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The Mahavishnu Project presents THE COMPLETE "VISIONS OF THE EMERALD BEYOND"

THE MAHAVISHNU PROJECT: Gregg Bendian, drums / Glenn Alexander, guitar / Neil Alexander, keyboards / Jim Cammack, bass / Chern Hwei, electric violin / Melissa Stylianou, voice / Pete Furlan, saxophones / Jon Weber, violin / Will Hakim, viola / Leigh Stuart, cello

The Mahavishnu Project is the only jazz repertory ensemble of its kind to receive the endorsement of guitarist/composer John McLaughlin and ALL of the original members of The Mahavishu Orchestra. In fact, keyboardist Jan Hammer hired MahaProj to be his band for the night at MoogFest 2006 in NYC- his only US appearance in over 15 years.

The Mahavishnu Project typically presents "complete album evenings" such as "The Complete Birds of Fire" or "The Complete Inner Mounting Flame." Of late the band is presenting a 35th anniversary concert of Mahavishnu's "Visions of the Emerald Beyond", known to fans and historians alike as the pinnacle of the 1970's jazz fusion movement - boldly combining elements of jazz, rock, classical, Indian music and free-form sonic exploration. In 2008, The Mahavishnu Project released "Return to the Emerald Beyond" on Cuneiform Records. It is a reverent re-imagining of the entire original Emerald Beyond music from start to finish and includes encores from "Birds of Fire" and "Inner Mounting Flame."

“Just a little note of appreciation for what you are bringing back to life. This musical period was the beginning of finding my own way in music, and to hear you guys playing those tunes in such an unbelievable way is quite amazing. Great job!! Keep up the good work.”

-John McLaughlin

JESSE GRESS with members of the Mahavishnu Project will be performing the music of Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer.

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Friday, June 10, 2011 

Doors: 8:00 pm

Show: 9:00 pm

Tickets: $20 General Admission

The Mahavishnu Project presents THE COMPLETE "VISIONS OF THE EMERALD BEYOND"

The Mahavishnu Project is the only jazz repertory ensemble of its kind to receive the endorsement of guitarist/composer John McLaughlin and ALL of the original members of The Mahavishu Orchestra. In fact, keyboardist Jan Hammer hired MahaProj to be his band for the night at MoogFest 2006 in NYC- his only US appearance in over 15 years.

The Mahavishnu Project typically presents "complete album evenings" such as "The Complete Birds of Fire" or "The Complete Inner Mounting Flame." Of late the band is presenting a 35th anniversary concert of Mahavishnu's "Visions of the Emerald Beyond", known to fans and historians alike as the pinnacle of the 1970's jazz fusion movement - boldly combining elements of jazz, rock, classical, Indian music and free-form sonic exploration. In 2008, The Mahavishnu Project released "Return to the Emerald Beyond" on Cuneiform Records. It is a reverent re-imagining of the entire original Emerald Beyond music from start to finish and includes encores from "Birds of Fire" and "Inner Mounting Flame."

“Just a little note of appreciation for what you are bringing back to life. This musical period was the beginning of finding my own way in music, and to hear you guys playing those tunes in such an unbelievable way is quite amazing. Great job!! Keep up the good work.” -John McLaughlin

JESSE GRESS with members of the Mahavishnu Project will be performing the music of Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer.

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The Mahavishnu Project presents THE COMPLETE "VISIONS OF THE EMERALD BEYOND"

Opening Act Jesse Gress

Tonight's opening act, JESSE GRESS with members of the Mahavishnu Project will perform the music of Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm

Show: 9:00 pm

Tickets: $20 General Admission

Mayan Holidaze returns in 2012, @ the Mayan Riviera

Cloud 9 Adventures today announces the Mayan Holidaze 2012 – an unparalleled four-night destination music event featuring Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, and STS9, with additional performers still to be announced. Set for January 26-30, 2012 at the Now Sapphire Resort & Spa in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, Mayan Holidaze is the newest event in the Cloud 9 Family, who also produces Jam Cruise and Caribbean Holidaze.

Praised by fans and media alike for the intimate performances and plethora of activities, the beautiful Mayan Riviera location, and the top-notch resort amenities, Relix Magazine reviewed of Mayan Holidaze’s inaugural year:

“Could 9 Adventures has created an unparalleled experience that seems to transcend anything else like it. The reason for this is simple: there actually is nothing else like it.”

The beautiful locale and luxurious accommodations at the Now Sapphire Resort & Spa certainly help to complete the Mayan Holidaze experience. Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, the Now Sapphire is a first-class, all-inclusive resort that boasts spacious suites, an incredible on-site spa, gourmet restaurants, beachfront palapas, poolfront Bali beds, and of course, stunning ocean views. Mayan Holidaze offers music fans a genuine luxury vacation featuring days relaxing on the beach with friends and nights listening to their favorite bands perform in paradise.

Event details are as follows:

As a courtesy, Holidaze guests from past events will be eligible for an exclusive presale to be held on March 15 and 16. All remaining rooms will go on sale to the general public on March 17th at 12pm Eastern at www.mayanholidaze.com.

Only 400 rooms total will be available. Tropical View rooms start at $999 per person and Oceanfront rooms start at $1399 per person. A limited number of rooms are available for families who wish to bring their children, with a complete Kid’s program offered by the resort.

Look for announcements coming soon including special guests, poolside sets, artist hosted activities and more!

Mayan Holidaze is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures

Mayan Holidaze with The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey's McGee and STS9

Cloud 9 Adventures is proud to announce the lineup and details of Mayan Holidaze – the newest event in the Cloud 9 family, which includes the always sold-out Jam Cruise and Caribbean Holidaze. The past three years have seen Holidaze in Jamaica but this year, Mayan Holidaze will move the all-inclusive musical adventure to the beautiful shores of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. Mayan Holidaze will feature host bands The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey's McGee and STS9 for four nights, from January 20-24, 2011.

Not only will The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee and STS9 each perform 2 full shows, each band will also treat fans to a more rare and intimate performance: Axe the Cables, an acoustic set by STS9; Tractorbeam, an all instrumental performance by The Disco Biscuits; and Elige la Musica by Umphrey's McGee, an all-request set. Special guests will also be announced in the coming months.

The beautiful locale and luxurious accommodations at the Now Sapphire Resort & Spa complete the Mayan Holidaze vacation. Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, the Now Sapphire is a first-class, all-inclusive resort that boasts spacious suites, an incredible on-site spa, gourmet restaurants, beachfront palapas, poolfront Bali beds, and of course, stunning ocean views. Mayan Holidaze offers music fans a genuine luxury vacation featuring days relaxing on the beach with friends and nights listening to their favorite bands perform in paradise.

Event details are as follows:
As a courtesy, Holidaze guests from past events will be eligible for an exclusive presale to be held on May 12; all remaining rooms will go on sale to the general public on May 13th at 12pm Eastern at www.mayanholidaze.com.

Only 400 rooms total will be available for sale to the general public, and a limited number of rooms will be sold at early bird pricing. Early bird pricing starts at $899 per person for triple occupancy rooms, and at $999 for double occupancy rooms, with Oceanfront rooms starting at $1399 per person. A limited number of rooms are available for families who wish to bring their children, with a complete Kid’s program offered by the resort.

Look for announcements to come including special guests, poolside sets, artist hosted activities and more!

Umphrey's McGee Announces Full Summer Schedule

On the heels of big plays in Amsterdam and Australia, and still buzzing from the ground-breaking first annual UMBowl in Chicago, pop prog rockers Umphrey's McGee today unveil their complete summer 2010 tour schedule.

The band’s summer plans include stops at festivals throughout the country: Bonnaroo, Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Summerfest, and All Good, among others. Additional tour highlights include a highly anticipated Colorado visit - for a July 3 “Red Rocks & Blue” show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Galactic (w/ Cyril Neville) and The Wailers and an intimate play on the 4th of July at the Gothic Theatre, and an opening stint for Widespread Panic on July 13 at LC Outdoor Amphitheater in Columbus, OH. Umphrey’s McGee’s complete summer tour schedule is included below.

The always forward-thinking Umphrey’s McGee recently carved out new terrain in musical interactivity with fans, when they hosted the first annual “UMBowl” - an unprecedented 4-quarter evening-long concert at Lincoln Hall in the group’s hometown of Chicago. For the April 24th event, fans determined the show’s entire set list via real time text messaging and pre-show balloting. Complete with (quite funny) ESPN style videos in between quarters, UMBowl football jersey-styled t-shirts, and “overtime”, the venue roared with the energy of an NFL Playoff game. Each quarter offered a unique approach to fan interaction – such as an acoustic “1st quarter” with songs determined by pre-show balloting, and a wholly improvised 2nd quarter performance driven by real time texting from the fans to the soundboard, where it was reviewed and delivered to the band (and the crowd) by “offensive coordinator/sound caresser” Kevin Browning. A Blogritics.org review hailed UMBowl as “…challenging, fan-centric and courageous.”

Umphrey’s McGee also recently released their song "1348" on the Rock Band Network. This marks the first time Umphrey’s McGee’s music has been part of any video game, and the progressive-rock influenced music proves to be a great fit. For “1348” Umphrey’s McGee worked with former Harmonix Music Systems employee and current Rock Band Network freelancer Andrew Buch. In addition to “1348”, Buch is helping to prepare several Umphrey’s McGee songs for the program that will be made available soon.

Umphrey’s McGee’s complete list of summer tour dates is as follows:

Friday, May 28 - Sunday, May 30 Summercamp Chillicothe IL
Wednesday, June 2 House of Blues New Orleans LA w/ Brock Butler
Thursday, June 3 House of Blues Dallas TX w/ Brock Butler
Friday, June 4 - Saturday, June 5 Wakarusa Festival Ozark AR
Thursday, June 10 - Sunday, June 13 Bonnaroo Manchester TN
Wednesday, June 30 Summerfest Milwaukee WI
Friday, July 2 Nateva Music & Arts Festival - Oxford Fairgrounds Oxford ME
Saturday, July 3 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison CO w/ Galactic and The Wailers
Sunday, July 4 Gothic Theatre Englewood CO
Wednesday, July 7 Centennial Terrace Sylvania OH Co-headlining w/ moe.
Thursday, July 8 Party in the Park Rochester NY w/ Cornmeal
Friday, July 9 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV
Saturday, July 10 Forecastle Festival Louisville KY
Sunday, July 11 Jamboozle Big Flats NY
Tuesday, July 13 LC Outdoor Amphitheater Columbus OH Opening for Widespread Panic
Thursday, July 15 Lafayette Square Buffalo NY w/ Tea Leaf Green
Friday, July 16 Frederick Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids MI
Saturday, July 17 White River Lawn Indianapolis IN w/ Rusted Root
Thursday, July 29 South Shore Music Circus Cohasset MA w/ Rebelution
Friday, July 30 Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis MA w/ Rebelution
Saturday, July 31 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT
Sunday, August 1 Hampton Beach Casino Room Hampton Beach NH w/ Rebelution
Wednesday, August 4 Saranac Brewery Utica NY w/ Rebelution
Thursday, August 5 Theatre at Westbury Westbury NY w/ Rebelution
Friday, August 6 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe PA
Saturday, August 7 Stone Pony Asbury Park NJ
Wednesday, August 11 The Norva Norfolk VA
Thursday, August 12 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC w/ Rebelution
Friday, August 13 Raleigh Amphiteater Raleigh NC w/ Rebelution
Saturday, August 14 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA w/ Rebelution
Thursday, November 11 - Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest Live Oak FL

Thursday January 20 - Sunday, 24 2011 Mayan Holidaze Mayan Riviera, Mexico w/ The Disco Biscuits and STS9

1320 Records & Elm and Oak Release Alex B's MOMENTS Today

Flagged as one to watch in URB Magazine's "Top 100," today Alex B announces the release of his full-length debut studio album, Moments, co-released by his own Elm and Oak as well as 1320 Records (April 6, 2010).

Those familiar with Alex B already know that he tends to take a layered approach to everything, especially his music. The tracks on Moments are intricately crafted with immense care and attention to detail -- a careful mix of analog and digital sounds elevated by imaginative samples and the insight of a classically trained musician. The result is a blend of timeless warmth and future beats that is as easily adaptable to introspective time with one's headphones as it is to group mania on a mobbed dance floor.

In regards to Alex B's first single, "You and I Both Know" XLR8R raved that "within two minutes [the listener is] treated to a tweaked soul loop, delayed vocal stabs, sporadic percussive elements, and swirling synth arpeggiations wrapped around a descending bass melody."

Check out "You and I Both Know"

Moments Tracklist:

1. At Channel One

2. Pad 5

3. Hot Chop

4. You and I Both Know

5. Nothing is Always Something

6. Kick Drones - Feat: Sunk1

7. Talk it Out

8. Clicking Away

9. Getting to Know You - Feat: Getting to know you: Lila D'mone

10. Show Me

11. Drip Splatter - Feat: Count Bass D

12. Waste

13. Hide Extension

14. Impressions

15. Standing On Me

16. Seriously Again?!?!

17. Timing Correct

With his work in the studio complete, and interest in his music at an all time high, Alex B plans to tour extensively following the release of Moments.

Alex B Tour Dates:

April 22 Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO w/ Madlib

April 28 Airliner - Low End Theory - Los Angeles, CA (Moments CD Release Party)

April 29 Mighty - San Francisco, CA

April 30 The Loft - Minneapolis, MN

May 1 Cervantes Ballroom - Denver, CO

May 5 Big Orbit's Soundlab - Buffalo, NY

May 6 Top Hat - Missoula, MT

May 7 2720 - St. Louis, MO

May 15 Kinetic Playground - Chicago, IL

May 20 The Pour House - Charleston, SC

May 21 Canal Club - Richmond, VA

May 22 5 Spot - Atlanta, GA

Frank Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim reissue coming on Concord

In 1967, Frank Sinatra teamed up with Brazilian singer, pianist, guitarist, composer and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim to record an album that married the Chairman’s signature vocals with rhythms from the master of bossa nova. The resulting album, Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim, reached #19, remaining on Billboard’s rock-dominated album chart for 28 weeks.

Forty-four years later, on May 4, 2010, Concord Music Group, on license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), will release a deluxe reissue of the Sinatra/Jobim classic including all ten songs from the original album plus seven songs from a subsequent collaboration between the two, and three songs from that session that were not released until decades later, when they were included in a box set. Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings features digital remastering and expanded liner notes by Stan Cornyn, longtime head of creative services at Warner/Reprise and author of the book about the Warner Music Group, Exploding.

Sinatra and Jobim gathered at Hollywood’s Western Recorders for three nights, January 30 through February 1, 1967. Jobim brought the beat in the form of bossa nova percussionists and arrangers. Sinatra supplied the producer (Sonny Burke), the string arranger/conductor (Claus Ogerman) and the rest of the orchestra. The resulting session produced ten songs including the classic “The Girl From Impanema” plus “Dindi,” “How Insensitive [Insensatez],” “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars” and six others. (After bidding até a vista to Jobim, Sinatra, on the high of making one of his finest albums ever, stayed at the studio to record a duet with daughter Nancy that would reach #1 on the charts, “Something Stupid.”)

Two years later, Sinatra and Jobim returned to Western Recorders to record ten more bossa novas for a shorter-titled follow-up: Sinatra-Jobim. Replacing Ogerman was a 26-year-old long-haired arranger named Eumir Deodato (later to be known for his 1973 jazz version of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra [2001]”). The songs were all written or co-written by Jobim, many with unusual melodic twists.  Producer Burke enlisted conductor Morris Stoloff to ensure a pop feel to the session.

After three nights, the album was wrapped, and was readied for release in the fall of 1969. The eight-track version of the album had shipped when the call was placed to Warner/Reprise’s Burbank, Calif. offices. It was Sinatra, demanding that the label “kill the album,” so Warner recalled most of the recordings. A 2005 Goldmine story reported that the rare eight-track would command $5000.

Sinatra later agreed to permit Reprise to release seven of the Sinatra-Jobim vocal tracks on the album Sinatra & Company. It reached #73 and remained on the album chart for 15 weeks in 1971.

More than 40 years later, the airport in Rio has been named Antonio Carlos Jobim International. And an American postage stamp honored Frank Sinatra. And the Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sinatra-Jobim albums have been combined to form Concord’s Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings set.

Marton Sexton readies new album 'Sugarcoating'

Sugarcoating, Martin Sexton’s new album due out April 6, 2010, finds the one-of-a-kind artist doing what he does best: locating larger truths within specific details of the life he’s living. “I write from personal experience — my own hang-ups and quirks, good times and bad times. That keeps it real.”

The Syracuse-born artist tracked Sugarcoating live off the floor in seven days with a remarkably cohesive studio band composed of what Sexton describes as “amazing players, the best you could find.”

“Each song is so stylistically different from the next,” adds Sexton, “I’ve always preferred records that range, sort of like the White Album, from ‘Black Bird’ to ‘Helter Skelter.’ At one time, industry types tried to convince me to stick with one genre, but it was like wearing a suit that didn’t fit.”

“I recorded this album with no rehearsals, no pre-production, using all vintage gear from what went into the mics to what came out on the analog tape . . . I like making records like the old jazz guys did — they just showed up and worked it out.”

The title track, disturbing in its theme and audacious in its presentation, takes “keeping it real” to another level. An unsettling look at post-9/11 reality, the song encapsulates in the lines “I wonder why nobody wonders why/with all the sweet sweet sweet sugarcoating/the nightly news gone entertainment biz/and politicians out showboatin’/One day somebody tell it like it is.” Which is exactly what Sexton accomplishes here. The fact that this urgent message is embedded in a danceable, happy-go-lucky arrangement complete with backing vocals by what Sexton calls his “cowboy trio” only serves to deepen the song’s impact.

Other songs on Sugarcoating include “Long Haul,” a Bakersfield-rooted, bluesy, earth-toned shuffle that celebrates the unparalleled richness of a long-term relationship; “Shane,” in which Sexton imagines the experiences awaiting his infant son; “Found,” which asserts that our wired existence drowns out our ability to see others clearly; and “Always Get Away,” a lament about missed opportunities and unforeseen circumstances. Sexton says, “It’s about forgiveness — forgiving oneself the mistakes you’ve made in the past. It’s about knowing who I am and who I’m not, and about having a conscious contact with my inner voice and my higher power.”

Not every song is heavy. The first single, “Livin’ the Life,” is a buoyant joy-of-existence piece with a churning clavinet burrowing a deep soul groove right through it.  “Stick Around” is a piano-driven Beatlesque bouncer complete with an Abbey Road reference in the lyric; and “Easy on the Eyes” is a finger-snapping, ragtime mating call with a voice trumpet solo from Sexton.

It’s Sexton’s uncanny ability to connect the personal to the universal via songs like these that has earned him such a devoted following among fans and critics alike. The New York Times’ Jon Pareles wrote that the artist “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument . . . his unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the sound of an ordinary heart.” He’s also renowned among his peers. John Mayer calls him “one of the greatest singers of our generation.”

With Sugarcoating, Sexton may well have made his defining record. It’s an unquestionable high point for the modern troubadour who headlines venues from the Fillmore Auditorium to Nokia Theater Times Square, oversees his KTR label and derives great satisfaction from the life he’s made for himself. These are the fruits of a combination of rarefied talent, fierce determination, “and work — showin’ up,” he adds, sounding like Jeff Bridges’ Bad Blake character in Crazy Heart: “I sing for free man. I get paid to travel.”

Sexton will tour North America with a new band April through June in support of the release.

Track listing
1. Found
2. Boom Sh-Boom
3. Always Got Away
4. Livin the Life
5. Sugarcoating
6. Stick Around
7.  Long Haul
8.  Shane
9.  Wants Out
10. Friends Again
11. Easy on the Eyes
12. Alone 13. Just To Be Alive