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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

Langerado Announces Initial Artist Lineup

Held for the first time this year at Bicentennial Park on Biscayne Bay, Langerado now calls Miami - one of the world's must cultural cities - home.  Today, festival organizers make an initial artist announcement to make the Magic City proud.  Death Cab For Cutie, Snoop Dogg, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Thievery Corporation (Live), Slightly Stoopid and Dashboard Confessional join Flogging Molly,

Steve Kimock Launches Crazy Engine

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine- for the Grateful Web

After three years, Steve Kimock announces his new nationally touring band, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine. This is Kimock unleashed. The ensuing revelry featuring Melvin Seals on Hammond B3, will push the boundaries of rock and roll, rhythm, gospel and soul for undeniably feel-good music. Known for his mind-bending versatility and intuitive guitar-speak, Kimock has enjoyed the last few years performing with the likes of Rhythm Devils, Ratdog, Allman Bros, Little Feat and Zero among others. While the complete six-person line-up won't be announced until next month, expect gigantic things from Crazy Engine in the coming year.

New Years in Colorado

 

Steve Kimock returns to Denver for a string of dates leading up to this year's New Year's Eve celebration. 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 Melvin Seals and JGB. Kimock's stop in Colorado promises to be a memorable close to an eventful 2008.

DSO | The Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 12/2/2008

Are you a Grateful Dead snob? An easy way to answer that question is to read through the following list of statements. If any describe you, then you might fit the bill.
 
1. You will only listen to soundboard recordings.
2. You measure a person based on how many shows they saw, regardless of their age.
3. People who think Phish was the logical next step after The Grateful Dead don't have a clue.
4.

Tiësto to embark on final leg of In Search Of Sunrise tour

Tiësto- for the Grateful Web

With twenty-five shows in four weeks, Tiësto will be giving thousands of fans an opportunity to enjoy the full unique In Search of Sunrise experience. A special party will take place on New Year's Eve at the world famous Roseland Ballroom by New York's Times Square, when Tiësto will deliver a full five hour live set that will mark the culmination of his amazing In Search of
Sunrise
tour. This is going to be a special night for Tiësto, where he will pull out all the stops for the biggest celebration of the year!
 
At past performances, the master DJ has had buzz artists like Tegan & Sara, Cary Brothers and José González as well as theatrical entertainment phenomena Blue Man Group perform live while he spins. Tiësto also made a dance floor hit mix of Maroon 5's  "Not Fall Apart" that is on their upcoming Call And Response: The Remix Album.

Mon 8 Dec   Cowboys - San Antonio, TX
Tue 9 Dec   Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI -Merida, Mexico
Wed 10 Dec  Estadio de Beisbol Aquilles Serdan - Puebla, Mexico
Thu 11 Dec  Roots - Mexico City, Mexico
Fri 12 Dec  Arena Monterrey -Monterrey, Mexico
Sat 13 Dec  Foro Alterno - Guadalajara, Mexico
Sun 14 Dec  Fex Centro de Espectaculo - Mexicall, Mexico
Mon 15 Dec  Heat Ultra Lounge - Anaheim, CA
Tue 16 Dec  Heat Ultra Lounge - Anaheim, CA
Wed 17 Dec  Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
Thu 18 Dec  Ruby Skye - San Francisco, CA
Fri 19 Dec  Peppermill Casino/Resort - Reno, NV
Sat 20 Dec  Beta - Denver, CO
Sun 21 Dec  Belly Up - Aspen, CO
Thu 25 Dec  Jet - Las Vegas, NV
Fri 26 Dec  Jet - Las Vegas, NV
Sat 27 Dec  Liv - Miami, FL
Sun 28 Dec  Hard Rock - Orlando, FL
Mon 29 Dec  Green Iguana - Tampa, FL
Wed 31 Dec  Roseland Ballroom - New York, NY
Thu 1 Jan   Bell Center – Montreal, Canada
Fri 2 Jan   UMF – Cambiorú, SC, Brazil
Sat 3 Jan   Parque Central – San Jan, Puerto Rico
Sun 4 Jan   Summer Dance Festival – Cartagena, Columbia