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The Merlefest Experience

I arrived in the small town of Wilkesboro, North Carolina on Saturday morning.  Wilkesboro is not the type of town you really notice or generally have any cause to stop in.  In some many ways the town's 10,000 or so residents probably prefer it that way, you don't live in this kind of town if you like hearing your neighbor's TV at night.  But last weekend was a weekend that you did want to pull off the highway, because just a few miles off the highway the country's top bluegrass and folk talents gathered to an adoring crowd

STS9 Announces Red Rocks and Western Dates

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STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), who will be on tour this summer is support of their soon-to-be released studio album peaceblaster, announces the last leg of their travels which includes stops in Berkeley, CA,  Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.  The summer will culminate with two huge headlining shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.  Their western itinerary also offers two intimate, always popular "Fan Club" shows in San Francisco, CA and Boulder, CO.

A complete list of STS9's Western U.S. appearances is as follows:

August 15 The Independent San Francisco, CA (fan club show)
August 16 The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with two special guests TBA
August 22 McMenamin's Edgefield Portland, OR with special guests Blackalicious
August 23 Marymoor Amphitheatre Seattle, WA with special guests Blackalicious
September 04 Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO (fan club show)
September 05 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Talib Kweli and others TBA
September 06 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Ghostland Observatory and Bassnectar

Tickets for Fan Club shows are only available as a two/three day pass with purchase of the Greek/Red Rocks shows and are only available through STS9 ticketing.  Please visit www.sts9.com for more information.

All shows on-sale now at www.sts9.com and on-sale locally through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com beginning May 3rd, 2008.

For the month of July, touring heavyweights STS9 and Umphrey's McGee team up for what promises to be one of the hardest-hitting tours of the summer. This co-bill will feature extended sets by both bands, and will stop in Midwest and east coast cities throughout the month of July.  Look, also, for very special late night sets by each band in select markets, including Philadelphia, Raleigh, Madison, Chicago, and NYC.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 and Umphrey's McGee tour stops in the following cities:

July 10 Willow Island Centre Madison WI
July 10 Barrymore Theatre  Madison, WI (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 11 Live on the Levee St. Louis MO  FREE SHOW!
July 12 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha NE
July 15 Moonlite Gardens Cincinnati OH
July 16 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen VA
July 17 Promowest Pavilion Columbus OH
July 18 White River Lawn Indianapolis IN
July 19 Charter One Pavilion Chicago IL
July 19 House of Blues Chicago IL (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 23 Higher Ground  Burlington VT (STS9 Only)
July 24 Roseland Ballroom New York NY
July 24 Blender at Gramercy New York NY (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 25 Festival Pier at Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA
July 25 Fillmore at TLA Philadelphia PA (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
July 26 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA
July 27 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD
July 30 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC
July 31 Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary NC
July 31 Lincoln Square Theatre  Raleigh NC (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
August 01-August 02 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA

Dubbed "...one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around" by XLR8R Magazine, STS9 steps out this summer armed with their brand-new, highly anticipated studio album, peaceblaster. To be released in summer 2008 on their own label 1320 Records, the new album will feature never-before heard tracks that artfully mirror the intensity of STS9's live shows, while preserving the musical intricacies of past studio albums that critics and fans have touted.   peaceblaster comes nearly three years after their acclaimed 2005 releases , Artifact & Artifact: Perspectives , both of which were named in iTunes list of top albums of the year.

After a flurry of industry attention, STS9 retreated from the limelight to do what they love most:  play music. On the touring front, STS9 reached number 29 on Pollstar Magazine's "PULSE Charts" of the country's top touring artists. The band has shared the stage with a diverse range of acts including Jurassic 5, Tortoise, Digable Planets, RJD2, De La Soul, The Brazilian Girls, Prefuse 73, John Butler Trio, Blackalicious, G. Love & Special Sauce, Saul Williams, Soulive, Cut Chemist, Xavier Rudd and many others, and has played such festivals as Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Winter Music Conference, and Vegoose Festival.  Recently, the band sold out a 4 night headlining run at Atlanta's Tabernacle, and a 2 night run at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium.

Medeski, Martin & Wood, and the Wood Brothers: Day 1 of my Magical Mystery Weekend

Boulder loves the jazzy funk, no doubt about it, and at the top of the fan club is Boulder's college student population.  So what better place for a jamfest featuring Medeski, Martin & Wood and the Wood Brothers than in the heart of young hipsterville, right?

MONOLITH Announces 2008 Line-Up

MONOLITH FESTIVAL presented by Esurance returns to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday September 13 and Sunday September 14.  The festival, which debuted in 2007 as the first multi-day, multi-stage festival ever held at Colorado's beloved outdoor venue, was instantly adopted as an indie fan favorite and a staple of the summer festival season.

Ben Harper with The Nightwatchman May 1st!

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Ben Harper will join The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello acoustic) along with special guests Perry Farrell, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill and more on Thursday, May 1st at Park West in Chicago for the Justice '08 Tour!  He'll play a special three-piece set backed by Innocent Criminals Juan Nelson on bass and Oliver Charles on drums.

Tickets are on sale now for only $10 at Ticketmaster.  All proceeds go to the Justice Fund.

Visit www.benharper.net and www.nightwatchmanmusic.com for more info.

Leftover Salmon REVISED 2008 Spring update

photo by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Leftover Salmon will be back on the circuit again this summer. 2008 is shaping up to be one of the biggest festival season's ever. Salmon will be partaking in a handful of these and we look forward to seeing you all there.

The band will kick off a string of festivals dates at Wakarusa in Lawrence, KS. This will be the first time the band has played Wakarusa since its inaugural year. Then it's back to Telluride for the first time in 5 years celebrating 35th year of Telluride Bluegrass.

Denver will host the largest festival Colorado has ever seen at Dick's Sporting Goods Park produced by AEG Live, we are excited to be apart of this inaugural festival and massive line up! 10,000 Lakes Festival welcome Salmon back for the first time since it inception in 2003! Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival just added!

Returning to so many great events and helping kick off a new one here in our home state has us all thinking Festivaaalll!

June
7+8 Wakaursa Festival - Lawrence, KS
20   Telluride Bluegrass - Telluride, CO
July
20   Mile High Music Festival - Denver, CO
26   10,000 Lakes Festival - Detroit Lakes, MN

Just Added!
August
2   Dune Grass Festival - Empire, MI
September
12 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival - Ozark, Arkansas


In other news...

Look for Vince and Great American Taxi on the road. info at www.greatamericantaxi.net   

Drew Emmitt will be touring this summer with good friend Billy Nershi and their new band the Emmitt-Nershi Band. Check out all confirmed dates at www.emmittnershiband.com .

Hey Folks...
Don't forget about Del Fest! Both Drew and Vince will be performing in various projects (Taxi, Emmitt/Nershi, sit-ins, etc) over the Memorial Day weekend. The first annual Del Fest will take place in Cumberland Maryland. Go to the festival website here.

ROTHBURY Announces Solar Schools Program Details

ROTHBURY, the nation's first around-the-clock music and camping festival to implement maximum sustainability, near zero-waste initiatives and facilitate dialogue about climate change and clean energy solutions, is also giving back to the community with ROTHBURY's Solar Schools Program presented by RE: VOLVE APPAREL.

Coming Soon: An Evening With Hot Tuna!

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Few musicians living or dead have reached the sort of legendary status reached by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founding members and heart and soul of Hot Tuna.  And if they have, they probably don't look so good doing it (think Keith Richards).  Friends and collaborators for over 50 years now, including a little thing in the 60's known as The Jefferson Airplane, Jorma and Jack have built between them the sort of musical symbiosis that most relationships don't last long enough to attain.

Jorma and Jack played music together as children, with Jack on lead guitar and Jorma on rhythm.  Even after being separated by miles and circumstances early in adulthood, Jorma and Jack reunited to play together, each dabbling in new instruments and styles. Jack Casady started playing electric bass at a time when it was unpopular to do so, and Jorma Kaukonen honed his skills with elaborate finger-picking.  In the mid 60's they joined a band forming in San Francisco, and thus was born The Jefferson Airplane.  Jorma and Jack continued to work on their own side project, which became Hot Tuna sometime after their first album was recorded.  Known at one time in their careers for playing three to six hour sets, uninterrupted, Hot Tuna has had huge success as both a large, loud and electric act, and as an acoustic duo.  This side project has been going strong for more than 35 years.

On Thursday, May 8th, Hot Tuna will be stopping by the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, with shows in Apsen and Denver on the 9th and 10th.  These special acoustic and electric shows are not to be missed, and its only every so often that one gets to find one's self in the presence of living legends.  And it won't even cost an arm or a leg (think Keith Richards again)!  Regarded by many as some of the best guitar and bass players in existence, Jorma and Jack are certain to rock you until your ears hurt, but it might be one of the best hurts you'll ever have.

Oh, and it probably won't last six hours. Probably.

For more information and tour dates please visit: www.hottuna.com

Sam Holloway,

The Grateful Web

Additional Artists Announced for The Mile High Music Festival

Regarded as a breakout [festival] hit" (New York Times/April 2008), the first annual Mile High Music Festival powered by SanDisk is proud to announce the addition of Jason Mraz, Lupe Fiasco, Mike Gordon, Hill Country Review, Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers, Ferras, The Whigs, and Eric Hutchinson to an already stellar line-up of artists confirmed to perform on July 19th and 20th at the Outer Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline on

ROTHBURY Announces Additional Artists

Music is the soul of ROTHBURY, which recently announced a handful of new artists added to the lineup.  Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Atmosphere, Steel Pulse, The Wailers featuring Elan, Ingrid Michaelson, Perpetual Groove, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, BoomBox, Brother Ali, Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled By Turtles, and Four Finge