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U-Melt Announces New Year's Eve and Reveals Halloween

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Perennial musical powerhouse U-Melt, together with Phanphest Entertainment, have officially announced their New Year's Eve 2008 Celebration, taking place this year at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Joining a long list of epic U-Melt New Year's Eve performances, this year's party will feature two long sets from the NYC based quartet and over seven hours of live music. With special guests BuzzUniverse, Lemon Juice and Keith Kenny, the music will be cranking starting at 8:00PM. Following U-Melt's extended double set will be Long Island favorites, The Point, closing the night out with a late night set.

Tickets for the all ages New Year's Eve show are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, if tickets remain. As an added bonus for the first 200 fans that pre-order tickets, U-Melt is offering a special commemorative poster for the show. Available through InTicketing.com, the environmentally friendly online ticketing company plants a tree for every ticket purchased through them. Phanphest Entertainment has also arranged for a special $99 hotel room rate for the night at the Berkely Carteret. Conveniently located in walking distance from The Stone Pony, the four people rooms are currently available under the "Stone Pony/Phanphest NYE Rate."

In addition to the New Year's Eve celebration, U-Melt has also announced their second annual Halloween Extravaganza. Capitalizing off of last year's widely successful, yet slightly risque "Gangsters and Gag Balls" theme when the band played a Pulp Fiction themed show peppered with songs from the soundtrack and video clips from the movie, U-Melt encourages fans this year to dress as their favorite 1970's rock star (or groupie). Taking place at the brand new Wescott Theater in Syracuse, New York, the high octane show promises to be full of surprises living up to the U-Melt moniker. Tickets for the 18 and over show are $10 in advance and $14 the day of the show. Doors open at 8:00PM with Jeff Bujak kicking off the party at 9:00PM.

U-Melt hopes you can join the group as they wind down their 2008 run and get ready for gigantic steps in 2009!

SHOW DATES:

U-Melt's 2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza (with special guest Jeff Bujak):
Friday, 10/31/08
The Westcott Theater
524 Westcott St.
Syracuse, NY
(315)299-8886
Ages: 18+
Tickets: $10/$14
Doors: 8:00pm
Show Time: 9:00pm
To purchase advanced tickets, click here

New Year's Eve 2008 Celebration
Wednesday, 12/31/08
The Stone Pony
913 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 502-0600
Ages: All Ages!
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 day of show
Doors: 8:00pm
Show Time: 8:00pm
U-Melt headlines and plays 2 long sets.
Support: BuzzUniverse, Lemon Juice and a late night set from The Point
*First 200 advanced ticket purchasers will receive a free poster commemorating the night*
To purchase advanced tickets through InTicketing, please click here.

STS9 Announces Fall Tour & Annual Atlanta New Year's Plan

STS9 @ Rothbury - photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

This fall, STS9 hits premier indoor theatres coast to coast from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., and points in between.  The 22 night tour wraps up a huge year for the electronic buzz band, who released their acclaimed studio release, Peaceblaster, in July of this year.  Also just announced, the band will officially bid farewell to 2008 at their annual four-night New Year's Eve run at The Tabernacle in Atlanta.

Peaceblaster, released on the band's self-owned record label 1320 Records, proved STS9's rise has only just begun; the album reached #10 on Billboard's Electronic Chart, #27 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart, #2 on iTUNES Electronic Chart, and #63 on CMJ's Top 200.  Remix Magazine reviewed "STS9's new CD, Peaceblaster might take fans by surprise...the music is a lot darker, punchier, beefier and more cinematic."

STS9's fall tour and New Years celebration dates include:

October 22 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA w/ Alex Botwin of Pnuma Trio (DJ Set)
October 23 House of Blues Anaheim CA w/ Pnuma Trio
October 24 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ w/ Pnuma Trio
October 25 The Joint @ Hard Rock Las Vegas NV w/ Pnuma Trio
October 26 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ w/ Pnuma Trio
October 29 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK w/ Pnuma Trio
October 30 Warehouse Live Houston TX w/ Pnuma Trio
October 31 Stubb's Austin TX w/ Pnuma Trio
November 1 House of Blues Dallas TX w/ Count Bass D
November 2 House of Blues New Orleans LA w/ Count Bass D
November 5 Lyric Theatre Oxford MS w/ Count Bass D
November 6 War Memorial Nashville TN w/ Count Bass D
November 7 Alabama Theatre Birmingham AL w/ Count Bass D
November 8 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville TN w/ Count Bass D
November 9 Headliner's Music Hall Louisville KY w/ Count Bass D
November 12 Charleston Music Hall Charleston SC w/ Count Bass D
November 13 Amos' Southend Charlotte NC w/ Count Bass D
November 14 The NorVa Norfolk VA w/ Eliot Lipp
November 15 9:30 Club Washington DC w/ Eliot Lipp
November 16 9:30 Club Washington DC w/ Eliot Lipp
November 19 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA w/ Eliot Lipp
November 20 House of Blues Cleveland OH w/ Eliot Lipp
November 21 The Rave Milwaukee WI w/ Eliot Lipp
November 22 First Avenue Minneapolis MN w/ Eliot Lipp
December 28 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 29 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 30 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 31 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA

Toubab Krewe 4 Night New Year's Run

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe will celebrate New Year's Eve '07 with four special performances: December 27 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, December 28 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, and December 30-31 at the Orange Peel in their hometown of Asheville, NC.

The run closes out an amazing year for the band, which has been credited with "setting a new standard for fusions of of rock 'n' roll and West African music" (Afropop Worlwide). They kicked off 2007 in Essakane, Mali, where they played the legendary Festival of the Desert, known as the most remote festival in the world. Extensive tours of the U.S. followed, with the band playing over 100 shows, including sets at premiere festivals such as Langerado, SxSW, Wakarusa, High Sierra, 10,000 Lakes,  Echo Project, Wall to Wall Guitar, and the Voodoo Music Experience. Along the way they played with luminaries such as John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Mike Gordon
(Phish), Lamine Soumano and Tinariwen.

The band is currently working on their sophomore album with Grammy winning producer Steven Heller, which is slated for release in March 2008. They launch into the new year with performances at Jamcruise, setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Roatan, Hunduras and Cozumel, Mexico on January 4. A national winter tour will follow, with dates TBA.

New Year's tour dates:

12.27 | New York, NY |  Bowery Ballroom (co-bill with Golem)
12.31 | Philadelphia, PA | World Cafe Live (co-bill with Golem)

12.31 | Asheville, NC | Orange Peel w/ special guests The Lee Boys
12.31 | Asheville, NC | Orange Peel w/ special guests Snake Oil Medicine Show

Railroad Earth Announces New Year's Eve 2005 Run

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New Jersey-based national touring act Railroad Earth has announced it will play a three-night run of shows in late December leading up to New Year's Eve.  The shows in Northern Virginia and Pennsylvania will follow a series of concerts with Honkytonk Homeslice (Billy Nershi, String Cheese Incident) and come weeks before the release of the band's first live album, due out on SCI Fidelity Records in January 2006.

 

Railroad Earth's New Year's Eve run includes a stop at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA on Dec. 29 and a two-night stand at the Theatre of the Living Arts (TLA) in Philadelphia on Dec. 30-31. This holiday mini-tour is a first for the sextet.  In the past, the band has rung in the New Year with a performance near its headquarters in New Jersey, and the band's management is pleased with the schedule of performances. "The band thoroughly enjoys performing at both the State Theatre and the TLA," said management.  "We couldn't be happier about returning to these venues for another successful run of shows."

 

For more information on these and other shows, and to order tickets, visit www.railroadearth.com.

 

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Founded in 2001, Railroad Earth performs a progressive mix of bluegrass, folk, roots music and rock.  Fronted by lead singer and songwriter Todd Sheaffer, (From Good Homes), Railroad Earth features the musical talents of Tim Carbone, Andy Goessling, Johnny Grubb, Carey Harmon and John Skehan.  The band most recent studio album, "The Good Life," was released on Sugar Hill records in June 2004.

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Happy New Year from Africa! -by Pamela

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Hi Everyone! Hope your holidays were warm and wonderful!  Mine were fantastic, I spent them with other volunteers in the area.  We cooked up a couple of huge feasts and made memories to last a lifetime!  If I hadn't had gotten together with other volunteers, it might not have felt like the holidays at all.  Christmas here is very subdued, because most Tanzanians don't have any money to spend on things like gifts or decorations.  In the village, the Tanzanians I know spent Christmas by going to church and spending time with their families, which is what Christmas is all about anyway.  For New Year's, the other volunteers and I had a big party at my friend Carolyn's house, who is my nearest PCV (Peace Corps Volunteer) neighbor.  There were 19 PCVs and several members of her village government and their families who showed up.  It was great to have the villagers there!  They are used to big parties, because they have them all th e time.  However, their drinks of choice are ulanzi (fermented bamboo sap) and pombe (a brew cooked up from corn and millet).  I find ulanzi to be quite tasty, like a Bartles and James wine cooler, but pombe I find to be terribly repulsive!  At our PCV gatherings, we stick to the traditional wine and beer.

Now it's back to the business of settling into my new home.  For our first three months of service, we are not expected to do anything except set up our houses and get to know the people and needs of our villages.  I have already become good friends with several of my female neighbors, the mamas, who are either teachers or wives of teachers at the school.  It is not acceptable here to be friends with someone of the opposite sex, but all the mamas bond together and support each other.  They have been very supportive of me so far by sending their kids over with cuttings of flowers for my front yard, helping me haul water from the well 150 yds from my house (with buckets on our heads!), and giving me fresh harvested beans and potatoes from their farms.  I have tried to return their favors by baking them cakes and breads and sharing vegetable seeds.

One of the biggest tasks I have accomplished so far, with the help of Doris, a neighbor girl, is digging up a large area for a garden.  The area was previously sod, and it was a tremendous amount of work overturning the soil and removing all the grass!  Doris (who is only 16 and half the size of me) could swing the jembe, a large hoe, up over her head and get it twice as far down into the ground as I could!  Of course, she's been doing this her whole life.  A common sight around my village now is all the women and children out working in their fields, swinging jembes.  The women will often do this all day long, sometimes with babies slung over their backs!   Most fields are planted to corn, beans, potatoes, and pumpkins or other squash, and these are usually intercropped together.  It is a goal of mine to encourage growing other vegetables as well, like tomatoes, carrots, mchicha (a local green), onions, etc.  I have been told however, that it may be too cold here to grow certain things like watermelon, peanuts, and maybe even tomatoes and green peppers!

My village is at elevation 6,000 ft, and every night I sleep with 2 heavy blankets. Some mornings I can see my breath!  It's hard to believe this is the warmest time of year, and hard to believe I am in Africa!  Never did I imagine I would be writing home asking my folks to send a hat, gloves, and long johns!  I will certainly need them come June and July.  Oh but I'm not complaining!  I would be complaining if I was one of the other volunteers who live down in the lowlands or along the coast.  They say they do nothing every afternoon except sit nearly naked in front of a fan and try not to sweat.  No thanks!  I'd rather be curled up under a blanket any day. 

Adjusting to a life of solitude has been somewhat challenging, but I'm sure times will easier once my Swahili improves and I become busy with projects.  For now, I have been spending my time reading, writing letters, sewing, learning how to cook and bake on a charcoal stove, doing yoga, meeting people in the village, working in the garden, and getting out to explore the INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL surroundings on my mountain bike!  It is a very peaceful life, going to bed and rising with the sun, and having no distractions except ones I create myself.

Well, except for the distractions of rats and bugs!  Hopefully soon I will have a cat to take care of the rats, and as for the bugs, I'll have to learn to tolerate them.  Most don't bother me though, and there are some really cool ones here!  Butterflies and moths of all colors, shapes, and sizes, and strange looking beetles, grasshoppers, and dragonflies.  There are some really neat birds as well.  With all the trees near my house, I have several birds that serenade me in the mornings and evenings!  I have been able to identify a few of them with the help of an ID book my friend Lori gave me before I left.  (Thanks Lori!).