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Gregory Alan Isakov at Fox Theatre | 10.21.11

97.3 KBCO and Boulder Weekly are proud to present Gregory Alan Isakov at the Fox Theatre on Friday, October 21st, 2011.  Tickets go on sale Friday, August 19th for $15.00 in advance & $17.00 day of show.

Singer-Songwriter Justin Hines Triumphs With US Debut

Optimism permeates throughout Days to Recall, Justin Hines U.S. debut album to be released August 2nd on Decca. The Canadian singer/songwriter’s collection of heartfelt songs about life and love showcase his considerable talents, and his will to overcome insurmountable obstacles.  The CD coincides with a PBS special of Hines in concert -- taped at Toronto’s Royal Cinema with special guests Ron Sexsmith, Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, Sierra Noble and The Canadian Tenors -- slated to air multiple times across the U.S. during Public Television’s August pledge drive.

Justin Hines has thrived all his life against odds that would daunt someone with a less indomitable spirit.  Hines has Larsen Syndrome, a joint dislocation condition that confines him to a wheelchair.   He admits his condition has provided challenges, but primarily sees the good it has brought him and the inspiration he can provide others.  “There have been so many blessings. It’s afforded me so many other opportunities. It’s a bit of an attention grabber,” he says. “But then my job is to keep people interested, and keep their attention with my music.”

Highlights on Days To Recall include the first single, the instantly catchy “Tell Me I’m Wrong,” a duet with fellow Canadian/actress Jill Hennessy on the plaintive, “Why Not Love Me” and the uplifting “Say What You Will.”  The latter track took on a life of its own after a South African video featuring the Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Tutu was used as part of a campaign to build 20 schools in 11 days.  Hines performed in South Africa this spring and saw the schools that will educate more than 22,000 students.

To hear “Tell Me I’m Wrong,” click here.

Music was integral throughout Justin’s young life.  He doesn’t remember it, but his mom tells him he wrote his first song when he was seven. In his late teens, he decided to teach himself how to play piano as a way to better express himself.  “I’d done a lot of writing with other people. The most frustrating thing was I could hear the song in my head, but I was relying on other people to write chords since I didn’t play anything,” he says.

Even though Justin grew up singing in church, the realization of pursuing his musical dreams happened at the most unlikely of places— at a Toronto Raptors’ basketball game in his hometown 15 years ago.  A then 14-year-old Justin won a vocal competition to sing the National Anthem at the game — both the Canadian and American -- and his world opened up before him. “In that moment, it all seemed possible,” he recalls. Thrown in the deep end, Hines has performed professionally ever since and realized he could not only survive, but succeed.

To watch the Justin Hines EPK click here.

Grateful Dead | Denver, Colorado | 11/20/73

Get lost in the majesty and mystery of Road Trips Vol. 4, No. 3. The 3-disc set features the entire November 21, 1973 concert at the Denver Coliseum as well as an excellent sequence of tunes from the second set of the previous night's Denver show (11/20/73)!

A prime slice of Rocky Mountain Dead, Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3 offers up a psychedelicornucopia of wondrous new tunes including "Here Comes Sunshine," "Mississippi Half-Step," "Weather Report Suite," "They Love Each Other," and "Stella Blue." Each a classic in its own way, this crop of new songs proved indicative of some of the exciting new directions the band's music was taking. What's more, the band's killer second set features a spectacular hour-long medley that begins with "Half-Step," segues into "Playing in the Band," travels 715 miles due south for a little gunplay in "El Paso," dips back into the "Playing" jam for a spell, then into a superb "Wharf Rat," back to a dynamic "Playing" reprise, and is topped off by one of the best versions of "Morning Dew" from this period. My, oh my!

Sonically this is certain to exceed your expectations as it has once again been mastered to HDCD specs for maximum punch and clarity.

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Tune in to hear two tracks, "Here Comes Sunshine" and "Weather Report Suite," from Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3: Denver '73. Both were brand-new songs released on the Wake Of The Flood album on October 15, 1973.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Bring Vocal Serenity, Song & Humor on Tour

Ladysmith Black Mambazo kick off their North American tour on January 18 in Oakland, CA, blending their iconic, moving harmonies with high-energy toe-touches and audience sing-alongs.  The tour will make stops in over 40 major markets across the US and Canada (including Hawaii) in just two months.

From the stage, Mambazo's nine-man a cappella team will transport concert-goers to the open fields and idyllic world of their youth in South Africa's Zulu country, singing the traditional South African folk tunes from their forthcoming album 'Songs From A Zulu Farm' (out February 1 from Listen 2 Entertainment Group/ Razor & Tie Entertainment) as well as selections from their nearly 50 year career.

These songs speak to the universal joys of childhood. "Whether you are in Ladysmith, Virginia, or Ladysmith, South Africa," says Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder and frontman Joseph Shabalala, "children are hearing songs they will carry with them for the rest of their lives and share with their own children. We hope that these songs sung to South African children can be enjoyed by families in many other places in the world."

Listen to the entire CD here.  | Read some Grateful Web coverage of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Upcoming Ladysmith Black Mambazo tour dates:


Tue Jan 18 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's

Wed Jan 19 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's

Fri Jan 21 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theater

Sat Jan 22 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Cal Poly State

Sun Jan 23 - Campbell, CA - Heritage Theater

Tue Jan 25 - Maui, HI - Maui Arts Center

Wed Jan 26 - Kamuela, HI - Kahilu Theater

Thu Jan 27 - Laie, HI - Brigham Young University

Fri Jan 28 - Honolulu, HI – TBA

Sun Jan 30 - Clarksdale, MS -The Pinnacle

Tue Feb 1 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theater

Wed Feb 2 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theater

Thu Feb 3 - Austin, TX - One World Theater

Fri Feb 4 - Houston, TX - Jones Hall

Sun Feb 6 - El Paso, TX - El Paso Civic Center

Fri Feb 11 - Aspen, CO - Wheeler Opera House

Sat Feb 12 -  Boulder, CO - University Of Boulder

Tue Feb 15 -  Salina, KS - Stiefel Theatre

Thu Feb 17 -  Minneapolis, MN - Minnesota Opera

Fri Feb 18 - Riverside, IA - University of Iowa

Sat Feb 19 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Music

Sun Feb 20 - Interlochen, MI - Interlochen Center for the Arts

Tue Feb  22 - Chatham, ON - Capitol Theatre

Wed Feb 23 - St. Catharine's, ON - Brock University

Thu Feb 24 - Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre

Fri Feb 25 - Toronto, ON - Roy Thompson Hall

Sat Feb 26 - Rochester, NY - Nazareth College

Sun Feb 27 - Hillside, NJ - Kean University

Tue Mar 1 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head

Thu Mar 3 - Tarrytown, NY - Music Hall

Fri Mar 4 - Portsmouth, NH - Music Hall

Sat Mar 5 - Orono, ME - University of Maine

Sun Mar 6 - New London, CT - Garde Arts Center

Tue Mar 8 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head

Thu Mar 10 - Washington, DC - George Washington University

Fri Mar 11 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theater

Sat Mar 12 - Atlanta, GA - Georgia State University

Fri Mar 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Zellerbach Theater

Sat Mar 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Sun Mar 20 - Cambridge, MA - Sanders Auditorium

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Keep the Music of their Childhood Alive

The centuries-old story of their country and culture has been the foundation of the a cappella singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo since its beginnings, almost fifty years ago. On 'Songs From A Zulu Farm,' out January 25, 2011 (Listen 2 Entertainment Group), the nine-man group returns to their origins in the open fields of Zulu country to recreate the idyllic world in which they once lived by singing traditional folk tunes sung by mothers and fathers to children throughout the generations.

"These are songs from the earliest time in our lives," says Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder and frontman Joseph Shabalala. "When we sing these songs, we're singing from our personal history. It is such a joy for us to put these stories and songs together for our fans to enjoy too."

'Songs From A Zulu Farm' speaks to the universal joys of childhood. "Whether you are in Ladysmith, Virginia, or Ladysmith, South Africa, children are hearing songs they will carry with them for the rest of their lives and share with their own children," Shabalala says. "We hope that these songs sung to South African children can be enjoyed by families in many other places in the world."

Among the 16 tracks on 'Songs From A Zulu Farm' is "Old McDonald… Zulu Style," the classic children's song reworked in ways never before imagined as it's piped through the language and culture of the Zulu people.

Listen to "Old MacDonald" here.

Shabalala professes his love and longing for the times and places of his youth in “Thalaza,” a song he composed to encourage Zulus – and people of every nation and culture – to reconnect to the innocence of their younger years. “Your roots are who you are,” says Shabalala, who revisits the farmland of his youth every month. “I go home to see the sights I’ve known since I was a baby. When I see a field there, I see my father and mother standing with me as a little boy. I love going home because it is just that…home.”

Check out some Grateful Web coverage of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

CHARLIE MARS - AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL - 10/8/10

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Charlie Mars will be performing at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday, October 8th @ 12:20 PM.  Charlie has been on tour in support of his current CD, "Like A Bird, Like A Plane."

While in town for the festival, he’ll be doing a short live set for KGSR on Thursday, October 7th at Threadgills.  The station will be doing a live broadcast from the venue at 8:30am.  Then he'll perform at the Austin Ventures Stage at ACL on Friday, October 8th at 12:20pm, followed by a Waterloo Records signing.  Charlie will then be doing a solo show from 3:15pm to 3:30pm on the Austin Kiddie Limits Stage. And on Saturday, October 9th, he'll  top it off with a show at Threadgills at 10pm.

Mars is known for his compelling live performances.  “When he’s onstage, songs with deep grooves get some breathing room, and his lush choruses inevitably lead to raucous audience sing-alongs,” said Esquire.

Mars recorded the album in Austin with drummer J.J. Johnson (John Mayer), keyboardist John Ginty (Citizen Cope) and bass players George Reiff (Jakob Dylan) and Dave Monzie (Fiona Apple). The video for lead single “Listen to the Darkside” (a nod to Pink Floyd) featured “Weeds” star Mary Louise Parker and was directed by Danny Clinch.

"Like A Bird, Like A Plane," was praised by The Washington Post for its "lush musical vignettes" while Jambase called it "a fine addition to the canon of one of the South's most under appreciated songwriters." "Charlie's sultry alternative-southern-soul mastery sounds like what the lead singers for Coldplay or The Verve might sound like if they grew up in the south listening to REM and Nick Drake," said Jackson Free Press and the Pittsburgh Tribune called the album "mesmerizing."  "Mars combines the lyrical, melodic, and rhythmic gifts of Paul Simon with the dark, rootsy quality of Bruce Springsteen," said Berkshire Living.

Born in Arkansas and raised in Mississippi, Mars released three independent albums before signing with V2. His self-titled, 2004 major label debut was hailed by Rolling Stone as "Big emotional rock from Mississippi with a knack for hooks, and the hooks here have real barbs: They tug at you and just might draw some blood." High profile tours with artists such as R.E.M., KT Tunstall, Citizen Cope, John Butler Trio and Bob Schneider followed. When V2 folded, Mars returned to his independent roots, financing "Like A Bird, Like A Plane" himself, and releasing it on Rockingham Records in conjunction with the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers.

Marco Benevento Two Nights in Denver

MARCO BENEVENTO
Two Nights at DAZZLE in DENVER, CO
Thursday, AUGUST 12 & Friday, AUGUST 13
Sets at 7PM & 9PM
Buy Advance Tickets Here

Also appearing in Colorado....

SURPRISE ME MR. DAVIS
Nathan Moore, Brad Barr, Marco Friedman, Marco Benevento & Andrew Barr

August 19 | The Fox Theater | Boulder, CO (buy tickets)
August 20 | Three 20 South | Breckenridge, CO (buy tickets)
August 21 | Newhoma Music & Mountain Festival | Florissant, CO (buy tickets)

THE SONGWRITER'S BEAT Tonight At Cornelia Street Cafe

Now in its 10th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted and founded by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent, four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

This month's Songwriter's Beat features Rebecca Hart, Valerie Ghent, Danny Ross and Randi Driscoll.

Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. The series culminates in a week-long festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.

Founded in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 290 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Cuba and Japan.

The Songwriter's Beat is honored to receive support from The ASCAP Foundation.

http://www.songwritersbeat.com

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CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York    212-989-9319
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com

Chris Massey's The Nue Jazz Project Upcoming Appearances

Chris Massey is following his ambition of making a name for himself as a new breed of young talented player in the world of jazz. Growing up in small town Uniontown, Ohio where he picked up his first pair of drumsticks a the age of 9 he took his first steps into his musical career as a Jazz Performance major at Youngstown State University in 2000.

Among performing with such modern legends such as Donald Harrison Jr., Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Chris is also an accomplished composer and arranger. Gaining inspiration from notable drummer-composers such as Brian Blade and Jeff "Tain" Watts; Chris has began composing his first works in early 2001. Chris also has been teaching lessons of all age varieties from the skill ranges of beginner to advanced college for over a decade.


Chris above all else is a modern drummer taught in the old tradition of swing; his ethos is to "put his sound" underneath a player and let the fire start to spread. He is currently residing in the New York City area and performing with/leading his modern jazz group "The Nue Jazz Project". He has performed in many venues across the city such as Smoke, Cleopatra's Needle, Smalls, Fat Cat, 55bar, The Garage, The Iridium and many others. He currently finished recording his debut album entitled "Vibrainium" due to be released in Fall 2010


Upcoming Shows:

June 5th 6:15-10:15pm The Garage NYC, NY (99 7th ave south at Christopher St.) http://www.garagerest.com/
June 16th 8pm-9pm The Shrine NYC, NY (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard) http://www.shrinenyc.com/
June 27th 8pm-10pm The 5C Cultural Center (68 Ave. C) (Nue Jazz Trio) http://5cculturalcenter.org/
July 3rd 6:15-10:15 The Garage NYC, NY (99 7th ave south at Christopher St.) http://www.garagerest.com/
July 11th 8pm-9:15pm The Blue Owl NYC, NY (196 2nd Avenue/13th st) http://www.blueowlnyc.com/
July 22nd 9pm-11:30pm Puppets Jazz Bar Brooklyn, NY (481 5th Ave) (Internet Distribution Release Party) http://www.puppetsjazz.com/
Aug 7th 6:15-10:15pm The Garage NYC, NY (99 7th ave south at Christopher St.) http://www.garagerest.com/

Rex Foundation Announces Ralph Gleason Award to Jorma Kaukonen

We certainly set out running and we took our time! Once the board determined who was to receive it, consensus was unanimous.

The Rex Foundation is pleased to award Jorma Kaukonen the 2009 Ralph J. Gleason Award for a scholarship program at Fur Peace Ranch to serve Appalachian youth. The $10,000 award is in memory of music journalist Ralph J. Gleason, a major figure in the advancement of music in America in the 1960s, whose openness to new music and ideas transcended differences between generations and styles.

Founding Rex board member, Jerry Garcia, and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen were peers in the Haight Ashbury days of 1960s San Francisco. Their respective bands, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, exemplified the San Francisco Sound. Both musicians were pickers, that is they loved to play. Jerry and Jorma both taught guitar. Jerry gave lessons at Dana Morgan's Music Store in Menlo Park near Palo Alto south of San Francisco. Jorma continues to teach at the 116 acre Fur Peace Ranch which he and wife Vanessa created in South Ohio on the edge of Appalachia. According to Jorma, "Fur Peace Ranch is a ranch that grows guitar players." Classes and workshops are held throughout the summers with instructors who are also world class musicians. Fur Peace Ranch accommodates budding musicians of all skill levels. Jorma Kaukonen continues to perform with fellow musician, Jack Casady, in Hot Tuna.


The Rex Foundation gratefully acknowledges the contribution Jorma has made to a vast community of music lovers, musicians and underserved youth who will continue to be nurtured with this award.

Furthering what the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities and educating children and adults everywhere.  The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 program across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections.