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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.

10KLF Opens Artist Submissions for Cosmic Break Tour

With the festival's initial lineup announcement still a few weeks away, the 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) and OurStage announce the fourth annual Cosmic Break Tour.  Through OurStage.com, this year's 10KLF Cosmic Break Tour will present musicians nationwide with the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of enthusiastic festival-goers at the 6th annual 10,000 Lakes Festival, held July 23-26 in Detroit Lakes, MN.

Conscious Alliance Plans for a Busy Spring Season

STS9 in support of Conscious Alliance- for the Grateful Web

This fall, Colorado based not-for-profit Conscious Alliance continued its mission to help feed America's hungry communities, hosting food drives at various music events this winter/spring.  Look for Conscious Alliance at the Langerado Music Festival at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Florida on March 6th-9th, along STS9 and EOTO Winter Tours, and at select one-off concert events including Keller Williams and The WMD'S on February 2nd at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado and New Monsoon (featuring Tim Carbone from Railroad Earth and EOTO with special guest Michael Kang) on February 9th at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.  As always, patrons can donate 10 non-perishable food items or $10.00 to receive a limited edition rock art poster.

For this trip, Conscious Alliance will host their second Student Service Learning Project.  The program offers exciting alternative service-learning experiences for college students during their fall/spring breaks.  The Student Service Learning Project synthesizes service learning by combining education and hands-on service.  Participating students learn about hunger related issues, as well as Lakota culture, by providing compassionate cross-cultural community service on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  While on the reservation, students lodge with community leaders Floyd and Natalie Hand, as they sort and distribute food to community members in need, aid with home repairs for Lakota families, participate in educational sessions with Lakota elders, and communicate with Pine Ridge college students and peers about current cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.  This spring, March 23rd - 29th, Conscious Alliance will organize a group of students from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Conscious Alliance started off the 2008 by partnering with Jam Cruise to host a school supplies drive to benefit children living in Roatan, Honduras, one of the stops along Jam Cruise 6.  Conscious Alliance, Jam Cruise, Pangea Organics, The Children's Fund of Roatan and Zero Hero teamed up to deliver dozens of backpacks and boxes of school supplies, which were collected from passengers when the ship docked at port.  Additionally, Pangea Organics donated 1000's of bars of organic soap that were divided between a school, orphanage and clinic on the island.  The Children's Fund of Roatan shared their history to a group of 40 Jam Cruise volunteers, and children at the orphanage received an acoustic performance by Jam Cruise musicians including Jon Fishman, Jamie Janover, Jeff Coffin, Dave Watts and Dan Lebowitz.

For Conscious Alliance, the 2008 winter/spring season comes on the heels of a hugely successful 4th annual Turkey n' Trimmings holiday fundraiser.  As a result of a generous outpouring of donations, Conscious Alliance was able to deliver nearly 2,000 holiday dinners- three times the amount delivered in 2006!  Deliveries were made to communities on Pine Ridge, Northern Cheyenne, Rosebud, Standing Rock, and Fort Peck Indian Reservations.  In addition, the 4th annual Toy Drive received a huge boost this year thanks to a donation from JAKKS Pacific.  The contribution landed the total number of toys donated at nearly 10,000, resulting in distribution to dozens of communities on Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Peck Indian Reservations.  Instead of wrapping paper, toys were given out in pillowcases sewn by quilting groups across the Midwest, thus eliminating excess waste.