Femi Kuti & the Positive Force @ Boulder Theater

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Four years after the DVD Live@Shrine, Femi Kuti returns with a generous, powerful and timeless new album, continuing to explore and push back the frontiers of Afrobeat. Thirteen titles that grab your belly, your feet, your heart and your head. From the ghettos of Lagos to the palaces of corrupt politicians, Day by Day takes us through the winding roads of African paradox. Why is such a rich continent inhabited by the world's poorest people?

Day by Day is Nigeria in all of its states. We find elaborate instrumental patterns, both in their texture and in their structure ("Demo Crazy") refrains as soulful as the best old hits Curtis Mayfield hits ("Eh Oh") and hot numbers to set light to any dancefloor. His group, Positive Force, built the foundations in Lagos and, during timely visits during sessions in Paris, other artists brought their building blocks to the structure. Keziah Jones made his guitar swing on "Tell Me" and "Dem Funny," Femi's young son, Madé, also joined the adventure, participating in all the tracks on this delicious album – to be released on November 18th.

Copying note for note his Father's music has never been Femi's goal. If he accompanied Fela's musicians during his youth, he decided as early as 1986 to free himself up and create his own band. Whilst always respecting his musical heritage, Femi has refined over more than twenty years, an afrobeat with soul-jazz nuances that is entirely his own.


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2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
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Los Angeles' THE ROXY THEATRE first opened its doors in the late fall of 1973.  35 years later, the legendary venue marks this significant milestone as one of America's longest-running independently owned and operated establishments with two monumental shows highlighting its rich musical history: Zappa Plays Zappa December 10, 11, 12 and 13 and a New Years Eve performance by The Wailers.

In December, the spirit of Frank Zappa—who along with the Mothers recorded numerous live tracks of Roxy & Elswhere in 1973 and 1974—returns to THE ROXY with a four-night run of Zappa Plays Zappa.  Led by Frank's son Dweezil Zappa, the band will perform various compositions the musical icon wrote from the 1960's through the 1980's.

THE ROXY's anniversary celebrations will culminate with the greatest living exponents of Jamaica's reggae tradition - The Wailers - on New Year's Eve.  At this show presented by Indie 103.1, they will perform in its entirety Exodus - the album TIME magazine called "Album of the Century" in 1999 - among other hits.   Bob Marley & The Wailers first appeared at THE ROXY in the spring of 1976 where they recorded the seminal live album, Live At The Roxy.

Today the venue is helmed by Nic Adler, son of legendary producer Lou Adler (Monterey International Pop Festival, The Rocky Horror Show, Jan and Dean, Johnny Rivers, The Mamas and The Papas, Spirit, Carole King, Cheech and Chong), who along with Elmer Valentine launched THE ROXY onto the forefront of the American musical landscape.  It remains one of the most prominent independently owned venues in Los Angeles.  The history of THE ROXY is paved with icons, whether it was pre-stardom shows from yet to be famous acts like David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Guns N' Roses, Foo Fighters, Gnarls Barkley, Amy Winehouse and the Pussycat Dolls, the setting for landmark "Live At The Roxy" recordings by Bob Marley & The Wailers, Brian Wilson and Social Distortion, or the designated party destination for John Lennon, John Belushi and any music-savvy celebrity today.   Even up to now, with recent shows with Nas, Samantha Ronson and teen sensation Demi Lovato, THE ROXY's patrons are always privy to the best in what is the best in music today. Three decades on, the club has also been a popular performance mecca for other entertainment including stage productions, comedy shows and performance art.

Upcoming shows at THE ROXY THEATRE include:

11/15/08       KROQ Locals Only Presents B Foundation with The Pricks, Dirty Heads, Meet Me At The Pub, Ballyhoo!

11/16/08       KCRW Presents Mexican Institute of Sound, Volumen Cero

11/18/08       KROQ & LA Weekly Present Guns N Roses Chinese Democracy Album Listening Event

11/19/08       Elisa, Ari Hest, Sara Haze

11/20/08       Monte Negro, Pilar Diaz, Beatmo

11/21/08       KCRW Presents Little Dragon, DJ Jason Bentley, Anomie Bell

11/22/08       3rd Annual Almost Acoustic Cursemas - Benefit show with The Curse (tribute to The Cure) and Special Guests.

11/24/08       KIIS FM Presents Shwayze, Cisco Adler, Skeet Skeet with special guest Krista

11/26/08       HARD Presents Turkey Soup, Guns N Bombs, Don Rimini, Aaron Lacrate, Destructo, Good and Plenty

11/28/08       KROQ Presents After Midnight Project, Vogue in Movement, Astronaut On Vacation, Wicker

12/4/08        SHP Presents EEK-A-MOUSE

12/6/08        Ours, Plain Jane Automobile, Everything is Energy

12/10/08       Livenation Presents Zappa Plays Zappa

12/11/08       Livenation Presents Zappa Plays Zappa

12/12/08       Livenation Presents Zappa Plays Zappa

12/13/08       Livenation Presents Zappa Plays Zappa

12/14/08       Livenation presents Nat and Alex Wolff "Fully Clothed Tour" with Savannah Outen

12/15/08       Brendan James, John West, Jay Nash

12/18/08       LMFAO

12/19/08       The Duke Spirit

12/21/08       Steve Lukather and very special guests. Benefiting the Casey Lee Ball Foundation

12/31/08       Indie 103.1 presents The Wailers, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds

1/3/09         Painted Turtle Benefit with Chenga Verrinches, Orgullo Cafe, 420, Vivrnes 13, Echo Lekua

1/10/09        Rufus

1/11/09        Wagatail Presents Rebirth Brass Band

1/17/09        KROQ Presents Unwritten Law

1/23/09        The Head Cat, Miss Derringer, Ricky Warwick

2/4/09         An evening with Al DiMeola's World Sinfonia Tour

2/12/09        Funeral For a Friend, The Sleeping, Emarosa, This Is Hell

Gurf Morlix' new album out Feb. 17

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Gurf Morlix, who has worked as producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist for some of America's greatest artists, is getting set to release his own fifth album, Last Exit to Happyland on the Rootball Records label on February 17, 2009.
Tempting as it may be, don't just judge Morlix by the company he keeps, even if it does provide a fine starting point: Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon, Patty Griffin, Michael Penn, Buddy Miller, Mary Gauthier, Tom Lauderdale, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, Tom Russell, Jim Lauderdale and Slaid Cleaves, to name but a few. Instead, a listen to Last Exit to Happyland should demonstrate why his blue ribbon associations have led Morlix to a similar level of excellence as singer/songwriter and artist in his own right.
"If anybody is still looking for a candidate to replace Robbie Robertson of The Band, look no further," writes Henry Cabot Beck in "Morlix can write, sing, produce and play nearly every instrument and has a bottomless range of American musical idioms from which to draw."
The new album is something of a tour de force for Morlix's gift as a musician and producer as well as his finest moment yet as a writer and singer. He plays everything on it but drums, which are ably handled by Rick Richards, who has manned the kit on many of Morlix's productions in recent years. Icing the cake are Patty Griffin, Barbara K (of Timbuk3) and rising Texas singing sensation Ruthie Foster, who contribute harmony to a number of tracks. As with all that Morlix has produced and played over the years, every note and creative touch ultimately serves the songs. And his trademark grit, soulfulness and authenticity suffuse the album representing the "muddy," as Morlix calls the junction where varied strains of American roots music mingle, at its truest and finest.
Last Exit to Happyland is peopled with characters "headed to reckoning day," as Morlix sings in the propulsive opener, "One More Second." The swampy bomp of "Walkin' to New Orleans" finds a Crescent City resident heading home into the deadly wind and rain of Hurricane Katrina, while the haunting country-blues "Crossroads" reveals new wrinkles in Robert Johnson's fateful meeting with the devil. Whether it's longtime lovers at the "End of the Line," a traveler on a "Hard Road" or an outcast who laments "I Got Nothin'," Morlix captures their emotional essence.

Prior to embarking on his own career, Morlix was likely best-known for his 11-year creative partnership with Lucinda Williams as her guitarist, band leader and backing vocalist on two of her classic albums, Lucinda Williams and Sweet Old World. His production work with Williams led him to produce multiple recordings for Ray Wylie Hubbard (four albums), Slaid Cleaves (three albums and an EP, with a fourth about to be released), and two apiece by Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier, as well as discs by Tom Russell, Ian McLagan, Butch Hancock, Hot Club of Cowtown, the Setters (Alajandro Escovedo, Michael Hall and Walter Salas-Humara) and others.
And now with Last Exit to Happyland, Morlix feels he has come into his own as an artist, songwriter and performer. "I'm really enjoying songs making my records and going out and playing," he notes. His ever-expanding touring circuit has already taken him across North America and to Europe and Japan.
As Richard Skanse noted on, "More Morlix as any Gurf connoisseur can tell you, can only mean one thing: cool."

Raul Malo's new CD, 'Lucky One,' Streets 3/3/09

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Raul Malo's Fantasy Records label debut album, Lucky One, finds him fully shedding his musical shackles. "I have been fighting my whole life against people who want to pigeonhole music. I feel like I've got no restrictions anymore." Malo is known for his work as the frontman of the Grammy Award-winning, globally platinum- and gold-certified band the Mavericks. Following two albums of covers, Lucky One is Malo's first album original material in seven years.
The CD will hit the streets on March 3rd, fronted by the lead single "Hello Again."
Malo has earned much critical respect over the years. USA Today applauded "a voice that seems to have no limits of range or versatility." The New York Times said, "Malo has an exceptional voice, a burnished tenor that harks back to Roy Orbison and the great Cuban singer Beny Moré." Rolling Stone added, "Raul Malo has a voice on par with the best of 'em: Sinatra, George Jones and Orbison." And The Wall Street Journal opined: "Malo's superb voice is big and melodic with a natural vibrato. Exquisite."
Malo wrote Lucky One over a two-year period at his Nashville home and was so happy with the results that several of his home demos appear as final versions on the CD. For the balance of the album, he once again enlisted Steve Berlin, best known for his work with Los Lobos and who worked on Malo's 2001 Today album, as co-producer. "I trust Steve musically," Malo says. "Art comes first with him. That's the most important quality of all. Nothing gets in the way of that."
Lucky One follows You're Only Lonely and After Hours, two CDs of cover songs written by Malo's favorite tunesmiths including Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson and Roger Miller.
"How could that not influence my songwriting on Lucky One?" Malo asks. "It certainly had an effect on how I wrote for this. There's an appreciation for song structure, melody and lyric that these guys certainly had."

Songs on Lucky One range from the upbeat "Moonlight Kisses," to songs like "One More Angel" and "Rosalie," which take on mortality and the loss of life. "Hello Again" is a deceptively upbeat, swinging tale of heartbreak, and the closing track "So Beautiful" is an ultimately uplifting benediction influenced by events in and outside Malo's home.
While fans wait the March 3 release of Lucky One, Malo will travel to several cities in December to preview the songs live, perform solo and Mavericks classics while sprinkling in some holiday cheer. Tour cities are as follows:
December 2 – NEWPORT, KY – The Southgate House
December 3 – CHICAGO, IL – Joe's Bar
December 4 – LEXINGTON, MI – Lexington Music Theater
December 6 – SPARTANBURG, SC – Twichell Auditorium
December 9 – ALEXANDRIA, VA (DC METRO) – Birchmere
December 10 – ANNAPOLIS, MD – Ram's Head Onstage
December 12 – NEW YORK, NY – Highline Ballroom
December 13 – COLLINGSWOOD, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
December 14 – FOXBOROUGH, MA – Showcase Live
December 17 – HOUSTON, TX – House of Blues
December 19-20 – AUSTIN, TX – Antone's
January 17-24 – SAN DIEGO, CA – embark on Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches Cruise

Justin Roberts @ Boulder Theater

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Justin Roberts is truly one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children's show business. With national awards and recognition and a devoted fan base, Justin and his wonderfully named bandmates "The Not Ready for Naptime Players" dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.

Justin's latest CD, Pop Fly, is filled with 11 high- energy pop hits spanning topics from a dandelion watching ballplayer to a girl's unusual hairstyle in which funky characters of all shapes and sizes take up residence. There are images of permission slips, first days, and grandmother's home cooking. Gently plucked piano strings, vintage synthesizers, tender trombones, pounding drums, and giant electric guitars emerge on this journey through the pop flys and pratfalls of childhood. It's yet another Justin Roberts home run filled with witty lyrics, sing-along choruses and touching insights. It continues a hot streak that started in the early 90s.

Over the years, Justin has put out an impressive string of award winning, critically acclaimed CDs. He has performed in front of millions of people on The Today Show and his song "Get Me Some Glasses" was featured on the World Series broadcast during a feature about ballplayers who wear glasses. He's garnered kudos and raves from national media including The New York Times, Newsweek, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and The Chicago Tribune.

Saturday, March 14

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

Todd Rittman of U.S. Maple & Singer Forms D. Rider

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D. Rider is a new rock band founded and fronted by guitarist/singer Todd Albert Rittmann.  Founding member of U.S. Maple, Singer (both Drag City), and Robert Johnson and the Browns, T. Rittmann is also an occasional member of Cheer-Accident and has played with many other avant-music notables including cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and Rhys Chatham.  In March of 2008 Todd recruited a 5-piece band to perform some songs he was working on.  The lineup included keyboardist/cornet player Andrea Faught, who also works with Cheer-Accident, and saxophonist/singer Noah Tabakin, who is a member of punk marching band, Mucca Pazza.  This early show the group performed was enough to convince Rittmann, Faught and Tabakin that they should continue to make music together and collaborate on some recorded material. These songs have become the album Mother of Curses, which will be released on February 17th on Tizona Records.

The album's narrative begins with a mash of rhythmic sound.  Stick clicks, tambourine, bass drum, and the sound of magic marker writing on cardboard all congeal into a coherent boogie only to be suddenly eclipsed by the driving stomp of "Arranged Marriage To No Toms".  The title is an allusion to the minimal drum set-up used throughout the album. Kick, snare, hi-hat, and crash cymbal were the foundation of every song on the record, and every song began with an improvisation on this stripped-down trap set.

The approach to the drums is reflected by the method in the studio.   All the songs were deliberately recorded using 16 tracks or less, making on-the-spot judgment an integral part of the composition process.  This strategy doesn't rule out excess, instead it forces a commitment to a sound or gesture before the end result is completely understood. Imperfection becomes advantage, and the writing of a song becomes an evolution where the last step is a direct result of the journey.

In contrast to the constraints maintained in writing and recording, the kitchen sink approach was used in every other aspect of generating and manipulating the sounds.   While modern technology is employed to a degree in the capturing of the music, much more primitive means were used in the processing.  Much of the equipment used on Mother Of Curses is at least 20 year-old technology. Cassette tape, cell phone, reel to reel, and stockpile of obsolete outboard gear were employed to capture and mutilate a variety of instrumentation from harmonica to spray paint.  But don't be mislead, this is not experimental art noise. This is rock music.

D. Rider plans to play some shows in and around their native Chicago before the release of Mother of Curses, and embark on a North American tour in the early months of 2009.  Although T. Rittmann plays drums on the album, D. Rider has enlisted the help of Theo Katsounis (A Tundra, Locks) to drum for their upcoming shows.

Brazilian Trio CD Release Party Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25th at Sweet Rhythm

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What The Critics Are Saying:

This trio is known for its samba jazz, and, indeed, "Forests" has an overarching vibe that's as chilled and elegant as a Jobim samba. In fact, Helio Alves (piano), Duduka Da Fonseca (drums) and Nilson Matta (bass) display a great deal more breadth in their performances than simply cruising in the samba groove. On "Montreux," they evoke a lovely, impressionistic feel in their measured approach. Their take on Milton Nascimento's "Vera Cruz" has a grandness that's nearly cinematic, particularly Alves' busy, articulate opening solo. Again bringing its skills to bear on a Nascimento tune, "Tarde," Alves plays with a gravity and a stylistic flair that's truly impressive. — Philip Van

Vleck Billboard Magazine

The Brazilian Trio consists of three Brazilian-born musicians who left their native land to expand their musical horizons in New York. Pianist Helio Alves has recorded extensively as a leader, while bassist Nilsson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca make up two thirds of the group Trio da Paz. The band is not a typical piano/bass/drums trio, but an interactive group with all members contributing to the arrangements. - Ken Dryden

They explore gems by Milton Nascimento (including a shimmering, reflective rendition of "Tarde" and a driving romp through "Vera Cruz"), along with a breezy take of Ivan Lins' "Amor." Their originals, which make up half of the CD, are just as potent. Alves' sauntering samba "Ubatuba," Matta's "Forests" conveys both the beauty of Brazilian wilderness and the tense daily battle for survival among its inhabitants. Da Fonseca's easygoing, lyrical "Flying Over Rio" is also noteworthy.

A classical trio with a decidedly Brazilian flavor, Brazilian Trio presents a program containing a taste of the Brazilian repertoire along with original pieces that demonstrate the group's diversity and commitment to today's contemporary jazz sounds. The three New York-based musicians from Brazil, pianist Helio Alves, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, produce enough sophisticated modern jazz rhythms here that it would be incorrect to label this album as a Brazilian genre recording. This is contemporary straight ahead jazz with a slight Brazilian slant.

The program begins with one of the best by borrowing the Ivan Lins composition "Amor," and presenting the piece in a vibrant form as Alves lays down fabulous piano lines and Da Fonseca taps the cymbals throughout. The Album is dedicated to the Brazilian forests and with that in mind the title tune ("Forests") begins with the sounds of birds and other wildlife, is introduced by light piano lines and then powers up and moves quickly. Alves presents excellent jazzy grooves on his original "Samba Alegre" giving the bassist and drummer nice solo portions.

The trio plays a beautiful light ballad with Hermeto Pascoal's largely ignored "Montreux" in an attempt to give it new life and with this rendition, they do indeed provide the spark. Drummer Da Fonseca's only original here is a dandy. The brief but bossa colored "Flying Over Rio" has the drummer on the brushes on a warm cushy piece of music. The repertoire includes a couple of Milton Nascimento tunes with the soft "Tarde," and his classic composition of "Vera Cruz," a common closer for most samba jazz recordings, finishing with a marvelous performance from Alves.

I was thoroughly enthralled by "Forests" as it is not your typical piano trio recording. The three Brazilians play their hearts out with a fiery yet graceful performance of beautiful Brazilian and modern jazz music. - Edward Blanco Ejazznews

Ah, a great Brazilian take on the classic jazz trio format.  A transplanted bunch of hard workers tilling the fields of the Big Apple serve up a lovely cross pollinated date that's sure to hit a nerve with jazzbos and samba fans.  It's unembellished but it doesn't need bells and whistles to make it's point with anything other than great playing.  In general, the piano trio has a fine history and this adds a great new leg to the format's legacy. Check it out. - CHRIS SPECTOR MIDWEST RECORD

This trio consists of three of Brazil's best jazz musicians with pianist Helio Alves, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and Nilson Matta on bass. They are all based in New York but retain strong roots in Brazil. Each is a formidable jazz artist and they have successfully melded American jazz and samba for Forests. It is a combination of originals and Brazilian standards that will resonate with fans of both segments. Highlights are "Montreux", Alves dancing across the keys on "Pro Zeca" and "Vera Cruz". - D. Oscar  Groomes O's Place Jazz Newsletter

This exciting recording is a perfect example of the thorough absorption of the Bossa Nova being integrated with the mainstream jazz piano trio. All three members of Brazilian Trio are, in fact, Brazilians but have lived in New York City for decades,settling in the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

Pianist Helio Alves is the youngest of the three, having worked with Oscar Castro-Neves, Rosa Passos and Paquito D'Rivera. His decidedly modal approach to piano jazz is undoubtedly a credit to the influence of Bill Evans.

Like Alves, bassist Nilson Matta hailed from Sao Paulo and has been a prolific musician seemingly appearing on scores of dates over the years. Drummer Duduka Da Fonseca relocated from Rio in 1970 and has been a vital part of the New York jazz scene ever since; at one time he was a part of the Don Pullen Afro-Brazilian Connection. His wife is Brazilian vocalist Maucha Adnet, who has established herself as a primary interpreter of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Da Fonseca and Matta form two-thirds of Trio Da Paz along with guitarist Romero Lubambo.

The music on Forests, while reflecting the pulse and passion of Brazil, is not really Bossa Nova or Samba. Rather, it represents a synthesis of those forms with the style of the American jazz trio. The tunes are redolent of the forests of Brazil, presented in a manner that moves the music into a new category.

Opening with Ivan Lins' lovely "Amor," featuring Alves' lyrical piano, the session moves into Matta's title tune, dedicated to the forests of the Earth and in particular the Amazon Rain Forest, with Da Fonseca offering some tasty brushwork. Milton Nascimento contributes "Tarde," a beautiful melody that is limned again by Alves' Bill Evans-style work. Hermeto Pascoal's "Montreux" is a hard-to-find and rarely recorded title that made its debut at the 1979 Montreux Jazz Festival. The album concludes with Nascimento's popular "Vera Cruz," a full blown jazz samba.

One significant observation about Brazilian Trio is that, despite its members' individual recording experiences, this is a fully interactive trio, bringing the distinctive touch of Brazil to a faraway studio. - Michael P. Gladstone

Forests marks the auspicious debut of the Brazilian Trio - pianist Helio Alves, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca - three musicians already well known in Brazilian jazz circles, having played with an impressive list of Latin icons, including Paquito D'Rivera, Rosa Passos and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

While the traditional piano trio format serves them well, the group's bicultural background takes the music deeper. All three hail from Brazil yet have made New York their home. Alves' improvising sounds like he absorbed the best of Bill Evans, Matta's bass playing is tasteful, supportive and, at the same time, stylistically unique and Da Fonseca's percussion work is nothing short of masterful.

The album is a mix of original compositions and tunes from Brazilian masters such as Milton Nascimento and Victor Assis Brasil. "Amor," the opening track by Ivan Lins, sets a mellow groove; "Samba Alegre," an Alves original, showcases the trio's seamless interplay and rhythmic chops and Nascimento's "Tarde" comes off like the musical embodiment of a sunset.

The skillful ensemble work of these musicians makes this recording particularly enjoyable. In their experienced hands, this collection of samba jazz originals and well-chosen classics is a great listen. - Karen Hogg All About Jazz NY

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

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Here is a list up of upcoming Boulder Theater shows.  All shows are on sale unless otherwise noted.

Tues, Oct 21                 AEG Live & 97.3 KBCO present
8:00pm                       JOE JACKSON
                             w/ Gemma Hayes
                             Reserved=$50.00, GA=$40.00 / 21+ - SOLD OUT 

Thur, Oct 23                 Radio 1190 presents
8:30pm                       JOLIE HOLLAND
                             w/ Herman Dune
                             GA / All Ages / $16.00

Fri, Oct 24                  Colorado Daily presents
9:00pm                       ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRATEFUL DEAD REVUE
                             GA / 21+ / $12.00            

Sat, Oct 25                  Live Nation presents
8:00pm                       B.B. KING
                             Gold Circle=$100.00, Reserved Balcony=$84.50, GA=$69.50 / 21+

Sun, Oct 26                  E-TOWN
7:00pm                       w/ Sonny Landreth & Juliana Hatfield
                             GA / All Ages / $15.00
Mon, Oct 27                  TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS
8:00pm                       Gold Circle=$26.00, GA=$17.00, All Ages 

Tues, Oct 28                 Boulder Weekly Film Series & Boulder Adventure Film present
8:00pm                       "ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD"
                             GA / All Ages / $10.00 

Wed, Oct 29                  Boulder Weekly Film Series
8:00pm                       "THE BIG LEBOWSKI"
                             Costume Contest - Prizes for the best Dude, Walter & Jesus
                             GA / 21+ / $8.00          

Thur, Oct 30                 AEG Live presents
8:00pm                       THE FAINT
                             w/ The Show is the Rainbow
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$20.00, DOS=$23.00

Fri, Oct 31                  97.3 KBCO & The Onion present
9:00pm                       DEVOTCHKA
                             w/ Bela Karoli & Paper Bird
                             GA / 21+ / $32.50 

Sat, Nov 1                   97.3 KBCO & The Onion present
9:00pm                       DEVOTCHKA
                             w/ Dust On The Breakers & Paper Bird
                             GA / All Ages / $32.50

8:30pm                       feat. Michael Kang, Michael Travis, Patrice Blanchard,
                             Joey Porter, Dominic Lalli, Scott Messersmit
                             GA / All Ages / $15.00 

Tues, Nov 4                  Present Tense Films presents
                             GA / 21+ / $8.50

Nov 6-8                      Patagonia presents
                             BOULDER ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL
                             Day Pass=$20-$25, Festival Pass=$45.00

Sat, Nov 8                   Live Nation presents
9:00pm                       HENRY ROLLINS
                             GA / All Ages / $26.00

Mon, Nov 10                  "WISHES FOR WASHINGTON"
6:00pm                       ft. Flipcrash & Lunch Money
                             GA / $9.00 / All Ages / Kids under 5 are free

 Nov 11-16                   WARREN MILLER'S "CHILDREN OF WINTER"
                             GA / All Ages / $19.00 / Groups (12+)=$18.00/person 

Mon, Nov 17                  Boulder Weekly Film Series
7:30pm                       "THE DHAMMA BROTHERS"
                             GA / All Ages / $10.00

Thur, Nov 20                 Outback Concerts presents
8:00pm                       OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$29.50, DOS=$33.00 

Fri, Nov 21                  AEG Live presents
9:00pm                       MASON JENNINGS
                             w/ Zach Gill
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$22.50, DOS=$25.00 

Sat, Nov 22                  Stride Rite presents
11:00am                      BABY LOVES DISCO
                             GA / All Ages / Walking=$10.00, Non-walkers free 

Sat, Nov 22                  Slipstream Sports presents
7:00pm                       2009 GARMIN-CHIPOTLE presented by H30 Professional Cycling Team
                             GA / All Ages / $25.00

Fri, Nov 28                  QUEMANDO
9:00pm                       GA / 21+ / $10.00 

9:00pm                       GA / 21+ / $10.00 

Sun, Dec 14                  Rocky Mountain Revels present
2:00 & 7:00pm                THE CHRISTMAS REVELS – COLORADO PIONEERS
                             Gold Circle=$31.50, Reserved=$21.00, GA Balcony=$14.75 / All Ages 

Wed, Dec 17                  SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS
8:00pm                       w/ guests
                             GA / 21+ / $20.00
                             On Sale October 24

Sat, Dec 20                  Rocky Mountain Revels present
2:00 & 7:00pm                THE CHRISTMAS REVELS – COLORADO PIONEERS
                             Gold Circle=$31.50, Reserved=$21.00, GA Balcony=$14.75 / All Ages                       

Tues, Dec 30                 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
9:30pm                       ROSE HILL DRIVE - Performing Led Zeppelin II                                                
                             w/ guests
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$24.00, DOS=$26.50 

Wed, Dec 31                  97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
9:30pm                       ROSE HILL DRIVE - Performing Led Zeppelin II
                             w/ guests
                             GA / 21+ / Advance=$30.00, DOS=$32.50 

Sat, Jan 17                  KUVO presents
8:00pm                       BLUE NOTE RECORDS 70th Anniversary Tour
                             ft. Peter Bernstein, Bill Charlap, Ravi Coltrane, Lewis Nash,
                             Nicholas Payton, Peter Washington & Steve Wilson
                             Reserved=$37.50 / GA=$30.00 / All Ages 

Sun, Jan 25                  Daily Camera presents 12th Annual
10:00am                      BOULDER WEDDING SHOWCASE  
                             at Boulder Theater & Rembrandt Yard        
                             GA / All Ages / $7.00

Sat, Feb 7                   The Onion presents
8:00pm                       THE SECOND CITY TOURING COMPANY
                             Reserved=$25.00 / GA=$20.00 / All Ages

Sat, Apr 11                  KUNC presents 
8:00pm                       GEORGE WINSTON      
                             Reserved=$34.50 / GA=$25.00 / All Ages                                            

Sun, Apr 12                  ARLO GUTHRIE'S LOST WORLD TOUR
7:30pm                       Feat. Abe Guthrie & the Burns Sisters
                             Reserved=$34.00 / GA=$25.00 / 21+ 


Pepper Announce 'Here Comes the Law Tour 2008'

Pepper- for the Grateful Web

PEPPER had an amazing time with Slightly Stoopid and legends Sly & Robbie on this summer's TAILGATE 2008 summer tour, playing massive sold-out shows throughout the land including Red Rocks in Colorado, Pacific Amphitheatre in Orange County, CA, The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA, Bank Of America Pavilion in Boston and Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The musical merriment continues as the Hawaiian-bred, Southern California-based veteran touring band supports the July release of their fifth album Pink Crustaceans And Good Vibrations with the announcement of their own headlining LAW Records "HERE COMES THE LAW TOUR 2008" for this fall plus extended tour dates in the U.K.

The first half of the tour happens October 9–31 and takes Kaleo Wassman (vocals/guitars), Bret Bollinger (bass/vocals) and Yesod Williams (drums) through 18 markets in the south and mid-west.  Next, PEPPER will join Less Than Jake for a tour of the United Kingdom during the month of November.  In January the trio will return to the road to complete the Pacific Northwest portion of the LAW Records tour (dates TBA).

Joining PEPPER on the 'HERE COMES THE LAW TOUR' are LAW Records label mates Passafire from Savannah, Georgia and The Supervillains from West Palm Beach, Florida.  After spending the last two years supporting Grow Yer Own with non-stop touring, the buzz for The Supervillains has been growing for their long awaited follow-up release MASSIVE. Set for release November 25 on Hawaii's own LAW Records, the label owned by longtime tour mates Pepper, MASSIVE aims to be as huge as its title. The record was the result of a six-week stay at Orlando's Fighting Records Studios with producer James Wisner and features guest appearances from Slightly Stoopid's Kyle MacDonald and ex-Inner Circle vocalist Kris Bentley. The most polished and definitive Supervillains' CD to date, it includes re-creations of the most classic Villain anthems, explosive new songs, two dub tracks and a must-hear cover of Billy Joel's "Movin' Out."

Passafire join the tour in support of their 2007 release Submersible which was produced alongside Steve Nall at Long Island Recording Studios in Lexington, Kentucky.   Their first self-titled release routinely receives spins on 99X, WNNX in Atlanta GA, WOCM 98.1FM Irie Radio in Ocean City MD, Sirius Radio Jam On, Roots On and on Reggae Redemption Radio in Wilmington NC. Tracks from their first release were also featured on the 2007 Jeep Hawaii Pro Windsurfing DVD distributed internationally by Sportshows TV Ltd.

In other PEPPER news, sadly their annual Kona Town Music Festival in Hawaii has been cancelled due to the environment as well as increasing fuel costs.   The very active volcano on the Big Island has been spewing out toxic sulfuric acid, causing respiratory problems for residents and more so for tourists who are not accustomed to it. The band apologizes and is working on getting out to the islands for a tour in the spring on their own.



PEPPER has amassed a large and loyal following through their non-stop touring since arriving in the Southern California after leaving Hawaii's Big Island 11 years ago.  The trio has sold over 400,000 records independently; their music has appeared in many movie, television and video game soundtracks; and they've had a couple of singles appear on the Billboard "Hot Modern Rock Tracks" chart. Their fifth studio album PINK CRUSTACEANS AND GOOD VIBRATIONS—released via their self-run label LAW Records, in association with Controlled Substance Sound Labs/MRI distribution—is filled with the band's trademark rock-funk-reggae hybrid grooves.  It was produced by Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers - who also took to the boards on the band's fourth album No Shame - and engineered by Wyn Davis at Total Access Studio in Redondo Beach.

PEPPER's tour dates are as follows:

DATE                          CITY                                       VENUE

Thu      10/2                 Fresno, CA                         Big Fresno Fair

Sat      10/4                 Las Vegas, NV                      X-Fest

U.S. Tour w/ Passafire and The Supervillains

Wed    10/15                  Corpus Christi, TX                 House of Rock

Thu    10/16                  San Antonio, TX                    White Rabbit 

Fri    10/17                  Dallas, TX                         House of Blues

Sat    10/18                  Austin, TX                         Stubb's

Sun    10/19                  Houston, TX                        House of Blues

Mon    10/20                  St. Petersburg, FL                 Jannus Landing

Wed    10/22                  Orlando, FL                        House of Blues

Thu    10/23                  Myrtle Beach, SC                   House of Blues

Fri    10/24                  Carrboro, NC                       Cat's Cradle

Sat    10/25                  Towson, MD                         Recher Theatre

Sun    10/26                  New York, NY                       Fillmore

Tue    10/28                  Detroit, MI                        St. Andrew's Hall

Wed    10/29                  Columbus, OH                       Newport Music Hall

Thu    10/30                  Covington, KY                      Madison Theater

Fri    10/31                  Chicago, IL                        Metro

United Kingdom Tour w/ Less Than Jake and Beat Union

Sun     11/2                  Norwich                            UEA

Mon     11/3                  Northampton                        Roadmender

Tue     11/4                  Swansea                            Brangwyn Hall

Wed     11/5                  Exeter                             Great Hall

Thu     11/6                  Bristol                            Carling Academy

Sat     11/8                  Nottingham                         Rock City

Sun     11/9                  Birmingham                         Carling Academy

Mon     11/10                 Southampton                        Guildhall

Tue     11/11                 Oxford                             Carling Academy

Wed     11/12                 London                             Astoria

Sat     11/15                 Leeds                              Academy Leeds

Sun     11/16                 Manchester                         Manchester University

Mon     11/17                 Newcastle                          Northumbria University

Tue     11/18                 Aberdeen                           Moshulu

Wed     11/19                 Glasgow                            ABC

Mahjongg Kick Off European Tour This Week

Mahjongg- for the Grateful Web

Originally formed in the great bounteous Midwest region of the United States "Mahjongg" began as a simple experiment between The Grid and The Sphere.  To attract the brood orientation of the young mind, Mahjongg knew the only way to spread Kontpab's message was by forming a musiK band.  This ever-expanding Sect uses "irratainment" to teach the warnings and Revelations of the almighty god Kontpab. Kontpab basically warns the human race of the mass "funneling" of the populace minds into The Grid.

Once trapped in The Grid themselves, Kontpab instructed Mahjongg to make a pilgrimage to Chicago, IL., where they would form their first  "warning orbs," at local art spaces and bars, and in turn be shown the light that is The Sphere.  It was during this time that the Machinegong EP was recorded, and their first attempt to leave Kontpab's message sublimated in the patricians of the clubs was a success.  Kontpab showed Mahjongg that The Grid's seemingly well-defined rules and laws could in fact be used against The Grid itself.

Many not briefed on the vast Kontpab religion will never fully understand Mahjongg during their "Warning Orbs," so they cut another album to set into stone what Kontpab had clearly shown them: Raydoncong 2005 . Again using The Grid's vast amalgam of mathematical tools against itself, The Sect were able to demonstrate to the brood, for instance with prime numbered polyrhythms, that not only was the path to The Sphere full of spectacle and self awakening, but pharmaceuticals, beer, and dancing as well.  It was here that Mahjongg became not only teacher, but student, and this is where The Chicago Sects association with the Water Babies began.

Born into the great Chicago winter of '06 in the septic rivers of the Magikal Forest, the Water Babies used Kontpabs undivided and all seeing power to unlock The Sphere's greatest secret: improvisation. With these new teachings from the almighty Kontpab, Mahjongg was able to create a new church and recording studio for the Chicago Sect.  Soon the tapestries of aural chaos were tempered and perfected.  Software was upgraded and drums tuned.  With nervous but relevant hair follicles and motley threads, Mahjongg hit the scene.  Many eons of "Warning Orbs" have since commenced, but the human race still chooses to "funnel" into The Grid.  It is because of this that Mahjongg is left with no choice but to invoke the name of our great God almighty itself.  And it is with this name we proudly present to you our new album, Kontpab.  For we are all Kontpab.

European Tour

Oct 8, 2008 - Rome, Italy Init
Oct 9, 2008 - Pisa, Italy Caracol
Oct 10, 2008 - Genova, Italy Burrida
Oct 11, 2008 - Marseille, France Festival Actoral
Oct 12, 2008 - Bordeaux, France Saint-Ex
Oct 14, 2008 - Brest, France Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Brest
Oct 15, 2008 - Brest, France Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Brest
Oct 16, 2008 - Brest, France Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Brest
Oct 17, 2008 - Dublin, Ireland Whelans Cap
Oct 18, 2008 - Glasgow, Scotland Stereo
Oct 22, 2008 - Cardiff, Wales Clwb Ifor Bach
Oct 23, 2008 - Brighton, England Freebutt
Oct 24, 2008 - London, England Upset the Rhythm
Oct 25, 2008 - Rouen, France Emporium Galorium
Oct 26, 2008 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands Studio K
Oct 27, 2008 - Hamburg, Germany Astra Stube
Oct 28, 2008 - Leipzig, Germany Frueh Auf
Oct 29, 2008 - Dresden, Germany Scheune
Oct 30, 2008 - Berlin, Germany Bang Bang Club
Nov 1, 2008 - Boulogne-Billancourt, France Festival BBmix / Carré Bellefeuille
Nov 2, 2008 - Darmstadt, Germany Oetinger Villa
Nov 3, 2008 - Basel, Switzerland Hirscheneck
Nov 4, 2008 - Esslingen, Germany Komma
Nov 5, 2008 - Koln, Germany Tsunami
Nov 6, 2008 - Trier, Germany Ex Haus
Nov 7, 2008 - Metz, France Festival Musiques Volantes / Les Trinitaires
Nov 8, 2008 - Lausanne, Switzerland Festival Métropop / Le Romandie
Nov 13, 2008 - Castellon, Spain Tanned Tin Festival