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Pete Francis Kicks off Summer Tour

New York City based singer-songwriter, Pete Francis, is set to release his new album The Movie We Are In this May 2010. Whereas Francis’ previous solo albums were largely self-produced, he uprooted his more traditional approach to album-making and assembled an entirely new crew with Los Angeles based producer Jeff Trott (right hand man to Sheryl Crow as writer and guitarist).

Says Francis, “In the past I’ve worked with acoustic guitar, bass, drums, B3 organ, but I wanted to bring a modern electronic element into my music. When first speaking with Jeff Trott, I quickly realized he had great musical instincts and that he was getting my tunes. And then, he brought ideas to the table that I hadn’t imagined. I saw a new musical landscape could be created with my songs by working with him.”

The musicians that Trott assembled for the recording sessions helped to create this colorful landscape. Having worked with artists such as Beck, Nine Inch nails, Gnarls Barkley, Willie Nelson, Queens of the Stone Age, Dr. Dre, and Scott Weiland, the musicians (Brian LeBarton, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, John O’Brien, Victor Indrizzo and others) provided an extraordinary musical palette of talent and sensibility.

When asked about the project, Trott says, “It really became apparent to me that Pete was a very creative and colorful song-writer. What I liked was that there was this very good sense of Pete’s personality from happy go lucky to dark and brooding. All these aspects were amazing to work with and the lyrics were very colorful. I think that’s one of the things I really enjoy about Pete’s songs… that it’s sometimes hard to really figure out what the meanings are and I think that’s missing in a lot of music - the mystery of what a song is.”

The opening track, “Glue”, generates a feeling of weightlessness by combining organic instrumentation with futuristic sounds. This song solidly represents what’s to follow on the album’s consistent mix of fresh and classic, electronic and acoustic, known and unknown… Each listen unlocks a new guitar lick, synth riff, bass groove, drum program, live drumbeat or horn swell, and even the sounds of the sparsely used Ethiopian instrument cumbus. Midway through the album, the listener gets catapulted into the up-tempo and joyous revelry of “Love Shakes You Down” a sing-a-long with the familiar bell sounds of Motown combined with a  string synth creating a modern and retro sound all at once. The slower, more melodic songs of the album like “St. Paul’s Fair” and “Didn’t Know I Built It” lure the listener into dream-states with rich deep vocals, sampled sounds from a town square in Italy, trance-like Wurlitzer pedaling, and vivid lyrics.

No one would deny that Francis has earned his stripes in the independent music scene. He formed the fiercely independent band Dispatch in 1995 whose uncommonly loyal fan-base bid them farewell at The Last Dispatch concert in 2004 with an attendance of 110,000 people from around the world. Since then, his career has infiltrated many musical worlds including performing his solo music at festivals around the country, reuniting with his Dispatch pals for three sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, having his solo music featured in films and television, and performing in the presence of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C..

Commenting on his new album and departure from his Dispatch days, Francis says, “It’s good to get out of your comfort zone. I tried to let this motto resonate at every turning point of this record’s evolution.” When asked if there is an overall theme to The Movie We Are In, Francis explains, “I like to leave this up to the listener. Hearing an album is similar to visiting a museum. The listener has to have his or her own conversation with the artwork and create their own interpretations."

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US Spring / Summer Tour
(more dates to come)

May 18 World Cafe Live
Philadelphia, PA Doors: 7:00 PM
Ages: All Ages

May 19 Cafe 939
Boston, MA Doors: 7:30
Ages: All Ages

May 20 Wheel House
Narragansett , RI Doors: 8:00 PM
Ages: 18+

May 21 Red Square
Troy, NY Doors: 7:30
Ages: All Ages

May 22 The Stone Church
Newmarket, NH Doors: 8:00 PM
Ages: 18+

May 23 Fairfield Theatre's Stage One
Fairfield, CT Doors: 7:00 PM
Ages: All Ages

May 25 Jammin Java
Vienna, VA Doors: 7:30
Ages: All Ages

May 26 Joe's Pub
New York, NY Doors: 6pm
Ages: All Ages

Jun 01 Nightcat
Easton, Maryland Doors: 8:00 PM
Ages: All Ages

Jun 03 3rd + Lindsley
Nashville, Tennessee Doors: 8:00 PM
Ages: All Ages

Jun 05 Wakarusa Festival
Ozark, Arkansas Ages: All Ages

Jun 06 Wakarusa Festival
Ozark, Arkansas Ages: All Ages

Jun 08 SPACE
Evanston, Illinois Doors: 7:00 PM
Ages: All Ages

Jun 09 Rumba Cafe
Columbus, Ohio Doors: 8:00 PM
Ages: 18+

Jun 10 Club Cafe
Pittsburgh, PA Doors: 8:00 PM
Ages: 21+

Aug 10 Musikfest
Bethlehem , PA Doors: TBD Ages: All Ages

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

Here's what shows we've got coming up at  Boulder Theater as of January 18. All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted. New shows and additions are noted in blue.
Tues, Jan 26 97.3 KBCO presents
8:00pm JAY FARRAR (Son Volt) & BENJAMIN GIBBARD (Death Cab for Cutie)
Music inspired by Jack Kerouac's "Big Sur"
w/ Sera Cahonne
GA / All Ages / $29.50
Fri. Jan 29 Euphonic Conception Presents
9:00pm           RE:CREATION The Official Disco Biscuits After Party
featuring Conspirator, Mimosa plus other guests
GA/ Ticket Price TBD/ 18+

Sat, Jan 30 AEG Live presents
8:00pm REBELUTION
w/ Zion-I & SOJA
Advance=$22.75, DOS $25.00 / All Ages
Sun, Jan 31 The Knot presents 13th Annual
11:00am BOULDER WEDDING SHOWCASE
at Boulder Theater & Rembrandt Yard
GA / All Ages / $7.00
Tues, Feb 2 Boulder Weekly & 97.3 KBCO present
8:00pm STEVE EARLE
w/ Hayes Carll
Reserved=$34.50, GA Seated=$28.50 / 21+
Wed, Feb 3 KGNU presents
9:00pm DUBSKIN & EUFORQUESTRA
w/ Mr. Anonymous
GA / 21+ / $12.00
Thurs, Feb 4 Soda Jerk presents
8:00pm TECH N9NE
GA / All Ages / Advance=$27.00, DOS=$30.00
Fri, Feb 5 elephantjournal.com and Marquee Magazine presents Buffalo Heart Project featuring
8:00pm ELEPHANT REVIVAL, BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY, REED FOEHL, LAURA GOLDHAMER,
& JIM PAGE
GA / 21+ / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$17.00
Sat, Feb 6 A.V. Club Denver/Boulder & Radio 1190's The Best Medicine present
8:00pm SECOND CITY On Tour
"Celebrating 50 Years of Funny"
Reserved=$29.50, GA Seated=$24.00 / 18+
Mon, Feb 8 KGNU presents
7:30pm BELA FLECK THE AFRICA PROJECT
ft. Bassekou Kouyate, Ngoni Ba, Anania Ngoliga & John Kitime
GA / 21+ / $35.00

Feb 11-14 BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Tickets on sale now:
Fri, Feb 19 LED ZEPPELIN 2: The Live Experience
9:00pm GA / 16+ / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$17.00
Sat, Feb 20 Boulder Weekly & Radio 1190's Rude Boy Reggae present
9:00pm GROUNDATION'S 10th Annual Bob Marley Tribute Tour
w/ DJ Uplifter
GA / 18+ / $22.50

Mon Feb 22 BVSD School Food Project
7:00pm          Movie: Food Fight
GA / All Ages / $15.00
Fri, Feb 26     SUPER DIAMOND
9pm Neil Diamond Tribute Show
GA / 21+ / $29.50

Sat, Feb 27 GREAT AMERICAN TAXI and STEEP CANYON RANGERS
8:30pm GA / 21+ / $18.50

Mon, Mar 1 97.3 KBCO presents
7:30pm LOS LONELY BOYS, ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO & CARRIE RODRIGUEZ
Reserved=$36.50, Limited Seating GA=$29.50 / 21+
Mar 1 & 2 National Geographic & The North Face present
7:00pm BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
GA / All Ages / $18.50
Friday Mar 5 Boulder Weekly & KGNU presents
Midnite with guests
GA / 18+ / $22.50

Sat Mar 6         KGNU presents
The 7th Annual BaoBao Festival
GA / all ages / $22.50 ; students $18.50; under 10 free
Sun, Mar 7 Ty Burhoe & Tala Records present
7:30pm ZAKIR HUSSAIN & THE MASTERS OF PERCUSSION
Reserved=$43.00, GA Seated=$32.50 / All Ages
Thurs Mar 3 Downtown Boulder Presents
8pm FASHION UNDER THE FLATIRONS
VIP= $100.00 (includes pre show, runway seat, 2 drink tickets, goodie bag)
Reserved=$50.00 (includes reserved seat, 1 drink ticket, goodie bag)
GA seated=$35.00 / 21+
Mar 12 & 13 Celtic Events presents
8:00pm GREAT BIG SEA
Gold Circle=$40.00, Reserved=$34.00 / All Ages

Mar 27          Jagermeister Country Tour
7:00pm featuring Eric Church
GA / 21+ / $26.00
tickets on sale 2/5
Mon, April 5 An Evening with
7:30pm STRAIGHT NO CHASER
Reserved=$29.50, GA=$24.50 / All Ages
Tues, April 6 An Evening with
7:30pm STRAIGHT NO CHASER
Reserved=$29.50, GA=$24.50 / All Ages
SOLD OUT
Thur, April 8 KGNU presents
8:00pm HABIB KOITE & BAMADA
w/ Pachedu
GA / 21+ / $24.00
April 9 & 10  KGNU and Boulder Weekly present
Dark Star Orchestra
GA / 21+ / $30.00
On sale Jan 15
April 20 & 21 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
8:00pm THE AVETT BROTHERS
w/ Truth and Salvage Co.
GA / $34.00 / April 20: 21+ / April 21: All Ages
Fri, April 30 KGNU and KUVO present
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats
GA / 18+ / $26.00
On sale Jan 22