YOKO ONO Climbs To Top 5 On The Billboard Club Play Charts

YOKO ONO continues to keep her fingers on the pulse of underground and commercial dance music with her new single, “GIVE ME SOMETHING” (THE REMIXES). Currently #4 (with a bullet) on the Billboard Club Play Chart (issue date: 03/27/2010), it is the latest offering in the pioneering avant-garde icon’s acclaimed remix series, that has spawned 5 #1 dance singles: “I’M NOT GETTING ENOUGH”, “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”, “NO NO NO”, “EVERYMAN / EVERYWOMAN” and her seminal “WALKING ON THIN ICE”.

Since 2001, Yoko’s alter-electronic ego, ONO, has been pumping out revamped reworks of classics from her vast catalog for a new digital generation. Partnering with cutting edge producers and collaborators such as FLAMING LIPS, PET SHOP BOYS, BASEMENT JAXX, DANNY TENAGLIA, SPIRITUALIZED, CSS, FELIX DA HOUSECAT, ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS and PEACHES, she has ingeniously added chart-topping dance-music heroine to her renowned status as controversial performance-art innovator and punk rock pioneer.

On the brilliant “Give Me Something” (originally taken from John and Yoko’s Grammy Award winning 1980 masterpiece DOUBLE FANTASY), ONO taps RICHARD MOREL, DAVE AUDE, RALPHI ROSARIO, ROBERTO RODRIGUEZSTONEBRIDGE, SPARKS, JUNIOR BOYS, ALEX TRAXX (and others) to deliver compelling interpretations for the 21st Century.

Slated as a green release (digital, no materials used or abused) later this month (March 2010) on MIND TRAIN / TWISTED Records, “GIVE ME SOMETHING” (THE REMIXES) is another irresistible reinvention from the timeless visionary, who continues to be a major influential force on the cultural landscape.

Jann Klose’s “Reverie” continues to build in the U.S. & abroad

Jann Klose's album REVERIE is continuing to build momentum. The record has already become a critical favorite in regional America and is – as the LA Weekly states – becoming “a minor hit,” heard on over 100 radio stations worldwide, including Sirius XM Radio in the U.S., the BBC in the U.K. and most recently, Prambors Radio in Indonesia. George Graham just included REVERIE in his list of Best CDs of 2008 alongside Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Peter Gabriel. Mr. Graham produces the longest running “Adult Contemporary” Radio show on WVIA FM in Pennsylvania.

Jann-KloseSince the release of the album, Jann has opened for Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root and rising jam band Old School Freight Train.  He performed with Renaissance's Annie Haslam and John Tout at the Sellersville Theater as well as with Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart and Roger McGuinn at the Martin Guitar 175th anniversary concert. This winter and spring, Jann and his band supported Elliott Murphy on tours of the East and West Coast. The two are planning on more shows together later this year. Hits Magazine’s Roy Trakin calls Jann a “promising opening act.” This summer Jann will again be touring in the United Kingdom, Germany and in Ireland for the first time.

In addition to radio airplay and extensive touring – over 100 shows in 2008 alone – Jann and his band have been receiving positive press for REVERIE: The Washington Post writes: “Klose wins over the listener with his soaring voice, which may well be a staple of chamber pop for a long time to come.” Performing Songwriter says: “Born in Germany and raised in Africa, Jann Klose brings an element of world music to his adult-contemporary pop-rock. His latest record Reverie offers songs of thoughtful introspection and longing. Rich arrangements feature orchestral strings, jazzy horns and old-world accordion in addition to the standard bass, drums and guitar. Highlights include the melancholy 'Mother Said, Father Said' and Latin-flavored ‘Clouds.’”

REVERIE was recorded at Hoboken, New Jersey’s renowned Water Music Studios. It was produced by Jann Klose with Stewart Lerman (Dar Williams, Antony and the Johnsons, The Aviator Soundtrack); engineered by James Frazee (Spiderman 3, The Hold Steady) and mastered by Dominick Maita (Fall Out Boy, Bryan Ferry, Plain White T’s). The album features musicians Chris Marolf (upright bass), Lars Potteiger (keys, accordion), Patrick Carmichael (drums) and Leah Potteiger (violin).  Additional musicians on the album include:  Pedro da Silva (Portuguese guitar), Megan Marolf (oboe), Ryan Scott (electric guitar), Dan Brantigan (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Doug Hinrichs (percussion).

Born in Mannheim, Germany, raised in Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa, Jann spent his teenage years in Hamburg, Germany before coming to Cleveland, Ohio as an exchange student.  He returned to Germany to fulfill mandatory civil service, and then relocated to Northeast Ohio, where he studied voice with Emmy winner David Gooding, sang in the Cleveland Opera Chorus, and released two CDs on local label G21 Records (1997’s ENOUGH SAID and 1999’s THE STRANGEST THING).

In 2000 Jann relocated to New York. He has since performed in Broadway touring companies of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and JEKYLL & HYDE as well as a regional production of THE WHO’S TOMMY. Songs from his 2003 EP BLACK BOX, produced by Grammy winner Marlon Graves, were licensed to the Warner Bros. DVD “Dead Broke,” featuring Paul Sorvino, car maker SAAB’s 60th Anniversary CD in France and Prambors Hits 3 in Indonesia. Jann now resides in the Bronx, New York.
June 19       Mocha Maya’s w/ Sarah Blacker      Shelburne Falls MA  
June 20       Coffee Planet      Ballston Spa  NY
June 20        Jonesville Store      Clifton Park  NY
June  21       Rockwood Music Hall      New York  NY
June 24        The Winchester w/ Dave Brooks      Cleveland OH
June 25          Vic's (Victorian's Midnight Cafe)  Columbus OH
June 26       The Boom Room      Youngstown/Warren OH
July 2          Sellersville Theater w/ Acoustic Strawbs   Sellersville PA 
July 24            Kukuun     Hamburg, Germany w/ Duncan Townsend
July 28           Kultiviert Anders, Leipzig Germany
July 30       Brauhaus Suedstern, Berlin  Germany
July 31        Blue Note      Dresden  Germany
August 3     Connemara FM   Radio Letterfrack  Connemara Ireland  87.8 fm & 106.1 fm, online at
August 4        Flirt FM Radio      101.3 fm, online at  Galway   Ireland
August 4        Roisin Dubh Pub & Music Venue      Galway Ireland
August 5     The Hard Rock Cafe  Dublin  Ireland
August 5     The Zodiac Sessions  Bruxelles Bar  Dublin  Ireland
August 8        The Regal Room at Distillers      London  UK
August 10   The Yardbird      Birmingham  UK
August 13    The Musician   Leicester  UK
August 14    Bar Risa         Leeds  UK
August 15       The Zanzibar Club      Liverpool  UK
August 16       CB2 w/ The Fancy Toys and Tom Copson     Cambridge UK
October 18   Beacon Sloop Club  Pumpkin Festival    Beacon NY

The Rex Caravan Continues & DSO NYE Tixs

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

New Year's Eve 1976? 1990? 2008?

This December 31 at Ram's Head Live you'll be partying like it's 19-something, but DSO won't let you know until that night. As a special New Year's Eve treat, the band will pick from the many Grateful Dead New Year's Eve concerts as part of their 3 set performance. All tickets include a champagne toast, party favors and finger foods. In the spirit of Thanksgiving DSO are offering their loyal fans a $10 discount and lower service fees through their fan club ticketing while supplies last. Buy your discounted NYE tickets HERE.

DSO Hosts Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball at Nokia Sat. Nov. 29

The Rex Foundation's East Coast Black Tie-Dye Ball is almost here! The 5th Black Tie-Dye Ball since the debut in 2004 is taking place on the second of the DSO's two nights at the Nokia Theater in Times Square (on November 28 & 29), the Ball features a reception with the band, silent auction, grateful sets and Special Guest Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay. Order your tickets to the show and pre-show reception online at the Rex Foundation's website or by phone at 415-561-3135.

Dark Star Orchestra's 11-Year Anniversary on 11/11

On the 11th day of the 11th month, Dark Star Orchestra celebrated its 11th anniversary at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. The night was filled with fanfare and good vibes - all topped off by the band's first performance of the infamously complex "The Eleven," performed in 11/4 time signature. If you weren't there, download a live recording via BitTorrent to hear what you missed!

Dan Healy Mixes DSO, Newspaper Interviews

As you undoubtedly remember, DSO is now joined on the road by longtime Grateful Dead sound engineer Dan Healy, who mixed the Dead from 1966 - 1994. In between twiddling knobs and adjusting levels with uncanny perfection Dan has talked about his experiences both with the Dead and Dark Star Orchestra. Read them for yourself here and here.

Rex Caravan Tour
Tue 11/25 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY  
Wed 11/26 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  
Fri 11/28 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Black Tie-Dye Ball
Sat 11/29 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Mon 12/01 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT  
Tues 12/02 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT  
Thur 12/04 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE  
Fri 12/05 Theater @ Lancaster Host Resort Lancaster, PA TICKETS
Sat 12/06 Shea Center For The Performing Arts Wayne, NJ  
Cosmic New Year's Run
Sun 12/28 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
Mon 12/29 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
Tues 12/30 TBA TBA  
Cosmic New Year's Eve
Wed 12/31 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD TICKETS
Discounted Tickets While Supplies Last
Winter Tour 2009
Wed 1/28 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL TICKETS
Thu 1/29 Jannus Landing St Petersburg, FL  
Fri 1/30 Florida Theater Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
Sat 1/31 Club Cinema Pompano Beach, FL TICKETS
Tue 2/3 Workplay Birmingham, AL TICKETS
Thu 2/5 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS  
Fri 2/6 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sat 2/7 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sun 2/8 House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC  
Thu 2/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
Fri 2/13 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC TICKETS
Sat 2/14 Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head, SC TICKETS
Sun 2/15 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
Tue 2/17 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA TICKETS
Thu 2/19 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
Fri 2/20 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
Sat 2/21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
Sun 2/22 The Omni Toledo, OH TICKETS
Tue 2/24 Carnegie Music Hall Munhall, PA TICKETS
Wed 2/25 House of Blues Cleveland, OH TICKETS
Thu 2/26 The Vic Chicago, IL  
Fri 2/27 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI  
Sat 2/28 The Barrymore Madison, WI