The Last Waltz Revisited ft: Polytoxic @ Boulder Theater

Back in 2005, Denver's number one "jamband", Polytoxic, wanted to put on a show that could showcase all the great local musicians they had been playing with for the past few years.  They decided to re-enact The Band's "The Last Waltz", a concert film by Martin Scorsese from 1978 of The Band's last performance that included all of that era's greatest musicians - Eric Clapton, Dr John, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, etc.  The show was held at Dulcinea's in Denver's Capitol Hill area on May 25, 2005, and Polytoxic planned on it being a fun little show that would garner a little bit of interest.  It sold out in minutes, surprising band and fans alike, and became the biggest show they had ever thrown.  So big, in fact, they decided to do it again in 2005, this time on the night before Thanksgiving at Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom.

Polytoxic's "The Last Waltz Revisited" immediately went from a "fun little" idea at a small venue to their biggest event of the year.  It has become an annual event, playing to capacity crowds.  This year marks the 6th anniversary of their "Last Waltz Revisited", and it boasts over 40 guest musicians from across Colorado, a full horn section, and over 30 songs from The Bands extensive catalog, focusing primarily on songs played at The Last Waltz.  It has become a tradition for many of those involved in the show, as well as for many of the people that come out and see the show year after year.  This year we have Buck Perigo opening the show at 9:00, performing Woody Guthrie’s entire “Alice’s Restaurant”.

To further the community aspect of the show, Tabima Enterprises (the production company that runs the show) brought in The Denver Rescue Mission as an affiliated charity, encouraging the donations of canned food for the homeless, and contributing a percentage of the ticket sales to the organization. This year we are lucky to also have the support of our sponsors Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta and The Westword.

For updates and additions continue to check out their website.

The Last Waltz Revisited featuring Polytoxic

Boulder Theater

Friday, Nov 19th

Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.

Tickets are also available through our website

Tickets are On Sale – 10.01 @ 10:00 am.

Individual tickets are $18.75 adv / $21.50 dos.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at the Fox Theatre

Like a Super Nova burning bright in the night sky comes Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.  Based out of San Diego, KDTU began its journey in 1998 after bandleader Karl Denson decided to change gears five years after he’d help create The Greyboy Allstars. GBA had proven themselves as the ultimate party band, spreading their “West Coast Boogaloo” style all over the world, making “Jazz” a dance term once again. Karl set out to take this formula to the next level by putting more emphasis on vocals and adding some funk, r&b and hip hop elements. It turned out to be a winning combination which set KDTU on the top of the heap in the touring world from 1999 through 2005. In 2005 Karl decided to get back to his roots and work in a smaller jazzier setting.  During 2006 and 2007 Karl led KD3, a trio configuration featuring Sax, Organ and Drums. This led to the 2007 release of KD3’s  “Lunar Orbit”, an album which was a great critical success. In 2008, Karl rejoined his former boss Lenny Kravitz and spent the year country hopping through Europe and North America. In 2009 Karl went back into the studio and conjured up what is being hailed as the most soulful KDTU adventure yet, “Brother’s Keeper” which was released Sept 15th, 2009.

Thursday June 24, 9:00pm
All Ages / GA / $15 ADV weekend on-sale (June 4 - 6) / $20 ADV & DOS

Tickets on sale June 4 at the Fox Theatre box office | Internet 24-7 at www.foxtheater.com | Phone: During box office hours: 303.443.3399

Railroad Earth Announces New Year's Eve 2005 Run

Railroad Earth 2005- for the Grateful Web

New Jersey-based national touring act Railroad Earth has announced it will play a three-night run of shows in late December leading up to New Year's Eve.  The shows in Northern Virginia and Pennsylvania will follow a series of concerts with Honkytonk Homeslice (Billy Nershi, String Cheese Incident) and come weeks before the release of the band's first live album, due out on SCI Fidelity Records in January 2006.


Railroad Earth's New Year's Eve run includes a stop at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA on Dec. 29 and a two-night stand at the Theatre of the Living Arts (TLA) in Philadelphia on Dec. 30-31. This holiday mini-tour is a first for the sextet.  In the past, the band has rung in the New Year with a performance near its headquarters in New Jersey, and the band's management is pleased with the schedule of performances. "The band thoroughly enjoys performing at both the State Theatre and the TLA," said management.  "We couldn't be happier about returning to these venues for another successful run of shows."


For more information on these and other shows, and to order tickets, visit www.railroadearth.com.


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Founded in 2001, Railroad Earth performs a progressive mix of bluegrass, folk, roots music and rock.  Fronted by lead singer and songwriter Todd Sheaffer, (From Good Homes), Railroad Earth features the musical talents of Tim Carbone, Andy Goessling, Johnny Grubb, Carey Harmon and John Skehan.  The band most recent studio album, "The Good Life," was released on Sugar Hill records in June 2004.

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Sand Sculpture Festival 2005: “Belgium, A Very Different Story”

Toots Thielemans- for the Grateful Web
Belgium- for the Grateful Web

On August 4, my grandmother (who is in her late eighties but still very fit!) and I decided to go and see the sand sculptures in Blankenberge. It was already the fourth time this town at the Belgian coast organized the Sand Sculpture Festival, but we both never managed to go there, until now...


In spite of the current uncertain summer, we were very lucky since it was the sunniest day of the week. After a forty-minute-train-ride and a ten-minute-walk, we reached our goal. We wanted to have a drink first because we were quite thirsty, but we were so overwhelmed by the scenes we already saw, we started to walk across the different scenes immediately.


Before unveiling what there was to see, I should tell you something about the typical form of art, called carving, used at this festival. A sand sculpture, which is a construction of sand and water, is a form of art that was already known by the ancient Egyptians 4000 years B.C. The sand used for the sculptures on this festival came from a Belgian quarry in Mont-Saint-Guibert, a small village near the Ardennes. About 50 million years ago, the North Sea came as far as this area. Later on, the coastline retreated, by which the sand was no longer subjected to the tides and kept its angular grainy structure. Because of this shape, it is possible to make high, stable constructions: "one can make sculptures with cubes, but not with marbles".


Since this year Belgium exists 175 years, it was no surprise Belgium was the theme of the fourth edition of this festival. The themes in the previous years were Egypt, South America, and Italy.


Sculptors, also called carvers, from all over the world, arrived on June 3rd in Blankenberge to execute the enormous task to represent Belgium. Supplied with heaps of information and pictures, they spent at least 10 hours a day in the huge "sand-pit" (more than 37 million kilos of sand was used).


In the Royal Palace, which was indoors, each Belgian king took you with him through the period he reigned over the country. Outside, all Belgian provinces were represented. The scenes were constructed in pursuance of a story, legend, myth, event or joke. Further on, there were thematic angles of incidence, such as "typical Belgium", "Belgians on the road", "Burgundian Belgium", "Belgium and music", and "Belgium and fashion". The Flemish lion and Walloon cock observed the entire scene.


In the "gallery"-part of this website you find some pictures I took that day. At the website of the Sand Sculpture Festival www.sculpta.be you can find pictures of this and previous years, and more information concerning the festival.


Those who plan a trip to Belgium before August 28th this year or next summer, should reserve some time for this festival. You won't regret it!

Sloppy Roast Beef (Band of the Month - June, 2005)

Sloppy Roast Beef- for the Grateful Web
having fun at the show- for the Grateful Web

Sloppy Roast Beef was formed in the summer of 2002 when six close friends decided to take their guitar driven original rock and roll sound out of the basement and into the public eye.

At the time of "The Beef's" inception, three of the band's members, A.J. Davidson, Michael Moore, and Zac Davidson, were playing with the group "Jo Digs" while the other three members, Andrew Teague, Nick Edwards, and Derek Lewis, played in the band known as "Sweet Automatic".

While both former bands achieved moderate local success in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a yearning still remained among band members to create a sound that not only accented strong songwriting and musicianship but that was also authentic to the South.

The end result would be a collaboration of original music that has been compared to a wide variety of rock and roll styles ranging from bands of the 1970's such as The Doobie Brothers, Santana, and the Allman Bros. to the more modern jam band styles of Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, and MOE.

Stuck in the middle of a music era where image, piracy, and "Bling Bling" have become industry norms, Sloppy Roast Beef has continued to do what they love the most…

-Make music and play it live!

Hydra April 2005 Tour

Hydra on tour this spring!- for the Grateful Web

The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Particle, a pioneering electronic/jam-rock band, have come together to form HYDRA. The new group will launch a 14-date tour, debuting their new sound nationwide, beginning April 7 in Santa Cruz, Calif. and ending on April 24 in Washington, DC

More info about HYDRA...

Mickey Hart is best known for his nearly three decades as an integral part of an extraordinary expedition into the soul and spirit of music, disguised as the rock and roll band the Grateful Dead. As half of the percussion tandem known as the Rhythm Devils, Mickey transcended the conventions of rock drumming. The extended polyrhythmic excursions were highlights of Grateful Dead shows, introducing the band's audience to an ever-growing arsenal of percussion instruments from around the world.

Since forming in the fall of 2000, Particle has enjoyed a transcendental rise on the national music scene. Their trademark 'funktronic' sounds combine elements of electronica, funk, and high powered rock and roll. Particle's momentum has been unprecedented since their introduction to the live music world nearly five years ago. With the recent release of their debut studio record "Launchpad", which was named one of the Top Ten Records of 2004 by the Associated Press, the band is poised to reach new heights. Their most recent accomplishments include tours of Europe and Japan, as well as shows at Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and Burning Man Music Festivals.


2005 Jammy Awards

2005 Jammy Awards in NYC- for the Grateful Web

The Jammy's awards will take place in New York City at Madison Square Garden on April the 26th. 

2005's turning out to be a major GD year (well, every year's a major GD year at our house, but this one especially), with Phil Lesh as the host, and lots of important nominations - "The GD Movie" for DVD of the Year, Phil and Friends on December 19, 2004 for Live Performance of the Year, and for Download of the Year, Phil & Friends on December 19 AND The Dead at Bonnaroo (hmm, tough vote). Fans decide the awards, so for more information about the Jammys and to vote, go to...


Compassion-In Concert February 11, 2005

International Buddhist Film Festival- for the Grateful Web

A benefit for the International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF) at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA. Featuring Mickey Hart, Hamza El Din, The Gyuto Monks, Joan Jeanrenaud, and more. 10% of net proceeds to Tsunami disaster relief.

Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at 925.275.9005 and through the IBFF website, www.ibff.org. Tsunami relief information, performers' cds and literature from co-presenting organizations available at the theater.

Dark Star Orchestra Kicks Off Winter Tour 2005

DSO @ Cervantes - 12/30/04- for the Grateful Web

Now that the calendar has changed to 2005 and DSO has gotten a little bit of rest, the time has come to 'keep on truckin'! Midwest, Southwest, and West Coast: get ready for some DSO.

The band takes the U.S. by storm in January and February offering performances in every one of the time zones. A handful of multiple night stands take place in Austin at La Zona Rosa for two nights, three nights in San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall, and another two night stand at Portland's Crystal Ballroom.

The Winter Tour, kicking off in St. Louis (home to DSO drummers Rob and Dino), winds through ten states and brings the band to such hallowed rooms at the Great Amercian Music Hall, where a band called the Grateful Dead offered a quality performance in August of 1975

On Thursday, February 17, a non-DSO show day in the Bay Area, the members of Dark Star Orchestra will be joining David Gans for The Invitational at the  Sweetwater Saloon in Mill Valley, CA. It is an intimate venue and sure to be an interesting time with other special guests including Henry Kaiser and Eric Thompson. This show begins at 8:30 PM.

DSO has also announced numerous dates for theS pring Tour which begins in Colorado at the end of March then brings them back to the East Coast including an early festival season performance at the Wanee Festival in Florida with the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule and many other acts.

More Spring Tour dates will be added in the forthcoming weeks. Check out the website for the complete, up to date information.

All Winter Tour shows are on sale now through:

Photo: Robbie Williams

As you may be aware, DSO is drawing national attention with their true-to-life performances. Rolling Stone praises "Dark Star Orchestra's fanatical attention to detail. "USA Today says DSO is "channeling the Dead" and the Washington Post declares them "the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going Dallas Morning Newsaffirms DSO is "the next best thing to being there", the Denver Post describes Dark Star Orchestra as "a perfection-oriented practitioner of homage" and the Associated Pressnotes that DSO "takes its act to a level of detail that befits a rock band famous for its fanatical following."

Check out Glide Magazine's show review of the December 12 show at the New Higher Ground in Burlington, VT.  Here's a snippet:

"Seeing these guys made me shake my head quite a few times and rub my eyes to be sure that I really wasn't seeing the Dead back in the day. I was immediately pulled in from the first notes and really enjoyed the night thoroughly always feeling at home with what they were playing. To call these guys a cover band would be just plain wrong, they are more like mystical channelers plugged into the source and not letting go!"

Jan 26
The Pageant
St. Louis, MO

Jan 27
The Vogue
Indianapolis, IN

Jan 28
Newport Music Hall
Columbus, OH

Jan 29
Cincinnati, OH

Jan 31
Mercy Lounge
Nashville, TN

Feb 2 
Houston, TX

Feb 3
Lakewood Theater
Dallas, TX

Feb 4, 5
La Zona Rosa
Austin, TX

Feb 7

Feb 8
Santa Fe, NM
w/David Gans &; Daniella

Feb 10
Orpheum Theater
Flagstaff, AZ
w/David Gans opening

Feb 11
Marquee Theater
Tempe, AZ

Feb 12
Belly Up
Solana Beach, CA

Feb 13
El Rey Theatre
Los Angeles, CA

Feb 15
The Catalyst
Santa Cruz, CA

Feb 18, 19, 20 
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA

Feb 22
Van Duzer Theatre
Arcata, CA

Feb 24, 25
Crystal Ballroom
Portland, OR

Feb 26
McDonald Theater
Eugene, OR

Feb 27
The Showbox
Seattle, WA
DSO to rest &; resume touring in March

Mar 24
8150 Club
Vail, CO

Mar 25, 26 
Fox Theatre
Boulder, CO

Mar 27
Denver, CO

Mar 31
Minneapolis, MN

Apr 1
Barrymore Theatre
Madison, WI

Apr 2
The Rave
Milwaukee, WI

Apr 8, 9
The Orange Peel
Asheville, NC

Apr 10
Lincoln Theatre
Raleigh, NC

Apr 13
Georgia Theatre
Athens, GA

Apr 15, 16
Wanee Festival
Suwanee Springs, FL

Apr 20
NorVa Theater
Norfolk, VA

Apr 21
Starr Hill Music Hall
Charlottesville, VA

Apr 22, 23
State Theatre
Falls Church, VA

Apr 26
The Crowbar
State College, PA

DSO's 1000th Performance

Available now on 3 CDs

Check out some of the deals on hotels for this upcoming tour.

DSO's Hotelmaster has arranged some great discounts on hotels near the venues the band is playing at.


Live at the Fillmore, videotaped at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco May 8, 2004. The DVD includes appearances by special guest,Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, on vocals.

Produced by Bob Matthews, the DVD packaging features artwork by Stanley Mouse.

Live at the Fillmorecontains over two hours of live video footage of two entire sets of DSO recreating the historic May 5, 1977 show from Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, CT.

This first DVD release from DSO includes two bonus audio CDs of the same show in addition to the DVD disc.

Dark Star Orchestra DVD:
Live at the Fillmore

Available Feb. 4 from

DVD Recorded Live May 8, 2004
of DSO recreating May 5, 1977

In Related News:

The Mix - New CD
"American Spring"

Check out some sound samples online and hear what The Mix is all about.

AMERICAN SPRING, the first CD from THE MIX has just been released available onlineat Rainman Records) and features DSO's John Kadlecik on guitar and Kevin Rosen on bass along with Garcia bandmate Melvin Seals on keyboards and veteran drummer Greg Anton.

The CD features ten tracks including songs penned by all band members as well as two songs co-written by Grateful Dead songsmith Robert Hunter.

Johnny Carson (1925 - 2005)

Carson died today at the age of 79 from emphysema- for the Grateful Web

Born in Corning, Iowa - Raised in Nebraska  and attented The University of Nebraska -  Johnny died today at 79 -   His show was the stepping stone for countless acts today, including David Letterman, Rodney Dangerfield, and so many more.

May 21st, 1992 was his last Tonight Show -   Johnny died of emphysema.