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Zero @ Great American Music Hall | 3/4 & 3/5

For the first time in nearly 20 years, ZERO returns to the Great American Music Hall for a two-night special event: March 4th and 5th. Almost two decades ago, the quintessential Bay Area band recorded 'Chance in a Million' at the historic venue.

The band reunites to commemorate the music and to benefit band mate, Judge Murphy, who is battling liver cancer, awaiting transplant.  Tickets on sale now and selling fast. Thanks for supporting the cause to benefit a brother.

ABSOLUTE ZERO

Recorded at Avatar Studio in Santa Rosa, California in the early eighties, the studio recording Absolute Zero marks the inception of the ZERO instrumental repertoire.

Featuring Steve Kimock on guitar and bass and Greg Anton on drums and keys, this 80's recording is being released for the first time, available exclusively at the upcoming ZERO shows.

Featuring such songs as Tear Tags Off Mattresses, Severe Tire Damage and Theme From Nancy Germany, this 5-song EP will surely delight any ZERO fan. The album will be officially released after the GAMH shows.

KIMOCK'S SPRING NEW YORK CITY RESIDENCY

Steve Kimock has confirmed a three-week spring residency at Sullivan Hall in NYC on Wednesday, March 23th, March 30th and April 6th.

Kimock's NYC residency will have a very different musical feel & flavor each week, with some of the best musicians based in New York City and beyond joining him such as Henry Butler, Adam Deitch, Marco Benevento, Andy Hess, John Molo, Pete Sears, Marc Friedman and more! Expect some legendary collaborations...hope to see you there.

For line-ups and more info visit www.kimock.com

Hot Hot Heat Announce Brooklyn Residency in May

Hot Hot Heat’s highly anticipated new album, Future Breeds (Dangerbird Records), hits stores on June 8th but fans in New York can get an early taste when the band begins its May residency at Brooklyn’s Public Assembly.  The band opted to do the shows at the venue because of its intimate setting and its close ties to Brooklyn’s thriving indie music scene – a connection that the band feels to be particularly relevant with their forthcoming album.

Future Breeds is filled with the addictive, candy-coated melodies that Hot Hot Heat are famous for, but it also includes some of the band’s most experimental moments yet.  Charged with sonic detail, the collection of songs is packed with unconventional rhythms and quirky arrangements.  From the dark, carnival-esque feel of “Times a Thousand” to the frenzy of “What is Rational,” Future Breeds balances danceable, pop melodies with an unfettered and musically adventurous spirit.

Hot Hot Heat Residency Dates:

05/05:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/12:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/19:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/26:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

THE BRIDGE Announce NYC Residency At Gramercy Theatre

The Bridge have announced plans for a four week residency in December at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City where they'll perform every Monday night of the month. The shows will be free and feature different special guests and opening acts at each performance. It's a fitting conclusion to 2009 for the Baltimore-based band, a year in which they toured prolifically throughout the U.S., including festivals like Wakarusa, All Good and Gathering Of The Vibes and support slots with Derek Trucks Band, Little Feat and Umphrey's McGee.

"I'm really looking forward to us having an opportunity to come to NYC and be able to kick back and stretch out for a change. It's usually a hurry up and hit it hard kind of situation there and the energy in that city is always extra intense anyway. So im really excited for us to settle in and let each night take us where it will," states The Bridge's primary songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Cris Jacobs. "We're gonna keep it spontaneous and loose and have some special guests join in on the fun. Previous residencies have always given us some of our most inspirational musical moments and that combined with the extra juice that New York City always has is going to be pretty damn fun."

In a recent Relix Magazine feature, the publication wrote: "Jacobs and Liner sing earnestly about what they consider to be archetypal themes in American music: rambling, lost love, trains and moonshine...the music is a heady amalgamation of influences recalling The Black Crowes, Little Feat and The Neville Brothers." Hittin' The Note explained the band's sound like this: "The Bridge call to mind bayou bluesman Tab Benoit backed by the Radiators during 'Honey Bee,' and bluegrass fertilized with hot sauce on the wild 'Dirtball Blues.' They also play urgent, funky, jazz-fired soul in 'Heavy Water,' and use a Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired guitar figure to drive the burly blues 'Diggin' In The Cold Ground.' And there's so much more variety, most of it giving off some sort of pungent New Orleans aroma. Singer/guitarist Cris Jacobs and singer/mandolin player Kenny Liner are the two distinct songwriters that afford The Bridge such vast stylistic swings. But they, along with bassist Dave Markowitz, sax man Patrick Rainey, drummer Mike Gambone, and keyboardist Mark Brown, have a surprising cohesiveness born of a desire to make compelling Americana roots-rock in the classic sense."


The Bridge's latest album Blind Man's Hill is available now on Hyena Records.

Marco Benevento | Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency

At the outset of 2008, Marco Benevento took over New York City's then brand new Greenwich Village music venue, Sullivan Hall, for a month-long residency. He would call it home for five Thursday nights in January, inviting a who's who in modern jazz and improvisational rock music to play with him each week in a different configuration.

Hauling his own baby grand piano from his Brooklyn apartment to the Sullivan Hall stage for the event, Benevento led his musical co-conspirators through two sets a night of daring and consistently breathtaking improvisations. Whether it was the Bitches Brew-esque sonic explorations of his collaboration with Steven Bernstein, Bobby Previte and DJ Olive, the glorious post rock ferocity of a line-up with Brad Barr and Joe Russo or Benevento's own regular trio with Reed Mathis and Andrew Barr celebrating the release of their debut album Invisible Baby, every set took on a life all its own.

As the sold out crowds that gathered for each week's performance will attest, these shows were the stuff of legend in the recent history of downtown New York City's music scene. Thankfully, director Karina Mackenzie captured all five nights on high definition video along with multi-track recordings and artist interviews that are now available on a DVD release from The Royal Potato Family entitled Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency. While it's Marco Benevento's name at the top of the billing, what the film portrays is a family of fearless, faithful, one-of-a-kind artists making some of the most vital music of their time.

Directed by Karina Mackenzie for Shine A Light Productions | Available worldwide from The Royal Potato Family