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Programme Gent Jazz 2010

The programme for the Gent Jazz Festival (July7-July18, Gent, Belgium) is now complete with names such as Madness, Gil Scott-Heron, Soil & “Pimp” Sessions, Vive Le Jazz (the new jazz project by Vive La Fête), Cibelle, Odean Pope and his All Star “Odean’s List”, Julian Lage Group, radioKUKAorkest and Root. Earlier the festival had already announced names such as Norah Jones, Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, Ornette Coleman, Kruder & Dorfmeister and Gilberto Gil.

The first part of the festival welcomes the young guitar talent Julian Lage July 10. The same day Toots Thielemans headlines the day with a ‘Special Project’ with pianist Kenny Werner and guitar player Oscar Castro-Neves. The ensemble radioKUKAorkest and an all star band with saxophone player Odean Pope, Odean Pope and his All Star “Odean’s List” complete the remaining open spots July 11.

In the second part of the festival the young and eccentric Brazilian Cibelle opens July 15 before the earlier announced Mariza and Gilberto Gil. Friday July 16 we can find the premiere of Vive le Jazz, the new project by the electro-pop band Vive La Fête, on the programme. They open the day before The Cinematic Orchestra and Kruder & Dorfmeister. Root, the Belgian trio with keyboard player Dominique Vantomme, is the first band of the day July 17 followed by Gil Scott-Heron and the infectious sound of the British band Madness. On the last day of the festival the Japanese “death jazz” of Soil & “Pimp” Sessions is added to the line-up before Joe Bonamassa and Daniel Lanois.

Info & tickets:www.gentjazz.com

Tickets cost 29 euros per evening (excl. booking costs), except for those of July 7 (concert day with Norah Jones) which cost 42 euros (excl. booking costs). A Three-Day Pass costs 73 euros (excl. booking costs). Tickets are available as of today. Tickets can be booked via www.gentjazz.com, or at FNAC. Just as last year, the last festival weekend coincides with the opening weekend of the Ghent Festivities.

Upcoming DSO 2010 Dates & News

Come dance with us this summer as we cruise along on our upcoming summer tour. New dates have been added to the first leg, including a stop at Otto's in Deklab, IL, State College, PA and Taps Summerstage in Big Flats, NY. Following a few weeks off after the first leg of the summer tour the second round of summer shows will kick off in grand fashion at Gathering of the Vibes followed by shows in Utica and Buffalo, plus a stop in Newark, OH to round out the first weekend. From there its eastward bound to Dewey Beach, DE, Atlantic City and Englewood, NJ before dropping in to Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. The final run of summer shows kicks off with Party in the Park in Rochester, NY, Bears Picnic in Laurelton, PA and finishes off in Burlington, VT at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival.

Check out our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

Spring Tour

Let the Brotherly love flow as the Seeds of Light Tour Kicks off at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on May 20. From there it's off to Glen Allen, VA, Montclair, NJ and Ashburn, VA. After a couple days off cruising up I-95 its on to Providence, RI and Tarrytown, NY before a two night stand at the Hampton Beach Casino in NH followed by a stop at the Mighty High Mountain Fest in Tuxedo, NY with From Good Homes, NRPS and more... Rolling on from there its onward to Stamford, CT before stops in Brooklyn and Westbury, NY and a tour finale at Mountain Jam with Govt. Mule, Levon Helm & Friends, Allison Krauss and many many more!

Check out our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

Gratefulfest - Photo Contest

As Spring turns to Summer and we start hitting some of the great outdoor events around the country we want to invite you to share your favorite Gratefulfest memories with us. Send your favorite photo of Dark Star from any Gratefulfest to brett@darkstarorchestra.net for a chance to win tickets to Gratefulfest 12 (Grand prize) or a merchandise package (Runners-up). As you share your memories with us we will be involved in making new ones at many great festivals this summer.

Mighty High Mountain Festival
Mountain Jam
Summerfest
Gratefulfest
All Good Music Festival
Gathering of the Vibes
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
In other Gratefulfest news, we will be performing a special 'Sound Check Party Set' on Thursday, July 1st. Join us one night early as we warm up the stage and get 4th of July Weekend off to a grand start.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Seeds Of Light Tour
05/20 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
05/21 Innsbrook Pavillion Glen Allen, VA
05/22 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ TICKETS
05/23 Belmont Country Club Ashburn, VA
05/26 Lupos Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI TICKETS
05/27 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
05/28 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/29 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/30 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo Park, NY
06/02 Palace Theater at the Stamford Center Stamford, CT TICKETS
06/03 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY TICKETS
06/04 Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY TICKETS
06/05 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter, NY
Rock My Soul Summer Tour
06/24 Minnesota Zoo Weesner Ampitheater Apple Valley, MN TICKETS
06/25 Simon Estes Ampitheater Des Moines, IA TICKETS
06/26 CEFCU Stage Peoria, IL
06/27 Park West Chicago, IL TICKETS
06/29 Otto's Dekalb, IL TICKETS
06/30 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
07/02 Gratefulfest 11 Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/03 Gratefulfest 11 Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/04 Gratefulfest 11 Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/07 Veteran's Park Ampitheater Springfield, OH
07/08 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/10 State Theatre State College, PA TICKETS
07/11 Tags Summerstage Big Flats, NY
07/29 Gathering Of The Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
Just Announced!
07/30 Saranac Brewery Utica, NY TICKETS
07/31 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY TICKETS
08/01 Midland Theatre Newark, OH TICKETS
08/03 Harris Riverfront Park Amphitheater Huntington, WV
08/05 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
08/06 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ TICKETS
08/07 Bergen PAC Theatre Englewood, NJ TICKETS
08/09 Zoellner Arts Center Bethlehem, PA
08/12 Party in the Park Rochester, NY
08/13 Bears Picnic Laurelton, PA
08/15 Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Burlington, VT TICKETS
Jeff Mattson joins us on lead guitar for the above dates

Steve Kimock News: 4/20, NYC Acoustic- VIP tickets, SKCE tour

Beginning on 4/20, Kimock joins long-time collaborator Bobby Vega for a very auspicious performance at their old stomping grounds in Fairfax, CA. The last allotment of tickets was released today and the remaining will be available at the door.

This one-night event will serve as a launching pad for the Steve Kimock Crazy Engine tour kicking off the next day at the Hopmonk in Sebastopol, CA.The Hopmonk performance will also include Bobby Vega as a special guest.

Crazy Engine continues down the track on April 22nd for an Earth Day celebration at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, CA. This three-set show boasts a rare Kimock solo opener - the first of its kind in California, followed by Steve Kimock Crazy Engine featuring the legendary Melvin Seals on Hammond B3 and keys (JGB) with John Morgan Kimock on drums and Trevor Exter, on bass and vocals. The Crazy Engine run then heads south to Hermosa Beach and San Diego, with a stop in between in Phoenix, AZ for a late night performance at the Compound Grill as part of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival - marking Kimock's first show in the southwest for over three years.

April 21 Hopmonk - Sebastopol, CA
April 22 Earth Day in Santa Cruz! @ Moes
April 23 St. Rocke - Hermosa Beach, CA
April 24 The Compound Grill - Phoenix, AZ
April 25 Belly Up - San Diego, CA


Steve Kimock will premiere solo performances for fans in New York City, with a very intimate and musical experience at the The Stone on Friday, May 7th. This will be a Kimock show like no other.

There will be two shows, one at 8PM and one at 10PM (capacity 75 people per show).

Tickets were originally only available at the door but we were able to obtain VIP access and tickets for a small allotment of fans! If you purchase advance VIP tickets, you will have priority seating and a guaranteed ticket(s). Please arrive 1/2 hour early. Tickets will also be available.

Statewide Emergency @ The Fox Theatre

Statewide Emergency is a rock and roll quartet that plays honest original music with complex melodies and quality musicianship. Although much of the vocals and guitar are rooted in blues and alternative music (The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age), the rhythm section is inspired by more straight ahead rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and The Dead Weather leaving more intrigue than doubt about what genre the band plays. One music writer described it as “balls-to-the-wall rock laced with blues and an alternative touch.”

STATEWIDE EMERGENCY - CD RELEASE SHOW
w/special guest
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Doors: 08:30PM Show: 09:00 PM$7 ADV / $10 DOS + $2 for under 21 tickets
Tickets will be on sale through the Fox Theatre box office
Internet 24-7 at www.foxtheatre.com
Phone: During box office hours: 303.443.3399

RE:CREATION - Two nights with Twisted Records!

Dongle and Mongle are the only two other words rhyming with Shpongle...a strange hybrid of electronic manipulation and shamanic midgets with frozen digits squeezing the envelope and crawling through the doors of perception, find a new pair of dice...extra numbers and colours an infinite expanding bubble, filled with a bizzare, strange world of dripping halucinatory wallpaper, a garden of earthly delights...........Shpongleland.....a place of well being, and reflective surfaces, morphing like an Anacondas skin and shimmering like a million colour changing squid, at fifty fathoms.. truly unfathomable like seperating water from it's wetness, the Ineffable Mysteries unweave.
THE FOX THEATRE, EUPHONIC CONCEPTIONS & THE BOULDER WEEKLY Present...RE:CREATION - Two nights with Twisted Records!  4/23/2010 & 4/24/2010
with SPECIAL GUEST (04/24)
Tickets Available Online.... 
  • Please select the ticket specific to your age group
  • 21+ tickets purchased by persons under 21 will not be accepted

Ornette Coleman, Kruder & Dorfmeister & Gilberto Gil at Gent Jazz Festival

The Gent Jazz Festival (July7-July18) announces more names for the 2010 edition with Ornette Coleman, Pat Metheny Group, Gilberto Gil, Toots Thielemans, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Mariza, Kurt Elling, The Cinematic Orchestra en Stanley Clarke feat. Hiromi.

Also Christian Mendoza Group, Greg Houben Trio, Pierre Vaiana & Salvatore Bonafede feat. Manolo Cabras, Jungle Boldie will perform at the festival. Earlier the festival had already announced names like Norah Jones, Daniel Lanois Black Dub and Chick Corea Freedom Band.  Chronological survey of the program enclosed

Thursday July 8 the SABAM Jazz Awards will be presented at the Gent Jazz Festival. The winner in the category Confirmed Artist receives 10.000 Euro. In the category Young Talent, in collaboration with Jeugd & Muziek the winner will receive 5.000 Euro. The intention of this sum is to be used as a financial support for musical projects or to offer a push forward for the expansion of a future career of the musician. Sabam also hands out the Muse of Sabam. This is an additional award that is given to a Belgian jazz personality for his reputation and/or merits or because the artist has taken some successful actions to support the jazz scene.

Also this year the Gent Jazz Festival will organize jam sessions in the evening in collaboration with NH Hoteles. These jam sessions will take place each festival day in the medieval Trova basement of the NH Hotel Gent Belfort and begin at 23h30.  Entrance for free.

The Music competition ‘Young Jazz talent’, an initiative in collaboration with brewery Duvel-Moortgat will take place at the entrance of the Bijloke during the GJF period. The same selected groups will also perform a second time during the Ghent Festivities (July17-July 26).

Tickets cost 29 euros per evening (excl. booking costs), except for those of July 7 (concert day with Norah Jones) which cost 42 euros (excl. booking costs). A Three-Day Pass costs 73 euros (excl. booking costs). Tickets are available as of today. Tickets can be booked via www.gentjazz.com, or at FNAC. Just as last year, the last festival weekend coincides with the opening weekend of the Ghent Festivities.

Norah Jones & Chick Corea at Gent Jazz Festival

The Gent Jazz Festival (07.07-18.07.2010) announces the first names for the 2010 edition: Norah Jones, Daniel Lanois Black Dub feat. Trixie Whitley & Brian Blade, Joe Bonamassa, Chick Corea Freedom band, Vijay Iyer Trio, De Beren Gieren and a homage to Django Reinhardt.

The Gent Jazz Festival begins on July 7 this year with a Special Night featuring none other than Norah Jones. The American singer presents her last album The Fall. Further that day also De Beren Gieren as the winners of the Young Jazz Talent Ghent competition 2009 and DjanGo! 100 Years Django Reinhardt A Tribute by De Cauter Family who will also release an album on the Belgian W.E.R.F.-Label soon.

Friday July 9 Chick Corea is the main act with his Freedom Band with besides Chick Corea himself also Kenny Garret, Christain McBride and Roy Haynes. Earlier that day also piano talent Vijay Iyer with his Trio.

On the last day of the festival, July 18, we find blues wonder Joe Bonamassa on the programme and Daniel Lanois with his Black Dub project is the closing act of the festival together with Trixie Whitley & Brian Blade.

Info & tickets:www.gentjazz.com

Tickets cost 29 euros per evening (excl. booking costs), except for those of July 7 (concert day with Norah Jones) which cost 42 euros (excl. booking costs). A Three-Day Pass costs 73 euros (excl. booking costs). Tickets are available as of today. Tickets can be booked via www.gentjazz.com, or at FNAC. Just as last year, the last festival weekend coincides with the opening weekend of the Ghent Festivities.

UMBowl: Another Innovative Music Experience by Umphrey's McGee

The forward-thinking band Umphrey’s McGee will carve out new terrain in musical interactivity with their fans at the first “UMBowl,” an unprecedented 4-quarter evening-long concert on Saturday, April 24th, at Lincoln Hall in the group’s hometown of Chicago.

Umphrey’s, which has long forged a close bond with its national fan base through technological innovation, will explore fresh frontiers in the five-hour event, styled to emulate a football game with four “quarters” of unique musical performances that will actually be generated by audience input. Half the night’s music will be determined by text messaging on “gameday” itself.

The first quarter (Q1) will be an acoustic set entirely chosen by attendees; ticket holders will receive ballots and cast votes on the songs to be performed. Q2 will be a wholly improvised performance driven by bi-directional texting, sifted and delivered by “offensive coordinator” (and longtime Umphrey’s sound caresser) Kevin Browning to the band, which will then use the audience input to construct their jams. Q3 will be an all-request segment, with songs again determined by pre-balloting from the audience members. Fans will be able to vote not just on song selection but actually how those songs are arranged and varied from their original form. In Q4, the live audience will actually act as the group’s quarterback, “calling audibles” to direct the course of a free-flowing set via text messages sent to Browning in response to choices projected on an in-house screen.

The text-messaging element of UMBowl, powered by Mozes, was first employed by Umphrey’s McGee at their Stew Art (or “S2”) series, launched in fall 2009. Hosted as freestanding events before Umphrey’s shows in select tour markets, the series is a crowd-sourced improvisation experiment, in which all the music performed by the group on stage is entirely directed by S2 audience members. Sold-out crowds of 50 fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references to the Umphrey's mobile interface, which are then interpreted by the band.


Umphrey’s McGee had previously taken new approaches to delivering their music to the fans. Before their most recent studio recording, Mantis, was released in January 2009, the collection was made available for pre-order in an interesting way. The more Mantis pre-orders were received, the more free bonus content was received. Fans “unlocked” levels of content by getting more of their friends to pre-order the album.

The band was also among the first group of performers to offer songs at Rock Band Network. The much buzzed-about video game platform works with Xbox video game systems, and allows bands to offer fans a way to dig into their favorite group’s music in ways they have never been able to before.

UMBowl tickets went on sale last Friday and sold out in just minutes.

For the many out-of-town fans attending UMBowl, the band, together with long-standing travel partners CID Entertainment, offered travel packages for the event. Included in each package are tickets to UMBowl, luxury accommodations at the new Hotel Palomar in downtown Chicago, a drink package for the pre-party at the Umphrey’s hometown hang The Store, a personalized UMBowl jersey, gameday transportation, and more. For further information, go here.

Maceo Parker at Cervante's Ballroom - March 12th

Maceo Parker: his name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth.

Everyone knows by now that he’s played with each and every leader of funk, his start with James Brown, which Maceo describes as "like being at University"; jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton; stretching out with Bootsy’s Rubber Band. He’s the living, breathing pulse which connects the history of Funk in one golden thread. The cipher which unravels dance music down to its core.

“Everything’s coming up Maceo,” concluded DownBeat Magazine in a 1991 article at the beginning of Maceo Parker’s solo career. At the time Maceo was a remembered by aficionados of funk music as sideman; appreciated mainly by those in the know. More than a decade and a half later Maceo Parker has been enjoying a blistering solo career. For the past sixteen years Maceo has been building a new funk empire, fresh and stylistically diverse. He navigates deftly between James Brown’s 1960’s soul and George Clinton’s 1970’s freaky funk while exploring mellower jazz and the grooves of hip-hop.

His collaborations over the years performing or recording or both have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His timeless sound has garnered him a fresh young fan base. It is almost impossible to separate which came first, Maceo or the funk. The amazing P-funk Parker has been at it with his legendary alto horn for some time dating back to the 1960’s. That’s when Maceo and his drummer brother Melvin climbed on board the James Brown funky soul funk train. It wasn’t long before James coined the solo summoning signature, “ Maceo, I want you to Blow!” . To most musicologists it’s the muscially fertile group of men from this period of James Brown’s band who are recognized as the early pioneers of the modern funk and hip-hop we still jump to today.

Tickets are $20.00 Advance / $25.00 Day of show
Doors are at 8pm, show begins at approx. 9PM
Tickets are available at the Cervantes’ box office or online at Cervante's Ticketing

Ben Harper Spring & Summer Tour Dates

Ben Harper and Relentless7 will headline this year's Campus Consciousness Tour and play a string of dates in the Southeast. Pre-sale tickets are available now at Ben Harper Tickets (password: revolution). Public on sale starts February 25 at Ticketmaster and will stagger through March 3. See Tour Dates for more info.

Created by non-profit group Reverb, Campus Consciousness Tour is half music, half environmental campaign aiming to inspire and activate students in a fun and exciting atmosphere while leaving a positive impact on each community and college that the tour reaches.

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Europe Summer Tour Dates Announced

Pack your bags! Ben Harper and Relentless7 will be performing at summer festivals and opening for Pearl Jam this summer in Europe. Dates are still being added. View the complete tour itinerary.