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White Rabbits Add More World Tour Dates

After spending the better part of two years on the road (including festival stops at Lollapallooza, Glastonbury (UK), Sasquatch, Monolith and tours with The Walkmen, Spoon, Richard Swift, The Cribs, White Denim and Tokyo Police Club) White Rabbits hunkered down in their Brooklyn practice space to set about re-envisioning the dark pop of their debut Fort Nightly, while adding new sounds and influences to achieve an original work.  The result is It’s Frightening, their second full-length album.

White Rabbits signed to TBD Records (US home to Radiohead/Other Lives/Hatcham Social) and erected a makeshift studio in their basement rehearsal space to demo new material.  Band members popped in and out over the course of several months lending ideas and personality to a new batch of songs that defy instant categorization. After enlisting tourmate, friend and songwriter Britt Daniel (Spoon) as producer, the pair began the process of exchanging demos between Brooklyn and Portland.  White Rabbits recorded It’s Frightening over the course of four weeks, only taking a break to play the Transmusicales Festival in Rennes, France.  The sessions were recorded by visionary engineer Nicholas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, NY.  Taking special care to recreate the unhinged nature of the original demos, the band utilized the wide range of tools in the analog-friendly studio to shape the personal spirit infused in the new tracks.  Upon the completion of tracking, White Rabbits traveled to Austin, TX to mix the record with studio wizard Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail Of Dead) using his exceptional ears to transform It’s Frightening into a uniquely rewarding headphone experience.


It’s Frightening plays like a classic reel of tape from start to finish. Opening with the visceral drums of “Percussion Gun,” it is clear that time-off from the road has served the band well.  The many highlights include the emotional centerpiece “Company I Keep,” the new sonic territory of “Lionesse” and the macabre lyrics of “Right Where They Left.”  Fans of Fort Nightly will find much to go weak in the knees over and new listeners are in for an awakening as White Rabbits flip the switch on an already impressive beginning. It’s Frightening is a journey into the playfully dark musings of Everyman.

The lineup: Stephen Patterson (vox/piano), Jamie Levinson (drums), Matthew Clark (drums, guitar), Alex Even (guitar), Gregory Roberts (guitar/vox). A U.S. tour will follow the May release of It’s Frightening.

White Rabbits Tour Dates
12/6 - The Clubhouse - Phoenix, AZ*
12/9 - Bimbo's - San Francisco, CA
12/10 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR #
12/12 - RIMA Arena - La Jolla, CA #^
12/13 - KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas - Los Angeles, CA
12/29 - Rhythm and Vines Festival - Gisborne, NZ
12/30 - Falls Festival - Lorne, AU
12/31 - Falls Festival - Marion Bay, TZ
1/5 - Oxford Arts - Sydney, AU
1/6 - Corner Hotel - Melborune, AU
1/10 - Southbound Festival - Busselton, AU
1/24 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

* with Passion Pit
# with Vampire Weekend^ with Spoon

Great American Taxi Celebrates Beer and More This Fall

Vince Herman and Chad Staehly are leading their new line-up in the Great American Taxi into an exciting autumn of shows.  Taxi now boasts a solid core line-up after some experimentation with Jim Lewin from Santa Cruz, CA on electric guitars along with Boulder-area players Chris Sheldon on drums and Brian Adams on bass (both toured extensively in the Phish tribute band Phix).  First stop is this weekend to celebrate Boulder Beer’s 30th Anniversary at the Boulder Theater on Friday September 18th with local Denver pickers Oakhurst on support duties.  GAT then heads off west to play a set of their own at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as well as backing up Todd Snider for some of his set the following day.  Snider and Taxi first hooked up in Durango earlier this year and again at the Hoxeyville Music Festival in Michigan just this past August.  They will also do a few more dates together in November.  Railroad Earth has also added Taxi onto a few bills in October.  Dates continue to be added so check out www.greatamericantaxi.com for updated info.

September 18 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO with Oakhurst

September 30 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT

October 1 - Crystal Bay Club and Casino - Crystal Bay, NV - free show!

October 3 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CA

October 4 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival with Todd Snider

October 7 - tba

October 8 - Connecticut Yankee - San Francisco, CA

October 9 - Catalyst Club - Santa Cruz, CA

October 10 - Hop Monk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA

October 23 - Magnolia Music Festival - Live Oak, FL w/ special guest Barry Sless

October 24 - Magnolia Music Festival - Live Oak, FL w/ special guest Barry Sless

October 26 - Beachland Ballroom and Tavern - Cleveland, OH w/ Railroad Earth

October 27 - Mr. Small’s - Millvale, PA w/ Railroad Earth

October 28 - tba

October 29 - The Barrymore Theater - Madison, WI w/ Railroad Earth

October 30 - Vic Theater - Chicago, IL w/ Railroad Earth

October 31 - special Halloween show in Peoria, IL details tba

November 3 - tba

November 4 - Victoria’s Midnight Cafe - Columbus, OH

November 5 - Cosmic Charlie’s - Lexington, KY

November 6 - Pisgah Brewing Co. - Black Mountain, NC

November 7 - tba

November 8 - Smith’s Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA

November 11 - The Rutledge - Nashville, TN

November 12 - The Copper Dragon - Carbondale, IL

November 13 - tba

November 13 - Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI w/ Todd Snider

Eagles Radio Hosted by Joe Walsh Debuts Interviews w/ Ringo Starr & More Labor Day Weekend

The virtual airwaves are heating up this fall as "Eagles Radio Hosted by Joe Walsh" kicks off an incredible series of features that can only be found on the band's official Artist Personal Experience online radio station.  As traditional radio segues into their yearly Labor Day countdowns of songs, the Eagles promise-and deliver-something new and exciting.  Beginning September 4th, A.P.E.

Sept. Black Tie-Dye Ball with DSO in Portland, OR & More

Join us for a fun Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra on Friday, September 25th at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, to celebrate the DSO Rex Caravan month-long Tour and to help provide support to local area non-profits.  As you'll see in the event details, the festive pre-concert party will be from 6:00 - 7:30 in Lola's Room, and all attending the party have first access to the ballroom for the concert.  Tickets for the party and concert are $100 and $200.  If you've already purchased your concert tickets, you can get reception upgrade tickets.  A bunch of us from Rex will be there to join in the fun.  We look forward to a great evening with you.

DSOOn August 1st, supporters of the Rex Foundation are presenting A Very Jerry Evening in Indianapolis, Indiana as a Rex Musical Caravan event in honor of Jerry GarciaCheck out these details and tell your friends in the Indianapolis area to enjoy a great night of music.

Our 2008 Annual Report is now available on-line.  We hope you enjoy reading through all that was accomplished in 2008 because of your support.  With care about the environment as well as costs, we'll soon be mailing the Report, though only to those supporters not receiving e-mail updates.  Let us know if you want the hard copy of the Annual Report. E-mail info@rexfoundation.org or call the office at 415-561-3134.

Check out the video recently done at the Rex office, featuring me and Rex Board members Carolyn Garcia and Nick Morgan, where we describe the positive impact of Musical Caravan events like the two described here.  Our main message is that your support, whether as direct contributers, musicians putting on Caravan events, fans at festivals and other Caravan events, adds up quickly to make it possible for Rex to provide the seed grants to non-profits doing such important work, like Good Cents for Oakland pictured here.  We crossed the $1 million in grants since beginning our renewal because of you!

Adam Steffey: ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD

He's one of the most widely admired mandolin players around, and the most influential in a generation or more, but when Adam Steffey finally got around to making his second solo album in eight years, he knew just what he did--and didn't--want.  "I wanted to go in and make a record, and have all these people that I work with be on it," he says, "but I didn't want to make an instrumental album, because I think those can get monotonous.  I know I'm known primarily as a player, but I wanted to have just enough picking on there to where everybody could turn loose, and then mostly have some good solid vocal things.  If people listen to this album and take it as a reflection of the way I look at everything about music, and not just as a showcase for how I play, then that would be the highest compliment that could be paid."

adamIt's hard to imagine listeners not getting that--and a whole lot more--from One More For The Road, Steffey's Sugar Hill Records debut that hits the streets on September 22nd. Balancing instrumentals with vocal numbers and carefully chosen classics with strong originals served up by Steffey and a brilliantly chosen supporting cast, including former bandmates from Alison Krauss & Union Station and Mountain Heart alongside current colleagues in the Dan Tyminski Band, it's a stunning portrait of a musician who's not only a master player and convincing singer but perhaps most importantly, a team player who knows exactly when to lead and when to lay back.

With support from producers Gary Paczosa and Union Station/Dan Tyminski Band bassist Barry Bales--a friend and picking partner of Steffey's for close to 30 years--Steffey and friends tackle a well-crafted set list that shows off a rare ability to not only find under-appreciated songs, but to match them perfectly with players and singers.  And while attention will surely fall on vocal contributions from Krauss, who offers a lush reading of a decades-old Bluegrass Cardinals find ("Warm Kentucky Sunshine"), Tyminski and Ronnie Bowman, whose shimmering "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" sets a new standard for the Kristofferson classic, it's actually the mandolinist himself who serves as the most frequently featured singer.  "I try to be realistic about my voice," Steffey says, "and I'm not the ballad singer at all," but his evocative baritone is perfectly suited for the originals (including one self-penned entry) and bluegrass ought-to-be-classics like Mark Rader's early 90s favorite, "A Broken Heart Keeps Beating."

On the instrumental side, Steffey drew on a circle of colleagues who have interacted musically and personally for years--and whose playing shows it in every note.  "I wanted everybody to be throwing different things in, and to mix it up some with different combinations," he notes.  "But all the guys that I got to play on this album, they listen as hard as they focus on what they're going to play.  They're sensitive to everything that's going on around them, which makes playing so easy--and they're just so good. I'm ready to jump out of my seat when I hear these guys playing."

Indeed, whether they're going to town on a slinky modern tune like the opening original, "Deep Rough," or a durable but under-recorded standard like "Durang's Hornpipe," the ensembles Steffey, Bales and Paczosa concocted for One More For The Road serve up models of precision, feeling and groove, born out of years of playing together and a more elusive but equally real musical empathy.  Yet despite--or, perhaps, because of--his commitment to the ensemble dynamic, there's no doubt that this is Adam Steffey's album.  His unique taste, along with his melodic gifts and unexcelled feel for rhythm, inform the project from first note to last.

"I know all the guys that are on here, they're thinking, they're listeners, and I want everybody to get that feeling from the record," Steffey says.  "I'll be happy if the people who hear it can tell that I was listening and not getting in the way, that I was just trying to make the song the best it can be."  It's a safe bet that they'll be able to tell that--and a whole lot more besides.

Steve Kimock News: Harmony, Europe & More

Kimock returns to his Sonoma County roots playing the Harmony Festival, June 12th -14th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa CA, celebrating 31 years of "Harmony From the Roots Up", focusing on progressive ideals, community activism, and uplifting music.

kimockSteve Kimock Crazy Engine plays Friday night main stage with special guest, bassist  Reed Mathis! Later that night, Steve Kimock will also play late night as a special guest with ALO! This year's HARMONY FESTIVAL also features Michael Franti, India.Arie, Matisyahu, Cake, Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars and many more great acts.

Additionally, the festival includes 350 vendors with many attractions such as Global Marketplace, Crafter's Village, Wellness Pavilion, Eco Village, Healing Sanctuary, Goddess Grove, Eco-Fashion Zone, Film Screenings, Saturday Afternoon People's Parade, Harmony Altar, Eco Cup & Skate.

VIP Magic Passes, Shabbaton, camping and kids 6 and under FREE. Tickets/info: Harmony Festival

On Tuesday, June 16th Steve Kimock Crazy Engine plays at the Old Rock House in St. Louis featuring Melvin Seals, John Kimock & special guest bassist Reed Mathis. Show is three sets with doors at 9PM and music playing until almost 3AM!   Tickets are available now. There will be shuttles from the Phish show available.

Steve Kimock will be returning to Europe for three weeks starting late August through early September. The band features John Kimock (drums), Billy Goodman (vocals, slide guitar), and Trevor Exter (bass, cello). The band has already spent some good times in the barn preparing for this adventure!

While we are still filling in some dates, most of the shows and workshops will be in and around the Black Forest in Germany. The first show is on August 20th @ Waldsee, Freiburg, followed by an afternoon workshop in Herrenwies on August 21st with a show that night at the Turning Point. The band will also play later in the week at the Turning Point, finally landing in Immeldorf, Germany for the weekend of August 28th & 29th; with Kimock rounding out his trip in the Netherlands.

Stay Tuned for more complete details within the next few weeks.

We are thrilled to join Jamcruise 8 and so many great musicians onboard this musical adventure.  Cabins on sale now! We want to make sure that our fans don't miss out!

Jam Cruise 8 sets sail January 3-8, 2010 on the beautiful Italian ship: MSC Poesia. The ship leaves from Ft Lauderdale's Port Everglades and heads to Ocho Rios, Jamaica & Georgetown, Cayman Islands.

One of the best features of the Poesia is the ABUNDANCE OF double occupancy cabins with standard & large balconies.

Steve Kimock News: Summer Dates & More

Kimock's on the boat! We are thrilled to join Jam Cruise 8 and so many great musicians on board this musical adventure.

kimockJam Cruise 8 sets sail January 3-8, 2010 on the beautiful Italian ship: MSC Poesia. The ship leaves from Ft Lauderdale's Port Everglades and heads to Ocho Rios, Jamaica & George Town, Cayman Islands.

Public on-sale will be in June 4th. We want to make sure that our fans don't miss out! One of the best features of the Poesia is the ABUNDANCE OF double occupancy cabins with standard & large balconies.

Hope to have you on board!

May 23 - Hookahville - Thornville, OH *
June 4 - Wakarusa - Ozark, AR *
June 6-7 Mountains of the Moon Festival - Salmo, BC
June 12 - Harmony Festival - Santa Rosa, CA
June 16 Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
July 3 - Grateful Fest - Nelson Ledges, OH
July 4-5 - High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA
July 8 Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME
July 9 Rocks Off Concert Cruise - NY, NY
July 10 Sherman Theater - Stroudsburg, PA
July 11 - All Good Music Festival - Masontown, WV
July 24 - 10K Lakes Music Festival - Soo Pass Ranch, MN
Aug 14 Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ
Aug 15 A Bear's Picnic - Laurelton, PA
Nov 14 Bear Creek Music Fest - Live Oak, FL
Jan 3-8 - Jam Cruise 8 - Caribbean Ocean

* w/ George Porter Jr
*Kimock will also play a late night at Wakarusa with Praang featuring members of EOTO and Jamie Janover)

Steve Kimock w/ Everyone Orchestra and more!
May 12 - Daze Between Fest - San Francisco, CA
June 20 - Church of Universal Love & Music - Acme, PA


Kimock will be making a special appearance with Everyone Orchestra on May 12th at the Daze Between Fest at the Mission Rock Café in San Francisco, CA. Kimock will appear late night from around midnight until 4AM.

Also playing are members of Hot Buttered Rum and ALO plus Melvin Seals, Wally Ingram, Chris Haugen, Mike Sugar, Audio Angel, conducted by Matt Butler, and a whole lot more...also featuring live painting by Alex and Allyson Grey and the return of the Furthur Bus with lots of hipsters, tricksters and pranksters. The festivities will begin at 8pm and continue through the dawn. Are you on the bus?!

A.T. Furthur: Daze Between is an eclectic art gathering celebrating the legacy of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in the mid-60s. The original Prankster Acid Tests were created as multi-media art parties where exciting, new, and still legal entheogens were imbibed in the spirit of breaking new creative ground.

Don't miss Wakarusa! Final chance to buy cheap tickets!

With multiple stages featuring great live music over four days from June 4-7, Wakarusa is a serious music festival. The 2009 lineup features nearly 100 bands playing over 125 sets. With Full Event passes currently available for $139, you can enjoy a full weekend at Wakarusa for just over $1 per set! Get your Full Event Passes now! For a complete list of all ticket and camping options, including VIP, visit www.wakarusa.com.

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine will be playing main stage on Thursday, June 4th and there is a special late-night performance with Praang (Kimock, Travis, Hann, Janover).

Don't miss Wakarusa 2009 at a fantastic new venue, Mulberry Mountain! With shade trees, float streams and waterfalls, Mulberry Mountain is an absolutely beautiful setting for 4 days of music and activities!

Rex Foundation: May's Rex Musical Caravan Events & More

Thanks to all of you who have purchased The Dead Tour tickets in support of the Rex Foundation and other charities through CharityFolks.com.  Here is the full announcement as well as contact information for any questions you might have to purchase tickets for the remaining shows.

The Rex Musical Caravan recently added a new May event with Melvin Seals & The JGB Band.  Bring your friends to to hear great music while also supporting the Rex Foundation, as $1 per ticket sold at each of the following is contributed to the Rex Foundation:

 

Check out all the different events that have been part of the Rex Musical Caravan since the beginning of 2008. We thank all the musicians, festivals and their fans for getting on board to further what the Grateful Dead started 25 years ago and demonstrate the power of the musical community to support grass roots philanthropy.  Let us know if you want to be part of the Caravan.

 

 

This is a particularly important time to celebrate how we as a philanthropic community can support the vital work of grassroots non-profits.  As we depict with the Rex Community Caravan, $5 or more in contributions can add up quickly to make a positive difference.  Check out all the great programs the Rex Foundation has supported thanks to your generous contributions.

 

As you will see in clicking through the various links in this message, the Rex Foundation has a new website.  We hope you enjoy the updated look and enhanced navigation.  We look forward to continuing to add information and features that demonstrate the vitality of our community of grantees and artists, as well as our on-going programs.

Steve Kimock & Crazy Engine Added to more Fests

In addition to the previously announced All Good, Wakarusa, Grateful Fest and Hookahville festivals, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine has been added to the line-up of High Sierra, Harmony Festival, 10K Lakes, and Bear Creek. It's going to be a memorable 2009 with this band... so get on board now!

Mar 26 Crystal Bay - Crystal Bay, NV
Mar 27-28 Great American Music Hall - SF, CA
Mar 29 Mystic Theatre - Petaluma, CA
Mar 31-April 1 Red Fox Tavern - Eureka, CA
April 2 The Domino Room - Bend, OR
April 3 Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR
April 4 McDonald Theatre - Eugene, OR
April 5 Big Room @ Sierra Brewing Co –Chico, CA
April 16 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
April 17 Fairfield Theatre - Fairfield, CT
April 18 BB Kings Blues Club - NYC, NY
April 19 State Theatre - Falls Church, VA
April 20 Ramshead - Annapolis, MD
April 22 Visulite - Charlotte, NC
April 23 Pour House - Charleston, SC
April 24-25 City Limits - Delray, FL
April 26 Skippers Smokehouse - Tampa, FL
April 28 Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
April 29 Workplay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
April 30 Tipitina’s Uptown - New Orleans, LA
May 1 Tipitina’s French Quarter – New Orleans, LA
June 6-7 Toad Rock Campground – Balfour/Ainsworth BC
June 16 Old Rock House – St. Louis, Mo

FESTIVALS:
May 23 Hookahville- Thornville, OH **
June 4 Wakarusa - Ozark, AR
June 12 Harmony - Santa Rosa, CA
July 3 Grateful Fest - Nelson Ledges, OH
July 4-5 High Sierra- Quincy, CA
July 11 All Good Festival - Masontown, WV
July 24 10K Lakes- Soo Pass Ranch, MN
Aug 15 Bears Picnic – Milton, PA
Nov 14 Bear Creek - Live Oak, FL
More summer dates to be announced soon!

**w/ George Porter Jr.!

Rex Foundation: New Grants, Upcoming Events & More

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The Rex Foundation recently distributed $72,500 in grants, including the 2008 Jerry Garcia, Bill Graham and Ralph J. Gleason Awards.  With these, we have now donated over $1 million since December 1, 2001, the launch of the Rex Foundation's renewal in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding.  In this 25th Anniversary year, let's celebrate the $8.4 million grants to over 1,000 grassroots programs, reflecting our collective power to keep furthering what the Grateful Dead started!

With all the current financial tumult, now is the time for Rex's philanthropic community to show its strength.  Please join Rex at their upcoming benefit concerts to connect with kindred spirits and enjoy great music.  Help Rex continue supporting grassroots programs that are doing the vital work toward a healthy environment with thriving communities:

Saturday, November 29th, a Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra at the Nokia in New York City.  Enjoy a pre-concert party, mingling with the musicians, great concert seating and premium balcony access.  Click here for details.  Help us celebrate the month-long DSO Rex Caravan Tour on the East Coast, where $1 of every ticket sold is contributed to the Rex Foundation.

Saturday, December 13th, our 25th Anniversary Black Tie-Dye Ball at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.  Save the date for this very special evening of music.  Details will follow soon.

Read their just-published newsletter Perspectives on The World As It Could Be to gain new insights and inspiration about how we can, individually and collectively, visualize and move toward a global community that promotes hope and justice for all, while being economically and environmentally sustainable for generations to come.  With the imminent November 4th election, we hope the writings encourage voting and support for continuing civic engagement.

Check out the video of this year's original performance called The World As It Could Be - Where There's A Will There's A Way, created by the youth of the Destiny Arts Center Performance Troupe.  Because of the success of this performance and overall creative project, Rex is now working with Balboa High School in San Francisco to create pilot curriculum on using the creative arts to deepen the teaching of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as part of the overall The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Project.  This is all possible because of the support of project sponsors and your generous contributions.

All that Rex is doing is captured by the Rex Community Caravan, their virtual vehicle for traveling together to connect the arts, community and grassroots philanthropy.  Your contributions and participation in their events make all the difference!  Help them celebrate.  Let's show how contributions of $5 or more add up quickly and how we can, together, further what the Grateful Dead started for another 25 years