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Disco Biscuits 2011 New Years Run CONFIRMED

THE DISCO BISCUITS are thrilled to announce that they will be performing at Chicago's legendary Auditorium Theatre on December 30th and 31st.

Wanda Jackson to play LP release show at ACM@UCO

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma will kick off the 2011 spring semester Jan 28 when Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson comes to the Performance Lab for a free, release week concert celebrating her new Jack White-produced album, 'The Party Ain't Over' (out Jan 25).

It's been an unforgettable 2010 for ACM@UCO. The school hosted master classes and exclusive mentoring sessions with top artists, including Jackson Browne, the Mountain Goats and Local Natives. Many of the artists also performed concerts at the school's brand new music venue, The Performance Lab, which offers students hands-on experience in the world of live music booking, promotion, and production. Additionally, this semester's Industry Link seminar connected students with key industry figures, including high-profile managers and staff from Pitchfork, Sesac, and more.

Since its creation, The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma has generated worldwide buzz with its innovative, groundbreaking approach to music education - the first of its kind in the United States. The school, which grants a two-year associate's degree in music performance and production, is the U.S. branch of Britain's groundbreaking Academy of Contemporary Music, based in Guildford, England.

Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction | August 2010

The Mimi Fishman Foundation just launched an auction are hosted for our friends at Conscious Alliance which features a handful of signed posters from bands such as String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Disco Biscuits, Umphrey's McGee, STS9, and Phil Lesh. Also included is a Jam Cruise 6 poster with tons of sigs. Check it out here.

In addition the Mimi Fishman Foundation just announced several donations made by the Foundation.

$12,500 to the Phish''s WaterWheel Foundation
$2,500 to The Delta Gamma Center
$2,500 to Lincolnville Central School
$1,250 to Burlington''s Women Helping Battered Women
$1,250 to Lake Champlain Land Trust
$1,250 to The People Place

The Foundation has now donated over $390,000 since it’s inception 12 years ago. A huge thanks to all your support over the years!!!

PHAROAH SANDERS RETURNS to BROOKLYN

Two of Brooklyn’s vanguard organizations for African American music and culture, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium and International African Arts Festival, will collaborate to produce a Community Day Gala Concert, as part of the 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, featuring saxophone great Pharoah Sanders. This event will take place on Saturday, March 27th at Boys and Girls High School auditorium located at 1700 Fulton Street in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.  Tickets are $35 in advance, available online or by calling 718.773.2252 or 718.638.6700.  Doors open at 7:30 PM concert begins at 8:00 PM.

Grammy award winner Pharoah Sanders has not performed in Brooklyn since his days at the legendary jazz shrine The East. Pharoah’s ascent to stardom began with collaborations with John Coltrane.  His distinctive sound has revered him among many jazz lovers.  Other jazz luminaries he has performed or recorded with include: McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Sun Ra, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins and Alice Coltrane just to name some.  This concert also includes performances by Omi Yesa (Afro-Cuban and Yoruba folklore music) and poet Louis Reyes Rivera.

International African Arts Festival is a not for profit entity that began in 1971 as a fundraiser for the Uhuru Sasa School. Their cultural presentation was originally known as the African Street Carnival, fore runner to BAM’s Dance Africa Festival.  Now in its 40th year the annual IAAF attracts nearly 75,000 people and presents musicians from across the African Diaspora.  International artist such as Fela Kuti, The Mighty Sparrow, Lauren Hill and Abbey Lincoln, just to name a few, as well as local artists present(ed) their musical styling's.

11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, March 27th thru April 30, 2010, will feature a lineup of international, local musicians; jazz forums; youth performances and a Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame & Museums (TM) induction ceremony.  Confirmed venues include: Brooklyn Tech Auditorium, Weeksville Historical Society, BAMcafe Live, Parlor Jazz, Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture-Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, Afroarts Design, Sistas’ Place, Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College, Two Steps Down, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn Arts Council, Rustik Lounge, Brooklyn Historical Society, New York Aquarium, Sugar Hill Restaurant and non traditional music venues throughout the borough.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium acknowledges Brooklyn Tourism and Visitors Center, Long Life Information & Referral Network, Brooklyn Arts Council, Department of Cultural Affairs and International African Arts Festival, Inc. for assistance with producing the 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, the longest continuous running jazz festival in the borough.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium/CBJC founded in 1999, is an amalgam of patrons, entertainment venues, faith based and community organizations and musicians.  Over the past ten (10) years CBJC has presented an annual spring festival, established a Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame & Museum (TM), and produced yearly programs that feature local jazz talent.  CBJC is a nonprofit corporation committed to preserving, promoting and supporting live music within the under served communities of Brooklyn.

Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours At the Brooklyn Public

Jazz trombonist Papo Vazquez’s Afro-Caribbean ensemble, Pirates Troubadours, will be hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture on Thursday, April 1 for a free concert from 7 to 8:30 PM.  The Dweck Center’s entrance is located at the Central Library on Eastern Parkway near Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.  This performance is part of the 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival.  For information call 718.230.2100.

Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours are Willie Williams (sax), Zaccai Curtis (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass), Alvester Garnett (drums), Anthony Carrillo (percussion), Richie Flores (percussion).  Mr. Vazquez’s music combines elements of Jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms to create his special blend of Latin Jazz.  He is considered by many as one of the pioneers of Afro Puerto Rican Jazz which is a mixture of Bomba, Plena and Jibaro music.  Papo has performed with jazz luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Palmieri and is an original member of the Fort Apache Band just to name some musical affiliations.

The Brooklyn Public Library serves 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn and the Dweck Center is the borough’s newest public cultural venue.  "Brooklyn has long been home to many of the world's great jazz musicians, and Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center is pleased to participate in the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival and to showcase the borough's creative musical talent." States Jay Kaplan, Director, Programs and Exhibitions Dept., Brooklyn Public Library.  The Dweck seats 189 people and is fully accessible to all.  With an elevated stage, acoustical walls and ceilings panels this center is perfectly suited to host Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) announces Brooklyn's longest running continuous festival dedicated to Jazz, 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival - "Expressions of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow". This celebration of an American original art form will take place during Jazz Appreciation Month, March 27 - April 30, 2010 at multiple venues throughout the borough.  For festival information call 718.773.2252 or visit here.   

Central Plains Jamband Society (October 2002)

plainsCentral Plains Jamband Society (CPJS) is a grassroots nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the live jamband music scene in the Midwest.  We are succeeding by educating a growing loyal fan base about jambands while giving those jambands exposure to their public.

We believe that the best way to accomplish our goal is to create a social environment where the fans can interact with one another and become friends.  To this end, CPJS has online discussion groups, forums, and organizes music festivals, live concerts, CD trading parties and other fun social events.

We encourage all of our members to support the jamband scene by regularly going out and enjoying live music.  CPJS periodically organizes member gatherings, fund raisers, and fun events to help strengthen the jamband community.  We hope to create a loyal membership within Central Plains Jamband Society that will help us spread the word to others about jamband music.  This is an organization that brings fans together with bands.

Board of Directors

Hello, my name is John Bollin, most people know me as Johnny B.  I grew up in Leavenworth, KS.  After high school I moved to Pittsburg, KS to go to school.   While there, a college roommate introduced me to the Grateful Dead.  I started going to Grateful Dead concerts in 1990 and was VERY drawn to the music and the scene.   From this scene I met people that introduced me to live tape trading, a bunch of new "jambands" that allowed taping, and the internet.  In 1994 I started taping shows.  I have been involved in the local and internet taping/jamband community since.   I enjoy being a part of the this community and want to do what I can to help make it flourish.

Thanks for stopping by to read my bio, but more importantly thanks for showing interest in Central Plains Jamband Society!! I have a day job that allows me to pursue my after hour passions for live music.  I grew up moving every couple of years, and I believe this is one of the reasons for my continual involvement with Jamband music. I was brought up with change all the time, and I get a lot of that at live shows. I got involved with CJPS because I was interested in meeting the faces that I always saw at shows.  I have met so many new friends and my hope is that when I am 65 I am still involved with CJPS. Once again, thanks!! Michelle

Hi.  My name is Todd Garren.  Many of you know me as "GoToddGo".  I was born in St. Louis, but grew up in Kansas City.  My interests include playing pool, guitar, nature and spreading music.  I have always listened to and enjoyed all types of music.  But when a friend of mine introduced me to Phish and to jamband music, I knew it was something special.  Ever since then, I have chosen to devote my time supporting the jamband scene.  I do this because the jamband "community" is wonderfully unique and makes me feel great.  I am a part of Central Plains Jamband Society because I want this feeling of "community" to grow.  Let's work together to make it happen!  Peace.  -GoToddGo

Hello, thanks for your interest in the Central Plains Jamband Society.  Without you the fan, we wouldn't exist.  I am a Kansas City native and currently live in the Brookside area. From an early age I have loved all types of music, but life changed when I was introduced to jamband music.  My college roommate introduced me to the Grateful Dead, which opened up a whole new world of great music. In 1989, I started a weekly jamband radio show on my college radio station, KSDB 91.9.  I still have fond memories of a regular listener recommending an album by friends of his. I finally found the vinyl masterpiece and started playing the title track regularly on my show.  After a few weeks of play my listener called back with his friends on the telephone.  Who was it?  It was the then unknown band (in the Midwest) named Widespread Panic.  Since college, I have traveled all over the Unites States to see all kinds of great live music.  When the opportunity to start CPJS came up, I couldn't resist.  I've seen a lot of great changes in our music scene over the last ten years; the years to come will be even better!  I'm on the bus, who else is in?

All my life I have been involved in music.  Growing up I was involved in my church's choir and participated in my school choir as well.  My family was very influenced by British musicians and I was the youngest so whatever they listened to so did I.  I grew up to the sounds of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.  These bands were big favorites in my household.

Over time I became more fascinated with more artist in the rock and roll scene as I grew up.  In high school my brother turned me on to American rock and roll by buying me my first Grateful Dead record "In the Dark" for my sixteenth birthday.  From that day on I became intrigued with the Grateful Dead and it's culture it stood for.  I listened to many of my brother's bootlegs and discovered the meaning of improvisational music.

I attended college at Avila College in Kansas City, MO.  In October of 1995, I attended my first Phish concert at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City.  I was completely blown away for the first time hearing Mike's Song> I am Hydrogen>Weekapaug Groove and knew instantly that Phish had become my new favorite band.  I continued to attended as many shows as possible and fell in love with the whole theatrics of their show along with the audience and artist connection that Phish had established with its phans.

On January 1st, 2000 in the early hours of the new century at Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation.  I met a taper whom I randomly stumbled upon.  We chatted briefly and came across that we both were from the Kansas City area.  Johnny Bollin became my first taper friend and introduced me to the jamband community in Kansas City.  It was a whole new world for me to be in.  I began to collect and trade shows with other people who enjoyed this type of music.  At Avila College I had two friends who were very familiar with Phish.  The rest of the student body could not identify with me on this level.

As Johnny and I became friends so did I with his wife Michelle.  Since then we all have become friends through the music of Phish.  In the summer of 2001, Michelle came to me with the idea of Central Plains Jamband Society.  I was in total favor of it, and have helped support CPJS from it infancy.  I enjoy meeting new people from the area as well as all over the country.  The jamband community is my second family away from home.  The unity and energy that is involved with this music and its culture is where I have always felt comfortable being myself.

I write for CPJS and interview artists in the local, regional, and national levels.  I love to recognize artists and tell their stories from when they were growing up.  I feel there is more to an artist than just the music they make.  I hope to see CPJS grow and become a successful organization that provides a safe haven for all types if people of different backgrounds.  Thank you for reading my bio and supporting CPJS and live music.