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On Thursday, Oct 4, the 13th Annual Fall Joshua Tree Music Festival descended on the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground, bringing with it all of the positive vibes, beautiful artwork, healers, instructors and of course musicians that the festival is known for.  Artists from all around the world come to the mystical high-desert location, where Founder Barnett English and his dedicated support team put in months of preparation leading up to each festival.  Something about the festival felt a bit different this

Matador! Soul Sounds is proud to announce their debut album Get Ready. The band consists of the dream team of Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds) and Alan Evans (Soulive) alongside keyboardist Chris Spies and bassist Kevin Scott. Rounding out the already killer line-up are vocalists Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime) and Adryon de León (Orgone) bringing their soulful and powerful energy to the mix.

Soulive has announced the release of 'Cinematics, Vol. 1.' The long-awaited EP—due February 23 on digital and vinyl formats via the trio's own imprint Soulive Music—is the first new music in six years from the genre-smashing groove masters. The collection's debut single, "Kings March," is out today on all DSPs and is accompanied by a video from the recording sessions.

http://soulive.comSoulive has never made any bones about what they do best; it's right there in their name. Since forming in 1999, the trio of guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and keyboardist Neal Evans has carried the torch for the soul-jazz organ trio-that venerable, funky institution pioneered by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes in the late '60s. Rest assured, when the Evans brothers first brought Kraz by their Woodstock studio, there was plenty of old vinyl spread out on the floor.

In the weeks following pop icon Prince’s untimely passing, hordes of respected entertainers paid their respects through acknowledgement or performance. Once again, an artist’s full depth and impact is celebrated strongest posthumously. That is not to say that Prince’s impact as a musician and atypical sex symbol wasn’t already deeply influential. Take funk saxophonist and bandleader Karl Denson.

Four years into the Terrapin Crossroads experience, a multipurpose Marin County destination at which proprietor Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead fame presides, the grand opening of the venue’s Backyard took place on April 17 in sunny, celebratory fashion with a headlining three-set Phil Lesh & Friends concert. This marked a major achievement for the venue that already offers a fine local-sourced restaurant, and concert settings that include The Grate Room and the smaller bar stage.

Funk is an American tradition born in the same house as Jazz. Continuing this tradition are veterans Soulive. I had the pleasure of attending one of two shows this past snowy weekend at Cervantes in Denver. Supported by yet another long time vet George Porter Jr. of The Meters brought out his side project Runnin’ Pardners. This evening was filled with bright, colorful and energetic music.

Boasting the kind of ferocious funk collaborations you’d expect to find in New Orleans during Jazzfest, as opposed to the remote Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Equifunk sets itself apart this summer -- an unsuspecting gem among 2013 festivals.

Soulive drummer and founder Alan Evans is a musical force to be reckoned with. More than 15 years as an integral member of the jazz-fusion group wasn’t enough for him.

Alan Evans Trio kicks off their national tour in support of their upcoming album, Merkaba, beginning February 28, 2013, with over 10 stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington D.C, and many more.Alan Evans Trio's much-anticipated follow-up album, Merkaba (Royal Family Records), hits Earth on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, and will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital in select retail outlets around the globe, and neighboring solar systems.Digital pre-order now available on

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