Legendary blues preservationists Hot Tuna performed a three-night engagement in Berkeley’s storied Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse to bid farewell to 2018. On the eve of their fiftieth anniversary together as Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were unmistakably grateful to be still playing and creating together.
Rocky Dawuni, the international music star/global ambassador and humanitarian activist, announces the release of his highly anticipated 7th studio album Beats of Zion, out March 8th, 2019 via Six Degrees Distribution. The thirteen-track set follows the GRAMMY nominated album Branches of the Same Tree, (“Best Reggae Album” in 2016) and expands Rocky’s “Afro Roots” sound to include the diversity of the Ghanaian music scene and its current global outreach.
Florida-based nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is bringing hope into the new year with the conclusion of their month-long giving campaign. The organization surpassed their goal of $125k by raising nearly $134k. The campaign is anchored by the idea that each gift and donation will make it possible for TWLOHA to reach new communities, share more stories, and connect thousands of people to the help they need and deserve.
What do the Hawaiian Islands, white knights, and tin foil hats have in common? Individually, they are immediately something to be curious about. In combination, they represent the boundless imagination and artistry of eclectic musical legend, Todd Rundgren. Rundgren himself is an individual whose life is something to be curious about. Thankfully, he recently released his autobiography, The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams and Dissertations, which documents his life through his 50th birthday. While his prolific career as songwriter, guitarist, and producer spans five decades, he’s not showing any signs of slowing down.
Revered guitarist/vocalist, JD SIMO, announces “You Need Love” from his upcoming, first solo record, OFF AT 11, due out March 1, 2019. The Chicago-born, Nashville-based recording artist channels classic sounds from Acid rock, traditional blues, folk, soul, to free form jazz, reinvigorating them into a kaleidoscope of sound for a new generation of music lovers. NPR declares, “SIMO sounds as if it comes to us straight from 1968.”
Acclaimed mandolinist and bandleader David Grisman is no stranger to Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. The storied folk and Americana venue has undoubtedly seen the likes of dozens of incarnations of Dawg music with countless shows. The crowd at the Freight is respectful yet boisterous, out of their seat yet out of the way, absorbed yet moveable.
Today, Ghost-Note shares a string of headlining tour dates for their newly announced Smack Em' tour, taking place early 2019. The newly announced dates are bookended by the already shared performances alongside Lettuce throughout the east coast and Umphrey's McGee throughout the west coast.