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Colorado Announces Major Vestas Wind Expansion

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Gov. Bill Ritter and Economic Development Director Don Elliman announced today that Denmark-based Vestas will significantly expand its Colorado operations by building two new manufacturing plants in Brighton.

The wind-blade production plant and nacelle assembly factory represent a $290 million capital investment and will bring 1,350 new jobs to Colorado. 

"This expansion reinforces Colorado's standing as a national and international leader in clean, modern energy for the future," Gov. Ritter said. "It puts an exclamation point on our efforts to build a New Energy Economy that adds jobs, takes advantage of Colorado's incredible intellectual capital, secures our energy future and helps end our dependence on foreign oil."

Gov. Ritter was joined at this morning's announcement by Brighton Mayor Jan Pawlowski, Laura Brandt from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.; Larry Burkhardt, president/CEO of Upstate Colorado Economic Development; Weld County Commission Chairman Bill Jerke; Regional Transportation District General Manager Cal Marsella; and RTD Board President Lee Kemp.

"I've worked most of my professional life putting together business deals," Colorado Economic Development Director Elliman said, "and I have never had the privilege of working with a group of people as professional and conscientious as the people from Vestas. I'm also happy to say that this is not the last time we'll be talking about growth in the New Energy Economy. There is more to come."

Vestas opened its first North American manufacturing plant in Windsor earlier this year. The 650-employee facility will produce 1,800 giant wind blades a year.

The new Brighton facilities, which should be operational by July 1, 2010, will include:

· A $180 million blade-manufacturing facility that will produce 1,800 blades a year and provide 650 new jobs.

· A $110 million nacelle assembly factory that will produce 1,400 nacelles a year and provide 700 new jobs. Nacelles are the turbine housing units that sit atop the tower and contain key components like the gearbox, generator and transformer. This will be Vestas' largest nacelle assembly factory in the world.

· A Technology and Production Engineering Office.

The 178-acre site is located in unincorporated Weld County and will be annexed into Brighton. Vestas is purchasing 112 acres from Brighton and 66 acres from RTD, which obtained the land from the Union Pacific Railroad.

In addition, Vestas intends to build the world's largest tower-manufacturing facility elsewhere in Colorado; the exact location has not yet been announced.

All told, Vestas' entire commitment to Colorado represents a nearly $700 million capital investment and 2,450 new jobs.

Vestas officials were unable to attend today's news conference. They announced the Brighton project in a financial filing and news release issued early this morning.

Explaining why they are significantly expanding their Colorado operations, Vestas officials cited easy access to rail and highways, the state's highly skilled workforce, a favorable business climate, and strong dedication and commitment from state and local leaders to growing Colorado's New Energy Economy.

Gov. Ritter said he looks forward to continuing the partnership with Vestas. "Vestas is once again cementing its position as one of Colorado's pioneering partners in the New Energy Economy," he said. "My administration worked closely with Vestas and the many other partners involved in this project to make it a reality.

"This is a tremendous boon for all of Colorado," Gov. Ritter added. "It adds momentum to our push to diversify our energy portfolio and build a 21st century economy based on industries of the future. What we are doing here in Colorado can and should serve as a model for the rest of the country."

Bassnectar Announces Fall Tour

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Bassnectar's wobbling sounds of womp are swirling into a storm that will descend on North America for another round of full throttle live shows. With nearly every show on his last tour hitting full capacity, this Fall Bassnectar hosts his fall tour: "The Other Side." Featuring Bassnectar DJ sets and Live PA and a diverse list of special guests including Beats Antique (featuring members of the Yard Dogs Road Show), Fort Knox Five, Seasunz and other friends and artists from the US, the UK, and Canada (plus live custom visuals of Videolicious, Android Jones, and iLL Gates), the tour hits almost 75 markets with stops in New York, Miami, Seattle, and all points in between.

Also this fall, Bassnectar releases new singles and remixes, including "Art Of Revolution" - offering a host of wicked mixes and bonus tracks - as well as the long awaited live mix set. Stay tuned for details as they become available.

The list of fall tour dates is as follows:

Sunday, August 10th  Shambala Music Festival  Salmo, BC
Saturday, August 16th  Greek Theatre  Berkeley, CA
Friday, September 5th  Secret Performance - - TBA
Saturday, September 6th Red Rocks Amphitheatre  Morrison, CO
Saturday, September 13th  Ranchita Rocks 2008  Ranchita, CA
Wednesday, September 24th  Pearl Street Club Room  Northampton, MA
Thursday, September 25th  Higher Ground Showcase Room  South Burlington, VT
Saturday, September 27th  We The People Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Monday, September 29th Grog Shop  Cleveland Heights, OH
Wednesday, October 1st The Intersection, Grand Rapids, Mi
Thursday, October 2nd  Miramar Theatre  Milwaukee, WI
Friday, October 3rd  Metro  Chicago, IL
Saturday, October 4th  Granada Theatre  Lawrence, KS
Monday, October 6th Mojo's Columbia, MO
Wednesday, October 8th  Proud Larry's  Oxford, MS
Thursday, October 9th  Newby's  Memphis, TN
Friday, October 10th  La Zona Rosa  Austin, TX
Saturday, October 11th  Lizard Lounge  Dallas, TX
Wednesday, October 15th  Exit/In  Nashville, TN
Thursday, October 16th  Crossroads  Huntsville, AL
Friday, October 17th  Georgia Theatre  Athens, GA
Saturday, October 18th  Zydeco  Birmingham, AL
Wednesday, October 29th  Cat's Cradle  Carrboro, NC
Thursday, October 30th  The Pour House  Charleston, SC
Friday, October 31st  Orange Peel  Asheville, NC
Saturday, November 1st  Neighborhood Theatre  Charlotte, NC
Wednesday, November 5th  Paradise Rock Club  Boston, MA
Thursday, November 6th, Theatre of Living Arts, Phila, PA
Friday, November 7th  Bowery Ballroom  New York, NY
Saturday, November 8th  Rock and Roll Hotel  Washington, D.C.
Friday, November 14th  Wonder Ballroom  Portland, OR
Saturday, November 15th  Neumos Crystal Ball  Seattle, WA
Saturday, November 22nd  Commodore Ballroom  Vancouver, BC

More dates to be added.

Already a mainstay  in the emerging festival scene, Bassnectar's music is forging new paths in the electronic music world, the Burning Man scene, underground hip hop circles, and beyond. The brainchild of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is an experimentally collaborative music project, but it's also a platform for social change and political awareness. It's stylistically specific, yet it's an eclectic, full spectrum adventure.

CAPE MAY JAZZ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NOV 7-9 CELEBRATION

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November 7-9, 2008, presented by Bank of America will mark the Cape May Jazz Festival's 15th year and 30th celebration.  Friday night's opener kicks off with a Tribute to Maynard Ferguson featuring a 16-piece big band led by Ed Vezinho and Jim Ward.  This performance will be held at the Lower Regional High School in the theatre.  Jon Faddis, internationally acclaimed high-register trumpeter, will solo with the band saluting Ferguson's music.

Pieces of a Dream returns to perform on Saturday night, also in the theater.  To fill out the schedule, well-known jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan will perform in the Grand Hotel Ballroom Friday, and smooth jazz saxtress Pamela Williams will lend her talents on Saturday night.  Ex-Ferguson musician Denis DiBlasio will bring his band to Carney's on Saturday night, featuring Jim McFalls on the trombone.  Also included on this bill are Michael Pedicin, Frank Bey, Edgardo Cintron, Antoinette Montague, David Cole, Bob Ferguson, the Little Jazz Giants and many more plus the always-popular high energy jam sessions and complimentary workshops.
 
The schedule in its entirety can be found on the web at the best source for all the latest on the Cape May Jazz Festival, including music bytes from your favorite artists. For more information or to be put on the mailing list please call 609-884-7277.
 
Funding for the Cape May Jazz Festival is provided in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New Jersey Department of State Travel and Tourism Commission.  Bank of America is the Presenting Sponsor along with sponsorship provided by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, Barefoot Wines, Cape Savings Bank, Jazz Times, WBGO Jazz 88, WRTI 90.1FM, WTTH, 101.5 WCFA, WJJZ 97.5, Verizon, and Cape May Star & Wave.

Power to the Peaceful Announces 10th Annual Event on 9/6/08

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September 6, 2008, will mark the 10th anniversary of famed musician, filmmaker and activist for peace Michael Franti's free 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.  Beginning in 1998, this music, arts and yoga festival, dedicated to educating attendees on issues of social justice, non violence, coexistence and environmental sustainability, has become a staple of San Francisco.  Growing from a crowd of 6,000 ten years ago to an estimated 60,000+ for this year's weekend event, PTTP is one of the nation's largest free annual music, art and action festivals with a variety of international musicians and artists, renowned keynote speakers and over 200 exhibitors/vendors.

The weekend-long festival begins on Saturday, September 6, with appearances by such musicians as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, King Britt, Cheb i Sabbah, and a variety of renowned DJ's and other international acts.  Throughout the event, various speakers including Namkha Rinpoche Lama, will address these various issues on the main festival stage and participate in the Amnesty International Sponsored Social Forum Speaker Tent. The Mezzanine in San Francisco will host the Festival AFTERPARTY, featuring an Allstar Jam Session and DJ dance party.  Sunday, September 7 will offer a day of yoga at Yoga Flow Castro hosted by Power to the Peaceful Yoga. PTTP is committed to working with the best teachers available to provide free yoga to those in need and to bring yoga to people and places around the world (prisons, schools, developing nations) who have never had the opportunity to experience its many benefits. Visit www.powertothepeaceful.org/yoga for class schedule and other details.  Again this year, Conscious Alliance will host a Food Drive.  PTTP attendees are encouraged to bring ten non-perishable food items to redeem for an exclusive PTTP Food Drive Poster.  All donations will go to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank (www.SFfoodbank.com).

Past artists and speakers of the event include: Indigo Girls, The String Cheese Incident, John Butler Trio, KRS-1, Digital Underground, Woody Harrelson, Angela Davis, Saul Williams, Dennis Kucinich, Ram Das, Blackalicious, Alice Walker, Talib Kweli, The Coup, Keller Williams, DJ Spooky, Lyrics Born, graffiti artist Vulcan, Youth Speaks Poets, Julia Butterfly Hill, and many more.

International recognition of this event reached a new level in 2007, when PTTP went abroad, initiating events in both South America and Africa. No matter where this Festival takes place, it is committed to sustainability via innovative recycling programs, initiating partnerships with other sustainable organizations and encouraging the use of "green" yoga products.

10th Annual Power to the Peaceful Music and Arts Festival Schedule:

Saturday, September 6th
Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Admission is FREE

         Power to the Peaceful After Party
         9pm, Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street @ Mint)
         Music by Michael Franti & Spearhead, PTTP All Star Jam Session
         with special guests 
         Plus live DJ sets  
         Tickets are $15.00 and available now at www.powertothepeaceful.org.

Sunday, September 7th

SUNDAY YOGA JAM with special performance by Michael Franti 
YOGA FLOW CASTRO
97 Collingwood St. (@18th St.) in SF
Seane Corn
Shiva Rae of Trance Zen Dance with DJ Dragonfly
Nicki and Eddie of Maya Yoga
Janet Stone
Acro Yoga with Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauerklein
$35/class; $55 for two classes; $80 for three; $110 for four classes
Tickets available now at www.powertothepeaceful.org.

One of the most moving and politically charged writers, Michael Franti and his band Spearhead, return with their eagerly-awaited album, All Rebel Rockers, on September 9, via Anti-Records. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, with reggae's most prolific production teams, Sly & Robbie (No Doubt, Alicia Keys, Sean Paul, Bob Dylan), this new release deviates from Franti's previous sound and comprises a hybrid dub-infused soul flavor with some hard-hitting dub rock production. Alongside Dave Shul (guitars), Manas Itene (drums), Carl Young (bass) and Raleigh Neal (keyboards), the album also features ZapMama founder Marie Daulne and Jamaican soul/dancehall star Cherine Anderson.

 

 

 

The 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) has become a premiere San Francisco tradition in its tenth year and is one of the largest free annual music, art and action events in the U.S. with over 60,000 attendees, 200 exhibitors/vendors, international musicians, DJs, athletes, artists and speakers.

 

Mission Statement: MUSIC. CONSCIOUSNESS. ACTION.

Power to the Peaceful is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural co-existence, non-violence and environmental sustainability through the arts and music.

By bringing people together through music and art it is our goal to highlight the similarities and celebrate the diversity of all of the world's inhabitants.

Through our many International concerts, social forums, film festivals and fund raising efforts, we invite people of all ethnicities and faiths to strive for Personal Peace, Community Cooperation, International Co-existence and Environmental Sustainability.

We work closely with grassroots organizations, businesses and other non-governmental organizations (NGO's) to put on events that raise consciousness about the needs of the world today and inspire action that addresses those needs.

We strive to make each of our events more energy efficient than the last by constantly finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint as well as highlighting new energy efficient technologies.

Michael Franti (PTTP Founder, Creative Director, Producer) is an internationally-renowned musician, filmmaker, human rights worker and speaker and is a leading voice in social justice, the peace movement, death penalty issues, prison reform and and advocate for independent media. Rolling Stone defined the San Francisco-based artist as "one of this generation's most prolific, staunchest and outspoken poets of lyrical conscience."  Michael has shared the stage with award winning and legendary voices for change such as Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Amy Goodman, Hurricane Carter, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson, Ralph Nader and Bill Maher and has given addresses at Yale, Princeton, Georgetown and Fordham Universities. In 2002, Franti received the Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by the international organization Global Exchange. 

Power to the Peaceful Yoga is committed to creating an awakening in fellow yogis to take its practices off the mat and into the world through personal peace, non-violence, world awareness, tolerance and sustainability. Its goal is to make yoga available to as many first time yogis as well as long term practitioners through teaching that is considerate of all levels. All proceeds from Power to the Peaceful Yoga go to the Power to the Peaceful Festival and Organization, an annual event bringing hundreds of thousands of people together under the themes of music, non-violence, consciousness and action.

Los Lobos Announces Summer Tour

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Latin rock fans nationwide are in store for a special treat with this summer's The Brotherhood Tour.  Hosted by Los Lonely Boys who are joined by co-headliners Los Lobos, The Brotherhood Tour will stop in cities across the United States to bring that special Latin flavor for which they are both renowned.

Since they began as Los Lobos Del Este Los Angeles in 1973, Los Lobos has evolved into a respected artistic entity using eclectic musical molds built on the blues, rockabilly, jazz, Latin and their own Mexican-American heritage.  Critically acclaimed Los Lobos has thrived for more than three decades.  In that time, they have released over 15 albums, won the Best American/Mexican Grammy for Anselma in 1984, and in 1987 their cover of "La Bamba" shot straight to #1 on the Billboard Singles chart where it remained for three weeks.

In September 2006, Los Lobos released The Town and the City to much critical acclaim. The album's lyrics deal with vocalist/guitarist/drummer Louis Perez's childhood in East Los Angeles while the music portrays complex and original soundscapes. "Nearly three decades in, Los Lobos have yet to make a bad record," said the Chicago Reader and Rolling Stone Magazine asserts that, "With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos."

Since their worldwide breakout three years ago, Texican trio Los Lonely Boys - brothers Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza - have achieved multi-platinum album sales, a Grammy Award (their monster hit "Heaven" won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group in 2005), and widespread acclaim from critics, fans and other musicians.  In 2007, Los Lonely Boys participated in Amnesty International's "Make Some Noise" project. Their cover of John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You thru the Night" is the second single from the charity album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.  Look for The Boys' third album, Forgiven, to hit streets on July 1st.

Current confirmed Los Lobos tour dates are as follows:
June 21 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CANADA
June 28 Kate Wolf Memorial Music Fest Laytonville CA
July 04 Waterfront Independence Fest Louisville KY
July 05 Alameda County Fair Pleasanton CA
July 06 Marin County Fair San Rafael CA
July 10 Party in the Park Rochester NY
July 11 Town Center Park at Meadowbrook Hamden CT
July 12 The Mahaiwe Theatre Great Barrington MA
July 18 Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre Portland OR - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 19 Marymoor Amphitheater Redmond WA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 20 Cuthbert Amphitheatre Eugene OR - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 22 Mountain Winery Saratoga CA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 25 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 26 Concerts in the Park Alpine CA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 27 Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre Tucson AZ - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 29 Sandia Casino Albuquerque NM - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 30 Red Butte Garden Amphitheater Salt Lake City UT - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
July 31 World Arena Colorado Springs CO - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 01 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 02 Harrah's Casino Council Bluffs IA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 04-05 Music in the Zoo Apple Valley MN - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 07 Frederik Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids MI - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 08 Ravinia Festival (Pavilion) Highland IL - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 09 Egyptian Room at Murat Centre Indianapolis IN - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 10 Meadow Brook Music Festival Rochester Hills MI - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 12 The Filene Center Vienna VA - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 14 Central Park Summerstage New York NY - Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys
August 29 Harley Davidson 105th Anniversary at Cutler Park Waukesha WI
August 30 American Music Festival Virginia Beach VA
September 01 Texas Music Festival Houston TX
October 05-12 Rhythm & Blues Cruise Pacific San Diego CA
October 25 Bloomington Center for Performing Arts Bloomington IL
November 08-09 Walt Disney World Resort Orlando FL
December 07 Lancaster Performing Arts Center Lancaster CA

Jam Cruise 7 Announces Lineup

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As summer approaches and festival season swings in to high gear, Jam Cruise - the floating festival where everyone on board has a "back stage pass" - is preparing for its seventh incarnation.  On January 4, 2009, Jam Cruise 7 will depart from Fort Lauderdale for five days and head to Belize City, Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico on the elegant MSC Orchestra.  Performing artists include Les Claypool, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Michael Franti featuring Jay Bowman, Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe, Galactic Cruise Crewe (featuring Big Sam, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Trombone Shorty), Leftover Salmon, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Martin Sexton, the New Deal, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Garage A Trois, Lettuce, Porter, Batiste & Stoltz, New Mastersounds, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Bonerama, The Lee Boys, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Brock Butler,and DJ Rekha, with others still to be announced.

Featuring nearly 800 cabins with ocean view balconies, 13 decks, a fitness/relaxation area, a jogging track, a sauna, Turkish bath, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, restaurants, pizzerias, theatres, nightclubs and shopping areas, the MSC Orchestra offers Jam Cruisers all they could want and more. 

Following the strongest pre-booking in Jam Cruise history, all remaining cabins will become available for sale to the public on June 4 at 12 noon ET on www.jamcruise.com.  Jam Cruise has sold out each year and is on track to sell out again.  Visit www.jamcruise.com for more details.

Jam Cruise is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures: a partnership between Mark Brown, Josh Moore & Roger Naber.

STS9 Announces Red Rocks and Western Dates

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STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), who will be on tour this summer is support of their soon-to-be released studio album peaceblaster, announces the last leg of their travels which includes stops in Berkeley, CA,  Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.  The summer will culminate with two huge headlining shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.  Their western itinerary also offers two intimate, always popular "Fan Club" shows in San Francisco, CA and Boulder, CO.

A complete list of STS9's Western U.S. appearances is as follows:

August 15 The Independent San Francisco, CA (fan club show)
August 16 The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with two special guests TBA
August 22 McMenamin's Edgefield Portland, OR with special guests Blackalicious
August 23 Marymoor Amphitheatre Seattle, WA with special guests Blackalicious
September 04 Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO (fan club show)
September 05 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Talib Kweli and others TBA
September 06 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Ghostland Observatory and Bassnectar

Tickets for Fan Club shows are only available as a two/three day pass with purchase of the Greek/Red Rocks shows and are only available through STS9 ticketing.  Please visit www.sts9.com for more information.

All shows on-sale now at www.sts9.com and on-sale locally through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com beginning May 3rd, 2008.

For the month of July, touring heavyweights STS9 and Umphrey's McGee team up for what promises to be one of the hardest-hitting tours of the summer. This co-bill will feature extended sets by both bands, and will stop in Midwest and east coast cities throughout the month of July.  Look, also, for very special late night sets by each band in select markets, including Philadelphia, Raleigh, Madison, Chicago, and NYC.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 and Umphrey's McGee tour stops in the following cities:

July 10 Willow Island Centre Madison WI
July 10 Barrymore Theatre  Madison, WI (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 11 Live on the Levee St. Louis MO  FREE SHOW!
July 12 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha NE
July 15 Moonlite Gardens Cincinnati OH
July 16 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen VA
July 17 Promowest Pavilion Columbus OH
July 18 White River Lawn Indianapolis IN
July 19 Charter One Pavilion Chicago IL
July 19 House of Blues Chicago IL (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 23 Higher Ground  Burlington VT (STS9 Only)
July 24 Roseland Ballroom New York NY
July 24 Blender at Gramercy New York NY (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 25 Festival Pier at Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA
July 25 Fillmore at TLA Philadelphia PA (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
July 26 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA
July 27 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD
July 30 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC
July 31 Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary NC
July 31 Lincoln Square Theatre  Raleigh NC (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
August 01-August 02 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA

Dubbed "...one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around" by XLR8R Magazine, STS9 steps out this summer armed with their brand-new, highly anticipated studio album, peaceblaster. To be released in summer 2008 on their own label 1320 Records, the new album will feature never-before heard tracks that artfully mirror the intensity of STS9's live shows, while preserving the musical intricacies of past studio albums that critics and fans have touted.   peaceblaster comes nearly three years after their acclaimed 2005 releases , Artifact & Artifact: Perspectives , both of which were named in iTunes list of top albums of the year.

After a flurry of industry attention, STS9 retreated from the limelight to do what they love most:  play music. On the touring front, STS9 reached number 29 on Pollstar Magazine's "PULSE Charts" of the country's top touring artists. The band has shared the stage with a diverse range of acts including Jurassic 5, Tortoise, Digable Planets, RJD2, De La Soul, The Brazilian Girls, Prefuse 73, John Butler Trio, Blackalicious, G. Love & Special Sauce, Saul Williams, Soulive, Cut Chemist, Xavier Rudd and many others, and has played such festivals as Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Winter Music Conference, and Vegoose Festival.  Recently, the band sold out a 4 night headlining run at Atlanta's Tabernacle, and a 2 night run at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium.

DJ Goodfoot Announces Music Release Party

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Colorado-based spinster DJ Goodfoot and Turn It Out Productions announce a music release party dubbed "Welcome To The Candy Shoppe".

The gathering will take place in Denver on Tuesday May 20th at the Sugar House (www.sugarhouselounge.com), located at the corner of Alameda Ave. and Pecos.  Also performing throughout the evening will be Razor FM and Jasun Lovejoy w/special guests.

DJ Goodfoot is a local artist who has been busy spreading his craft across the West over the last five years.  He garnered some local fame through his residency at the famed Snake Pit in Denver for their "Destination Mondays", and more recently brought his style of house, techno, and break beats to exclusive clubs in Seattle such as Club Trinity.

His previous demos entitled "It's All in the Name" and "3rd Times a Charm" were well-received in the local club community.  Next month he plans to release his new single called "Dangs".  Funky beats and dark breaks layer this new piece, and it is sure to be another big piece in his musical puzzle.

The Sugar House will open at 8:00pm for the event, and a cover charge of $6 per person/$10 for two will apply.  Drink specials will also be featured during the performances.  Get your dancing shoes on get ready to boogie!

GOV. RITTER ANNOUNCES SOLAR INNOVATION GRANT FUNDING

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Gov. Ritter today announced that the Governor's Energy Office (GEO) is seeking grant applicants for $350,000 in incentives for solar innovation projects. The "Solar Innovation Grant" funds are being made available through the Clean Energy Fund. 

"These innovation grants will help us continue to grow our solar industry by increasing development and infrastructure. They will allow us to continue advancing Colorado's New Energy Economy and bring good jobs, revenue and clean power to our state," Gov. Ritter said.

Under GEO's stewardship, the Solar Innovation Grant will be used to support programs that can overcome financial, educational and technical barriers and lead to greater solar electric and solar thermal technologies in the residential and commercial sectors. 

GEO is looking to fund projects from partners such as utilities, homebuilders, installers and system integrators, lenders and financial institutions, non-profits and trade associations. For the competitive application process, GEO will consider funding requests for the following purposes:

Education: Applicants will provide educational resources to targeted sectors with the goal of expanding the quantity and quality of solar installations in Colorado.

Integrated Design: Applicants will address opportunities to incorporate solar technology into the commercial and production home sectors in both new and existing infrastructure. 

Utility Programs: Applicants in this category will work to improve the viability of solar technology as a means to offset energy and power demands at the utility level. GEO is soliciting innovative solutions to promote solar technology at the utility level. 

Market Analysis & Policy Recommendations: Applicants will identify policy barriers to the wider implementation of solar technology in Colorado and present solutions in the form of a comprehensive policy report.  

Financing: Applicants will present innovative financing models that will increase the affordability of integrating solar technology in the residential and commercial sectors.

Individual awards will not exceed $50,000 and applications are due by April 30. To download an application, click here. To learn more, visit GEO's website:  www.colorado.gov/energy.

Caribbean Holidaze Announces Dates & Line-Up

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Cloud 9 Adventures announces their second trip to Jamaica. Caribbean Holidaze will host 800 music fans for four nights to celebrate the music of the The Disco Biscuits & Umphrey's McGee with special guest performances from Toots and the Maytals, Toubab Krewe, DJ sets featuring OTT and Mad Professor with Ariwa Posse.   Plus Holidaze will feature the return of the Brain Damaged Eggmen, a unique collaboration between Umphrey's McGee and The Disco Biscuits performing the music of the Beatles and Pink Floyd, and a special tribute to Bob Marley.

Caribbean Holidaze will take place December 11-15, 2008 at two of Jamaica's most exclusive resorts - Hedonism III and Breezes Runaway Bay.   Both Resorts are super-inclusive; all you can eat, drink and do is included in your vacation price.   Choose which resort fits your style and tastes, from the wild atmosphere at Hedonism to the laid back island vibe at Breezes, both resorts offer incredible amenities, activities and much more. Oceanfront concerts will take place all four days with attendees free to explore all the amenities each resort has to offer.

Event details are as follows:

Caribbean Holidaze

December 11-15, 2008

Breezes Runaway Bay & Hedonism III

Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Featuring Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits, special guests Toots and the Maytals, Toubab Krewe, OTT, and Mad Professor with Ariwa Posse.

Pre-booking beings Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 12pm EST at www.caribbeanholidaze.com

Caribbean Holidaze is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures www.cloud9adventures.com