halloween

The String Cheese Incident Releases 2-Disc and Deluxe Halloween Box Sets

With the one-time constant touring machine otherwise known as The String Cheese Incident slowing their schedule considerably in recent years, fans get a chance to relive the group's legendary "Hulaween" shows on the forthcoming live release, Trick or Treat. The two-disc release - set to hit on October 27, 2009 on CD, vinyl, and digitally - is culled from several of these epic shows by The String Cheese Incident.   An expanded 9-disc deluxe box set edition of Trick or Treat will also be available in very limited quantity.  Pre-sale on the deluxe box set begins September 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT - with the first 200 who pre-order set to receive a Trick or Treat cover art poster signed by members of SCI, and the first 500 who order being automatically entered to win one of 30 uncut Trick or Treat poster sheets, featuring the Michael Everett cover art poster sheet, plus all 7 mini-posters from the box set.  (These exclusive uncut sheets will also be signed by the members of SCI!)

Known to perform special concerts comprised heavily of cover tunes each Halloween, Trick or Treat offers selections from SCI performances recorded at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse (1998), Philadelphia's Electric Factory (1999), Portland's State Theatre (2000), New York City (2001), Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium (2002), Sin City's Cox Pavillion (2003), and Madison's Exhibition Center at Alliant Energy Center.

The 9-disc limited edition box set of Trick or Treat includes seven complete sets - featuring must-hear renditions of Beatles ("Come Together"), Beastie Boys ("No Sleep Till Brooklyn"), Grateful Dead ("Shakedown Street"), KC & The Sunshine Band ("Get Down Tonight"), and Phish ("The Wedge") classics, among many others. The Trick or Treat deluxe box set also features signed & numbered original artwork from Michael Everett, special commemorative mini-posters from the Hulaween shows, personalized liner notes from the band, a photo booklet by famed rock photographer C. Taylor Crothers, and plenty of special surprises.

Formed in Colorado during 1993, The String Cheese Incident has long been considered one of the leaders of the thriving "jam band" scene. Comprised of members Michael Kang (acoustic/electric mandolin, electric guitar, and violin), Michael Travis (drums and percussion), Bill Nershi (acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, and electric slide guitar), Kyle Hollingsworth (piano, organ, Rhodes, and accordion), Keith Moseley (bass guitar), and Jason Hann (percussion, joined SCI in 2004), the group performed regularly between 1993-2007. And in the process, they built a large fanbase on the strength of their live show, as well as such classic releases as Outside Inside, Untying the Not, and One Step Closer.

In recent years, the band members have focused on solo projects, although The String Cheese Incident did reunite onstage this year for a show-stopping performance at the ROTHBURY Festival. Now, here's your chance to experience The String Cheese Incident in all their in-concert glory time and time again, with Trick or Treat.

Also this fall, String Cheese Incident members Kyle Hollingsworth and Billy Nershi release a couple of solo works.  Look for Emmitt-Nershi Band's New Country Blues and Hollingsworth's Then There's Now, in stores now.

Umphrey's McGee Announce Fall Tour, Halloween, and NYE Dates

Umphrey's McGee is gearing up for a busy fall season that will take them to all parts of the U.S, including some final festival stops of 2009 - Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival, moe.Down, and Telluride Blues and Brews - and a special Halloween play in Yosemite, California.

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In June, the band released their new DVD, Umphrey's McGee - Live.  Recorded during their 2007 performance for PBS's Soundstage, Umphrey's McGee - Live is offers an incredible 13-song set on DVD, including six favorites not shown during the PBS broadcast, which premiered last February.

Legendary on the live music circuit, Chicago-based Umphrey's McGee has perfected the art of progressive improvisation.  With swirling guitar textures, multi-faceted arrangements and their signature blend of power and finesse, the sextet brings jamming to a new level.  During the summer of 2007, Umphrey's McGee came home to Chicago to record a special live performance for the award-winning PBS music series Soundstage at WTTW's Grainger Studio. UMPHREY'S McGEE - LIVE features over two hours of dazzling music presented in High-Definition and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, plus two bonus tracks (including "Made to Measure" off their most recent studio album Mantis).  A visual showcase of the band's spontaneity and innovative prowess, UMPHREY'S McGEE - LIVE, is a must-own for all music enthusiasts and progressive rock fans, and is available now in stores and online.

The band's complete list of confirmed appearances is as follows:

August 27-28  Canopy Club  Urbana IL
September 2  Whiskey Roadhouse  Council Bluffs IA
September 4  Mishawaka Amphitheatre  Bellevue CO
September 5  Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival  Aspen CO
September 6  moe. Down  Turin NY
September 9  Varsity Theatre  Baton Rouge LA
September 10  House of Blues  Houston TX
September 11  La Zona Rosa  Austin TX
September 12  House of Blues  Dallas TX
September 15  Rialto Theatre  Tucson AZ
September 16  House of Blues  Las Vegas NV
September 17  The Depot  Salt Lake City UT with Keller Williams
September 18  Mesa Theatre & Club  Grand Junction CO
September 19 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival Telluride CO
October 1  IU Auditorium  Bloomington IN
October 2  Michigan Theatre  Ann Arbor MI
October 3  Eagles Ballroom  Milwaukee WI
October 7  City Opera House  Traverse City MI
October 8  House of Blues  Cleveland OH
October 9  Orbit Room  Grand Rapids MI
October 21  Knitting Factory Spokane WA
October 22  Showbox Seattle WA
October 23  McDonald Theatre  Eugene OR
October 24  Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
October 25  Eureka Theatre  Eureka CA
October 27  Crystal Bay Club Crystal Bay NV
October 28  McNears Mystic Theatre  Petaluma CA
October 29  House of Blues  West Hollywood CA
October 30-31  Las Tortugas - Dance of the Dead IV Groveland (Yosemite) CA
December 10-14  Carribean Holidaze  Runaway Bay JA
December 29-31  TBA Chicago IL

DeVotchKa Halloween Shows @ Boulder Theater

DeVotchKa Management announces a pair of Halloween shows at the Boulder Theatre on October 30 and 31, 2009, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Metro Denver Promotion of Letters, a nonprofit writing-tutoring organization. The organization was inspired by the 826 centers in San Francisco and New York that were started by author Dave Eggers.

devotchka“I’ve been friends with Dave Eggers for a long time,” says Rob Thomas, manager for DeVotchKa. “This is a great, local organization carrying on the good work that he does, and we are happy to support it.”

The band is also supporting Eggers’ own 826NYC by contributing a track to Songs From The Point! This yet-to-be-released compilation features interpretations of Harry Nilsson’s cult-classic The Point! All proceeds from the album benefit 826NYC. The album is on Amano Recordings with a slated release date for October 27, 2009, and also features Andrew Bird, Nada Surf, Martha Wainwright, and The Wheel.

Inspired by multiple tours of the Spanish countryside, DeVotchKa discovered the magic of the Matador.  Like all Souls Day of the past, DeVotchKa's music will transpire you into an unworldly passionate evening of swirling sensuous rhythms, beautiful trapeze artists and ornate bulls that may run amok!

Join DeVotchKa in a toast to our Spanish ancestors on these nights when the veil between life and death is at it's thinnest....  Complete with bull motifs and intricate costumes worthy of the iconic and aristocratic imagery of the bullfighter. Joining DeVotchKa will be Quixotic Performance Fusion, the wonderful and collaborative ensemble of musicians, dancers, aerialists, composers, designers, and choreographers that joined them in February for the beautiful Valentine’s Eve show at the Paramount Theatre. This will be Quixotic first performance in Boulder.

DeVotchKa enjoyed a great summer tour with David Byrne, which included a performance at Red Rocks in June. They also played several U.S. and Canadian Festivals in July—Mile High, High Sierra, Ottawa Bluesfest, and Montreal Jazzfest. Currently, DeVotchka are in Europe for the month of August, performing at festivals in Portugal, Scotland, Belgium, London, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, and Switzerland.

Tickets for the Halloween performance go on sale Saturday, August 8, 2009, at 10am (internet), 12pm (box office/phone).  Tickets are for sale from the band website www.devotchka.net or directly from Boulder Theater website  www.bouldertheater.com.

U-Melt Announces New Year's Eve and Reveals Halloween

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Perennial musical powerhouse U-Melt, together with Phanphest Entertainment, have officially announced their New Year's Eve 2008 Celebration, taking place this year at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Joining a long list of epic U-Melt New Year's Eve performances, this year's party will feature two long sets from the NYC based quartet and over seven hours of live music. With special guests BuzzUniverse, Lemon Juice and Keith Kenny, the music will be cranking starting at 8:00PM. Following U-Melt's extended double set will be Long Island favorites, The Point, closing the night out with a late night set.

Tickets for the all ages New Year's Eve show are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, if tickets remain. As an added bonus for the first 200 fans that pre-order tickets, U-Melt is offering a special commemorative poster for the show. Available through InTicketing.com, the environmentally friendly online ticketing company plants a tree for every ticket purchased through them. Phanphest Entertainment has also arranged for a special $99 hotel room rate for the night at the Berkely Carteret. Conveniently located in walking distance from The Stone Pony, the four people rooms are currently available under the "Stone Pony/Phanphest NYE Rate."

In addition to the New Year's Eve celebration, U-Melt has also announced their second annual Halloween Extravaganza. Capitalizing off of last year's widely successful, yet slightly risque "Gangsters and Gag Balls" theme when the band played a Pulp Fiction themed show peppered with songs from the soundtrack and video clips from the movie, U-Melt encourages fans this year to dress as their favorite 1970's rock star (or groupie). Taking place at the brand new Wescott Theater in Syracuse, New York, the high octane show promises to be full of surprises living up to the U-Melt moniker. Tickets for the 18 and over show are $10 in advance and $14 the day of the show. Doors open at 8:00PM with Jeff Bujak kicking off the party at 9:00PM.

U-Melt hopes you can join the group as they wind down their 2008 run and get ready for gigantic steps in 2009!

SHOW DATES:

U-Melt's 2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza (with special guest Jeff Bujak):
Friday, 10/31/08
The Westcott Theater
524 Westcott St.
Syracuse, NY
(315)299-8886
Ages: 18+
Tickets: $10/$14
Doors: 8:00pm
Show Time: 9:00pm
To purchase advanced tickets, click here

New Year's Eve 2008 Celebration
Wednesday, 12/31/08
The Stone Pony
913 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 502-0600
Ages: All Ages!
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 day of show
Doors: 8:00pm
Show Time: 8:00pm
U-Melt headlines and plays 2 long sets.
Support: BuzzUniverse, Lemon Juice and a late night set from The Point
*First 200 advanced ticket purchasers will receive a free poster commemorating the night*
To purchase advanced tickets through InTicketing, please click here.

Halloween Bash, Rex Caravan Tour and more...

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Halloween Bash!

Dark Star Orchestra is thrilled to perform a Halloween Bash at the Pageant in St. Louis, Friday, October 31. We will be hosting a Costume Contest at the show and awarding prizes to the most unique and enlightening costumes with the prizes including tickets to future shows, DSO merchandise packages and more!

NYE Ticket Update

DSO New Years Eve update: Thank you to everyone for your overwhelming response, New Year's Eve VIP Tickets and Early Bird tickets have both completely sold out. You can still save $20 off the door price by securing your Advance Tickets for $59. NYE tickets include a champagne toast, finger foods and party favors, while rocking into 2009 with Dark Star Orchestra! Also see DSO lead up to NYE with gigs in Richmond (12/28), Norfolk (12/29) and another East Coast venue (12/30) to be announced soon!

Black Tie-Dye Ball Raises Money and "Grateful Red"

Dark Star Orchestra performed at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood on September 27 for the Black Tie-Dye Ball, where Dark Star Orchestra helped raise over $9,000 for the Rex Foundation as part of their 25th Anniversary celebration. DSO was delighted to have Bill Walton representing at the show, where he boldly stated, "Dark Star Orchestra rocks the world-and we are the lucky ones - -we were there." DSO will be holding an east coast Black Tie Dye Ball at the Nokia Theater in New York City, Saturday, November 29. Since 2002, Dark Star Orchestra has raised over $130,000 for the foundation through a series of Black Tie Dye Ball benefits and donations, and now the November/December 'Rex Caravan Tour' where $1 will be contributed to the Rex Foundation for every ticket sold. DSO will be hitting the road again in support of the Rex Foundation, making contributions from all along the entire 22-city East Coast tour.

Like a Tumbleweed Tour
Thur 10/09 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
Fri 10/10 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
Sat 10/11 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
Sun 10/12 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR  
Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue (a Rob Eaton side project)
Sat 10/18 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO  
Fri 10/24 Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO  
Halloween Bash
Fri 10/31 The Pageant St. Louis, MO  
Rex Caravan East Coast Tour
Fri 11/07 9:30 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
Sat 11/08 9:30 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
Sun 11/09 Paramount Center for the Arts Peekskill, NY  
Tues 11/11 Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH TICKETS
Thur 11/13 Calvin Theater Northampton, MA  
Fri 11/14 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA TICKETS
Sat 11/15 Palace Theatre Albany, NY TICKETS
Sun 11/16 McCarter Theatre Princeton, NJ TICKETS
Tues 11/18 Magic City Music Hall Johnson City, NY TICKETS
Thur 11/20 Garde Arts Center New London, CT TICKETS
Fri 11/21 Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
Sat 11/22 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA TICKETS
Sun 11/23 Klein Auditorium Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
Wed 11/26 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  
Fri 11/28 Nokia Theater New York, NY TICKETS
Sat 11/29 Nokia Theater New York, NY TICKETS
Mon 12/01 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Tues 12/02 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Thur 12/04 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE  
Fri 12/05 Theater @ Lancaster Host Resort Lancaster, PA TICKETS
Sat 12/06 Shea Center For The Performing Arts Wayne, NJ  
New Years Eve Run
Sun 12/28 The National Richmond, VA  
Mon 12/29 The Norva Norfolk, VA  
Tues 12/30 TBA TBA  
Wed 12/31 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD TICKETS

DEVOTCHKA in Boulder for Halloween

DEVOTCHKA - photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web
The times have finally caught up with acclaimed Denver quartet DeVotchKa. Not long ago when the band unloaded their instruments - a violin, a tuba and an accordion, among others - into a rock club, they were told they must be in the wrong place.
They created music that was Grammy nominated (DeVotchKa created the soundtrack for the indie smash Oscar winning film Little Miss Sunshine) without the benefit of a huge promotion team or runaway budget, instead relying only on their own efforts by self-releasing their records. And they crafted gems of songs by mixing a beautiful blend of Eastern European bohemia, American prairie rock and distinctive indie and called it pop, rather than world, music.
Now, the band is au courant, poised to shine on with their Anti- Records debut A Mad and Faithful Telling. From the cinematic richness of "Transliterator" to the modern pop experiment of "The Clockwise Witness," to the soaring and wrenching "Undone," DeVotchKa have produced a career-defining record and the world is listening.
On Sale Friday, September 19
October 31: GA / 21+ / $32.50
November 1: GA / All Ages / $32.50
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.

Halloween with Leftover Salmon at the Fillmore Auditorium

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Live Nation proudly presents LEFTOVER SALMON at the Fillmore Auditorium on Friday, October 31st.   Showtime is 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Our fan ticketing will go on sale (HERE) today August 7th starting at 10am MST. The remaining tickets will be available thru ticketmaster starting Saturday August 9th.

After a four year hiatus, Leftover Salmon will again return to the Fillmore in Denver for its once traditional Halloween blowout. Following a summer full of festival dates, Leftover Salmon's Halloween show will mark one of the very few stand alone performances by the band since taking a break at the end of 2004.

The band is also offering music downloads to fans signed up on the Leftover Salmon email list. The downloads feature tunes recorded during recent live performances. The current download is from the Salmon set at the Mile High Music Fest in Denver, which went down just last month. GO HERE to download.

 

Photos from the Drew Emmitt & Billy Nershi Halloween Show

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon) & Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident) teamed up last night to play a show at the Boulder Theater.  Grateful Web was on-hand to snap some photos.  There will be some changes to the pictures, as unfortunately I uploaded them last night without changing all vertical pictures to be right side up, so my apologies... But there are some great band photos as well as fun pictures of folks in their Halloween costumes.

 

Emmitt/Nershi photos

 

Thanks,

The Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee Presents "Terror-Torium" on Halloween

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Umphrey's McGee pays tribute to Halloween and to classic American horror films with TERROR-TORIUM, a fright-filled evening of music, costumes and décor taking place at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium on October 31st. Fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite horror movie character and partake in a costume contest, with the winner taking home tickets to every Fillmore show for one year. Denver's own Kinetix will open the show.

The ascension continues for Chicago's Umphrey's McGee, not only in terms of their commercial success but in creative accomplishment and instrumental achievement as well.  Their performance on Live at the Murat (SCI Fidelity), their first official live release, is as impressive as anything they've recorded to date, with the power and finesse, the yin and the yang, that have come to characterize their by-now classic material.

Recorded in Indianapolis in April 2007 and produced by longtime "sound caresser" / honorary seventh member Kevin Browning, the two-disc set features fan favorites like "Push the Pig," "The Triple Wide," "In the Kitchen," and "Nothing Too Fancy" along with rare tunes like the set-ending "Padgett's Profile" and the brief but torrid "Angular Momentum," centered on the combo of drummer Kris Myers and guitarist Jake Cinninger.  The band also dusts off tunes like "Hajimemashite" from '98s Songs for Older Women, and the Yes meets Little Feat-influenced "40's Theme," a live favorite for the band and its fans.

Throughout the show, UM's invention brings the progressive instrumental chops of Zappa and the stylistic savvy of Steely Dan.  It is innovative without being indulgent, exhilarating without losing control, and there are plenty of improv passages that keep the band and their fans off-balance.  Clearly, logging 120 gigs a year, "live" is where UM lives.

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

October 04 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS
October 05 Granada Theater Dallas TX
October 06 Stubb's BBQ Austin TX
October 14 The Echo Project Fairburn GA
October 16 Toad's Place - Lady Byrd Hat Building Richmond VA
October 17 Nightclub 9:30 Washington DC
October 18 Magic City Music Hall Johnson City NY
October 19-20 Nokia Theater Times Square New York NY
October 22 Harro East Ballroom Rochester NY
October 24-25 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
October 26 Orpheum Theatre Boston MA
October 27 House of Blues Las Vegas NV
October 28 Vegoose Las Vegas NV
October 31 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO
November 09 IU Auditorium / Univ. of Indiana Bloomington IN
November 10 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee WI
November 15 Amos' South End Charlotte NC
November 16 City Hall Nashville TN
November 18 Bear Creek Music Festival Quincy FL
November 29 Orbit Room Grand Rapids MI
November 30 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH
December 01 Michigan Theatre Ann Arbor MI
December 13-17 Caribbean Holidaze Runaway Jamaica
December 29-31 The Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL
March 16-18 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam Netherlands

Live at the Murat is the latest feather in the cap of the dazzling sextet.  They followed their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In Numbers with the magical odds and sods The Bottom Half in the spring of this year.  The album, with its outtakes, alternate versions, and other nifty bits, reached #26 on Billboard's coveted "Heatseakers" Chart and received high marks from the music press.  HARP magazine recently noted "…[The Bottom Half delivers] creamy studio work infused by diabolical skill."  Also in 2006, Umphrey's McGee sold out shows in theaters coast to coast, appeared at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and made their late night TV debut on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."  Booked by the Monterey Peninsula Booking Agency, the band recently sold out three nights at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, two nights at Irving Plaza, San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, and the list goes on, as does Umphrey's McGee.