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Collin Herring's CD Release Party | 'Ocho'

It’s time to grab a beer and browse the CD racks at Waterloo Records which hosted Collin Herring’s newest album release “Ocho” this Tuesday, November 17th.  The Fort Worth native has made his way back down to Austin with a slate full of shows around Texas.

Collin Herring’s fourth album, “Ocho” comes on the heels of his other albums "Avoiding The Circus" (2002), "The Other Side Of Kindness" (2005) and "Past Life Crashing" (2008).

Important Announcement from DSO

Thank you for joining us and being a part of this continuing, long strange trip these past 12 years. Your support and excitement for the music has kept us going strong for over 1700 shows. Throughout the years, we've had transitions both difficult and uplifting, yet the positive energy of our fan base has continued to propel our mission onward for performing this important music and for keeping this vibrant scene alive.  That said, we, as a band are entering another chapter in this story.

Dark Star Orchestra's lead guitarist and one of its founding members, John Kadlecik, has decided to resign from DSO. John's last show with us will be on Dec 5 in Buffalo. DSO is supportive of John's choice and we wish him the very best.


Dark Star Orchestra will continue to bring you this music at its highest level. In our 12 year history we have gone through three drummers, three keyboard players, three bass players and numerous rhythm guitarists and we have always managed to keep improving the sound and the experience. We will be taking on a new player with his own talents and energy and turn yet another chapter in DSO history.

Veteran guitarist Jeff Mattson, of the Zen Tricksters and currently w Donna Jean Godchaux Band, will be joining us this week, on the New Year's Run, Jam Cruise, and for our upcoming Winter Tour that begins in February. We assure you all the things you love about the Dark Star Orchestra experience will continue and we ask for your patience, friendship and positive energy as we keep truckin' on...

Dark Star Orchestra

Emmitt-Nershi Band | New Country Blues | Review

Colorado newgrass icons Drew Emmitt and Bill Nershi break away from their well-known respective groups, Leftover Salmon and String Cheese Incident, and return to their roots to form an exciting project that melds original bluegrass standards with progressive jamgrass flavors.  With an excellent supporting cast in tow, this album is a must-own for any fan of the string band genre.

The Motet | Fox Theater | 10/29/09 | Review

What do you get when a band known for their funky grooves decides to pair up with a soul soldier to recreate the hip-shaking magic of a legendary posse? Pure perfection.

Late Night Post Phish with Kimock

Beginning the first week in December, New York City will not be the same as you know it. PHISH is scheduled to gobble up Madison Square Garden, followed by an ultra-smooth and extra funky KIMOCK chaser on Dec. 3rd and 4th. Steve Kimock Crazy Engine will be performing at both the intimate Sullivan Hall as well as BB Kings in Time Square (just a few short blocks from MSG). Buy your tickets for these shows in advance. We want to see all of your smiling faces at the show!

Even better...Our friends at CEG are offering some sweet deals for advance ticket purchases. Buy at least a pair of tickets online for either of the shows and receive a free download of that entire show courtesy of DigitalSoundBoard.net! The way Kimock and the Engine have been moving along, those recordings are going to be well worth the ticket alone. And there's more!...receive MP3s of the band after you purchase a ticket AND be entered to win a free pair of tickets to Phish at MSG, thanks to CEG. Check it out.

KIMOCK tour is running full speed ahead with dates in the Mid Atlantic, the southeast and another jaunt on the west coast! New tunes have been appearing nightly and a number of unexpected cover tunes are being worked on along the way. This is a new frontier for Kimock and you don't want to miss it. Check out livedownloads.com and digitalsoundboard.net for recordings of the shows!

FALL TOUR ROLLS ON...
Nov 12 Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
Nov 13 he Pour House - Charleston, SC
Nov 14 Bear Creek Festival - Live Oak, FL
Nov 16 Visulite - Charlotte, NC
Nov 17 Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta GA
Nov 18 Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Nov 19 The Rev Room - Little Rock, AR
Nov 20 George's Majestic - Fayetteville, AR
Nov 21 George's Majestic - Fayetteville, AR
Dec 3 Sullivan Hall - NYC, NY
Dec 4 BB Kings - NYC, NY
Dec 17 Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 18 The Fillmore, SF, CA * *Big Light opening
Dec 19 Crystal Bay Club Tahoe, CA
Jan 3-8 JamCruise

Discovery Bay Games Launches Grateful Dead-Opoly

Discovery Bay Games today announced the release of Grateful Dead-Opoly, available in stores and online in time for the 2009 Holiday shopping season. The board game was created by music industry veteran and longtime Grateful Dead associate Debbie Gold, with artwork by comic book illustrator Timothy Truman.

Phish 2009 Fall Tour Dates

Phish fall tour starts in Detroit, Michigan on November 18th, 2009 at the Cobb Arena. Tickets are still available on a limited basis.  Phish will also being doing a 4-night run in Miami at the American Airlines Arena.  Grateful Web will be on-hand for the 4-night run, so be sure to check back for videos, pictures and lots more... 

Phish Fall Tour Dates:

11.18.09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI - Limited Tickets Available

11.20.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH - Limited Tickets Available

Umphrey's McGee's Interactive S2 Series Announces Another Event

Umphrey's McGee has never played by the rules. Now, with the unveiling of their all- new Stew Art Series (aka, "S2") - an interactive fan experience where audience members "conduct" the band's live improvisations  - Umphrey's McGee continue to offer their fiercely loyal fanbase the most innovative musical experiences available. With recent S2 events in Milwaukee and Portland (Oregon), next on the itinerary is November 21 at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club, before their evening performance.

Hosted as individual events before that evening's already schedule show, Umphrey's Stew Art Series is a crowd-sourced improvisation experiment, in which all the music performed by the group on stage will be entirely directed by S2 audience members. Check out this S2 video from the inaugural S2 event in Milwaukee.

The first few S2 events have been received with overwhelming enthusiasm and to rave reviews, including recent coverage in Billboard Magazine. Look for S2 events to be announced in select markets throughout 2010.

Umphrey's offers their next S2 event in D.C. - during a two night run at the 9:30 Club.  Details are as follows:

Umphrey's McGee S2
Saturday, November 21 @ 4:00 PM (doors at 3:30 PM)
9:30 Club
815 V Street, Washington D.C.
Tickets:  $99.00
ON SALE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 AT 12 NOON EASTERN TIME AT WWW.UMPHREYS.COM

S2 tickets are extremely limited and will sell out!

Umphrey's McGee Shows
Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 @ 8:00 PM (Doors @ 7:00 PM)
9:30 Club
815 V Street, Washington D.C.
Tickets: $25.00 single day, $40.00 2-night pass / All Ages Welcome
Show tickets available now at www.umphreys.com


Umphrey's McGee's DC visit is one stop along a massive fall tour.  The remaining list of this season's confirmed appearances is as follows:

November 11 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
November 12-14 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
November 15 Port City Music Hall Portland ME
November 17 Northern Lights Clifton Park NY
November 18 Water Street Music Hall Rochester NY
November 19 Mr. Small's Theatre Millvale PA
November 20-21 9:30 Club Washington D.C. featuring S2 Event
December 10-14 Caribbean Holidaze Runaway Bay
December 29 Vic Theatre Chicago IL
December 30-31 Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL
March 21-23 Jam in the 'Dam, The Melkweg Amsterdam

For S2, sold-out crowds of 50 fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references (pretty much whatever came to mind), to the Umphrey's Mozes mobile interface.  The suggestions are then filtered by the band's long time Sound Caresser Kevin Browning and projected on a screen for the band to digest and turn into the next phase of the jam.  The band's music varies stylistically with suggestions ranging from "an afternoon bus ride in Jamaica" to "drinking pina coladas...in a hurricane". As one elated fan commented after a show, "S2 was the coolest thing I have ever been a part of. It's always been a dream of mine to meet the band, and the opportunity to participate in leading the Jam for the band was a dream come true as well."

As highly skilled improvisational musicians known for using a complex set of signals on stage to prompt spontaneous musical changes, S2 is proving to keep the band on their toes as they navigate through the audience’s prompts. S2 events also include a Q&A session providing an opportunity for fans to ask about what they’re witnessing (or ask anything else for that matter). As part of the ticket (which is actually be a custom laminate that is different for each S2 event), every attendee receives an autographed CD of the Stew Art Series they attend - minutes after the event has concluded. To be clear, each S2 show is a TOTALLY separate event than the scheduled concert date and will be sold as a separate ticket - getting a ticket to S2 does not get you into the show later that night (and vice versa). The S2 experiment is just that, an experiment. Keyboardist Joel Cummins explains, “The improvisational elements of our show have always been one of our favorite parts about playing together - and we think the audience feels that way, too. That’s our inspiration for the S2 series. It’s also a great way to stay on top of our chops.” S2 events take place in the early evening before the respective show start times. Prices and ages vary from show to show - which should last one hour (with Q&A).

This is not the first time that Umphrey's McGee has taken new approaches to delivering their music to the fans. Before their latest studio recording, Mantis, was released in January of this year, the group made the album available for pre-order in an interesting way. Fans were offered more free bonus content the more Mantis pre-orders were received; as the fans "unlocked" levels of content by getting more of their friends to pre-order the album. The idea was to give the fans incentive to help spread the word about the album, and to offer a totally unique music experience.

But it's always been about experiencing Umphrey's McGee on the concert stage, and the group recently announced a string of fall dates, including some final festival stops of 2009 - Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival, moe.Down, and Telluride Blues and Brews, plus a special Halloween performance in Yosemite, California. And to get yourself in the right frame of mind for the upcoming tour, you can check out the recently-released live DVD, Umphrey's McGee - Live. Recorded during their 2007 performance for PBS's Soundstage, Umphrey's McGee - Live is offers an incredible 13-song set on DVD, including six favorites not shown during the PBS broadcast, which premiered last February.

T Bird & the Breaks | 10/6/09 | Stubbs | Austin, TX | Review

T Bird and The Breaks were walking the lady killer beat pre-show Friday (November 6) night. Of the nine members of the band some were prancing the approximately 30 feet by 60 feet downstairs of Stubbs in anticipation, while others were getting loose with mixed drinks, MGD and billiards.

Cornmeal Halloween Bash | Review

Cornmeal returned to the Canopy Club in Urbana, Illinois for their second straight Halloween performance.  This year they brought along special guests The Bridge and Zmick.