Year 2 of Mile High Boasts Colossal Lineup

It’s coming up on that time of year again, my favorite season, the summer outdoor concert season!  And that, among other things, means its festival time.  The floundering economy may have it’s dirty little fingers stuck in pretty much everyone’s pie, forcing more than a few festivals to close up shop this year (Langerado’s off, and Jackson Hole seems like a long shot), but rest assured Denver, the second annual Mile High Music Festival will be going strong right in our own backyards! 

The Duhks

duhksThe Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Duhks have always gravitated towards traditional roots-based song structures, but they've never stopped evolving since their inception five years ago. Due in part to a collective musical worldview that knows no boundaries, that evolution led the band to their latest offering Fast-Paced World, the first Duhks record to feature prodigies Sarah and Christian Dugas (replacing vocalist Jessee Havey and percussionist Scott Senior respectively). It's an album that reflects the quintet's newfound confidence, with Sarah bringing five original songs to the band's encyclopedic collection of originals and covers both old and new.

The French-Canadian born Dugas siblings have been immersed in music their whole lives, thanks in part to their musician parents. "We had a family band that toured across Canada when I was 7 and Christian was 9," remembers Sarah. "My father had a recording studio in the house, so I grew up hearing a variety of musicians playing everything from rap to rock to world beat. I grew up in a fun and creative environment."

Dugas' emergence as a songwriter has clearly contributed to the group's progression — the other members are fiddler Tania Elizabeth, guitarist Jordan McConnell and founder/banjo player Leonard Podolak — from the jaunty pop of "You Don't See it" to the jazz-waltz of "This Fall," the Duhks' enthusiastic fan base has embraced the changes. "The reaction has been really positive," says Dugas. "We've been able to keep the old fans and gotten some new ones as well."

“There's a more liberal attitude in the band when it comes to songwriting approaches,” admits Podolak. That attitude has even extended to drummer Christian's use of a full kit, in contrast to the band's previous use of just percussion. "My musical tastes have broadened immensely since we first started,” Podolak adds. “I think we've evolved musically, while maintaining our roots, but everybody in the band listens to so many different things, it was bound to happen.”

It's that kind of musical DNA that makes the band's spot-on fusion of traditional bluegrass, folk rock, Afro-Cuban jazz and soul so accessible and yet so hard to pigeonhole. It's also earned them a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Country Vocal Performance category as well as a Juno award in their native Canada.

Accolades aside, the band doesn't see any reason to pull their punches lyrically, as Dugas laments on the funky title track, "We've forgotten what's sacred in this fast-paced world."  "It's a song that's essentially about over-consumption," remarks Podolak. "We've all grown up with an outlook where's there's enough for everyone without destroying the earth."

Environmental issues are a passion for the band, inspiring them to launch The Duhks Sustainability Project ( in October 2007. Spearheaded by Tania Elizabeth, the band's goal is to "tour on as sustainable a basis as possible; fueling our vehicle with Biodiesel, supporting local organic farmers wherever we go, wearing sustainable eco-conscious clothing, using earth-friendly shampoos, soaps and cosmetics and offsetting remaining CO2 emissions with carbon credits." 

"As a band, it's something we feel very strongly about," says Podolak. "We just want to reduce our carbon footprint as much as humanly possible."

Fast Paced World was produced by the Nashville-based Jay Joyce (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt), who joins an impressive set of producers (Béla Fleck, Tim O'Brien) before him. "Jay's basement studio was like something out of the Star Trek Enterprise," laughs Podolak. Despite trying to quit smoking at the time (4 nicotine patches at once!), Joyce was "very open to our ideas and very easy to work with. I also think he learned as much from us as we did from him about combining the acoustic and electric elements of our songs in a studio setting," continues Podolak. 

As the band continues their own musical evolution, Fast-Paced World illustrates just how far the Duhks have come - and just how far they're willing to go to challenge themselves artistically.   Ulitimately, though, according to Leonard, the Duhks "just want to play music that speaks to everybody."   Mission accomplished.

April 10 {Fri}
Rams Head On Stage
33 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 268-4545
April 12 {Sun}
World Cafe Live
3100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-1400
April 13 {Mon}
The Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 414-5994
April 14 {Tue}
Harpers Ferry
158 Brighton Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-9743
April 17 {Fri}
Chameleon Club
223 N. Water Street
Landcaster, PA 17603
(717) 299-9684
April 18 {Sat}
Capital Ale House
623 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 794-6700
April 22 {Wed}
The Jewish Mother
3108 Pacific Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 422-5430
April 24 {Fri}
1328 S Collegiate Dr
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
(800) 343-7857
3:45pm / 5:15pm
April 26 {Sun}
Stagecoach Country Music Fest
81-800 Avenue 51
Indio, CA 92201
May 2 {Sat}
Oberlin College
135 West Lorain Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
(440) 775-8121
May 21 {Thu}
Camp Mather
Strawberry Music Festival
35250 Mather Road
Groveland, CA 95321
(209) 984-8630
June 19 {Fri}
The Music Camp
199 Childress Road
Spartanberg, SC 29307
8:00 pm
June 26 {Fri}
Schenley Plaza
4100 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 682-7275
July 9 {Thu}
La Fete de Marquette
50 South Baldwin Street
Madison, WI 53703
9:00 pm
July 10 {Fri}
Bastille Day Festival
Cathedral Square Park
Milwaukee, WI 53202
5:00pm / 9:15pm
July 18 {Sat}
Master Musicians Feestival
Somerset, KY 42502
(606) 677-2933
July 24 {Fri}
Blue Cow Pavilion
Floyd Fest
Milepost Marker 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway
Floyd, VA 24091
August 6 {Thu}
Iron Horse Music Hall
20 Center Street
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-8686
7:00 pm
August 7 {Fri}
Infinity Hall
20 Greenwoods Road W
Norfolk, CT 06058
(860) 542-5531
August 8 {Sat}
25 W. Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 332-1300
August 15 {Sat}
Mulberry Mountain
Harvest Music Festival
4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop
Ozark, AK 72949
(866) 667-1919
August 26 {Wed}
1337 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 595-0300
August 27 {Thu}
Levitt Pavilion
85 E. Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 683-3230
August 29 {Sat}
Mountain Sage
18653 Main Street
Groveland, CA 95321
(209) 962-4686
September 4 {Fri}
Ninigret Park
Rhythm & Roots Festival
4890A Old Post Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
(315) 738-0356
November 11 {Wed}
Black Oak Casino
19400 Tuolumne Road North
Tuolumne, CA 95379
(877) 747-8777
November 14 {Sat}
Castoro Cellars Winery
1315 N. Bethel Road
Templeton, CA 93465
(805) 238-0725


The second annual ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL returns to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 with Beastie Boys, Tool and Coldplay set to headline the three-day, multi-stage music and arts festival.  ALL POINTS WEST will also feature performances from Echo & The Bunnymen, My Bloody Valentine, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, MSTRKRFT, Gogol Bordello, The Black Keys, Fleet Foxes, Neko Case, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys and more than 65 artists appearing throughout the 80-acre historic location

Mile High Music Festival Announces 2009 Dates and Lineup

Colorado's Mile High Music Festival returns to the Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 18 and 19. The 2009 festival expands to two main stages for its second year. Headliners include TOOL (Saturday), Widespread Panic (on both Saturday and Sunday), and The Fray (Sunday).

Celebrate Memorial Weekend with Tiësto May 24 & 25

Tiësto will be delivering a sensational set of soaring vocals and epic breakdowns and arrangements for his adoring crowd at Vegas' hottest nightclubs, Jet and The Bank, Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25, respectively.  Tickets start at $75 and are currently available for purchase at  Tickets will be on sale at the door, prices subject to change.


Tiësto will bring his trademark spectacular visuals and production to both of these state of the art nightclubs for a back to back exclusive Vegas appearance.  Recently, Tiësto's epic remix of the new single from Las Vegas band The Killers "Spaceman" debuted on Club Life, Tiesto's weekly podcast, which is the number one artist-produced music podcast in the world.


This year, Tiësto was voted number one DJ in the world by the prestigious MixMag and was the first DJ to perform at the Olympics.  Other accomplishments include a Grammy nomination, headlining Coachella and Bonnaroo and selling out solo stadium concerts to over 25,000 people.


For table reservations or more information about Jet Nightclub and The Bank, please call 702-693-8300 or visit

Tiësto's Club Life Podcast - go here: 


About The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio:

Offering unrivaled service in a high-energy atmosphere, the chic and stunning 8,000-square-foot space sets The Bank apart from the traditional multi-room cavernous clubs that cater to the masses. For More information please visit


About JET Nightclub:

JET Nightclub at The Mirage combines 15,000 square feet of space with a modern multi-level environment. Catering to a variety of tastes, JET features three distinct rooms, each a unique space with its own dance floor, DJ booth and sound system.  One room is dedicated to house music spun by top guest and international DJs including world renowned Tiësto.  For more information please visit

Ben Harper & Relentless7 announce North American Tour

harperWe are proud to announce Ben Harper & Relentless7's headlining North American tour. Pre-sale tickets will be offered at Ben Harper & Relentless7 Ticketing starting March 25th at 12:00pm Noon (Local Venue Time). The pre-sale password is shimmer. Venue links below will provide general on-sale information.


04.30.09 - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA, USA
05.01.09 - Beale Street Music Festival Memphis, TN, USA
05.02.09 - Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA, USA *NEW*
05.04.09 - 9:30 Club Washington, DC, USA *NEW*
05.05.09 - Webster Hall New York, NY, USA *NEW*
05.08.09 - Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY, USA *NEW*
05.09.09 - Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA, USA *NEW*
05.10.09 - Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA, USA *NEW*
05.12.09 - Metropolis Montreal, QC, Canada *NEW*
05.13.09 - Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON, Canada *NEW*
05.15.09 - Saint Andrews Hall Detroit, MI, USA *NEW*
05.16.09 - Vic Theatre Chicago, IL, USA *NEW*
05.25.09 - Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA, USA
05.27.09 - The Fillmore San Francisco, CA, USA *NEW*
05.28.09 - Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles, CA, USA *NEW*
06.13.09 - Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester, TN, USA
07.11.09 - All Good Festival Masontown, WV, USA


04.09.09 - Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW, Australia
04.11.09 - Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
04.13.09 - Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
04.19.09 - The Forum London, UK
04.21.09 - Le Printemps de Bourges Bourges, France
06.19.09 - Southside Festival Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany
06.20.09 - Hurricane Festival Scheessel, Germany
06.22.09 - Columbiahalle Berlin, Germany
06.23.09 - Tonhalle Munich, Germany
06.25.09 - Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
06.27.09 - Hard Rock Calling Festival London, UK

Toubab Krewe | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO | Review

They’re a posse of Asheville artists who play with the sort of spunk, meticulousness and joy that should be bottled and sold at some obscure roadside stand by a secret guru. The mystical, tribal and always fascinating Toubab Krewe have the ability to stir those emotions that you thought you may have lost, without singing a single phrase in any language.

EOTO Set to Make Annual Northeast Pilgrimage

hannThe left coast breakbeat, glitch-hop and house duo known as EOTO, is set to embark on their annual east coast trek to kick off a run of spring 2009 performances. Following an undeniably successful winter tour, including a weeklong stint in the Sunshine State, EOTO will bring their innovative blend of live instrumentation and digital mixing north to eager audiences awaiting the next chapter in the group’s musical voyage.

Featuring Jason Hann and Michael Travis, formerly of the progressive jam outfit String Cheese Incident, EOTO is a shot of adrenaline to the heart of the music industry. Differing in sonic stature from their mixing forefathers, the typical EOTO live experience is 100% atypical, meaning nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is pre-looped and no set is pre-planned. Every night is a distinctive journey into the musical minds of Hann and Travis, each feeding off of the other’s creativity and the audience’s vibes. EOTO combines cutting-edge technology with live instrumental performance to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment.

Beginning immediately after the conclusion of their Florida tour, EOTO will head to Nashville, Tennessee for a show at Windows Off the Cumberland on March 16th. Additional stops include performances in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio before the group heads back to the Midwest. For a complete list of dates and details, be sure to check EOTO’s MySpace page for the latest info as the group continues to heat up 2009

Initial Lineup of the 4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series!

For 2009 the Backbeat Foundation spreads across the city presenting more than 30 shows with more than 40 acts at 4 venues:  Blue Nile (BN); Tipitina's French Quarter (TFQ); Republic NOLA (RN); and this year introducing the newest addition of the Studio at Colton (SC).  The Backbeat Jazzfest Series: Let's Be Totally Clear, will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.  The Backbeat Jazz Fest Series will provide an opportunity for Festival goers to personally and intimately experience the magic of our music while supporting a wo

Keller Williams is Albany Bound

kellerThe weather in the North East iis warming up and so is the live music scene, as Keller Williams is set to bring his enigmatic one man show to The Egg, Albany’s world renowned musical hotspot, inside of The Hart Theatre this Friday, March 20th. Keller, who has toured as a part of a bluegrass trio (Keller & The Keels) a jamband super group (Keller Williams and the MDS), a Grateful Dead tribute band (Grateful Grass) and even led The String Cheese Incident at some of their most memorable shows is returning to what he does best. A multi-instrumental virtuoso, Williams is able to loop two, three, hell- a symphony’s worth of instruments until, if you closed your eyes, you would be sure that he was not alone at all. Rather your ears would tell you that he had been joined by dozens of other performers.

But that is the genius that is Keller Williams. With the help of longtime soundman Lou Gosain, William’s is able to release all of the accompaniment he hears in his head on the crowd of eager listeners. Rarely in the jam scene can such a dichotomy occur- one man’s vision explored by the sound of countless players. And The Egg, known for its odd egg-like shape and near perfect acoustics, will be the perfect compliment for William’s show. But don’t fret if you miss out on one of the few remaining tickets for this Friday’s show. Keller is continuing to meander through the northeast before looping back down south. Check out for more details. See you at the show!