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Phish: Walnut Creek DVD

Since it has been over four years that Phish has toured, it is easy to forget how exciting and inspiring it can be to watch them play.  Though there has been a recent slew of delightful audio performances released, the emergence of the Walnut Creek DVD (recorded at the famed venue in North Carolina during their 1997 summer tour) finally gives fans another chance to have Phish illuminate their eyes as well.

Bob, Phil, Billy & Mickey to Play Obama Benefit on 10.13

Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart announced today that they will join together again on October 13th to headline a benefit concert for the Presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA. Also appearing will be the Allman Brothers Band, plus opening act to be determined.

Hot Buttered Rum for Two Nights in Boulder - Oct 10 & 11

HBR @ All Good Fest - photo by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release.  Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting.  The performances were professionally multi-tracked and later carefully mixed by Butter's long-time sound engineer, Josh Osmond. The result is striking, presenting the unique energy and improvisational spirit of a Hot Buttered Rum live performance in studio-quality sound.

Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the band's bolder and heavier side.  Their full sound permeates Live in the Northeast - from the reggae-tinged "Return Someday" and psychedelica of "Desert Rat" through definitive covers of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and Leo Sayer's "Feel Like Dancin'" - winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, the guys of Hot Buttered Rum grew up on the trails, in the mountains, and on the slopes.  Their ties with nature have only grown and as a group, the band has dedicated much time and energy to reducing their carbon footprint and promoting alternative fuel sources.  As a heavily touring band, Hot Buttered Rum had to face the tough reality of how a national tour can affect the environment and counter it with a positive change.  In response, the band helped to promote the biofuel renaissance, touring the country on recycled vegetable oil and biodiesel as early as 2003.  Band members have participated in numerous Renewable Energy and Biofuel conferences, as well as sitting on discussion panels at such renowned music festivals as Bonnaroo and High Sierra.  Highlighted in the November/December 2005 issue of E: Environmental Magazine, Hot Buttered Rum is commended for trying to "leave an impact on its fans, and not solely on the road that passes beneath its bus tires as it travels from coast to coast".  For more information on Hot Buttered Rum and their greening efforts, visit the band's website.

The band's current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

September 07 Rancho Nicasio Nicasio CA
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Music Festival Ozark AR
September 23 Humboldt Brewery Arcata CA
September 24 Stillwater Ashland CA
September 25 Domino Room Bend OR
September 26 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
September 27 Triple Door Seattle WA Two Shows!
September 28 W.O.W. Hall Eugene OR
October 10-11 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
October 30-31 Las Tortugas at Evergreen Lodge Groveland CA
November 08 8 x 10 Club Baltimore MD
November 20 East Hartford Community Center East Hartford CT
November 21 Lowell Auditorium Lowell MA supporting Dark Star Orchestra
November 22 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA supporting Dark Star Orchestra
November 23 Fairfield Theatre Bridgeport CT supporting Dark Star Orchestra
January 24 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Utica NY
February 20-21 Wintergrass Tacoma WA

More dates to be announced. 

The widespread appeal of Hot Buttered Rum's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together.  It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success. The band has performed at festivals as diverse as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with such artists as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine.

Rocking the Cradle - The Dead shows at the Great Pryamid

Good things come to those who wait! First, it took 30 years to produce this ultra-cool 2CD/DVD set from the Dead's legendary September 1978 run at the Sound & Light Theater, outside Cairo, nestled in the dunes just a short mummy-walk from the Great Pyramid and the mysterious Sphinx. Then, Dead Heads had to endure the long, restless weeks between the announcement of the release and when they could actually order it. Well, ring them bells, because the wait is over!

RatDog + Allman Brothers Photos | Red Rocks | 8/30/2008

The Grateful Web was on-hand at Red Rocks last night for the RatDog & Allman Brothers show.  Here are pictures and video snippets from the show.

STS9 Coming to Red Rocks

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Woah, is it finally September? I've been anxiously, and not always patiently, waiting for September since oh March when tickets for Sound Tribe Sector 9's Colorado Fall run of shows went on sale. First, if you don't have tickets for any of these shows, first slap yourself, and then get your freaking tickets! Less than a week here folks, okay and do you really want all of them to sell out and you have to wait outside with your finger in the air? HELL NO!

Check back here often at Grateful Web for daily updates, reviews, perhaps a few live blogs and lots of photos. Here is a short inventory on what will be happening while Sound Tribe Sector 9 is in the area.

Wednesday night at the B Side Lounge, formerly Trilogy, in Boulder is Sacred Science with Jantsen and Alala.One. The cost for the show is $12.75 and it is for those of the legal drinking age. (Sorry freshmen)

The Lowdown, a place for STS9 fans to gather on the internet, which is in my opinion a better version of any Phantasy Tour site, is having an unofficial meet and greet this night. I've found that although, at times, some of the STS9 community can have an air of let's say righteousness or reluctance in their attitude towards new fans, most if not all are really amazing people who have a great feel for what STS9 is trying to accomplish through their music. Please check out the http://thelowdown.org/ and get involved.

Thursday the real party begins! Sound Tribe Sector 9 will be headlining a Fan Club show at the Boulder Theater. This is the first time since the historic 5 night run, ending on St. Paddy's Day 2007, that STS9 has played the Boulder Theater. Tickets are hard to come by but just this week the band released a handful of tickets for this show with all proceeds benefiting one of the many charitable organizations they support, The Solar Knights. Act quickly as there are a few tickets left. Sure, they may cost a little more than if you had bought one back in March, but again remember the proceeds go to charity so you can feel useful buying one!

If you are unaware of all the charitable organizations that STS9 supports, I beg you to please take a moment and read over all of them here - http://sts9.com/?cat=12 Although more and more artists are putting intention into supporting good causes, STS9 does much more than most, and usually quietly. (Did you know almost every ticket price you pay for a STS9 show, part of that goes to charity?).

Every night of this run if you bring 10 canned goods, or usually $10, to the show, you will receive a free poster from Conscious Alliance, an amazing Boulder based organization. If you bring 25 canned goods you will receive a three panel poster from each of the nights. The posters they provide are generally done by some elite artists from around the world. They are for some treasures and highly collectible artwork.  Please consider supporting Conscious Alliance.

Starting at 11:59pm on Thursday is the Late Night show at the Fox Theater. You'll get not just Boulder's Pnuma Trio, not just Flying Lotus but as well Eliot Lipp Live featuring Alex and Lane of Pnuma Trio. Let me gush a moment because this lineup is SICK! Lane has quickly worked his way up in my mind as one of the top three live electronica drummers. Recently, at Mishawaka, I was put into a trance while watching Lane. I couldn't take my eyes off of him, my gaze surely reminiscent of a schoolgirl crush! I just couldn't bear to look away! Although I feel as if he may be part robot, his motions with his body are pure human and very very fluid.  Now add in Eliot Lipp, and yeah...

Friday, after everyone has a chance to sleep in a little, hopefully, kicks off a two night run at the always legendary Red Rocks Ampitheater. Although last year at STS9's two night Red Rocks run it felt as if more than ½ of the venue was empty, this year I doubt will be the case. This past winter STS9 did sell out BOTH of their Fillmore Auditorium shows, keep that in mind if you are waiting around to grab your Red Rocks tickets. Supporting acts for Friday's Red Rocks show are Talib Kweli and Flying Lotus.

The Gothic Theater, which is home to many old spirits from the past who have chosen to keep the Gothic as their home, is hosting the after show parties each night following Red Rocks. Friday's after show features Simon Posford performing the music of Shpongle and Hallucinogen, Future Rock doing a special Live PA set and Fort Collins' own Pretty Lights. Taken from http://livepa.org/faq/  "Live P.A. stands for "Live Personal Appearance" or "Live Performing Artist" depending on who you talk to.  In the context of electronic music, Live P.A. means that electronic musicians are playing a live show using electronic music gear (laptops, keyboards, synthesizers, samplers, hardware sequencers, etc.)  Typically electronic musicians write and produce their tracks using sequencers before the show, and play and improvise on their gear during show."

Okay okay so now *drumroll please* we can talk about Saturday. First, head down to Red Rocks for STS9 with supporting acts Bassnectar and Ghostland Observatory. That's a given right? Right! Then, unless you're brain is seriously too disconnected, you should head over to the Gothic Theater for a special night with Daedulus, and Conspirator, featuring David Murphy (STS9) and Marc and Aron (Disco Biscuits), with special guests. There is a very special act yet to be announced for this show as well. I have no problem being a gossip queen and saying that the rumor on the streets of Boulder is that this COULD turn into a TractorBeam show. Let me just say this, if you have ever enjoyed either a STS9 show or a Disco Biscuits show, go to this one. Even if it does not turn out to be a TractorBeam show, it's gonna be the heat!

All of the late night shows are being organized by Euphonic Conceptions, a great Boulder production company, and 1320 Records.

Again, keep checking back here at Grateful Web for updates and photos from the entire weekend.

YMSB to Perform at Obama's Acceptance Speech Today!

Yonder Mountain String Band, hailing from Nederland, Colorado (forty miles northwest of Denver), is honored to perform at this year's Democratic National Convention held on Denver August 24-28.  Yonder will take the stage on the final day of the convention - August 28th at INVESCO Field at Mile High Stadium - just prior to Barack Obama's highly anticipated acceptance speec

My Morning Jacket Lands at Red Rocks

Few venues in the world are finer places to see live music than Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.  On a clear summer night under a bright moon with a cool breeze, few places are finer to be, period.  It is a venue ideally suited to big sounds and bright lights, as both of these will inevitably play upon and dance between the sheer vertical red stone cliff faces.  True fans, and it doesn't matter of whom, show up early and tail gate in the parking lots, soaking up the sun and self-medicating themse

Jackson Hole Festival Part II

I woke up in Grand Teton National Park to the sounds of crazy mountain birds, and was glad not to have been eaten by bears or wolves during the night. The festival itself provides no camping but there is plenty to be found in the park and in the surrounding forests. On the drive to the festival grounds, I saw a moose, and nearly 30 people taking a picture of it. There was a lot to look forward to, and anyway I've seen moose before, so I didn't stop until I hit Teton Village.

Rothbury: Thursday with the Biscuits, EOTO, Lotus & Others

The funky, jammy, L.A. based Underground Orchestra proved to be a good start to the music of the weekend before the chaos started. Anthony Rogers-Wright proved to be an entertaining bassist and just one component of this group. Sam Feldman plays the mandolin, which I love, so this group had an instant in.