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Gov Ritter Announces Incentives for Woody Biomass Projects

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Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter today announced that the Governor's Energy Office (GEO) is seeking applicants for $100,000 in incentives for bio-heating projects that use community woody biomass.

The funds are being made available through the Clean Energy Fund for a "Community Biomass for Thermal Usage Program." Bio-heating projects support wildfire mitigation efforts, provide alternatives to slash pile buns, and build local wood-fuel markets.

GEO is seeking projects that support fuel-reduction, restoration activities and local collection sites and that demonstrate a long term availability of biomass supply. Also, GEO is interested in supporting projects that use annual forest thinnings, wood waste, including bark beetle kill, and urban waste. Although biomass can be widely defined and has numerous heating applications, this funding is only available for woody biomass for commercial and industrial projects.   

"Using Colorado's large woody biomass supplies is a clean way to produce heat while addressing problems associated with beetle kill and using waste products from fire mitigation efforts," Gov. Ritter said. "By offering financial and technical assistance to projects that use community produced wood chips or manufactured pellets, we are helping our communities participate in the New Energy Economy while addressing forest health issues and promoting local economic development. The long-term benefits are greater energy security, environmental security and economic security for our communities and our state."

Kyle Hollingsworth Band Announces Front Range Run

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Ever the inventor, Kyle Hollingsworth has put together a group of Colorado's favorite musicians for a run of shows on the Front Range to celebrate the Leap Year 2008.  Featuring Ross Martin, Matt Spencer and Dave Watts of The Motet, who appeared on Hollingsworth's acclaimed solo release, Never Odd Or Even, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band will also include Boulder favorite Liza Oxnard and vocalist Jans Ingber.  A reunion of some of Boulder's best musicians, this will be their first performance together since the last leap year.

Expect the funky sounds that Hollingsworth is known for, as well as world beat influences and DJ turntables to mix it up.  Hollingsworth will debut some new material and bring out some old favorites from his years with The String Cheese Incident.  It's a new year with exciting possibilities - don't miss what the Kyle Hollingsworth Band has in store!

Thursday, February 28th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:00pm)

Hodi's Half Note

With The Liza Band supporting

167 North College Avenue, Fort Collins

Tickets $12.00 adv, $15.00 dos for 21+, $18.00 dos for 21- / Ages TBA

For more information please contact 970-472-2034

Friday, February 29 th @ TBA

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

With The Liza Band supporting

2637 Welton Street, Denver

Tickets TBA / Ages TBA

For more information please contact 303-297-1772

Saturday, March 1st @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:30pm)

Fox Theatre

With The Liza Band supporting

1135 13th Street, Boulder

Tickets $13.00 adv $15.00 dos / Ages 21+ Welcome

For more information please contact 303-443-3399

Northwest Groove Band Announces Annual Winter Warmup

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Last summer, genre defying Northwest band, Flowmotion, again celebrated the beauty and excitement of Summer with their 7th Annual Summer Meltdown.  Thousands of festival-goers convened against the backdrop of the Northwest's most beautiful alpine scene in Darrington, WA for three blissful days with multiple stages and renowned bands.

On Saturday, February 23, 2008, Flowmotion will celebrate their Summer Meltdown CD release by recreating the festival atmosphere indoors at The Showbox at the Market in Seattle, WA.   Flowmotion, TheVicci Martinez Band, and Handful of Luvin' will play for an all-ages audience

For more information about Flowmotion's Winter Tour or to buy tickets, visit www.flowmotion.net!

N.Y. Guitar Festival Announces 7th Season of Concerts

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Fresh off the heels of the enormously successful inaugural Adelaide Guitar Festival in Adelaide, Australia, which drew more than 30,000 attendees, organizers for the New York Guitar Festival (the original in a series of sister festivals, which also includes Wall to Wall Guitar Festival) proudly announce its 7th season of concerts, January 12 - February 6, 2008. 

With more than 25 performances by some 60 exceptional guitarists - whose styles vary from jazz and classical to rock/pop, traditional and avant-garde - the festival will explore the universal significance of the guitar. Audiences will be treated to concerts ranging from an all-day Guitar Marathon that focuses on the guitar's history in Brazil to eclectic tributes to country music's biggest legends.  A sure highlight at this year's event, The "Royal Albert Hall" Project honors the music of Bob Dylan, the most covered songwriter in history, by reinventing his famed 1966 concert.  In 2006, the Bruce Springsteen tribute drew rave reviews and The Boss himself showed up to sit in.  This year's performances will be held at Merkin Concert Hall, The 92nd Street Y, The World Financial Center's Winter Garden, Jazz Standard, the Apple SoHo Store, and The Monkey.  Featured artists include Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), The Assad Brothers, Larry Coryell, GE Smith (former music director of SNL), Teddy Thompson, Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Laura Cantrell, Marshall Crenshaw, Toshi Reagon, and Jason Isbell, among many others. 

The New York Guitar Festival, a not-for-profit arts organization, was founded in 1999 by musician and producer David Spelman , who serves as the festival's Artistic Director. By fostering emerging talent, supporting innovative collaborations among outstanding artists and commissioning new works, the festival endeavors to broaden the public's appreciation for the guitar.  The festival is presented with support from Apple Computer, The D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts, Avalon Guitars, WNYC Radio, WFUV Radio, WBJB-90.5 The NIGHT, Guitar Player Magazine/Music Player Network, flavorpill.net, and Brooklyn Brewery.

In addition to producing eclectic concerts and radio broadcasts, its Guitar Harvest series of recordings supports outreach programs in New York City public schools.  Spelman says "In raising scholarship funding, the New York Guitar Festival, in partnership with the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center, is able to provide guitars and musical training free of charge.  At a time when arts education is the first to go in budgetary cutbacks, encouraging hope and inspiration through music making is invaluable."  The beneficiaries of the New York Guitar Festival's scholarship programs are young students enrolled at an innovative elementary school on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

CONCERT SCHEDULE:

Saturday, January 12 at 8:00pm – FREE OPENING NIGHT CONCERT
The "Royal Albert Hall" Project
World Financial Center's Winter Garden
Battery Park City, bordered by West Street, the Hudson River, Vesey and Liberty Streets. 
Information: (212) 945-2600 /  www.worldfinancialcenter.com

The "Royal Albert Hall" Project honors Bob Dylan's storied May 17, 1966 concert - long the Dylan bootleggers' favorite, and released legit by Sony on CD in 1998 - which included material performed both solo and with The Hawks (soon after re-named The Band) (and which actually went down in Manchester, England, not London's Royal Albert Hall). This FREE concert is the opening night of the 2008 New York Guitar Festival and takes place under the glass atrium of the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street (directly across the street from the World Trade Center site), on Saturday, January 12 at 8:00pm. Performing their own arrangements of Dylan's songs in sequence from the original show will be Laura CantrellStevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Marshall Crenshaw, Oakley Hall, Nicole Atkins & Lenny Kaye, Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, Toshi Reagon, Freeman (recently signed by RCA), Harry Manx & Kevin Breit, The Last Town Chorus/Megan Hickey, Jesse Harris, Richard Julian & Jim Campilongo, Kelly Joe Phelps, Chocolate Genius Inc. and others. Produced in association with Arts > World Financial Center ( www.worldfinancialcenter.com ). Presented in association with WFUV Radio and broadcast on 90.7 FM. www.wfuv.org


Sunday, January 15 at 2pm and 7pm, with a break at 5pm.
The Brazilian Guitar Marathon.
Features Sérgio & Odair Assad (the Marathon's co-curators) and others. 

92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Tickets and information: (212) 415-5500 / www.92Y.org

In our 4th biannual Guitar Marathon, the guitar's rich history in Brazil will be explored, from renaissance and baroque to classical and flamenco repertoire. The Assad brothers are today's foremost guitar duo and have worked with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw. They collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma on his popular release, "Obrigado Brazil", a Grammy-winner in 1998, and in 2002 they won a Latin Grammy for their release "Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla". The programming will also include the world premiere of a work commissioned by the NYGF. Composed by Stephan Crump, the work will be performed by his Rosetta Trio. All-day tickets are $60.


BLUE COUNTRY HEART
4-concert Festival Subscription: $120
Single tickets: $35 in advance / $40 day of show

Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: (212) 501-3303 / www.kaufman-center.org

Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Hank Williams, Sr. 

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, GE Smith, and Toby Walker. Taught by a bluesman known as "Tee-Tot," Hank wrote and sung some of country music's best-loved songs. He achieved much in his short life and his love for the blues lent his music a lasting quality that has kept him in the spotlight more than fifty years after his death.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Merle Haggard

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, Jim Lauderdale, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Carrying the mantle of country music into the rock era, Merle Haggard is the embodiment of how it's done right. With forty number-one hits in his career, Merle continues to tour in his 70th year. Join Jorma Kaukonen and friends as they explore the music that has kept us tapping our feet, singing along, and occasionally crying in our beer.


Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Loretta Lynn

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, GE Smith and Taylor Barton, and Laura Cantrell. American icon and songwriting giant Loretta Lynn personifies the very heart of what country music describes: hard times made good through sharing music. Her career has been an autobiographical journey; she is truly one of the toughest spirits in music. Jorma Kaukonen and a star lineup will reinvent Loretta's very personal, folk-tinged music.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Lefty Frizzell

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, Jim Lauderdale, Teddy Thompson, and Ollabelle. Over thirty years ago, Lefty Frizzell left us with a legacy of country music that inspired generations of singers and songwriters; Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson all claim lineage to this early country and rockabilly legend. Lefty's sound continues to be imitated today as we interpret this legendary music on the concert stage.

In addition, New York Guitar Festival will host shows at the Jazz Standard and The Monkey, with more to be announced soon.  Stay tuned to www.newyorkguitarfestival.org for current show schedules and information.

LOTUS ANNOUNCES THEIR "COPY PASTE REPEAT" TOUR

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For those waiting for a concert experience with the dynamics of a rock band (read: no laptops), the dance inducing rhythms of club music, and the sophistication of modern electronica, an unlikely musical alternative has arrived in the form of the band Lotus.  Formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, Lotus brings their club-worthy beats and rocking instrumental anthems to theaters throughout the country this fall.  No glow-stick bracelets, pretentious Can trivia, or expensive distressed fashion required.

In January 2008, Lotus embarks on their "Copy Paste Repeat" tour, which celebrates the release of Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed, and album the band released this past November. The recording offers 12 remixes by renowned producers including DFA Records artist Juan Maclean, DJ Harry, and Lotus's own Jesse Miller.  Lotus's post/electro/dancerock is deconstructed and reassembled into club ready dance, dub, glitch-hop, and IDM tracks.  The band's website is currently offering up the source files for the track 'Bubonic Tonic' for fans to create their own remix and submit for review.  The site will feature the band's favorite submissions.

Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed comes on the heels of the band's third studio album. Escaping Sargasso Sea, released May 2007, is a double-disc live album that draws from two previous studio albums, Nomad and The Strength of Weak Ties, along with never before released material.  From the post/math-rock of "When H Binds to O" to the slippery dance beats of "Wax," this collection shows Lotus's ability to deconstruct, stretch, and rebuild their compositions spontaneously on stage.  Restraining from flaunting their individual chops, Lotus builds compositions on catchy melodies and heavy grooves.

The five-piece band has creatively fused electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for eight years. The result is an explosive live show that has made crowds get down across the US, Canada, and Japan. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus proves why they have become a go-to act for late night festival slots.  This tour takes the band into renowned theatres nationwide including Georgia Theatre in Athens, the Recher Theatre in Towson, and the Granada Theater in Dallas, among others.

Lotus' complete list of confirmed dates is as follows:

January 04 Jam Cruise 6 Ft. Lauderdale FL 
January 23 Cat's Cradle Carrboro NC
January 24 Orange Peel Asheville NC
January 25 Georgia Theatre Athens GA
January 26 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC
January 27 The Pour House Charleston SC
January 29 Beta Bar Tallahassee FL
January 30 Blue Nile New Orleans LA
January 31 Granada Theater Dallas TX
February 01- 02 Club 115 Austin TX
February 05 George's Majestic Lounge Fayetteville AK
February 06 Newby's Memphis TN
February 07 The Dame Lexington KY
February 08 Satellite Ballroom Charlottesville VA
February 09 Recher Theatre Towson MD
March 16 Jam in the Dam Netherlands 

More dates to be announced.

What critics have been saying about Lotus:

"…intent on creating a new genre (few try that these days)...it is rock, and smart disco, funk and soul, piano pop, world music, and modern alienation stuff and jazz fusion you can dance to all wrapped up in cellophane."  -Big Takeover 

"In this new terrain in which lie endless creative possibilities, Lotus continue to expand upon its post-everything rock/electronic/jazz/free-form pastiche."  -Big Shot Magazine

"If you were listening to the music of Philadelphia five-piece Lotus right now, you would be dancing. There's no doubt about that. Their grooves are tight, and fast, and fun, and one would be hard-pressed not to shake it hard at a Lotus show." -Jambands.com

Inaugural Asheville Music Jamboree Announces Artists

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The inaugural Asheville Music Jamboree today announces the lineup for a music festival featuring more than thirty bands on two stages over three days June 1-3 at Deerfields Amphitheater. Located just outside of Asheville in Mills River, NC, the debut event features the musical talents of such noteworthy nationally-touring performers as Michael Franti & Spearhead, Keller Williams & the WMD's, The Avett Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Acoustic Syndicate, Asheville's own Toubab Krewe along with dozens of additional acts.

Complementing its impressive headliners, the Asheville Music Jamboree also features appearances by Afromotive, The Booty Band, Barrel House Mamas, CX-1, Ménage, Jen & The Juice, Barefoot Manner, Ras Alan and The Lions, The Bridge, DJ Williams Projekt, Purple Schoolbus, Fifth House, Bombadil, Sol Driven Train, Artvandalay, Incognito Mosquito, Thacker Dairy Road, Possum Jenkins, The Lost Ridge Band and additional acts still to be added.

The climate, scenery and welcoming openness of the people of Asheville capture the hearts of poets, painters, princes and paupers alike.  Regardless of status or standing, people are drawn to the mountain community from across the nation, sharing their talents and ideas creating a cultural tapestry enormously rich in diversity and unrivaled beauty.

The Asheville Music Jamboree embraces that diversity and beauty inviting patrons from all walks of life to enjoy an eclectic mix of world-class musical entertainment while celebrating the unique sense of community among its intimate setting of rolling hills and bountiful apple orchards. Additionally, the event provides a wealth of interactive children's activities, varied cuisine alternatives, artistic crafts and wares, along with camping options in a subdued natural setting.

Music and dance devotees of all ages gather to make new friends and renew old relationships.  Children will laugh and sing and share and learn.  Couples will stroll by sparkling ponds as the festival's sounds and pageantry unfurl around them.  Families will tuck away their laptops and gaming systems to rediscover the simple pleasure of each other's company.

Everyone is invited to join the Jamboree and help create an event that mirrors the true attraction of Asheville: its picturesque scenery, unbridled talent, spirited discourse and limitless hospitality.

Gates open Friday, June 1 at 9 AM, and children 12 and under are free with paid parent admission. Tickets are available now via the festival website: www.amjam.net and are at the $95 level until April 8, the $110 level until May 15, and $125 at the gate. Tickets include primitive camping and vehicle camping is $35 in advance, $45 at the gate while RV camping is $75 in advance and $90 at the gate.

Tom Constanten announces Shows in Arizona and Las Vegas

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Tom Constanten and Ken Foust have released a new CD called "Moved To Stanleyville". They are playing shows in Arizona and Las Vegas with Gent Treadly, a Manhattan based jam band who were Vince Welnick's east coast band before his death, in support of this new project. The dates include Prescott College, Tempe, Flagstaff, and Sedona.

Tom Constanten is an American keyboardist, best known for playing with the Grateful Dead from 1968-1970. Tom has been performing in different forms and genres since the late 1950's, appearing at such popular venues as The Fillmore Auditorium, Playboy After Dark, and the original Woodstock Festival. He was Professor of Music at SUNY Buffalo and the San Francisco Art Institute (1974-1984).  He performed as Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University, and consulted for the Smithsonian Institution.

Ken Foust is a Charlotte, NC musician best known for his jam-blues based project from the early 90's, Hot Wax (see Spread base, 10/27/1990), that played in the southeast region.  Together they have produced a contemporary Americana / blues effort that is fresh and engaging. These shows will feature songs from the project. This live group also includes Greg Koerner from Gent Treadly on Base and Ken's Twin Brother Doug Foust on Drums.

The CD is garnering great reviews. The album is featured on David Gans's "The Grateful Dead Hour" and Uncle Dave's weekly radio program, "Dead Air.

Railroad Earth Announces New Year's Eve 2005 Run

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New Jersey-based national touring act Railroad Earth has announced it will play a three-night run of shows in late December leading up to New Year's Eve.  The shows in Northern Virginia and Pennsylvania will follow a series of concerts with Honkytonk Homeslice (Billy Nershi, String Cheese Incident) and come weeks before the release of the band's first live album, due out on SCI Fidelity Records in January 2006.

 

Railroad Earth's New Year's Eve run includes a stop at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA on Dec. 29 and a two-night stand at the Theatre of the Living Arts (TLA) in Philadelphia on Dec. 30-31. This holiday mini-tour is a first for the sextet.  In the past, the band has rung in the New Year with a performance near its headquarters in New Jersey, and the band's management is pleased with the schedule of performances. "The band thoroughly enjoys performing at both the State Theatre and the TLA," said management.  "We couldn't be happier about returning to these venues for another successful run of shows."

 

For more information on these and other shows, and to order tickets, visit www.railroadearth.com.

 

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Founded in 2001, Railroad Earth performs a progressive mix of bluegrass, folk, roots music and rock.  Fronted by lead singer and songwriter Todd Sheaffer, (From Good Homes), Railroad Earth features the musical talents of Tim Carbone, Andy Goessling, Johnny Grubb, Carey Harmon and John Skehan.  The band most recent studio album, "The Good Life," was released on Sugar Hill records in June 2004.

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RRE Announces Dates w/ Honkytonk Homeslice

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New Jersey-based national touring act Railroad Earth has announced it will play a four-night run of shows in December with Honkytonk Homeslice (Bill Nershi, String Cheese Incident and Jilian Nershi).  The shows signal a growing kinship with the SCI family; Railroad Earth has teamed up with SCI's record label, SCI Fidelity, for the release of the sextet's first live album, due out in January 2006.

 

The four-night musical match up kicks off on Dec. 8 at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY and continues the next evening in Boston with a performance at the Paradise Rock Club.  A stop at New York City's Bowery Ballroom on Dec. 10 and a final show at the recently re-named 8x10 Club in Baltimore will close out the mini-tour. Both sides of this venture are excited about coming together to make music.  For Railroad Earth's part, the opportunity to share the stage with the Nershi's ever evolving side-project was an appealing proposition. "The chance to play with [Nershi] is one we could not pass up and we are looking forward to exploring our newfound association onstage for this four-night tour," said Railroad Earth's management.

 

For their part, it is no secret that some members of the String Cheese Incident have been smitten with Railroad Earth's unique blend of bluegrass, folk, roots music and rock.  In an interview with the Denver Post in late June, SCI bassist Keith Moseley stated that Railroad Earth's "finely crafted songwriting and clever arrangements" make them one of his favorite bands. For more information on these and other shows, and to order tickets, visit www.railroadearth.com.  

 

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Founded in 2001, Railroad Earth performs a progressive mix of bluegrass, folk, roots music and rock.  Fronted by lead singer and songwriter Todd Sheaffer, (From Good Homes), Railroad Earth features the musical talents of Tim Carbone, Andy Goessling, Johnny Grubb, Carey Harmon and John Skehan.  The band most recent studio album, "The Good Life," was released on Sugar Hill records in June 2004. 

Honkytonk Homeslice (HTHS) features Bill Nershi (String Cheese Incident) and Jilian Nershi, as well as a regularly changing line-up of honorary members.  Built on intimate performances rich in harmonies and hot guitar playing, HTHS was founded in 2004 as an outlet for Bill to pursue different musical directions and as a platform for Jilian's vocal talents.