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A Cosmic New Years For All

DSO is excited to be joined by many great friends for their second installment of the Cosmic New Years. This year at Rams Head Live! DSO will be joined by some great friends and family to ring in 2010. Jeff Mattson of the Donna Jean Godchaux Band will join DSO on Guitar, Donna Jean Godchaux will lend her legendary voice to the night's festivities and Baltimore's own, The Bridge, will kick off the evening.

In addition to sharing the night with these fine musicians, DSO will be performing a Rare Acoustic Set as part of our Three Set Show. Don't miss out on this rockin' New Year's celebration.

Speaking of not missing out, Early Bird Tickets for NYE are almost sold out. Click HERE to get your tickets now and save $36 off the door price.

Tickets will include a champagne toast, finger foods, and party favors. Get your early bird tickets while supplies last.

Kick up your NYE experience a few notches with a VIP Ticket which includes: special merch, champagne toast, finger foods, party favors, an exclusive viewing area and more! VIP Tickets available while supplies last.

To top it all off is a great hotel deal only a few blocks from the venue. Click HERE to check it out.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Fall Tour 09
11/06 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
11/07 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
11/08 Strand-Capital PAC York, PA TICKETS
12th Anniversary Show
11/11 Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD
11/12 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA TICKETS
11/13 Nightclub 930 Washington, DC
11/14 Nightclub 930 Washington, DC TICKETS
11/16+ McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ TICKETS
11/18+ State Theatre Ithaca, NY TICKETS
11/19+ The Klein Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
11/20+ Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA
11/21+ Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
11/24 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY TICKETS
11/25+ Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
11/27 Nokia Theatre New York, NY
11/28 Nokia Theatre New York, NY
11/29 Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH
12/01 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
12/02 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
12/04 Harro East Ballroom Rochester, NY
12/05 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
New Years Run 09!
12/28 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
12/29 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
12/30 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
2nd Annual Cosmic New Year
12/31 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
Cruisin into 2010
01/03/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/04/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/05/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/06/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/07/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/08/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson


Umphrey's McGee Announces Release of East Star All-Stars Remix

Available digitally at Itunes and elsewhere beginning October 6th, Umphrey's McGee releases a dub remix of "Turn & Run" - remixed by Michael G. of the famed reggae collective, Easy Star All-Stars (Lonely Hearts World Tour 2009, Dub Side of the Moon, Radiodread). "Turn & Run" originally appeared on Umphrey's McGee's latest studio album, Mantis. Listen to the remix here: http://www.umphreys.com/home/news.php?newsId=571

Look for Umphrey's McGee on tour now.  The band's complete list of confirmed appearances is as follows:

October 7  City Opera House  Traverse City MI
October 8  House of Blues  Cleveland OH
October 9  Orbit Room  Grand Rapids MI
October 21  Knitting Factory Spokane WA
October 22  Showbox Seattle WA
October 23  McDonald Theatre  Eugene OR
October 24  Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
October 25  Eureka Theatre  Eureka CA
October 27  Crystal Bay Club Crystal Bay NV
October 28  McNears Mystic Theatre  Petaluma CA
October 29  House of Blues  West Hollywood CA
October 30-31  Las Tortugas - Dance of the Dead IV Groveland (Yosemite) CA
November 11 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
November 12-14 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT
November 15 Port City Music Hall Portland ME
November 17 Northern Lights Clifton Park NY
November 18 Water Street Music Hall Rochester NY
November 19 Mr. Small's Theatre Millvale PA
November 20-21 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
December 10-14 Caribbean Holidaze  Runaway Bay
December 29 Vic Theatre Chicago IL
December 30-31 Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL
March 21-23 Jam in the 'Dam, The Melkweg Amsterdam

Legendary on the live music circuit, Chicago-based Umphrey's McGee has perfected the art of progressive improvisation.  With swirling guitar textures, multi-faceted arrangements and their signature blend of power and finesse, the sextet brings jamming to a new level.  During the summer of 2007, Umphrey's McGee came home to Chicago to record a special live performance for the award-winning PBS music series Soundstage at WTTW's Grainger Studio. UMPHREY'S McGEE - LIVE features over two hours of dazzling music presented in High-Definition and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, plus two bonus tracks (including "Made to Measure" off their most recent studio album Mantis).  A visual showcase of the band's spontaneity and innovative prowess, UMPHREY'S McGEE - LIVE, is a must-own for all music enthusiasts and progressive rock fans, and is available now in stores and online.

Teddy Charles All Stars 'Word From Bird' at The Iridium

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Teddy Charles is considered to be one of the great jazz vibraphonists and composers of all time, playing with such jazz legends as Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. As a student at Julliard in the mid 40s, he haunted New York's jazz clubs, occasionally sitting in with the bands on vibes or piano. His break came unexpectedly one night when he was asked to sit in on piano with Coleman Hawkin's band for the overdue Thelonious Monk. Soon after, Charles began to appear regularly with the top jazz groups of the day, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Buddy De Franco, playing alongside and writing for such jazz stars as Coltrane, Parker, Max Roach and Miles Davis. Recently appeared with Max Roach, David Amram, Lee Konitz. In the early 1950s he began leading his own groups, composing, producing and recording original works such as No More Nights, Blues Become Elektra and Word from Bird.

Teddy Charles All Stars "Word From Bird" - March 19-22, 2009 at the Iridium Jazz Club

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

All Good Music Festival Recap

At the All Good Music Festival held this past weekend in Masontown WV, the motto by which attendees live by is also the name.  How convenient.  Despite the mantra that anything goes, the festival has been noted as one of the better organized, least problematic, and most entertaining of the summer.

All Good Music Festival Partners With HeadCount

Walther Productions and the All Good Music Festival are proud to become the largest event to pledge support to HeadCount by donating $.50 from every ticket sold to support the organization's "Cents for Sense" campaign.  The partnership serves to introduce this new campaign set to be a significant industry-wide program to fund HeadCount's voter registration efforts at over 1,000 concerts and festivals nationwide before the 2008 election.

State of the Scene: Where Have All the Good Bands Gone?

Festival season!  I love it, and it is almost upon us.  After viewing the initial lineups for some of the big music festivals I couldn't help but notice the large number of indie rock bands that are sneaking their way into what are usually very jam-heavy celebrations.

First-Ever All-Women's Snow Team Film, “Labor of Love”

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Roxy, the only brand with an all-women's unified snow team of freeskiers and snowboarders, is pleased to announce the first-ever all-women's ski and snowboard team film, "Labor of Love."  The feature action sports film will be released this November.

"We're so proud to sponsor the first unified snow team, and a movie featuring the girls is such a great way to show our support," said Randy Hild, Executive Vice President at Roxy Global Marketing.  "Our athletes are among the best in the world and their creativity and skill couldn't be showcased in a better way."

Over the past year, Roxy's snow athletes have toured the world together, dropping pillows in Japan, snowmobiling into the midnight sun of Sweden and riding their way through the southern hemisphere, in addition to Switzerland, Norway, Canada and the States.  From language barriers and red-eye flights, to sledding through remote, snow-locked locations, the project has been a true "Labor of Love."

The film's stars include 2007 X Games gold medalist freeskier Sarah Burke, 2007 Women's TTR World Champion and X Games gold medalist snowboarder Torah Bright, 2006 Olympic bronze medalist snowboarder Kjersti Buaas and freeskiers Jess Cumming, Mille Windfeldt, Vanessa Coletta, along with snowboarders Tania Detomas, Erin Comstock, Amber Stackhouse and Alexis Waite.

The film was produced and co-directed by Roxy team-rider Amber Stackhouse of Misschief Films ("As If" and "Ro Sham Bo") along with co-director and cinematographer Per-Hampus Stalhandske.

"After eight months spent following the snow around the world, with the whole team working hard together, we have a movie that I am incredibly excited about and proud of," said Amber Stackhouse.  "Pulling this together with one filmer and one team had me worried at the start, but I knew only Roxy could pull this off and have fun doing it!"

A select number of limited edition copies of "Labor of Love" will be available at Roxy stores, and will include a 24-page book of photos and first-hand stories from the year. "Labor of Love" will also be shown on the big screen with special premieres in North America, Australia and Europe.

The film will be available at Roxy.com and through VAS Entertainment. For more information, go to Roxy.com, and see the teaser for the film at roxy.com/laboroflove.

About Roxy

Roxy is a brand of Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK), the world's leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, wintersports and golf equipment, footwear, accessories and related products. The Company's apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage, while its wintersports and golf brands symbolize a long standing commitment to technical expertise and competitive success on the mountains and on the links.

The reputation of the Company's brands is based on different outdoor sports. The Company's Quiksilver, Roxy, DC and Hawk brands are synonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, and its beach and water oriented swimwear brands include Raisins, Radio Fiji and Leilani. The Rossignol, Dynastar, Lange, Look and Kerma brands are leaders in the alpine ski market, and the Company makes snowboarding equipment under its Rossignol, Dynastar, DC Shoes, Roxy, Lib Technologies, Gnu and Bent Metal labels. The Company's golf business includes Cleveland Golf, as well as Never Compromise putters and Fidra apparel. Gotcha is the Company's surf-based European brand addressing street fashion.

The Company's products are sold in over 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, ski shops, skateboard shops, snowboard shops, proprietary Boardriders Club shops, other specialty stores and select department stores.  Quiksilver's corporate and Americas' headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California, while its European headquarters are in St. Jean de Luz and St. Jean de Moirans, France, and its Asia/Pacific headquarters are in Torquay, Australia.

Adrienne Young on NPR's All Things Considered

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Adrienne Young will be featured on today's edition of NPR's "All Things Considered".  Check with your local station for broadcast times of Elizabeth Blair's interview with Adrienne.

Adrienne Young recently released Room to Grow on her own AddieBelle label (5.22) with distribution through Ryko.  Recorded in upstate New York at Levon Helm's studio, in Virginia at Sound of Music Studios and mixed by Jason Lehning in Nashville, Room to Grow reveals the maturation and sensitivity that have evolved in Young's songwriting and vocals.

Branching out from the themes that defined her last effort, 2005's The Art of Virtue - a study and exploration of Benjamin Franklin's 13 Virtues - Room to Grow is more introspective in its focus but wider in its aim.  As in the past, Young tackles heady subjects - longing, regret, fear, desire, contentment, purpose - but manages to artfully sidestep the melodrama, extending instead a rational but hopeful approach to the pilgrimage of life. Young's NPR piece will also focus on her commitment to sustainable food and farming, her involvement with the Food Routes Network and the Community Gardening Association.   Young will be donating a portion of proceeds from Room to Grow to the Community Gardening Association.   

SOUL SKA PIONEERS THE PIETASTERS New Album, 'All Day'

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Soul-ska pioneers The Pietasters release their new studio album, All Day, on August 21, 2007 (Indication Records / RedEye USA).  The release marks the band's first release in five years.  Produced by Todd Harris (James Brown), All Day displays an impeccably refined Pietasters: soul-drenched and in fine songwriting form. Expect The Pietasters' signature sound of skankin' punk rhythms and raucous vocal rumblings slowed down and sticky thick with the sounds of early Motown and Jamaican soul. The result is subtly nostalgic and enticingly fresh, offering plenty for both longtime listeners and younger underground music fans who missed the ska scene on the first (or second and third) go 'round. Indeed, there is something truly timeless about ska music; and who better to remind us of that than The Pietasters?

"This record is a version of what a van ride with us would be like," says The Pietasters' bassist and songwriter Jorge Pezzimenti of their soul roots, rock and reggae-inspired new album. All Day captures the high energy, brotherly camaraderie and attention to detail on which they've built their rock-steady name as an explosive live attraction.

The Pietasters bring their high energy live show, and their new material, to venues coast to coast this summer.  The current list of confirmed show dates is as follows:

June 28 River Street Jazz Café Wilkes-Barre PA

June 29 Grog Shop Cleveland OH

June 30 Mr. Small's Theatre Pittsburgh PA

July 04 Asbury Lanes Asbury Park NJ

July 13 All Good Festival Masontown WV

July 20 The Whiskey Annapolis MD

July 21 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA

August 10 Royal Lake Park Fairfax VA

August 11 Martin's Downtown Roanoke VA

August 16 Rock and Blues Concert Cruise Boston MA

August 17 Valentines Albany NY

August 18 The Chance Loft Poughkeepsie NY

August 22 Peppermint Beach Club Virginia Beach VA

August 24 Cat's Cradle Carborro NC

August 25 Ska Weekend-Old City Knoxville TN

September 5 TBA Albuquerque NM

September 6 The Clubhouse Tempe AZ

September 8 Clark County Amphitheatre Las Vegas NV

More dates to be announced.

Traveling the miles along a star-kissed path, the first break came early for D.C.'s ska darlings, when The Pietasters landed a 1992 tour opening for ska originals, Bad Manners. In 1997, Rancid's Tim Armstrong signed them to Hellcat/Epitaph where they recorded two albums with producer Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion): the genre-defining Willis (SPIN Magazine called it "An equal opportunity dancehall crasher — part '60s keg rock, part 2Tone and part Motown") and Awesome Mix Tape #6 (CMJ noted it for "lacing a Stax shout-out feel with Caribbean rhythms"). The soul-charged Turbo was released in 2002 by Fueled by Ramen. The Pietasters shared bills with NOFX and Less Than Jake on the epic '98 and '99 Warped Tours, and followed with a stateside run with punk legend Joe Strummer. Hundreds of shows and three years later, they worked as James Brown's back-up band for one surreal evening. And their story is still unfolding. Not bad for a bunch of guys who started out as a teenaged underground band from D.C.

Still The Samples After All These Years

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

The first time I saw the Samples perform was at a tiny little bar in Des Moines, Iowa called Z-International (long gone now) in 1991.  I was a freshman in high school, and to me and my friend's delight it was an all-ages show.  Even at sixteen years old, I could tell I was seeing a band that was unique and ahead of their time.  Their blend of roots, rock, and reggae was on the cusp of the indie rock explosion.  I was hooked.

A lot has changed since those days.  While I went on to graduate from a small private college in Minnesota and eventually move to my current home in Colorado, the Samples went through many ups and downs.  The original gang consisting of Sean Kelly, Andy Sheldon, Al Laughlin, and Jeep MacNichol broke off and went their separate ways in 1997, essentially ending the band as most knew it.  However, singer/songwriter/guitarist Sean Kelly would not let his musical dreams lie easy, and vowed to continue performing under The Samples name.

Kelly has gone through a host of backing musicians since then with varying success, none as great as the days before the release of Outpost (the last album recorded by the original band members).  Nevertheless, as I learned recently at a show in Denver, Sean Kelly and The Samples have persevered and continue to write and record new material while still performing to large, devoted crowds.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the inception of the Samples, and what better way to celebrate than with a pair of home state shows.  Before their well-received performance at majestic Copper Mountain, they played at a relatively new venue in Denver called The Walnut Room, where I was fortunate to see the current lineup play.

Although I was none too excited about the layout of the venue, the sound quality was very good.  And to my surprise, the music room was filled to near capacity with twenty and thirty-somethings all braving a late Thursday night to hear some old favorites and hopefully catch on to a new one.

Even after twenty years, Sean Kelly's voice and guitar work is still excellent.  And I must say that the current lineup he has assembled (Bill Mutchler on drums, Jared Johnson on bass, Karl Dietel on keys/vocals, and Dan Blondin on guitar/vocals) complements his music very well.

The evening's set list was full of songs old and new.  Fan favorites such as "Did You Ever Look So Nice" and "Feel Us Shaking" were played with almost the same energy as in the days they were written.  Other gems performed included "Weight of the World", "Taking Us Home", and the catchy pop-folk track from Outpost, "Indiana".  More recently written tunes like "Black and White", and "Young and Free" peppered the show and proved that Sean Kelly is still a great songwriter.

It was reminiscent, refreshing, and just plain fun to hear the music of The Samples again.  Sean Kelly continues to find musicians that play his music so well, and I have no doubt that the band will forge ahead and enjoy some moderate successes as they are still one of the most unsung artists of my generation.