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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!

Teddy Charles Quartet at KItano | NYC

Teddy Charles is considered to be one of the great jazz vibraphonists and composers of all time, playing with such jazz legends as Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. As a student at Julliard in the mid 40s, he haunted New York's jazz clubs, occasionally sitting in with the bands on vibes or piano. His break came unexpectedly one night when he was asked to sit in on piano with Coleman Hawkin's band for the overdue Thelonious Monk. Soon after, Charles began to appear regularly with the top jazz groups of the day, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Buddy De Franco, playing alongside and writing for such jazz stars as Coltrane, Parker, Max Roach and Miles Davis. Recently appeared with Max Roach, David Amram, Lee Konitz. In the early 1950s he began leading his own groups, composing, producing and recording original works such as No More Nights, Blues Become Elektra and Word from Bird.

TEDDY CHARLES QUARTET

FRI. & SAT. APRIL 23 & 24 SETS 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM

THE KITANO | NEW YORK
66 Park Avenue @ 38th St.
RESERVATIONS - 212-885-7119
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Twistable, Turnable Man: Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein, as a writer, poet, and illustrator, has influenced generations upon generations of kids (and kids at heart) with his brilliant, witty, and touching turns of phrase.  In Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein (June 8, 2010), Sugar Hill Records shines a light on the lyrical genius’s oft-overlooked catalog of classic country songs.

As a songwriter, Silverstein penned indelible songs made famous by artists such as Johnny Cash, Dr. Hook, Loretta Lynn, and others.  No country singer ever made Shel’s work as large a part of his repertoire, though, as Bobby Bare Sr., who first partnered with Silverstein on the seminal Outlaw Country album, Lullabys, Legends and Lies, entirely penned by ShelBare Sr. and then-five-year-old son Bobby Bare Jr. received a Grammy nod for the country radio hit “Daddy What If” (a win, incidentally, would have made Bare Jr. the youngest Grammy holder ever, until they were usurped by those mavens of country music: The Pointer Sisters). The song is revisited on the tribute by the now-grown son with his own four-year-old daughter Isabella, making her the third generation to pay homage to Shel on this heart wrenching tune.

On this collection, lovingly co-produced by Bare Sr. and Bare Jr., the wide range of Silverstein’s work – from humorous to poignant to edgy – is interpreted by two distinct generations influenced by Silverstein’s work. From Dr. Dog, My Morning Jacket and Andrew Bird, to Ray Price, Kris Kristofferson, and John Prine, the album is full of surprises and hidden gems. Bare Sr. says in his liners: “Shel would have loved every part of this album. This is the kind of thing he loved to do in the studio— having fun with friends, independent from all, doing it our way!”

Of the participating artists, Bobby Bare Jr., who grew up greatly influenced by Shel and went on to write with him as an adult, says “The lineup is a mix of people I have on speed dial, and people my dad has on speed dial” – fortunately they all just happened to be fans of Shel’s songwriting. Bare Jr. explains that Jim James of My Morning Jacket was already a huge fan of the song “Lullabys, Legends, and Lies,” which he would play as the house music between sets at MMJ shows. Bare Jr.’s friend and colleague Andrew Bird was the only artist permitted to put a poem to music, and his version of “The Twistable, Turnable Man Returns” is just as genuinely Bird as it is Silverstein, showing a striking similarity in their lyrical styles. Of John Prine, Bobby Bare Sr. insisted “This Guitar is for Sale” was perfectly suited to his wry and poignant style.

As a whole, the collection presents a variety of takes on a collection of material that lends itself to creative interpretation, making Twistable, Turnable Man: A Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein an eclectic, endearing valentine to this giant of American song.

MATT DARRIAU-KATIE DOWN: LYRE BIRD at Cornelia Street Café

LYRE BIRD, is a New York duo exploring unusual instruments of wind, water, earth and metal. Live instruments and loops create intricate, evocative textures and groove. The musicians are Matt Darriau of Klezmatics and Paradox Trio fame, known for his expertise on Bulgarian instruments such as the kaval and gaida as well as many other woodwinds including sax, clarinet, flutes, etc. Katie Down is a theatrical sound designer and composer and has been playing homemade instruments and found objects for many years including glass harmonica, steel cello, lithophone, as well as flute and voice. They premiered their group at the Stone, NYC in April, 2008.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26TH, 2009

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CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ | 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York | 212-989-9319
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com

T Bird and the Breaks To Release Series of 45s/Digital Download Today

T Bird and the Breaks, the 10-piece Austin soul/funk band that has proven itself to music writers, longtime fans and new audiences with its debut album, LEARN ABOUT IT (January 2009), will release a new 45 each month, starting with “Monkey Wrench” and its B side “Nightshade Mary” today, Tuesday, November 3.

The new music will be released as 45s available to the band’s fans at its dynamic live shows and on its Web site and as digital downloads. The 45s will be sold with the digital version. For more information, visit www.tbirdandthebreaks.com.

The beat-driven “Monkey Wrench” features a had-enough lyric and precision horns, and “Nightshade Mary” — well, itsplucked-up bass, retro vocals, bongos, harmonica and swamp-voodoo vibe say funk better than the word itself.

Gambit Weekly praised the band’s cool groove: “The gravelly R&B growls, the sassy call-and-response backup singing, the tenor sax struts and hot blasts of trombone-blown air — Austin address or no, T Bird and the Breaks is a Crescent City band at heart.”

November show dates for T Bird and the Breaks include Hattiesburg, Miss., and Macon, Ga. The band is on the bill for the 7th Annual Ski Jam in Steamboat, Colo., in January.

On Tuesday, December 1, the band will release the second 45, featuring “Juju Baby.”

Teddy Charles All Stars 'Word From Bird' at The Iridium

Teddy Charles- for the Grateful Web

Teddy Charles is considered to be one of the great jazz vibraphonists and composers of all time, playing with such jazz legends as Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. As a student at Julliard in the mid 40s, he haunted New York's jazz clubs, occasionally sitting in with the bands on vibes or piano. His break came unexpectedly one night when he was asked to sit in on piano with Coleman Hawkin's band for the overdue Thelonious Monk. Soon after, Charles began to appear regularly with the top jazz groups of the day, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Buddy De Franco, playing alongside and writing for such jazz stars as Coltrane, Parker, Max Roach and Miles Davis. Recently appeared with Max Roach, David Amram, Lee Konitz. In the early 1950s he began leading his own groups, composing, producing and recording original works such as No More Nights, Blues Become Elektra and Word from Bird.

Teddy Charles All Stars "Word From Bird" - March 19-22, 2009 at the Iridium Jazz Club

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

Paper Bird & Elephant Revival @ Boulder Theater

Paper Bird - photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Paper Bird is best understood not by a description of their music (which you could call ragtime, jazz, modern folk or Americana), but by a rundown of their unique instrumentation: 3 Female Vocals on a bouncing bed of Banjo, Trombone, Upright Bass and Guitar. Paper Bird has been called "black and white twentieth century America at its best" (Syntax Magazine), "a musical manifestation of the roots and philosophy that Coloradans share" (Boulder Weekly), and "a more beguiling Jolie Holland with the sublime, mellifluous, old-timey harmonies of the Chordettes" (Westword).

Elephant Revival is a soulful, seductive quiver of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists that reign from points all across America. Since Oct 06' Elephant Revival have herded in a greatly applauded neo-acoustic gyptic revival at festivals, theaters, clubs and house concerts. The Revival plays entirely original music with a few carefully chosen traditionals and eclectic cover tunes but their precise genre is hard to pin down. As independent film director Mikey Eberle elaborates, "When I hear Elephant Revival I am struck by my inability to define it. I am forced to confront the music as it is, connecting to it with a virgin spirit of mind. Consequently it feels like I am experiencing music and all its joys for the very first time."

PAPER BIRD & ELEPHANT REVIVAL
Friday, February 6

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.

Local Flare | You Have To See It To Believe It: Gregory Alan Isakov & the Freight, Bela Karoli, Paper Bird & The Wheel

Thursday night was an exhibition of local talent at the Boulder Theater, and Yours Truly does what he can to get the word out about local talent.  Four Denver area bands heated up the stage, each bringing a unique and innovative flavor that I find to be too often lacking in the Big Name touring company bands.  True to the Indie Rock tradition, you'll probably never hear any of these guys or girls on mainstream radio, but their ever-growing fanbases reminds us that media att