STS9 Releases 'Peaceblaster,' July 8th, 2008

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Dubbed "...one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around" by XLR8R Magazine, STS9 steps out this summer armed with their brand-new, highly anticipated studio album, Peaceblaster. STS9 releases their fourth studio album Peaceblaster, available online and at independent retailers beginning July 8th, 2008 on their self-owned record label, 1320 Records (visit www.thinkindie.com) to find a store near you). The new album features never-before heard tracks that artfully mirror the intensity of STS9's live shows, while preserving the musical intricacies of past studio albums that critics and fans have touted.

Consider the title of the California-based outfit's long-awaited fourth album: Peaceblaster. The two words rub against each other to create an image that is simultaneously utopian and violent, fraught with the very contradiction that permeates America circa now. The result is a tour-de-force of gut-punching rhythms and textured, shimmering tones. The songs don't seem to have been written so much as plucked from the sky. It's as if the beats and melodies have always existed, just waiting for STS9 to channel them.  STS9 already has a tremendous fan base, but Peaceblaster is perhaps more accessible than the band's previous efforts. Peaceblaster is, of course, dense with the Eno-esque layering of live and electronic instruments that STS9 is known for-the chords and samples swirling atop the pulsing bass and drums. But between the beats there is a distinctly human element absent from past records. 

With Peaceblaster, the band has honed their studio chops, but STS9 made their bones on the live stage. Consistently ranking in Pollstar's Top 50 American touring acts, the torrid roadwork continues this summer with an itinerary that takes the band from headlining gigs at legendary venues like Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Berkeley's Greek Theatre, to stops on the festival circuit, where they'll join acts as diverse as Snoop Dogg and The Flaming Lips. This diversity works to shatter the boundaries of genre and scene.

For the month of July, touring heavyweights STS9 and Umphrey's McGee team up for what promises to be one of the hardest-hitting tours of the summer. This co-bill will feature extended sets by both bands, and will stop in Midwest and east coast cities throughout the month of July.  Look, also, for very special late night sets by each band in select markets, including Philadelphia, Raleigh, Madison, Chicago, and NYC. A complete list of STS9's U.S. summer appearances follows.

STS9 and Umphrey's McGee tour stops in the following cities:

July 10 Willow Island Centre Madison WI
July 10 Barrymore Theatre  Madison, WI (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 11 Live on the Levee St. Louis MO  FREE SHOW!
July 12 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha NE
July 15 Moonlite Gardens Cincinnati OH
July 16 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen VA
July 17 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH
July 18 White River Lawn Indianapolis IN
July 19 Charter One Pavilion Chicago IL
July 19 House of Blues Chicago IL (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 23 Higher Ground Burlington VT (STS9 Only)
July 24 Roseland Ballroom New York NY
July 24 Blender at Gramercy New York NY (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 25 Festival Pier at Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA
July 25 Fillmore at TLA Philadelphia PA (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
July 26 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA
July 27 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD
July 30 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC
July 31 Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary NC
July 31 Lincoln Square Theatre Raleigh NC (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
August 01 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA
August 02 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA

With western U.S. headlining shows including:
August 15 The Independent San Francisco, CA (SOLD OUT)
August 16 The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with Bassnectar and special guest TBA  
August 22 McMenamin's Edgefield Portland, OR with special guests Blackalicious
August 23 Marymoor Amphitheatre Seattle, WA with special guests Blackalicious
September 04 Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO (SOLD OUT)
September 05 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Talib Kweli and Flying Lotus
September 06 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Ghostland Observatory and Bassnectar
September 20 San Diego Street Scene San Diego CA

All shows on-sale now at www.sts9.com and on-sale locally through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com.

STS9's Peaceblaster comes nearly three years after their acclaimed 2005 releases, Artifact & Artifact: Perspectives, both of which were named in iTunes list of top albums of the year.  After a flurry of industry attention, STS9 retreated from the limelight to do what they love most:  play music. On the touring front, STS9 reached number 29 on Pollstar Magazine's "PULSE Charts" of the country's top touring artists. The band has shared the stage with a diverse range of acts including James Brown, Jurassic 5, Tortoise, Digable Planets, RJD2, De La Soul, The Brazilian Girls, Prefuse 73, Blackalicious, Saul Williams, Soulive, Cut Chemist, and many others, and has played such festivals as Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Winter Music Conference, and Vegoose Festival.  Recently, the band sold out a 4 night headlining run at Atlanta's Tabernacle, and a 2 night run at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium.


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The 13th Annual Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) officially announces their full lineup of films and events for the 2008 edition of the festival. Appearing at NFF® will be Academy Award-nominated, double Emmy-and SAG Award-winning actor William H. Macy, known for performances in films such as Bobby, Seabiscuit, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, and Fargo.  Mr. Macy will be participating in the In Their Shoes.. event.  He will have a conversation with renowned Time Magazine critic Richard Corliss on screenwriting and acting.

"While it always has been important to build a solid slate of films, its very exciting when we get to introduce something completely new to the festival's events," said Co-Founder and Executive Director, Jill Burkhart.  "We always strive to pack the schedule with great films, insightful panels and exciting events each year to provide attendees with a rewarding experience."

"We have a diverse lineup spanning both the films and events, but we still focus on the storytelling," said Mystelle Brabbée, Artistic Director.  "With this year's festival we'll learn how much every element in a film, ranging from the acting to the music, contribute to the story at its core."

Adding to the diversity of this year's festival, NFF will have for the first time ever the Music Café and Panel, featuring Aware/Columbia artist Mat Kearny, who released his major label debut "Nothing Left to Lose" in April 2006.  Mr. Kearny will be performing his songs that have found their way into several television shows, including Grey's Anatomy and Friday Night Lights, at the Straight Wharf Restaurant in front of the Nantucket film community.  His set will be followed by a discussion focusing on how songs find their way into films and television alongside East Coast Creative and EMI Publishing Vice President Dan McCarroll and Aware Records/Asquared Management President Gregg Latterman.

In keeping with NFF® mission of spotlighting writers, the Festival will announce the winner of Showtime's annual Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting.  Members of this year's jury include Doug Liman, Chris Eigeman, and Liz Tucillo.

Previously announced was Judd Apatow as recipient of the NBC Universal Screenwriting Award.  Mr. Apatow will be appearing at The NBC Universal Screenwriter's Tribute with various colleagues of Mr. Apatow in attendance including presenter Paul Rudd.

To add further prestige to this year's festival is actress Meg Ryan as the introductory recipient of the Compass Rose Acting Tribute, a unique honor given to an actor that has reached a level in which they inspire writers to frequently create roles especially for them.

Among other awards given at NFF® this year will be The Audience Award for Best Feature & Best Short, SHOWTIME'S TONY COX Awards for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film and Short Film, Teen View on NFF® Award, Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film, and The Writer/Director Award.

Other special events include the yearly Late Night Storytelling event hosted by Anne Meara and Peter Farrelly.  Participants include five surprise guests as well as audience members.  Past storytellers include Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Mos Def, Rosie Perez, Laird Hamilton, Olympia Dukakis, Paul Rudd, Alan Cumming, and Brian Williams.

Also returning this year will be annual favorite Morning Coffee With, this year hosted by renowned film critic Leonard Maltin.  The daily panels take place every morning and invite attendees to join filmmaker experts for a lively mix of coffee, conversation, bagels and shoptalk.

NFF's® annual staged screenplay reading returns as well.  This event is designed to emphasize the importance of the script itself by having actors perform it without utilizing locations, costumes, effects, or music.  The chosen script for this year the Billy Wilder classic Some Like It Hot, featuring a cast consisting of member's of Nantucket's own Seaside Shakespeare group.

The opening film of this year's festival is writer/director Brad Anderson's Transsiberian.  The film boasts stars Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Kate Mara, and Eduardo Noriega.  The film will be accompanied by a special panel on the making of Transsiberian featuring writer/director Brad Anderson, writer Will Conroy, and producer Michael Williams as well as a special making-of documentary.

Closing the festival will be anticipated comedy The Wackness, written and directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby, and Mary-Kate Olsen.

The NFF® was founded in 1996 to spotlight screenwriters, screenwriting and storytelling in today's cinema. The festival takes place over five days in June on the idyllic island of Nantucket, MA.

Now in its thirteenth year, NFF® has become a prestigious annual event within the international film industry.  Screening over 50 feature-length and short films in all genres that highlight the art of storytelling, the NFF® is significant attraction that draws over ten thousand attendees, screenwriters, producers, agents and development executives each year.

Sponsers of this year's festival include NBC Universal, Showtime, CN8 and Comcast, Stella Artois, Merrill Lynch, HP, Tradewind Aviation, American Airlines, Nestle Waters, Inquirer & Mirror, and the Beachside Hotel.

The Films of the 2008 Nantucket Film Festival®:

Feature Films

American Teen



Flow: For Love of Water

Frozen River

Goodbye Baby

Man on Wire

Medicine For Melancholy

Of All the Things

Operation Filmmaker


Sleep Dealer

Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains


Trouble the Water

The Wackness


The Gabe Dixon Band's New Album Streets August 26th, 2008

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The Gabe Dixon Band's new self-titled album, due out on Fantasy Records on August 26, is in fact the group's third release, following the 2002 album On a Rolling Ball and the 2005 EP Live at World Café. But there's good reason Dixon, the band's writer/singer/pianist, considers it the GDB's debut.

Formed nine years ago by Dixon — then a classical piano major — and his two college roommates, bassist Winston Harrison and drummer Jano Rix, the group added a sax player and spent several years specializing in jazz-inflected, heavily improvised excursions, showcasing the virtuosity of the players. Dixon's elevated piano chops subsequently led to performances with Alison Krauss, O.A.R. and no less than Paul McCartney who tapped Dixon to play keyboards on his Driving Rain album and back McCartney and others on the internationally broadcast 9/11 tribute "Concert For New York City."

Offered the keyboard slot for McCartney's world tour, Dixon respectfully declined to focus on his own band and its then-yet-to-be-released debut album. But after a bout of cutbacks and regime changes at Warner Bros., the band's original label, the band reinvented itself as a three-piece song-based unit. The band's rededicated attention to arrangement, classic song-craft, and performance can be heard on the band's eponymous new album, The Gabe Dixon Band.

The trio cut the album live off the floor during ten days at Nashville's renowned Blackbird Studios with co-producer/engineer mixer Neal Cappellino (Alison Krauss, Mindy Smith, Jonny Lang) and with bassist Harrison doubling on "mandotar," a modified guitar he created whose sound somewhat resembles that of an electric mandolin. The album embeds vividly detailed, intensely personal and universally relatable songs in elegant yet muscular settings that draw, unabashedly and expertly, on classic rock.

The Tennessean, the newspaper in the band's hometown of Nashville, called it early when it stated in 2005 that the young artist "deserves to join the ranks of Jackson Browne and early Elton John in the pop pantheon." The piano-driven band has also rated favorable comparisons with the Ben Folds 5 and Bruce Hornsby.

Both the material and the supple arrangements result from "the music we heard growing up, listening to our parents' record collections," Dixon points out. "Mostly '70s LPs by Elton John, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Carole King and James Taylor. It was a magical era, the pinnacle of pop, rock and folk in terms of songwriting and musicianship." Dixon and his bandmates have not only assimilated those influences but brought them back into the present tense, resulting in music that is instantly familiar both musically and thematically, yet still provocative and in the moment.

Given the band's innate feel for rock's glory days, it was fitting that the legendary Henry Diltz, whose unforgettable photos of The Doors and Crosby, Stills & Nash have become an indelible part of rock history, shot the album cover images.

While Dixon wrote all the album's songs, three were co-written by onetime Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson, whose co-write of "Not Ready To Make Nice" with the Dixie Chicks earned him a Grammy. Two songs were co-written with gifted Nashville songsmith Tia Sellers, who won a Grammy of her own for Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance." For the ballad "Further the Sky," Dixon duets with Mindy Smith, herself a Grammy nominee, at her most inspired.

Of the newfound song focus of his onetime jam band, Dixon says, "We love great songs and real musicianship, and we take time as a band to come up with something that isn't typical, because the arrangement and performance can be just as impactful as the song itself. We've become more refined, and to the point, making the impact direct and immediate. The idea is pretty simple, really: We're dedicated to playing music people like that we like too."

From this immensely promising vantage point, it's been quite a journey for a guy who a decade ago was playing Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in downtown Nashville every afternoon from 1 to 5 for tips. The bridge of the song "All Will Be Well" could serve as the credo for Dixon and his bandmates: "You've got to keep it up and don't give up and chase your dreams," he sings, "and you will find, all in time."

Leftover Salmon REVISED 2008 Spring update

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Leftover Salmon will be back on the circuit again this summer. 2008 is shaping up to be one of the biggest festival season's ever. Salmon will be partaking in a handful of these and we look forward to seeing you all there.

The band will kick off a string of festivals dates at Wakarusa in Lawrence, KS. This will be the first time the band has played Wakarusa since its inaugural year. Then it's back to Telluride for the first time in 5 years celebrating 35th year of Telluride Bluegrass.

Denver will host the largest festival Colorado has ever seen at Dick's Sporting Goods Park produced by AEG Live, we are excited to be apart of this inaugural festival and massive line up! 10,000 Lakes Festival welcome Salmon back for the first time since it inception in 2003! Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival just added!

Returning to so many great events and helping kick off a new one here in our home state has us all thinking Festivaaalll!

7+8 Wakaursa Festival - Lawrence, KS
20   Telluride Bluegrass - Telluride, CO
20   Mile High Music Festival - Denver, CO
26   10,000 Lakes Festival - Detroit Lakes, MN

Just Added!
2   Dune Grass Festival - Empire, MI
12 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival - Ozark, Arkansas

In other news...

Look for Vince and Great American Taxi on the road. info at www.greatamericantaxi.net   

Drew Emmitt will be touring this summer with good friend Billy Nershi and their new band the Emmitt-Nershi Band. Check out all confirmed dates at www.emmittnershiband.com .

Hey Folks...
Don't forget about Del Fest! Both Drew and Vince will be performing in various projects (Taxi, Emmitt/Nershi, sit-ins, etc) over the Memorial Day weekend. The first annual Del Fest will take place in Cumberland Maryland. Go to the festival website here.

EOTO Wraps Up Spring 2008 Tour

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EOTO (pronounced E-oh-toe) featuring Jason Hann and Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident fame are wrapping up a string of dates taking them from the east coast throughout the Midwest. The project has eagerly taken to the road with an entirely unique and completely refreshing experience.

Stepping outside of the String Cheese box entirely, the duo delivers monster bass, hypnotic beats and intoxicating melodies in a totally unrehearsed, unscripted dance party, unleashing diverse performances night in and night out. In the world of EOTO, nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is pre-looped, no sets are pre-planned and the crowd feels it. Each night transports the listener to a different place and a different time.

Drawing from the ethos of some of the great DJ's and computer artists of the world, they use cutting edge technology to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment with the undeniable power of live drums. The music is all created on the spot, recorded, then mixed and remixed live to create an ever-evolving musical experience.

Playing roles completely different than they did in SCI, Jason Hann commands the drum kit, all percussion and samples. Michael Travis creates the tonal ambiance through the use of the bass, guitar, keyboards, and hand percussion, all while throwing down the live mixing. While completely different from SCI, life-long fans as well as new fans will be drawn to the spontaneity that is EOTO.

Apr 21 2008 @ Wilbert's: Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 22 2008 @ The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 23 2008 @ Papa Pete's: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Apr 24 2008 @ Subterranean: Chicago, Illinois
Apr 25 2008 @ The Miramar Theatre: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Apr 26 2008 @ The Cabooze: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 27 2008 @ High Noon Saloon: Madison, Wisconsin
Apr 28 2008 @ Vaudeville Mews: Des Moines, Iowa
Apr 29 2008 @ Iowa city Yacht Club: Iowa City, Iowa
Apr 30 2008 @ The Canopy Club (opening for Umphrey's McGee): Urbana, Illinois
May 1 2008 @ Crusens: Peoria, Illinois
May 2 2008 @ The Redstone Room: Davenport, Iowa
May 3 2008 @ The Box Awesome: Lincoln, Nebraska
May 23 2008 @ Schwagstock 37 @ Camp Zoe: Salem, Missouri
May 24 2008 @ Schwagstock 37 @ Camp Zoe: Salem, Missouri
Jun 7 2008 @ Wakarusa Festival: Lawrence, Kansas
Jun 29 2008 @ Lazy River Music Festival: St Charles, Illinois
Jul 3 2008 @ Rothbury Music Festival (Late Night Show): Rothbury, Michigan
Jul 4 2008 @ High Sierra Music Festival: Quincy, California
Jul 6 2008 @ High Sierra Music festival: Quincy, California
Jul 11 2008 @ Oregon Country Fair: Veneta, Oregon
Jul 13 2008 @ Oregon Country Fair: Veneta, Oregon
Jul 24 2008 @ 10,000 lakes Festival: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

420 pictures from Boulder, Colorado (4.20.2008)

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Check out pictures and video from today's 420 smoke up on the CU campus in Boulder, Colorado.  University of Colorado police estimated that 10,000 people gathered for the annual "smoke-up" on Norlin Quad on CU's campus.  In contrast to prior years when CU police attempted to discourage the event, they were keeping it "low-key" this year, said Commander Brad Wiesley, a spokesman. "When you're outnumbered 1,000-to-1, or even 750-to-1, it's really hard to have much say over what the crowd does," Wiesley said.

Origins of 420 (from Wikipedia):

Although many diverse theories exist to explain the origin of the term, one central root of the phrase stems from a group of teenagers at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California in 1971; the teens would meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke cannabis at the Louis Pasteur statue.[3][4] The term became part of their group's salute, "420 Louis!",[5] and became popularized in the late 1980s by fans of The Grateful Dead.[6] Many North American cannabis users continue to observe 4:20 as a time to smoke communally. By extension April 20 ("4/20" in U.S. dating shorthand) has evolved into a counterculture holiday, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.[7][8][9] In some locations this celebration coincides with Earth Week.[10][11][12]


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Dark Star in Boulder (4.17.2008) Pictures

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Dark Star Orchestra played 3 nights at the Fox Theater in Boulder this week.  Thursday night was the second of three and Grateful Web was on hand to snap some pictures.  Here are pictures from 4.17.2008.



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2008 Green Apple Festival

Trucks will play Chicago - photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

The initial musical line-up has been announced for eight major Earth Day events by Earth Day Net work and Green Apple Festival presented by Chase. Across the country on Sunday April 20th, an eclectic line-up of artists will perform in landmark parks in eight cities. The events will combine environmental addresses by prominent speakers and educational displays with music and entertainment, on the theme of environmental awareness.   The line-up ranges from blues legends to Latin powerhouse pop stars, reggae greats, jam band favorites, conscientious hip-hop artists, R&B icons, rock bands and singer/songwriters during "America's largest Earth Day celebration." A forthcoming announcement will reveal the "Green Apple Venues" - a list of participating venues and performers in each city who will employ environmentally-friendly practices throughout Earth Day Weekend.

The all-inclusive, interactive and free public events will occur in New York City (Central Park), Chicago IL (Lincoln Park Zoo), Miami FL (Bicentennial Park), Denver CO (City Park), Dallas TX (Fair Park), San Francisco CA (Golden Gate Park) and Los Angeles CA (Santa Monica Pier). The flagship event will be Earth Day 2008 on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

The combined efforts of Earth Day Net work (the nonprofit organization created by the founders of the original Earth Day in 1970)   and Green Apple Festival has resulted in plans for a nationwide gathering that will get Americans out of their homes and under the trees to celebrate Earth Day 2008.

"We're combining music with compelling speech to raise awareness of the problem of global warming and inspire people to action," said Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Net work.  "Earth Day 2008 will bring major talent and leaders together to empower people to become environmentally active."

"We're thrilled to announce this line-up and will reveal more names in the days to come," says GreenApple Festival founder and Executive Producer, Peter Shapiro. "Artists from every genre have raised their hands to participate in America's largest Earth Day celebration, spread out across the country in public parks for everyone to attend. We owe endless thanks to the artists and their teams who care enough to underscore the urgency and message of this mission."

2008 Earth Day Net work/Green Apple Festival Free Line-up:

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Grammy Award winning Country & Bluegrass Legend)
Big Head Todd and the Monsters (Indie pop)
Vusi Mahlasela ("South Africa's Bob Dylan")
Vienna Teng ("Chamber folk" singer-songwriter)

yardWASHINGTON DC "Earth Day 2008 on the National Mall"
The Roots & Friends ("friends" to be announced)      
Gov't Mule
Toots and the Maytals (Reggae and ska pioneers)
Thievery Corp - DJ set (Internationally acclaimed DJs/producers)
Warren Haynes - solo acoustic set (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule)
Umphreys McGee (Scene leading Progressive rock/jam band)
DC Boys Choir
City Dance

Derek Trucks Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Iconic New Orleans brass ensemble)
Meshell Ndegeocello (Soul music singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist)
Chicago Afrobeat Orchestra (Hometown jazz/funk/afrobeat favorites)
Miss Lori Holton Nash (Children's Act from PBS Kids)
The Gwalla Gwallas (Environmentally active local teen/HS band)
Event MC- Kyle Orton - Chicago Bears

Menudo (Latin super group)
Arrested Development (Grammy Award winning hip-hop artists)
Baby Loves Salsa (Family focused salsa dance party)
Caravan of Thieves

Los Lonely Boys (hometown heroes)
Martin Sexton
Junior Brown (Texas country/rock crossover sensation)
Cas Haley (Rock, roots, reggae)
The Steps
George Stanford

The Neville Brothers (the First Family of Funk and R&B)
The Benevento/Russo Duo (Progressive jazz/funk favorites)
Rose Hill Drive (Boulder's own rock power trio)

Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead & friends)
Yonder Mountain String Band (Progressive Bluegrass stars)
Brett Dennen (Pop/folk singer-songwriter)

Taj Mahal (Blues icon)
Ziggy Marley solo acoustic (Reggae Superstar)
Juliette and the Licks (female fronted power rock)
School of Rock Hollywood Allstars
The Frequency (LA indie rockers)
Coby Brown

With a "small footprint, large impact" ethos for 4/20, Earth Day Network and Green Apple Festival organizers:

* Selected sites with eco-considerations such as the cities' public transportation infrastructures, pedestrian and/or bicycle accessibility, and presence of an organic atmosphere - i.e. parks rather than concrete stadiums. 

*Volunteer activities in each city will extend the Festival's impact on the ground.

*Over 125 venues will become "Green Apple Venues" over Earth Day Weekend (4/18 - 4/20), as Festival organizers introduce environmentally-friendly practices/products at participating venues as a new way of doing business.

*With the help of Native Energy, a leader in the space of offsets, the Earth Day 2008 event on the National Mall and the entire Green Apple Festival will be made carbon neutral.

*In three markets, in low-income neighborhoods, Earth Day Network and Green Apple Festival will carry out school greening projects.

earthAlready this year, Earth Day Network - with 19,000 partners in 175 countries - has registered over 1,000 community-based Earth Day events, taking place in Bejing, Tokyo, Caracas, Montreal, Paris, Budapest, Moscow. Mallorca and in many other cities across the globe.

About Earth Day Network: Earth Day Network seeks to grow and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet.  It pursues these goals through education, politics, and consumer activism. With year-round programs in environmental education, campus activism, global warming and international issues, Earth Day Network combines the forces of its 500,000 activists and members to mobilize action on the most pressing environmental issues.  Earth Day Network has a global reach with a network of more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries.  More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.

About Green Apple Festival: Now entering its third year, The Green Apple Festival was founded by producer Peter Shapiro and Zenbu Media, a music media company that publishes Relix Magazine, Global Rhythm, Metal Edge and Metal Maniacs and co-produces the Jammy Awards.

Since 2006, when The Green Apple Festival began in New York City, the event has galvanized music fans, environmentalists, progressive consumers and families in a growing number of cities on Earth Day by providing "something for everyone" events with music performances, family entertainment and interactive exhibits at public locations. In 2007, capacity crowds attended Green Apple events in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, setting a one-day attendance record at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL, for example, with over 40,000 people present. Lending weight to the Festival's endeavors is their partnership with Earth Day Network - the non-profit organization founded by the creators of the first Earth Day in 1970.

Dark Star in Boulder (4.16.2008)

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Dark Star Orchestra is playing 3 nights at the Fox Theater in Boulder this week.  Last night was the first of three and Grateful Web was on hand to snap some pictures.  Dark Star choose 4.2.1990 from the Omni in Atlanta, GA.  It was a pretty night with a light snow and the always packed and plenty warm Fox Theater.  We'll be there again tonight, so look for more pictures tomorrow.



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Railroad Earth To Release Amen Corner June 10, 2008

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Anticipation has been building for a new release and for the first time in 4 years, Railroad Earth found themselves back in the studio recording all new material.  It's definitely a home-grown project, much like the band itself.  Railroad Earth's new studio release, Amen Corner, was written and recorded at Lone Croft: an empty, 300 year-old house in New Jersey's rural countryside. What happened inside the building was the experience of a lifetime for the band's members, resulting in an early creative pinnacle of a gifted young band, and an album that is an instant Americana classic. Amen Corner is a collection of crisp and crafted roots, bluegrass, and acoustic sides that resonates in all the right places. The tunes breathe both on and between the notes. They hit you immediately, but then linger like a good buzz.  Look for Amen Corner to hit in June 10, 2008 on SCI Fidelity Records.

Railroad Earth is currently on tour.  Current confirmed tour dates include:

April 11 Warsaw at the Polish National Home Brooklyn NY
April 17 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
April 18 Pearl Street Northampton MA
April 19 Bearsville Theater Bearsville NY
April 24 Higher Ground South Burlington VT
April 25 East Hartford Community Cultural Center East Hartford CT
April 26 IMAC Theater Huntington NY
May 02 The German House Rochester NY
May 03 Oberlin College Oberlin OH
May 24 DelFest Cumberland MD
May 25 Hookahville Thornville OH
June 01 2008 Crawfish Festival Augusta NJ
June 05 Variety Playhouse Atlanta GA
June 06 Riverbend Festival Chattanooga TN
June 07 Bama Jam Enterprise AL
June 10 Vintage Vinyl St. Louis MO 6pm In-Store Performance
June 10 Blueberry Hill St. Louis MO
June 13-14 Ogden Theatre Denver CO CD Release Party!
June 19 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR
June 20 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
June 21 The Showbox Seattle WA
July 01 Summerfest 2008 Milwaukee WI
July 03 ROTHBURY Rothbury MI
July 04-05 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy CA
July 13 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV
July 25 Floydfest Floyd VA
August 01 Dunegrass Festival Empire MI
August 02 Silver Maple Music Festival Comstock Park MI
August 13-14 YarmonyGrass Bond CO