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An Evening with Charlie Hunter, Thurs Sept 9 @ the Fox Theatre

As a young guitarist growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Charlie Hunter was looking for a way to stand out in the '80s. His primary influences were jazz great Joe Pass and the fluid Tuck Andress, (of the guitar/vocal duo Tuck & Patti), both six-string guitarists who were adept at blending bass notes into their standard guitar melodies to make themselves sound like two musicians at once. But Hunter wanted to take it one step further, and set out to find an instrument on which he could simultaneously function as both a guitarist and a bassist. For his self-titled 1993 debut CD, Hunter played a seven-string guitar for the duality effect, locking down the bottom with drummer Jay Lane and mixing melodically with saxophonist David Ellis. But on his trio's 1995 sophomore release, "Bing, Bing, Bing!," Hunter unveiled his custom-made Novax eight-string, the guitar that finally allowed him to realize his capacity. Designed by Ralph Novak, the instrument featured special frets and separate signals for its guitar and bass portions. Picking bass notes with his right thumb while fretting them with his left index finger (while at the same time fingerpicking guitar chords and single notes with his right hand's remaining four digits as he frets with his left hand's other three fingers), Hunter achieves the real sound of two-for-one.

Hunter played with the side group T.J. Kirk in the mid-'90s, a band that derived their name from the cover material they exclusively played: Thelonious Monk, James Brown and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Initially wanting to call themselves James T. Kirk before being threatened by the Star Trek TV and film series, T.J. Kirk released a self-titled 1995 debut and the 1996 follow-up, "If Four Was One", before disbanding. Hunter took drummer Scott Amendola with him for his next project, an ambitious instrumental remake of Bob Marley's "Natty Dread"album in its entirety. Also featuring saxophonists Kenny Brooks and Calder Spanier, the 1997 release beat the odds by becoming arguably Hunter's best album. After Spanier died from injuries sustained from being hit by a car, Hunter moved east to New York, taking Amendola with him. Teaming with vibraphonist Stefon Harris and percussionist John Santos, Charlie Hunter & Pound for Pound's 1998 CD Return of the Candyman is dedicated to Spanier. A departure from Natty Dread, mainly due to the work of Harris, the disc featured a vibes-heavy cover of Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle."

Hunter's modus operandi had now become shifting personnel changes, and in between tours he recorded a 1999 duo CD with drummer/percussionist Leon Parker and a self-titled 2000 CD that featured Parker and an otherwise ensemble cast. Hunter also contributed greatly to the 2000 comeback CD by drummer Mike Clark, "Actual Proof". Hunter concluded his run at Blue Note with 2001's "Songs from the Analog Playground", which saw him collaborating with vocalists for the first time, ranging from labelmates Norah Jones and Kurt Elling to Mos Def. 2003 found Hunter with a new label (Ropeadope) and two new bands (the Charlie Hunter Quintet) on "Right Now Move" and the beginning of Groundtruther, a partnership with percussionist/composer Bobby Previte.  They released "Come in Red Dog, This is Tango Leader" before adopting the Groundtruther moniker. For 2003's "Friends Seen and Unseen",  it was back to the Charlie Hunter Trio, with drummer  Derrek Phillips and saxman John Ellis, both members of the Quintet. By now, Groundtruther had taken on a life of its own, with Hunter and Previte joined by a rotating third member.  "Latitude" was first, in 2004 with saxophonist Greg Osby, followed by "Longitude" with DJ Logic in 2005.

In 2006, the Charlie Hunter Trio resurfaced with "Coperopolis" and almost immediately announced that it was disbanding as Ellis wanted to further pursue a solo career. What to do? Form another trio! After recruiting Erik Deutsch on keys and Simon Loft on drums, they released "Mistico" in the summer of 2007, Hunter's first album for Fantasy.

All Ages / GA  / $15.00 adv / $20 DOS

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Wish We Were Floyd: A Tribute to Pink Floyd

The music of Pink Floyd continues to be a top seller today, with classic albums like Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall appealing to new generations decades after their release. Wish We Were Floyd showcases the total immersive experience of a live Pink Floyd show, entertaining the casual Floyd listener as well as the hardcore fan. Those familiar with Pink Floyd's radio hits will recognize much of the material.

Chuchito Valdes @ Boulder Theater

Born in Havana Cuba, Chuchito Valdes comes from one of the most distinguished musical families in Cuba. He has recorded and performed piano with the world renown Cuban band, Irakere, which he led for 2 years.

Africa in the Americas Through a Southern Band

"Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre. Giant Panda at 9. JBB at 10. TK at 11:30. Bring your dancing attire, dr." Not the most clear posting on Twitter, perhaps, but for fans of Toubab Krewe--the "TK" in the tweet--the message was rather plain. Thursday's show was going to be one with jams so moving, you had better come ready to dance. And they were right.

The Dig: May Tour Dates With The Joy Formidable

On the heels of tours with both Editors and The Antlers, and Portugal. The Man and Port O'Brien, New York City's fast rising up-and-comers The Dig have announced new May dates in support of The Joy Formidable. The band will first perform at the inaugural Truck America festival at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, on April 30th before embarking on their week-long trip with the UK band. The tour will begin May 1st at a sold-out show at the Mercury Lounge in The Dig's hometown and will end May 8th in Albany, NY, at Jillian's.


Having recently inked a distribution deal with Megaforce, The Dig's debut album Electric Toys - recorded this past summer with producer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & the Johnsons, The Ramones, Bishop Allen) - will now be released June 8th. This evening, meanwhile, viewers can tune in to NBC's new drama Trauma to hear a preview of the album's slow-build-to-burn opener "Carry Me Home," which will be featured on tonight's episode (9pm EST/8pm CST). This is the second primetime song placement for the young band: album track "Look Inside" was featured on The CW's The Vampire Diaries in January. Multiple tracks can currently be heard on the band's MySpace page, while "You're Already Gone" can be downloaded here.


The Dig's summer touring plans will be announced soon.


The Dig tour dates:

APR. 30 BIG INDIAN, NY TRUCK AMERICA (Full Moon Resort)

MAY 1 NEW YORK, NY MERCURY LOUNGE (SOLD OUT)*

MAY 4 TORONTO, ON HORSESHOE TAVERN*

MAY 5 MONTREAL, QC THE GREEN ROOM*

MAY 6 BOSTON, MA HARPER'S FERRY*

MAY 7 PHILADELPHIA, PA KUNG FU NECKTIE*

MAY 8 ALBANY, NY JILLIAN'S*

* with The Joy Formidable

The Dig is: David Baldwin (guitar, vocals), Emile Mosseri (bass, vocals), Erick Eiser (keys, guitar), and Jamie Alegre (drums).

Jonny Blu Tonight At The Iridium

Unique among his contemporaries, Blu composes, writes and co-produces all his original music. His CD releases “In Just That Kind Of A Mood” and his recent digital release “In A Groove” display his unique ability to write fun, contemporary music that still maintains the essence of the Sinatra Era classics. He has been touring extensively on the west coast of the US for the past few years and his music is featured on several nationally syndicated Adult Contemporary and Jazz radio and internet radio stations nationwide and internationally. In 2008, Jonny’s debut album was released in Eastern Europe by Universal Music, his music has been featured on several Swing and Jazz Compilation CDs and his songs In Just That Kind of a Mood and Ooh-Wee were featured multiple times on CBS’s Young and the Restless. His new album, Taboo (a co-production with Peer Music) is due out in the fall of 2009 featuring some classic Latin Standards like Taboo, Babaloo, and Sabor A Mi.

If you enjoy artists like Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bublé, Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum and the like, you will surely fall in love with the music of Jonny Blu.  For more info on Jonny and his music please visit him on the web at: www.jonnyblumusic.com.

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We Are Wolves Announce U.S. Tour Dates

French-Canadian dance/rock/electro trio We Are Wolves have announced a quick run of U.S. tour dates around the February 2nd release of their third album, Invisible Violence, on Dare To Care Records. The band will make a weekend trip to the northeast, beginning February 4th at Great Scott in Boston, MA, and wrapping up February 6th at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, NY, before heading home to Montreal, Canada. We Are Wolves are also confirmed to open for fellow countrymen Wolf Parade on three of the band's April tour dates, in addition to traveling to SXSW in March and to headlining several shows in their native Canada next month.

Earlier this week, Brooklyn Vegan featured the second MP3 off of Invisible Violence, "Blue." The track can now also be downloaded here. First single "Holding Hands" - which was featured last month as a 'Free MP3 of the Day' on AOL Music's Spinner blog and noted for its "blistering guitar riffs, sneering vocals, and an insistent rhythm section" by Prefixmag.com - is also available for download here. The accompanying video for "Holding Hands" can be seen here.

We Are Wolves tour dates:

FEB. 4 BOSTON, MA GREAT SCOTT

FEB. 5 NEW YORK, NY THE STUDIO AT WEBSTER HALL

FEB. 6 BROOKLYN, NY BROOKLYN BOWL

FEB. 18 DRUMMONDVILLE, QC BOX-OFFICE

MAR. 5 MONTREAL, QC CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

MAR. 6 SHAWINIGAN, QC TROU DU DIABLE

MAR. 18 AUSTIN, TX PARADISE CAFÉ

APR. 1 QUEBEC CITY, QC IMPERIAL DE QUEBEC*

APR. 6 KINGSTON, ON THE ALE HOUSE*

APR. 7 TORONTO, ON PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE*

*with Wolf Parade

 

Music Festivals Featured In Latest MFF Charity Auction

Bonnaroo VIP tixs up for auction- for the Grateful Web

The Mimi Fishman Foundation has launched another in their continuing series of on-line charity auctions, this time an all-festival auction – most of which includes VIP passes.

The auction, which concludes April 24, 2008, will benefit Rock the Earth and the Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments.

The auction items include:

• Bonnaroo VIP Package
• DelFest VIP Package
• 10,000 Lakes VIP Package
• Summer Camp VIP Package
• Northwest String Summit VIP Package
• Gathering of the Vibes VIP Package
• Rothbury Package

In addition a very special guitar with tons of signatures (to benefit The Victory School) is still available for bidding through April 9.  David Crosby, Graham Nash, Yonder Mountain, Billy Nershi, and many other signatures are included.

To view and/or bid on the auction, as well as read about the charities the auction supports, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation auction page

Jug Band Documentary Featured at Woodstock Film Festival

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Woodstock, New York has a deep connection with film and music.  The area was featured in "Woodstock," a documentary about the best-known music festival of all time. Another famous film, "The Last Waltz," features The Band, which made Woodstock their home for many years, as did Bob Dylan, a featured performer in that Scorsese film.  

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian, another Woodstock resident and 1969 Woodstock festival performer, is featured in the new film "Chasin' Gus' Ghost," which will make its debut on October 13th at the Woodstock Film Festival.    

In recent years, the Woodstock Film Festival has emerged as one of the country's premier festivals and has screened many music documentaries including "Standing in the Shadows of  Motown" and "My Generation."  The 2007 festival will feature "The Future Is Unwritten," "Living The Blues," the Bob Dylan-inspired "I'm Not There" and "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" - a film that takes us on a three-continent journey to explore the legacy of jug band music and the influence it has had on artists such as John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful), Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) and Geoff and Maria Muldaur.

What: "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" at the Woodstock Film Festival
When: October 13th at 10PM
Where: Bearsville Theater (291 Tinker Street)
More info: The box office is located at the Woodstock Playhouse (corner of route 212 & 375).  Tickets are $10.  

Film trailer: http://youtube.com/watch?v=S3kZK2EBTwE
www.chasingusghost.com
www.woodstockfilmfestival.com