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Panic's Rocky Streak Comes to an End

With 2009 being dubbed the "year of change", the southern jamband kings Widespread Panic will make a certain change of their own, albeit to the chagrin of hard core fans everywhere.  The band recently announced that they will not be making their annual pilgrimage to the pinnacle of all outdoor music venues, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.

bellCatching WP at the historic venue was virtually a given each summer for Spreadheads, seeing how they have been performing there every year since the late 90s.  In fact, the band currently holds the longest streak for consecutively sold-out performances at Red Rocks.  Last summer's three-night, sold-out run marked their 32nd in a row playing in front of a packed house.  The milestone was significant enough for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to officially declare June 27th "Widespread Panic Day" in the Mile High city.

Earlier this week however, fans were notified that no Red Rocks performance would be on the tour bill this year.  Rather, the band has opted to headline both nights of the second annual Mile High Musical Festival held at the fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in nearby Commerce City this July.

Most fans had assumed the band would play at the venue anyway, likely at a different date.  Not only have they played every year for over a decade, but because an interview with percussionist Sonny Ortiz last winter with Jambase.com noted that the band "would likely play Red Rocks again in 2009".  Regardless of how and why, it will not happen.

In all likelihood, this should be merely a hiccup in their future touring plans.  Though the band has also hinted about performing less dates each year, another stop at the high country venue is almost certain to happen next year or shortly thereafter.

Fans in Colorado really have no reason to complain, seeing how the band has frequently played there.  Not only have they performed routinely at Red Rocks, but they have also made other recent venue appearances including the Budweiser Events Center near Fort Collins, Winter Park Mountain, and their first ever New Year's Eve shows just four months ago at Denver's Pepsi Center.

For now, catching the band at the Mile High Music Festival will be this year's only option for Coloradans to get a Panic fix.

BoomBox Comes Back To Boulder

It was another typical Saturday night in Boulder, Colorado.  University Hill was crawling with weekend revelers, frat boys wearing their hats like idiots, freshmen trolling for house parties where no one checks ID, and throngs of music fans smoking cigarettes and talking it up outside the Fox Theatre.  The crowd outside the Fox was a pretty good cross-section of Boulder society - a mix of tie-dye, glow sticks and designer jeans.  Inside the

Revision Comes To Colorado

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The Ithaca, New York funk/rock machine Revision is bringing their monstrous grooves and high-octane live performances to Colorado, playing four shows in four nights. Starting in the mountains of Breckenridge, making their way to Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver, respectively, the trio melds the smooth vibes of Soulive with the confident songwriting of Wilco in a unique package that is entirely Revision.

Formed in upstate New York between three Ithaca College music grads, Revision showcases their tireless work ethic by playing over 120 shows per year. Taking to the road in their vegetable oil fueled touring van, the trio has shared the stage with such acts as Derek Trucks, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Bernie Worrell and the Cat Empire. Revision's signature sound is a blend of groovy guitar riffs, rolling rhythms and soulful melodies.

Their latest album, Amplification, was released in April of this year and was produced by Matthew Ellard (Billy Bragg & Wilco, Elliot Smith, The Slip). In addition to being available on CD, the music is also available on environmentally conscious reusable USB drives, cutting down on waste and providing listeners with additional bonus content such as video and artwork. The lead track "Don't Be Fooled" was featured on the ESPN Sportscenter segment Web Gems earlier this year.

Committed to cultivating a loyal fan base nationwide, Revision is continually expanding their touring schedule. A band that truly loves to play music, the Ithaca trio is a breath of fresh air for today's music scene.

FALL TOUR DATES:

10/22 – Three20South – Breckenridge, CO
10/23 – B Side Lounge – Boulder, CO
10/24 – Hodi's Half Note – Fort Collins, CO
10/25 – Dulcinea's 100th Monkey – Denver, CO

Pepper Announce 'Here Comes the Law Tour 2008'

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PEPPER had an amazing time with Slightly Stoopid and legends Sly & Robbie on this summer's TAILGATE 2008 summer tour, playing massive sold-out shows throughout the land including Red Rocks in Colorado, Pacific Amphitheatre in Orange County, CA, The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA, Bank Of America Pavilion in Boston and Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The musical merriment continues as the Hawaiian-bred, Southern California-based veteran touring band supports the July release of their fifth album Pink Crustaceans And Good Vibrations with the announcement of their own headlining LAW Records "HERE COMES THE LAW TOUR 2008" for this fall plus extended tour dates in the U.K.

The first half of the tour happens October 9–31 and takes Kaleo Wassman (vocals/guitars), Bret Bollinger (bass/vocals) and Yesod Williams (drums) through 18 markets in the south and mid-west.  Next, PEPPER will join Less Than Jake for a tour of the United Kingdom during the month of November.  In January the trio will return to the road to complete the Pacific Northwest portion of the LAW Records tour (dates TBA).

Joining PEPPER on the 'HERE COMES THE LAW TOUR' are LAW Records label mates Passafire from Savannah, Georgia and The Supervillains from West Palm Beach, Florida.  After spending the last two years supporting Grow Yer Own with non-stop touring, the buzz for The Supervillains has been growing for their long awaited follow-up release MASSIVE. Set for release November 25 on Hawaii's own LAW Records, the label owned by longtime tour mates Pepper, MASSIVE aims to be as huge as its title. The record was the result of a six-week stay at Orlando's Fighting Records Studios with producer James Wisner and features guest appearances from Slightly Stoopid's Kyle MacDonald and ex-Inner Circle vocalist Kris Bentley. The most polished and definitive Supervillains' CD to date, it includes re-creations of the most classic Villain anthems, explosive new songs, two dub tracks and a must-hear cover of Billy Joel's "Movin' Out."

Passafire join the tour in support of their 2007 release Submersible which was produced alongside Steve Nall at Long Island Recording Studios in Lexington, Kentucky.   Their first self-titled release routinely receives spins on 99X, WNNX in Atlanta GA, WOCM 98.1FM Irie Radio in Ocean City MD, Sirius Radio Jam On, Roots On Sky.fm and on Reggae Redemption Radio in Wilmington NC. Tracks from their first release were also featured on the 2007 Jeep Hawaii Pro Windsurfing DVD distributed internationally by Sportshows TV Ltd.

In other PEPPER news, sadly their annual Kona Town Music Festival in Hawaii has been cancelled due to the environment as well as increasing fuel costs.   The very active volcano on the Big Island has been spewing out toxic sulfuric acid, causing respiratory problems for residents and more so for tourists who are not accustomed to it. The band apologizes and is working on getting out to the islands for a tour in the spring on their own.

 

About PEPPER:

PEPPER has amassed a large and loyal following through their non-stop touring since arriving in the Southern California after leaving Hawaii's Big Island 11 years ago.  The trio has sold over 400,000 records independently; their music has appeared in many movie, television and video game soundtracks; and they've had a couple of singles appear on the Billboard "Hot Modern Rock Tracks" chart. Their fifth studio album PINK CRUSTACEANS AND GOOD VIBRATIONS—released via their self-run label LAW Records, in association with Controlled Substance Sound Labs/MRI distribution—is filled with the band's trademark rock-funk-reggae hybrid grooves.  It was produced by Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers - who also took to the boards on the band's fourth album No Shame - and engineered by Wyn Davis at Total Access Studio in Redondo Beach.

PEPPER's tour dates are as follows:

DATE                          CITY                                       VENUE

Thu      10/2                 Fresno, CA                         Big Fresno Fair

Sat      10/4                 Las Vegas, NV                      X-Fest

U.S. Tour w/ Passafire and The Supervillains

Wed    10/15                  Corpus Christi, TX                 House of Rock

Thu    10/16                  San Antonio, TX                    White Rabbit 

Fri    10/17                  Dallas, TX                         House of Blues

Sat    10/18                  Austin, TX                         Stubb's

Sun    10/19                  Houston, TX                        House of Blues

Mon    10/20                  St. Petersburg, FL                 Jannus Landing

Wed    10/22                  Orlando, FL                        House of Blues

Thu    10/23                  Myrtle Beach, SC                   House of Blues

Fri    10/24                  Carrboro, NC                       Cat's Cradle

Sat    10/25                  Towson, MD                         Recher Theatre

Sun    10/26                  New York, NY                       Fillmore

Tue    10/28                  Detroit, MI                        St. Andrew's Hall

Wed    10/29                  Columbus, OH                       Newport Music Hall

Thu    10/30                  Covington, KY                      Madison Theater

Fri    10/31                  Chicago, IL                        Metro

United Kingdom Tour w/ Less Than Jake and Beat Union

Sun     11/2                  Norwich                            UEA

Mon     11/3                  Northampton                        Roadmender

Tue     11/4                  Swansea                            Brangwyn Hall

Wed     11/5                  Exeter                             Great Hall

Thu     11/6                  Bristol                            Carling Academy

Sat     11/8                  Nottingham                         Rock City

Sun     11/9                  Birmingham                         Carling Academy

Mon     11/10                 Southampton                        Guildhall

Tue     11/11                 Oxford                             Carling Academy

Wed     11/12                 London                             Astoria

Sat     11/15                 Leeds                              Academy Leeds

Sun     11/16                 Manchester                         Manchester University

Mon     11/17                 Newcastle                          Northumbria University

Tue     11/18                 Aberdeen                           Moshulu

Wed     11/19                 Glasgow                            ABC

Grateful Dead Experience Comes Alive at UMass Amherst

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Scholars, fans, artists, performers and members of the extended Grateful Dead family will gather at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in November for the first major university conference on the enduring legacy of the Dead experience.

Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture and Memory, being held at November 16-18 at UMass Amherst, will bring together more than 50 presenters for 20 panel sessions ranging from music composition and improvisation to an examination of the band's business model – as well as a musical performances, gallery exhibits, and presentations. Unbroken Chain is being presented in conjunction with a semester-long graduate History seminar entitled American Beauty: Music, Culture and Society, 1945-95; and an undergraduate course entitled How Does the Song Go: The Grateful Dead as a Window into American Culture.

Among the Unbroken Chain panelists are "Mountain Girl" Carolyn Garcia, first wife of guitarist Jerry Garcia and a central figure among the Merry Pranksters who populated the early Grateful Dead scene; David Gans, host of the Grateful Dead Radio Hour for the past 20 years; Grateful Dead midi wizard Bob Bralove; and Dan Healy, who designed and built the "Wall of Sound," famed enabler of the Dead's improvisational style.

Plenary addresses will include a keynote by Dennis McNally, longtime Dead publicist and author of Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead.  McNally earned a doctorate in History at UMass Amherst in 1978.

"The academic world is not as removed from so-called reality as people think, especially those in the academic world," said McNally recently. "In the rock & roll world, there are pockets of meticulous intelligence and literacy, people like Jerry Garcia and (bassist) Phil Lesh."

The event also represents an unprecedented collaborative opportunity for scholars from more than a dozen disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, engineering and business, many of whom have come to identify their work as part of the emerging area of "Dead Studies."  This kind of collaboration emphasizes academic rigor and a traditional multi-disciplinary perspective, according to University of South Carolina oral historian Nicholas Meriwether, author of All Graceful Instruments: The Contexts of the Grateful Dead Phenomenon, recently published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

"Ultimately," says Meriwether, "the Dead phenomenon suggests a new way of looking at yourself, of what we are capable of in a modern Western Society that appears increasingly fragmented, media-drive, manipulated and alienating. . . In an era in which academics are increasingly aware of the need to collaborate across disciplinary lines, a topic with as broad-based an appeal as the Dead phenomenon should be fascinating – and welcome."

Among the other scholars taking part are Rebecca Adams, author of Deadhead Social Science: You Ain't Gonna Learn What You Don't Wanna Know; David Dodd, editor of The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics;  UMass English professor Nicholas Bromell, author of Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 60s; and UMass Professor of Comparative Literature David Lenson, author of On Drugs.

Also making rare appearances are several seminal figures in the evolution of Dead scholarship, including ethnomusicologist Fred Lieberman and psychologist and chaos theorist Stanley Krippner.

John Mullin, Dean of the UMass Amherst Graduate School – which is sponsoring the event along with the Department of History and UMass Amherst Outreach – said that Unbroken Chain can be a model for future academic-community collaborations.

"Is it possible that we'll take a hit for focusing this kind of intellectual talent on what Jerry Garcia himself called 'just a dance band?'" said Mullin.  "Perhaps, but universities like ours need to be courageous in propelling serious scholarship in new directions, and in reaching out to communities far and wide. When we are timid in academia, we miss real opportunities. We hope that The Grateful Dead is the just the beginning."

Gallery sessions and discussions will feature the work of photographers Herb Greene, Susanna Millman and Lloyd Wolf, as well as poster and album cover artists Mikio Kennedy and Mike Dubois. In addition, original prints of Jerry Garcia's artwork will be displayed and available for purchase. Among the films being screened will be Deadheads: An American Subculture and a digitally re-mastered Sunshine Daydream, an until-now unreleased documentary on the August  27, 1972 benefit concert at Ken Kesey's farm in Oregon.

The weekend will include performances by the American Beauty Project ensemble, doing the music of acclaimed Dead albums Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, and Dark Star Orchestra, whose rhythm guitarist Rob Eaton and keyboardist Rob Baracco will take part in several of the panel discussions. The Dark Star performance at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center on Saturday evening will feature special guests and the work of Peak Experience Productions.

A maximum of 375 registrations for Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture and Memory are now being accepted.

v  Information on registration and accommodations is available at www.umassconnections.com/unbrokenchain

v  Tickets, sold separately, for performances by the American Beauty Project and Dark Star Orchestra are available at http://umafacweb.admin.umass.edu/Online .

 

A full program, background and additional contacts are attached, and are available at http://www.umassconnections.com/unbrokenchain.

Rex Musical Caravan Comes Alive w/ Events Coast to Coast

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Take out your calendars and get on board the Rex Musical Caravan to enjoy great music and connections on the East and West coasts, all in support of the Rex Foundation.  The following events bring to life another whole dimension of the Rex Community Caravan, demonstrating how the musical community of performers and fans are helping further what the Grateful Dead started 24 years ago:

Friday, September 14th, Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball with the New Riders of the Purple Sage and special guests Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay and Mookie Siegel, and opening with Boris Garcia, at The State Theatre in Falls Church, VA.  Join us for the pre-concert reception with great food, including delicacies from the award winning DC restaurant Equinox, mingling with the artists and special guest Dennis McNally.  Click here for details.

Thursday, October 4th, Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra at The Fillmore in San Francisco, celebrating the special Dark Star Orchestra Rex Caravan Tour, where all shows between September 26 and October 20 include $1 per ticket sold for the Rex Foundation.  Join us for a pre-concert reception with the artists, great food and connection.   Click here for details.

Thursday, October 4th , Assembly of Dust with JJ Grey & Mofro, The Roxy, Boston, MA, designating $1 per ticket sold for the Rex Foundation.  Click here for details.

rexOctober 4th through November 3rd, The Ryan Montbleau Band's Patience on Friday CD Release Tour includes many shows with ticket sale contributions to the Rex Foundation.  Click here for details.

Saturday, November 17th, Donna the Buffalo, Ollabelle and special guest David Gans at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $5 per ticket sold will be contributed to the Rex Foundation.  Join us for a special pre-concert reception with the performers and great concert seats.  Click here for details.

In the Works: Saturday, December 1st,  Rex Foundation Benefit, San Francisco

We look forward to celebrating with you to enjoy the music and spirit of the Rex Community Caravan. 

Thank you for all of your support!

Under Full Sail: It All Comes Together

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Columbus, Ohio 's ekoostik hookah recently made its way to Atlanta's infamous Tree Sound Studios for a week of recording followed by a weekend of live recordings in front of 200 devoted fans. Hookah is developing their first studio record since 2002 and its first recording with singer/songwriter/guitarist John Mullins in over 10 years. The double-disc new release, Under Full Sail: It All Comes Together, (which will be available in January) features one CD of studio tracks, consisting of 3 new original songs along with 3 newly rerecorded songs that originally appear on hookah's 1991 debut Under Full Sail (which was recorded 4 weeks after the band formed and with the lead guitarist having a broken hand). A second disc will contain all live tracks from the Atlanta live sessions.

Fans can view clips of some of the highlights from the weekend's live shows here:

http://jamgrrl.livedigital.com/content/1203867

Additionally, all the members of ekoostik hookah participated in this first-ever videoed interview:

http://jamgrrl.livedigital.com/content/1203549

The disc is now available for preorder on MerchPurch.com (the sponsor and producer of this new release), where the first 300 discs ordered come autographed by the entire band, and copies can be secured here:

http://www.merchpurch.com/item.asp?PID=243

Ekoostik Hookah information, tourdates, and music is available at www.ekoostik.com