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BoomBox: Fall Tour

What is BoomBox? Some would claim they’re an enthralling, sweaty heap of down tempo disco-hop. Others may say they're a special blend of Funktronic ‘n Blues. They prefer to just call it Rock ‘n Roll and leave the rest up to the listener.

Comprised of multi-talented producer/musicians Zion “Rock” Godchaux and Russ Randolph, the BoomBox project manifested in 2004 during a recording session. Instantly clicking, the two realized they together harnessed both the talent and drive to introduce a new, unequaled sound to the live music scene.

In an era of iterative button pushing, beat repeat and laptop DJs, repetitious sets and inability to consistently perform for an audience have unfortunately rendered some musicians/artists hopelessly obsolete. BoomBox counters this, solidifying their musical presence by keeping on their toes through live performances, feeding on the crowd’s energy and basing selections accordingly. Each track is inspired by the feel of the moment, providing the duo ample room for open improvisation every night.

When on stage, Godchaux and Randolph use a few devices for delivering melodious sound to captivated audiences. Godchaux equips himself with guitar and an assortment of pedals and sequencers as well as provides calm, soothing vocals. On the opposite side of the stage, Randolph contributes woozy synthesizer lines and handles the backing beats via drum sequencers and various programming. A true team, they usher out auditory gratification for eager fans who show up to be undoubtably swept away, immersed in the groove.

It seems no matter where or when they play, BoomBox both attracts and captures crowds, taking them on a dulcetly euphoric escapade. Regardless of the setting or at what point in tour, they perpetually execute the perfect intensity, leaving sweat drenched show-goers glowing with love hung expressions.

With minimal time to recover from an amazing and eventful summer that included stops at numerous venues and festivals all over the country including All Good, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco, 10KLF and EarthDance, BoomBox once again hits the road. This time serving an upcoming collection of intimate performances to select cities on the West Coast alongside top ranking DJ and producer, Ana Sia. Like her current tour mates, Sia too thrives on live performance, her shows a tangled mess of grimy low-end love that’s as beautifully filthy as it is mellifluous and honey smooth.

Energetic, captivating and exciting, the musical monster Godchaux and Ranpolph have created together is steadily growing. People are still hungry for good music they can connect with and the twosome shows no sign of letting up anytime remotely soon. It’s refreshing to hear a group who can not only produce an alluring and magnificent studio disc, but also has an appealing, straightforward approach to live music. While the band’s future is certainly not set in stone, in the mean time they continue to do what they do best: perform live.

ON TOUR:

Oct 6 Nocturnum - w/ Ana Sia Eureka, CA
Oct 7 TBD - w/ Ana Sia NorCal, CA
Oct 8 The Independent - w/ Ana Sia San Francisco, CA
Oct 9 Fais Do-Do - w/ Ana Sia Los Angeles, CA
Oct 10 Winston’s - w/ Ana Sia San Diego, CA
Nov 5 The Lyric - Oxford Oxford, MI
Nov 6 Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL
Nov 13 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO
Nov 14 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO
Nov 18 Rex Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 19 Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
Nov 20 The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Nov 21 The Crofoot (Pike Room) - Pontiac, MI
Nov 22 The Kent Stage - Kent, OH
Nov 23 The Bluebird Nightclub - Bloomington, IN
Nov 27 Crossroads - Huntsville, AL
Nov 28 Newby’s - Memphis, TN
Nov 29 Old Rock House - St Louis, MI
Dec 2 Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
Dec 3 Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI
Dec 4 Cabooze - Minneapolis, MI Dec 5 Abbey Pub - Chicago, IL

Fitz & the Tantrums open the closing day at Red Rocks

Summer is officially over.  According to the calendar, it happened several weeks ago, but in my mind it happened last weekend - the day Red Rocks Amphitheater finished their concert season.  At this point in the year, the weather becomes too unpredictable, and more importantly too cold, to continue sitting outside late in to the night, even for the noble cause of seeing live music.  This year, Flogging Molly closed out the concert season, bringing So Cal acts Hepcat, and Fitz and the Tantrums along for the ride.

Lotus Announce NYE Run in Philly, Set to Begin Fall Tour

Today Lotus announce a New Year's eve run in Pennsylvania that will culminate with an epic New Year's Eve Show with MSTRKRFT at Philadelphia's Electric Factory. Leading up to the big night, the band will stop at Mr. Smalls Theatre (Pittsburgh, PA) on 12/29 and The Note (West Chester, PA) on 12/30, both with support act Tigersapien.

The New Year's Eve announcement comes as Lotus prepare to hit the road for a full season of touring.  Along their Fall Tour, Lotus will break ground in a way that no other rock band has done prior - they are plotting a tour this fall that truly allows their legion of fans to pay-what-they-want for tickets. The Pay-What-You-Want-Tour featuring Lotus is an eight night run of shows in western U.S. states, sponsored by Ticketweb, that lets the fans decide how much their show ticket will cost. At the $15.00 Pay-What-You-Want level or higher, fans receive free digital downloads of the band's two new EPs Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass, both to be released on October 6, 2009.

The Pay-What-You-Want dates are part of Lotus' larger Fall Tour, running from early-October through the end of the year. Big stops include performances at Denver's Fillmore, NYC's Terminal 5 (w/ support acts RJD2 and Junior Boys DJ set), Baltimore's Sonar, Chicago's Vic Theatre, the Electric Factory in Philly for New Year's Eve and others. Lotus brings out several must-see opening acts for many of these shows, including Break Science feat Adam Dietch, The Egg (from London, UK), Big in Japan, Big Gigantic, RJD2, Junior Boys, and more. Don't miss a few special small shows: here's the scoop - the Denver Fillmore show is being bundled with the Quixote's show (to get into Quixotes, you must buy the Fillmore ticket), and also, for New Years, Lotus presents another "bundled" show at The Note in West Chester, PA (to purchase a ticket for The Note, you must purchase a bundled Electric Factory ticket).

Downloads of both new EPs will be bundled with advance ticket purchases for select Fall Tour dates including the two Denver shows, both Boston shows and the New Year's run.  The material on both Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass can be directly traced back to Lotus' 2008 full-length release, Hammerstrike. A number of songs were recorded that didn't find their way onto Hammerstrike (either they hadn't been finished by deadlines or they weren't coalescing with the sound of that project), but after finishing the album, Lotus decided to revisit these tracks, and the results are extraordinary. Feather on Wood is sunnier with a laid-back vibe, yet not afraid of big rock beauty, while Oil on Glass is darker in character, with more head-nodding tempos.

Listing of forthcoming Lotus tour dates (and who will be opening each show):
October 2            Aces Lounge            Austin, TX

October 3            Aces Lounge            Austin, TX

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT Dates (Oct 6-Oct 14)
October 6            The Roxy                 Hollywood, CA w/ Break Science ft  Adam Deitch             
October 7            The Independent     San Francisco, CA w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 8            McDonald Theatre   Eugene, OR w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 9            The Showbox          Seattle, WA w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 10          Crystal Ballroom      Portland, OR w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 11          The Nightlight           Bellingham, WA  w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 13          Knitting Factory        Boise, ID w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 14          Murray Theater        Salt Lake City, UT w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 15          Belly Up                   Aspen, CO                                              
October 16          Quixotes                  Denver, CO
October 17          The Fillmore            Denver, CO
October 20          Granada Theatre     Lawrence, KS                     
October 21          The Old Rock House St. Louis, MO  w/ The Egg
October 22           Slowdown               Omaha, NE w/ The Egg
October 23           First Avenue            Minneapolis, MN w/ The Egg
October 24           Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI w/ The Egg
October 26           Copper Dragon       Carbondale, IL w/ The Egg
October 27           Bluebird Nightclub   Bloomington, IN w/ The Egg
October 28           Bogart's                   Cincinnati, OH w/ The Egg
October 29           House of Blues        Cleveland, OH w/ The Egg
October 30           The Town Ballroom  Buffalo, NY w/ Tigersapien.
October 31           Sonar                       Baltimore, MD w/ Big In Japan & The Egg
November 1         The State Theatre    State College, PA
November 4          Higher Ground         Burlington, VT w/ The Egg
November 5          Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA  w/ The Egg
November 6          Paradise Rock Club  Boston, MA w/ The Egg
November 7          Revolution Hall         Troy, NY w/ Tigersapien.
November 10        Is Venue                   Charlottesville, VA w/ Big Gigantic
November 11        Cat's Cradle              Carrboro, NC w/ Big Gigantic
November 12        Variety Playhouse     Atlanta, GA w/ Big Gigantic
November 13        Bear Creek Music & Arts Live Oak, FL                                         
November 14        Orange Peel             Asheville, NC w/ Big Gigantic
November 27         Vic Theatre              Chicago, IL                      
November 28         Terminal 5                New York, NY w/ RJD2 and Junior Boys (DJ Set)
December 29         Mr. Smalls Theatre   Pittsburgh, PA w/ Tigersapien. & aFugate
December 30         The Note                  West Chester, PA w/ Tigersapien.
December 31         Electric Factory        Philadelphia, PA w/ MSTRKRFT

The String Cheese Incident Releases 2-Disc and Deluxe Halloween Box Sets

With the one-time constant touring machine otherwise known as The String Cheese Incident slowing their schedule considerably in recent years, fans get a chance to relive the group's legendary "Hulaween" shows on the forthcoming live release, Trick or Treat. The two-disc release - set to hit on October 27, 2009 on CD, vinyl, and digitally - is culled from several of these epic shows by The String Cheese Incident.

Railroad Earth Takes the Both Coasts on Fall/Winter Tour

It’s no surprise that the band Railroad Earth took their name from Jack Kerouac’s flowing prose-poem, October in the Railroad Earth. Interspersed with memories of the past and the present, the story weaves a complex tapestry of impressions and reflections, all underlining the American history of the workingman. Much like Kerouac, Railroad Earth’s music captures the grit and soul of rural and urban America and translates it into something deeper than just music.

The six-piece ensemble crafts each song artfully, like a storyline in a novel about travel, wonderment, tragedy, and heartbreak. With the unusually soulful and deep writing and vocal delivery of principal songwriter, Todd Sheaffer, combined with instrumentation so colorful you might find them on the Appalachian Trail, Railroad Earth is bringing their slice of American culture on a hefty fall/winter tour spanning both coasts and every major market in between.

Mixing an unlikely blend of instruments to make up their well-traveled sound, the project features Todd Sheaffer (Lead vocals, acoustic guitars), Tim Carbone (Violin, vocals), John Skehan (Mandolin, vocals), Andy Goessling (Acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon (Drums, hand percussion, vocals) and Johnny Grubb (Upright bass).

In their relatively short tenure, the band has released five critically acclaimed albums and amassed an impressive national following with sold-out shows from coast-to-coast. They’ve also graced the main stages of some of the country’s most prestigious festivals, including; Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury and the 10,000 Lakes Festival. And this past September, Railroad Earth performed for the first time at the legendary amphitheater, Red Rocks, in Morrison, CO. Yet, Railroad Earth remains surprisingly grounded and continues to stick close to their musical roots and influences – always striving to keep the next show is as inspired as the last.

Beginning in late September, Railroad Earth will be doing a series of short tours with pivotal performances in various parts of the country. But unlike the speed trains in Kerouac’s novels, this Railroad Earth is in no hurry “to get there fast”.

Wuhnurth Music Festival 2009 | Review

The Water Bowl is one of Indiana’s hidden gems, it is a 200 acre music venue conveniently located just outside of Muncie Indiana. It is far enough outside of the city that it is quaint yet close enough for festival-goers to make trips to town for their daily necessities.  The Water Bowl gets its name from the two ponds located inside the venue.

Outside Lands 2009 Part II | Review

Anybody hoping for last year’s incredible lineup that featured Tom Petty and Steve Winwood playing on the same day and also sharing the stage for a few tunes was bound to be disappointed with this year’s lineup. Day 1 of the Outside Lands seemed a little small for a festival, but that may have been because there were so many stages with up to five bands performing at once, sometimes in different areas of Golden Gate Park. Then again when Pearl Jam began it’s final set of the night.

Tiësto Plays DENVER At Beta On 11.9

Tiesto to Release "Kaleidoscope" Single W/ Jónsi (Sigur Rós)  -- The 7-Minute Sprawling Epic Track Will Be Available On Itunes Today!

Click Here To Listen To World Premiere Of Kaleidoscope On Pitchfork
Click Here To Watch "I Will Be Here" Video On MySpace

Tiësto On Jonsi: "Working with Jonsi was inspiring.  Sigur Ros is one of my favorite bands of all time, so getting a chance to collaborate was very special for me.  I flew to see them in Chicago when the band was on tour and we met up again a few times after that.  I wrote the track and Jonsi came back with beautiful lyrics and melodies. Kaleidoscope became the title track for my new album because it captures the essence of what I was trying to do...to work with different people and trade ideas, hopefully resulting in an album that is unique and uplifting."

North American Tour

Thu 9/24 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
Fri 9/25 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom 
Sat 9/26 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
Thu 10/1 Boston, MA - Tsongas Arena*
Fri 10/2 Montreal, Canada - Bell Center
Sat 10/3 Toronto, Canada - Arrow Hall
Sat 10/10 Atlanta, GA - North Atlanta Trade Center
Sun 10/11 Washington, DC - Fur
Mon 10/12 Cleveland, OH - Aura
Tues 10/13 Columbus, OH - Boma
Weds 10/14 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory*
Thurs 10/15 Charlotte, NC - The Forum
Fri 10/16 Orlando, FL - UCF Arena *
Sat 10/17 Miami, FL - NSU Arena
Sun 10/18 Tampa, FL - The Ritz
Fri 10/23 Houston, TX - Reliant Arena*
Sat 10/24 Dallas, TX - the Palladium
Sun 10/25 San Antonio, TX - Cowboys
Mon 10/26 OK City, OK - City Walk
Tues 10/27 Nashville, TN - Limelight
Weds 10/28 St Louis, MO - Home
Thurs 10/29 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater*
Fri 10/30 Minneapolis, MN - Myth
Sat 10/31 Chicago, IL - The Congress
Sun 11/1 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Tue 11/10 Edmonton, Canada - Shaw Conference Center
Thu 11/12 Calgary, Canada - Big Four Building (Stampede Grounds)
Sat 11/14 Vancouver, Canada - PNE

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October 17 in Ft Lauderdale at NSU Arena (Early Show)
October 19 in Naples, FL at Sway Lounge
November 7 in El Paso, TX at Cohen Stadium
November 9 in Denver, CO at Beta
November 22 in Phoenix, AZ at Marquee Theater

Coming Soon

November 8 in San Diego, CA
November 20 in Salt Lake City, UT
November 21 in San Francisco, CA
November 25, 27, 28 in Los Angeles, CA

First Leg Of Latin Tour & Dates

December 4 in Bogota, Colombia at Coferias Convention Center
December 5 in Medellin, Colombia at Plaza Mayor Convention Center
December 7 in Cali, Colombia
December 9 in Panama City, Panama
December 11 in Porto Alegre, Brasil
December 12 in Sao Paulo, Brasil
December 13 in Brasilia, Brasil
December 16 in La Paz, Bolivia
December 17 in Lima, Peru
December 18 in Santiago, Chile at Espacio Riesco
December 19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
(Dates subject to change. More dates and venues to be announced.)

Bear Creek Music Festival Nov. 13-15 in Live Oak, FL

The 3rd Annual Bear Creek Music and Art Festival returns to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida Nov. 13-15 for three days of music, art, camping and community as fans from all over the nation gather along the banks of the famous Suwannee River for the fall’s final musical celebration.

The peak autumn weekend is packed full of high-energy, upbeat and danceable music highlighted by the festival’s trademark sounds of over fifty performing bands with a dozen groups offering two entire shows.

EOTO: Fall Tour & New Album

The way music is produced and performed is growing at an astounding rate. >From the roots of acoustic music to amped up rock n’ roll and into the electronic revolution, the options available to the modern musician are more like a scientific lab, then the campfire jam from where it all started. From the controls of a tiny laptop, a performer now has the power to mix, change and loop sounds in a concert setting with great ease. This modern twist of technology is bringing a new level of music to the electronic dance party.

JasonWhile the genre of live electronica is relatively new on the music circuit, nobody is breaking the boundaries of live producing and improvisation like EOTO. Fusing elements of live instrumentation, house music, dubstep and electro into their dance ready sound, the band will be taking the country by storm beginning in late September for their perennial fall tour, performing 33 consecutive nights in a row.

Consisting of Michael Travis and Jason Hann the duo mixes the organic sounds of live drums, keyboards, vocals, bass, percussion, and guitar through a variety of programs and gadgets to create a style of music that is more likely found in a dance club, then a live music theater. What sets EOTO apart from other artists in this emerging genre is how the music is created. While some artists may spend hours pre-mixing samples and elements of music for their live show, EOTO uses nothing pre-recorded, giving them the ability to approach each song with on-the-spot spontaneity and 100% live improvisation.

Because of the ever-changing sound and style of music, it’s hard to describe a band like EOTO. In a recent discussion on the bands highly active Facebook page, the thousands of subscribed fans were asked to describe the band in their own words – descriptions ranged from mythical to visual, each in awe of the duo’s ability to create high octane dance music in a live setting. A trait that has fans old and new catching multiple shows on a tour and packing venues wherever they play. Or maybe EOTO is selling out venues around the coast for the spirit of dance music they bring in general. As one fan put it “It’s a raging dance party that nobody should miss. An indescribable feeling that lingers for hours“.

It should come as no surprise that the members of EOTO have performed with a range of musicians second to none. Their combined resume includes the likes of Isaac Hayes, Loreena McKinnett, Herbie Hancock, Drummers of STOMP, DJ Tequila, Les Nubians, Stanley Jordan, Les ClayPool, Joshua Redman, Arturo Sandoval, Bela Fleck, Trilok Gurtu, Charlie Hunter, Mike Marshall and Dave Grisman just to name a few. In less then 3 years, the duo has performed over 500 shows including the top festivals in North America. The machine that drives EOTO is more then just performing live music, the band also does all of their own self-management and booking for every single show they play.

Beginning in late September and performing every single night in October, EOTO will hit the road with their long-awaited studio EP called Fire the Lazers!!. This eleven-track journey into dubstep, electro and house music showcases their talents and skill in a growing dimension of music. In true EOTO spirit the album was produced with nothing planned or rehearsed, capturing only the best of what makes up their original sound. The album will be available on the road and by digital download in October of 2009.


TOUR DATES

09/29 Santa Cruz CA Moe's Alley
09/30 San Francisco CA Mission Rock Cafe
10/01 Eureka CA Red Fox Tavern
10/02 Eugene OR McDonald Theatre
10/03 Portland OR Berbatis Pan
10/04 Bellingham WA The Night Light Lounge
10/05 Missoula MT The Palace
10/06 Bozeman MT The Filling Station
10/07 Fargo ND The Aquarium
10/08 Minneapolis MN The Cabooze
10/09 Madison WI High Noon Saloon
10/10 Chicago IL Abbey Pub
10/11 Kalamazoo MI Papa Pete's
10/12 Columbus OH Scarlet & Grey Cafe
10/14 Buffalo NY Mohawk Place
10/15 Syracuse NY The Westcott Theater
10/16 Burlington VT Club Metronome
10/17 Allston MA Harper's Ferry
10/18 Portland ME Port City Music Hall
10/19 Providence RI The Hi Hat
10/21 Albany NY Red Square
10/22 New York NY Sullivan Hall
10/23 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live
10/24 Baltimore MD 8x10
10/25 Richmond VA Canal Club
10/26 Blacksburg VA Attitudes
10/28 St. Louis MO Old Rock House
10/29 Lincoln NE Bourbon Theatre
10/30 Denver CO Gothic Theatre
10/31 Lawrence KS The Granada