innovation

Nonprofit CASH Music previews upcoming release

What Wordpress did for bloggers, we're doing for musicians. CASH Music is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and our mission is to create open source tools and services that benefit artists and music. The goal is to help artists find sustainability and to encourage innovation in the music industry. We're doing this by building world class open source software designed specifically for the new music industry: tools handling promotion, distribution, commerce — creating the connection between artist and audience.

Too many companies have tried to control the music market and instead have stifled real innovation and freedom for artists. An open source solution will allow tools to be built for the community and improved upon as they are used by that community. We can stop reinventing ways to collect email addresses and focus on real innovation in the music tech space. This benefits artists, managers, labels, and even tech startups.

CASH Music began with the vision of Kristin Hersh, Donita Sparks, Robert Fagan, and Billy O'Connell and has since grown into the organization it is today. Led by Jesse von Doom and Anthony Batt, CASH Music is working on solutions that will range from an instant-setup hosted solution for music sites right down to fully customized, host-your-own code. Every line will be released in the open source and built on open standards.

We want to change everything by creating open source software that freely gives musicians total control over the presentation, sharing, and sale of their music — enabling them to make a living off of their art, building strong direct relationships with their audience.

Learn more about CASH Music by visiting their website.

Steve Kimock: 30 Years of Innovation on Tour

Steve Kimock is an innovator. Not just for his ability to successfully navigate live performances spanning the Summer of Love through the advent of MTV and well into the new electronic-pop revolution. And not just for his gift for leading the live music recording and download revolution with a meticulous dedication to archive and share his live shows for more then twenty years (Macworld, 2005). He is not just an innovator because of his craftsmanship restoring vintage analog equipment and for a completely custom and organic sound (he designed a highly collected edition of Two Rock brand "Kimock Amplifiers" and most recently a custom, ergonomic Scott Walker guitar, in stereo).

kimockSteve Kimock is also an innovator for his ability to create matchless arrangements of musicians, who for over thirty years have collectively created inimitable improvisational performances based on the elements of classic rock, jazz, prog and rhythm & blues, with the kind of soul only someone with his experience and depth can construct.

His latest project, aptly named Crazy Engine, is also approached with the same "a bit of the old and a bit of the new" logic. The line-up includes the legendary Hammond B3 player Melvin Seals, known for his twenty years with the Jerry Garcia Band, as well as his son, John Morgan Kimock on drums. Not without merit, the twenty-year-old drummer has organized a number of self-released albums earning him a record deal with Rope-A-Dope Records by the age of 18. Rounding out the quartet is accomplished singer-songwriter and cello player, Trevor Exter, who was plucked out of the NYC indie music scene to fill the roll of bass and vocals. This arrangement of seasoned players and talented youthful musicians blends with Kimock's innovative mind for music - and foretells a merge of his vintage appeal with a modern twist, to befit music lovers of all types.

One of the last living musicians still touring from the era of Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Grateful Dead and The Band, Steve Kimock has led a storied career. He has performed with a cast of characters that reads like the musicians almanac including John Cipollina, Peter Frampton, Little Feat, Jerry Garcia & all members of the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Buddy Miles, Buddy Cage, Trey Anastasio & all members of Phish, Jorma Kaukonen, Vassar Clements, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Joe Satriani, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Elvin Bishop, Steve Winwood, Derek Trucks, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Grace Slick, Papa John Creach, Norton Buffalo, Amos Garrett, Terry Haggerty, Hadi Al Sadoon, Stephen Perkins, Nicky Hopkins and Freddie Roulette just to name a few.

His ability to articulate tone, melody and emotion into music combined with technical brilliance has earned Kimock the title "Guitar Monk" by Relix Magazine for his commitment to guitar, and his ability to make it speak with its own original voice. Perhaps this is why Jerry Garcia himself named Steve Kimock his "favorite unknown guitarist" in Rollingstone Magazine, months before he passed.

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine is hitting the road this fall for a tour with dates spanning the East Coast, the Midwest and even the Pacific Northwest before ending down south for a two-night run in Fayetteville, AR - a place where Kimock legend tells of unusual power jams, sit in musicians and surprises, an unlikely tour finale which should live up to it's long standing tradition.

As always, this series of intimate performances will be recorded and available for purchase, and word is a live "fan release" may be in the works. While Kimock treats the spirit of live recording as seriously as another "member in the band", the live show is not to be missed. Kimock's unparalleled ability to embrace and capture a theater musically is the stuff of legends.

kimockFor tour dates and more information go to Kimock.com.

October
Oct 1 Mexicali Blues - Teaneck, NJ
Oct 2 Recher Theatre - Towson, MD
Oct 3 Canal Club - Richmond, VA
Oct 9 Riverview Fest - Chicago, IL
Oct 23 Spookstock (Camp Zoe) - Salem, MO
Oct 24 Granada Theatre - Lawrence, KS
Oct 27 Humboldt Brews - Arcata, CA
Oct 28 El Rey Theatre - Chico, CA
Oct 29 Stillwater - Ashland, OR
Oct 30 McDonald Theatre -Eugene, OR
Oct 31 Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR

November
Nov 5 Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
Nov 6 Bearsville Theatre - Bearsville, NY
Nov 7 Benefit for Queen Theatre - Wilmington, DE
Nov 8 Fairfield Theatre Company - Fairfield CT
Nov 11 The Arts Center - Carrboro, NC
Nov 12 Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
Nov 13 The Pour House - Charleston, SC
Nov 14 Bear Creek Festival - Live Oak, FL
Nov 16 Visulite - Charlotte, NC
Nov 17 Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
Nov 19 Rev Room - Little Rock, AR
Nov 20 George's - Fayetteville, AR
Nov 21 George's - Fayetteville, AR

December
Dec 17 Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 18 Fillmore - San Francisco, CA * Big Light opening
Dec 19 Crystal Bay Club - Tahoe, CA

January
Jan 3-8 Jamcruise

GOV. RITTER ANNOUNCES SOLAR INNOVATION GRANT FUNDING

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Gov. Ritter today announced that the Governor's Energy Office (GEO) is seeking grant applicants for $350,000 in incentives for solar innovation projects. The "Solar Innovation Grant" funds are being made available through the Clean Energy Fund. 

"These innovation grants will help us continue to grow our solar industry by increasing development and infrastructure. They will allow us to continue advancing Colorado's New Energy Economy and bring good jobs, revenue and clean power to our state," Gov. Ritter said.

Under GEO's stewardship, the Solar Innovation Grant will be used to support programs that can overcome financial, educational and technical barriers and lead to greater solar electric and solar thermal technologies in the residential and commercial sectors. 

GEO is looking to fund projects from partners such as utilities, homebuilders, installers and system integrators, lenders and financial institutions, non-profits and trade associations. For the competitive application process, GEO will consider funding requests for the following purposes:

Education: Applicants will provide educational resources to targeted sectors with the goal of expanding the quantity and quality of solar installations in Colorado.

Integrated Design: Applicants will address opportunities to incorporate solar technology into the commercial and production home sectors in both new and existing infrastructure. 

Utility Programs: Applicants in this category will work to improve the viability of solar technology as a means to offset energy and power demands at the utility level. GEO is soliciting innovative solutions to promote solar technology at the utility level. 

Market Analysis & Policy Recommendations: Applicants will identify policy barriers to the wider implementation of solar technology in Colorado and present solutions in the form of a comprehensive policy report.  

Financing: Applicants will present innovative financing models that will increase the affordability of integrating solar technology in the residential and commercial sectors.

Individual awards will not exceed $50,000 and applications are due by April 30. To download an application, click here. To learn more, visit GEO's website:  www.colorado.gov/energy.