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Tribal Hippie Underground Zone aka the THUGZ

Put on your dancin’ shoes, open your ears and join the party. Sonoma County’s legendary psychedelic dance band, “Tribal Hippie UnderGround Zone” (aka the Thugz) is sure to provide big fun for all with their unique brand of cosmic rock. Over the past decade this multi-faceted band has delighted music fans of all ages and tastes.

Rock, blues, country, jazz, psychedelic and various world music styles blend together at a Thugz show to bring the positive vibes of the ‘60’s into the 21st century. Informed by the music of the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Miles Davis and others the Thugz’ original songs and cosmic jams help to create a joyous, communal spirit between band and audience.

The band has a vast repertoire that includes many Dead tunes from all eras as well as interesting originals and covers. The group strives to combine traditional elements with new and creative material; more of a celebration and less of a replication of the Grateful Dead. If you are a Deadhead or music lover in general you will enjoy the Thugz’ mixture of classic arrangements and exploratory jams.

A plethora of fine musicians have sat in with the Thugz during their musical excursions including David Gans, Barry Sless, Robin Sylvester, Niina Gerber, Zac Brown, and others.

No two “tribal hippie underground zone” shows are exactly the same but the spirit and love of music making are always present.

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The Thugz are;

Mike Campbell – guitar, trumpet & vocals

Andre de Channes – guitar & vocals

Ian Favell – drums & vocals

Chris Lushington – bass

Sylvia Murphy – keyboards & vocals

Root Hog Announces East Coast Dates

After playing in the Midwest throughout 2009, Root Hog is making their first trip to the East Coast in support of their debut album, Root Hog. The band’s sets at festivals such Wuhnurth Music Festival, the 14th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival, and Melon Kamp have earned them a growing fan base of committed followers.

The band intends to bring their enthusiasm for live music and soulful Americana roots-rock to the East this spring.  The band’s spring tour dates are as follows:

April 10  Lafayette Brewing Company  Lafayette, IN
April 13  Cosmic Charlie’s  Lexington, KY
April 16  Muncie Springfest  Muncie, IN
April 17  Von’s Records  West Lafayette, IN
April 20  Lafayette Theater  Lafayette, IN
April 23  Donovan’s Pub  Detroit, MI
May 1  Wilbert’s  Cleveland, OH
May 2  Boulder Coffee Company  Rochester, NY
May 5  Sullivan Hall  New York City, NY
May 6  Hank’s Saloon  Brooklyn, NY
May 7  The Hungry Tiger  Manchester, CT
May 8  National Underground  New York City, NY

Fans will be able pick up Root Hog and sample some new original material at all of Root Hog’s shows.

Root Hog's sound can best be defined as 'Cosmic Americana', a term coined to represent key elements of American roots music forms and psychedelic rock & roll twisted together and packaged in a no-frills and honest manner. The band is dedicated to reviving live original music that can give their audiences that “feel-good” vibe that tingles from your head to your toes and brings a smile to your face.

Root Hog is: Pat McClimans (guitar, vocals), Dru Alkire (guitar, vocals), Ryan Smith (bass, vocals), Taylor Dunlap (drums), and Dan Pullins (keyboards).

A Cosmic New Years For All

DSO is excited to be joined by many great friends for their second installment of the Cosmic New Years. This year at Rams Head Live! DSO will be joined by some great friends and family to ring in 2010. Jeff Mattson of the Donna Jean Godchaux Band will join DSO on Guitar, Donna Jean Godchaux will lend her legendary voice to the night's festivities and Baltimore's own, The Bridge, will kick off the evening.

In addition to sharing the night with these fine musicians, DSO will be performing a Rare Acoustic Set as part of our Three Set Show. Don't miss out on this rockin' New Year's celebration.

Speaking of not missing out, Early Bird Tickets for NYE are almost sold out. Click HERE to get your tickets now and save $36 off the door price.

Tickets will include a champagne toast, finger foods, and party favors. Get your early bird tickets while supplies last.

Kick up your NYE experience a few notches with a VIP Ticket which includes: special merch, champagne toast, finger foods, party favors, an exclusive viewing area and more! VIP Tickets available while supplies last.

To top it all off is a great hotel deal only a few blocks from the venue. Click HERE to check it out.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Fall Tour 09
11/06 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
11/07 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
11/08 Strand-Capital PAC York, PA TICKETS
12th Anniversary Show
11/11 Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD
11/12 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA TICKETS
11/13 Nightclub 930 Washington, DC
11/14 Nightclub 930 Washington, DC TICKETS
11/16+ McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ TICKETS
11/18+ State Theatre Ithaca, NY TICKETS
11/19+ The Klein Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
11/20+ Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA
11/21+ Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
11/24 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY TICKETS
11/25+ Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
11/27 Nokia Theatre New York, NY
11/28 Nokia Theatre New York, NY
11/29 Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH
12/01 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
12/02 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
12/04 Harro East Ballroom Rochester, NY
12/05 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
New Years Run 09!
12/28 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
12/29 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
12/30 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
2nd Annual Cosmic New Year
12/31 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
Cruisin into 2010
01/03/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/04/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/05/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/06/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/07/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/08/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson


Celebrating 11 Years, Black-Tie Dye Ball & Cosmic NYE

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Last Friday at the Pageant in St. Louis, Dark Star Orchestra threw a Halloween Bash to remember. Set to the sounds of an inspired original set list, attendees joined in the holiday spirit with some truly fantastic costumes. Check out some of the best dressed and see if you snuck into a shot or two now posted online. Thanks to everyone for coming out!

Dan Healy Hops Aboard For The Rex Caravan Tour

As if helping out the Grateful Dead-founded Rex Foundation with a $1 per ticket donation wasn't reason enough to come catch Dark Star Orchestra this fall, we will also be joined for the entire tour by Dan Healy, the Grateful Dead's sound man for over three decades. If you haven't already heard us mixed by Dan you really should come check it out. DSO will be making stops throughout the Northeast starting with a two night stand at the 9:30 Club in DC this weekend with special guest Hot Buttered Rum on the first night, as well as our return to the State Theater in Ithaca Tuesday, November 18, our first visit since releasing: Ithaca 30 Years Later: The Video on DVD. Hope to see you there!

The Big Three

The elevens come together at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH, as 11/11/08 marks the band's 11th Anniversary. Join DSO's sonic celebration of playing out the Grateful Dead's music to audiences worldwide since forming in Chicago at Martyr in in 1997. Buy your tickets HERE.

The Black Tie Dye Ball, to benefit the Rex Foundation, returns to the East Coast once again, this year to be held in Times Square on Saturday, November 29, the second of their two-night stay at the Nokia Theatre. Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay will be joining the band on Friday night and a surprise special guest will join DSO on Saturday. Be sure to come and join us for two nights of great music! For fans that have already purchased tickets to the 11/29 Nokia Theatre show, you may upgrade your tickets to include the Rex Foundation reception and meet & greet with the band by visiting The Rex Foundation website.

Tickets are on-sale now for DSO's Cosmic New Year's Eve performance at Ram's Head Live! in Baltimore, MD. Plan to ring in 2009 with DSO and secure your tickets now. Tickets include a Champagne Toast, Finger Foods and Party Favors. DSO will perform three shows leading up to New Year's Eve including 12/28 at The National in Richmond, VA, 12/29 at the NorVa in Norfolk, VA, and 12/30 at an East Coast venue still TBA.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Rex Caravan Tour
Fri 11/07 9:30 Club Washington, DC  
Sat 11/08 9:30 Club Washington, DC  
Sun 11/09 Paramount Center for the Arts Peekskill, NY  
Tues 11/11 Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH TICKETS
Thur 11/13 Calvin Theater Northampton, MA  
Fri 11/14 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA  
Sat 11/15 Palace Theatre Albany, NY  
Sun 11/16 McCarter Theatre Princeton, NJ  
Tues 11/18 State Theatre of Ithaca Ithaca, NY TICKETS
Thur 11/20 Garde Arts Center New London, CT TICKETS
Fri 11/21 Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA  
Sat 11/22 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
Sun 11/23 Klein Auditorium Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
Sun 11/25 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY  
Wed 11/26 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  
Fri 11/28 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Black Tie-Dye Ball
Sat 11/29 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Mon 12/01 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Tues 12/02 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Thur 12/04 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE  
Fri 12/05 Theater @ Lancaster Host Resort Lancaster, PA TICKETS
Sat 12/06 Shea Center For The Performing Arts Wayne, NJ  
Cosmic New Year's Run
Sun 12/28 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
Mon 12/29 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
Tues 12/30 TBA TBA  
Cosmic New Year's Eve
Wed 12/31 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD TICKETS
2009 Tour Dates - Just Announced!
Wed 1/28 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL  
Thu 1/29 Jannus Landing St Petersburg, FL  
Fri 1/30 Florida Theater Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
Sat 1/31 Club Cinema Pompano Beach, FL TICKETS
Tue 2/3 Workplay (Tentative) Birmingham, AL  
Thu 2/5 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS  
Fri 2/6 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sat 2/7 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sun 2/8 House of Blues (Tentative) Myrtle Beach, SC  
Thu 2/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC  
Fri 2/13 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC  
Sat 2/14 Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head, SC TICKETS
Sun 2/15 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC  
Tue 2/17 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA  
Thu 2/19 Madison Theater Covington, KY  
Fri 2/20 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
Sat 2/21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN  
Tue 2/24 Carnegie Music Hall Munhall, PA  
Wed 2/25 House of Blues Cleveland, OH TICKETS
Thu 2/26 The Vic Chicago, IL  
Fri 2/27 The Riverside Milwaukee, WI  
Sat 2/28 The Barrymore Madison, WI  

Cosmic Railroad

Cosmic Railroad- for the Grateful Web

This original jam band hailing from southeastern Wisconsin was established in 1999. All the members of Cosmic Railroad have found themselves and their styles absorbed by the band. The band is known for putting the groove back in groove music with its shows. A sound that moves through uncharted water night after night never knowing what's going to pop up next.

Performing regularly since the spring of 1999 Cosmic Railroad has become well known for it's live performances particularly in the Milwaukee and Chicagoland area. They have appeared at such nationally recognized clubs as "The Brat Stop" and "The BBC". They have also been invited to play at several different festivals in the southeastern Wisconsin and Illinois area, as well as different colleges throughout the Midwest.

Cosmic Railroad shows no signs of slowing down, in fact, they are traveling more than ever and gaining more and more ground both from the family (fans) standpoint and the improvisational standpoint.

The band is also trying to release as many live recordings as possible as the demand for them continues to grow. The band tries to release a new bootleg every few months as well as downloadable music files on their web site. These bootlegs are intended for the Cosmic Railroad family (the people that come to the shows) so they can help spread the word. (Please feel free to duplicate recordings as long as they are not used for profits in anyway).

Cosmic Railroad hopes that their family (fans) enjoy the journey with them.

Tourdates can be found HERE.