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Porter Batiste Stoltz w/ Special Guest Page McConnell to Release 'MOODOO'

photo courtesy of Madison House- for the Grateful Web

George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste Jr., and Brian Stoltz are part of the rich history that is New Orleans' musical ancestry. Today, Porter Batiste Stoltz announce the hard hitting trio's first-ever live release MOODOO, featuring special guest keyboardist Page McConnell (Phish) sitting in on select songs.

The recording offers highlights from an epic November 2, 2007 gig at Burlington, Vermont's Club Metronome, where McConnell joined PBS on stage for part of their performance. Documentation of the evening has been highly sought after by fan communities, yet there have been no known recordings of the show - until now. 

MOODOO, which will be available at retail stores and online beginning September 30, documents an evening ripe with musical mojo.  What else could happen when New Orleans' funk royalty blends utterly with one of Vermont's finest? Page McConnell and Russell Batiste have a musical history - playing together in Vida Blue, a band that Page formed in 2001. Most recently, Page also performed with PBS at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on the Acura Stage (main).

In conjunction with the release of MOODOO, Porter Batiste Stoltz featuring Page McConnell will perform select shows this fall.  Confirmed dates include:

September 24  Revolution Hall Troy, NY
September 25  Lupo's Providence, RI
September 26  BB Kings New York, NY
September 27  Higher Ground Burlington, VT

Tickets are on sale now.  Visit www.doyoumoodoo.com for more information.

MOODOO album details are as follows:
George Porter Jr. - bass guitar, vocals
Russell Batiste Jr. - drums, vocals
Brian Stoltz - guitar, vocals

Featuring special guest:
Page McConnell - keyboards

Recorded live at Club Metronome in Burlington, VT on Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Track Listing

1.  Ausnacious  (PBS original from 'Expanding The Funkin' Universe')
2.  Comin' At Ya  (PBS original from 'Expanding The Funkin' Universe')
3.  I Get High*  (George Porter, Jr. original from 'It's Life')
4.  All We Wanna Do*  (PBS original from 'Expanding The Funkin' Universe')
5.  Message From PBS*  (Meters)
6.  introductions
7.  Check Out Your Mind*  (Curtis Mayfield)
8.  Funky Miracle > Sing A Simple Song > Rainy Day Women*  (Meters/Sly Stone/Bob Dylan)
9.  Out In The Country  (Meters original, but this arrangement by George Porter, Jr. appears on his album, 'It's Life')

* w/ Page McConnell

Ani Difranco with Special Guest at the Denver Botanic Garden

- for the Grateful Web

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

 

 

Special Unbroken Chain Foundation Tsunami Benefit

 

A Helping Handphil
To Benefit Tsunami Relief Efforts

Please join
Unbroken Chain Foundation

February 12, 2005
from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in Polk Hall
at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
for a very special pre-concert event

Doors open at 3:30 for an
evening that includes:

* Musical guests:
Railroad Earth
plus a cameo appearance by Phil Lesh

* Dinner and wine

* Event Poster signed by Phil

* Unbroken Chain Foundation T-shirt

* Commemorative Party Pass for VIP seating for the concert

* Complimentary coat check and early entry to concert

Drawing for Door Prizes:
Including a band signed poster from Phil's December shows at the Warfield
And other prizes


Tickets for this event are limited!
Phil Lesh Online Ticketing starts
Friday morning at 10 am PT (1 PM ET)

Tickets are: $300.00 each
(includes concert admission)
$260.00 each
(if you've already purchased a concert ticket)
*A concert ticket is needed for entry to the benefit*