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EUFÓRQUESTRA ON TOUR IN NORTHWEST

Eufórquestra (pronounced: yoo-FOHR-keh-struh) will bring their High Intensity Global Dance Music out west from Colorado for a string of debut shows in the Northwest from August 9-14, 2011.

Eufórquestra is a seven-member unit that relocated to Fort Collins, CO in Summer 2008 after spending five years in Iowa City, IA. The band’s own brand of High Intensity Global Dance Music is a percussion and horn driven blend of modern music that fuses afrobeat, reggae, dub, funk, rock, soca and highlife with traditional sounds from Cuba, Brazil, West Africa and beyond. This is cutting edge music that ignites dance floors across the country with a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss” (Chris M. Slawecki; www.allaboutjazz.com).

Download their latest album “Soup” FREE at www.euforquestra.com.

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NORTHWEST TOUR DATES

Tuesday, August 9 & Wednesday, August 10

Bluegrass Ball

Horizon Resort Casino :: Tammarack Ballroom

Stateline, NV

(Phish after party featuring Travelin’ McCourys, Emmitt-Nershi Band, DJ Logic, Dead Winter Carpenters, Euforquestra and more)

Thursday, August 11

McMennemins’ Old St. Francis School

Bend, OR

Friday, August 12

WOW Hall

Eugene, OR*

* Special performance featuring one full set of live Talking Heads music

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

The Triple Door Musicquarium

Seattle, WA

SUNDAY, August 14

The Goodfoot Lounge

Portland, OR

Tell President Obama to increase fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks

Every day our cars and trucks guzzle an eye-popping 378 million gallons of gasoline, spewing millions of tons of global warming pollution into the air. This accounts for about 40 percent of U.S. oil consumption, with freight trucks adding another 14 percent.

Saving oil in transportation is crucial for reducing our perilous foreign energy dependence and addressing the climate challenge. Improving vehicle technology also would keep our domestic auto industry competitive in a world where fuel efficiency has become a significant advantage in the global marketplace.

Tell the EPA to protect us from global warming

At long last, the Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of recognizing that global warming pollution leads to killer heat waves, stronger hurricanes, higher smog levels and many other threats to our health and environment. In April, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson proposed an "endangerment determination" under the Clean Air Act -- a finding that carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping air pollutants "may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare."

Then in May, flanked by automakers, governors and environmentalists, President Obama ordered the EPA to follow up the endangerment proposal with standards to reduce global warming pollution from new cars and trucks -- standards that would save consumers billions of dollars at the pump even as they protect the planet. We can cut global warming pollution from our vehicles, as well as from our power plants and other sources, by using renewable and cleaner energy sources and by using energy more efficiently.

But powerful groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are trying to thwart the EPA's efforts to finalize the proposal and adopt standards to cut vehicle pollution. If these industry interests succeed, we will lose this valuable opportunity to help our economy recover, create millions of green jobs, save consumers billions of dollars and cut our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.

The EPA is accepting public comments on its proposal through June 23rd.

What to do:
 
Send a message, before the June 23rd comment deadline, urging EPA Administrator Jackson to adopt the proposed endangerment finding and issue strong standards for reducing global warming pollution.

Global Warming, Has Congress Flunked Out?

Global Warming 101
I'm not going back to school this fall, but maybe Congress should.

The problem of global warming is a no-brainer. Human activities on Earth are causing the planet to warm up - and that's bad news for everyone.

So why do our leaders seem to be failing Global Warming 101? This is no time to be sitting in the corner with a dunce cap on!

It's time for us to do a little tutoring, and teach Congress how to improve its grade. Global warming is the most important subject they face, and if they fail, we all lose.

So I've got a little homework assignment for YOU. Dust off your keyboard and remove those cobwebs from your dictionary. Let's keep global warming front and center. Congress needs to understand that, "We, the People" want strong leadership and solutions.

Take Action - Write a Letter to the Editor

Write a letter-to-the-editor in your local paper to help spread the word. Get your name in print while helping to save the planet. It's a win-win situation. Our letter-to-the-editor tool is easy to use. You'll be able to pick local papers and choose talking points from a drag and drop menu.

When it comes to stopping global warming - we can't afford to miss the bus - it's too important.

For the planet,

Samantha Rodgers
Global Warming Campaigner


Save the Dugongs
What do you do when you have only 12 individuals of an endangered species left in a country? Well, according to the U.S. military, you destroy their last remaining habitat and ensure their demise. That's what the U.S. Marines are proposing to do in Japan, home to a cousin of the manatee called the dugong. The military is planning to pave over a coral reef on Okinawa Island to build an airplane landing strip and expand its airbase.

Take Action! Tell Japan to say NO to the marines, because airplanes don't belong in coral reefs.

Time is running out for the dugong and thousands of other creatures, including three species of threatened sea turtles, who call the reef and the adjacent seagrass bed home. But it's not too late.

Right now, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the airbase site is open for public comment. It's crucial that you tell the Japanese government to put a stop to the plan for airbase expansion in Okinawa. And please, be sure to tell your friends to write too.

The local people of Okinawa have protested these plans successfully for years, but now they need your support too. Please, help save the dugong!

Your friend,

John Hocevar
Oceans Campaigner


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Hot Seat Success!

We'd like to send a BIG thanks to everyone who came out and participated in Hot Seat Congressional delivery events last month. Your help made this event a smashing success. There were 370 events in 80% of U.S. Congressional districts. As one activist put it, "I walked away feeling really good about the situation and happy to have been able to help voice the importance of this issue." See other activist events by checking out our photo gallery.

E-cards and Wallpaper

Haven't been to the Greenpeace website in a while? Well, you've been missing out on some great new action e-cards and wallpaper like the dugong one above.

Global Drum Project Featuring Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussain

Mickey Hart- for the Grateful Web

The Global Drum Project Tour brings Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo together again in a reunion sparked by the 15th anniversary of the ground-breaking album Planet Drum. Released in 1991, it went on to earn the first-ever Grammy Award in the World Music category. The tour is the groups first in almost a decade. It also marks the resumption of an artistic relationship – between Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain – that goes back to the late 1960s.  The Global Drum Project will be playing the Boulder Theater on September 23rd, 2007 (more Global Drum Project dates below).

Mickey Hart is best known for his nearly three decades as an integral part of an extraordinary expedition into the soul and spirit of music, disguised as the rock and roll band the Grateful Dead. As half of the percussion tandem known as the Rhythm Devils, Mickey and Bill Kreutzmann transcended the conventions of rock drumming. Their extended polyrhythmic excursions were highlights of Grateful Dead shows, introducing the band's audience to an ever-growing arsenal of percussion instruments from around the world. Exposure to these exotic sounds fueled Mickey's desire to learn about the various cultures that produced them.

His tireless study of the world's music led Mickey to many great teachers and collaborators, including his partners in Planet Drum. Planet Drum's self-titled album not only hit #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart, remaining there for 26 weeks, it also received the Grammy for Best World Music Album in 1991 - the first Grammy ever awarded in this category. Planet Drum is one of twenty-nine recordings released on Mickey's the WORLD series on Rykodisc. The WORLD offers a wide variety of music from virtually every corner of the globe with releases like Voices of the Rainforest from Papua New Guinea and Living Art, Sounding Spirit: The Bali Sessions. In 2002, Mickey established The Endangered Music Fund to return royalty payments from many of these recordings to the indigenous people that produced them, and to further the preservation of sounds and music from around the globe.

Mickey's experiences have paved the way for unique opportunities beyond the music industry. He composed a major drum production performed by an assembly of 100 percussionists for the opening ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Additionally, Mickey has composed scores, soundtracks and themes for movies and television including Apocalypse Now, Gang Related, Hearts of Darkness, The Twilight Zone, the 1987 score to The America's Cup: The Walter Cronkite Report, Vietnam: A Television History, and The Next Step. In 1994 Mickey was inducted with The Grateful Dead into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Mickey has written four books documenting his lifelong fascination with the history and mythology of music. These include Drumming at the Edge of Magic, Planet Drum, Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music, and Songcatchers: In Search of the World's Music.

Long a social activist, Mickey appeared in August, 1991 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging, speaking on the healing value of drumming and rhythm on afflictions associated with aging. Since joining the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function at Beth Abraham Hospital in 2000, Mickey is continuing his investigation into the connection between healing and rhythm, and the neural bases of rhythm.

In 1999, Mickey was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress where he heads the sub-committee on the digitization and preservation of the Center's vast collections. In October of 2000, the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center conferred an honorary doctorate of humane letters upon Mickey for his work in advancing the preservation of aural archives.

Zakir has worked with many western and Indian artists, and has produced many works for fusion, perhaps most notably with The Beatles. In 1971 he recorded with an American psychedelic band called Shanti. He has also worked with John McLaughlin in Shakti in 1975, with L. Shankar in the Diga Rhythm Band, and with Mickey Hart on his Rolling Thunder album (on which he and his father played a tabla duet). Although Shakti was disbanded a few years later, it reunited under the name Remember Shakti. Zakir was touring by the age of twelve. He did his schooling in St. Michael's High School in Mahim. He completed his graduation from St Xaviers, Mumbai. Zakir went to the United States in 1970, embarking on an international career which includes no fewer than 150 concert dates a year.

In 1987, his first solo release, Making Music, was acclaimed as "one of the most inspired East-West fusion albums ever recorded." In 1988, he became the youngest percussionist to ever be awarded the title of Padma Shri. In 1990, he was awarded the Indo-American Award in recognition for his cultural contribution to relations between the United States and India. In April, 1991, he was presented with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by the President of India, making him one of the youngest musicians to receive this recognition from India's governing cultural institute.

In 1992, Planet Drum, an album co-created and produced by Zakir and Mickey Hart, was awarded a Grammy for Best World Music Album, the Downbeat Critics Poll for Best World Beat Album, and the NARM Indie Best Seller Award for World Music Recording. Planet Drum, with Zakir as music director, toured nationally in 1996 and 1997. Zakir also continues to tour with the musicians from Shakti — John McLaughlin, Shankar and T.H. Vinayakram — in different collaborations and ensembles as well as leading various percussion ensembles of his own design. In Summer'99, Shakti re-grouped for an international tour.

In 1992, Zakir founded live concert performances by masters of the classical music of India. The label presents Zakir's own world percussion ensemble, The Rhythm Experience, both North and South Indian classical recordings, Best of Shakti, and a Masters of Percussion series. He has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, Aashish Khan, Vasant Rai, Imrat Khan, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Charles Lloyd, the Hong Kong Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony.

Text:  Wikipedia

Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, Skiru Adepoju Dates:

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Sep 20, 2007 Centennial Hall - Tucson AZ
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Sep 21, 2007 Mesa Arts Center - Mesa AZ
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Sep 22, 2007 Globalquerque - Albuquerque NM
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Sep 23, 2007 Boulder Theater - Boulder CO
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Sep 24, 2007 Oriental Theater - Denver CO
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Sep 27, 2007 Laxson Auditorium - Chico CA
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Sep 28, 2007 Zellerbach Auditorium at UC Berkeley - Berkeley CA
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Sep 30, 2007 John Van Duzer Theatre - Arcata CA
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Oct 05, 2007 Ferst Center/Ga Institute Of Tech - Atlanta GA

Oct 06, 2007 Jemison Concert Hall - Birmingham AL
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Oct 07, 2007 Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
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Oct 09, 2007 Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts - Annapolis MD
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Oct 11, 2007 Lisner Auditorium - Washington DC
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Oct 12, 2007 Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts - Storrs CT
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Oct 13, 2007 Flynn Theatre - Burlington VT
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Oct 14, 2007 Bardavon 1869 Opera House -Poughkeepsie NY
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Oct 16, 2007 Eisenhower Auditorium - University Park PA
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Oct 18, 2007 Byham Theater - Pittsburgh PA
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Oct 20, 2007 Wharton Center for the Performing Arts -East Lansing MI
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Oct 21, 2007 Southern Theatre - Columbus OH
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Oct 22, 2007 Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA
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Oct 25, 2007 The McAninch Arts Center - Glen Ellyn IL
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Oct 26, 2007 Overture Center for the Arts - Madison WI
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Oct 27, 2007 Orchestra Hall - Minneapolis MN
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Dobet Gnahoré In Support of the Global Education Fund at The Boulder Theater

Dobet Gnahore- for the Grateful Web

Celtic Music meets West Africa. Musicians from 6 countries in the Celtic fringes of Europe and the West coast of Africa join together to play the most original live world fusion sound around. The spirit of the music lives in the rhythm. All Baka Beyond's rhythms are played by human beings not machines!

The minute Dobet Gnahoré (pronounced DOH-bay gna-OR-ay) steps onto the stage, it is obvious she is something special. She exudes an inner strength and commanding presence that draws you in, even before she has opened her mouth to sing. Once Dobet does begin to sing, her voice is filled with emotion and range. She moves from heartfelt ballads to funky, danceable songs with ease, and is comfortable performing in a wide range of African styles. Eventually, Dobet begins to dance, and the true depth of her talent shines through. She jumps across the stage like an acrobat, a soulful tornado of movement who astounds the audience with her moves. Just 24 years old, Dobet Gnahoré has got it all – an exceptional voice, amazing dance skills and the engaging aura reserved for artistic greats. After masterful performances across Europe and the United States, she has become one of African music's most exciting young talents.

Global Education Fund Reception - 5:

Global Education Fund Reception will feature a talk and video on their upcoming work with educational needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya. Global Education Fund (GEF) is a nonprofit charitable organization working to see that books get in to the hands of the most needy children in the world. To date we have sent book aid to children living in orphanages and remote villages in twenty-one countries.

To buy tickets or for more information, please visit the Boulder Theater's website:  The Boulder Theater

A global opinion about War...

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Rome claimed the biggest turnout - 1 million protesters. In London, at least 750,000 people demonstrated in what police called the city's largest demonstration ever. Spanish police gauged the Madrid turnout at 660,000. More than 70,000 people marched in Amsterdam in the largest Netherlands demonstration since anti-nuclear rallies of the 1980s. Berlin Germany estimates between 300,000 to 500,000 war protestors. Paris France was estimated to have had about 100,000. Police estimated that 60,000 turned out in Oslo, Norway; 50,000 in bitter cold in Brussels, Belgium; and about 35,000 in frigid Stockholm, Sweden.

About 80,000 marched in Dublin, Ireland. Crowds were estimated at 60,000 in Seville, Spain; 40,000 in Bern, Switzerland; 30,000 in Glasgow, Scotland; 25,000 in Copenhagen, Denmark; 15,000 in Vienna, Austria; more than 20,000 in Montreal and 15,000 in Toronto; 5,000 in Cape Town and 4,000 in Johannesburg in South Africa; 5,000 in Tokyo; and 2,000 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

More than 2,000 marched to the federal building from campus in Eugene, Oregon. In New York, rally organizers estimated the crowd at up to 500,000 people. City police provided no estimate of the crowd, which stretched 20 blocks deep and two blocks wide. Martin Luther King III:  "Just because you have the biggest gun does not mean you must use it..." Archbishop Desmond Tutu:  "Let America listen to the rest of the world - and the rest of the world is saying, Give the inspectors time.

Martin Sheen (plays a fictitious U.S. president on NBC's The West Wing): "None of us can stop this war. ... There is only one guy that can do that and he lives in the White House." Iraqi immigrant Azam Houle (left Iraq, now lives in Boise, Idaho):  "We seem to think we can destroy a country and then build a democracy... Democracy at gunpoint isn't democracy." Elsie Hinks, London England: "What I would say to Mr. Blair is stop toadying up to the Americans and listen to your own people, us, for once!" Tommaso Palladini, Milan Italy:  "You don't fight terrorism with a preventive war. You fight terrorism by creating more justice in the world."<p>Friedrich Schorlemmer, Berlin Germany:  "We Germans in particular have a duty to do everything to ensure that war - above all, a war of aggression - never again becomes a legitimate means of policy." 10,000 people in Toulouse France all chanted: "They bomb, they exploit, they pollute, enough of this barbarity."

Najjah Attar, a former Syrian cabinet minister: "The U.S. wants to encroach upon our own norms, concepts and principles...They are reminding us of the<br>Nazi and fascist times." A giant banner across The Wall of the Acropoli (Athens, Greece) - ``NATO, U.S. and EU equals War" Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon:  "Many people say we don't have options, but we do have options... The inspectors could be successful without a war."