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Keller Williams Announces Winter 2010 Tour

Today one-man-band Keller Williams announces his tour plans for early 2011. In addition to evening theatre shows in Austin, Chicago, and Philadelphia, Keller has confirmed some special matinee performances/book signings in select markets. That’s right, book signings. Hand-in-hand with the release of Keller Williams’ sixteenth album — and first-ever album for kids and families — appropriately titled Kids, Keller once again breaks new ground with the November 30 release of his very first children’s book, Because I Said So (Fun Read Publishing, $20, for ages 2-8, 33 pages).

Before the year’s end, Keller tours as the “Super Music Friend” along select Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! stops. For the holidays, Keller performs some very special shows in and around his hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia, including his 10th annual SPCA Holiday Benefit. A complete list of currently confirmed shows – both evening and matinee performances - is included below.

Based on Keller’s song by the same name (included on Kids), Because I Said So is told through the eyes of “L’il Keller,” who begins by asking, “Mommy, can I have some pink flamingos?” The little fellow soon learns the important life lesson that you can’t always have what you want, and there isn’t always a good reason why. “You can't have an alligator, tractor, giraffe or hippopotamus, cause I said so!" Enhanced by the cleverly drawn illustrations of Virginia artist Bill Harris, Because I Said So is humorous, colorful, heartfelt, and wise. Included with the book is a CD containing the song "Because I Said So.” Because I Said So is available at www.kellerwilliamskids.net.

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KIDS – Keller’s first album release for children and families - has already been warmly embraced by kids’ and music tastemakers:

"[Keller's] big-hearted wit is perfectly suited to the songs on Kids, a record that will entertain children of all ages without talking down to them." - All Music Guide

“Kids sparkles with invention.” - Technorati.com

“This is hands-down my favorite kids album of all time.” - Perfect Porridge

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A number of gift packages that include both Kids and Because I Said So, as well as kid-sized T-shirts with the cute-as-can-be goat babies from the album cover, are available at www.kellerwilliamskids.net.

The complete list of Keller’s currently confirmed tour dates is as follows:

Wednesday, November 17 Humboldt Brews Arcata CA Keller Solo

Thursday, November 18 Memorial Sacramento CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!

Thursday, November 18 Harlow's Sacramento CA Keller Solo

Friday, November 19 Blu Nightclub - Montbleu Resort Lake Tahoe NV

Saturday, November 20 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA

Sunday, November 21 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!

Saturday, November 27 State Theater Falls Church VA

Thursday, December 2 Avalon Theatre Easton MD Keller Williams Kids Show

Friday, December 3 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg PA

Saturday, December 4 Stage One Fairfield CT

Sunday, December 26 Fredericksburg Field House Fredericksburg VA SPCA Benefit

Wednesday, December 29 The Norva Norfolk VA

Thursday, December 30 The National Richmond VA

Friday, December 31 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC

Thursday, January 13 Vilar Performing Arts Center Beaver Creek CO 1st set with the Keels, 2nd set KW solo

Saturday, January 15 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins CO 1st set with the Keels, 2nd set KW solo

Thursday, January 20 Granada Theater Dallas TX

Friday, January 21 Fitzgerald's Houston TX

Saturday, January 22 Antone's Austin TX

Saturday, February 5 Park West Chicago IL KIDS show

Saturday, February 5 Park West Chicago IL

Thursday, February 10 Carnegie Hall New York NY Music of Neil Young at Carnegie Hall

Saturday, February 12 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia PA KIDS show

Saturday, February 12 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia PA

Thursday, February 17 New Daisy Theatre Memphis TN

Friday, February 18 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville TN with Umphrey's McGee

Monotonix to Embark on January and February Tour

Monotonix, Tel Aviv’s preeminent experts in being the best live band around and doling out equestrian treats, are elated to announce more fervid touring in the months of January and February, adding to an already busy December. Coincidentally, these freshly announced dates happen to follow the release of their sophomore full-length, Not Yet, out January 25th on Drag City.  Funny how that happens, no? Additionally, Monotonix are extremely excited to be opening for the one and only Faith No More in Santiago, Chile and Los Angeles, USA! Warning: Things may get EPIC.

Listen to/download the first single off of Not Yet, Give Me More

MONOTONIX TOUR DATES:

Tuesday, Nov. 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium w/ Faith No More

Wednesday, Dec. 1 - Calgary, AB @ Broken City

Thursday, Dec. 2 - Edmonton, AB @ New City

Friday, Dec. 3 - St. Louis, MO @ The Gargoyle Club, Washington University w/ Heavy Cream

Sunday, Dec. 5 - Santiago, Chile @ Estadio Bicentenario de la Florida w/ Faith No More, Primus

Monday, Dec. 6 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum

Tuesday, Dec. 7 - Tallahassee, FL @ Engine Room

Wednesday, Dec. 8 - Atlanta, GA @ 529

Thursday, Dec. 9 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone

Friday, Dec. 10 - Chattanooga, TN @ Discoteca

Saturday, Dec. 11 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's

Sunday, Dec. 12 - Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse

Thursday, Jan. 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Ty Segall

Friday, Jan. 28 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Ty Segall

Saturday, Jan. 29 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk Outside w/ The Strange Boys

Sunday, Jan. 30 - Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves w/ The Strange Boys

Monday, Jan. 31 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack's

Tuesday, Feb. 1 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree Cafe w/ Pujol

Wednesday, Feb. 2 - Nashville, TN @ The End w/ Pujol

Thursday, Feb. 3 - Raleigh, NC @ King's Barcade w/ Pujol, Federation X

Friday, Feb. 4 - Washington, DC @ Comet Pizza w/ Pujol, Federation X

Saturday, Feb. 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent Ave. w/ Pujol, Federation X

Sunday, Feb. 6 - Providence, RI @ Machines with Magnets w/ Pujol

Tuesday, Feb. 8 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom w/ JEFF the Brotherhood, Pujol

Wednesday, Feb. 9 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ JEFF the Brotherhood, Call Me Lightning

Thursday, Feb. 10 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club w/ JEFF the Brotherhood

Friday, Feb. 11 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ JEFF the Brotherhood, Call Me Lightning

Umphrey's McGee Announces 2011 Winter Tour

Having just wrapped up a monumental fall tour, Umphrey’s McGee today announces early 2011 tour plans. The band will begin their winter adventures with their 4th annual destination event, this year in sunny Mexico, where 1000 fans will join them for the sold-out Mayan Holidaze. Soon after, Umphrey’s McGee embarks on a two-month tour that takes them from coast to coast. Along the way, the band will be joined by support acts including Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Orchard Lounge, Zach Deputy, Keller Williams and others to be announced. Ticket Presale for the US Winter Tour begins on Tuesday, November 16 at UMTicketing. Those who purchase early will be entered to win a cool merchandise package (1 winner for each show on the tour!). Visit www.umphreys.com for details. The complete list of winter tour dates is included below.

Before year’s end, Umphrey’s McGee will conclude 2010 with some special holiday performances. Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss’ 8th Annual acoustic holiday show to benefit Ustorm Foundation is on Saturday, December 4th at the Park West in their hometown of Chicago. The following weekend, Umphrey’s McGee is honored to be part of Warren Hayne’s 22nd annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, North Carolina. Finally, the band rings in the New Year with three nights at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Tickets for the New Year’s run are on sale now via Etix.

Umphrey’s McGee will release a collection of new music in early 2011. In a departure from the standard "album" format, Umphrey’s will instead offer up the highly anticipated new material via a series of digital EPs. To get fans warmed-up, Umphrey’s has released a free MP3 download of the band’s brand new song “Wellwishers.” Folks can download it here, and while there, fans can snatch up the Wellwishers widget to easily share the new tune with friends.

Visit www.umphreys.com for news of the bite sized music portions from the band’s perspective, and look for full details regarding the releases to be announced in the coming weeks.

Check out Grateful Web's interview with Jake Cinninger.

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Umphrey’s McGee’s complete Winter tour schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, December 29 - Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL

Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

Thursday, January 27 House of Blues - Boston Boston MA

Friday, January 28 Best Buy Theater New York NY with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Saturday, January 29 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Sunday, January 30 Ram's Head Live Baltimore MD with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Wednesday, February 2 State Theatre State College PA

Thursday, February 3 Buster's Billiards & Backroom Lexington KY with Orchard Lounge

Friday, February 4 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH with Orchard Lounge

Saturday, February 5 The Fillmore Detroit MI with Orchard Lounge

Wednesday, February 9 - Thursday, February 10 Belly Up Aspen Aspen CO

Friday, February 11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO

Saturday, February 12 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS

Sunday, February 13 Slowdown Omaha NE

Wednesday, February 16 Music Farm Charleston SC with Zach Deputy

Thursday, February 17 Orange Peel Asheville NC with Zach Deputy

Friday, February 18 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville TN with Keller Williams

Saturday, February 19 The Fillmore Charlotte NC with Zach Deputy

Sunday, February 20 The National Richmond VA with Zach Deputy

Wednesday, March 2 - Thursday, March 3 Barrymore Theatre Madison WI

Friday, March 4 - Saturday, March 5 First Avenue Minneapolis MN

Sunday, March 6 The Venue in Fargo Fargo ND

Wednesday, March 9 Babcock Theatre Billings MT

Thursday, March 10 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise ID

Friday, March 11 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR

Saturday, March 12 - Sunday, March 13 The Fillmore San Francisco CA

Wednesday, March 16 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay NV

Thursday, March 17 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA

Friday, March 18 House of Blues - San Diego San Diego CA

Saturday, March 19 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ

7 Walkers release self-titled debut today!

7 Walkers, the new project featuring famed drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann, guitar master Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball), today release their self-titled debut. With nearly all of its songs co-penned by Papa Mali and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, early reviews on 7 Walkers have been incredible.

The highly anticipated release features a batch of brand-new originals, a guest performance by Willie Nelson on “King Cotton Blues,” and a few smokin’ instrumentals. A self-proclaimed “open love letter” to the city of New Orleans, the end result is a fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture a unique collaboration between these very different musical shamans.

For both Kreutzmann and Papa Mali, 7 Walkers—whose name is borrowed from one of the band’s songs—is something of a dream come true. Kreutzmann has New Orleans in his DNA, literally—his mother was born there—and he’s always been partial to the city’s music. “I have a real feeling for that music and I get along with the folks down there really well,” he says.

The Crescent City, of course, also impacted native Louisianan Papa Mali incalculably. Although he grew up in Shreveport, he made frequent trips during his youth to New Orleans, where his mom’s family was from. “I bought my clothes and my records there, saw lots of live music there and began to forge my own personal style and musical identity in New Orleans,” he says.

The songwriting partnership between Robert Hunter and Papa Mali created undeniable chemistry. Their collaboration, says Kreutzmann, “reminds me very much, and not because of the personalities or anything, of Garcia and Hunter working together, in that really tight fashion. Those words, if you just read them, they’re fun stories, but when you put the music to them it sends them over the top."

He’ll get no argument from Robert Hunter. “7 Walkers hit the ball so far out of the park it’s still sailing,” he says about the album. “It might actually have gone into orbit. I’m very proud to be part of the project. This album is sheer joy from first note to last.”

The complete list of 7 Walkers tour dates is as follows:

Thursday, December 9 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT

Friday, December 10 Narrow Center for the Arts Fall River MA

Saturday, December 11 Higher Ground South Burlington VT

Sunday, December 12 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH

Tuesday, December 14 Port City Music Hall Portland ME

Thursday, December 16 Stage One Fairfield CT

Friday, December 17 Boulton Center for the Arts Bay Shore NY

Saturday, December 18 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA

Sunday, December 19 City Winery New York NY

Tuesday, December 28 Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction VT

Wednesday, December 29 Pearl Street Northampton MA

Thursday, December 30 Westcott Theater Syracuse NY

Friday, December 31 The Silo Reading PA

Keller Williams' first ever kids album, Kids, hits streets today

Today, Keller Williams releases his sixteenth album — and first-ever album for kids and families — appropriately titled Kids. With Kids, Keller once again breaks new ground, staking out his next conquest: the absolute adoration of the under-10 crowd and their parents, caregivers, and relatives.

Kids has already been warmly embraced by such kids’ music tastemakers as Stefan Shepherd (Zooglobble), Amber Bobnar (Boston Children’s Music), Pamela Brill (Rockabye Baby Music), and syndicated columnist Lee Littlewood (Kids Home Library). Stefan Shepherd wrote that Kids “immediately shoots to near the top of my most-anticipated albums list.” Declared Amber Bobnar, “It almost sounds like something from Stomp or Blue Man Group that just builds and builds on itself. It’s really a trip!” Lee Littlewood included Kids in an “Incredible New Music for Kids” column, writing, “Williams' high musical standards make Kids a superb CD for all ages.” Enthused Pamela Brill, “This CD blends Williams’ love of bluegrass and rock to create a unique sound that will resonate with listeners of all ages. What we like is that his music really gets it … he knows how to capture his listeners’ attention—and how to hold on to it.”

When Keller Williams addresses kids in song or words, it’s with extreme sincerity, respect, and more than a dash of his famous quirky, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Every song on Kids clicks into a kid’s world, from the bouncy, two-beat “Taking a Bath” to the compellingly hip speak-singing of “Horseback Rider” and “Grandma’s Feather Bed” to the catchy, rhythmic, danceable “Keep It on the Paper.” Keller’s infectious good humor and the compelling joyfulness of his songs invite young listeners to freely sing, dance, and play along, becoming true partners with his legendary creativity.

In conjunction with the release of Kids, Keller Williams is releasing his first children's book, Because I Said So. Based on Keller’s song by the same name (included on Kids), the story is told through the eyes of “L’il Keller,” who learns that you can’t always get what you want, and there isn’t always a good reason why! Enhanced by the cleverly drawn illustrations of Fredericksburg, Virginia artist Bill Harris, Because I Said So is humorous, colorful, and wise. Included with the book is a CD containing the song "Because I Said So.” Because I Said So is available at www.kellerwilliamskids.net.

Also this fall, Keller expands his touring horizons to include kids and families, joining the Yo Gabba Gabba Tour as a “Super Music Friend” at select shows in the Pacific Northwest and California. Keller is one of many acclaimed artists joining Yo Gabba Gabba’s fall tour; also confirmed are Pretty Lights, Steel Train, Kid Koala, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, The Saltines, and others. Keller’s list of Yo Gabba Gabba tour dates is included below.

Keller Williams' current list of tour dates is as follows:

Friday, November 5 Rick's Cafe Starkville MS

Saturday, November 6 Rock For Hunger Orlando FL

Wednesday, November 10 WOW Hall Eugene OR

Thursday, November 11 Wild Buffalo Bellingham WA

Friday, November 12 INB Performing Arts Center Spokane WA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Friday, November 12 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane WA Keller Solo

Saturday, November 13 Tacoma Dome Tacoma WA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Saturday, November 13 Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle WA Keller Solo

Sunday, November 14 Memorial Coliseum Portland OR Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Sunday, November 14 Aladdin Theatre Portland OR Keller Solo

Monday, November 15 Hult Center for the Performing Arts Eugene OR Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Wednesday, November 17 Humboldt Brews Arcata CA Keller Solo

Thursday, November 18 Memorial Sacramento CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Thursday, November 18 Harlow's Sacramento CA Keller Solo

Friday, November 19 Blu Nightclub - Montbleu Resort Lake Tahoe NV

Saturday, November 20 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA

Sunday, November 21 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Saturday, November 27 State Theater Falls Church VA

Thursday, December 2 Avalon Theatre Easton MD Keller Williams Kids Show

Saturday, December 4 Stage One Fairfield CT

Sunday, December 26 Fredericksburg Field House Fredericksburg VA SPCA Benefit

Wednesday, December 29 The Norva Norfolk VA

Thursday, December 30 The National Richmond VA

Friday, December 31 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC

7 Walkers ft. Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali Pre-Release Listening Party

Famed drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann, guitar master Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball), come together as 7 Walkers for their self-titled debut release, due out November 2, 2010 on Response Records. Be among the first to hear the new album in its entirety on Thursday, October 28 at 9 PM EDT, exclusively at gdradio.net. You can also pre-order the album now only at www.7walkers.com.

With nearly all of its songs co-penned by Papa Mali and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, 7 Walkers is an electrifying hybrid of classic Bay Area rock and New Orleans funk. The highly anticipated release features a batch of brand-new originals, a guest performance by Willie Nelson on “King Cotton Blues,” and a few smokin’ instrumentals. A self-proclaimed “open love letter” to the city of New Orleans, the end result is a fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture a unique collaboration between these very different musical shamans.

For both Kreutzmann and Papa Mali, 7 Walkers—whose name is borrowed from one of the band’s songs—is something of a dream come true. Kreutzmann has New Orleans in his DNA, literally—his mother was born there—and he’s always been partial to the city’s music. “I have a real feeling for that music and I get along with the folks down there really well,” he says.

The Crescent City, of course, also impacted native Louisianan Papa Mali incalculably. Although he grew up in Shreveport, he made frequent trips during his youth to New Orleans, where his mom’s family was from. “I bought my clothes and my records there, saw lots of live music there and began to forge my own personal style and musical identity in New Orleans,” he says.

The songwriting partnership between Robert Hunter and Papa Mali created undeniable chemistry. Their collaboration, says Kreutzmann, “reminds me very much, and not because of the personalities or anything, of Garcia and Hunter working together, in that really tight fashion. Those words, if you just read them, they’re fun stories, but when you put the music to them it sends them over the top.”

He’ll get no argument from Robert Hunter. “7 Walkers hit the ball so far out of the park it’s still sailing,” he says about the album. “It might actually have gone into orbit. I’m very proud to be part of the project. This album is sheer joy from first note to last.”

The complete list of 7 Walkers tour dates is as follows:

Friday, October 22 Revolution Hall Fort Lauderdale FL

Saturday, October 23 Magnolia Music Festival Live Oak Fl

Monday, October 25 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach CA

Tuesday, October 26 Winston's Beach Club San Diego CA

Thursday, October 28 Coach House San Juan Capistrano CA

Friday, October 29 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA

Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31 Las Tortugas Festival Groveland CA

Thursday, December 9 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT

Friday, December 10 Narrow Center for the Arts Fall River MA

Saturday, December 11 Higher Ground South Burlington VT

Sunday, December 12 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH

Tuesday, December 14 Port City Music Hall Portland ME

Thursday, December 16 Stage One Fairfield CT

Friday, December 17 Boulton Center for the Arts Bay Shore NY

Saturday, December 18 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA

Sunday, December 19 City Winery New York NY

Tuesday, December 28 Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction VT

Wednesday, December 29 Pearl Street Northampton MA

Thursday, December 30 Westcott Theater Syracuse NY

Friday, December 31 The Silo Reading PA

Umphrey's McGee's S2 Stew Art Series featured at Time.com

Umphrey’s McGee’s innovative Stew Art Series (aka, “S2”) – an interactive fan experience where audience members “conduct” the band’s live improvisations - continues to garner industry attention for its ground breaking approach to building the ever-important band/fan relationship. Most recent: Time.com just posted a video feature on the band and their S2 series.

Umphrey’s will host their next S2 event this Friday, October 22, at Michigan’s Kalamazoo State Theatre. As with all S2 shows, the event sold out in just minutes.

Hosted as individual events before that evening’s already schedule show, Umphrey’s Stew Art Series is a crowd-sourced improvisation experiment, in which all the music performed by the group on stage will be entirely directed by S2 audience members. Tickets for each event sell out in just minutes.

For S2, fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references (pretty much whatever came to mind), to the Umphrey's Mozes mobile interface. The suggestions are then filtered by the band’s long time Sound Caresser Kevin Browning and projected on a screen for the band to digest and turn into the next phase of the jam. The band’s music varies stylistically with suggestions ranging from “an afternoon bus ride in Jamaica” to “drinking pina coladas…in a hurricane”. As one elated fan commented after a show, “S2 was the coolest thing I have ever been a part of. It’s always been a dream of mine to meet the band, and the opportunity to participate in leading the Jam for the band was a dream come true as well.”


Umphrey’s McGee will release a collection of new this fall. In a departure from the standard "album" format, Umphrey’s will instead offer up the highly anticipated new material via a series of digital EPs. To get fans warmed-up, Umphrey’s is offering a free MP3 download of the band’s brand new, yet-to-see-the-light-of-day song “Wellwishers.” Folks can download it here, and while there can snatch up the Wellwishers widget to easily share it with their friends.

Visit www.umphreys.com for news of the bite sized music portions from the band’s perspective, and look for full details regarding the releases to be announced in the coming weeks.

Look for Umphrey’s McGee on tour now. Their current list of fall tour dates is as follows:

Thursday, October 21 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA
Friday, October 22 Kalamazoo State Theatre Kalamazoo MI w/ S2 Event
Saturday, October 23 House of Blues - Cleveland Cleveland OH
Sunday, October 24 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN
Wednesday, October 27 People's Court Des Moines IA
Thursday, October 28 - Friday, October 29 Canopy Club Urbana IL
Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31 The Pageant St. Louis MO
Wednesday, November 3 - Thursday, November 4 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT
Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
Tuesday, November 9 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville VA
Wednesday, November 10 Legends at Appalachian State University Boone NC
Thursday, November 11 - Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest Live Oak, FL
Wednesday, December 29, Thursday, December 30, and Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL
Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

Umphrey's McGee Releases Free MP3 Download & Announces Digital EP series

Umphrey’s McGee announces today a collection of new music to be released this fall. In a departure from the standard "album" format, Umphrey’s will instead offer up the highly anticipated new material via a series of digital EPs. To get fans warmed-up, Umphrey’s is offering a free MP3 download of the band’s brand new, yet-to-see-the-light-of-day song “Wellwishers.” Folks can download it here, and while there can snatch up the Wellwishers widget to easily share it with their friends.

Visit Umphreys.com for news of the bite sized music portions from the band’s perspective, and look for full details regarding the releases to be announced in the coming weeks.

Look for Umphrey’s McGee on tour now throughout the U.S. As always, along the way Umphrey’s continues to raise the bar for fan experiences, with their innovative and interactive Stew Art events planned in at least a few markets, and an incredibly creative first-time offer of “Enhanced Experience” fan packages for their always-epic Halloween Monster Mash-Up in St. Louis on October 30 and 31, and for their hometown New Year’s Eve run on December 29, 30 and 31, this year at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre.

Umphrey’s McGee’s current list of fall tour dates is as follows:

Wednesday, October 6 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA

Thursday, October 7 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR

Friday, October 8 The Showbox Seattle WA with S2 EVENT

Saturday, October 9 The Wilma Theatre Missoula MT

Thursday, October 21 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA

Friday, October 22 Kalamazoo State Theatre Kalamazoo MI

Saturday, October 23 House of Blues - Cleveland Cleveland OH

Sunday, October 24 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN

Wednesday, October 27 People's Court Des Moines IA

Thursday, October 28 - Friday, October 29 Canopy Club Urbana IL

Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31 The Pageant St. Louis MO

Wednesday, November 3 - Thursday, November 4 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT

Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6 9:30 Club Washington D.C.

Tuesday, November 9 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville VA

Wednesday, November 10 Legends at Appalachian State University Boone NC

Thursday, November 11 - Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest Live Oak, FL

Wednesday, December 29, Thursday, December 30, and Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL

Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

Vincent Minor Live in NYC This Thursday, Debut AlbumOut Today!

Vincent Minor’s self-titled debut album is out today Social Science Recordings! In celebration, he is playing Piano’s in NYC this Thursday 9/23. The gorgeous indie pop meets Tin Pan Alley melodies juxtaposed with witty and insightful naratives have garnered praise from The Advocate, Venus, CMJ, and many others.  He recently released the “Heavy Metal Lover” MP3 which premiered on PopMatters.  He also recently released the spellbinding first video from the album for “The Trap” which you can see HERE.

Vincent Minor assembled some amazing LA area talents to round out his grand vision for the album including producer Tom Biller (Fiona Apple, Sean Lennon, Where the Wild Things Are), keyboardist Zac Rae (Annie Lennox, My Brightest Diamond), horn player Stewart Cole (Edward Sharpe, Rachael Yamagata), and upright bassist Ed Maxwell.  The result is a collection of wryly humorous and troubling tales carried by Minor's tuneful baritone and his lush orchestral production.

Don’t miss Vincent Minor Live at Piano’s in NYC This Thursday!

Keller Williams Announces NYE Run, SPCA Benefit show

Keller Williams has announced plans for a set of very special East Coast New Year’s Eve concerts. Starting on December 29 in Virginia and concluding on NYE in North Carolina (details below), each show on the “Celebrate the Holidays” run will feature three sets built around a different theme. Set I will be reggae, dub and funk versions of Keller favorites with Jay Starling on keys, Mark D on drums and Keller on bass. Set II will feature the bluegrass stylings of Larry Keel on guitar and his wife Jenny on bass with Keller playing his mini twelve-string (wanna-be mandolin) guitar. And Set III will be old school Keller on acoustic guitar with his trademark looped-out dance grooves. Big screen video visuals will be provided by Scott Sunn.

Before the NYE run kicks-off, Keller bring his three-set extravaganza to his hometown of Fredericksburg, VA for his annual holiday concert to benefit the SPCA. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the event, which will take place on December 26 at the Fredericksburg Field House, Keller has invited local marching band Elby Brass to join the show for set break music. 100% of the concert’s profits will go to support The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA. Less than 3% of The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA’s budget is received from the City of Fredericksburg, forcing the branch to rely almost solely on individual and corporate donations and fundraising events like this. The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA is a “no-kill” shelter whose mission is to tackle the problem of pet overpopulation through education, adoption, rehabilitation and spay/neuter.

Keller’s SPCA benefit show and NYE run will cap a very busy year for one of the hardest working men in music. May saw the release of his acclaimed all covers album Thief featuring Larry and Jenny Keel. Praised by Blurt as "impressive.... a great effort that's bound to bring in a few more fans,” the album features completely retooled versions of songs by everyone from Amy Winehouse to Ryan Adams. Moving from covers to kiddos, Keller’s latest album finds him breaking into the world of children’s music with the appropriately titled Kids. A sure hit for parents and children alike, Kids is due October 26 via SCI Fidelity, this will be Keller Williams’ sixteenth album.

Keller will tour in support of Kids with select November dates in the Pacific Northwest as the “Super Music Friend” on the Yo Gabba Gabba tour. Keller will also be playing for older kids with evening shows in the same cities. Prior to the Kids tour Keller will be touring theaters all over the country, details below.


Keller Williams Tour Dates
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Wednesday, September 22 Clyde Iron Works Duluth MN
Thursday, September 23 Fargo Theatre Fargo ND
Friday, September 24 Bourbon Theatre Lincoln NE
Saturday, September 25 Ames Community Auditorium Ames IA
Friday, October 1 Pisgah Brewing Company Black Mountain NC
Saturday, October 2 Starry Night Bowling Green KY
Sunday, October 3 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Speedway Meadows San Francisco CA
Friday, October 8 The Jefferson Theater Charlottesville VA
Thursday, October 14 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN
Saturday, October 16 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark AR
Thursday, October 21 Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
Saturday, October 23 Magnolia Music Festival Live Oak Fl
Saturday, November 6 Rock For Hunger Orlando FL
Wednesday, November 10 WOW Hall Eugene OR
Thursday, November 11 Wild Buffalo Bellingham WA
Friday, November 12 INB Performing Arts Center Spokane WA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Friday, November 12 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane WA Keller Solo
Saturday, November 13 Tacoma Dome Tacoma WA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Saturday, November 13 Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle WA Keller Solo
Sunday, November 14 Memorial Coliseum Portland OR Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Sunday, November 14 Aladdin Theatre Portland OR Keller Solo
Monday, November 15 Hult Center for the Performing Arts Eugene OR Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Wednesday, November 17 Humboldt Brews Arcata CA Keller Solo
Thursday, November 18 Memorial Sacramento CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Thursday, November 18 Harlow's Sacramento CA Keller Solo
Friday, November 19 Montbleu Resort Showroom Lake Tahoe NV
Saturday, November 20 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
Sunday, November 21 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Thursday, December 2 Avalon Theatre Easton MD
Sunday, December 26 Fredericksburg Field House Fredericksburg VA SPCA Benefit
Wednesday, December 29 The Norva Norfolk VA
Thursday, December 30 The National Richmond VA
Friday, December 31 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC

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NEW YEAR’S EVE RUN & BENEFIT CONCERT DETAILS

Sunday, Dec. 26th, 2010
SPCA Benefit
Location: Fredericksburg Field House in Fredericksburg, VA
Time: Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Tickets: $25
Ages: All ages
Website: www.fredfieldhouse.com

Wednesday, Dec. 29th, 2010
Location: The NorVa in Norfolk, VA
Time: Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Tickets: ADV $18/DOS $21
Ages: All ages
Website: www.thenorva.com/

Thursday, Dec. 30th, 2010
Location: The National in Richmond, VA
Time: Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Tickets: ADV $18/DOS $21
Ages: All ages
Website: www.thenationalva.com/

Friday, Dec. 31st, 2010
Location: Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC
Time: Doors at 8pm
Tickets: ADV $35/DOS $45
Ages: All ages
Website: www.neighborhoodtheatre.com, including information on hotel deals and transportation packages