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Four Sushi Restaurants and the Toubab Krewe

For lovers of atypical instrumental rock derivatives, there may be no sweeter words than Toubab Krewe.  What's a Toubab Krewe, you ask?  Good question!  For starters, Toubab Krewe is a band, five guys who make some of the grooviest music you've ever (or maybe never) heard.  The only term that really sticks with any consistency is instrumental, since, as the word implies, they only play instruments sans vocals.  Other than that, they ar

SCI to Perform Four Nights at Red Rocks

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The String Cheese Incident's 2007 Summer Tour stops in towns that hold plenty of SCI history, and features some of the band's favorite kinds of shows - namely weekend camping events with plenty of musical friends in tow.

Incidents begin on July 11 with a four night run at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York City. The band then skips to the west coast for two nights in the Bay Area at Berkeley's Greek Theatre on July 21 & 22, with special guests Sound Tribe Sector 9 and The Disco Biscuits on Saturday and Railroad Earth and Hot Buttered Rum on Sunday. The weekend of July 27-29 will include three nights at Horning's Hideout.  Horning's Hideout is always one of SCI's most anticipated and memorable Incidents. This year's festival will feature three nights of music by SCI (Fri, Sat, Sun) plus special musical guests Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, ALO, and many others to be announced . Then, the "Big Summer Classic" will return in the form of a three-day camping festival on the weekend of August 3-5.  In the tradition of the inaugural BSC Tour in summer of 2005, the weekend festival will feature a slew of SCI's musical friends.  Confirmed artists include The Roots, Los Lobos, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Greyboy Allstars, The Wailers, Infected Mushroom, Del McCoury Band, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Vusi Mahlasela, Bassnectar, David Lindley, Drew Emmitt Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Chris Berry & Panjea, EOTO, Jonah Smith, The Schwag, Old School Freight Train and others to be announced. The tour will end back home in Colorado at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The complete String Cheese Incident Summer Tour is as follows:
June 15 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
July 11 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
July 12 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 13 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 14 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 20 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN
July 21 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA w/ STS9 and The Disco Biscuits
July 22 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA w/ Railroad Earth & Hot Buttered Rum
July 27 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with Femi Kuti & the Positive Force and others TBA SOLD OUT
July 28 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with special guests TBA
July 29 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with ALO and others TBA
August 3 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 4 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 5 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 9 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
August 10 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT
August 11 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT
August 12 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT

As always, not-for-profit Conscious Alliance will be at every show to host food drives. Attendees are encouraged to bring 10 non-perishable food items to each show redeemable for an exclusive event poster.

Over the past decade, The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of America's most significant independent bands. Born in 1993 in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, SCI has since released 6 albums, 3 DVDs and countless live recordings from their relentless tour schedule. Their 14 year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit, philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.

When The String Cheese Incident's growth first started gaining momentum over a decade ago, when the internet was just beginning to take hold and the major-label business model was failing, the band decided to make music on their own terms.

Since then, The String Cheese Incident has gone on to carve out a completely different approach to the business of music; they are truly pioneers of a new way of "making a band."  With the World Wide Web as their tool, SCI was among the first artists to disseminate information via the internet, such as tour dates, release information, and other news, to their growing fan base.  Rather than doing business on such terms as "the bottom line," The String Cheese Incident put their music and their fans first, opening companies of their own, including a ticketing company, a merchandise company and a fan travel agency, to best serve their community. The band's record label, SCI Fidelity Records, has always operated under the same ideals. Even early on, SCI Fidelity embraced downloadable music and file sharing, delivering SCI's "On the Road" series, where every show the band plays is made available for download on the internet.  Whether they realized it at the time or not, The String Cheese Incident was inventing grassroots band development.  Today, literally hundreds of bands are using some version of this same approach to building a band.

The String Cheese Incident's commitment goes well beyond their immediate community, and even beyond the music community as a whole. Early on, the band took a serious interest in giving back to the communities that they visited, and they were among the first performers to encourage "Green" shows and tours.  SCI's support has helped give rise to such not-for-profit organizations as Conscious Alliance, Rock the Earth, and Head Count. In 2002, when the band's right to sell tickets to their own shows became threatened by ticketing giant Ticketmaster, the band stood strong for the independent music community and filed a lawsuit against the company.  All the while, The String Cheese Incident has stayed committed to music as a creative endeavor, not just in their recordings but also in their live performances.  The list of SCI's special guests and collaborators is long and diverse. Their annual events such as Horning's Hideout, and holiday shows such as New Year's and Halloween, have helped redefine the concert experience and has garnered the band a reputation as live music vibe innovators.

WSP Kicks Off Their Four Night Run At The Fillmore

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In the Wake of Vegoose, Widespread Panic quietly embarked on not only their first ever appearance at The Fillmore in Denver, but a 4-night run at that. I was lucky enough to score a ticket for this Thursday night kick off and as people meandered around the block surrounding the venue you could tell spirits were high.

 

I'm coming up on the ten year anniversary of my first Panic show back in Georgia and as much as things have changed since then, its good to know some are still around. Of course, Panic has been through a lot changes with the loss of founder member Mikey Houser, adding new lead guitarist George McConnell and just exploring new musical avenues in general, but their music plays on. Panic almost personifies life in a way; its not always so great, things end and others begin but the train keeps rolling and you have to make the best with what you got if it feels good. Well, what can I say? It feels damn good.

 

The band started things off smoothly with old-time original The Take Out and was followed by James Taylor's Knocking 'Round the Zoo. Panic rocks this tune out like it's their own and was aptly played with JB singing "Just knocking 'round the zoo on a Thursday afternoon." Good People is a newer original and is a testament to the band's future songwriting capabilities. The next song, Who Do You Belong To?, always reminds me of listening to my old analog tapes during college in the South. That means nothing to you folks, I know, but the song choice was perfect.

 

The boys kept the show trucking along with a floor rockin' Dyin' Man and then another old classic, Pickin' Up The Pieces. Pickin' is a slightly slower song with a subtle jazz swing that once again sent my mind wondering. Panic's songs have a timeless feel to them that remind you of the first time you heard the song and yet feels fresh at the same time. Another aptly played tune, One Armed-Steve, had keyboard/piano player, Jo-Jo Hermann, singing, "Well, One-Arm Steve, yeah he threw me out the door, said 'come back sometime when your picture's on the wall". Anyone that's stepped foot in a Fillmore knows the walls are covered with amazing photos of musical acts that have graced their stages. Widespread Panic had now made the Denver wall.

 

The first set ended with an amazing medley beginning with a cover of Bob Dylan's Baby, Let Me Follow You Down that they pulled off quite well. Lead guitarist, George McConnell pulled off a short solo that Robbie Robertson would have beeen proud of. This gem led into the stop-and-go composed epic, Conrad. The story of Conrad the Caterpillar twists its way to an amazing set closing jam and climatic lyrical return, "I just need a little room to fly, I spent all of my days just trying to keep dry. Oh, I'd take a waterfall or a drop for my eye, I can't see nothin' from here anyway, I might as well make room and try…might as well try."

 

The piano bar bouncing Greta let Jo-Jo show off his dexterity and set the tone for a festive second set. Dirty Business, originally written by the New Riders of the Purple Sage, has been in the Panic repertoire for sometime now and is always a fun one to hear. Dirty Business melted into a dark segue that eventually led into the newer tune, You Should Be Glad held down by one of the many catchy Dave Schools bass lines. The mesh of music continued as the band morphed into the live favorite, Bears Gone Fishin'. At about this time in the concert, if you haven't realized that Dave Schools is one of the baddest bass players in the scene, you aren't paying attention. The man provides such an original sounding low end that blends melody and intricate note placement all you can do is nod your head and smile.

 

Just when I thought I had probably heard all the old stuff for the night, they put me right in my place. Blight, a Panic tune that caught my ear nearly ten years ago, comes thumping from Schools's bass while Sonny Ortiz on percussion and drummer Todd Nance pick up the beat. Blight dissolves into a Drums breakdown to which the band leaves the stage for a brief stint as Schools comes back on stage for some Drums and Bass. A few teases later, I'm certain I heard a Dark Star tease in there, the band remerges for R.L. Burnside's Snake Drive, a hard-hitting blues rocker.

 

A slight downshift in the set found the band meandering through the swirling sounds of the old Robert Johnson tune, Me and the Devil Blues, which Panic released on their official debut album Space Wrangler back in 1988. Yes, sir, the song selection was right up my alley tonight and the rest of the crowd seemed to agree. The jam out of Me and the Devil Blues rolled like a runaway train picking up speed and eventually settling into Neil Young's Mr. Soul. A regularly played, but always welcomed, All Time Low was next and had its standard peak at the end that never ceases to get feet moving and people smiling. Rock ended this great set and gave JB one last chance to sing from his whiskey-stained belly. I mean that in a good way.

 

The encore was an uplifting one, starting with NRBQ's Help Me Somebody led by Jo-Jo's rolling piano work and accompanying JB vocals. And if there is ever a song you can expect Panic to finish with after a show like that, it's Ain't Life Grand. The bar was set for this 4-night run, and set pretty high at that. You have to approach these things like a marathon. If I know Panic, and I don't, tonight was a warm-up lap and their just getting warmed up. As for tonight, "Everybody's moving but me, but I'm gonna make it home piece by piece."

 

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Past Ryan Reviews:

 

Mountain Jamming with The Allman Brothers Band

 

I'll Have The Widespread Panic With A Side Of Galactic

 

Trey Anastasio & 70VP at Red Rocks

 

Seven Troops Dead Monday - Another Four Tuesday - 1002 DEAD

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In Iraq, another eleven Americans have been killed in the last two days.  Why isn't this all over the news?  Has America become desensitized to our troops dying?  How come Bush didn't mention one word about these troops yesterday during campaign stops?  The death toll is now 1002, and thousands others have been maimed.  Nobody knows exactly how many Iraqi civilians have been killed since America has occupied Iraq. I still have no idea what we've accomplished.  What does your idea of 'MISSION ACCOMPLISHED' mean, Bush? I just can't figure it out.