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BoomBox Announces Spring Tour

Featuring Producer/Engineer Russ Randolph and Producer/Vocalist/Guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux, BoomBox draws their inspiration from their hometown roots in Muscle Shoals, AL – an area known for inspiring the worlds most legendary recordings of the 60’s, 70’s 80’s and into the present. The powerhouse duo draws their inspiration from their hometown roots and is recognized for infusing elements of Motown, Folk, and Rock into an electronic music blender with heavy bass undertones and ethereal vocals for a dance party vibe that has fans coming out in drones.

Using only word of mouth buzz, BoomBox has built a strong national following with a history of packed performances around the country. Locally, the band boasts two sold out shows in Denver last November, as part of their annual urban electronic festival RE:Convergence, which took place at Cervantes.

BoomBox will be performing with special opening guests BLVD along the western slopes this spring in support of their latest release, downriverelectric, which is expected to hit the streets in advance of the Colorado tour.

COLORADO TOUR:
3/9 - Three20South, Breckenridge, CO
3/10 - Belly Up, Aspen, CO
3/11 - Aggie Theater, Fort Collins, CO
3/12 - Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
3/13 - Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
3/14 - Abbey Theatre, Durango, CO

Mountainside Mardi Gras Brings the Spirit of New Orleans To Colorado

From just below sea level to a mile high come the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras, the bead-tossing, costumes, big brass, jazz and funk, all the way from New Orleans to the mountainside of Colorado on Saturday Aug. 8. With a full day of festivities straight from the heart and soul of one of the world’s largest celebrations, Mountainside Mardi Gras is Bourbon Street at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, packed full of New Orleans-based acts like headliner and Grammy Award-winning Dr. John, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, just to name a few.

red-rocksWith Colorado’s favorite venue full of costume-wearing fans, dressed down in the traditional mask, feathers, green and purple, additional artists like George Porter, Jr., Papa Grows Funk, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes will be right at home. The epitome of the word festival, Mountainside Mardi Gras is authentic from start to finish, including mini-parades led by the Krewe of OAK and The New Era Brass Band, in which beads and medallions will be tossed as such in New Orleans. DJ Kinetik will be at the top of Red Rocks spinning sets.

“We are truly focused on bringing the sights, sounds, flavor and flair of the New Orleans Mardi Gras to the amphitheatre,” said Trevor Jones, President of For/Sure Productions.

Jones and his partners are Denver-natives, but the idea for the landmark festival came by way of Jones’ experiences as a student at Tulane University, bringing instant credibility to a vision that has traveled 1,300 miles to honor the good fans of the Rocky Mountain Region. At just 23-years-old, Jones wants to bring his passion for New Orleans and its music to his hometown. To give back to the city that taught him of the bayou sound, Jones is donating a portion of the proceeds to the New Orleans-based Tipitina’s Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to revitalizing the local music community and supporting public school music programs in Louisiana.

Gates to Red Rocks open at noon and the music starts at 1 p.m., but Mardi Gras will undoubtedly begin well before gates open the morning of the festival with fans dressed in their best costumes, which is highly encouraged by the promoters. Tickets are on sale now through TicketsWest and are going fast! Expect special announcements soon concerning the festival, a day that invites all to partake in a collage of culture stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Colorado Front Range.

For more information about the festival visit, www.mountainsidemardigras.com. Tickets can be purchased at all King Soopers locations, by phone at 866-464-2626 or online at www.ticketswest.com.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds play Colorado Springs, July 24

For over thirty years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group's distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up.”

thunderbirdsFounding member Kim Wilson spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation. “We started as a straight blues band.” vocalist and harmonica player Wilson says. “We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles. We're an American music band and we're higher energy than ever before.” The Fabulous Thunderbirds features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass.

Wilson’s musical talents have garnered him multiple Blues Awards and Grammy Nominations. The Blues Foundation 2008 blues Music Awards named Wilson "Instrumentalist - Harmonica" category.  In 2006, he was named “Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year” in 2006, and “Lookin’ for Trouble!” was named Blues Song of the Year in 2004. Wilson has contributed to the work of many other great artists such as the legendary Muddy Waters (who called him his “son”), contemporary artist Bonnie Raitt, guitar legends Stevie Ray Vaughn and brother Jimmy Vaughn, and Martin Scorsese’s movie “The Blues." With his current movie project “Cadillac Records,” Wilson continues to focus on the music he loves.

With over 20 albums recorded and millions sold, Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds tour the world performing their own unique style of music. Ranging from pop anthems like “Powerful Stuff” which was featured in the Tom Cruise movie “Cocktail," to the low down blues of "Chicago," this brand of honest music brings fans back time and again.

Having shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana and blues legends BB King and Buddy Guy and countless others, The Fabulous Thunderbirds continue to tour Europe and the North America, bringing more great music to their fans worldwide.

Their new CD (tentative title “Pay Back Time”) is to be released in mid-2009.

Mama’s Cookin’ to Play A String of Colorado Shows

Mama’s Cookin’ returns to Colorado in June to bring the heat as only they can for 10 shows for the state that gave birth to the band. Mama’s Cookin has become one of Colorado’s favorite group of rockers and this tour finds them playing renowned venues and festivals including a headlining slot at the South Park Music Festival and two huge shows at The Fox Theater in Boulder and at Owsley’s Golden Road in Denver. As the Denver Post said in a review of a Mama’s Cookin’ show, “You have to see this band.”

mamas-cookinTheir effortless melding of blues, soul-driven rock and hip-hop has propelled the band to the point that their upcoming stops in mountain towns are charged with expectations of bigger things to come. June shows include Breckenridge, Durango, Silverton, Crested Butte, Salida and Grand Junction. This band is truly not to be missed. Aggressive and in-your-face at times, yet subtle and eloquent at others, Mama’s Cookin’ puts on a show like no other. Original sounds are generated from the obliteration of genres and the mixing of styles, making Mama’s Cookin’ true pioneers.

Zebuel Early’s vocal style is refreshing yet gritty, rolling in hip-hop rhyme with down-south delta blues. His voice is inviting and flowing, but it’s his slide work on the guitar matched with ranging and very technical riffs that make him the supreme lead man. Responsible for bringing groove to the equation, Eric Matlock manages the keyboards and Steve LaBella funks it up with the four-string, taking the hard-rock sound down home into the realm of dirty funk. The band’s impeccable timing and fluidity can be traced back to the incredible chops of drummer Mike Adamo.

Their 2008 self-titled studio release won the hearts of music fans across the country as being nearly flawless and innovative. JamBands.com named the album the 12th best of 2008 and the album is finding national traction on the radio, indicating this is not a jam band. Mama’s Cookin’ has huge momentum and is looking at their shows at The Fox Theater in Boulder, Owsley’s Golden Road in Denver and their headlining gig at the South Park Music Festival as a hint of what is to come. Get on board and see what the buzz is all about. These boys will rock you socks off and fill the dance floor with people ready to throw down with some Colorado-style raging.

For more information and tour dates, visit: Mama's Cookin MySpace and Website.

Tour dates:
06/11 – Owsley’s Golden Road – Denver, CO
06/12 – three20south – Breckenridge, CO
06/13 – Animas River Days – Durango, CO
06/14 – Silverton Jamboree – Silverton, CO
06/17 – Center for the Arts – Crested Butte, CO
06/18 – Rotary Amphitheatre, FIBArk Whitewater Festival – Salida, CO
06/19 – Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
06/25 – The Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
06/27- South Park Music Festival – South Park, CO

Equaleyes Ushers in Summer with Utah & Colorado Tour

Save a ‘Welcome Home’ and moe. after party in Boise, Idaho, Equaleyes May tour is equal parts Colorado and Utah, with six stops in each state through the end of the month. A three-show run in Utah opens the tour, with the rock, pop, bluegrass and funk then heading to Nederland, Colorado. A run down the Front Range – including a stop in Denver – will lead the band back into the Rocky Mountains, before three southern Colorado shows push the band back into Utah, with two huge back-to-back shows in Moab, Utah.

EqualeyesThe tour sees the band return to its roots, where fans know the jams and the lyrics, where the feel good vibes of Boise, Idaho, are at home in both Utah and Colorado. The smart lyrics and riding guitar work of Jeff Crosby allows the funky rhythm section of bassist Tom Borda and drummer William Prescott to work their magic. Prescott brings a refreshing tap on the kit and Borda is a wizard on the bass, with each solid enough for the other to roam. Daniel Blumenfeld brings an added voice in his keyboard and accordion playing, rounding out what makes for a road trip of sort in each song, a journey with a smile and one arm hanging out the window. Just don’t be surprised when a big bridge leads into big volume and a tap of the distortion pedal.

The band planted its roots in 2006 as a three-piece exploring bluegrass, reggae, pop and rock. Just as they were about to finish the studio album While I’m Alive in 2007, Blumenfeld joined the band and took it up a notch. While still exploring some reggae, the band now prides itself on writing catchy, pop, rock, bluegrass and funk songs, original tunes with bountiful melody and big themes. They craft songs the fans can sing along to and the album takes on nearly ever genre, exploiting each of the musicians’ rich musical talent.

The band is primed for the May run with big ideas of venturing into other states to follow, allowing the rest of the country to hear the electricity that has been building in the Mountain West over the last two years. Equaleyes returns home to Boise, Idaho, on June 4 to play a moe. after party.

TOUR DATES:
05/07 – The White Owl – Logan, UT
05/08 – The Woodshed – Salt Lake City, UT
05/09 – The Downstairs – Park City, UT
05/13 – 1st St. Pub – Nederland, CO
05/14 – Connor O’Neil’s – Boulder, CO
05/15 – Dulcinea’s 100th Monkey – Denver, CO
05/16 – The Summit – Durango, CO
05/21 – Bongo Billy’s – Salida, CO
05/22 – Fly Me to the Moon Saloon – Telluride, CO
05/23 – Woody’s Tavern – MOAB, UT
05/24 – Desert Rocks Music Festival – MOAB, UT
05/26 – Mystic Hot Springs – Monroe, UT
06/04 – Liquid (moe. after party) – Boise, ID

Mama’s Cookin’ Return to Their Colorado Roots

mamaMama’s Cookin’ returns to their Colorado roots in March for a 10-day trek through the mountain west. The formerly Colorado-based project is well known in the area for their trademark blend of hip-hop beats and soul-driven rock. Kicking off the tour in Fort Collins, CO - the band will zigzag across the state, playing shows in Denver, Boulder and a handful of mountain towns.

Since forming in Gunnison, CO, in 2001, Mama’s Cookin’ has garnered a reputation as being a pioneer of a new sound with a knack for precise timing and fluidity. The rootsy ensemble is driven by gritty guitars and an impeccable rhythm section that dares audiences not to dance. Zebuel Early’s sincere lyricism and vocal delivery incorporates spoken word and soulful singing. Their huge rock sound has Led Zeppelin painted all over it, yet their soul seems to come straight from the Mississippi Delta, with a dusting of New Orleans funk.

With more than seven successful years under their belt, the quartet features the right proportions of harmonica and slide guitar with a tight rhythm section carrying the sound. The tightened arrangement now features Zebuel Early (guitar, vocals), Eric Matlock (keys), Mike Adamo (drums) and Steve LaBella's (bass) – allowing the music to breathe more freely. One only need look at the quartet’s influences – R.L. Burnside, Hound Dog Taylor, Johnnie Taylor, Digable Planets – to realize the variety in their musical ambition.

On tour in support of their self-titled album, which was named by Jambands.com as the 12th best of 2008, Mama’s Cookin’ packs a powerful punch both live and recorded. Their trek through Colorado will include stops in Boulder, Breckenridge, Denver and Vail, before heading back to where it all began for the band, Crested Butte. Two shows follow in Telluride with a Colorado finale in Grand Junction, before the band heads west for select coastal performances.

Expect added dates and keep up with the tour at:  www.myspace.com/mamascookin and www.mamascookinmusic.com

Tour Dates:

3/04 – Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CA
3/06 – TBA – Salt Lake City, UT
3/07 – The Canyons (daytime performance) – Park City, UT
3/07 – The Star Bar (nighttime performance) – Park City, UT
3/11 – Hodi’s Halfnote – Fort Collins, CO
3/12 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
3/13 – three20south – Breckenridge, CO
3/14 – Quixote’s – Denver, CO
3/17 – Sandbar Sports Grill, St. Patty’s Day – Vail, CO
3/18 – Eldo – Crested Butte, CO
3/19 – Fly Me to the Moon, Live in Telluride – Telluride, CO
3/20 – Sheridan Opera House (Private Event) – Telluride, CO
3/21 – Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
4/02 – The Mint – Los Angeles, CA
4/03 – SoHo – Santa Barbara, CA
4/10 – Mission Rock Cafe – San Francisco, CA
4/17 – TBA – Vancouver, BC
4/18 – TBA – Vancouver, BC
4/19 – Telus MTV World Ski & Snowboard Festival – Whistler, BC

Attention Colorado: Umphrey's is on the Way!

photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Chicago's favorite export is coming to Colorado, and I'm not talking about either crooked politicians or Da Bears.  I'm talking about Umphrey's McGee, who will be doing a four-night stint along the Front Range later this month, beginning at the Aggie in Fort Collins on the 22nd.  From there, UM will be stopping at the Boulder Theater on the 23rd, with back to back gigs in Denver at the Fillmore and Cervantes on the 24th, and a show in Breckenridge on the 25th

Umphrey's McGee is touring in support of their new album, Mantis, and are sure to draw some huge crowds along the way, so get your tickets now if you don't want to miss out.  For the album, Umphrey's is waging an innovative, and fan-driven pre-order campaign.  The more pre-orders that come in, the more bonus material becomes available.  The idea: fans spread the word so that everybody gets more swag.  Brilliant. 

Anyone not yet on the Umphrey's bandwagon deserves to know that the band is as innovative with their music as they are with their marketing.  Jazzy, jammy, danceable, psychedelic, intellectual, and above all experimental, UM is finding more fans and more acclaim all the time.  Last time they came through Boulder, we were lucky enough to be a part of the special all-acoustic Umphrey's experience.  This time, the band will be all-electric, turned up to 11, and pedaling high-energy mania like cheap beer – as much as you want for as long as you can take it.  The acoustic shows are fun, but this time it'll be Umphrey's in their element, the way they were meant to be seen. 

After they leave Colorado, Umphrey's McGee will hit the road again for the rest of their national tour, with stops basically everywhere from the here to the East Coast.  Check out the band's website for dates, and to download a free holiday EP featuring never-before released material culled from holiday shows over the past few years.  See you at the show!

Ben Harper to headline Colorado early vote events

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Ben Harper will join with Obama for America and the Colorado Campaign for Change to host early vote events in Boulder and Denver this Saturday.  He'll play a few songs in Denver at Civic Center Park at 12pm and again at UC Boulder's Mary Rippon Theatre at 2pm.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Revision Comes To Colorado

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The Ithaca, New York funk/rock machine Revision is bringing their monstrous grooves and high-octane live performances to Colorado, playing four shows in four nights. Starting in the mountains of Breckenridge, making their way to Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver, respectively, the trio melds the smooth vibes of Soulive with the confident songwriting of Wilco in a unique package that is entirely Revision.

Formed in upstate New York between three Ithaca College music grads, Revision showcases their tireless work ethic by playing over 120 shows per year. Taking to the road in their vegetable oil fueled touring van, the trio has shared the stage with such acts as Derek Trucks, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Bernie Worrell and the Cat Empire. Revision's signature sound is a blend of groovy guitar riffs, rolling rhythms and soulful melodies.

Their latest album, Amplification, was released in April of this year and was produced by Matthew Ellard (Billy Bragg & Wilco, Elliot Smith, The Slip). In addition to being available on CD, the music is also available on environmentally conscious reusable USB drives, cutting down on waste and providing listeners with additional bonus content such as video and artwork. The lead track "Don't Be Fooled" was featured on the ESPN Sportscenter segment Web Gems earlier this year.

Committed to cultivating a loyal fan base nationwide, Revision is continually expanding their touring schedule. A band that truly loves to play music, the Ithaca trio is a breath of fresh air for today's music scene.

FALL TOUR DATES:

10/22 – Three20South – Breckenridge, CO
10/23 – B Side Lounge – Boulder, CO
10/24 – Hodi's Half Note – Fort Collins, CO
10/25 – Dulcinea's 100th Monkey – Denver, CO

Panjea Featuring Chris Berry & Michael Kang Plan Colorado Dates

Panjea @ Rothbury - photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Musical and spiritual journeyman Chris Berry alongside Michael Kang & the multi-cultural ensemble Panjea have booked a run of Colorado dates. Uniting people through music, Panjea's powerful groove and socially conscious message garnered major success throughout Southern Africa, selling out countless stadiums and over a million records. With upcoming shows in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins along with a free live CD hosted on their website, the group is positioned to do the same stateside.

Leaving his home in California at the age of eighteen, Chris Berry relocated to Southern Africa with his mentor and began studying mbira (thumb piano) and the ngoma drum. It was during that time when he formed Panjea. Rooted deeply in African culture, their revolutionary mix of indigenous music, dance hall and hip-hop has earned the band immeasurable success throughout Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Berry's tireless dedication and unmatched skill led him to become one of the first Westerners to be accepted among the mbira masters as one of their own.

In addition to Chris Berry covering vocals, mbira and djembe, Panjea features Danny Sears on trumpet, Jon Stewart on Sax, Aaron Johnson on drums (brazillian girls), Patrice Blanchard on bass, Michael Kang on mandolin (String Cheese Indident) and Zivanai Masango from Zimbabwae on guitars. Following the edict to make a difference here, Chris Berry & Panjea continue to preach the positive message of hope, justice and peace through infectious cultural rhythms and danceable beats. Contributing to Amnesty International, Flyways and their own Panjea Foundation for Cultural Education, the group in their own right, has become a non-profit organization. Always a band to give back, Panjea has a full length CD compiled from various festivals performed at this summer. The high energy mix of live tracks is available at their new website, www.panjeamusic.com.

Featuring virtuosic musicianship, and an incredibly eclectic blend of cultures, this is a show not to be missed. The run of dates starts with an intimate show at the B Side Lounge in Boulder followed by a special Halloween show supporting Leftover Salmon at the Fillmore in Denver. Afterwards, Panjea will announce another intimate late night performance directly after the Fillmore show before wrapping up on November 6th at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins. 

FALL TOUR DATES:

10/30 – B Side Lounge – Boulder, CO
10/31 – Fillmore – Denver, CO
10/31 – TBD – Denver, CO after Fillmore Show Party from 12:30am to 3:00am
11/06 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO