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Blue Turtle Seduction & the New Up: Set to Rock San Fran

Aptly named “The Blue Up Ball,” the split ticket performance of Blue Turtle Seduction and The New Up at The Independent in San Francisco on Memorial Day Weekend is sure to leave fans with their own memories of an already celebrated weekend. Set for May 23, Blue Turtle Seduction will make their only San Francisco appearance of the spring and summer, sharing the stage with San Francisco-based The New Up. The bands look to prove they are anything but genre-specific. Blue Rabbit will open the night up and Jack Frost will spin set breaks, which means the night should, in true Blue Turtle Seduction fashion, be full of debauchery and good times.

btsFor the spring months of 2009, Blue Turtle Seduction has been zig-zagging across the country, playing nearly night after night, building huge momentum and impeccable stage timing. By the time the band unpacks in San Francisco, fans can expect awesome interpretations of the acclaimed, recent digital release of 13 Floors. The band emanates dance vibes with intelligence through their bluegrass meets rock; gypsy folk meets hip-hop, raucous, fresh sound. The band is known well on the circuit for putting on an entertaining show through their multi-faceted performance.

The South Lake Tahoe, CA, band is Jay Seals (guitar, vocals), Glenn Stewart (harmonica, pan flute, vocals), Christian Zupancic (violin, mandolin, vocals), Stephen Seals (bass) and Adam Navone (drums). Expressing influences from Manu Chao to The String Cheese Incident to The Clash, the five-piece prides themselves on eclecticism and variation, which has afforded them the luxury of sharing the bill with a ranging cast of bands and performers across the nation.

The New Up, an up-and-coming act, is ES Pitcher on guitar and the mic, with Noah Reid on guitar, Hawk West on flute and automation, Dain Dizazzo on bass and Drew Bertrand on drums. Their sound has been called everything from trippy new wave with irresistible vocals to post-punk-brushed dance-rock. Pitcher’s voice is big, but sweet; brash, but true. Their live show combines catchy tunes with gritty guitars and polished changes, an inspiration of new sound. The band is celebrating their recent May EP release, Better Off, the second of three EPs the band is releasing in an 18-month stretch.

Opening up “The Blue Up Ball” is San Francisco’s own Blue Rabbit, a seven-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble that fuses alternative indie pop with baroque elements, modern rhythms and a hint of cabaret. The band won Artist of the Month on The Deli SF in Dec. '08 and was ranked as one of the top five most popular bands in the Bay Area.

“The Blue Up Ball”
Saturday, May 23rd
The Independent
628 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
415.771.1422
Doors @ 8 pm | Show @ 9 pm | ages 21+ | Tickets $12 adv, $14 door

Blue Turtle Seduction: 16 States for 13 Floors Tour

blue-turtleBlue Turtle Seduction is no stranger to the road - and now their upcoming “16 States, 13 Floors Tour,” leads them across 16 states in support of their digital release of 13 Floors, proof this touring juggernaut is primed to give the fans ample opportunity to hear the latest tunes featured on the release. The bluegrass, folk, hip-hop and rock ensemble will kick off the tour in Sparks, Nevada, on April 18 before making their way through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and several others before heading back west with a finale in Dunsmuir, CA, at Sengthong’s Blue Sky Room on May 16, less than a month after the tour kicks off.

Hailing from South Lake Tahoe, CA, the band released the digital version of their album 13 Floors on Feb. 10. Perhaps the truest encapsulation of the essence of the band, this release pieces influences from The String Cheese Incident to Duran Duran to The Clash into a 13 track good vibe record. Since forming in 2001, the band has worked to bring the good mountain vibes together with the easy living vibes of the coast of California. The album is at times rock, at times bluegrass, occasionally hip-hop and gypsy folk at the core. The album showcases each musician equally, with intricate undertones of a deeper side of the band. Dennis Cook of JamBase.com said of the album in a Sept. 2008 review, “… 13 Floors is a good time, plain and simple, and a finely crafted studio effort that hints at their true depths.”

Featuring Jay Seals (guitar, vocals) Glenn Stewart (harmonica, pan flute, vocals), Christian Zupancic (violin, mandolin, vocals), Stephen Seals (bass) and Adam Navone (drums), the band met while working at a resort in South Lake Tahoe. Their combined effort on-stage leaves no opportunity for crowds to just stand there, but rather, get down and dance. Big smiles and high energy typify a Blue Turtle Seduction show, all the while spreading the socially aware message the band has grown to be known for.

Already the band has worked up thrilling stage interpretations of the songs off of 13 Floors, so fans should expect to hear the album in variation at stops along the 16-state run. And further expect those songs to lead into jam sessions, then falling back into chorus. Several highlights on this tour include the Norman Music Festival and the Hemp Hoe Down, as well as sharing bills with Oakhurst, That One Guy, Madahoochi, 56 Hope Road and Pert Her Sandstone. Spring is a great time for a road trip and Blue Turtle Seduction is really looking forward to this one.

For more information go to:
www.BlueTurtleMusic.com

Tour Dates:
04/18 – Great Basin Brewery Co. – Sparks, NV
04/21 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
04/23 – Hodi’s Half Note – Ft. Collins, CO
04/24 – Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
04/25 – Norman Music Festival – Norman, OK
04/28 – The Deli – Norman, OK
04/30 – Juanita’s Cantina – Little Rock, AR
05/01 – The Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
05/02 – High Noon – Madison, WI
05/03 – Nomad World Pub – Minneapolis, MN
05/05 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
05/07 – Hemp Hoe Down – Sturgis, SD
05/08 – Filling Station – Bozeman, MT
05/09 – John’s Alley – Moscow, ID
05/10 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
05/12 – The Goodfoot Lounge – Portland, OR
05/13 – Sam Bond’s Garage – Eugene, OR
05/14 – The Applegate Lodge – Applegate, OR
05/15 – Humboldt Brews – Arcata, CA
05/16 – Sengthong’s Blue Sky Room – Dunsmuir, CA

Blue Turtle Seduction Releases 13 Floors for Valentine's

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The fresh musical movement known as Blue Turtle Seduction is a two-fold sonic experience. Both musically and socially aware, the five-piece rock / bluegrass / reggae / hip-hop hybrid creates music that defies classification. Embodying the essence of South Lake Tahoe, CA, Blue Turtle Seduction captures the upbeat, party vibe and jovial ambiance of their hometown. On the strength of their latest release, 13 Floors, BTS is proving themselves to be a mainstay on the musical circuit for years to come.

Featuring Jay Seals (guitar, vocals), Glenn Stewart (harmonica, pan flute, vocals), Christian Zupancic (violin, mandolin, vocals), Stephen Seals (bass), and Adam Navone (drums), the quintet crossed paths while working at a conference resort in the Tahoe Desolation Wilderness Area. The five distinctly unique individuals comprise the Blue Turtle Seduction sound, integrating their worldly flair with their love of all things music. From classical to rock, their refined and dynamic sound has been capturing audiences on a nightly basis.

13 Floors is loaded with trademark Blue Turtle Seduction. Capturing the diversity of the band in fluid stages, the latest release showcases music with purpose. The lyrics and melodies are infused with revelry and the harmonies encourage whole-hearted sing-a-longs. Melodic guitar leads complement the layers of strings and woodwind textures. The rhythm section is groovy and as tight as a snare drum, inevitably leading to a full-fledged dance party. "With each track, the elevator shifts to the side, up, or down, into a slightly different style. But it's all woven together within the Blue Turtle Seduction building; unmistakably us, and an authentic representation of our California blend," says Zupancic. Blue Turtle Seduction's musicianship is second to none and shines through the interplay between the five multi-talented instrumentalists.

In addition to their musical contributions, Blue Turtle Seduction is also involved in several environmental and social organizations as well. Known for their involvement and contributions to many non-profit organizations, BTS is committed to making a difference on all levels. Their tour bus has been converted to run on straight vegetable oil and the 13 Floors release is packaged in all sustainable and biodegradable materials, proving BTS as a leader amongst environmentally conscious artists on the road today.

Already making waves, Blue Turtle Seduction has gigantic plans for 2009. Committed to promoting 13 Floors and bringing the BTS vibe to the masses, the hard-working group has plans to hit western states like California, Utah, Nevada and Colorado, and also making their way to Midwestern and Southern regions from Ohio to Oklahoma. Audiences have been magnetized by the BTS sound and their high-energy live performances. Through high-energy entertainment combined with activism and outreach, BTS is music for not only the socially aware but for those looking for a positively great time.

Blue Turtle Seduction & Izabella Together on New Years

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Looking for a high-energy bash to bring in the 2009 New Year? Look no further than Sparks, Nevada where California up-and-comers, Blue Turtle Seduction and Izabella, have joined forces to produce a "retro-formal" New Year's blowout at the Great Basin Brewery. Both bands have garnered reputations for turning each and every performance into an all-out dance party, and this all-night celebration promises to be no exception.

The fresh musical movement known as Blue Turtle Seduction is a two-fold sonic experience. Both musically and socially aware, the five-piece rock / bluegrass / reggae / hip-hop hybrid creates music that defies classification. Their 2008 release, "13 Floors" was recently selected as one of the top 100 albums of 2008 at KTHX 100.1 radio. Nestled between legends such as Radiohead, Lucinda Williams and Joan Baez, 2009 promises to be a big year for this South Lake Tahoe band.

Dec. 31, 2008
Blue Turtle Seduction & Izabella New Years Bash

Great Basin Brewery
846 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, Nevada
Ticket Phone: 775-355-7711
10 PM, 21+
$20 adv | $25 doors

Izabella is another California band to keep your eyes on. Their originals are dead solid with hooky lines and exultant, flowing music - - following in the Bay Area tradition of great forebears like the Sons of Champlin, Izabella is making national waves in a very short time.

The New Year's Eve show will begin at 10:00 PM and will feature drink specials on the Great Basin's award winning brews as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Fans are encouraged to dress in "retro-formal attire" and it is strongly suggested that attendees purchase tickets in advance, the show is expected to sell out.

Blue Turtle Seduction Touring Petrol Free

Running on Veggie Oil- for the Grateful Web

While most of the nation is wincing at the gas pump, musical touring act Blue Turtle Seduction is turning to French fries and chicken wings; their fuel solution is waste vegetable oil. Collected from restaurants' dirty grease dumpsters, the oil is heated and filtered, then used immediately as fuel for their 40-foot tour bus. The benefits show up in the pocketbook, the air quality, and even in the smell emitting from the tailpipe.

Adam Navone, drummer for Blue Turtle Seduction, explains: "Waste vegetable oil turns a would-be waste product into a fuel alternative. It gets approximately the same mpg as regular diesel fuel, and sometimes smells like a Chinese buffet, or if you're lucky, a donut shop."

According to Shaun Dolan, manager for Blue Turtle Seduction, waste vegetable oil fuel is critical both to the environment and to the company's bottom line: "The nature of a band is to travel— touring is the major part of our business. This is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint from our bus, as well as help our business survive in a time of skyrocketing gas prices."

Vegetable oil is the main component of biodiesel, which is simply chemically modified vegetable oil. However, as Navone points out, the significant advantage to straight vegetable oil is that it does not require any refining or costly additives— aspects that often times make biodiesel as expensive as conventional gasoline, as well as create more waste products.

Blue Turtle Seduction is a musical entertainment group performing live shows nationwide. They will be performing a free concert at the Whoa Nellie Amphitheater, Lee Vining, CA, on September 4-5th 2008 to promote the use of waste vegetable oil fuel. This event will be presented by Tioga Mobil Gas Station, which regularly donates its used vegetable oil to the band. Blue Turtle Seduction is set to release a new album in Fall 2008 entitled "13 Floors": a sneak preview is available for streaming only at www.myspace.com/blueturtleseduction.
Previous recordings can be found on iTunes or on Blue Turtle Seduction's official website.

FALL TOUR DATES:

9/23 – Georgia Tech – Atlanta, GA
9/27 – Francis Marion University – Florence, SC
9/30 – Villanova University – Villanova, PA
10/03 – Penn State University – University Park, PA
10/11 – SUNY Purchase College – Harrison, NY
10/12 – New York Harvest Festival – Hancock, NY
10/30 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA
10/31 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA
11/01 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA
11/02 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA