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NEW ENERGY PROJECTS TO PLAY BIG ROLE IN RECOVERY

The Colorado Governor’s Energy Office said today it is establishing a competitive bid process to fund shovel-ready New Energy Economy projects with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

 

The Energy Office also is co-sponsoring a recovery conference for utility-company officials on Tuesday, featuring Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien, Energy Office Director Tom Plant, Public Utilities Commission Chairman Ron Binz and many others.

 

“President Obama last month chose to sign the recovery act into law in Colorado to showcase Colorado’s New Energy Economy,” Gov. Ritter said. “For the past two years, we’ve attracted new companies and created thousands of new jobs by establishing Colorado as a national leader in the manufacturing, production and research of clean energy.

 

“The recovery act will help drive the New Energy Economy forward by creating new opportunities for families, businesses and communities all across Colorado,” Gov. Ritter said.

 

The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) will issue a request for shovel-ready project proposals at the end of March or in early April, depending on the timing of guidelines from the U.S. Department of Energy.

 

The GEO defines shovel-ready as an energy efficiency or renewable energy infrastructure project or program that has been extensively developed and for which there is a clear path to implementation within 90 days from the time of award.

 

To submit questions or ideas about this process, go to www.colorado.gov/energy/recovery/inquiry.asp . For more information on shovel-ready projects go to www.colorado.gov/energy/recovery/shovel-ready.asp.

 

On Tuesday, the GEO is teaming with several state agencies to host an energy-related recovery conference focused on how Colorado gas and electric utilities and their customers can benefit from the recovery act.

 

The conference is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel ballroom at 1881 Curtis St. in downtown Denver.

 

For an agenda and registration information, click here or visit www.dora.state.co.us/puc/agendas/03-10-09ARRA-Symposium.pdf.

 

Other co-sponsors include the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

 

For additional information and to monitor how recovery funds are being spent in Colorado, visit www.colorado.gov/recovery.

 

PHIX to play TWO shows in Denver this weekend

Paul from Phix- for the Grateful Web

Ever since Phish announced their reunion, our heads have been FILLED with Phishy thoughts.  We've been digging back through our collections and listening to all of the old shows with a renewed love for the music.  And though rumors abound regarding some Phish shows in Colorado this summer, nothing has been announced yet.  And we are well aware that, as lucky as a couple of us are to be going to Hampton next month, MOST folks here in Colorado didn't get so lucky and will have to miss out.  So we thought, what the hell, let's play a couple of PHIX shows here in Denver...it'll be a little warm-up for the reunion shows and the summer tour, a little Phix for those who can't be there for whatever reason.  And it'll most definitely be a blast, and a great chance to get together with all of our friends who we don't see so often these days...

We should also add that we have opening acts on both nights, both of which feature Phix bass beeyotch Brian Adams, the hardest-working bassist in Colorado.  On Friday 2/13, the band is Ethereal Plane, featuring Patrick Latella on guitar and some outstanding funky, fusiony jams.  On Sat. 2/14, the opener is Magnolia Row, a wonderful bluegrass band featuring excellent musicianship and beautiful vocal harmonies.  We think you'll really enjoy both bands, and we hope you'll get there early both nights to hear them play.  Music will get going by 9:30, if not earlier, and Phix will take the stage by 10:45 or so both evenings.

We look forward to seeing our Colorado friends and family at these shows, and we thank everyone for all the support you have given us over the years.  It'll probably be a while before you get another e-mail from us, since these are the only Phix shows we have on the calendar.  We don't know what the future holds for Phix, but we have been very thankful for the opportunities we have had to get back together over the last year or so, and it may still happen again in the future...but meanwhile, we're all looking forward to getting out to see the real deal this spring and summer, and we hope to bump into some of you at the shows.  

The Walkmen Play Conan O'Brien This Monday Jan. 26th

The Walkmen- for the Grateful Web

The Walkmen play Conan O'Brien this Monday January 26th.  The Walkmen make 25 top year end lists including NPR & Pitchfork Media. The Walkmen are currently on a west coast tour.  And their new album, Now/You and Me is out now on Gigantic Music.

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Pitchfork: #19 Album Of The Year
Pitchfork track of the year: #26 (In the New Year)
Pitchfork.Tv performance: Best of '08 (along with others)
Pitchfork readers poll: #13
Pitchfork readers poll, songs: #15 (In The New Year)
Gorilla vs Bear Chris: #8
Gorilla vs Bear David: #3
Gorilla vs Bear Chris (In the New Year, song): #4
Gorilla vs. Bear David (Donde esta la playa, song): #1
Hype Machine [Zeitgeist] best albums: #16
MTV (James Montgomery's top 25 list): #22
Myspace feature: one of the 50 best albums of 08
NPR World Cafe: #9
The Onion AV Club: #3
The Orchard: #8
Popmatters.com: #22
Stereogum (gummy awards): #10
Time Out NY (Colin St. John, Music Writer's personal list): #1
Tiny Mix Tapes: #18
Tripwire: #12
Treble Zine: #6
Under the Radar: #36
Underrated Magazine: #36
Venus Magazine: #3 (Best Rock Albums)
WOXY: #15 

The Dead Trees play at Larimer Lounge on December 2nd

The Dead Trees- for the Grateful Web

When it all started out, Matthew, Noah, Tad and Michael weren't really a 'band' exactly but the fruits this "not band" ended up being the much loved Fort Music EP earlier this year.

Last spring, The Dead Trees self released Fort Music EP was widely supported through the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and landed these friends from Boston to supporting Albert Hammond, Jr. on a national tour. They just about burned down the Metro in Chicago, abandoned a broken down van somewhere in Iowa (which is heavily chronicled in Daytrotter.com) along the way playing shows that LA's The House Of Blues in LA and Webster Hall in NYC.

The band plan on touring in support of King Of Rosa throughout the fall/winter of 2008, and into 2009. 

NOV 26- The Lounge @ Elm Street - Dallas, Texas
NOV 28- Warehouse Live- Houston, Texas
NOV 29- The Parish -Austin, Texas
NOV 30 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom 2nd Stage
DEC 02 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
DEC 04 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
DEC 05 - San Diego, CA - H.O.B. - 5th Street Side Stage
DEC 06 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
DEC 07 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
DEC 09 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
DEC 11 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
DEC 12 - Vancouver, BC - The Plaza Club
DEC 13 - Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan

Leftover Salmon to play Vail, CO + Upcoming Projects

photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Leftover Salmon will perform a full two set show on December 12th at the Dobson Ice Arena. This show will be part of the Snow Daze Festival held each year in Vail Colorado as a kickoff party to the winter season. 

 

Get your tickets before November 30th and save $10! Tickets are $25.00 before Nov 30th and $35.00 after.

 

For complete info and other confirmed acts, events, and activities go to www.vailsnowdaze.com.  Tickets are now on sale through Leftover's fan ticketing and on the Snow daze website.

 

Mark Vann Foundation

It's that time of year again for the annual Mark Vann Foundation Benefit. This will once again take place at the Boulder Theater.

This will be a very special evening of music. Both Drew and Vince will be present with their respective bands!

Show Details:

6th Annual Mark Vann Foundation Holiday Benefit Show

December 6th, 2008

Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO

7:30 pm $15 adv/$17 dos


Vince Herman and Great American Taxi w/ Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth

Emmitt-Nershi Band

Oakhurst

Jefferson Hamer, KC Groves and Greg Schochet Trio

Pete Kartsounes Band

Reed Foehl

Fat Rabbit

Vince Herman
Great American Taxi
Kicks of a run through northern California this week.
Sat Nov 15    Live on KPIG at 2pm!
Sat Nov 15    Red Devil Lounge - San Francisco CA
Sun Nov 16    Fernwood- Big Sur CA
Mon Nov 17    Crow's Nest- Santa Cruz CA

Great American Taxi is excited about heading into Backbone Studio in December to record the follow-up to their 2007 debut release "Streets of Gold." Tim Carbone will be producing and lending some fiddle to the record. Barry Sless will be guesting on pedal steel. Taxi plans to release the record in March of 2009.

Drew Emmitt News
The Drew Emmitt Band
Hits the Road this week with shows in the mid west.
Fri Nov 14    THE LIVERY    Benton Harbor    MI
Sat Nov 15    GAR HALL    Peoria    IL
Mon Nov 17    WYCE GIG    Grand Rapids    MI
Wed Nov 19    MORSE THEATRE    Chicago    IL
Thu Nov 20    MIRAMAR THEATER    Milwaukee    WI
Fri Nov 21    LUCAS SCHOOL HOUSE    St Louis    MO
Sat Nov 22    REDSTONE ROOM    Davenport    IA

Emmitt-Nershi Band
Dec 31 2008     
Ryman Auditorium (Emmitt/Nershi Band)
New Years Eve with Del McCoury Band!    
Nashville, Tennessee

Jan 4 2009    
Jam Cruise 7 (Emmitt-Nershi Band & LOS)    
Ft Lauderdale, Belize City, Costa Maya

New York Dolls Play Craig Ferguson Oct 28th & Release New Album

New York Dolls- for the Grateful Web

New York Dolls announce the release of their brand new unabashed live album. Recorded in December of last year at NYC's Fillmore East, this disc captures ten prime tracks from the reunited Dolls:  "Babylon," "Trash," "Jet Boy," "Personality Crisis," "Rainbow Store," "Looking for a Kiss," "Puss 'N' Boots," "Dance Like a Monkey," "Pills," and "Lonely Planet Boy." Its everything you have come love about the Dolls over their giant spanning career, yet still keeps you on your toes and wanting more.

Morrissey recently exclaimed this with a fervor that somehow made his chronologically impossible claims seem plausible. Watching footage of the 'Dolls onstage two years ago at the behest of one of their biggest fans (who was curating the prestigious Meltdown Festival in London) one realized just how vast - and heretofore unsung - their influence truly was. Everyone knows the famous logo: chrome lipstick, scrawling that name across an unseen mirror, but it's more than the great brand. It's not about the androgyny either. Skinny boys were wearing make up long before them. Little Richard. Elvis. It's not even about the music, as the Dolls themselves were always quick to credit 50's R&B numbers or early 60's girl group productions as their own influences. Really, what makes the Dolls so eternal is the attitude - it got into rock's water supply and never left. Kiss, Aerosmith, The Ramones, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, The Damned, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, Hanoi Rocks, The Strokes, The Libertines and just about any gang of strutting rockers who are convinced that their band could take your band and possibly your whole town in a pretty for pretty, ugly for ugly throwdown. The Dolls, and their disciples win, not just with brawn but with what guitarist Sylvain Sylvain calls "plenty of intellect and plenty of sex."

Thirty five years into their existence (thirty one since they disbanded down in Florida in a haze of smack withdrawal and managerial anarchy), with three men down, they can still take your band, pretty for pretty, ugly for ugly, onstage, and now, with the long (long) awaited follow up to 1974's awesome Too Much, Too Soon, on CD too. "You know how England is," David Johansen quips in his Staten Island drawl, thick as South Ferry sludge, "We made a big noise over there, and we were having so much fun, we decided to keep going." "The phone didn't stop ringing," Sylvain adds, "The kids wanted this. Kids of all ages." An album's worth of brand new New York Dolls compositions, as unlikely as it may have seemed in 2003, was a foregone conclusion after wildly successful festival and live dates that spanned the past two years. They were a reunion when they re-started. Now, with replacement members feeling comfortable stepping into the stack heels of departed legends like Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, and most recently Arthur "Killer" Kane, they're a gang once more. "It won't be very long that we'll be together longer than the original band was," Johansen laughs.

Tour Dates
Oct 29 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
Dec 3 Madrid, ESP Joy Eslava
Dec 4 Santiago, ESP Sala Capitol
Dec 5 Baracaldo, ESP Rockstar Live
Dec 6 Zaragoza, ESP Oasis
Dec 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Club w/ X
Dec 27 - New York, NY - Fillmore at Irving Plaza

THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS TO PLAY DENVER ON AUGUST 31

- for the Grateful Web

The Fabulous Thunderbirds will be playing Taste of Colorado at the Qwest Main Stage, in Civic Center Park, in downtown Denver on August 31 at 7:30 PM.  Admission is free for the entire Taste of Colorado event, which runs from August 29 through September 1.  For more information, please call 303-295-6330.

For over thirty years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group's distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as "Tuff Enuff" and "Wrap It Up."

Founding member Kim Wilson spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation. "We started as a straight blues band." vocalist and harmonica player Wilson says. "We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles. We're an American music band and we're higher energy than ever before." The Fabulous Thunderbirds features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass.

Wilson's musical talents have garnered him multiple Blues Awards and Grammy Nominations. The Blues Foundation 2008 blues Music Awards named Wilson   "Instrumentalist - Harmonica" category.  In 2006, he was named "Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year" in 2006, and "Lookin' for Trouble!" was named Blues Song of the Year in 2004. Wilson has contributed to the work of many other great artists such as the legendary Muddy Waters (who called him his "son"), contemporary artist Bonnie Raitt, guitar legends Stevie Ray Vaughn and brother Jimmy Vaughn, and Martin Scorsese's movie "The Blues". With his current movie project "Cadillac Records," Wilson continues to focus on the music he loves.

With over 20 albums recorded and millions sold, Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds tour the world performing their own unique style of music. Ranging from pop anthems like "Powerful Stuff" which was featured in the Tom Cruise movie "Cocktail," to the low down blues of "Chicago," this brand of honest music brings fans back time and again.

Having shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana and blues legends BB King and Buddy Guy and countless others, The Fabulous Thunderbirds continue to tour Europe and the North America, bringing more great music to their fans worldwide.

Their new CD (tentative title "Pay Back Time") is to be released in mid-2008.

Charlie Hunter and Nels Cline play the Boulder Theater

"Excuse me sir, can I help you find something?"

"No, I don't think so."

"Well which seats are you supposed to be in?"

"Seats? What do you mean?"

"This is the reserved seating section, you have to have a special ticket to sit down here."

"Oh, no problem. I'm not going to sit, I'm here to take pictures of the band."