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Yonder Mountain String Band @ House of Blues

Coming up in March and April, Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band will tour in support of their latest album, The Show.

It's not often you hear of a neo-bluegrass band breaking into the national spotlight with a performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, tour dates with Dave Matthews, and selling out 9,000 seat venues (i.e., Red Rocks Amphitheater). Yonder Mountain String Band is clearly the exception to the rule, having performed in front of more than 250,000 fans over just the past year. In 2008, the band was even honored with the distinction of opening up for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention (Denver, CO), which brought the group in front of 75,000 people at INVESCO Field at Mile High Stadium. Now in their 12th year as a group, Yonder continues to sell-out top music venues across the country including The Fillmore (San Francisco, CA), Red Rocks Amphitheater (Denver, CO), Pepsi Center (Denver, CO), Best Buy Theater (NYC), Stubb's (Austin, TX), House of Blues (Chicago, IL) and others.

Yonder Mountain String Band is comprised of Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Jeff Austin (mandolin, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals) and Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals). With the band having one of the strongest touring bases in the industry, fans and critics alike have been drawn to both their live shows and singular studio albums. Reporting from the All Good Music Festival (2009), journalist Jarrett Vellini from CNN Showbiz Tonight notes, "The trophy for best musical set goes to Yonder Mountain String Band who, as the sun began to set, left it all on the stage for an hour and a half. The pickers from Colorado had the audience dancing and shaking, kicking up a joyful storm of dust into the cool summer sky."

Commenting on their recent studio recording The Show, Rolling Stone critic Will Hermes says, "The concept is great: liberate bluegrass' hot-shit riffing and blue-sky harmonies from its hidebound formalism and see where it flies. This Boulder, CO crew brings dazzling chops to the table." Produced by rock producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Foo Fighters), The Show marks Yonder's second go around with Rothrock and their fifth studio album released on their independent label, Frog Pad Records. Featuring the band backed by Elvis Costello's sideman Pete Thomas on drums on six tracks, The Show includes 14 original compositions written by various band members.

Yonder has always played music by its own design. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences, they've come to pioneer a sound that they alone could only champion. With a traditional lineup of instruments, they may appear to be a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they've taken the customary old-timey instrumentation (sans the fiddle) to new heights, transcending any single genre. Yonder has become a regular performer at major music festivals like the iconic Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit and DelFest as well as massive multi-stage events like Austin City Limits Festival, Bonnaroo and Rothbury.

For more information on Yonder Mountain String Band, please visit www.yondermountain.com.

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Yonder Mountain String Band
Friday, April 1, 2011
House of Blues |  White Swan Building | 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas, TX 75202
Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8:30pm All Ages
Tickets: $15/$20 adv, $25 dos
Ticket Info: 214-978-2583, www.houseofblues.com

Acoustic Africa | Boulder Theater | 3.16.2011

The audience was drenched in motherland soul on Wednesday night at the Boulder Theater as Habib Koite, Oliver Mtukudzi and Afel Bocoum came together on one stage to perf

Boulder Roots & Blues Summit | 5/13 - 5/15

These are just a few of the names that will play the First Annual Boulder Roots & Blues Summit, May 13-15, in historic Boulder, Colorado.  The Fox & Boulder theaters are excited to host a taste of the roots & blues between two venues for three days of live music by some of the finest musicians in the industry.  Join us at the Boulder Theater each day for the early shows, and then move to the Fox Theatre for the late-night shows.

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The initial lineup is as follows:

Friday, May 13:

Lucinda Williams w/ Special Guest at the Boulder Theater

Doors:  6:30 PM

Show:   7:30 PM

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Saturday, May 14:

Leon Russell w/ Janiva Magness at the Boulder Theater

Doors:  6:30 PM

Show:  7:30 PM

Davy Knowles at the Fox Theatre

Doors:  9:30 PM

Show:  10:30 PM

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Sunday, May 15:

Sheryl Crow at the Boulder Theater

Doors:  7:00 PM

Show:  8:00 PM

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VIP Roots & Blues Summit Pass available Now for $325:

-       Receive entry to all shows at the Fox & Boulder Theater May 13 – 15

-       VIP Entrance to all shows

-       Reserved seating for all shows at the Boulder Theater

-       Reserved balcony for all shows at the Fox Theatre

-       Limited edition 1st Annual Roots & Blues Summit silk screen poster

-       Limited edition 1st Annual Roots & Blues Summit t-shirt

-       10% off at George’s Food & Drink attached to the Boulder Theater May 13 – 15

Steep Canyon Rangers Join Steve Martin on New Album

The Steep Canyon Rangers (SCR), have joined iconic comedian, Steve Martin on his sophomore album entitled Rare Bird Alert to be released TODAY, March 15, 2011. Bringing bluegrass music to new audiences, SCR continue their meteoric rise as passionate ambassadors for the bluegrass music they love. With Martin, SCR played for more people than any other bluegrass band in 2010.  This year will be even bigger, as the group prepares a nationwide tour with Martin to support their collaborative project.  The Rare Bird Tour will kick off in New York City with three sold-out performances at the famed Joe’s Pub March 15-17 as well as a return appearances to the Late Show with David Letterman on March 16 and The View on March 17.

When Martin, an accomplished banjo player and songwriter, handpicked SCR to tour and record with him last year, they jumped at the chance.  “Serendipity has made a better match than any bluegrass computer dating service,” jokes Martin. With Rare Bird Alert, Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers have created an album filled with the traditional bluegrass sound, bursting at the seams with banjo, fiddle and lyrics that are both fun and reflective.

The title track “Rare Bird Alert” perfectly scores the lonely ache and melancholy of bird watching. Paul McCartney guests on “Best Love” a foot-stomper about love and the little things.  On “Go Away, Stop, Turn Around, Come Back” SCR’s lead singer, Woody Platt, tells the story of love, breakup and reunion while “Jubilation Day” bounces with the delight and renewed vigor that can come from a breakup. The Dixie Chicks lend their considerable talent to “You” the saddest un-sad song about a past love with no regret. The closing tracks on the record showcase Martin’s comedy roots.  On “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs” Martin and SCR create a gospel song for those without one while “King Tut” allows Steep Canyon Rangers to put their bluegrass-spin on an old Martin favorite.

After a year jam-packed with tour dates, including Carnegie Hall, and headlining festivals such as Bonnaroo, Merlefest, New Orleans Jazzfest, Newport Folk Festival, Martin helped SCR introduce bluegrass to millions of who may have been hearing it for the first time and SCR show no sign of stopping. For more information, please visit www.steepcanyon.com.

They Might Be Giants Return To Rock, Advance Tracks Drop April 26!

They Might Be Giants new album, Join Us, is the recordings that their fans have been waiting 20 years for!  Impossibly catchy, sometimes strange and always original the album is a stunning return to form. As the band turns away from the family oriented projects that dominated their output in recent years (and garnered them two GRAMMY nominations and a win) on Join Us we find the band has returned to their singular sensibility that made them an instant phenomenon in the world of alternative rock.  Join Us is an electrifying mix of clever, maddeningly catchy songwriting and studio mastery.  The album was created in the brand new private studio of their long-time collaborator Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige, Tegan and Sara, Doveman).

The advance track offering opens with “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”--a summer-perfect pop single that will get instantly stuck in your head and make you want to roll down the windows. The electronic ballad “Never Knew Love” puts a new and simple twist on the love song.  The pure folk-pop of “Old Pine Box” showcases the band's signature harmonies, handclaps and the always popular, never anticipated vocoder.

The advance tracks will be released digitally April 26 on iTunes through their “Complete My Album” program on April 26th, with the full album arriving in all digital and physical outlets later this year through Idlewild/Rounder Records. Flansburgh recently talked to AOL Spinner. Read his exclusive interview announcing the arrival of the album.

They Might Be Giants unlikely success story started nearly three decades ago with their Dial-A-Song service. High energy, low budget videos broke them into heavy rotation on MTV and the rest would soon become alternative rock history.  Along the way the band has become the recipients of two GRAMMYs and a platinum record (1990’s Flood). They recorded numerous themes including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, their GRAMMY-winning theme Malcolm In the Middle and many more. John Flansburgh is currently produced Jonathan Coulton’s upcoming studio release "Artificial Heart" which also features TMBG”s Marty Beller on drums.

Notorious for their energized live show, They Might Be Giants will launch the first  international tour in over a decade this Fall, hitting 6 countries and over 50 US cities.  Stay tuned for details!

Keller Williams Hosts Three-Show Benefit

One-man-band Keller Williams heads to the Fredericksburg Field House on Saturday, May 7 to headline the special family concert: Keller Williams Plays for Kids: A Benefit for the Cobblestone Children's Museum of Fredericksburg. During this unique event full of humor and surprises, parents and children will deepen their bond by playing music together and dancing to Keller’s infectious sing-along songs. Joining Keller will be local artist and drummer Ken Crampton of Everybody Drum and local painter/illustrator Bill Harris who collaborated with Keller last fall on Keller’s first children’s book Because I Said So (Fun Read Publishing, $20, for ages 2-8, 33 pages). Both Williams and Harris will be available following the show for a meet-and-greet and book signing.

This special family concert marks the first-ever fundraising event for the emerging Cobblestone Children's Museum. Cobblestone believes that the Fredericksburg area, with a combined population of more than 300,000, can support a children's museum and that the area’s children and families deserve the educational and enrichment opportunities that such a facility would provide. Cobblestone Children’s Museum of Fredericksburg’s mission is to inspire interactive learning and creativity in children and adults through moments of shared discovery. The museum’s vision is to provide a safe, challenging and stimulating environment where children can direct their own learning experiences. www.cobblestonechildrensmuseum.org.

That same weekend, Keller will also perform two shows for adults; both will benefit the Cobblestone Children’s Museum. On May 6, Keller performs aboard “The City of Fredericksburg Riverboat” for a lucky few people. Always a favorite for Keller fans, this boat trip finds Keller backed by Keith Moseley, Gibb Droll and Jeff Sipe (WMDS). Then, on the evening of May 7 at the Fredericksburg Field House, Keller will perform with Moseley, Droll & Sipe and will host a Late Night Dance Party featuring DJ Logic. Tickets and information on all three shows available at www.kellerwilliams.net.

Keller Williams released his first-ever kids album, appropriately titled Kids, last October, and this benefit show on May 7 marks the first time he’s bringing his live family show to his hometown. Kids has already been warmly embraced by kids and music tastemakers.

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Keller Williams Plays for Kids: A Benefit for the Cobblestone Children's Museum of Fredericksburg
Saturday May 7, 2011
Fredericksburg Field House, Fredericksburg, VA
Doors/Drum Circle 2:30pm / Show 3:30pm
Tickets are $20 & Family 4-Pack $70.00
Tickets available through www.kellerwilliams.net
or locally at Jabberwocky Children's Books and Toys 540-371-5684

ALSO
May 6th – Evening cruise aboard “The City of Fredericksburg Riverboat featuring Keller with Moseley, Droll and Sipe (WMDS). Departs at 6:00 pm.

May 7th – Keller with Moseley, Droll & Sipe and Late Night Dance Party featuring DJ Logic at the Fredericksburg Field House. Doors 7:00pm, WMDS 8:00 PM, DJ Logic will follow the WMDS and will spin ‘til 2PM. Tickets $25.

Tickets to all shows go on sale on Thursday, March 10 at 10:00 am EST at www.kellerwilliams.net.

Tower of Power Celebrate 40TH Anniversary

TOWER OF POWER CELEBRATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ALBUM, DVD AND REUNION.   New Collection Features TOP alumni like Lenny Pickett and Chester Thompson; Special Guests Include Soul Legend Sam Moore.

It’s spring! As we celebrate the start of the baseball season, the end of the basketball season and the release of Tower of Power’s 40th Anniversary album, the operative phrase in everyone’s ears is “We Came To Play.” But then, Tower of Power has “come to play,” every single time they take to the stage over the last 42 years.  The horn driven soul and funk machine has toured consistently playing to so(u)ld out crowds around the world.  And after 40 years, four of the original musicians still play with the band.

Similar to sports teams, however, Tower of Power has had numerous players take free agency with other musical prospects. So the 40th Anniversary show gave the band an opportunity to stage their version of “Old Timer’s Day,” bringing 20 former members to work with the ongoing ten player line-up.

“When we were young and we’d lose somebody, it seemed like the end of the world,” TOP founder Emilio Castillo told Gary Graff.  “But it started happening at such an early age in our career, and we always overcame it and always got great people to come in.”

Captured live at the Legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in 2008, this extraordinary show welcomed such former members as Greg Adams, TOP’s trumpeter and arranger for 20 years and subsequently one of the architects of the “smooth Jazz” sound; Chester Thompson, who moved on to play keys for Santana and Elton John; and chart topping “smooth jazz” sax player and first call session guy Richard Elliott.

At a show recorded on the band’s actual anniversary, former TOP member Lenny Pickett, long time sax player for the Saturday Night Live band, joined in. He’s in the bonus footage and is interviewed.   Legendary vocalist Sam Moore, of Sam and Dave, added to the funkified festivities with “I Thank You,” and Otis Redding’s “Mr. Pitiful.”  The DVD is dedicated to Steve “Skip” Mesquite, long time alto player for TOP, who made the show and passed on shortly afterward.

The CD and DVD package is a slam dunk of soulful funk, with such great Tower of Power hits as “What is Hip?” “You’re Still A Young Man,” the ever timely “Only So Much Oil In The Ground,” and “This Time It’s Real.” After 40 years, this band can clearly still hit it out of the ballpark.

“It was probably the most special night of our entire career,” said Castillo. “Getting together and playing again with those guys we’d spent so much time with on the road. It was magic.”

DSO Four Winds Tour Starts Tomorrow, Gratefulfest 11

Starting at The National in Richmond, VA tomorrow Dark Star Orchestra will take a lap around the east coast with stops in Tarrytown, NY, Reading, PA, a special Acoustic show at Mexicali Blues, their 1st performance at Union County Arts Center in Rahway, NJ, stops in Falls Church, VA, Hagerstown, MD and closing out with a show at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY. Along the way band members will be sharing their touring adventures on their BLOG.

After a few weeks off they ride the wind out to the west coast to start the second leg of the Four Winds Tour. Starting in the great Northwest at the Mt Baker Theater in Bellingham, WA DSO will cruise south stopping off in Seattle, Portland, and Eugene before heading into California for shows in Arcata, Santa Cruz and three nights in San Francisco. Thursday April 7th, the first of three nights in San Fran, they be our Black Tie Dye Ball to benefit The Rex Foundation. There will be packages available that will include a pre-show and sound check party with the band. More details coming soon. After the long weekend in San Fran, DSO closes out their tour with stops in Reno, NV and a Colorado run that will include Aspen, 2 nights in Boulder and the tour closer in Fort Collins.

Check out their TOUR DATES PAGE for complete details.


Gratefulfest 11

DSO is stoked to announce that we will be returning to Nelson's Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, Ohio to Celebrate the 11th annual Gratefulfest....July 1st-4th....3 full nights of DSO....more info coming soon.

You Gotta Wear Shades

The Into The Sun Tour starts April 29th at Irving Plaza in NYC with a special recreation of the famed Grateful Dead set from 4/29/71 at the Fillmore east on the 40th anniversary of the show. DSO has just added May 17th at the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg, PA. The rest of the tour includes stops in Providence, Philadelphia, Burlington, Boston, an acoustic show in Plymouth, NH and two nights at Mighty High Mountain Fest to close out the tour. Visit their TOUR DATES PAGE for the full schedule.

For every show on the Into The Sun Tour DSO will be giving fans the chance to vote on the song we will play for their Encore/Filler for every show. Head over to the TOUR DATES PAGE to find the ballots for each show and be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets for the show you vote on.

EOTO Spring Tour With Custom Projection Show - FREE MP3

EOTO is hitting the road for an extensive spring tour this week with a custom animated video projection show provided by lighting guru Zebbler (through April 9th). The dynamic duo, known for their infectious 100% live improvised performances will kick off their Spring tour this weekend in St Louis with a Mardi Gras style costume party before they crisscross the countryside with stops in Albuquerque, Denver, Austin, Nashville, Tallahassee Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, New York City and everywhere in between.

Throbbing bass and thudding beats are the signatures of this project from drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann. The duo moves effortlessly from choppy dubstep to whip-smart, four-on-the-floor house to psychedelic trip-hop. It's a dance marathon and everyone's in it together. A nebulous beast, set lists are only broken up into tracks for the sake of posterity. In reality, changes in mood, energy, and inspiration are reflected "in real-time" by rhythmic and melodic shifts.

Because EOTO starts fresh every night, the band's evolutionary progress has been thrust into hyperspeed, eclipsing standard acts who return to their dusty catalog for every performance. The wobbly, buzz-saw bass and heavy backbeat style has become a signature of their sets, as heard on their live recordings and on the bands most recent 2009 studio release, Fire the Lazers. Newer live material has the duo co-opting sounds from outside the realm of electronic music with scratchy punk riffs and fuzzy sludge metal bass.

The perfect match for EOTO's incredible live improvised performances, projection designer known lovingly as "Zebbler" will also join the band with a custom animated projection show through April 9th. Zebbler was voted one of the top 20 VJ's in DJ magazine in 2007 and is known for delivering an organic visual odyssey with a genuinely live feel. The projection show will include featured content submitted by fans in a recent video contest as well as custom animations created just for the EOTO Spring Tour.

Along with a massive tour schedule and custom eye candy, the band is also launching the first tastes of their new fan-club ticketing program, offering fans an un-heard of $2 ticketing fees! EOTO is also offering the 2010 New Year performance from Denver as a free download to everyone who purchases a ticket for the entire year. For more information about EOTO, the free NYE Download and to purchase tickets, tune into the band's website at www.eotomusic.com

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Spring Tour 2011


3/5/2011 2720
St. Louis, MO
3/6/2011 The SnowBall - Nottingham Park
Avon, CO
3/14/2011 Ghostranch Saloon
Steamboat Springs, CO
3/15/2011 The Llama
Telluride, CO
3/16/2011 The Eldo
Crestted Butte, CO
3/17/2011 The Abbey Theatre
Durango, CO
3/18/2011 El Rey Theatre
Albuquerque, NM
3/19/2011 The Orpheum
Flagstaff, AZ
3/20/2011 Marquee Theatre
Tempe, AZ
3/21/2011 Rialto Theater
Tuscon, AZ
3/23/2011 Club Rio
San Antonio, TX
3/24/2011 Fitzgerald's
Houston, TX
3/25/2011 Trees
Dallas, TX
3/26/2011 La Zona Rosa
Austin, TX
3/27/2011 The Parish
New Orleans, LA
3/28/2011 Revolution Music Room
Little Rock, AR
3/29/2011 Minglewood Hall
Memphis, TN
3/30/2011 Limelight
Nashville, TN
3/31/2011 The Valarium
Knoxville, TN
4/1/2011 The Orange Peel
Asheville, NC
4/2/2011 The Ogden Theater
Denver, CO
4/4/2011 Live Wire Music Hall
Savannah, GA
4/5/2011 Freebird Live
Jacksonville, FL
4/6/2011 The Engine Room
Tallahassee, FL
4/7/2011 Zydeco
Birmingham, AL
4/8/2011 Masquerade - Hell Room
Alanta, GA
4/9/2011 Music Farm
Charleston, SC
4/10/2011 The National
Richmond, VA
4/11/2011 Abbey Bar at ABC
Harrisburg, PA
4/12/2011 Rex Theater
Pittsburgh, PA
4/13/2011 The Westcott Theater
Syracuse, NY
4/14/2011 Pearl Street
Northampton, MA
4/15/2011 Port City Music Hall
Portland, ME
4/16/2011 Paradise Rock Club
Boston, MA
4/20/2011 Higher Ground
SO Burlington, VT
4/20/2011 Memorial Auditorium
Burlington, VT
4/21/2011 9:30 Club
Washington, DC
4/22/2011 Irving Plaza
New York, NY
4/23/2011 Washington Avenue Armory
Albany, NY
4/26/2011 Town Ballroom
Buffalo, NY
4/27/2011 Blind Pig
Ann Arbor. MI
4/28/2011 Vogue Theatre
Indianapolis, IN
4/29/2011 Madison Theatre
Covington, KY
4/30/2011 Expo Five
Louisville, KY
5/1/2011 Newport Music Hall
Columbus, OH
5/2/2011 123 Pleasant Street
Morgantown, WV
5/3/2011 The Intersection
Grand Rapids, MI
5/5/2011 Skyway Theatre
Minneapolis, MN
5/6/2011 The Portage Theater
Chicago, IL
5/7/2011 The Portage Theater
Chicago, IL
5/26/2011 Bella Music Festival
Geneva, MN
5/27/2011 Summercamp Festival
Chillcothe, IL
5/28/2011 B.O.M.B Fest
Danbury, CT
5/29/2011 Summercamp Festival
Chillcothe, IL
6/2/2011 Wakarusa Music Festival
Ozark, AR
7/3/2011 Electric Forest
Rothbury, MI

Leftover Salmon Winter Run 2011 Next Week!

Leftover Salmon is getting ready to take a march through the mountains. We hope you will join the parade. They've got great fun coming up with stops at some beautiful venues including the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Colorado. This will be the bands first time performing in this room and yes, they will be allowing drinks in the theatre!

The Salmon is also excited to have Andy Thorn in the banjo department. If you're not familiar with Andy, you will be after this run of dates. Andy is a new generation prodigy amongst banjo players! He is recently best known as a member of the Emmitt-Nershi Band and the Drew Emmitt Band.

Our good friends, Elephant Revival will be joining us of 3 of the dates. This emerging band from Nederland Colorado plays an interesting blend of music that has been coined transcendental folk. We are thrilled to have them out with us for a few dates. Please plan on coming early enough for their sets, you won't be disappointed!


iClips To stream shows live!
We are very excited to be teaming up with iClips.net to bring you TWO shows from our upcoming tour including stops in Beaver Creek, CO on February 24th and at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT on February 26th. These shows will be offered as part of our premium series, and for those who pre-order it's only $3.99 per show or $5.00 for both. Day of show prices will be $5.99 a show or $7.99 for both shows. The shows can be watched live and on demand for 60 days with unlimited viewing. Got to www.iclips.net to order.
Win Dinner for 4 at one of Telluride finest restaurants
Get your tickets online at www.leftoversalmon.com for the Telluride show and be enter to win dinner for 4 at the La Marmotte Restaurant in there private dinning room. The winners will enjoy a full course dinner the night of the show with an early seating at 5:00pm to get you to the show on-time. www.lamarmotte.com
We will be giving frequent updates on the road through facebook. So, please tune in to our Facebook page to keep up with us on the road. www.facebook.com/leftoversalmon
Check out Grateful Web's recent interview with Drew Emmitt.
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February 2011 Tour:

23rd Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO

24th Vilar Performing Arts Center – Beaver Creek, CO

25th Mountain Village Ballroom – Telluride, CO w/ Elephant Revival

26th The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Elephant Revival

27th Belly Up – Aspen, CO w/ Elephant Revival

Ticket on sale now HERE