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The Music of Art Blakey 90th Birthday Celebration at Iridium

With so many classic recordings as a leader under his belt it might come as a surprise to some that Art Blakey's considered his best album to be the little known gem "Golden Boy". Believed to be recorded soon after play Golden Boy (starring Sammy Davis Jr.) opened on Broadway, Blakey, at the time, was leading his most famous edition of the Jazz Messengers with Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton and Reggie Workman. This group was enhanced with the addition of Lee Morgan, Charles Davis, Julius Watkins, and Bill Barber on second trumpet, baritone sax, French horn and tuba to augment the group to play arrangements of the material from the show by Wayne Shorter (featuring some of his first writing for large ensemble), Cedar Walton and Curtis Fuller for a rare large group recording by the Blakey.

This music from this neglected masterpiece was painstakingly transcribed from the original recordings by trumpeter/arranger David Weiss and was never performed live until it's premiere at the Iridium Jazz Club in 2008. For this special encore performance, an all-star group featuring Curtis Fuller, who performed on the original recording and contributed an arrangement, and many other prominent ex-Jazz Messengers bring this great music back to life.

Golden Boy: The Music of Art Blakey 90th Birthday Celebration

Thursday- Sunday December 3-6 | With Special Guest Curtis Fuller- Trombone

Featuring:

Louis Hayes- Drums
Mulgrew Miller- Piano December 3 and 4
Stephen Scott- Piano December 5 and 6
Peter Washington- Bass
Donald Harrison- Alto Sax
Javon Jackson- Tenor Sax
Jeremy Pelt- Trumpet
Steve Davis- Trombone
Howard Johnson- Tuba
Mark Taylor- French Horn
Jason Marshall- Baritone Sax

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/

Endangered Species: The Music Of Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter is one of the most important composers of the post be-bop era and perhaps the greatest jazz composer alive. His all-encompassing work starts with the hard bop classic compositions he wrote for Art Blakey, on to his groundbreaking Blue Note records which featured many tunes that have become timeless jazz standards, his innovative, conceptual records like "The All Seeing Eye", the music he wrote for the classic Miles Davis quintet, whose sound helped define an era in jazz, his fusion hits with Weather Report, his brilliant almost through composed work such as "Atlantis", and his later orchestral reworkings of some of his classic tunes. It is very unlikely there has been another composer who has covered more musical territory more brilliantly than Wayne Shorter. The concept of the Endangered Species band is to pay tribute to jazz' greatest living composer and approach his work as he would, as an ever changing, always evolving body of work. The group will perform music from all eras of Mr. Shorter's great career from the Blakey era ("Mr. Jin"), through music from "The All Seeing Eye" and classics from the Miles Davis era ("Fall"), up to his latest compositions from "Alegria" and "High Life".

Award winning composer (winner of the prestigious Chamber Music America Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project: New Works Creation and Presentation grant and the American Composers Forum's Jerome Composers Commissioning Program.) and arranger (Down Beat Critics Award, Rising Star Arranger) David Weiss has reimagined Mr.Shorter's work for a 11 piece mini big band that features many of the finest young players and rising stars on the jazz scene today.

Wednesday, November 11

ENDANGERED SPECIES: THE MUSIC OF WAYNE SHORTER
(with the Wayne Shorter Tribute Big Band Under the Direction of David Weiss)

Featuring
Taylor Haskins and Avishai Cohen- Trumpet
Tim Green- Alto Sax
Marcus Strickland- Tenor and Soprano Sax
J.D. Allen- Tenor Sax
Norbert Stachel- Baritone Sax and Bass Clarinet
Michael Dease and Andy Hunter- Trombone
Xavier Davis- Piano
Joe Sanders- Bass
Gene Jackson- Drums

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/
SETS AT 8:30 & 10:30PM

Ultra Music Festival | Returns for 2010

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF)--the world’s leading two-day electronic and alternative music experience--returns for its 12th year Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27, 2010.  Recognized as the ninth Top Grossing Concert by Pollstar’s mid-year issue in 2009, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL is easily one of music’s most anticipated annual events and will take place as the official closing event of the Winter Music Conference at the beautiful waterfront location of Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami (the same grounds it has occupied since 2005).

Tickets are officially on-sale NOW via www.ultramusicfestival.com.  Members of UMF’s fan community will receive an email with information on how to purchase Early Bird 2-Day Tickets, which usually sell out in a matter of days. Details about UMF’s highly anticipated line-up--once again being the only place to see a vast number of exclusive artist performances during WMC--will be unveiled later this winter.

Tapped “Best Overall Event” by URB.COM and heralded by the Los Angeles Times as bringing “out raucous revelers as well as electronica’s elite,” UMF had its biggest year yet in 2009. With a line-up that included the launch of The Black Eyed Peas’ massive single “Boom Boom Pow” and exclusive performances by a wide range of DJs and electronic-influenced artists, last year’s UMF saw 85,000 attendees coming from 56 countries & territories, 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

As the world’s most famous outdoor electronic music event, UMF has won “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) in 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2005, “Best International Dance Music Festival” by the Ibiza DJ Awards in 2008 and “Best Festival” by the Village Voice Media New Times consecutively five years running from 2005 through 2009.

Originally created as a pure EDM (electronic dance music) festival in 1999, Ultra has grown through the years to present not only the genre’s hottest, biggest and best headline artists (The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Tiesto, Underworld, MOBY, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Erick Morillo, Deadmau5 and Paul Oakenfold, to name a few), but also crossover headline bands that incorporate EDM elements in their music and have a history, or new beginning in the EDM community and culture (The Cure, The Killers, The Black Eyed Peas, Santogold, The Ting Tings, The Bravery).

THE MOTET PLAYS THE MUSIC OF SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE

For this show The Motet will be joined by some phenomenal musicians from the west coast. In addition to Motet regulars Dave Watts, Joey Porter, and Dominic Lalli, they will be featuring former Sly and the Family Stone guitarist: GAIL MULDROW

Gail played on the 1975 Sly and the Family Stone record "I get High on You" and has recorded and toured extensively with Sly bassist Larry Graham's Graham Central Station. In addition she has also toured with Merle Saunders and JGB (among countless other artists and groups). Gail is a fantastic vocalist as well as a slamming funk guitar player so she will undoubtedly be a huge addition to this year's line-up.

Also, The Motet is bringing in from Portland Oregon our ever popular vocalist Jans Ingber, singer extraordinaire Paul Creighton, and the most raw and funky bassist west of the Willamette: Dan Scollard. And last but certainly not least, the omni-present and always charming Cecil 'P-Nut' Daniels will be joining us with his futuristic electrotrumpet!

More info @ themotet.net.

2009 POP Montreal International Music Festival

These newcomers to the 2009 edition of the POP Montreal International Music Festival will join some of the best headliners that Pop world has to offer.

Phamily Reunion: Music, Camping, Vending Options for PHISH ticket holders

eotoIn just three short weeks, PHISH will make their triumphant return to Red Rocks in Morrison, CO for their first performance in 13 years at the legendary amphitheater. The band was banned in 1996 after numerous local complaints about illegal camping and unquestionable behavior of the fans in the small community of Morrison. Flash forward to 2009, where local organizers have put together an alternative to illegal camping by securing a private campground with transportation and late night music included in the ticket price.

The Phamily Reunion, which will coincide all four nights of PHISH at Red Rocks, has a solution for everyone. Ticket holders and those who weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to see PHISH, are all invited to join the all-night party taking place in serene Idaho Springs, CO. After brisk initial ticket sales in 4-day camping passes, event organizers have just released one-day passes to the event, scheduled to go on sale on Thursday, July 9th 2009.

The four-day celebration has already penned an amazing line-up of national acts including The New Mastersounds, EOTO and the “glitch goddess” Ana Sia among five new regional additions to the lineup including: Mama’s Cookin’, Stanky Pockets, Chris Webb Band, Seismic Shift and J Wail Vs. Agobi Nick. More surprises are to come and tickets are going fast, making for great anticipation of the four-day camping and music event in the beautiful Colorado Front Range July 30 through August 2. Day shows at the campground will warm the dancing feet and late-night shows will keep the festivities rolling into the night. To top it off, the festival offers the opportunity to camp under the Colorado stars, whitewater raft, fish, hike, horseback ride and soak in the hot springs.

For more information about the festival and ticket pricing, visit: www.phamilyreunion.com

The Life & Music of Townes Van Zandt

Fame didn't seem to be something Townes Van Zandt was after in life but since his tragic and unexpected death in 1997 at the age of 52, he's gradually moved more and more into the Americana limelight. Not only is one of his many previously un-known songs the title track to Mike's new album, but Steve Earle, who was mentored by Van Zandt and who remained a life-long friend, has a new tribute album compiled in his honor on the way. There's also an all-star tribute album, "Poet, a Tribute to Townes Van Zandt", out featuring Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, John Prine and others, Lonestar Music. Since his death, two books, a documentary film and more have been composed in his memory.

townesA cult figure in Roots/Country music and Outlaw Country since the 70s, Van Zandt was a huge influence on many, many artists from a wide range of genres, (from Bob Dylan to Robert Plant). He had an impact on so many, in fact, that he's almost better described as a force of music nature, some sort of raw muse, than just a singer/songwriter. He's been aptly called both "one of the greatest country and folk artists of his generation" (AllMusic) and "one of the most underrated songwriters of the century" (AOLMusic).

In his recent interviw with "Rolling Stone", Steve Earle says of him:

"It's how I learned to play; it's how I learned to perform...I finger pick like he did. He was sitting right in front of me when I was really learning to play...I've only seen a handful of people that were as good as he was."

In spite of all of this and some material success via singles like, "Poncho and Lefty", (taken to #1 on the Billboard Country charts by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard), Townes never had a successful album or single of his own. Some of that seems to have been due to bad production, some perehaps to management choices, lifestyle choices, but it seems that he cared more about song-writing than being in the lime-light when you got right down to it.

For example, Van Zandt turned down repeated invitations to write with Bob Dylan. The two admired one anothers music but it is said that Dylan's celebrity didn't appeal to Van Zandt. They ultimately met by accident outside a costume shop in Austin in 1986, (well, I wouldn't say accident, I'd say there aren't any accidents that big - instant karma seems more like it). Dylan later arranged another meeting with him and for it, The Drag in Austin was shut down for Dylan and Van Zandt drove his motorhome to the quartered-off area. (I wonder if they didn't actually sit down and write something that day and just didn't tell...)

Incidentally, when Steve Earle once said of Townes that he was, "the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that." Van Zandt wryly responded: "I've met Bob Dylan's bodyguards and if Steve Earle thinks he can stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table, he's sadly mistaken."

So, though hugely influential now and certainly brilliant, (or maybe in part because he was brilliant and that can be harder to sell), he spent most of his life touring around playing small bars, sleeping in cheap motel rooms, backwoods cabins and on friends' couches. He also was notoriously addicted to drugs and alcohol and, per Wikkipedia, known for his tendency to tell tall tales, (maybe they weren't -- maybe he, as our host here once told me he did, just took good notes).

Contrastingly, he was born in Fort Worth, Texas to an oil-wealthy family, the third-great-grandson of one of the founders of the city. (Van Zandt County in east Texas was named after his family in 1848.) His father was a corporate lawyer and His family moved a lot, a habit Townes seems to have embraced and retained throughout his life. (Though he developed an attachment to Colorado, where he said he sometimes spent entire summers alone on horseback in the mountains.)

When his parents discovered their son had a genius IQ, they began grooming him to be a a lawyer or senator, (and I'll bet he'd have been a great one if that's what he'd wanted to do - well, maybe with some changes to the drug/alcohol/Townes ratio - but imagine the speeches he'd have written. And Dylan & Steve Earle as VP & Secretary of State please...)

townesWhile at the University of Colorado at Boulder, his parents became concerned that he was depressed and drinking heavily. They brought him back to Houston and admitted him to a psychiatric hospital where, unfortunately, he diagnosed with manic depression. At the time, a treatment for this was, even more unfortunately, insulin shock therapy, which erased much of his long-term memory. After wards, he was accepted into law school but ultimately quit for good around 1967 to pursue music. And good thing for the world he did. His music is quite accurately described in his AOL Music bio as something that:

"...doesn't jump up and down, wear fancy clothes, or beat around the bush. Whether he was singing a quiet, introspective country-folk song or a driving, hungry blues, Van Zandt's lyrics and melodies were filled with the kind of haunting truth and beauty that you knew instinctively...He could bring you down to a place so sad that you felt like you were scraping bottom, but just as quickly he could lift your spirits and make you smile at the sparkle of a summer morning or a loved one's eyes -- or raise a chuckle with a quick and funny talking blues. The magic of his songs is that they never leave you alone."

Soon, Van Zandt met and was inspired by Lightning Hopkins, Guy Clark, Doc Watson and others who played in the Houston music scene at the time. He played mostly cover songs until encouraged by his father at the end of his life, (1966), to quit it and write his own songs. In 1968, songwriter Mickey Newbury talked him into going to Nashville, where he introduced him to "Cowboy" Jack Clement, who became his producer.

Due in part to Van Zandt's focus on songwriting rather than recording, Clement took some often unfortunate creative license with his albums. This probably had a little to do with the fact that they didn't sell well. But that just wasn't Van Zandt's priority. I have a feeling that, had it been, he'd have been as famous as he liked. On second thought, maybe he was as famous as he liked.

For much of the 1970s, he lived a reclusive life outside of Nashville in a tin-roofed, bare-boards shack with no heat, plumbing or telephone, occasionally appearing in town to play shows. Steve Earle would later say that Van Zandt's primary concerns during this time period were planting morning glories, listening to Paul Harvey's radio show, and watching the sitcom Happy Days. (Wikipedia)

In 1975, Van Zandt was featured prominently in the documentary film "Heartworn Highways" with Guy Clark, Steve Earle, and David Allen Coe. Van Zandt is shown drinking straight whiskey during the middle of the day, shooting and playing with guns, and performing the songs "Waitin' Around to Die" and "Pancho & Lefty" at his trailer home in Austin with his soon-to-be second wife Cindy and dog Geraldine.

So what exactly is it that moves the son of a Texas oil baron to become a wayward drifter? Rebellion? Maybe. It would seem on the outside that it was all about depression and addiction, with resultant mis-managed opportunities and missed chances. But, then again, he sure seemed to know what he was doing and he sure was good at it. Would his songs have been as good if he'd not remained a sort of living representation of them, (which stardom would certainly have made impossible)? Maybe his career, was more well thought out than it appears; he just did it his way.

townesIn the mid-1970s, Van Zandt split from his longtime manager, Kevin Eggers and moved to John Lomax III, (grandson of the famed folk music historian John Lomax). Lomax started a fan club for him which, though only advertised through small ads in the back of music magazines, began to receive hundreds of impassioned letters from around the world from people who felt touched by Van Zandt.

In the Summer of 1978, he fired Lomax and re-hired Eggers. He soon after signed to Egger's new label, Tomato Records and recorded "Flyin' Shoes' the following year. He would not release another album until 1987's At My Window but continued to tour.

Two years later, Sugar Hill released Live & Obscure and two more live albums (Rain on a Conga Drum and Rear View Mirror) appeared on European labels in the early '90s. In 1990, he toured with the Cowboy Junkies, and wrote a song for them, "Cowboy Junkies Lament," (with a verse for each member). They also wrote a song for him, "Townes Blues".

Sugar Hill released Roadsongs in 1994, featuring covers by Lightnin' Hopkins, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and others, all recorded off the soundboard during recent concerts. At the end of that same year, they released No Deeper Blue, his first studio album since 1987, recorded in Ireland with Irish musicians.

Van Zandt was married 3 times. First to Fran Petters on August 26, 1965; with whom he had a son, John Townes "J.T." Van Zandt II. They divorced in 1970. He moved in with Cindy Morgan in late 1974, and the two married in Nashville in September 1978. They became estranged for much of the early 1980s, and were divorced in 1983. His third and final marriage was in 1983 to Jeanene Munsell, who he met in 1980 at a memorial for John Lennon. They had 2 children, William Vincent and Katie Bell. They divorced in 1994 but remained close until Townes' death.

On December 19 or 20, Van Zandt fell down the stairs outside his home, badly injuring his hip, and refused medical treatment. Determined to finish an album that he had scheduled to record with Shelley and Two Dollar Guitar, he showed up to the studio in a wheelchair with Eggers. Shelley canceled.

Van Zandt finally agreed to hospitalization, but not before returning to Nashville. By the time he had consented to receive medical care, eight days passed since the injury. On December 31, X-rays revealed that Van Zandt had an impacted left femoral neck fracture in his hip, and several corrective surgeries were performed.

Jeanene informed the surgeon that one of Townes' previous rehab doctors had told her detoxing could kill him. She checked Townes out of the hospital against medical advice. Understanding that he would most likely drink immediately after leaving the hospital, the physicians refused to prescribe him any painkillers.

"By the time Van Zandt was checked out of the hospital early the next morning, he had begun to show signs of DTs. Jeanene rushed him to her car, where she gave him a flask of vodka to ward off the withdrawal delirium. She would later report that after getting back to his home in Smyrna, Tennessee and giving him alcohol, he was "lucid, in a real good mood, calling his friends on the phone." (Wikipedia)

townesUnfortunately, Townes Van Zandt died on January 1, 1997 at the age of 52, 44 years to the day after Hank Williams, who he stated was one of his main songrwriting influences. His official cause of death was "natural" cardiac arrhythmia.

Five years before his death, when asked by an interviewer from "No Depression Magazine" if he thought the growing interest in country music the popularity of Garth Brooks had spawned would benefit him, Townes made this remarkable and insightful statement:

"No, I don't think, as a matter of fact, that I'm going to benefit from anything on this earth. It's more like that, I mean, if you have love on the earth, that seems to be number one. There's food, water, air and love, right? And love is just basically heartbreak. Human's can't live in the present as animals do; they just live in the present. But human's are always thinking about the future or the past. So, it's a veil of tears, man. And I don't know anything that's going to benefit me except more love. I just need an overwhelming amount of love. And a nap. Mostly a nap."

And so it seems the world lost one of it's few true free spirits in a truly tragic way. But, then again, can it be said that someone like Townes Van Zandt is ever really gone? I don't think so. In fact, his music continues to breathe with new life and force. It seems that it's intent is so direct it transcends normal human boundaries. Even death.

So, it's sort of like, we didn't hear that much about his music for so long because, well, like Townes, it kinda spent a lot of time napping, existing just beneath the surface of what most people are aware of. But it's there, as in dreams, that we are all really influenced the most.

“Rolling Stone” recently interviewed Steve Earle Interview with Steve Earle about Townes and his upcoming album of Van Zandt tunes and Michael O’Neal, former band-mate of Bob Weir, is releasing “Ain’t Leavin’ Your Love”, an album featuring a previously un-released Van Zandt tune on the title track.

BoomBox Announces Music Video Shoot in Boulder

BoomBox is a group that thrives on crafting the unconventional, shattering stereotypes and creating music outside of boundaries that the majority of artists reside in. When BoomBox returns to the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO on April 9th, the duo will be recording the entire performance on HD for their first music video. The groundbreaking nightlong adventure into the heart of live psychedelic electronica will feature visual elements alongside BoomBox’s hypnotic multi-genre musical blend, all in promotion of their nearing summer release, downriverelectric.

BoomBox is encouraging attendees to participate in the fan-friendly festivities by donning their craziest, most colorful outfits. Truly a one of a kind event, the audience will be the focus of the taping, giving an extraordinary glimpse into the world of the BoomBox live experience. The party-like atmosphere of the shoot will join a long list of groundbreaking BoomBox performances that have become the essence of the group. The duo’s diehard supporters have long known to expect the unexpected when it comes to BoomBox, and this non-stop celebration will be no different.

Hailing from legendary Muscle Shoals, Alabama, BoomBox consists of one part DJ / producer Russ Randolph and one part singer / songwriter / guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux. The duo founded BoomBox on the notion of shaping dance-ready rhythms, mesmerizing mixes and textured guitar passages into a sonic journey of sound and revelation. Incorporating live instrumentation and vocals mixed, re-mixed and re-sampled in real time, BoomBox swarms stages with unrivaled energy and body-moving vibes, winning audiences over on a nightly basis.

TOUR DATES:
04/04 – Newby’s – Memphis, TN
04/09 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
04/01 – Copper Mountain - Sunsation Festival – Frisco, CO
04/16 – Old Rock House – St Louis, MO
04/17 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
04/18 – Nelson Ledges - Early Bird Festival – Garrettsville, OH
04/20 – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
04/22 – Bill’s Bar – Boston, MA
04/23 – Wheel House – Narragansett, RI
04/24 – Red Square – Albany, NY
04/25 – Rocks Off - Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series – New York, NY
04/27 – The 8x10 – Baltimore, MD
04/30 – The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
05/01 – Awful Arthur’s – Roanoke, VA
05/02 – World Grotto & Marketplace – Knoxville, TN
05/08 – Exit / In – Nashville, TN
05/15 – Joshua Tree - Joshua Tree Music Festival – Joshua Tree, CA
05/28 – The Bluebird Nightclub – Bloomington, IN
05/29 – Newport Music Hall - Ohio Hempfest Pre-Party – Columbus, OH
06/05 – Mulberry River Ranch - Wakarusa – Ozark, AR
06/06 – Mulberry River Ranch - Wakarusa – Ozark, AR
07/24 – Soo Pass Ranch - 10,000 Lakes Music Festival – Detroit Lakes, MN

Tiësto wins big in IDMA Awards & headlines Ultra Music Festival in Miami

"It's Tiësto Time" was the headline of NBC Miami's coverage at the start of this week, which covered the arrival of the international dance community to Miami for the 24th Winter Music Conference festivities.

The 24th annual International Dance Music Awards winners have been announced last night and Tiësto won an unprecedented amount of 4 awards in the following categories:

Best Artist (Solo) - Tiësto

Best Global DJ - Tiësto

Best Podcast -"Tiësto's Club Life"

Best Full Length DJ Mix - "In Search Of Sunrise 7: Asia"

"I'm very excited to have won this many awards tonight! The IDMAs are very important to me since the fans are the ones who vote. Thank you so much for your support!"

To see the full list of winners go to

http://www.wintermusicconference.com/idmaballot/nominees/2009.php

The superstar DJ/producer headlined the world's leading two-day electronic music experience, Ultra Music Festival on Friday. Other acts on the bill are Black Eyed Peas, The Prodigy, Bloc Party, Santigold, The Ting Tings, David Guetta and many more.

More Tiësto live dates:

Saturday     4/4     Blu4Dance Festival, Eilat, Israel

Saturday     4/11     Queen Club, Paris, France

Sunday       4/12    Circus Club, Nancy, France

Saturday     4/24     Edition Bangkok Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

Sunday       4/25     Embassy Superclub, The Fort, Taguig City, Philippines

Saturday     5/2     Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim, Norway

Saturday     5/9     Queen Club, Porrino, Spain

Saturday     5/16     Olympiahalle Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Sunday       5/24     Jet, Las Vegas, USA

Monday       5/25     Bank, Las Vegas, USA

Friday         6/5     Beach Party, Skive, Denmark

Saturday     6/6     Forum Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Saturday     6/13   Pyramide Vosendorf, Vienna, Austria

Friday         6/19   Ciney Expo, Ciney Belgium

Saturday     6/20   Steel Arena, Kosice, Slovakia

Friday         7/10   Bullmusic Festival, Pamplona, Spain

Saturday     7/11   Breda Live, Breda, The Netherlands

Friday         7/17   Foroya Festivalur, Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Friday         7/31   Victoria Park, London, UK

MSO coming to Ultra Music Festival

The ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF)--the world’s leading two-day electronic music experience--has announced the dates for its 11th consecutive year: Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 2009. South Florida’s favorite music festival, internationally renowned for its memorable live performances and DJ sets from the world’s top electronic and alternative rock artists, will take place during the 24th annual Winter Music Conference at the beautiful waterfront location of Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. The initial line-up for the first night of the festival includes Miami exclusive performances from: The Black Eyed Peas, Tiësto, Bloc Party, The Ting Tings, Santogold and--making their first US appearance as a full band in seven years--drum and bass legends Roni Size Reprazent. Miami exclusive artists confirmed for the second night of the festival include Cut Copy, Deadmau5, Crystal Castles, The Presets, Hercules and Love Affair, Simian Mobile Disco and Busy P.  Carl Cox will also return to perform on both Friday and Saturday and will host the legendary Carl Cox and Friends arena with a full complement of special guests TBA.  Many additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Last year over 55,000 dance music enthusiasts coming from the entire United States and over 50 countries around the world were in attendance, marking it as the largest ever UMF event and ranking at #14 on Pollstar’s 2008 Mid Year Top 100 Concert Grosses.

BOOKA SHADE

Berlin-based BOOKA SHADE (Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier) leapt to the forefront of contemporary dance music in 2005 with their classic singles “Body Language” (with M.A.N.D.Y.) and “Mandarine Girl,” as well as  their debut full-length Memento. Since then, they’ve released a string of hit singles and have become one of the world’s most sought-after electronic live acts. This spring, the duo will return to the United States for a run of exclusive dates in support of their new offerings: their iTunes exclusive album Cinematic Shades (The Slow Songs) (released Dec 2008) and "Donut," a new BOOKA SHADE vs M.A.N.D.Y. single which will mark Get-Physical's 100th release during WMC.

CYBERSUTRA

Producers, performers and radio hosts, CYBERSUTRA is the live electronic music project from West Coast-based DJ and percussionist Scott Binder (via San Francisco) and producer Nathan Heal (via Seattle).   Weaving together elements of electro house, melodic trance and live improvisation, the duo have designed their sound by fusing live performance with dance music while reaching out around the globe to collaborate with top vocalists on sensational new tracks.  Their most recent single “I See Fire” featuring Jacinda debuted on Billboard’s Club Play Chart and is available now through KULT Records/BeatPort with remixes by Karmatronic, Gabriel Robella, Brian Gionfriddo and Asi Givati.

DEADMAU5

Closing out an immensely busy 2008, where his massive ‘World Tour’ took him around the globe, electronic music's fastest rising star, prolific producer and electronic artist DEADMAU5 is set to dominate 2009 with his highly anticipated North American spring tour, bringing him to both days of the Ultra Music Festival. In other news, DEADMAU5 (pronounced ‘Dead Mouse’) has released an innovative and interactive application on the iPhone and iPod Touch for music enthusiasts. In association with Future Audio Workshop, the Deadmau5 Touch Mix application allows users to mix DEADMAU5 music using an iPhone or iPod Touch. Users can download the DEADMAU5 content onto the application's track players, where they can then apply effects, cross fade between tracks and scratch and mix songs to create a realistic and easy-to-use mobile interface.  Recently nominated in this year's Grammys for his remixed rendition of producer Morgan Page’s "The Longest Road" in the "Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical" category, DEADMAU5 anxiously awaits his potential wins at the Canadian Juno Awards, where he is nominated twice in the “Dance Recording Of The Year” category for his ULTRA EMI single “Move For Me” (Deadmau5 vs. Kaskade) and his 2008 debut album, Random Album Title. 

KASKADE

KASKADE is one of electronic music's most sought-after emissaries and one of its most beloved figures. Unaffected and laidback, he's known per BlackBook magazine as "…the man [who] gets his sh*t done with an unassuming demeanor, and usually in flip flops." Otherwise known as Ryan Raddon, the San Francisco-based electronic artist continues the ongoing march to his special brand of beat, a style that is instantly recognizable both musically and technically. On March 24, he will continue his musical progression and follow-up last year's chart-topping long player Strobelite Seduction with a new mix album titled THE GRAND (Ultra Records).  The album features a various assortment of original productions and remixes by KASKADE as well as Deadmau5, Misha Daniels, Jes, Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty Vegas and others. 

KRAAK & SMAAK

Holland’s breakthrough band KRAAK & SMAAK will be returning to the United States as they continue to support their critically acclaimed sophomore album PLASTIC PEOPLE. Don’t miss out when their live band comes to the ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL!   Released in North America on September 9, 2008 via Ultra Records, Plastic People captures the K&S brand of future funk and features the hit single “Squeeze Me,” which has been gaining great exposure via a Rhapsody national TV ad campaign and the band’s recent performance on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” View their performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzCQ3tTQeBY KRAAK & SMAAK has quickly become one of the hottest live properties in electronic music. Original founding members Oscar De Jong, Mark Kneppers & Wim Plug are joined by the additional live band members of Andre Kemp (drummer), Rose Spearman (vocalist), Sebastian van der berg (MC) and Marc Baronner (bass). With keyboards, FX and percussion played by the band themselves, they bring their distinct brand of funk to the dance floor. During this limited US tour, the live band will make appearances at SXSW and the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

MORGAN PAGE

MORGAN PAGE--the hotly sought after producer/remixer nominated for two IDMA’s this year--is currently putting the finishing touches on BELIEVE, his first artist album of all original material featuring an array of new collaborations and vocals by Morgan himself. Collaborators on the album include Angela McCluskey (telepopmusik), Natalie Walker, Samantha James (Om Records) and Dave Dresden (Gabriel & Dresden). BELIEVE is his much-anticipated follow-up to 2008’s Elevate (Nettwerk) which featured the GRAMMY-nominated song “The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix)” and seamlessly weaved highlights of his prolific production career with his organic, melody-driven tracks.

SHARAM

One of only a handful of producers of his kind that can move effortlessly between the nocturnal world of underground dance floors with acid house gems like “Get Wild” (Essential Miami WMC Tune of 2008), his techno infused summer anthem “Texi” (hailed as one of the top Ibiza records of 2008) and its darker sibling stormer “Crazi” (hammered by the who’s who of the techno scene as the sleeper record of the fall of 2008), all the way to the crossover radio hits with releases such as “PATT” and “The One” (both of which hit top 20 in many international markets). Always unpredictable, SHARAM (known to many as one half of seminal electronic music’s Deep Dish) will never conform to anything other than his own high standards, so one can help but to wonder what he is going to come up with next.  On April 4, 2009 he’ll release his long-awaited debut solo album GET WILD (Ultra Records) which features the above mentioned gems plus many more original tracks featuring guests like Diddy, Daniel Bedingfield, Tommy Lee, Kid Cudi and more.

PAUL VAN DYK

Grammy-nominated artist and internationally acclaimed DJ and producer PAUL VAN DYK (PvD) has dominated electronic music since the early 1990’s.  He is renowned as one of the world's hardest working artists, with sold-out tours that cross each continent, headline spots at every major festival and for having a hugely successful recording career.  This spring the Berlin, Germany-based artist will celebrate his musical achievements with the release of VOLUME, an album of his best works to date.  Set for release in stores June 9 and digitally May 26 on Ultra Records, the album will encompass selections from his massive, 15-year catalogue.  VAN DYK is currently finalizing the track listing but fans are sure to find works from his studio albums 45 RPMSeven Ways (1996), Out There And Back (2000), the Grammy-nominated Reflections (2003) and In Between (2007).  Volume will also include the long-awaited remastered and remixed classic “For an Angel” and a brand new song titled “Home” featuring vocals by Johnny McDaid of Vega 4 who also collaborated with VAN DYK on the single “Time Of Our Lives” from Reflections. (1994).