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Ultraviolet Hippopotamus Winter Tour

ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS is an explosive six-piece jam rock band from Grand Rapids, MI with a rapidly growing fan base all over the MidWest and Colorado, as well as online with thousands of listeners nationwide. Recently described by Recoil Magazine as "one of Michigan's most promising bands," UV HIPPO mixes tight funky jams with new dance beats and strange effects for a killer musical experience. The band performs an eclectic array of composed and improvised original material, dancing between genres of funk, jazz, electronica, reggae, bluegrass, and progressive rock.


The Marquee Magazine " experiencing UV Hippo live, jam band fans are quickly reminded why they fell in love with thegenre’s sound in the first place..."

Detroit Free Press "... music Frank Zappa would be proud of..."

Lansing State Journal "UV Hippo is all the rage these days... and fans all over are hooked."

The word is out, and the band is seeing more and more repeat offenders traveling further distances to develop their MidWest following into a national sensation. With a solid foundation of dedicated fans
leading the way, UV HIPPO is embarking on their Winter 2010 Tour, returning to Pennsylvania and Iowa, performing for the first time in Kentucky and Missouri, spending some time in the MidWest and hitting
Colorado for the third time in nine months. UVH kicks off their Colorado run with back to back shows opening for Garaj Mahal at Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins and Agave in Avon on February 17th and 18th. This is not the first time these outfits have shared the stage, playing two high energy, insane shows in Kalamazoo and Chicago together at the end 2009. UVH is extremely excited about their time with GM in Colorado, as Fort Collins promises to be a night of true badass-ery!

The Official ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS Tour Schedule is as follows:

Fri. 1/22 The Winchester Music Hall Cleveland, OH
Sat. 1/23 The Docksider Erie, PA
Thur. 1/28 Bell's Brewery Kalamazoo, MI
Fri. 1/29 The Mad Frog Cincinnati, OH
Fri. 2/5 Mac's Bar Lansing, MI
Fri. 2/12 Cosmic Charlie's Lexington, KY
Sat. 2/13 Kaysan's 5th Down Fort Wayne, IN
Sun. 2/14 Parlor City Pub Cedar Rapids, IA
Tue. 2/16 320 South Breckenridge, CO
Wed. 2/17 Hodi's Half Note w/ Garaj Mahal Fort Collins, CO
Thur. 2/18 Agave w/ Garaj Mahal Avon, CO
Fri. 2/19 Ullr's Winter Park, CO
Sat. 2/20 Winter Park Resort Winter Park, CO
Sun. 2/21 Mountain Sun Brewery Boulder, CO
Mon. 2/22 Sancho's Broken Arrow Denver, CO
Wed. 2/24 Tugboat Steamboat Springs, CO
Thur. 2/25 Tugboat Steamboat Springs, CO
Fri. 2/26 First Street Pub Nederland, CO
Sat. 2/27 Owsley's Golden Road w/ Papadosio Denver, CO
Tue. 3/2 Tres Hombres Carbondale, IL
Wed. 3/3 Gramophone Saint Louis, MO
Thur. 3/4 The Uptowner Charleston, IL
Fri. 3/5 Harrison's Landing Elkhart, IN
Sat. 3/6 Booney's Avon, IN

The Winter 2010 Tour is just the beginning of an ambitious list of new initiatives, long-term goals, and a commitment to responsible touring for UVH this year. After signing with Simon Says Booking Agency and
playing the Rothbury Pre-Party with EOTO in 2009, UV HIPPO is ready for a full plate. In addition to releasing their third full length studio album later in 2010, the band plans on touring both coasts and
everywhere they can in between, including stops on the national festival circuit.

A significant part of the 200-show agenda ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS has planned for 2010, will be promoting green principles and sustainable touring. An important step in making this goal a reality
is investing in a used diesel shuttle bus and converting the bus to run on veggie oil, obtained through the discarded oil from FastFood joints! Coined, the "Hippopota-bus", this 1995 Ford E-350 Mini-Bus will
greatly reduce tour costs, lessen the band's overall carbon footprint and remove themselves from the global oil crisis. To promote their cause and raise funds, while educating their fans about sustainability,
UVH will launch a new line of organic, recycled clothing and other cool products throughout 2010. All profits from this new green line of clothing will go towards the purchase of the "Hippopota-bus" and
veggie-oil conversion. There will also be a donation jar, a limited edition poster and other sustainable 'Help Hippo Go Green' merchandise available, to support the band's new direction.

Taj Mahal, Dave Hidalgo unite on 'American Horizon'

Blues legend Taj Mahal and master guitarist/multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) have collaborated with Mexican-American roots group Los Cenzontles (pronounced los senn-sont-less) to tell a timely story of hope, struggle and gratitude of the American worker. Traversing traditional Mexican, blues, cumbia and psychedelic rock styles, they create a distinctive, fresh and exciting sound. The November 3 release will be distributed through ADA Distribution.

Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music and a two-time Grammy winner. Starting his career more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world -- western Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Hawaiian Islands. In American Horizon, Taj explores the deep connections between his own cultural roots and those of Mexican American traditions.

Best known for his work with three-time Grammy winners Los Lobos, David Hidalgo has a musical trajectory that is broad and deep. As songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, accordionist and keyboardist he has delved into rock, traditional and experimental styles. His productions reflect the intimacy and creativity of Latino music and its place in the American cultural landscape.

Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) are a group of musicians deeply bonded to folk roots while incorporating other styles and genres into their music. With fluid harmonies by Lucina Rodriguez, Fabiola Trujillo and Hugo Arroyo they incorporate a sound of California into everything they record. Their first collaboration with David Hidalgo in 2008, Songs of Wood & Steel, brought the group wider recognition from the press. Vintage Guitar magazine said, "The group has created an album that seamlessly incorporates rock and blues elements into traditional Mexican forms, smacking of neither academia nor compromise."

On American Horizon, Los Cenzontles, David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal share composing credits on this groundbreaking bilingual release. Los Cenzontles founder Eugene Rodriguez served as producer with Hidalgo. He and Hidalgo met when Rodriguez produced Los Lobos' 1995 children's album Papa's Dream, which was nominated for a Grammy.

Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) evolved out of the Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, a community cultural center founded in San Pablo by Eugene Rodriguez in 1989. An innovative group of musicians and dancers that amplifies the roots of Mexican culture, they are led by Rodriguez, who has been schooling them in arcane Mexican folk music styles since their youths. Through numerous CDs and DVD documentaries, Los Cenzontles adds an essential voice to the global conversation among cultural traditions, attracting collaborations with internationally recognized artists like Linda Ronstadt, the Chieftains, Ry Cooder and others. The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney said, "Meeting Los Cenzontles was just like meeting a medieval clan of wonderful musicians from the West Coast of Ireland. The fusion of their music with ours was something that just had to happen. It was inevitable." And Ronstadt enthused, "Los Cenzontles' gutsy rhythms and delightful voices reinvigorated my love of Mexican music."

On Sunday, October 3, Los Cenzontles along with Mahal and Hidalgo will perform before an audience of 18,000 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl as part of "¡Bienvenido Gustavo!," a free concert celebrating the L.A. Philharmonic's new director, Gustavo Dudamel. The show will also feature Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Herbie Hancock, as well as the L.A. Phil and others. Tickets were quickly snapped up and are no longer available.

Lyrics and translations for American Horizon may be found at http://www.themockingbirds.info/store/merch_cds.php

Garaj Mahal's New CD, 'w00t,' - Street Date 9/9/2008

photos by Susan J. Weiand- for the Grateful Web

When you hear your first Garaj Mahal note, leading into an innovative fusion of funky jazz with a tasty world music flair, all other thoughts leave your mind as the music takes you on an unforgettable voyage. Fans return to experience the band again and again because they know they will always hear something new and progressive from these four first-class musicians: guitar and sitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, world-renowned bass master and educator Kai Eckhardt, gospel-inspired funky jazz keyboardist Eric Levy, and consistently in-the-pocket, natural-born drummer Alan Hertz, Garaj Mahal combines a century of musical experience to create a sound that's always new, freshly infused with a wide spectrum of musical expression, and always smoking hot.

Touring extensively since their formation in 2000, Garaj Mahal continues to earn critical acclaim and a rowing fanbase thanks to their ability to deliver serious "shut-up-and-listen" grooves while simultaneously bringing the dance floor alive. Their collective musical experience allows them to constantly push the envelope of composition and improvisation. Garaj Mahal's sound - a convergence of jazz-style improvisation, mystical Middle-Eastern atmospheres, and danceable American funk - attracts music lovers from all parts of the spectrum and creates a profoundly unique experience.

Each band member dedicates every drop of his education, history, and life-long passion for music to their audience every time they step on stage. The band member's virtuosity is no surprise when you look at even a few of the artists they've performed and/or recorded with over the years, including Dizzy Gillespie, John McLaughlin, Sting, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Holland, Bela Fleck, Chick Corea, Steve Smith, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Les Claypool, Trey Anastasio, Umphrey's McGee, MMW, Steve Kimock, and Michael Manring.

UPCOMING GARAJ MAHAL TOUR DATES:

# Aug. 24 Orton Park Fest, Madison, WI
# Aug. 26 the Waterfront, Menomonie, WI
# Aug. 27 Martyr's, Chicago, IL
# Aug. 29 Strip Mines Music Fest, Carbondale, IL
# Aug. 30 The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN
# Aug. 31 Grateful Fest/ Nelson Ledges, Garrettsville, OH
# Sept. 18 Fez Ballroom, Portland, OR
# Sept. 19 Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
# Sept. 20 Nectar, Seattle, WA
# Sept. 23 Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA
# Sept. 24 Red Fox Tavern, Eureka, CA
# Sept. 25 Caspar Inn, Caspar, CA
# Sept. 26 12 Galaxies, San Francisco, CA
# Sept. 27 Biltmore Casino, Crystal Bay, NV
# Oct. 26 MN State, Mankato, MN
# Oct. 28 Duffy's, Chicago, IL
# Oct. 30 Lula Lounge, Toronto Ontario Can
# Oct. 31 Pepper Jack's, Hamilton Ontario Can
# Nov. 1 Maverick's, Ottawa Ontario Can