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Pretty Lights Pen Red Rocks Show with STS9

lightsPretty Lights will join STS9 on Saturday, July 25th at Red Rocks in a triumphant return to Denver, after blowing out box offices across the country for the first few months of 2009. Three sellout shows in Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver in February sent the innovative electronic act off onto the road for a headlining tour through the Southeastern U.S. with huge momentum. They sold out every show on the tour including the famous Georgia Theatre in Athens, before the doors even opened. With at least 13 more scheduled shows between now and their return to Colorado, Pretty Lights will be pumping out of speakers from coast to coast, wrecking the standard of electronic music.

Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado based producer, Derek Vincent Smith, accompanied in the live setting by drummer, Cory Eberhard. Together these two achieve a raw energy rarely reached in the realm of electronic music. At a time when music lovers from almost all subcultures and genres are finding common ground in the basic form of bangin' beats, Pretty Lights is giving the people what they want: electro organic, cutting-edge party rocking beats that fill venues with energy and emotion and send dance floors into frenzies. What makes Pretty Lights truly different though, is that the beats carry serious soul.

As momentum for Pretty Lights builds, so does the anticipation for the act’s return to its Colorado roots, where many fans were left outside the door wishing they had bought tickets sooner for their last three-night Colorado run. Fans across all genres are coming together to fuel the Pretty Lights movement. One only need to download Filling up the City Skies, the free double disc that was released for download only a few short months ago at www.prettylightsmusic.com, to see what the hype is about.

Filling Up The City Skies is a two disc, 26 track journey through past, present, and future. Smith juxtaposes collages of beautiful vintage samples against backdrops of futuristic synthesis and dirty broken beats, creating a sound that can snap your neck while simultaneously shedding your tears. The album has been downloaded over 50,000 times from the Pretty Lights website in the short 4 months since its release, proving that the PL sound is not only getting around, it's spreading like a virus.

What makes the next Denver show all the more intriguing is that, somehow, amidst the relentless touring, Smith is nearing completion of the next Pretty Lights album. Scores of unheard new material is sure to be dropped at Red Rocks on July 25th, considering a quote direct from Smith’s own blog, “Maintaining productivity, and striving to constantly create fresh new music is the only way to keep this adventure exciting for myself…I couldn’t bear to tour an the same record for more than a few months…”

Pretty Lights will be continuing to make its name on the festival circuit this summer which will include appearances at Bonnaroo, 10k Lakes, Rothbury, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and Camp Bisco.

My Suitcase Is Always Packed | Red Stick Ramblers | Streets 5.19

red-stick-ramblersThe Red Stick Ramblers return on May 19th with My Suitcase Is Always Packed, their fifth album and second for Sugar Hill Records. That rare young roots band that both embodies and transcends their influences, The Red Stick Ramblers continue to hone their unique hybrid of Cajun, honky-tonk, and swing (Western and otherwise) on their most visceral, personal album yet. The eleven new originals (in both English and Cajun French) are structurally daring and lyrically evocative, while still resounding proudly with the echoes of the traditions that inspired them. A pair of vintage Cajun numbers cement the band's undeniable affection for and mastery of classic Louisiana music.

 Featuring the twin-fiddle frontline of Kevin Wimmer and Linzay Young backed by the versatile rhythm section of Chas Justus (guitar), Eric Frey (bass), and Glenn Fields (drums), The Red Stick Ramblers have been astonishing audiences at dancehalls, festivals, and concert halls around the world since 2002, when they first emerged from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My Suitcase Is Always Packed, produced by the band with Grammy-winner Gary Paczosa and Brandon Bell, is their most wide ranging album yet - from the surging Cajun opener "Je T'aime Pas Mieux" and the haunting banjo and triangle driven "Nonc' Yorick" to the almost casually ingenious, charismatic swing of "Doggone My Time" and the title track. Brilliantly balancing the hard-driving and the heart-breaking, My Suitcase Is Always Packed is the sound of The Red Stick Ramblers in full flight, at once achingly familiar and infectiously surprising.

 

 

"Like all great bands," reflects fellow musician Dirk Powell in his powerful liner notes, "The Ramblers have grown over the years, grown together, grown individually, raised the stakes time and again. This time, they've dug deeper and reached further than ever."

Turbine Rumbles in the Red Fish

With one of the biggest food and family holidays only a few days behind us, and the always-rowdy student population on hiatus until early January, Downtown Boulder was a quiet place to be on December 28.  The scene was atypical, and I felt out of place as one of only about three people on the town.  The music scene, however, never sleeps, and those of us fortunate enough to be out and about were in for a special treat.  Turbine was set to tear up the Red Fish

Sound Tribe Sector Nine Red Rocks Photos

photos by Tawny Frederikson- for the Grateful Web

Grateful Web's Tawny Frederikson was on-hand during last week's Sound Tribe Sector Nine shows at Red Rocks.  Here are some photos from the evening.  Please check back soon for Tawny's write-up of the night.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy,

The Grateful Web

STS9 Coming to Red Rocks

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Woah, is it finally September? I've been anxiously, and not always patiently, waiting for September since oh March when tickets for Sound Tribe Sector 9's Colorado Fall run of shows went on sale. First, if you don't have tickets for any of these shows, first slap yourself, and then get your freaking tickets! Less than a week here folks, okay and do you really want all of them to sell out and you have to wait outside with your finger in the air? HELL NO!

Check back here often at Grateful Web for daily updates, reviews, perhaps a few live blogs and lots of photos. Here is a short inventory on what will be happening while Sound Tribe Sector 9 is in the area.

Wednesday night at the B Side Lounge, formerly Trilogy, in Boulder is Sacred Science with Jantsen and Alala.One. The cost for the show is $12.75 and it is for those of the legal drinking age. (Sorry freshmen)

The Lowdown, a place for STS9 fans to gather on the internet, which is in my opinion a better version of any Phantasy Tour site, is having an unofficial meet and greet this night. I've found that although, at times, some of the STS9 community can have an air of let's say righteousness or reluctance in their attitude towards new fans, most if not all are really amazing people who have a great feel for what STS9 is trying to accomplish through their music. Please check out the http://thelowdown.org/ and get involved.

Thursday the real party begins! Sound Tribe Sector 9 will be headlining a Fan Club show at the Boulder Theater. This is the first time since the historic 5 night run, ending on St. Paddy's Day 2007, that STS9 has played the Boulder Theater. Tickets are hard to come by but just this week the band released a handful of tickets for this show with all proceeds benefiting one of the many charitable organizations they support, The Solar Knights. Act quickly as there are a few tickets left. Sure, they may cost a little more than if you had bought one back in March, but again remember the proceeds go to charity so you can feel useful buying one!

If you are unaware of all the charitable organizations that STS9 supports, I beg you to please take a moment and read over all of them here - http://sts9.com/?cat=12 Although more and more artists are putting intention into supporting good causes, STS9 does much more than most, and usually quietly. (Did you know almost every ticket price you pay for a STS9 show, part of that goes to charity?).

Every night of this run if you bring 10 canned goods, or usually $10, to the show, you will receive a free poster from Conscious Alliance, an amazing Boulder based organization. If you bring 25 canned goods you will receive a three panel poster from each of the nights. The posters they provide are generally done by some elite artists from around the world. They are for some treasures and highly collectible artwork.  Please consider supporting Conscious Alliance.

Starting at 11:59pm on Thursday is the Late Night show at the Fox Theater. You'll get not just Boulder's Pnuma Trio, not just Flying Lotus but as well Eliot Lipp Live featuring Alex and Lane of Pnuma Trio. Let me gush a moment because this lineup is SICK! Lane has quickly worked his way up in my mind as one of the top three live electronica drummers. Recently, at Mishawaka, I was put into a trance while watching Lane. I couldn't take my eyes off of him, my gaze surely reminiscent of a schoolgirl crush! I just couldn't bear to look away! Although I feel as if he may be part robot, his motions with his body are pure human and very very fluid.  Now add in Eliot Lipp, and yeah...

Friday, after everyone has a chance to sleep in a little, hopefully, kicks off a two night run at the always legendary Red Rocks Ampitheater. Although last year at STS9's two night Red Rocks run it felt as if more than ½ of the venue was empty, this year I doubt will be the case. This past winter STS9 did sell out BOTH of their Fillmore Auditorium shows, keep that in mind if you are waiting around to grab your Red Rocks tickets. Supporting acts for Friday's Red Rocks show are Talib Kweli and Flying Lotus.

The Gothic Theater, which is home to many old spirits from the past who have chosen to keep the Gothic as their home, is hosting the after show parties each night following Red Rocks. Friday's after show features Simon Posford performing the music of Shpongle and Hallucinogen, Future Rock doing a special Live PA set and Fort Collins' own Pretty Lights. Taken from http://livepa.org/faq/  "Live P.A. stands for "Live Personal Appearance" or "Live Performing Artist" depending on who you talk to.  In the context of electronic music, Live P.A. means that electronic musicians are playing a live show using electronic music gear (laptops, keyboards, synthesizers, samplers, hardware sequencers, etc.)  Typically electronic musicians write and produce their tracks using sequencers before the show, and play and improvise on their gear during show."

Okay okay so now *drumroll please* we can talk about Saturday. First, head down to Red Rocks for STS9 with supporting acts Bassnectar and Ghostland Observatory. That's a given right? Right! Then, unless you're brain is seriously too disconnected, you should head over to the Gothic Theater for a special night with Daedulus, and Conspirator, featuring David Murphy (STS9) and Marc and Aron (Disco Biscuits), with special guests. There is a very special act yet to be announced for this show as well. I have no problem being a gossip queen and saying that the rumor on the streets of Boulder is that this COULD turn into a TractorBeam show. Let me just say this, if you have ever enjoyed either a STS9 show or a Disco Biscuits show, go to this one. Even if it does not turn out to be a TractorBeam show, it's gonna be the heat!

All of the late night shows are being organized by Euphonic Conceptions, a great Boulder production company, and 1320 Records.

Again, keep checking back here at Grateful Web for updates and photos from the entire weekend.

Jethro Tull @ Red Rocks Photos - (8.12.2008)

Ian Anderson - photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull played Red Rocks last night, the same venue where riots broke out at a Tull show back in 1971.  Ian briefly discussed the incident, which can be seen here.   Check back soon for Grateful Web's interview with none other than Ian himself!  Here are pictures from last night's Jethro Tull show as well as video clips.  We hope you enjoy the photos and video snippets.  Thanks to Anne for setting Grateful Web up with passes for the show.

 

Enjoy,

The Grateful Web

The String Cheese Incident: Hi Def from Red Rocks This Week

photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Wednesday, May 14th @ 8:00pm (Doors @ 7:30pm)
Venue 515
515 Manitou Avenue, Manitou
Tickets $10.00 adv $12.00 dos / Ages 21+ Welcome
For more information please contact 719-685-1861 x10

Thursday, May 15th @ 8:00pm (Doors @ 7:00pm)
Bluebird Theater
3317 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
Tickets $10.00 adv $12.00 dos / Ages 16+ Welcome
For more information please contact 303-377-1666

Friday, May 16th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:30pm)
Fox Theatre
1135 13th Street, Boulder
Tickets $10.00 adv $12.00 dos / All Ages Welcome
For more information please contact 303-443-3399

Saturday, May 17th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:00pm)
Aggie Theatre
204 South College Avenue, Fort Collins
Tickets $10.00 / All Ages Welcome
For more information please contact 970-482-8300

Sunday, May 18th @ 8:00pm (Doors @ 7:00pm)
Belly Up
450 South Galena Street, Aspen
Tickets $10.00 / Under 16 needs parent
For more information please contact 970-544-9800

Shot in high definition, Virtual Venues Network presents a life size and on-stage premiere screening of The String Cheese Incident's final two performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 11th & 12th, 2007. On a "virtual tour" to theatres and colleges all summer long, The String Cheese Incident - Hi-Def from Red Rocks brings SCI fans together to celebrate the energy and magic of The String Cheese Incident in hometown venues everywhere.  With more than 3 hours of live footage, this virtual concert experience is sure to thrill live music lovers everywhere, and give people a feel for what it was like to be at one of the world's premiere outdoor venues for these very special SCI shows.

STS9 Announces Red Rocks and Western Dates

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), who will be on tour this summer is support of their soon-to-be released studio album peaceblaster, announces the last leg of their travels which includes stops in Berkeley, CA,  Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.  The summer will culminate with two huge headlining shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.  Their western itinerary also offers two intimate, always popular "Fan Club" shows in San Francisco, CA and Boulder, CO.

A complete list of STS9's Western U.S. appearances is as follows:

August 15 The Independent San Francisco, CA (fan club show)
August 16 The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with two special guests TBA
August 22 McMenamin's Edgefield Portland, OR with special guests Blackalicious
August 23 Marymoor Amphitheatre Seattle, WA with special guests Blackalicious
September 04 Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO (fan club show)
September 05 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Talib Kweli and others TBA
September 06 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Ghostland Observatory and Bassnectar

Tickets for Fan Club shows are only available as a two/three day pass with purchase of the Greek/Red Rocks shows and are only available through STS9 ticketing.  Please visit www.sts9.com for more information.

All shows on-sale now at www.sts9.com and on-sale locally through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com beginning May 3rd, 2008.

For the month of July, touring heavyweights STS9 and Umphrey's McGee team up for what promises to be one of the hardest-hitting tours of the summer. This co-bill will feature extended sets by both bands, and will stop in Midwest and east coast cities throughout the month of July.  Look, also, for very special late night sets by each band in select markets, including Philadelphia, Raleigh, Madison, Chicago, and NYC.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 and Umphrey's McGee tour stops in the following cities:

July 10 Willow Island Centre Madison WI
July 10 Barrymore Theatre  Madison, WI (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 11 Live on the Levee St. Louis MO  FREE SHOW!
July 12 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha NE
July 15 Moonlite Gardens Cincinnati OH
July 16 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen VA
July 17 Promowest Pavilion Columbus OH
July 18 White River Lawn Indianapolis IN
July 19 Charter One Pavilion Chicago IL
July 19 House of Blues Chicago IL (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 23 Higher Ground  Burlington VT (STS9 Only)
July 24 Roseland Ballroom New York NY
July 24 Blender at Gramercy New York NY (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 25 Festival Pier at Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA
July 25 Fillmore at TLA Philadelphia PA (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
July 26 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA
July 27 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD
July 30 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC
July 31 Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary NC
July 31 Lincoln Square Theatre  Raleigh NC (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
August 01-August 02 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA

Dubbed "...one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around" by XLR8R Magazine, STS9 steps out this summer armed with their brand-new, highly anticipated studio album, peaceblaster. To be released in summer 2008 on their own label 1320 Records, the new album will feature never-before heard tracks that artfully mirror the intensity of STS9's live shows, while preserving the musical intricacies of past studio albums that critics and fans have touted.   peaceblaster comes nearly three years after their acclaimed 2005 releases , Artifact & Artifact: Perspectives , both of which were named in iTunes list of top albums of the year.

After a flurry of industry attention, STS9 retreated from the limelight to do what they love most:  play music. On the touring front, STS9 reached number 29 on Pollstar Magazine's "PULSE Charts" of the country's top touring artists. The band has shared the stage with a diverse range of acts including Jurassic 5, Tortoise, Digable Planets, RJD2, De La Soul, The Brazilian Girls, Prefuse 73, John Butler Trio, Blackalicious, G. Love & Special Sauce, Saul Williams, Soulive, Cut Chemist, Xavier Rudd and many others, and has played such festivals as Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Winter Music Conference, and Vegoose Festival.  Recently, the band sold out a 4 night headlining run at Atlanta's Tabernacle, and a 2 night run at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium.

Leftover Salmon & moe. Team Up at Red Rocks

Last weekend Colorado's own Red Rocks Amphitheater hosted the dynamic duo of jamgrass pioneers Leftover Salmon and New York rockers moe.  What was supposed to be a night of ugly weather turned out to be clear and pleasant, back dropped by a magnificent full moon.

SCI to Perform Four Nights at Red Rocks

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The String Cheese Incident's 2007 Summer Tour stops in towns that hold plenty of SCI history, and features some of the band's favorite kinds of shows - namely weekend camping events with plenty of musical friends in tow.

Incidents begin on July 11 with a four night run at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York City. The band then skips to the west coast for two nights in the Bay Area at Berkeley's Greek Theatre on July 21 & 22, with special guests Sound Tribe Sector 9 and The Disco Biscuits on Saturday and Railroad Earth and Hot Buttered Rum on Sunday. The weekend of July 27-29 will include three nights at Horning's Hideout.  Horning's Hideout is always one of SCI's most anticipated and memorable Incidents. This year's festival will feature three nights of music by SCI (Fri, Sat, Sun) plus special musical guests Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, ALO, and many others to be announced . Then, the "Big Summer Classic" will return in the form of a three-day camping festival on the weekend of August 3-5.  In the tradition of the inaugural BSC Tour in summer of 2005, the weekend festival will feature a slew of SCI's musical friends.  Confirmed artists include The Roots, Los Lobos, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Greyboy Allstars, The Wailers, Infected Mushroom, Del McCoury Band, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Vusi Mahlasela, Bassnectar, David Lindley, Drew Emmitt Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Chris Berry & Panjea, EOTO, Jonah Smith, The Schwag, Old School Freight Train and others to be announced. The tour will end back home in Colorado at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The complete String Cheese Incident Summer Tour is as follows:
June 15 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
July 11 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
July 12 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 13 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 14 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 20 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN
July 21 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA w/ STS9 and The Disco Biscuits
July 22 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA w/ Railroad Earth & Hot Buttered Rum
July 27 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with Femi Kuti & the Positive Force and others TBA SOLD OUT
July 28 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with special guests TBA
July 29 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with ALO and others TBA
August 3 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 4 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 5 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 9 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
August 10 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT
August 11 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT
August 12 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT

As always, not-for-profit Conscious Alliance will be at every show to host food drives. Attendees are encouraged to bring 10 non-perishable food items to each show redeemable for an exclusive event poster.

Over the past decade, The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of America's most significant independent bands. Born in 1993 in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, SCI has since released 6 albums, 3 DVDs and countless live recordings from their relentless tour schedule. Their 14 year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit, philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.

When The String Cheese Incident's growth first started gaining momentum over a decade ago, when the internet was just beginning to take hold and the major-label business model was failing, the band decided to make music on their own terms.

Since then, The String Cheese Incident has gone on to carve out a completely different approach to the business of music; they are truly pioneers of a new way of "making a band."  With the World Wide Web as their tool, SCI was among the first artists to disseminate information via the internet, such as tour dates, release information, and other news, to their growing fan base.  Rather than doing business on such terms as "the bottom line," The String Cheese Incident put their music and their fans first, opening companies of their own, including a ticketing company, a merchandise company and a fan travel agency, to best serve their community. The band's record label, SCI Fidelity Records, has always operated under the same ideals. Even early on, SCI Fidelity embraced downloadable music and file sharing, delivering SCI's "On the Road" series, where every show the band plays is made available for download on the internet.  Whether they realized it at the time or not, The String Cheese Incident was inventing grassroots band development.  Today, literally hundreds of bands are using some version of this same approach to building a band.

The String Cheese Incident's commitment goes well beyond their immediate community, and even beyond the music community as a whole. Early on, the band took a serious interest in giving back to the communities that they visited, and they were among the first performers to encourage "Green" shows and tours.  SCI's support has helped give rise to such not-for-profit organizations as Conscious Alliance, Rock the Earth, and Head Count. In 2002, when the band's right to sell tickets to their own shows became threatened by ticketing giant Ticketmaster, the band stood strong for the independent music community and filed a lawsuit against the company.  All the while, The String Cheese Incident has stayed committed to music as a creative endeavor, not just in their recordings but also in their live performances.  The list of SCI's special guests and collaborators is long and diverse. Their annual events such as Horning's Hideout, and holiday shows such as New Year's and Halloween, have helped redefine the concert experience and has garnered the band a reputation as live music vibe innovators.