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Leftover Salmon In Vail next weekend!

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Leftover Salmon will play it's last show of 2008 next weekend in Vail. This will be a festive weekend in Vail with 3 big shows including Big Head Todd on Thursday and The Frey on Saturday. There will also be plenty of other shows and activities going on throughout the weekend. Go here to checkout all that's happening. Vail just got dumped on with snow and the mountain conditions are great. LOS hopes to see you up there.

 

Holiday Season is here and we're having a sale with great incentives on all Leftover Salmon Merchandise. These items are now available here

 

Tomorrow night is the 6th annual Mark Vann Benefit at the Boulder Theater. This will include performances by Great American Taxi, Emmitt Nershi Band as well as many others.

 

There will be an art sale, raffle, and silent auction featuring tickets to premier music festivals around the country including Vail Snow Daze amongst many other exciting prizes and items!  All proceeds benefit the foundation!

 

$25 tickets with no service charge to Leftover Salmon in Vail on December 12th will also be on sale at the show.

STS9 Tour Begins Next Week

photos by Tawny Frederickson- for the Grateful Web

This fall, California's own STS9 will be packing premier indoor theaters from Los Angeles down to New Orleans, up to Washington D.C. and all points in between. The tour, which includes 22-dates in all, ices an incredible year for the rising electronic heroes, a period that included their acclaimed July release Peaceblaster and the surging popularity of their self-owned music label, 1320 Records.

STS9's fall tour dates are as follows:

October 22 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA w/ Alex Botwin of Pnuma Trio (DJ Set)
October 23 House of Blues Anaheim CA w/ Pnuma Trio
October 24 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ w/ Pnuma Trio
October 25 The Joint @ Hard Rock Las Vegas NV w/ Pnuma Trio
October 26 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ w/ Pnuma Trio
October 29 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK w/ Pnuma Trio
October 30 Warehouse Live Houston TX w/ Pnuma Trio
October 31 Stubb's Austin TX w/ Pnuma Trio
November 1 House of Blues Dallas TX w/ Count Bass D
November 2 House of Blues New Orleans LA w/ Count Bass D
November 5 Lyric Theatre Oxford MS w/ Count Bass D
November 6 War Memorial Nashville TN w/ Count Bass D
November 7 Alabama Theatre Birmingham AL w/ Count Bass D
November 8 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville TN w/ Count Bass D
November 9 Headliner's Music Hall Louisville KY w/ Count Bass D
November 12 Charleston Music Hall Charleston SC w/ Count Bass D
November 13 Amos' Southend Charlotte NC w/ Count Bass D
November 14 The NorVa Norfolk VA w/ Eliot Lipp
November 15 9:30 Club Washington DC w/ Eliot Lipp
November 16 9:30 Club Washington DC w/ Eliot Lipp
November 19 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA w/ Eliot Lipp
November 20 House of Blues Cleveland OH w/ Eliot Lipp
November 21 The Rave Milwaukee WI w/ Eliot Lipp
November 22 First Avenue Minneapolis MN w/ Eliot Lipp
December 28 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 29 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 30 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 31 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA

STS9 has turned into one of modern rock's most entertaining acts, reaching #29 on Pollstar's "PULSE Charts" of the country's top touring artists and sharing the stage with a diverse array of top live acts including Digable Planets, James Brown, Jurassic 5, Talib Kweli, Ghostland Observatory, Prefuse 73, Tortoise, Soulive, Cut Chemist, and many others. They've hit the festival circuit hard, playing the Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Winter Music Conference, ROTHBURY, and Vegoose. On their 2008 Summer Tour, STS9 moved an average of over 3,000 tickets a night, selling out venues including two nights at Atlanta's Masquerade Music Park (over 8,000 tickets) and NYC's Roseland Ballroom, among others. Also on their summer tour, STS9 headlined Berkeley's Greek Theatre and sold over 15,000 tickets for a two night run headlining Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Saturday night sold out!).

Peaceblaster, released on the band's 1320 imprint, has provided electronic music with one of the highlights of the year, and the charts bear that out. The disc, their fourth, reached #10 on Billboard's Electronic chart, #27 on Billboard's Heatseeker chart, #2 on iTunes Electronic chart, and #63 on CMJ's Top 200.

Illustrated by its evocative title, Peaceblaster is simultaneously serene and invigorating, electronic but with an oh-so-human heart. Released a full three years since the band's last works, 2005's Artifact and Artifact: Perspectives-both of which topped iTunes list of Top Albums of that year-Peaceblaster is melodic, yet pumped up with enough pounding beats to rattle the rafters, as chords and samples float atop pulsating drum and bass. The recording, STS9's most accessible, has already set fire under their tremendous fan base, all of which has come to expect nothing but the best in electronic grooves from the band.

Like the band, their 1320 label is also ascendant, with current releases by Count Bass D and Pnuma Trio already generating serious buzz.  One of indie hip hop's most respected and talented DJs, Count Bass D flies on his upcoming L7 and STS9, fans of his for years, are honored to release his new album. As STS9's Hunter Brown explains, "Count Bass D has been in our headphones for years. He's by far one of the most creative and authentic voices in hip-hop today".

Pnuma Trio's Character, released this summer on 1320 and more in keeping with STS9 itself, has done quite well, and acclaim for the label's fresh new compilation, Eliot Lipp Presents: Way Pavers Volume One is considerable. Without question, STS9's broad musical tastes, earned in large part from its vast and colorful experiences on the road, are in full view on both Peaceblaster and on the dazzling work it produces for its 1320 label.

The Next Best Thing, Lez Zeppelin Rambles On Through Boulder

Anyone out there who might have read any of my previous Grateful Web publications, and I'm hoping there is at least one of you out there, may have noticed my slight fetish for Led Zeppelin references, analogies, and generalized words of praise. What can I say, I love the classics.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA CASE UP NEXT FOR COURT

NORML supports the right of adults to use marijuana responsibly, whether for medical or personal purposes - for the Grateful Web

The marijuana she smokes every two waking hours makes life bearable for Angel Raich.  It eases the pain from an inoperable brain tumor, scoliosis and several other permanent disabilities.  It's the only thing her doctors will prescribe, because she has severe allergies that cause violent reactions to traditional medicine.

 

In Oakland, Calif., where Raich lives, that's no problem.  A 1996 state law permits patients to grow and smoke marijuana on doctors' recommendations.

 

But on Monday, the U.S.  Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that's likely to settle a conflict between that California law and a 1970 federal ban on illegal drugs.

 

The Justice Department says federal authority is supreme in this matter, and the Drug Enforcement Administration already has raided one California patient's house and destroyed her cannabis plants.  If the court favors the government's view, more raids would follow in the 11 mostly Western states that have legalized medical marijuana.

 

Anti-drug groups support the federal government, saying approving medical marijuana could boost support for the recreational use of drugs.

 

Raich and her supporters say medical marijuana is a matter for the states to decide, and for doctors to decide for their patients.

 

"Without cannabis, my life would be a death sentence," Raich, 39, says on a Web site about her struggle.  "Cannabis was responsible for getting me out of my wheelchair and restoring mobility on the whole right side of my body.  For years I felt as if I were suffering in hell.  I will not go back to hell for anyone or anything."

The case is one of the most watched on the Supreme Court's docket this term, one that involves the justices in a high-profile social issue and tests court conservatives' commitment to a line of decisions that restrain federal intrusion into state matters.

It began in California in 2002, when DEA officers raided the Oroville home of Diane Monson, who was growing marijuana in her garden to ease back pain.  The raid at Monson's home - and several others - was tied to a crackdown on medical marijuana inspired in part by the war on terrorism.  President Bush has said the illegal drug trade helps finance terrorists.

Under Chief Justice William H.  Rehnquist, the high court generally has favored state authority over federal influence, establishing a long line of cases that have reduced Congress' authority to regulate interstate commerce.

But the Supreme Court took a stab at curbing marijuana use in 2001 when it ruled against clubs that distributed medical marijuana, which the clubs had deemed a "medical necessity." The ruling forced Raich's supplier to close but left unsettled whether federal authorities could block states from permitting marijuana to be used for medical reasons.