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Madeleine Peyroux at the Scottish Rite Auditorium

"It was all about the voice tonight," said Ruthie Foster, the spirited opening act from Texas. She couldn't have been more correct. Walking into the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ is an experience in itself. The historic 1930's art deco venue is an extremely intimate theater which holds about 1,000 people in a tight moon shape circle around the stage. The ambiance was perfect for one of the greatest voices alive today.

Steve Kimock & Friends Plan String of Bay Area Dates

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Legendary guitarist Steve Kimock returns to his northern California roots for a run of mid-March dates with a line-up featuring several longtime friends and as well as a few fresh faces. Boasting an All-Star cast, with Melvin Seals (JGB) on the B-3 and keyboards, Steve's prodigal son John Morgan Kimock on drums, veteran bassist Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), and Billy Goodman (Goodman Brothers) handling vocal duties, the latest incarnation of SK&F marks a first of firsts. Not only will this be the first time Hutchinson has participated in SK&F, but this is also the first time a Goodman has joined Kimock onstage under SK&F moniker.

It was 1974 when The Goodman Brothers plucked Steve Kimock out of his native Pennsylvania to handle axe-work for their folk rock outfit. Impressed by his uncanny guitar prowess, Frank and Billy tabbed Kimock to round out their Goodman sound and headed to California. Kimock enjoyed stints in the salsa band the Underdogs as well as the Heart of Gold Band, before forming the psychedelic rock ensemble, Zero, in 1984, and was later touted as Jerry Garcia's "favorite unknown guitar player," Now, Billy Goodman and Steve Kimock's journey comes full circle as the two are united onstage once again in this ever-evolving project.

With over three decades of touring under his belt, Steve Kimock amassed a strong national audience through his blistering guitar runs and inspired lyrical improvisations. Following five focused years of composing, recording and touring with the Steve Kimock Band, Kimock spent the last two years working on new projects. Collaborating with such artists such as Mickey Hart and Bill Kreuztmann of the Grateful Dead (for the Rhythm Devils) and Keller Williams for his recent title Dream, Kimock has remained a rather busy musician. After a successful reformation of the band Zero which included Melvin Seals, Kimock toured with Bob Weir's Ratdog through 2007 and also had the chance to join the Allman Brothers on stage for a few memorable performances during their summer tour.

In 2002, Steve Kimock returned to his home state of Pennsylvania with his family, where he is now preparing new songs and arrangements with this year's incarnation of SK&F. With Spring rapidly approaching, fans old and new can anticipate the group dusting off traditional Kimock standards and covers, as well as a full recipe of brand new collaborations and arrangements.

Mar 11- Red Fox Tavern: Eureka, CA
Mar 13- Great American Music Hall: San Francisco, CA
Mar 14- Great American Music Hall: San Francisco, CA
Mar 15- Forestville Club: Forestville, CA
Mar 16- Forestville Club: Forestville, CA

10,000 Lakes Festival Initial 2008 Lineup

The sixth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) is proud to announce the initial lineup for this year's celebration of music, nature and community.  Held July 23–26 at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, 10KLF continues to grow as Al Schnier guitarist from moe. calls the 10,000 Lakes Festival "one of those great spots you tell all your friends about."

With over sixty bands on the final lineup, the 10,000 Lakes Festival announces initial artists for the 2008 event with performances from:

Phil Lesh & Friends

MONOLITH Announces 2008 Dates & Showcase in Austin

Colorado's legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a natural geologic phenomenon in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain's Front Range, is a world-renown outdoor venue and a favorite among fans and performers alike. Last year, MONOLITH festival organizers Josh Baker and Matt Fecher, together with AEG Live Rocky Mountains, thrilled fans and industry by putting on the first ever multi-day, multi-stage festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.  Despite today's saturated summer festival season, MONOLITH Presented by Esurance proved to fill a niche:

ROTHBURY Announces Festival Dates and Initial Lineup

On July 4th weekend 2008, ROTHBURY emerges as a new American celebration. For this next generation of the rock and roll music festival, ROTHBURY sets forth as a huge party with a purpose. Hosted at the one-of-a-kind Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan, the unique festival site offers trails, forests, fields, lakes and beach fronts, and even on-site lodging, bars and eateries.

DSO Added to Bonnaroo

Dark Star Orchestra has been confirmed as part of the initial lineup for the 2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 7th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 12-15 on the same 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. The final Bonnaroo 2008 lineup will total over 100 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.

MARTIN INTRODUCES BEN HARPER SIGNATURE GUITAR!

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Martin Guitars and Ben Harper have teamed up to create a signature edition guitar that targets tone and on stage versatility: the Martin HM Ben Harper Special Edition. Drawing inspiration from Martin's M size and displaying classic Martin appointments, this instrument is perfect for acoustic and amplified sound.

Call the Folk Music Center at 909-624-2928 to reserve yours today!

RINGO STARR AND BEN HARPER - "ARTIST ON ARTIST" FEB. 9

Ben and Ringo interviewed each other as part of MySpace's ongoing series "Artist On Artist"! The video will be shown starting February 9 at www.myspace.com/artistonartist.

"BODY OF WAR" SOUNDTRACK DUE MARCH 1

"No More", the Eddie Vedder penned and performed tune for the documentary "Body of War" featuring guest Ben Harper live at Lollapalooza, will be the lead single on the upcoming 2-CD compilation, "Body of War: Songs that Inspired an Iraq War Veteran," due out March 18 on Sire Records.

The album is culled from hand-picked tracks by Iraq War veteran Tomas Young, who was shot and paralyzed from the chest down after serving in Iraq for less than a week.

More info available at www.bodyofwar.com.

BEN HARPER ON SHERYL CROW ALBUM

Ben sings guest vocals on Sheryl Crow's new album "Detours", in stores now. The song "Gasoline" came together in a Nashville studio while in town for the 2007 Bonnaroo Music Festival

Upcoming Steve Kimock Dates, Including Langerado w/Mickey

Steve Kimock- for the Grateful Web

Steve Kimock gets back to his Bay Area roots with a very special line-up of old and new FRIENDS. SK&F, Kimock's feel-good side project for more than a decade, will rehearse and perform in Northern CA from March 9-16, 2008.

Kimock is basing the group around an old friend, the Great, Melvin Seals on B-3 organ and keyboards, along with prodigal son, John Morgan Kimock on drums. Joining them are, veteran Bay Area bassist and Bonnie Raitt Band music director, Hutch Hutchinson and singer/songwriter Billy Goodman, of the Goodman Brothers, the band that first brought Kimock West to the Bay Area in the mid 70s.

Fans will be treated to new songs, being incubated in the Kimock laboratory, known as the performance stage, as well renewed renditions of acclaimed Kimock standards and covers.

Confirmed Dates :

3/11/08 Red Fox Tavern - Eureka, CA

3/13/08 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA

3/14/08 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA

3/15/08 Forestville Club - Forestville, CA

3/16/08 Forestville Club - Forestville, CA

Steve will play with the Mickey Hart Band at Langerado & Wakarusa.  More dates announced soon.

How often do you get to hear Steve Kimock playing a mutron solo to a Clash tune on a boat in the middle of the ocean?

Listen Here to Kimock playing the Clash's The Magnificent Seven with Karl Denson's Super Jam on JamCruise 6.

Kimock also had the opportunity to sit in with Warren Haynes on JamCruise.
Listen:

Wild Horses (Warren Haynes with Steve Kimock, Grace Potter and Ivan Neville)

Stella Blue (Warren Haynes and Steve Kimock)

Vegoose 2007: A Look Back

I can't decide if it's better that I wait so long after the shows to turn in my reviews or not. This time was a bit excessive, and I won't bore you with my personal issues.

Donna Jean & The Tricksters: Coming Full Circle

There is something to be said about the marriage of experience and youth. It usually results in wisdom–or at the least a sort of magic. And magic is what seems to be coming from the new band, Donna Jean & the Tricksters. The experience comes from Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, known best for her harmony voice in the Grateful Dead, and keyboardist Mookie Siegel, who has played with the David Nelson Band, Phil & Friends, and RatDog.