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Jake Shimabukuro to Perform with Bette Midler for Queen of England

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele virtuoso from Hawaii, will perform his arrangement of the Beatles’ tune “In My Life” with Bette Midler for The Royal Variety Performance 2009 in Blackpool, England.

The Performance is presented annually in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (the EABF), whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen.  Acts lined up to appear include: Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, Canadian singer and Grammy Award winner Michael Buble, teen superstar Miley Cyrus, and many more.

Midler, a multi-award winning performer also from Hawaii, has followed her fellow islander’s career and loves Jake’s arrangement of “In My Life,” a Beatles cover that appeared on Jake’s 2008 release, My Life.

“I was shocked to hear that Bette Midler knew my music.  I’ve been a huge fan of hers for many years,” said Jake.  “She’s like a queen of entertainment.  And to be performing with her for the Queen of England… it’s a bit too much for me.  I’m just so honored.”

The performance will be Jake’s first time to England and second time to Europe after touring earlier this year in Stockholm, Sweden, Pori, Finland, Nice & Paris, France, and San Sebastian, Spain.

Blackpool’s legendary Opera House is the largest theatre in the UK outside of London with a seating capacity of 3000.  The star-studded spectacle will take place on Monday, December 7 and be screened on ITV1, in the UK, later that month.  It will be produced by ITV Studios, the makers of the 2007 Royal Variety Performance, which attracted an impressive 9 million viewers.

The money raised from this event will help to maintain Brinsworth House in Twickenham, Middlesex – the entertainers’ retirement and nursing home which is run by the EABF.

Marley's Ghost taps Cowboy Jack Clement for new CD, 'Ghost Town'

Marley’s Ghost, cited by Paste magazine as “(having) earned cult-band status over 20 years of spirited musicianship, multi-part harmonies and irreverent humor,” will return from a three-year absence from recording with a new album, Ghost Town, due out February 23, 2010 on Sage Arts Records. The new album was produced by Cowboy Jack Clement, in whose Nashville home studio it was recorded. The cover was painted by acclaimed American watercolorist William Matthews.

The album follows Marley’s Ghost’s 2006 album Spooked, which was produced by Van Dyke Parks and featured a cover by R. Crumb. Of Spooked, Clement remarked, “The band’s eighth full-length in 20 years glides with deadpan sincerity through sea chanteys, perverted mountain gospel, country-rock, vintage pre-WWII pop, Jazz Age vamps, Dylan, western campfire songs, and a rib-tickling salute to ‘the French Elvis,’ Johnny Hallyday. Brilliantly sung and played, Spooked is a heady, subversive treat.”

The latest development in the band’s recording career may prove to be the crucial link for Marley’s Ghost. Clement, the country music cornerstone whose career entwined with those of Jerry Lee Lewis, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and so many others, is the beloved dean of Nashville producers, and the presence of Marley’s Ghost in his studio earned the band its first Music Row buzz.

“Working with Jack is standing in the front door looking out into the world with the whole house of rock ’n’ roll and country music behind you,” says Marley’s Ghost bassist and singer Dan Wheetman. “Jack is steeped in the Sun Records ideals of music. The technical side is important but takes a backseat to the ‘bang,’ the performance with heart and energy.”

“It’s easy to think of Jack as the guy who wrote hits for Cash at Sun Records and recorded Charley Pride in the ’70s, but you know, he has a platinum album with U2,” he adds, referring to a portion of Rattle and Hum that Clement oversaw.

“Marley’s Ghost is very experienced, versatile and best of all, open-minded, and a fun bunch of guys,” says Clement. “I prefer to play with a great band rather than a bunch of great session players. And they are a great band. They understand that we are all in the fun business and if we’re not having fun, we’re not doing our jobs. And they can play just about anything they want to. Even polkas. I ain’t got ’em to do one yet, but I will.”

After more than 20 years of making music together— recording nine albums and performing thousands of shows around the country — Marley’s Ghost remains one of the best-kept secrets in the music world, an untapped natural resource waiting to be discovered.

“Our criteria,” says the band’s guitarist, Mike Phelan, “has always been: bring it, let’s run it. It’s not about genre or style.” This is one band that knows all the songs from both The Harder They Come soundtrack and Ralph Stanley’s Cry From the Cross. Or as Paste puts it, "a decidedly unusual band, as capable of reanimating Appalachian folk songs as they are traditional Celtic fare, honky tonk and reggae.”

The most important ingredients in the Marley’s Ghost musical brew are the characters in the band. The five multi-instrumentalists boast distinctive musical personalities that couldn’t be less alike.

Dan Wheetman is a veteran of the ’60s Simi Valley, Calif. teen rock group the Humane Society, and, as a member of ’70s country-rockers Liberty, toured for years with John Denver and Steve Martin. Jon Wilcox, mandolinist and vocalist, used to trudge around the country as a solo artist. Mike Phelan, like Wheetman and Wilcox a prolific songwriter, can tear your heart out with a soul tune, put a romantic lilt into an Irish folk tune or blast molten lead guitar licks through the heart of a blues. Innovative pedal steel guitarist Ed Littlefield, Jr., spent years performing C&W in rugged roadhouses for loggers across the Pacific Northwest, and plays a fierce fiddle and bagpipes. And Jerry Fletcher, the band’s secret weapon and unofficial fifth Ghost, became “certified” in 2006, bringing his eclectic music skills (drums, keys, accordion and vocal arranging) to bear full-time.

Together they are a unique amalgam of their respective backgrounds, personal proclivities and musical abilities — a blend honed to a seamless collaboration over the many miles they have traveled together down the road.

“I call it ’bang,’” says Clement in summation. “It’s got bang. The band’s got some bang to it.”

Greensky Bluegrass Joins With Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth for 2 Week Tour

Perennial Bluegrass favorites Greensky Bluegrass have joined forces with Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth for an inspiring one-week tour in December. With dates spanning the mid-west and up through the northeast, this is one tour that will go down in the Americana history books.

Greensky Bluegrass is one of the most exciting bands in today’s music scene. Since winning the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, Greensky has been touring the country consistently with over 170 shows a year and many sold out performances along the way. In a very short time the band has performed with the likes of Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth along with the stages at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury and more. Add in the talents of Todd Sheaffer from Railroad Earth and you have one of the most well-rounded set of performers on stage today. Known for his soulful vocal delivery and song-writing skills, Sheaffer brings more then just another acoustic guitar to the stage - together the combined talent and creativity is bound to also bring many surprises to the tour as well.

On any given night, in addition to the myriad of original songs, one might hear traditional bluegrass songs with an exploratory rock and roll jam or selections from the Talking Heads, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead or Bob Marley turned bluegrass. “We are as likely to play a three minute song as we are a ten minute song on any given night”, says dobro player Anders Beck, “and I think that keeps it exciting for the audience”

This is not the first collaboration between Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth. Greensky Bluegrass is currently on tour in support of their recently released fourth album, Five Interstates, which was produced by Tim Carbone, also of Railroad Earth. Their strongest album to date, the twelve track journey features 11 original tracks and one traditional bluegrass song (a nod to the deceased King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin). Carbone notes on the package: “Five Interstates came together like five lives intertwined, the intersection of a lifetime frozen in precious time and preserved in a digital tableau. I’m blessed…We’re all blessed to be witness to a band ascending as true as an arrow shot to the sky.”

Greensky Bluegrass and Todd Sheaffer will be on tour for the following dates in December. For more information, check out: www.railroadearth.com and www.greenskybluegrass.com.

ON TOUR:
12/1 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
12/2 Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant
12/3 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
12/4 Bridgeport, CT - The Field
12/5 Teaneck, NJ - Mexicali Live
12/6 Annapolis, MA - Rams Head Tavern (early show) 12/6 Vienna, VI - Jammin' Java

Ultra Music Festival | Returns for 2010

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF)--the world’s leading two-day electronic and alternative music experience--returns for its 12th year Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27, 2010.  Recognized as the ninth Top Grossing Concert by Pollstar’s mid-year issue in 2009, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL is easily one of music’s most anticipated annual events and will take place as the official closing event of the Winter Music Conference at the beautiful waterfront location of Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami (the same grounds it has occupied since 2005).

Tickets are officially on-sale NOW via www.ultramusicfestival.com.  Members of UMF’s fan community will receive an email with information on how to purchase Early Bird 2-Day Tickets, which usually sell out in a matter of days. Details about UMF’s highly anticipated line-up--once again being the only place to see a vast number of exclusive artist performances during WMC--will be unveiled later this winter.

Tapped “Best Overall Event” by URB.COM and heralded by the Los Angeles Times as bringing “out raucous revelers as well as electronica’s elite,” UMF had its biggest year yet in 2009. With a line-up that included the launch of The Black Eyed Peas’ massive single “Boom Boom Pow” and exclusive performances by a wide range of DJs and electronic-influenced artists, last year’s UMF saw 85,000 attendees coming from 56 countries & territories, 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

As the world’s most famous outdoor electronic music event, UMF has won “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) in 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2005, “Best International Dance Music Festival” by the Ibiza DJ Awards in 2008 and “Best Festival” by the Village Voice Media New Times consecutively five years running from 2005 through 2009.

Originally created as a pure EDM (electronic dance music) festival in 1999, Ultra has grown through the years to present not only the genre’s hottest, biggest and best headline artists (The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Tiesto, Underworld, MOBY, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Erick Morillo, Deadmau5 and Paul Oakenfold, to name a few), but also crossover headline bands that incorporate EDM elements in their music and have a history, or new beginning in the EDM community and culture (The Cure, The Killers, The Black Eyed Peas, Santogold, The Ting Tings, The Bravery).

A Cosmic New Years For All

DSO is excited to be joined by many great friends for their second installment of the Cosmic New Years. This year at Rams Head Live! DSO will be joined by some great friends and family to ring in 2010. Jeff Mattson of the Donna Jean Godchaux Band will join DSO on Guitar, Donna Jean Godchaux will lend her legendary voice to the night's festivities and Baltimore's own, The Bridge, will kick off the evening.

In addition to sharing the night with these fine musicians, DSO will be performing a Rare Acoustic Set as part of our Three Set Show. Don't miss out on this rockin' New Year's celebration.

Speaking of not missing out, Early Bird Tickets for NYE are almost sold out. Click HERE to get your tickets now and save $36 off the door price.

Tickets will include a champagne toast, finger foods, and party favors. Get your early bird tickets while supplies last.

Kick up your NYE experience a few notches with a VIP Ticket which includes: special merch, champagne toast, finger foods, party favors, an exclusive viewing area and more! VIP Tickets available while supplies last.

To top it all off is a great hotel deal only a few blocks from the venue. Click HERE to check it out.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Fall Tour 09
11/06 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
11/07 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
11/08 Strand-Capital PAC York, PA TICKETS
12th Anniversary Show
11/11 Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD
11/12 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA TICKETS
11/13 Nightclub 930 Washington, DC
11/14 Nightclub 930 Washington, DC TICKETS
11/16+ McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ TICKETS
11/18+ State Theatre Ithaca, NY TICKETS
11/19+ The Klein Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
11/20+ Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA
11/21+ Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
11/24 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY TICKETS
11/25+ Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
11/27 Nokia Theatre New York, NY
11/28 Nokia Theatre New York, NY
11/29 Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH
12/01 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
12/02 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
12/04 Harro East Ballroom Rochester, NY
12/05 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
New Years Run 09!
12/28 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
12/29 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
12/30 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
2nd Annual Cosmic New Year
12/31 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
Cruisin into 2010
01/03/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/04/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/05/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/06/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/07/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/08/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson


From Good Homes Reunite for Two Shows - Dec 18 and 19

The members of From Good Homes have announced today that the band will reunite for a weekend of special shows- their first in 10 years.  The shows, scheduled for December 18th & 19th at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ will mark the first time the band has performed together since the band's legendary "farewell show" in August 1999.

The genesis of From Good Homes dates back to a high school band, when childhood friends Todd Sheaffer, Brady Rymer, and Patrick Fitzsimmons came together in rural, Northwestern New Jersey.  Originally called "Old Crow", and later evolving into "The Dogs", the core line-up remained.  With the addition of Dan Myers in 1988, and Jamie Coan in 1990, the band From Good Homes was fully formed.  The band's upbeat approach, solid songwriting, and unique sound allowed them to quickly develop a dedicated following on the touring circuit. Bringing together rock, jazz, folk, celtic and jam-band influences under one umbrella, rooted in Todd Sheaffer's inspired songwriting, From Good Homes forged their own, instantly lovable music. Their unique style prompted one critic to affectionately label the band's blend of influences as "Hick-Pop".

From Good Homes released 5 albums during their career- 3 on RCA Records- and performed over 1,500 shows across North America, including two tours with Dave Matthews Band and shows with Bob Dylan, Ratdog featuring Bob Weir, Widespread Panic, Hootie & The Blowfish, Blues Traveler and many more.  In 1998, From Good Homes received an achievement award from Billboard Magazine and Irving Plaza for the most consecutive sold-out performances ever (12) at the New York City venue.

After disbanding in 1999, band members went on to embark on individual projects.  Todd Sheaffer formed the bluegrass-influenced Railroad Earth, which has released 5 records and continues to sell-out shows throughout North America.  After starting a family of his own, Brady Rymer began a career making music for children and families; his most recent release "Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could" was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award in the Best Musical Album for Children category.  Drummer Patrick Fitzsimmons has had a very successful run as a singer/songwriter, releasing 5 records independently and touring regularly in the Northeast.  Saxophonist Dan Myers runs a production company, Dirt Floor Studio, and has worked on records with Adam Green, Sam Champion, as well as with Rymer and Fitzsimmons.  He also appeared as a guest soloist on "Live Trax Vol. 16" the latest live release from Dave Matthews Band.  Multi-instrumentalist Jamie Coan continues to write, perform and record and currently plays fiddle and Dobro with The Red Top Ramblers in the Charleston, SC area.

"It'll be great to get back on stage with the guys and play again" says lead singer Todd Sheaffer.  "It's been a long time since the From Good Homes family was together and I know this is going to be a whole lot of fun".

Tickets for the shows are $28 in advance and $33 on the day of show.  They are on sale now through Tickets.com.  All information is available at www.wellmonttheatre.com and www.fromgoodhomes.com.

From Good Homes is:

Todd Sheaffer - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Brady Rymer - bass, vocals
Patrick Fitzsimmons - drums
Dan Myers - saxophones, melodica, vocals
Jamie Coan - acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin, vocals

Passion Pit Nominated For The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards

2009 has already been a whirlwind year for Boston's Passion Pit, but it's not quite over yet! Having already been nominated for an MTV VMA, for their video "The Reeling", and winning Best Album from Boston's WXPN, the accolades will just not stop flowing. They have now been nominated for the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards for "Breaking Woodie." After amazing stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Monolith, and ACL, Passion Pit has an even bigger Winter planned! Following their sold out US Fall Tour and Treasure Island Music Festival in SF, Passion Pit head to Europe where they  will continue to stir up the world. Stay tuned... This is a band who will be keeping your feet moving well into 2010!

Passion Pit Tour Dates

10/7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/9 - Eugene, OR @ EMU Ballroom
10/10 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue
10/11 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
10/14 - Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
10/15 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
10/17 - San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island
10/21 - Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
10/22 - Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria University
10/23 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage
10/24 - Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
10/26 - Oxford, UK @ Academy
10/27 - London, UK @ Koko
10/28 - London, UK @ Koko
10/30 - Bristol, UK @ Anson Rooms
10/31 - Southampton, UK @ Southampton University
11/1 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2     
11/3 - Dublin, IE @ Academy
11/4 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
11/6 - Lille, FR @ Aeronef
11/7 - Paris, FR @ La Cigale
11/8 - Nantes, FR @ Olympic
11/10 - Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
11/11 - Lyon, FR @ Ninkasi Kao
11/12 - Zurich, CH @ Alte Borse
11/13 - Munich, DE @ 59:1
11/14 - Cologne, DE @ Werkstatt
11/16 - Berlin, DE @ Lido
11/17 - Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
11/18 - Brussels, BE @ Rotonde
1/8 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY(Tickets On Sale For T5 Friday)

Rock In Peace For Les Paul

Legendary recording artist, studio pioneer, and virtuoso guitarist Les Paul passed away at the age of 94 on August 13, 2009, due to complications from pneumonia. Despite having earned more than 30 gold records during his career, Paul is most famous for inventing the multi-track recorder and overdubbing his guitar playing. In addition, he nearly single-handedly popularized and revolutionized the solid-body guitar by experimenting with feedback, distortion, and note-holding. The electric guitar's ubiquitous role in rock and roll is largely due to Paul's contributions even though country, pop, jazz, and swing remained the innovator's music of choice. However, his name remains synonymous with the Gibson guitar named after him; more than 50 years after its introduction, it remains the model most commonly associated with rock--and musicians such as Slash, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend, and Jimmy Page. The Wisconsin native's hits include "Wither Thou Goest," "How High the Moon," and "Vaya Con Dios." A multiple Grammy winner, Paul is also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee, and National Medal of Arts recipient.

LesPaulA private Funeral service will be held in New York. A service in Waukesha, WI will be announced at a later date. Details will follow and will be announced for all services. Memorial tributes for the public will be announced at a future date.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Les Paul Foundation, 236 West 30th Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001.

For the past twelve years Les Paul appeared every Monday night at the Iridium Jazz Club despite advancing age and sever arthritis each week he delivered a first class show packed with his trademark guitar licks, hit songs and his patented ribald good humor.  An amazing run for any artist, but for Les this is what he lived for.  He was from the old school of the ‘show must go on’ so in that spirit the Iridium Jazz Club will continue to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy.

Iridium Jazz Club Honors Les Paul
Monday, August 17, 2009
8 & 10PM

Featuring:  BUCKY PIZZARELLI WITH THE LES PAUL & HIS TRIO - JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS - Plus Surprise Guests

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/
Sets at 8:00 & 10:00PM

Adam Steffey: ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD

He's one of the most widely admired mandolin players around, and the most influential in a generation or more, but when Adam Steffey finally got around to making his second solo album in eight years, he knew just what he did--and didn't--want.  "I wanted to go in and make a record, and have all these people that I work with be on it," he says, "but I didn't want to make an instrumental album, because I think those can get monotonous.  I know I'm known primarily as a player, but I wanted to have just enough picking on there to where everybody could turn loose, and then mostly have some good solid vocal things.  If people listen to this album and take it as a reflection of the way I look at everything about music, and not just as a showcase for how I play, then that would be the highest compliment that could be paid."

adamIt's hard to imagine listeners not getting that--and a whole lot more--from One More For The Road, Steffey's Sugar Hill Records debut that hits the streets on September 22nd. Balancing instrumentals with vocal numbers and carefully chosen classics with strong originals served up by Steffey and a brilliantly chosen supporting cast, including former bandmates from Alison Krauss & Union Station and Mountain Heart alongside current colleagues in the Dan Tyminski Band, it's a stunning portrait of a musician who's not only a master player and convincing singer but perhaps most importantly, a team player who knows exactly when to lead and when to lay back.

With support from producers Gary Paczosa and Union Station/Dan Tyminski Band bassist Barry Bales--a friend and picking partner of Steffey's for close to 30 years--Steffey and friends tackle a well-crafted set list that shows off a rare ability to not only find under-appreciated songs, but to match them perfectly with players and singers.  And while attention will surely fall on vocal contributions from Krauss, who offers a lush reading of a decades-old Bluegrass Cardinals find ("Warm Kentucky Sunshine"), Tyminski and Ronnie Bowman, whose shimmering "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" sets a new standard for the Kristofferson classic, it's actually the mandolinist himself who serves as the most frequently featured singer.  "I try to be realistic about my voice," Steffey says, "and I'm not the ballad singer at all," but his evocative baritone is perfectly suited for the originals (including one self-penned entry) and bluegrass ought-to-be-classics like Mark Rader's early 90s favorite, "A Broken Heart Keeps Beating."

On the instrumental side, Steffey drew on a circle of colleagues who have interacted musically and personally for years--and whose playing shows it in every note.  "I wanted everybody to be throwing different things in, and to mix it up some with different combinations," he notes.  "But all the guys that I got to play on this album, they listen as hard as they focus on what they're going to play.  They're sensitive to everything that's going on around them, which makes playing so easy--and they're just so good. I'm ready to jump out of my seat when I hear these guys playing."

Indeed, whether they're going to town on a slinky modern tune like the opening original, "Deep Rough," or a durable but under-recorded standard like "Durang's Hornpipe," the ensembles Steffey, Bales and Paczosa concocted for One More For The Road serve up models of precision, feeling and groove, born out of years of playing together and a more elusive but equally real musical empathy.  Yet despite--or, perhaps, because of--his commitment to the ensemble dynamic, there's no doubt that this is Adam Steffey's album.  His unique taste, along with his melodic gifts and unexcelled feel for rhythm, inform the project from first note to last.

"I know all the guys that are on here, they're thinking, they're listeners, and I want everybody to get that feeling from the record," Steffey says.  "I'll be happy if the people who hear it can tell that I was listening and not getting in the way, that I was just trying to make the song the best it can be."  It's a safe bet that they'll be able to tell that--and a whole lot more besides.

Phamily Reunion: Music, Camping, Vending Options for PHISH ticket holders

eotoIn just three short weeks, PHISH will make their triumphant return to Red Rocks in Morrison, CO for their first performance in 13 years at the legendary amphitheater. The band was banned in 1996 after numerous local complaints about illegal camping and unquestionable behavior of the fans in the small community of Morrison. Flash forward to 2009, where local organizers have put together an alternative to illegal camping by securing a private campground with transportation and late night music included in the ticket price.

The Phamily Reunion, which will coincide all four nights of PHISH at Red Rocks, has a solution for everyone. Ticket holders and those who weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to see PHISH, are all invited to join the all-night party taking place in serene Idaho Springs, CO. After brisk initial ticket sales in 4-day camping passes, event organizers have just released one-day passes to the event, scheduled to go on sale on Thursday, July 9th 2009.

The four-day celebration has already penned an amazing line-up of national acts including The New Mastersounds, EOTO and the “glitch goddess” Ana Sia among five new regional additions to the lineup including: Mama’s Cookin’, Stanky Pockets, Chris Webb Band, Seismic Shift and J Wail Vs. Agobi Nick. More surprises are to come and tickets are going fast, making for great anticipation of the four-day camping and music event in the beautiful Colorado Front Range July 30 through August 2. Day shows at the campground will warm the dancing feet and late-night shows will keep the festivities rolling into the night. To top it off, the festival offers the opportunity to camp under the Colorado stars, whitewater raft, fish, hike, horseback ride and soak in the hot springs.

For more information about the festival and ticket pricing, visit: www.phamilyreunion.com