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Kyle Hollingsworth Band Announces Front Range Run

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Ever the inventor, Kyle Hollingsworth has put together a group of Colorado's favorite musicians for a run of shows on the Front Range to celebrate the Leap Year 2008.  Featuring Ross Martin, Matt Spencer and Dave Watts of The Motet, who appeared on Hollingsworth's acclaimed solo release, Never Odd Or Even, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band will also include Boulder favorite Liza Oxnard and vocalist Jans Ingber.  A reunion of some of Boulder's best musicians, this will be their first performance together since the last leap year.

Expect the funky sounds that Hollingsworth is known for, as well as world beat influences and DJ turntables to mix it up.  Hollingsworth will debut some new material and bring out some old favorites from his years with The String Cheese Incident.  It's a new year with exciting possibilities - don't miss what the Kyle Hollingsworth Band has in store!

Thursday, February 28th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:00pm)

Hodi's Half Note

With The Liza Band supporting

167 North College Avenue, Fort Collins

Tickets $12.00 adv, $15.00 dos for 21+, $18.00 dos for 21- / Ages TBA

For more information please contact 970-472-2034

Friday, February 29 th @ TBA

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

With The Liza Band supporting

2637 Welton Street, Denver

Tickets TBA / Ages TBA

For more information please contact 303-297-1772

Saturday, March 1st @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:30pm)

Fox Theatre

With The Liza Band supporting

1135 13th Street, Boulder

Tickets $13.00 adv $15.00 dos / Ages 21+ Welcome

For more information please contact 303-443-3399

Northwest Groove Band Announces Annual Winter Warmup

Flowmotion- for the Grateful Web

Last summer, genre defying Northwest band, Flowmotion, again celebrated the beauty and excitement of Summer with their 7th Annual Summer Meltdown.  Thousands of festival-goers convened against the backdrop of the Northwest's most beautiful alpine scene in Darrington, WA for three blissful days with multiple stages and renowned bands.

On Saturday, February 23, 2008, Flowmotion will celebrate their Summer Meltdown CD release by recreating the festival atmosphere indoors at The Showbox at the Market in Seattle, WA.   Flowmotion, TheVicci Martinez Band, and Handful of Luvin' will play for an all-ages audience

For more information about Flowmotion's Winter Tour or to buy tickets, visit www.flowmotion.net!

Dark Star Orchestra Returning to Jam in the Dam

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

2007 was another amazing year for Dark Star Orchestra so let's take a second to look back at the band's top 10 highlights of the year:

-Adding Rob Barraco to DSO full-time on keyboards and vocals

-Raising over $22,000 for the Rex Foundation during the DSO Rex Caravan Tour of the West Coast

-Celebrating our 10-year anniversary since forming on a cold November 1997 night in Chicago: what a long strange trip it's been!

-Performing with Bob Weir at the Fillmore during the Black Tie Dye Ball to benefit the Rex Foundation

-Playing the 30th anniversary of 5/8/77, releasing the recordings as the 3-CD Ithaca: 30 Years Later

-Performing our first European dates at Amsterdam's Jam in the Dam festival alongside Yonder Mountain, Keller Williams and Galactic

-Finishing the year by selling out all four mid-Atlantic shows leading up to and including New Year's Eve

-Raising nearly $3000 for Rett Syndrome research at the 5th Annual GratefulFest Benefit Song Raffle, bringing the 5 year total to nearly $15,000 raised for Rett research!

-Launching the all new DarkStarOrchestra.net website

-Having the privilege of performing the Grateful Dead's timeless music to over 125,000 of the best fans nationwide

Dark Star Orchestra returning to Jam in the Dam

The jam is far from over and for those of you who missed out on Jam Cruise (or for those of you still left wanting more!) the Jam in the Dam festival is only a few short months away. DSO is playing a special show Saturday, March 15 at the Melkweg performing an entire 2 set show. Come out and join DSO, Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Perpetual Groove, Tea Leaf Green & Lotus for four nights of great music in Amsterdam, March 16-19. Check out www.jaminthedam.com for the complete details and to secure your festival laminates!

1500 and Counting Tour and Show

Hot on the heels of the '10th Anniversary Tour', Dark Star Orchestra will perform their 1,500th show on this tour, in their hometown of Chicago on February 2. Tickets are now available for the spring tour through DSO Ticketing - it is the online home of our fan club ticketing where you get DSO tickets lower service fees and each ticket you purchase actually plants a tree! So be sure to secure your chance to see the band as they celebrate another milestone of their career!

 

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
1,500 and Counting Tour... Begins
Thur 1/31/2008 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
Fri 2/1 The Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
Sat 2/2 The Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
Mon 2/4 GuthrieTheater Minneapolis, MN TICKETS
Tues 2/5 Englert Civic Theater Iowa City, IA TICKETS
Thur 2/7 Barrymore Theater Madison, WI TICKETS
Fri 2/8 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA TICKETS
Sat 2/9 The Pageant St. Louis, MO TICKETS
Sun 2/10 Music Mill Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
Tues 2/12 Bogarts Cincinnati, OH TICKETS
Thur 2/14 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
Fri 2/15 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH TICKETS
Sat 2/16 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY TICKETS
Sun 2/17 Carneige Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA TICKETS
Thur 2/21 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
Fri 2/22 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
Sat 2/23 Neighborhood Theater Charlotte, NC TICKETS
Sun 2/24 Lincoln Theater Raleigh, NC TICKETS
Wed 2/27 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA TICKETS
Thur 2/28 Orangepeel Asheville, NC TICKETS
Sat 3/1 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Tues 3/4 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
Wed 3/5 Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, FL TICKETS
Thur 3/6 Langerado Everglades Nat'l Park, FL TICKETS
1,500 and Counting Tour... Ends
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
Spring 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
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

Big Easy Blowout in Boulder and Denver

Page plays Boulder & Denver next week- for the Grateful Web

The City of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have given the rest of the world tremendous gifts of music, culture, cuisine, art, and much more.  Relief efforts have continued since Katrina but it hasn't been enough to get the area functioning to full capacity and allow all residents to return to a sense of normalcy and comfort.  To help continue the relief effort, Symbiotic Music Productions and Crescendo Artists announce a Mardi Gras Benefit Celebration with the Big Easy Blowout.  All proceeds from the events will benefit the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and Tipitina's Foundation.  The two consecutive events will take place in Colorado on January 25 in Boulder and January 26 in Denver.  The musical lineup will feature Page McConnell (Phish), Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, PBS), Papa Mali (Rhythm Council), Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (The Wild Magnolias, Golden Eagles) and Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green, JFJO).  The events will have other fundraising aspects, Mardi Gras décor, and activities (including silent auctions, raffles, drink specials, food drive, New Orleans themed artwork and more).  Euforquestra will support on both shows.

Dates:    

January 25 at Boulder Theatre - Boulder, CO - doors at 7:30PM - Tickets @ $25

Featuring: Page McConnell, Russell Batiste, Papa Mali, Reed Mathis and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

January 26 at Cervantes - Denver, CO - doors at 9:00PM - Tickets @ $25

Featuring: Page McConnell, Russell Batiste, Papa Mali, Reed Mathis and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux    

Foundation mission statements:

New Orleans Musicians Clinic (NOMC):

The mission of NOMC is to sustain Louisiana's musicians in mind, body and spirit by developing access to primary care, preventative health services, as well as social and occupational outreach.

Tipitina's Foundation:

The mission of the Tipitina's Foundation is to restore Louisiana's irreplaceable music community and preserve the state's unique musical cultures. The history of the Tipitina's Foundation originates from the Tipitina's music venue, a revered cultural icon that continues to be instrumental in the development and promotion of New Orleans music around the world. The foundation works to support childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of New Orleans music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource.

Production Mission:

Symbiotic Music Productions (SMP) is dedicated in raising proceeds and awareness for the recipients we work with. Our vision is to restore the idea of a benefit show, to insure the greatest positive impact for the organization. By cutting overhead of an event, we find the highest lucrative angle to yield the greatest results. Over the years, we have seen benefit shows losing their meaning and integrity as a fundraiser. We at SMP are motivated in restoring that value with assisting the charitable projects we work with. We are in it for the change, not personal profit! Putting together amazing events with like-minded organizations, venues, musicians, etc. whom are willing to take cuts, to give back to communities in need.

Toubab New Years Run & Ucoming Winter Dates

- for the Grateful Web

Toubabe Crewe is capping 2007 in style, with a holiday run that takes us from New York's Bowery Ballroom (12/27) and Philadelphia's World Cafe Live (12/28) to our hometown of Asheville for two nights at the Orange Peel (12/30-31). We're happy to have some good friends with us for these shows - Golem will join us in NYC and Philly, and The Lee Boys and Snake Oil Medicine Show will join us in Asheville. We're also thrilled to announce that Umar Bin Hassan of the legendary group The Last Poets will be joining us on both nights in Asheville for what are sure to be some fun collaborations.

Their winter tour continues with performances at the traveling Jam Cruise festival, as well as a run of new dates in the Southeast and Midwest.

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Donna Jean & the Tricksters New Album 'HGR 129' Out 01.28.08

Donna Jean & the Tricksters- for the Grateful Web

Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay was born to sing, and over the course of time she's done so with people like Elvis Presley, Percy Sledge, Boz Scaggs, and Jerry Garcia. Now she has a new band that she's quite certain is on a creative par with anything she's ever done. "This band is a perfect fit for me as a singer/songwriter," she said recently, "and I hope to be doing this for a long time to come. We're having so much fun with this music!" The Grateful Dead alumna has joined up with six members of the next musical generation – Mookie Siegel (David Nelson Band; formerly Phil & Friends, RatDog), Wendy Lanter (Hope in Time), and Jeff Mattson, Tom Circosta, Klyph Black and Dave Diamond (Zen Tricksters) to form Donna Jean and the Tricksters. Look out!

Things have come full circle and anything's possible. Oh, sure, they're gonna jam. But the band has seven vocalists and an incredible array of songwriting talent, and DJ&tT is going to make waves in ways you'd never anticipate. Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Donna Jean was a vocalist at both Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Fame Studios, home of the legendary "Muscle Shoals Sound," on records like Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves a Woman," and Boz Scagg's eponymous first solo album. She moved to San Francisco, married Keith Godchaux, and spent the 1970s as a vocalist in the Grateful Dead as well as the Jerry Garcia Band. After life with the Dead, she and Keith created the Heart of Gold Band with drummer Greg Anton.

Following various side trips, she resumed serious focus on her singing in the '90s, recording a new Heart of Gold Band album, At the Table, and singing with Phil & Friends and her own Donna Jean Band. But it was at a benefit concert for the Dead's Rex Foundation in 2006, The Black Tie-Dyed Ball, that she bonded with the Tricksters and decided that she'd found her future. The Zen Tricksters began on Long Island in the early 1980s. Lead by guitar wizard Jeff Mattson, the ZT have played for more than 20 years, establishing records at the legendary Wetlands Preserve and taking part in every Gathering of the Vibes. With Klyph Black on funky, blues-based bass and vocals (and slide and dobro), Tom Circosta on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Dave Diamond on drums, percussion, and vocals, the ZT rapidly became known as the best Dead-oriented band around – and a great deal more. After a substantial career doing session work, Wendy Lanter joined with Tom Circosta to create the band Hope in Time as a platform for their original music. She is a fabulous vocalist, adding angelic harmonies to Donna Jean's work. Finally, Mookie Siegel (keyboards and vocals) emerged from Baltimore in the '80s to become a member of such bands as the David Nelson (New Riders of the Purple Sage) Band, Bob Weir's RatDog, and Phil Lesh & Friends.

Yet this band – a felicitous combination of experience and youth, with skills that cross all musical genres and defy category – is a great deal more than even the sum of its parts. Something happened when they met – and DJ&tT is now (3/07) going into the studio to show you what that was.

Donna Jean & the Trickters new CD, HGR 129, streets on January 28th. The CD is disributed by DIG Music (part of the Rykodisc network) to your cool local neighborhood record store, so go check it out!

HOT BUTTERED RUM ON TOUR THIS FALL

photos by Michael Podrid- 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 High Sierra of California, 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".

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

October 31 Charley's Paia HI Halloween show!
November 01 Liquid's Nightclub Kihei HI
November 02 Charley's Paia HI
November 03 Akebono Theater Pahoa HI
November 14 Red Fox Tavern Eureka CA
November 15 WOW Hall Eugene OR
November 16 The Mobius Ashland OR
November 17 Domino Room Bend OR
November 24 19 Broadway Fairfax CA
November 28 Paradise Lounge Boston MA
November 29-30 Stone Church Newmarket NH
December 01 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT
December 02 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton MA
December 06 FTC Stage One Fairfield CT
December 07 Knitting Factory New York NY
December 15 Mystic Theater Petaluma CA
December 28 Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins CO
December 29 Stagestop Inn Rollinsville CO
December 30-31 Oriental Theatre Denver CO
January 04 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre San Francisco CA
January 18-19 Crystal Bay Club and Casino Crystal Bay NV co-bill with Tea Leaf Green
March 08 El Campanil Theatre Antioch CA
April 25-27 Merlefest Wilkesboro NC
August 08 Dead on the Creek Willits CA

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

Toubab Krewe Fall Tour 2007

photos by Forrest Dudek- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe is on tour this fall with dates in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Kansas, and Halloween at the Visulite Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina.

2007-10-09 

Falls Church, VA 

State Theatre

2007-10-10

Baltimore, MD 

The 8X10

2007-10-11 

Philadelphia, PA 

World Cafe Live

2007-10-12 Silk Hope, NC 

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

2007-10-13 

Fairburn, GA 

The Echo Project

2007-10-23

Wilmington, NC 

Soap Box

2007-10-24 

Charleston, SC 

Pour House

 jar-e 

2007-10-25 Live Oak, FL 

Magnolia Fest

2007-10-26  New Orleans, LA 

Maple Leaf

2007-10-27 New Orleans, LA 

Voodoo Music Festival

2007-10-27  New Orleans, LA 

MOMs Ball / Howlin' Wolf

2007-10-31

Charlotte, NC 

Visulite Theatre

2007-11-02 

Greenville, SC 

Handlebar

2007-11-03

Huntsville, AL 

Crossroads

2007-11-07 

Knoxville, TN 

Blue Cat's

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad 

2007-11-08

Boone, NC 

Legends at Appalachian State

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad 

2007-09-09 

Winston Salem, NC 

Ziggy's

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad 

2007-11-10

Carrboro, NC 

Cat's Cradle

Mosadi Music 

2007-10-15 

Athens, GA 

Melting Point

2007-11-16

Atlanta, GA 

Smith's Olde Bar

2007-11-28 

Annapolis, MD 

Ram's Head

2007-11-29

Richmond, VA 

Capital Ale House Music Hall

2007-11-30 

Charlottesville, VA 

Satellite Ballroom

2007-12-01

Floyd, VA 

Sun Music Hall

2008-01-04/09 Port Everglades, FL and beyond 

Jam Cruise

2008 - 01-19

Salina, KS 

Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts

Global Drum Project Featuring Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussain

Mickey Hart- for the Grateful Web

The Global Drum Project Tour brings Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo together again in a reunion sparked by the 15th anniversary of the ground-breaking album Planet Drum. Released in 1991, it went on to earn the first-ever Grammy Award in the World Music category. The tour is the groups first in almost a decade. It also marks the resumption of an artistic relationship – between Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain – that goes back to the late 1960s.  The Global Drum Project will be playing the Boulder Theater on September 23rd, 2007 (more Global Drum Project dates below).

Mickey Hart is best known for his nearly three decades as an integral part of an extraordinary expedition into the soul and spirit of music, disguised as the rock and roll band the Grateful Dead. As half of the percussion tandem known as the Rhythm Devils, Mickey and Bill Kreutzmann transcended the conventions of rock drumming. Their extended polyrhythmic excursions were highlights of Grateful Dead shows, introducing the band's audience to an ever-growing arsenal of percussion instruments from around the world. Exposure to these exotic sounds fueled Mickey's desire to learn about the various cultures that produced them.

His tireless study of the world's music led Mickey to many great teachers and collaborators, including his partners in Planet Drum. Planet Drum's self-titled album not only hit #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart, remaining there for 26 weeks, it also received the Grammy for Best World Music Album in 1991 - the first Grammy ever awarded in this category. Planet Drum is one of twenty-nine recordings released on Mickey's the WORLD series on Rykodisc. The WORLD offers a wide variety of music from virtually every corner of the globe with releases like Voices of the Rainforest from Papua New Guinea and Living Art, Sounding Spirit: The Bali Sessions. In 2002, Mickey established The Endangered Music Fund to return royalty payments from many of these recordings to the indigenous people that produced them, and to further the preservation of sounds and music from around the globe.

Mickey's experiences have paved the way for unique opportunities beyond the music industry. He composed a major drum production performed by an assembly of 100 percussionists for the opening ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Additionally, Mickey has composed scores, soundtracks and themes for movies and television including Apocalypse Now, Gang Related, Hearts of Darkness, The Twilight Zone, the 1987 score to The America's Cup: The Walter Cronkite Report, Vietnam: A Television History, and The Next Step. In 1994 Mickey was inducted with The Grateful Dead into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Mickey has written four books documenting his lifelong fascination with the history and mythology of music. These include Drumming at the Edge of Magic, Planet Drum, Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music, and Songcatchers: In Search of the World's Music.

Long a social activist, Mickey appeared in August, 1991 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging, speaking on the healing value of drumming and rhythm on afflictions associated with aging. Since joining the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function at Beth Abraham Hospital in 2000, Mickey is continuing his investigation into the connection between healing and rhythm, and the neural bases of rhythm.

In 1999, Mickey was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress where he heads the sub-committee on the digitization and preservation of the Center's vast collections. In October of 2000, the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center conferred an honorary doctorate of humane letters upon Mickey for his work in advancing the preservation of aural archives.

Zakir has worked with many western and Indian artists, and has produced many works for fusion, perhaps most notably with The Beatles. In 1971 he recorded with an American psychedelic band called Shanti. He has also worked with John McLaughlin in Shakti in 1975, with L. Shankar in the Diga Rhythm Band, and with Mickey Hart on his Rolling Thunder album (on which he and his father played a tabla duet). Although Shakti was disbanded a few years later, it reunited under the name Remember Shakti. Zakir was touring by the age of twelve. He did his schooling in St. Michael's High School in Mahim. He completed his graduation from St Xaviers, Mumbai. Zakir went to the United States in 1970, embarking on an international career which includes no fewer than 150 concert dates a year.

In 1987, his first solo release, Making Music, was acclaimed as "one of the most inspired East-West fusion albums ever recorded." In 1988, he became the youngest percussionist to ever be awarded the title of Padma Shri. In 1990, he was awarded the Indo-American Award in recognition for his cultural contribution to relations between the United States and India. In April, 1991, he was presented with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by the President of India, making him one of the youngest musicians to receive this recognition from India's governing cultural institute.

In 1992, Planet Drum, an album co-created and produced by Zakir and Mickey Hart, was awarded a Grammy for Best World Music Album, the Downbeat Critics Poll for Best World Beat Album, and the NARM Indie Best Seller Award for World Music Recording. Planet Drum, with Zakir as music director, toured nationally in 1996 and 1997. Zakir also continues to tour with the musicians from Shakti — John McLaughlin, Shankar and T.H. Vinayakram — in different collaborations and ensembles as well as leading various percussion ensembles of his own design. In Summer'99, Shakti re-grouped for an international tour.

In 1992, Zakir founded live concert performances by masters of the classical music of India. The label presents Zakir's own world percussion ensemble, The Rhythm Experience, both North and South Indian classical recordings, Best of Shakti, and a Masters of Percussion series. He has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, Aashish Khan, Vasant Rai, Imrat Khan, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Charles Lloyd, the Hong Kong Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony.

Text:  Wikipedia

Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, Skiru Adepoju Dates:

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Sep 20, 2007 Centennial Hall - Tucson AZ
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Sep 21, 2007 Mesa Arts Center - Mesa AZ
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Sep 22, 2007 Globalquerque - Albuquerque NM
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Sep 23, 2007 Boulder Theater - Boulder CO
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Sep 24, 2007 Oriental Theater - Denver CO
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Sep 27, 2007 Laxson Auditorium - Chico CA
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Sep 28, 2007 Zellerbach Auditorium at UC Berkeley - Berkeley CA
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Sep 30, 2007 John Van Duzer Theatre - Arcata CA
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Oct 05, 2007 Ferst Center/Ga Institute Of Tech - Atlanta GA

Oct 06, 2007 Jemison Concert Hall - Birmingham AL
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Oct 07, 2007 Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
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Oct 09, 2007 Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts - Annapolis MD
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Oct 11, 2007 Lisner Auditorium - Washington DC
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Oct 12, 2007 Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts - Storrs CT
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Oct 13, 2007 Flynn Theatre - Burlington VT
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Oct 14, 2007 Bardavon 1869 Opera House -Poughkeepsie NY
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Oct 16, 2007 Eisenhower Auditorium - University Park PA
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Oct 18, 2007 Byham Theater - Pittsburgh PA
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Oct 20, 2007 Wharton Center for the Performing Arts -East Lansing MI
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Oct 21, 2007 Southern Theatre - Columbus OH
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Oct 22, 2007 Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA
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Oct 25, 2007 The McAninch Arts Center - Glen Ellyn IL
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Oct 26, 2007 Overture Center for the Arts - Madison WI
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Oct 27, 2007 Orchestra Hall - Minneapolis MN
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Donna Jean and the Tricksters

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Donna Jean Thatcher (Godchaux MacKay) was born to sing, and over the course of time she's done so with people like Elvis Presley, Percy Sledge, Boz Scaggs, and Jerry Garcia. Now she has a new band that she's quite certain is on a creative par with anything she's ever done. "This band is a perfect fit for me as a singer/songwriter," she said recently, "and I hope to be doing this for a long time to come. We're having so much fun with this music!" The Grateful Dead alumna has joined up with six members of the next musical generation – Mookie Siegel (David Nelson Band; formerly Phil & Friends, RatDog), Wendy Lanter (Hope in Time), and Jeff Mattson, Tom Circosta, Klyph Black and Dave Diamond (Zen Tricksters) to form Donna Jean and the Tricksters. Look out! Things have come full circle and anything's possible. Oh, sure, they're gonna jam. But the band has seven vocalists and an incredible array of songwriting talent, and DJ&tT is going to make waves in ways you'd never anticipate. Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Donna Jean was a vocalist at both Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Fame Studios, home of the legendary "Muscle Shoals Sound," on records like Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves a Woman," and Boz Scagg's eponymous first solo album. She moved to San Francisco, married Keith Godchaux, and spent the 1970s as a vocalist in the Grateful Dead as well as the Jerry Garcia Band. After life with the Dead, she and Keith created the Heart of Gold Band with drummer Greg Anton.

Following various side trips, she resumed serious focus on her singing in the '90s, recording a new Heart of Gold Band album, At the Table, and singing with Phil & Friends and her own Donna Jean Band. But it was at a benefit concert for the Dead's Rex Foundation in 2006, The Black Tie-Dyed Ball, that she bonded with the Tricksters and decided that she'd found her future. The Zen Tricksters began on Long Island in the early 1980s. Lead by guitar wizard Jeff Mattson, the ZT have played for more than 20 years, establishing records at the legendary Wetlands Preserve and taking part in every Gathering of the Vibes. With Klyph Black on funky, blues-based bass and vocals (and slide and dobro), Tom Circosta on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Dave Diamond on drums, percussion, and vocals, the ZT rapidly became known as the best Dead-oriented band around – and a great deal more. After a substantial career doing session work, Wendy Lanter joined with Tom Circosta to create the band Hope in Time as a platform for their original music. She is a fabulous vocalist, adding angelic harmonies to Donna Jean's work. Finally, Mookie Siegel (keyboards and vocals) emerged from Baltimore in the '80s to become a member of such bands as the David Nelson (New Riders of the Purple Sage) Band, Bob Weir's RatDog, and Phil Lesh & Friends. Yet this band – a felicitous combination of experience and youth, with skills that cross all musical genres and defy category – is a great deal more than even the sum of its parts. Something happened when they met – and DJ&tT is now (3/07) going into the studio to show you what that was.