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Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts

There’s no denying anyone who digs the Blues will really dig the once-in-a-lifetime experience that is BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS: THE ROBERT JOHNSON CENTENNIAL CONCERTS. The very special tour (set to launch in San Francisco on Jan. 28, 2011) and accompanying studio recording (to be released early 2011) commemorates the 100th Anniversary of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s birth with exhilarating collaborations between Big Head Todd & The Monsters, living Bluesman legend David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, and Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm. With Edwards on board, BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS has a direct connection back to the legend, as Edwards was in attendance for Johnson’s last live performance the night Johnson passed away.

“We both wanted to create a blues show that was not just another blues show, but a show that was truly unique,” said Blues at the Crossroads co-producer Ron Hausfeld, who is producing the tour with Ted Kurland Associates’ Jack Randall. “We want people to walk away saying, ‘Wow…that was cool…I’ve never seen anything like it.’”

Before the tour hits the road, BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS musicians meet this fall at Ardent Recording Studios in Memphis to put this epic collaboration to tape. The studio recordings will be released in early 2011 in conjunction with the tour.

BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS picks up the thread of Johnson’s legacy in Mississippi, at the junction of US Highways 61 & 49; the very crossroads where, as legend has it, Robert Johnson’s burning desire pushed him to make his deal with the devil – giving up his soul to write the baddest-ass blues the world had ever heard. One of the most famous Delta blues musicians, Johnson has influenced a broad range of musicians for generations with his songs, vocal phrasing and guitar style – in particular his landmark recordings from 1936-1937 that display a remarkable combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent. Eric Clapton has called Johnson “the most important blues singer that ever lived” and described Johnson's emotive vocal delivery as "the most powerful cry that I think you can find in the human voice." Johnson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an "Early Influence" in their first induction ceremony in 1986. Johnson's shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 in 1938 have given rise to much legend.

Tour Dates (additional dates to be announced soon)

Date City, State Venue

Jan. 28 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
Jan. 29 Costa Mesa, CA Orange County Performing Arts Center
Jan. 30 San Diego, CA (2 shows) Anthology
Jan. 31 Santa Barbara, CA Campbell Hall / UCSB
Feb. 01 TBA
Feb. 10 Ann Arbor, MI Hill Auditorium / U of M
Feb. 11 Chicago, IL Orchestra Hall
Feb. 12 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
Feb. 13 Meridian, MS Riley Center / MSU
Feb. 16 Chapel Hill, NC Memorial Hall / UNC Chapel Hill
Feb. 17 Washington, DC Strathmore Performing Arts Center
Feb. 18 Boston, MA Berklee School of Music
Feb. 24 Ridgefield, CT The Playhouse
Feb. 25 Princeton, NJ McCarter Theatre
Feb. 26 Blue Bell, PA Montgomery County Community College
Feb. 27 New Bedford, MA Zeiterion Theater
March 4 Milwaukee, WI Potowatomi Casino
March 5 Omaha, NE Holland Performing Arts Center
March 6 Minneapolis, MN Orchestra Hall
March 7 TBA TBA
March 8 Urbana, IL Krannert Center – Tyrone Festival Theatre

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Performers:

Big Head Todd & The Monsters

Colorado rock band Big Head Todd & the Monsters (“Bittersweet,” “Broken Hearted Savior,” “Resignation Superman”) are known for their timeless songwriting, powerful live performances, and unique sound – all reasons the band has garnered a sizable loyal following during their two decades making music. Their landmark album, Sister Sweetly, produced numerous hit songs and went platinum in the United States following its release in 1993. Big Head Todd’s latest release is Rocksteady. The band name is a tribute to legendary blues/jazz "heads" (eg. Eddy Clean-head Vincent, etc). It was actually just a fluke, as they were scheduled to perform their first gig, but had no name. Frontman Todd Park Mohr came up with the name at the spur of the moment and it stuck. For more information: www.bigheadtodd.com

David “Honeyboy” Edwards

At age 95, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, the one-and-only Delta blues guitarist and singer (“Wind Howlin’ Blues,” “The Army Blues”) and his close friend, Pinetop Perkins (age 96), are the oldest Delta blues players still touring the United States. Edwards was born in Shaw, Mississippi, and was a friend to Robert Johnson. He was present on the fateful night when Johnson died. Edwards was named the Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year at the 26th W.C. Handy Blues Awards in 2005 and earned Acoustic Artist of the Year honors in 2007 at The Blues Music Awards. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on January 31, 2010.For more information: www.davidhoneyboyedwards.com

Hubert Sumlin

Popular American blues guitarist and singer Hubert Sumlin is widely known for his celebrated work from 1955 as guitarist in Howlin' Wolf's band. His singular playing is characterized by "wrenched, shattering bursts of notes, sudden cliff-hanger silences and daring rhythmic suspensions.” Listed as number sixty-five in the Rolling Stone100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Sumlin, who continues to tour, is cited as a major influence by many artists, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. Hubert has cited Robert Johnson as one of his early influences, along with Muddy Waters, Charley Patton and Robert Lockwood. It has been stated that Sumlin's playing was a vital catalyst for the British blues boom by providing a link from the acoustic blues of the Mississippi delta that was more accessible to electric guitarists such as Clapton, Page, Richards and Beck. For more information: www.HubertSumlinBlues.com

Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm

“Together, they combine the punch of old delta blues with funk, hip-hop and rock influences; one can hardly believe that this was actually recorded live in the studio with just two musicians.” – Houston Press on Burnside & Malcolm’s album, 2 Man Wrecking Crew

Drumming great Cedric Burnside, grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside, son of drummer great Calvin Jackson, grew up at his grandfather's side and began touring at age 13, playing drums for "Big Daddy" on stages around the globe. Cedric has also brought his relentless, highly rhythmic charged style of drumming to performances with Junior Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, North Mississippi Allstars, and Bobby Rush. Bluesman Lightnin’ Malcolm is one of the leading, younger generation artists on the scene today. A reckless live performer, he has lived and breathed music his whole life, traveling and playing in a slashing, rhythmic style, with deep soulful vocals. Malcolm has played over the years with many of the best Mississippi blues artists, such as Cedell Davis, R.L. Burnside, Hubert Sumlin, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Jr. Kimbrough, Big Jack Johnson, Sam Carr and Otha Turner. Skilled on guitar, bass, and drums, Malcolm is an in demand session player with a telepathic sense of how to follow the older archaic styles, and is especially noted for his old-fashioned, church "shout" style on drums. For more information: www.cedricburnsideandlightninmalcolm.com

Big Star's 3rd performed by members of R.E.M., Big Star, etc.

Big Stars third album, Sister Lovers, has long been revered by artists and critics as one of the most influential albums ever produced. Written and recorded when the legendary 70s band was primarily a studio project consisting of Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, the third album has never been performed in public with the original string and wind orchestrations.

That will change December 9 and 10, 2010 when Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC hosts Stroke It, Noel, a special performance of this important piece of music. The all-star band will include Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (the dB’s), and Jeff Crawford and Charles Cleaver (the Tomahawks). North Carolina’s own acclaimed chamber pop group Lost in the Trees, as well as members of Birds and Arrows and the NC Symphony, will comprise the orchestra. Guest vocalists will include members of the Love Language, the Old Ceremony, Megafaun and other special guests. In addition to performing Sister Lovers in its entirety, the band will play a few additional Big Star and Chris Bell selections during the show.

“The original written scores for the record were long missing,” Chris Stamey says. “But John Fry at Ardent Records was able to supply us with elements of the original multitrack tapes. Composer Carl Marsh, who wrote the ground-breaking charts for the original record, used these tapes to precisely retranscribe his arrangements. And I’ve orchestrated anew some other elements of the recordings for the players, in order to recreate live some of the aleatoric studio effects. We’ve also been able to hear and match the inner workings of these glorious compositions in much greater detail this way. It’s been a fascinating process, and a real community adventure as well.”

The concerts will be filmed as a major component of “Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story,” a documentary film by Danielle McCarthy and Drew DeNicola slated for 2011 release.

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 day of show and are available at www.catscradle.com or by calling the Cat’s Cradle box office at (919)967-9053.

Proceeds from the concerts will be donated to two charities focused on improving the lives of musicians--KidZNotes of Durham, NC and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. KidZNotes is focused on classical and orchestral music training in pre-school years as a means to combat poverty and foster positive decision-making in inner cities. The New Orleans Musicians Clinic provides affordable, comprehensive health care to musicians.

Kermit Ruffins Releasing Happy Talk, Playing BAM, Voodoo, Fallon!

Leading up to the release of his latest album, Happy Talk on October 26, Kermit Ruffins is happy to announce that he will be performing at The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Red Hot + New Orleans in New York on December 3rd and 4th. A part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Kermit will be joined by New Orleans contemporaries Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Ledisi, Marc Broussard, Partners-N-Crimes, and Irma Thomas to show off the best the city has to offer — from second-line stomps to the raucous energy of bounce. Following the performance, Kermit will also join ?uestlove and The Roots on December 7th on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” And later this month, Kermit will be representing his hometown at New Orleans’ Voodoo Festival. Performing on Saturday Oct. 30th at 5 p.m., Kermit will be joined by Dr. Michael White, Jeremy Davenport, Jason Marsalis, David Pulphus, and Victor Atkins as a part of Basin Street Records’ All-Star Revue. And to add to all this, the first round of 2010 GRAMMY® ballots have been released and Kermit Ruffins' Have A Crazy Cool Christmas has been entered in a number of categories.

All this leads up to the release of Kermit’s latest album, Happy Talk. Produced by GRAMMY® Award Winner Tracey Freeman (Harry Connick, Jr., Jeremy Davenport), Happy Talk is Kermit’s first collection of big band music. And to celebrate the release of the record, Kermit has scheduled an album Release Party for November 5that Rock & Bowl in New Orleans with a big band.

It’s hard to think of how anyone wouldn’t benefit from a little bit more of Kermit’s perennially positive attitude, his iconic take on New Orleans jazz, and his delicious BBQ — which he still serves after his weekly shows in New Orleans, by the way. And with the exposure Kermit has received with David Simon’s “Tremé,” Kermit has gone from New Orleans’ legendary native son to America’s new favorite jazzman.

For Kermit, Happy Talk has been a long time coming. Throughout his career, he has made no secret of his love of big band music and his admiration for legendary bandleaders like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. As the bandleader, lead vocalist and trumpeter on the new album, Kermit has taken the big band sound and given it his own “Kermit swing.” There’s his rousing take of Sam Cooke’s classic “Ain’t That (Good News)” and “If I Only Had A Brain,which Kermit infuses with a healthy dose of Latin spice. The album also pays tribute to Kermit’s musical inspiration, Louis Armstrong, with versions of songs that Armstrong made famous including “Hey Look Me Over,” “La Vie En Rose,” and “Shine.” Kermit also leads his band through his own swingin’ originals like “I Got A Tremé Woman” and “New Orleans (My Home Town).”

Kermit was born with the music in his blood. Growing up, Kermit used to skip lunch and perform second line music for his classmates before the principal would shut him and his friends down. In 1982, Kermit founded The Rebirth Brass Band with his high school classmate and tuba player Philip Frazier in Tremé, LA. The band took off after their legendary first performance at Jazz Fest and quickly became one of the most beloved brass bands in New Orleans and the United States. In 1992, Kermit founded the Barbecue Swingers, his traditional jazz quintet. Their weekly performances at Vaughan’s Lounge for 17 years and Bullet’s Sports Bar since Katrina have become staple New Orleans events, with Kermit tailgating his shows by serving up that legendary barbecue!

When David Simon decided to follow up “The Wire” with “Tremé,” he approached Kermit to have him appear on the show. As Simon put it, “There wasn't any use in casting someone else. Only Kermit can play Kermit." Truer words could not have been spoken.

Big Gigantic to Release New Album Sept. 1

STS9's boutique record label, 1320 Records, proudly presents A Place Behind the Moon, the new full-length studio release from BIG GIGANTIC (September 1, 2010 / 1320 Records).

A Place Behind The Moon explores a unique mixture of electronic and acoustic styles, clearly defining the vision that brainchild and saxophonist/producer, Dominic Lalli, and drummer, Jeremy Salken both conceived and mastered. This sophomore effort is the strongest statement to date by Big Gigantic and it effortlessly combines saxophone and syncopated drum rhythms with intoxicating, intertwining electronic undertones, truly bringing a unique sound to the evolving, electronic genre.  A Place Behind The Moon demonstrates how Big Gigantic successfully delves deep into the future of electronic music, while staying in touch with their own musical roots, to ultimately create a history all their own.

Get a sneak peak of the single, Limelight, in this video.

A Place Behind the Moon Tracklist:
1. Looking Back

2. Sky High

3. Lucid Dreams

4. Limelight

5. Solitude

6. Step Up

7. Driftin

8. High And Rising

9. Shine

10. Cloud Nine

11. Breaking Point

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12. A Place Behind The Moon (bonus track feat. STS9)

After spending recent months in the studio sharpening the sounds of APBTM, the two-man sound machine of Big Gigantic continue to magnify their reach and reputation with a future that shows no signs of slowing down as they hit the road this Fall for dates with STS9, Alex B, and Ana Sia, including headlining shows from the Mid-West to the South.

Big Gigantic Upcoming Tour Dates:

September 1            Zydeco - Birmingham, AL

September 2            Bourbon Street - Auburn, AL

September 3            Live Wire Music Hall - Savannah, GA

September 4            Big & Hearty Festival - Gainesville, FL

September 11          Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, CO w/ STS9, Ghostland Observatory

September 15          Miramar Theatre - Milwaukee, WI

September 16          The Majestic - Madison, WI

September 17          The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN

September 18          The Venue - Fargo, ND

September 23          Cosmic Charlie's - Lexington, KY

September 24          Tall Tree Lake Festival - Goreville, IL

September 25          Zanzabar - Louisville, KY

October 19               Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL w/ Alex B

October 20               Varsity Theater - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Alex B

October 21               Trees - Dallas, TX w/ Alex B

October 22               The Parish - Austin, TX w/ Alex B

October 23               Last Concert Cafe - Houston, TX w/ Alex B

October 27               Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE w/ Alex B

October 28               Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS w/ Alex B

October 29               2720 - St, Louis, MO w/ Alex B

October 31               George's Majestic - Fayetteville, AR

November 2             Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS w/ Ana Sia

November 3             Exit  / In - Nashville, TN w/ Ana Sia

November 4             New Earth - Athens, GA w/ Ana Sia

For more information please visit www.biggigantic.net and www.1320records.com.

Conceived in 2008, Big Gigantic found their niche and created a name for themselves in the electronic music scene by combining vibrant jazz melodies over pulsating dance beats to deliver an innovative, distinct sound that's all their own.  Big Gigantic made a profound impact on the scene as they began playing modest gigs around their home state of Colorado, almost instantaneously started to headline shows in clubs around the country and also, made a splash at major festivals, including Lightning in a Bottle, Wakarusa, ROTHBURY, and more. Consistent touring has given the band a chance to hone their musicianship as well as diversify and perfect their live performance. Big Gigantic showcases an amplified array of compositions that combine elements of a DJ and live band, leaving fans from coast to coast anticipating more.

Big Gigantic to Release New Album Sept. 1

STS9's boutique record label, 1320 Records, proudly presents A Place Behind the Moon, the new full-length studio release from BIG GIGANTIC (September 1, 2010 / 1320 Records).

A Place Behind The Moon explores a unique mixture of electronic and acoustic styles, clearly defining the vision that brainchild and saxophonist/producer, Dominic Lalli, and drummer, Jeremy Salken both conceived and mastered. This sophomore effort is the strongest statement to date by Big Gigantic and it effortlessly combines saxophone and syncopated drum rhythms with intoxicating, intertwining electronic undertones, truly bringing a unique sound to the evolving, electronic genre.  A Place Behind The Moon demonstrates how Big Gigantic successfully delves deep into the future of electronic music, while staying in touch with their own musical roots, to ultimately create a history all their own.

A Place Behing the Moon will be available for free download September 1st on www.1320records.com.  In addition, APBTM will also be available for purchase on iTunes, with purchased copies including higher quality mp3's, as well as a bonus track featuring a first-time studio collaboration with STS9.

Get a sneak peak of the single, Limelight, in this video http://vimeo.com/14011782.

A Place Behind the Moon Tracklist:
1. Looking Back

2. Sky High

3. Lucid Dreams

4. Limelight

5. Solitude

6. Step Up

7. Driftin

8. High And Rising

9. Shine

10. Cloud Nine

11. Breaking Point

***
12. A Place Behind The Moon (bonus track feat. STS9)

After spending recent months in the studio sharpening the sounds of APBTM, the two-man sound machine of Big Gigantic continue to magnify their reach and reputation with a future that shows no signs of slowing down as they hit the road this Fall for dates with STS9, Alex B, and Ana Sia, including headlining shows from the Mid-West to the South.

Big Gigantic Upcoming Tour Dates:
August 12                Irving Plaza - New York, NY w/ members of STS9

August 13                Higher Ground - Burlington, VT

August 14                Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA w/ members of STS9

August 19                Camp Barefoot - Bartow, WV

August 20                The Vibe - Chicago, IL w/ members of STS9

August 21                The Aragon - Chicago, IL

August 27                Riverjam Festival - Fort Smith, AR

August 28                Verizon Amphitheater - Alpharetta, GA w/ STS9, Big Boi, Disco Biscuits

September 1            Zydeco - Birmingham, AL

September 2            Bourbon Street - Auburn, AL

September 3            Live Wire Music Hall - Savannah, GA

September 4            Big & Hearty Festival - Gainesville, FL

September 11          Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, CO w/ STS9, Ghostland Observatory

September 15          Miramar Theatre - Milwaukee, WI

September 16          The Majestic - Madison, WI

September 17          The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN

September 18          The Venue - Fargo, ND

September 23          Cosmic Charlie's - Lexington, KY

September 24          Tall Tree Lake Festival - Goreville, IL

September 25          Zanzabar - Louisville, KY

October 19               Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL w/ Alex B

October 20               Varsity Theater - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Alex B

October 21               Trees - Dallas, TX w/ Alex B

October 22               The Parish - Austin, TX w/ Alex B

October 23               Last Concert Cafe - Houston, TX w/ Alex B

October 27               Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE w/ Alex B

October 28               Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS w/ Alex B

October 29               2720 - St, Louis, MO w/ Alex B

October 31               George's Majestic - Fayetteville, AR

November 2             Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS w/ Ana Sia

November 3             Exit  / In - Nashville, TN w/ Ana Sia

November 4             New Earth - Athens, GA w/ Ana Sia

For more information please visit www.biggigantic.net and www.1320records.com.

Conceived in 2008, Big Gigantic found their niche and created a name for themselves in the electronic music scene by combining vibrant jazz melodies over pulsating dance beats to deliver an innovative, distinct sound that's all their own.  Big Gigantic made a profound impact on the scene as they began playing modest gigs around their home state of Colorado, almost instantaneously started to headline shows in clubs around the country and also, made a splash at major festivals, including Lightning in a Bottle, Wakarusa, ROTHBURY, and more. Consistent touring has given the band a chance to hone their musicianship as well as diversify and perfect their live performance. Big Gigantic showcases an amplified array of compositions that combine elements of a DJ and live band, leaving fans from coast to coast anticipating more.

Big Head Todd and The Monsters' new album, Rocksteady, hits streets today

Big Head Todd and The Monsters release their brand new studio album, Rocksteady, today (July 20, 2010/Big Records). As the Denver Post reported in a recent feature story, Rocksteady finds the platinum selling artists “centered and rejuvenated” and moving the BHTM legacy forward. The album’s first single, the infectious “Beautiful” has already reached the Top 20 on Triple A radio charts, and it’s still climbing. Check out a video teaser here.

In support of Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters hit the road for a sprawling summer tour, including a recent big play at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Midnight Radio by performing the album in its entirety, and a headlining performance at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival.

For Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters’ eighth studio album, the band draws on a surprising body of influences. The album cuts across a broad swath of stylistic terrain including R&B, reggae and even punk rock. Throughout, the collection’s 11 tracks are funky, lilting, and melodic - all the qualities that have become signature to the band's sound during their 25 years of making music.

“It’s a soul/Caribbean record that rocks,” frontman Todd Park Mohr says. “We almost went out of our way to take all the rock out of it, but it really rocks. It’s the very first album we’ve ever done that’s cohesive. It makes a difference, in terms of this album standing out from our other albums.”

Look for Big Head Todd and The Monsters on tour this summer in support of Rocksteady. Complete list of tourdates is as follows:

Thursday, July 22 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
Friday, July 23 Moore Theatre Seattle WA
Saturday, July 24 Pavilion Park Liberty Lake WA
Sunday, July 25 Spud Drive In Driggs ID
Wednesday, July 28 WOW Hall Eugene OR
Thursday, July 29 The Fillmore San Francisco CA
Friday, July 30 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA
Saturday, July 31 Red Rock Resort North Las Vegas NV
Friday, August 6 Wisconsin Valley Fair Wausau WI
Saturday, August 7 Ravinia Festival Highland Park IL
Thursday, August 19 The Vogue Indianapolis IN
Friday, August 20 Preservation Plaza Arnolds Park IA
Saturday, August 21 Fall Park Festival Grounds Sioux Falls SD
Thursday, August 26 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul MN
Friday, August 27 Crossroads Kansas City MO
Saturday, August 28 Southern Brewers Festival Chattanooga TN

STS9 Release AXE THE CABLES Today on 1320 Records

In December of 2009, STS9 sat down in Denver, Colorado in one of America's most pristine modern opera houses to create "Axe The Cables... An Evening of STS9." What this night encompasses is one of the most flawless evenings of STS9 music in the band's decade plus history.  The entire show was played, for the most part, sans all "electric" gear including the common stage instrumentation of laptops and samplers that fans have grown accustomed to as the band's sound has evolved. To say the event was a hit is an understatement.  It was a night legends are made of...so much so that the band has decided to re-mix and re-master this into one massive release on their ever-exploding indie record label, 1320 Records.

Axe the Cables is available now exclusively through 1320 Records and iTunes. 

Check out STS9's Axe The Cables Ecard HERE

STS9 is on tour in the coming months, performing select intimate acoustic Axe The Cables shows in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, as well as plenty of the electronic heavy-hitting events the band is known and loved for, culminating with their annual, 2 night musical takeover of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.   STS9 has signed on a massive slew of supporting acts across the entire tour including Thievery Corporation, Big Gigantic, The Disco Biscuits, The Album Leaf, Lotus, Ghostland Observatory, Bassnectar, Alex B, John Hughes, RJD2, and many more to still to come.

Tour Dates:


August 15 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD - w/ RJD2 & The Album Leaf

August 17 Higher Ground Burlington VT - An Evening with STS9

August 18 Saranac Brewery Utica NY - An Evening with STS9

August 20 House of Blues Chicago IL - An Evening with STS9

August 21 Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL - w/ Big Gigantic & More

August 22 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago IL - "Axe The Cables"

August 25 Raleigh Amphitheatre Raleigh NC - w/ special guests TBA

August 26 Blackwater Music Festival Live Oak FL - w/ Spearhead, Slightly Stoopid & More

August 27 Tabernacle Atlanta GA - featuring both "Axe The Cables" and STS9 Electric

August 28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Atlanta GA w/ The Disco Biscuits, Big Gigantic & More

September 1 Sloss Furnaces Birmingham AL - w/ Toubab Krewe

September 2 Arkansas Music Pavilion Fayetteville AR - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 3 River Parks Amphitheatre Tulsa OK - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 4 Anchor Inn Music Center Omaha NE - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 5 Crossroads Pavilion Kansas City MO - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 9 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO - An Evening With STS9                                     

September 10 Red Rocks Morrison CO - w/ Thievery Corporation, Alex B & John Hughes         

September 11 Red Rocks Morrison CO - w/ Ghostland Observatory, Big Gigantic & John Hughes

All STS9 shows are on-sale now.  For more information please visit www.sts9.com

Big Head Todd and The Monsters announce New Album and Summer Tour

Big Head Todd and The Monsters release their brand new studio album, Rocksteady, on July 20 on Big Records. In support of Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters hit the road for a sprawling summer tour, including a recent big play at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Midnight Radio by performing the album in its entirety.

For Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters’ eighth studio album, the band draws on a surprising body of influences. The album cuts across a broad swath of stylistic terrain including R&B, reggae and even punk rock. Throughout, the collection’s 11 tracks are funky, lilting, and melodic - all the qualities that have become signature to the band's sound during their 25 years of making music.

“It’s a soul/Caribbean record that rocks,” frontman Todd Park Mohr says. “We almost went out of our way to take all the rock out of it, but it really rocks. It’s the very first album we’ve ever done that’s cohesive. It makes a difference, in terms of this album standing out from our other albums.”

Look for Big Head Todd and The Monsters on tour this summer in support of Rocksteady.

Complete list of tour dates is as follows:

Friday, June 11 Higher Ground South Burlington VT
Saturday, June 12 Port City Music Hall Portland ME
Friday, July 9 - Saturday, July 10 Belly Up Aspen Aspen CO
Friday, July 16 XPoNential Music Festival Camden NJ
Thursday, July 22 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
Friday, July 23 Moore Theatre Seattle WA
Saturday, July 24 Pavilion Park Liberty Lake WA
Sunday, July 25 Spud Drive In Driggs ID
Thursday, July 29 The Fillmore San Francisco CA
Friday, July 30 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA
Saturday, July 31 Red Rock Resort North Las Vegas NV
Friday, August 6 Wisconsin Valley Fair Wausau WI
Saturday, August 7 Ravinia Festival Highland Park IL
Friday, August 20 Preservation Plaza Arnolds Park IA
Saturday, August 21 Fall Park Festival Grounds Sioux Falls SD
Thursday, August 26 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul MN
Friday, August 27 Crossroads Kansas City MO
Saturday, August 28 Southern Brewers Festival Chattanooga TN
Saturday, April 16 Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center St. Cloud MN

SALUTE TO JAMES MOODY AT ZANKEL HALL

Carnegie Hall today announced that trumpeter Jon Faddis and saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath will join the all-star celebration honoring the life and music of one of jazz music’s living legends, James Moody, on Wednesday, June 23 at 8:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. Heath and Faddis will step in for Moody, the revered saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master, who must regrettably withdraw from this performance as his doctors have advised him against traveling while he continues to recuperate from gallbladder surgery. The performance, originally scheduled for April 7 in celebration of Moody’s 85th birthday, is now titled A Salute to James Moody and will feature Heath and Faddis along with previously announced guest artists, including pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Todd Coolman, and drummer Adam Nussbaum, as well as special guests: trumpeter Randy Brecker, clarinetist and NEA Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera, and vocalist Roberta Gambarini.

The June 23 performance is presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment and CareFusion Jazz Festival New York and is one of five CareFusion Jazz Festival events taking place at Carnegie Hall in June. Tickets for the originally scheduled April 7 performance will be honored at the performance on June 23. For details, ticketholders can call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

Jon Faddis is a consummate musician—conductor, composer, and educator. Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor Dizzy Gillespie, who declared, “He's the best ever, including me!” As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range, and with full command of his instrument, he makes the practically impossible seem effortless. After working in Lionel Hampton's band, Faddis joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra at the Village Vanguard, formed his own quartet, and soon began directing orchestras, including the Grammy-winning United Nation Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie 70th Birthday Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, the Carnegie Hall Centennial Big Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York (2003–present). In addition, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble named Faddis as its Artistic Director in 2004. He continues to conduct both the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York, and regularly leads master classes and clinics across the world. Faddis serves as Professor and Director of Jazz Performance at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College-SUNY and is a guest lecturer at Columbia College Chicago.

Jimmy Heath, the middle of the legendary Heath Brothers, has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist, composer, and arranger. He has performed with nearly all of the jazz greats of the last 50 years, from Howard McGhee and Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis. One of Heath’s earliest big bands included John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Specs Wright, Johnny Coles, Ray Bryant, and Nelson Boyd. During his career, Jimmy Heath has performed on more than 100 record albums including seven with The Heath Brothers and 12 as a leader. He has written over 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other notable artists including James Moody, Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dexter Gordon. For 11 years, Heath served as Professor of Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He maintains an extensive performance schedule and continues to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada.

Program Information
Wednesday, June 23 at 8:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall
A SALUTE TO JAMES MOODY (formerly titled “JAMES MOODY'S 85TH BIRTHDAY PARTY”)
Randy Brecker, Trumpet
Paquito D'Rivera, Clarinet
Jon Faddis, Trumpet
Roberta Gambarini, Vocals
Jimmy Heath, Saxophone
with
Renee Rosnes, Piano
Todd Coolman, Bass
Adam Nussbaum, Drums

Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment, LLC and CareFusion Jazz Festival New York.

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

Ticket Information
There are a limited number of single tickets remaining, starting at $36, available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street. Tickets may also be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or online by visiting carnegiehall.org.

STS9 Make Album, Build House, Premiere Film Plan Massive Tour

In December of 2009, STS9 sat down in Denver, Colorado in one of America's most pristine modern opera houses to create "Axe The Cables... An Evening of STS9." What this night encompasses is one of the most flawless evenings of STS9 music in the band's decade plus history.  The entire show was played, for the most part, sans all "electric" gear including the common stage instrumentation of laptops and samplers that fans have grown accustomed to as the band's sound has evolved. To say the event was a hit is an understatement.  It was a night legends are made of...so much so that the band has decided to re-mix and re-master this into one massive release on their ever-exploding indie record label, 1320 Records.

Axe the Cables will be available June 29th exclusively through 1320 Records and iTunes.  Plans are also in the works to release correlating HD video of much of the show via iClips.net

STS9 is on tour in the coming months, performing select intimate acoustic Axe The Cables shows in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, as well as plenty of the electronic heavy-hitting events the band is known and loved for, culminating with their annual, 2 night musical takeover of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.   STS9 has signed on a massive slew of supporting acts across the entire tour including Thievery Corporation, Big Gigantic, The Disco Biscuits, The Album Leaf, Lotus, Ghostland Observatory, Bassnectar, Alex B, John Hughes, RJD2, and many more to still to come.

Sound Tribe Sector Nine Tour Dates:

August 11 Blender Theater @ Gramercy New York NY - "Axe The Cables"

August 12 Roseland Ballroom New York NY - w/ Lotus, The Album Leaf & John Hughes

August 13 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA - w/ Lotus, The Album Leaf & John Hughes

August 14 Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA - w/ Lotus, The Album Leaf & John Hughes

August 15 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD - w/ RJD2 & The Album Leaf

August 17 Higher Ground Burlington VT - An Evening with STS9

August 18 Saranac Brewery Utica NY - An Evening with STS9

August 20 House of Blues Chicago IL - An Evening with STS9

August 21 Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL - w/ Big Gigantic & More

August 22 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago IL - "Axe The Cables"

August 25 Raleigh Amphitheatre Raleigh NC - w/ special guests TBA

August 26 Blackwater Music Festival Live Oak FL - w/ Spearhead, Slightly Stoopid & More

August 27 Tabernacle Atlanta GA - featuring both "Axe The Cables" and STS9 Electric

August 28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Atlanta GA w/ The Disco Biscuits, Big Gigantic & More

September 1 Sloss Furnaces Birmingham AL - w/ special guests TBA

September 2 Arkansas Music Pavilion Fayetteville AR - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 3 River Parks Amphitheatre Tulsa OK - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 4 Anchor Inn Music Center Omaha NE - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 5 Crossroads Pavilion Kansas City MO - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 9 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO - An Evening With STS9                                      

September 10 Red Rocks Morrison CO - w/ Thievery Corporation, Alex B & John Hughes         

September 11 Red Rocks Morrison CO - w/ Ghostland Observatory, Big Gigantic & John Hughes