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Band Together for Ally | A Benefit for Ally Strong

Musicians from the elite Long Island/NYC/national jam band and rock and roll community are coming together for a one night effort to challenge small cell cancer and raise money for one of its own suffering from this disease.

Band Together for Ally” will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at The Homestead, 107 South Street in Oyster Bay, Long Island from 6pm till at least midnight.  Allyson Strong, after receiving her master’s degree last year, was stunningly diagnosed with small cell cervical cancer just before Labor Day.  Radiation and chemo treatments at Sloan Kettering in New York City have not yielded desired results. The community is rallying to assist with the financial needs of the family to fight this dreaded disease. Small cell cervical cancer is an extraordinarily rare diagnosis. There is much to be learned about this specific type of cancer.

This one night fundraising event will assist Allyson and her family offset an extraordinary financial burden and will feature an unprecedented- one time only lineup featuring Rob Barraco (Dark Star Orchestra/The Dead/Phil Lesh and Friends) an original founding member of Red Flannel Hash along with Ally’s dad John Strong, Jeff Mattson (Dark Star Orchestra), John Strong, Jim Kempster, Lee Finkelstein (Funk Filharmonik/Blues Brothers) Rob Barraco and Patrick “Jake” Cummings will reunite as the original Red Flannel Hash for the first time in over thirty years.

Along with the Red Flannel Hash reunion additional acts scheduled to appear include: The Jim Pin Band with Tom Bowes and members of Funk Filharmonik, Quick Draw, The Mike Nugent Band and The FolkadelicsRed Flannel Hash will appear in its original entirety with Ally’s dad John playing bass in both the former 1970’s version of the band as well as with the current configuration acoustic for two separate sets.

Premium donations for raffles have been generously donated and include:  One Brian Moore Custom iGuitar with USB connectivity valued at $1,600, pendants from Tiffany & Co., a pair of 2011 season tickets to Bethel Woods, two separate pairs of camping passes with VIP tent access for Gathering of the Vibes Music, Camping and Arts Festival, July 24-28 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT featuring Bob Weir/Phil Lesh as Furthur, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Jane’s Addiction, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Steve Kimock, Keller Williams as the Rhythm Devils along with an additional thirty five bands.  More Vibes info can be found at www.govibes.com.

Financial / goods and services donations continue to be gratefully accepted for this fundraising effort.  Media promotion and donations are being provided by WCBS-FM, 94 X Radio, WKJY, B-103, 103.9 WRCN, My Country 96.1 Radio.  Event hosts will include Tom Bowes from Funk Filharmonik, Jonathan Lobdell formally of WLIR-FM and Cande Roth of My Country 96.1 FM.  For those not attending but would like to participate, donations are being accepted in any amount, in the form of a check made out to BARRI GLICK and sent to DAP Agency, PO Box 3587, New Hyde Park, NY 11040.

For more information please go to: www.bandtogetherforally.com.

The 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony To Air Exclusively On Fuse

Tune-in to Fuse, Sunday, March 20 at 9pm ET

Inductees include Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Tom Waits, Jac Holzman, Art Rupe and Leon Russell

WHAT: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at The Waldorf-Astoria on March 14 and will be televised on Fuse on Sunday, March 20 at 9pm ET.

Viewers can also tune-in to Fuse on Friday, March 11 starting at 10pm ET to catch two new documentaries that will profile this year’s honoree Alice Cooper and inductor Rob Zombie. Through interviews with music executives, producers, friends, bandmates and other artists, “Mad Genius: Alice Cooper” and “Mad Genius: Rob Zombie” provide fans with insight into the lives and the groundbreaking music of each artist.

For more information on programming surrounding the show, photo galleries and more, go to www.fuse.tv/rockhall.

WHO: The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honorees and presenters are:

Alice Cooper will be inducted by Rob Zombie (White Zombie)
Neil Diamond will be inducted by Paul Simon
Dr. John will be inducted by John Legend
Darlene Love will be inducted by Bette Midler
Tom Waits will be inducted by Neil Young
Jac Holzman will be inducted by John Densmore (The Doors)
Art Rupe will be inducted by Lloyd Price
Leon Russell will be inducted by Elton John

WHEN: Sunday, March 20th at 9pm ET

WHERE: Fuse
DirecTV 339
Cable subscribers, check local listing at 
fuse.tv

About Fuse
Fuse, the national television network dedicated exclusively to music, brings viewers closer to their favorite artists and bands by featuring original series and specials, exclusive interviews, live concerts and video blocks – all rooted in the music experience. Celebrating the hit makers of today, familiar favorites and edgy newcomers, Fuse accommodates the wide ranging tastes and attitudes of its 18-34 year-old audience with compelling music programming on-air, on-line, on-demand, in HD and via mobile technologies. Fuse is a part of MSG Media, which includes television networks MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD, as well as MSG Interactive, which oversees all company wireless and online initiatives. MSG Media is a division of Madison Square Garden, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSG), along with MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment. MSG Sports includes the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); the Connecticut Whale (American Hockey League); and MSG Entertainment includes concerts and events at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Wang Theatre in Boston, the Beacon Theatre, as well as the legendary Chicago Theatre, and which manages wholly-owned live entertainment properties including the Radio City Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Additional information about Fuse can be found at www.fuse.tv.

Livia Devereux @ Metropolitan Room May 25

Vocalist Livia Devereux performs with her band at The Metropolitan Room on May 25 at 7pm. The band for this performance consists of Sarah Jane Cion on piano, Anthony Masi on saxophone, Tony Ventura on acoustic bass and Kirk Devereux on drums.  Livia is celebrating the release of her new CD “Night Winds Whisper”

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“Night Winds Whisper” is an expression of Livia Devereux’s various musical influences such as jazz, R&B, swing and pop. She accomplished this by employing talented New York City musicians from various musical backgrounds under the direction of arranger and producer, Rob Filomena. Livia and Rob brought in a great cast of players such as pianist Sarah Jane Cion, Grammy nominated bassist Phil Palombi, the SYOTOS horn section consisting of trombonist Chris Washburn, Ole Mathisen on saxophone and John Walsh on trumpet. The CD was recorded, mixed and mastered by Grammy winning engineer Luis F. Herrera.

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Livia Devereux | The Metropolitan Room | May 25th, 2010

$15.00 advance tickets  are recommended and available at www.metropolitanroom.com or by calling 1-212-206-0440

Jam Cruise 9 Announces Dates and Lineup

It’s been 7 years and 8 sold-out cruises since Jam Cruise first set sail as the “floating music festival“ that has become a fan favorite for thousands. Today, Jam Cruise 9 announces that it will set sail on January 4-9, 2011 on the MSC Poesia with stops at two of the cruise’s most beloved port stops: Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Tropical ports and luxury cruise ship amenities are only part of the Jam Cruise experience. Ultimately, Jam Cruise is about celebrating the MUSIC and incredible community that comes together each year to share in this special musical experience. Jam Cruise 9 returns with as strong and eclectic a lineup as ever. Performing artists include Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, & Jay Lane are Scaring the Children, The Rhythm Devils featuring Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Galactic, The Greyboy Allstars, Stockholm Syndrome, Lotus, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Anders Osborne featuring sets with Stanton Moore & Robert Walter and with George Porter Jr. & Johnny Vidacovich, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Zach Deputy and many more. Full lineup details are below.

With so many returning fans on Jam Cruise, pre-booking has been strong for Jam Cruise 9 and the event is on track to sell out for the 9th straight cruise. All remaining cabins will become available for sale to the public on June 2 at 12 noon EDT at www.jamcruise.com. Visit www.jamcruise.com for more details.

Jam Cruise 9 Confirmed Lineup:
Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, & Jay Lane are Scaring the Children
The Rhythm Devils feat. Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Galactic
The Greyboy Allstars
God Street Wine
Stockholm Syndrome
Lotus
JoJo's Mardi Gras Band
ALO
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Easy Star All-Stars
Lettuce
Garage A Trois
The New Mastersounds
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Anders Osborne featuring sets with Stanton Moore & Robert Walter and with George Porter, Jr & Johnny Vidacovich
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Cornmeal
Some Cat From Japan featuring Ron Johnson, Will Bernard, Scott Metzger, Eric Bolivar & Nigel Hall performing a tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Greensky Bluegrass
Big Gigantic
Zach Deputy
The Pimps Of Joytime
Maceo Parker Super Jam
Special Guests:
Leo Nocentelli
Fred Wesley
Col. Bruce Hampton
Jennifer Hartswick
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

DSO Spring Tour

New West Coast Dates

As the winter ice begins to melt, we will start our Spring Tour in April. Joining us on guitar and vocals for this tour will be Stu Allen of (JGB). With his eagerness to improvise and his commitment to making every performance unique, Stu has made extensive contributions to the jam music scene. In the early 1990's, he co-founded the Minnesota-based acoustic-electric jam band, Blue Man Jive. In addition, he is a founding member of The Jones Gang , Minneapolis' premier Grateful Dead tribute band. He can't wait to get out on the road and play for you folks.The tour will kick off with a run through the Colorado Rockies including stops in Aspen, Avon and 2 nights in Boulder at The Boulder Theater of all places! From there, it's westward bound to Portland, Seattle and Reno before another 2 night stand, this time in San Francisco at The Regency Ballroom. After San Fran it's on to LA for a show at the El Rey Theatre before closing out the tour in Solona Beach. Rocky Mountain High to California Sun. Hope to see you out there!

Visit our TOUR DATES PAGE for tickets, more info and additional show announcements this coming week.

A Cosmic Time Was Had By All

It seemed that everyone had a blast this year as we celebrated the New Year in Baltimore at Rams Head Live with 6 plus hours of music. The Bridge kicked off the night with a smokin' set with Rob Koritz sitting in for most of the show. We then rolled into our 2nd ever Acoustic Set on the east coast: Deep Elem, Monkey, Cold Jordan, You Ain't Woman Enough, Midnight Moonlight, Mountains of the Moon into Ripple. We took a short break and rocked right into our 1st Electric Set: Help>Slip>Franklin's, Cassidy (w/Donna), Next Time You See Me, Cumberland, Midnight Hour - into the countdown and back to Midnight Hour>China>Rider. At midnight, there was the thunder of confetti cannons, a shower of balloons and a return of Father Time as he welcomed in the New Year by shadowing the musicians and dancing his timeless freaky dance with Donna Jean. As the confetti settled and the balloons kept bouncing, we went into our 3rd Set Scarlet (w/Donna)>William Tell>The Eleven>Fire(w/Both ladies)>Drumz>Sp...anish jam>Alligator>Blues for Allah>St Stephen>Viola Lee. Encores w/ both ladies...I'll Be With Thee>Tangled Up in Blue. We hope that you all had as much fun as we did and we wish you all the happiest and healthiest of New Years.

The Boat Was A Rockin'

As the ship set sail, DSO launched their first set of the week on the Pool Deck with an original setlist packed with gems. A massive segway of Playin in the Band-> Cryptical->The Other One->Cryptical->Drums->Space->Playin in the Band->Eyes of the World->Sugar Magnolia sent the ship dancing into the high seas. A couple nights later the band held court in the Teatro Carlo Felice Theater closing out night 4 of the cruise. From the opening jam that led to Shakedown Street, the night was on. The sets highlight was the run of Alligator->St Stephen->William Tell Bridge->The Eleven->Drums->Space-> Truckin->Death Don't Have No Mercy->Lovelight.

In addition to the two formal sets, various DSO members were found all over the boat in different musical groupings. Both Rob Koritz and Rob Barraco were found in The Jam Room well past 5:00 am on more than one occasion. Rob Koritz joined The Everyone Orchestra for their improvised set. Dino joined the Rock Star Karaoke Band which included members of Hot Buttered Rum. As pictures and recordings surface we are sure to uncover other stories and will share them as they come to light.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Winter Tour 2010
02/03 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN TICKETS
02/04 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
02/05+ Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
02/06+ Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
02/08 Englert Civic Theatre Iowa City, IA TICKETS
02/10 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
02/11 The Pageant St. Louis, MO TICKETS
02/12 Egyptian Room at Murat Center Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
02/13 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
02/14 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH TICKETS
02/16 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
02/18 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
02/19+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/20+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/21 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
02/24 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL TICKETS
02/25 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS TICKETS
02/26+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
02/27+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
03/01 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL TICKETS
03/03 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA TICKETS
03/04 House of Blues Houston, TX TICKETS
03/05 House of Blues Dallas, TX TICKETS
03/06 Stubb's Waller Creek Austin, TX TICKETS
Just Announced - Spring Tour
04/07 Belly Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/08 Vilar Center Avon, CO
04/09 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/10 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
04/17 The Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA TICKETS
04/19 Ashland Armory Ashland, OR
04/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA
04/22 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/23 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/24 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/28 El Rey Theater Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
04/30 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
05/01 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson

Thanks to Jam Cruise for throwing a great party!

Shakedown Street ft. Rob Eaton @ Boulder Theater

By virtue of their success, Shakedown Street have proven that Grateful Dead music is an American musical institution that is rallied by hundreds of thousands and hard to resist . By necessity and demand, there are literally dozens of Grateful Dead cover bands in this country. However, Shakedown Street has garnered a national reputation as being the mother of all Dead bands!!

Rob-eatonShakedown Street has provided a musical and spiritual public service for "deadheads" for over 21 years. The Band has performed numerous times with former members of the Grateful Dead including; Vince Welnick (keyboards), Tom Constanten (Keyboards), and Bob Bralove (the Dead's longtime sound designer.) Shakedown Street has also played with and opened for many national acts including three shows with Hot Tuna, twice with the J.G.B. Band, twice with The David Nelson Band, Merl Suanders and the Rainforest Band, several shows with Spirit, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Jerry Jeff Walker, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Arlo Guthrie, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many others.

Colorado Daily presents
SHAKEDOWN STREET
ft. Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra
Friday, Sept 4
doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com
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The World According to Rob Arthur

artwork by Rob Arthur- for the Grateful Web

As a musician, Rob Arthur played with Five For Fighting, Joan Osborne, Kate Pierson of the B52s, and many others.  He's currently the keyboardist/guitarist for Peter Frampton.  Most recently, he played in the house band at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Gala to support music education, for the 3rd year running.

I imagined, therefore, when I asked him what works of art inspired him, he would begin listing songs. Instead, he began with Venice, describing it as a masterpiece we can walk through and participate in. He seems, in fact, to see the world this way. He conveys this perception by painting what he describes as the photographs he can't take with his camera, developing them with watercolors and paper in lieu of film. The final products, he says, are snapshots of his imagination.

Not surprisingly, the lens of his minds eye not only captures what he sees but translates sounds into images as well. Fluid watercolors are manipulated in his paintings as he describes chords are manipulated in a piece of music, to effect subtle changes that culminate in powerful results.  Sometimes his brushstrokes ripple colors quietly, introspectively, like notes played in a minor key. With equal frequency, they skip a bold Charleston across the page, tracking vibrant splashes of footsteps.

For example, his portrait of Thelonious Monk exemplifies the jazz greats' music; discordant elements combine to create a cohesive whole. Dominant blues and reds are cacophonous but the picture is sonorous. When we see it, it is as though we are seeing Monks' songs where, as Arthur describes, opposites combine in free, expressive leaps, absent of boundaries. To achieve this, he poured paint onto the page, letting it bleed together in some areas, masking to prevent it from overflowing into others.

Contrastingly, he painted Sinatra in a more controlled way, using only one or two brushes. The resultant figure is cool, relaxed, yet precise, alert, as if he slid from the blank void of paper then focused with a Technicolor snap. The crooner seems, like Goyas' portrait subjects, to have been caught unawares though he is obviously posing. It is as though Arthur interrupted him mid-performance, captured his expression at that moment, and then finished the tune with his brush.

Arthur doesn't just convey integral sounds when painting musicians. He depicted Nixon bowling, for example, using a poster he saw in the movie, "The Big Lebowski" as a model. The image broadcasts the tragi-comic din of Watergate. The former president gets a ball rolling which will, of course knock down carefully stacked pins with a crashing clatter. The observer knows and hears what Nixon, at the moment of action, doesn't, that the boom of failure rather than the riot of success echoes as pins fall. His expression is fixed, serious, as though he's struggling to concentrate amidst the noise of the falling pins of players close to him, ridiculously striving to make sure his own follow.

Arthur hears the voice of places and things as well as of people and events. In his paintings of Venice, for example, water, buildings and gondolas breathe through the page in vibrant bursts. In, "In Brooklyn", slants of light hum softly as if they hope to lull the stylized corners of intrusive, jabbing buildings.

Arthur achieves this undoubtedly because, in his creative life, music and painting intersect. When I asked him which he finds more fulfilling, he said that one reminds him of the other, pointing out that the essential elements of his creative process for both are the same. Comparing executing a painting to recording a piece of music he said:

"The biggest mistake you can make is to try something five times until you get it perfect. Your first impression is usually best. It is what will communicate the most what elements of it have life. You have to be careful not to over-cook a piece, to stand back and let it sit for a second. You have to not be afraid stop before you think you're finished."

Similarly, when viewed as a whole, his work is something like a list of songs he'd choose for an album, or a set list he'd create for a gig. "People don't want to hear the same thing over and over", he said of music, "the best show or album is the one in which you express all the moods you have. Uplifting, heartfelt, silly, as long as it's honest. If you encompass everything, it makes it interesting." His paintings achieve this, communicating a wide range of emotions and experiences rather than reflecting one tone.

But, to Arthur, process is almost more important than product. It is what seems to intrigue him most in his own work and in the work of artists he admires. Something of a bibliophile, he expands and refines his painting techniques in part by reading about the creative process of others.

He has carefully examined the methods of masters like Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Edward Hopper. As he has evolves as a painter, he says he incorporates their techniques less and less consciously. Although quiet undertones of master works can sometimes be identified in his pieces, his emerging style is, like Arthur himself, fiercely individual.

His work is influenced not only by the creative processes of great painters, but those of others who have reached creative fulfillment as well. "Whenever people talk about how they put something together, they're talking about creating something", he said. "Reading about Orson Wells is as inspiring as reading about Miles Davis. They're doing the same thing essentially, trying to reach a creative goal."

If he thinks a piece looks good when he feels it's complete, he's delighted. If he doesn't, he's still delighted. Arthur pointed out that it's the innocence of discovery; the attempt to capture light, color, shape and shadow that holds him in thrall. "It doesn't help to try to be the greatest", he said. "It is more important to learn not to be afraid to not be the greatest. The point is to be an artist in life."

Rob has a new CD, Anywhere but Home, to which Peter Frampton and Allen Toussaint, along with many other talented artists, lend their remarkable talents. He's currently writing songs for the next one.