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Big Head Todd & The Monsters Announce 2011 Summer Plans

Longtime Colorado favorites Big Head Todd and The Monsters have mapped out their summer tour plans. In addition to a handful of theatres in the midwest, the band headlines their annual Red Rocks Amphitheatre gig on June 11, where Guster will be on hand to open the show. The band also returns to Chicago’s famed Ravinia Festival and to the idyllic Colorado mountain town of Telluride for the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, later this summer. The complete list of summer tour dates is listed below.

Earlier this year, in celebration of influential bluesman Robert Johnson (who would be celebrating his 100 birthday on May 8, 2011), Big Head Todd and The Monsters assembled the Big Head Blues Club. The ad-hoc collaboration featuring Big Head Todd and The Monsters and special guests B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Honeyboy Edwards, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm toured earlier this year and recently released a studio recording of the project, titled 100 Years of Robert Johnson. Here’s what critics are saying:

“A superb musical collective…moving and wildly entertaining.” –Boston Globe

“Todd Park Mohr’s growling and moaning like he's got muddy Delta dirt under his fingernails.” -USA Today

Big Head Todd frontman Todd Park Mohr will be at the 32nd Annual Blues Music Awards on May 5th at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Todd will lead a Robert Johnson tribute. This year’s event also features performances by honorees Buddy Guy, Denise LaSalle and John Hammond, among others. Visit www.blues.org for more information.

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The list of Big Head Todd and The Monsters summer tour dates are as follows:

Friday, April 29 The Windjammer Isle of Palms SC
Sunday, May 22 Doheny Blues Festival Dana Point CA
Thursday, June 2 Cotillion Ballroom Wichita KS
Friday, June 3 Fantle Memorial Park Yankton SD
Saturday, June 4 Crossroads Kansas City MO with Langhorne Slim supporting
Thursday, June 9 Simon Estes Amphitheater Des Moines IA co-headline with Toots & the Maytals
Friday, June 10 Stir Cove Council Bluffs IA co-headline with Toots & the Maytals
Saturday, June 11 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison CO with Guster supporting
Sunday, June 12 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City UT co-headline with Toots & the Maytals
Tuesday, June 14 Knitting Factory Concert House Reno NV co-headline with Toots & the Maytals
Thursday, June 16 Mountain Winery Saratoga CA co-headline with Toots & the Maytals
Friday, June 17 Uptown Theatre Napa CA
Thursday, August 4 Minnesota Zoo - Weesner Amphitheatre Apple Valley MN with Cedar Avenue supporting
Friday, August 5 Mankato RibFest Mankato MN
Sunday, August 7 Nateva Music & Arts Festival - Oxford Fairgrounds Oxford ME
Saturday, September 3 Big Sky Resort Big Sky MT
Tuesday, September 6 Wolf Trap Vienna VA co-headline with John Hiatt
Sunday, September 11 Ravinia Festival Highland Park IL
Saturday, September 17 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Telluride CO
Sunday, October 23 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise San Diego CA

Additional dates to be announced, Visit www.bigheadtodd.com for more information

Ellie Goulding To Perform on Saturday Night Live

Ellie Goulding has been announced as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live May 7th!! Tune into NBC next Saturday at 11:30PM/10:30 C (check local listings for details) to see the episode hosted by Tina Fey & hear Ellie perform songs from her debut album ‘Lights’. Ellie recently completed a SOLD OUT US headline tour including stops at SXSW and Coachella. She will also be performing at this year's Lollapalooza! ‘Lights’ is out now on Cherrytree Records.
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Modest Mouse Announce Select U.S. Tour Dates For May 2011

Modest Mouse hits the road this May with four shows including three just announced headlining dates leading into the sold-out Sasquatch! Music Festival on May 29th in George, WA.

Tickets for the band's headline dates go on sale at 10 AM local time on Friday, March 25th. Please head over to www.modestmouse.com for more information.

Opening on the band's headline dates will be Talkdemonic.

Modest Mouse players: Isaac Brock, Eric Judy, Jeremiah Green, Tom Peloso, Joe Plummer & Jim (Kirby) Fairchild.

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Modest Mouse Tour Dates:

May 26 Boise, ID Knitting Factory

May 27 Missoula, MT Big Sky Brewery

May 28 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory

May 29 George, WA Sasquatch Music Festival (SOLD OUT)

Pretty Lights Spring & Summer Tour Dates

It’s been an incredible year and half for Colorado-based producer and Pretty Lights mastermind Derek Vincent Smith. Starting out in 2008 performing in small clubs in his home state, Pretty Lights is now selling out 1000+ venues across the country, and was named one of NPR’s recommended acts for last month’s WMC (you can check out the piece here.)

Pretty Lights has now announced its biggest headline show to date, returning to his hometown on August 8, 2010, to headline the famed Red Rocks. Tickets on sale April 24th at 10am MST.

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Check out Pretty Lights at Coachella this weekend. Or catch a show at numerous soon to be sold out venues across the country. With soulful organic vinyl samples on top of bass heavy electro beats, Pretty Lights lands somewhere between DJ Shadow and Daft Punk. But what sets him apart is his ambitious live setup that includes the addition of Cory Eberhard on drums and stunning visuals, making his live performances the stuff of legend.

Pretty Lights Tour Dates

13-Apr              Wilma Theatre                                   Missoula, Montana
14-Apr              Roseland Theatre                                Portland, Oregon
15-Apr              Mezzanine                                           San Francisco, California
16-Apr              Coachella Festival                                Indio, California
19-Apr              Marquee Theatre                                Tempe, Arizona
20-Apr              Rialto Theatre                                     Tucson, Arizona
21-Apr              El Rey Theatre                                    Albuquerque, New Mexico
23-Apr              Fayetteville Towncenter                      Fayetteville, Arkansas
24-Apr              Blue Note                                           Columbia, Missouri
25-Apr              Liberty Hall                                         Lawrence, Kansas
28-Apr              Granada Theatre                                 Dallas, Texas
29-Apr              The Ballroom @ Warehouse Live        Houston, Texas
30-Apr              Republic                                              New Orleans, Louisiana  
1-May                Illumination @ Limelight                      Nashville, Tennessee
29-May              Summer Camp Music Festival              Chillicothe, Illinois*
30-May              Bella Music Festival                              Geneva, Minnesota
31-May              Movement Festival                              Detroit, Michigan*
2-Jun                 Water Street Music Hall                      Rochester, New York*
3-Jun                 Calvin Theater                                    Northampton, Massachusetts*
4- June              Terminal 5 w/ RJD2                             New York, New York*
5-Jun                 Starscape Festival                                Baltimore, Maryland
15-Jul                Camp Bisco                                        Mariaville, New York*
30-Jul                Wanderlust Festival                            Squaw Valley, California
7-Aug                Red Rocks                                          Denver, Colorado*

Ben Harper to headline Colorado early vote events

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Ben Harper will join with Obama for America and the Colorado Campaign for Change to host early vote events in Boulder and Denver this Saturday.  He'll play a few songs in Denver at Civic Center Park at 12pm and again at UC Boulder's Mary Rippon Theatre at 2pm.  Both events are free and open to the public.

The National Headline 'Co-ops Rock!' Benefit For Family Farmers

Menomena will play in support of the NCGA – photo by Sylvere H- for the Grateful Web

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) are pleased to announce the first annual "Co-ops Rock!" event featuring The National and Menomena on September 19th at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. This concert will attempt to raise awareness and funds for farmers impacted by the recent flooding in the Midwest, as well as secure funds for future natural disasters farmers may face.
 
NCGA is a business services cooperative for 109 consumer-owned food co-ops located throughout the United States. Member stores in the Seattle area include PCC Natural Markets and Central Co-op's Madison Market.  This event will aid the NCGA in raising money to support sustainable food initiatives through a celebration of music and the co-op model, and will feature presentations from impacted organic farmers and videos highlighting nature's impact on the farms over the past year.  In light of this year's flooding in the Midwest, the beneficiary for the first "Co-ops Rock!" event will be Northcountry Cooperative Develop Fund (NCDF) Foundation's Cooperative Disaster Relief Fund, which provides disaster relief to impacted farmers impacted by flooding.

Doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm. Tickets available through www.ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster locations, The Moore and Paramount theatre's or charge by phone at 206-628-0888. "Co-op members and customers are a diverse group of individuals of all backgrounds, beliefs and lifestyles," Robyn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. "They love healthy organic and natural foods, they love great music, and they share a passion for seeking cooperative ways to help others when they need it. "Co-ops Rock! brings all these elements together with great music for the sake of co-op suppliers farmers hit hard by recent flooding," Shrader added. "We hope this event raises a lot of money for the farmers, provides a great evening for attendees and sets the tone for future Co-ops Rock! events."

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About NCGA National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCGA is owned by 109 food co-ops operating more than 130 stores in 32 states with combined annual sales of over $945 million. NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op shoppers everywhere. For a map of co-op member locations, visit www.ncga.coop/member-stores .  To learn more about NCGA, visit www.ncga.coop. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.go.coop.