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Mahjongg Announce Winter 2009 US TOUR

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Originally formed in the great bounteous Midwest region of the United States "Mahjongg" began as a simple experiment between The Grid and The Sphere.  To attract the brood orientation of the young mind, Mahjongg knew the only way to spread Kontpab's message was by forming a musiK band.  This ever-expanding Sect uses "irratainment" to teach the warnings and Revelations of the almighty god Kontpab. Kontpab basically warns the human race of the mass "funneling" of the populace minds into The Grid.

Once trapped in The Grid themselves, Kontpab instructed Mahjongg to make a pilgrimage to Chicago, IL., where they would form their first "warning orbs," at local art spaces and bars, and in turn be shown the light that is The Sphere.  It was during this time that the Machinegong EP was recorded, and their first attempt to leave Kontpab's message sublimated in the patricians of the clubs was a success.  Kontpab showed Mahjongg that The Grid's seemingly well-defined rules and laws could in fact be used against The Grid itself.

Many not briefed on the vast Kontpab religion will never fully understand Mahjongg during their "Warning Orbs," so they cut another album to set into stone what Kontpab had clearly shown them: Raydoncong 2005. Again using The Grid's vast amalgam of mathematical tools against itself, The Sect were able to demonstrate to the brood, for instance with prime numbered polyrhythms, that not only was the path to The Sphere full of spectacle and self awakening, but pharmaceuticals, beer, and dancing as well.  It was here that Mahjongg became not only teacher, but student, and this is where The Chicago Sects association with the Water Babies began.

Born into the great Chicago winter of '06 in the septic rivers of the Magikal Forest, the Water Babies used Kontpabs undivided and all seeing power to unlock The Sphere's greatest secret: improvisation. With these new teachings from the almighty Kontpab, Mahjongg was able to create a new church and recording studio for the Chicago Sect.  Soon the tapestries of aural chaos were tempered and perfected.  Software was upgraded and drums tuned.  With nervous but relevant hair follicles and motley threads, Mahjongg hit the scene.  Many eons of "Warning Orbs" have since commenced, but the human race still chooses to "funnel" into The Grid.  It is because of this that Mahjongg is left with no choice but to invoke the name of our great God almighty itself.  And it is with this name they proudly present to you their new album, Kontpab.  For we are all Kontpab.

Toubab Krewe NYE in Denver + Winter Tour!

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe is thrilled to be in Denver for NYE tonight at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Special guest Rayna Gellert (Uncle Earl) joins the band for the run on fiddle.

 

The band then heads east to play their first show of 2009 in New York at S.O.B's (1/8) to celebrate the wider release of their new album, Live at the Orange Peel. It'll be available on iTunes and other digital outlets starting 1/6, including a new bonus track recorded at our most recent Orange Peel performance.

The tour continues throughout the Southeast (more dates to be added soon). Joining the band on many of the dates will be their good friend Jar-E from Asheville.

 

12-31 Denver, CO           Cervantes'

      News Year's Revival: Panjea Feat Michael kang(SCI) and Chris Berry and the 50 Piece Panjoric Orchestra w/ DNALand feat Kyle Hollingsworth ; Rayna Gellert joins TK on fiddle

1-8   New York, NY         S.O.B.'s

      Jar-E

1-17  Athens, GA           Georgia Theatre

      Jar-E

1-20  Vienna, VA           Jammin' Java (Inauguration Party!)

      Jar-E

1-21  Charlottesville, VA  Gravity Lounge

      Jar-E

1-23  Virginia Beach, VA   Jewish Mother

      Jar-E

1-24  Richmond, VA         Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall

      Jar-E

2-6   Carrboro, NC         Cat's Cradle

      Jar-E

2-7   Charlotte, NC        Neighborhood Theatre

      Jar-E

2-14  Atlanta, GA          Smith's Olde Bar

      TBA

Fujiya & Miyagi Announce 2009 US Winter

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Imagine that Fujiya & Miyagi are mask-wearing technicians dissecting music, keen to magnify particles of sound to create a pulsing antidote to the ordinary. They speak in tongues, using language as a rhythm, picking words that sound good, rhyming 'jigsaws' with 'carnivores'.
     
Their songs are incisive snapshots of real lives that make household appliances sound threatening. They are steeped in vintage music from evocative krautrock to deep soul, with wafts of early Human League synth, Floydian Englishness and the throbbing groove of Tom Tom Club, all filtered for modern times.
     
In total, Fujiya & Miyagi don't really sound like anything. Instead, they sound like everything condensed into perfectly arranged three minute chunks of infectious pop music, a strange hybrid of James Brown on Valium and Wire gone pop. Or maybe Serge Gainsbourg with a PhD in electronics backed by David Byrne's Eno-produced scratchy guitar mixed by MF Doom. Its Darwinism gone mad.
     
Formed in 2000 as an electronic duo of David Best (guitars and vocals) and Steve Lewis (synths, beats, programming), they released Electro Karaoke In The Negative Style two years later, a minimal electronic set it hangs eerily on Best's distinctive whispered vocal. Adding bass player Matt Hainsby in 2004, they released a series of ten inch EPs that took them to the hearts of fanzineland. Gathered together these parables of personal injury, both physical and mental, made up three quarters of the well-received (Pitchfork, NME, MOJO, etc) album Transparent Things in 2006. Named after a Nabokov brain dump on the relationship between the past and the present. It sums them up.

A Regal seven-inch, "Uh", further concentrated their sound. A set of vocal ticks, a funky bass and a storyline about a relationship as prickly as two porcupines, it made small talk sound sinister over an infectious groove. It was the perfect set up for their second US Album, Light Bulbs – imagine 11 classic ideas clicking on above your head, now with real drums in places, courtesy of Lee Adams, and the picture is complete.

Fujiya & Miyagi stay away from lyrical themes that have been done to death. Using old synths to punctuate their beautifully-observed anecdotes on romantic triumphs and disasters, heroes and villains and the world at large, their rhythms palpitate to produce modern symphonies like no-one else. Light Bulbs is a journey littered with fragmented images, anecdotes from the sublime to the ridiculous, blurry stories that you feel you shouldn't have overheard. Each track an aural contamination set to itch your inner ear every waking moment.

US 2009 Winter Tour

2/11 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis MN
2/12 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago IL
2/13 - Magic Stick - Detroit MI
2/14 - Alfred University Knight Club - Alfred NY
2/15 - Paradise - Boston MA
2/17 - LPR - New York NY
2/18 - The Trocardero - Philadelphia PA
2/19 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC
2/20 - Cats Cradle - Carrboro NC
2/21 - 40 Watt Club - Athens GA
2/23 - Back Booth - Orlando FL
2/24 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee FL
2/25 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge LA
2/27 - Emos Alternative Lounge - Austin TX
2/28 - Palladum Loft - Dallas X
3/2 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix AZ
3/3 - Echoplex - Los Angeles CA
3/5 - The Independent - San Francisco CA
3/6 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland OR
3/7 - Neumos - Seattle WA

DSO Winter & Spring Dates + News

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Dec 30th Montclair, NJ Show Announced, Dan Healy, NYE Tix

Continuing the great time he experienced on DSO's last couple of tours, former Grateful Dead sound man, Dan Healy, will join them once again for the Cosmic New Year's Eve Run. In addition to shows in Richmond, Norfolk and Baltimore, DSO is happy to announce an additional Cosmic Run Tour stop Tuesday, December 30 at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ, their first time at this incredible venue. Also, Tickets are going fast for New Years Eve, so you may want to buy your ticket now to secure your spot in the cosmos. DSO Cosmic NYE Tix available HERE.

Over $30,000 Raised for The Rex Foundation

Combining the money raised at the Black Tie Dye Ball at the Nokia in NYC and the $1 donation from every ticket sold on the DSO Rex Caravan Tour, we were able to raise over $30,000 in helping to keep the Grateful Dead's philanthropic dream alive! The tour featured Dan Healy at the helm in addition to guest appearances from Donna Jean Godchaux and NBA all-star and Grateful Dead enthusiast, Bill Walton. Thanks to everyone for coming out and showing what a difference even $1 can make!

2008: What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

And what a great trip it's been too! DSO's 11th anniversary, 1600th show, first appearances on JamCruise, Langerado, Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo, and 10K Lakes Festival and that's not to mention all of the truly great shows in between. DSO would like to take this opportunity to thank some of the people they've had the privilege of sharing the stage with, including Bob Weir, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Mike Gordon and Jamie Masefield. Perhaps most importantly though, DSO would like to thank you for your part!

DSO Side Projects

John Kadlecik will be performing two shows in his time off the road with DSO in the coming months. On 1/3 he will perform a solo acoustic show in Rockville, MD and 1/24 with Firewheel in Takoma Park, MD.

Rob Eaton will be performing a pair of shows with the Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue in January. Check him out in Boulder, CO on 1/9 and Vail, CO on 1/14.

Click HERE for more details on these shows.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Cosmic New Year's Run
Sun 12/28 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
Mon 12/29 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
Tues 12/30 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ TICKETS
Cosmic New Year's Eve
Wed 12/31 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD TICKETS
DSO NYE Fanclub Tickets Available Here
Winter Tour '09
Wed 1/28 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL TICKETS
Thu 1/29 Jannus Landing St Petersburg, FL TICKETS
Fri 1/30 Florida Theater Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
Sat 1/31 Club Cinema Pompano Beach, FL TICKETS
Tue 2/3 Workplay Birmingham, AL TICKETS
Thu 2/5 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS TICKETS
Fri 2/6 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sat 2/7 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sun 2/8 House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC  
Thu 2/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
Fri 2/13 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC TICKETS
Sat 2/14 Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head, SC TICKETS
Sun 2/15 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
Tue 2/17 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA TICKETS
Thu 2/19 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
Fri 2/20 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
Sat 2/21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
Sun 2/22 The Omni Toledo, OH TICKETS
Tue 2/24 Carnegie Music Hall Munhall, PA TICKETS
Wed 2/25 House of Blues Cleveland, OH TICKETS
Thu 2/26 The Vic Chicago, IL TICKETS
Fri 2/27 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
Sat 2/28 The Barrymore Madison, WI  
Just Announced
Thu 3/26 Oriental Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
Fri 3/27 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
Sat 3/28 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
Sun 3/29 Vilar Center Beaver Creek, CO  
Tue 3/31 Belly Up Aspen, CO  
Thu 4/2 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT  
Fri 4/3 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ  
Sat 4/4 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ TICKETS
Wed 4/8 HOB Anaheim Anaheim, CA  
Thu 4/9 Belly Up San Diego, CA  
Fri 4/10 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Sat 4/11 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Mon 4/13 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA  
Tue 4/14 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA  
Wed 4/15 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA  
Fri 4/17 Wells Fargo Center Santa Rosa, CA  
Sat 4/18 Fox Theatre Redwood City, CA  
Mon 4/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA  
Tue 4/21 Ashland Armory Ashland, OR  
Thu 4/23 The Showbox Seattle, WA  
Fri 4/24 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
Sat 4/25 Mcdonald Theater Eugene, OR

The Walkmen Announce Winter Tour

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The music that inspired The Walkmen to compose You and Me follows in a tradition of song writing that goes back to early rock 'n' roll: the intimacy and energy of Elvis Presley's and Buddy Holly's early recordings, and the massive voice and orchestration of Roy Orbison.  And it carries on through people like Bob Marley and Randy Newman and on to bands like The Pogues and The Modern Lovers - the sort of songs that are very much a product of their time and place while firmly rooted in tradition.  The vocals were performed live right in the room with the full band, and sometimes a horn section too.
 
With some romance and drama, You and Me harnesses a sense of classic live-band production into meticulously constructed, unique-sounding rock songs.  The sound would definitely not be mistaken for old, but it would be impossible to ignore the most timeless influences. You and Me offers a distinctive twist to the "Walkmen" sound of their first three records. Each song shows focus, and an up-beat enthusiasm apparent in all lyrics, music, and performances. It is a long record, clocking in at just under an hour, and it presents a wide range of ideas.  The pacing is very important, as the band felt it was essential to set the right tone, and show each song in its proper light.

Writing and recording of You and Me happened over a vibrant and rigorous 2-year period, during which the members of The Walkmen were split between Philadelphia and New York.  The band rode China Town busses five days a week to work in two small rehearsal spaces (an old nightclub in Chelsea, New York and a warehouse in Fish Town, Philadelphia) to freeze by the kerosene heater in the winter, and sweat it out in the summer. By the time of the record's pressing there were over four hundred cast-off 8-track tapes littering both spaces.

The song "I Lost You" was the first major breakthrough, and inspired many songs to follow. Maroon was teaching himself the viola and trumpet at the time, and the song was the culmination of many 8-track experiments. The new warmth and romance in the music seemed to beg for the same from the lyrics, so the cold and stand-offish tone that had run a-ground in recent years was abandoned for a more personal and real approach.  "I Lost You's" strange pacing, and the way in which both the music and the lyrics together pushed towards an Orbison-like crescendo, was the new direction everyone had hoped for.  Songs like "Red Moon", "On the Water", "If Only it Were True", and "In the New Year" were soon to follow.

The album was recorded in two installments - the first at Sweet Tea studios in Oxford, Mississippi (where they had worked on Bows and Arrows) with engineer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Hold Steady, Sonic Youth) and in a couple of sessions in New York's Gigantic Studios (built by Phillip Glass) with engineer Chris Zane, who also produced Les Savy Fav, Asobi Seksu, White Rabbits and who the boys consider "the best f@#king engineer in the world" and a f@#king god-send."

 

You and Me is a solid and complex showcase of inspired songwriting. Romantic and celebratory, this is the sound of The Walkmen returning to classic form.

West Coast Dates
w/ Beach House supporting
1/19: Belly up, San Diego
1/20: Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
1/21: Fillmore, San Francisco
1/23: Wonder Ballroom, Portland
1/24: Neumos, Seattle

Turbine Announces US Winter Tour

photos by Janie Franz- for the Grateful Web

The versatile four-piece band Turbine have jam-packed their calendars with coast-to-coast US tour dates, spanning December through February. True to their native New York City, the quadraphonic barrage is a genre splitting melting pot of rock, funk, bluegrass, and Americana. Hitting the road for nearly two straight months, Turbine is creating a marked buzz on the music scene with their infectious songwriting skills and high-octane live performances.

Having already been declared an "On the Verge" artist by Relix magazine, Turbine is making noise on all levels. The group has also been featured on the Relix CD and has garnered press from Hittin' The Note magazine. Their new album, Reward, showcases a band unafraid to write or play in any style possible. With an invigorating blend of trans-genre music, Turbine weaves their way through improvisational instrumental arrangements and contagious lyrical passages. Melodic guitar runs, wailing harmonicas and danceable rhythms add to the Turbine experience.

Kicking off the tour in Cleveland, OH on December 18th, Turbine will wind their way through the Midwest. The December 19th show at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago pairs Turbine with fellow Relix "On The Verge" artist Lubriphonic. They will then make stops in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, before a special six night run to end the year in Colorado. January will find the group in Utah, Wyoming, and Nevada before they work their way up the west coast with a run of shows in California, Oregon, and Washington. For a complete list of dates visit www.myspace.com/turbine.

TOUR DATES:

11/26 - Fatty J's - Fredericksburg, Virginia
11/28 - Cary Street Cafe - Richmond, Virginia
11/29 - The Lantern - Blacksburg, Virginia
12/04 - Oasis Cafe - New Paltz, New York
12/05 - Donegal Saloon - Kearny, New Jersey
12/06 - Velvet Lounge - Setauket, New York
12/13 - The Fire w/ Buzz Universe - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
12/18 - Wilbert's - Cleveland, Ohio
12/19 - Beat Kitchen w/Lubriphonic - Chicago, Illinois
12/21 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, Iowa
12/26 - Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill - Steamboat Springs, Colorado
12/27 - Sandbar Sports Grill - Vail, Colorado
12/28 - Red Fish - Boulder, Colorado
12/29 - Quixotes True Blue - Denver, Colorado
12/31 - Three 20 South - Breckenridge, Colorado
01/02 - Alma's Only Bistro - Alma, Colorado
01/03 - The Eldo - Crested Butte, Colorado
01/07 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, Utah
01/08 - Mangy Moose - Teton Village, Wyoming
01/09 - Mangy Moose - Teton Village, Wyoming
01/10 - Knotty Pine - Victor, Idaho
01/14 - Thunderbird Lounge @ The Aruba - Las Vegas, Nevada
01/15 - Winston's - San Diego, California
01/16 - Gypsy Lounge - Lake Forest, California
01/20 - Mojito's - San Francisco, California
01/22 - Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, California
01/23 - Divided Sky - South Lake Tahoe, California
01/27 - Ace-in-the-Hole Cider Pub - Sebastopol, California
01/28 - Blue Lamp - Sacremento, California
01/30 - The Laytonville Inn - Laytonville, California
01/31 - Humboldt Brews - Arcata, California
02/03 - Johnny B's - Medford, Oregon
02/04 - Sam Bond's Garage - Eugene, Oregon
02/05 - Goodfoot Pub and Lounge - Portland, Oregon
02/06 - The Red Room - Kennewick, Washington
02/07 - Silver Moon Brewery - Bend, Oregon
02/10 - John's Alley - Moscow, Idaho
02/11 - John's Alley - Moscow, Idaho
02/18 - El Bait Shop - Des Moines, Iowa

HOT BUTTERED RUM ON TOUR THIS WINTER

photos by Michael Podrid- for the Grateful Web

In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release. Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without  being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting.  The performances were professionally multi-tracked and later carefully mixed by Butter's long-time sound engineer, Josh Osmond.  The result is striking, presenting the unique energy and improvisational spirit of a Hot Buttered Rum live performance in studio-quality sound.

Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the band's bolder and heavier side.  Their full sound permeates Live in the Northeast — from the reggae-tinged "Return Someday" and psychedelica of "Desert Rat" through definitive covers of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and Leo Sayer's "Feel Like Dancin'" — winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

Hailing from the High Sierra of California, the guys of Hot Buttered Rum grew up on the trails, in the mountains, and on the slopes.  Their ties with nature have only grown and as a group, the band has dedicated much time and energy to reducing their carbon footprint and promoting alternative fuel sources.  As a heavily touring band, Hot Buttered Rum had to face the tough reality of how a national tour can affect the environment and counter it with a positive change.  In response, the band helped to promote the biofuel renaissance, touring the country on recycled vegetable oil and biodiesel as early as 2003.  Band members have participated in numerous Renewable Energy and Biofuel conferences, as well as sitting on discussion panels at such renowned music festivals as Bonnaroo and High Sierra.  Highlighted in the November/December 2005 issue of E: Environmental Magazine, Hot Buttered Rum is commended for trying to "leave an impact on its fans, and not solely on the road that passes beneath its bus tires as it travels from coast to coast".  For more information on Hot Buttered Rum and their greening efforts, visit the band's website, www.hotbutteredrum.net.

The band's current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:
January 23 Downtown Brewing Co. San Luis Obispo CA
January 24 SOhO Santa Barbara CA
January 25 Winston's Beach Club San Diego CA
January 26 Temple Bar Santa Monica CA
January 27 Rhythm Room Phoenix AZ
January 29 Rialto Theater Tucson AZ
January 30 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ
February 01-02 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
February 08-09 Evergreen Lodge Groveland CA
February 20 Big Easy Concert House Spokane WA co-bill with The Waybacks
February 21 Other Side Missoula MT co-bill with The Waybacks
February 22 Gallatin Gateway Gallatin Gateway MT co-bill with The Waybacks
February 23 Knotty Pine Victor ID co-bill with The Waybacks
February 27 Egyptian Theater Boise ID co-bill with The Waybacks
February 28 Domino Room Bend OR co-bill with The Waybacks
February 29 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR co-bill with The Waybacks
March 01 Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle WA co-bill with The Waybacks
March 08 El Campanil Theatre Antioch CA
March 19 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico CA co-bill with The Waybacks
March 28-29 Suwannee Springfest Live Oak CA
April 19 Fillmore San Francisco CA with Poor Man's Whiskey supporting
April 19 Highline Ballroom New York City NY supporting Tea Leaf Green
April 25-27 Merlefest Wilkesboro NC
August 08 Dead on the Creek Willits CA

More dates to be announced. 

The widespread appeal of Hot Buttered Rum's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together.  It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success. The band has performed at festivals as diverse as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with such artists as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine

Northwest Groove Band Announces Annual Winter Warmup

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Last summer, genre defying Northwest band, Flowmotion, again celebrated the beauty and excitement of Summer with their 7th Annual Summer Meltdown.  Thousands of festival-goers convened against the backdrop of the Northwest's most beautiful alpine scene in Darrington, WA for three blissful days with multiple stages and renowned bands.

On Saturday, February 23, 2008, Flowmotion will celebrate their Summer Meltdown CD release by recreating the festival atmosphere indoors at The Showbox at the Market in Seattle, WA.   Flowmotion, TheVicci Martinez Band, and Handful of Luvin' will play for an all-ages audience

For more information about Flowmotion's Winter Tour or to buy tickets, visit www.flowmotion.net!

Toubab New Years Run & Ucoming Winter Dates

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Toubabe Crewe is capping 2007 in style, with a holiday run that takes us from New York's Bowery Ballroom (12/27) and Philadelphia's World Cafe Live (12/28) to our hometown of Asheville for two nights at the Orange Peel (12/30-31). We're happy to have some good friends with us for these shows - Golem will join us in NYC and Philly, and The Lee Boys and Snake Oil Medicine Show will join us in Asheville. We're also thrilled to announce that Umar Bin Hassan of the legendary group The Last Poets will be joining us on both nights in Asheville for what are sure to be some fun collaborations.

Their winter tour continues with performances at the traveling Jam Cruise festival, as well as a run of new dates in the Southeast and Midwest.

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Tea Leaf Green On Tour This Winter

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It's been a busy summer for San Francisco's rising stars Tea Leaf Green, who made several festival appearances, including their second consecutive year at Bonnaroo.  Two years ago, the band played an epic debut performance to a Bonnaroo crowd of nearly 10,000; the audience spilled from under the massive tented area to be part of Tea Leaf Green history.  Since then, with non-stop touring and two critically acclaimed releases, Tea Leaf Green has garnered themselves a position among today's brightest young rockers.

Tea Leaf Green's latest release, Rock 'n' Roll Band (October 2006), captures lightning in a bottle. Available separately in both CD & DVD formats, the project joins the band for an evening performance at The Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, and offers an intimate look at a day in the life of a young rock band on the rise. The DVD was directed by filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann, son of The Grateful Dead's Billy Kreutzmann.

In November 2007, after 10 years touring with Tea Leaf Green, bassist Ben Chambers left the band to pursue life off the road.  Now, Tea Leaf Green welcomes friend and colleague Reed Mathis (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) to the TLG organization.  Audiences can experience Tea Leaf Green's electrifying live show this fall at theaters coast to coast. The current list of confirmed dates is as follows:

December 07 Rio Theatre Santa Cruz CA
December 08 Troubadour West Hollywood CA
December 20-21 19 Broadway Fairfax CA
December 29 Beacon Theater New York NY supporting Gov't Mule
January 11 Bluebird Theater Denver CO
January 12 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
January 13 Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins CO
January 14 Ski Jam - Steamboat Music Tent Steamboat Springs CO
January 18-19 Crystal Bay Club Crystal Bay Nevada co-bill with Hot Buttered Rum
February 29 - March 01 Fillmore San Francisco CA
March 14-16 Jam in the 'Dam Amsterdam Netherlands

More dates to be announced.

Since the release of the band's first album, Taught to be Proud (2005), Tea Leaf Green has relentlessly toured North America, honing their strength as both songwriters and improvisers. Thanks to their dedicated and connected fan base, the band has gone from playing small bars to large theatres in just a few short years by consistently delivering fresh, mind-blowing live performances. After winning the "Song of the Year" Jammy award for Taught to be Proud 's title track, the road warriors plowed ahead and now sell out shows in major markets including Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York and, most notably, the historic Fillmore Auditorium in their hometown of San Francisco, CA. The band's chops have earned them the respect of their musical contemporaries, sharing the stage with such acts as Dave Matthews Band, Trey Anastasio, Gov't Mule, and Bruce Hornsby.