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the New Deal, Pioneers of Live Electronic, Announce Fall Tour

Toronto’s live-electro pioneers the New Deal kick-off their largest, most ambitious tour in years with dates stretching from Colorado to North Carolina and bills shared with Toubab Krewe, King Britt, Brothers Past and more (details below). As always, tND’s concerts will feature inspired instrumental improvisations and driving beats, but new for this tour, the band will introduce a brand new keyboard setup, implemented to fortify the tND sound.

Touring in support of their latest release, Live: Toronto 7.16.2009 (SCI Fidelity Records) is a perfect snap-shot of the band onstage doing what they do best. With over 800 shows and ten albums released, Jamie Shields (keyboards), Darren Shearer (drums/beatbox) and Dan Kurtz (bass) have established themselves as leaders and innovators in the live electronic world, spawning countless bands, garnering numerous awards and selling out venues around the world. With a massive U.S. tour set for 2010, they prove the best is still ahead.

Check out the Grateful Web's interview with the New Deal.

the New Deal Tour Dates:

10/07/10 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre (w/ Brothers Past)

10/08/10 Ft. Collins, CO Hodi's Halfnote (w/ The Passage Project)

10/09/10 Denver, CO Cervantes' (w/ Mimosa, Future Rock, Brothers Past)

10/12/10 Bloomington, IN The Bluebird (w/ Papadosio)

10/13/10 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House (w/ Steez)

10/14/10 Madison, WI The Majestic (w/ Steez)

10/15/10 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig (w/ Steez)

10/16/10 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom (w/ King Britt)

11/03/10 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre (w/ Two Fresh & Mimosa)

11/04/10 Scranton, PA Eleanor Rigby's (w/ Eclectic Method)

11/05/10 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater (w/Toubab Krewe)

11/06/10 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street (w/ Toubab Krewe)

11/09/10 Blacksburg, VA Attitudes (w/ Eclectic Method)

11/10/10 Knoxville, TN The Valarium (w/ Toubab Krewe)

11/11/10 Athens, GA New Earth Music Hall

11/12/10 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel

11/13/10 Live Oak, FL Bear Creek Music Festival

Singer-Songwriter Bobby Long Signs With ATO Records

British singer-songwriter-guitarist Bobby Long has signed a recording agreement with New York-based independent label ATO Records.  Long's debut is set for release on February 1, 2011. The album, entitled A WINTER TALE, is a collection of 11 original songs from a repertoire deeply rooted in American folk, blues and country music.  The recording is produced by Liam Watson, Grammy® winner for his engineering work on Elephant by The White Stripes, at his analog Toe Rag Studios in London.

Since he began performing in North America in April of 2009, Long has logged more than 150 shows (including sold-out appearances in major U.S. cities, Canada and Europe), winning over audiences with his gritty, passionate performances.  His haunting vocals, intricately woven lyrics and intriguing guitar work, not to mention his charming tall tales, have helped to cultivate a devoted fan base that has filled rooms night after night.  This year's tour schedule has also included several high-profile festival appearances, among them the Mile High Festival in Denver and the XPoNential Festival sponsored by Philadelphia's WXPN Radio, an early champion of Long's moving, personal songs.  As one critic wrote on blogcritics.com:   "With raw vocal power and smart, evocative lyrics, Long is a folksinger with a spirited intensity that puts him outside and above the masses of singer-songwriters roaming our cities, towns, and social networks."

Bobby Long's studio debut recording, entitled A WINTER TALE, is a collection of 11 original songs from a repertoire deeply rooted in American folk, blues and country music.  Long, who is an accomplished guitarist, is backed by an eclectic complement of studio musicians on slide guitar, stand-up bass, drums and keyboards.

The selection of songs on A WINTER TALE poignantly touch on a variety of themes, some of them dark, sung with Long's deep signature rasp.  His distinct finger-picking style on guitar is also prominently in evidence while he is backed by an eclectic complement of studio musicians on standup bass, pedal-steel guitar, vibraphones, drums, piano and keyboards.

Included on the CD are several songs that have become associated with him over the endless months of touring, among them the guitar-driven "The Bounty of Mary Jane," the haunting imagery of "Being a Mockingbird,"  the anthemic "Dead and Done" ("I've already had the neighbors here, Johnny Cash came 'round and we split a beer" ") and the defiant "Penance Fire Blues" contrasted with the spare, plaintive "Who Have You Been Loving," which was embraced in its simplest acoustic form-lifted from the homemade self-released recording, DIRTY POND SONGS, that was only available at his shows.

Other songs on the record include "In the Frost," which paints word pictures of scenes from Long's native England, and "A Passing Tale" and "Sick Man Blues," which are throwbacks to the traditional folk era of the 1960's. "A Stranger Song," the closer, brings to mind the wordplay of one of Long's major influences: Leonard Cohen. "Two Years Old," a finely crafted story song about the ravages of war, conjures images reminiscent of the battle scenes in the film Atonement, and the title cut, "A Winter Tale," is a driving, memorable opus that demands repeat plays.

Long, who moved to London from Wiltshire in the southwest of England to attend college, became part of the burgeoning open mic circuit to expose his music.  He met actor and fellow musician Robert Pattinson, who would go on to sing "Let Me Sign" (co-written by Long and friend Marcus Foster) over a crucial dramatic scene in the blockbuster film Twilight.  The inclusion of the song in the film's soundtrack gave Long a head start on a legion of fans.  Although A WINTER TALE is the 24-year-old's first foray into the formal recording process, "Left to Lie," his first single from the DIRTY POND SONGS collection, reached #1 on the iTunes "Unsigned" chart and #8 on the Folk chart.  Pollstar wrote: "Long's emergence as an up-and-coming artist is the stuff Hollywood loves to make movies about.  He continues to amaze audiences with a bare-bones sound reminiscent of early Bob Dylan."

Long is currently on a short string of dates in Europe before hitting the road in the U.S. in earnest with his band this fall.  A limited edition 10" vinyl EP containing songs from forthcoming record (including two bonus tracks) will become available at that time to build further anticipation for the release of the album and to coincide with his fall tour schedule.

The following fall dates are in support of Michael Franti:

October 18-Buster's, Lexington, KY; 19-Newport Music Hall, Columbus, Ohio; 20-Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington, IN; 22-Madison Theatre, Covington, KY; 23-Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, Pittsburgh; 24-The Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY; 25-Northern Lights, Albany, NY; 28-Terminal 5, New York City; 29-Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ; 30-Electric Factory, Philadelphia.

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November 1 & 2-Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA; 3-State Theatre, Ithaca, NY; 5-Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI; 6-State Theatre, Portland, ME; 7-Capitol Center, Concord, NH; 9-Toad's Place, New Haven, CT; 10-Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec; 12--Kool Haus, Toronto, ON; 13-House Of Blues, Cleveland, OH; and14-Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI.  Additional tour dates will be added shortly.

Pretty Lights Eclipses ONE MILLION Downloads, Announces New EP!

f that’s not news enough, get this- Pretty Lights also recently surpassed ONE MILLION ALBUM DOWNLOADS from his website.   As a thank you to his dedicated fans, Derek surprised the one millionth downloader with a VIP trip experience to see Pretty Lights in Las Vegas on November 27th!

We’re not through yet- to celebrate a successful year, Pretty Lights will be ringing in 2011 in style, performing with special guests for two nights at The Congress Theater in Chicago, December 30th & December 31st. Major Lazer will be opening on the 30th, and Holy Fuck is opening on the 31st! Pretty Lights, with new touring drummer Adam Deitch, are on the road from the end of October through December.

Upcoming Pretty Lights Tour Dates

September 24 – Powellapalooza – Page, AZ
September 25 – West Beach Festival – Santa Barbara, CA
October 27 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
October 28 – Lyric Theatre – Oxford, MS
October 29 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
October 30 – Patriot’s Point – Charleston, SC
October 31 – MoogFest 2010 – Asheville, NC
November 2 – Bourbon Street Ballroom – Baltimore, MD
November 3 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
November 4 – The National – Richmond, VA
November 5 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
November 6 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
November 7 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT – SOLD OUT
November 8 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT – SOLD OUT
November 10 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY
November 11 – Boma – Columbus, OH
November 12 – Fillmore – Detroit, MI
November 13 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
November 14 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
November 15 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
November 17 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
November 19 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
November 20 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
November 21 – Arcata Community Center – Arcata, CA
November 23 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
November 26 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
November 27 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
November 28 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
December 2 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
December 3 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO
December 4 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO
December 5 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO - SOLD OUT
December 30 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Major Lazer) 
December 31 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Holy Fuck)

Keller Williams Announces NYE Run, SPCA Benefit show

Keller Williams has announced plans for a set of very special East Coast New Year’s Eve concerts. Starting on December 29 in Virginia and concluding on NYE in North Carolina (details below), each show on the “Celebrate the Holidays” run will feature three sets built around a different theme. Set I will be reggae, dub and funk versions of Keller favorites with Jay Starling on keys, Mark D on drums and Keller on bass. Set II will feature the bluegrass stylings of Larry Keel on guitar and his wife Jenny on bass with Keller playing his mini twelve-string (wanna-be mandolin) guitar. And Set III will be old school Keller on acoustic guitar with his trademark looped-out dance grooves. Big screen video visuals will be provided by Scott Sunn.

Before the NYE run kicks-off, Keller bring his three-set extravaganza to his hometown of Fredericksburg, VA for his annual holiday concert to benefit the SPCA. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the event, which will take place on December 26 at the Fredericksburg Field House, Keller has invited local marching band Elby Brass to join the show for set break music. 100% of the concert’s profits will go to support The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA. Less than 3% of The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA’s budget is received from the City of Fredericksburg, forcing the branch to rely almost solely on individual and corporate donations and fundraising events like this. The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA is a “no-kill” shelter whose mission is to tackle the problem of pet overpopulation through education, adoption, rehabilitation and spay/neuter.

Keller’s SPCA benefit show and NYE run will cap a very busy year for one of the hardest working men in music. May saw the release of his acclaimed all covers album Thief featuring Larry and Jenny Keel. Praised by Blurt as "impressive.... a great effort that's bound to bring in a few more fans,” the album features completely retooled versions of songs by everyone from Amy Winehouse to Ryan Adams. Moving from covers to kiddos, Keller’s latest album finds him breaking into the world of children’s music with the appropriately titled Kids. A sure hit for parents and children alike, Kids is due October 26 via SCI Fidelity, this will be Keller Williams’ sixteenth album.

Keller will tour in support of Kids with select November dates in the Pacific Northwest as the “Super Music Friend” on the Yo Gabba Gabba tour. Keller will also be playing for older kids with evening shows in the same cities. Prior to the Kids tour Keller will be touring theaters all over the country, details below.


Keller Williams Tour Dates
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Wednesday, September 22 Clyde Iron Works Duluth MN
Thursday, September 23 Fargo Theatre Fargo ND
Friday, September 24 Bourbon Theatre Lincoln NE
Saturday, September 25 Ames Community Auditorium Ames IA
Friday, October 1 Pisgah Brewing Company Black Mountain NC
Saturday, October 2 Starry Night Bowling Green KY
Sunday, October 3 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Speedway Meadows San Francisco CA
Friday, October 8 The Jefferson Theater Charlottesville VA
Thursday, October 14 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN
Saturday, October 16 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark AR
Thursday, October 21 Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
Saturday, October 23 Magnolia Music Festival Live Oak Fl
Saturday, November 6 Rock For Hunger Orlando FL
Wednesday, November 10 WOW Hall Eugene OR
Thursday, November 11 Wild Buffalo Bellingham WA
Friday, November 12 INB Performing Arts Center Spokane WA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Friday, November 12 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane WA Keller Solo
Saturday, November 13 Tacoma Dome Tacoma WA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Saturday, November 13 Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle WA Keller Solo
Sunday, November 14 Memorial Coliseum Portland OR Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Sunday, November 14 Aladdin Theatre Portland OR Keller Solo
Monday, November 15 Hult Center for the Performing Arts Eugene OR Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Wednesday, November 17 Humboldt Brews Arcata CA Keller Solo
Thursday, November 18 Memorial Sacramento CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Thursday, November 18 Harlow's Sacramento CA Keller Solo
Friday, November 19 Montbleu Resort Showroom Lake Tahoe NV
Saturday, November 20 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
Sunday, November 21 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Thursday, December 2 Avalon Theatre Easton MD
Sunday, December 26 Fredericksburg Field House Fredericksburg VA SPCA Benefit
Wednesday, December 29 The Norva Norfolk VA
Thursday, December 30 The National Richmond VA
Friday, December 31 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC

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NEW YEAR’S EVE RUN & BENEFIT CONCERT DETAILS

Sunday, Dec. 26th, 2010
SPCA Benefit
Location: Fredericksburg Field House in Fredericksburg, VA
Time: Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Tickets: $25
Ages: All ages
Website: www.fredfieldhouse.com

Wednesday, Dec. 29th, 2010
Location: The NorVa in Norfolk, VA
Time: Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Tickets: ADV $18/DOS $21
Ages: All ages
Website: www.thenorva.com/

Thursday, Dec. 30th, 2010
Location: The National in Richmond, VA
Time: Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Tickets: ADV $18/DOS $21
Ages: All ages
Website: www.thenationalva.com/

Friday, Dec. 31st, 2010
Location: Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC
Time: Doors at 8pm
Tickets: ADV $35/DOS $45
Ages: All ages
Website: www.neighborhoodtheatre.com, including information on hotel deals and transportation packages

The Infamous Stringdusters + Trampled by Turtles Announce Tour

The definition of bluegrass is being challenged.  Ever since the "O Brother" bubble burst, string-bands have developed into the mainstream redefining bluegrass and shifting the limiting paradigm of acoustic instruments.  Divergent string-band worlds collide as thrash grassers Trampled by Turtles and virtuosic-jammers The Infamous Stringdusters team up to bring you the Fly Palomino Tour.

The Infamous Stringdusters are at the forefront of a new movement in bluegrass music and touring in support of their Sugar Hill release Things That Fly.   Their unmatched virtuosity has enabled them to take acoustic music to a completely new level. They wield an expansive repertoire touching on masters from Jimmy Martin to John Hartford, but their strength lies in their original compositions.  Dedication to arrangements sets them apart and extended improvisation makes every performance completely unique. The live Stringdusters experience is anti-formulaic, groove friendly, and mind-expanding - not your granddaddy's bluegrass. Unless your granddaddy was Jerry Garcia.


Trampled by Turtles continue touring in support of their latest release, Palomino, which in April became their first #1 debut on Billboard’s Bluegrass chart.  Separating the band from the pack is the contrast of their lightening fast, punk-influenced barn-burners and their lonesome, Townes Van Zandt-inspired ballads. Frontman/songwriter Dave Simonett’s vocals and lyrics capture  the stark MN landscapes and the mood of the North Country like no other current artist with his hauntingly beautiful songs. The bands' unique mixture of rock influences and authentic style have garnered them coverage from a wide range of publications from Daytrotter to Paste to Relix to CMT.
Fly Palamino Tour Dates:

11/04/10 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
11/05/10 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
11/06/10 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
11/08/10 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
11/09/10 South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
11/10/10 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
11/11/10 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11/12/10 Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre
11/13/10 Baltimore, MD @ 8×10
11/14/10 Charleston, WV @ Mountain Stage
11/16/10 Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
11/17/10 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/18/10 Wilmington, NC @ Soap Box Laundro Lounge
11/19/10 Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
11/20/10 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

Umphrey's McGee Announces this Fall's First S2 Event in Memphis

Umphrey’s McGee’s Stew Art Series (aka, “S2”) has received national media attention and high praise from fans for its innovations in band/fan collaboration and use of interactive technology. Today Umphrey’s McGee announces the first of four Fall 2010 installments at Minglewood Hall in Memphis on Friday, September 24th.

Doors will open at 4:00 pm, with the S2 to start at 4:30 pm. Following the S2, there will be a meet and greet with the band, as well as snacks and drinks available. Tickets are $99 and go on sale this Friday the 17th at Noon ET at www.umphreys.com. Patrons will need a separate ticket to attend that evening’s regularly scheduled show.

Presented as individual events before that evening’s already schedule show, Umphrey’s Stew Art 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. Check out this S2 video from the inaugural S2 event in Milwaukee.

S2 events have been received with overwhelming enthusiasm and to rave reviews. For S2, sold-out crowds of 50 fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references (pretty much whatever comes to mind), to the Umphrey's Mozes mobile interface. The suggestions are then filtered by the band’s long time Sound Caresser Kevin Browning and projected on a screen for the band to digest and turn into the next phase of the jam. The band’s music varies stylistically with suggestions ranging from “an afternoon bus ride in Jamaica” to “drinking pina coladas…in a hurricane”. As one elated fan commented after a show, “S2 was the coolest thing I have ever been a part of. It’s always been a dream of mine to meet the band, and the opportunity to participate in leading the Jam for the band was a dream come true as well.” Stay tuned to www.umphreys.com for confirmation on S2 fall events.

Umphrey’s McGee’s current list of fall tour dates is as follows:

Thursday, September 23 Valarium Knoxville TN
Friday, September 24 Minglewood Hall Memphis TN featuring an S2 event
Saturday, September 25 The Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City OK
Sunday, September 26 George's Majestic Lounge Fayetteville AR
Tuesday, September 28 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM
Wednesday, September 29 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ
Friday, October 1 The Depot Salt Lake City UT
Saturday, October 2 Knitting Factory Spokane WA
Sunday, October 3 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Speedway Meadows San Francisco CA
Wednesday, October 6 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA
Thursday, October 7 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR
Friday, October 8 The Showbox Seattle WA
Saturday, October 9 The Wilma Theatre Missoula MT
Thursday, October 21 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA
Friday, October 22 Kalamazoo State Theatre Kalamazoo MI
Saturday, October 23 House of Blues - Cleveland Cleveland OH
Sunday, October 24 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN
Wednesday, October 27 People's Court Des Moines IA
Thursday, October 28 - Friday, October 29 Canopy Club Urbana IL
Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31 The Pageant St. Louis MO
Wednesday, November 3 - Thursday, November 4 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT
Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
Tuesday, November 9 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville VA
Wednesday, November 10 Legends at Appalachian State University Boone NC
Thursday, November 11 - Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest Live Oak, FL
Wednesday, December 29, Thursday, December 30, and Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL
Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

Beats Antique Debuts At #2 On Electronic iTunes Charts

Exotic electropop/fusion/gypsy hip-hop act Beats Antique, a band with roots in bellydance, performance art and electronic music, celebrates its new release with a live concert webcast.

The webcast concert for Blind Threshold’s iTunes release is Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET, broadcast from the campus of Ex'pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA. Hosted by CreativeAllies.com, an online design community that lets anyone submit art in official contests for artists like M.I.A., OK Go, Amanda Palmer, Jack Johnson and Thievery Corporation, the webcast is free and open to the public.

Beats Antique has performed at Lollapalooza, the Austin City Limits festival and Outside Lands, and has toured with Bassnectar and Les Claypool of Primus. The new release, Blind Threshold, contains violins, laser-guided harmonica from Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, and vocal tracks ranging from restless pop from singer-songwriter LYNX to the Eastern European folk melodies of Eva Salina.

Blind Threshhold is released in CD form on Antique Records on October 12.

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US Tour:

9/17 - Laytonville, CA - Earthdance
9/18 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
9/24 - Seattle, WA - Decibel Festival @ Motor
9/25 - Arcata, CA - Aracata Theatre
9/28 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
9/30 - Madison, WI - Majestic Live
10/1 - Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theatre
10/2 - Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub
10/3 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
10/6 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10/9 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10/11 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
10/12 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
10/13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10/14 - Asheville, NC - TBD
10/15 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House
10/16 - Athens, GA - New Earth Music Hall
10/17 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade - Hell Room
10/22 - Allston, MA - Harpers Ferry
11/11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
11/12 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop
11/13 - Calgary, AB - Royal Canadian Legion

11/14 - Winnipeg, MB - Crescent Wood United Church

Michael Gordon Fall 2010 Tour

Michael Gordon, bassist of Phish, will be touring with his band beginning November 6th in Hollywood, CA.  Mike will be hitting the west coast for some shows before making his way through the midwest and back east to finish off the tour. Mike's band consists of: Mike Gordon, Scott Murawski, Todd Isler, Tom Cleary, & Craig Myers.

Check below for dates, venues, etc.  The Grateful Web will be on-hand at Mike's upcoming Fox Theater show in Boulder, Colorado -- so be sure to check back for photos and videos from the show.

Check out some previous reviews of other Mike Gordon shows, including Charlottesville, VA from October 2009 and Burlington, VT back in December of 2008.

Saturday, November 06, 2010
Doors: 8:00 PM
Troubadour West HollywoodCA
Sunday, November 07, 2010 8:00 PM
Doors: 7:30 PM
The Independent San FranciscoCA
Monday, November 08, 2010 8:00 PM
Doors: 7:00 PM
Aladdin Theatre PortlandOR
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 9:00 PM
Doors: 8:00 PM
The Crocodile SeattleWA
Thursday, November 11, 2010 8:00 PM
Doors: 7:00 PM
Wilma Theatre MissoulaMT
Friday, November 12, 2010 9:00 PM
Doors: 8:00 PM
The State Room Salt Lake CityUT
Saturday, November 13, 2010 9:00 PM
Doors: 6:30 PM
Fox Theatre BoulderCO
Sunday, November 14, 2010 9:00 PM
Doors: 8:00 PM
The Waiting Room OmahaNE
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 9:00 PM
Doors: 8:00 PM
Fine Line Music Cafe MinneapolisMN
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 8:00 PM
Doors: 7:00 PM
Barrymore Theatre MadisonWI
Thursday, November 18, 2010 8:00 PM
Doors: 7:00 PM
Lincoln Hall ChicagoIL
Friday, November 19, 2010 9:00 PM
Doors: 8:00 PM
Bluebird Nightclub BloomingtonIN
Saturday, November 20, 2010 9:00 PM
Doors: 8:00 PM
Madison Theater CovingtonKY
Monday, November 22, 2010 8:00 PM
Doors: 7:00 PM
Beachland Ballroom ClevelandOH
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 9:00 PM
Doors: 8:00 PM
Westcott Theater SyracuseNY
Friday, November 26, 2010 9:00 PM
Doors: 8:00 PM
Port City Music Hall PortlandME
Saturday, November 27, 2010 7:15 PM
Doors: 6:30 PM
Royale Nightclub BOSTONMA


Umphrey's McGee adds to Fall Tour & Announces NYE run

Today, Umphrey’s McGee rounds out their fall tour plans with newly confirmed dates in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Champaign, Illinois; Burlington, Vermont; Washington D.C, and others. Also announced today, Umphrey’s McGee will spend New Year’s Eve in their hometown of Chicago for one more year, this time at the city’s Riviera Theatre on December 29, 30 and 31. The band’s complete list of fall dates is included below.

As the band’s keyboardist Joel Cummins explains about their tenth New Year’s in Chicago, and their last for at least a while, "We've played nearly every room in Chicago over the course of our career, to continue keeping things interesting, we've chosen one of our favorite venues in the city this year, the Riviera Theatre, with a perfect combination of lots of open floor for dancing and seats in the balcony with great sight lines. We can't wait to feel the energy in this legendary Chicago haunt explode!"

As always, along the band’s fall dates Umphrey’s continues to raise the bar for fan experiences, with their innovative and interactive Stew Art events planned in at least a few markets, and an incredibly creative first-time offer of “Enhanced Experience” fan packages for their always-epic Halloween Monster Mash-Up in St. Louis on October 30 and 31, and for their New Year’s Eve run.

For the Halloween shows, “Partyin' Peeps Enhanced Experience” fan package amenities include express entry into the venue each night, a limited edition Halloween Jeff Wood 3D hologram poster, VIP area access with private cocktail service, an exclusive piece of Umphrey's McGee Halloween merchandise, a private post-show party, and more. At the Platinum Partyin' Peeps level, fans get a chance for them and twenty of their friends to have their own private dressing room backstage, a private meet and greet photo session with the band in costume, a tour of the Umphrey's McGee bus, and more. Meanwhile in Chicago, New Year’s Eve travel package amenities include downtown lodging, early entry and reserved balcony seats, VIP section access, a pre-show “Very Happy Hour,” merchandise including the official UM Track Jacket, limited edition NYE posters, and each night’s UM Live recording, an exclusive lighting demonstration by the band’s light designer, and a meet and greet with the band. Visit www.umphreys.com more all the details.

Umphrey’s McGee will host their Stew Art Series (aka, “S2”) – an interactive fan experience where audience members “conduct” the band’s live improvisations - in at least of few markets along the fall tour. Presented as individual events before that evening’s already schedule show, Umphrey’s Stew Art 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. Check out this S2 video from the inaugural S2 event in Milwaukee.

S2 events have been received with overwhelming enthusiasm and to rave reviews. For S2, sold-out crowds of 50 fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references (pretty much whatever comes to mind), to the Umphrey's Mozes mobile interface. The suggestions are then filtered by the band’s long time Sound Caresser Kevin Browning and projected on a screen for the band to digest and turn into the next phase of the jam. The band’s music varies stylistically with suggestions ranging from “an afternoon bus ride in Jamaica” to “drinking pina coladas…in a hurricane”. As one elated fan commented after a show, “S2 was the coolest thing I have ever been a part of. It’s always been a dream of mine to meet the band, and the opportunity to participate in leading the Jam for the band was a dream come true as well.” Stay tuned to www.umphreys.com for confirmation on S2 fall events.

Umphrey’s McGee’s current list of fall tour dates is as follows:

Thursday, September 23 Valarium Knoxville TN

Friday, September 24 Minglewood Hall Memphis TN

Saturday, September 25 The Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City OK

Sunday, September 26 George's Majestic Lounge Fayetteville AR

Tuesday, September 28 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM

Wednesday, September 29 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ

Friday, October 1 The Depot Salt Lake City UT

Saturday, October 2 Knitting Factory Spokane WA

Sunday, October 3 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Speedway Meadows San Francisco CA

Wednesday, October 6 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA

Thursday, October 7 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR

Friday, October 8 The Showbox Seattle WA

Saturday, October 9 The Wilma Theatre Missoula MT

Thursday, October 21 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA

Friday, October 22 Kalamazoo State Theatre Kalamazoo MI

Saturday, October 23 House of Blues - Cleveland Cleveland OH

Sunday, October 24 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN

Wednesday, October 27 People's Court Des Moines IA

Thursday, October 28 & Friday, October 29 Canopy Club Urbana IL

Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31 The Pageant St. Louis MO

Wednesday, November 3 & Thursday, November 4 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT

Friday, November 5 & Saturday, November 6 9:30 Club Washington D.C.

Tuesday, November 9 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville VA

Wednesday, November 10 Legends at Appalachian State University Boone NC

Thursday, November 11 & Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest Live Oak, FL

Wednesday, December 29, Thursday, December 30, & Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL

Thursday, January 20 > Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

DSO East to West Coast Tours, NYE and More!

A Slingshot On Mars Tour Preview

Following a stellar summer tour full of great festivals and friends we are excited to hit the road again for the Slingshot On Mars Tour starting September 9th. Upcoming dates include stops in Knoxville and Memphis, TN, Terrapin Hill Farm in KY and the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. Then we make first time stops at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC and the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA before a weekend run through some of our favorite east coast stops including The Norva, Rams Head Live and 9:30 Club. Along the way we will celebrate our time in Baltimore and DC with a Cap Centre Weekend. On 9/17 and 9/18 DSO will choose from the legendary Grateful Dead Capital Centre shows and will recreate that show in its entirety. We will then round off our tour with a special acoustic set at Mexicali Live along with stops in Munhall, PA, Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia, Albany, Toads Place in New Haven, CT, Syracuse, Northampton and Lowell, MA before closing out the tour in the 'Big Apple' at the Nokia Theatre.

Visit our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

From A City Near You Tour

DSO is celebrating our return to the West Coast by recreating shows From a City Near You. Each night Dark Star will choose a Grateful Dead show from a city close to that venue and will recreate that show in its entirety. This will be the perfect time to gather your tour buddies and relive the experience or for you to see that show for the first time that you have only heard stories about.

The tour kicks off in the "Golden State" with 2 nights in good ole San Francisco at the Regency Ballroom. From there we head up to Sacramento then over to the banks of Lake Tahoe for a stop at the Crystal Bay Club Casino before returning to Cali for shows in Anaheim and LA before a Saturday night stop in 'Sin City' and a Sunday/Monday run at the Belly Up Tavern in Solona Beach. The last week of tour brings us back to the Mile High City with stops in Tempe and Flagstaff AZ, Salt Lake City and the tour Closer at the Fillmore in Denver.

Visit our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

The Rex Foundation and DSO

In addition to continuing the Grateful Dead concert experience at our shows we are working with The Rex Foundation to continue their legacy of giving. We have recently created a donation module on our fanclub-ticketing page that allows you to make a donation to the Rex Foundation while purchasing tickets to our shows.

For our summer tour former Grateful Dead tie-dye artist Courtenay Pollock designed a backdrop for us. We are pleased to raffle this off with part of the proceeds benefiting the Rex Foundation. If you would like to bid on this one of a kind tie-dye design on 4 10' x 10' panels, please send your bid and contact info to: brett@darkstarorchestra.net.

August 9, 2010 marks the 15 year anniversary of legendary musician and Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia's death. As a way to honor his musical and community legacy, the gifted musicians on this compilation have generously contributed stirring live performances of Jerry Garcia songs to benefit the Rex Foundation. The album includes four exclusive previously unreleased live Garcia songs from Phish, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The String Cheese Incident, and Keller & The Keels. Other artists in the order they appear on the album are: Railroad Earth, The Black Crowes, Moonalice, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Waybacks, Widespread Panic, Hot Buttered Rum, and Steve Kimock Crazy Engine. All proceeds are a contribution to the Rex Foundation.

Download the files (MP3, FLAC, or ALAC) or buy the CD here.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
A Slingshot On Mars Tour
09/09 The Valarium Knoxville, TN TICKETS
09/10 Minglewood Hall Memphis, TN TICKETS
09/11 Terrapin Hill Farm Harrodsburg, KY TICKETS
09/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
09/14 Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Wilmington, NC TICKETS
09/15 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA TICKETS
09/16 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
09/17 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
09/18 930 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
09/20 Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ TICKETS
09/22 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA TICKETS
09/23 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
09/24 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA TICKETS
09/25 Palace Theatre Albany, NY TICKETS
09/27 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
09/28 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY TICKETS
09/30 Calvin Theatre Northhampton, MA
10/01 Lowell Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
10/02 Nokia Theatre New York, NY TICKETS
Wings a Mile Long Tour
10/20 Reif Center Grand Rapids, MN TICKETS
10/21 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN TICKETS
10/22 The Venue Fargo, ND TICKETS
10/23 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
10/25 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI TICKETS
10/26 Traverse City Opera House Traverse City,MI TICKETS
10/28 Bluebird Bloomington, IL TICKETS
10/29 The Pageant St. Louis, MO TICKETS
10/30 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
10/31 The Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN TICKETS
11/2 Copper Dragon Carbondale, IL TICKETS
11/3 The Blue Note Columbia, MO TICKETS
11/4 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS TICKETS
11/5 The Slowdown Omaha, NE TICKETS
11/6 CCastle Theater Bloomington, IA TICKETS
Just Announced - From a City Near You Tour
11/26 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/27 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/28 Crest Theater Sacramento, CA TICKETS
11/30 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay, NV TICKETS
12/2 The Grove Anaheim, CA TICKETS
12/3 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
12/4 Hard Rock Cafe Vegas Las Vegas, NV TICKETS
12/5 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/6 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/8 Marquee Theater Tempe, AZ TICKETS
12/9 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ TICKETS
12/10 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
12/11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO TICKETS