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Floozies, Fresh2Death & Michael Garfield at the B-Side Lounge

The Floozies (jazzy live looping funk duo), Fresh2Death (crunk dueling laptops), and Michael Garfield (virtuosic string tapping, with special guest Johannes Rath) @ Boulder's B-Side Lounge, with live painting by Michael Garfield.

The Floozies are a live looping duo made up of brothers Matt and Mark Hill. After forming in January 2008 in Lawrence, KS, they’ve gone from rocking house parties in their hometown to sharing the stage and collaborating with the likes of Galactic, Lotus, Perpetual Groove, Particle, edIT (Glitch Mob), Vibesquad, EOTO, Euforquestra, and many others in countless venues all over the Midwest. Their shows are an exercise in groove exploration, as they improvise their way through funk, hip-hop, and electronic music, bending and molding beats in new ways every night. Nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is planned, and no one performance is ever the same as another. Their new album, “Lunar Real Estate,” shows that they are skilled instrumentalists that know how to produce a fresh, slamming, electronic beat symphony that is simultaneously primal and compelling. It features 13 studio-produced tracks, some produced solo by Matt, some collaboratively, and some, for the first time, solo by Mark. It also features cover art designed by rising graphic design star David Bywater. Does it sound like their live show? Nope. Their live show experience is nothing like a studio album, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Fresh2Death is the live musical collaboration of DJs Fisk and Samples. The live remix, dual-laptop performance brings a hyper-active element that is missing in a standard DJ performance.  The band was formed in mid-January 2009, but Fisk and Samples have a combined 12 years of DJ experience. Come to a Fresh2Death show to hear the emerging sound of Glitch Hop, where Fisk & Samples are at the forefront of the beginning of a new genre.

Michael Garfield is on a mission to move you.  Rooted in an athletic but vulnerable voice and a dazzling palette of intricate fingerstyle guitar techniques, his intense sets turn on a dime between instrumental etudes, dynamic anthems, heart-spearing ballads, and hypnotic acoustic-electronic loopscapes...mind-altering solo performances fine-tuned to pull audiences deeper into the mixed blessing of our common human experience.

When: November 7th, 2009

Where: The B-Side Lounge, Boulder, CO

Panjea Featuring Chris Berry & Michael Kang Plan Colorado Dates

Panjea @ Rothbury - photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Musical and spiritual journeyman Chris Berry alongside Michael Kang & the multi-cultural ensemble Panjea have booked a run of Colorado dates. Uniting people through music, Panjea's powerful groove and socially conscious message garnered major success throughout Southern Africa, selling out countless stadiums and over a million records. With upcoming shows in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins along with a free live CD hosted on their website, the group is positioned to do the same stateside.

Leaving his home in California at the age of eighteen, Chris Berry relocated to Southern Africa with his mentor and began studying mbira (thumb piano) and the ngoma drum. It was during that time when he formed Panjea. Rooted deeply in African culture, their revolutionary mix of indigenous music, dance hall and hip-hop has earned the band immeasurable success throughout Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Berry's tireless dedication and unmatched skill led him to become one of the first Westerners to be accepted among the mbira masters as one of their own.

In addition to Chris Berry covering vocals, mbira and djembe, Panjea features Danny Sears on trumpet, Jon Stewart on Sax, Aaron Johnson on drums (brazillian girls), Patrice Blanchard on bass, Michael Kang on mandolin (String Cheese Indident) and Zivanai Masango from Zimbabwae on guitars. Following the edict to make a difference here, Chris Berry & Panjea continue to preach the positive message of hope, justice and peace through infectious cultural rhythms and danceable beats. Contributing to Amnesty International, Flyways and their own Panjea Foundation for Cultural Education, the group in their own right, has become a non-profit organization. Always a band to give back, Panjea has a full length CD compiled from various festivals performed at this summer. The high energy mix of live tracks is available at their new website, www.panjeamusic.com.

Featuring virtuosic musicianship, and an incredibly eclectic blend of cultures, this is a show not to be missed. The run of dates starts with an intimate show at the B Side Lounge in Boulder followed by a special Halloween show supporting Leftover Salmon at the Fillmore in Denver. Afterwards, Panjea will announce another intimate late night performance directly after the Fillmore show before wrapping up on November 6th at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins. 

FALL TOUR DATES:

10/30 – B Side Lounge – Boulder, CO
10/31 – Fillmore – Denver, CO
10/31 – TBD – Denver, CO after Fillmore Show Party from 12:30am to 3:00am
11/06 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO

Michael Franti Hosts 2007's Power to the People Fest

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On Saturday, September 8th, renowned and outspoken musician and filmmaker Michael Franti and his group Spearhead – along with Guerrilla Management – present the 9th Annual "911 Power to the Peaceful Festival" at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The free music and arts festival is dedicated to social justice, non violence, coexistence and environmental sustainability and aimed to educate, enrage, enlighten and inspire. It drew over 60,000 attendees in 2006.

Artists confirmed to appear alongside Anti- recording artists and headliners Michael Franti and Spearhead at the event include Indigo Girls, Lifesavas, and Hot Buttered Rum. The event will be hosted by Hard Knock Radio and broadcasted live on Pacifica station KPFA. Special guests and speakers will include journalist, author and Democracy Now! founder Amy Goodman, MOVE Member Mario Africa, and others.

In addition to the main stage of International Musical Artists and award-winning speakers, the PTTP Festival will also feature morning yoga, an open-air art gallery, a healing arts tent, vendors and food booths, an eco village, a bicycle coalition and social, environmental & political organizations tabling and forums. This year's DJ Tent will be headlined by DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid and Bassnectar.

A family-friendly kid's zone will boast arts and crafts with an amazing peace flag-making workshop with Daily Acts, live theater with the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew, games, story-telling, face-painting, organic "snack time," and an exhibit from the Museum of Children's Art and a mid-afternoon Kid's Parade. A favorite in the kid's zone is the sing-a-long with Michael Franti, where the festival founder visits and sings with the youth. An exciting addition to this year's festival will focus on Franti's new children's book, What I Be.

9th Annual Power to the Peaceful Music and Arts Festival  Saturday, September 8th
Speedway  Meadow, Golden Gate Park
Admission is FREE

9:00 AM PTTP COMMUNITY YOGA PRACTICE
11:00 AM HOT BUTTERED RUM
12:25 PM LIFESAVAS
1:40 PM INDIGO GIRLS
3:30 PM MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD

Power to the Peaceful After Party
Saturday, September 8th / 9 PM  Mic
hael Franti & Spearhead PTTP All Star Jam Session
Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street @ Mint)
w/ special guests Heavyweight Dub Champion
plus live DJ sets by Hoola, the Shamanic Cheerleaders
Tickets are $30.00 and available now at www.powertothepeaceful.org.

Sunday Yoga Jam at Speedway Meadow
Sunday, September 9th / 11 am SUNDAY YOGA JAM
w/ a special performance by Michael Franti
 
Speedway  Meadow, Golden Gate Park
Individual Classes: $45.00 / Three Class Card: $110.00
Tickets available now at www.powertothepeaceful.org.
11:00 AM doors and registration
Yoga Classes at 11:30 am /1:15 PM / and 3:45 PM

Since 1998, the free, outdoor "911 Power to the Peaceful Festival" has been a fun, educational, hip and diverse annual experience. The first event was held in a neighborhood park and drew 6,000 people. In recent years, it has grown to draw over 60,000 people to the spacious Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Past artists and speakers have included The String Cheese Incident, John Butler Trio, KRS-One, Digital Underground, Woody Harrelson, Angela Davis, Dennis Kucinich, Ram Das, Blackalicious, Alice Walker, Talib Kweli, The Coup, Saul Williams, Keller Williams, Lyrics Born and many others.

 

In a year that is shaping up to be his most active year yet in support of the peace movement, Michael Franti visited and performed for injured soldiers at Washington's Walter Reed Army Medical Center this past April, before participating in a fundraiser for Iraq Veterans Against the War. In May 2007, Franti performed an extremely rare San Quentin Prison concert, extolling the virtues of peace in a performance before some 2,000 inmates.

The award winning filmmaker Franti - who is responsible for I Know I'm Not Alone, the heralded 2005 documentary about the Iraq War, and the subsequent 2006 Anti- debut Yell Fire!, which was inspired by his travels to the war-torn area - has been praised for his commitments to peace, tolerance and co-existence from journalists and formal and informal leaders throughout the globe.

Franti and Spearhead will celebrate the success of their breakthrough 2006 Anti- debut Yell Fire! by releasing a live, digital-only version of the acclaimed disc this October. In advance of its extensive U.S. autumn tour, the group is currently at work with producer Matt Wallace (The Replacements, Faith No More, John Hiatt) on its next album, due via Anti- in 2008.