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Happy 70th Birthday, Robert Hunter!

What a long, strange trip it's been indeed... June 23 marks lyricist, singer-songwriter, and poet Robert Hunter's 70th birthday. A long-time "member" of the band, Hunter first joined up with his old friend Jerry and the gang after penning the fantastical "China Cat Sunflower." He would go on to write countless lyrics for the majority of the band's original songs including the much-beloved "Dark Star," the all-time classic "Friend of the Devil," and of course, "Truckin'."

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Robert Hunter joined the Grateful Dead in the fall of 1967, when he arrived at a rehearsal just in time to write the first verse of the band's classic "Dark Star." Though he'd never play onstage, he became not only a genuine band member but its secret Ace in the hole. Though Bob Weir's words for "The Other One" would endure, most of the band's early verbal efforts would not; it was Hunter's work that would elevate their songs from ditties to rich, complete stories set to song. Hunter had fallen into the Dead's general scene in 1961 when he'd met Garcia in Palo Alto, and he'd played in several of Garcia's early bluegrass bands. But he'd always thought of himself as a writer -- probably a novelist -- and it was only in 1967 that he fulfilled his personal destiny, and enriched the Dead's. He's gone on to write several books of poetry, and is currently at work on a novel.

Robert Hunter turned 70 years old today, June 23rd, 2011.  Happy Birthday, Robert Hunter!

Kimock's NYC Residency, New Videos, Wavy Gravy's 75th

Come and listen to the stellar collaborations at Kimock's Spring residency at Sullivan Hall in NYC. Last week featured the legendary pairing of Kimock & NOLA great Henry Butler, along with John Morgan Kimock, Andy Hess and special guests Donna Jean Godchaux and Mark Muller.

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This Wednesday, March 30th, come and listen to Kimock throw down with Marco Benevento, Adam Deitch and Marc Friedman. On April 6th, old friends Pete Sears and John Molo will join Kimock & Andy Hess. Win Tickets HERE. Cool.

Visit kimock.com for more info.

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Kimock will play in a coast-to-coast celebration for Seva co-founder Wavy Gravy's 75th Birthday, as an all-star cast of musicians comes together to honor this beloved humanitarian activist.

Wavy Gravy's 75th Birthday Boogie!
a benefit for Seva Foundation
Saturday, May 14th
Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, CA
Friday, May 27th
Beacon Theater, New York, NY

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On April 8th,,Everyone Orchestra collaborates with Steve Kimock, Kirtan artist Dave Stringer and visual artist Alex Grey for a cross-genre musical celebration of Love, Unity and Expressions of the Sacred. Musicians joining this special EO will be Asher Fulero, Jans Ingber, Steve Berlin, Robin Jackson, Damian Erskine, Julian Fritz and more.

Kimock looks forward to returning to Eugene for another special EO show the following night, Saturday, April 9th at the WOW Hall.

For more information visit www.seva.org/wavygravy

Conspirator tour begins today- free, discounted, and no fee tickets

The next leg of Conspirator tour begins today! The first leg of dates will feature MIKE GREENFIELD of Lotus on drums along with Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner and Chris Michetti.

After drawing one of the largest afternoon crowds at ULTRA music festival, the band is headed north to Tallahassee and beyond, including a stop in Philadelphia on April 8, Brownstein's birthday. On Wednesday, March 30 Live Nation is offering "no fee" tickets from 10am-10pm ET with the password "birthday" at this link

Tag the "Conspirator (Official)" Facebook page in a status update and two lucky fans will be selected at random every night this week to kick the tour off!

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CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

3/29 - The Engine Room, Tallahassee, FL
3/30 - Pourhouse, Charleston, SC
3/31 - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
4/1 - 12th and Porter, Nashville, TN
4/2 - Hat Factory, Richmond, VA
4/3 - Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
4/6 - Headliners Music Hall, Louisville, KY
4/7 - State Theatre, State College, PA
4/8 - TLA, Philadelphia, PA
4/9 - Bourbon Street, Baltimore, MD
4/29 - Nocturnal Festival, Rockdale, TX

The Music of Art Blakey 90th Birthday Celebration at Iridium

With so many classic recordings as a leader under his belt it might come as a surprise to some that Art Blakey's considered his best album to be the little known gem "Golden Boy". Believed to be recorded soon after play Golden Boy (starring Sammy Davis Jr.) opened on Broadway, Blakey, at the time, was leading his most famous edition of the Jazz Messengers with Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton and Reggie Workman. This group was enhanced with the addition of Lee Morgan, Charles Davis, Julius Watkins, and Bill Barber on second trumpet, baritone sax, French horn and tuba to augment the group to play arrangements of the material from the show by Wayne Shorter (featuring some of his first writing for large ensemble), Cedar Walton and Curtis Fuller for a rare large group recording by the Blakey.

This music from this neglected masterpiece was painstakingly transcribed from the original recordings by trumpeter/arranger David Weiss and was never performed live until it's premiere at the Iridium Jazz Club in 2008. For this special encore performance, an all-star group featuring Curtis Fuller, who performed on the original recording and contributed an arrangement, and many other prominent ex-Jazz Messengers bring this great music back to life.

Golden Boy: The Music of Art Blakey 90th Birthday Celebration

Thursday- Sunday December 3-6 | With Special Guest Curtis Fuller- Trombone

Featuring:

Louis Hayes- Drums
Mulgrew Miller- Piano December 3 and 4
Stephen Scott- Piano December 5 and 6
Peter Washington- Bass
Donald Harrison- Alto Sax
Javon Jackson- Tenor Sax
Jeremy Pelt- Trumpet
Steve Davis- Trombone
Howard Johnson- Tuba
Mark Taylor- French Horn
Jason Marshall- Baritone Sax

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/

Les Paul's 94th Birthday Celebration

lesLes Paul's regular Monday night appearances at The Iridium Jazz Club since April 1995 attract devoted fans from all over the world.  World-class musicians like Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Tony Bennett, Steve Miller, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck, Slash and countless others come to pay homage. By far, this is the music industry's most important regular music gig in NYC.   

Les Paul is a living legend and an icon of the music world. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received multiple Grammy Awards, pioneered the modern electric guitar and invented numerous recording techniques. Les has influenced countless musicians and guitarists and is hailed as "The Father Of The Electric Guitar".

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/

EVERY MONDAY LES PAUL AND HIS TRIO
JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS  
SHOWS AT 8:00 & 10:00 PM

Monday, June 8th  -- Les Paul’s 94th Birthday Celebration

Mike Berkowitz & the Gene Krupa Band at Iridium for Gene's 100th Birthday

Gene Krupa- for the Grateful Web

Star drummer Gene Krupa and his Orchestra were the hottest of the hot stuff in the big band years. Fortunately Mike Berkowitz, an incredible drummer of today rescued the brilliant Krupa arrangements and put together a phenomenal aggregation of some of our New York Jazz world's swingingest musicians and Vocalist extraordinaire, Cassie Miller from L.A. Not just for nostalgia buffs and music historians, any real jazz lover has to be thrilled by the sounds made by this amazing 16-piece group.  Scott Barbarino has booked them into the Iridium, the premiere Jazz room (on West 51 Street and Broadway) on Tuesday, January 13, which coincides with what would have been Gene Krupa's 100th birthday.  The sets are at 8 pm and 10 pm.  This is a rare opportunity to recapture big band music at its most exciting.

Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway @ 51st Street
212-582-2121 for reservations
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com

Happy 60th Birthday, Bob Weir!

Bob Weir at Red Rocks - Morrison, CO- for the Grateful Web

Bob Weir is 60 years old today.  I saw Bobby play on his 42nd bday on 10.16.89 at the Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey.   Grateful Web hopes Bobby has 60 more birthdays.  be well, bobby

Happy Birthday, Bobby!

Happy Birthday, Bobby!