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National Jazz Museum in Harlem July 2011 Schedule

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem kicks off the summer of 2011 with our very first Music Festival! Dubbed “Summer Serenades,” the festival includes performances at the Highline Ballroom downtown, Orchard Beach in the Bronx, and Jackie Robinson Park, Grants Tomb and the NJMH Visitor’s Center in uptown Manhattan. Check schedule below for details.

Bassist Avery Sharpe leads a quintet in a live show at the Rubin Museum of Art, and live jazz on film will be presented for several of our programs at the Museum of the City of New York, Maysles Cinema, and at our home Visitor’s Center. A highlight of these film presentations will be two led by the museum co-director, Christian McBride.

The Midwest connection will be pursued at our Saturday Panel, where special guests will venture details about Missouri’s national music legacy.

As well, our flagship public program, Harlem Speaks, brings two keepers of the tradition of swinging jazz—trumpeter Warren Vache and tenor saxophonist and flutist Lew Tabackin—to share the story of their life and career in the music.

It’s a busy month with loads of events for you to attend—most free—so mark your calendar now and call some friends to share the musical wealth!

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival
Jonathan Batiste Band plus Blackberry Winter Play the Music of“Winter’s Bone”

8:00pm
Location: Highline Ballroom
(431 West 16th Street)
$20 in advance | $25 at door | Doors open @ 6pm
For tickets: RMA Box Office or call 212-620-5000 ext. 344

This summer musicians from the Oscar nominated film Winter’s Bone and its soundtrack will be taking to the road, performing their unique take on the traditional music of the Missouri Ozarks to audiences across the US and Canada.

This intimate evening of music will feature Marideth Sisco, Blackberry Winter, Bo Brown, Van Colbert, Dennis Crider, Tedi May, and Linda Stoffel - the original Ozarks musicians from the Winter’s Bone film, playing their authentic blend of traditional Americana in what will be their first ever North American tour. Bear witness to a legacy that spans generations in the making, performed by the heirs of the Great American Songbook.

New Orleans native Jonathan Batiste is a young ambassador of the culture of jazz music in America. By the age of 17, he released his first of his two CDs as a leader entitled "Times In New Orleans" which features the talents of some of New Orleans’ finest musicians including Jason Marsalis, Donald Harrison and Christian Scott. He presently studies Jazz Piano at The Juilliard School of music in New York.

Seen recently on the HBO series Treme, Batiste has headlined numerous performance and discussion sessions for the NJMH, and swings his band into this new venue for the jazz museum.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Saturday Panel
Missouri on My Mind: An American Legacy
12:00– 4:00pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Join us for an exciting and unusual afternoon as we trace the history of music in the great state of Missouri and its trail to Harlem. Some people think of Missouri as the home of ragtime, some as the home of KansasCity swing, but there are many strands that led to ragtime and Kansas City swing. Join music historian Jonathan Scheuer, radio host/singer Marideth Sisco and others for an afternoon you won’t forget.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival

Jazz in the Parks

3:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Jackie Robinson Park
(147th and Bradhurst Avenue)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem and Jonathan Batiste present a special afternoon of music in Harlem's own Jackie Robinson Park inside the newly renovated bandshell (at W147th and Bradhurst Ave.). Young performers,from a variety of genres, will come together to celebrate July 4th in the spirit of America. From modern dance, country western, to swinging jazz music and gospel music, this performance will have a
little something for everyone!

The Jonathan Batiste Band - 3pm
The Jonathan Batiste Band (with Mary Ellen Beaudreaux and guest) - 3:15pm
Jerome Bell (of American Idol) with Michael T's Eclectic- 3:30pm
The Bailen Brothers Band - 4:15pm
Damien Sneed - 4:45pm
The Tres Amigos- 5:15pm
Michael T's and the Eclectic - 6pm
Fourth of July Jam with all performers and guests - 6:45 - 7:00pm

(w/ D.J. UWS spinning all afternoon)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Jazz for Curious Listeners
JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S NIGHT: Jazz on Film—Rare Ellingtonia

7:00– 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Duke Ellington’s leadership of his sui generis orchestra for over 50 years is a definitive accomplishment in the annals of 20th century America. Come witness on film the evolution of jazz through the prism of Maestro Ellington, the most comprehensive composer of the jazz idiom!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Harlem Speaks

Warren Vache, Trumpet
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Several years before Wynton Marsalis garnered headlines for breathing life into straight-ahead, acoustic jazz, Warren Vache had been leading the charge of a small group swing revival. He’s the son of bassist Warren Vache, Sr. and the brother of clarinetist Allen Vache, making yet another musical family of note in jazz. He studied music with Pee Wee Erwin, and early on played with Benny Goodman, Vic Dickenson, and Bob Wilber.

He’s played as a leader since the mid-‘70s, and was known in those days for teaming up with tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton. His warm tone belies an adventurous, soulful style of playing, which is akin to Vache’s approach to conversational engagement also, as you will see tonight!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

MCNY Summer Film Shows
52nd Street Swing: Jazz Films

2:00pm
Location: Museum of the City of New York
(1220 Fifth Avenue)
FREE with Museum Admission| For more information: 212-348-8300

In the late 40s to early 50s, 52nd Street was known for its amazing array of jazz talent, sprinkling the cultural scene with the magic of jazz styles of every imaginable genre. Come and experience filmic representation of the excitement of an era central to jazz lore and history!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jazz for Curious Listeners
The World of Christian McBride, Pt. 1: Rare Films at Maysles Cinema

7:00– 8:30pm
Location: Maysles Cinema
(343 Lenox Avenue, bet. 127th and 128th)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Coming off his world travels on the road, museum co-director Christian McBride will present rare films from his vast treasure trove of archival footage. It’s always a happening when McBride presents, so make sure to arrive early!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival
Film and Live Music(co-sponsored by Maysles Cinema)

7:00pm
Location: Jackie Robinson Park
(147th and Bradhurst Avenue)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Check http://jmih.org for more details.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Harlem in the Himalayas
Avery Sharpe Quintet
7:00pm
Location: Rubin Museum of Art
(150 West 17th Street)
$18 in advance | $20 at door |
For tickets: RMA Box Office or call 212-620-5000 ext. 344

Avery Sharpe - acoustic bass

Onaje Allen Gumbs – piano

Yoron Israel – drums

Craig Handy - tenor and soprano sax

Maya Sharpe – vocals

CD release concert for "Running Man."

A bass player and composer of note who’s played with a plethora of jazz greats, from Dizzy Gillespie to Pat Metheny and McCoy Tyner, Avery Sharpe has an acclaimed career of his own. His quartet (with guest vocals) comes to the Rubin Museum to celebrate the release of their brand new album, Running Man.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival

SALSA MEETS JAZZ: Dave Valentin Live in a Free Concert

12:00pm

Location: Orchard Beach Stage in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Live music returns to the Orchard Beach stage as acclaimed Grammy Award-winning flutist and Bronx resident Dave Valentin offers a free, sizzling hot concert at Orchard Beach. Party all day starting at 12:00pm! Co-sponsored by Bronx Lebanon Hospital in association with the Bronx Tourism Council.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Jazz for Curious Listeners
JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S NIGHT: A Jazz Potpourri – 1927-2011

7:00– 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Jazz music was born in the sweltering heat of the tragic tale of race and culture at the turn of the century in New Orleans, but the resulting musical idiom carries the sweet smell of fine art. We invite you to a visual tour of jazz, from the early days of Armstrong to the biting modernity of today’s sounds!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival

Harlem Nocturne: Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasone

7:00pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The husband-wife musical team, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasone, have been thrilling cabaret audiences at renowned rooms such as the Algonguin for several years. In this special, intimate performance they will serenadeeach other and you too.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jazz for Curious Listeners
The World of Christian McBride, Pt.2:

7:00– 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The most acclaimed bassist of his generation, Christian McBride, will take visitors into his musical world, which encompasses jazz, funk, fusion, and other genres, and share select videos for your viewing pleasure. His commentaries are always humorous and soulful, so don’t miss this special evening.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Harlem Speaks

Lew Tabackin, Tenor Saxophone and Flute
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Lew Tabackin is known for co-leading one of the most innovative big bands of the past quarter century, the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin big band. Yet he’s also one of the keepers of the flame of tenor sax stylings of masters such as Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and Don Byas. Plus, he’s one of the most original voices on jazz flute living today.

Come here his intriguing story of stylistic development from his days as a Philadelphia teen through his world travels as a soloist and bandleader with his wife Toshiko Akiyoshi, herself a former guest of Harlem Speaks, the flagship public program of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer Serenades: The NJMH Summer Music Festival

CONCERT UNDER THE STARS: NJMH Afro-Cuban All Stars

6:30 PM
Location: Grants Tomb
(122nd St. and Riverside Drive

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

An explosive gathering of Latin jazz titans! Flutist Dave Valentin, trumpet legend Chocolate Armenteros, percussionist Johnny Rodriguez, pianist and arranger Edy Martinez and others will blaze the outdoor stage on the opening day of Harlem Week festivities. They’ll make you wanna move and groove, so bring your dancing shoes!

John McLaughlin July 2011 Tour

John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension is currently on tour in Europe.  John is in the midst of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with Carlos Santana.  John will be in Spain, Italy, England, Holland & Norway.

We are very happy to announce Remember Shakti will tour in Europe next fall 2012, from October 25th to November 25th 2012. They will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first and the most amazing world music and fusion band, Shakti ! With John McLaughlin (guitar), Zakir Hussain (tabla), Shankar Mahadevan (vocals), U. Srinivas (mandolin), V. Selvaganesh (kanjira, ghatam, mridangam).

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July 2011 Tour dates:

3/7 Montreux Jazz Festival Switzerland - BB King's night - with special guest John McLaughlin

8/7 Nice Jazz Festival Nice France John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

9/7 North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam Holland John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

11/7 Ronnie Scott London UK John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

12/7 Casino de Paris Paris France John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

14/7 Guitar Festival of Cordoba Spain John McLaughlin &t he 4th Dimension

18/7 Roma Italy John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

19/7 Kulturzentrum Tollhaus Karlsruhe Germany John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

21/7 Molde Jazz Molde Norway John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

23/7 Heineken Jazzaldia San Sebastian Spain John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

24/7 Teano Italy John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

25/7 Fano Italy John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

28/7 Jazz à Vannes France John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

30/7 Jazz in Marciac France John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

31/7 Cadaques Music Festival Spain John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

Deerhoof Announce U.S. 2011 Fall Tour

The concept of Milk Man came from Tokyo artist Ken Kagami, whose sassy cover art is the perfect match to the sly, at times frightening, but irresistibly catchy music contained inside: the Styx 'n' Stones magic of the title track, an instant pop classic if there ever was one, undeniable proof of Deerhoof's extraordinary songwriting gifts; the organ-driven monster mash of "Giga Dance," whose crazed group interplay sets a new standard for "tension and release"; the otherworldly, borderline operatic, electronica that is "Desaparecere," Deerhoof's Spanish-language debut...and that's just the first three songs! Have we ever heard a band so confidently navigate the extremes of control and chaos, edginess and beauty, profundity and just plain fun?
Deerhoof will be performing Milk Man in its entirety for the first time ever tonight, July 1st, in London at Alexandra Palace. They will joining The Flaming Lips, who will be performing The Soft Bulletin, and Dinosaur Jr., who will be performing Bug.  Milk Man vinyl will be reissued on July 5th by Polyvinyl Records.
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Deerhoof will tour the U.S. throughout September!
sept 15 - San Francisco, CA - Atrium at SFMOMA (part of Adam Pendleton's BAND)
sept 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
sept 21 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
sept 22 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
sept 23 - Cincinnati, OH - Know Theatre / Midpoint Music Festival
sept 24 - Champaign, IL - Polyvinyl's 15th Anniversary Party at Pygmalion
sept 25 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
sept 26 - St Louis, MO - Luminary Center For The Arts
sept 28 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
sept 29 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
oct 1 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

Girls Guns and Glory release 'Sweet Nothings' on 8/30

Boston based Girls Guns and Glory will release Sweet Nothings on August 30, 2011 on Lonesome Day Records. A brainchild of frontman on acoustic guitar and vocals Ward Hayden, Girls Guns and Glory consists of Chris Hersch on electric guitar, Michael Calabrese (also of Lake Street Dive) on drums/vocals, and Paul Zaz Dilley on upright/electric bass. It is a reconnection to the roots of rock and roll for which he exhumed influences of the past including Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, and Little Richard.

Sweet Nothings was produced by Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies, Radiohead, Warren Zevon, Uncle Tupelo) and Adam Taylor (Sarah Borges, Portugal the Man) and was the last project recorded at Boston's Camp Street Studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sweet Nothings has songs both quick and catchy about the simple pleasures in life and slow and sentimental about—what else?—getting your heart ripped out, chewed up, spit out, and pieced back together. Also, listen for Sarah Borges (Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles) as she lends her voice to the Hayden-penned duet “1,000 Times.”

Girls Guns and Glory are a proficiently trained group: Chris Hersch and Michael Calabrese went to the New England Conservatory of Music and Paul Dilley attended Berklee College of Music. With the demands of a heavy-touring lifestyle, this is a group that cut its teeth on the road, and their resulting chemistry on stage is enjoyably electric. Hayden is quick to mention that, not only do these guys play their focal instruments with mastery, appreciation, and—on occasion—spirited abandon, each one of them is a multi-instrumentalist.

Hayden's original compositions conjure the palpable ache of a crushed heart; they touch on themes of love lost and hope found, and their words alone could be published in anthologies of poetry. Girls Guns and Glory is now an internationally touring band, named Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards, and two-time winner of both the Roots Act of Year (Boston Phoenix Awards) and Americana Act of the Year (Boston Music Awards). Girls Guns and Glory is also the only band of its genre to ever take home the top honors of Act of the Year (Boston Music Awards) and to win the legendary WBCN Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble. For more information, tour dates, media materials, click the link below.

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ON TOUR:

June 30 - OIT Summer Music Series - Kiamath Falls, OR
July 1 - The Underground w/ Moondog Matinee - Reno, NV
July 2 - Snowbird Cool Air Concert Series - Snowbird, UT
July 4 - West Yellowstone Comm. Concert Series - West Yellowstone, MT
July 6 - Sol Vista Basin - Granby, CO
July 7 - Walnut Room - Denver, CO
July 8 - Winter Park Pub - Winter Park, CO
July 9 - 320 South - Breckenridge, CO
July 10 - Front Range Barbecue - Colorado Springs, CO
July 12 - Kinetic Playground (w/ Sexfist) - Chicago, IL
July 13 - Grand Rapids Roadhouse - Grand Rapids, OH
July 14 - Beachland Concert Series - Cleveland, OH
July 15 - Toby Hill Bar & Grill - Clarion, PA
July 16 - West Pomfret Music in the Garden - Carlisle, PA - 4PM
July 16 - Harry's Grille - Bloomsburg, PA - 10PM
July 22 - The Tinker's Son - Norwell, MA
July 23 - Toby Keith's - Foxboro, MA
July 28 - Putnam Den Hoe Down - Saratoga Springs, NY
July 29 - Lizard Lounge - Cambridge, MA **Boston CD Release Night 1
July 30 - Lizard Lounge - Cambridge, MA **Boston CD Release Night 2
August 12 - Majestic Theater - Springfield, MA
August 21 - The Governor's Inn Concert Series - Rochester, NH
August 27 - Javelina Festival - Rehoboth, MA
September 9 - The Pressroom - Portsmouth, NH
September 10 - The Hungry Tiger - Manchester, CT
September 11 - Narrows Festival of the Arts - Fall River, MA
September 17 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol, TN/VA
November 4 - New Holland Brewing - Holland, MI

Young Deadhead Composes "The World As It Could Be" & More Good News

Henry Sidle, a 12-year old self-proclaimed avid Deadhead and musician, learned about the Rex Foundation when he read a review of The Wheel - A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia.  He contacted us, seeking to include Rex as the community service element of his upcoming Bar Mitzvah.  When I asked if he would consider learning more about The World As It Could Be project and help raise awareness about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, perhaps applying his musical talents along the way, Henry enthusiastically said, "Yes!"  Henry composed an original song "The World As It Could Be" and created a video to help get the word out about furthering human rights. Click here to read more about Henry's project, see the video and the song lyrics, and learn more about my unexpected, yet very special personal connection to Henry. Henry will be performing this song at the Gathering of the Vibes Festival, interviewed by David Gans.

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Here are upcoming Rex Musical Caravan events that reflect the wonderful support of the musical community and beyond.  Enjoy some fun, great music and kindred connection, while supporting the Rex Foundation at the same time:

July 8-10 in Tipton, PA - Pennsylvania's Mysterytrain once again supports the Rex Foundation, this time at the multi-day JesterFest at the PPG Pavilion.  Click here for details.

July 14-17 - The All Good Festival once again supports the Rex Foundation, including a Rex Jam on Saturday with Matt Butler and The Everyone Orchestra to support the Preston High School Music Program.

Saturday, August 6 - Sonoma County's own Tribal Hippie UnderGround Zone (THUGZ) are doing another show for Rex - outdoors under the stars at the rustic Rio Nido Roadhouse.  Here are the details.

Tuesday, August 9 - The SF Giants will pay tribute to the Grateful Dead with another special event package that includes support for the Rex Foundation as they face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Here is information on how to get your tickets now.

Caveman's 'CoCo Beware' Streets 9/13

After months of anticipation, Caveman is pleased to announce the digital release of their debut album CoCo Beware on September 13th, followed by the physical CD and vinyl release on November 15th. Exploding out of the New York scene over the last few months, the band has decided to get this hot off the presses album out as soon as possible via a digital self-release. The fans wanted it, so the fans get it — a straight-ahead ethos for a band that’s about the music FIRST.

In honor of the New York five-piece’s first release, the band has made “Old Friend” available as a free download, premiering the track with Fader Magazine this morning. Click HERE to hear the track. Recorded and produced by Nick Stumpf (French Kicks), CoCo Beware showcases the dreamy chamber pop and multi-part harmonies that have been turning heads at the band’s live shows for the better part of a year. Leading up to the release of their debut, Caveman will also be heading out on tour with The War On Drugs, hitting the east coast, midwest and Canada before returning to New York to celebrate their album release at the Mercury Lounge on Thursday, September 15th.

For Caveman, the last year and half have been a whirlwind. Formed in New York back in January of 2010, the band has gone from relative unknowns to opening for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, White Rabbits, Here We Go Magic, Cursive, Wye Oak and Yuck in a little under a year. Listening to CoCo Beware, it’s easy to see why the band has garnered so much attention in such a short period of time. Opening with “A Country’s King of Dreams,” the band explores honey-sweet, country-tinged vocal melodies over tribal drumming. “My Time” is a slow-building pop gem, with lead singer Matthew Iwanusa’s vocals weaving in and out of band’s backing vocals. Caveman’s lush four-part harmonies, spaced-out guitars, and inventive percussion come together perfectly on the tracks “Easy Water” and “My Room.

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Upcoming Caveman dates:

* w/ The War On Drugs

08/06 - Montauk, NY @ The Surf Lodge

08/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's *

08/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo *

08/21 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *

08/22 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey Bar

08/23 - Montreal, CAN @ Casa del Popolo *

08/24 - Toronto, CAN @ Drake Hotel *

08/25 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *

08/26 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern *

08/27 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi *

08/28 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *

08/30 - St. Louis, MO @ The Biliken Club *

08/31 - Lexington-Fayette, KY @ Cosmic Charlie's *

09/01 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *

09/02 - Washington, DC @ The Red Place *

09/15 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Album Release)

Guster To Release EP & Tour w/ Jack Mannequin

Just in time for their upcoming summer tour with Jack's Mannequin, iconic alt-pop outfit Guster will be releasing a 6 song EP titled On The Ocean on August 2nd. In addition to previously unreleased tracks, On The Ocean will also feature acoustic versions and a remix of a few songs that will be familiar to Guster fans. The EP will be available from your traditional digital outlets, but in keeping with the band's progressive nature physical copies of the album will only be available at independent retailers and at the shows themselves.
Guster has been growing their cult-like fanbase for over 15 years now, and as evident by their latest album Easy Wonderful, they are only getting better. The band feels the release of Easy Wonderful marked a turning point in their career, and believe they have emerged from the process as "stronger players, writers and record makers".
Below is a list of the tour dates for Guster's summer run with Jack's Mannequin. Make sure you find your way to the show when they're in your town, and experience for yourself the effect  "feeling more energized about our music and playing together than ever" has had on the band's already legendary live performance.
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Tour Dates
08/02/11 - Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cd Melody Tent
08/03/11 - Danbury, CT @ Ives Concert Park
08/04/11 - Newport, RI @ Newport Yacht Club
08/06/11 - Portland, ME @ Concerts on the Waterfront at Ocean Gateway
08/07/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six
08/09/11 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
08/11/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
08/12/11 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavillion
08/13/11 - Canandaigua, NY @CMAC
08/15/11 - Vienna, VA @Wolf Trap
08/16/11 - Portsmouth, VA @ nTELOS Pavillion
08/17/11 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
08/19/11 - Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
08/20/11 - Mt Pleasant, SC @ Patriots Point
08/21/11 - Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
08/23/11 - Tampa, FL @ Ritz Ybor
08/24/11 - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park
08/29/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Lawn at White River
08/30/11 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
08/31/11 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens
09/02/11 - Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium
09/03/11 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival09/04/11 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion

The Yardbirds Tour The States in September

The Yardbirds will be touring the States this September, from Massachusetts to Hawaii, September 1 through the 23.  This is rock and roll that influenced musicians from the 1960s to current day.

The Yardbirds is original members: rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja and drummer Jim McCarty, and a new generation of musicians: singer/acoustic guitarist/harpist Andy Mitchell (since 2009), bassist David Smale (since 2009), and lead guitarist Ben King (since 2005).  Merchandise will include Chris' original photographic art, which includes the halo portrait for Jimmy Page from LED ZEPPELIN 1.  That photo has been autographed by both Jimmy and Chris, who will sell that work in private.

The Yardbirds innovated 1960s guitar, with fuzz tone, feedback, distortion, backwards echo, improved amplification….and using a bow to play guitar.  The group paved the way for the careers of Eric Clapton (1963-'65)  Jeff Beck ('65-'66), and Jimmy Page (66-'68, first as bassist, then guitarist when Beck left).  The group drew some repertoire from the blues acts of the day, including Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, and Bo Diddley, and The Yardbirds hits were some of the best songs of the British Invasion: “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul,” "Shapes of Things," “I'm A Man,” and “Over Under Sideways Down,” “Train Kept A- Rolling,”  “Dazed and Confused.” “I'm A Man,”  and “Over Under Sideways Down,” and “Better Man Than I.”

The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.  Soon after the induction, Jim and Chris reformed the Yardbirds, first playing at London's Marquee club, on a bill with the newly reformed Animals.

In 2003, Steve Vai's Favored Nations label released their album BIRDLAND, an album of new songs that featured guest appearances from Vai, Joe Satriani, Slash, Brian May, Steve Lukather, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and John Rzeznik.  In 2005 guitarist Ben King joined the group, who recorded LIVE AT B.B. KING BLUES CLUB on July 19, 2006.  That came out in 2007, included a version of “I'm a Man” that played on The Simpsons that year.

The Yardbirds has continued to tour.  An institution in popular music, blues, rock and roll, the group made an indelible mark on the music and culture of both the 1960s and future generations.

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CONFIRMED DATES:

Sept. 1: Summer Music Series, Springfield, MA
Sept. 2: Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT
Sept. 3: Tupelo Music Hall, White River Junction, VT
Sept. 4: Tupelo Music Hall, Londonerry, NH
Sept. 5 Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
Sept. 7 BB Kings, New York, NY
Sept. 8: Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA
Sept. 9: Music Theatre, Westbury, NY
Sept. 10: Parilla Center, Rockville, MD
Sept. 11: Rams Head, Annapolis, MD
Sept. 15: New Showroom, Hawaiian Brians, Honolulu, HI
Sept. 16: Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui, HI
Sept. 17: Horoka Peoples Theatre, Big Island, HI
Sept. 21 Key Club, Hollywood, CA
Sept. 22: Coachhouse, Santa Ana, CA
Sept. 23:  Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA
Sept. 24:  Ramona Mainstage, Ramona ( San Diego ) CA

KJ Denhert: ALBUM No.9.

"Album No.9 is about freedom,” says KJ Denhert. There also is a numerology connection as the album was recorded, starting Sept. 9, 2009, over the course of nine months with nine musicians, and it has nine songs.  "My life-path number is 9," says KJ.  In less than a year of it's release on Sept. 9, 2010, KJ's music video of ALBUM No.9"s yearnful "Help" is becoming a minor hit on youtube. She interprets the Beatles' standard as a plea to the world, in light of so many tragedies that were complicated due to mans inhumanity and greed, most recently in Haiti, Louisiana, Japan. Other classics on the album are "Alfie," "Pennies From Heaven, "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Chanson Baz Bar," and "Smoke on the Water."

"Choose Your Weapon," which won the Independent Music Award for the Sing Out For Social Action" award for recordings released in 2010, and "Let It Go" are two of ALBUM No.9's originals that have become favorites of KJ's fans.

This November, KJ will be celebrating her 15th Year Anniversary as KJ Denhert fronting her band.  But her career dates back to the '60s when she first started playing guitar at age 10, listening to Sergio Mendes, and John Hartford!

In the 1980s, as a young woman, she played guitar and sang with an all-female ban called Fire in North America and Europe, spent time in Cleveland fronting Cyclone Sisters.  Upon her move band to NY City in 1997, she formed the NY Unit, and the rest is history.

In addition to running her own band and Mother Cyclone label, KJ has been named among the six winners of the Kerrville New Folk Song contest in June 2006 for "Private Angel" and won the Mountain Stage New Song contest in August 05 for "Little Mary." The Album, ANOTHER YEAR GONE BY, LIVE, won the 2006 Independent Music Award for Best Live Performance.

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KJ DENHERT ON THE ROAD

June 24:12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill, NY
June 25: 55 Bar, New York, NY
July 7: Underground Wonderbar, Chicago, IL
July 8: Club La Salle, South Bend, IN
July 18: Woodsongs, Lexington, KY
July 23: 55 Bar, New York, NY
July 29: Belleayre Music Festival - Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort, Highmount, NY
July 30: Rams Head on Stage w/ Gregory Porter, Annapolis, MD
August 9: Cape Cod Jazz, Chatham, MA
August 11: New Paltz, NY (duo: KJ Denhert & Jennifer Vincent)
August 20: 55 Bar, New York, NY
August 21: Special Event @the Falcon, Marlboro, NY
August 23: Cornwall, NY
September 2: Union Chapel Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
September 3: 55 Bar, New York, NY
September 10: The Falcon,  Marlboro, NY
September 17: 55 Bar, New York, NY
October 8: Uncommon Ground, Dobbs Ferry (solo w/ Vance Gilbert)

Thomas Dolby debuts 'The Floating City' transmedia game

Best known as the singer/synthesist behind the Top 5 smash hit “She Blinded Me With Science” and as the co-inventor of the Beatnik polyphonic ringtone engine, Thomas Dolby today announced his latest creation: The Floating City is a rich transmedia game with a living world that changes and reacts to player contributions. It uses web browsers, social networks, and even smart phones and iPads as a way for fans to access his latest musical endeavors.

The Floating City is open for registration from today at floatingcity.com. Gameplay commences on June 22nd at 5 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. ET in the U.S.). Players from around the world will form tribes and collaborate to earn free music downloads, merchandise and concert tickets. The leading tribe will even win the right to stage a private concert at which Thomas Dolby and his band will perform his forthcoming album in its entirety.

Completely free to the public, The Floating City is a casual game that hooks you into building a whole story world with your tribe — as deep as you want to go. It runs on a standard web browser, smartphone or iPad without additional software installation. It is targeted at players of all ages, regardless of whether they are familiar with Thomas Dolby’s catalog. But diehard fans of the five-time Grammy™-nominated songwriter will be delighted to find that The Floating City integrates characters, places, and objects named in every one of his albums going back to the beginning of his career . . . and before.

The Floating City is set against a dystopian vision of the 1940s that might have existed had WWII turned out a lot differently,” says Dolby. A global energy experiment went haywire, the Earth’s magnetic fields have been reversed, and the planetary climate system violated. Science has betrayed us: now what must the species do to survive?

Survivors explore a fictional Google map, forming tribes and trading relics amidst a bizarre sea-going barter society. As they struggle to unravel the enigma that is The Floating City, players can haggle over merchandise and music downloads — including brand new songs from the much anticipated CD A Map of the Floating City, Dolby’s first album in 20 years, which will be released following the climax of the game.

“This is a brilliant concept,’ said writer/economist Steven Levitt. “It’s a cross between Freakonomics and Burning Man, with a back-story that would have made J.G. Ballard proud.”

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About Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby became a huge star in the ’80s when his songs “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and were on constant rotation at MTV. His unique keyboard playing led to guest performances with the likes of David Bowie (Live Aid), Stevie Wonder (Grammy™ awards) and Roger Waters (The Wall) and he became a top producer, garnering five Grammy™ nominations.

Dolby abandoned the music business in the 1990s to found Beatnik Inc., a Silicon Valley tech company that built the ringtone synthesizer embedded in over 3 billion mobile phones worldwide. Now retired from Beatnik, he has returned to music and has been completing his first studio album in more than 20 years.

The Floating City game consolidates Dolby’s reputation as one of the foremost pioneers of electronic alt-culture. On hearing of the game, counter-cabaret diva Amanda Palmer commented: “Thomas Dolby is to Steampunk what Iggy Pop was to Punk!”