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The Motet perform "The Best of Halloween"

We are very excited to announce that on January 22nd and 23rd The Motet will be performing "The Best of Halloween" at CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM'S Grand Re-Opening 7th Anniversary Party. For these shows we will be featuring the fantastic vocalist JEN DURKIN (Deep Bannana Blackout, Mickey Hart Band, Bernie Worell Band) and the slamming east coast horn duo of Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis (Soulive, Lettuce), aka "THE SHADY HORNS".  Get ready for these guys to blow the roof off the joint!  We are also extremely excited about the virtuosic guitarist DAN LEBOWITZ (ALO, magicgravy) coming in from San Francisco to join us for these two epic nights of great music!

And as this is somewhat of a reunion gig for us, don't be surprised to see our old friend and guitarist Ryan Jalbert (Brett Dennen Band) up there rocking out. Also, flying in direct from Portland Oregon will be vocalist exraordinaire Jans Ingber. And, per usual, we will have Motet regulars: Garrett Sayers on bass, Joey Porter on keys, Dave Watts on drums, Scott Messersmith on percussion, Gabe Mervine on trumpet, Kim Dawson on vocals, Matt Pitts on bari, and perhaps a few others yet to be named...

Yes folks! You heard it right, this will be a 13 member band including a four piece horn section, three vocalists, two guitars, and percussion. The concept, of course, will be for us to perform music by the artists of our past Halloween shows: Talking Heads, Tower of Power, Jamiroquai, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sly and the Family Stone, and Herbie Hancock. This is going to be a once in a lifetime band, so please get your tickets soon.

Now as a added bonus, MAGICGRAVY, the ever exciting trio of Dave, Dan, and Garrett will be opening both nights! Be ready for some mad-improv-soul-jazz insanity to warm your body up...

This will also be the grand re-opening of Cervantes. They are putting a lot energy into upgrading the P.A., the stage, the restrooms and overall appearance. So, please come support one of the best live music venues in America!!

The Avett Brothers - 2 Nights @ Boulder Theater

There is no harmony like brotherly harmony. Something indelible in the weave of voices and play of sensibilities is stamped into the fraternal DNA and also stems from a lifetime of shared experiences. You can hear it in classic brother acts across the musical spectrum, from the Louvin Brothers to the Everly Brothers and on down the decades through the Wilson brothers (Beach Boys), the Davies brothers (Kinks), the Allman Brothers and even the Brothers Gibb (a.k.a., the Bee Gees). You can clearly hear fraternal magic at work in the songs of Scott and Seth Avett, better known as the Avett Brothers, as well.

That magic is abundantly evident on I and Love and You, the Avett Brothers’ big-label debut. Its 13 songs are delivered in a style that defies pigeonholing but might be described as a rootsy amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, rock and pop – even a jab of punk-style dynamics here and there. Drawn by the naked honesty of their songs and the rousing intensity of their live shows, legendary producer and talent scout Rick Rubin signed the Avett Brothers – consisting of siblings Scott and Seth, plus bassist Bob Crawford - to his American Recordings label in 2008.

THE AVETT BROTHERS
w/ guests
Tuesday, April 20 & Wednesday, April 21
doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm

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

Announcing 4 Nights w/ DSO and Keller

dsoDark Star Orchestra Summer Festival Circuit

Heating up along with the climate, many of this summer's festival lineups have already been announced. This year, Dark Star Orchestra performs alongside some incredible artists at Summer Camp and Delfest in May, GratefulFest, All Good Festival and Gathering of the Vibes in July, and at Dancin' in the Streets in Denver in August. GratefulFest celebrates its tenth year this summer with DSO hosting another 4th of July weekend extravaganza featuring Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Keller Williams, JGB, Donna Jean Band and many more - what are you grateful for?

New York, New Jersey, Just Announced! Dark Star Orchestra and Keller Williams

In addition to their festival appearances, Dark Star Orchestra is delighted to team up with Keller Williams for 4 smokin' summer nights at Governor's Island, Lewistown, Utica, NY and Hackettstown, NJ this July. The Hackettstown show at Vasa Park also features Donna Jean Band who will perform before Keller & DSO. Tickets are sure to go fast for these special shows so be sure to check out DSO Ticketing and get yours ahead of time!!

To New England and Beyond!

If all of that wasn't enough, Dark Star Orchestra will be performing throughout towns across America in May, June, July and beyond. New late summer dates have just been announced, so be sure to check below and see when the band will be rolling into a city near you!

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Spring Tour Continues...
04/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA  
04/23 The Showbox Seattle, WA  
04/24 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
04/25 Mcdonald Theater Eugene, OR  
05/22 Summer Camp Chillicothe, IL  
05/23 Summer Camp Chillicothe, IL  
05/24 Delfest Cumberland, MD  
05/27 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY  
05/28 North Fork Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY  
05/29 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ  
05/30 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
06/01 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT TICKETS
06/02 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT TICKETS
06/04 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg, PA TICKETS
06/05 Celebrate Virginia Central Park Fredericksburg, VA TICKETS
06/06 Innsbrook Pavillion Glen Allen, VA TICKETS
06/08 Higher Ground Burlington, VT TICKETS
06/09 Higher Ground Burlington, VT TICKETS
06/11 South Shore Music Circus Cohasset, MA TICKETS
06/12 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
06/13 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
06/14 Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis, MA TICKETS
Summer Tour '09
07/03 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/04 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/05 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/09 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/10 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ  
07/11+ Governor's Island New York, NY TICKETS
07/12 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV TICKETS
07/15 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH  
07/16+ Artpark Lewiston, NY TICKETS
07/17+ Saranac Brewery Utica, NY  
07/18+ Vasa Park Hackettstown, NJ TICKETS
07/21 Lupos Providence, RI TICKETS
07/22 Colonial Theatre Pittsfield, MA TICKETS
07/23 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT  
08/07 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/08 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/09 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/10 Strings in the Mountains Steamboat Springs, CO TICKETS
08/12 Spud Drive-In Driggs, ID  
08/13 Emerson Theater Bozeman, MT  
08/14 Love your Mother Earth Festival Lolo Hot Springs, MT TICKETS
08/15 Love your Mother Earth Festival Lolo Hot Springs, MT TICKETS
+ w/ Keller Williams

Celebrate NYE with Railroad Earth - 3 Nights in Portland!

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Railroad Earth released Amen Corner , their first studio album in 4 years, this past spring and enjoyed a busy and successful 2008.  Touring virtually nonstop in support of the record, Railroad Earth hit both coasts hard and more than a hand full of stops in between.  This New Year's Eve, the New Jersey based band will post up in one of their favorite West Coast cities - Portland, Oregon - for three nights at The Aladdin Theater.  Known for skillful improvisation and thoughtful lyrics, Railroad Earth promises to put on a performance to remember and a run of shows not to miss.  More information about the NYE run and Railroad Earth can be found at www.railroadearth.com.

Monday, December 29th, Tuesday, December 30th
and Wednesday, December 31st @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:00pm)
Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland
Tickets: $30.00 for 29th, $30.00 for 30th, and $55.00 for 31st - NYE
All Ages Welcome on 29th and 30th, Ages 21+ Welcome for 31st
For more information, please contact 503-233-1994 or visit www.aladdin-theater.com

Hot Buttered Rum for Two Nights in Boulder - Oct 10 & 11

HBR @ All Good Fest - photo by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release.  Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting.  The performances were professionally multi-tracked and later carefully mixed by Butter's long-time sound engineer, Josh Osmond. The result is striking, presenting the unique energy and improvisational spirit of a Hot Buttered Rum live performance in studio-quality sound.

Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the band's bolder and heavier side.  Their full sound permeates Live in the Northeast - from the reggae-tinged "Return Someday" and psychedelica of "Desert Rat" through definitive covers of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and Leo Sayer's "Feel Like Dancin'" - winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, the guys of Hot Buttered Rum grew up on the trails, in the mountains, and on the slopes.  Their ties with nature have only grown and as a group, the band has dedicated much time and energy to reducing their carbon footprint and promoting alternative fuel sources.  As a heavily touring band, Hot Buttered Rum had to face the tough reality of how a national tour can affect the environment and counter it with a positive change.  In response, the band helped to promote the biofuel renaissance, touring the country on recycled vegetable oil and biodiesel as early as 2003.  Band members have participated in numerous Renewable Energy and Biofuel conferences, as well as sitting on discussion panels at such renowned music festivals as Bonnaroo and High Sierra.  Highlighted in the November/December 2005 issue of E: Environmental Magazine, Hot Buttered Rum is commended for trying to "leave an impact on its fans, and not solely on the road that passes beneath its bus tires as it travels from coast to coast".  For more information on Hot Buttered Rum and their greening efforts, visit the band's website.

The band's current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

September 07 Rancho Nicasio Nicasio CA
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Music Festival Ozark AR
September 23 Humboldt Brewery Arcata CA
September 24 Stillwater Ashland CA
September 25 Domino Room Bend OR
September 26 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
September 27 Triple Door Seattle WA Two Shows!
September 28 W.O.W. Hall Eugene OR
October 10-11 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
October 30-31 Las Tortugas at Evergreen Lodge Groveland CA
November 08 8 x 10 Club Baltimore MD
November 20 East Hartford Community Center East Hartford CT
November 21 Lowell Auditorium Lowell MA supporting Dark Star Orchestra
November 22 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA supporting Dark Star Orchestra
November 23 Fairfield Theatre Bridgeport CT supporting Dark Star Orchestra
January 24 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Utica NY
February 20-21 Wintergrass Tacoma WA

More dates to be announced. 

The widespread appeal of Hot Buttered Rum's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together.  It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success. The band has performed at festivals as diverse as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with such artists as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine.

SCI to Perform Four Nights at Red Rocks

- for the Grateful Web

The String Cheese Incident's 2007 Summer Tour stops in towns that hold plenty of SCI history, and features some of the band's favorite kinds of shows - namely weekend camping events with plenty of musical friends in tow.

Incidents begin on July 11 with a four night run at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York City. The band then skips to the west coast for two nights in the Bay Area at Berkeley's Greek Theatre on July 21 & 22, with special guests Sound Tribe Sector 9 and The Disco Biscuits on Saturday and Railroad Earth and Hot Buttered Rum on Sunday. The weekend of July 27-29 will include three nights at Horning's Hideout.  Horning's Hideout is always one of SCI's most anticipated and memorable Incidents. This year's festival will feature three nights of music by SCI (Fri, Sat, Sun) plus special musical guests Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, ALO, and many others to be announced . Then, the "Big Summer Classic" will return in the form of a three-day camping festival on the weekend of August 3-5.  In the tradition of the inaugural BSC Tour in summer of 2005, the weekend festival will feature a slew of SCI's musical friends.  Confirmed artists include The Roots, Los Lobos, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Greyboy Allstars, The Wailers, Infected Mushroom, Del McCoury Band, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Vusi Mahlasela, Bassnectar, David Lindley, Drew Emmitt Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Chris Berry & Panjea, EOTO, Jonah Smith, The Schwag, Old School Freight Train and others to be announced. The tour will end back home in Colorado at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The complete String Cheese Incident Summer Tour is as follows:
June 15 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
July 11 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
July 12 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 13 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 14 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 20 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN
July 21 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA w/ STS9 and The Disco Biscuits
July 22 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA w/ Railroad Earth & Hot Buttered Rum
July 27 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with Femi Kuti & the Positive Force and others TBA SOLD OUT
July 28 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with special guests TBA
July 29 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with ALO and others TBA
August 3 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 4 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 5 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 9 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
August 10 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT
August 11 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT
August 12 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT

As always, not-for-profit Conscious Alliance will be at every show to host food drives. Attendees are encouraged to bring 10 non-perishable food items to each show redeemable for an exclusive event poster.

Over the past decade, The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of America's most significant independent bands. Born in 1993 in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, SCI has since released 6 albums, 3 DVDs and countless live recordings from their relentless tour schedule. Their 14 year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit, philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.

When The String Cheese Incident's growth first started gaining momentum over a decade ago, when the internet was just beginning to take hold and the major-label business model was failing, the band decided to make music on their own terms.

Since then, The String Cheese Incident has gone on to carve out a completely different approach to the business of music; they are truly pioneers of a new way of "making a band."  With the World Wide Web as their tool, SCI was among the first artists to disseminate information via the internet, such as tour dates, release information, and other news, to their growing fan base.  Rather than doing business on such terms as "the bottom line," The String Cheese Incident put their music and their fans first, opening companies of their own, including a ticketing company, a merchandise company and a fan travel agency, to best serve their community. The band's record label, SCI Fidelity Records, has always operated under the same ideals. Even early on, SCI Fidelity embraced downloadable music and file sharing, delivering SCI's "On the Road" series, where every show the band plays is made available for download on the internet.  Whether they realized it at the time or not, The String Cheese Incident was inventing grassroots band development.  Today, literally hundreds of bands are using some version of this same approach to building a band.

The String Cheese Incident's commitment goes well beyond their immediate community, and even beyond the music community as a whole. Early on, the band took a serious interest in giving back to the communities that they visited, and they were among the first performers to encourage "Green" shows and tours.  SCI's support has helped give rise to such not-for-profit organizations as Conscious Alliance, Rock the Earth, and Head Count. In 2002, when the band's right to sell tickets to their own shows became threatened by ticketing giant Ticketmaster, the band stood strong for the independent music community and filed a lawsuit against the company.  All the while, The String Cheese Incident has stayed committed to music as a creative endeavor, not just in their recordings but also in their live performances.  The list of SCI's special guests and collaborators is long and diverse. Their annual events such as Horning's Hideout, and holiday shows such as New Year's and Halloween, have helped redefine the concert experience and has garnered the band a reputation as live music vibe innovators.