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Yonder Mountain & Leftover Salmon @ Red Rocks

This Friday August 27th Leftover Salmon will return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Billed with Yonder Mountain String Band and Split Lip Rayfield, this is sure to be a show not to be missed. This evening of music will bring two of Colorado’s best known jam grass bands together on a bill that’s long overdue! Salmon will hit the stage at 7pm sharp, so plan on getting there on time. Tickets are still available at www.ticketmaster.com

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Meet the Band / DVD Signing Thursday August 26th!

To kick off Friday’s festivities at Red Rocks and celebrate the release of our new DVD “Twice in a Blue Moon” that was filmed at the bands 20th celebration this past New Year’s, Drew, Vince, and the gang will be on hand at Pete’s Monkey Bar on Thursday.  They will be signing your copy of the DVD. there will also be a blow out merchandise sale. Yonder will be playing at the Ogden Theatre that night and this will be a pre-party to their performance later that evening.

Pete’s Monkey Bar is located two blocks west of the Ogden at 717 East Colfax Ave in Denver. Come by between 6pm and 8:30pm and get your copy of the DVD and say HI! This DVD is also available online at www.leftoversalmon.com.

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Harvest Festival at Mountain Mulberry October 14-16

Leftover Salmon will return to Harvest Festival in Ozark, Arkansas on October 15th. Ticket are on sale now. This festival takes place on a beautiful site with large open fields and plenty of camping. The lineup includes Yonder Mountain Sting Band, Keller Williams, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, Brett Dennen, Emmitt/Nershi Band, Cornmeal, and many more. Checkout www.yonderharvestfestival.com for complete details.

Pete Francis | Summer Tour 2010 | New LP

New York City based singer-songwriter, Pete Francis, is set to release his new album The Movie We Are In this May 2010. Whereas Francis’ previous solo albums were largely self-produced, he uprooted his more traditional approach to album-making and assembled an entirely new crew with Los Angeles based producer Jeff Trott (right hand man to Sheryl Crow as writer and guitarist). Says Francis, “In the past I’ve worked with acoustic guitar, bass, drums, B3 organ, but I wanted to bring a modern electronic element into my music. When first speaking with Jeff Trott, I quickly realized he had great musical instincts and that he was getting my tunes. And then, he brought ideas to the table that I hadn’t imagined. I saw a new musical landscape could be created with my songs by working with him.”

The musicians that Trott assembled for the recording sessions helped to create this colorful landscape. Having worked with artists such as Beck, Nine Inch nails, Gnarls Barkley, Willie Nelson, Queens of the Stone Age, Dr. Dre, and Scott Weiland, the musicians (Brian LeBarton, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, John O’Brien, Victor Indrizzo and others) provided an extraordinary musical palette of talent and sensibility.

When asked about the project, Trott says, “It really became apparent to me that Pete was a very creative and colorful song-writer. What I liked was that there was this very good sense of Pete’s personality from happy go lucky to dark and brooding. All these aspects were amazing to work with and the lyrics were very colorful. I think that’s one of the things I really enjoy about Pete’s songs… that it’s sometimes hard to really figure out what the meanings are and I think that’s missing in a lot of music - the mystery of what a song is.”

The opening track, “Glue”, generates a feeling of weightlessness by combining organic instrumentation with futuristic sounds. This song solidly represents what’s to follow on the album’s consistent mix of fresh and classic, electronic and acoustic, known and unknown… Each listen unlocks a new guitar lick, synth riff, bass groove, drum program, live drumbeat or horn swell, and even the sounds of the sparsely used Ethiopian instrument cumbus. Midway through the album, the listener gets catapulted into the up-tempo and joyous revelry of “Love Shakes You Down” a sing-a-long with the familiar bell sounds of Motown combined with a  string synth creating a modern and retro sound all at once. The slower, more melodic songs of the album like “St. Paul’s Fair” and “Didn’t Know I Built It” lure the listener into dream-states with rich deep vocals, sampled sounds from a town square in Italy, trance-like Wurlitzer pedaling, and vivid lyrics.

No one would deny that Francis has earned his stripes in the independent music scene. He formed the fiercely independent band Dispatch in 1995 whose uncommonly loyal fan-base bid them farewell at The Last Dispatch concert in 2004 with an attendance of 110,000 people from around the world. Since then, his career has infiltrated many musical worlds including performing his solo music at festivals around the country, reuniting with his Dispatch pals for three sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, having his solo music featured in films and television, and performing in the presence of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C..

Commenting on his new album and departure from his Dispatch days, Francis says, “It’s good to get out of your comfort zone. I tried to let this motto resonate at every turning point of this record’s evolution.” When asked if there is an overall theme to The Movie We Are In, Francis explains, “I like to leave this up to the listener. Hearing an album is similar to visiting a museum. The listener has to have his or her own conversation with the artwork and create their own interpretations."