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Cornmeal announces Summer plans and Chicago Live Podcast

Along with hitting the festival circuit extensively this summer (including Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and many more), Cornmeal has announced a run of summer shows hitting the Midwest and west coast and every point in between.  Cornmeal recently took a break in their hometown of Chicago to visit the set of Chicago Live!, you can check out the podcast here.

For a full list of Cornmeal's upcoming shows & news, check out www.cornmealinthekitchen.com

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Just announced shows include:

June 23rd

Arrowhead Campground

Grassy, MO

July 1st

Nelson Ledges

Garrettsville, OH

July 16th

Nutty’s North

Sioux Falls, SD

July 17th

The Aquarium

Fargo, ND

July 22nd

Wild Buffalo House of Music

Bellingham, WA

July 24th

A Club

Spokane, WA

July 26th

Liquid Lounge

Boise, ID

July 27th

Mangy Moose

Teton Village, WY

July 28th

The State Room

Salt Lake City, UT

w/ Elephant Revival

July 29th

Hard Rock Café on the Strip

Las Vegas, NV

July 30th

Café Du Nord

San Francisco, CA

August 2nd

The Casbah

San Diego, CA

August 3rd

The Compound Grill

Phoenix, AZ

August 4th

The Mint

Los Angeles, CA

August 5th

Crystal Bay Club Casino

Crystal Bay, NV

August 10th

Club Congress

Tucson, AZ

August 11th

Flagstaff Brewing Company

Flagstaff, AZ

August 12th

Santa Fe Brewing Company

Santa Fe, NM

August 13th

State Bridge

Bond, CO

19th Annual Microbreweries For The Environment

KGNU and the Boulder Weekly proudly present the 19th annual Microbreweries for the Environment benefit on Friday, April 22 at The Boulder Theater.

Since 1993, the Microbreweries for the Environment benefit has raised over $120,000 for local environmental causes. The proceeds from this year's benefit will further the environmental efforts of four local non-profit organizations: CU Environmental Center, Flatirons Neighborhood Farm, The GrowHaus, and Sprout City Farms.

Nineteen Colorado microbreweries serve their best beers for only $2 each. Participating breweries include: Asher Brewing Co., Aspen Brewing Company, Avery Brewing, Boulder Beer Company, Breckenridge Brewery, Bristol Brewing Company, Crabtree Brewery, Dillon Dam Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Company, Fort Collins Brewery, Left Hand Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, New Planet Beer, Odell Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pumphouse Brewery, Ska Brewing Company, Twisted Pine Brewing, Upslope Brewing Company.

The evening's entertainment features music by P.K.B. followed by two sets from Head for the Hills. These local bands’ innovative sounds are sure to harmonize well with Colorado's finest brews.

P.K.B. is Pete Kartsounes on guitar, Kevin Malone on bass, Ryan Sapp on drums, and Greg Schochet on guitar and mandolin, and Bill McKay on keys. P.K.B. combines electric and funk sounds with slamgrass undercurrents. Armed with an acoustic guitar, blazing skill, powerful voice, and relentless heart, Pete inspires and entertains on a quest to make a difference in people’s lives. P.K.B. will stretch boundaries and bend genres to create tasteful blends of original melodies and lyrics, captivate audiences and foster good times.

Head for the Hills, the acclaimed Colorado Bluegrass quartet, has been receiving nation-wide recognition in response to their refreshing take on acoustic music. Rooted in the tradition of bluegrass but described perhaps more accurately as progressive acoustic/modern roots, H4TH produces a vibrant mixture of homegrown compositions, traditional harmonies, and improvisation. In the live setting, H4TH effortlessly ventures into a myriad of musical styles and sonic landscapes that appeal to a boundless array of listeners.

The benefit is a zero-waste and carbon-neutral event. We encourage people to walk, bike, or bus to the event. Doors open and beer tasting starts at 8:00pm, and music will run to 1:00am. Admission costs $20 ($22 day of show) and includes a commemorative pint glass. Tickets are available at the Boulder Theater Box Office (303-786-7030 or www.bouldertheater.com). This event traditionally sells out in advance.

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Kyle Hollingsworth Unveils 2010 Fall Plans

Following The String Cheese Incident’s Hulaween shows at the famed Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA, keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth is right back at it one week later. Sunday, November 7th, Kyle joins television’s hit children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba, live at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO, bringing his own brand new children’s tunes with him. The following week, Kyle Hollingsworth Band travels to the Midwest with St. Louis’ Messy Jiverson supporting all dates before heading to the East Coast to perform with Bonerama, Steve Kimock and Terrence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) for three nights as a special guest.

To wrap up 2010, Kyle will host Hoppy Holidays, a unique brew tour experience and blowout run with Kyle Hollingsworth Band. DJ Logic and Liza Oxnard lend a hand to the party, jumping on board with KHB at both Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, CO, and Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins, CO. Once again, Kyle has teamed up with renowned local breweries to craft two signature beers – this time with Boulder Beer and Avery Brewing – that will be available at each show. Hoppy Holidays will culminate in an intimate finale charity evening at Avery Brewing in Boulder, CO to benefit Conscious Alliance - feeding people in need and providing toys to underprivileged children. Avery Brewing tickets are extremely limited and all-inclusive, featuring a Kyle Hollingsworth Band set, several Avery pints of beer, a collector’s custom pint glass, food provided by Cheba Hut, access to an exclusive silent auction, and a toy drive for Conscious Alliance Hoppy Holidays posters.

Tickets for all shows are currently on sale at www.kylehollingsworth.com and all venue outlets.

Kyle Hollingsworth with Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!
November 7 1st Bank Center Broomfield, CO

Kyle Hollingsworth Band
November 10 Miramar Theatre Milwaukee, WI
November 11 Martyrs’ Chicago, IL
November 12 Old Rock House St. Louis, MO
November 13 Iowa City Yacht Club Iowa City, IA

Kyle Hollingsworth with Bonerama

November 19 Sullivan Hall New York, NY – w/ Steve Kimock & Terrence Higgins
November 20 North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA – w/ Steve Kimock & Terrence Higgins
November 21 The 8x10 Baltimore, MD – w/ Terrence Higgins

Kyle Hollingsworth Band: Hoppy Holidays

December 10 Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO – w/ DJ Logic & Liza Oxnard
December 11 Hodi’s Half Note Fort Collins, CO – w/ DJ Logic & Liza Oxnard
December 12 Avery Brewing Boulder, CO

30 years ago, Kyle Hollingsworth set out on a career in music. Since then, with a wealth of desire and incredible ability, Hollingsworth has established himself as a formidable and versatile music talent. Today, as a member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. Playing in SCI has allowed him unrestricted access to the world of music, and has bestowed on him the kind of fearlessness a composer needs to flirt with such disparate genres. Those who’ve seen SCI know the band can move from funk to bluegrass on a chord change. “In the jam world, where there are no set ways of doing things, we’re not afraid to move in and out of genres,” he says, “and because of that I’ve learned to be creative, not only on stage but in the studio. I can get on board with something pretty quickly. You have to.”

His recent release, titled Then There’s Now, finds the musician coming in to his own. With solid song material and a slamming new band, Kyle is making his mark in the new, always-evolving music scene. Then There’s Now delivers a blend of vocal and instrumental tunes and seamlessly displays his growth as a musician and as a songwriter.

Kyle Hollingsworth Announces SCI Red Rocks Pre-Party

In anticipation of this summer’s sold-out String Cheese Incident run at Red Rocks July 23-25, Kyle Hollingsworth will host Kyle’s Brew Fest, a kick-off party at Denver’s Great Divide Brewery on Thursday, July 22, to benefit Conscious Alliance. In addition to being a prolific musician, Hollingsworth has long been a fan of microbrews and specialty beers; in fact he’s been brewing his own beer at home for years. For more than a decade, Hollingsworth has performed as keyboardist for Colorado’s String Cheese Incident, most recently in his own project Kyle Hollingsworth Band, and as a special guest in countless other projects.

Along his most recent KHB tour, Hollingsworth found the perfect way to blend his love of brewing with his love for music: Brew Tours. His band invited local breweries to participating venues for tastings, meet and greets, and more. He returns this summer with Kyle’s Brew Fest, presented by Kyle Hollingsworth, Great Divide Brewing, The Mountain Sun Brewery, and Deschutes Brewery where he has teamed up with several breweries to offer fans beer tastings, exclusive brews including Hoppingsworth IPA (created by Hollingsworth himself with The Mountain Sun Brewery) and much more.

A very limited number of tickets will be sold for this intimate affair and all proceeds will benefit not-for-profit Conscious Alliance, a group that organizes food drives at concerts and sporting events to collect food donations to benefit local food pantries and impoverished Indian reservations throughout the U.S.

Included in the ticket price is a limited edition Kyle’s Brew Fest logo pint glass, several drink tickets, one 2-oz taster per brewery (participating breweries include Great Divide Brewing, The Mountain Sun Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Avery Brewing, Boulder Beer, Ska Brewing, Stone Brewing, Trinity Brewing, Upslope Brewing and others), delicious Mountain Sun grilled food, an opportunity to bid at the Silent Auction (which features rock memorabilia from the scene’s favorite artists) and an exclusive performance from Kyle Hollingsworth Band.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 28, at 10AM MT at www.kylehollingsworth.com.

Details are as follows:
Kyle's Brew Fest, presented by Kyle Hollingsworth, Great Divide Brewing, The Mountain Sun Brewery, and Deschutes Brewery

Thursday, July 22 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Outside at Great Divide Brewing Company
2201 Arapahoe Street, Denver
Tickets $25.00 – ALL proceeds benefit Conscious Alliance
Ages 21+ Welcome
For more information, please visit
www.kylehollingsworth.com.

Home Brewing Wine: Easy, Fun, Cheap

Out of all the miracles recorded in religious texts, history and fiction, I think Jesus' first miracle is my favorite.  After all, what is better than turning water into wine? This got me into the most rewarding hobby I have every tried – home brewing.

Turning water into wine is hardly a miracle, though it will take you more time than it did Jesus. The equipment to get started is around $75. Any home brew store can help you get started. You can use a lot of this same equipment to make beer as well, though beer is a little more difficult than wine to make.