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The Songwriter's Beat 8th Anniversary Concert

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The Songwriter's Beat, New York's premiere night for performing songwriters, celebrates its eighth anniversary on December 6, 2008 at the renowned Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, New York. Performers include: Ann Klein, Kismet Lyles, Chloe Temtchine and Songwriter's Beat founder Valerie Ghent. A free songwriting workshop will be offered in the afternoon.

Founded by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 250 songwriters and hundreds of new songs. Performers include Broadway-bound Elisabeth Withers (The Color Purple), The Letterman Show's own Felicia Collins, the legendary Jimmy Norman ("Time Is On My Side"), Morley, rocker Patti RothbergJoe Bowie (Defunkt), violinist Deni Bonet (Cyndi Lauper), Haale, funk-metal bass extraordinaire T.M. Stevens, political satirist Roy Zimmerman, bluesman Michael Hill, Songwriter's Exchange members Michael Fracasso and Carolyn Mas, jazz singer Paulette McWilliams w/ Nat Adderly Jr., Christian artist Ginny Owens, cellist Stephanie Winters and hundreds more. Performers hail from NYC and the Tri-State area, as well as from across the USA, Canada, France, Germany, England, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, South Africa and Japan. Notable guests have included legendary songwriter-performer-producers Ashford & SimpsonSteve BuscemiLou Reed and record producers Orrin Keepnews and Mike Thorne.

The Songwriter's Beat supports songwriters and their creative process, providing an encouraging atmosphere for songwriters to try out their newest material and the opportunity to cross-pollinate with other writers and audiences. Featuring four up-and-coming artists of differing genres each month, over 500 new songs have been born over the years - thousands of new songs if you go back a few decades and include the Songwriter's Exchange, where Suzanne Vega got her start. The Songwriter's Beat culminates in the annual Songwriter's Beat Festival, featuring 25 songwriters in 6 nights every July. The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to begin its 9th year of supporting songwriters, bringing new songs to life and artists to new audiences.
 
What: Songwriter's Beat 8th Anniversary Concert

When: Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Time: 9:00pm

Who: Valerie Ghent, Ann Klein, Kismet Lyles, Chloe Temtchine

Where: Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014 212.989.9319

STS9 Releases 'Peaceblaster,' July 8th, 2008

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Dubbed "...one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around" by XLR8R Magazine, STS9 steps out this summer armed with their brand-new, highly anticipated studio album, Peaceblaster. STS9 releases their fourth studio album Peaceblaster, available online and at independent retailers beginning July 8th, 2008 on their self-owned record label, 1320 Records (visit www.thinkindie.com) to find a store near you). The new album features never-before heard tracks that artfully mirror the intensity of STS9's live shows, while preserving the musical intricacies of past studio albums that critics and fans have touted.

Consider the title of the California-based outfit's long-awaited fourth album: Peaceblaster. The two words rub against each other to create an image that is simultaneously utopian and violent, fraught with the very contradiction that permeates America circa now. The result is a tour-de-force of gut-punching rhythms and textured, shimmering tones. The songs don't seem to have been written so much as plucked from the sky. It's as if the beats and melodies have always existed, just waiting for STS9 to channel them.  STS9 already has a tremendous fan base, but Peaceblaster is perhaps more accessible than the band's previous efforts. Peaceblaster is, of course, dense with the Eno-esque layering of live and electronic instruments that STS9 is known for-the chords and samples swirling atop the pulsing bass and drums. But between the beats there is a distinctly human element absent from past records. 

With Peaceblaster, the band has honed their studio chops, but STS9 made their bones on the live stage. Consistently ranking in Pollstar's Top 50 American touring acts, the torrid roadwork continues this summer with an itinerary that takes the band from headlining gigs at legendary venues like Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Berkeley's Greek Theatre, to stops on the festival circuit, where they'll join acts as diverse as Snoop Dogg and The Flaming Lips. This diversity works to shatter the boundaries of genre and scene.

For the month of July, touring heavyweights STS9 and Umphrey's McGee team up for what promises to be one of the hardest-hitting tours of the summer. This co-bill will feature extended sets by both bands, and will stop in Midwest and east coast cities throughout the month of July.  Look, also, for very special late night sets by each band in select markets, including Philadelphia, Raleigh, Madison, Chicago, and NYC. A complete list of STS9's U.S. summer appearances follows.

STS9 and Umphrey's McGee tour stops in the following cities:

July 10 Willow Island Centre Madison WI
July 10 Barrymore Theatre  Madison, WI (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 11 Live on the Levee St. Louis MO  FREE SHOW!
July 12 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha NE
July 15 Moonlite Gardens Cincinnati OH
July 16 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen VA
July 17 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH
July 18 White River Lawn Indianapolis IN
July 19 Charter One Pavilion Chicago IL
July 19 House of Blues Chicago IL (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 23 Higher Ground Burlington VT (STS9 Only)
July 24 Roseland Ballroom New York NY
July 24 Blender at Gramercy New York NY (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 25 Festival Pier at Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA
July 25 Fillmore at TLA Philadelphia PA (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
July 26 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA
July 27 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD
July 30 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC
July 31 Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary NC
July 31 Lincoln Square Theatre Raleigh NC (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
August 01 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA
August 02 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA

With western U.S. headlining shows including:
August 15 The Independent San Francisco, CA (SOLD OUT)
August 16 The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with Bassnectar and special guest TBA  
August 22 McMenamin's Edgefield Portland, OR with special guests Blackalicious
August 23 Marymoor Amphitheatre Seattle, WA with special guests Blackalicious
September 04 Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO (SOLD OUT)
September 05 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Talib Kweli and Flying Lotus
September 06 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Ghostland Observatory and Bassnectar
September 20 San Diego Street Scene San Diego CA

All shows on-sale now at www.sts9.com and on-sale locally through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com.

STS9's Peaceblaster comes nearly three years after their acclaimed 2005 releases, Artifact & Artifact: Perspectives, both of which were named in iTunes list of top albums of the year.  After a flurry of industry attention, STS9 retreated from the limelight to do what they love most:  play music. On the touring front, STS9 reached number 29 on Pollstar Magazine's "PULSE Charts" of the country's top touring artists. The band has shared the stage with a diverse range of acts including James Brown, Jurassic 5, Tortoise, Digable Planets, RJD2, De La Soul, The Brazilian Girls, Prefuse 73, Blackalicious, Saul Williams, Soulive, Cut Chemist, and many others, and has played such festivals as Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Winter Music Conference, and Vegoose Festival.  Recently, the band sold out a 4 night headlining run at Atlanta's Tabernacle, and a 2 night run at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium.