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MIKE + RUTHY'S FOLK CITY Tonight At Cornelia Street Café

Mike + Ruthy's Folk City is the new 4th-Wednesday series at Cornelia Street Cafe. This month Mike + Ruthy will be inviting the family on stage for a heart-warming evening of American roots music! Jay Ungar and Molly Mason achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay's composition, Ashokan Farewell, became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns' The Civil War on PBS. When the whole family band gets together, they'll have your toes tapping with everything from cajun to celtic fiddle tunes and favorites from the golden age of country and swing. reservations strongly reccommend.

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Wed  Oct 27th 8:30PM      
MIKE + RUTHY'S FOLK CITY, (JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND)
(Jay Ungar, violin, mandolin; Molly Mason, guitar, piano; Ruthy Ungar, violin, guitar; Mike Merenda, banjo, percussion)

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

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

Ben Harper and Relentless7 on Jay Leno

Relentless7 on Jay Leno Oct 8

Ben Harper and Relentless7 will be joined by a very special guest on The Jay Leno Show this Thurs, Oct 8. Check local NBC listings for details.

Austin City Limits premieres October 10

Relentless7 make their Austin City Limits debut in this special 35th Anniversary season starting Saturday, October 10 on PBS. Get photos, video and air times on your local PBS station at austincitylimits.org.

The BH & R7 Community has launched!

It's been a while coming but we are proud to announce the launch of the official Ben Harper and Relentless7 community. With your new account you can rate and comment on the content, upload your own videos and photos, create your own blog (of which the best will be randomly featured), and start getting some fresh exclusive goodies you won't find anywhere else.  Plus we've also brought the R7 tour archive online, and jammed it full of setlists and photos.

Joe Deninzon + Jay and the Americans News & Dates

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius- for the Grateful Web

Joe Deninzon's summer "vacation" includes collaborations with a variety of folks.  He's the musical director for SPIDER DANCE, which he describes as an Italian Riverdance crossed with Cirque Du Soleil, and celebrates the mythical and therapeutic history of the dance, the Tarantella. Mixed with electronic music, the show features fire dancers, stilt walkers, and aerial dancers and percussionist Alessandra Belloni.   From August 9 through the 23, SPIDER DANCE will tour Spain and Italy.

Joe has also co-created an electric, classical music quartet called Metro Strings.  He, of course, plays violin.  Also in the quartet are: and Brazz Tree violinist Mazz Swift and Sweet Plantain's cellist/vocalist David Gotay, and Hiroko Taguchi on viola.

He's got other projects happening; check them out at his NEW website.

Stratospheerius has many tour highlights this summer and an unreleased live bootleg song with vocals called "Climbing," which he wrote for his wife, Yulia, a member of the New York City Philharmonic.

Here are confirmed tourdates for Stratospheerius (more dates, especially on the West Coast in September, to be confirmed)

July 11                          w/ Metro Strings live!  Fat Baby, New York, NY
July 12                          Great South Bay Music Festival
July 25                          w/Danny Aiello's jazz band St. Anne's Church, Hoboken, NJ
August 29                        The Winchester, Lakewood OH
August 30                        Detroit International Jazz Festival
September 4                      Winston's  San Diego, CA 
September 5th                    Leavitt Pavilion, Pasadena, CA (FREE ALL AGES CONCERT)
September 9                      The Red Fox Tavern, Eureka, CA
September 13                     Jam on the Lake  Williamstown, NJ 
September 26                     Harvest Celebration, Fulton, NY
September 27                     Bearslee Castle   Little Falls, NY 
October 3 and 4                  Harvest Fest in Maine   Starks, ME

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Jay and the Americans are performing very special classic shows this year.  While one of the group's concerts are always a treat, these gigs are connected to the history of rock and roll:

August 9, the group performs a benefit concert for the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Sharon, PA.  The Vocal Group Hall of Fame inducts performers from every era of music history where group members harmonize with each other.  Inducted groups include Simon and Garfunkel, the Cowsills, the Whispers….

On November 1, the guys will be performing at a tribute to Gene Pitney to raise funds for the Somers Education Foundation, which raises money for special educational programs.  The benefit takes place at La Renaissance Banquet House in East Windsor, CT.  The contact number is 413-531-6104.  Event producer Evan Plotkin was a childhood friend of the late Gene Pitney.  Gene's career started in the late '50s, and included so many highlights: including introducing psychedelia to American culture with a 1963 hit "Mecca," singing pop songs with a theatrical flair - "Town Without Pity," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."  In the late 1980s, he collaborated with Mark Almond. Like Jay and the Americans, Gene recorded "Cara Mia."  Visit my youtube playlist to hear and see Gene performing "Mecca," "It Hurts To Be In Love," and other hits with a full orchestra.

Jay and the Americans will also perform on a classic rock cruise from January 17 through 24 in the Eastern Caribbean. The tour includes The Guess Who, Paul Revere and Dean Torrance of Jan and Dean fame.  Tickets are available c/o Tammy Selee at Harmon Travel: 208-388-3000.

There will be some amazing shows in group members' hometowns: July 27 is the Boulton Center for the Arts in Bay Shore, NY.  Phone: 631-794-2040.

Jay Reincke is based out of Chicago.  These two summer dates will be great: July 18, at the Lake Zurich Alpine Fest, in Lion's Park, Lake Zurich, IL.  Contact: 847-847-2171

The Buckinghams will also be on hand for the Northbrook Days Festival, which runs from July 30 through August 3.  Jay and the Americans will perform on August 2. Phone: 847-498-5555