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Blackberry Smoke to Shoot Live DVD at Re-opening of Georgia Theatre

Critically acclaimed band Blackberry Smoke will perform August 5, 2011 during the 14 day Grand Re-opening of the famous Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA . The Southern rock group will film the concert for fans that have not yet experienced the thrill of Blackberry Smoke live. The eighteen and up show will be a ninety minute full throttle ride with Nic Cowan opening and appearances by other special guests . This monumental performance is one stop on the group's rigorous summer tour schedule where they not only open for the Zac Brown Band but recently signed to Zac’s new label, Southern Ground Artists.  To purchase tickets for this event please visit: www.georgiatheatre.com/calendar1.html

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About Blackberry Smoke:

Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke continues to grow into the premiere Southern Rock band of America. Over the last two years the band has shared the stage with kindred spirits ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, Cross Canadian Ragweed and continue tour as the opening act on the Zac Brown Band’s summer tour. The band is currently recording their highly anticipated third studio album under Southern Ground Artists where they will bring their signature sound forward with tracks reminiscent of Marshall Tucker Band and Allman Brothers. For more information about Blackberry Smoke please visit www.blackberrysmoke.com

About Georgia Theatre

While Orvold and Greene worked to preserve the setup and overall feel of the original Theatre, they also welcomed the opportunity to make numerous improvements including building a larger stage, adding a third viewing level, bigger dressing rooms and bathrooms, and upping its capacity to hold over 1000 guests. Patrons will be greeted by the original marquee and brick walls and may also spot an impressive support beam that withstood the fire. The enhanced venue also features reclaimed wood from the original venue that will be used for the bars and as decorative pieces throughout the building. Old breaker boxes that no longer work and part of a historic underground coal tunnel will be in public view in the basement. The new building was also designed in a way that the duo coined, industrial deco, creating a modern feel with industrial elements and sweeping curves.

Nonprofit CASH Music previews upcoming release

What Wordpress did for bloggers, we're doing for musicians. CASH Music is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and our mission is to create open source tools and services that benefit artists and music. The goal is to help artists find sustainability and to encourage innovation in the music industry. We're doing this by building world class open source software designed specifically for the new music industry: tools handling promotion, distribution, commerce — creating the connection between artist and audience.

Too many companies have tried to control the music market and instead have stifled real innovation and freedom for artists. An open source solution will allow tools to be built for the community and improved upon as they are used by that community. We can stop reinventing ways to collect email addresses and focus on real innovation in the music tech space. This benefits artists, managers, labels, and even tech startups.

CASH Music began with the vision of Kristin Hersh, Donita Sparks, Robert Fagan, and Billy O'Connell and has since grown into the organization it is today. Led by Jesse von Doom and Anthony Batt, CASH Music is working on solutions that will range from an instant-setup hosted solution for music sites right down to fully customized, host-your-own code. Every line will be released in the open source and built on open standards.

We want to change everything by creating open source software that freely gives musicians total control over the presentation, sharing, and sale of their music — enabling them to make a living off of their art, building strong direct relationships with their audience.

Learn more about CASH Music by visiting their website.

Gregory Alan Isakov Announces 2011 Winter Tour

Gregory Alan Isakov’s emotionally saturated, raw indie folk songs have been pulling in fans and critics alike since his tender 2003 debut Rust Colored Stones. In 2009 Isakov’s fourth album, This Empty Northern Hemisphere, propelled him to new heights, with The Denver Post proclaiming him, “a subtler Springsteen, a more melodically diverse Dylan” and Paste Magazine crowning him “The Next Big Thing,” boasting “[Isakov] makes quietly lush, deeply vibrant music more rooted in the starry night sky… than in any terrestrial locale.”

Success continues to pour in for Isakov with his song “If I Go, I’m Going” recently featured on the Showtime hit “Californication” (the song is also featured on the show’s Season 4 Soundtrack Album) and a limited vinyl pressing of This Empty Northern Hemisphere (available on his website). Building on the momentum, late Winter tour dates have just been announced. Touring this time with his band, Isakov will support DeVotchKa for their CD release and Valentine’s Day show at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium before embarking on a string of headlining dates on the East Coast (details below). Look for Isakov’s tour to head west in early spring.

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Gregory Alan Isakov has found a home in Colorado, where he’s lived for the past 12 years. Isakov has been compared to Iron & Wine, Leonard Cohen, and Jeff Tweedy. Isakov has performed throughout North America and Europe, sharing the stage with artists including Calexico, Mumford & Sons, The Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlile, and Laura Marling.

Check out Isakov’s new video for “Big Black Car” off This Empty Northern Hemisphere here.

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Winter 2011 Tour Dates are as follows:

Saturday, February 12 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO DeVotchKa CD Release & Valentines Day Show
Sunday, February 13 Frogbelly Farm Longmont CO Benefit for Lisa Sanchez
Thursday, February 17 Johnny D's Somerville MA
Friday, February 18 One Longfellow Square Portland ME w/ Billy Libby
Saturday, February 19 138 Listening Lounge Manchester NH
Sunday, February 20 Ridgefield Library Ridgefield CT
Wednesday, February 23 Downtown Arts Building Wilkes-Barre PA
Thursday, February 24 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia PA w/ Emily Arin
Friday, February 25 Highline Ballroom New York NY co-headline with Paper Raincoats w/ Paul Dempsey
Saturday, February 26 Sixth and I Historic Synagogue Washington DC

Harry Houdini, A musical anointing, and the Ghosts of Jim Crow: The North Mississippi AllStars

Leslie Jenkins believes in the power of the blues. She believes in its’ power to lift the souls of those who truly are listening. If The Blues were to be a religion, I suspect she’d be in the front pew, ready for a anointing thru music each and every Saturday night. Or – better yet, she might heed a calling and lead the congregation, preferably with a historically accurate homemade instrument. Music - for the farmer and local television personality, is a religious expression to be made with careful consideration.