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BRITISH SINGER-SONGWRITER BOBBY LONG RETURNS TO U.S. FOR 2010 TOUR

British singer-songwriter Bobby Long returns to American shores this week, kicking off a tour that will include his first appearances at the annual South By Southwest Conference (SxSW) in Austin, Texas. Long, whose 2009 "Dangerous Summer" tour of the U.S. and Canada comprised more than 100 shows and was extended through December, will begin his 2010 U.S. run at World Café Live in Philadelphia on Saturday, March 13. Following the string of his own shows, Long will join popular Philadelphia indie band matt pond PA (mppa) for 16 shows during May in support their new album The Dark Leaves.

Bobby Long will also be the special guest on WXPN Radio's weekly Free@Noon broadcast, live from Philadelphia this Friday, March 12. Last fall, WXPN began playing cuts from Long's DIRTY POND SONGS CD-a collection he recorded in his London bedroom to be available exclusively at his shows-and made him their "World Café Next" artist of the week in December. The broadcast will be streamed live at www.xpn.org and www.npr.org.

Long is also set for several performances at SxSW next week: Thursday, March 18 at 11PM at the Hilton Garden Inn Creekside as part of "The Bedford at SxSW" event, Friday, March 19 at 2PM at Bug Music's event at the Continental Club and again at 7PM at the SxSW Second Play Stage at the Hilton Hotel Austin. His final SxSW appearance will take place on Sunday, March 21 at 1PM at the UHCU Headliner Stage. Other highlights of the spring tour will be appearances at the eclectic Bamboozle Festival on both coasts, the March 28 event at Anaheim Stadium in California and the May 1 event at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Long started the year with three weeks of shows in Europe, playing several countries for the first time.  He is currently recording his much-anticipated debut studio album for release later in the year with producer Liam Watson (The White Stripes' "Elephant") at the helm. "I'm feeling really good about it all," he says.  "I'm really pleased with the time in the studio and to have had an opportunity to work with amazing musicians and with a producer like Liam Watson.  Everyone worked together, and I really feel like we have put together a great sound and something that will make people stand up and listen. I've recorded around 18 songs and now just have to pick the ones for the album."

He has already sold more than 10,000 copies of the 10-song collection of original material called DIRTY POND SONGS.  "Left to Lie" and "The Bounty of Mary Jane" from that CD are available for download from iTunes and other digital outlets.  "Let Me Sign," a song he co-wrote with Marcus Foster, is part of the American Music Award-winning soundtrack of the blockbuster film "Twilight."  He has also compiled a new DANGEROUS SUMMER TOUR CD of live performances from his marathon 2009 tour, which will be available for sale at the upcoming shows.  Included in that collection are some of his newer compositions, "The Borough Mill," "In the Frost," "My Darling Bell" and "Girl From the Keys," among them.

Fans first discovered his compelling brand of acoustic music via the film, YouTube and his continually-updated MySpace page (www.myspace.com/musicbobbylong), which is now closing in on two million page views.  Music critics and selected radio programmers have jumped on the Long bandwagon early, praising both his songwriting and his style.


BOBBY LONG 2010 U.S. TOUR:

March 12--13-World Café Live Upstairs, Philadelphia; March 15-Mercury Lounge, New York City; March 16-Poor David's Pub, Dallas; SxSW Music Conference, Austin, TX:  March 18, at 11PM, Hilton Garden Inn Creekside) and March 19 at 2PM, Continental Club, Austin, and 7PM, Hilton Hotel Austin; March 22-Hideaway on Dunvale, Houston, TX; 25-Café Congress, Tucson; 28-The Bamboozle Festival, Anaheim Stadium; April 28-Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA; and May 1-The Bamboozle Festival, Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ.

Dates supporting matt pond PA are:

May 5-Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA; 6-Allen Street Stage, Penn State University, State College, PA; 7-Mac's Bar, Lansing, MI; 9-The House Café, DeKalb, IL; 10-Mad Planet, Milwaukee, WI; 11-Slowdown, Omaha; 12-Fox Theater, Boulder, CO; 14-Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS; 15-Mojo's, Columbia, MO; 17-Hi Tone Café, Memphis; 18-Square Room, Knoxville; 20-40 Watt, Athens, GA; 21-Village Tavern, Mt. Pleasant, SC; 22-Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC; 24-The Southern, Charlottesville, VA and 25-Otto Bar, Baltimore, MD.

Look for more U. S. dates to be announced soon.

Umphrey's McGee's Interactive S2 Series Announces Another Event

Umphrey's McGee has never played by the rules. Now, with the unveiling of their all- new Stew Art Series (aka, "S2") - an interactive fan experience where audience members "conduct" the band's live improvisations  - Umphrey's McGee continue to offer their fiercely loyal fanbase the most innovative musical experiences available. With recent S2 events in Milwaukee and Portland (Oregon), next on the itinerary is November 21 at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club, before their evening performance.

Hosted as individual events before that evening's already schedule show, Umphrey's Stew Art Series is a crowd-sourced improvisation experiment, in which all the music performed by the group on stage will be entirely directed by S2 audience members. Check out this S2 video from the inaugural S2 event in Milwaukee.

The first few S2 events have been received with overwhelming enthusiasm and to rave reviews, including recent coverage in Billboard Magazine. Look for S2 events to be announced in select markets throughout 2010.

Umphrey's offers their next S2 event in D.C. - during a two night run at the 9:30 Club.  Details are as follows:

Umphrey's McGee S2
Saturday, November 21 @ 4:00 PM (doors at 3:30 PM)
9:30 Club
815 V Street, Washington D.C.
Tickets:  $99.00
ON SALE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 AT 12 NOON EASTERN TIME AT WWW.UMPHREYS.COM

S2 tickets are extremely limited and will sell out!

Umphrey's McGee Shows
Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 @ 8:00 PM (Doors @ 7:00 PM)
9:30 Club
815 V Street, Washington D.C.
Tickets: $25.00 single day, $40.00 2-night pass / All Ages Welcome
Show tickets available now at www.umphreys.com


Umphrey's McGee's DC visit is one stop along a massive fall tour.  The remaining list of this season's confirmed appearances is as follows:

November 11 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
November 12-14 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
November 15 Port City Music Hall Portland ME
November 17 Northern Lights Clifton Park NY
November 18 Water Street Music Hall Rochester NY
November 19 Mr. Small's Theatre Millvale PA
November 20-21 9:30 Club Washington D.C. featuring S2 Event
December 10-14 Caribbean Holidaze Runaway Bay
December 29 Vic Theatre Chicago IL
December 30-31 Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL
March 21-23 Jam in the 'Dam, The Melkweg Amsterdam

For S2, sold-out crowds of 50 fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references (pretty much whatever came to mind), to the Umphrey's Mozes mobile interface.  The suggestions are then filtered by the band's long time Sound Caresser Kevin Browning and projected on a screen for the band to digest and turn into the next phase of the jam.  The band's music varies stylistically with suggestions ranging from "an afternoon bus ride in Jamaica" to "drinking pina coladas...in a hurricane". As one elated fan commented after a show, "S2 was the coolest thing I have ever been a part of. It's always been a dream of mine to meet the band, and the opportunity to participate in leading the Jam for the band was a dream come true as well."

As highly skilled improvisational musicians known for using a complex set of signals on stage to prompt spontaneous musical changes, S2 is proving to keep the band on their toes as they navigate through the audience’s prompts. S2 events also include a Q&A session providing an opportunity for fans to ask about what they’re witnessing (or ask anything else for that matter). As part of the ticket (which is actually be a custom laminate that is different for each S2 event), every attendee receives an autographed CD of the Stew Art Series they attend - minutes after the event has concluded. To be clear, each S2 show is a TOTALLY separate event than the scheduled concert date and will be sold as a separate ticket - getting a ticket to S2 does not get you into the show later that night (and vice versa). The S2 experiment is just that, an experiment. Keyboardist Joel Cummins explains, “The improvisational elements of our show have always been one of our favorite parts about playing together - and we think the audience feels that way, too. That’s our inspiration for the S2 series. It’s also a great way to stay on top of our chops.” S2 events take place in the early evening before the respective show start times. Prices and ages vary from show to show - which should last one hour (with Q&A).

This is not the first time that Umphrey's McGee has taken new approaches to delivering their music to the fans. Before their latest studio recording, Mantis, was released in January of this year, the group made the album available for pre-order in an interesting way. Fans were offered more free bonus content the more Mantis pre-orders were received; as the fans "unlocked" levels of content by getting more of their friends to pre-order the album. The idea was to give the fans incentive to help spread the word about the album, and to offer a totally unique music experience.

But it's always been about experiencing Umphrey's McGee on the concert stage, and the group recently announced a string of fall dates, including some final festival stops of 2009 - Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival, moe.Down, and Telluride Blues and Brews, plus a special Halloween performance in Yosemite, California. And to get yourself in the right frame of mind for the upcoming tour, you can check out the recently-released live 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.

ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival wraps Third Successful Event

ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival (the biennial event previously known as Wall to Wall Guitar Festival), held September 10-12, 2009 at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, wrapped up its third successful event with more than 30 world-class guitarists - including 11 free performances - over three days.

Renowned for incredible acoustic spaces, the Krannert Center at Urbana's University of Illinois campus offers an enviable variety of state-of-the-art performance spaces. Every other year, ELLNORA brings an amazingly diverse hand-picked lineup to these incredible rooms, offering a "festival" experience unlike any other.  At this most recent event, attendees witnessed indie-rock darlings The National in a room quiet enough to hear a pin drop, watched Junior Brown play thunderous riffs at Ellnora's opening bash, and enjoyed the classical sounds of some of Johann Sebastian Bach's best modern interpreters (including Nigel North, Paul Galbraith and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet) performing live at special festival offering dubbed "Bachfest."

Taking full advantage of Krannert's facilities, the 2009 event moved further into the integration of music and art, this year highlighting especially the visual arts. Bill Frisell performed his moving Disfarmer Project, an ode to photographer Mike Disfarmer's Great Depression-era photos; The Long Count paired visual art phenomenon Matthew Ritchie with Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National) and Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders, The Pixies) to create a feast of images and song-filled myth about the beginning of time; and in an outside amphitheater, fans enjoyed silent films accompanied by live musicians (Alex De Grassi and Leni Stern Quartet) performing soundtracks they'd composed especially for the films.

Mike Ross, Director of the Krannert Center, recapped the weekend saying, "It's been a fabulous joy to watch this talent-packed, high-energy festival become a major signature piece for our vibrant micro-urban community in such a short time. The overwhelming response we received from this year's audiences signals an even more robust pathway forward."

Check out www.ellnoraguitarfestival.com for videos, photos, interviews and more from the 2009 event.

Ellnora Guitar Festival Announces 2009 Event

The return of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' biennial guitar festival Ellnora | The Guitar Festival at Krannert arrives September 10-12, 2009. This newly renamed, three-day, round-the-clock guitar extravaganza will emerge with over 30 guitarists, scores of musical collaborators, innovative engagement events, 11 free performances, and global perspectives on all things guitar.

Propelled by the extraordinary success of the Wall to Wall Guitar Festival in 2005 and 2007, the 2009 festival promises an astonishing collection of genres and artists, the return of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a Guitar Hero gaming station, community engagement programs with Dan Zanes and Friends, and numerous opportunities to delve deeper into this truly international instrument through commentaries, discussions, and interactive workshops-all assembled by Krannert Center's director Mike Ross and his staff in collaboration with the festival's artistic advisor, David Spelman. Spelman, the founder/director of the New York Guitar Festival, also launched the Adelaide International Guitar Festival in South Australia in 2007 and has served as the artistic advisor for all three biennial Krannert Center festivals.

Plans to rename the festival, now dubbed Ellnora | The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center, first began as the Center embarked on preparations for this third biennial event. The festivals in 2005 and 2007 had served as microcosms of the Center's strong commitment to diversity, quality, and distinctiveness in programming. In approaching its latest incarnation, the staff realized that the first party had grown into an internationally recognized arts event and were concerned that it might be confused with other endeavors that had "wall to wall" in their titles. The decision to change the name also rested on a desire to better reflect the festival's distinctiveness and the unique micro-urban setting of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. This examination ultimately led organizers back to the inception of the Center in the 1960s, when philanthropists Herman and Ellnora Krannert first envisioned the multifaceted facility that has become a leading university-based performing arts center. Key to that vision was Mrs. Krannert's captivating plan to utilize the central lobby as a crossroads for audiences, artists, academics, and community members to meet, mix, and mingle in celebration of the arts. Ellnora Krannert's exceptional foresight has continued to lead the Center in the more than 40 years since. It was with this lineage in mind that the Wall to Wall Guitar Festival was reborn as Ellnora-to honor the philosophy, philanthropy, and powerful leadership of the Center's first patron.

The 2009 artist roster includes Ani DiFranco, the Keb' Mo' Band, the Derek Trucks Band, Bill Frisell's Disfarmer Project, The National, Chicha Libre, Junior Brown, The Jerry Douglas Band, Dan Zanes & Friends, Alex de Grassi, the Leni Stern Quartet, the Frank Vignola Trio, the Brasil Guitar Duo, Debashish Bhattacharya, The Long Count, The Sisters Euclid, Nigel North, Paul Galbraith, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Erin McKeown & Natalia Zukerman, the Jake Hertzog Trio, Richard Julian & Jim Campilongo, the Laurie Morvan Band, and Luciana Souza & Romero Lubambo.

Regular updates will be posted at EllnoraGuitarFestival.com. Single tickets and festival passes go on sale July 16 at 10am. Festival passes include all eight events; passes must be purchased by August 2 for priority seating. Festival pass prices range from $80 for students to $192 for standard admission.  

PERFORMANCE DETAILS 

Opening Night Party
Chicha Libre
Junior Brown
Derek Trucks Band
Frank Vignola Trio
We ignite the 2009-10 season with our blockbuster Opening Night Party-and a quadruple bill of scorching bands, head-back-for-thirds food, dancing space, and festive crowds will keep this joint jumping well into the night. Chicha Libre's Peruvian-influenced psychedelic pop claims the Lobby at 7pm, Junior Brown brings his country soul sounds in at 8pm, and the Derek Trucks Band takes over at 9pm with a funk-filled progressive roots blend. Outside, the Frank Vignola Trio fires up the Amphitheatre with feisty jazz at 7:30 and 8:45pm. Come early, stay late, and enjoy yourself to the fullest at this all-out, party-mode liftoff to the new season at Krannert Center!
Thursday, September 10 at 7pm; doors open at 6pm
Lobby
$5

 

Dan Zanes and Friends
Dan Zanes and Friends will spin train tunes, Jamaican beats, Zulu numbers, salsa, sea shanties, and the folk songs collected by Illinois son Carl Sandburg into a Lobby-wide party that will have kids and grownups on their feet for high-energy dancing, clapping, stomping, whistling, and singing.
Friday, September 11 at noon
Lobby
Free

Interval: Brasil Guitar Duo
João Luiz and Douglas Lora, the 2006 Young Concert Artists Guild International Competition winners, have demonstrated their dexterity through captivating performances at the unconventional venues of the New Music/New Places initiative as well as Carnegie Hall. Their sublime synchronicity on Bach and Scarlatti and joyous affinity for the sambas and choros of their native country are infused with musicianship that is "simply outstanding" (Classical Guitar).
Friday, September 11 at 3pm
Stage 5
Free

Traffic Jam: The Jerry Douglas Band
Jerry Douglas presides over bluegrass-this 12-time Grammy Award winner was also voted Musician of the Year three times by the Academy of Country Music-and blues, jazz, and folk ripple out from his resonator guitar. You'll savor the tornadic picking, nimble strumming, and limitless artistry of the man called "Flux."
Friday, September 11 at 5pm
Lobby
Free

Morning and Evening Ragas: Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
At age four, Bhattacharya had already demonstrated his dominance on the sitar through his expressive ragas. As an instrument architect, he has more than 19 guitar designs to his credit, including three known as his "trinity of guitars" that represent, like Bhattacharya himself, the past, present, and future of Indian slide.
Friday, September 11 at 6:15pm; Saturday, September 12 at 9am
Lobby
Free
Join us for a special yoga session beginning on Saturday, September 12 at 8:30am in the Lobby.

The Long Count
The Mayans believe that we reside in the fourth world-with the fifth world set to emerge on December 20, 2012. Bandmates and brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner and artist Matthew Ritchie reveal the power and symbolism of the Mayans' long count as they intermingle the hues and cardinal directions of Mayan myth and indie rock within a revolving baseball diamond for a revealing, hypnotic sensory experience.
Friday, September 11 at 7pm
Colwell Playhouse
Flex: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 13 / UI & Yth 8
Single: 30 / SC 25 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

A Story of Floating Weeds with live music by Alex de Grassi
In this 1934 silent film, an aging leading man takes the "floating weeds" (itinerant actors) of his failing troupe to his hometown in the hopes of achieving triumphs in his professional life but instead suffers personal setbacks. Alex de Grassi's inspired fretboard work, divine arrangements, and delicate fluidity perfectly escort Yasujiro Ozu's contemplative visual style in an exploration of family and love.
Score commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival
Friday, September 11 at 8:30pm
Amphitheatre
Free

Keb' Mo' Band
Keb' Mo' has fearless acoustic phrasing and deft slides that reveal his connections to the Delta blues of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, and his "effervescent" and "wonderfully engaging" songs showcase his luminous voice colored with "a wink and a grin" (All Music Guide).
Friday, September 11 at 10pm
Tryon Festival Theatre
Flex: 43 / SC 38 / Stu 28 / UI & Yth 23
Single: 45 / SC 40 / Stu 30 / UI & Yth 25

Afterglow: The Sisters Euclid
Fronted by Grammy Award-winning Kevin Breit, the musicians of The Sisters Euclid aren't sisters-or brothers for that matter-but they are connected to the bone through luxuriously rough and jaggedly lustrous melodies. You'll be "transfixed" when this group pulls out every conceivable six-string sound (and some seemingly impossible ones) to end this exquisite Ellnora evening (JazzReview.com).
Friday, September 11 at 11:15pm
Stage 5
Free

Bachfest
Nigel North, lute
Paul Galbraith, guitar
Brazilian Guitar Quartet

Ellnora takes a classical turn with this celebration of the Baroque master. Nigel North's gentle soul and "unfailingly stylish" playing is a perfect match for the subtle beauty of the lute (Gramophone), while Paul Galbraith brings a "soaring dignity" to Bach's work through his peerless and revolutionary approach (Los Angeles Times). Then the members of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet will add their "irresistibly driving" energy to conclude this tribute (Los Angeles Times).
Saturday, September 12 at 10am
Foellinger Great Hall
Flex: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 13 / UI & Yth 8
Single: 30 / SC 25 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

Interval: Natalia Zukerman and Erin McKeown
Zukerman's tender bottleneck slide will gently entice you-and once you've heard her gentle blues-folk melodies, you'll be drawn way down into her sweetly sophisticated tunes. With songs "so catchy and clever it's a wonder she's not yet a household name," Erin McKeown will further enthrall you (Entertainment Weekly). Separate, they're delicious; together, they can't be resisted.
Saturday, September 12 at noon
Stage 5
Free

Interval: Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S and Victor Jones
Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Ted Greene, and Lenny Breau's mastery fuel Jake Hertzog, and he's known for jamming with local favorites like Chip McNeill and Rocky Maffit. He's "sure to blow your ears wide open" with his own searing and unmistakable licks (Midwest Records), so don't miss your chance to show your love to one of our most gifted native sons!
Saturday, September 12 at 1pm
Stage 5
Free

Bill Frisell's Disfarmer Project: Musical Portraits from Heber Springs
Featuring Viktor Krauss, Greg Leisz, and Eyvind Kang

Known for a quiet demeanor and ever-present humor, Bill Frisell is a six-string giant who's been tapped by DownBeat as Guitarist of the Year five times over since 1998. His Disfarmer Project sprouts from outsider artist Mike Disfarmer's biting and intimate portraits taken in small-town Arkansas during the height of the Great Depression. Disfarmer's shimmering projected images play counterpoint to the unpretentious original music rooted in the heart of the Ozarks.
Saturday, September 12 at 2pm
Colwell Playhouse
Flex: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 13 / UI & Yth 8
Single: 30 / SC 25 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

Brazilian Bash: Brasil Guitar Duo, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, and Luciana Souza featuring Romero Lubambo
The Brasil Guitar Duo and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet will turn from the splendor of their earlier shows to their flair and passion for the music of their home culture before Luciana Souza ends this ebullient afternoon. Descended from bossa nova innovators, the Grammy-nominated Souza continues this enlightened approach to her own craft through gossamer and earthy interpretations of songs and her genre-wrenching collaborations with the sophisticatedly intense guitarist Romero Lubambo.
Saturday, September 12 at 3:30pm
Foellinger Great Hall
Flex: 32 / SC 27 / Stu 23 / UI & Yth 18
Single: 34 / SC 29 / Stu 25 / UI & Yth 20

Traffic Jam: Richard Julian and Jim Campilongo
His twilit lines, painterly voice, and witty acoustics prompted Bonnie Raitt to embrace the work of Richard Julian as "some of the coolest, smartest and original music" this decade. He'll match licks with Telecaster master Jim Campilongo, who reigns as the professor of "an overall killer course on How To Play Your Instrument Putting All Others To Shame" (Billboard).
Saturday, September 12 at 6pm
Stage 5
Free

Ani DiFranco
A fiercely honest passion and the heart of a poet have drawn crowds to the hard-driving staccato fingerpicking of independent music's It Girl for over two decades. Through her unique voice and unending verve, DiFranco bravely leads all "who feel that burning desire to go farther out and experience life at a wilder level" (Folk and Music Exchange).
Saturday, September 12 at 7pm
Colwell Playhouse
Flex: 36 / SC 31 / Stu 23 / UI & Yth 18
Single: 38 / SC 33 / Stu 25 / UI & Yth 20

The Goddess with live music by the Leni Stern Quartet
The harrowing tale of a mother-turned-prostitute set against the backdrop of 1930s Shanghai becomes palpably taut through the "haunting power" of German-born guitarist Leni Stern's original score (Washington Post). Her "beautifully drawn vignettes" musically express the struggle, solace, and hope of director Wu Yonggang's masterful film (Washington Post).
Score commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival
Saturday, September 12 at 8:30pm
Amphitheatre
Free

The National
Founded in Brooklyn by Cincinnati natives, The National briskly grew its small but heated group of followers into broad support and placement on "best of" lists from Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, and Paste Magazine. Even the Obama campaign took notice, using the band's "Fake Empire" as a backdrop for its Signs of Hope and Change video at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Saturday, September 12 at 10pm
Tryon Festival Theatre
Flex: 26 / SC 21 / Stu 17 / UI & Yth 12
Single: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 19 / UI & Yth 14

Laurie Morvan Band
Pat Morvan, bass; Kevin Murillo, drums; Lisa Grubbs and Carolyn Kelley, backing vocals and percussion Before she lit up the stages at blues festivals across the country and before she opened for the Fabulous Thunderbirds and before her widespread recognition for "wiry, fiery solos" and a "sweet, soaring voice" (Blues Revue)-before all of that, this bluesy singer/songwriter was a standout right here at the University of Illinois. Join us in welcoming her back home!
Saturday, September 12 at 11:30pm
Lobby
Free

 

CREATIVE INTERSECTIONS AND SPECIAL FEATURES 

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
On Goodwin Street in front of Krannert Center, Free
A mobile recording and video production studio outfitted with the latest musical instruments, computers, recording equipment, and video production gear, the John Lennon Bus provides students, schools, and communities with a free, hands-on introduction to music, songwriting, video, and broadcast technologies. The John Lennon Bus will be stationed at Krannert Center's Goodwin Street entrance throughout the festival. The bus will be open for tours and activities-details are pending. 

Krannert Coffeehouse
The Intermezzo café at the north end of the Center's central lobby will be transformed into a coffeehouse for this year's festival. Patrons can grab a cup of cappuccino between performances, down an espresso shot to rev up for the late night shows, or simply relax and recharge throughout the festival. 

Outdoor Food Vendors
In addition to the large tented food area on the west terrace for the Opening Night Party, local food vendors will also be open during the evenings on both Friday and Saturday night. 

The Studio Store
The Studio Theatre, located at the north end of the Center will once again become the official festival store, featuring merchandise, sponsor tables, special displays, and meet-and-greets with select artists.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Ellnora | The Guitar Festival Single Tickets and Festival Passes

Single tickets and festival passes are on sale July 16 at 10am. Festival passes include all eight events; passes must be purchased by August 2 for priority seating.

Festival Pass: 192 / SC 160 / Stu 120 / UI & Yth 80

Ticket Office Information
Phone: 217/333-6280 or 800/KCPATIX (527-2849)
TTY: 217/333-9714 (for patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired)
Fax: 217/244-7469
Online: KrannertCenter.com or EllnoraGuitarFestival.com
E-mail: kran-tix@illinois.edu 

Mail: Krannert Center Ticket Office
500 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801-3788

In person: Visit the Krannert Center Ticket Office at 500 South Goodwin Avenue in Urbana, Illinois, anytime daily from 10am to 6pm. 

General Ticket Information/Key to Ticket Prices
SC = Senior citizens 65 years or older or retired University of Illinois faculty and staff
UI = University of Illinois students who have paid the Krannert Center fee
Stu = All students college age or younger
Yth = All children high school age or younger  

CREDITS 

Krannert Center's Ellnora | The Guitar Festival is supported in part by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and these sponsors: 

Patron Sponsor: Anonymous 

Patron Co-sponsors: Frances and Marc Ansel; Jean Huddleston, Kelly Foster, and Paul Foster; Mary and George Perlstein; and Carol and Ed Scharlau 

Corporate Power Train Engines: Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center; Scanics 

Corporate Platinum Event Sponsor: WCIA 3 

Corporate Gold Sponsor: One Main Development 

Corporate Silver Sponsors: Dean's Graphic Division; Chief/Bauer Heating & Air Conditioning; and The Blind Man Hunter Douglas Gallery 

Corporate Bronze Sponsors: Bacca Cigar Company; Barham Benefit Group; and Jeffrey Van Buren, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, and Valerie Van Buren 

ELLNORA | THE GUITAR FESTIVAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Th Sep 10
7pm    Opening Night Party with Chicha Libre, Junior Brown, the Derek Trucks Band, and the Frank Vignola Trio 

Fr Sep 11
Noon | Dan Zanes and Friends
3pm | Interval: Brasil Guitar Duo
5pm | Traffic Jam: The Jerry Douglas Band
6:15pm | Evening Raga: Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
7pm | The Long Count
8:30pm | A Story of Floating Weeds with live music by Alex de Grassi
10pm | Keb' Mo' Band
11:15pm | Afterglow: The Sisters Euclid

Sa Sep 12
8:30am | Yoga Session
9am | Morning Raga: Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
10am | Bachfest: Nigel North, lute; Paul Galbraith, guitar; Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Noon | Interval: Natalia Zukerman and Erin McKeown
1pm | Interval: Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S and Victor Jones
2pm | Bill Frisell's Disfarmer Project: Musical Portraits from Heber Springs Featuring Viktor Krauss, Greg Leisz, and Eyvind Kang
3:30pm | Brazilian Bash: Brasil Guitar Duo, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, and Luciana Souza featuring Romero Lubambo
6pm | Traffic Jam: Richard Julian and Jim Campilongo
7pm | Ani DiFranco
8:30pm | The Goddess with live music by the Leni Stern Quartet
10pm | The National
11:30pm | Laurie Morvan Band with Pat Morvan, bass; Kevin Murillo, drums; Lisa Grubbs and Carolyn Kelley, backing vocals and percussion.

Phamily Reunion: Special Event to Coincide with Phish at Red Rocks

Fans that did not score tickets to Phish at Red Rocks Amphitheatre should worry not; there just happens to be a four-day camping and music festival a few short miles away on a private ranch. For those that did score tickets, The Phamily Reunion Festival offers what Red Rocks cannot: camping and a safe ride to and from the festival to each Phish show. Set for July 30 through August 2 on the beautiful Van Eden Ranch in Idaho Springs, the good souls that love Phish, live music, camping, hiking, biking, hot springs and much more, will come together for a special string of days, all set to the good vibes of the Colorado Rockies.

hahnWith an already heavy-hitting lineup including The New Mastersounds, EOTO, The Heavy Pets, Juno What?!, LYNX & Janover, Ana Sia, YAMN and others, the festival promises to be big enough to stand on its own without Phish coming to town. With rumors surfacing after the 1996 Phish shows at Red Rocks about the band being banned because of an infiltration of campers in Morrison, CO, The Phamily Reunion is the perfect spot for one of the most coveted aspects of a Phish tour: community. And who knows, campers may just score the ticket they were looking for on the grounds of the ranch.

With four-day event passes available and buses running back and forth all day from the campgrounds to Red Rocks, it’s the ultimate and safest option. Add to that the chance to fish, hike, whitewater raft, gamble, soak in the hot springs, and horseback ride, The Phamily Reunion makes for perhaps the best all-around experience for both Coloradans and those visiting. Before heading to the lot at Red Rocks, campers can get their dancing feet warmed up to live music, only to be treated to late-night DJs and bands from Colorado and coast-to-coast.

Headlining the festival are The New Mastersounds, a funk, soul, jazz and rock quartet hailing from across the pond in England. It’s a true privilege to have such a pioneering act in the “new funk” movement in the Front Range of Colorado. From Colorado are slated both EOTO and Juno What?!, the former being a cutting-edge electro/improvisational duo, comprised of the rhythm section of The String Cheese Incident. Likewise, Juno What?! is a new project to come of the highly touted Colorado group The Motet, which has a passionate fan base in and around Colorado. Juno What?! brings back the eighties with a new look, combining fresh funk with quasi-disco undertones. The Heavy Pets are one of the hottest, up-and-coming jam bands on the circuit, all the way from Florida. Ana Sia is a psychedelic hip-hop DJ from San Francisco that drops huge beats, while the hip-hop, beat-boxing and innovative percussion of LYNX & Janover are not to be forgotten. More artists are to be announced, so stay tuned.

Fans won’t want to miss this epic weekend on the grounds of the Van Eden Ranch, where what is not being offered at Red Rocks is more than possible at The Phamily Reunion.

For more information about the festival and ticket pricing, visit: www.phamilyreunion.com

Power to the Peaceful Announces 10th Annual Event on 9/6/08

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September 6, 2008, will mark the 10th anniversary of famed musician, filmmaker and activist for peace Michael Franti's free 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.  Beginning in 1998, this music, arts and yoga festival, dedicated to educating attendees on issues of social justice, non violence, coexistence and environmental sustainability, has become a staple of San Francisco.  Growing from a crowd of 6,000 ten years ago to an estimated 60,000+ for this year's weekend event, PTTP is one of the nation's largest free annual music, art and action festivals with a variety of international musicians and artists, renowned keynote speakers and over 200 exhibitors/vendors.

The weekend-long festival begins on Saturday, September 6, with appearances by such musicians as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, King Britt, Cheb i Sabbah, and a variety of renowned DJ's and other international acts.  Throughout the event, various speakers including Namkha Rinpoche Lama, will address these various issues on the main festival stage and participate in the Amnesty International Sponsored Social Forum Speaker Tent. The Mezzanine in San Francisco will host the Festival AFTERPARTY, featuring an Allstar Jam Session and DJ dance party.  Sunday, September 7 will offer a day of yoga at Yoga Flow Castro hosted by Power to the Peaceful Yoga. PTTP is committed to working with the best teachers available to provide free yoga to those in need and to bring yoga to people and places around the world (prisons, schools, developing nations) who have never had the opportunity to experience its many benefits. Visit www.powertothepeaceful.org/yoga for class schedule and other details.  Again this year, Conscious Alliance will host a Food Drive.  PTTP attendees are encouraged to bring ten non-perishable food items to redeem for an exclusive PTTP Food Drive Poster.  All donations will go to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank (www.SFfoodbank.com).

Past artists and speakers of the event include: Indigo Girls, The String Cheese Incident, John Butler Trio, KRS-1, Digital Underground, Woody Harrelson, Angela Davis, Saul Williams, Dennis Kucinich, Ram Das, Blackalicious, Alice Walker, Talib Kweli, The Coup, Keller Williams, DJ Spooky, Lyrics Born, graffiti artist Vulcan, Youth Speaks Poets, Julia Butterfly Hill, and many more.

International recognition of this event reached a new level in 2007, when PTTP went abroad, initiating events in both South America and Africa. No matter where this Festival takes place, it is committed to sustainability via innovative recycling programs, initiating partnerships with other sustainable organizations and encouraging the use of "green" yoga products.

10th Annual Power to the Peaceful Music and Arts Festival Schedule:

Saturday, September 6th
Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Admission is FREE

         Power to the Peaceful After Party
         9pm, Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street @ Mint)
         Music by Michael Franti & Spearhead, PTTP All Star Jam Session
         with special guests 
         Plus live DJ sets  
         Tickets are $15.00 and available now at www.powertothepeaceful.org.

Sunday, September 7th

SUNDAY YOGA JAM with special performance by Michael Franti 
YOGA FLOW CASTRO
97 Collingwood St. (@18th St.) in SF
Seane Corn
Shiva Rae of Trance Zen Dance with DJ Dragonfly
Nicki and Eddie of Maya Yoga
Janet Stone
Acro Yoga with Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauerklein
$35/class; $55 for two classes; $80 for three; $110 for four classes
Tickets available now at www.powertothepeaceful.org.

One of the most moving and politically charged writers, Michael Franti and his band Spearhead, return with their eagerly-awaited album, All Rebel Rockers, on September 9, via Anti-Records. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, with reggae's most prolific production teams, Sly & Robbie (No Doubt, Alicia Keys, Sean Paul, Bob Dylan), this new release deviates from Franti's previous sound and comprises a hybrid dub-infused soul flavor with some hard-hitting dub rock production. Alongside Dave Shul (guitars), Manas Itene (drums), Carl Young (bass) and Raleigh Neal (keyboards), the album also features ZapMama founder Marie Daulne and Jamaican soul/dancehall star Cherine Anderson.

 

 

 

The 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) has become a premiere San Francisco tradition in its tenth year and is one of the largest free annual music, art and action events in the U.S. with over 60,000 attendees, 200 exhibitors/vendors, international musicians, DJs, athletes, artists and speakers.

 

Mission Statement: MUSIC. CONSCIOUSNESS. ACTION.

Power to the Peaceful is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural co-existence, non-violence and environmental sustainability through the arts and music.

By bringing people together through music and art it is our goal to highlight the similarities and celebrate the diversity of all of the world's inhabitants.

Through our many International concerts, social forums, film festivals and fund raising efforts, we invite people of all ethnicities and faiths to strive for Personal Peace, Community Cooperation, International Co-existence and Environmental Sustainability.

We work closely with grassroots organizations, businesses and other non-governmental organizations (NGO's) to put on events that raise consciousness about the needs of the world today and inspire action that addresses those needs.

We strive to make each of our events more energy efficient than the last by constantly finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint as well as highlighting new energy efficient technologies.

Michael Franti (PTTP Founder, Creative Director, Producer) is an internationally-renowned musician, filmmaker, human rights worker and speaker and is a leading voice in social justice, the peace movement, death penalty issues, prison reform and and advocate for independent media. Rolling Stone defined the San Francisco-based artist as "one of this generation's most prolific, staunchest and outspoken poets of lyrical conscience."  Michael has shared the stage with award winning and legendary voices for change such as Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Amy Goodman, Hurricane Carter, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson, Ralph Nader and Bill Maher and has given addresses at Yale, Princeton, Georgetown and Fordham Universities. In 2002, Franti received the Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by the international organization Global Exchange. 

Power to the Peaceful Yoga is committed to creating an awakening in fellow yogis to take its practices off the mat and into the world through personal peace, non-violence, world awareness, tolerance and sustainability. Its goal is to make yoga available to as many first time yogis as well as long term practitioners through teaching that is considerate of all levels. All proceeds from Power to the Peaceful Yoga go to the Power to the Peaceful Festival and Organization, an annual event bringing hundreds of thousands of people together under the themes of music, non-violence, consciousness and action.

Rex Foundation Event and Grant Announcements

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Kicking off our 25th Anniversary year, the Rex Foundation is pleased to announce the following upcoming events to launch the 2008 Rex Musical Caravan, where the community of musicians, fans, promoters and venue operators collaborate to support the Rex Foundation's mission:

Saturday, February 23rd: Donna Jean and The Tricksters CD Release Party at The Knitting Factory in New York City - Click here for details and to order tickets for the pre-concert reception.

Friday, February 29th: Tea Leaf Green with Moonalice at The Fillmore in San Francisco, with a special pre-concert reception and mingling with the artists - Click here for details and ticket order information.   And, $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Saturday, March 1st: Tea Leaf Green with Blue Turtle Seduction at The Fillmore in San Francisco, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Friday, April 18th: Tea Leaf Green with Hot Buttered Rum at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Saturday, April 19th: Tea Leaf Green with Moonalice at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Details for the April shows will follow.

Check out the recipients of recent Rex Foundation grants, as well as the 2007 Jerry Garcia, Ralph J. Gleason and Bill Graham Awards.  Enjoy reading through the descriptions of all the beneficiaries of Rex Foundation grants to see how your generous support ripples across the country and beyond to bring about positive solutions to local and global challenges.

We're immersed in planning a year of special events and activities to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.  We look forward to connecting with you as kindred travelers on the bus of the Rex Community Caravan, continuing to expand our grassroots philanthropic community.  Let's make this a breakthrough year, moving those grant dollars way past the $8.3 million distributed so far, demonstrating our collective power to further what the Grateful Dead started in the fall of 1983.