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Jake's 2011 North American Tour + Patagonia CD

Jake's new original song, "Less Cowbell, More Ukulele," will be featured on "Patagonia Music Collective Vol 3," a compilation recording project that supports organizations dedicated to protecting the environment. Available exclusively on iTunes now. Proceeds from Jake's track will go to the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

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7. 12 Santa Cruz, CA : Rio Theatre (SOLD OUT)
7. 13 Napa, CA : Napa Valley Opera House
7. 14 San Diego, CA : Ukulele Festival
7. 15 Grass Valley, CA : California WorldFest
7. 17 Honolulu, HI: Ukulele Festival
7. 23 - 7. 30 Japan Tour
8. 08 Honolulu, HI : 10th Anniversary Concert @ DFS Galleria Waikiki
8. 13 Yonse University Centennial Memorial in Korea
8. 20 - 8. 21 Japan Tour
8. 26 - 9. 02 Dave Koz & Friends at Sea 2011 Alaskan Cruise

Jam Cruise Celebrates 10th Sailing, Announces Artist Lineup

Few music gatherings can offer adventure in addition to entertainment, but Jam Cruise is a different EXPERIENCE than any other music event out there. Where else can one see the sunrise over a Caribbean island as you sing “You Are My Sunshine” with fifty strangers and roaming troubadours? See a herd of zebra-striped party people stampede down gangways? Hobnob with the inventors of funk and rock while they too have the time of their lives? Watch the best musicians on earth while percolating in a hot tub under blue skies on the open sea? The answer: nowhere else besides Jam Cruise!

The 10th sailing of Jam Cruise will be January 9 – 14, 2012, leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and traveling to Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica before turning homeward. Once again, the MSC Poesia will be home to Jam Cruise 10. Cabins go on sale to the public Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at noon EST. Anyone who pre-booked will be able to book according to their assigned booking time beginning on May 11, 2011.

The10th sailing features long time live music favorites, emerging talent from the jam world and surprises around every corner, including an opportunity to give back to our global community.

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Jam Cruise 10 Music Lineup

Umphrey's McGee
Galactic
Keller & the Keels
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Toots & the Maytals
Soulive
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Railroad Earth
Ozomatli
The New Deal (final performance)
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
EOTO
7 Walkers feat. Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, Matt Hubbard & George Porter, Jr. w/ Steve Kimock
The New Mastersounds
Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set)
Perpetual Groove
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Toubab Krewe
Break Science w/ Chali 2na
George Porter & the Runnin' Pardners
Orgone
Dr. Klaw
Surprise Me Mr. Davis
Dead Kenny G's
The Heavy Pets
A Tribute to Sly & the Family Stone w/ Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Ian Neville, Adam Deitch, Nick Daniels & Nigel Hall
Tony Hall Super Jam
The Everyone Orchestra
Paper Diamond
DJ Logic
DJ Kraz
Special Guests:
Steve Kimock
Anders Osborne
Col. Bruce Hampton
Big Sam
Kyle Hollingsworth
Chali 2na
Jessica Lurie

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With this being the 10th sailing, the vibe is set to be more magical than ever when the MSC Poesia departs Florida in January.

10 Great Reasons To Sail With Jam Cruise 10

1. Once in a lifetime musical experiences. The level of interaction between the seasoned legends and up and coming musicians on Jam Cruise 10, particularly in the nightly free-for-all that is The Jam Room, is sure to send folks home with minds blown from the utterly unexpected collaborations.

2. The luxury of having one’s own cabin, 24-hour food and drink, a hot shower and Jam Cruise TV programming that offers up daily photos and live video as the boat sails – all within steps of the music.

3. The beautiful private paradise of Labadee is a safe and remote area owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line where lush rolling hills meet the sea. Labadee provides a platform for Jam Cruise to have a conscious beach party with music and fun while being able to give back to the people of Haiti at a time where the need is greater than ever. Positive Legacy is building strategic alliances with several major organizations and capitalizing on the space available on the ship to bring goods and services to benefit the victims of the devastating earthquake.

4. Shipboard workshops that get attendees involved in making music. Past workshops have included Robert Randolph, Steve Kimock and Luther Dickinson offering slide guitar tips, Cornmeal and Greensky Bluegrass leading folks in a classic rock song jam, Taylor Hicks hosting the Gong Show… Who knows what tricks the pros will lay on cruisers this year!

5. A ship full of concert going experts. This mecca for music lovers attracts attendees as dedicated as the programmed entertainment to making the very most of the five days on the water. Moreover, this is one of the most welcoming collections of humanity one could ever encounter. Those new to the Jam Cruise experience are ushered in and aided in their journey before the ship ever leaves port. JamBase wrote of Jam Cruise 9: “There is SO much positive energy, good will and creativity afloat on Jam Cruise that one’s faith in humanity’s potential is rekindled.”

6. The opportunity to visit one of Jamaica’s most interesting cities. Falmouth boasts a newly designed port, some of Jamaica’s earliest architecture and a vibrant market place.

7. Evening piano concerts in the ship’s atrium. The likes of Marco Benevento, ALO’s Zach Gill and WSP’s JoJo Hermann have all tickled the ivories for small, attentive audiences sipping cocktails on the spiral stairwell surrounding the clear-top baby grand.

8. Packed days of music. On days at sea, the action starts in the morning by the pool and doesn’t wrap until well after dawn in the disco, offering Jam Cruisers a chance to sunbathe and splash while marquee talent plays. On port days, the sail away party is always a high energy blast that carries the music into a long night of sets on multiple stages, as well as the Jam Room, disco and impromptu merriment popping off all around.

9. Regular opportunities to revel with one’s musical heroes. On Jam Cruise, the majority of the performers spend their non-stage time enjoying the ship’s thriving, loving community and many amenities. If you’ve always longed to shake the hand of the folks who make the music that informs your life, Jam Cruise is a chance to live that dream.

10. Shipboard activities and contests that let attendees be the star. From a yearly Talent Show to costume contests, Jam Cruise regularly shifts the spotlight to cruisers, giving them a forum to shine as they get their groove on!

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Positive Legacy

In honor of the 10th sailing, Jam Cruise is embracing the opportunity to explore new places. Positive Legacy, the nonprofit organization whose goal is to leverage the power in the music industry to do good for others, is building strategic alliances with several major organizations and capitalizing on the space available on the ship to bring goods and services to benefit the people of this beautiful island nation. Positive Legacy has been a part of every Jam Cruise since 2004, bridging together musicians, fans and the greater global community in the places visited on all of Cloud 9’s adventures. Over the years they have serviced areas including: Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; a remote area in Belize; Turks & Caicos; and various places in Jamaica.

Attendees are encouraged to express the communal spirit of Jam Cruise by supporting the relief efforts and contributing to the most significant outreach to date. Stay tuned for big announcements as this project develops...

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Pre-Cruise Shows, featuring 2 nights w/ Umphrey’s McGee

Get ready for Jam Cruise 10 with two nights of Umphrey's McGee at Revolution Live! The shows will take place January 7th and 8th in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, just minutes from Port Everglades. Umphrey's McGee will be joined on the 7th by Toubab Krewe, and on the 8th by The New Mastersounds.

Allies Release Mixtape w/ Interview, EP Release Show

Allies is thrilled to celebrate the release of the Hour of the Wolf EP with a special EP release show at Le Bain in New York City’s Standard Hotel on March 10th at 9pm.  Having garnered appreciation from DJs all over, Allies’ Brian Suarez had released a DJ Mixtape which premiered on Interview Magazine today.

Allies custom blend of synth-pop and electro is replete with heartbreaking vocal melodies, irresistible rhythms and Brian Suarez’s chimerical voice.  “Oceans” is a tale of love by the sea that will command you to the dance floor. The percolating synths of “Hour of the Wolf” punctuate the anthemic chorus and propulsive hooks. “Ghosts” has a spellbinding electronic rumble and stutter that adds a sinister element to the dreamy vocals. The playful “Springtime (All Over My Face)” is a flirtatious duet about having fun in the warm weather that will make you feel like winter is already over. Allies have created an EP for your headphones and favorite dance floor that is compelling without ever sacrificing the fun melodies.

Release Party w/DJ Alex English @ Le Bain at The Standard NYC, March 10 @ 9PM!

Evan Caminiti Announces New Solo Album

"When California Falls into The Sea", the product of more than a year's work, finds Caminiti shifting away from the evocation of the land elements and towards the urban - the coarseness of blood on the streets and people living in squalor juxtaposed with beautiful, fleeting moments like sun reflecting off of glass buildings into dingy puddles - to produce a dialogue where guitars float through the air weightlessly, weaving around each other like butterflies and other moments that are more solitary, monolithic excursions into the night.

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"When California Falls Into The Sea" Track List:

1. Heavy Whisper
2. For Now The Streets Are Nearly Silent
3. Trembling Moon
4. Reflections in Puddles
5. World Goes Dark
6. Rising
7. A Single Flame
8. Woven Into The Moon
9. Burning A Hole Through The Sky
10. With Fog As My Blanket
11. The Obsidian Curtain

* Pre-order of the new album is available now at HandmadeBirds.com (500 first edition LP's in 400 black, 100 white).

Tyler Ramsey: A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea

Tyler Ramsey's sophomore album A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea was re-released today, January 4th, 2011, via Brown Records/Fat Possum.

A well-established and praised figure in the burgeoning Asheville music scene, Ramsey - who joined Band Of Horses as guitarist in fall 2007 - wrote A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea while living in a log cabin in Swannanoa, NC, in late 2006-7. Recorded at Asheville's Echo Mountain Studios with the help of Bill Reynolds (also of Band Of Horses; who's worked with The Avett Brothers and Lissie) and Danny Kadar (My Morning Jacket, Band Of Horses, Grizzly Bear), the album is a collection of haunting and atmospheric songs that exude a markedly fluid, easy grace.

Ramsey's warm vocals and intricate finger-picked guitar playing lead the way throughout A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea, the expressive guitar lines often telling as much of a story as the lyrics. "A Long Dream" opens with a rolling and ruminative cadence, while the ethereal "Night Time" and the gorgeously languid "Once In Your Life" rise to gentle and varied crescendos. Other standout tracks include the bluesy waltz of "No One Goes Out," the elaborately layered instrumental "Birdwings," and the mesmerizing, strings-laced "When I Wake," each song reinforcing the album's fine, hypnotic brilliance. Championed by NPR (World Café - "Heartwarming, delicate, and comforting, Tyler Ramsey's music showcases a thoughtful approach to his craft."), Stereogum ('Artist To Watch'), WNYC's Soundcheck, and Popmatters, among others, A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea was originally released by Echo Mountain Records in 2008.

Ramsey is currently working on a follow-up album to be released later this year. He will also head overseas for a Band Of Horses tour at the end of the month that will run through February.

Track listing for A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea:


  1. A Long Dream
  2. Ships
  3. Night Time
  4. Once In Your Life
  5. Chinese New Year
  6. No One Goes Out
  7. Birdwings
  8. These Days
  9. When I Wake
  10. Iris
  11. Worried
  12. Please Stop Time
  13. Waves

Stop Arctic Drilling From Harming Polar Bears

The Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska is home to one of America's two populations of threatened polar bears and the only population of Pacific walrus. These great species of the Chukchi are losing their sea-ice habitat at an alarming rate, but that's not the only thing they have to worry about: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar wants to let Big Oil drill in their home.

This summer, thanks to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and our allies, a federal court directed Secretary Salazar to redo the analysis of the environmental impacts of a massive Bush-era oil and gas lease sale in the Chukchi Sea.

But now, just two months later, Salazar has issued a draft document that leaves unanswered hundreds of questions about the impacts of drilling in the Arctic Ocean -- and the potential threat of a spill in those waters.

Don't let Secretary Salazar oil the Arctic. Please act now to tell Salazar that vulnerable Arctic species deserve better than his rushed and incomplete environmental analysis.

Click here to find out more and to take action.

Juan-Carlos Formell @ Zinc Bar | NYC

Grammy-nominated Cuban guitarist/composer/vocalist Juan-Carlos Formell re-ignites the connections between Cuban music and jazz with his explosive new project "Johnny's Dream Club". Named for a legendary Havana jazz cabaret, "Johnny's Dream Club" represents a place outside time - the vortex between New Orleans and Havana, where the parallel lines of Cuban music and American jazz converge. It's a new dimension of latin jazz --intense, lyrical, dangerously dream-like. Formell and his all-star quartet map this territory in a delirious sequence of juxtapositions: "Ciudad" ("City"), evoking the nightmare of an urban apocalypse, flows into a  jazz ballad about an elusive love ("Siempre que te vas"); songs about being lost at sea ("Las islas son malvadas", "Cuando hable de la noche") and the bloody history of the Caribbean ("Yanbando") are set against haunting, mystical love songs ("Sotavento", "Fuego de Amor") inspired by Havana's "Feeling" movement.

A precursor to - and influence upon - bossa nova, Feeling emerged from the Bohemian enclaves of Centro Habana in the late 1940s. Feeling's free-style guitar, with progressive harmonies, diminished chords and bittersweet texts of disillusioned love reflected the sophisticated after-hours atmosphere of Havana's bohemian AfroCuban musicians: composer/guitarists Jose Antonio Mendez and Cesar Portillo de la Luz; singers Elena Burke and Omara Portuondo; pianists Bebo Valdes and Peruchin.

Feeling was also the starting point of Juan-Carlos Formell's biography. Born in Havana in 1964, a fourth generation Cuban musician, he learned the technique of the Feeling guitar from the creators of the genre: Mendez, Froilan, Guyun.  He began composing in his teens, and studied bass with Andres Escalona, the first bassist of the Havana Symphony Orchestra. After completing his studies Juan-Carlos became the bassist for the jazz pianist Emiliano Salvador.

As a classically trained bassist, virtuoso guitarist, and composer gifted with a groundbreaking and powerful writing style, Juan-Carlos had all the elements to become a voice of his generation - but instead, was prevented from performing or recording his own work by Cuba's government-controlled music industry because his music didn't fit into any official category. In 1993, after touring Mexico as a replacement for bassist Cachaito Lopez, Juan-Carlos fled to the United State to realize his mission of creating a new wave of Cuban music. He settled in New York City and soon started his own band. His years of struggle were vindicated when he was signed to a major record label in 1999 and his debut album, "Songs from a Little Blue House" was nominated for a Grammy. Part prophet, part poet, in exile Juan-Carlos has forged a post-modern identity for AfroCuban music that has been hailed as "musical magic realism". His five albums constitute an epic poem of Antillean mytho-history, with songs ranging from a paen to the flora and fauna of his native country, a personal invocation to an AfroCuban deity, an ode to a sacred river or a hymn to the "divine light" that brings us to a union with our higher selves. Juan-Carlos describes his new project as "a reflection of our culture today -- in the post-modern landscape, we are all refugees from the broken city, haunted, adrift at sea, in danger of losing our true reference points and losing our way forever. I keep returning to New Orleans for inspiration because I believe that there, at the crossroads of the Caribbean, it's possible to create music that embraces the past while gazing at the future -- a new music without genres and categories."

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Juan-Carlos Formell @ Zinc Bar | NYC  -- November 10th, 2010

ZINC BAR 82 West 3rd St (btw Sullivan & Thompson)
sets: 9:30 PM, 11:30 PM & 1:00 AM

Jazz Fest At Sea 2009

jazzatseaThe year 2009 marks the 100th birthday of jazz legend Benny Goodman. We are very proud to announce that clarinetist Allan Vache has been given permission by the Goodman Estate and Bill Hyland, its executor, to present "A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute" show. In addition to the Tribute show, Banu Gibson and her New Orleans Hot Jazz band will be headlining our jazz cruise. And our special guests from the West Coast, BED will be on board for your listening pleasure. We will be departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to the Southern Caribbean on the MSC Poesia for 10-nights of jazz and fun. Not only will you have your choice of amazing performances each evening, but you are also invited to the afternoon sessions on days at sea. Take a look at the fantastic schedule! But remember, only those who book with Cruise & Vacation Depot will be allowed to participate!

Our JazzFest at Sea promises to be the Ultimate Jazz Cruise of the year for all Classic and Dixieland Jazz fans. Don't miss the boat! Our staterooms are in limited supply. Simply call 1-800-654-8090 or email JazzFest at Sea for more information.

The schedule is subject to change. Check back often or call us at 1-800-654-8090 for updates!

Monday - November 30

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Hot Jazz featuring Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton
9:00 PM - A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr. and Terry Blaine
10:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes

Tuesday - December 1

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
1:00 PM - "Meet the Musicians" Cocktail Party
2:00 PM - Diva Duos featuring Rebecca Kilgore & Eddie Erickson, Terry Blaine & Mark Shane, Banu Gibson & David Boeddinghaus
8:00 PM - Dem Bones featuring Bill Allred, Dan Barrett, David Sager, Mark Shane, Joel Forbes, Bob Leary and Jeff Hamilton
9:00 PM - Allan Vaché's Swingtet featuring Allan Vaché, Randy Reinhart, Frank Tate, Matt Hoffmann, Eddie Erickson and Ed Metz Jr.
10:00 PM - Chicago Jazz featuring David Jones, Marc Phaneuf, Dan Barrett, David Boeddinghaus, Charlie Silva and Jeff Hamilton

Wednesday - December 2

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
1:00 PM - Musical Memories featuring Ed Clute on the piano playing your requests
2:00 PM - Allan Vaché's Big 4 featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bob Leary and Charlie Silva
3:00 PM - 3 Girls 3 featuring Terry Blaine, Banu Gibson, Rebecca Kilgore, Mark Shane, Eddie Erickson, Joel Forbes and Ed Metz Jr.
8:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes
9:00 PM - Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Hot Jazz featuring Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton
10:00 PM - A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr. and Terry Blaine

Thursday - December 3

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - Cornet Chop Suey featuring Randy Reinhart, Dan Barrett,David Jones, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate amd Jeff Hamilton with guest Banu Gibson
9:00 PM  - With Benny in Mind featuring Allan Vaché, Matt Hoffman, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva and Ed Metz Jr. with guest Terry Blaine
10:00 PM - Bill's Classic Jazz featuring Bill Allred, Randy Reinhart, Mark Phaneuf, Eddie Erikson, Joel Forbes and Ed Metz Jr. with guest Rebecca Kilgore

Friday - December 4

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr. and Terry Blaine  
9:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes
10:00 PM - Mostly Mercer - A Johnny Mercer Centennial Tribute featuring Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton

Saturday - December 5

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - The Matt Hoffmann Quartet featuring Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Joel Forbes and Jeff Hamilton with guest Terry Blaine  
9:00 PM - Switch Hitters featuring Dan Barrett (cornet & trombone), Randy Reinhart (cornet & trombone), David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate,
Bob Leary and Ed Metz Jr. with guest Banu Gibson
10:00 PM - Dixieland USA featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Mark Phaneuf (saxophone), Mark Shane, Eddie Erikson (banjo), Charlie Silva and Jeff Hamilton with guest Rebecca Kilgore

Sunday - December 6

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes
9:00 PM - Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Hot Jazz featuring Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton
10:00 PM - A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr. and Terry Blaine

Monday - December 7

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - Reedmen featuring Allan Vaché, Mark Phaneuf, David Boeddinghaus, Joel Forbes, Eddie Erikson and Ed Metz Jr.
9:00 PM - Brass Masters featuring Randy Reinhart, Bill Allred, David Sager, Dan Barrett, David Jones, Mark Shane, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton
10:00 PM - Ladies Sing (and play) the Blues featuring Banu Gibson (banjo & vocal), Terry Blaine (flute & vocal) and Rebecca Kilgore (guitar & vocal) with guests Bob Leary, Charlie Silva and Ed Metz Jr.

Tuesday - December 8

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
1:00 PM - The Bob & Eddie Show featuring Bob Leary (banjo, guitar & vocal), Eddie Erikson (banjo, guitar & vocal), Charlie Silva and Jeff Hamilton
2:00 PM - The Piano Men featuring Mark Shane and David Boeddinghaus
3:00 PM - CD Signing and Autograph Session with personal photo opportunities
8:00 PM - Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Hot Jazz featuring Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton
9:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes
10:00 PM - A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr. and Terry Blaine

Wednesday - December 9

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes
9:00 PM - Final All-Star Jam Session featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr., Terry Blaine, Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate, Jeff Hamilton, Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes (Bring your Ax if you want to join in!)

Lotus Tours in Support of Live Album Escaping Sargasso Sea

photo(s) by P. Emma - Grateful Web ©2007- for the Grateful Web

For those waiting for a concert experience with the dynamics of a rock band (read: no laptops), the dance inducing rhythms of club music, and the sophistication of modern electronica, an unlikely musical alternative has arrived in the form of the band Lotus.  Formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, Lotus brings their club-worthy beats and rocking instrumental anthems to theaters throughout the country this fall.  No glow-stick bracelets, pretentious Can trivia, or expensive distressed fashion required.

Lotus's new release, Escaping Sargasso Sea (May 2007), is a double-disc live album that draws from two previous studio albums, Nomad and The Strength of Weak Ties, along with never before released material.  From the post/math-rock of "When H Binds to O" to the slippery dance beats of "Wax," this collection shows Lotus's ability to deconstruct, stretch, and rebuild their compositions spontaneously on stage.  Restraining from flaunting their individual chops, Lotus builds compositions on catchy melodies and heavy grooves.

The five-piece band has creatively fused electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for eight years. The result is an explosive live show that has made crowds get down across the US, Canada, and Japan. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus proves why they have become a go-to act for late night festival slots.  This tour takes the band into renowned theatres nationwide including the Ogden Theatre in Denver, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Park West in Chicago, and the Bowery Ballroom in New York.

Lotus' complete list of confirmed Fall Tour dates is as follows:
09/28 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
09/29 Red Square Albany, NY
10/04 Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
10/05 Aggie Theatre Ft. Collins, CO
10/06 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
10/08 Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
10/09 Winston's San Diego, CA
10/10 Knitting Factory West - Main Room Hollywood, CA
10/11 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
10/12 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz, CA
10/13 Crown Room Crystal Bay, NV
10/18 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
10/19 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
10/20 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
10/23 Club Roxbury Omaha, NE
10/24 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
10/25 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
10/26 Park West Chicago, IL
10/31 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
11/01 Pearl Street Northampton, MA
11/02 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
11/03 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
11/23–11/24 World Cafe Live - Downstairs Philadelphia, PA
12/31 Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA

For more information please visit www.lotusvibes.com.

Later this year, look for a Lotus remix project with LCD Soundsystem label-mate Juan Maclean.

What critics have been saying about Lotus:

"…intent on creating a new genre (few try that these days)...it is rock, and smart disco, funk and soul, piano pop, world music, and modern alienation stuff and jazz fusion you can dance to all wrapped up in cellophane."  -Big Takeover 

"In this new terrain in which lie endless creative possibilities, Lotus continue to expand upon its post-everything rock/electronic/jazz/free-form pastiche."  -Big Shot Magazine

"If you were listening to the music of Philadelphia five-piece Lotus right now, you would be dancing. There's no doubt about that. Their grooves are tight, and fast, and fun, and one would be hard-pressed not to shake it hard at a Lotus show." -Jambands.com