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Town Mountain Releases 'Steady Operator' Today

Town Mountain release their third studio project Steady Operator today on Pinecastle Records. Produced by GRAMMY Award winner Mike Bub (formerly of the Del McCoury Band), the album was tracked live in the studio and features bluegrass originals written by band members Jesse Langlais and two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Songwriter Showcase selection Phil Barker. This is the first release on Pinecastle since it was purchased under new ownership.

Town Mountain brings a unique energy with their mix of original bluegrass material mixed with slow country crooning and a honky-tonk edge. Born out of the all night jam sessions and fertile picking scene of western North Carolina, Town Mountain has emerged as one of the premier young American bluegrass bands. With superb original material about topics ranging from love lost and heartache, to the weariness of a midnight drive across America's heartland, to environmental commentary on mountainside development, Town Mountain's music is sincere, honest, and heartfelt. They've played national festival stages like Merlefest (where the shared the stage with Jim Lauderdale during his bluegrass set this year), Rockygrass, and Pickathon. Full schedule of summer tour dates below.

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ON TOUR:

May 13-14 - Aiken Bluegrass Festival - Aiken, SC

May 21 - Birdfest - Panola, SC

May 29 - White Squirrel Festival - Brevard, NC

June 2 - Avogadro's Number - Fort Collins, CO

June 3 - Gold Hill Inn - Gold Hill, CO

June 4-5 - Pagosa Folk 'N Bluegrass Festival - Pagosa Springs, CO

June 8 - Music City Roots - Nashville, TN

June 9-10 - Festival of the Bluegrass - Lexington, KY

June 15 - The Mast Farm Inn - Banner Elk, NC

June 18 - Mo Daddys - Asheville, NC

June 30 - WDVX Blue Plate Special - Knoxville, TN

July 1- The Station Inn - Nashville, TN

July 2 - Music on the Square - Jonesborough, TN

July 7 - Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University - Wichita, KS

July 8 - Salida Cafe - Salida, CO

July 9 - Crested Butte Music Festival - Crested Butte, CO

July 13 - Bunning Park Concert Series - Rock Springs, WY

July 15 - Bluegrass on the Bay - Great Falls, MT

July 16 - The Summer Music Festival at Roseberry - McCall, ID

July 18 - St. Maries Council for the Arts Concert Series - St. Maries, ID

July 19-21 - McMenamin's Old St. Francis School - Bend, OR

July 22-23 - Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival - Stevenson, WA

July 28 - Top of the Rockies Ralley - Paonia, CO

July 29 - Oskar Blues - Lyons, CO

July 31 - Fiddles, Vittles, and Vino Festival - Colorado Springs, CO

August 11 - River Jam Concert Series - Charlotte, NC

September 16 - Downtown After 5 - Asheville, NC

September 22-23 - Jammin' at Hippie Jacks - Crawford, TN

October 8 - Blue Ridge Big Sky - Moravian Falls, NC

They Might Be Giants "Join Us" Advance Tracks out on iTunes Today

They Might Be Giants new album, Join Us, is the recordings that their fans have been waiting 20 years for! Impossibly catchy, sometimes strange and always original the album is a stunning return to form. On Join Us we find the Brooklyn originals have returned to rock and to their singular sensibility that made them an instant phenomenon in the world of alternative rock. Join Us is an electrifying mix of clever, maddeningly catchy songwriting and studio mastery. The album was created in the brand new private studio of their long-time collaborator Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige, Tegan and Sara, Doveman). The advance tracks are released digitally today on iTunes through the “Complete My Album” program, with the full album arriving in all digital and physical outlets July 19, 2011 through Idlewild/Rounder Records.

The advance track offering opens with “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”--a summer-perfect pop single that will get instantly stuck in your head and make you want to roll down the windows. The electronic ballad “Never Knew Love” puts a new and simple twist on the love song.  The pure folk-pop of “Old Pine Box” showcases the band's signature harmonies, handclaps and the always popular, never anticipated vocoder. Check out the “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” MP3 HERE.  Feel free to post and share!

They Might Be Giants unlikely success story started nearly three decades ago with their Dial-A-Song service. High energy, low budget videos broke them into heavy rotation on MTV and the rest would soon become alternative rock history.  Along the way the band has become the recipients of two GRAMMYs and a platinum record (1990’s Flood). They recorded numerous themes including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, their GRAMMY-winning theme Malcolm In the Middle and many more.

Notorious for their energized live show, They Might Be Giants will launch the first international tour in over a decade this Fall, hitting 6 countries and over 50 US cities.  Several tour dates have been announces & stay tuned for more details next month.

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They Might Be Giants Tour Dates

5/29: Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fair Grounds
6/11: Toronto, ON @ Luminato Festival FREE CONCERT
7/15: London, UK @ Koko
7/16: Southwold, UK @ Latitude Festival
7/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Waterfront w/Eugene Mirman FREE CONCERT

Summer Concert Series at Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens and Swallow Hill Music, the Gardens’ concert promotions partner, today announce the 2011 Summer Concert Series lineup. Situated inside of the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens, the 2011 Summer Concert Series at Denver Botanic Gardens’ UMB Bank Amphitheater offers an unrivaled ambience of thousands of blooming plants and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

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The 2011 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series schedule is as follows:

June 1 Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

June 14 Dr. John & the Lower 911 & Mavis Staples

July 8 Chris Isaak

July 14 Natalie MacMaster & Great Big Sea

July 15 Allen Toussaint & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Buckwheat Zydeco

July 21 India.Arie & Idan Raichel

July 22 Chris Botti

July 24 Bruce Hornsby & the Nosiemakers and Béla Fleck & the Flecktones
(@ Chatfield Green at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield)

July 29 Rosanne Cash w/ Nina Storey

Aug. 4 k.d. lang & The Siss Boom

Aug. 7 Keb’ Mo'

Aug. 9 David Sanborn, George Duke & Marcus Miller

Aug. 21 B.B. King

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Ticket sales for Denver Botanic Gardens members begin on April 25, 2011, April 29, 2011 for Swallow Hill Music members, and May 2 for the General Public. Membership to the Gardens or Swallow Hill Music does not guarantee availability of tickets.

Purchase tickets online or by phone or via the phone @ 1-877-435-9849 (convenience fees apply to phone orders)

The 2011 Summer Concert Series at Denver Botanic Gardens is presented by UMB Bank.

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About Denver Botanic Gardens:

Green inside and out, the Gardens is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Gardens’ living collections encompass specimens from the tropics to the tundra, showcasing a plant palette chosen to thrive in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. The Gardens' dynamic, 23-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city is now in its 52nd year, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class education and plant conservation research programs. Additional sites at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a 750-acre wildlife and native plant refuge in Jefferson County; and Mount Goliath, a high-altitude trail and interpretive site on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, extend this experience throughout the Front Range. For more information, visit us online.

Eddie Vedder Album "Ukulele Songs" Released 5/31

Eddie Vedder will release a solo album, Ukulele Songs, on Tuesday, May 31st (May 30th internationally) through Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records. Ukulele Songs is a collection of original songs and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele. The first single from the album, "Longing to Belong," will be available for sale through digital retailers on Tuesday, March 22nd (March 21st internationally).

Also released on May 31st is Water on the Road, a live-concert DVD directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green featuring performances from Vedder’s August 16 and 17, 2008 solo tour engagements at Washington, D.C.'s Warner Theatre. The DVD features a live performance of "You're True" from Ukulele Songs as well as a mix of Pearl Jam catalog, covers and songs from Vedder’s critically acclaimed, award-winning solo record, Into The Wild.

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Ukulele Songs Album Tracklisting:

1. Can't Keep

2. Sleeping by Myself

3. Without You

4. More Than You Know

5. Goodbye

6. Broken Heart

7. Satellite

8. Longing to Belong

9. Hey Fahkah

10. You're True

11. Light Today

12. Sleepless Nights (featuring Glen Hansard)

13. Once in Awhile

14. Waving Palms

15. Tonight You Belong to Me (featuring Cat Power)

16. Dream a Little Dream

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Water on the Road Live Concert DVD Tracklisting:

1. The Canyon

2. Sometimes

3. Trouble

4. Around the Bend

5. Girl From the North Country

6. Guaranteed

7. Setting Forth

8. Far Behind

9. No Ceiling

10. Rise

11. Golden State

12. Society

13. Forever Young

14. Ed Piano (Instrumental)

15. I’m Open

16. Man of the Hour

17. Driftin’

18. No More

19. You’re True

20. Ukulele Interlude (Instrumental)

21. Unthought Known

22.  Arc

23.  Hard Sun

24.  The Canyon (reprise)

Jam In the Dam 2012 Festival Announced

All Good and Vision International present the return of Jam in the Dam: a multi-day, multi-room extravaganza held at the legendary Melkweg in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on March 14, 15 and 16, 2012.

Celebrating music in an intimate atmosphere, the sixth edition of Jam in the Dam features the music of moe., Mike Gordon (of Phish), Dark Star Orchestra (continuing the Grateful Dead concert experience) , Lotus and Keller Williams. Each artist will play extended sets all three nights in one of the two concert halls, all under one roof.  With this conjunction of musical stars, mind-blowing collaborations are just the beginning.

The music runs from 8:00 pm to 2:30 am.  This schedule allows fans to enjoy the wonders of Amsterdam by day and rock out by night. The city's rich cultural offerings include famous museums and art galleries such as the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum; cozy pubs and café terraces; open-air markets and trendy boutiques; and of course the legendary coffee shops. This unique opportunity to combine the exploration of a world-class European city with the expansion of musical horizons is what makes Jam in the Dam an experience not to be missed.

Tickets are available starting March 24 at http://jaminthedam.missiontix.com at $225 Early Bird pricing, saving $60 off of the gate. In Europe, tickets will go on sale soon at http://www.ticketmaster.nl, and will be priced at 170 Euro for Early Bird.  Single night tickets are available in Europe for 60 Euro.

Travel packages including special perks will be available from CID Entertainment, including options for installment payments. Complete Jam in the Dam festival information and travel support is available online:

http://www.JamInTheDam.com - Official Website
http://www.facebook.com/JamInTheDam - Official Facebook Page

Conscious Alliance and Elephant Revival Host Benefit for Pine Ridge Reservation

The Boulder based nonprofit organization Conscious Alliance and the musical group Elephant Revival are teaming up to present the Buffalo Heart Concert on April 30 at The Boulder Theater. Elephant Revival, the neo-acoustic transcendental folk quintet from Nederland, will be joined by John Oates, The Plenty Wolf Singers, The Dovekins, as well as very special guest Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum.

Conscious Alliance is a national nonprofit that was founded in 2002 and is focused on delivering emergency food relief to the most impoverished communities in the United States. Most of their collected donations are distributed to Native American Reservations, where six of the seven poorest communities in the U.S. are located.

Elephant Revival carries a fresh sense of creativity and inspiration that is felt by people of every generation. Musically and collaboratively the quintet is inspired to spread a message of sustainability while nurturing an awareness of positive change through the pure light intention of their music.

This event will mark the second time Elephant Revival and Conscious Alliance have teamed up for a night of music that will benefit the nonprofit’s efforts on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, one of the most economically isolated regions of the country. Last year’s benefit was extremely successful and raised money to heat homes throughout the winter for impoverished community members of the reservation.

For the 2011 benefit, Elephant Revival and Conscious Alliance will once again allocate the funds raised at the Buffalo Heart Concert to the Pine Ridge Reservation. The funds will be directed toward the ongoing mission of keeping the Conscious Alliance emergency food storage facility stocked on Pine Ridge, as well as funding Lakota Youth Programs in the summer that will focus on the preservation of Lakota tradition.

To find out more information visit www.ConsciousAlliance.org

Rebirth Brass Band Announce 'Rebirth of New Orleans'

Rebirth Brass Band is proud to announce the release of their new album, Rebirth of New Orleans, out April 12 via Basin Street Records. The new album was produced by GRAMMY® Award winner Tracey Freeman (Harry Connick, Jr., Kermit Ruffins). For a sample of what to expect, listen to “Do It Again.”

Hailed by the New York Times as “a New Orleans institution,” the Rebirth Brass Band have been at the forefront of the brass band revival that they helped kick off almost 30 years ago. Formed by the Frazier brothers, Phil and Keith, along with Basin Street labelmate Kermit Ruffins in 1983, the Rebirth Brass Band has gone from playing on corners in the French Quarter to selling out concert halls across the world and appearing in David Simon’s HBO hit “Tremé.” It’s been a long road, but the Rebirth Brass Band has become one of the most beloved brass bands in New Orleans and around the world.

Since their founding, they’ve developed a signature brand of heavy funk that they expand upon on their latest effort, Rebirth of New Orleans. Opener “Exactly Like You” starts the album off with a rollicking, Mardi Gras stomp. “The Dilemma” and “Do It Again” find the group locking in to a down-tempo, Latin-influenced grooves, anchored by Phil Frazier’s tuba. And “Shrimp and Gumbo” and “Feelin’ Fine” find the band effortlessly perfecting the New Orleans-style brass lines that put the city on the map.

Rebirth Brass Band were featured in the opening scene of David Simon’s hit HBO show “Tremé” as well as on the GRAMMY® nominated soundtrack. No band exemplifies the essence and soul of New Orleans like Rebirth Brass Band.

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Rebirth Brass Band Upcoming Tour Dates:
03/05: New Orleans, LA @  Howlin’ Wolf
03/13: Perth, Western Australia @ Perth Concert Hall
03/14: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia @ Dallas Brooks Centre
03/16: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia @ The Barton Theatre
03/19: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia @ QPAC Concert Hall
03/21: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia @ State Theatre
04/01: Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea's Cafe
04/02: Lafayette, LA @ Grant Street Dance Hall
04/06: Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live at the Queen
04/07: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
04/08: Portsmouth, NH @ Portsmouth Music Hall
04/09: Providence, RI @ Spot Underground
04/10: Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
04/13: Austin, TX @ Antone's
04/14: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
04/15: Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
04/23: Lake Charles, LA @ Luna Bar
05/27: Chicago, IL @ Space
05/28: Chilicothe, IL @ Summer Camp
06/10: San Francisco, CA @ San Francisco Jazz Festival
06/11: Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
06/12: Chicago, IL @ Chicago Orchestra Hall
06/13: Washington, DC @  DC Jazzfest

'Ray Charles Live in Concert' captures The Genius in 1964

In the half-century between his earliest recordings in the 1950s and his death in 2004, Ray Charles ascended to icon status by leaving his mark on virtually every form of American popular music that emerged in the latter half of the 20th century. Nowhere was this more evident than in his live performances, where one was likely to hear shades of blues, soul, R&B, jazz, gospel, country, and more in a single evening — indeed, sometimes in a single song. To put it simply, the Right Reverend did it all.

All of these subtle shades and styles are evident in Concord Music Group’s April 5, 2011, reissue of Ray Charles Live in Concert. Originally released as a 12-song LP on ABC-Paramount in early 1965, Live in Concert captured Ray at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in September 1964. More than four decades later, the CD reissue brings additional depth and perspective to the 1964 recording with the help of 24-bit remastering, seven previously unreleased tracks and extensive new liner notes that provide additional historical context to what is already considered a pivotal recording in Ray’s overall body of work.

“There could be no more uplifting live musical experience than digging Ray Charles and his mighty orchestra in their prime,” says roots music historian Bill Dahl in his new liner notes. Indeed, the 15-piece orchestra backing Ray on this date — assembled just a few years earlier in 1961 — boasted no less than a dozen horns, including formidable saxophonists David “Fathead” Newman, Hank Crawford, and Leroy “Hog” Cooper, all of whom had been with Ray since his days as a leader of smaller combos. “This amazing aggregation,” says Dahl, “was every bit as conversant with the intricacies of modern jazz as with the gospel-blues synthesis that Brother Ray pioneered during the mid-1950s, when he began accruing serious cred as the father of what would soon become known as soul music.”

Chris Clough, Concord’s manager of catalog development and producer of the Live in Concert reissue, notes that the Shrine Auditorium performance took place at a transitional moment in Ray’s career, just as he was transcending the confines of R&B and entering the mainstream by demonstrating a firm grasp of various other genres. “He’d made his ascendance in the early ’60s, and he had the world at his feet by this time,” says Clough. “He’d basically invented soul, he’d done R&B, he’d conquered country and he was on his way to becoming an American icon.”

In the span of 19 songs, Live in Concert illuminates the route to that destination. Ray wastes no time taking his audience on a ride from jazzy big band groove of “Swing a Little Taste” to the Latin-flavored “One Mint Julep” to the blues-gospel hybrid of his classic “I Got a Woman.” Although his live rendition of “Georgia On My Mind” on this date didn’t make the cut on the original LP, the song is a standout track on the reissue, thanks to his complex organ runs and the flute lines moving in counterpoint with his rich vocals.

Clough considers the yearning “You Don’t Know Me” and the previously unreleased “That Lucky Old Sun” to be among the high points of the recording. “It sounds like he’s really baring his soul on those two tracks, and they just sound incredible,” says Clough, noting that Ray was unaware that tape was rolling during this performance. “This particular date was at the end of their tour, and the performance seems a little loose as a result — in a good way, and in a less slick way.”

Further in, the rousing “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” is driven by a gospel groove and embellished with a sax solo by Newman that closely mirrors the original 1957 recording. The result is a familiar hit for an audience that’s more than ready to reinforce Ray’s foot-stomping beat with handclaps.

The sly and swaggering “Makin’ Whoopee” is delivered completely off the cuff, with drummer Wilbert Hogan, bassist Edgar Willis, and guitarist Sonny Forriest improvising an accompaniment behind what Dahl calls “Ray’s luxurious piano and breathy, supremely knowing vocals.” By all accounts, Ray spontaneously inserted the song into the set in response to the negative press he’d received overseas about his private life.

In the home stretch, Ray introduces the Raeletts, the female backing vocalists who served as his foil for some of his biggest hits. Together they work their way through “Don’t Set Me Free” (with Lillian Fort stepping forward for a duet with Ray), the comical “Two Ton Tessie” and the torchy “My Baby” before climaxing with the churning “What’d I Say,” a song tailor-made to stoke any room to a fever pitch.

A huge piece of the Ray Charles legacy is his mastery of any style he touched, and his ability to make it his own in a way that no other artist could — powers that can only come from an innate sense of adventure and spontaneity that are fully evident in Ray Charles Live in Concert.

“Few performers were less predictable onstage than Ray Charles,” says Dahl. “And nobody did it better.”

Benefit Concert For Cornell Dupree | 3/20/2011

Cornell Dupree (Uncle Funky) is an incredibly influential R&B guitarist who has recorded on literally over 2,500 albums. Originally from Texas, King Curtis discovered him and brought him to NY in 1962. It was there as guitarist for the King Curtis Band along with bassist Chuck Rainey that he got his chops backing such legends as Sam Cooke and Fats Domino, opening up for the Beatles on the '65 tour, sharing guitar duties with an unknown Jimmy Hendrix in '66, and doing some session work with a very young Duane Allman.
You can hear Dupree's signature guitar sound on the classic "Rainy Night in Georgia" or Aretha Franklin's "Respect"...or backing Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, James Taylor, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and Joe Cocker, just to name a few. He co-founded the 1970's instrumental funk band "Stuff", played in the original Saturday Night Live Band, toured with Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, and the list goes on and on...
Cornell Dupree has been diagnosed with emphysema and will be undergoing a lung transplant. To help raise money for medical expenses we are putting on a Benefit Concert.  To purchases tickets and/or for more information, click here.

Featured artists include: Joe Cocker, Cornell Dupree's Soul Survivors, plus surprise guests. If you are unable to attend you can make a tax deductible donation to:
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Showtime @ 7:00PM

Doors Open @ 6:00PM

Tickets $125.00 in advance, $125.00 day of show

Click here for tickets/more information

Angry Angry Grrrls: Vanity Theft @ The Knitting Factory

I’m a die-heart feminist. That’s why I was surprised by how distasteful the Vanity Theft show was on February 2.