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Craig King's - 'What About Me?' @ Boulder Theater

Still from What About Me?- for the Grateful Web

Craig King presents

What About Me?

Grammy nominated 1Giant Leap sequel

Q&A with director Jamie Catto from UK

At the Boulder Theater

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The Evening Program:

Date: June 15th

6.00 Door Time

Michael jones poet/dj artist will be spinning ambient grooves

7:15 Jamie Catto and Craig king introduce the preview to Here we Grow and the feature presentation of What about Me? Sequel to the Grammy nominated 1Giant Leap

7:30 Preview starts 'Here We Grow' – a documentary on the food industry and a collaboration between Craig King and Jamie Catto.

7:40 Feature presentation of What About Me? 1Giant Leap sequel.

9:25 Open Q&A with Jamie Catto

9:45 The band Portal takes the stage and plays a 45 minute set

10:30 Michael jones steps back in to create an evening of dance and fun till close 12:45ish

Get your ticket $12.00 at www.bouldertheater.com or tickets at door $15.00 Doors open at 6 pm.

Following the success of their first double Grammy nominated film & album, What About Me? Is the latest offering from 1 Giant Leap. This visionary project took Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridge-man to over 50 locations as they explore through music, the complexities of human nature on a global scale, and aims to reveal how we are all connected through our creativity and beliefs, but most of all through our madness. Covering universal topics such as God, Sex, Death and Money, What About Me? features an incredibly diverse collection of collaborators from Noam Chomsky to Will Young, Maxi Jazz to Tim Robbins, Billy Connolly to Michael Stipe, Eckhart Tolle to Baaba Mal, among many others.

 

The vision of the sequel to Grammy nominated 1Giant Leap album and film 'What About Me?" is to illustrate human insanity. It shows how insane we really all are; how we're needy in relationships, insatiable in desire, wounded by birth, avoiding all pain with happy pills and unable to stop think-ing.

 

It features many individuals but especially: Eckhart Tolle, Noam Chomsky, Tim Robbins, Carlos Santana, Michael Stipe, Tom Robbins

[First Pre-view ever of Craig King's new documentary work in progress. 'Here We Grow' – a documentary on the food industry.]

 

The food documentary, 'Here We Grow', was born out of one man's desire to break the limitations of the retail food world and to help change the way people think about food and wellness. The documentary intends to explore the state of our food supply and help educate people to live healthier, more wholesome lives through socially responsible food choices. The film is intended to raise awareness nationwide through inspirational interviews and stories that will capture the passion and drive of a diverse group of individuals.

 

http://www.whataboutme.tv

Richie Havens to Open The Cannes International Film Festival

photos courtesy of Madison House- for the Grateful Web

On Wednesday, May 14th, Richie Havens will perform his song "Freedom" at the opening ceremonies of the prestigious 61st annual Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France.   This performance takes place on the heels of Richie's successful February 2008 European release of his latest album Nobody Left to Crown.   

Nobody Left to Crown is Richie's 27th album.   Recorded in 2007 at Sear Sound Recording in NYC, Nobody Left to Crown was released in Europe in February 2008 on Polydor Records.   The U.S. release date and label imprint will be announced soon.   Special guests on Nobody Left to Crown include Derek Trucks and Harry Manx.

Richie Havens first emerged from New York City's Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 60's, and in 1969, inspired and electrified an audience of over half a million with his legendary three hour opening performance at Woodstock.

Four decades later, Richie Havens remains one of the most recognizable voices and universal lyricists in popular music. A truly timeless performer, and a man before his time, Richie Havens is on tour this summer.

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

May 17 Jacoby Auditorium Roseburg OR
May 18 Tower Theater Bend OR
May 19 92nd Street Y / Kaufman Concert New York NY
May 28 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel NY
May 30 The Turnig Point Piermont NY
May 31 Mauch Chunk Opera House Jim Thorpe PA
June 13 Stone Church Music Club New Market NH
June 20 Chiasso Festate Switzerland
June 25 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield OH
June 27 Riverwalk Center Breckenridge CO
June 28 The Solied Dove Underground Denver CO
June 29 Strings Music Pavillion Steamboat CO
July 05 Guilfest Surrey England
July 06 Solidays Paris France
July 11 Bluesfest Windsor Windsor ON
July 12 Bluesfest London Downtown ON
July 17 Theatre Antique De Vienne Vienne France
July 24 Anderson Park Montclair ON
August 02 Newport Folk Festival New Port RI
August 03 Sleeping Bear Dunegrass and Blues Empire MI
August 07 Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn NY
August 09 L. L. Bean Summer Concert Series Freeport ME
August 10 Nashua River Valley Folk Festival Lancaster MA
August 25-26 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT
August 29-31 Rhythm Festival 2008 Clapham Bedfordshire, UK
September 05 The Ohio Theater Cleveland OH
September 06 Beverly Arts Center of Chicago Chicago IL
September 13 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
September 19 Le Poisson Rouge New York NY
September 26 Infinity Hall Norfolk CT
September 27 Jonathan's Ogunquit ME
September 28 Higher Ground S. Burlington VT
November 21 The Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
November 22 Patchogue Theater Patchogue NY
November 28-29 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield ME
December 11 Rhythm & Brews Chattanooga TN
December 13 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham AL
January 16 One World Theater Austin TX
January 23 Anthology San Diego CA
January 24 The Palmdale Playhouse Palmdale CA
February 06 The Firehouse Coffeehouse Littleton MA
February 07 Veritas Auditorium Chicopee MA
February 20 Kirkland Performance Center Kirkland WA
February 25 Kayhi Auditorium Ketchikan AK
February 28 Mariner Theatre Homer AK

More dates to be announced soon.

The Duhks Return with Fast Paced World

The Duhks- for the Grateful Web

Hailed by the New York Times as one of the artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, the Duhks continue the evolution with their fourth album, 'Fast Paced World,' (August 12th / Sugar Hill Records). "We traveled from Winnipeg, locked ourselves in a Nashville basement, pooled our ideas together and invented a new sound," says new frontwoman and bilingual, budding soul queen, Sarah Dugas (she replaced Jessee Havey in 2007).

Produced by Jay Joyce, who joins an impressive line of producers (Béla Fleck, Tim O'Brien) before him, the Duhks have created their most energetic, fully realized, unearthly album to date.   Seriously. "Jay's basement studio was like something out of the Star Trek Enterprise," adds founder and clawhammer banjoist, Leonard Podolak, who, in the past, "traditionally stuck close to the acoustic sound of our instruments.   This record is a beautiful mosaic of different ideas and soundscapes."

Leonard, Sarah, Tania Elizabeth (fiddle, mandolin), guitarist Jordan McConnell and new worldbeat drummer Christian Dugas (Sarah's brother) have melded French lounge pop ("Toujours Vouloir") and scratchy soul meditations on the Galveston flood in 1900 ("Mighty Storm") and sleeping ("Sleepin' Is All I Wanna Do") with the soundtrack of the weirdest 1930s Marlene Dietrich movie you never saw ("This Fall"), and beyond.    "We're all proud of this record and can't wait to release it to the world," adds Sarah.

In the space between the Grammy-nominated 'Migrations' (2006, Sugar Hill Records) and now, the Juno-winning band has gained critical love ("overall virtuosity that could make them stars" - Boston Globe), toured the world and earned a solid fan base - no doubt due to their manic, spirited live shows. (Check YouTube for John Paul Jones joining the band for "Whole Lotta Love").

Environmental issues have always been a passion for the band, inspiring them to launch The Duhks Sustainability Project (www.greenduhks.com).

The goal is to "tour as sustainably as possible - Biodiesel, local organic farmers, sustainable eco-conscious clothing," says Tania, who was invited by Bonnaroo to speak about sustainability during the festival on June 13th.    In addition, Bonnaroo has chosen the Duhks to perform on the Solar Stage on June 14th.

Catch the Duhks on tour throughout 2008

6/6/2008            Enterprise, AL - Bamajam Festival
6/7/2008            Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live
6/8/2008            Tampa, FL - Skipper's Smokehouse
6/13/2008           Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
6/21/2008           Telluride, CO - Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
6/22/2008           Telluride, CO - Telluride BGF
7/19/2008           Marquette, MI - Hiawatha Music Co-op
7/24/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
7/25/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
7/26/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
7/27/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
8/2/2008            Canmore, AB - Canmore Folk Festival
8/3/2008            Canmore, AB - Canmore Folk Festival
8/4/2008            Canmore, AB - Canmore Folk Festival
8/9/2008            Edmonton, AB - Gallagher Park
8/10/2008           Edmonton, AB - Gallagher Park
8/16/2008           Huntington, VT - Valley Stage
8/17/2008           Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Folk Festival
8/23/2008           Shropshire, UK - Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Haale Releases New Album, 'No Ceiling'

photo courtesy of Madison House- for the Grateful Web

Haale (as in halle-lujah, or jale-peno), is a downtown New Yorker of Iranian descent.  On her breathtaking full-length debut, No Ceiling, she draws on that heritage freely, but filters it through a contemporary prism. That is, she extracts the Persian influence of her bloodline - including the work of the mystical poet Rumi - and the Sufi trance tradition, while weaving in her fondness for Hendrix, Dylan, Radiohead, and psychedelia. No Ceiling synthesizes the diverse elements of Haale's personality into a single, impressive approach. Haale sounds pretty much like who she is.  The ten songs on No Ceiling encompass a musical journey in the truest sense, while Haale's substance and versatility stand in stark contrast to today's fashion-show mainstream pop. With the release of No Ceiling, at a time when so many bands sound painfully alike and imitative, Haale offers a much needed voice.  No Ceiling was released on March 19th on Channel A Music.

Critics are already taking notice, hailing No Ceiling as "...a BIG album" and" not something to be tossed into the New Age/International bins."

"In every song she creates, Haale makes it difficult to discern where tradition ends and modernity begins - the indelible mark of truly progressive artistry." -Global Rhythm

"Haale exemplifies the meaning of world music in her songs, combining a pretty potpourri of sounds from disparate elements to create a mystically poetic stew grounded by the complex rock rhythms of her bandmates." - Remix

Made in partnership with percussionist/producer Matt Kilmer, and a number of NYC musicians, No Ceiling is a group effort. Haale and company have earned a secure place in the downtown scene while also generating opportunities for more mainstream exposure. She released two mesmerizing EPs in 2007 - Morning and Paratrooper. Haale has recorded with Sean Lennon (on 'Before the Skies'), has been presented by David Byrne, and has worked with producer Dougie Bowne (Cibo Matto, Chris Whitley, Cassandra Wilson). She has dazzled audiences at SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Mimi Festival in France, and shared the stage with Frank London of the Klezmatics as well as the legendary Hugh Masakela and Odetta on the Songs of Spirit tour. 

Haale is on tour this spring in support of No Ceiling. The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

March 26 Messiah College ~ Brubaker Auditorium Grantham PA
March 27 Thunderbird Café Pittsburgh PA
March 28 Beachland Tavern Cleveland OH
March 29 Kinetic Playground Chicago IL
March 30 High Dive Champaign IL
April 01 Shank Hall Milwaukee WI
April 02 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN
April 03 The Crofoot - The Pike Room Pontiac MI
April 04 Lula Lounge Toronto ON
April 05 Bellows Falls Opera House Bellows Falls VT
April 06 The Paradise Boston MA
April 10 Narrows Center Falls River MA
April 11 The Tralf Buffalo NY
April 12 Cornell University ~ Risley Hall Ithaca NY
June 12 Flushing Town Hall Flushing NY
July 26 & 27 Hillside Festival Guelph Ontario

 

More dates to be announced.

HAALE RELEASES HER NEW ALBUM, NO CEILING, MARCH 18

photo by Matt Kilmer / Madison House- for the Grateful Web

Haale (as in halle-lujah, or jale-peno ), is a downtown New Yorker of Iranian descent. On her breathtaking full-length debut, No Ceiling, she draws on that heritage freely, but filters it through a contemporary prism. That is, she extracts the Persian influence of her bloodline — including the work of the mystical poet Rumi — and the Sufi trance tradition, while weaving in her fondness for Hendrix, Dylan, Radiohead, and psychedelia.  No Ceiling synthesizes the diverse elements of Haale's personality into a single, impressive approach. Haale sounds pretty much like who she is.

The ten songs on No Ceiling encompass a musical journey in the truest sense, while Haale's substance and versatility stand in stark contrast to today's fashion-show mainstream pop. With the release of No Ceiling, at a time when so many bands sound painfully alike and imitative, Haale offers a much needed voice.  No Ceiling will be released March 18, 2008 on Channel A Music.

Made in partnership with percussionist/producer Matt Kilmer, and a number of NYC musicians, No Ceiling is a group effort. Haale and company have earned a secure place in the downtown scene while also generating opportunities for more mainstream exposure. She released two mesmerizing EPs in 2007 — Morning and Paratrooper. Haale has recorded with Sean Lennon (on 'Before the Skies'), has been presented by David Byrne, and has worked with producer Dougie Bowne (Cibo Matto, Chris Whitley, Cassandra Wilson). She has dazzled audiences at SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Mimi Festival in France, and shared the stage with Frank London of the Klezmatics as well as the legendary Hugh Masakela and Odetta on the Songs of Spirit tour. 

Haale is on tour this spring in support of No Ceiling. The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

March 13 SXSW Showcase Austin TX
March 15 Low Key Arts Building Hot Springs AK
March 19 Univ. of North Carolina ~ Memorial Hall Chapel Hill NC
March 20 IOTA Café Arlington VA
March 21 Tin Angel Philadelphia PA
March 22 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Brooklyn NY
March 23 Drom New York NY
March 26 Brubaker Auditorium – Messiah College Grantham PA
March 28 Beachland Tavern Cleveland OH
March 29 Kinetic Playground Chicago IL
March 30 Highdive Champaign IL
April 01 Shank Hall Milwaukee WI
April 02 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN
April 03 The Pike Room Detroit MI
April 04 Lula Lounge Toronto ON
April 05 Bellows Falls Opera House Bellows Falls VT
April 06 The Paradise Rock Club Boston MA
April 11 The Tralf Buffalo NY
April 12 Cornell University – Risley Hall Ithaca NY
June 12 Flushing Town Hall Flushing NY

More dates to be announced.

New York Guitar Festival Opens to a Packed House

Natalia Zukerman-photo by Chris M. Junior- for the Grateful Web

Every other year, some of the world's most distinctive guitar players gather in New York City to celebrate the New York Guitar Festival with a series of intimate concerts and one-of-a-kind collaborations.  To open the 2008 New York Guitar Festival, more than 20 artists assembled at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden to honor the music of Bob Dylan by recreating his famed 1966 "Royal Albert Hall" concert.  (The original Dylan show actually took place May 16, 1966, in Manchester, England, not at the Royal Albert Hall in London but has become known as such through many old mislabeled vinyl bootlegs.)  From Belle and Sebastian frontman Stevie Jackson to vocal powerhouse Toshi Reagon, the concert featured an eclectic lineup of some of today's most talented guitarists and vocal standouts.  Performing the show in sequence as Dylan did more than 40 years ago, the musicians treated the at-capacity crowd to an unforgettable interpretation of one of music's most known and storied concerts.

To open the show, host John Schaefer (of WNYC radio) introduced Oakley Hall - with full band - to electrify the usually acoustic "She Belongs To Me".  Dylan's inward and outward battle with his shift from acoustic to electric guitar playing was a recurring theme in Saturday's night's concert and Oakley Hall set the tone.  In contrast, "Royal Albert Hall" Project line-up latecomer Natalia Zukerman nailed "Fourth Time Around" with her outstanding acoustic guitar work.  Natalia's soft yet powerful performance led seamlessly into Stevie Jackson's "Visions of Johanna" solo.  With an affected Dylanesque vocal delivery, albeit with a Glaswegian accent, Jackson captivated the audience, who listened attentively still wondering the song's true meaning. 

Warmed up and ready for more, the crowd was delighted to see Jason Isbell, co-founder and formerly of Drive-By Truckers, take the stage for his rendition of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", which he sang as though he'd been performing the song for years.  The next tune, "Desolation Row", was performed by Freeman, a young Welsh songwriter/guitarist and recent signee to Clive Davis's RCA Music Group. In introducing Freeman, John Schaefer touted him as possibly the next Jeff Buckley, creating nearly impossibly high expectations for everyone.  However, his impassioned vocal performance, accompanied by Brandon Ross's fine guitar work, astounded the audience and left little doubt about his promising future.

A fan favorite, "Mr. Tambourine Man", came next on the bill.  Kelly Joe Phelps' inspired vocal performance and his Mississippi John Hurt-like fingerpicking induced an excited hush over the packed house.  Additional concert highlights include Jim Lauderdale and John Leventhal's version of "Tell Me Momma" and Chocolate Genius, Inc.'s full-band take on "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat"; Marc Ribot's virtuoso guitar work nicely complemented Genius' snarky, growling vocal.  Not to be outdone, Lenny Kaye, Mr. Nice Guy (who also doubles as Patti Smith's guitarist) and Katrina Kiedis (late of Sufjan Stevens's band) gave sweet treatment to "One Too Many Mornings," alternating vocal duties during the verses and bringing it on home during the hook.

For the last song, Toshi Reagon and band – with Marc Ribot again supplying Telecaster genius – tore through "Like A Rolling Stone" with such force that not an eye could be turned.  Reagon's powerful voice filled the cavernous Winter Garden and had the audience on its feet in overwhelming approval.

Much to the audience's delight, all of the night's artists rejoined on stage for a very special encore performance of "Knockin on Heaven's Door".  With some of guitar's most talented players performing the music of one of the world's most gifted songwriters, The "Royal Albert Hall" Project was the perfect beginning to the exciting weeks of music still to come in the New York Guitar Festival

 

Complete "Royal Albert Hall" Project setlist and artists below.

 

1. "She Belongs to Me"                       Oakley Hall

2. "Fourth Time Around"                      Natalia Zukerman

3. "Visions of Johanna"                      Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian)

4. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"            Jason Isbell (formerly of Drive By Truckers) with Browan Lollar

5. "Desolation Row"                          Freeman & Brandon Ross

6. "Just Like A Woman"                       The Last Town Chorus

7. "Mr. Tambourine Man"                      Kelly Joe Phelps

8. "Tell Me, Momma"                          Jim Lauderdale with John Leventhal

9. "I Don't Believe You"                     Laura Cantrell with special guest Stevie Jackson

10. "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down"           Harry Manx & Kevin Breit

11. "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"            Jesse Harris

12. "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat"              Chocolate Genius Inc. with Marc Ribot

13. "One Too Many Mornings"                  Lenny Kaye & Katrina Kiedis

14. "Ballad of a Thin Man"                   Richard Julian & Jim Campilongo

15. "Like a Rolling Stone"                   Toshi Reagon with special guest Marc Ribot

16. E: "Knockin on Heaven's Door"            All Artists

N.Y. Guitar Festival Announces 7th Season of Concerts

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Fresh off the heels of the enormously successful inaugural Adelaide Guitar Festival in Adelaide, Australia, which drew more than 30,000 attendees, organizers for the New York Guitar Festival (the original in a series of sister festivals, which also includes Wall to Wall Guitar Festival) proudly announce its 7th season of concerts, January 12 - February 6, 2008. 

With more than 25 performances by some 60 exceptional guitarists - whose styles vary from jazz and classical to rock/pop, traditional and avant-garde - the festival will explore the universal significance of the guitar. Audiences will be treated to concerts ranging from an all-day Guitar Marathon that focuses on the guitar's history in Brazil to eclectic tributes to country music's biggest legends.  A sure highlight at this year's event, The "Royal Albert Hall" Project honors the music of Bob Dylan, the most covered songwriter in history, by reinventing his famed 1966 concert.  In 2006, the Bruce Springsteen tribute drew rave reviews and The Boss himself showed up to sit in.  This year's performances will be held at Merkin Concert Hall, The 92nd Street Y, The World Financial Center's Winter Garden, Jazz Standard, the Apple SoHo Store, and The Monkey.  Featured artists include Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), The Assad Brothers, Larry Coryell, GE Smith (former music director of SNL), Teddy Thompson, Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Laura Cantrell, Marshall Crenshaw, Toshi Reagon, and Jason Isbell, among many others. 

The New York Guitar Festival, a not-for-profit arts organization, was founded in 1999 by musician and producer David Spelman , who serves as the festival's Artistic Director. By fostering emerging talent, supporting innovative collaborations among outstanding artists and commissioning new works, the festival endeavors to broaden the public's appreciation for the guitar.  The festival is presented with support from Apple Computer, The D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts, Avalon Guitars, WNYC Radio, WFUV Radio, WBJB-90.5 The NIGHT, Guitar Player Magazine/Music Player Network, flavorpill.net, and Brooklyn Brewery.

In addition to producing eclectic concerts and radio broadcasts, its Guitar Harvest series of recordings supports outreach programs in New York City public schools.  Spelman says "In raising scholarship funding, the New York Guitar Festival, in partnership with the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center, is able to provide guitars and musical training free of charge.  At a time when arts education is the first to go in budgetary cutbacks, encouraging hope and inspiration through music making is invaluable."  The beneficiaries of the New York Guitar Festival's scholarship programs are young students enrolled at an innovative elementary school on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

CONCERT SCHEDULE:

Saturday, January 12 at 8:00pm – FREE OPENING NIGHT CONCERT
The "Royal Albert Hall" Project
World Financial Center's Winter Garden
Battery Park City, bordered by West Street, the Hudson River, Vesey and Liberty Streets. 
Information: (212) 945-2600 /  www.worldfinancialcenter.com

The "Royal Albert Hall" Project honors Bob Dylan's storied May 17, 1966 concert - long the Dylan bootleggers' favorite, and released legit by Sony on CD in 1998 - which included material performed both solo and with The Hawks (soon after re-named The Band) (and which actually went down in Manchester, England, not London's Royal Albert Hall). This FREE concert is the opening night of the 2008 New York Guitar Festival and takes place under the glass atrium of the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street (directly across the street from the World Trade Center site), on Saturday, January 12 at 8:00pm. Performing their own arrangements of Dylan's songs in sequence from the original show will be Laura CantrellStevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Marshall Crenshaw, Oakley Hall, Nicole Atkins & Lenny Kaye, Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, Toshi Reagon, Freeman (recently signed by RCA), Harry Manx & Kevin Breit, The Last Town Chorus/Megan Hickey, Jesse Harris, Richard Julian & Jim Campilongo, Kelly Joe Phelps, Chocolate Genius Inc. and others. Produced in association with Arts > World Financial Center ( www.worldfinancialcenter.com ). Presented in association with WFUV Radio and broadcast on 90.7 FM. www.wfuv.org


Sunday, January 15 at 2pm and 7pm, with a break at 5pm.
The Brazilian Guitar Marathon.
Features Sérgio & Odair Assad (the Marathon's co-curators) and others. 

92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Tickets and information: (212) 415-5500 / www.92Y.org

In our 4th biannual Guitar Marathon, the guitar's rich history in Brazil will be explored, from renaissance and baroque to classical and flamenco repertoire. The Assad brothers are today's foremost guitar duo and have worked with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw. They collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma on his popular release, "Obrigado Brazil", a Grammy-winner in 1998, and in 2002 they won a Latin Grammy for their release "Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla". The programming will also include the world premiere of a work commissioned by the NYGF. Composed by Stephan Crump, the work will be performed by his Rosetta Trio. All-day tickets are $60.


BLUE COUNTRY HEART
4-concert Festival Subscription: $120
Single tickets: $35 in advance / $40 day of show

Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: (212) 501-3303 / www.kaufman-center.org

Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Hank Williams, Sr. 

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, GE Smith, and Toby Walker. Taught by a bluesman known as "Tee-Tot," Hank wrote and sung some of country music's best-loved songs. He achieved much in his short life and his love for the blues lent his music a lasting quality that has kept him in the spotlight more than fifty years after his death.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Merle Haggard

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, Jim Lauderdale, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Carrying the mantle of country music into the rock era, Merle Haggard is the embodiment of how it's done right. With forty number-one hits in his career, Merle continues to tour in his 70th year. Join Jorma Kaukonen and friends as they explore the music that has kept us tapping our feet, singing along, and occasionally crying in our beer.


Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Loretta Lynn

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, GE Smith and Taylor Barton, and Laura Cantrell. American icon and songwriting giant Loretta Lynn personifies the very heart of what country music describes: hard times made good through sharing music. Her career has been an autobiographical journey; she is truly one of the toughest spirits in music. Jorma Kaukonen and a star lineup will reinvent Loretta's very personal, folk-tinged music.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Music of Lefty Frizzell

With John Schaefer (Host), Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, Jim Lauderdale, Teddy Thompson, and Ollabelle. Over thirty years ago, Lefty Frizzell left us with a legacy of country music that inspired generations of singers and songwriters; Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson all claim lineage to this early country and rockabilly legend. Lefty's sound continues to be imitated today as we interpret this legendary music on the concert stage.

In addition, New York Guitar Festival will host shows at the Jazz Standard and The Monkey, with more to be announced soon.  Stay tuned to www.newyorkguitarfestival.org for current show schedules and information.

Folk music doc 'Chasin' Gus' Ghost' to screen in Indiana Dec. 1

Gun Cannon- for the Grateful Web

Following sold-out screenings at the San Francisco Jug Band Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hartford International Film Festival, jug band documentary 'Chasin' Gus' Ghost' will screen in Bloomington, IN on December 1st at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium.  The film features music legends such as Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful), David Grisman, Maria Muldaur and Erik Darling (Rooftop Singers).

A must-see film for music lovers, 'Chasin' Gus' Ghost' is full of interviews, great live performances and archival film footage and newspaper clippings dating back as far as the 1920s.  The documentary traces the history of jug band music, with emphasis on the enigmatic Gus Cannon, who passed away virtually penniless at the age of 91 despite penning the tune "Walk Right In," which became a Number 1 hit for The Rooftop Singers in 1963.  

The Grateful Dead and Lovin' Spoonful also cite early jug band music as a main source of inspiration, and one of Bloomington native Hoagy Carmichael's first compositions, written when he was still an Indiana University student, refers to an "instrument" frequently used by jug band musicians (and visible in the film) in "Washboard Blues."

Here's what critics are saying about the film:

"An absorbing movie capable of inspiring a whole new generation of ghost-chasers."
AllAboutJazz.com - Sam Chell

"Pull out the banjos and Popcorn Sutton moonshine, for a jug band might just be coming to a theater near you soon."
PasteMagazine.com - Christina Martin

"If you are a fan of blues, jazz, and American roots - or jug - music, ['Chasin' Gus' Ghost'] is not to be missed."
Blogcritics.org- Connie Phillips  

Details:

What: 'Chasin' Gus' Ghost music documentary screening
When: Saturday December 1st at 1 and 3PM    
Where: Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
303 E. Kirkwood Ave Bloomington, IN 47408
http://www.monroe.lib.in.us/
Cost: FREE

Weintrob Photography Exhibit to Benefit NOMC

photo by Michael Weintrob- for the Grateful Web

Good Thoughts Printing Studio and the Guitar Cellar present the opening reception of a new photography exhibit featuring the work of music photographer Michael Weintrob.

The opening reception is on Thursday, October 25 from 6PM – 10PM at the Guitar Cellar on the Boulder's Hill. The event will feature live music beginning at 7 PM. The items exhibited, which will be on display and available for purchase through November 1st, span over a decade of Weintrob's rock photography. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of photos will go to benefit The New Orleans Musician Clinic.

About The New Orleans Musician Clinic:

In collaboration with LSU Healthcare Network and Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic (NOMC) provides access to health and social welfare services for the local music community. Since 1998, NOMC has played a pivotal role in sustaining the health of New Orleans musicians. As housing, family and financial challenges continue, we strive to remain a core resource for the music community. From providing medical services to funding gigs, their response to the needs of musicians knows no boundaries.

About Michael Weintrob:

Over the past decade Michael has been shooting live concerts, portraits, events and world culture. His images have appeared in publications including Rolling Stone, Spin, Mojo, Billboard, Relix, Downbeat, Paste and Outside. Directly after graduating Colorado State University, Michael became a house photographer for the City of Denver Theaters and Arenas Division, which includes the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater and other prestigious venues in and around Denver, Colorado.

In addition to being a staff photographer for Gibson Guitars in New York, Weintrob's images have graced album covers of famous musicians such as Burning Spear, Taj Majal Trio, Gerorge Porter Jr., Karl Denson, the Doobie Brothers, Gov't Mule, Charlie Hunter, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Umphrey's McGee.

What separates Michael from other photographers is his ability to be at the right place at the right time. "When you take a photograph you've got to be able to capture the energy of an instant that is gone in a second."

Weintrob's photo studio is located in Brooklyn, New York.

Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, Take Two Basks in the Afterglow

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

The Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, Take Two held at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on the University of Illinois campus September 13-15 proved that guitar music, in its many forms, is alive and well in the legends and up and comers alike.  From Kaki King and Natalia Zukerman to Buddy Guy and John McLaughlin, the various theaters, corridors, lobbies and patios of the Krannert Center exploded with the sounds of guitar: acoustic, electric, lap steel and oud.  Toubab Krewe kicked off the weekend Thursday night with their American-rock-meets-West-African-rhythm sounds, and master slide guitar player Cindy Cashdollar joined bluesman Sonny Landreth for an unforgettable lesson in blues music.  Also on Thursday evening, The Yohimbe Brothers featuring Vernon Reid and turntablist DJ Logic rocked the house.  All the while, globe-trotting guitar anthropologist Bob Brozman and Grammy winner Ledward Kaapana played beautiful Hawaiian music under the stars.  By late Thursday night, it was clear that the weekend would be full of unforgettable collaborations from a wide range of virtuoso musicians. 

Festival highlights included the percussive sounds of young Kaki King who performed in the Wood, Steel, & Beyond concert with veteran strings-men Tony McManus and Alex de Grassi.  A strong showing by Shawn Colvin and Natalia Zukerman assured the crowd that guitar music is not lost on young women, as their skillful playing highlighted their outstanding vocal performances.  On Friday evening, the festival's range was undeniable as the Global Guitar concert, which featured international players Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Rahim AlHaj and Pierre Bensusan , came to a close, and the audience moved from the Great Hall to the Tryon Festival Theatre to enjoy the Latin sounds of multi-Grammy winners Los Lobos.  The hill country, blues-infused rock 'n' roll of the North Mississippi Allstars offered what can only be called a romping throw down.  And when they brought in good friend and Chicago's own Jake Cinninger (guitarist for Umphrey's McGee) to play a handful of tunes, the crowd couldn't have asked for more.  The festival culminated Saturday evening as John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension took the stage in the Colwell Playhouse, playing to a sold out audience on the edge of their seats.  A true master of his art, McLaughlin did not disappoint and received rave reviews across the board.  Few performances could follow such a crowd pleasing show, but the Evening Blues concert with Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure & Banning Eyre, Jorma Kaukonen, Buddy Guy and Cindy Cashdollar was the perfect billing and the artists delivered a stellar performance. 

Now in its second year, the first Wall to Wall Guitar Festival took place in 2005 and was a huge success.  Building on the momentum of that inaugural year, The Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, Take Two offered more than 20 performances by more than 30 artists from all over the world.  The state-of-the-art facilities at the Krannert Center, paired with a handpicked line-up by Artistic Advisor David Spelman, provide Wall to Wall with top-of-the-line acoustic rooms to showcase the outstanding talent of some of the world's finest guitar players.  Truly a festival with something for everyone, Wall to Wall sent this year's crowd home more than satisfied, and already asking about the 2009 event.  With all that music, it's no wonder the festival takes a year off to gear up for the next one. 

For an inside listen on all things Wall to Wall, be sure to check out www.walltowallguitar.com and Tim Brookes' podcast series and a handful of featured performances available on iTunes .