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Conspirator releases new track, announces fall tour dates

Conspirator, the live electronic brainchild of Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits and their new partner Chris Michetti, is set to hit the road again this fall. Armed with an arsenal of slamming new electro songs, the trio will welcome superstar drummer KJ Sawka (PENDULUM) to the tour for the first six shows before passing the baton to Conspirator regular Mike Greenfield of Lotus.

Conspirator has been hard at work in the studio, working on a slew of new tracks inspired by the current styles of popular electronic music, embracing the sounds popularized over the last few years. “Feed the Wolf,” the first installment from a batch of new original tracks, is out this week on SoundCloud with new singles to be released bi-monthly through the fall. At 128 BPM, it combines elements of Electro and Dutch House, but still retains an original edge that is always present in Conspirator's music.

LISTEN TO FEED THE WOLF HERE

As well, they have been cutting their teeth in the remix game, currently working on official remixes of 12th Planet, Porter Robinson, Zed's Dead, Vaski, and TimBerg/Avicii with many more to come. The release of these remixes is expected to begin this fall, concurrently with the release of the original material.

Marc and Aron are currently among the headliners of the IDentity Festival, performing with The Disco Biscuits. The experience has them touring the nation with hot electronic artists such as Rusko, Kaskade, Pretty Lights, and Steve Aoki. Once the 18-show amphitheater tour concludes at the Gorge in early September, they will immediately start preparing for the 3 week Conspirator Fall tour, which brings them from the Mid-West, through their native Northeast and finally down South to Langerado Music Festival in Sunrise, FL before closing the tour with a stop in Charleston, SC. This will, ironically, bring Conspirator back to where they started festival season, having played the sold out Ultra Music Festival in Miami last March. It has been an exciting year for Conspirator, having made stops at such illustrious electronic music festivals such as UMF, Nocturnal (Texas), Electric Forest, and Camp Bisco 10, which was hosted by the Disco Biscuits and reached a sold out, capacity crowd of 25,000 people.

Keep your eye out for Conspirator as they bring their newest sounds into your town this fall!

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CONFIRMED CONSPIRATOR TOUR DATES:

09/09/11 -Catskill Chill Music Festival - Hancock, NY

09/20/11 - Busters Billiards & Bar - Lexington, KY

09/21/11 - Lyric - Oxford, MS

09/22/11 - Middle Tennessee State University - Murfreesboro, TN

09/23/11 - Tall Tree Music Festival - Goreville, IL

09/24/11 - Majestic Theater - Madison, WI

09/25/11 - Bell's Brewery - Kalamazoo, MI

09/27/11 - Mr. Smalls Theater - Pittsburgh, PA

09/28/11 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY

09/29/11 - Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY

09/30/11 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT

10/01/11 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA

10/02/11 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY

10/05/11 - Lincoln Theater - Raleigh, NC

10/06/11 - Georgia Theater - Athens, GA

10/07/11 - State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL

10/08/11 - Langerado Music Festival - Sunrise, FL

10/09/11 - Pourhouse - Charleston, SC

10/21/11 - Canal Club - Richmond, VA

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones 2011 & 2012 Tour

Bela Fleck and The Flecktones have announced more dates for 2011 as well as a bunch of tour dates in 2012.   Check out their extensive tour dates below.

Béla Fleck is often considered the premiere banjo player in the world. A New York City native (named after composer Béla Bartok), he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass playing of Flatt & Scruggs. He began experimenting with playing bebop on the banjo in high school. In 1982, he joined the progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival, where he made a name for himself in the country-bluegrass world. At the same time he was releasing a series of solo albums for Rounder Records.

In 1989 he formed the Flecktones. They made their self-titled debut recording in 1990 by playing a "blu-bop" mix of jazz and bluegrass and soon became a commercially successful, critically-acclaimed and award-winning band. (Fleck--the only musician to be nominated for Grammys in jazz, bluegrass, pop, country, spoken word, Christian, composition and world music categories-- also recorded solo releases including 1994’s Tales from the Acoustic Planet and last year’s The Bluegrass Sessions--Tales from the Acoustic Planet Volume 2.)

Béla, commenting on the Flecktones’ "raging eclecticism" in the May 2000 issue of Down Beat: "The more diverse the audience there is, the better. If you’ve got people who would normally be jazz fans sitting in the same room with people who love bluegrass, some funk fans who love Victor, some Deadheads, it turns into this roomful of happy people who are all real different."

Béla began the new decade by inking a deal with Sony Music that will result in five recordings for the label: two albums for Sony Classical and three albums for Columbia Records: a solo outing for the jazz division of the imprint and two releases by his celebrated category-defying band the Flecktones.

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Tour Dates:

08.26.11         Windsor, CT      Summerwind
08.27.11         Portland, ME      State Theater
08.28.11         NY, NY US     Govenor's Island
09.01.11        Pittsburgh, PA Trib Total Media Amphitheater
09.02.11         Binghamton, NY      Binghamton University
09.03.11         High Mount, NY      Belleayre Music Festival
09.04.11         Orkney Springs, VA      Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

10.09.11        Shakori Hills Music Festival  Hope, NC
10.11.11        House of Blues    New Orleans, LA
10.12.11        House of Blues        Houston, TX
10.13.11        Paramount Theater, Austin, TX
10.14.11        AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas, TX
10.15.11        YonderFest, Ozark, AR
10.16.11        The Tennessean,  Knoxville, TN
10.18.11        Lyric Theater, Stuart, FL
10.19.11        Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10.20.11        Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL
10.21.11        House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL
10.22.11        MagnoliaFest, Live Oak, FL
10.23.11        Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC

11.2.11        Foothill PAC  Oneonta, NY
11.3.11        Center for the Arts Mainstage, Buffalo, NY
11.4.11        Storer Auditorium, Syracuse, NY
11.5.11        Helen M. Hosmer Hall  , Potsdam, NY
11.6.11        Hart Theatre - The Egg, Albany, NY
11.7.11        The Music Center, Strathmore, MD
11.9.11        McCarter Theater, Princeton, NJ
11.10.11        Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA
11.11.11        Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA
11.12.11        Staller Center, Stony Brook, NY
11.13.11        Stone Mountain Arts Center , Brownfield, ME
11.16.11        Town Hall, New York, NY
11.17.11        Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA
11.18.11        Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA
11.19.11        Paramount Theater, Rutland, VT
11.20.11        Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH

3.1.12            University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
3.2.12            North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, IL
3.3.12            North Central College,  Naperville, IL
3.6.12            Sunset Center Theater, Carmel-by-the Sea, CA
3.7.12            Humboldt State University,  Arcata, CA
3.8.12            Warfield Theater,  San Francisco, CA
3.9.12            Orpheum Theater,   Los Angeles, CA
3.10.12        John Ascuaga's Nugget,  Sparks, NV
3.12.12        Smith Center for the Performing Arts,  Las Vegas, NV
3.13.12        Anthology,  San Diego, CA
3.21.12        Florida State University,  Tallahassee, FL
3.22.12        Savannah Music Festival,  Savannah, GA
3.24.12        University of Connecticut,  Storrs, CT
3.25.12        Berks Jazz festival,  Reading, PA
3.28.12        Missouri State University,  Springfield, MO
3.29.12        Sheldon Concert Hall,  St. Louis, MO
3.30.12        Butler University,  Indianapolis, IN
3.31.12        University of Northern Iowa,  Cedar Falls, IO
4.1.12            Holland Performing Arts Center,  Omaha, NE
4.3.12            University of Wyoming,  Laramie, WY
4.4.12            Lincoln Center,  Ft. Collins, CO
4.5.12            Wheeler Opera House,  Aspen, CO
4.6.12            Vilar Performing Arts Center,  Beaver Creek, CO
4.7.12            Boulder Theater,  Boulder, CO
4.12.12        Walton Arts Center,  Fayetteville, AR
4.13.12        Performing Arts Center,  Germantown, TN
4.14.12        Ryman Auditorium,  Nashville, TN
4.20.12        Miami University,  Oxford, OH
4.21.12        Clay Center,  Charleston, WVA
4.22.12        University of Richmond,  Richmond, VA
4.25.12        University of North Carolina,  Chapel Hill, NC
4.27.12        Merlefest,  Wilkesboro, NC
4.28.12        Brown Theater,  Louisville, KY

Connie Smith's Long Line of Heartaches Released Today!

New recordings by the country music legend Connie Smith, long acclaimed as one of the greatest singers in the history of the genre have been as rare as the voice and knowing singing she brings to them.  Long Line of Heartaches, her first full album of new material since 1998 (and only her second since 1978) is an event in the making. That’s not just for the rarity, or because her legions of fans have so long awaited this news, but because in its range of undiluted traditional country moods, themes, rhythms and sound, this new Sugar Hill release is simply, unmistakably a new Connie Smith masterpiece, offering the pleasures of the very best that saw release during her remarkable run of recordings during the 1960s and ‘70s.

“And that,” she says. “is exactly what I wanted to accomplish.  I’ve had people ask me what this album was going to be like, since it’s been a long time since they’ve heard me on record, but my musical tastes have remained the same. I wanted this to be traditional country, and it is.”

“One of the reasons that I wanted to do this recording, and it’s a personal reason, is that I have such a deep love for traditional country music. We can talk about the music slipping away, or we can do something about it.  The only way I know to do something about it is to keep singing what I’ve always loved.”

The album’s dozen new tracks, potent songs of heartache, joy, and spirit recorded at Nashville’s celebrated RCA Victor Studio B, where Connie recorded most of her chart-topping hits in her first years as a recording artist, include five new traditional country songs co-written by Connie and husband Marty Stuart, the project’s producer.  Memorable songs come from long favored Smith sources such as icons Harlan Howard, Foster & Rice, Kostas`, Johnny Russell and Smith’s + longtime collaborator Dallas FrazierFrazier’s song “A Heart Like You” becomes the 69th Frazier composition that Smith has recorded – breaking his 30 years of songwriting silence, an event within itself.
Having become an overnight country sensation in 1964 when her first single, “Once a Day”, became a number one hit, the first time a female country singer’s debut single accomplished that.  Connie Smith enjoyed a string of hits in the following years that have become country standards, including “Ain’t Had No Lovin’”, “Just One Time”, “Run Away Little Tears” “I never Once Stopped Loving You” and “The Hurtin’s All Over”. She became a star whose iconic voice has influenced other singers for decades. She has recorded a string of 53 albums notable for their quality and range.
To this legacy she now adds Long Line of Heartaches, featuring her band The Sundowners and, for the first time, her three daughters, Julie, Jeanne and Jodi who add striking family harmonies on the contemporary hymn “Take My Hand.”
“I still love to sing as much as I ever did.  I could sing at the kitchen sink and I’d be happy. I feel it is my destiny to sing.”  Country music fans everywhere should rejoice in the fact that we get to be a part of that destiny.
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CONNIE SMITH TOUR DATES

08-26     Louisville, KY - Ear-X-Tacy
08-27     Knoxville, TN - Disc Exchange
09-01     Du Quoin, IL - DuQuoin State Fair
09-07     Nashville, TN - Music City Roots
09-16     Idabel, OK - Choctaw Idabel Casino
09-17     Pocola, OK - Choctaw Pocola Casino
09-23     Pigeon Forge, TN - Country Tonite Theatre
10-01     Sandstone, MN - Midwest Country Music Theater
10-08     Renfro Valley, KY - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center - New Barn
10-12     Americana Music Convention - Showcase time tba
01-14     Weirsdale, FL - Orange Blossom Opry
02-03     Pace, FL - Farmer's Opry
02-04     Weirsdale, FL - Orange Blossom Opry
04-17     St. Cloud, MN - Paramount Theatre

Reggae Band Tribal Seeds Announces National Fall 2011 Tour

San Diego based, award-winning reggae band Tribal Seeds announced today the dates for their upcoming fall 2011 tour.  The shows will span over 25 dates in two months, kicking off in Tucson, Arizona at The Rock on October 12, 2011.  Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe, that they have intertwined with the roots style of reggae music.

Of the tour, the band shares, “We look forward to bringing a new show with songs from our latest EP ‘Soundwaves’ and new twists to some of our older fan favorite songs. Fans might get sneak peak of some brand new unreleased stuff as well! Have to come out and see for yourself!”

On July 19, 2011, Tribal Seeds gave listeners a brand new EP entitled “Soundwaves,” which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. Their previous efforts,  their debut, self titled album, “Tribal Seeds” was released in 2008, and their second album “The Harvest” was released in June of 2009. iTunes named both albums the “Best Of” in the Reggae genre, for their respected years. Their debut album helped garner them the “Best World Music” title at the San Diego Music Awards in 2008, and “The Harvest,” which contained fourteen new and original songs, debuted at the number 5 spot on the Billboard Reggae Charts.

Tribal Seeds have toured throughout the United States, and have also performed in Mexico, Guam, Aruba, and Hawaii. They have shared the stage with artists such as Matisyahu, MGMT, Cee Lo Green, Jason Mraz, Sublime with Rome, Taking Back Sunday, O.A.R., Pretty Lights, Pepper, Collie Buddz, The Wailers, Stephen Marley, Gregory Isaacs, SOJA, Rebelution, and many more.

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TRIBAL SEEDS FALL 2011 TOUR DATES
OCTOBER 12 - THE ROCK - TUCSON, ARIZONA
OCTOBER 13 - MARQUEE THEATER - TEMPE, ARIZONA
OCTOBER 14 - SANTA FE SOL - SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
OCTOBER 15 - THE CONSERVATORY - OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
OCTOBER 16 - JACK’S - SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
OCTOBER 18 - THE PARISH AT HOUSE OF BLUES - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
OCTOBER 19 - ENGINE ROOM - TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 20 - THE LOCAL - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 21 - BEACHAM - ORLANDO, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 22 - CULTURE ROOM - FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 23 - FREEBIRD LIVE - JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 26 - VISULITE THEATRE - CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
OCTOBER 27 - JEWISH MOTHER - VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA
OCTOBER 28 - CANAL CLUB - RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
OCTOBER 29 - SULLIVAN HALL - NEW YORK, NEW YORK
OCTOBER 30 - HIGHER GROUND - SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT’
NOVEMBER 2 - THE NOTE - WESTCHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA
NOVEMBER 3 - 8x10 - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
NOVEMBER 4 - BEACHLAND BALLROOM - CLEVELAND, OHIO
NOVEMBER 5 - REGGIES - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
NOVEMBER 6 - THE FREQUENCY - MADISON, WISCONSIN
NOVEMBER 8 - THE BOTTLENECK - LAWRENCE, KANSAS
NOVEMBER 9 - WAITING ROOM - OMAHA, NEBRASKA
NOVEMBER 11 - AGGIE THEATRE - FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
NOVEMBER 12 - IN THE VENUE - SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
NOVEMBER 18 - HARD ROCK - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
NOVEMBER 19 - HOUSE OF BLUES - WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

Kristy Lee is coming to NYC to Send off August with a Big Bang!

Kristy Lee will be opening for Dickey Betts, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, for ALL 3 of his performances at City Winery on Sunday, August 23rd thru Tuesday, August 30th.

Kristy Lee is a soul singer/songwriter from Alabama whose raw music
is connecting with hearts around the country. She is a songwriter for ASCAP  Nashville,
one of the many music artists on The Agency Group’s roster,
and has caught the ears of the recording industry’s heavyweights and executives
as well as Grammy Award winning artists Zac Brown & John Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band.

Currently, Kristy Lee and The Dirt Road Band are in pre-production with
Zac Brown & John Hopkins who will be producing several new songs for her new album.

On August 15th, Kristy Lee hit the road with a multi-city tour that will bring her powerful fan-base out to party while captivating new fans with a voice that is taking the music industry by storm.

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Tour Dates:

8/28-8/30 8pm City Winery w/ Dickey Betts- New York, NY

8/31 8pm Club Helsinki - Hudson, NY

9/2 8pm The L Word- Cayce, SC
9/3 1pm SC Pride Festival: Finlay Park - Columbia, SC
9/4 7:30pm 31st Stage @ American Music Festival - Virginia Beach, VA
9/28 8pm Ybor City - Tampa, FL
9/29-10/3 Rombello Cruise
10/15 8pm WorkPlay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
10/16 8pm 3rd and Lindsley - Nashville, TN
10/20 9pm Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
10/22 7pm Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
10/29 8pm Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL
11/4 8pm Hartigan's Irish Pub - Charlotte, NC
* Tour Dates Added Regularly.

Yonder Mountain String Band's NYE Celebration

97.3 KBCO is proud to present the Yonder Mountain String Band’s Colorado Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Boulder Theater Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 through Saturday, December 31st, 2011. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, August 31st for $35.00 General Admission, $65.00 New Year’s Eve and $185.00 for the 5-Day Pass.

Catch Rebelution on Summer Tour Now!

Santa Barbara based band Rebelution has officially announced they will be joining Slightly Stoopid on tour in July, August, and September, for The Seedless Summer 2011 Tour which will span over twenty-five cities in top outdoor venues, nationwide. The Seedless Summer 2011 Tour will stop at some of the country’s best outdoor venues, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, The Greek Theater in Berkley, CA, and Cricket Amphitheater in San Diego, CA, to name a few.  Shwayze & Cisco Adler will also be on the bill.  Tickets went on sale to the public on Saturday May 14, 2011.

Some of Rebelution’s latest career highlights, include recently retuning from a tw week tour across Brazil, performances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Wakarusa, Reggae Rising, Power to the Peaceful, and Ragga Muffins Tribute to Bob Marley Festival. They also headlined the US open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA.  On their 2010 headlining, national “Winter Greens” tour, the band played to sold out crowds across the country including selling tickets to upwards of 3,000 people in venues including: The House of Blues, San Diego, The Fox Theatre, Oakland, The House of Blues, Chicago, Irving Plaza in New York City, The House of Blues, Boston, The House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, and a sold out show at the renowned Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California.  The band was also named one of the “Five Artists Your Should Know About” by Relix Magazine heading into 2011, one of the “Top 8 SoCal Bands” by Fashion 5.0 Magazine – and Music Connection Magazine said “ Rebelution’s guitar solos and horns give a breath of fresh air, to a played out style.  With guitar leads like the one showcased in ‘Outta Control,’ this four-piece is creating what it takes to stand out in a crowded room.”

Other upcoming Rebelution show dates, include the California Roots Music Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival, Crossroads KC with Ben Harper, four Hawaii dates supporting reggae legends Steel Pulse in Kona, Oahu, Maui and Kauai, the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Dave Matthews Band's Caravan Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, CA and the Klover Outdoor Pavilion in Billings, Montana.

Outside of their two Billboard charting albums [Courage to Grow, Billboard Top Reggae Album Charts since its release in 2007 and Bright Side of Life which debuted at #54 on the Billboard Top 200, #6 on the Billboard Independent Albums, and #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts] Rebelution is currently in the studio working on their forthcoming third, full-length album, with notable guests passing through the studio including AmpLive, The Aggrolites, and Kymani Marley.

For more information on Rebelution, the Seedless Summer 2011 Tour, or for a complete list of Rebelution tour dates please their website.  You can also visit Rebelution on Facebook - and follow the band on Twitter.

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Upcoming Tour Dates:

August 17 – Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Concert Pavilion

August 18 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre

August 19 – Cocoa Beach, FL – Cocoa Beach Pier

August 20 – West Boca Raton, Fl – Sunset Cove Amphitheatre

August 21 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

August 24 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park

August 25 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Amphitheatre

August 27 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion

The Dang-It Bobbys Release New Album 'Big Trouble'

The Dang-it Bobbys, whose sound The New York Times described as “lovely riffs on bluegrass, country and folk music,” will release on September 20 its sophomore album, BIG TROUBLE, the follow-up to its 2009 debut, SOMETHING IN THE AIR. While many of the band’s riffs are lovely, there is much more: ingenious combinations of musical styles as well as smart, funny lyrics and a special energy that is downright contagious.

The Dang-It Bobbys will play the CD Release Show at 10 p.m. Saturday, September 24, at Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St. in New York City. Complimentary Cover; information: 212.477.4155.

The Dang-it Bobbys, led by multi-instrumentalist Kris Bauman, explore what the word “Americana” truly means on the upcoming release, which features musicians from the New York City bluegrass, jazz, rock and country music scene, The band is a real melting pot of American music, showcasing the talents of blues/funk guitarist Luca Benedetti (ulu), jazz/classical violinist Alan Grubner (Henry Threadgill, Howard Levy), jazz bassist Chris Higgins (Pat Metheny), bluegrass mandolinist Dan Marcus (Norah Jones), and the 2001 RockyGrass Dobro champion, Todd Livingston (Earl Scruggs).
The Dang-it Bobbys’ unorthodox background is clearly evident on the autobiographical title track “Big Trouble,” a cautionary tale for would-be travelers to Mexico, juxtaposing a bluegrass style 4/4 and English lyrics with a traditional Mexican 3/4 feel and “gringo-ized” Spanish. On “Hey Guess What,” the cyclical form, heart-wrenching harmonica and mantric snare drum provide the backdrop to a mother’s attempt to come clean to her daughter. “Heading Out,” an unconventional ballad, showcases the band’s range of both intensity and tenderness.
The Dang-it Bobbys garner influence from all facets of American music, from bluegrass and country to jazz and blues. It is this flavorful stew of styles, coupled with the artistry of the adroit musicians featured on BIG TROUBLE, that give The Dang-it Bobbys an unquestionably American sound.
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Upcoming Performances:
September 24, Rockwood Music Hall, New York
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn

Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Boulder Theater | 10/21/11

97.3 KBCO & Z2 Entertainment are proud to present Robert Randolph and the Family Band at the Boulder Theater on Friday, October 21st, 2011. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 19th at 10:00 am for $28.50 in advance and $33.00 day of show.

This record is a celebration of African-American music over the past one hundred years and its social messages from the last thirty. Although we cover a whole timeline of different eras on We Walk This Road, what ties these songs together remain their message of hope, their ability to uplift.

After our last record, Colorblind, we began searching for a great producer to help guide the follow up. We wanted someone who understood me and the road I’ve walked this far, who understood our connections of my roots within rock and gospel and the church, who would help us put those things in their most compelling context.

T Bone Burnett shared the vision of how gospel, blues and rock could be put together in a way that could relate to my history and connect to my present. It was important to us that we make the record we wanted to make, even if the end result was unclassifiable. We just focused on making great songs and great music that spoke to me, and that reflected the way I try to speak to the world.

We recorded We Walk This Road over two years, after T Bone had finished his record with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. We went into the studio with virtual libraries of songs, whole volumes worth of material to go through. T Bone brought in old archival songs from the twenties and thirties and many of them were in the public domain. I had songs that I had written with the band, or that other artists had sent me, and we sat down and starting sifting through history.


We Walk This Road was done in our belief in what we all need right now: young voices saying something positive without preaching in hopes of inspiring people. When you stick to what you believe in, and with the roots of where you come from, things will always work out.

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Boulder Theater

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Doors:  8:00 pm

Show Time:  9:00 pm

Queen to be Honored as Icons at BMI London Music Awards

Queen will be named BMI Icons at the organization’s annual London Awards. The ceremony is slated for Tuesday, October 4 at London’s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane.

BMI honors songwriters who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” as Icons. Queen’s Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon join a list of past honorees that includes 2010 recipient Don Black, Van Morrison, Donovan, the Bee Gees, James Brown, Willie Nelson, and more.

Outsized. Operatic. Magisterial. Queen defined a new type of rock superstardom. Vocalist Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon delivered drama, precision and, perhaps most of all, timeless songs. There are numerous BMI Awards between the four members, who are all songwriters with contributions to Queen’s repertoire, and consequently, the world’s collective pop culture. Mercury penned “We Are the Champions,” “Somebody to Love” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”; May composed “We Will Rock You” and “Fat Bottomed Girls”; Deacon wrote “Another One Bites the Dust”; and along with friend David Bowie, they all came together to write “Under Pressure.” Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, they became the first band ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a group rather than as individuals. The U.K. Music Hall of Fame welcomed Queen in 2004, while “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” have both been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991; the following year, remaining members orchestrated the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness, and the Mercury Phoenix Trust (MPT) was established. To date, MPT has donated more than $15 million to the fight against AIDS around the world.

BMI represents the songs mentioned above and many others from Queen’s legendary catalog in the U.S. The quartet are all members of British performing right society PRS for Music.