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Umphrey's McGee Announces 2011 Winter Tour

Having just wrapped up a monumental fall tour, Umphrey’s McGee today announces early 2011 tour plans. The band will begin their winter adventures with their 4th annual destination event, this year in sunny Mexico, where 1000 fans will join them for the sold-out Mayan Holidaze. Soon after, Umphrey’s McGee embarks on a two-month tour that takes them from coast to coast. Along the way, the band will be joined by support acts including Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Orchard Lounge, Zach Deputy, Keller Williams and others to be announced. Ticket Presale for the US Winter Tour begins on Tuesday, November 16 at UMTicketing. Those who purchase early will be entered to win a cool merchandise package (1 winner for each show on the tour!). Visit www.umphreys.com for details. The complete list of winter tour dates is included below.

Before year’s end, Umphrey’s McGee will conclude 2010 with some special holiday performances. Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss’ 8th Annual acoustic holiday show to benefit Ustorm Foundation is on Saturday, December 4th at the Park West in their hometown of Chicago. The following weekend, Umphrey’s McGee is honored to be part of Warren Hayne’s 22nd annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, North Carolina. Finally, the band rings in the New Year with three nights at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Tickets for the New Year’s run are on sale now via Etix.

Umphrey’s McGee will release a collection of new music in early 2011. In a departure from the standard "album" format, Umphrey’s will instead offer up the highly anticipated new material via a series of digital EPs. To get fans warmed-up, Umphrey’s has released a free MP3 download of the band’s brand new song “Wellwishers.” Folks can download it here, and while there, fans can snatch up the Wellwishers widget to easily share the new tune with friends.

Visit www.umphreys.com for news of the bite sized music portions from the band’s perspective, and look for full details regarding the releases to be announced in the coming weeks.

Check out Grateful Web's interview with Jake Cinninger.

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Umphrey’s McGee’s complete Winter tour schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, December 29 - Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL

Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

Thursday, January 27 House of Blues - Boston Boston MA

Friday, January 28 Best Buy Theater New York NY with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Saturday, January 29 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Sunday, January 30 Ram's Head Live Baltimore MD with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Wednesday, February 2 State Theatre State College PA

Thursday, February 3 Buster's Billiards & Backroom Lexington KY with Orchard Lounge

Friday, February 4 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH with Orchard Lounge

Saturday, February 5 The Fillmore Detroit MI with Orchard Lounge

Wednesday, February 9 - Thursday, February 10 Belly Up Aspen Aspen CO

Friday, February 11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO

Saturday, February 12 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS

Sunday, February 13 Slowdown Omaha NE

Wednesday, February 16 Music Farm Charleston SC with Zach Deputy

Thursday, February 17 Orange Peel Asheville NC with Zach Deputy

Friday, February 18 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville TN with Keller Williams

Saturday, February 19 The Fillmore Charlotte NC with Zach Deputy

Sunday, February 20 The National Richmond VA with Zach Deputy

Wednesday, March 2 - Thursday, March 3 Barrymore Theatre Madison WI

Friday, March 4 - Saturday, March 5 First Avenue Minneapolis MN

Sunday, March 6 The Venue in Fargo Fargo ND

Wednesday, March 9 Babcock Theatre Billings MT

Thursday, March 10 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise ID

Friday, March 11 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR

Saturday, March 12 - Sunday, March 13 The Fillmore San Francisco CA

Wednesday, March 16 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay NV

Thursday, March 17 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA

Friday, March 18 House of Blues - San Diego San Diego CA

Saturday, March 19 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ

Singer-Songwriter Bobby Long Signs With ATO Records

British singer-songwriter-guitarist Bobby Long has signed a recording agreement with New York-based independent label ATO Records.  Long's debut is set for release on February 1, 2011. The album, entitled A WINTER TALE, is a collection of 11 original songs from a repertoire deeply rooted in American folk, blues and country music.  The recording is produced by Liam Watson, Grammy® winner for his engineering work on Elephant by The White Stripes, at his analog Toe Rag Studios in London.

Since he began performing in North America in April of 2009, Long has logged more than 150 shows (including sold-out appearances in major U.S. cities, Canada and Europe), winning over audiences with his gritty, passionate performances.  His haunting vocals, intricately woven lyrics and intriguing guitar work, not to mention his charming tall tales, have helped to cultivate a devoted fan base that has filled rooms night after night.  This year's tour schedule has also included several high-profile festival appearances, among them the Mile High Festival in Denver and the XPoNential Festival sponsored by Philadelphia's WXPN Radio, an early champion of Long's moving, personal songs.  As one critic wrote on blogcritics.com:   "With raw vocal power and smart, evocative lyrics, Long is a folksinger with a spirited intensity that puts him outside and above the masses of singer-songwriters roaming our cities, towns, and social networks."

Bobby Long's studio debut recording, entitled A WINTER TALE, is a collection of 11 original songs from a repertoire deeply rooted in American folk, blues and country music.  Long, who is an accomplished guitarist, is backed by an eclectic complement of studio musicians on slide guitar, stand-up bass, drums and keyboards.

The selection of songs on A WINTER TALE poignantly touch on a variety of themes, some of them dark, sung with Long's deep signature rasp.  His distinct finger-picking style on guitar is also prominently in evidence while he is backed by an eclectic complement of studio musicians on standup bass, pedal-steel guitar, vibraphones, drums, piano and keyboards.

Included on the CD are several songs that have become associated with him over the endless months of touring, among them the guitar-driven "The Bounty of Mary Jane," the haunting imagery of "Being a Mockingbird,"  the anthemic "Dead and Done" ("I've already had the neighbors here, Johnny Cash came 'round and we split a beer" ") and the defiant "Penance Fire Blues" contrasted with the spare, plaintive "Who Have You Been Loving," which was embraced in its simplest acoustic form-lifted from the homemade self-released recording, DIRTY POND SONGS, that was only available at his shows.

Other songs on the record include "In the Frost," which paints word pictures of scenes from Long's native England, and "A Passing Tale" and "Sick Man Blues," which are throwbacks to the traditional folk era of the 1960's. "A Stranger Song," the closer, brings to mind the wordplay of one of Long's major influences: Leonard Cohen. "Two Years Old," a finely crafted story song about the ravages of war, conjures images reminiscent of the battle scenes in the film Atonement, and the title cut, "A Winter Tale," is a driving, memorable opus that demands repeat plays.

Long, who moved to London from Wiltshire in the southwest of England to attend college, became part of the burgeoning open mic circuit to expose his music.  He met actor and fellow musician Robert Pattinson, who would go on to sing "Let Me Sign" (co-written by Long and friend Marcus Foster) over a crucial dramatic scene in the blockbuster film Twilight.  The inclusion of the song in the film's soundtrack gave Long a head start on a legion of fans.  Although A WINTER TALE is the 24-year-old's first foray into the formal recording process, "Left to Lie," his first single from the DIRTY POND SONGS collection, reached #1 on the iTunes "Unsigned" chart and #8 on the Folk chart.  Pollstar wrote: "Long's emergence as an up-and-coming artist is the stuff Hollywood loves to make movies about.  He continues to amaze audiences with a bare-bones sound reminiscent of early Bob Dylan."

Long is currently on a short string of dates in Europe before hitting the road in the U.S. in earnest with his band this fall.  A limited edition 10" vinyl EP containing songs from forthcoming record (including two bonus tracks) will become available at that time to build further anticipation for the release of the album and to coincide with his fall tour schedule.

The following fall dates are in support of Michael Franti:

October 18-Buster's, Lexington, KY; 19-Newport Music Hall, Columbus, Ohio; 20-Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington, IN; 22-Madison Theatre, Covington, KY; 23-Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, Pittsburgh; 24-The Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY; 25-Northern Lights, Albany, NY; 28-Terminal 5, New York City; 29-Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ; 30-Electric Factory, Philadelphia.

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November 1 & 2-Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA; 3-State Theatre, Ithaca, NY; 5-Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI; 6-State Theatre, Portland, ME; 7-Capitol Center, Concord, NH; 9-Toad's Place, New Haven, CT; 10-Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec; 12--Kool Haus, Toronto, ON; 13-House Of Blues, Cleveland, OH; and14-Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI.  Additional tour dates will be added shortly.

Sean Bones is coming to Aspen!

Sean says:   "This winter I fought off the nasty weather with a drum machine. I got this old wooden Hammond thing in the fall, and I’d hide out in my draughty bedroom at night, meditating on tonal beats while winter buried my van and ripped leaves from the trees. After a period of falling asleep to its punchy tick tock on the bedside table, song skeletons started to take shape in my dreams. Specifically a melodic “Latin” setting started to infect my day like all the nose blowers at work. Soon I was sick. And I was coughing in time. I called my brother to come over with his bass and we blasted our new song out the window until the snow started to melt. That’s how I made the spring happen on my street."

"Sounds like Bones and his cough both got productive. And check the line “I’m gonna catch whatever you’ve got.” Sickness affected and infected his lyrics here as well. “Rhumba Beat”’s watery lead guitar and organ almost obscure the titular beat, before it changes entirely during the second half of the single. Maybe “Rhumba   Beat” signals outdoor activity weather, but it briefly hints at a darkened dancefloor as well."

US TOUR
04/07 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
04/14 – Toronto, Ontario @ Lee’s Palace *
04/15 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
04/16 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
04/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe *
04/19 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up *
04/20 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
04/22 – Boise, ID @ The Neurolux *
04/23 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
04/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
04/28 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
04/29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Locals Only
04/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
*With Dr. Dog

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus Winter Tour

ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS is an explosive six-piece jam rock band from Grand Rapids, MI with a rapidly growing fan base all over the MidWest and Colorado, as well as online with thousands of listeners nationwide. Recently described by Recoil Magazine as "one of Michigan's most promising bands," UV HIPPO mixes tight funky jams with new dance beats and strange effects for a killer musical experience. The band performs an eclectic array of composed and improvised original material, dancing between genres of funk, jazz, electronica, reggae, bluegrass, and progressive rock.


The Marquee Magazine " experiencing UV Hippo live, jam band fans are quickly reminded why they fell in love with thegenre’s sound in the first place..."

Detroit Free Press "... music Frank Zappa would be proud of..."

Lansing State Journal "UV Hippo is all the rage these days... and fans all over are hooked."

The word is out, and the band is seeing more and more repeat offenders traveling further distances to develop their MidWest following into a national sensation. With a solid foundation of dedicated fans
leading the way, UV HIPPO is embarking on their Winter 2010 Tour, returning to Pennsylvania and Iowa, performing for the first time in Kentucky and Missouri, spending some time in the MidWest and hitting
Colorado for the third time in nine months. UVH kicks off their Colorado run with back to back shows opening for Garaj Mahal at Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins and Agave in Avon on February 17th and 18th. This is not the first time these outfits have shared the stage, playing two high energy, insane shows in Kalamazoo and Chicago together at the end 2009. UVH is extremely excited about their time with GM in Colorado, as Fort Collins promises to be a night of true badass-ery!

The Official ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS Tour Schedule is as follows:

Fri. 1/22 The Winchester Music Hall Cleveland, OH
Sat. 1/23 The Docksider Erie, PA
Thur. 1/28 Bell's Brewery Kalamazoo, MI
Fri. 1/29 The Mad Frog Cincinnati, OH
Fri. 2/5 Mac's Bar Lansing, MI
Fri. 2/12 Cosmic Charlie's Lexington, KY
Sat. 2/13 Kaysan's 5th Down Fort Wayne, IN
Sun. 2/14 Parlor City Pub Cedar Rapids, IA
Tue. 2/16 320 South Breckenridge, CO
Wed. 2/17 Hodi's Half Note w/ Garaj Mahal Fort Collins, CO
Thur. 2/18 Agave w/ Garaj Mahal Avon, CO
Fri. 2/19 Ullr's Winter Park, CO
Sat. 2/20 Winter Park Resort Winter Park, CO
Sun. 2/21 Mountain Sun Brewery Boulder, CO
Mon. 2/22 Sancho's Broken Arrow Denver, CO
Wed. 2/24 Tugboat Steamboat Springs, CO
Thur. 2/25 Tugboat Steamboat Springs, CO
Fri. 2/26 First Street Pub Nederland, CO
Sat. 2/27 Owsley's Golden Road w/ Papadosio Denver, CO
Tue. 3/2 Tres Hombres Carbondale, IL
Wed. 3/3 Gramophone Saint Louis, MO
Thur. 3/4 The Uptowner Charleston, IL
Fri. 3/5 Harrison's Landing Elkhart, IN
Sat. 3/6 Booney's Avon, IN

The Winter 2010 Tour is just the beginning of an ambitious list of new initiatives, long-term goals, and a commitment to responsible touring for UVH this year. After signing with Simon Says Booking Agency and
playing the Rothbury Pre-Party with EOTO in 2009, UV HIPPO is ready for a full plate. In addition to releasing their third full length studio album later in 2010, the band plans on touring both coasts and
everywhere they can in between, including stops on the national festival circuit.

A significant part of the 200-show agenda ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS has planned for 2010, will be promoting green principles and sustainable touring. An important step in making this goal a reality
is investing in a used diesel shuttle bus and converting the bus to run on veggie oil, obtained through the discarded oil from FastFood joints! Coined, the "Hippopota-bus", this 1995 Ford E-350 Mini-Bus will
greatly reduce tour costs, lessen the band's overall carbon footprint and remove themselves from the global oil crisis. To promote their cause and raise funds, while educating their fans about sustainability,
UVH will launch a new line of organic, recycled clothing and other cool products throughout 2010. All profits from this new green line of clothing will go towards the purchase of the "Hippopota-bus" and
veggie-oil conversion. There will also be a donation jar, a limited edition poster and other sustainable 'Help Hippo Go Green' merchandise available, to support the band's new direction.

Collectors' Choice introduces CCM Live label: J. WInter, Hot Tuna, Poco. J. Denver

Collectors’ Choice Music, the label that’s come to be known for compelling and often unexpected CD reissues, has announced the launch of Collectors’ Choice Music Live, a new label devoted to releasing great live performances, most of which have never previously been commercially available.

The series will launch April 20 with the release of four CDs: Johnny Winter And’s Live at the Fillmore East 10/3/70; Poco’s Live at Columbia Studios, Hollywood 9/30/71; Hot Tuna’s Live at the New Orleans House, Berkeley, CA September 1969; and John Denver’s Live at Cedar Rapids, 12/10/87.

According to Collectors’ Choice Music GM Gordon Anderson, “After some 15 years of reissuing albums and compiling artists, we’re convinced that some of the biggest remaining veins of gold in the vaults are the live shows that a lot of labels recorded of their artists in their prime, particularly those who made their reputation with improvisational prowess and/or ever-changing set lists. These first four releases on our new Collectors’ Choice Music Live label certainly fit that description.”

Johnny Winter And — Live at the Fillmore East 10/3/70: To commemorate the release of his Johnny Winter And album, Texas blues guitarist/singer Johnny Winter played some shows at New York’s Fillmore East, some of which were compiled on 1971’s Live Johnny Winter And, a classic live album of the era to which this release makes a nice bookend. He had just formed a new band consisting of former member of the McCoys (“Hang on Sloopy”) including Rick Derringer on guitar, bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, and drummer Randy Zehringer. Although the McCoys were none too familiar with Winter’s work, they proved quick studies and entered the studio to make the album Johnny Winter And within three weeks. The New York Times reviewed the Fillmore show, citing “a considerable improvement over Winter’s previous band. Winter and [Derringer] played solos back at each other, simultaneously and in alternation.” The live album contains the Winter hit “Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo” and his take on Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61” alongside  blues classics “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” “It’s My Own Fault” and “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.”

•Poco —Live at Columbia Studios, Hollywood, 9/30/71: In the fall of ’71, Poco was arguably the most popular of the first generation country-rock bands. By then, their album Deliverin’ had cracked the Top 30 and Poco thanked its label, Epic Records, with a private showcase at the CBS Records’ Hollywood studio.  “We just set up as we would have for a small club,” recalls frontman Richie Furay, whose bandmates included guitarist/singer Paul Cotton (from the Illinois Speed Press), bassist Tim Schmidt (later of the Eagles), pedal steel player Rusty Young and drummer/vocalist George Grantham. By this time, Poco was evolving from country-rock towards an edgier rock sound. Says Furay, “Though we were innovators of the L.A. ‘country-rock’ sound, we weren’t going top be pigeonholed into being a one-sound band.” The 14 songs they performed for label employees that day were a solid cross-section of tunes that had appeared on its first four albums including the medley “Hard Luck Child/Child’s Claim to Fame/Pickin’ Up the Pieces,” plus “I Guess You Made It,” “A Man Like Me,” “Ol’ Forgiver,” “Heart That Music,” “Hurry Up,” “You Are the One” and more — an hour of music in all.

Hot Tuna: Live at the New Orleans House, Berkeley, CA September 1969: Hot Tuna was, of course, the blues band-within-a-band side project of Jefferson Airplane’s Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady that outlasted the parent band and continues to this day. Interestingly, the duo’s first commercial album, which made it to #30 on the Billboard pop album chart, was recorded live at Berkeley’s New Orleans House, but a lot more material was taped than was released. Much of it is issued for the first time on this 68-minute CD, which consists entirely of previously unreleased recordings. Explaining why they recorded their debut album was recorded live, Kaukoken says, “We tend to go places . . . and you lose a bit of that when you work in the studio. And it was cheaper too!” Of the 13 songs on this CD, six — “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” “Winin’ Boy Blues,” “Uncle Sam Blues,” “I Know You Rider,” “Don’t You Leave Me Here” and “How Long Blues” — were included on the first Hot Tuna album, though the versions here are selected from different performances than the ones used on that LP.  Other songs include Blind Boy Fuller’s “Keep On Truckin’,” Rev. Gary Davis’ “Keep Our Lamps Trimmed and Burning” and “Candy Man,” and Blind Blake’s “That’ll Never Happen No More.”

John Denver: Live at Cedar Rapids, December 10, 1987: What is the sound of an audience eating out of the palm of a performer’s hand? Utter silence. And that’s what was heard during the two-hour-plus Iowa concert that comprises this two-CD set.  By 1987, Denver’s days as a Top 40 hitmaker were a decade in the past, but he remained a solid concert draw as a beloved, thoroughly American artist with a permanent place in the history of pop. It says much about Denver’s songwriting that, with the exception of half a dozen songs on which he’s accompanied by string quartet, he delivers two hours of solo music just his voice and 12-string guitar. The hits are here but so are new songs, some early-repertoire nuggets and a well-chosen cover or two.  Included are “Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning,” ”Take Me Home Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song,” “Love Is the Master,” “Mother Nature’s Son,” “Blow Up Your TV (Spanish Pipe Dream),” “Shanghai Breezes,” “Ohio” and more.

PRAANG Winter Tour 2010

PRAANG's Annual Winter Weekend in Colorado slated for January 29 & 30 at Owsley's Golden Road in Denver, CO, provides a rare glimpse at seeing one of the most truly innovative musical projects playing today. By combining four distinct musical souls from diverse musical backgrounds, the result is uniquely PRAANG.

With 100% improvised live breakbeat, trip-hop, house, drum n' bass from Travis (EOTO, SCI), Hann (EOTO, SCI) and Jamie Janover (Zilla, Lynx), coupled with Kimock's improvised, inspired guitar speak, this project is undiggably deep.

Friday January 29th, 2010 | Owsley's Golden Road | Denver, CO

Saturday January 30th, 2010 | Owsley's Golden Road | Denver, CO


Mean Creek Winter Tour Dates

Mean Creek's new release, The Sky (Or The Underground), is a valiant, dynamic effort to resurrect Boston's relevance back to a time when bands like the Pixies, Throwing Muses, the Lemonheads, and Buffalo Tom reigned supreme. Founded in May 2006 by singers/guitarists Chris Keene and Aurore Ounjian, who'd been preforming as a folk duo for a few years, Mean Creek's debut album Around The Bend earned them critical praise throughout Boston and New England, and landed them on a UK tour with the Ting Tings and Straylight Run. When ex-Tulsa (Park the Van) members Mikey Holland and Erik Wormwood joined in the fall of 2008, the revolving rhythm section was laid to rest. "When Mikey & Erik joined, it felt like the band was finally complete. The four of us see eye to eye on the important things. We also have enough divergent musical tastes to each bring our own thing to the table, and in the process, make the band better and more interesting." says Keene.

Over the course of the past three years, Mean Creek have shared stages with diverse national and international recording artists including Mew, Buffalo Tom, Margot & The Nuclear So & So's, Bishop Allen, Dead Confederate, Black Lips, and they made their first trip to South By Southwest this past spring.

On October 13, 2009, Mean Creek released their second album, The Sky (Or The Underground), on Old Flame Records. Recorded by Chris McLaughlin (Aberdeen City) at 1867 Recording Studio in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the album combines the gritty, blue collar-rock of bands like The Replacements and Husker Du, the sonically adventurous aspects of the Pixies and Mission Of Burma, with boy-girl harmonies reminiscent of the Arcade Fire and New Pornographers. "We're very proud of the new album. We put 100% of ourselves into it, exhausting ourselves physically, emotionally, and monetarily. We think that desperate sort of struggle shows through in the songs and makes them more powerful, and we hope people will feel the same way." says Keene.  Mean Creek are ready to make you notice Boston.

Tour Dates:

Dec 15 - Pour House - Charleston, SC
Dec 18 - Middle East - Boston, MA
Dec 31 - Great Scott, Allston, MA
Feb 3 - TT the Bear's - Boston, MA
Feb 4 - Jerky's - Providence, RI
Feb 8 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
Feb 9 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
Feb 10 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
Feb 14 - Eleanor Rigby's - Jermyn, PA
Feb 15 - the Space - Hamden, CT

Umphrey's McGee Announces Winter Tour

Umphrey's McGee has never played by the rules. Now, with the unveiling of their all- new Stew Art Series (aka, "S2") - an interactive fan experience where audience members "conduct" the band's live improvisations  - Umphrey's McGee continue to offer their fiercely loyal fanbase the most innovative musical experiences available.

Look for the band to announce S2 events at various stops along their recently announced 2010 winter tour dates. 

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

December 10-13 Caribbean Holidaze Runaway Bay December 29 Vic Theatre Chicago IL
December 30-31 Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL
January 14 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ
January 15 House of Blues Las Vegas FL
January 16 Warfield Theatre San Francisco CA
January 17 Knitting Factory Reno NV
January 19 Knitting Factory Boise ID
January 20 The Depot Salt Lake City UT
January 22 Belly Up Aspen Aspen CO
January 23 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO
February 2 Slowdown Omaha NE
February 3 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS
February 4 The Pageant St. Louis MO
February 5 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville TN
February 6 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
February 9 WorkPlay Soundstage Birmingham AL
February 11 The Orange Peel Asheville NC
February 12 The Music Farm Charleston SC
February 13 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC
February 14 Rams Head Live Baltimore MD
March 21-23 Jam in the 'Dam The Melkweg Amsterdam May 28-30 Summercamp Chillicothe IL

Hosted as individual events before that evening's already schedule show, Umphrey's Stew Art Series is a crowd-sourced improvisation experiment, in which all the music performed by the group on stage will be entirely directed by S2 audience members. Check out this S2 video from the inaugural S2 event in Milwaukee.

The first few S2 events have been received with overwhelming enthusiasm and to rave reviews, including recent coverage in Billboard Magazine. For S2, sold-out crowds of 50 fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references (pretty much whatever came to mind), to the Umphrey's Mozes mobile interface.  The suggestions are then filtered by the band's long time Sound Caresser Kevin Browning and projected on a screen for the band to digest and turn into the next phase of the jam.  The band's music varies stylistically with suggestions ranging from "an afternoon bus ride in Jamaica" to "drinking pina coladas...in a hurricane". As one elated fan commented after a show, "S2 was the coolest thing I have ever been a part of. It's always been a dream of mine to meet the band, and the opportunity to participate in leading the Jam for the band was a dream come true as well."

As highly skilled improvisational musicians known for using a complex set of signals on stage to prompt spontaneous musical changes, S2 is proving to keep the band on their toes as they navigate through the audience's prompts. S22 event), every attendee receives an autographed CD of the Stew Art Series they attend - minutes after the event has concluded. To be clear, each S2 show is a TOTALLY separate event than the scheduled concert date and will be sold as a separate ticket - getting a ticket to S2 does not get you into the show later that night (and vice versa). The S2 experiment is just that, an experiment. Keyboardist Joel Cummins explains, "The improvisational elements of our show have always been one of our favorite parts about playing together - and we think the audience feels that way, too. That's our inspiration for the S2 series. It's also a great way to stay on top of our chops." S2 events take place in the early evening before the respective show start times. Prices and ages vary from show to show - which should last one hour (with Q&A).

This is not the first time that Umphrey's McGee has taken new approaches to delivering their music to the fans. Before their latest studio recording, Mantis, was released in January of this year, the group made the album available for pre-order in an interesting way. Fans were offered more free bonus content the more Mantis pre-orders were received; as the fans "unlocked" levels of content by getting more of their friends to pre-order the album. The idea was to give the fans incentive to help spread the word about the album, and to offer a totally unique music experience.

Furthur Winter 2010 Tour Announced

Here is a list of upcoming Furthur shows:

DATE
VENUE
CITY
DOORS/SHOW
PRESALE
STARTS
OUTLET
STARTS
Tue, 12.8
New York City, NY
6:30 / 8 PM
SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT
Wed, 12.9
New York City, NY
6:30 / 8 PM
SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT
Fri, 12.11
Wallingford, CT
6:30 / 8 PM
SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT
Sat, 12.12
Asbury Park, NJ
6:30 / 8 PM
SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT
Sun, 12.13
Asbury Park, NJ
6:30 / 8 PM
SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT
Wed, 12.30
San Francisco, CA
6 PM / 7:30 PM
SOLD_OUT
Thu, 12.31
San Francisco, CA
6 PM / 7:30 PM
SOLD_OUT
Fri, 2.05
Miami, FL
6 PM / 7 PM
*11.30
Sat, 2.06
Orlando, FL
6 PM / 7:30 PM
*11.30
Mon, 2.08
Atlanta, GA
6 PM / 7 PM
*11.30
Tue, 2.09
Asheville, NC
6:30 / 7:30 PM
*11.30
Wed, 2.10
Charlotte, NC
6 PM / 7 PM
*11.30
Fri, 2.12
Hampton, VA
6 PM / 7 PM
*11.30
Sat, 2.13
Faifax, VA
7 PM / 8 PM
*11.30
Sun, 2.14
Ithaca, NY
6 PM / 7 PM
*11.30
Mon, 2.15
Bethlehem, PA
6 PM / 7 PM
*11.30
Wed, 2.17
Buffalo, NY
6:30 / 7:30 PM
*11.30
Thu, 2.18
Manchester, NH
6:30 / 7:30 PM
*11.30
Fri, 2.19
Amherst, MA
6:30 / 7:30 PM
*11.30
Sat, 2.20
Utica, NY
5:30 / 7 PM
*11.30
Mon, 2.22
Newark, DE
6:30 / 7:30 PM
*11.30
Tue, 2.23
New York, NY
6:30 / 7:30 PM
*11.30
Wed, 2.24
New York, NY
6:30 / 7:30 PM
*11.30
Fri, 2.26
Uncasville, CT
6:30 / 7:30 PM
*11.30
Sat, 2.27
Atlantic City, NJ
7 PM / 8 PM
*11.30
Tue, 3.02
Chicago, IL
6:30 / 7:30 PM
*11.30
Wed, 3.03
Chicago, IL
6:30 / 7:30 PM
*11.30
Mon, 3.08
Portland, OR
6:30 / 7:30 PM
*11.30

The Mother Hips announce new Fall 2009 & Winter 2010 dates

As the buzz around Pacific Dust, the brand new release from The Mother Hips, continues to build and the great reviews pour in, The Hips announce additional fall 2009 tour dates and their early 2010 winter tour schedule. The Bay Area psych-rockers continue to tour nationally behind Pacific Dust, their 11-song studio album, which reached # 82 on Billboards Heatseekers chart this week. After a recent return from the Northwest and a series of warm-up festival plays over the summer (including their own "Hipnic" Festival in Big Sur, CA) The Hips are excited to bring Pacific Dust and their "California-soul" to fans around North America.

The critically acclaimed Pacific Dust, the band's seventh studio album, was recorded at Mission Bells Studios in San Francisco with producer/engineer David Simon-Baker (Little Wings, Jackie Greene, Chris Velan, ALO).

The Mother Hips are on tour this fall/winter in support of Pacific Dust.  The complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is as follows:

November 17-18 Joe's Pub @ The Public Theater New York NY
November 20-21 Schubas Chicago IL
December 4-5 Emo's Austin TX
December 18-19 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
December 31 Marilyn's On K Sacramento CA
January 3-8 Jam Cruise 8 Fort Lauderdale FL
January 28 Hotel Cafe Los Angeles CA
January 29-30 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA
February 12 State Room Salt Lake City UT
February 13 Star Bar Park City UT
February 26 SOhO Santa Barbara CA
February 27 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
March 10 Bud Light Street Beat Vail CO
March 11 Paradise Theater Paonia CO
March 12 Hi-Dive Denver CO
March 13 Ghost Ranch Steamboat Springs CO

Additional dates to be announced.

The Mother Hips have flown under the radar as true indie music pioneers for almost two decades.  With the release of their new album, California's unsung psych-pop heroes tell their story. Hailed by critics for their "rootsy mix of 70s rock and power pop" (pitchfork.com) and for their unflinching ability to "sing it sweet and play it dirty" (New Yorker), on Pacific Dust The Hips' signature sound rings more genuine and relevant than ever before.


The Hips - led by co-founders Tim Bluhm (vocals/guitar) and Greg Loiacono (guitar/vocals) - have been playing music for nearly 18 years, and in the process, have had the luxury of exploring and refining their craft. For the band's seventh full-length studio album, The Mother Hips have never been more primed to share their well-traveled tales - the long days and nights on the road, the gritty politics, the smart inward reflections and man, the music! - all delivered with a most appealing balance of Americana storytelling and their California-burnished rock.