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Heavyweight Dub Champion & Mr. Anonymous @ Boulder Theatre

Heavyweight Dub Champion Founded in a log cabin at 9,000 feet in the mountains of Colorado, and now based in San Francisco, California, Heavyweight Dub Champion is a movement of interdimensional warriors representing the Army of the Last Champion. Firmly rooted in hip hop, dancehall, dub and electronic music, and performed on more than 50 channels of vintage analog and digital gear, HDC has gained much notoriety and a growing following from its high-intensity and visually captivating live performances. Founder and Last Champion Manifesto author Resurrector transcends space and time wielding an arsenal of deep revolutionary audio with support from a revolving crew of co-conspirators that include Totter Todd, Dr. Israel, A.P.O.S.T.L.E., Jillian Ann, MC Azeem and Stero-Lion. At the collective's core is the universal intention of inspiration, mind expansion and transformation through creative expression - all of which manifests in their collective artistic performance known as The Liberation Process.

Mr. Anonymous a.k.a. Jeep Macnichol started his music career as founding member and drummer of the Colorado based pop/jam band The Samples. For a decade, his musical journey included 6 national album releases, national touring for 9 months a year in every venue imaginable in every state, sharing the stage with Sting, Dave Mathews, Steel pulse, Flaming Lips, The Wailers, Sonic Youth, Blues traveler, the Horde tour, and a performance on the Jay Leno show. After 10 years, Macnichol decided it was time to follow new creative endeavors and dive into his love of Jamaican dancehall and reggae music.

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Underground Heavyweight Bassnectar On Tour This Spring

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Bassnectar, voted San Francisco's "number one DJ" three years in a row, is on tour this spring bringing his original and memorizing mixes, big bass drops and contagious energy to venues and clubs across the country.  The tour includes first time stops in Asheville, Birmingham and others as well as returning performances at the Miami Winter Music Conference.  Bassnectar has been featured in ALARM, BMP, DJ MAGAZINE, DJ TIMES, HARP, REMIX, URB, XLR8R and many others, and is touring in support of his acclaimed album, Underground Communication, released on OM Records in Spring 2007. 

Here's what critics are saying:

"a vibrant concoction of hip-hop, glitch and jungle. One precaution about this LP: Make sure you have the speakers to do it justice." - Remix

"Zigzagging bass flutters, acid techno, hip-hop, and ambient breakbeats tantamount to pulsating club bangers." - URB

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. 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.

For Bassnectar's most recent 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 dance floor 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.

The list of current Bassnectar appearances is as follows:

March 12 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM

March 13 Club Red - Inside the Red Owl Tempe AZ

March 14 Roosevelt's Tavern Ketchum ID

March 15 Boulder Theater Boulder CO w/ Eliot Lipp and Kid Beyond

March 28 Laundry Bar Miami Beach FL w/ Z-Trip, Drop The Lime, DJ Swamp

March 29 Antone's Austin TX

March 30 Circa 28 Miami FL w/ Freestylers, Evil 9, Fort Knox 5

April 02 The Pour House Charleston SC w/ Eliot Lipp

April 03 Georgia Theatre Athens GA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 04 Zydeco Birmingham AL w/ Eliot Lipp

April 05 Orange Peel Asheville NC w/ Eliot Lipp, Telepath

April 07 Soap Box Wilmington NC w/ Eliot Lipp

April 08 Cat's Cradle Carrboro NC w/ Eliot Lipp

April 09 The Mix One 6 Roanoke VA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 10 8x10 Baltimore MD w/ Eliot Lipp

April 12 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 13 Pearl Street - Club Room Northampton MA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 14 Higher Ground South Burlington VT w/ Eliot Lipp, Pnuma Trio

April 15 Paradise Club Rock Boston MA w/ Eliot Lipp, Pnuma Trio

April 27 SUNY New Paltz Quad - Rock Against Racism New Paltz NY

May 17 The Fillmore San Francisco CA

July 05 ROTHBURY - Double JJ Ranch Rothbury MI

July 12 All Good Music Festival - Marvin's Mountaintop Morgantown WV

More dates to be announced.

UNDERGROUND HEAVYWEIGHT BASSNECTAR CONFIRMED FOR COACHELLA

photo: Shauna Regan- for the Grateful Web

San Francisco' s "number one DJ" has just been confirmed to perform at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. On Saturday, April 28, Bassnectar will appear as a featured artist in the "Lucent Misting Oasis" - a 360 degree, big sound, interactive environment set to showcase the country's hottest underground acts. The "Lucent Misting Oasis" is Coachella's largest art installation yet, encompassing one full acre in the center of the festival. The area is hosted by The Do LaB, an ensemble cast of creatives from the Los Angeles underground, including artists, event producers, lighting designers and the performance troupe Lucent Dossier.

Look for Bassnectar and The Do LaB to share the stage again two weeks later at the annual Lightning in a Bottle Festival on May 11, 12 and 13 at Live Oak in Santa Barbara, California.

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. 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.

For Bassnectar's new 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.

Here's what the critics are saying:

"Zigzagging bass flutters, acid techno, hip-hop, and ambient breakbeats
which are tantamount to pulsating club bangers."
URB

"Innovative, unique stylish & infectious"
- SF Bay Guardian

"Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) is a musical renaissance man."
- Djmixed.com

" The alt-culture festival favorite expands his deep, warbled bass lines, otherworldly atmospheres, and socially conscious lyrics within a dizzying range of genres"
-Flavorpill.net

Bassnectar is on tour this spring in support of Underground Communication.  Current appearances include:

April 19 Starlite Lounge Edmonton AB
April 20 Idywyld Event Center Saskatoon SK
April 21 Royal Canadian Legion Calgary AB

April 28 Coachella Music Festival Indio CA
May 02 Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins CO with Seied and VibeSquad, Chordata
May 03 Bluebird Denver CO
May 04 Element - presented by Sub Swara New York NY
May 05 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
May 11 http://www.mighty119.com San Francisco CA 
May 12 Lightning in a Bottle Festival Santa Barbara CA 
May 16 The Chatterbox Lincoln NE
May 17 King Club Madison WI
May 18 The Social Milwaukee WI
May 25 Kava Lounge San Diego CA
June 07 Mosiac Baltimore MD w/ Fort Knox Five, Adam T Rush
June 08 Club Five Washington DC w/ Zak Davis, Fort Knox Five, Smalltown DJ's
June 09 Wakarusa Lawrence KS
July 06-07 High Sierra Festival Quincy CA 

More dates to be announced.