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Ben Harper: Give Till It's Gone Streets 5/17/11

On May 17th, Virgin Records will release Give Till It's Gone, Ben Harper's 10th studio album. It was recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Jackson Browne, who harmonizes with Ben on "Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn." The album also features two tracks co-written and performed with Ringo Starr - the psychedelic-tinged "Spilling Faith" and "Get There From Here," an improvisational instrumental.

Ben will headline a trio of festivals this spring: Lollapalooza Chile, Bluesfest in Australia and GrassRoots, the New Zealand Blues & Roots All Music Festival, followed by the Wakarusa Festival and more dates below with more soon to be announced. The pre-sale for Kansas City and Denver starts Feb 25 10:00 AM local time at Ben Harper Ticketing, password: GIVE.

Stay tuned for a special album pre-order starting Mar 29!

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Ben Harper tour dates:

Apr 2 Lollapalooza
Santiago, Chile Tickets
On Sale Now
Apr 17 Coachella* Indio, CA Tickets
On Sale Now
Apr 21 Bluesfest
Byron Bay, Australia Tickets
On Sale Now
Apr 22 Bluesfest* Byron Bay, Australia Tickets
On Sale Now
Apr 23 GrassRoots
Manukau, New Zealand Tickets
On Sale Now
Jun 4 Wakarusa Festival
Ozark, AR Tickets
On Sale Now
Jun 5 Crossroads
Kansas City, MO Tickets
On Sale 2/26
Jun 6 Ogden Theatre
Denver, CO Tickets
On Sale 2/26
Jul 16 Festival Musilac
Aix-les-Bains, France Tickets
On Sale Now
Jul 22 Festival de Nimes
Nimes, France Tickets
On Sale Now
Jul 25 Festival de Poupet
Saint-Malo-du-Bois, France Tickets
On Sale 4/11


* with Fistful of Mercy

More dates to be announced!

Kiwi Songstress Jackie Bristow To Release 'Freedom'

Recording artist Jackie Bristow, who was born in New Zealand, came into her own professionally in Australia and now makes her home in Austin, releases her third outstanding album next month, the glorious, unbound FREEDOM (Feb. 15, 2011), and embarks on a U.S. tour with internationally acclaimed guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel.

With her acoustic guitar, silky vocals and the folk-pop originals on the new album (two are co-writes), Bristow will crisscross this country, from Austin to the West Coast to mid-America to the East Coast through February, and then return to Austin for a March 10 CD Release Party at Momo’s Club.

Bristow’s new album was recorded between Austin and Sydney and was co-produced by Bristow and Mark Punch, the first of her albums they have co-produced. Musicians on the album include J.J. Johnson (who has played with John Mayer), Punch (Kasey Chambers), Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson), Matt Fell (Josh Pyke), Jeff Young (Steely Dan), Clayton Doley and Rob Woolf (Jimmy Barnes).

The title track features the free-spirited vocals that Bristow is known for, a Hammond organ and an echoing gospel chorus. “Hightail It Outta Here” follows in the same vein, a bit more spunky perhaps, and “Broken Girl,” a powerful anthem, reverberates with both Bristow’s and Punch’s guitars. The final track, “Aotearoa,” is an ode to her homeland.
“Bristow returns, and she’s totally in control. FREEDOM is red-hot,” says the Waikato (New Zealand) Times. “A brilliant work of art, from a brilliant singer,” says NZ Music.net. “However more than just a singer, Bristow is a story-teller, and she has many tales to tell.”
Bristow’s songs have been used repeatedly in Australian and New Zealand film and hit TV shows, and her “This is Australia” won Tourism Australia’s Song Competition and was featured in a worldwide promotional campaign. In America, she has been heard on the in-store broadcast at Starbucks restaurants across the country.
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Upcoming Jackie Bristow shows include:
January 26, Chelsea Wine Bar, El Lago, Texas
January 30, Momo’s Club, Austin
February 4, Hard County Performing Arts Center-Tommy Fest/Elizabeth Town, Ky. *
February 8, Van Duzer Theatre, Arcata, Calif. *
February 9, Laxson Auditorium, Chico, Calif. *
February 17, Moore Theatre, Seattle *
February 18, Aladdin Theater, Portland, Ore. *
February 19, Crest Theatre, Sacramento, Calif. *
February 21, Montgomery Performing Arts Center, Montgomery, Ala. *
February 23, Palladium Theatre, St. Petersburg, Fla. *
February 24, The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, Fla. *
February 25, Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, Fla. *
February 26, Clayton Center, Clayton, N.C. *
February 27 Newberry Opra House, Newberry, S.C.
February 28, Newberry Opra House, Newberry, S.C. *
March 10, CD Release, Momo’s Club, Austin
March 22, Main Stage, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (post-SXSW Music)
* Opening for Tommy Emmanuel

Black Seeds + Katchafire @ The Fox Theatre

Originating from Wellington, New Zealand, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation through platinum selling albums, a masterful 8-piece live show, and a unique sound that fuses infectious grooves and melodies with undiluted roots music. With numerous European festival tours and releases behind them, and a successful 2009 North American release, their following continues to spread quickly around the globe.

Led by the vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman, at its core The Black Seeds music is a boundary-crossing sound fusion of big-beat funk, dub, soul, and afro-beat, mixed with vintage roots-reggae. Described by Clash Magazine as ‘one of the best reggae acts on the planet’, their legendary 8-piece live show brings the raw energy and good vibes wherever it goes. They now have countless sell-out New Zealand and Australasian tours behind them, and regularly perform at many of Europe’s biggest festivals.
The Black Seeds manage to play beyond the normal boundaries of reggae without compromising the music’s heart. While “Rotten Apple” has all the thump of a vintage Parliament-Funkadelic jam , “Afrophone”’s punchy horns and get- on-the-good-foot rhythm recall James Brown and the J.B.s at their peak – and the Seeds manage to pull it all off while retaining their voice. They make the blend of sounds feel absolutely natural. This is not a reggae band dropping a nov- elty funk cover into the middle of a set, this is simply Black Seeds music.” - Jambase.com (U.S.A) – Nov. ‘09
Reggae is one of the bloodlines of New Zealand music -- which accounts for the extraordinary success of Hamilton's Katchafire who, emerged as the hardest working band in the country. Their astonishing debut album, the prophetically named Revival, sold in excess of 30,000 copies (double platinum). The success of the band was evident in album sales, opening shows for the likes of Michael Franti and Spearhead, gigs all across the country (three in one day on Waitangi Day 2004, in Hamilton, Manukau and Nelson), three tours to Australia and New Caledonia, and most recently a stadium-filling headlining show in Fiji.
From humble beginnings ‘jamming’ in a garage, Katchafire is a melting pot of unique members, including two generations of one family and diverse musical perspectives – yet this blend is exquisitely aligned with the essence of reggae which can be an expression of social and political persuasions, hardship and pain, relaxation and reflection. Dubbed New Zealand’s hardest working band by national media, Katchafire have now completed numerous national and seven international tours. The band has moved audiences around the globe with three tours in New Caledonia, one tour in each Fiji and Hawaii and 10 Australian tours.
Katchafire’s unique, proudly New Zealand reggae style envelopes cross-cultural and cros-generational audiences in the revitalising vibes of healing music, encouraging sing-alongs and regeneration of soul. The Katchafire flame continues to burn ever brighter and stronger.

Sat, July 10th, 9:00pm
BLACK SEEDS + KATCHAFIRE

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