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Clare & The Reasons Release Song For Obama

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As the world enjoys the last days of summer, Clare & the Reasons are headed back to the UK for a tour that is still adding dates. The tour includes stops at landmark UK festivals, such as Fringe, Connect and End of the Road. The group will join up with My Brightest Diamond halfway through for a co-headlining European leg.

Fargo Records, the French label boasting such artists as Andrew Bird, Jesse Sykes, Against Me, and Ron Sexmith, will be proudly re-releasing The Movie in all European territories excluding the UK. On October 7th at La Cigale, Chris Garneau, My Brightest Diamond and Clare & the Reasons will join forces to celebrate Fargo Records.

Clare and the Reasons were recently added to the Dublin Fringe Fest playing a night of music with Duke Special. They'll be performing the songs that Manchon and Special have co-written for the upcoming Duke Special release.

After the European dates, Clare & the Reasons will be announcing more exciting news for the States, and eventually will be settling into the studio to record their sophomore album.

UK TOUR DATES:

Aug 25- EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL-Club Voltaire- Edinburgh, Scotland
Aug 27- ABERDEEN- Café Drummonds
Aug 28- INVERNESS- Madhatters/Hootananny's
            - Nevis Radio- Fort Williams- Scotland, playing live.
Aug 29- FORT WILLIAMS- Fired Arts
Aug 30- CONNECT FESTIVAL- Club Noir stage
Aug 31- DUNDEE- Fat Sam's
Sep 2- GLASGOW- King Tuts
Sep 3- YORK- The Duchess
Sep 4- MANCHESTER- Night & Day
Sep 5- BIRMINGHAM- Glee Club
Sep 6 - "Loose Ends" on BBC Radio 4.
Sep 6- NOTTINGHAM- The Bodega Social Club
Sep 8- NORWICH- Norwich Arts Centre
Sep 9- LONDON- Borderline
Sep 10- DUBLIN- Spiegeltent Dublin Fringe Fest with DUKE SPECIAL
Sep 11- OXFORD- Bullington
Sep 12 – END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL

EUROPEAN TOUR WITH MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND:

Sep 21 – AMSTERDAM-Melkweg
Sep 22- HAMBURG- Molotow
Sep 23 – BERLIN- Lido
Sep 24- SCHORNDORF- Manufaktur
Sep 26- VIENNA- B72
Sep 28- ZURICH- Rote Fabrik
Sep 29- MILAN- MusicDrome
Oct 1-BRUSSELS- Le Botanique
Oct 3- BELGIUM- 4AD
Oct 4- GRONINGEN- Take Roots Festival
Oct 5- NIJMEGEN- Doornroosje
Oct 6- TOURCOING- le Grand Mix
Oct 7- PARIS- LA CIGALE- Fargo All Stars
Oct 8- STRASBOURG- Laiterie Club
Oct 10- EVREAX- Abordage Club
Oct 11- LE HAVRE- Cabaret Electric

Everest announces fall tour dates w/ Neil Young, Wilco & Death Cab for Cutie

photos by Dominic DiSaia.- for the Grateful Web

Everest will warm stages for some greats this fall. The LA boys have been handpicked to be the steady opening guest for Neil Young's fall tour.

Everest will open for Neil dates with Death Cab for Cutie from October 14 through November 5 on the West Coast and East Coast with Wilco from November 29 through the tour's conclusion at Madison Square Garden on December 15th.

This weekend the band will perform at the Outside Lands Festival on August 23rd in San Francisco and will wind their way around the Northwest with a string of tour dates.

Everest is by Russell Pollard (vocals, guitar, drums), J. Soda (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Rob Douglas (bass, vocals), and Joel Graves (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Derek Brown (drums).

Tour Dates:
August   -     23- Outside Lands Festival-  San Francisco, CA
               24-Old Ironsides- Sacramento, CA- w/ Parson Red Heads, An Angle)-
               26-Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA- (w/ Parson Red Heads, Elder Mason)
               27-The Space- Salem, OR- (w/ Parson Red Heads, Easterly)
               28-  The Artistry- Portland, OR- (w/ The Parson Red Heads & Oh Darling) 
October   -    14 - St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center - w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               16 - Winnipeg, MN – MTS Center - w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               18 - Regina, SK – Brandt Center- w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               19 - Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome- w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               21 - Everett, WA – Comcast Arena - w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               22 - Vancouver, BC – GM Place w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               29 - San Diego, CA – Cox Arena w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               30 -  Los Angeles, CA – The Forum - w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
November    -   1 - Reno, NV – Events Center - w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
                4 - Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
                5 - Omaha, NE – Qwest Center w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               29 - Halifax, NS – Metro Center - w/ Neil Young and Wilco  
December    -   1 - Montreal, PQ – Bell Center - w/ Neil Young and Wilco   
                2 - Ottawa, ON – Scotia Bank Place- w/ Neil Young and Wilco   
                4 - Toronto, ON – ACC - w/ Neil Young and Wilco   
                7 - Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills- w/ Neil Young and Wilco   
                9 - Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena - w/ Neil Young
                12 - Philadelphia, PA – The Wachovia Spectrum - w/ Neil Young and Wilco  
                15 - New York, NY – Madison Square Garden - w/ Neil Young and Wilco  

The (Mighty!) Duhks Earn Love For 'Fast Paced World'

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Hailed by The New York Times as one of the artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, the Duhks continue the evolution with their fourth album, Fast Paced World, (August 19th / Sugar Hill Records). "We traveled from Winnipeg, locked ourselves in a Nashville basement, pooled our ideas together and invented a new sound," says new frontwoman and bilingual, budding soul queen, Sarah Dugas (she replaced Jessee Havey in 2007).

 

Produced by Jay Joyce, who joins an impressive line of producers (Béla Fleck, Tim O'Brien) before him, the Duhks have created their most energetic, fully realized, unearthly album to date. Seriously. "Jay's basement studio was like something out of the Star Trek Enterprise," adds founder and clawhammer banjoist, Leonard Podolak, who, in the past, "traditionally stuck close to the acoustic sound of our instruments. This record is a beautiful mosaic of different ideas and soundscapes."

 

Leonard, Sarah, Tania Elizabeth (fiddle, mandolin), guitarist Jordan McConnell and new worldbeat drummer Christian Dugas (Sarah's brother) have melded French lounge pop ("Toujours Vouloir") and scratchy soul meditations on the Galveston flood in 1900 ("Mighty Storm") and sleeping ("Sleepin' Is All I Wanna Do") with the soundtrack of the weirdest 1930s Marlene Dietrich movie you never saw ("This Fall"), and beyond. "We're all proud of this record and can't wait to release it to the world," adds Sarah.

 

In the space between the Grammy-nominated Migrations (2006, Sugar Hill Records) and now, the Juno-winning band has gained critical love ("overall virtuosity that could make them stars" - Boston Globe), toured the world and earned a solid fan base - no doubt due to their manic, spirited live shows. (Check YouTube for John Paul Jones joining the band for "Whole Lotta Love").

 

Environmental issues have always been a passion for the band, inspiring them to launch The Duhks Sustainability Project (www.greenduhks.com). The goal is to "tour as sustainably as possible - Biodiesel, local organic farmers, sustainable eco-conscious clothing," says Tania, who was recently invited by Bonnaroo to speak about sustainability during the 2008 festival.

THE DUHKS ~  US TOUR DATES

09/05/2008       Great Barrington, MA- Club Helsinki
09/06/2008       Hoboken, NJ- Maxwell's
09/10/2008       New York, NY- Joe's Pub
09/11/2008       Annapolis, MD- Ram's Head on Stage
09/12/2008       Philadelphia, PA - Tin Angel
09/13/2008       Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Café
09/25/2008       Oakland, CA - Yoshi's at Jack London Square
09/29/2008       Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
10/03/2008       Homer, AK - The Downeast Saloon
10/04/2008       Anchorage, AK - Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
10/05/2008       Kodiak, AK - Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium
10/08/2008       Blacksburg, VA - The Lantern
10/10/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/11/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/12/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/15/2008       Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother
10/16/2008       Arlington, VA - IOTA Club
10/17/2008       Asheville, NC - Garage at Biltmore
10/18/2008       Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
10/20/2008       Atlanta, GA - Smith's Olde Bar
10/21/2008       Athens, GA - The Melting Point
10/24/2008       Live Oak, FL- Spirit of the Suwanee Music park
10/25/2008       Live Oak, FL- Spirit of the Suwanee Music park
10/29/2008       Somerville, MA - Johnny D's
10/30/2008       Norfolk, CT- Infinity Hall

Rage Against the Machine in Denver for the 'Tent State Music Festival to End the War'

photos by Forrest Dudek- for the Grateful Web

Rage Against the Machine has joined forces with the Iraq Veterans Against the War and Tent State University to perform as part of the "Tent State Music Festival to End the War" on Wednesday, August 27 at the Denver Coliseum. They will join the Flobots, The Coup, State Radio, and Wayne Kramer. Doors open at 9:30 AM, show begins at 11:00 AM. 

Tickets are free and available by lottery.  Sign up for the lottery, with a valid photo ID (person must be present) at Tent State University at Cuernavaca Park between 11AM and 6:30 PM (look for the Tent State Music Festival booth near the IVAW Tower) Sunday, August 24 through Tuesday, August 26 during the D.N.C. Winners will be notified by email Tuesday evening, August 26. 

Go to www.tentstate.org for more info.

Ticket Pickup Information and Policies:

Each lottery winner will get two tickets for the Festival.

WINNERS can claim their tickets at the Denver Coliseum beginning 9:30 AM on Wednesday, August 27.

ONLY the WINNER can claim the tickets on show day.  Photo ID required.  NO name changes will be accepted under any circumstance.

Guest MUST be present when WINNER claims the tickets. After claiming the tickets, WINNER and their guest must immediately enter the coliseum.

Any TICKETS UNREDEEMED BY 12:00 PM WILL BE RELEASED on a first come first serve basis. There will be a secured area set up for people to line up for any tickets not picked up.

Where: Denver Coliseum

at I-70 (Brighton Blvd. exit #275B) and south to Humboldt Street, just east of the junction of I-25 with I-70. Downtown is easily accessible via Brighton Boulevard

When: Wednesday, August 27

Doors at 9:30 AM

Show time at 11:00 AM

All Ages Welcome

Tickets:  FREE, available through lottery system

The National Headline 'Co-ops Rock!' Benefit For Family Farmers

Menomena will play in support of the NCGA – photo by Sylvere H- for the Grateful Web

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) are pleased to announce the first annual "Co-ops Rock!" event featuring The National and Menomena on September 19th at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. This concert will attempt to raise awareness and funds for farmers impacted by the recent flooding in the Midwest, as well as secure funds for future natural disasters farmers may face.
 
NCGA is a business services cooperative for 109 consumer-owned food co-ops located throughout the United States. Member stores in the Seattle area include PCC Natural Markets and Central Co-op's Madison Market.  This event will aid the NCGA in raising money to support sustainable food initiatives through a celebration of music and the co-op model, and will feature presentations from impacted organic farmers and videos highlighting nature's impact on the farms over the past year.  In light of this year's flooding in the Midwest, the beneficiary for the first "Co-ops Rock!" event will be Northcountry Cooperative Develop Fund (NCDF) Foundation's Cooperative Disaster Relief Fund, which provides disaster relief to impacted farmers impacted by flooding.

Doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm. Tickets available through www.ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster locations, The Moore and Paramount theatre's or charge by phone at 206-628-0888. "Co-op members and customers are a diverse group of individuals of all backgrounds, beliefs and lifestyles," Robyn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. "They love healthy organic and natural foods, they love great music, and they share a passion for seeking cooperative ways to help others when they need it. "Co-ops Rock! brings all these elements together with great music for the sake of co-op suppliers farmers hit hard by recent flooding," Shrader added. "We hope this event raises a lot of money for the farmers, provides a great evening for attendees and sets the tone for future Co-ops Rock! events."

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About NCGA National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCGA is owned by 109 food co-ops operating more than 130 stores in 32 states with combined annual sales of over $945 million. NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op shoppers everywhere. For a map of co-op member locations, visit www.ncga.coop/member-stores .  To learn more about NCGA, visit www.ncga.coop. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.go.coop.

Grateful Memorial for David Kramar

Please visit this memorial site for a fellow deadhead, David Kramar, who recently passed away.  Grateful Web sends out our condolences to David's friends and family.

David Frederick Kramar my brother-in-law's life from Huntington, New York to St Augustine, Florida to Southern California. He dearly loved the Dead.

The Waybacks Are Loaded for Bear

This summer, The Waybacks are making a very special effort to bring their eclectic music to this year's 10,000 Lakes Festival in Detroit Lakes, MN next week. "We had the whole trip planned," James Nash, guitarist and lead singer for the band, explained, "and we got the 10KLF offer. We really wanted to do it so we just squeezed it in. We're playing in Nashville and then we're zooming up to Minnesota. We're flying from there over to the Northeast to finish up our trip.

Don't The Air Taste Sweet?: Marc Cohn's New Zest for Life

Marc Cohn - pboto by Bill Bernstein- for the Grateful Web

These days, Marc Cohn has something to sing about. That may not sound so remarkable since you would naturally expect a singer/songwriter to have something to say. But this 1991 Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist had been facing a severe dry spell. Many writers (no matter if they write songs or books) often face the terror of the blank page. But this fallow period when nothing seemed to gel even when Cohn tried to force the muse had lasted for months, stretching ultimately into a year and then another. Then thinking that if he engaged with his audience, new material might come, Cohn mounted a month-long intensive tour.

On a warm August night in 2005 in Denver, fate stepped in. Marc Cohn was shot in the head during a failed carjacking and the worry over lack of creative output in his life seemed trivial. People go blind with a shot to the temple as he had; some suffer brain damage; others die. Cohn walked out of the ER the next day and went back home to New York. As he recovered, he watched the awful devastation that happened in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit.

Experiencing something that Cohn had and being able to walk away from it, relatively unscathed, and then to watch other people suffering so much is bound to raise questions about meaning. Then something wonderful happened. Among the many get well wishes Cohn received, one started a cascade of creative flow.

"I got an email from old songwriting partner who is now an elementary school teacher," Cohn said in a recent phone interview. "He wrote me: Maybe life was curious to see what you would do with the gift of being left alive." The floodgates of creativity opened and washed fresh new ideas into Cohn that were bursting to take form.

"I had been trying so hard to will my writing to come back that it was an incredible release and catharsis to have it come back without me expecting it to," he said. "Although I have to say that there were a lot of friends after I got shot who would say to me, 'I guess you've got a lot to write about.' It's funny. That never occurred to me initially, not in a conscious level. But I do think from the moment this happened, I was already writing."

Michael Silverstone, his former songwriting partner, launched the first song written for Cohn's new album, Join the Parade.  "Live Out the String," which Cohn co-credits with Silverstone, was number six in the ten song lineup on the CD. It's a song of thankfulness and awe, done to a rocking beat.

"That was the beginning of the writing coming back," Cohn said. Though he admits that he knew intellectually that he was grateful to be alive and that there was some deeper meaning behind his experience, he says, "Good songs aren't about intellectual ideas."

He also remembered a line that Rick Bragg had written about "dancing back from the grave." This is also a very unique characteristic of New Orleans funerals. While the mourners pace through the streets in a slow march, they come back from the cemetery dancing, glad their loved ones have gone to Glory. "It applied not only to me but to New Orleans," Cohn said, meaning that the city was dancing back from the grave as he was. "And this just seemed to be happening over and over and over, after years of me not getting a sign from anywhere.  Now, you could argue because I was in a very vulnerable sort of scary space I was open to all of these things, and I think that was probably true. I think there's great poetry flying around all the time. But I wasn't open to it until these two events [Silverstone and Bragg's words] and all of a sudden I couldn't stop the ideas from coming. These came so quickly and so forcefully that I couldn't even stop them. I had another record in a few months."

None of the songs on this album are maudlin. They are all uplifting and hopeful. The quirky love song that begins the CD, "Listening to Levon," sets the tone. It's about this young man who gets distracted kissing his girlfriend because he's listening to The Band on the radio. It's about not quite being present because of the music. "To me that was an interesting opener because it was chronologically the beginning of my story, "Cohn said, "being a young boy falling in love with women and with music at the same time. And then the record obviously ends quite a bit later." The rest of the songs are very much about being present and experiencing the joy of music and life.

"Dance Back from the Grave," "Join The Parade," and "My Sanctuary," are most obviously about New Orleans, but they are also about Cohn. These and others like "Live Out the String" and "Life Goes On" speak to us all about life with a big L and being very present in the moment because when you are, there is always gratitude and relationships (with people, with nature, with the Divine) become very important. There is a connection in the moment. And, for Marc Cohn, his moment of connection has produced a gift for all of us, a hymn to living life with joy.

The miracle of this burst of creativity and the production of this album is all the more remarkable because the muse is now mute. "And then it stopped again," Cohn said. "Basically, I was given these ten songs. I think I wrote a few more than are actually on the record. I haven't written for months, just a couple of ideas here and there."

This may only be temporary. Cohn does admit that he self-edits more than he did when he was younger and will discard ideas before they ever make it to a guitar or piano. Maybe his long dry spell was because he was waiting for a good idea. Then again, maybe Silverstone was right. Maybe he was given life to encourage us all to join the parade of life.

Currently, Marc Cohn is touring all over the country in support of Join the Parade. Later this summer, he plans a very special trip to New Orleans that isn't concert related. "I'm hoping that my son and I will go and do a little work down there, maybe building some homes."

It sounds like Marc Cohn is joining the parade wholeheartedly. As he sings in "Live Out the String," "Don't the air taste sweet?"

An Ozomatli Show is Worth Paying For

If there is a better party band than Ozomatli out there, then I would love to hear them.  I wasn't invited to the party at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on May 30th, so I had to crash it.  I openly admit to not paying for a big name concert in about 5 years.  I got spoiled being a photographer/writer and getting into the shows I wanted to see with press passes.  But this past weekend I had to break my streak and actually pulled $25 dollars out of my wallet to see one of my favorite bands ever.  The las

Lookout for a Band Named Codename!

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

On the Thursday of Jam on the River weekend in Philadelphia, there was no better way to kick off the festivities then with a raging show by a new band that has the potential to be a household name in