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Papa Mali ft. Bill Kreutzmann @ Boulder Theater

Legendary drummer and co-founder of the Grateful Dead, Bill Kreutzmann, (who played every show in the band’s illustrious 44 year career) first met funky bluesman and voodoo electronic pioneer Papa Mali at a festival in 2008.   Bill recalls in a recent interview, “We first met at the Oregon Country Fair last year.  He was the headliner on the main stage, and I sat there and watched him and went, ‘This guy's for real man, I like this guy.' Then we met, after that he came over to my trailer that I was staying in and you couldn't separate us, we talked for hours. It was just one of those natural things, you know? You can't plan it, you can't make it happen. And then we started playing together.”  Since that meeting the band has played numerous shows including shows in Oahu and Maui for Halloween, a New Year’s Eve run in Maui and a Midwest festival tour.

Bill and Papa are gearing up for a Colorado tour and joining them on the run will be bass virtuoso Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green, JFJO) and multi-instrumentalist (if it makes music, he can play it) Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson and Friends). The band will be playing songs of the Grateful Dead and classic R&B. Reed and Papa first shared the stage in 2008 during a string of Mardi Gras shows in Colorado called The Big Easy Blowout which raised thousands of dollars for both the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and Tipitina’s Foundation and also featured Page McConnell (Phish), Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, PBS), Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (Wild Magnolias, Golden Eagles) and many others.  The synergy between the two was immediate and powerful.  Matt Hubbard joined Bill and Papa for their last several tours and adds his unique flavor to every tune.  Together they will rock a mighty sound in Colorado that will incorporate several tunes from the Grateful Dead repertoire, Papa Mali originals, some New Orleans and Southern songbook interpretations and maybe even a new Robert Hunter original.

PAPA MALI ft. BILL KREUTZMANN
w/ special guests
Monday, August 3
doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone. Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com. Ticket prices include tax and service charge.

Bill Kreutzmann Announces BK3 Tour Dates

Bill Kreutzmann, Grateful Dead drummer for the band's entire thirty year career, tours this summer with his potent new trio project, BK3.  For the summer run, BK3 features bassist James "Hutch" Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt) and guitarist Scott Murawski (Max Creek).  This BK3 announcement comes as Bill is wrapping up a highly anticipated Dead reunion tour.  An art exhibit, The Art of Bill Kreutzmann and the Grateful Dead, has popped up in various cities along The Dead tour, including a showing at Café Le Cave in Des Plaines, Illinois on May 4th and 5th.

With BK3, Kreutzmann finds himself lined up and locking into a powerful new wave of musical freedom.  In all its lineup variations (Phish bassist Mike Gordon and Allman Brothers' bassist Oteil Burbridge have both done gigs with BK3) Kreutzmann is thoroughly enjoying making music with such great players, and is driven by musical chemistry that is simply "over the top." This run of shows, which begins on the east coast on May 29th and includes festival stops such as Mountain Jam Festival, Oregon Country Fair, and All Good Music Festival, is the first with Hutch Hutchinson on bass.

The list of currently confirmed tour dates for BK3, Bill Kreutzmann featuring James "Hutch" Hutchinson and Scott Murawski is as follows:

May 29 Port City Music Hall Portland ME
May 30 Toad's Place New Haven CT
May 31 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter NY
June 03 The National Richmond VA
June 04 Cat's Cradle Carrboro NC
June 05 The Music Farm Charleston SC
June 06 Wanee Music Festival Live Oak FL
July 10 Oregon County Fair Veneta OR
July 12 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV

Bill Kreutzmann is a man of many passions, and today in addition to drumming, he is also an artist.  Look for his artwork on display for a very special exhibit this May, when The Dead's tour stops in Chicago. The current exhibit, titled Bill Kreutzmann and the Art of the Grateful Dead, shows on May 4th and 5th at Café Le Cave in Des Plaines, Illinois (across the street from the Allstate Arena, where The Dead play).  In addition to the artwork of Bill Kreutzmann, also featured are a collection of rare signed prints by Jerry Garcia, a selection of Grateful Dead photography by Herb Greene and Baron Wolman, and Grateful Dead poster art by Richard Biffle.

The Art of Bill Kreutzmann and the Grateful Dead

Hosted by Walnut Street Gallery
Monday, May 4 (12:00 PM - 6:00 PM) and Tuesday, May 5 (10:00 am - 6:00 PM)
Café Le Cave
2777 Mannheim Road / Des Plaines, Illinois
(Across the street from Allstate Arena)
Free and open to the public
For more information visit www.walnutst.com or call 800.562.3387

Kreutzmann's psychedelic and surreal body of work combines his love of photography and digital media. At his first public showing in 2001, during a one man art exhibit at Walnut Street Gallery in Colorado, he received glowing response to his works and praise from collectors. Kreutzmann was first inspired to create art by longtime friend and Grateful Dead band mate Jerry Garcia, who would paint and draw while the band toured. On a day off from performing, Jerry invited Bill to his room to show him how the digital process worked. Bill was hooked. After Jerry's death in 1995 Kreutzmann moved to Hawaii and began expanding on what Jerry taught him, experimenting with 3-D software, animation programs and Photoshop. Today, he equates creating his digital art to playing drums. Sitting at his computer, he just lets his imagination flow. Kreutzmann's deep passion for all things oceanic is evident throughout his art.

Bill Evans Soulgrass Special Edition w/ Special Guest Sam Bush

bush_evansTHE IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB IS VERY PLEASED TO PRESENT THE KING OF NEWGRASS SAM BUSH AND JAZZ-SOUL SAX MAN BILL EVANS IN A VERY SPECIAL APPEARANCE APRIL 2-5.  BILL EVANS SOULGRASS SPECIAL EDITION SPECIAL GUEST SAM BUSH FEATURING DENNIS CHAMBERS, RICHARD BONA, RYAN CAVANAUGH AND CHRISTIAN HOWES (SAT AND SUN ONLY

Bill Evans

Throughout his 20-year career as a solo artist, saxophonist Bill Evans  has explored a variety of musical settings that go well beyond the confines of traditional jazz, including hip-hop, fusion, reggae, Brazilian and slamming funk.  Evans stepped into more adventurous territory with his 2006 Grammy nominated release Soulgrass, blending jazz, funk and bluegrass into a seamless and wholly unique hybrid of quintessentially American styles. He collaborated on the project with an exciting and eclectic group of all-stars, including Vinnie Colaiuta, Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Bruce Hornsby, John Scofield, Victor Wooten and Mark Egan.

His follow up to that widely acclaimed project, found him pushing the envelope a little further in that direction on The Other Side Of Something. “It’s an extension of Soulgrass,” he says of his latest release. “I am always trying to push the envelope and take the music somewhere it hasn’t been before. I am just beginning to explore all of the possibilities. I have been touring a lot over the last two years, using the banjo and fiddle as my rhythm instruments, so by the time I started writing new music for the new CD, I was over-flowing with ideas. One of the first ideas I had was to sing for the first time on one of my CDs. The saxophone and voice are very similar in range so it seemed like a very natural thing for me to do. It is, of course, another instrument so I have been working very hard at it. People will hear a new side to me that they have never heard before”.

 
The Other Side Of Something features Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers, as well as his regular touring band of Chris Howes, Ryan Cavanaugh, and Joel Rosenblatt.

 
Evans first joined Miles Davis group at the age of 22 in 1980, and went on to record six records and tour the world with Davis numerous times over a four-year period. He then toured and recorded three CDs with John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and later played with Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Steps Ahead and Mick Jagger, among others. The saxman has been touring almost exclusively with his own band since 1990, playing well over 100 concerts per year worldwide. He has recorded 15 solo CD’s and received two Grammy nominations, one for Soul Insider(2002) and the other for Soulgrass ( 2006).

Sam Bush

Though he admits a certain discomfort with the moniker "King of Newgrass" Sam Bush has more than earned it. As cofounder and leader of the seminal progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival through 18 years during the 1970s and '80s, Bush is responsible for influencing legions of bands like Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, and String Cheese Incident, to name just a few.

When not heading his own band, Bush has spent the past 15 years as a supersideman with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and the Flecktones; spearheaded boundary-stretching collaborations with Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, and David Grisman, and driven nearly every "bluegrass supergroup" imaginable with his inimitable mandolin playing.

 
icon) on mandolin . Bill Evans and Sam Bush have teamed up before to produce an invigorating blend of styles that gets the audience up out of their seats. Sam also hosted the Bluegrass awards last year in Nashville and came home with the "best mandolin of the year" award.

Dennis Chambers is a drummer whose propulsive style and versatility have enabled him to play in combos or large groups, and work with fusion and hard bop bandleaders. He has released two sessions as a leader and recorded and played with Parliament and Funkadelic, Special EFX, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Mike Stern/Bob Berg Band, Randy Brecker’s Band and Michael Brecker’s Band, Mike Urbaniak's Band/Bill Evans Band/CTI All Stars/George Duke/Stanley Clark's Band/Steve Kahn's Eyewitness Band/John McLaughlin Band. 2005 till now: Santana - 2007: Tower Of Power.

RICHARD BONA Dubbed “The African Sting, Richard Bona has been recognized as one of the planet’s five revelations of the past decade. A complete artist, an absolute master of his art, and a melodist of rare elegance and sensuality, he’s also a poignant singer, and a member of that exclusive club, "the world’s best bassists. ”His unique style is situated at the crossroads of a horde of influences - jazz, bossa nova, pop music, afro-beat, traditional song, and funk.

RYAN CAVANAUGH Whether playing traditional bluegrass music, or adding a unique twist to a modern fusion quintet with master saxophonist Bill Evans, Ryan Cavanaugh strives to be original and innovative on the banjo. Having shared stages with Jazz legends such as Bill Evans, John McLaughlin, and Bluegrass legends like Sam Bush, Cavanaugh's journey has taken him from the fiddlers' conventions of VA to the Jazz audiences of Europe.


CHRISTIAN HOWES
has already made an indelible mark and is poised to be a path-finding figure on the contemporary violin. He’s won recognition and kudos from artists and critics alike. Says guitar pioneer Les Paul, with whom Christian has made numerous appearances: “There is nobody better than this guy.” The prominent artists Howes has performed and/or recorded with include Greg Osby, Randy Brecker, James Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Akua Dixon’s Quartette Indigo, Billy Hart, D.D. Jackson, David Murray, Steve Turre’s Sextet with Strings, Jane Monheit, Dr. John, Frank Vignola, and Lenny White, to name a few.

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

Bill Kreutzmann is Coming to Denver and Boulder - Feb 20 & 21

see Billy K on tour in February- for the Grateful Web

Bill Kreutzmann, Grateful Dead drummer for the band's entire thirty year career, tours this February with his new power trio featuring bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) and guitarist Scott Murawski (Max Creek).  The tour, which is also the trio's west coast debut, launches a busy year ahead for Kreutzmann; The Dead recently announced they will reunite for a run of dates this spring.

Bill Kreutzmann featuring Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski is sure to capture the interest of music lovers of many genres of music. Kreutzmann and Murawski were first introduced in Costa Rica at a meeting facilitated by Phish bassist Mike Gordon. Their musical chemistry was immediately compelling. Shortly after, Burbridge joined the band for a gig and it quickly became obvious that the trio would pursue further musical adventures.

You can catch Bill Kreutzmann featuring Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski live in Santa Cruz.  Show details are as follows:

Friday, February 20th @ 9:00 PM (Doors @ 8:00 PM)
Bluebird Theater
3317 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
Tickets: $25 ADV / $30 DOS / Ages 16+ Welcome
For more information please visit: www.bluebirdtheater.net

Saturday, February 21st @ 9:00 PM (Doors @ 8:30 PM)
Fox Theatre
1135 13th Street, Boulder
Tickets: $25.00 / All Ages Welcome
For more information please visit: www.foxtheatre.com

The complete list of confirmed tour dates for Bill Kreutzmann featuring Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski is as follows:

Thurs, February 12   Moe's Alley               Santa Cruz, CA
Fri, February 13     Independent               San Francisco, CA
Sat, February 14     The Eureka Theater        Eureka, CA
Sun, February 15     Crystal Ballroom          Portland, OR supporting The Greyboy Allstars     
Fri, February 20     The Bluebird Theater      Denver, CO
Sat, February 21     Fox Theatre               Boulder, CO

Big vote coming on clean energy bill. Make your voice heard.

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We've waited two decades for Congress to pass legislation that could start breaking the chains of our enslavement to the automakers and Big Oil. We're unlikely to get a second chance for many years to come.

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Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra / State Radio: Crazy Co-bill

This was my first time in the old fashioned Theatre of the Living Arts since it has turned into the Fillmore at the TLA, and it was a very interesting bill for me. I am very familiar with the current afrobeat champions from Brooklyn, on the other hand, I've never heard of State Radio so I was interested in seeing a new band.