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The Irrepressibles Release Debut Mirror Mirror in America on 9/9

At long last, the flamboyant, fantastical, and unfathomable Irrepressibles will release their debut album, Mirror Mirror digitally in America on August 9th, followed by a special edition of the album October 25th featuring exclusive remixes from Röyksopp, Hercules & Love Affairand Zero 7 amongst others. The single “In This Shirt” will be available with exclusive remixes via Beatport on June 27th. For a taste of the album, the English group has also made “Forget The Past” available as a free download HERE (feel free to share), and see a performance video of “Forget The Past” HERE. The group has also released three videos for “In Your Shirt”: check out the band performing in their creation The Human Music Box HERE, footage from the movie The Forgotten Circus HERE, and Roy Raz’ video for the track HERE (NSFW).

Led by creative director, conceptual artist, composer, lead vocalist and choreographer Jamie McDermott, the 10-piece performance orchestra has already earned comparisons to early David Bowie, Kate Bush, Anthony & The Johnsons and even Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band. And on Mirror Mirror, the band has created an unparalleled album that fuses European orchestration with pop melodies and soaring cathartic vocals. From the dramatic opener “My Friend Jo” to the galloping rhythms of “Anvil”; from the yearning echoes of “Forget The Past” through to the intensely intimate “In This Shirt”, Mirror Mirror is a beautifully constructed sonic exploration depicting Jamie McDermott's confessional stories of love, anger, lust and loss with a journey through The Irrepressibles’ mystical and theatrical world.

Over the last seven years, The Irrepressibles have pioneered a new frontier in pop performance. Using conceptual sets, and teams of artists in film, dance, avant-garde costume and make-up, the collective bring these songs to life through create extraordinary live spectacles. They have staged their inimitable displays all over Europe, including performances at the Hackney Empire, Roundhouse in London, a Roman amphitheatre in Barcelona, a 17th Century villa in Sicily, the infamous La Cigale in Paris, and played two shows at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to capacity crowds.

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Mirror Mirror Tracklist:
1. My Friend Jo
2. I’ll Maybe Let You
3. In Your Eyes
4. Anvil
5. Forget The Past
6. Knife Song
7. My Witness
8. Nuclear Skies
9. Splish! Splash! Sploo!
10. The Tide
11. Transition Instrumental
12. In This Shirt

The Everyone Orchestra Performs in Colorado

The Everyone Orchestra embarks on a run of Colorado shows at the end of May including a stop in Fort Collins and three performances in Denver from May 20th – May 23rd. This rendition of the project features a stellar line up of nationally renowned talent including Steve Kimock (SKB, Zero), Kyle Hollingsworth (SCI), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Dave Watts (The Motet), Jamie Janover (Zilla), Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Jamie Masefield (Jazz Mandolin Project) and YOU.

How do you fit into the Everyone Orchestra? The fully improvised performance is the brainchild of founder Matt Butler, who incorporates the skill set of the assembled all-star line up with the voices and sounds of the audience for a unique and fun musical experience.

Literally an orchestra where everyone in the room takes part, the Everyone Orchestra brings together a form of musical improvisation that is rarely accomplished to this degree. While the band actually only consists of one key player – conductor Matt Butler – each show features a rotating cast of up to a dozen players on any given night. Drawing on the wealth of talent local to the area he visits, or those performing at a festival, the concept lures local and national players who are often performing for the first time together and the audience of course, is performing right along.

The four-night traveling event will kick off at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins on May 20th and will continue to Quixotes True Blue (formerly Owsleys) on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22nd. The Sunday, May 23rd performance is billed as a happy hour show featuring an acoustic set (minus Hollingsworth), and with other special guests yet to be announced.

The locally based organization, Conscious Alliance, will also be hosting a food drive, benefiting the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. All patrons that donate 10 non-perishable food items will receive a free limited- edition Everyone Orchestra 2010 Colorado Tour poster created by the very special artist, Ryan Karrigant. Donations can be made with Conscious Alliance representatives at the front entrance of each venue.

Advance tickets for the Denver performance are on sale now at www.quixotes.com and for more information about the event and line up check out Everyone Orchestra.

ON TOUR:

Thursday, May 20 - Hodi’s Half Note, Ft. Collins, CO with opening act Acorn Project

Friday, May 21 - Quixotes True Blue, Denver with opening act Acorn Project

Saturday, May 22 - Quixtoes True Blue, Denver Euforquestra

Sunday, May 23 - Quixotes True Blue, Denver (acoustic, happy hour set)

Jonny Blu Tonight At The Iridium

Unique among his contemporaries, Blu composes, writes and co-produces all his original music. His CD releases “In Just That Kind Of A Mood” and his recent digital release “In A Groove” display his unique ability to write fun, contemporary music that still maintains the essence of the Sinatra Era classics. He has been touring extensively on the west coast of the US for the past few years and his music is featured on several nationally syndicated Adult Contemporary and Jazz radio and internet radio stations nationwide and internationally. In 2008, Jonny’s debut album was released in Eastern Europe by Universal Music, his music has been featured on several Swing and Jazz Compilation CDs and his songs In Just That Kind of a Mood and Ooh-Wee were featured multiple times on CBS’s Young and the Restless. His new album, Taboo (a co-production with Peer Music) is due out in the fall of 2009 featuring some classic Latin Standards like Taboo, Babaloo, and Sabor A Mi.

If you enjoy artists like Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bublé, Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum and the like, you will surely fall in love with the music of Jonny Blu.  For more info on Jonny and his music please visit him on the web at: www.jonnyblumusic.com.

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PRAANG Bounces Back Into Denver For 2 Nights

The highly improvised quartet known as PRAANG featuring the all-star cast of Steve Kimock, Michael Travis, Jason Hann and Jamie Janover is scheduled to perform at Quixote's (formerly Owsleys) on Jan. 29 and Jan 30th.

PRAANG was born in December of 2006, due to the most unusual circumstances. Thanks to the legendary blizzards in Denver, which closed local airports for consecutive days, and left Steve Kimock stranded in town with 2 nights of music booked and no band in sight. Out of the blue, four unlikely musicians came together for the first time to recover a near snowed out show with no notice, no plan and no rehearsal. It's no surprise the 600 person venue came close to sell-out that weekend with word of mouth buzz alone - the caliber of musicians performing on a single stage was unthinkable at the time. Today, PRAANG is still purely experimental, instrumental and continues to play rare intimate performances, rain, snow or shine.

Known for a highly improvised performance, PRAANG is the strange combination of live electronic music, dub step and house music coupled with ethereal Hammered Dulcimer and the soaring, often psychedelic, voice of a guitar. The quartet, much like the experimental jazz bands of the past, performs with no form or known songs in their repertoire. Instead, the musicians pick themes or great storylines as their subject of improvisation. One member might say "tsunami" as they explode into an epic jam that tosses and turns like the great waves of the sea -- or a "tribal march", with a strong focus on drums, may come out of their explorations. It's as fun of a project to watch as it is to dance to.

January 29 & 30, 2010
Praang feat. Steve Kimock, Michael Travis, Jason Hann and Jamie Janover
Quixote's (formerly Owsley's)
2151 Lawrence St
Denver, CO 80205
Set: 10:00 PM
17+ Tickets: $20/ $22

Jamie McLean - American Heartache

Jamie McLean- for the Grateful Web

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jamie McLean likes to do things his way. From his tenure in the New Orleans based jazz ensemble the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to performances with Elvis Costello, Norah Jones and Widespread Panic to the debut of the Jamie McLean Band, his wailing guitar and flowing pen screams for the spotlight. Backed by a dynamic voice loaded with New Orleans soul and New York City swagger, McLean's transformation from hired gun to front man has been seamless. The songs on his latest release, American Heartache, are entirely Jamie McLean. Showcasing years of musicianship, McLean and company ooze drops of southern roots rock, blues, R&B, funk and soul out of every note. With the rock & roll attitude of the Rolling Stones and Black Crowes combined with the songwriting prowess of Tom Petty and Ryan Adams, the result is the Jamie McLean Band's latest effort.

Recorded over eight days at the legendary Allaire Studio near Woodstock New York, American Heartache rolls through twelve cuts of southern rock infused guitar, soulful melodies and radio ready choruses. The twangy guitars and driving rhythms of "Can You Hear Me Now" and "Garden of Thieves" are reminiscent of early Black Crowes while earnest ballads such as "Don't Do Me That Way" and "Bottle of Love" summon the songwriting influences of Elvis Costello. McLean's versatility and fret board mastery is on display on every track, as he coaxes that heavy, classic rock sound out of his army of Gibson guitars. Soulful lyrics pour from McLean's voice in trademark front man fashion. With producer Stewart Lerman (Rufus Wainwright, Richie Havens) at the helm, American Heartache is McLean's best work to date. "Allaire is a magical place to record and Stewart was able to really steer the ship in the right directions. He helped make each song as strong and concise and meaningful as possible," states Jamie.

Featuring a plethora of special guests, American Heartache offers plenty of supplementary textures and styles. With additional recording completed in New Orleans during the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Jamie McLean Band captures the essence of a city steeped in musical history. From trading bluesy guitar licks with Luther Dickinson (The Black Crowes, North Mississippi All-Stars) to adding the sexy and smoky vocals of Shannon McNally, McLean is in the company of good friends on this record. Joined by old band mates the Dirty Dozen Brass Band mixing up a chaotic horn section, everything comes full circle for Jamie McLean.

The remainder of 2008 is shaping up to be a gigantic year for the Jamie McLean Band. With a full-fledged album release tour in the works hitting all major markets, McLean is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as securing some new fans. In the hopes of expanding their touring schedule to the western half of the country, the Jamie McLean Band is poised to take their music to the next level. The creative juices are pumping and Jamie McLean foresees the release of select lives sets, an entirely acoustic album and a possible new studio record on the horizon. "I feel like the band is really firing on all cylinders right now. We are amazingly productive with songwriting, singing and touring and look forward to releasing and performing as much of this great music as possible."