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CHARLIE MARS - AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL - 10/8/10

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Charlie Mars will be performing at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday, October 8th @ 12:20 PM.  Charlie has been on tour in support of his current CD, "Like A Bird, Like A Plane."

While in town for the festival, he’ll be doing a short live set for KGSR on Thursday, October 7th at Threadgills.  The station will be doing a live broadcast from the venue at 8:30am.  Then he'll perform at the Austin Ventures Stage at ACL on Friday, October 8th at 12:20pm, followed by a Waterloo Records signing.  Charlie will then be doing a solo show from 3:15pm to 3:30pm on the Austin Kiddie Limits Stage. And on Saturday, October 9th, he'll  top it off with a show at Threadgills at 10pm.

Mars is known for his compelling live performances.  “When he’s onstage, songs with deep grooves get some breathing room, and his lush choruses inevitably lead to raucous audience sing-alongs,” said Esquire.

Mars recorded the album in Austin with drummer J.J. Johnson (John Mayer), keyboardist John Ginty (Citizen Cope) and bass players George Reiff (Jakob Dylan) and Dave Monzie (Fiona Apple). The video for lead single “Listen to the Darkside” (a nod to Pink Floyd) featured “Weeds” star Mary Louise Parker and was directed by Danny Clinch.

"Like A Bird, Like A Plane," was praised by The Washington Post for its "lush musical vignettes" while Jambase called it "a fine addition to the canon of one of the South's most under appreciated songwriters." "Charlie's sultry alternative-southern-soul mastery sounds like what the lead singers for Coldplay or The Verve might sound like if they grew up in the south listening to REM and Nick Drake," said Jackson Free Press and the Pittsburgh Tribune called the album "mesmerizing."  "Mars combines the lyrical, melodic, and rhythmic gifts of Paul Simon with the dark, rootsy quality of Bruce Springsteen," said Berkshire Living.

Born in Arkansas and raised in Mississippi, Mars released three independent albums before signing with V2. His self-titled, 2004 major label debut was hailed by Rolling Stone as "Big emotional rock from Mississippi with a knack for hooks, and the hooks here have real barbs: They tug at you and just might draw some blood." High profile tours with artists such as R.E.M., KT Tunstall, Citizen Cope, John Butler Trio and Bob Schneider followed. When V2 folded, Mars returned to his independent roots, financing "Like A Bird, Like A Plane" himself, and releasing it on Rockingham Records in conjunction with the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers.

DSO Winter Tour & New East Coast Dates

Kicking off last week, the First tour of the year is underway and headed through the midwest, down south and west Texas bound. Tonight the band is in Madison, WI at The Barrymore Theatre. Then it's on down the ol' Mississip to St Louis before heading to Indianapolis on Friday and Columbus and Cleveland for the holiday weekend. After a tour of the 'Buckeye State' it's on to the 'Bluegrass State' with a stop in Covington before a weekend run through North Carolina with 2 nights at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte. Rolling deeper into the south the band makes stops in Birmingham, AL and Oxford, MS before another 2 night run at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. The onset of March signals the final stretch of the tour with a westward run stopping over in Mobile, AL, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and Austin.

For the duration of this tour our friend Jeff Mattson will join DSO on lead guitar and vocals. Having honed his chops with years on the road with The Zen Tricksters, Phil Lesh & Friends, and the Donna Jean Godchaux Band, we are thrilled with the talent and spirit that Jeff brings to the table, and to the band. We are having a blast...Saddle Up and catch a ride on our Southbound Winter Tour!

Tickets and more info available on our Tour Dates Page.

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New Dates in May/June

Late May finds DSO back on the East Coast to stir up trouble in some familiar haunts. The tour starts off at The Innsbrook Pavilion in Glen Allen, VA before heading north to the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ then looping around to VA again to play at the Bellmont Country Club. From there it's a haul up north to Rhode Island for a stop at Lupos in Providence. A weekend stand at the Hampton Beach Casino and a headlining spot at the Mighty High Mountain Fest close out the month of May. June brings stops at the Ridgefield Playhouse and Theatre at Westbury before returning to Mountain Jam to cap off the brief tour joining Govt. Mule, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Avett Brothers and many many more.

Tickets for most dates are on-sale now through DSO Ticketing.  Visit the Tour Dates Page for complete details.

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The Eleven

Nelson Ledges will once again host DSO's summer gathering on Fourth of July weekend (July 2-5). As of now we know our friend Keller Williams will be part of the weekend's festivities, which will include three nights of Dark Star Orchestra. Check back for more details coming soon.

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Southbound Winter Tour 2010
02/10 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
02/11 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
02/12 Egyptian Room at Murat Center Indianapolis, IN
02/13 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
02/14 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH
02/16 Madison Theater Covington, KY
02/18 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
02/19+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/20+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/21 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
02/24 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL TICKETS
02/25 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS TICKETS
02/26+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
02/27+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
03/01 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL TICKETS
03/03 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA TICKETS
03/04 House of Blues Houston, TX TICKETS
03/05 House of Blues Dallas, TX TICKETS
03/06 Stubb's Waller Creek Austin, TX TICKETS
Jeff Mattson joins us on lead guitar for the above dates
Sheriffs On My Trail Tour
04/07 Belly Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/08 Vilar Center Avon, CO
04/09 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/10 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/13 Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA TICKETS
04/14 Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA TICKETS
04/16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
04/17 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
04/19 Ashland Armory Ashland, OR TICKETS
04/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA TICKETS
04/22 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/23 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/24 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/25 TBA Modesto, CA
04/28 El Rey Theater Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
04/29 Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana, CA
04/30 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
05/01 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
Stu Allen joins us on lead guitar for the above dates
Seeds Of Light Tour
05/20 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
05/21 Innsbrook Pavillion Glen Allen, VA
05/22 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ TICKETS
05/23 Belmont Country Club Ashburn, VA
05/25 Lupos Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
05/27 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
05/28 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/29 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/30 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo Park, NY
06/02 TBA TBA, CT
06/03 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
06/04 Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY TICKETS
06/05 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter, NY
Jeff Mattson joins us on lead guitar for the above dates
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson

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Record Industry Vet Named to Lead Eco Group Rock the Earth

Rock the Earth- for the Grateful Web

Denver non-profit, Rock the Earth, has announced that they have selected music industry veteran Shawn Kilmurray to serve as its new Executive Director. Together with the support of Rock the Earth's Board of Directors, he will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as raising brand profile, diversifying sources of funding and developing strategic alliances. Mr. Kilmurray joins Rock the Earth after nearly two-decades in the recording industry. He has held senior Marketing, Production and Operations roles at Sony BMG, Universal and Warner Music, and is a voting member of numerous industry professional organizations. Active in the music community, Mr. Kilmurray will seek to expand RtE partnerships with artists and other music-related entities. Kilmurray shared "While the record business is currently undergoing tremendous change, a new day has dawned in this country and people recognize what can be accomplished when we work together. My challenge is to create synergistic opportunities to involve artists and the music industry at-large to increase environmental awareness that educates and inspires fans and artists alike to take action and produce quantifiable results on important values-driven environmental issues that directly impact our lives, our children's lives and their children's lives." On the selection of Mr. Kilmurray as Executive Director, John Fleckenstein, Senior Vice President at BMG Label Group notes, "I've had the pleasure of working with Shawn frequently over the years; he's a passionate music guy with deep contacts in the industry. I cannot think of a better fit for Rock the Earth. I have no doubt he'll prove to be a tremendous asset to them." Having crossed paths with each other last summer while actively involved with the Obama campaign, founder Marc Ross looks forward to the future of the organization with Kilmurray as Executive Director. "All of us in Rock the Earth are very excited about the addition of Shawn Kilmurray as our new Executive Director. It is our belief that given his passion for the environment as well as his management experience and deep connections within the music industry, Shawn will be able to elevate Rock the Earth to the next level in our goal to become the pre-eminent environmental advocacy organization working with the music community." Enthusiastic about the opportunity, Kilmurray explains, "I am delighted to be asked to lead the organization at what is a critical time for the global environment. Whether it's climate change, chemicals in our food, water issues, deforestation, air pollution, extinction of species or the lack of government action, few of us truly take ownership and act on these issues, foolishly believing others will do it for us. Music has the power to open the heart and touch the soul. Artists have always been at the forefront of social change so they understand the importance of taking action. My objective is to develop collaborative alliances with those members of the music community dedicated to the pursuit of environmental solutions."  Supporting renewable energy, reducing dependency on fossil fuels, sustainability, widespread recycling and increased responsiveness, Shawn Kilmurray and Rock the Earth will continue to promote activism that produces clear-cut results. Bill Sondheim, President of Entertainment and Worldwide Distribution at Gaiam, Inc. reflects on his professional relationship with Kilmurray, "I have known Shawn in various music positions over the last fifteen years. During that time he has consistently demonstrated an ability to balance creative integrity with strong fiscal results. At this critical time when our planet is in peril, I rest easier knowing that he will bring that same passion and intelligence to this worthy cause."

ABOUT ROCK THE EARTH Rock the Earth is a Colorado-based, national public interest environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending America's natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the worldwide environmental community. The organization has most recently worked with coalitions to oppose increased drilling on the Roan Plateau and to limit motorized boating through the Grand Canyon. Rock the Earth has also received support from the Educational Foundation of America, musicians Jack Johnson and Incubus' Make Yourself Foundation and the Rex Foundation, allowing it to pursue the defense of important natural areas. For more information, go to www.RockTheEarth.org

Pledge to Vote & get FREE 'People Lead (live in Seattle 2007)' download

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

To encourage you to vote on election day, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals is offering up a free download of "People Lead (live in Seattle 2007)" to anyone who completes an online "Pledge to Vote" at www.HeadCount.org. To get the download, all you have to do is go here and make the pledge. History will be made on election day this year. Be a part of it and vote. 

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