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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

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Performs Ballet Score at Lincoln Center This Wednesday

The ever prolific Preservation Hall Jazz Band are on a perpetual quest to bring New Orleans jazz to new places and faces.  This Wednesday August 3rd at NYC’s Lincoln Center, they will reunite with celebrated choreographer Trey McIntyre to perform the live score for two ballets: “Ma Maison” and “The Sweeter End.”  The two creative forces originally came together in 2008 for “Ma Maison,” commissioned by the New Orleans Ballet Association, and performed again last year at The Hollywood Bowl in LA..  Then earlier this year, they reunited to debut a companion piece to that ballet, titled “The Sweeter End.”  This Wednesday’s performance is free and begins at 7:30pm.

Another one of Pres Hall’s long-running collaboration has been with My Morning Jacket, the subject of which is documented in the film Louisiana Fairytale, directed by Danny Clinch.  The piece was shown at SXSW and Bonnaroo this past year and will have upcoming screenings at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival (Aug 26 – 28th in Birmingham, AL) and at the New Orleans Film Festival (Oct 14 – 20th in New Orleans, LA).  Click HERE to watch the trailer.

Pres Hall’s most recent collaboration has been with Grammy-winning bluegrass icons, the Del McCoury Band, who they will perform with at this year’s Austin City Limits Festival September 17th at 7pm.  The two groups released a joint album earlier this year titled American Legacies, and have been performing together regularly including a spot on the Late Show With David Letterman.  Click HERE to watch their take on “I’ll Fly Away” for the show.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band US Tour Dates:

8/2: Wellfleet, MA @ Wellfleet Preservation Hall
8/3: New York, NY @ Lincoln Center w/ Trey McIntyre Project
8/4: Gettysburg, PA @ The Majestic Theatre
8/5: Clayton, NY @ Clayton Opera House
8/13: Windsor, CT @ Summerwind Perf. Arts Center w/ The Del McCoury Band
8/20: Eagle, ID @ Eagle River Outdoor Pavillion w/ Trey McIntyre Project
9/2: Camp Mather, CA @ Strawberry Music Festival
9/3: Irvine, CA @ Great Park Summer Series
9/17: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
9/22: Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College Herrick Chapel
9/23: Des Moines, IA @ Drake University - Sheslow Auditorium
9/24: Grand Rapids, MI @  Calvin College
9/25: S. Milwaukee, WI @ South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
9/26: S. Milwaukee, WI @ South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
10/2: San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass w/ The Del McCoury Band
10/15: Aurora, IL @ Aurora University - Crimi Auditorium
10/19: Easton, MD @ The Avalon Theatre
10/21: Florence, SC @ Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology
10/22: Athens, GA @ University of Georgia w/The Del McCoury Band
10/29: Plymouth, NH @ Plymouth State University - Silver Cultural Arts Center
11/5: Carmel, IN @ The Center for the Performing Arts
11/12: Davis, CA @ UC Davis - Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
11/13: Arroyo Grande, CA @ Clark Center for the Performing Arts
11/19: Shreveport, LA @ Highland Jazz & Blues Festival - Columbia Park

B.B. King's rescheduled date at the Boulder Theater

97.3 KBCO & Westword are proud to present the rescheduled date for B.B. King at the Boulder Theater on Saturday, August 20th, 2011.

His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. Yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. At age 76, he is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever. Don't look for him in some kind of semi-retirement; look for him out on the road, playing for people, popping up in a myriad of T.V. commercials, or laying down tracks for his next album. B.B. King is as alive as the music he plays, and a grateful world can't get enough of him.

For more than half a century, Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. He was born September 16, 1925, on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, near Indianola. In his youth, he played on street corners for dimes, and would sometimes play in as many as four towns a night. In 1947, he hitchhiked to Memphis, TN, to pursue his music career. Memphis was where every important musician of the South gravitated, and which supported a large musical community where every style of African American music could be found. B.B. stayed with his cousin Bukka White, one of the most celebrated blues performers of his time, who schooled B.B. further in the art of the blues.

B.B.'s first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. This led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis, and later to a ten-minute spot on black-staffed and managed Memphis radio station WDIA. "King's Spot," became so popular, it was expanded and became the "Sepia Swing Club." Soon B.B. needed a catchy radio name. What started out as Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy King, and eventually B.B. King.

In the mid-1950s, while B.B. was performing at a dance in Twist, Arkansas, a few fans became unruly. Two men got into a fight and knocked over a kerosene stove, setting fire to the hall. B.B. raced outdoors to safety with everyone else, then realized that he left his beloved $30 acoustic guitar inside, so he rushed back inside the burning building to retrieve it, narrowly escaping death. When he later found out that the fight had been over a woman named Lucille, he decided to give the name to his guitar to remind him never to do a crazy thing like fight over a woman. Ever since, each one of B.B.'s trademark Gibson guitars has been called Lucille.

Soon after his number one hit, "Three O'Clock Blues," B.B. began touring nationally. In 1956, B.B. and his band played an astonishing 342 one-night stands. From the chitlin circuit with its small-town cafes, juke joints, and country dance halls to rock palaces, symphony concert halls, universities, resort hotels and amphitheaters, nationally and internationally, B.B. has become the most renowned blues musician of the past 40 years.

Over the years, B.B. has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist's vocabulary. His economy, his every-note-counts phrasing, has been a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck. B.B. has mixed traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. In B.B.'s words, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille."

In 1968, B.B. played at the Newport Folk Festival and at Bill Graham's Fillmore West on bills with the hottest contemporary rock artists of the day who idolized B.B. and helped to introduce him to a young white audience. In ``69, B.B. was chosen by the Rolling Stones to open 18 American concerts for them; Ike and Tina Turner also played on 18 shows.

B.B. was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He received NARAS' Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1987, and has received honorary doctorates from Tougaloo(MS) College in 1973; Yale University in 1977; Berklee College of Music in 1982; Rhodes College of Memphis in 1990; Mississippi Valley State University in 2002 and Brown University in 2007. In 1992, he received the National Award of Distinction from the University of Mississippi.

In 1991, B.B. King's Blues Club opened on Beale Street in Memphis, and in 1994, a second club was launched at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. A third club in New York City's Times Square opened in June 2000 and most recently two clubs opened at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in January 2002. In 1996, the CD-Rom On The Road With B.B. King: An Interactive Autobiography was released to rave reviews. Also in 1996, B.B.'s autobiography, "Blues All Around Me" (written with David Ritz for Avon Books) was published. In a similar vein, Doubleday published "The Arrival of B.B. King" by Charles Sawyer, in 1980.

B.B. continues to tour extensively, averaging over 250 concerts per year around the world. Classics such as "Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss," "The Thrill Is Gone," How Blue Can You Get," "Everyday I Have The Blues," and "Why I Sing The Blues" are concert (and fan) staples. Over the years, the Grammy Award-winner has had two #1 R&B hits, 1951's "Three O'Clock Blues," and 1952's "You Don't Know Me," and four #2 R&B hits, 1953's "Please Love Me," 1954's "You Upset Me Baby," 1960's "Sweet Sixteen, Part I," and 1966's "Don't Answer The Door, Part I." B.B.'s most popular crossover hit, 1970's "The Thrill Is Gone," went to #15 pop.

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Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.

Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.

Tickets are On Sale Friday March 25!

$69.50 GA / $87.50 Reserved / $115.00 Gold Circle

My Morning Jacket Announce New Album, Circuital

My Morning Jacket will release their highly anticipated sixth studio album this spring, entitled Circuital. In celebration of the forthcoming full-length, the band will give away six weekly downloads beginning March 3rd. The first five downloads will be live songs taken from each night of their historic week at New York’s Terminal 5 in October of 2010. On the sixth week, the band will offer up a brand new song from the new album.

Circuital was recorded in Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN, and was co-produced by frontman Jim James and Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists). While in Louisville, the birthplace of the band and where three fifths of the guys are from, they recorded in the unique environment of a gymnasium inside of a church. They laid down almost everything live and allowed room for spontaneity.

In addition to getting reacquainted with their roots, the guys opted for a loose and warm production style for the album. The result is yet another reinvention of their sound that both forges new ground and maintains the distinct spirit of My Morning Jacket’s previous work.

Head to http://www.mymorningjacket.com to sign up for all six songs now and immediately receive the first song taken from their first night at Terminal 5.

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My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:

04-17 Lexington, KY - Memorial Coliseum (University of Kentucky)

05-20-22 Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Festival

06-02-05 Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Festival

06-02-05 Hunter, NY - Mountain Jam

06-09-12 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival

06-30 - 07-03 Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival

Big Head Todd & The Monsters headline Red Rocks

Big Head Todd and The Monsters today announce their annual Red Rocks Amphitheater play for June 11, 2011. Guster will open the show. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 4 at 10am MST at Ticketmaster.com. Ticket and show details are listed below.



Big Head Todd and The Monsters will host an online auction featuring exclusive Red Rocks ticket packages including premium show seats and once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as lunch with the band, a “harmonica-handoff” during the show, the opportunity to be a crew member for the day, and so much more. 100% of the proceeds will go to support the Colorado Homeless Coalition. Bidding will happen in two rounds - beginning March 1 and May 1. Visit www.bigheadtodd.com for all the details.



Big Head Todd and The Monsters have been busy – first celebrating the release of their new studio album, Rocksteady (July 20, 2010/Big Records), and now preparing to hit the road with some of blues music’s biggest legends in support of 100 Years of Robert Johnson (March 1, 2011 - Ryko/Big Records), a stirring new tribute album featuring 10 potent interpretations of some of the most vital and durable music of the past century.

Big Head Blues Club features in addition to the Colorado-based quartet—guitarist and vocalist Todd Park Mohr, bassist Rob Squires, drummer Brian Nevin and keyboardist Jeremy Lawton—special guests, blues legends B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Honeyboy Edwards and Charlie Musselwhite, as well as keepers of the blues flame Ruthie Foster, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm.

Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, and produced by Grammy award winning blues producer Chris Goldsmith (Blind Boys of Alabama), 100 Years of Robert Johnson will be released in early 2011, and supported by a national tour (“Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts”) featuring many of the participants in the sessions. A complete list of the tour dates is included below.

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Big Head Todd and The Monsters’ Red Rocks show info is as follows:

Saturday, June 11 @ 7:30PM (Doors @ 6:00PM)
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
with Guster supporting
18300 West Alameda Parkway Morrison, CO
Tickets $39.50 GA, $49.50 - $59.50 reserved / All Ages Welcome
Tickets on sale Friday, February 4 at 10am at Ticketmaster.com

For more information, please contact 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.redrocksonline.com

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BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS: THE ROBERT JOHNSON CENTENNIAL CONCERTS tour featuring Big Head Todd and The Monsters and special guests David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin and Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm, tour stops are as follows:

Monday, January 31 University of California - Santa Barbara, Campbell Hall Santa Barbara CA
Friday, February 4 Paramount Theatre Austin TX
Saturday, February 5 Lakewood Theater Dallas TX
Thursday, February 10 University Of Michigan, Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor MI
Friday, February 11 Orchestra Hall Chicago IL
Saturday, February 12 Uptown Theater Kansas City MO
Sunday, February 13 Mississippi State University Riley Center Meridian MS
Wednesday, February 16 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Memorial Hall Chapel Hill NC
Thursday, February 17 The Music Center at Strathmore North Bethesda MD
Friday, February 18 Berklee Performance Center Boston MA
Thursday, February 24 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield CT
Friday, February 25 McCarter Theatre Center Princeton NJ
Saturday, February 26 Montgomery County Community College, The Science Center Theater Blue Bell PA
Sunday, February 27 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center New Bedford MA
Friday, March 4 Northern Light Theater at Potawatomi Bingo Casino Milwaukee WI
Saturday, March 5 Holland Performing Arts Center Omaha NE
Sunday, March 6 Orchestra Hall Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, March 8 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Center - Tryon Festival Theatre Urbana IL

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BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS TOURDATES INCLUDE:

Saturday, February 19 The Fiillmore at Irving Plaza New York NY

Friday, April 15 - Saturday, April 16 Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center St. Cloud MN

Saturday, June 11 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison CO

Sunday, October 23 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise San Diego CA

Wanda Jackson to play LP release show at ACM@UCO

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma will kick off the 2011 spring semester Jan 28 when Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson comes to the Performance Lab for a free, release week concert celebrating her new Jack White-produced album, 'The Party Ain't Over' (out Jan 25).

It's been an unforgettable 2010 for ACM@UCO. The school hosted master classes and exclusive mentoring sessions with top artists, including Jackson Browne, the Mountain Goats and Local Natives. Many of the artists also performed concerts at the school's brand new music venue, The Performance Lab, which offers students hands-on experience in the world of live music booking, promotion, and production. Additionally, this semester's Industry Link seminar connected students with key industry figures, including high-profile managers and staff from Pitchfork, Sesac, and more.

Since its creation, The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma has generated worldwide buzz with its innovative, groundbreaking approach to music education - the first of its kind in the United States. The school, which grants a two-year associate's degree in music performance and production, is the U.S. branch of Britain's groundbreaking Academy of Contemporary Music, based in Guildford, England.

BRAIDS "Native Speaker" LP Streaming Now

BRAIDS was formed by four best friends in their last year of High School in Calgary, Alberta. Convincing one another to skip university, they stayed in the garage all year and practiced obsessively, even while their fingers froze during the cold prairie winters. Then, at only 18 years old, they took the bold step of moving across the country together to Montreal, where they began crafting their self recorded/self produced debut album Native Speaker.

Oscillating between density and spaciousness, BRAIDS' sound is not easy to define. The four members construct music which is ample and rolling, perhaps alluding to the landscapes of their youth, but filled with radical texture and startling immediacy, an influence of their more recent surroundings. Delicate layering gives their experimental pop epics just enough breath to playfully explore the depth of ambient melody. Though BRAIDS dives into moments of deep obscurity and sonic experimentation, there remains embedded within the music the hypnosis of an unforgettable pop tune.

Native Speaker, is the accumulation of months of meticulous craft-work to properly capture the band's entrancing live performance. The albums' songs were tested and shaped through numerous performances and lyrical massages, resulting in work that is brilliant in detail and structure. Averaging over 6 minutes and never coming in under 4, the tracks on Native Speaker maintain a deep seeded focus.


BRAIDS has an unusually collaborative dynamic, generating all of their sweeping sounds live in a synergistic maelstrom. Even their name, BRAIDS, evokes a feeling of something continuous and progressive, yet lush and intertwining. It implies the interweaving of all four members' musical ideas, favoring collective and equal input.

On January 18, 2011 BRAIDS is putting forth their debut album Native Speaker, a reflection of coming of age for the four intricately linked musicians. It captures a period of innocence and a period of change, yet comes off as strikingly mature beyond their years. Most importantly, it displays a yearning and striving to break through, an ambitious debut for a young band just getting started.

Click Here To Listen To "Native Speaker" on Hype Machine

BRAIDS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

01-20 Montreal QC - La Sala Rossa RECORD RELEASE PARTY
01-21 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
01-22 Quebec, QC - Le Cercle
01-27 Laval, QC - Studio Theatre Maison Des Arts
01-28 Kingston, ON - The Grad Club
01-30 Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
01-31 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
02-01 St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House
02-02 Norman, OK - Opolis
02-04 Dallas, TX - Club Dada *$
02-05 Austin, TX - The Mohawk *$
02-07 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *$
02-08 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *$
02-09 West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern *$
02-11 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *$
02-12 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory *$
02-13 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *$
02-16 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *$
02-17 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *$
02-18 Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore *$
02-19 Toronto, ON - El Mocambo *$
02-21 Columbus, OH - Skully's Music Diner *$
02-22 Urbana, IL - Canopy Club *$
02-23 Iowa City, IA - Gabe's *$
02-24 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *$
02-25 Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar (University of Wisconsin) *$
02-26 Chicago, IL - Subterranean *$
03-01 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
03-02 Portland, OR - Holocene *
03-03 Arcata, CA - Jambalaya *$
03-04 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
03-05 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
03-10 Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar %
03-11 San Diego, CA - Casbah %
03-12 Las Vegas, NV - Neon Reverb Festival %
03-14 Santa Fe, NM - Corazon %
03-21 Tempe, AZ - Sail Inn !~
03-26 Kennewick, WA - The Red Room !~
03-28 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret !
04-06 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop !
04-13 Baltimore, MD - Talking Head !

* Baths
$ Star Slinger
% Asobi Seksu
! Toro Y Moi ~ Cloud Nothings

Prussia Announce East Coast Tour Dates

Prussia's music is energetic, poppy- and melodious.  You feel like dancing, though there’s no way in hell you would describe this as dance music. Waltzes, African drum beats, acapella breakdowns, and the gentle ringing of sleigh bells all fit into their unique arrangements naturally.
The band formed on the first day of 2007, practicing in the A. C. Rich, a DIY venue in Pontiac, Michigan.  Prussia later became connected with the legendary Scrummage University, a DIY space in Detroit that is interconnected with other underground venues across the country.
Fiery Furnaces, Quasi, Dr. Dog, Black Heart Procession, Thunderbirds are now, Islands, Beach House, tUnE-YaRdS, and Dent May are among the many well-known bands that Prussia has played with. The band are currently finishing their highly-anticipated new full-length album, Poor English.  Swaggering drum loops, intricate guitar compositions, and buttery vocal harmonies all support the sweet nasal crooning of singer Ryan Spencer on the new album.  Stories of suicide, misogyny, sexual vacancy, and the crippling ennui of illusory love all weave in and out of catchy pop songs.  Lyrically, it’s T.S. Eliot’s drunken scribbling on a bathroom wall.
While mixing Poor English, the band also created Prussia Goes to the Disco, a mixtape of all new electronic Prussia songs.  The simultaneous creation of two aesthetically different, but highly listenable releases proves that this is an unpredictable band that is going to do exactly what they want to do and that this is definitely for the best.

Prussia will be releasing a new EP, Four For Attention, on January 11, 2011.

US Tour Dates:
Jan 8 : Old Miami : Detroit, MI
Jan 12 : 31st Pub : Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 13 : The Ox : Philadelphia, PA
Jan 14 : P.A.'s Lounge : Boston, MA
Jan 15 : University Show : Manchester, NH
Jan 16 : Cake Shop : New York, NY
Jan 18 : Velvet Lounge : Washington, DC
Jan 19 : The Tipsy : Greenville, NC
Jan 20 : TBA : Nashville, TN
Jan 21 : The 529 : Atlanta, GA
Jan 22 : Estoria : Atlanta, GA
Jan 23 : Farm 255 : Athens, GA
Jan 24 : Land of Tomorrow : Louisville, KY
Jan 25 :The Mockbee : Cincinatti, OH
Jan 26 : TBA : Chicago, IL

Billy Taylor - July 24, 1921 - December 28, 2010

Dr. Billy Taylor, a Jazz pianist, composer, educator and broadcaster who encompassed that rare combination of creativity, intelligence, vision, commitment and leadership, qualities that made him one of our most cherished national treasures, died in New York on December 28, 2010.  He was 89 and lived in Riverdale, New York.

The cause was heart failure, according to his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson.

The distinguished ambassador of the jazz community to the world-at-large, Dr. Billy Taylor's recording career spanned over six decades. He also composed over three hundred and fifty songs, as well as works for theatre, dance and symphony orchestras.

Among his most notable works is "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free", achieving great popularity with Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Nina Simone covered the song in her 1967 album Silk and Soul, and the song continues to be recorded by many artists worldwide, most recently by Levon Helm.

Playing the piano professionally since 1944, he got his start with Ben Webster's Quartet on New York's famed 52nd Street. He then served as the house pianist at Birdland, the legendary jazz club where he performed with such celebrated masters as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. Starting in the 1950s, Billy Taylor ked his own Trio, as well as performed with the most influential jazz musicians of the twentieth century.

After many years of recording for leading record labels, in 1989, Taylor started his own "Taylor Made" record label to document his own music, releasing four albums, and in the late 90s, "Soundpost Records," releasing his two final recordings.

Dr. Taylor was not only been an influential musician, but a highly regarded teacher as well, receiving his Masters and Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and serving as a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University.

He also hosted and programmed such radio stations WLIB and WNEW in New York, and several  award winning series for National Public Radio. In the early 1980s, Taylor became the arts correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning.

Dr. Billy Taylor was one of only three jazz musicians appointed to the National Council of the Arts, and also served as the Artistic Advisor for Jazz to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he developed one acclaimed concert series after another including the Louis Armstrong Legacy series, and the annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

With over twenty three honorary doctoral degrees, Dr. Billy Taylor was also the recipient of two Peabody Awards, an Emmy, a Grammy and a host of prestigious and highly coveted prizes, such as the National Medal of Arts, the Tiffany Award, a Lifetime achievement Award from Downbeat Magazine, and, election to the Hall of Fame for the International Association for Jazz Education.

Dr. Taylor's survivors include his wife, Theodora and his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson.  A son, Duane, passed away in 1988.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Bring Vocal Serenity, Song & Humor on Tour

Ladysmith Black Mambazo kick off their North American tour on January 18 in Oakland, CA, blending their iconic, moving harmonies with high-energy toe-touches and audience sing-alongs.  The tour will make stops in over 40 major markets across the US and Canada (including Hawaii) in just two months.

From the stage, Mambazo's nine-man a cappella team will transport concert-goers to the open fields and idyllic world of their youth in South Africa's Zulu country, singing the traditional South African folk tunes from their forthcoming album 'Songs From A Zulu Farm' (out February 1 from Listen 2 Entertainment Group/ Razor & Tie Entertainment) as well as selections from their nearly 50 year career.

These songs speak to the universal joys of childhood. "Whether you are in Ladysmith, Virginia, or Ladysmith, South Africa," says Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder and frontman Joseph Shabalala, "children are hearing songs they will carry with them for the rest of their lives and share with their own children. We hope that these songs sung to South African children can be enjoyed by families in many other places in the world."

Listen to the entire CD here.  | Read some Grateful Web coverage of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Upcoming Ladysmith Black Mambazo tour dates:


Tue Jan 18 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's

Wed Jan 19 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's

Fri Jan 21 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theater

Sat Jan 22 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Cal Poly State

Sun Jan 23 - Campbell, CA - Heritage Theater

Tue Jan 25 - Maui, HI - Maui Arts Center

Wed Jan 26 - Kamuela, HI - Kahilu Theater

Thu Jan 27 - Laie, HI - Brigham Young University

Fri Jan 28 - Honolulu, HI – TBA

Sun Jan 30 - Clarksdale, MS -The Pinnacle

Tue Feb 1 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theater

Wed Feb 2 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theater

Thu Feb 3 - Austin, TX - One World Theater

Fri Feb 4 - Houston, TX - Jones Hall

Sun Feb 6 - El Paso, TX - El Paso Civic Center

Fri Feb 11 - Aspen, CO - Wheeler Opera House

Sat Feb 12 -  Boulder, CO - University Of Boulder

Tue Feb 15 -  Salina, KS - Stiefel Theatre

Thu Feb 17 -  Minneapolis, MN - Minnesota Opera

Fri Feb 18 - Riverside, IA - University of Iowa

Sat Feb 19 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Music

Sun Feb 20 - Interlochen, MI - Interlochen Center for the Arts

Tue Feb  22 - Chatham, ON - Capitol Theatre

Wed Feb 23 - St. Catharine's, ON - Brock University

Thu Feb 24 - Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre

Fri Feb 25 - Toronto, ON - Roy Thompson Hall

Sat Feb 26 - Rochester, NY - Nazareth College

Sun Feb 27 - Hillside, NJ - Kean University

Tue Mar 1 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head

Thu Mar 3 - Tarrytown, NY - Music Hall

Fri Mar 4 - Portsmouth, NH - Music Hall

Sat Mar 5 - Orono, ME - University of Maine

Sun Mar 6 - New London, CT - Garde Arts Center

Tue Mar 8 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head

Thu Mar 10 - Washington, DC - George Washington University

Fri Mar 11 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theater

Sat Mar 12 - Atlanta, GA - Georgia State University

Fri Mar 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Zellerbach Theater

Sat Mar 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Sun Mar 20 - Cambridge, MA - Sanders Auditorium