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Hot Buttered Rum is Coming to Denver - Aug 14

HBR @ All Good Fest 2008 - photos by Sanjay Suchak- 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 San Francisco Bay area, 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:

July 16 Mountain Village Sunset Concert Series Mountain Village CO
July 19 McCall Summer Folk Festival Donley ID
July 22 Neurolux Boise ID
July 25 4 Peaks Music Festival Bend OR
July 26-27 Trinity Tribal Stomp Junction City CA
August 07 Black Oak Casino Tuolumne CA
August 08 Dead on the Creek Willits CA
August 13 Live from Mt. Crested Butte Crested Butte CO
August 14 Oriental Theatre Denver CO
August 17 Yarmony Grass Copper Mountain CO
September 07 Rancho Nicasio Nicasio CA
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Music Festival Ozark AR
September 25 Domino Room Bend OR
September 26 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
September 27 Triple Door Seattle WA Two Shows!
October 30-31 Las Tortugas at Evergreen Lodge Groveland CA
January 24 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Utica NY
February 20-21 Wintergrass Tacoma WA

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

BoomBox Turns it up in Denver

DJ-inspired raves were all the rage in the mid-90s, and continue to be a popular mix of incredible electronic music and serious dance grooves.  The emerging popularity of jambands during that time has led to the inevtible crossover of the two genres, beginning with such pioneers as the Disco Biscuits.

Denver Selected as 2008 Solar America City

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Gov. Bill Ritter today congratulated Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and the city for receiving a $200,000 U.S. Department of Energy "Solar America Cities" award. Denver will receive technical and funding assistance for developing solar electric projects.

 

"I applaud Mayor Hickenlooper and Colorado's capital city for being selected as a 2008 Solar America City," Gov. Ritter said. "This national award recognizes Denver's greening efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and incorporate clean, renewable sources of power. The Solar America grant will further stimulate our renewable energy industry, protect our natural environment, increase our energy security and advance Colorado's New Energy Economy."

The announcement comes on the heels of several other major New Energy Economy achievements in recent weeks, including:

The opening of Vestas Blades in Windsor;

The announcement that ConocoPhillips is opening an alternative-fuel research hub in Louisville;

The relocation of RES Americas from Texas to Broomfield;

Xcel Energy's decision to make Boulder the nation's first

Smart Grid City; and 

 

Last week's signing of a historic "homegrown energy" or net-metering bill into law by Gov. Ritter.

DOE Secretary Samuel W. Bodman made the announcement today that $2.4 million will be available to 12 cities across the country. These cities were chosen for their commitment and comprehensive approach to the deployment of solar technologies and the development of sustainable solar infrastructures.  The Solar America Initiative (SAI) aims to make electricity from solar photovoltaics cost-competitive with conventional electricity by 2015. 

New Mastersounds Give Denver the Funk of its Life

When we Yanks think about England, what comes to mind? High tea? Mary Poppins? The Queen Mum? The Stamp Tax? What about gumbo? How about fur-lined bucket hats and matching full length mink coats and platform shoes with the goldfish in the bottom? No? Allow me to spot you three letters and that should be a hint at where I'm headed: "U-N-K."

Big Easy Blowout in Boulder and Denver

Page plays Boulder & Denver next week- for the Grateful Web

The City of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have given the rest of the world tremendous gifts of music, culture, cuisine, art, and much more.  Relief efforts have continued since Katrina but it hasn't been enough to get the area functioning to full capacity and allow all residents to return to a sense of normalcy and comfort.  To help continue the relief effort, Symbiotic Music Productions and Crescendo Artists announce a Mardi Gras Benefit Celebration with the Big Easy Blowout.  All proceeds from the events will benefit the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and Tipitina's Foundation.  The two consecutive events will take place in Colorado on January 25 in Boulder and January 26 in Denver.  The musical lineup will feature Page McConnell (Phish), Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, PBS), Papa Mali (Rhythm Council), Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (The Wild Magnolias, Golden Eagles) and Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green, JFJO).  The events will have other fundraising aspects, Mardi Gras décor, and activities (including silent auctions, raffles, drink specials, food drive, New Orleans themed artwork and more).  Euforquestra will support on both shows.

Dates:    

January 25 at Boulder Theatre - Boulder, CO - doors at 7:30PM - Tickets @ $25

Featuring: Page McConnell, Russell Batiste, Papa Mali, Reed Mathis and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

January 26 at Cervantes - Denver, CO - doors at 9:00PM - Tickets @ $25

Featuring: Page McConnell, Russell Batiste, Papa Mali, Reed Mathis and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux    

Foundation mission statements:

New Orleans Musicians Clinic (NOMC):

The mission of NOMC is to sustain Louisiana's musicians in mind, body and spirit by developing access to primary care, preventative health services, as well as social and occupational outreach.

Tipitina's Foundation:

The mission of the Tipitina's Foundation is to restore Louisiana's irreplaceable music community and preserve the state's unique musical cultures. The history of the Tipitina's Foundation originates from the Tipitina's music venue, a revered cultural icon that continues to be instrumental in the development and promotion of New Orleans music around the world. The foundation works to support childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of New Orleans music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource.

Production Mission:

Symbiotic Music Productions (SMP) is dedicated in raising proceeds and awareness for the recipients we work with. Our vision is to restore the idea of a benefit show, to insure the greatest positive impact for the organization. By cutting overhead of an event, we find the highest lucrative angle to yield the greatest results. Over the years, we have seen benefit shows losing their meaning and integrity as a fundraiser. We at SMP are motivated in restoring that value with assisting the charitable projects we work with. We are in it for the change, not personal profit! Putting together amazing events with like-minded organizations, venues, musicians, etc. whom are willing to take cuts, to give back to communities in need.

The New Mastersounds, November 16, 2007 in Denver

photos by Dieter Van Holder- for the Grateful Web

Send out the riders, the British are coming, and they're packing heat. The four lads from Leeds known as The New Mastersounds opened for J.J. Grey & Mofro, hitting the Ogden Theatre in Denver on Friday night like a punch in the face and sending the crowd home with sore muscles.

Why this four-piece funk band has not literally exploded across the music scene in America like so many WMD's is beyond me, and my only hypothesis can be that like those reclusive targets of Presidential invasion, the damn things are just too hard to find. When they decide to grace the US with their presence, The NMS tend to visit only a handful of locations, saving the bulk of their tour for venues across the pond. Luckily, they have taken to Colorado. Colorado, it seems, is also taking to them.

Not even two years ago, after opening up for the Greyboy Allstars, the band decided to play a set of its own at a smaller venue, generating little local support. The following summer proved a vast improvement, with jam band fans packing the house at the very same venue that the year before had seen less constituents than one could count on two hands. The venue on Friday night was a little bigger and thus warranted a headlining band with a little more of an established following in order to sell the tickets needed to fill the room. Or did it?

Upon entering the the 1,000+ person venue at Colfax and Ogden around 8:45, 15 minutes prior to show time, I asked one of the attendants at the door how many tickets had been sold, his response was as expected, about 600. I'll be damned if that number hadn't doubled within 30 minutes. At precisely 9:00, Eddie Roberts (guitar), Simon Allen (drums), Pete Shand (bass), and the recently added Joe Tatton (Keyboards), came out on stage firing the funk on all cylinders and didn't stop until everyone in the room was spent, nearly an hour and a half later. In short, with all due respect to J.J. Grey, of whom I am a huge fan and for whom I have the utmost respect, the opening act stole the show.

mastersoundsI had the pleasure of securing a prime piece of real estate in the orchestra section, for, having witnessed these boys in action before; I knew what was coming and wanted to assure myself of a good perch. From the first note, those of us who had seen them prior to Friday nodded in approval, turning to each other in agreement, and then to the first-time listeners around, who, mid-conversation with their neighbors, quickly fastened their gazes on the stage, mouth agape, and joined in the groove. As tunes like "Baby Bouncer," a superb rendition of the Meters's classic "Live Wire," and the fan-favorite and perennial closer, "One Note Brown," played, I witnessed more and more the Paul Newman a la Butch Cassidy-esque facial expressions and mouthed words of "Who are those guys?," understanding that as the evening pressed on, Eddie, Simon, Pete and Joe had secured more troops for their ever-growing cavalry.

To say that the band is heavily influenced by The Meters would be an understatement, but there is something about them that sets them apart. Perhaps it is Eddie Robert's incredible dexterity and precision on the guitar, reminiscent of 70's legend, Grant Green, or Tatton's gritty Hammond B3, or Simon's clever introductory remarks made moreso by that delightful Northern English accent, or Shand's utter coooool-ness onstage, or perhaps it is the fact that it is so surprising to hear black music that would make George Clinton himself pause and listen, emanating from the instruments of mostly white players. Furthermore, it would be short-sighted for one to discount the impression a band makes on its audience when it is evident that when they are playing, they are having so much fun they almost look mischievous.

Whatever these fellas are selling, I'm buying it, and I promise you, there is going to be a long line at the store.

Ani Difranco with Special Guest at the Denver Botanic Garden

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Seventeen years ago, Ani DiFranco released her first album.  Since then, she has established herself as one of the most influential and inspirational artists of her generation.  DiFranco wears many hats including singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer.  Her empowering spirit is evident through her songs that tackle barbed political and sexual issues with uncommon insight and compassion.  On September 11, Righteous Babe Records will release 'Canon,' the first retrospective studio album of Ani's illustrious and storied career.  The double-disc will feature songs from her albums spanning 1990 - 2006 and five re-recorded tracks with help from Todd Sickafoose (bass) and Allison Miller (drums).

Since the early 1990s, DiFranco's innovative guitar style, signature percussive finger picking, expressive vocals and incisive lyrics have earned her a loyal, dedicated fanbase and consistent critical acclaim.

The self-described "little folk singer" has released eighteen studio albums and has produced records for artists such as Dan Bern, Utah Phillips and Janis Ian.  DiFranco has collaborated with everyone from Prince and Cyndi Lauper to Dar Williams and Maceo Parker.  She continues to sell out venues all over the world including NYC's Carnegie Hall.  In 2005, DiFranco made CMJ's list of the 25 most influential artists of the last 25 years, along with U2, Nirvana, Radiohead and The Pixies.

DiFranco's 2006 release, 'Reprieve' earned a slew of accolades.  Entertainment Weekly called it "beautifully committed music - the kind that's as essential now as it has ever been."

Sunday, July 22nd at 1:00 pm (doors open at noon)

with special guests Anais Mitchell and TBA

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton

Tickets: rain or shine $45.00 / All Ages Welcome

(Children two years and younger are admitted free)

Ticket Outlets: www.ticketweb.com, 1.866.468.7621

Boulder : Bart's CD Cellar, in Denver : Independent Records Stores; Twist & Shout.

Produced by NIPP and Maven Productions

For more information please visit www.nipp.com

 

 

Banyan Evolves in Denver

It's a wet and cold Friday Night in Denver Colorado. Outside the sleet it turning to snow and inside Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom the stage is melting into the eclectic sounds and sights of Banyan. The west coast based Banyan was created by Stephen Perkins, the long-time drummer of Jane's Addiction.

Meniskus and Fraga in Denver

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The Oriental Theater to Host Meniskus and Fraga on Saturday, May 26. Denver, CO.

One of Denver's finest and most up-and-coming venues, The Oriental Theater, will play host to two of our favorite local live acts later this month. Local crowd-pleasers meniskus will join Fraga for a one-night-only show on Saturday, May twenty-sixth at the Oriental.

"We're excited to be back at the Oriental," said violinist and charismatic vocalist Eric Ostberg of meniskus, "and to be there with Fraga, is going to pretty much guarantee that the crowd is going to set some kind of record for non-stop dancing." Live performances by both meniskus and Fraga are well-attended by diverse crowds attracted to the unique sounds of each band.

Doors open at seven PM, show starts at eight.

About The Oriental Theater
The historic Oriental Theater is located at 4335 West 44th Ave in vibrant North Denver. Recent renovations provide the extensive expanse of dance floor space this show will require.

About Meniskus
Originally formed in Boulder, meniskus is currently on a Colorado tour to support the release of "The Wall of Sound" CD. Known for its unique blending of latin and rock rhythms, meniskus features Eric Ostberg on the violin and vocals; Bryan Bardusco on guitar and percussion; and Chris Wright on drums and vocals.  Further information on the meniskus website: http://www.meniskusband.com

About Fraga
Hailing from Boulder, CO, this nine-piece band features members of Cabaret Diosa, and has taken classic 20's & 30's Jazz musical parameters and spread them to the borders of early Cuban and Jamaican music. Fraga also seamlessly weaves Americana elements such as pedal steel, ukulele, and banjo into its unique sound.

For more information, contact:
Eric Singer – booking@meniskusband.com or by phone at 720-838-7700

Visit the website at: http://www.meniskusband.com

Dark Star Orchestra in Denver

good times @ DSO in Denver, CO- for the Grateful Web
DSO @ Cervantes -- 7.27.05- for the Grateful Web
Bertha>Good Lovin'' had us dancing..- for the Grateful Web

DSO played Denver, CO last night.  The show of choice was Rochester, N.Y. -11/21/1978.  Great version of Truckin' to end set 2. Other highlights include Bertha>Good Lovin, & Estimated>Eyes.  Lots of good folks sweating & dancing  till 2AM..

Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: November 21st, 1978
Venue: Community War Memorial Auditorium
Location: Rochester, NY

Promised Land, They Love Each Other, Cassidy, Dire Wolf, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Row Jimmy, Minglewood Blues, Loser, Jack Straw, Deal

Bertha-> Good Lovin', Stagger Lee, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Truckin', E: Johnny B. Goode

Filler:  Scarlet Begonias

Orginial Show can be found @ www.Archive.org or click here!

to check out pictures, click here.