10KLF Confirms Additional Performers for July Music Weekend

The sixth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) held July 23-26 at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, MN returns as the Midwest's premiere camping and music destination event with an additional round of artist confirmations.  Campgrounds are filling quickly based on the excitement of the festival's diverse selection of already announced artists.  10KLF 2008 will also feature performances from:

Photos from Langerado 2008!

Amanda Bell, who covered Langerado on behalf of the Grateful Web, has started to send her pictures from the weekend.  We're in the proces

This is BoomBox - Colorado Tour

photo courtesy of Tsunami Publicity- for the Grateful Web

Alabama's own, BoomBox, has announced an April weekend run of Colorado dates taking them to Boulder, Fort Collins, Denver and Rollinsville in four days.  The musical journey into sound and revelation features stops at The Fox Theater, Hodi's Half Note, Cervantes, and The Stage Stop.

Meshing decades of musical history and popular culture into one complete package, BoomBox offers a truly unique musical statement unlike anything on the music scene today.  Each stop along the tour will benefit local Colorado non-profits, The Basics Fund and Conscious Alliance, as part of the band's mission to help provide for the communities they visit.

The Basics Fund, a local non-profit that raises funds to pay for artists' health insurance, will join forces with BoomBox to organize party transportation with buses that provide a fun, safe way to travel to see the shows.  Buses will have stops in Boulder and Denver with round trip tickets and libations that will be offered for a donation of $25 to The Basics Fund.  BoomBox's contribution to the Colorado-based Conscious Alliance will be powered by the fans. For the donation of 10 can food items or a mere $10, concert goers will receive a Limited Edition commemorative event poster for this BoomBox Colorado run!

Producer/DJ Russ Randolph and singer/songwriter/guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux incorporate the rich history of an area widely recognized for its contributions to the music world in their own work.  Mixing danceable rhythms, hypnotic mixes, and shimmering guitar phrases with an unspoken vibe, BoomBox also leaves their own mark on the Muscle Shoals music community.  Featuring a DJ with a vocalist/guitarist in real time, the BoomBox experience is utterly matchless and cathartic all in the same.

Known for their high-energy live experience, the interplay between Randolph and Godchaux crafts a well-rounded soundscape appealing to an extensive audience.  Drawing crowds of all ages and musical interests through their fusion of rock and roll, psychedelia, and house, the BoomBox sound stimulates the mind, body, and the soul.  Randolph's experience as a producer and Godchaux's work with a pen contribute to the distinctiveness of the duo.

The four-night Colorado tour promises to be a memorable experience and a chance to see and hear a live show unlike any other. Joining BoomBox on their Colorado tour will be San Diego's own Alfred Howard and the K23 Orchestra.  The AHK23's characteristic blend of classic soul, aggressive rock, and vintage psychedelia with master wordsmith Alfred Howard at the helm, has been nationally recognized by funk heads, indie-rock diehards, hip-hoppers, reggae, and poetry lovers alike.  For more information, visit or


Thursday, April 24th @ Fox Theatre: Boulder, CO
Friday, April 25th @ Cervantes: Denver, CO
Saturday, April 26th @ Hodi's Half Note: Fort Collins, CO
Sunday, April 27th @ The Stage Stop: Rollinsville, CO

Inaugural Mile High Music Fest. Announced for July 19th & 20th

AEG Live Rocky Mountain Region announces the first annual Mile High Music Festival powered by SanDisk on July 19th and 20th.

Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings

You waited, you begged, you became surly; so without further ado...A Dead.Net Exclusive:

Happy Birthday Phil Lesh!

Phil Lesh is 68 years young today. Happy Birthday, Phil! Phil & Friends are hitting all the summer festivals, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to see the latest incarnation of Phil & Friends.  Check below for all the cool festivals Phil & Friends will be playing.  The Grateful Web will be on-hand at many of these festivals, so watch for upcoming reviews and photo spreads from these great summer shows.   Happy Spring!

Still Time to Get Your Phix

- for the Grateful Web

Over the past six years, Phix has been to Phish what Dark Star Orchestra has been to the Grateful Dead:  an absolutely amazing tribute band performing show after show of music that nearly rivals the original.

Based in Boulder, CO the band consists of Paul Murlin (guitar/vocals), Derek Berg (keys/vocals), Chris Sheldon (drums, vocals), and Brian Adams (bass/vocals).  Of all the bands on the scene that cover the intricate music of jam legends Phish, nobody does it better.  Close your eyes during a show and at times you can hardly tell you are listening to four guys from Boulder rather than the well-known four from Vermont.

Unfortunately after playing over 500 shows the band has called it quits, perhaps again fashioning themselves after their heroes, who many feel prematurely disbanded.  However, that doesn't mean these guys are finished just yet.

The draw of playing the songs of Phish must be strong, because even since their last shows in the summer of 2007 coined Covertry (a clever take on Phish's last festival Coventry), some gigs keep popping up.

Two weeks ago at Dulcinea's 100 th Monkey in Denver the band performed an unadvertised show, much to the delight of those who caught word about this "reunion" concert.  The group jammed out Phish favorites such as "David Bowie", "Possum", "The Squirming Coil", "Harry Hood", and more with excellent timing and improvisational flair.

Though the band claims it is no longer touring, there have been more Phix performances announced as of late.  Perhaps the most exciting went down last weekend at the Langerado Festival in Florida, which just happened to take place at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, the site of Phish's historic millennium concert.

Adding relevance to the experience, the band was slated to start at 11:55pm; exactly the same time Phish took the stage for their monstrous six hour New Year's Eve celebration.  Though Phix trimmed their set down to a modest three hours, it was extremely fitting nonetheless.

Poor weather did not stop the band from belting out popular covers like "Reba", "Maze", and "Divided Sky"; along with a few deeper catalogue songs like "Destiny Unbound", "Punch You in the Eye", "Moma Dance", and "The Curtain".

It now appears the band is at least willing to get together once in awhile and recreate that infectious groove that is Phish.  Anyone curious about experiencing what Phix can do will have at least one more chance in the near future.

The group is now slated to perform at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO on April 4 th.  This is actually a platform for the members of the band to show off their new musical projects, but they have apparently agreed to dedicate a portion of the evening to play as Phix.

With only one confirmed show on the horizon, fans of the music of Phish would do themselves a service by checking out this extremely fun tribute band.

Swingin' West, Road to Roo & more

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

DSO Hosts Special Guests On & Off Stage

While DSO's own soundman Cameron Blietz dropped off tour to address his chronic back pain (get well soon Cam!), DSO was honored to have the Grateful Dead's former soundman Dan Healy... Seen here 'On the Bus'. Additionally, on March 1, fans in Atlanta were treated to a special guest performance from luminary soul keyboardist Ike Stubblefield. Thanks so much to everyone for sharing in the music.

Swingin' West Again

After the upcoming European performances, DSO will be hitting the road again stateside with a string of Colorado and West Coast Tour Dates.  There will also be another three-night stand at the Great American Music Hall, so if you're in the Bay area, be sure to get your Tickets early as the shows are sure to attract any number of special appearances and always sell out in advance.

Summer = Fields, Forests and Festivals!

Dark Star Orchestra would just like to thank the folks at Langerado for another great pre-festival season warm up (literally) in Florida this past week.  A great time was had by all and we now look forward to Jam in the Dam this week, and then further down the line performances at Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo, 10,000 Lakes Festival and many more festival appearances still to be announced.

Road to the Roo Tour Dates Announced

After 'Swingin West' the band loads up the bus again - this time for New England.  DSO will be hitting some new cities and venues on this tour, so be sure to check out our Website and get your tickets ahead of time with DSO Ticketing.

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Sat 3/15 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam, Netherlands TICKETS
Sun 3/16 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam, Netherlands TICKETS
Mon 3/17 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam, Netherlands TICKETS
Swingin' West Tour Begins...
Fri 4/11 Valar Center Avon, CO TICKETS
Sat 4/12 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO TICKETS
Sun 4/13 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO TICKETS
Wed 4/16 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO TICKETS
Thurs 4/17 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO TICKETS
Fri 4/18 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO TICKETS
Sat 4/19 Oriental Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
Sun 4/20 Oriental Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
Tues 4/22 Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
Thurs 4/24 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA TICKETS
Fri 4/25 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Sat 4/26 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Mon 4/28 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Tues 4/29 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Wed 4/30 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Fri 5/2 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
Sat 5/3 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
Sun 5/4 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR TICKETS
Road to Roo Tour
Sun 5/25 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
Thur 5/29 North Fork Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY  
Fri 5/30 State Theatre New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ TICKETS
Sat 5/31 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter, NY  
Mon 6/02 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT  
Tues 6/03 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT  
Thur 6/05 Bergen Pac Theater Englewood, NJ TICKETS
Fri 6/06 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
Sat 6/07 Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis, MA TICKETS
Sat 6/08 Sovereign Pac Reading, PA TICKETS
Thur 6/12 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN  

Gathering Of The Vibes 2008 - Music, Camping & Arts Festival

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and Friends and New Orleans legends The Neville Brothers, who celebrate 30 years of performing together, highlight the initial lineup for this summer's Gathering of the Vibes.

The thirteenth annual music, camping and arts festival is set for July 31–Aug. 3, 2008 at Bridgeport's Seaside Park.  The event has again endeavored to support a number of local and national charitable and not-for-profit organizations.

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.