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Jake's 2011 North American Tour + Patagonia CD

Jake's new original song, "Less Cowbell, More Ukulele," will be featured on "Patagonia Music Collective Vol 3," a compilation recording project that supports organizations dedicated to protecting the environment. Available exclusively on iTunes now. Proceeds from Jake's track will go to the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

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7. 12 Santa Cruz, CA : Rio Theatre (SOLD OUT)
7. 13 Napa, CA : Napa Valley Opera House
7. 14 San Diego, CA : Ukulele Festival
7. 15 Grass Valley, CA : California WorldFest
7. 17 Honolulu, HI: Ukulele Festival
7. 23 - 7. 30 Japan Tour
8. 08 Honolulu, HI : 10th Anniversary Concert @ DFS Galleria Waikiki
8. 13 Yonse University Centennial Memorial in Korea
8. 20 - 8. 21 Japan Tour
8. 26 - 9. 02 Dave Koz & Friends at Sea 2011 Alaskan Cruise

Steve Kimock and Friends feat. Bobby Vega with Kyle Hollingsworth, Wally Ingram

Seminal guitarist Steve Kimock returns to San Francisco this summer with his elevated guitar explorations for a much anticipated show with Steve Kimock & Friends on Thursday, July 14th, featuring Bay Area veteran Bobby Vega (Zero, KVHW, Sly & the Family Stone) with Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident) & Wally Ingram (Stockholm Syndrome, David Lindley) and special guests.

For nearly four decades Steve Kimock has earned a reputation as a guitarist with an enlightened approach to melodic improvisation, mesmerizing audiences from around the globe with his tasteful guitar speak and brilliant tone.  In a world of ‘dumbing down,’ Kimock has carved a path in the opposite direction by expanding the envelope with his signature sounds, opening minds and deepening consciousness for the better of the planet.  Kimock’s variegated brand of guitar, alternately subdued and vibrant, defies easy categorization. At times prog rock/jazz-inflected and at others gypsy-straightaway, Kimock’s rock-n-soul has been captivating audiences for more than thirty years.

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Steve Kimock & Friends
featuring Bobby Vega with Kyle Hollingsworth, Wally Ingram & special guests
Thursday, July 14th 2011
Uptown Theatre– Napa, CA
Doors: 7:00PM | Show: 8:00PM | 21+  | Tickets $35  TICKETS

Steve Kimock & Friends
featuring Bobby Vega with Kyle Hollingsworth, Wally Ingram & special guests
Friday, July 15th 2011
Great American Music Hall
- San Francisco, CA
859 OFarrell St
Doors: 8:00 PM | Show: 9:00 PM | Ages: all ages

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In 2011 alone, Kimock has been involved in many celebrated events, reuniting with his band Zero for sold-out shows in San Francisco, and recently participating in Bob Weir’s groundbreaking HD webcast from TRI Studios in Marin.  He also put together notable Steve Kimock & Friends shows collaborating with New Orleans legends Henry Butler, Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), George Porter Jr. (The Meters), as well as shows with Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Marco Benevento, Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule, Black Crowes), just to name a few.

Kimock co-founded the Jazz/Rock quintessential band Zero in the 80’s, KVHW in the 90’s, and has since played in various Kimock, Grateful Dead and other various projects including Praang, an electronica/improve rock band Kimock has with the members of EOTO.   He is widely embraced by fans as one who carries the free-form torch of improvisation and his versatility keeps fans coming for more.  Kimock has performed alongside the likes of Bruce Hornsby, John Cipollina, Jerry Garcia and all members of the Grateful Dead, as well as Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, all members of Phish, Buddy Miles, Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna, Buddy Cage, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Martin Fierro, Joe Satriani, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Elvin Bishop, Steve Winwood, Derek Trucks, Ivan Neville, Grace Slick, Papa John Creach, Norton Buffalo, Amos Garrett, Warren Haynes, Stephen Perkins, Nicky Hopkins, Freddie Roulette, and many more. Visit www.kimock.com for more information.

Dead Man Winter at Fox Theatre | 8/19/11

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Dead Man Winter featuring members of Trampled By Turtles at the Fox Theatre on Friday, August 19th.  Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24th for $8.00 in advance and $10.00 day of show.

During a time when I was now fully unemployed and sleeping indoors only by the good graces of friends willing to share a couch, and the loss of my instruments was more than a little devastating.  Of the few possessions I still had, the one that now gained top billing was a cheap acoustic guitar collecting dust in a small room on Duluth’s central hillside.  A few other musicians in town had similar instruments collecting a similar dust and we started what was our first acoustic band, Trampled by Turtles.

We’ve been able to stay together ever since but lately, the drums and amps ringing in the back of my head have been getting louder and the desire to play, write, and record in a way removed from what I’ve been up to has been getting stronger.  Dead Man Winter was born out of these things.

I’d been renting a studio in Minneapolis, I set to the task of making a record.  My partner in the dirty and thankless work of recording was local engineer, songwriter, producer, guitarslinger, and master of the vibe Erik Koskinen.  We spent countless blissful hours exploring guitars, amps, mics, and players in the worn-in beauty and sanctity of Realphonic Studios.  Without a doubt, countless more hours could have been spent but you can’t begin work on the next record until you put out the current one, so here it is.

The musicians that play on this album are dear friends – there’s not a one of whom would I’d hesitate to trust a song that I hold dear.  In the end, the whole experience has reconnected me to that couch-surfing kid in Duluth trying to figure out what to do next in this big, terrifying, wonderful world and now, with a few more years behind me, it’s refreshing.

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Dead Man Winter

featuring members of Trampled By Turtles

Fox Theatre

Friday, August 19th

Doors:  8:30 pm

Show Time:  9:00 pm

Luke Temple To Release New Solo Record

Before the success of his group Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple worked full-time as a plasterer.  At nights after work, he spent his hours crafting what would become Here We Go Magic's self-titled debut.  During the days he wrote a completely different set of songs in his head.  The resulting record Don't Act Like You Don't Care shines with clarity and daylight, in contrast to Here We Go Magic's hazy aquatic debut.

After recording two critically acclaimed solo records for Mill Pond (2005, 2007) Temple's work still hadn't garnered much attention from the record-buying public.  Frustrated, but not defeated, he focused his creative energy into the writing of two amazing, but completely different records.  Initially referred to as "The Country Record," Don't Act Like You Don't Care was shelved due to the success of Here We Go Magic's self-titled debut.  Now, three years later, we're finally able to offer this incredible collection of folk-pop songs.

Unlike the Here We Go Magic record, Don't Act Like You Don't Care focuses on Temple's songwriting and evocative tenor.  From heartbreaking ballads like "So Long, So Long" and "Ballad for Dick George" to jaunty pop gems like "Ophelia" and "In The Open" you'll become fast friends with these songs that continue to satisfy after hundreds of listens.

Inspired by Rudy Vangelder's early Blue Note recordings, Temple and friends recorded the songs in two 4-hour sessions using just three microphones and a 4-track recorder.  Temple is fortunate to have some amazingly talented friends with Eliot Krimsky ( shines with clarity and daylight, in contrast to Here We Go Magic's hazy aquatic debut. Glass Ghost) on synths, Tyler Wood on piano, Parker Kindred (Antony and the Johnsons, Jeff Buckley) on drums, Michael Bloch (Here We Go Magic) on guitar, and Adam Chilenski on bass.

Amy Black Announces iPod Giveaway Contest

Singer/songwriter Amy Black released her sophomore album entitled One Time this spring and has been on the road supporting the record.  For fans who have not had a chance to catch one of her electric performances, Amy has release videos from her CD release show at Club Passim in Boston's Harvard Square.

In the album’s potent title track, "One Time," the plaintive lyric “Time for you to make a break/And show what you’re good for” could describe Black’s new release and her live performances. “I decided a few years back that it was now or never,” says Black. “I love music way too much to sit on the side lines. You only get one chance at this life, and I’m taking mine.”

"One Time" is the first single off the album and Amy rocked it at the release show. Fans who share the video with their friends will be entered in the "iPod 'One Time' Music Collection" Contest. The winner will receive a new Apple iPod Touch loaded with Amy Black’s music catalog and videos from the "One Time" CD Release Show.

In order to win, watch the video at www.amyblack.lotosnile-dev.com. Viewers of the video can enter to receive a personalized URL to share the video. They can post the link on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or email it to their friends.  The person who gets the most people to view Amy’s video by Thursday, June 2, 2011 through their personalized URL will win the iPod Touch with Amy Black’s music and videos.

For more information or to purchase the album visit www.amyblack.com.

Jam Stampede @ Brooklyn Bowl w/ Mark & Kenny

The Jam Stampede will perform at their ongoing Dead Center event at Brooklyn Bowl on April 19, 2011. We were too excited to wait another day until 4/20 for this show so we are performing on 4/19.

For the first time Mark Karan (Jemimah Puddleduck, Ratdog) will be joining us for the festivities and Kenny Brooks (Alphabet Soup, Ratdog) will join us again after having such a good time last October.

With the help of our good friends Mark and Kenny we will again revisit some of the Grateful Dead lore and explore some new ground with the tunes through the expression of these two great instrumentalists who played together in RatDog and have put their own historic stamp on the music.

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Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Avenue

Brooklyn, NU

4/19/2011 @ 8PM

Golden Dogs Announce Spring Tour Dates, To Play SXSW

At the end of a hard year of touring in support of their second album ‘Big Eye Little Eye’, which took them by way of Britain and Germany, straight across the USA sharing stages with Canadian luminaries like Feist and Sloan, those who witnessed its fury likely had no inkling it was the end of a chapter for the band. The long awaited homecoming was bittersweet; there were big changes on the horizon. For starters, the band had been released from their record contract; a contract they had been locked into for years that now left them 100% in control of their business affairs. In another twist of fate, their long time bass player, Stew Heyduk, decided to leave the country and get married in Hawaii. Within weeks of being at home and somewhat directionless, the question began looming: “What now?” While there are always songs brewing on lead man Dave Azzolini’s hot plate, the idea of going straight into recording another album wasn’t an attractive one. They needed a break from being Golden Dogs.

Without trying to force movement into the intimidating ‘next album’ phase, the couple began spending more time hanging at a little garage studio on Toronto’s east side, operated by their good friends Carlin Nicholson & Mike O’Brien - this duo now known as Zeus. The whole crew had a lot of fun just writing and recording tunes they had written and while Nicholson honed his engineering chops, everyone nurtured and developed their production skills. As well, the studio was a very welcome place for other musician friends to pop by. Friends like Neil Quin (ex-Golden Dog/future Zeus member) and Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) who ended up playing a solo on the Golden Dogs album as a return favor for Azzolini playing piano on one of the Bahamas tracks he recorded there.

The spirit was described by Azzolini: “It was very much a ‘best idea wins’ situation and the songwriter always had final veto power. It made for a very comfortable environment to make music. It was just musicians getting together to bounce ideas off each other.” This was a great time to forget about being in a band, and to just get back to playing music for it’s own sake, with a group of friends riding the same wave and just soaking in the energy of the studio. The result is titled Coat of Arms, and it brilliantly displays the musical union Azzolini, Grassia, Knox and company have found with each other, and the band seems to be more confident and commanding than ever before. One marvels at the way they can seem playful and sweet on a track like LESTER, yet terrifyingly savage on BURST or DARKROOM.

The most obvious and wonderful difference this time around is that Ms. Grassia takes a giant leap forward and can be heard taking the lead on almost half the album with a range spanning from sweet & psychedelic (UNDERWATER GOLDMINE) to seductive (AS LONG AS YOU LIKE) to furious pop madness on songs like WHEN THE MOVIE’S OVER, and CHEAP UMBRELLAS. Her vocal performances while drumming (AS LONG AS YOU LIKE and LESTER) is quickly becoming a Golden Dogs secret weapon and quite an impressive element to their live shows.

What now? Coat of Arms will be released on Dine Alone April 26th 2011. Feeling up-beat and optimistic about the new direction, Azzolini boasts that “the versatility of this new line up opens up a whole new world of possibilities for Golden Dogs live shows and the future of our recordings…there are so many directions we can go…and we’re going to try all of them.”

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Golden Dogs tour dates:

Mar 17: SXSW @ Hole in the wall (day party)\

Mar 19: SXSW @ Paradise on 6th

Mar 22:  Portland @ Wonder Ballroom**
Mar 23: Seattle @ Showbox**
Mar 24: Vancouver @ Biltmore**
Mar 26: Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre**
Mar 27: Jackson, WY @ Q Roadhouse**
Mar 29: Ames, IA @ The Maintenance Shop**
Mar 30: Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room**
Mar 31: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre **
Apr 1: Madison, WI @ The Majestic**
Apr 2: Chicago, IL @ The Vic**
Apr 3: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls**
** w/ State Radio

Win a Signed, Handwritten Lyric Sheet by Sam Bush

Sam Bush's latest album, CIRCLES AROUND ME, has been nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Bluegrass Album category! Click on he photo to the left to listen to the title track "Circles Around Me" and share your enthusiasm for Sam Bush with your friends in the "Circles Around Me" contest!

Simply enter your email and generate a personal URL for the "Circles Around Me" Lyric Sheet contest. Post the link on your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or send it to all your friends in an email. You can post the link anywhere! The person who gets the most unique views through their personalize link will win a signed, handwritten lyric sheet of "Circles Around Me!"

The Contest runs through this Sunday, February 13 at 11:30 pm CST. Enter today! Thank you and good luck!

Dierks Bentley Ends 2010 with More Accolades

As 2010 comes to a close, country music maverick Dierks Bentley capped off a daring year with three GRAMMY nominations for Best Country Album for his critically acclaimed UP ON THE RIDGE and two nominations in the Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for the album’s “Bad Angel” featuring Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson and “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” featuring Del McCoury and Punch Brothers.

To watch a video performance of “Bad Angel” with Lambert and Johnson, click here.

Since announcing this Spring that his fifth Capitol Nashville studio project would be steeped in the bluegrass and roots music that moved him to become a country musician in the first place, Bentley has garnered the support of fans, media and industry peers alike. UP ON THE RIDGE has been named one of iTunes “Best Albums Of the Year” and one of Amazon’s “Top 10 Country Albums of the Year.”  It also earned glowing praise from critics who said the album was “the best country recording we’ll hear in 2010” (Washington Post), “timeless” (NPR) and “shocking in its freshness” (Boston Globe).

Bentley will close out his year UP ON THE RIDGE with a revival of his intimate Dierks Bentley and Friends pre-GRAMMY bash at the Troubador in Los Angeles on Feb. 12.   The last edition of this event featured surprise guests including members of Pearl Jam, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Dwight Yoakam and more.   A very limited number of fan tickets will go on sale this Fri. through www.dierks.com.

Chamberlin Release Friend-Made Video for "Turn Around"

What could be better than making music you love surrounded by friends and sweeping views of the Green Mountains in Goshen, VT? For the guys in Chamberlin, not much. In advance of their debut album Bitter Blood, the band has made a video with the help of 23 friends that chronicles the making of the album.

The video for the reflective song “Turn Around” opens with a shot of a lonely dirt road that reveals the secluded cabin rehearsal space where Bitter Blood was created. The spot overlooks the Green Mountains of Goshen, VT, an undeveloped piece of land that hasn’t changed since the cabin was built in the late ’70s by one of the band member’s parents. Chamberlin and friends captured the footage for this video on a small point-and-shoot digital cameras, gathering clips of Bitter Blood recording sessions, beautiful landscape shots and live performances. While writing and rehearsing the record, late night liquor-fueled rehearsals, fireworks and bonfires became common practice for the band and ended up in the video.

Bitter Blood was produced by Scott Tournet, guitarist for Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and engineered by Ben Collette. The album captures a unique time for Chamberlin spent in an extraordinarily unique location. It will be released on February 14, 2011 via Roll Call Records/EMI. Chamberlin will be playing a show with Grace Potter & The Nocturnals on December 28 at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT.

Watch the video here.