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3rd Annual Yarmony Grass Music Festival Announced

The state of Colorado can already boast two major bluegrass festivals, those being the world renowned Telluride Bluegrass and its spectacular younger cousin Rockygrass.  Well, a third of such would be the Yarmony Grass Music Festival, a bluegrass-featured gathering nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains.

Grateful Garcia Gathering 2008

The Grateful Garcia Gathering '08 continues on its long strange trip, and now the bus is pulling into Legend Valley (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center) outside Columbus, Ohio. The 3Gs takes place July 31 through August 2, 2008, and will celebrate what would have been legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia's 66th Birthday.

Underground Heavyweight Bassnectar On Tour This Spring

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Bassnectar, voted San Francisco's "number one DJ" three years in a row, is on tour this spring bringing his original and memorizing mixes, big bass drops and contagious energy to venues and clubs across the country.  The tour includes first time stops in Asheville, Birmingham and others as well as returning performances at the Miami Winter Music Conference.  Bassnectar has been featured in ALARM, BMP, DJ MAGAZINE, DJ TIMES, HARP, REMIX, URB, XLR8R and many others, and is touring in support of his acclaimed album, Underground Communication, released on OM Records in Spring 2007. 

Here's what critics are saying:

"a vibrant concoction of hip-hop, glitch and jungle. One precaution about this LP: Make sure you have the speakers to do it justice." - Remix

"Zigzagging bass flutters, acid techno, hip-hop, and ambient breakbeats tantamount to pulsating club bangers." - URB

Voted "Best DJ" by Nitevibe.com and SF Bay Guardian, Bassnectar's music is forging new paths in the electronic music world, the Burning Man scene, underground hip hop circles, and beyond. The brainchild of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is an experimentally collaborative music project, but it's also a platform for social change and political awareness. It's stylistically specific, yet it's an eclectic, full spectrum adventure.

For Bassnectar's most recent release, Underground Communication (Om Records/May 8, 2007), Bassnectar takes another step forward in his genre-bending blend of musical styles and emotions, combining the visceral melodic presence of modern listening music, with the force and volume of sound system dance floor devastation. The new record is an exploration of hip-hop culture, featuring scores of MCs and rhythmic poetics mashed atop a heavy, driving  range of tempo and, of course, those signature throbbing bass lines. Rooted firmly in political conviction and philosophical intention, and backed by a rabid fan base and dedicated following, Underground Communication sets a new standard for the possibilities of merging music, art, new media and social activism.

The list of current Bassnectar appearances is as follows:

March 12 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM

March 13 Club Red - Inside the Red Owl Tempe AZ

March 14 Roosevelt's Tavern Ketchum ID

March 15 Boulder Theater Boulder CO w/ Eliot Lipp and Kid Beyond

March 28 Laundry Bar Miami Beach FL w/ Z-Trip, Drop The Lime, DJ Swamp

March 29 Antone's Austin TX

March 30 Circa 28 Miami FL w/ Freestylers, Evil 9, Fort Knox 5

April 02 The Pour House Charleston SC w/ Eliot Lipp

April 03 Georgia Theatre Athens GA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 04 Zydeco Birmingham AL w/ Eliot Lipp

April 05 Orange Peel Asheville NC w/ Eliot Lipp, Telepath

April 07 Soap Box Wilmington NC w/ Eliot Lipp

April 08 Cat's Cradle Carrboro NC w/ Eliot Lipp

April 09 The Mix One 6 Roanoke VA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 10 8x10 Baltimore MD w/ Eliot Lipp

April 12 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 13 Pearl Street - Club Room Northampton MA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 14 Higher Ground South Burlington VT w/ Eliot Lipp, Pnuma Trio

April 15 Paradise Club Rock Boston MA w/ Eliot Lipp, Pnuma Trio

April 27 SUNY New Paltz Quad - Rock Against Racism New Paltz NY

May 17 The Fillmore San Francisco CA

July 05 ROTHBURY - Double JJ Ranch Rothbury MI

July 12 All Good Music Festival - Marvin's Mountaintop Morgantown WV

More dates to be announced.

Goin' Green @ Langerado

So, I'm leaving in a few days for my first Langerado festival…my first, but this is the 6th year of the party's existence. I've always heard fabulous things about it but never have been able to go.  I have to say that even though things haven't gone as originally planned, like they ever really do right? I'm getting super stoked about going.

Ben Harper To Present at 2008 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Ben Harper will induct blues harp legend Little Walter into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10 in New York City!

Ben will perform live today, Feb. 29th at the 58th Annual Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo, Italy's popular long-running song contest. He'll join Italian sensation Jovanotti for the song "Fango" , and play "Lifeline" solo acoustic. The event will be televised on Italy's Rai Uno.

Ringo Starr and Ben Harper meet for a one-on-one interview as part of the exclusive MySpace series "Artist on Artist." Catch it now at myspace.com/artistonartist!

B.H.I.C. will be the featured artist on the March 6th episode of "Live from the Artists Den", airing on Ovation TV. It will feature live footage from their 2007 performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Get a sneak peak of "Forgiven" at ovationtv.com.

A live version of "With My Own Two Hands" has also been released on the CD "Live from the Artists Den: Season One." Buy it at Amazon.com.

"Body of War", featuring Ben Harper's "Black Rain" and a live duet with Eddie Vedder on "No More", is now available for pre-order at www.bodyofwarmusic.com. The website also features special footage and a studio version of the Vedder tune.

"Body of War: Songs that Inspired an Iraq War Veteran," a double-CD compilation of songs curated by Iraq war veteran Tomas Young, will be released by Sire Records on March 18, 2008.

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are heading back to Europe this summer! They'll be playing a mix of festivals and special headlining engagements. The current list of events is posted in Tour Dates. More dates will be added soon!!

B.H.I.C. invite you to Vail, CO on Saturday, April 12th for a special one-night only engagement at the 2008 Spring Back to Vail concert. Tickets on sale now!

Check out a smokin' live version of "Whipping Boy" recorded during the "Lifeline" tour in B.H.I.C. Radio exclusively at www.benharper.net!

ROTHBURY Announces More Artists. Tickets On Sale Today!

ROTHBURY announces the addition of Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Wailers, Mickey Hart Band featuring George Porter Jr. and Steve Kimock, and Trampled By Turtles to the artist lineup.  Tickets went on sale Today, February 27 th at 12pm Noon EST.  Check out www.rothburyfestival.com for more details.

Toubab Krewe Spring Tour Dates!

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe will hit the road for an extensive tour this spring, kicking things off this week at Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC on February 28. We've got lots of shows coming up throughout the Southeast, including a special two night run in Atlanta. From there, we head north and then onwards to the Midwest and Rocky Mountains, making music and celebrating in the snowy lands of the western high country. They will be confirming the second leg of the tour in a few weeks, with lots of dates on the West Coast and in the Northeast. Stay Tuned.

February 28, 9 p.m.
Cat's Cradle
Carrboro, NC
www.catscradle.com

February 29, 9 p.m.
Georgia Theatre
Athens, GA
www.georgiatheatre.com

March 1, 9 p.m.
Visulite Theatre
Charlotte, NC
www.visulite.com

March 6, 10 p.m.
Jewish Mother
Virginia Beach, VA
www.jewishmother.com

March 7, 9 p.m.
Lincoln Theatre
Raleigh, NC
www.lincolntheatre.com

March 8, 9 p.m.
Soapbox
Wilmington, NC
www.soapboxlaundrolounge.com

March 12, 9 p.m.
Mercy Lounge
Nashville, TN
www.mercylounge.com

March 13, 9 p.m.
Smith's Olde Bar
Atlanta, GA
www.smithsoldebar.com

March 14, 9 p.m.
Smith's Olde Bar
Atlanta, GA
www.smithsoldebar.com

March 15, 10 p.m.
Beta Bar
Tallahasse, FL
www.thebetabar.com

March 19, 10 p.m.
State Theatre
Falls Church, VA
www.thestatetheatre.com

March 20, 10:30 p.m.
The 8 x 10
Baltimore, MD
www.the8x10.com

March 21, 10:30 p.m.
Appalachian Brewing Company
Harrisburg, PA
www.abcbrew.com

March 22, 9 p.m.
Club Cafe
Pittsburgh, PA
www.clubcafelive.com

March 26, 9 p.m.
Ark
Ann Arbor, MI
www.theark.org

March 27, 10:30
Bluebird Nightclub
Bloomington, IN
www.thebluebird.ws

March 28, 9 p.m.
Kinetic Playground
Chicago, IL
www.thekineticplayground.com

March 29, 9 p.m.
Cabooze
Minneapolis, MN
www.cabooze.com

March 30, 9 p.m.
Knickerbockers
Lincoln, NE
www.knickerbockers.net

April 2, 10:00 p.m.
Quixote's True Blue
Denver, CO
www.quixotes.com

April 3, 10:00 p.m.
Quixote's True Blue
Denver, CO
www.quixotes.com

April 4, 5:30 p.m.
KOTO End of Season Street Dance
Telluride, CO (Main St.)
(free show!)

April 5, 10:00 p.m.
Park City Playground
Park City, UT
www.parkcityplayground.com

April 6, 6:00 p.m.
Mangy Moose
Teton Village, WY
www.mangymoose.net

April 11, 9:30 p.m.
Tractor Tavern
Seattle, WA
www.tractortavern.com

April 12, 10:00 p.m.
Goodfoot Lounge
Portland, OR
www.thegoodfoot.com

April 26, 9 p.m.
McDowell Mountain Music Festival 
Scottsdale, AZ
www.mmmf.net

moe. | Sticks and Stones | Review

Short.  Sweet.  Simple.  That is the best way to describe the newest release from New York's favorite jam kings, moe.  Coming in a just over forty minutes, Sticks and Stones is a clean and concise recording of songs that were all written in the studio, versus the band's usual method of writing material on tour and road-testing them prior to tracking.

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