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Dead Symphony #6 Down South

Southern Deadheads have a special opportunity coming up.  On October 5th, the Lagrange (Georgia) Symphony will perform Lee Johnson’s “Dead Symphony #6.”  As the Dead’s publicist and biographer, I flinched a little when I first heard of the idea of a symphonic take on the Dead; I feared “Dead with strings.”  That’s emphatically not Lee Johnson’s Dead Symphony.  Lee had a Deadhead friend, of course (doesn’t everybody?), who initiated him into the cult.  He really got the Dead’s music, which is of course rooted in improvisation.  Since having a 75 piece symphony improvise is….a bad idea, he did the improvising himself in the score, and the result is a take on familiar melodies, with variations, and not a simple new coat of strings.

The CD was much admired, and the live performances, first at the Baltimore Symphony, and more recently at the California Symphony (Walnut Creek, California) and Cabrillo Festival (Santa Cruz, California), have been knock-outs.

Now Lee’s taken the score and given it a final tune-up, so that what will be performed in Lagrange will be the final version.  And Lee will be in the cello section.

Lagrange is going to find itself in a slightly altered state on October 5th – check it out!  

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.   And be sure to check out Grateful Web's review of Dead Symphony #6.

Steve Kimock News: 4/20, NYC Acoustic- VIP tickets, SKCE tour

Beginning on 4/20, Kimock joins long-time collaborator Bobby Vega for a very auspicious performance at their old stomping grounds in Fairfax, CA. The last allotment of tickets was released today and the remaining will be available at the door.

This one-night event will serve as a launching pad for the Steve Kimock Crazy Engine tour kicking off the next day at the Hopmonk in Sebastopol, CA.The Hopmonk performance will also include Bobby Vega as a special guest.

Crazy Engine continues down the track on April 22nd for an Earth Day celebration at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, CA. This three-set show boasts a rare Kimock solo opener - the first of its kind in California, followed by Steve Kimock Crazy Engine featuring the legendary Melvin Seals on Hammond B3 and keys (JGB) with John Morgan Kimock on drums and Trevor Exter, on bass and vocals. The Crazy Engine run then heads south to Hermosa Beach and San Diego, with a stop in between in Phoenix, AZ for a late night performance at the Compound Grill as part of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival - marking Kimock's first show in the southwest for over three years.

April 21 Hopmonk - Sebastopol, CA
April 22 Earth Day in Santa Cruz! @ Moes
April 23 St. Rocke - Hermosa Beach, CA
April 24 The Compound Grill - Phoenix, AZ
April 25 Belly Up - San Diego, CA


Steve Kimock will premiere solo performances for fans in New York City, with a very intimate and musical experience at the The Stone on Friday, May 7th. This will be a Kimock show like no other.

There will be two shows, one at 8PM and one at 10PM (capacity 75 people per show).

Tickets were originally only available at the door but we were able to obtain VIP access and tickets for a small allotment of fans! If you purchase advance VIP tickets, you will have priority seating and a guaranteed ticket(s). Please arrive 1/2 hour early. Tickets will also be available.

7 Walkers, featuring Bill Kreutzmann and Papa Mali, Announce Dates

Legendary drummer and co-founder of the Grateful Dead, Bill Kreutzmann, together with funky bluesman and voodoo electronic pioneer Papa Mali, officially unveil 7 Walkers’ spring plans. 7 Walkers, which also features bass virtuoso Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green, JFJO) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson and Friends), will stop at select markets and festivals through out the country, all in anticipation of a new album release. The complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is included below.

7 Walkers recently spent time at an Austin, Texas studio, recording an album to be released later this year. In addition to a brand-new batch of Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan lyricist) originals that were co-written with the band, the new album offers up favorites from the Grateful Dead repertoire, Papa Mali originals, and some New Orleans and Southern songbook interpretations. Overall, the result is a fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture the unique collaboration between these two very different musical shamans.

Bill Kreutzmann (who played every show in the Grateful Dead’s illustrious 30 year career as well as The Dead incarnations since) first met funky Papa Mali at a festival in 2008. Bill recalls in a recent interview, “We first met at the Oregon Country Fair last year. He was the headliner on the main stage, and I sat there and watched him and went, ‘This guy's for real man, I like this guy.' Then we met, after that he came over to my trailer that I was staying in and you couldn't separate us, we talked for hours. It was just one of those natural things, you know? You can't plan it; You can't make it happen. And then we started playing together.”

Live audio recordings of the 7 Walkers can be heard at the newly re-launched www.billkreutzmann.com.

Meanwhile, at nugs.net, fans can now download live BK3 recordings from their 2009 Colorado shows. Another potent Kreutzmann musical project, BK3 first toured in 2008 and featured a rotating lineup including such players as guitarist Scott Murawski (Max Creek) and bassists James "Hutch" Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), and Mike Gordon (Phish).

Bill Kreutzmann is also working to support the efforts of University of California at Santa Cruz, who has committed to helping to archive all things Grateful Dead. As Kreutzmann explains, “I am incredibly happy that the kind archivists at UC Santa Cruz understand the social value of [the Grateful Dead’s] priceless archive, and its hallowed meaning to our most beloved ‘Dead Heads.’ Without the care it is now going to receive, these treasures would be lost.”

7 Walkers Spring/Summer Tour Dates:

(*Please note guest bass player George Porter Jr. will perform these dates with 7 Walkers)

Tuesday, April 6 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Big Room Chico CA
Wednesday, April 7 Red Fox Eureka CA
Thursday, April 8 Crystal Bay Club Crown Room Crystal Bay NV
Friday, April 9 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
Saturday, April 10 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA
Friday, April 16 Spirit of Suwanee Music Park Live Oak FL
Saturday, April 17 The Salt Lick Driftwood TX
Friday, April 30 Mahalia Jackson Theatre New Orleans, LA
Thursday, June 3 Wakarusa Festival Ozark AR
Friday, June 11 Sonoma County Fairgrounds Santa Rosa CA

CB-3 with Steve Kimock Tour

Joining together for their first multi-night West Coast tour and performing under the guise of CB-3 (Chris Berry Trio) featuring Steve Kimock, the "Afropop Superstar" (SF Chronicle, 2008) Chris Berry has arranged his most interesting collaboration yet.

Featuring Steve Kimock alongside the rhythm section of the Grammy Nominated Brazillian Girls, comes an explosive cross-cultural musical experience for all. The 10-day tour which launches on February 24th will maneuver along the west coast including dates in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Eugene and Portland Oregon. You don't want to miss this!

Tour Dates:

Feb 24 Moe's Alley- Santa Cruz CA
Feb 25 Montbleu Resort (Bleu Room)- Lake Tahoe
Feb 26 Yoshi's- San Francisco CA
Feb 27 Yoshi's- San Francisco CA
Feb 28 Mystic Theater- Petaluma CA
Mar 1 Ukiah Brewing Co- Ukiah, CA
Mar 2 Red Fox Tavern - Eureka CA
Mar 4 W.O.W Hall- Eugene OR
Mar 5 Mt. Tabor Theater Portland OR
Mar 6 Domino Room- Bend OR

Sleepy Sun Announce US Tour | Play South By Southwest

Whether droning madly, spiralling into cascades of infinitely echoing vocals or kicking back with their blissed-out take on classic Americana rock, Sleepy Sun are a band that demand your attention. Formed in Santa Cruz and now based in San Francisco, this intense sextet are set to release their latest single, Sleepy Son (sic), taken from their breathtaking debut album, Embrace, in August.

Comprising Brian Tice (drums), Jack Allen (bass), Rachael Williams (vocals, haberdashery & interpretive dancing) Bret Constantino (vocals & harmonica), Evan Reiss (guitars) and Matt Holliman (guitars) – all 22 and 23, the band met in the counter-cultural hub city of Santa Cruz, California, citing “pizza, horticulture, Neil Percival Young,” as common interests. “With the forest and ocean as our back drop, we were drawn to each other as fellow musicians, friends, and lovers” they say.

Drawing musical inspiration from Black Sabbath, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Can and Creation Records, they forged their sound in intense jams, “free flowing, heady, ‘where am I?’ type jamming.”

Though they’re in the one-time home of psychedelia, it’s not San Francisco per se that influences their sound. “It comes more from Northern California itself more than any scene or city,” they say. “There truly is nowhere on Earth like our little corner of the country where the redwoods smother the ocean.”

What are you waiting for? Let’s Get Weird!


North American Tour Dates

2/7 - East End Club - Portland, OR
2/8 - Neumos - Seattle (FREE)** with Mudhoney
2/26 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA
3/9 - Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA
3/12 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
3/13 - Bar Pink - San Diego, CA
3/14 - JDee’s Landing - Palm Springs, CA
3/17 - Emo’s Annex (IODA SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/18 - Beauty Bar (Bay Bridged SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/20 - Peckerheads (Rollingstone.com / Rhapsody SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/21 - Double Wide (Bro Fest) - Dallas, TX
3/23 - Hi Dive Club - Denver, CO
3/24 - Corazon - Sante Fe, NM
3/25 - Mia’s Lounge - Flagstaff, AZ
3/26 - Bunkhouse Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
3/27 - The Cellar Door - Visalia, CA

Chris Berry brings CB3 from Zimbabwe to the West Coast

What happens when you put African grooves born in the ghettos of Zimbabwe with the ground breaking guitar work of San Francisco’s scene and combine it with New York City’s urban electronica? The west coast is about to find out.

Joining together for their first multi-night tour, and performing under the guise of CB-3, Chris Berry has arranged his most interesting collaboration yet. Featuring San Francisco’s own Steve Kimock alongside the rhythm section of the Brazillian Girls comes an explosive cross-cultural musical experience for music lovers of all types - CB-3 (Chris Berry Trio) Featuring Steve Kimock. The 10-day tour will maneuver along the west coast including dates in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Eugene and Portland Oregon.

Music first touched the Grammy award winning Chris Berry as a teen living in the heart of Zimbabwe where he carefully learned the indigenous rhythms of Africa on the sacred Mbira (African Thumb Piano). His ability to speak out against the tyranny of the Zimbabwean regime through the art of music won him overnight success across the country and in the World Music market, bringing his music around the globe. Since then, he has performed on the stages of the 2000 Olympics, the Sydney Opera house and the nations largest festivals across the United States with his project Panjea. 2010 finds the “Afropop Superstar” (SF Chronicle) a multi-instrumentalist with grace on Mbira, the hand drum, as well as a gifted singer-songwriter whose voice is often compared to Sting.

Together with CB3, Berry combines his unique intercultural perspective with the nations highest caliber of musicians, each known for their genre bending talent, for an intimate musical experience. The project features “Guitar Monk” Steve Kimock who was recently hailed on CNN.com as an “unknown legend,” as well as Aaron Johnston (drums) & Jesse Murphy (bass) from the Grammy award nominated Brazilian Girls.

Collectively, CB-3 (Chris Berry Trio) Featuring Steve Kimock has the ability to bring together three decades of music history tightly fitted into one anthology adorned with cutting-edge improvisational guitar, hip-hop and elements of modern electronica. Show goers can expect both a dance ready experience as well as an intimate view into music provoked by both the past and present.

For more information about CB3 or for ticket information check out: Chris Berry Trio | Panjea | Kimock

TOUR DATES
2/24 Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
2/25 Montbleu Resort Casino - Lake Tahoe, NV
2/26 Yoshi's - San Francisco, CA
2/27 Yoshi's - San Francisco, CA
2/28 Mystic Theater - Petaluma, CA
3/1 Point Arena Theater - Point Arena, CA
3/2 Red Fox Tavern - Eureka, CA
3/4 W.O.W. Hall - Eugene, OR
3/5 Mt. Tabor Theatre - Portland, OR
3/6 Domino Room - Bend, OR