Sharon Van Etten Announces Spring Headlining Tour

Sharon Van Etten wrapped up 2010 with a bow by appearing on more best-of and year-end lists than we could count, including those from SPIN, NPR’s All Song’s Considered, LA Times, Filter, Stereogum, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and so many more. And while the world was singing her praises, Sharon was just starting to record more intimately heart-wrenching songs in the Brooklyn garage-turned-studio of The National’s Aaron Dessner.

After touring relentlessly in the 2nd half of 2010, and ending the year on such a strong note, you’d think Sharon would give herself a little break, but nope, not our Sharon. She’s just keeping at it! She’s just confirmed her first headlining tour, playing select dates across the country in March and April, including SXSW, and she’s beginning the year straight off the bat with a sold-out hometown show at the Bowery Ballroom. After a few shows in the U.S. this month, she’ll travel to Europe and tour with The National, come home and give herself a nice week off, and then hit the road again! This week also finds Sharon as the iTunes Discovery Download. Do yourself a favor in 2011 and make plans now to check out a singer-songwriter who The Wall Street Journal has called “a major talent in bloom”…

Listen to Sharon Van Etten’s “Don’t Do It”: here | Check out two SVE tracks on NPR’s World Café: here

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SHARON VAN ETTEN TOUR DATES:

Sat          01/08/11     New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom  #
Wed        01/19/11     New Haven, CT - BAR
Thu        01/20/11      Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's  %
Fri          01/21/11      Columbus, OH - Wexner Center at Ohio State  %
Sat          01/22/11     Nashville, TN - The 5 Spot  %
Sun         01/23/11     Asheville, NC - Broadways  %
Sun        02/13/11       London, England @ Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
Tues       02/15/11      Belgium, Brussels - Forest National w/The National
Thu        02/17/11      Utrecht @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Fri          02/18/11     Eindhoven @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Sat         02/19/11      Groningen, @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Sun        02/20/11      Rotterdam, @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Tues       02/22/11     Poland, Krakow – Studio w/The National
Thu        02/24/11     Poland, Warsaw – Stodola w/The National
Fri          02/25/11     Germany, Berlin - C-Halle w/The National
Sat         02/26/11     Denmark, Aarhus – SCC w/The National
Mon       02/28/11     Sweden, Lund - Färs & Frosta w/The National
Tues       03/01/11     Sweden, Stockholm – Cirkus w/The National
Thu        03/03/11     Finland, Helsinki - The House of Culture w/The National
Fri          03/04/11     Finland, Helsinki - The House of Culture w/The National
Thu        03/10/11     Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Fri          03/11/11     Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
Sat         03/12/11     Atlanta, GA - 529
Thu        03/17/11     Austin, TX - SXSW
Fri         03/18/11     Austin, TX - SXSW
Sat         03/19/11     Austin, TX - SXSW
Tue         03/22/11     Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture ^
Wed       03/23/11     Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room ^
Thu        03/24/11     San Diego, CA - Soda Bar ^
Fri         03/25/11      Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite ^
Sat         03/26/11      Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar ^
Sun        03/27/11     San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^
Tue         03/29/11    Vancouver, BC - Media Club ^
Wed       03/30/11      Portland, OR - Doug Fir ^
Fri         04/01/11      Boise, ID - Neurolux ^
Sat         04/02/11     Salt Lake City, UT - State Room ^
Sun        04/03/11     Denver, CO - Walnut Room ^
Mon       04/04/11     Omaha, NE - Slowdown ^
Wed       04/06/11     Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center ^
Thu        04/07/11     Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater ^
Fri         04/08/11      Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin ^
Sat         04/09/11     Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^
Sun        04/10/11     Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern ^
Tue        04/12/11      Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel ^
Wed       04/13/11     Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo  ^
Thu        04/14/11     Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall ^
Sun        04/17/11     Washington, DC - Red Palace ^

#   with War On Drugs, Sebastian Blanck
%  with Julianna Barwick
^  Little Scream

Local Natives Play Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Local Natives Play Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Tonight At 12:30 AM EST.   Also, their new album, Gorilla Manor, is out now on Frenckiss Records.
You can catch some Grateful Web coverage of Local Natives here.
“It's a rare band that can use its chemistry as its own instrument. But the young, frightfully accomplished Local Natives are a rare L.A. band indeed.” – Los Angeles Times

“The camaraderie practically oozes out of the music of Local Natives, making Gorilla Manor my surprise album of the year.” – Bob Boilen of NPR

Roy GAINES “Tuxedo Blues” Blues Award Academie' Best Blues Album

Roy Gaines & His Orchestra recorded their first CD “Tuxedo Blues” (Black Gold Records) in 2009 at Capitol Records, and has performed at local venues and events in 2010 including the Central Ave Jazz Festival, The Typhoon Restaurant and the Catalina Jazz Club.  The motto of this 17-piece orchestra is “Dress the blues up”.

Tuxedo Blues has been aired on KKJZ 88.1 FM by Helen Borgers, who also wrote the liner notes.  The blues we hear on this disc have been arranged for a swingin’ big band that could be performing at the elegant ballrooms of the most prestigious hotels.

The music harkens back to the days when Roy was part of a touring program, on the same bill with Count Basie’s Orchestra and Jimmy Rushing, under the influence of impresario John Hammond.  But the music transcends any one era.   Roy puts everything he has into everything he does.  And he is a visionary.  His plans for the evolution of this music – where it will be heard, played and grown – are exiciting.  Today a homage to Count Basie, tomorrow Duke Ellington.  Beyond – who knows?   One thing is for sure, it will be a class act!

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones 2010 Fall/Winter Tour

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones will be bring the Holiday Tour with Jeff Coffin and special guest Alash Ensemble to the Western USA and Canada. Spread the word and come begin the Holiday Season with the Flecktones.
The Flecktones have their Merchandise Store restocked with gift goodies, be sure and visit before the end of the year!
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Upcoming Tour Dates:
DATE          CITY                     VENUE
11.30.10      Calgary, AB CA    Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts
12.01.10      Edmonton, AB CA North Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
12.02.10      Banff, AB CA       Centre Complex (Eric Harvie Theater)
12.03.10     Spokane, WA        Bing Crosby Theater
12.04.10     Vancouver, BC CA  The Centre
12.06.10     Portland, OR      Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Oregon Symphony Orchestra)
12.07.10     Eugene, OR           Hult Center for Performing Arts (Silva Concert Hall)
12.08.10     Bend, OR US         Mountain View High School Auditorium (KPOV)
12.09.10     Seattle, WA           Jazz Alley
12.10.10     Seattle, WA           Jazz Alley
12.11.10     Seattle, WA           Jazz Alley
12.12.10     Seattle, WA           Jazz Alley
12.14.10     Chico, CA            Laxon Auditorium - California State University
12.15.10     Santa Rosa, CA    Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
12.16.10     Oakland, CA       Fox Theater
12.17.10     Santa Barbara, CA  University of California
12.18.10     Los Angeles, CA    Orpheum Theater
12.19.10    Tucson, AZ            Rialto Theater

Phish | Broomfield, Colorado | 10/10/2010

Phish is back in Colorado... just a mere two months earlier we were all out in Telluride to catch Phish at one of the most stellar locales in America.  1st Bank Arena, in Broomfield, Colorado might be in the middle of cookie-cutter American looking architecture -- but the promoters did get it right after renovating 1st Bank back in 2008>2009.  The place was a complete disaster when it first opened in 2006.  The place was riddled with parking problems, crummy acoustics and a real lack of interest from bands, special events, etc.   I guess the Colorado GOP had their little shindig there, which should give you an indication right away how lame this place was…

Now it’s still the same building in the same cookie-cutter location, but what has changed has made all the difference! This place sounds good! Really good…it’s small too, nearing about 6500 at full capacity.  You're not going to catch Phish in a smaller venue in 2010.  Sure us lucky folk who started seeing Phish in the early 90's will still boast seeing the band in a venue holding less than 500 (for me that was Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS on 4/1/92 -- still my favorite Phish show.. get it!).  However, catching Phish in this relatively intimate venue is pretty cool considering the alternative…Pepsi Center or gag…Fiddler's Green (or whatever they're calling the schwaggy place nowadays).

Trey sounds great.  They really tore the roof off the place last night.  Highlights for me:  Julius was a rager – Golgi is always a lot of fun to hear.  Mike’s Song > Simple > Ghost > Weekapaug Groove had a little bit of everything.   Trey introduced a new song last night titled: “My problem Right There” – Sure Senior Ernesto is one of the most prolific song writers out there… I will confess on average, however, I am probably fond of only 1/3 new songs Trey has brought forth over the past decade or so – But this song I liked right away. Most songs take a least a few listens before I know the song well-enough to gauge if I truly dig it – but this song is catchy, bluesy and I enjoyed it from the get-go.

The band is hot. They sound great.  Check out Grateful Web’s videos from the shows – We’ll have more up on Tuesday as well as photos and phan interviews.

Furthur | Red Rocks | 9/24/2010

Two of the world's greatest road warriors, Phil Lesh & Bobby Weir, made their almost annual stop to the venue the epitomizes everything organic, granola, hippie and The Grateful Dead.  As many venues as both Lesh & Weir have played, every show at Red Rocks is just a little extra special.  Phil while doing his donar rap -- mentioned his love for the amphitheater and has said on at least a few occasions it is his favorite venue in the world.

Outside fans were arriving pretty early filling up the lower south lot and upper north lots first.  The weather couldn't have been any better, and those who live here in Colorado know late September at Red Rocks is precarious, at best.  There was some vending in the lots, though by and large it was fairly quiet.  Grateful Web, however, was hawking our "Make Love Not War" t-shirts in light of election season and America's never-ending political quagmire.  Give one as a gift to your political nemesis!  Email us if you'd like one or want more information. 

My friends went inside early to scope out some good seats.  I stayed back to guard the fort, which really means playing hacky sack with my new neighbor friends, drinking some beers, talking about which run at MSG was the best (I say 1990, hands-down -- another said '87, another said '88 - this continued through our hackin), and having a great time in the gorgeous Red Rocks parking lot.

The band came on around 8pm.  The sound where I was sitting was superb, but considering I was sitting literally over the heads of the soundboard folk, this would make sense.  Futhur is finishing their late summer/early fall tour here in Colorado.  You may wonder how in the world does a 70 year old another 62 year old just continue to tour -- but I must tell you I thought both Bobby and Phil both looked pretty well-rested and enthused on stage last night, which has not always seen the case with Weir during the past few years.  But Bobby seemed more engaged than I have seen him in a while, yet still giving John plenty of space to roam.  Furthur shows for me are pretty tame experiences, but I did find a few moments last night when John really opened things up and hit some pretty nice peaks, particularly in 'Fire on the Mountain,' which was more than apropos considering the recent fires in the near-bye foothills.    

I think Chimenti is a fine piano player, but personally I’d prefer more Hammond organ stuff and less piano. Furthur is mellow enough already, which is why I really think they would benefit more from a big Brent-esque organ sound more than all the piano playing.  Just my 2cents – with that said,  I would be a very happy camper if I could play piano as well as Jeff, so nothing at all personal toward him.  Joe Russo, on the other hand, is a groove machine.  This guy is really great and impresses me more each time.

Grateful Web is currently uploading videos, so check back through the next few hours for links to them. The videos really came out nice, especially set 1..

Elizabeth & the Catapult return with a new album "The Other Side of Zero" & Fall Tour Dates

“If I had to compare our albums,” says Elizabeth Ziman, the singer/songwriter/keyboardist behind Elizabeth & the Catapult, “I’d say Taller Children has the sarcastic lightness of a Woody Allen film, and the new record’s more like Kubrick or Lynch—a little darker, a little more tongue-in-cheek.”
Not that any of these shifts are a surprise. After all, Elizabeth learned how to manipulate moods through music at an early age, whether that meant performing a wildly-expressive piano piece or belting out bizarre harmonies in New York’s world-renowned Young People’s Chorus.
And now this: The Other Side of Zero, an Elizabeth & the Catapult album that started with a Lincoln Center song cycle—performed last spring after a commission from NPR’s John Schaefer—and a cover-to-cover study of Leonard Cohen’s Book of Longing collection. As the latter’s pages sunk in, Elizabeth couldn’t help but draw parallels between Cohen’s failure to meet Buddhist goals in a monastery and her own coming-of-age struggles in the big city. (The New York native grew up in the heart of Greenwich Village.)
She also wrote Elizabeth & the Catapult’s rawest set of recordings yet, including the clanging chords and galloping groove of “The Horse and the Missing Cart,” the sputtering, string-grazed percussion of “You and Me,” “We All Fall Down, the Buddhist twist on a classic love song, “Julian Darling,” a wake up call to a friend and the hopeful but heartbroken contrasts of “Thank You For Nothing.” And then there’s the title track. Led by a lean, winding piano line, it builds to a spine-tingling crescendo alongside the honey-dipped harmonies of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings—a collaboration that was completely unplanned. Not that you’d notice, considering how seamless it sounds.
Unlike their thoroughly-demoed debut—an album that took two years to complete—the Zero sessions boiled down to a month of recording with producer Tony Berg (Peter Gabriel, Phantom Planet, Jesca Hoop) and such respected sidemen as guitarist Blake Mills and Tom Waits’ longtime touring keyboardist, Patrick Warren. The result was rough but refined, bruised but beautiful, as if Berg had placed a mic in a room and walked away, letting Elizabeth and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Danny Molad do their thing.
As Molad puts it, “The record is more blatantly honest, even rude at times..." Elizabeth continues, "Even the happiest sounding pop songs on this record have a tinge of regret and darkness to them…And thank goodness for that. Ultimately that’s the only way I’d feel comfortable singing them. I’m drawn to the ambiguity like a menacing smile.”
Elizabeth & the Catapult Fall Tour Dates
Sept 25 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA #
Oct 2 - Rusty Rudder - Dewey Beach, DE    
Oct 7 - Bates College - Benjamin Mays Center - Lewiston, ME    
Oct 11 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN *
Oct 12 - Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI *   
Oct 13 - Schubas - Chicago, IL *   
Oct 14 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN *  
Oct 15 - The Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA *   
Oct 16 - Black Cat - Washington, DC *
Oct 22 - Cornell University, Just About Music Residence Hall - Ithaca, NY    
Oct 23 - Rockwood Music Hall - NY, NY    CMJ
Oct 28 - The Red Room @ Cafe 939 - Boston, MA    
Nov 4 - NightCat - Easton, MD
# w/ Aimee Mann
* w/ Jukebox the Ghost

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.

Dark Star Orchestra Announces Jeff Mattson as Lead Guitarist

Dark Star Orchestra, the faithful interpreters of the music of the Grateful Dead, announced today that Jeff Mattson will be taking on Jerry Garcia role and welcomes him as a full time member of the group. The band’s statement reads:

“After months of touring and playing with Jeff, we have decided to offer him the full time gig, which he has gratefully accepted.  Jeff has blown us away with his energy, licks, and presence on stage. He is a great guy, an inspiring musician and so much fun to perform with, we cannot wait to get back out there and mix it up with him once again. We are having more fun than ever and are looking forward to seeing you all at the upcoming shows.”

A veteran of more than 30 years on the road, Jeff was a founding member of The Zen Tricksters and has performed in two bands of actual Grateful Dead members with Phil Lesh & Friends and the Donna Jean Godchaux Band. RELIX Magazine recently praised his “eerily on-point Garcia interpretations” and Jambase.com noted “Any doubts about new lead guitarist-singer Jeff Mattson were erased by a breathtaking "Eyes of the World" where Mattson continually proved a real prize in his new role, bringing all his years in The Zen Tricksters to bear and then upping the ante a bit more.”

Having joined Dark Star Orchestra for two nationwide tours, fans and critics have already weighed in with PopMatters.com marveling how “Mattson’s guitar playing matched every intricate moment,” and Hidden Track praising his “soulful vocals and dense solos to anchor the major suites, chipper, airy ones to flesh out the rockers… his improvisational style is intense but not ostentatious.”

A video clip of Jeff Mattson performing with Dark Star Orchestra doing a scorching version of "Viola Lee Blues" at The Klein in Bridgeport, CT can be viewed online here: http://www.vimeo.com/9585290.

Dark Star Orchestra will be performing at clubs and festivals across the nation this summer, all announced dates are listed below:

Rock My Soul Summer Tour

06/24    Minnesota Zoo Weesner Ampitheater | Apple Valley, MN

06/25    Simon Estes Ampitheater | Des Moines, IA

06/26    CEFCU Stage | Peoria, IL

06/27    Park West | Chicago, IL

06/29    Otto's | Dekalb, IL

06/30    Summerfest | Milwaukee, WI

07/02    Gratefulfest 11 | Garretsville, OH

07/03    Gratefulfest 11 | Garretsville, OH

07/04    Gratefulfest 11 | Garretsville, OH

07/07    Veteran's Park Ampitheater | Springfield, OH

07/08    All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV

07/10    State Theatre | State College, PA

07/11    Tags Summerstage | Big Flats, NY

07/29    Gathering Of The Vibes Bridgeport, CT

07/30    Saranac Brewery | Utica, NY

07/31    Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY

08/01    Midland Theatre | Newark, OH

08/03    Harris River Front Park | Huntington, WV

08/05    Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE

08/06    Hilton Atlantic City | Atlantic City, NJ

08/07    Bergen PAC Theatre | Englewood, NJ

08/09    Zoellner Arts Center | Bethlehem, PA

08/12    Party in the Park | Rochester, NY

08/13    Bears Picnic | Laurelton, PA

08/15    Lake Champlain Maritime Festival | Burlington, VT

A Slingshot On Mars Tour

09/09    The Valarium | Knoxville, TN

09/10    Minglewood Hall | Memphis, TN

09/11    Terrapin Hill Farm | Harrodsburg, KY

09/12    Orange Peel | Asheville, NC

09/15    Jefferson Theater | Charlottesville, VA

09/16    The Norva | Norfolk, VA

09/17    Rams Head Live! | Baltimore, MD

09/18    930 Club | Washington, DC

09/22    Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead | Munhall, PA

09/23    Grand Opera House | Wilmington, DE

09/24    Theatre of the Living Arts | Philadelphia, PA

09/25    Palace Theatre | Albany, NY

09/27    Toad's Place | New Haven, CT

09/28    Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY

09/30    Calvin Theatre | Northhampton, MA

10/01    Lowell Memorial Auditorium | Lowell, MA

10/02    Nokia Theatre | New York, NY