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Swing Into The Holiday Season With George Gee's Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra

George Gee- for the Grateful Web

This Holiday season, The Edison Ballroom and producer Mickey Marchello, former guitarist from the legendary New York Rock Band Good Rats, will welcome the swing era sounds of George Gee and his Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra as they entertain guests with a new show that evokes a golden era:  "Sleigh Bells Swing."  George Gee and his 22-piece Big Band offer the perfect Holiday treat for not only swing and jazz music fans, but also for tourists and tri-state area residents looking for an incredible Holiday entertainment experience.  The Edison Ballroom poses as the perfect backdrop for George Gee's musical extravaganza with its plush leather walls and sophisticated art deco accents in tones of whites, blacks, shades of grey, and platinum juxtaposed against illuminated glass tiles.  Combined with the décor of The Edison Ballroom and a presentation of classic Holiday songs, guests will feel as if they are re-entering a fantasy world of 1930s/1940s retro era of glitz and glamour that no longer exists – until now.
 
A world-renowned professional swing band leader, George Gee is also the only Chinese-American one. He has compiled a hip and cosmopolitan big band show fully equipped with 22 tuxedoed musicians, captivating singers, rhythmic tap dancers and gravity-defying lindy hoppers, punctuated by a custom-tailored bandstand to complete the look of this elegant evening.  "Sleigh Bells Swing" will begin with an interactive and multi-media floor show with the full swing orchestra and complete cast during dinner, MC'ed by the seasonal anecdotes of Mickey Marchello.  After the show and four course meal, the complete 1,700 square feet dance floor will open for dancing to the swingin' big band sounds of George Gee and his orchestra.

Edison Ballroom's "Sleigh Bells Swing" will run straight from December 20th, 2008 through January 3rd, 2009 (with no performance on December 24th, 2008).  Tickets for the floor show and dinner are $190.00 per person including all drinks and dancing; tickets are $75 per person for general dancing, include open bar and hors d'oeuvres  (post-dinner and floor show).

ABOUT THE EDISON BALLROOM

The Edison Ballroom, first opened in the 1930's, reopened June 2008 following a $5 million renovation targeted to make it the premiere venue for a wide variety of private events and celebrations. Located at 240 West 47th Street in the heart of Times Square (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), the Edison Ballroom boasts a long and illustrious history that is still visible in the details of its restoration.  The new renovation is meant to highlight the room's art deco flair of the 1930's.  Owner, Allan Wartski (Christo's Steakhouse and Hakata Grill) hired Glen Coben of the award winning New York-based architecture and design firm Glen & Company to design the interior.  A neutral palette was used to play up the architectural details, spotlighting their beauty. The main floor houses a 700 square foot stage framed by elegant and traditional silk curtains. Upstairs is a balcony that has its own bar.

ABOUT GEORGE GEE

Nearly three decades ago, in an era when punk, new wave and heavy metal ruled, a Chinese-American musician named George Gee launched his imaginative big band vision.  A native New Yorker, George Gee has always loved the syncopated jump styles of the Big Band Era and his career was propelled by the support of  swing giant Count Basie.  He grew up with rock 'n' roll, R&B and disco – but also developed a powerful passion for swing. At renowned Stuyvesant High School, George Gee wowed the crowds with his flashy showmanship on bass in the school's jazz band.  After an extended stint on the road, George returned to his hometown of NYC in 1989 to make his big band dream a reality.  He  summoned top notch musicians – (young and old), including veterans of legendary bands such as those led by Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and also Latin and pop music giants – all to continue living his big band dream.
 
With each performance, George Gee's powerful and entertaining swing orchestra continues to set new standards and reach for loftier heights.  George Gee and the band were recently invited to the Middle East to perform for an audience including The Prince of Jordan and musical impresario Quincy Jones. Gee also served as a primary expert for the nationally broadcast and DVD distribution of the documentary "The Joint is Jumpin'" and was also a featured appearance on PBS's "Live at Lincoln Center" for 11 million viewers.  George Gee continues to tour the world spreading the Gospel of Swing and is ecstatic about his collaboration with The Edison Ballroom.

Bassnectar to Perform at Wonder Ballroom Nov. 14th

Bassnectar @ Rothbury - photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Bassnectar's wobbling sounds of womp are swirling into a storm that will descend on North America for another round of full throttle live shows. With nearly every show on his last tour hitting full capacity, this Fall Basnectar hosts his fall tour: "The Other Side." Featuring Bassnectar DJ sets and Live PA and a diverse list of special guests including Beats Antique (featuring members of the Yard Dogs Road Show), Fort Knox Five, Seasunz and other friends and artists from the US, the UK, and Canada (plus live custom visuals of Videolicious, Android Jones, and iLL Gates), the tour hits almost 75 markets with stops in New York, Miami, Seattle, and all points in between.

Ticket Pre-sales are happening now at www.bassnectar.net.  Also this fall, Bassnectar releases new singles and remixes, including "Art Of Revolution" - offering a host of wicked mixes and bonus tracks - as well as the long awaited live mix set. Stay tuned for details as they become available.

The list of fall tour dates is as follows:

October 4 Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS w/ The Egg and Orchard Lounge
October 6 Mojo's Columbia, MO w/ Beats Antique
October 8 Proud Larry's Oxford, MS w/ Beats Antique
October 9 Newby's Memphis, TN w/ Beats Antique
October 10 La Zona Rosa Austin, TX w/ Beats Antique
October 11 Lizard Lounge Dallas, TX
October 14 Juanita's Little Rock, AR w/ Beats Antique
October 15 Exit/In Nashville, TN w/ Beats Antique
October 16 Crossroads Huntsville, AL w/ Beats Antique
October 17 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
October 18 Zydeco Birmingham, AL w/ Beats Antique
October 29 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC w/ Beats Antique
October 30 The Pour House Charleston, SC w/ Beats Antique
October 31 Orange Peel Asheville, NC w/ Beats Antique and Mike Relm
November 1 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC w/ Beats Antique and Mike Relm
November 2 Mr. Smalls Millvale PA
November 5 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
November 6 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
November 7 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
November 8 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, D.C.
November 14 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
November 15 Neumos Crystal Ball Seattle, WA
November 22 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC w/ Z-Trip
November 28 Level Nite Club Kelowna BC
November 29 Sugar Nightclub Victoria BC  
More dates to be added.

Already a mainstayin the emerging festival scene, 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.

Umphrey's McGee to Perform at the Crystal Ballroom

Bayliss - Photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee recently released The Bottom Half – a spontaneous and intriguing follow-up to their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In NumbersThe Bottom Half includes two discs: disc one features ten songs that did not make it onto Safety In Numbers, while disc two offers outtakes, alternative versions of songs, a cappella recordings, and other bits from the band's 2005 studio sessions.  The album, which recently reached #26 on Billboard 's coveted "Heatseakers" Chart, is receiving highmarks;  HARP Magazine recently reviewed " …[The Bottom Half delivers] creamy studio work infused by diabolical skill."

Now, on the heels of a very special home-town Green Apple Festival performance to an over-flowing crowd of almost 15,000 at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and a National Anthem appearance at U.S. Cellular Field for the Chicago White Sox's home opener, Umphrey's McGee hits the road in support of The Bottom Half.

The current list of confirmed tourdates is as follows:

May 25-27 Summer Camp 2007 Chillicothe IL
June 01 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA
June 01-03 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter NY
June 07 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
June 08 Truckee Regional Park Amphitheater Truckee CA
June 09 Harmony Festival Sonoma CA
June 10 The Catalyst Santa Cruz CA
June 12 Majestic Ventura Theatre Ventura CA
June 13 John Anson Ford Theatre Los Angeles CA
June 14 House of Blues San Diego CA
June 27 Charlottesville Pavilion Charlottesville VA With The Disco Biscuits
June 28 NTELOS Pavilion Portsmouth VA With The Disco Biscuits
June 29 Lincoln Theatre Street Stage Raleigh NC With The Disco Biscuits
June 30 Masquerade Park Atlanta GA With The Disco Biscuits
July 01 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Pompano Beach FL With The Disco Biscuits
July 05 Summerfest 2007 Milwaukee WI
July 07 GratefulFest Garrettsville OH
July 13 Ogden Theatre Denver CO
July 13-15 Trancegression Festival Copper Mountain CO
July 19 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes MN
August 17-18 Verizon Wireless Music Center Noblesville IN With Dave Matthews Band
August 28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Bonner Springs KS With Dave Matthews Band

More dates to be announced.

Umphrey's McGee's growing success has not gone unnoticed.  The band's virtuoso playing and edgy songcraft compelled Rolling Stone to choose them as "a band to watch" in their annual Hot Issue, and recently prompted Guitar Player Magazine to include the band's guitarists – Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss – on their list of "Best Unsung Guitar Heroes."  Umphrey's McGee, who's headlining shows consistently sell-out from coast to coast, boasts appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, and many others.