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Kinky Friedman embarks on "Springtime for Kinky Tour 2011"

This spring, starting April 27th in Kansas City, Missouri, Kinky Friedman, author, musician, politician, and self-proclaimed Governor of the Heart of Texas, will be performing dates throughout the Midwest and East Coast as part of his Springtime for Kinky Tour of 2011. Often returning to places he has not visited in two decades, the Kinkster will appear solo (primarily) and promote his most recent books, What Would Kinky Do? and Heroes of a Texas Childhood. There will be a book signing at each venue.

Buoyed by his Go West Young Kinky Tour last spring and his monster appearance on the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October, Kinky will take his show to many of his favorite American cities. Playing the songs for which he is best known, such as “They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and “Sold American,” reading passages from his books, and carrying on his hilarious running commentary on the state of the union, Kinky, the prodigal son of Texas, will, indeed, return to the scenes of his crimes of years gone by.

Though years have passed since the last full-on Texas Jewboys show, Kinky continues to be associated with that infamous band of his early career, partly because of his long friendship with Bob Dylan (Kinky did, of course, travel with the Rolling Thunder Revue), but mostly because of the band’s total outrageousness and those legendary songs. On the projects list for 2011 is a Willie Nelson CD of Kinky's songs, which will be no less than the third tribute album to Kinky and his work. Willie, who has a new Sony record deal, and who has been swapping stories and playing chess with Kinky for decades, will confirm these tunes as American standards.

Meanwhile, Kinky continues to “spit out books like sunflower seeds,” with a brand new deal to co-write one with old pal Billy Bob Thornton. And he is now being immortalized onstage with a play called Becoming Kinky . . . The World According to Kinky Friedman, written by Ted Swindley, who created the long-running hit Always . . . Patsy Cline, and starring up-and-comer Jesse Dayton.

Kinky may be finished with politics, but politics may not be finished with Kinky.  He continues to be a popular guest on cable news channels, appearing with hosts as diverse as John Seigenthaler and Bill O’Reilly, and his regular contributions to Texas Monthly never fail to take proper shots at the insanity of Texas politics.  He also contributes to such national media as The New York Times and Playboy, more often than not skewing deserving politicians wherever they may be.

And that’s not all in 2011: an Australian tour is on the agenda for June. Kinky will be joined by long-time Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks, as the two old friends visit Kinky's second favorite continent. But in the meantime . . .

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Springtime for Kinky Tour 2011

Wed., April 27  KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads
Thurs., April 28  LITTLE ROCK, AR Juanita's
Fri., April 29  ST. LOUIS, MO Off Broadway
Sat., April 30  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK The Blue Door
Sun., May 1  NEWPORT, KY (CINCINNATI, OH) Southgate House
Mon., May 2  NASHVILLE, TN 3rd and Lindsley
Tues., May 3  CLEVELAND, OH Wilbert's
Thurs., May 5  MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall
Sat., May 7  BERWYN (CHICAGO), IL Fitzgerald's
Sun., May 8  PHILADELPHIA, PA World Cafe Live
Mon., May 9  NEW YORK, NY Highline Theater
Tues., May 10  ROCHESTER, NY Water Street
Fri., May 13  ALEXANDRIA, VA (WASHINGTON, DC) Birchmere
Sat., May 14  WOODSTOCK, NY Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble

Kinky Friedman's First West Coast Your in Two Decades

Former Texas gubernatorial candidate, political commentator and self-proclaimed “author, columnist, musician and beautician” Kinky Friedman will perform on the West Coast this summer for the first time in nearly 20 years. Dates for the “Go West Young Kinky Tour of 2010” start on July 26th in Vancouver and continue into August (a full list of venues follows). Two members of Kinky's seminal band the Texas Jewboys, Little Jewford and Washington Ratso, will join him on the tour.  No prisoners will be taken. Only the strong shall survive.

The Kinkster, often referred to as the “Mark Twain of Texas,” will also be hawking his wares, in this case his most recent (limited edition) books, Heroes of a Texas Childhood and What Would Kinky Do?, both of which will be available for purchase and signing at the shows. As Kinky has often said, he’ll “sign anything but bad legislation.” This includes any of his dozens of top-selling books or columns, or even his Kinky Friedman Cigars, which, rumor has it, will also be available at the venues. Bring it, and he will sign it.

Kinky Friedman rose to stardom in the ’70s, with the aforementioned Texas Jewboys as his sick and twisted sidekicks. An equal opportunity offender, Kinky, with his outrageous lyrics and crazed stage persona, may have offended some, but drew people like Don Imus, Robin Williams, Bob Dylan and John Belushi into his spiritual fan club. He toured with Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue and appeared on the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live. His infamous appearance on Austin City Limits, the only performance ever filmed by ACL and never broadcast because of content, has finally been released on DVD, to the delight of fans everywhere.

In the mid ’80s, Kinky rescued a woman being robbed at a midtown Manhattan ATM, and, based on this experience, created the character Kinky Friedman the Detective, who solved murders in what would become a series of wildly popular mystery novels. In the years since, the real Kinky has branched out into children’s books, memoirs, historical reflections and editorials, all to great success, and all powered by his razor sharp wit.

Kinky’s commentaries have appeared in such diverse media as The New York Times, Texas Monthly and Playboy, and since adding politics to his résumé, he has been a regular on cable networks, even stopping by occasionally to spar with Bill O'Reilly.

His books are now read the world over, and his tour schedule reflects this. From Bill Clinton to Billy Bob Thornton to Nelson Mandela, everybody loves a Kinky Friedman mystery. As the ever-humble author likes to say, “I write novels for Americans to read on their aircraft.” Billy Bob is currently working with him on a new book, as is Willie Nelson.

And now, for the first time in almost a generation, folks on the West Coast will get to hear Kinky perform (live!) tunes like “Ride ’Em Jewboy,” “Sold American” and “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore.”  And many friends will be there too: Mojo Nixon will join Kinky in San Diego, and Van Dyke Parks has already signed up for L.A.  There’s no telling who else will pop in.  Will there be a Wavy Gravy sighting in San Francisco?

The Go West Young Kinky Tour of 2010:

Mon., July 26 VANCOUVER, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Tues., July 27  SEATTLE, WA Triple Door
Wed., July 28  PORTLAND, OR Roseland Theater
Fri., July 30   SAN FRANCISCO, CA Great American Music Hall
Sat., July 31  LOS ANGELES, CA McCabe’s (2 shows)
Sun., Aug. 1  SAN DIEGO, CA Belly Up, with Mojo Nixon
Tues., Aug. 3 BAKERSFIELD, CA Fishlips
Wed., Aug. 4  SANTA CRUZ, CA Moe’s Alley
Thurs., Aug. 5 SEBASTOPOL, CA North Bay Live at Studio E

Phil and the Osophers Debut Three New Vids

Phil and the Osophers unveil three distinctive videos to titillate the senses.  Members of the International Found Footage Society, the band used newsreels from the 1920s-1940s to create the video for Propeller Jet, which narrates the thrill of America's burgeoning love with the golden age of aviation.  Avant-garde Czech films were spliced together to create the breathtaking Well Being video, the last three minutes being a visual and auditory world unto itself.  Phil and the Osophers own travel footage is showcased in the video for Wandering Soul, where cities and climates and time blur together.


Phil and the Osophers have added a new member!  C. Lizbeth Marquez, a Spaniard by birth, has been added to play keyboard, percussion and background vocals.  Come see the expanded lineup at Brooklyn's Bruar Falls on February 15, in a show curated by Pop Jew, also known as Worst Cooks In America winner Rachel Coleman.  The band will also be doing a short tour in March, more dates are TBA.


Phil and the Osophers made their sixth full length album, Parallelo, available on CD and digitally this summer on Factual Fabrications, Phil’s own sustainable label.  The album finds the Brooklyn 3 piece developing into a jingly and jangly artistic indie rock while retaining carefully crafted and philosophical lyrics.  The band has a catalog of over 100 songs, and this new album is their most impressive work to date.
THE SONGS
The 11 song cycle of Parallelo explores parallels and coincidences in our understanding of meaning.  Phil has an interesting explanation for all of these songs- “Uses Of A Man deals with equal rights for all lovers”, Creators “is a thesis on God in the time of slavery”, Propeller Jet is “about suiting up with Amelia Earhart on her last flight” “Cheap Livin is an tribute to the rich folks who lost it all”  …Tie it together with an avant-garde indie pop sound and you have Parallelo.  It is this sort of innovation that makes Phil and the Osophers such a one-of-a-kind act.
The Brooklyn 3-piece have been on a tear recently: playing SXSW and the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, as well as playing shows with Art Brut, Passion Pit, Les Savy Fav, Le Loup, the Ruby Suns, and the Dodos.
In addition, all 3 members have written and published books of poetry and non-fiction through their own publishing house called ILOANBooks. Bass player Gus has published NINE books, Drummer Kevin has published two (including a new edition entitled "Winter Doesn't Care What Your Name Is"), and Phil has written his one book of poetry entitled "SHAKE! and other rattlers".  These books are usually free at shows and otherwise available upon request.

Devil Makes Three front man Pete Bernhard books solo gigs

After opening for Sea Sick Steve in NYC last week, Pete’s solo performances are a far bit different from his primary band but one key element remains the same - his defining vocal style, unique phrasing and his distinctive point of view.
 


devil-makes-threeAll the while, The Devil Makes Three "Do Wrong Right" continues to gain momentum.   After selling out shows all across the country via word of mouth from fans and friends, Do Wrong Right garners its 16th straight week on in the Top 10 of the Billboard Bluegrass Charts and the album continues to sell strongly each week.  The album holds steadily in heavy rotation on the college charts along with charting on the Americana/Jamband Chart.

Check out The Devil Makes Three LIVE on KEXP Performing "Do Wrong Right."  The Devil Makes Three Live @ KEXP was released digitally on 8.11. The EP includes four tracks played live in the studio of the famous Seattle based radio station and an interview.

The Devil Makes Three kicks off their Fall tour with gigs at Bumbershoot and Earthdance Peace Festival.

The Devil Makes Three quite possibly are the best band that you have never heard of. Constantly on tour, selling out dates across the country and in their neck of the woods on the West Coast, this band is busy packing their shows night after night, largely thanks to word of mouth.

Over the past 7 years, The Devil Makes Three have garnered fans the old school way - playing a city, making friends, conquering fans and moving on. When they hit the next town, venues are packed with folks that heard from a friend in a city that the band had played before.

Because of this, The Devil Makes Three have established thousands of die-hard and devout fans.

 


 
PETE BERNHARD SOLO DATES
September 15- Blue Lamp- Sacramento, CA
September 16- Rickshaw Shop, San Francisco, CA
September 17- The Crepe Place- Santa Cruz, CA
September 18- Café Coda, Chico, CA
September 19th- Stillwater, Ashland, OR


 
DEVIL MAKES THREE TOUR DATES!
September 5 - Truckee River Park Amphitheater - Truckee, CA
Sept 7th - Bumbershoot Festival - Seattle, WA
Sept 27 - Earthdance Peace Festival - Black Oak Ranch - Laytonville, CA
Oct 14 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
Oct 15 - Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 16 - Downtown Brewing Company - San Luis Opisbo, CA
Oct 17 - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 18 - The Phoenix Theater - Petaluma, CA
Oct 21 - The Historic Ashland Armory - Ashland, OR
Oct 22 - WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
Oct 23 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
Oct 24 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Nov 7 - Middle East Upstairs - Cambridge, MA

U-Melt Spring Tour on the Books

u-meltWith the southeastern leg of their Winter Tour 2009 coming to a close, NYC road warriors U-Melt have solidified plans for their Spring Tour 2009 kicking off at the end of March. Featuring several debuts at venues throughout the northeast, U-Melt is continuing to amass an ever-growing fan base the old-fashioned way; through a rigorous touring schedule punctuated by electrifying live performances. Pushing the boundaries of a multi-genre blend and traditional musical logic, the band will be showcasing fresh U-Melt material alongside the live staples that have kept the crowds returning night after night.

Bringing their four piece sonic explorations to new and exciting venues, the Spring Tour 2009 will open with four straight Northeastern debuts as U-Melt delivers their progressive groove to Lucky’s in Cortland, NY on Thursday, March 26th, The Warehouse in Hartford, CT on the 27th, the newly opened Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME on the 28th and the Thunderbird Café in Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, April 2nd. Following the series of debuts, the band will make an extraordinary return to a couple of their favorite haunts in Nietzsche’s in Buffalo, NY on the 3rd and the River Street Jazz Café in Plains, PA on the 4th.

Thursday, April 9th marks a monumental occasion on the U-Melt calendar as the band supports longtime friends in Umphrey’s McGee as the pair commemorates the newly opened House of Blues in Boston, MA. In what is becoming the latest in a long line of U-Melt traditions, the following night will feature a very special post-Umphrey’s McGee late night set as the group performs at the famous BB King Blues Club in Times Square. The official Umphrey’s McGee after party will feature special guest and longtime friend and collaborator, Wyllys, as the two artists groove on original material as well as elements of NYC drum and bass. After the hometown show in NYC, U-Melt will take the drive down I-95 to West Chester, PA, as they make their debut at The Note.

Before the band makes their way to the Rocky Mountain State for a stretch of dates, U-Melt has penned four dates for their eagerly awaited return to the upper Midwest. Kicking festivities off in Chicago, IL on Thursday, April 16th, the band presents “An Evening with U-Melt” at Martyr’s. Friday the 17th features U-Melt hosting another post-Umphrey’s McGee party at The House Café in Dekalb, IL followed by a special stop at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on the 18th. U-Melt will set sail west after performing at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, IA on the 20th. On Wednesday, April 22nd, the band will make their highly anticipated return to Colorado with a show at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins. The following night has the band returning to the Fox Theater in Boulder. The band will conclude their Mile-High stay with a two-night stand at the renowned Quixote’s True Blue in Denver on the 24th and 25th.

U-Melt will head south for the final three dates of the tour, debuting at the Flytrap Music Hall in Tulsa, OK on Tuesday, April 28th and the Buc Days Festival in Corpus Christi, TX on the 30th. Proving that all good things must come to an end, U-Melt will bring their Spring Tour 2009 to a close in the Big Easy as the band makes their third consecutive late night Jazz Fest appearance at the Blue Nile on May 2nd. Never a band to stray too far from the road, U-Melt jump-starts their summer tour plans with their fourth annual performance at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL May 22nd – 24th, an eagerly awaited return to Mountain Jam in Hunter New York May 29th – 31st and an always memorable U-Melt late night set at the Stonehenge Music Festival in Kellyburg, PA on June 19th.

U-MELT '09 SPRING TOUR

4/16 - Martyr's - Chicago, IL
4/17 - The House Cafe - Dekalb, IL (Official Umphrey's McGee After Party!)
4/18 - University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI (FREE Show!)
4/20 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
4/22 - Hodi's Half Note - Fort Collins, CO
4/23 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
4/24 - 4/25 -Quixote's True Blue - Denver, CO
4/28 - Flytrap Music Hall - Tulsa, OK
4/30 - Buc Days Celebration Festival - Corpus Christi, TX
5/2 - Blue Nile - New Orleans, LA (Late Night Jazz Fest series w/ Orchard Lounge)
5/22 - 5/24 - Summer Camp Music Festival - Chillicothe, IL
5/29 - 5/31 - Mountain Jam - Hunter, NY
6/19 - 6/20 - Stonehenge Music Festival - Kellyburg (Trout Run), PA

U-Melt Spring Tour on the Books

u-meltWith the southeastern leg of their Winter Tour 2009 coming to a close, NYC road warriors U-Melt have solidified plans for their Spring Tour 2009 kicking off at the end of March. Featuring several debuts at venues throughout the northeast, U-Melt is continuing to amass an ever-growing fan base the old-fashioned way; through a rigorous touring schedule punctuated by electrifying live performances. Pushing the boundaries of a multi-genre blend and traditional musical logic, the band will be showcasing fresh U-Melt material alongside the live staples that have kept the crowds returning night after night.

Bringing their four piece sonic explorations to new and exciting venues, the Spring Tour 2009 will open with four straight Northeastern debuts as U-Melt delivers their progressive groove to Lucky’s in Cortland, NY on Thursday, March 26th, The Warehouse in Hartford, CT on the 27th, the newly opened Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME on the 28th and the Thunderbird Café in Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, April 2nd. Following the series of debuts, the band will make an extraordinary return to a couple of their favorite haunts in Nietzsche’s in Buffalo, NY on the 3rd and the River Street Jazz Café in Plains, PA on the 4th.

Thursday, April 9th marks a monumental occasion on the U-Melt calendar as the band supports longtime friends in Umphrey’s McGee as the pair commemorates the newly opened House of Blues in Boston, MA. In what is becoming the latest in a long line of U-Melt traditions, the following night will feature a very special post-Umphrey’s McGee late night set as the group performs at the famous BB King Blues Club in Times Square. The official Umphrey’s McGee after party will feature special guest and longtime friend and collaborator, Wyllys, as the two artists groove on original material as well as elements of NYC drum and bass. After the hometown show in NYC, U-Melt will take the drive down I-95 to West Chester, PA, as they make their debut at The Note.

Before the band makes their way to the Rocky Mountain State for a stretch of dates, U-Melt has penned four dates for their eagerly awaited return to the upper Midwest. Kicking festivities off in Chicago, IL on Thursday, April 16th, the band presents “An Evening with U-Melt” at Martyr’s. Friday the 17th features U-Melt hosting another post-Umphrey’s McGee party at The House Café in Dekalb, IL followed by a special stop at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on the 18th. U-Melt will set sail west after performing at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, IA on the 20th. On Wednesday, April 22nd, the band will make their highly anticipated return to Colorado with a show at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins. The following night has the band returning to the Fox Theatre in Boulder. The band will conclude their Mile-High stay with a two-night stand at the renowned Quixote’s True Blue in Denver on the 24th and 25th.

U-Melt will head south for the final three dates of the tour, debuting at the Flytrap Music Hall in Tulsa, OK on Tuesday, April 28th and the Buc Days Festival in Corpus Christi, TX on the 30th. Proving that all good things must come to an end, U-Melt will bring their Spring Tour 2009 to a close in the Big Easy as the band makes their third consecutive late night Jazz Fest appearance at the Blue Nile on May 2nd. Never a band to stray too far from the road, U-Melt jump-starts their summer tour plans with their fourth annual performance at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL May 22nd – 24th, an eagerly awaited return to Mountain Jam in Hunter New York May 29th – 31st and an always memorable U-Melt late night set at the Stonehenge Music Festival in Kellyburg, PA on June 19th.

U-MELT '09 SPRING TOUR

3/26 - Lucky's - Cortland, NY
3/27 - The Warehouse - Hartford, CT
3/28 - Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME
4/2 - Thunderbird Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
4/3 - Nietzsche's - Buffalo, NY
4/4 - River Street Jazz Cafe - Plains, PA
4/9 - House of Blues - Boston, MA (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
4/10 - BB King Blues Club - New York, NY (Official Umphrey's McGee After Party!)
4/11 - The Note - West Chester, PA
4/16 - Martyr's - Chicago, IL
4/17 - The House Cafe - Dekalb, IL (Official Umphrey's McGee After Party!)
4/18 - University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI (FREE Show!)
4/20 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
4/22 - Hodi's Half Note - Fort Collins, CO
4/23 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
4/24 - 4/25 -Quixote's True Blue - Denver, CO
4/28 - Flytrap Music Hall - Tulsa, OK
4/30 - Buc Days Celebration Festival - Corpus Christi, TX
5/2 - Blue Nile - New Orleans, LA (Late Night Jazz Fest series w/ Orchard Lounge)
5/22 - 5/24 - Summer Camp Music Festival - Chillicothe, IL
5/29 - 5/31 - Mountain Jam - Hunter, NY
6/19 - 6/20 - Stonehenge Music Festival - Kellyburg (Trout Run), PA