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Conspirator Announces Important Venue Changes

On the heels of a successful northeast tour that included a sold out show in Syracuse, NY, Conspirator has announced that five scheduled performances have newly updated venue information, in addition to confirming drummers and support acts.

Friday 2/5 in Los Angeles has been moved to the HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET STRIP. Wednesday 2/9 in Portland has been moved to the ROSELAND THEATRE. Saturday 2/12 has moved from Oakland to across the bay at THE INDEPENDENT in San Francisco. Efforts are being made to schedule a performance in Seattle, WA, and the band plans to issue updates as soon as possible.

Saturday 2/19 in Albany is being rescheduled for a later date. Instead, Conspirator will be returning to THE STONE PONY in Asbury Park, NJ. On Saturday 2/26, instead of Urbana, Conspirator will be playing THE BLUEBIRD in Bloomington, IN.

All of the West Coast shows will feature Lane Shaw on drums, and Break Science featuring Adam Deitch opening. Piper will also be DJ'ing for both Montana shows.

February 16th through 20th will feature Darren Shearer of The New Deal on drums. February 24th through March 3rd will feature Mike Greenfield from Lotus on drums. Darren will again join us for the final two shows in NYC and Stroudsburg on March 4th and 5th.

The New Deal will be co-headlining February 24th in Detroit, and February 25th in Chicago.

While Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner have occasionally invited other musicians to their live shows, the “new Conspirator,” featuring Chris Michetti and a rotating cast of first-class drummers, has proven to be a new, “full band” sound emerging not only from the group’s mentality, but by featuring a solidified, returning, 4-piece lineup. In a recent band statement, Conspirator confirmed that they have been working to restructure their signature tracks in Ableton in order to create improvisational jams during live performances.

With a firmly set 4-piece band, fans can expect performances featuring increased live improv and a refreshing musical flow, peppered with some surprises. Inspired by new collaborations and the combined musical histories of the performers, Conspirator is set to get the scene talking in 2011.

“The energy coming off of the December Conspirator shows with Michetti was very exciting for Aron and I, and the fans have responded really well,” said Brownstein. “We knew right away we had to take this across the country. There are really exciting places a full band, this full band, can take the classic Conspirator sound. It’s a whole new show each night.”

Known throughout the live music world for high energy, creative guitar shredding with his band RAQ, Chris Michetti became much more familiar to Disco Biscuits fans throughout 2010 when he periodically accompanied the band on stage at places like Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, and on a number of Spring Tour performances. Michetti has been touring and creating music with Conspirator since late 2010, and anyone who has caught the early phases of the “new Conspirator” will undeniably be psyched for round two and beyond.

The current list of confirmed Conspirator dates is as follows:

FRIDAY 2/4/11 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA

SATURDAY 2/5/11 – House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA w/ Break Science

MONDAY 2/7/11 – The Filling Station, Bozeman, MT w/ Break Science

TUESDAY 2/8/11 – The Top Hat, Missoula, MT w/ Break Science

WEDNESDAY 2/9/11 – Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR w/ Break Science

FRIDAY 2/11/11 – The Red Fox Tavern, Eureka, CA w/ Break Science

SATURDAY 2/12/11 – The Independent, San Francisco, CA w/ Break Science

SUNDAY 2/13/11 – Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA w/ Break Science

WEDNESDAY 2/16/11 – The Met, Pawtucket, RI

THURSDAY 2/17/11 – Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME

FRIDAY 2/18/11 – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT

SATURDAY 2/19/11 – Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

SUNDAY 2/20/11 – The Note, West Chester, PA

THURSDAY 2/24/11 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI w/ The New Deal

FRIDAY 2/25/11 – Congress Theater, Chicago, IL w/ The New Deal

SATURDAY 2/26/11 – Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington, IN

SUNDAY 2/27/11 – Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI

TUESDAY 3/1/11 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

WEDNESDAY 3/2/11 – Mr. Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA

THURSDAY 3/3/11 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY

FRIDAY 3/4/11 – Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY

SATURDAY 3/5/11 – Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA

Martin Sexton in Boulder for Valentines Day

On the heels of his critically-acclaimed release Sugarcoating, blue-eyed soul singer Martin Sexton has announced dates for his 2011 winter tour.

Sugarcoating is an album that doesn’t necessarily protest, but questions. “The last couple of years have been an awakening for me about how the world seems to work and not work,” reflects Sexton. “You can’t rely on mainstream media for the truth, I’ve discovered that you’ve gotta dig if you want a real answer about what’s going on.”  He explains, “My music has always been more about inspiration and entertainment, but this time I felt the need to toss some awareness into the mix.”

Martin continues this message in his live performances.  His songs are intricate and spirited inspired by the American musical landscape of soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues.  "Martin Sexton's extraordinary voice howls, growls and purrs in the best tradition of blue-eyed soul," says the Chicago Sun Times.  "It is raw and expressive and can move in an instant from a glorious falsetto to an edgy rock plea or a simple folk lament."

A Martin Sexton show is truly unlike any other concert experience.  His performances are dynamic and bursting with depth earning him a devoted following among fans, peers and critics alike.  "A high vocal range and a sense of normal-dude humility usually don't go together, but they are the two most convincing things about … Sexton," said The Onion's A.V. Club in a recent review.

On November 12th, Martin performed at the 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute Concert at the Beacon Theater alongside Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper, Patti Smith, Taj Mahal and other musical icons. Martin's riveting interpretation of "Working Class Hero" received one of the only standing ovations of the evening.

Recently, Martin sat down with Brian Williams of the NBC Nightly News, to record a feature session for BriTunes. The session will be available later this month on the MSNBC website.

You can catch Martin Sexton at the Boulder Theater on Valentine's Day.

Conspirator - Coast to Coast and Back Again

Conspirator, the duo of Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner which often features guest musicians in the live setting, has announced a national tour of “full band” performances featuring Chris Michetti and a rotating cast of first-class drummers. The news comes on the heels of a series of performances that have created quite a bit of buzz among band and fans, alike.

While Brownstein and Magner have occasionally invited other musicians to their live shows, the “new Conspirator” has proven to be a new, “full band” sound emerging not only from the group’s mentality, but by featuring a solidified, returning, 4-piece lineup.

Live music fans have come to embrace Conspirator for their signature high energy, electronic-based sets and their legendary album, The Key, which has been a staple of the band’s live repertoire for years. Now, with a firmly set 4-piece band, fans can expect performances featuring increased live improv and a refreshing musical flow, peppered with some surprises. Inspired by new collaborations and the combined musical histories of the performers, Conspirator is set to get the scene talking in 2011.

“The energy coming off of the December Conspirator shows with Michetti was very exciting for Aron and I, and the fans have responded really well,” said Brownstein. “We knew right away we had to take this across the country. There are really exciting places a full band, this full band, can take the classic Conspirator sound. It’s a whole new show each night.”

Known throughout the live music world for high energy, creative guitar shredding with his band RAQ, Chris Michetti became much more familiar to Disco Biscuits fans throughout 2010 when he periodically accompanied the band on stage at places like Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, and on a number of Spring Tour performances. Michetti recently lent his signature handiwork to Conspirator during performances earlier this December, and anyone who caught the early phases of the “new Conspirator” will undeniably be psyched for round two and beyond.

The current list of confirmed Conspirator dates is as follows:

Jan 7 - Milford, CT - Daniel St

Jan 8 - Lancaster PA - Chameleon Club

Jan 14 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater

Jan 27 - Falls Church, VA - State Theater

Jan 28 - Syracuse, NY - Wescott Theater

Jan 29 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street

Feb 4 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theater

Feb 5 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club

Feb 7 - Bozeman, MT - The Filling Station

Feb 8 - Missoula, MT - The Top Hat

Feb 9 - Portland, OR - Fez

Feb 10 - Seattle, WA - Club Motor

Feb 11 - Eureka, CA - Red Fox Tavern

Feb 12 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish

Feb 13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley

Feb 16 - Providence, RI - The Met

Feb 17 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall

Feb 18 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

Feb 19 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights, NY

Feb 20 - West Chester, PA - The Note

Feb 24 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall

Feb 25 - Chicago. IL - Congress Theater

Feb 26 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theater

Feb 27 - Grand Rapids MI - Intersection

March 1 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

March 2 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Smalls

March 3 - Buffalo NY - Town Ballroom

March 4 -New York, NY - Gramercy Theaters

March 5 - East Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater

Conspirator to tour with exciting full-band, all-star lineup

Conspirator, the duo of Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner which often feature guest musicians in the live setting, has announced a series of “full band” performances featuring Chris Michetti and a rotating cast of first-class drummers, a concept that is both new and refreshing for the band and fans, alike.

While Brownstein and Magner have occasionally invited other musicians to their live shows, the “new Conspirator” promises to be a never-before-experienced, “full band” sound that will emerge not only from the group’s mentality, but by featuring a solidified, returning, 4-piece lineup.

Live music fans have come to embrace Conspirator for their signature high energy, electronic-based sets and their legendary album, The Key, which has been a staple of the band’s live repertoire for years. Now, with a firmly set 4-piece band, fans can expect performances featuring increased live improv and a refreshing musical flow, peppered with some surprises. Inspired by new collaborations and the combined musical histories of the performers, Conspirator is set to get the scene talking in 2011.

“Our different combinations have been practicing for these shows, and we have already performed a couple with Michetti. Getting a taste of the ‘new Conspirator’ was refreshing and exciting,” said Brownstein. “Being in the midst of the band’s vibe has really got me ready to hit the road with these guys. I’m just as pumped up as anyone else in the room when I’m on stage. There are really exciting places a full band, this full band, can take the classic Conspirator sound. It’s a whole new show each night.”

Known throughout the live music world for high energy, creative guitar shredding with his band RAQ, Chris Michetti became much more familiar to Disco Biscuits fans throughout 2009 when he periodically accompanied the band on stage at places like Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, and on a number of Spring Tour performances. Michetti has recently lent his signature handiwork to Conspirator during performances earlier this December, and anyone who caught the early phases of the “new Conspirator” will undeniably be psyched for round two and beyond.

Termed the “pre-destined, great modern drummer” by DRUMMERWORLD, Berklee-trained Adam Deitch has recently made waves with his project Break Science. Deitch is perhaps best known for his eclectic collaborations, New York City residencies, and sit-ins that have seen him partner with the likes of John Scofield, Soulive, Jurassic 5, Mos Def, and Erika Badu. Deitch is currently confirmed to join Conspirator through mid-December.

Lane Shaw exploded onto the live music scene as one-third of the Pnuma Trio. Shaw has recently, and notably, collaborated with the likes of N*E*R*D, Diplo, and DJ Benzi with his latest musical project, Mansions on the Moon. Shaw was once asked to take a crack at an autobiography, and simply listed “drums, boats, and Steely Dan.” He will perform with Conspirator throughout the Northeast in early January.

Check out Grateful Web's interview with Marc Brownstein. | Check out up-to-date RAQ news and tour dates here.

The current list of confirmed Conspirator dates is as follows:

12/16/10 – Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC – w/ Chris Michetti + Adam Deitch

12/17/10 – New Earth Music Hall, Athens, GA – w/ Chris Michetti + Adam Deitch

12/18/10 – Hat Factory, Richmond, VA – w/ Chris Michetti + Adam Deitch

1/5/11 – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – w/ Chris Michetti + Lane Shaw

1/6/11 – Royale, Boston, MA – w/ Chris Michetti + Lane Shaw

1/7/11 – Daniel Street, Milford, CT – w/ Chris Michetti + Lane Shaw

1/8/11 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA – w/ Chris Michetti + Lane Shaw

FEBRUARY: COMING SOON

Furthur heading back to 1st Bank in February

Furthur featuring: Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker & Jeff Pehrson will perform at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 11, 12 & 13, 2011. Doors are 7:00 PM. Showtime is 8:00 PM. Tickets are available via mail order for $64.75 Reserved and $60.00 General Admission. Tickets are available via credit card for $69.75 Reserved and $65.00 General Admission.

Please remember to put the number of tickets and your preference for Reserved or General Admission on the outside of your envelope. The first mail in dates for these performances are Saturday & Monday, December 4 & 6, 2010.

Check out videos from Furthur's last visit to the 1st Bank Center.

More ticket information can be found here.

Omara Portuondo - of Buena Vista Social Club- 80th Birthday Celebration @ Boulder Theater

Omara Portuondo, the world-renowned vocalist who began her career in the music scene of her native Cuba in the 1940s, will celebrate her 80th Birthday with performances in the U.S. this fall. Portuondo on the heels of a GRAMMY win for her 2008 release Gracias will entertain audiences with her rich, soulful brand of jazz and balladry. Portuondo, is an original member of the internationally critically acclaimed Buena Vista Social Club a group whose roots date back to the Cuban club scene of the 1940s before it took the world by storm in the late 90s. She was the first Cuban artist in six years to be granted a visa to perform in the United States and the first Cuban citizen to appear on television as a presenter at The Latin Grammy Awards.

Jose Marte, our great Cuban poet, once said that music is the soul of the people, says Omara. "Music is at the heart of every culture, something to be shared among all people, regardless of borders and politics. It has always been a universal language for people who might not otherwise understand each other. Perhaps, through these performances, I could be a goodwill ambassador between these two countries."

Portuondo's recent appearances in the U.S. in the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010 had critics saying the following:

The Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, is still impulsive onstage. ... She sang high and low, whispering and declaiming, hinting at tears and pride... -New York Times March 2010

"Her performance here of two classic boleros was enough to transport us to another time and place" - Tiny Desk Concert March 2010

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Sarah Jarosz to Release “The New 45” on November 2nd

Sugar Hill Records and Sarah Jarosz are excited to announce the release of two brand new songs titled The New 45.  The songs were recorded in Nashville on the nineteen-year-olds’ summer break from New England Conservatory where she is currently a sophomore.  The New 45 combines the original composition “My Muse” (to be included on her upcoming full-length release) plus the Bill Withers’ chestnut “Grandma’s Hands”.  Both tracks are previously unreleased, and this will be the only chance for fans to purchase the crowd pleaser “Grandma’s Hands”.  The digital release date for The New 45 is November 5th; limited vinyl pressings to be made available at select outlets and on Sarah’s website later in the month.

Since her debut release Song Up In Her Head dropped in June of 2009, Sarah Jarosz has garnered the attention of fans and critics alike. The New York Times dubbed the project “an unretouched gem committed to the dark corners of bluegrass past” and USA TODAY describes Sarah’s original “Edge of a Dream” as “at once precocious and achingly pure”.  A contemporary improvisation major at NEC with a focus on vocal performance Sarah has successfully been balancing a full school schedule, national performances, while continuing to write and collect material for her sophomore release – due out Spring of 2011. Highlights over the last year include performances on A Prairie Home Companion, The Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo Music Festival and Austin City Limits as well as a nomination for New & Emerging Artist from the Americana Music Association.

Sarah’s Austin City Limits performance in which she’s paired with Steve Martin will air on Saturday, November 6th.  “My Muse” is one of the songs featured on ACL.  Check local listings for times. 

Be sure to check back soon for Grateful Web's coverage of Austin City Limits.

Jazz Museum in Harlem Featured on BBC

A feature piece on the NJMH’s acquisition of and programming around the BILL SAVORY collection with be broadcast Wednesday, September 29th on the  7 p.m. broadcast (most local times) on both BBC AMERICA and BBC WORLD.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating jazz as a living entity that stretches as far into the future as it does into the past. NJMH programs currently attract several thousand visitors a year. This event is the Museum’s largest and most important annual fundraising effort. Proceeds from the gala will support the Museum’s mission.

As you may have seen in the August 17th New York Times cover story, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem made a acquisition of a historic collection of never-before-heard recordings, including live performances of great American jazz icons from 1935-1941.  The collection of 975 aluminum and vinyl discs, encompassing over 100 hours of material, was created by William Savory, a recording engineer and Harvard-educated physicist who worked at a radio transcription service in New York and used the equipment his job afforded him to record hundreds of hours of material directly off the radio. The collection includes performances by jazz icons such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Lionel Hampton, Fats Waller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and more, as well as classical broadcasts including Toscanini, Ormandy, and Kirsten Flagstad. The quality of the discs is extraordinary for the time, as most jazz enthusiasts in the 1930s did not have the access to the professional equipment that Savory enjoyed. You can sample some these newly discovered treasures at the Museum’s website.

The search for, and cultivation of, this collection is an exemplary example of the Museum’s commitment to preserve the history of jazz, while nurturing its evolution for future generations.  It also comes at a fortuitous time in the Museum’s development as we are currently preparing to build a permanent home at Mart 125 – a historic landmark in Upper Manhattan which stands directly across from the famed Apollo Theatre on Harlem’s 125th Street.

Independent Radio Takes Center Stage as Toyota Free Yr Radio Launches Fourth Annual Tour

Toyota’s Free Yr Radio is back, taking its mission to draw attention and support to independent, non-commercial radio on the road across the U.S. with appearances at the nation’s best music festivals, including Siren Fest, Lollapalooza, Mile High, Outside Lands, Bumbershoot, the Voodoo Experience, and CMJ.  Toyota launched Free Yr Radio four years ago to celebrate independent radio as a vital cultural resource.

Railroad Earth: New Album, New Bassist | TOUR

After celebrating the end of their first decade together with a massive fan release, Railroad Earth Retrospective: 2001-2009, the tightly-woven unit of Railroad Earth is embarking on a new chapter in their musical journey. The rootsy Americana ensemble will hit the stage again on their first tour of 2010 with a new bass player, a new record deal (One Haven Music), and a new album in the can (to be released late Summer 2010) for what is expected to be a great year for the revitalized Railroad Earth. With Spring tour dates mostly focused on the Eastern Seaboard, fans can expect an newly energized live show with surprises around every bend.

After coming off a highly successful 2009, Railroad Earth is preparing for another year of sold-out theaters and large club performances. The band has built up some incredible steam over the past few years with highly notable performances on some of the most prestigious stages in the country, including; the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury, 10,000 Lakes Festival and many more.

Collectively, Railroad Earth wields an impressive arsenal of sounds, with each player bringing a variety of instruments and tones to the collective. The unique howl of an edgy rock-inflected violin, a fat-toned acoustic guitar with sounds bordering on a classic Gibson motif, wild fanning mandolin chording that has an almost piano-like attack, rolling or clawing banjo and dobro, and a slamming rhythm section driven by precise, rock-hard drumming and an aggressively, pumping upright bass. All of this delivered with surprisingly unique vocals, powerful harmonies and world-class songwriting.

To be more precise, Railroad Earth features songwriter/singer, Todd Sheaffer (Lead vocals, acoustic guitars), Tim Carbone (Violin, electric guitar, vocals), John Skehan (Mandolin, vocals), Andy Goessling (Acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon (Drums, hand percussion, vocals) and newcomer Andrew Altman (Upright bass), formerly of the Southeast band, The Codetalkers.

Railroad Earth’s unique sound is one that may be hard to categorize, but is also damn hard to shake! Each live performance is like a journey into the beating heart of American life, its heartaches and its triumphs. A true musical celebration, this is one tour that is not to be missed.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

6/19

Clearwater Festival

Croton on Hudson

NY

All Ages

7/1

High Sierra Music Festival

Quincy

CA

All Ages

7/2

High Sierra Music Festival

Quincy

CA

All Ages

7/10

All Good Music Festival and Campout

Masontown

WV

All Ages

7/16

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Oak Hill

NY

All Ages

7/23

Floydfest

Floyd

VA

All Ages

7/24

The Stone Pony

Asbury Park

NJ

All Ages

7/25

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival

Trumansburg

NY

All Ages

8/15

Mile High Music Festival

Commerce City

CO

All Ages

8/20

YarmonyGrass Music Festival

Bond

CO

All Ages

8/21

YarmonyGrass Music Festival

Bond

CO

All Ages

8/27

Music on the Mountaintop Festival

Boone

NC

All Ages

9/3

Camp Mather

Yosemite

CA

All Ages

9/5

Michael Shore's Lakehouse

Corsicana

TX

All Ages

9/11

Kirby Center

Wilkes Barre

PA

All Ages

9/16

Barrymore Theatre

Madison

WI

All Ages

9/17

House Of Blues

Chicago

IL

17+

9/18

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis

MN

All Ages

9/19

The Venue

Fargo

ND

All Ages

9/21

Emerson Cultural Center

Bozeman

MT

All Ages

9/22

Wilma Theater

Missoula

MT

All Ages

9/24

Crystal Ballroom

Portland

OR

All Ages

9/25

The Showbox at the Market

Seattle

WA

21+

9/26

McDonald Theatre

Eugene

OR

All Ages

9/28

Arcata Theatre

Arcata

CA

All Ages

9/29

Crystal Bay Club Casino

Crystal Bay

NV

21+

10/1

Fillmore

San Francisco

CA

All Ages

10/2

Fillmore

San Francisco

CA

All Ages

10/3

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

San Fransisco

CA

All Ages

10/9

The Festy Experience at Devil's

Roseland

VA

All Ages

10/14

Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music

Ozark

AR

All Ages

10/28

9:30 Club

Washington

DC

All Ages

10/29

The Fillmore

New York

NY

16+

10/30

Paradise Rock Club

Boston

MA

18+

10/31

State Theater NY

Ithaca

NY

All Ages