Upcoming Toubab Krewe Dates

DATE CITY VENUE Special Guests
4-24 Asheville, NC 'Mooged Out' at MoDaddy's to benefit the Bob Moog Foundation  
4-24 Asheville, NC Orange Peel Jar-e and DJ Chalice
4-25 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre Floating Action
4-29 Savannah, GA Live Wire Music Hall  
4-30 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre  
5-2 New Orleans, LA Blue Nile  
5-5 Austin, TX Stubbs  
5-7 Denver, CO Owsley's  
5-13 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck  
5-14 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews  
5-19 Menomonie, WI Waterfront Bar & Grill  
5-20 Milwaukee, WI Miramar Theatre  
5/21-5/22 Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp Festival  
5-23 Pataskala, OH (Note: the venue has changed to the Frontier Ranch Music Center) Hookahville Festival  
5-26 Washington D.C. Global Health Conference  
6-10 Pittsburgh, PA Three Rivers Arts Festival  
6/11-6/14 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival  
6-18 Knoxville, TN Sundown in the City  
6-18 Knoxville, TN Square Room (Sundown in the City After Party)  
6-19 Greenville, SC Gott Rocks  
6-20 Raleigh, NC North Carolina Museum of Art  
6-26 Richmond, VA Brown's Island  
7/2-7/5 Rothbury, MI ROTHBURY Festival  
7-15 New York, NY Rocks OFF! Concert Cruise  
7/17-7/18 Cabot, VT Festivus for the Restivus  
7/24-7/25 Floyd, VA Floyd Festival  
7/31-8/1 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar

New Monsoon | Live | Review

In 2004 the San Francisco rock outfit New Monsoon made a storied appearance at the famed Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, and blew away newcomers with their unique blend of West Coast rock, jazz, Latin, and West Asian sounds.  From that performance the band released their first live disc aptly titled Live at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Mimi Fishman Auction Live NOW!

For the 6th time in as many years the Foundation's auction includes a section that directly benefits Rock the Earth.  Rock the Earth - the winner of the Jammy's 2008 Mimi Fishman Memorial Award for Community Service - is an organization that is dedicated to bringing about positive and beneficial environmental consequences on behalf of members of the music industry through the means of active litigation and negotiation.  The Foundation also continues its support of the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments.

MerleFest 2009, Presented by Lowe's, Begins in 7 Days

The clock is ticking down the hours and minutes to MerleFest 2009, presented by Lowe's, which will begin its 22nd year of "Music, Moments and Memories" next Thursday, April 23, and wind up on Sunday, April 26, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Northwest String Summit July 17-19 at Horning's Hideout

The Northwest's premier acoustic music festival returns for its eighth year to beautiful Horning's Hideout in North Plains, Oregon, on July 17-18-19.  The family friendly event boasts three days of nearly all-acoustic music, culminating each night with main stage performances from musical hosts Yonder Mountain String Band, this year joined by special guest Danny Barnes (Danny Barnes with Bad Livers, Tim O'Brien Band).  Yonder Mountain String Band has been called the fastest growing acoustic band in history.

Béla Fleck & the Africa Project: More than a Concert

In December of 2004 I saw Béla Fleck & the Flecktones at the Water Street Music Hall in Rochester.  At that show Béla made a mention of his plans which at that time included traveling to Africa to research the roots of the banjo.  This intrigued me as I had just been to Morocco and seen banjos being played out in the square, a sight I was not expecting, and as I also have a large amount of family in Africa.

Keller Williams | The Egg @ The Heart Theatre | Review

Long before you and I ever went to see our first concert and even before our parents went to see their first, live music performances appealed to a different sense. In the time of the Greek tragedies, the rise of opera and even in the fledgling years of Broadway, the patron’s vision was the equal of his auditory sense. Theatrical music was the medium through which many of the most famous musical compositions were first delivered to an audience.

BoomBox Shoots Music Video in Boulder

On Thursday, for at least the third time in the last 12 months, the electro-dance-rock duo BoomBox graced our fair city and the Fox Theater with their pulsing beats and feel-good funk. Guitarist Zion Godchaux and DJ Russ Randolph seem to like it here against the mountains, and it’s lucky for us that they do. In fact, they like the Boulder crowds so much that this time around, they brought a camera crew for a live music video shoot.

Panic's Rocky Streak Comes to an End

With 2009 being dubbed the "year of change", the southern jamband kings Widespread Panic will make a certain change of their own, albeit to the chagrin of hard core fans everywhere.  The band recently announced that they will not be making their annual pilgrimage to the pinnacle of all outdoor music venues, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.

bellCatching WP at the historic venue was virtually a given each summer for Spreadheads, seeing how they have been performing there every year since the late 90s.  In fact, the band currently holds the longest streak for consecutively sold-out performances at Red Rocks.  Last summer's three-night, sold-out run marked their 32nd in a row playing in front of a packed house.  The milestone was significant enough for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to officially declare June 27th "Widespread Panic Day" in the Mile High city.

Earlier this week however, fans were notified that no Red Rocks performance would be on the tour bill this year.  Rather, the band has opted to headline both nights of the second annual Mile High Musical Festival held at the fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in nearby Commerce City this July.

Most fans had assumed the band would play at the venue anyway, likely at a different date.  Not only have they played every year for over a decade, but because an interview with percussionist Sonny Ortiz last winter with noted that the band "would likely play Red Rocks again in 2009".  Regardless of how and why, it will not happen.

In all likelihood, this should be merely a hiccup in their future touring plans.  Though the band has also hinted about performing less dates each year, another stop at the high country venue is almost certain to happen next year or shortly thereafter.

Fans in Colorado really have no reason to complain, seeing how the band has frequently played there.  Not only have they performed routinely at Red Rocks, but they have also made other recent venue appearances including the Budweiser Events Center near Fort Collins, Winter Park Mountain, and their first ever New Year's Eve shows just four months ago at Denver's Pepsi Center.

For now, catching the band at the Mile High Music Festival will be this year's only option for Coloradans to get a Panic fix.

Ben Harper and Relentless7 - News & Updates


The digital pre-sale for "White Lies for Dark Times" is going on now at iTunes! A deluxe version with four exclusive b-sides and a video download is available for $12.99. A standard version is available for $9.99. Both pre-orders will get you a live version of "Number With No Name" and an immediate download of "Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)".


Starting next week April 14 at, we'll be offering an exclusive bonus CD - unavailable anywhere else - and a variety of pre-sale packages including the deluxe version with DVD, double vinyl LP, "Shimmer and Shine" 10" vinyl, t-shirts and more!


To celebrate Earth Day, Nat Geo Music channel is hosting a live broadcast concert featuring Ben Harper & Relentless7 in Rome's famed Piazza del Popolo. The free concert will air live on April 22 beginning at 8 p.m. in Italy (2 p.m. US ET), and will be featured simultaneously on Nat Geo Music channel, National Geographic World Music, in the USA and National Geographic Channel internationally.


For the first time in seven years, former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr joined together with Ben Harper and Relentless7, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Donovan and more for "Change Begins Within", a benefit at Radio City Music Hall to raise awareness for transcendental meditation and the David Lynch Foundation. Read a complete wrap-up at Rolling Stone.


Ben Harper & Relentless7 will join TOOL, Widespread Panic, Incubus, G. Love & Special Sauce and more at this year's Mile High Music Festival outside Denver, CO Saturday, July 18. Tickets are on sale now at Mile High Music Festival.


Rachel Fuller Presents: In the Attic with Pete Townshend & Friends is out now only at Best Buy. The 2-CD/1-DVD set features Ben Harper performing "I'm One" with Townshend and includes solo renditions of "Please Bleed" and "Diamonds on the Inside."