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Home Cookin' with the Motet

When I got the news that I could write a review for the Motet’s Best of their Halloween shows at my favorite indoor venue in the world, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only was it just their “best of” show, but it was the 7th Anniversary Grand Re-Opening Celebration for the venue that has demonstrated its appeal to the fans of music in many ways.

Play Live Dead & The Dead Guise Jam Out At Ashkenaz

On a cool Saturday night my buddy Dean and I drove down to the Ashkenaz on San Pablo Ave. to catch two outstanding Grateful Dead cover bands I have seen quite frequently in the Bay Area over the last year, The Dead Guise and Play Live Dead (formerly known as Live Dead.) Dean had never been to a show at Ashkenaz, nor had he seen either band, so I was quite excited to introduce him to this incredible live music, especially because he was a big fan of The Dead like myself.

Tatanka | Hodi's Half Note | 2/3/10 | Review

Tatanka made its way to a speaker near me on Feb 3rd, 2010.  Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins welcomed them with a free keg of PBR for this Wednesday night show.  Ladies, if you want to find your very own fried egg, you can probably pick one out from the sausage fests known as free keg night at Hodi’s.

I arrived after the keg had dried up and the remains of the crowd resembled a frat party.  However there are key differences.

PRAANG | Quixotes | Denver, CO | 1/30/10 | Review

If you have seen live music in Denver, chances are you were at one of the many venues once owned by the Bianchis.  The brothers Jay and Phil started with the original Quixotes True Blue on East Colfax over 12 years ago, and since have opened now renowned venues/bars Sanchos Broken Arrow, Dulcineas 100th Monkey, Cervantes Masterpiece Ball

The String Cheese Incident Announces 2010 Shows

The String Cheese Incident will perform a handful of “Incidents” in 2010. The band will play their greatest hometown venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, on July 23, 24, and 25. In addition they’ll set up camp at a site close to the band’s/fans’ hearts, Horning’s Hideout (near Portland, Oregon), July 29 through August 1.

EOTO Takes The Country By Storm With Innovative Live Electronic Music

From dance halls to intimate theaters worldwide comes EOTO - the nation’s top innovator in glitchy electronic, bass thumping, dub-step themed music. With performances booked well into 2010 including dates in Tucson, Albuquerque, San Diego and all along the western seaboard, EOTO is taking the country by storm with their innovative brand of live electronic music.

What EOTO achieves on stage is nothing short of astounding. Performed with all of the bells and whistles of a traditional electronic artist plus the addition of live drums, vocals, bass and guitar, the duo creates each and every bass ridden noise right before your eyes -without the addition of a single pre-recorded track. Known for their 100% live improvised performance, EOTO is breaking ground into a new sub culture of music while standing against some of the nations best live DJ’s in the country.

With leagues of sold-out theater performances in 2009, the project started out as an avenue for the duo to blow off steam and generally just have a good time playing around with technology with music. Now, a full time project for the pair with a seemingly endless tour featuring over 600 shows in 4 years and sold out performances in every market in the country. With no signs of stopping, EOTO fine-tunes their approach and skill with each and every show they play, leaving the next performance more unique then the last.

The project will be careening the countryside in 2010 with back-to-back performances scheduled well into late spring and festival dates booked swiftly behind it. The project will be playing along the mountain west and up the west coast before heading back to middle America, through the South, and over to the East Coast in support of their third release, Fire The Lazers, which is now available on iTunes or at a show near you.

For more information about EOTO check out the MySpace

TOUR DATES:
2/5/2010 Rialto Theater - Tucson, AZ
2/6/2010 Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO
2/15/2010 Three20South - Breckenridge, CO
2/16/2010 Samana Lounge - Vail, CO
2/17/2010 Belly Up - Aspen, CO
2/18/2010 Eldo - Crested Butte, CO
2/18/2010 Eldo - Crested Butte, CO
2/19/2010 Fly Me To The Moon - Telluride, CO
2/20/2010 Abbey Theatre - Durango, CO
2/21/2010 Santa FE Brewing Co - Santa Fe, NM
2/22/2010 The Launchpad - Albuqurque, NM
2/23/2010 The Sail Inn - Tempe, AZ
2/24/2010 Orpheum Theatre - Flagstaff, AZ
2/25/2010 E -String Bar and Grill - Henderson, NV
2/27/2010 Winston's - San Diego, CA
2/28/2010 SOhO - Santa Barbara, CA
3/3/2010 Cooper's Ale Works - Nevada City, CA
3/4/2010 Crystal Bay Club Casino - Crystal Bay, NV
3/5/2010 103 Harriet - San Francisco, CA
3/6/2010 Don Quixote's - International Music Hall Felton, CA
3/7/2010 Hopmonk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA
3/8/2010 Red Fox Tavern - Eureka, CA
3/11/2010 The WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
3/12/2010 Berbati's Pan - Portland, OR
3/17/2010 The Palace - Missoula, MT
3/24/2010 The Cider House - Knoxville, TN
4/9/2010 Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
4/23/2010 Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN

Toubab Krewe Co-Headlining Tour with John Brown's Body!

On March 11th, progressive reggae band John Brown's Body and West African-influenced quintet Toubab Krewe kick off a 13-city co-headlining U.S. tour. The tour begins in Brooklyn, NY, and ends in Solana Beach, CA.

Each group has achieved mainstream success by performing their own forward-thinking approach to traditional roots styles, John Brown's Body with reggae and Toubab Krewe with West African music.

In recent years both groups' music has spread like a grassroots wildfire to the farthest corners of the world. While Toubab Krewe performed in Mali and Portugal, John Brown's Body completed first-ever tours of New Zealand and the UK in late 2009.

This month, the musicians were re-introduced aboard Jam Cruise -- the celebrated, floating music festival in the Caribbean. Returning from stops in Jamaica and Grand Cayman Island, the bands met up during an all-artist basketball tournament (neither advanced past the first round). Despite a disappointing showing on the court, they spent the night catching up and watching each other perform as the ship sailed out to sea.

The upcoming tour will build on the friendly vibe forged in far away places, where the bands found common ground.

John Brown's Body & Toubab Krewe Co-Headlining U.S. Tour Dates:

March 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
March 12 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways
April 03 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
April 04 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
April 05 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
April 08 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
April 09 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
April 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
April 16 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
April 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
April 19 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
April 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
April 21 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

Complete Toubab Krewe Tour Dates (*Indicates co-bill with JBB):

February 4 - Boone, NC - Legends at Appalachian State

February 5 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

February 6 - Charleston, SC - Pour House

February 12 - Richmond, VA - The National

February 13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

February 18 - Knoxville, TN - Cider House

February 19 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco

February 20 - Nashville, TN - Exit In

February 25 - Greenville, SC - Handlebar

February 26 - Wilmington, NC – Soapbox

February 27 - Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre

*March 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

*March 12 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways

March 13 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

March 16 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

March 17 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe

March 18 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre

March 19 - Harrisburg, PA - Abbey Bar

March 20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Note

March 24 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall

March 25 - Allston, MA - Harper’s Ferry

March 26 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place

March 27 - Providence, RI | Jerky's Live Music Hall

*April 3 - Chicago, IL - Double Door

*April 4 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

*April 5 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

*April 8 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre

*April 9 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre

*April 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

*April 16 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

*April 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

*April 19 - San Francisco – Independent

*April 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre

*April 21 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

April 27 - Austin, TX – Stubbs

BoomBox Announces Spring Tour

Featuring Producer/Engineer Russ Randolph and Producer/Vocalist/Guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux, BoomBox draws their inspiration from their hometown roots in Muscle Shoals, AL – an area known for inspiring the worlds most legendary recordings of the 60’s, 70’s 80’s and into the present. The powerhouse duo draws their inspiration from their hometown roots and is recognized for infusing elements of Motown, Folk, and Rock into an electronic music blender with heavy bass undertones and ethereal vocals for a dance party vibe that has fans coming out in drones.

Using only word of mouth buzz, BoomBox has built a strong national following with a history of packed performances around the country. Locally, the band boasts two sold out shows in Denver last November, as part of their annual urban electronic festival RE:Convergence, which took place at Cervantes.

BoomBox will be performing with special opening guests BLVD along the western slopes this spring in support of their latest release, downriverelectric, which is expected to hit the streets in advance of the Colorado tour.

COLORADO TOUR:
3/9 - Three20South, Breckenridge, CO
3/10 - Belly Up, Aspen, CO
3/11 - Aggie Theater, Fort Collins, CO
3/12 - Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
3/13 - Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
3/14 - Abbey Theatre, Durango, CO

1st Annual Winterfest on the Mountain

The first annual Winterfest on the Mountain happened in Nederland at the new Community Center.  The gold LEED certified venue was reminiscent of a school function with comparisons to elementary school, a high school dance, and what I remembered as youth group lock-ins.  The three day festival featured organic Americana music from Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann, Bill Nershi, Drew Emmitt, The Motet, Todd Sheaffer, Tony Tris

Reverend Horton Heat: Multifarious

It’s been four years since I have seen Reverend Horton Heat. The last show I witnessed the magic that this band projects was at the Wakarusa Music Festival in 2006. Coincidentally, it was the first review that I ever wrote. I was anticipating the same amount of energy, if not more since the show was in Boulder, and they always have a great cult following here. One notable pre-show note that I made was about the ticket prices.