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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.

EOTO Wraps Up Spring 2008 Tour

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

EOTO (pronounced E-oh-toe) featuring Jason Hann and Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident fame are wrapping up a string of dates taking them from the east coast throughout the Midwest. The project has eagerly taken to the road with an entirely unique and completely refreshing experience.

Stepping outside of the String Cheese box entirely, the duo delivers monster bass, hypnotic beats and intoxicating melodies in a totally unrehearsed, unscripted dance party, unleashing diverse performances night in and night out. In the world of EOTO, nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is pre-looped, no sets are pre-planned and the crowd feels it. Each night transports the listener to a different place and a different time.

Drawing from the ethos of some of the great DJ's and computer artists of the world, they use cutting edge technology to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment with the undeniable power of live drums. The music is all created on the spot, recorded, then mixed and remixed live to create an ever-evolving musical experience.

Playing roles completely different than they did in SCI, Jason Hann commands the drum kit, all percussion and samples. Michael Travis creates the tonal ambiance through the use of the bass, guitar, keyboards, and hand percussion, all while throwing down the live mixing. While completely different from SCI, life-long fans as well as new fans will be drawn to the spontaneity that is EOTO.

Apr 21 2008 @ Wilbert's: Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 22 2008 @ The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 23 2008 @ Papa Pete's: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Apr 24 2008 @ Subterranean: Chicago, Illinois
Apr 25 2008 @ The Miramar Theatre: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Apr 26 2008 @ The Cabooze: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 27 2008 @ High Noon Saloon: Madison, Wisconsin
Apr 28 2008 @ Vaudeville Mews: Des Moines, Iowa
Apr 29 2008 @ Iowa city Yacht Club: Iowa City, Iowa
Apr 30 2008 @ The Canopy Club (opening for Umphrey's McGee): Urbana, Illinois
May 1 2008 @ Crusens: Peoria, Illinois
May 2 2008 @ The Redstone Room: Davenport, Iowa
May 3 2008 @ The Box Awesome: Lincoln, Nebraska
May 23 2008 @ Schwagstock 37 @ Camp Zoe: Salem, Missouri
May 24 2008 @ Schwagstock 37 @ Camp Zoe: Salem, Missouri
Jun 7 2008 @ Wakarusa Festival: Lawrence, Kansas
Jun 29 2008 @ Lazy River Music Festival: St Charles, Illinois
Jul 3 2008 @ Rothbury Music Festival (Late Night Show): Rothbury, Michigan
Jul 4 2008 @ High Sierra Music Festival: Quincy, California
Jul 6 2008 @ High Sierra Music festival: Quincy, California
Jul 11 2008 @ Oregon Country Fair: Veneta, Oregon
Jul 13 2008 @ Oregon Country Fair: Veneta, Oregon
Jul 24 2008 @ 10,000 lakes Festival: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota