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Announcing the latest Road Trips release | 4/6/82

It's hard to believe that a year like 1982, which included so many excellent shows, has only been represented once on an authorized Grateful Dead release. We're making that "wrong" a "right" with Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 4. This awesome three-disc set delivers an indisputably fine show from that underrated year: the complete Philly Spectrum 4/6/82 concert, with a heapin' helpin' of the 4/5/82 Spectrum show to round things out.

Philly fans always expected big things out of the boys when they came to town, so these Spectrum shows have a whole lot of zip to them. The rock-solid first set finds Bob and Jerry "on" from the get-go, singin' their hearts out on a wide range of mostly uptempo tunes, then blazing in to a funky and fiery second set before the Rhythm Devils take over for an ultimate duel. Charged with intensity, there's barely time to take a breather. All in all, it's a lively and powerful dose of Dead from one of the band's all-time favorite venues.

Needless to say, the sound is pristine, and mastered to HDCD specs. A colorful booklet with an essay and photos is part of the deal, too. But you already knew that.

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Tracklist

CD 1:
1. COLD RAIN AND SNOW>
2. PROMISED LAND
3. CANDYMAN
4. C.C. RIDER
5. BROWN-EYED WOMEN
6. MAMA TRIED>
7. MEXICALI BLUES
8. BIG RAILROAD BLUES
9. LOOKS LIKE RAIN
10. JACK-A-ROE
11. IT’S ALL OVER NOW
12. MIGHT AS WELL

CD 2:
1. SHAKEDOWN STREET>
2. LOST SAILOR>
3. SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE>
4. TERRAPIN STATION>
5. RHYTHM DEVILS>
6. SPACE

CD 3:
1. TRUCKIN’>
2. THE OTHER ONE>
3. MORNING DEW>
4. SUGAR MAGNOLIA
5. IT’S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE
6. BERTHA
7. PLAYING IN THE BAND>
8. SHIP OF FOOLS>
9. PLAYING IN THE BAND

Groundation's 10th Annual Bob Marley Tribute Tour

Groundation began their annual Bob Marley Tribute Tour in 2000 as a means of celebrating the life and material of a true musical prophet. Marley's impact is hard to overstate. No other musician of the 20th Century is more well known across all parts of the globe than Marley.

His music united people of all classes and creeds through its easily relatable parables of overcoming social injustices by ways of unity and love. And though his music is often associated with the downtrodden and dispossessed, for surely those were who his music was made, mainstream media outlets served notice too; Time magazine famously listed Marley's Legend as the best album of the last 100 years.

But Groundation does not simply rest on the well known hits from Marley's hugely successful 'best-of' albums. Their tribute tour differs than other bands' similar outings by exposing those people familiar with Marley's music and message to the lesser known material of his catalog. While true that the inescapable sing-alongs do occur at these tribute shows, more often than not even the most seasoned Marley aficionado will hear songs they have yet to see performed live.



Groundation has drawn international recognition through their musicianship, which is unrivaled in the genre. A nine-piece band featuring swirling horns and keyboards, multiple percussionists, thundering b3 organ and bass, and a trio of lead and harmony vocalists, Groundation covers all bases with their wide ranging sound. Their live shows are renowned for over the top improvisational energy and positivity and their progressive sound is catching on, having played in 35+ countries on four continents in just the last few years, including headlining slots at major multi-genre festivals the world over.

These are not lame imitators attempting to replicate Bob's music. Groundation uses the template of Marley's music and liberally adds their own colors of the sonic palate creating altogether new and unique versions of timeless tracks. Groundation is the biggest, most respected American Reggae band in the world today and their tribute to the King of Reggae music is unlike any others. Come join us and find out why...

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John Ellis & Double-Wide To Release 'Puppet Mischief' On ObliqSound

Brooklyn saxophonist John Ellis is gearing up for a busy 2010. On February 23, ObliqSound will release Puppet Mischief, the second album with his New Orleans-based band Double-Wide, which in addition to Ellis features Brian Coogan on organ, Matt Perrineon sousaphone and Jason Marsalis on drums, plus special guests Gregoire Maret on harmonica and Alan Ferber on trombone. The recording continues the former New Orleanian's love affair with the Big Easy, drawing inspiration from the rich vein of music the city has given the world, while also taking cues, in Ellis' own words, from "carnivals, state fairs, children laughing, clowns and dancing."

The highlights of Puppet Mischief begin from its very first funky moments. The leadoff track, "Okra & Tomatoes," takes its title from a phrase that represents life's perfect pairings. That's followed by "Fauxfessor," a tightly synced, off-kilter New Orleans romp full of surprising twists. The elegiac "Dewey Dah" displays each instrument's individual colorings, particularly Perrine's sousaphone, and reaffirms Ellis' penchant for compositions that are never static, always morphing. Among the album's other standouts are the wild, teasing title track, featuring a stunning harmonica solo by Maret, and the back-to-back "Carousel" and "Dubinland Carnival." The former, which Ellis calls a "wistful circus tune," takes on a bluesy patina and incorporates several dramatic transitions, while its companion piece, which Ellis likens to the feel of a Fellini film, features an epic sax-trombone conversation and some of Marsalis' most fired-up drumming of the set. "Chorale"speaks for itself -- written originally with string quartet in mind, it instead became a beautiful showcase for the four horns. "Héroes de Acción" is Ellis' idea of soundtrack music for a Spanish cartoon crime-fighting hero while the album's closing track, "This Too Shall Pass," is the perfect sendoff, a calming, almost whimsical paean to the acceptance of flux as the one constant in life.

The release of Puppet Mischief follows up one of the busiest years in Ellis' career, one that saw him accompanying a diverse array of musicians ranging from Sting to Mos Def to the Cuban drummer Ignacio Berroa, touring Europe with the John Patitucci Trio and, most significantly, the debut of The Ice Siren, Ellis' hour-long through-composed narrative composition for string quartet, tuba, percussion, guitar, vibes, winds and two singers. The piece, a collaborative effort with playwright Andy Bragen, debuted at New York City's Jazz Gallery in May 2009.

Ellis, now 35, has never been an artist who stays in one artistic place very long. Born in North Carolina, he took piano lessons as a child, soon switched to clarinet, and first became seriously drawn to music when he heard the music of legendary ragtime composer Scott Joplin. After moving to New Orleans, Ellis' jazz chops improved radically as he gigged with the likes of Ellis Marsalis and Walter Payton. After three years in the Big Easy, he went north to New York City, graduating from the New School and settling into the city's thriving jazz scene. Along the way, Ellis spent six years as a member of jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter's group, cutting four albums with them while also developing his own sound. He cut his debut as a leader, The Language of Love, in 1996, then didn't record under his own name again until 2002, when he released the critically acclaimed Roots, Branches and Leaves. That was followed by One Foot in the Swamp (2005), By a Thread (2006), and his first with Double-Wide, Dance Like There's No Tomorrow (2008).

John Ellis & Double-Wide will perform throughout 2010, including a January residency at Snug Harbor in New Orleans. Upcoming winter dates include:

January 6 | Snug Harbor | New Orleans, LA
January 8 | Export NOLA @ Sullivan Hall | New York, NY
January 9 | Nublu | New York, NY
January 20 | Snug Harbor | New Orleans, LA
January 27 | Snug Harbor | New Orleans, LA
March 1 | 8X10 | Baltimore, MD
March 2 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA
March 3 | Beehive | Boston, MA
March 4 | Red Square | Albany, NY
March 5 | Jazz Gallery | New York, NY
March 6 | Jazz Gallery | New York, NY

RJD2 Announces Third & Fourth Legs of His Nation-Wide Tour

As previously announced, RJD2 will be tirelessly touring the US throughout the first part of the new year in support of his highly anticipated new release, The Colossus, out Jan. 19th on his own new label, RJ’s Electrical Connections. We are pleased to announce the third and fourth legs of this tour, taking RJ from coast to coast and well into the month of April. That’s almost one-third of the year, folks! After touring the Southeast, Midwest and beyond, the third leg kicks off with a hometown show at Philly’s First Unitarian Church, followed by performances throughout New England, Canada, and the Midwest, before returning to Pennsylvania. The fourth leg is set to sate fans in both the Mountain and Pacific Time zones. All tour dates are below.

Also, last week, RJ released the first single off The Colossus, “Games You Can Win,” featuring Grammy-nominated, Ethiopian-born artist Kenna. Check it out, post it, share it, enjoy it!

Download “Games You Can Win” here

Previously Announced Dates:

Sat. Jan. 9 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #

Sun. Jan. 10 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle #

Mon. Jan. 11 - Charlotte, NC @ Visualite Theater #

Tue. Jan. 12 - Savannah, GA @ Live Wire #

Wed. Jan. 13 - Orlando, FL @ The Social #

Thu. Jan. 14 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar #

Fri. Jan. 15 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder #

Sat. Jan. 16 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Heavan Room) #

Sun. Jan. 17 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree #

Mon. Jan. 18 - Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews #

Tue. Jan. 19 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium #

Wed. Jan. 20 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #

Thu. Jan. 21 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre #

Fri. Jan. 22 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street #

Fri. Feb. 5 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House #@

Sat. Feb. 6 - Columbus, OH @ Sully's Music Diner #@

Sun. Feb. 7 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall #@

Mon. Feb. 8 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In #@

Tue. Feb. 9 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe #@

Wed. Feb. 10 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford #@

Thu. Feb. 11 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas #@

Fri. Feb. 12 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon #@

Sat. Feb. 13 - Austin, TX @ Emos #@

Sun. Feb. 14 - Denton, TX @ Hailey's #@

Wed. Feb. 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar #@

Thu. Feb. 18 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note #@

Fri. Feb. 19 - Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College - Harris Center #@

Sat. Feb. 20 - Urbana, IL @  Canopy Club #@

New Dates:

Fri. Mar. 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church #&

Sat. Mar. 6 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #&

Sun. Mar. 7 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom #&

Mon. Mar. 8 - Boston, MA @ Paradise #&

Tue. Mar. 9 - Providence, RI @ Jerky's Music Hall #&

Wed. Mar. 10 - Montreal, QC @ La TuLipe #&

Thu. Mar. 11 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club #&

Fri. Mar. 12 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #&

Sat. Mar. 13 - Chicago, IL @ Metro #&

Mon. Mar. 15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #&

Tue. Mar. 16 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater #&

Thu. Mar. 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop #&

Fri. Mar. 19 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater #&

Fri. Apr. 2 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #$

Sat. Apr. 3 - Durango, CO @ Strater Theatre #$

Sun. Apr. 4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room #$

Mon. Apr. 5 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah #$

Tue. Apr. 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre #$

Wed. Apr. 7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #$

Thu. Apr. 8 - Eureka, CA @ Red Fox Tavern #$

Fri. Apr. 9 - Portland, OR @ Dantes #$

Sat. Apr. 10 - Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Lounge #$

Sun. Apr. 11 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos #$

# w/ Happy Chichester

@ w/ Kenan Bell

& w/ Break Science

$ w/ Busdriver