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Cornmeal Announces New Years Eve 2010 plans

At last Saturday’s annual post Thanksgiving show in Chicago Cornmeal announced, on stage, their plans for New Years.  Cornmeal will be playing at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, IL, a suburb to Chicago.  Cornmeal is taking the month of December off from a busy year of touring and are looking forward to kicking off 2011 with their hometown friends, family, and fans! Keep your eye out for details regarding the evening’s festivities.

The show at Durty Nellie’s will also kick off  a string of January shows starting with Jam Cruise and then multiple shows in Texas, Oklahoma and an extended stay in Colorado.

Check out Grateful Web's interview with Cornmeal.

Ryan Montbleau Band on All Things Considered

The Ryan Montbleau Band went to NPR's national headquarters in Washington, DC this week to record a live performance and interview for All Things Considered. The show will air on Thanksgiving Day. (Please check your local NPR affiliate's schedule for All Things Considered.)

Also, the band began a run of shows with JJ Grey & Mofro this week that will take us all over the northeast, including a Thanksgiving sandwich on Boston-and-Brooklyn bread. So far the shows have been a blast!

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Upcoming Tour Dates:

Wed. Nov. 24  BOSTON, MA Paradise Rock Club *

Fri.-Sat., Nov. 26-27  BROOKLYN, NY Brooklyn Bowl *

Fri., Dec. 3  SYRACUSE, NY Wescott Theater
Sat., Dec. 4  NORTHAMPTON, MA Pearl Street
Sun., Dec. 5  FAIRFIELD, CT Fairfield Theatre - Stage One
Fri., Dec. 10  SARASOTA SPRINGS, NY Putnam Den
Sat., Dec. 11   UTICA, NY The Electric Company
Sun., Dec. 19  WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT Tupelo Music Hall
Fri., Dec. 31  FOXBOROUGH, MA Showcase Live
Sat., Jan. 1  FRYEBURG, ME Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center
Sat., Jan. 8  NEW YORK, NY City Winery
* denotes dates with JJ Grey & MOFRO

Pretty Lights to Join Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Pretty Lights, aka visionary producer Derek Vincent Smith, is currently in the midst of the West Coast leg of his national tour, which has him in Los Angeles this Friday night at The Wiltern. Now, we have some exciting news- Pretty Lights will be joining the cast of the wildly popular children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba! Live earlier that day for a matinee show at the Nokia Theatre, performing as one of the shows’ Super Music Friends!

Besides releasing his trilogy of EP’s this year, Derek Vincent Smith (accompanied by live drummer Adam Deitch) has been busy touring the U.S. and Europe, including many festival appearances and sold-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic. The super-producer has come to be known for his genre-bending beats, which seamlessly blend electronic elements with funk, jazz, hip-hop and classic soul. Combine that with his elaborate, visually-stunning live shows, and you can see why he has captured the attention of music fans worldwide.

He also recently surpassed one million album downloads through his website, where he distributes all of his music for free (although his material is available on iTunes as well). As a thank you to his devoted fans, he surprised his one millionth downloader with a VIP trip to catch him live in Las Vegas!

Pretty Lights also recently announced a New Year's Even run of shows, taking place at The Congress Theater in Chicago on December 30th and 31st! Supporting the shows will be Major Lazer on the 30th, and Holy Fuck on the 31st.

Upcoming Pretty Lights Tour Dates

November 23 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
November 26 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
November 27 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
November 28 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
November 30 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
December 1 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
December 2 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
December 3 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO – SOLD OUT
December 4 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO – SOLD OUT
December 5 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO – SOLD OUT
December 30 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Major Lazer)
December 31 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Holy Fuck)

DSO NYE Update, Winter Tour & More

DSO will close out 2010 in style at The Klein Auditorium - Bridgeport, CT December 30th and 31st 2010. On 12/31 Dark Star Orchestra will be Recreating the Legendary 'Live at the Cow Palace' show from 12/31/76 plus DSO will kick off the evening with a rare acoustic set. You will not want to miss this one!! GA tix include admission, party favors and champagne toast. Limited VIP packages are available and include premium reserved seating, access to a private VIP bar, exclusive show poster, party favors, and a champagne toast.

Click HERE for GA NYE tix
Click HERE for VIP NYE tix

On 12/30 Dark Star Orchestra will be performing 3 sets kicking things off with a special Terrapin Nation set. Click HERE to get your tickets today...

Discounted hotel rooms are available for the 12/30-31 shows. For rooms please call the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport, CT at 203.334.1234 and ask them for the FTC rate of $79, this is a special rate set up w The Klein for the DSO New Year's shows.

12/28 - Wellmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ - TICKETS
12/29 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA - TICKETS

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Back to the West Coast

Starting on 'Black Friday' DSO will kick off their inaugural 'From A City Near You Tour' back where it all began in San Francisco. On each night of the tour the band will recreate a Grateful Dead show originally performed at a location near the venue. With this tour taking place mostly on the west coast, rich with Grateful Dead history, every night will be a chance to relive a legendary show. We are delighted to announce that in San Francisco our old friend David Gans will be making special appearances in between sets.

After two nights in San Francisco to open the tour there will be stops in Sacramento, Crystal Bay, NV, Anaheim, L.A., Las Vegas, 2 nights in San Diego before heading east to Tempe and Flagstaff, AZ Salt Lake City and a tour closer in Denver.

Check out our TOUR DATES PAGE for complete details.

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Southbound Winter Tour

Riding into 2011 DSO will kick off the year with a massive Winter tour heading south from the mid-west to Florida. The opening weekend takes us from Des Moines, IA to Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, Il. From there its on to a Monday night stop in Urbana IL then a hump day show in the 'Motor City' and two nights in OH with stops in Cleveland and Columbus before heading to the 'Hoosier State' for a stop in Indianapolis. Then it's on to the southern stops with shows in Charleston, Greensboro, Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Orlando, Delray Beach and Tampa.

Hope you can join in the fun along the way!

Visit our TOUR DATES PAGE for complete details.

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DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
From a City Near You Tour
11/26 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/27 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/28 Crest Theater Sacramento, CA TICKETS
11/30 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay, NV TICKETS
12/2 The Grove Anaheim, CA
12/3 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
12/4 Hard Rock Cafe Vegas Las Vegas, NV TICKETS
12/5 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/6 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/8 Marquee Theater Tempe, AZ TICKETS
12/9 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ TICKETS
12/10 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
12/11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO TICKETS
New Year's Run
12/28 Wellmont Theatre Montclair, NJ
12/29 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA TICKETS
12/30 The Klein Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
12/30 The Klein Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
Just Announced - Southbound Winter Tour
1/20 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
1/21 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
1/22 Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
1/24 The Canopy Club Urbana, IL
1/26 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI
1/27 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH
1/28 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
1/29 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
2/2 Music Farm Charleston, SC
2/3 Carolina Theatre Greensboro, NC TICKETS
2/4 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
2/5 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
2/9 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
2/10 The Plaza Live Orlando, FL
2/11 Garlic Fest Delray Beach, FL
2/12 Ferguson Hall Tampa, FL

Girl Talk's New Album, All Day, Out Today

Celebrating 10-plus years of sample-obsessed production and relentless touring, Gregg Gillis returns with All Day, his fifth album as Girl Talk, and his most epic, densely layered, and meticulously composed musical statement to date.  Continuing the saga from the previously acclaimed albums, Night Ripper and Feed The Animals, Gillis lays down a more diverse range of samples to unfold a larger dynamic between slower transitions and extreme cut-ups.  With the grand intent of creating the most insane and complex pop collage album ever heard, large catalogs of both blatantly appropriated melodies and blasts of unrecognizable fragments were assembled for the ultimate Girl Talk record (clocking in at 71 minutes and 373 samples).

Earlier this year, Girl Talk finally took a break from touring, festival dates, and college shows, in order to create this album that is now being released immediately after its completion.  While posting the album as a free download on the Illegal Art label's site allows All Day to reach his fan-base quickly and with minimal cost, Gillis spent more time on this album than any previous release and considers it the most fully realized and evolved manifestation of the Girl Talk aesthetic.

Download Girl Talk’s All Day here for free.

(There are no strings attached to this free download – no email address needed, no potential donation, or anything of that nature, and it will remain this way indefinitely.)

Since the release of Feed The Animals, things have flourished for Girl Talk. He's played almost 300 shows and hardly taken a full week off from hitting the road. He's playing even larger venues and making even more of a spectacle -- he's employed a small crew of toilet paper launching stage hands, who also propel confetti, balloons, and inflate oddly chosen props into the audience. For the New Year's Eve show to ring in 2010, a team was hired to build a life-size house, with attention to fine details, on the stage at Chicago's Congress Theater.  Described as the craziest house party ever, Girl Talk continues to please live audiences as the mass of sweaty bodies at his shows continually grows. Touring highlights from the last couple of years include the Vancouver Olympics, large festivals such as Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, V-Fest, Sasquatch, Rothbury, Monolith, Planeta Terra, and trips to Australia, Japan, South America, Europe, and Mexico.

As previously announced, Girl Talk will be touring extensively in 2011 in support of this release.

Tracklisting:

01. Oh No

02. Let It Out

03. That's Right

04. Jump on Stage

05. This Is the Remix

06. On and On

07. Get It Get It

08. Down for the Count

09. Make Me Wanna

10. Steady Shock

11. Triple Double

12. Every Day

Girl Talk Tour Dates:

Fri. 11/19/10 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Hot Festival

Sat. 11/20/10 – Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Planeta Terra Festival

Tue. 11/23/10 – Santiago, Chile @ Centro Cultural Amanda

Fri. 12/3/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Sat. 12/4/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Fri. 12/31/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

Wed. 01/05/11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

Thu. 01/06/11 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavillion

Fri. 01/07/11 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater

Sat. 01/08/11 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five

Mon. 01/10/11 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

Thu. 01/13/11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

Fri. 01/14/11 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall

Sat. 01/15/11 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium

Mon. 01/17/11 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall

Tue. 01/18/11 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

Thu. 01/20/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay

Fri. 01/21/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Sat. 01/22/11 – Charleston, SC @ Gaillard Municipal Auditorium

Mon. 01/24/11 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium

Tue. 01/25/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

Thu. 01/27/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo

Fri. 01/28/11 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa

Sat. 01/29/11 – Richmond, VA @ The National

Mon. 01/31/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head

Tue. 02/01/11 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

Fri. 02/04/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Sat. 02/05/11 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre

Thu. 02/24/11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (SOLD OUT)

Fri. 02/25/11 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s

Sat. 02/26/11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Mon. 02/28/11 – Portland, ME @ State Theater

Mon. 03/01/11 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

Thu. 03/03/11 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall

Fri. 03/04/11 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater

Mon. 03/07/11 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum

Tue. 03/08/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave

Fri. 03/11/11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Mon. 03/14/11 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater

Tue. 03/15/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Thu. 03/17/11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland

Fri. 03/18/11 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

Sat. 03/19/11 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre

Mon. 03/21/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

Tue. 03/22/10 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA

Wed. 03/23/10 – Tempe, AX @ Marquee

Toubab Krewe Join YO GABBA GABBA Live! Tour

Toubab Krewe will join DJ Lance Rock and the rest of the Gabba Gang as Super Music Friends in six cities across Texas and Arizona as part of Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! - live shows between 12/04-12/12. Other special guests include a surprise Dancey Dance guest and Hip-Hop legend Biz Markie who will also join the party showing kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day.”


Toubab Krewe are West African-educated rockers from Asheville, NC whose new album 'TK2' (Nat Geo Music) is “a triumph of originality and appeal” (Boston Globe). The foursome’s music has been hailed as percussive sound that "swirls together indie rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more."

Back on the road for their 60-city North American tour running through December 12th, Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! features music, singing, dancing and animation. The live show is an interactive experience that offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life. Super Music Friends is a popular segment on the TV series that has been adapted for the live show where a musical guest performs a song.  One musical act will be a part of each show as the Super Music Friend.

Read Grateful Web's interview with Toubab Krewe here.

Toubab Krewe dates with Yo Gabba Gabba Live!:

Sat 12/4 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre (1 pm/4 pm)

Sun 12/5 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre (1 pm/4 pm)

Tue 12/7 – El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Center (5 pm)

Thu 12/9 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum (5 pm)

Fri 12/10 - Houston, TX - Hobby Center (1:30pm/5pm)

Sat 12/11 - Cedar Park, TX - Cedar Park Center (1 pm/4 pm)

Sat 12/12 - Frisco, TX - Dr Pepper Arena (1 pm/4 pm)

For complete tour and ticket information, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com.

About YO GABBA GABBA!:

Yo Gabba Gabba! currently ranks as one of the most popular series on television and stage, with a broad appeal among preschoolers, parents, teens and adults.  W!LDBRAIN Entertainment, The Magic Store and S2BN Entertainment brought the groundbreaking series to the stage with the launch of YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY  in November, 2009 to sold-out shows in major cities.  Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz are the co-creators of YO GABBA GABBA!  Yo Gabba Gabba!, the television series, is now in its third season in the U.S. and is produced by W!LDBRAIN Entertainment and The Magic Store.  Yo Gabba Gabba! airs 7 days a week on Nick Jr. and in several major international territories, including Australia, Canada, Israel, Latin America, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.K.  YO GABBA GABBA! infuses retro-style and beat-driven music to teach simple life lessons through music.  The series and the live show star DJ Lance Rock and a cast of colorful characters, including Brobee, the little green one, Foofa, the pink flower bubble, Muno, the red Cyclops, Toodee, the blue cat-dragon and Plex, the yellow robot. Today’s most popular names in movies, television, music and sports flock to YO GABBA GABBA!. Fred Armisen, Erykah Badu, Jack Black, Anthony Bourdain, Devo, Rachel Dratch, Rob Dyrdek, Flaming Lips, Melora Hardin, Tony Hawk, The Killers, Angela Kinsey, Solange Knowles, Biz Markie, Jack McBrayer, MGMT, Mos Def, Mark Mothersbaugh, The Roots, Andy Samberg, Amy Sedaris, The Shins, Sarah Silverman, Amare Stoudemire, The Ting Tings, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Elijah Wood and Weird Al Yankovic, among others, guest star.  Celebrity guests who performed during the live tour kick-off shows include Devenda Banhart, Cold War Kids, Matt Costa, DMC (Run DMC), Snoop Dogg, Jon Heder, Talib Kweli, Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Keri Russell and more, while Christina Aguilera, Jason Bateman, Travis Barker, Brendan Fraser, Heidi Klum, Chris Noth, Brooke Shields and Dennis Quaid attended the live shows with their families.  Visit www.yogabbagabba.com and www.yogabbagabbalive.com.

30 Days of Dead - Downloads + Daily & Weekly Giveaways

We're on a mission to make a miracle every day. As a token of our appreciation for making 2010 an epic year, we're giving away a high-quality 320Kbps MP3 download every day this month. That's 30 days of unreleased Grateful Dead tracks from the vault, selected by tape archivist David Lemieux! Intrigued? We're also going to put your knowledge to the test and give you the chance to win more classic tunes from the Dead...

You know your Ables from your Bakers from your C's, but can your finely tuned ears differentiate the cosmic "comeback" tour from a spacey 70's show? Each day at 9am PT we'll post a free download from one of the Dead's coveted shows. Will it be from that magical night at Madison Square Garden in '93 or from way back when they were just starting to warm it up at Winterland? Is that Pigpen's harmonica we hear? Brent on keys? Step right up and try your hand...

Each day, the first person to guess the venue & date correctly will get a Road Trips CD of their choice. If you're not first but you've still answered correctly, you will also be automatically entered for a weekly prize of THE WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO ALBUMS VINYL BOX (EXCLUSIVE EDITION) or a FORMERLY THE WARLOCKS boxed set. What are you waiting for? Log in now to grab your first free download and enter to win!

deadmau5 to release new album '4x4=12' december 6

Anyone that attended a deadmau5 show in North America this year would have experienced electrifying live renderings of material from his first full length artist album 4x4=12, due out December 6 on Ultra Music.  Performing in front of hundreds of thousands at major festivals and venues from coast to coast including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival, Austin City Limits and Treasure Island to name a few, electronic music’s most talked-about artist and producer unveiled a wide range of new songs to accompany his roof-raising visual show.

With his revolutionary LED mau5head which flashed space scenes and robot smiley faces, deadmau5--at his full production shows and extended sets at his “unhooked” gigs--highlighted his sets with tracks like “Cthulhu Sleeps,” “Some Cords” and the atmospheric track “Raise Your Weapon” featuring Picture Book singer Greta Svabo Bech.

Also included on 4x4=12 is the deadmau5 vs. Wolfgang Gartner collaboration “Animal Rights,” which Beatport described as “…a huge club record that combines the styles of both producers and has been heavily compared to Daft Punk. We here at Beatport welcome the new direction and give it our thumbs up.”

The album’s next single “Sofi Needs A Ladder,” featuring a vivacious delivery by vocalist Sofi, made its live debut this past March at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami where deadmau5 was joined by Sofi and iconic drummer Tommy Lee in front of 50,000 fans and the track has been the opening piece on his current tour. Ultra Music will make it available on October 31.  Other highlights from the album include “One Trick Pony,” which Sofi also appears on, and the Michael Woods remix of “I Said,” a deadmau5 collaboration with U.K. DJ/producer Chris Lake.

In addition to many of the high-profile performances, 2010 has been a spectacular year thus far for the Toronto-based deadmau5.  He served as the MTV Video Music Award’s House Artist in September where Travie McCoy, Jason Derulo, and Robyn performed never-before-heard mau5-mixes of their current hit singles with him during the show.  He also made guest appearances on hit television shows “Gossip Girl” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Meanwhile, gaming fans can now find deadmau5 starring as an in-game playable character in Activision Publishing Inc.’s DJ Hero 2. (His smash #1 Billboard single “Ghosts ‘n Stuff”—which appeared on his last mix album For Lack of a Better Name (Ultra Music)—is also included on the game’s soundtrack.)

Recently profiled with a feature in Rolling Stone’s “Hot List” issue, deadmau5 will make his last North American appearances this year with three shows at New York City’s legendary Roseland Ballroom October 28, 29 & 30, the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans October 31 and a New Years Eve show December 31 at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, Canada. The first two nights of his Roseland Ballroom ‘trifecta’ shows will feature his powerful festival show supported by a fantastic cast of guests such as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Erol Alkan, Afrojack and JDH & Dave P.  The final night, for his “unhooked” show, will feature his hit smash “I Remember” collaborator Kaskade as well as Calvin Harris, Pete Tong and Sleepy & Boo. deadmau5 will bring his full production show to Voodoo and his Edmonton ‘Mau5quarade’ NYE night also featuring guests Skrillex, Showtek, Mike De Rosa, Mikey Wong and Seelo Mondo.

In addition to a full album format, Ultra Music is also making 4x4=12 available via the iTunes Complete My Album program which permits single purchases through the digital retailer to apply for the full album when it releases.  Following “Sofi Needs A Latter” on October 31 will be “Some Chords” on November 7, “Right This Second” on November 14, “Bad Selection” on November 21 and “Raise Your Weapon” on November 28.

The complete track listing for 4x4=12 is:

1. Some Chords

2. Sofi Needs a Ladder

3. City In Florida

4. Bad Selection

5. Animal Rights

6. I Said (Michael Woods Remix)

7. Cthulhu Sleeps

8.  Right This Second

9.  Raise Your Weapon

10. One Trick Pony

11. Everything Before

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deadmau5’s North American tour dates for the remainder of 2010 are:

Thu      10/28   New York, NY              Roseland Ballroom (Full)

Fri        10/29   New York, NY              Roseland Ballroom (Full) – Sold out

Sat       10/30   New York, NY              Roseland Ballroom (Unhooked) – Sold out

Sun      10/31   New Orleans, LA         Voodoo Experience (Full)

Fri        12/31   Edmonton, CANADA   Shaw Conference Center (Full)

Phish | Broomfield, Colorado | 10/10/2010

Phish is back in Colorado... just a mere two months earlier we were all out in Telluride to catch Phish at one of the most stellar locales in America.  1st Bank Arena, in Broomfield, Colorado might be in the middle of cookie-cutter American looking architecture -- but the promoters did get it right after renovating 1st Bank back in 2008>2009.  The place was a complete disaster when it first opened in 2006.  The place was riddled with parking problems, crummy acoustics and a real lack of interest from bands, special events, etc.   I guess the Colorado GOP had their little shindig there, which should give you an indication right away how lame this place was…

Now it’s still the same building in the same cookie-cutter location, but what has changed has made all the difference! This place sounds good! Really good…it’s small too, nearing about 6500 at full capacity.  You're not going to catch Phish in a smaller venue in 2010.  Sure us lucky folk who started seeing Phish in the early 90's will still boast seeing the band in a venue holding less than 500 (for me that was Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS on 4/1/92 -- still my favorite Phish show.. get it!).  However, catching Phish in this relatively intimate venue is pretty cool considering the alternative…Pepsi Center or gag…Fiddler's Green (or whatever they're calling the schwaggy place nowadays).

Trey sounds great.  They really tore the roof off the place last night.  Highlights for me:  Julius was a rager – Golgi is always a lot of fun to hear.  Mike’s Song > Simple > Ghost > Weekapaug Groove had a little bit of everything.   Trey introduced a new song last night titled: “My problem Right There” – Sure Senior Ernesto is one of the most prolific song writers out there… I will confess on average, however, I am probably fond of only 1/3 new songs Trey has brought forth over the past decade or so – But this song I liked right away. Most songs take a least a few listens before I know the song well-enough to gauge if I truly dig it – but this song is catchy, bluesy and I enjoyed it from the get-go.

The band is hot. They sound great.  Check out Grateful Web’s videos from the shows – We’ll have more up on Tuesday as well as photos and phan interviews.

Dark Star Orchestra confirms '10 New Year’s Eve

Closing in on the 1900 show mark, Dark Star Orchestra has confirmed plans to ring in 2011 with a New Year’s Run including Penn’s Peak in Northeast PA December 28, and celebrating New Year’s Eve with a pair of shows December 30, 31 at The Klein in Bridgeport, CT. Tickets go on sale today, September 29, through DSO Fan Club and will go on sale to the public on October 3.  There will also be a limited number of VIP tickets available which include reserved seating, access to a private bar, an exclusive show poster, party favors, and a champagne toast.  More information, NYE tickets and hotel packages are available here.

For the final tour of 2010, Dark Star Orchestra will offer a new twist on their Grateful Dead setlist concept. The ‘City Near You’ Tour features DSO recreating Grateful Dead setlists taken from the town or region where the show is taking place. The tour starts November 26, the day after Thanksgiving, with a pair of shows at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom; where for instance, DSO will recreate a show that originally took place in or near the Bay Area, and so on, throughout the rest of the tour that winds mostly down the West Coast and ends in Denver at the Fillmore December 11.

Additionally, the members of Dark Star Orchestra are thrilled to announce the recording and release of an original song co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter called “Run Mary.”  The upbeat song features combined vocals from Rob Barraco, Lisa Mackey and Rob Eaton.  Available shortly on iTunes, “Run Mary” can be heard streaming online. A free download of “Run Mary” is available when purchasing DSO tickets through its Fan Club Ticketing. As always, DSO continues to play Grateful Dead show recreations and elective setlists as its main focus.

Check out a past Grateful Web webcast of DSO in Boulder, CO

Dark Star Orchestra: www.darkstarorchestra.net

Dark Star Orchestra Ticketing: http://dso.inticketing.com