my trip to West Africa I knew I had to express what I saw the best way I know how - through music - and to have Akon hear my call was an honor and a surprise to both of us," Buffett says.

Akon adds, "I didn't know who Peter was when we met, and he didn't know anything about me. That's the thing that makes our work together genuine: It's based simply on our desire to encourage people to do something."

The "Anything" remix is the first project in what will be an ongoing relationship for this unique pairing. Next up, Akon will begin work on the song "Can We Love" from Buffett's upcoming album 'Imaginary Kingdom' (out September 9th, BeSide Records) and together they are planning further artistic collaborations around this theme.

More on Peter Buffett:
Omaha-born, EMMY Award winning Buffett has spent two decades as a composer and producer, best known for contributing to the score of the ACADEMY AWARD-winning film 'Dances With Wolves.' It wasn't until 2006's 'Gold Star' album that he added vocals to his intricate ambient sounds.

Buffett's next release 'Imaginary Kingdom' finds his signature lush electronic music and layered harmonies in their most revved-up state. The album features 14 tracks with a socially conscious focus including "Can We Love?," a song Buffett performed at this year's anniversary celebration of V Day in New Orleans, making him the only male to ever take the stage at the revolutionary rally to stop violence against women and girls.

More on Akon:
The son of accomplished jazz musician Mor Thiam, Akon was introduced to varied musical styles early on, and his two full-length albums for Universal, 'Trouble' and 'Konvicted,' are a hybrid of rap and silky R&B vocals. His multifaceted sensibilities and popular club anthems have launched him to international success, with four 2008 GRAMMY nominations and over 8 million records sold.

Ratdog & Keller Williams Announce Summer Tour

Bobby @ The Fillmore in Denver- for the Grateful Web

Bob Weir and RatDog and Keller Williams will cross the country this summer, sharing a stage both separately and together, making music and doing what they do best.  The tour will begin in Atlanta on July 7th and end in Los Angeles on July 28th.

Bob Weir is a founding member of the legendary Grateful Dead.  He founded RatDog as a duo in 1995, and over the succeeding years he has enlisted Jay Lane (drums), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Mark Karan (lead guitar), Kenny Brooks (saxophone), and Robin Sylvester (bass).  RatDog plays not only Bob's various solo material but the complete Grateful Dead repertoire, and has evolved from an elegant duo to a snarling beast of a rock band that contains a jazz trio at its heart.

Keller Williams has been called guitar's mad-scientist and a one-man-band for the new millennium. Williams is considered by some, but not by himself, to be a master of the acoustic guitar, known for his ability to solo over layers of spontaneously created loops. He is a generous performer who plays down-to-earth acoustic music that defies any effort to find a convenient pigeonhole.  If pressed for a definition, Williams, as adept with language as he is with a guitar pick, calls it solo, acoustic jazzfunk reggae technograss – or simply - solo acoustic dance music.

Sometimes musicians tour together purely because of business.  These guys actually like each other, as evidenced by the tune "Cadillac" on Keller's recently released new album on SciFidelity, Dream, a duet between Keller and Bob.  Recorded at Weir's home studio, it also features an appearance from Weir family retriever Jackson (see the tour advertising design and notice who's driving the Cadillac!).  Or, as the inimitable Weir said of him, "Keller Williams is more fun than a frog in a glass of milk."  Keller seems to like the idea, too: "I love this tour because I get to get in for free."

That positive vibe will be felt across the country this summer.

Tour Dates:

July 07  Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta GA   
July 09  Summerstage, Central Park, New York City NY
July 10  Bank of America Pavilion, Boston MA
July 11  Lincoln Park, Lincoln RI 
July 13  All Good Festival, Marvin's Mountaintop WV
July 14  Charlottesville Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
July 16  Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland OH
July 17  Promowest Pavilion, Columbus OH 
July 19  Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL
July 20  10,000 Lakes Festival, Detroit Lakes MN   
July 21  Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino, Council Bluffs IA  
July 24  Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO
July 25  Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre, Santa Fe NM
July 27  Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay, San Diego CA
July 28  Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA