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RatDog, Phil Lesh & Friends to Welcome 2009 in San Francisco

Bob Weir & RatDog & Phil Lesh & Friends to Co-Headline each night. Jackie Greene to support each night.

Pre-sales through GDTS Too and Musictoday shall start accepting postmarks for GDTS Too and be initialized for internet sales via Musictoday, starting on Thursday, October 16. Musictoday to start at Noon EST. Pre-sales for GDTS and Musictoday shall conclude on Friday, October 31 at 6:00 PM EST.

Happy 61st Birthday, Bob Weir!

Bobby is 61 years young today.  Thank you for keeping it going after all these years. We love you, Mr Weir!

Panjea Featuring Chris Berry & Michael Kang Plan Colorado Dates

Panjea @ Rothbury - photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Musical and spiritual journeyman Chris Berry alongside Michael Kang & the multi-cultural ensemble Panjea have booked a run of Colorado dates. Uniting people through music, Panjea's powerful groove and socially conscious message garnered major success throughout Southern Africa, selling out countless stadiums and over a million records. With upcoming shows in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins along with a free live CD hosted on their website, the group is positioned to do the same stateside.

Leaving his home in California at the age of eighteen, Chris Berry relocated to Southern Africa with his mentor and began studying mbira (thumb piano) and the ngoma drum. It was during that time when he formed Panjea. Rooted deeply in African culture, their revolutionary mix of indigenous music, dance hall and hip-hop has earned the band immeasurable success throughout Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Berry's tireless dedication and unmatched skill led him to become one of the first Westerners to be accepted among the mbira masters as one of their own.

In addition to Chris Berry covering vocals, mbira and djembe, Panjea features Danny Sears on trumpet, Jon Stewart on Sax, Aaron Johnson on drums (brazillian girls), Patrice Blanchard on bass, Michael Kang on mandolin (String Cheese Indident) and Zivanai Masango from Zimbabwae on guitars. Following the edict to make a difference here, Chris Berry & Panjea continue to preach the positive message of hope, justice and peace through infectious cultural rhythms and danceable beats. Contributing to Amnesty International, Flyways and their own Panjea Foundation for Cultural Education, the group in their own right, has become a non-profit organization. Always a band to give back, Panjea has a full length CD compiled from various festivals performed at this summer. The high energy mix of live tracks is available at their new website, www.panjeamusic.com.

Featuring virtuosic musicianship, and an incredibly eclectic blend of cultures, this is a show not to be missed. The run of dates starts with an intimate show at the B Side Lounge in Boulder followed by a special Halloween show supporting Leftover Salmon at the Fillmore in Denver. Afterwards, Panjea will announce another intimate late night performance directly after the Fillmore show before wrapping up on November 6th at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins. 

FALL TOUR DATES:

10/30 – B Side Lounge – Boulder, CO
10/31 – Fillmore – Denver, CO
10/31 – TBD – Denver, CO after Fillmore Show Party from 12:30am to 3:00am
11/06 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO

The Mimi Fishman Foundation Launches Charity Auction Featuring the Return of Phish

Phish Hampton Tixs- for the Grateful Web

It's no surprise the new Mimi Fishman Foundation Charity auction includes items based on the return of Phish to the stage. Three amazing Phish Hampton packages are featured in the auction that benefits the Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments.

The Phish Hampton packages include 2 tickets to a Hampton show and a meet/greet Jon Fishman for the winner and one guest. The winner will also be handed a drumstick that Fishman used during the show as well as a signed drumhead.

The auction concludes November 6, 2008 and features:

· Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) & Friends Signed Posters
· Crosby Stills & Nash Signed Posters
· Jack Johnson Signed CD's
· Umphrey's McGee New Years Eve VIP Ticket Package
· String Cheese Incident Signed Posters
· Disco Biscuits Signed Poster (Pollock)
· And more...

To view and/or bid on the auction, as well as read about the charities the auction supports, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Page.

U-Melt Back on the Road with Fall Tour

U-Melt- for the Grateful Web

The New York City based progressive groove machine known as U-Melt has announced their twelve state fall 2008 tour that will take them from the east coast, to the Rocky Mountains and back again – all before Thanksgiving. The nineteen-show trek, kicking off October 3rd at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, will feature familiar stops in familiar cities, as the dynamic quartet closes out the year. And of course, what U-Melt fall tour would be complete without one of their legendary Halloween performances?

Boasting a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the business, U-Melt showcases their diligent work ethic through their musical chops. Blazing guitar runs, precise rhythms, punchy bass lines and mind-bending keys comprise the trademark U-Melt sound, as the band manages to raise the bar night in and night out. With a penchant for taking listeners on a musical journey through time and space, the four piece provides an aural experience unlike any other. U-Melt blends elements of rock, jazz, trance and funk and fuses them into a musical state of mind.

After the tour kickoff show, U-Melt will return to Castaways for a Saturday night party in Ithaca, NY. Following stops in Ohio and Kansas, the group will make their long awaited return to Colorado with shows at the Fox Theater in Boulder and Dulcinea's and Owsley's in Denver October 9th through the 11th. The three night stand will mark the first time the band has played in Colorado since early 2008, when the band played seven shows in seven nights at a mile high. U-Melt will then return back east, rocking Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, before capping the tour off at The North Star in Philadelphia on November 15th. Included in the mix will be U-Melts Halloween spectacular, which will be held this year at the brand new Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY.

Continuing on a path of evolution, U-Melt marches on like a well-oiled machine. Their dedication to the music shines in every performance. Don't miss U-Melt on tour this fall!

FALL TOUR DATES:

09/24 – Revolution Hall – Troy, NY
09/25 – Lupos – Providence, RI
09/26 – The Wheel House – Narragansett, RI
09/27 – Higher Ground (Ballroom) – Burlington, VT
10/03 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
10/04 – Castaways – Ithaca, NY
10/05 – Wilberts – Cleveland, OH
10/08 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
10/09 – Fox Theatre –Boulder, CO
10/10 – Dulcinea's 100th Monkey – Denver, CO
10/11 – Owsley's Golden Road – Denver, CO
10/15 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
10/16 – Gottrocks – Greenville, SC
10/17 – The World Grotto – Knoxville, TN
10/18 – The Rocket Club – Asheville, NC
10/31 – The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY
11/01 – Nietzche's – Buffalo, NY
11/06 – The Main Pub – Manchester, CT
11/07 – Bill's Bar – Boston, MA
11/08 – Revolution Hall – Troy, NYl
11/13 – Higher Ground (Showcase Lounge) – Burlington, VT
11/14 – St. Lawrence University – Canton, NY
11/15 –The North Star – Philadelphia, PA

PBS featuring Page McConnell + PORTER, BATISTE, STOLTZ

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Page McConnell will join George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste Jr., and Brian Stoltz (PBS) for a handful of dates starting this Wednesday.  Page and Russell have a musical history - playing together in Vida Blue, a band that Page formed in 2001. Most recently, Page performed with PBS at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

PORTER, BATISTE, STOLTZ featuring PAGE MCCONNELL

September 24 Revolution Hall Troy, NY
September 25 Lupo's Providence, RI
September 26 BB Kings New York, NY
September 27 Higher Ground Burlington, VT

Tickets are on sale now for all shows. Click here for more information.

Blue Turtle Seduction Touring Petrol Free

Running on Veggie Oil- for the Grateful Web

While most of the nation is wincing at the gas pump, musical touring act Blue Turtle Seduction is turning to French fries and chicken wings; their fuel solution is waste vegetable oil. Collected from restaurants' dirty grease dumpsters, the oil is heated and filtered, then used immediately as fuel for their 40-foot tour bus. The benefits show up in the pocketbook, the air quality, and even in the smell emitting from the tailpipe.

Adam Navone, drummer for Blue Turtle Seduction, explains: "Waste vegetable oil turns a would-be waste product into a fuel alternative. It gets approximately the same mpg as regular diesel fuel, and sometimes smells like a Chinese buffet, or if you're lucky, a donut shop."

According to Shaun Dolan, manager for Blue Turtle Seduction, waste vegetable oil fuel is critical both to the environment and to the company's bottom line: "The nature of a band is to travel— touring is the major part of our business. This is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint from our bus, as well as help our business survive in a time of skyrocketing gas prices."

Vegetable oil is the main component of biodiesel, which is simply chemically modified vegetable oil. However, as Navone points out, the significant advantage to straight vegetable oil is that it does not require any refining or costly additives— aspects that often times make biodiesel as expensive as conventional gasoline, as well as create more waste products.

Blue Turtle Seduction is a musical entertainment group performing live shows nationwide. They will be performing a free concert at the Whoa Nellie Amphitheater, Lee Vining, CA, on September 4-5th 2008 to promote the use of waste vegetable oil fuel. This event will be presented by Tioga Mobil Gas Station, which regularly donates its used vegetable oil to the band. Blue Turtle Seduction is set to release a new album in Fall 2008 entitled "13 Floors": a sneak preview is available for streaming only at www.myspace.com/blueturtleseduction.
Previous recordings can be found on iTunes or on Blue Turtle Seduction's official website.

FALL TOUR DATES:

9/23 – Georgia Tech – Atlanta, GA
9/27 – Francis Marion University – Florence, SC
9/30 – Villanova University – Villanova, PA
10/03 – Penn State University – University Park, PA
10/11 – SUNY Purchase College – Harrison, NY
10/12 – New York Harvest Festival – Hancock, NY
10/30 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA
10/31 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA
11/01 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA
11/02 – LAS TORTUGAS DANCE of the DEAD 3 – Groveland, CA

Change Rocks at Pennsylvania State University

The Pennsylvania Campaign for Change has just announced a Monday, October 13 concert fundraiser to benefit Obama for America featuring many Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and other American music icons. Additionally, the show will be a very large voter outreach opportunity for the Pennsylvania Obama campaign, which has already built the largest volunteer-based campaign in Pennsylvania's history. The campaign has more than 70 field offices and thousands of volunteers preparing for an unprecedented Get Out the Vote operation.

Umphrey's McGee to Perform in Portland

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee released Jimmy Stewart 2007 this past June.  This digital-only release features the band's best improvisations of the past year.  Jimmy Stewart 2007 is a limited edition release, first available at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and thereafter available digitally through UMLive.net and iTunes.  Plus, the UM download will offer up a companion podcast with an additional 70 minutes of material that did not make the Jimmy Stewart 2007 album.

Jimmy Stewart 2007 is an ambitious effort to compile a year's worth of the band's inspired improvisations into two seamless 70-minute "mixtapes."  At over 100 shows a year, Umphrey's McGee delves into these spontaneous compositions, engaging their fans as they feed off each other's energy.  A Zappa-inspired language of body gestures and hand-signals allow the band to break structure while creating an entirely new arrangement.  As Umphrey's McGee continues to evolve, each live performance showcases the band's "Jimmy Stewart" approach to structured improvisation. 

Also, Umphrey's McGee released a digital-only live series titled CompendiUM.  Available through iTunes and UMLive.net, CompendiUM offers live recordings of the band's favorite ten shows of 2007.  Included in the series are the band's Boulder, Colorado show from March 6th, their Portland, Oregon show on June 7th, and the Chicago show from December 30th, among others.

In the ever-changing music industry, Umphrey's McGee has proven adaptive and inventive both in music and in business.  Through grassroots promotions, an intensive touring schedule, open taping policies and music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee provides a new approach to media, entertainment, and music distribution.  Tape trading in the jam-band scene was one of the earliest examples of free music distribution and Umphrey's has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide.  With an extensive variety of downloadable formats, UMlive.net offers more music than any other indie label with download stores, and Umphrey's McGee basically gives away the equivalent of 40,000 CDs each month through their podcast program.  The band has also been releasing soundboard recordings at the end of each night's concert for immediate sale since 2001 and typically sells anywhere from 120 to 180 CD-Rs per night.  Their unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans their top priority.

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

October 02 State Theatre Kalamazoo MI
October 03 Emens Auditorium Muncie IN
October 04 CEFCU Ctr. Stage @ The Landing Peoria IL
October 09 Northern Lights Clifton Park NY
October 10-11 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
October 13 Moog Fest / Grand Ballroom @ Manhattan Ctr New York NY
October 14-16 Blender Theatre at Gramercy New York NY
October 17 Smith Opera House Geneva NY
October 18 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA
October 23 Richards on Richards Vancouver B.C.
October 24 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
October 25 Showbox at the Market Seattle WA
October 27 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay NV
October 28 House of Blues West Hollywood CA
October 29 House of Blues San Diego CA
October 31 Warfield Theatre San Francisco CA
November 01 Slim's San Francisco CA
November 14 Eagles Club Milwaukee WI
November 15 Cannery Ballroom Nashville TN
November 16 The Music Farm Charleston SC
November 18-19 Bijou Theater Knoxville TN
November 20 The National Richmond VA
November 21-22 Nightclub 9:30 Washington D.C.
December 11-15 Caribbean Holidaze Jamaica 
December 29-31 The Auditorium Theatre Chicago IL

JJ Grey & Mofro in Denver w/ Special Guest Luther Dickinson

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Known for southern, funky soul music, JJ Grey & Mofro have set out on an ambitious national fall tour in support of their just released studio album, ORANGE BLOSSOMS.  Supporting a number of shows on the tour are southern rockers Hill Country Revue, who hail from the fertile soil of North Mississippi and include two of the three musicians in North Mississippi Allstars.  JJ Grey & Mofro are pleased to announce that good friend and guitar player Luther Dickinson (also NMA's third member) will join them at The Ogden Theatre on September 27.  As if a night of music by JJ Grey & Mofro and Hill Country Revue weren't enough, fans will also be treated to a special mini-set by the blues-rock trio North Mississippi Allstars.  For more information and to buy tickets to the show, please visit www.mofro.net.

ORANGE BLOSSOMS, the new studio album from Jacksonville, Florida-based guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter JJ Grey and his band Mofro, is a masterpiece of down-home, soul-shaking music. From raw, swampy funk to deep soul, blues and rock, JJ Grey and Mofro deliver devastating live and recorded performances. JJ comes from a long tradition of Southern storytellers, and his songs often use the loss of his natural surroundings and the marginalization of Southern culture as a metaphor for universal truths. His multi-textured music overflows with dynamic rhythms and thought-provoking lyrics. Debuting in 2001 with BLACKWATER, following up in 2004 with LOCHLOOSA (both albums reissued by Alligator in 2007), Grey steadily built an intensely loyal following through constant touring. In 2007, with his first Alligator release, COUNTRY GHETTO, Grey reached an even larger audience, doubling both his album sales and his concert attendance. Now, with his new album, ORANGE BLOSSOMS, JJ Grey takes another giant step forward (August 26 on Alligator Records).

Saturday, September 27th @ 9:00pm
The Ogden Theatre
With Hill Country Revue supporting
935 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
Tickets $20.00 adv $25.00 dos / Ages 16+ Welcome
For more information, please contact 303-830-8421