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Vince Herman with The David Nelson Band in Hawaii!

photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi) will be joining the David Nelson Band for their extended stay in Hawaii this January.  This is the 3rd year The David Nelson Band has made the trip to the islands and the fist year Vince will be joining in on their fun little island adventure.  The David Nelson Band includes Pete Sears, John Molo, Barry Sless, and Mookie Siegel.  The trip to the islands will start on Friday, January 16th in Pahoa, HI and then its off to Keauhou, HI on the 17th. On the 18th the band and Herman will be in Ocean View, HI followed by a private party in S. Kona on the 19th.  The private party will be an all day affair starting around noon and finishing up at 7 with a full day of sun, music and an island feast all right on the beach - admission includes food, beer, and wine.  After a short break to give everyone ample time to enjoy the big island everyone will be moving on to Maui to continue the festivities!  January 22nd in Kihei at Soundawg's Pool Party, the 23rd at Stella Blues also in Kihei and wrapping up the whole adventure on the 24th at Charley's in Paia, Maui.  For more information on the whole ride click here.  FESTIVAAAAALLLLLL!!!

Family Groove Company: Models & Metrics

Models & Metrics- for the Grateful Web

Having never heard the music of Family Groove Company before, I was intrigued to hear what the buzz is about.  After listening to the Chicago quartet's new album Models & Metrics, I am left still wondering what the buzz is all about.  There is very good musicianship displayed throughout this release, however as with most bands that rely on the experience of playing live their music does not seem to translate well in the studio.

This Midwestern group consisting of Jordan Wilkow on keys/vocals, Mattias Blanck on drums, Adam Lewis on guitar, and Janis Wallin on bass credit Models & Metrics as their fourth full-length album since the bands inception in 2002, and their second this year (Live in Chicago).  It may take a few more tries before this collective gets it right in the studio, but since they are relatively young there is still time for that to happen.

There is no doubt that this band knows how to get down.  Their sound weaves between the 70s soft-rock of Steely Dan, the 90s jam-rock of Phish or even God Street Wine, and the modern jazz of Medeski Martin and Wood.  It definitely has a sweet groove to it, and I can see their music showing more boldness in a live performance.

Where they seem to fall revolves mostly around the songwriting and vocals.  The lyrical sections on this release leave a bit to be desired, and Wilkow's voice sounds too much like a struggling Al Stewart or a less-than-smoky Trevor Garrard.  It does not bode well for the songs that are fairly rich in groove and flow, making me wonder if they would function much better as an instrumental group, evident in such numbers as "Tutear" and "The World is Watching (Part Two)".

Nevertheless, there is some energetic jamming throughout many of these songs which lead me to believe that Family Groove Company would be a worthy band to check out live.  They have, after all, been serious road warriors this year with appearances at the larger festivals such as Wakarusa and Summercamp.  The studio magic may not be present yet, but I am guessing the stage magic is downright funky.

Bill Kreutzmann Announces NYE Shows

Bill Kreutzmann, Grateful Dead drummer for the band's entire thirty year career, rings in the New Year in the state he calls home - Hawaii.  On December 29th and 31st, Kreutzmann is joined on stage in Maui by Austin bluesman Papa Mali, James "Hutch" Hutchinson (bass guitar/Bonnie Raitt Band), and Matt Hubbard (piano/Willie Nelson Band) for two very special evenings of music.  These New Year's shows launch a busy year ahead for

Steve Kimock Gears Up For Denver NYE Shows

photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Guitarist Steve Kimock returns to Denver for a string of dates leading up to this year's New Year's Eve revelry. Kimock will join the illustrious Everyone Orchestra on Monday, December 29th at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, followed by a two-night celebration on December 30th and 31st at Owsley's Golden Road with legendary B-3 player Melvin Seals & JGB. Kimock's stop in Colorado promises to be a memorable close to a eventful 2008 for the versatile guitarist.

The kickoff show at Cervantes pairs Kimock with the Everyone Orchestra, the Portland, OR based revolving cast of extraordinary musicians brought together by percussionist Matt Butler. Having showcased members from Phish, moe., SCI and countless other nationally known musicians, the Everyone Orchestra joined by Steve Kimock will deliver a celebratory, interactive, fun, improvisational experience orchestrated by a mad scientist conductor.

On the following nights at Owsley's Golden Road, Kimock joins Melvin Seals and JGB for two nights of musical revelry to bring in 2009. The Tuesday night show will feature a special late night set from perennial groovers BoomBox, while the Wednesday night New Year's Eve show will feature the Eric McFadden Trio opening.

All shows are ages 16 and up, with doors at 8PM and music starting at 9PM. Tickets are available at Kimock.com and Cervante's Ballroom for this emphatic year end celebration. As Kimock and company put the exclamation point on 2008, expect big things from him in 2009, as he launches his new nationally touring band, Steve Kimock's Crazy Engine. Stay Tuned!

Mon. Dec 29, 2008
Everyone Orchestra featuring Steve Kimock

Cervantes' Ballroom
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80205
Doors: 8:00 PM | Show: 9:00 PM
Ages: 16+

Tue. Dec 30, 2008
Melvin Seals & JGB featuring Steve Kimock

Owsley's Golden Road
2151 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80205
Doors: 8:00 PM | Show: 9:00 PM
Ages: 16+

Wed. Dec 31, 2008
Melvin Seals & JGB featuring Steve Kimock

Owsley's Golden Road
2151 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80205
Doors: 8:00 PM | Show: 9:00 PM
Ages: 16+

Livin' it up at the 6th Annual Mark Vann Benefit Concert

Last Saturday night was a regular jamfest down at the Boulder Theater, and something like a showcase of local mountain bluegrass scene.  The evening's festivities featured the likes of Great American Taxi, the Emmitt Nershi Band, Oakhurst, the Jefferson Hamer,

MARCO BENEVENTO To Release New Album, ME NOT ME

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

On February 3, Marco Benevento will release Me Not Me, a new studio album featuring his interpretations of songs by artists including My Morning Jacket, Leonard Cohen and Deerhoof among others.  The ten-track collection arrives within a year from release of Benevento's critically acclaimed debut studio effort, Invisible Baby. Like its predecessor, Benevento is joined by bassist Reed Mathis and drummers Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr.  The band recorded at Chroma Sound in Seattle during days off on a West Coast tour earlier this year. Engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & The Johnsons, Phish) mixed the sessions in Brooklyn. Of further note, Benevento takes a giant step into the 21st century with the formation of his own label, The Royal Potato Family (distributed by MRI/Red), for the worldwide release of Me Not Me.

"When I first started touring with the trio, in addition to my own material, there was a great opportunity for me to perform tunes from other artists that I'd always wanted to play, both a combination of older rock songs and modern tunes that are part of our current culture," explains Benevento. "So the next step was to make a record with some of this material. I decided to leave the harmony of the songs pretty close to the originals, but really get into messing with the arrangements. I got into sculpting sound around the original piano parts by using some of my favorite keyboards and re-amping them in interesting ways. This album has more layering and textures than the last one. Bryce and I worked closely in developing that idea as an underlying concept for the music."

Marco Benevento, who first attracted national attention playing Hammond B-3 organ and Wurlitzer in The Benevento-Russo Duo, shifts the focus to acoustic piano with his own trio. Throughout Me Not Me, he proves to be one of the most compelling sonic innovators of his generation, re-imagining the instrument through guitar pickups, delay and distortion effects and a Fender Super Reverb Amp.  He shapes and shifts the aural depth of the recording by adding layers of Ace Tone drum machines, Farfisa, Optigan, Mellotron, tack piano and other unconventional keyboards, while using circuit bent toys to develop the emotional character of the songs. Beneath the blanket of colors, the core of the album is the collective energy of Benevento's trio. Reed Mathis, Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr provide a take off point for magnetic post jazz improvisations.

The three original compositions on Me Not Me underscore Marco Benevento's inclination for simple pop melodies, multihued sound and playful composition. "Now They're Writing Music" was first debuted in a rough sketch when the pianist was a guest on "The World Cafe With David Dye." Benevento asserts the "toys" themselves wrote the song. The instantly familiar "Mephisto," often performed by The Benevento-Russo Duo, is the closest the album comes to straight-ahead jazz, hinting at 1970's Keith Jarrett. On the other hand, "Call Home" seems to summon the spirit of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Marco Benevento will launch Me Not Me with a residency at Yoshi's in Oakland, appearing every Tuesday night in February with different special guests. Additional West Coast tour dates for February will also be announced shortly.

The track listing for Me Not Me is:

1. Golden (My Morning Jacket)
2. Now They're Writing Music (Marco Benevento)
3. Seems So Long Ago Nancy (Leonard Cohen)
4. Mephisto (Marco Benevento)
5. Twin Killers (Deerhoof)
6. Call Home (Marco Benevento)
7. Heartbeats (The Knife)
8. Sing It Again (Beck)
9. Friends (Led Zeppelin)
10. Run Of The Mill (George Harrison)

PRAANG Returns to Colorado

Living in Colorado, the chance of an epic snowfall during the winter can be pretty good.  One such weather occurrence happened in late 2006 when three straight weekends of blizzards hit Denver and the surrounding Front Range.  The city essentially shut down those days, and holiday travels were next to impossible.  In the midst of those storms a highly anticipated two-night run of the Stephen Perkins-led project Banyan was cancelled.  As fate might have it, out of the darkness came light as a new improv group called PRAANG was born.

JEMP RECORDS RELEASES PHISH 12/30/97

After a standout show on 12/29/97, the band gave a loose, funky performance on the second night of their three-night stand at Madison Square Garden.  The band came out of the gates smoking on night three of a four-show holiday tour on December 30th with "Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley" > "Taste".

The Grateful Web Interview with the Toubab Krewe

On November 13th, I was all set to see the Toubab Krewe play the B.Side Lounge in Boulder.  I headed downtown early, hoping to catch the band after sound check.  I'd been corresponding back and forth with their tour manager for a few weeks, and after agreeing to review the band's new album, Live at the Orange Peel (due to be released on Nov.

Michael Franti & Spearhead Fire Up the Fillmore

The holiday weekend gave most us a chance to enjoy some needed time off from our daily grinds, as well as fill our homes with friends and tons of the usual Thanksgiving feasts.  And what better way to work off the turkey and tators than by dancing to the reggae, rock, and hip-hop sounds laid down by Michael Franti and Spearhead, who brought the noise this last Friday to Denver's