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FMQB Triple A Conference Returns to the Fox Theatre

Z2 Entertainment, FMQB and 97.3 KBCO are proud to present the 3rd annual FMQB Triple A Conference to Boulder, Colorado at the Fox Theatre, August 10th – 12th.  Performers include Brett Dennen, Matt Nathanson, DeVotchka, John Butler Trio, Brandi Carlile, NeedToBreathe, Fitz & The Tantrums, Jeff Bridges and Trombone Shorty.  Tickets go on sale Friday, June 17th at noon.

Eoin Harrington Adds Brandi Carlile Dates

San Francisco-based singer, songwriter and musician Eoin Harrington, known for his passionate vocal style, energetic stage presence and infectiously catchy songs, is kicking 2010 into high gear with a flurry of activity that will culminate with a string of concerts in March opening for Brandi Carlile.  Harrington has been captivating music fans in San Francisco since relocating from his native Dublin several years ago and has sold out every one of his local appearances since the release of his debut recording, STORY, last year.

A classically-trained pianist, Harrington possesses a clear vibrant tenor, and his vocals have been described as reminiscent of Maroon 5's Adam Levine, James Blunt and "a grittier Elton John."  His signature "blue-eyed soul" is evident on STORY, for which he composed all of the songs.   "...his 'Story' CD illustrates the charm and craft that have put Harrington-whose first name is pronounced Owen-at the top of the many observers' lists of the Bay Area artists," wrote Shay Quillen in the San Jose Mercury News, while Music Connection added "his debut shines with stellar song craft and a distinctive, audience-pleasing artistry."

Eoin is happy to let others describe his music.  "I have a really hard time with that," he says, "because it's a combination of all that I've been exposed to so far in my life, from Irish traditional to classical to heavy rock to R&B."

Harrington is enjoying full rotation air play on major stations back in his home country of Ireland, and, in addition to the album, his fans will be treated to several new media products in the coming months. iEoin, a downloadable iPhone application, is available free at the iStore. The iEoin will allow fans to keep up to date on live shows, blog entries, videos and other news on the artist. His website has been redesigned and launched at www.eoinharrington.com where, in addition to streaming his latest music, his electronic press kit is available for viewing.

A video for the song "Play Your Piano" from STORY was recently completed and will initially be available for viewing on the iPhone application after which It will be posted on his website. Eoin has just scored the entire soundtrack for the new motion picture, Love On the Line, scheduled for release at the end of the year. He also makes his acting debut in two cameo appearances in the film.

Among Harrington's most recent Bay area performances was an appearance at the TEDxSV (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference held in the Silicon Valley at which he charmed the organizers by writing a song especially for the auspicious event.

Other shows include a guest appearance at the 100th Anniversary of KCBS-TV and an annual KFOG Radio concert at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland with Matt Kearney and Brandi Carlile.

Harrington, who has previously appeared with artists such as Alanis Morrisette, Sara Bareilles, Bret Dennen, Serena Ryder, Switchfoot, Pat Monahan (Train) and Back Door Slam, is also set to open for Brandi Carlile in concert.

The shows are as follows:

March 15--Knitting Factory, Reno NV;

March 17 & 18--Tower Theatre, Bend OR

March 19--Mount Baker Theatre,

Gregory Alan Isakov on Tour with Brandi Carlile

Singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov hits the road with Americana artist Brandi Carlile for a string of March and April 2009 dates. Isakov's forthcoming album release, This Empty Northern Hemisphere (May 19, 2009), features a duet with Carlile - a cut of Leonard Cohen's "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong." Carlile also performs on four of the album's original songs.

It was while touring that Isakov first caught the attention of Carlile. The pair have since become collaborators and friends.  For this special run of dates, Isakov and Carlile are sure to bring some of their recent collaborations live to the stage.

The current list of confirmed tour dates with Gregory Alan Isakov and Brandi Carlile is as follows:

March 24 World Cafe Philadelphia PA
March 25 Ram's Head Annapolis MD
March 26 Birchmere Washington DC
March 27 Woodstock Town Hall Theatre Woodstock VT
March 28 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Westhampton Beach NY
March 31 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown NY
April 01 The Music Hall Portsmouth NH
April 02 Iron Horse Northampton MA
April 03 South Portland Auditorium South Portland ME
April 04 Ethical Center for the Arts New York NY
April 06 Kent Stage Kent OH
April 07 The Vogue Indianapolis IN
April 08 Lakeshore Theater Chicago IL
April 09 Pabst Theater Milwaukee WI
April 10 Alltel Center Mankato MN
April 11 Hoyt Sherman Theater Des Moines IA
Aril 14 Wheeler Opera House Aspen CO

This Empty Northern Hemisphere is Isakov's latest collection of songs in which he conjures the miracles and heartaches of day to day living then transforms them into melodies, with a serious commitment to songcraft and musicianship.

"Writing and performing is a mystery to me," explains the South African born multi-instrumentalist. "I try to get myself out of the way as much as I can."

"There were moments while making the new album that were so different than anything I've done before," says Isakov, who combines his personal past with poetry to create a musically visceral present.

His music dubbed "punk folk" by the Indigo Girls' Amy Ray, Isakov has been recognized by critics and colleagues as a real and original talent. In 2008, Denver's Westword named Isakov their Best Acoustic Folk Artist.  The previous year he was given the paper's Best of Denver Singer-Songwriter award; they called him "a rootsier Glen Phillips channeling Kelly Joe Phelps."

Comparisons bother Isakov; he's brought his influences into the fold for This Empty Northern Hemisphere. "Everyone I've ever listened to made it into the record--It's like a traveling circus." And Isakov is its truth and beauty-seeking ringmaster.