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Jam Cruise 7 Announces Lineup

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As summer approaches and festival season swings in to high gear, Jam Cruise - the floating festival where everyone on board has a "back stage pass" - is preparing for its seventh incarnation.  On January 4, 2009, Jam Cruise 7 will depart from Fort Lauderdale for five days and head to Belize City, Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico on the elegant MSC Orchestra.  Performing artists include Les Claypool, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Michael Franti featuring Jay Bowman, Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe, Galactic Cruise Crewe (featuring Big Sam, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Trombone Shorty), Leftover Salmon, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Martin Sexton, the New Deal, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Garage A Trois, Lettuce, Porter, Batiste & Stoltz, New Mastersounds, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Bonerama, The Lee Boys, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Brock Butler,and DJ Rekha, with others still to be announced.

Featuring nearly 800 cabins with ocean view balconies, 13 decks, a fitness/relaxation area, a jogging track, a sauna, Turkish bath, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, restaurants, pizzerias, theatres, nightclubs and shopping areas, the MSC Orchestra offers Jam Cruisers all they could want and more. 

Following the strongest pre-booking in Jam Cruise history, all remaining cabins will become available for sale to the public on June 4 at 12 noon ET on www.jamcruise.com.  Jam Cruise has sold out each year and is on track to sell out again.  Visit www.jamcruise.com for more details.

Jam Cruise is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures: a partnership between Mark Brown, Josh Moore & Roger Naber.

Joan Osborne Joining Kimock THIS Weekend

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Multi-platinum performer Joan Osborne will join the all-star lineup of Steve Kimock, Bobby Vega, Melvin Seals and John Molo at Owsleys Golden Road, in Denver on April 25th and April 26th. This recent announcement is in light of the last minute cancellation of vocalist Ray White. Friday and Saturday will also feature performances by LA-based, Underground Orchestra, who have become a "must-see" musical act on the West Coast. Sunday, April 27th will highlight a number of surprise special guests.

Tickets are available through www.kimock.com and www.baselineticketing.com

Friday April 25th, Doors 7 PM - Show 9 PM (ages 16+)
Saturday April 26th, Doors 7 PM - Show 9 PM (ages 16+)
Sunday April 27th, Doors 6 PM - Show 8PM (ages 16+)

Owsley's Golden Road
2151 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO, 80205

(303) 297-1772

EOTO Wraps Up Spring 2008 Tour

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EOTO (pronounced E-oh-toe) featuring Jason Hann and Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident fame are wrapping up a string of dates taking them from the east coast throughout the Midwest. The project has eagerly taken to the road with an entirely unique and completely refreshing experience.

Stepping outside of the String Cheese box entirely, the duo delivers monster bass, hypnotic beats and intoxicating melodies in a totally unrehearsed, unscripted dance party, unleashing diverse performances night in and night out. In the world of EOTO, nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is pre-looped, no sets are pre-planned and the crowd feels it. Each night transports the listener to a different place and a different time.

Drawing from the ethos of some of the great DJ's and computer artists of the world, they use cutting edge technology to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment with the undeniable power of live drums. The music is all created on the spot, recorded, then mixed and remixed live to create an ever-evolving musical experience.

Playing roles completely different than they did in SCI, Jason Hann commands the drum kit, all percussion and samples. Michael Travis creates the tonal ambiance through the use of the bass, guitar, keyboards, and hand percussion, all while throwing down the live mixing. While completely different from SCI, life-long fans as well as new fans will be drawn to the spontaneity that is EOTO.

Apr 21 2008 @ Wilbert's: Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 22 2008 @ The Blind Pig: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 23 2008 @ Papa Pete's: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Apr 24 2008 @ Subterranean: Chicago, Illinois
Apr 25 2008 @ The Miramar Theatre: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Apr 26 2008 @ The Cabooze: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 27 2008 @ High Noon Saloon: Madison, Wisconsin
Apr 28 2008 @ Vaudeville Mews: Des Moines, Iowa
Apr 29 2008 @ Iowa city Yacht Club: Iowa City, Iowa
Apr 30 2008 @ The Canopy Club (opening for Umphrey's McGee): Urbana, Illinois
May 1 2008 @ Crusens: Peoria, Illinois
May 2 2008 @ The Redstone Room: Davenport, Iowa
May 3 2008 @ The Box Awesome: Lincoln, Nebraska
May 23 2008 @ Schwagstock 37 @ Camp Zoe: Salem, Missouri
May 24 2008 @ Schwagstock 37 @ Camp Zoe: Salem, Missouri
Jun 7 2008 @ Wakarusa Festival: Lawrence, Kansas
Jun 29 2008 @ Lazy River Music Festival: St Charles, Illinois
Jul 3 2008 @ Rothbury Music Festival (Late Night Show): Rothbury, Michigan
Jul 4 2008 @ High Sierra Music Festival: Quincy, California
Jul 6 2008 @ High Sierra Music festival: Quincy, California
Jul 11 2008 @ Oregon Country Fair: Veneta, Oregon
Jul 13 2008 @ Oregon Country Fair: Veneta, Oregon
Jul 24 2008 @ 10,000 lakes Festival: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

PHIX this Friday @ Boulder Theater

Phix will play their 500th show at the Boulder Theater- for the Grateful Web

Phix figured since Langerado put them up to show 499, and it felt so good, they might as well do show 500 and what better place than in their home town of Boulder at the historic Boulder Theater.  This will be the first time Phix will be headlining this amazing room and in addition to seeing Phix hit this milestone there will be opening sets by two Phix original projects that you'll definitely want to check out. Guitarist Paul Murin and drummer Chris Sheldon will be playing with their new band The Higher Good and Bassist Brian Adams will be playing with The Ethereal Plane.  This will be a great, long night of music, so please join us.

Caribbean Holidaze Announces Dates & Line-Up

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Cloud 9 Adventures announces their second trip to Jamaica. Caribbean Holidaze will host 800 music fans for four nights to celebrate the music of the The Disco Biscuits & Umphrey's McGee with special guest performances from Toots and the Maytals, Toubab Krewe, DJ sets featuring OTT and Mad Professor with Ariwa Posse.   Plus Holidaze will feature the return of the Brain Damaged Eggmen, a unique collaboration between Umphrey's McGee and The Disco Biscuits performing the music of the Beatles and Pink Floyd, and a special tribute to Bob Marley.

Caribbean Holidaze will take place December 11-15, 2008 at two of Jamaica's most exclusive resorts - Hedonism III and Breezes Runaway Bay.   Both Resorts are super-inclusive; all you can eat, drink and do is included in your vacation price.   Choose which resort fits your style and tastes, from the wild atmosphere at Hedonism to the laid back island vibe at Breezes, both resorts offer incredible amenities, activities and much more. Oceanfront concerts will take place all four days with attendees free to explore all the amenities each resort has to offer.

Event details are as follows:

Caribbean Holidaze

December 11-15, 2008

Breezes Runaway Bay & Hedonism III

Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Featuring Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits, special guests Toots and the Maytals, Toubab Krewe, OTT, and Mad Professor with Ariwa Posse.

Pre-booking beings Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 12pm EST at www.caribbeanholidaze.com

Caribbean Holidaze is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures www.cloud9adventures.com

U-Melt x2 in NYC Plus Spring Tour

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New York City's favorite groove rockers, U-Melt, will kick off their Spring Tour with their first two night stand in their hometown on Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th at the newly renovated and renamed Sullivan Hall (where the former Lion's Den used to stand). U-Melt will follow up their 2 night run with an extended Spring Tour, which includes a return to New Orleans for a late night Jazz Fest show at the Blue Nile on Saturday, May 3rd with DJ Logic, as well as three shows with their friends Umphrey's McGee at the beginning of April.

Following this weekend's shows in NYC, U-Melt will travel down south for a couple shows with Umphrey's, including stops at The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC on 4/2 and The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on 4/3, before heading back up north for a co-bill with Ryan Montbleau Band on Saturday, 4/5 at The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. U-Melt will then meet back up with Umphrey's on Friday, 4/11 at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA, before heading to Rhode Island for a headlining performance at The Wheel House in Narragansett on Saturday, 4/12.

After taking the following week off to continue work on their upcoming studio album, U-Melt will head back down south for an extended tour, which will kick off with at The 8x10 with a co-bill with The Pnuma Trio on Thursday, 4/24. From there, U-Melt will headline The Mix One6 in Roanoke, VA on 4/25, Headliners in Columbia, SC on 4/26, Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA on 4/27, Proud Larry's in Oxford, MS on 4/29, Martin's in Jackson, MS on 4/30, and Zydeco in Birmingham, AL on 5/1.

U-Melt will then travel down to the Crescent City for their second consecutive late night Jazz Fest show, this year to be held at The Blue Nile, during the late night hours of 5/3 (technically 5/4). U-Melt is exited to be joined by fellow New Yorker DJ Logic for this performance, which will kick off around 2:00am.

Following their late night performance, U-Melt will head home to wrap up their Spring Tour with a return to NxNW in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, 5/9.

U-Melt has already revealed a small preview of their summer festival plans, which will include returns to the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Day weekend and NLQP in Garrettsville, OH on the Thursday, 7/3. U-Melt has just announced it will also be making their debut at The Disco Biscuit's Camp Bisco in Mariaville, NY in mid-July.

Mar 28 & 29- Sullivan Hall- New York, NY
Apr 2- House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
Apr 3- The Orange Peel- Asheville, NC (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
Apr 5- Bearsville Theater- Woodstock, NY (Co-Bill with Ryan Montbleau Band)
Apr 11- Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
Apr 12- The Wheel House - Narragansett, RI
Apr 24- The 8x10 - Baltimore, MD (Co-Bill with The Pnuma Trio)
Apr 25- The Mix One6 - Roanoke, VA
Apr 26- Headliners - Columbia, SC
Apr 27- Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
Apr 29- Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS
Apr 30- Martin's - Jackson, MS
May 1- Zydeco - Birmingham, AL
May 3- The Blue Nile - New Orleans, LA (Late Night show feat. DJ Logic)
May 9- NxNW - Philadelphia, PA
May 23- May25- Summer Camp Music Festival - Chillicothe, IL
Jun 20- River St. Jazz Cafe, Plains, PA
Jun 21- Stonehenge Music Festival - Kellyburg, PA
Jul 3- NLQP's Rythmfest - Garrettsville, OH
Jul 17- 19- Camp Bisco - Mariaville, NY

John Popper Project Returns to Colorado

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When legendary front man / harpist John Popper and company return to Colorado, audiences throughout the Rocky Mountain State will be treated to an entirely unique, yet thoroughly organic experience. For seven nights, the John Popper Project featuring DJ Logic deliver their inimitable blend of experimental rock, jazz, and hip-hop fusion straight from the heart of four highly touted musicians and performers.

Bolstered by John Popper's mind bending harp prowess and machine gun vocal delivery, the John Popper Project serve up blistering dishes of bluesy-pop breaks and jazz fusion grooves. With Tad Kinchla's (Blues Traveler) meandering bass lines locked tightly with Marcus Bleecker's (Mosaic) danceable rhythms and DJ Logic's ever tasteful turntable percussion and accents, the four piece is completely comfortable within the boundaries of a well crafted studio pop gem or a spontaneous, all-out, live show improvisation.

From an auspicious union between Popper and DJ Logic in 2003, the special JPP chemistry is effortlessly recognizable within the group. "From the beginning the four of us immediately realized that our musical conversations are unique. We look forward to sharing that special Popper Project throw-down with audiences any chance we get," shares DJ Logic. John Popper adds, "Whether you want to dance to it, drink to it or smoke to it, the John Popper Project is musical exploration meant to be enjoyed, all in good fun."

The John Popper Project has proven to be enjoyable by lifelong fans of Blues Traveler and DJ Logic, all while reaching new audiences along the way. Even in the midst of their own hectic touring schedules, the chemistry shared between the four always leads them to take a time out for a few special JPP performances. The one-week-plus stint of Colorado dates promises to be no different

Mar 25 Sherpa & Yeti's - Breckenridge, Colorado

Mar 26 Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, Colorado

Mar 27 The Eldo - Crested Butte, Colorado

Mar 28 Belly Up - Aspen, Colorado

Mar 29 Cervante's Masterpiece - Denver, Colorado

Apr 1 Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, Colorado

Apr 2 Vail Street Beat - Vail, Colorado

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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!

Bonerama Teams Up With OK Go for "You're Not Alone"

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This Mardi Gras (February 5th), Bonerama and OK Go will release You're Not Alone, a five-song digital EP.  Bonerama and OK Go spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recording at Piety Street Studios deep in the city's Upper 9th Ward.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the EP – available exclusively at iTunes – will benefit members of New Orleans' music community such as R&B legend Al Johnson, who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives in the aftermath of the flood.

"New Orleans is one of the last places in America where music is truly a fundamental part of everyday life," says OK Go singer Damian Kulash. "People get together on the weekends and parade through the streets just playing songs; 12-year-old-kids learn funk on the tuba; everyone dances.  Life elsewhere in the world simply isn't as celebratory.  If we allow the culture of New Orleans to die by leaving its musicians marooned around the country, America will have lost one of its great treasures."

This weekend, OK Go and Bonerama will finish up the second of two benefit shows: a January 11 th gig at New Orleans' Tipitina's (as part of the legendary club's 30th anniversary celebration) and upcoming February 2nd show at The 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, which will be streamed and podcast by NPR. Bonerama will open the DC show, then play material from You're Not Alone with OK Go, who will close the evening with a full set.

On Monday, February 11 th, Bonerama and Kulash will perform " A Million Ways " on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman.

Engineered by Mark Nevers (Bobby Bare Sr., Calexico, Bonnie "Prince" Billy), You're Not Alone is an astonishing collaboration, with Bonerama lending its loud, trombone-and-tuba New Orleans swagger to OK Go's bombastic rock.  Together, they re-interpret three tracks from OK Go's most recent album, Oh No: " A Million Ways," "It's A Disaster" and "Oh Lately It's So Quiet."   A pair of covers – David Bowie's "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" and Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" – round out the collection. Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, who wrote "Carnival Time," the unofficial anthem of Mardi Gras, contributes haunting vocals to the latter.

Johnson's Lower 9 th Ward home was washed off its foundation by the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina and later demolished by the city without his knowledge or consent.  He has been living in Houston, TX for the past two years.  Proceeds from You're Not Alone will go towards building a new Habitat For Humanity home for him as well as to Sweet Home New Orleans, an organization dedicated to helping repatriate and support the thousands of local musicians who were scattered by Katrina.

Enthusiasm for the project has proved contagious.  iTunes has agreed to donate all proceeds from EP sales, and digital distribution powerhouse IODA is servicing and promoting it free of charge.  In addition, free freight shipping was provided by EFM Worldwide/Horizon Cargo, and Music Travel Management contributed free airfare for the two benefit shows.

About Bonerama:

Bonerama carries the brass-band concept to places unknown.  Hailed by Rolling Stone's David Fricke as "The ultimate in brass balls" last Fall, the band served as the House Band for the live all-star comedy event COMIC RELIEF.  The 2006 event, which featured a long list of A-talent including hosts Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, was recorded live from Ceasar's Palace last November. Recently, Bonerama snagged the coveted "Best Rock Band" honor from the 2007 Big Easy Awards.

The current list of confirmed Bonerama tour dates is as follows:

February 01 8x10 Club Baltimore MD

February 02 9:30 Club Washington DC Benefit performance with OK Go

February 04 Howling Wolf New Orleans LA

February 07 The Pour House Charleston SC

February 09 Berkeley Cafe Raleigh NC

February 10 The Garage @ The Biltmore Asheville NC

February 13 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta GA

March 08 The Gretna Jubilee Gretna LA

March 26 Iowa City Yacht Club Atlanta GA

March 27 Cabooze Minneapolis MN

March 28 Overture Center For the Arts Madison WI

March 29 Martyrs' Chicago IL

April 04 First Energy Berks Jazz Fest Wyomissing PA

April 05 The Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival Austin TX

May 02 Mid City Lanes New Orleans LA

May 20 Bourbon Street Music Club Sco Paulo Brazil

May 29 Chans Woonsocket RI

June 01 Mike Arnones Crawfish Festival Wakefield RI

July 05 Iowa City Jazz Festival Iowa City IA

More dates will be announced.