Thu, 06/16/2011 - 5:24 am

Afeni Shakur and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation announce details for the 2PAC 40th Birthday Celebration Concert, at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA, June 16, 2011. Hosted by comedian/actor Mike Epps, this star-studded event will feature a headlining appearance by GRAMMY® award-winning artist Erykah Badu, as well as performances by legendary soul artists Roy Ayers and Eric Roberson, and hip-hop heavyweights Too $hort, Bun B, and 8 Ball and MJG. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.

“I am deeply honored to have been invited by Afeni Shakur to celebrate her son’s remarkable life,” says Badu. “I don’t take this distinction for granted.”

Since 2009, presenters, Mike Epps and Afeni Shakur have drawn thousands of 2Pac fans from around the globe to Atlanta for an annual day of music, art and culture in recognition of the icon’s lasting impact and influence. The event aims to not only revive Tupac’s spirit through art, but offer a prophetic representation of the late artist at age 40 – complete  with a musical soundtrack that spans the soulful jazz sounds of Roy Ayers and to West Coast rap contemporaries such as Too $hort.

“With this event, we help keep Tupac’s legacy alive,” says Epps, “not only by bringing together the fans that know and love his music, but also by supporting his organization, and the causes he worked so hard for during his lifetime.”

Past celebrations have included performances by Rick Ross, Wacka Flocka, Lil’ Scrappy, M1 of Dead Prez and more. At last year’s concert, Dekalb County officials presented Afeni Shakur and Mike Epps with a proclamation officially naming June 16th as “Tupac Day.”

This June 16 will mark the 40th birthday of Tupac Shakur, a man whose impact on culture worldwide through his art, activism and passion is felt to this day. This year, fans, family, artists and performers alike will gather at the Atlanta Symphony Hall to both celebrate the life and further the cause of this remarkable individual.

Tickets are priced at $45-150.00, and are available exclusively at www.16thofjune.com.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 10:47 pm

The Hatch Family & Pet Projekt are excited to announce the lineup for the 3rd Annual Bluegrass & Beyond Music and Art Festival. This year’s lineup is shaping up to be the best yet with legendary musicians Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Keller and the Keels, Danny Barnes, Hot Buttered Rum, and many others.  In addition on August 27th the festival focuses on the “beyond” with a late night performance at Mont Bleu Resort featuring The Pimps of Joytime, Eprom & Groove Session. This year’s festival is moving to what is quickly becoming known as one of the most scenic venues in all of the country; pairing great music with the beautiful outdoor setting of Lake Tahoe.

One of the goals in creating the Bluegrass & Beyond Music and Arts Festival is to share this vibrant mountain community and help transform it into a destination for Bluegrass fans across the nation. While the festival started in 2009, this is the first year at this amazing location. The festival started as a one day beer and bluegrass bash on the loading dock of the Mt. Tallac Brwing Co and was organized by South Lake Tahoe musician Andy Hatch and his wife Jenny. But as word of the festival spread it became apparent that a new site would be needed and Tahoe’s Sand Harbor State Park seemed the perfect backdrop. Bluegrass & Beyond is unique in its feel; it is a family event that has had a steady, organic growth because of the honest, authentic flow of events.


3rd Annual Bluegrass & Beyond

Music and Art Festival

w/ Keller & The Keels, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Hot Buttered Rum, Danny Barnes,

The Bucky Walters, Buster Blue, Bison, The Trespasser’s, Thick Soup, Wild Horse Drive, and The Jug Stompers

August 27th & August 28th

Sand Harbor State Park Shakespeare Theater

Lake Tahoe, NV

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 7:44 pm

The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (NGDB), often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, released their new live EP called Under the Big Top Vol. 1 this week. The EP features six fan favorites performed live including "Mr. Bojangles," "Bless the Broken Road" and "Fishin' in the Dark," which was recently certified GOLD by the RIAA for digital sales. Recorded in 2010 at the band's performance at Big Top Chautauqua in Wisconsin, the EP perfectly captures a live experience with NGDB.

"It's a little slice of Dirt...a combo platter of hits, fan-favorites and even some music from our latest CD, Speed of Life," said band member Jeff Hanna. "We recorded it last summer at one of our favorite venues, Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wisconsin. We had such a blast we knew it had to be shared with the fans!"

Available now and featured for digital download at iTunes and in the band's online store, Under the Big Top Vol. 1 is a must-have for any Nitty Gritty fan. Physical albums of this new Live EP are available now, only at nittygritty.com or a live NGDB show.

With multi-platinum and gold records, a string of top ten hits, multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, and recent GOLD Digital Certification, the band's accolades only continue to accumulate. Showing no signs of slowing down, NGDB is currently on an extensive North American Tour in support of their most recent release, the critically acclaimed album Speed of Life (2009, Sugar Hill Records). Proving the "circle won't be unbroken," the band is celebrating another HUGE milestone this year, over four decades of touring and making music!

For a full list of tour dates visit www.nittygritty.com

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 2:40 am
Stepping away from the rhythm section of Orange County surf-punk bashers The Moonhearts, Mikal Cronin has emerged with a fully realized, cohesive and beautiful debut self-titled LP, out September 20, 2011 via Chicago's Trouble In Mind.
With long-time friend and collaborator Ty Segall producing, Eric Bauer [Ty Segall, Royal Baths] running the tape machine and guests like Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer, Mikal blends sweet melodies and chords with chunky, psychedelic guitar freak-outs.
If you've ever wondered what the Beach Boys would sound like if they became pals with the Ramones, Mikal Cronin offers his sonic vision and joins Ty Segall out on the road this summer and fall, including stops at Total Trash Fest and Goner Fest, to share his California fuzz take on gorgeously unexpected psych garage pop.
Mikal Cronin Tour Dates:
Aug 28 - The Hemlock - San Francisco, CA
Total Trash Fest
Sept 15 - Plush - Tucson, AZ    
Sept 16 - Bash Riprocks - Lubbock, TX    
Sept 17 - Mohawk - Austin, TX    
Sept 18 - Rubbergloves - Denton, TX    
Sept 19 - One Eyed Jack's - New Orleans, LA    
Sept 20 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL    
Sept 21 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN    
Sept 22 - Hi-Tone - Memphis, TN
Sept 23 - Earl - Atlanta, GA    
Sept 24 - Duke Coffeehouse - Durham, NC    
Sept 25 - Festival Ballroom @ JMU - Harrisonburg, VA    
Sept 26 - Comet Pizza - Washington, DC    
Sept 27 - Golden West Cafe - Baltimore, MD    
Sept 29 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY    
Sept 30 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH    
Oct 1 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL    
Oct 3 - The Cave @ Carleton College - Northfield, MN    
Oct 4 - Blue Moose - Iowa City, IA    
Oct 5 - Slowdown - Omaha, NE    
Oct 6 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO    
Oct 7 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT


Tue, 08/09/2011 - 1:20 am

Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum celebrate their career fifth No. one song this week as the lead single “Just A Kiss” tops the Billboard Country Singles chart. The track simultaneously earns PLATINUM certification and spends a third week at No. one on the Billboard Canada Country chart. “Just A Kiss” is setting the pace for the multi-platinum group's upcoming third album OWN THE NIGHT due out Sept. 13.

“Seeing country radio and the fans embrace the first single off our new album like this has been amazing and also a little relieving,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “There are definitely some nerves and anxiousness involved when you are introducing new music, and this reaction has been beyond what we hoped for.  It just makes us even more excited for Sept. 13 to get here."

“Just A Kiss” resonated with fans immediately, debuting at No. seven on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart to become the highest debut by a country group in the chart’s 52-year history. OWN THE NIGHT follows the band’s GRAMMY winning second disc NEED YOU NOW. Since its release in Jan. 2010, the album has sold over five million copies across the globe, spawned three multi-week No. one hits (“Need You Now,” “American Honey,” “Our Kind of Love”), taken home five GRAMMY Awards (a career total of six) and scored over a dozen other award show trophies.

For updates on OWN THE NIGHT, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 12:43 am

Beirut’s The Rip Tide is out August 30 on Zach Condon’s very own Pompeii Records. Few predicted the inward journey Beirut leader, Zach Condon, would achieve on The Rip Tide, an album with the most introspective and memorable songs of his young career. With songs that speak of love, friendship, isolation, and community, touching on universal human themes that are less fabricated stories than impressions of life at a quarter century of age, the album exposes a depth of honesty that outstrips the simplified nomadic troubadour image of his past. Songs are no longer about imagining places you haven’t been; they’re about places of which we are all extremely familiar, perhaps too familiar. This dramatic shift expands Beirut’s palate as Condon has coated serious lyrics with his greatest tunes ever. The second track, “Santa Fe,” is the best pop song he has yet written, a jumpy ode to the town of his youth, and an early sign that The Rip Tide is all about the staycation.

Listen to The Rip Tide in its entirety now at NPR Music, and share “Santa Fe” stream.


The physical release of the album will be available in three formats in the US:

LIMITED Edition Deluxe CD - Available primarily at independent record shops and directly from the band, this package will come in a book styled format, entirely cloth bound setting off the gold foil stamping.

LIMITED Edition Deluxe LP - Beautifully clothbound - as per the deluxe CD with gold foil stamped lettering. The LP will also come with a collectable postcard designed by Perrin Cloutier of the band and MP3 download code.

Standard CD DIGIPAK - In a book style format w/gold foil stamped lettering.

As previously announced, Beirut will be touring in support of The Rip Tide. Joining Zach Condon (ukulele, trumpet, piano, vocals) on the road is Perrin Cloutier (accordion, piano), Paul Collins (electric bass, upright bass), Ben Lanz (trombone, piano, tuba), Nick Petree (drums), and Kelly Pratt (trumpet, euphonium).


Wed. Aug. 10 -- Vancouver, BC @ Commodore

Fri. Aug. 12 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

Sun. Aug. 14 -- San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands

Fri. Sep. 2 -- Dorset, UK @ End of Road Festival

Sun. Sep. 4 -- Stradbally, Ireland @ Electric Picnic

Tue. Sep. 6 -- Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy

Thu. Sep. 8 -- Amsterdamn, Netherlands @ Paradiso

Mon. Sep. 12 -- Paris, France @ Olympia

Wed. Sep. 14 -- Brussels, Belgium @ AB

Fri. Sep. 16 -- London, UK @ Brixton Academy

Wed. Sep. 21 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Thu. Sep. 22 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Mon. Sep. 26 -- Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater

Wed. Sep. 28 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium

Sat. Oct. 1 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater - DNA

Tue. Oct. 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre

Fri. Oct. 7 -- Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Sun. Oct. 9 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

Tue. Oct. 11 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall

Tue. Oct. 25 – Richmond, VA @ The National

Thu. Oct. 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

Sat. Oct. 29 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek

Fri. Nov. 4 -- Mexico City, Mexico @ Salon Vive Cuervo

Sat. Nov. 5 -- Mexico City, Mexico @ Salon Vive Cuervo

Wed. Nov. 9 -- Lexington, KY @ The Kentucky Theater

Fri. Nov. 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

Sun. Nov. 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 10:26 pm

With an unwavering dedication to increased awareness and funding for arts education and a passion for art and the creative process, Sara Hickman provides a unique and powerful voice for women, her generation and the value and importance of the arts in school. It is no wonder more than 30 Texas music legends including Willie Nelson, Rhett Miller, Shawn Colvin, Robert Earl Keen and dozens more have come together to both pay tribute and add to her philanthropic endeavors with The Best of Times. Sales of this compilation CD, available nationwide TODAY, August 23, 2011, will benefit Theatre Action Project (TAP), a non-profit that brings art, music and theatre to Central Texas schools.

The 38-track double disc project was inspired by a recent slash in arts funding by Texas State Legislature. “I wanted to utilize my position as the Official State Musician of Texas to promote families being creative together,” says Hickman. “Many times this starts with children bringing home ideas they learn at school.”

The compilation CD was created to raise funds for TAP and help the organization take the arts and theatre back into the schools. Hickman goes on to say, “I knew thousands and thousands of Texas children were missing out on what art, music, theater, dance and writing can bring to their lives.” Hickman’s goal is to raise $250,000 for TAP and share her story with Texas state legislature on Arts Day in an effort to have arts funding fully reinstate in Texas schools.

About Theatre Action Project (TAP):

A non-profit, TAP is made up of professionally trained artists and educators that work in partnership with schools and communities to lead unique and engaging arts programs which allow young people to learn critical life skills, gain tools for creative expression and have successful experiences that build self-esteem and confidence

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 8:47 pm

By the early 1960s, Frank Sinatra and Count Basie had already cemented their respective reputations as two of the most versatile and enduring entertainers of the 20th century. When these two titans united in the studio for recordings on Reprise — Sinatra’s own label, which he’d launched at the start of the decade — the results were historic. The first album was simply titled Sinatra-Basie: An Historical Musical First, a 1963 release that climbed to the top five on Billboard’s pop album charts over the course of a 42-week run. A year later, It Might As Well Be Swing rose to #13 during a 31-week stretch on the same charts.

On September 6, 2011, Concord Records will reissue both of these recordings in a single collection, Frank Sinatra & Count Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings. Under license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), the 20-song compilation is enhanced via digital restoration and remastering, and includes brand new liner notes from music journalist and historian Bill Dahl that provide historical context for these pivotal recordings. Also included are original anecdotes from Quincy Jones, who produced It Might As Well Be Swing.

“It’s virtually impossible to imagine a more swinging combination than Frank Sinatra — the premier pop vocalist of an adoring generation — and the mighty orchestra of Count Basie,” says Dahl in his liner notes. “Such a scintillating summit meeting actually unfolded not once but twice in the studio. This collection brings together both of these historic album-length collaborations, first out on the label Sinatra founded, Reprise. It’s a thoroughly satisfying soiree.”

Dahl provides background information about the history of Basie’s orchestra in the decades leading up to the two recordings. He also discusses Sinatra’s transition from Capitol to Reprise and the artistic freedom that came with it, as well as Neal Hefti’s arrangements for both albums, Quincy Jones’ production of the latter, and brief annotations of every song in the collection.

“Another memorable collection between the Chairman and the Count would soon be recorded for posterity by Reprise, [with Jones] arranging and conducting 1966’s Sinatra at the Sands,” says Dahl. “But even performing for those hip high rollers in Vegas couldn’t top what Sinatra and Basie accomplished during these two studio collaborations. This was musical history in the making, as fabulously fresh and frisky now as it was back then. Let the swinging commence.”
Pennies from Heaven
Please Be Kind
(Love Is) The Tender Trap
Looking at the World Thru Rose Colored Glasses
My Kind of Girl
I Only Have Eyes for You
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Learnin’ the Blues
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
I Won’t Dance
Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
I Wish You Love
I Believe in You
More [Theme from Mondo Cane]
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Hello, Dolly! (from Hello, Dolly!)
I Wanna Be Around
The Best Is Yet To Come
The Good Life
Wives and Lovers
Thu, 09/01/2011 - 11:38 pm

THE DISCO BISCUITS are thrilled to announce that they will be performing at Chicago's legendary Auditorium Theatre on December 30th and 31st. It was time for us to mix it up, and we had such a blast playing the Auditorium over Halloween '09 that we knew it was time to come back. The pre-sale will start at discobiscuits.com this coming Wednesday, September 7th, at 11 Eastern/10 AM Central. We will also be announcing some great support in the coming days. Join us in the Windy City for what promises to be an amazing weekend.

Of course, we could not leave the Northeast out!  To get the New Year's run rolling, we will be returning to our favorite Times Square venue, the Best Buy Theatre for 3 nights, December 26, 27 and 28.   Pre-sale tickets for New York will go on sale on at discobiscuits.com Wednesday, September 7th at 11 Eastern/10 Central.


Las Vegas Late Night - September 5 - ON SALE NOW!

The Biscuits will be doing a Vegas late night following Identity on Monday, September 5th at the House of Blues.  Showtime is at Midnight.  It is free if you have an Identity ticket stub or $20 if you do not.  Tickets are on sale NOW at the House of Blues website!

Sun, 09/04/2011 - 1:04 am

Blackwater Music Festival 2011 will rock the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Florida from September 22- 24.  Alongside the lazy flowing “blackwater” Suwannee River, the festival has a unique combination of an awesome lineup with great camping.  The festival grounds are shaded with ancient moss draped live oak trees and are speckled with picturesque ponds.  You can even jump in the river for a brisk morning wake up if you want.  Three nights of soul lifting tunes will be played on five different stages.  Headlining are the nearly indescribable psychedelic Flaming Lips who are sure to treat Blackwater Festival goers to a unique, elaborate show experience.  Other artists such as the Easy Star Allstars, The Expendables, Pepper, Mishka, Spiritual Rez, Buckethead, Iration, Passafire and many more promise to deliver everything from high energy funk rock and ska to chill, melodic reggae serenades. 

Blackwater is approaching quickly so get your tickets Now!


See you there!

Sun, 09/04/2011 - 3:08 am

Tickets are on sale now for the third annual Pink Moon Festival.  Growing upon the success of the previous festivals, organizer Seth Abramson and crew have scheduled an amazing lineup of musicians, artisans and activities for music and art lovers of all genres.

National acts Particle and The Donna Jean Godchaux Band (featuring Jeff Matson from Dark Star Orchestra) will headline. Other regional acts include Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Sol and Funk Root, The DJ Williams Projekt, Galaxy Dynamite, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Dj Rahbee and Friends and The Kind.

Local talent including Funk Punch, Catatronic, Triscale, The Materia Project, Levi’s Gene Pool, Urth, Soul Stone Revival, RTFM, Groova Scape, The Boatmen and Schak will also perform.

The festival takes place on Abramson’s family farm. Festival goers will enjoy beautiful mountain views in a very intimate space with ancient oak trees shading the newly built Shangri-La Vending and Artist Village complete with instillation art, a brand new side stage and DJ booth, and a variety of activities and vendors including body painting for charity (all proceeds go to music and arts programs in Monroe County, WV’s public schools), massage therapy, exotic crafts vendors and a black light mini-golf course. Also $1 from every ticket purchased will go to The Rex Foundation.

Discounted pre-sale tickets, festival information, directions, vendor application info, and a full line-up can be found at pinkmoonfestival.com.

Pink Moon Festival is a Rock Camp Production and is the final show in the company’s Glo-deo (giant glowing dragon puppet rodeo) tour in which large ensembles of puppeteers present spectacle performances at major music festivals across the country.

Performances this season include All Good Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Elysian Fields, Camp Barefoot, and Pink Moon.  Previous performances include Phish 8 (w/Phish 3d movie spots), Bonnaroo, Langerado, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Disorient Times Square and a slew of themed events in NYC nightclubs with DJ’s including Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, and many more.

The Pink Moon Festival is a tribute to festival organizer Seth Abramson’s mother Pinky, who passed away in an ATV accident in 2006. In between going to college and getting his Master’s degree, Seth spent a lot of time with his mother Pinky in Rock Camp. There they worked in the old general store and regularly hosted music events on the mountain. Pink Moon is an attempt to celebrate the traditions that Pinky pioneered in Rock Camp by honoring her life and sharing the love she left behind with as many people as possible.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 9:45 am
On Thursday, January 12tt,  Johnny Winter and his band will appear on the Late Show with David Letterman, marking his first national television appearance since Saturday Night Live nearly 30 years ago.
“For me, blues is a necessity,” says Winter, “one of the world’s premiere electric guitarists” (New Yorker) recently featured Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time.  Johnny will be on the road throughout 2012 in support of his critically acclaimed new album ‘Roots’ (Megaforce), a tribute to his blues heroes.
Johnny Winter Tour Dates:
Jan 10 – New York, NY / BB King’s
Jan 14 – Albany, NY / Empire State Plaza
Jan 15 – Morgantown, WV / Mountain Stage
Jan 20 – New Haven, CT / Toad’s Place
Jan 21 – Plymouth, NH / Flying Monkey
Jan 24 – New York, NY / BB King’s
Jan 27 – Shirley, MA / Bull Run
Jan 28 – South Burlington, VT / Higher Ground
Feb 2 – Dallas, TX / Granada Theater
Feb 3 – Houston, TX / Warehouse Live
Feb 12 – Piedmont, NY / Turning Point
Feb 23 – March 18 / Europe
March 31 – Woodstock, NY / Bearsville Theater
April 7 – Londonderry, NH / Tupelo Music Hall
April 14 – Baton Rouge, LA / Baton Rouge Blues Festival
May 15 – Napa, CA / Napa Valley Opera House
May 19 – Dana Point, CA / Doheny Blues Festival
May 29 – Japan
June 10 – Hughesville, PA / Billtown Blues Festival
June 20 – Carrboro, NC / The Arts Cener
June 21 – Virginia Beach, VA / Jewish Mother
June 22 – Alexandria, VA / Birchmere
June 23 – Colonial Beach, VA / High Tides
Tue, 03/20/2012 - 10:06 am

Ben Harper is happy to announce his first-ever Ben Harper acoustic headlining tour. It will kick off his on September 4 at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. The run will include a concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall on October 10, marking his first performance at this legendary venue. He will be performing songs from throughout his career -- from his 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, to his latest album, Give Till It's Gone.Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning March 20 at 10:00am at Ben Harper Ticketing (password: give). Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 23 at 10:00am. See below for itinerary or visit Tour Dates for complete details. (All times local.)Note: Ben Harper Ticketing requires a separate login from BenHarper.com.09.04.12 Vienna, VA - The Filene Center at Wolf Trap*09.26.12 Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater09.27.12 Chicago, IL - Cadillac Palace Theatre09.29.12 Toronto, Canada - Massey Hall10.01.12 Montréal, Canada - Maison symphonique de Montréal10.02.12 Burlington, VT - Flynn Center for the Performing Arts10.03.12 Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theater10.05.12 Boston, MA - Boston Opera House10.06.12 Portland, ME - State Theatre10.07.12 Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre**10.10.12 New York City, NY - Carnegie Hall**

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 10:05 am

Dumpstaphunk treated the Highline Ballroom to a surprise double-dose of funk royalty last Wednesday, June 6 as the legendary "Queen of Funk" - Chaka Khan - shared the stage with Ivan Neville's all star New Orleans funk ensemble for the pair's first ever live collaboration.The private performance was for book distributor Publishers Group West (PGW)‘s annual BookExpo America party, which opened the night with a set from Brooklyn funk favorites, the Pimps of Joytime. Chaka Khan was a guest for the invite-only event, and after being spotted in the audience during Dumpstaphunk's headlining set, was invited onstage to sing her 1974 hit “You Got the Love.”The next day, Dumpstaphunk headed to Manchester, TN for the Bonnaroo Music Festival, headlining Friday's late night set in the 'Other Tent' where they phunked fans to old favorites such as "Put It In the Dumpsta" and "Meanwhile..." and debuted two new songs from their forthcoming studio album, Dirty Word. Set for a fall 2012 release, Dirty Word will feature guest appearances by fellow Bonnaroo headliner Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as Trombone Shorty, the Rebirth Brass Band and The Meters' Art Neville.Bonnaroo set list: Friday, June 8 at the Other TentDeeperWaterBlueswave [on new record]Fame / DumptstaEverybody Wants SumOne NationBetty Davis (If I'm in luck) [on new record]Meanwhile...About Dumpstaphunk:Formed during New Orleans' 2003 Jazz and Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk has evolved from keyboardist Ivan Neville's chance side-project into what is widely considered to be one of the nation's most prestigious modern funk ensembles. An offspring with a direct lineage to their fathers in The Meters and The Neville Brothers, Dumpstaphunk sets the new standard for an entire genre.Ivan and Ian‚ the sons of Neville Brothers Aaron and Art Neville respectively‚ create a dirty funk that resonates organically from their souls as true kin of the legendary New Orleans family. Ivan sets the keys on fire front and center, playing artfully off of the double bass attack of both Nick Daniels and Tony Hall on bass, with the scorching guitar rhythms of cousin Ian Neville, and the group's newest addition in heavy-hitting female protégé Nikki Glaspie on drums. Whether on stage or in the studio, Dumpstaphunk's members have collectively collaborated with music legends such as The Rolling Stones‚ Etta James and the Funky Meters, as well as modern favorites including Gov't Mule‚ Trey Anastasio, Dave Matthews, Lettuce, Soulive, Slightly Stoopid, Beyoncé, Cee Lo Green and Karl Denson to name a few.Dumpstaphunk's anticipated third full length album, Dirty Word, is set to hit the airwaves in the fall of 2012. Recorded in New Orleans' infamous Music Shed Studios, the ensemble's newest creation will feature appearances by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Trobone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band and Art Neville, as Dumpstaphunk collectively pushes the envelope with a progressive funk sound that continues to define the sound of New Orleans

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 7:13 pm

Ben Harper has teamed with renowned harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite to create Get Up!, a piercing song-cycle of struggle and heart, slated for release by Stax Records/Concord Music Group on January 29th, 2013. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Harper, Get Up!, is his 12th studio album and first new recording since 2011's Give Till It's Gone (Virgin)."Charlie and I have been looking to make this record for over ten years and now that we've gotten to it," stated Harper, "I can't wait to play it live.""Ben and I really locked in, personally and musically, when we recorded with John Lee Hooker," added Musselwhite. "Ever since then we wanted to record together and being in the studio together is just a natural. You can hear it and feel it in the music on Get Up!"A striking mix of blues, gospel, roots and R&B, Get Up! features ten vivid musical character studies, skillfully rendered in cinematic detail, all written or co-written by Harper. The politics of personal destruction is palpable on the opening track "Don't Look Twice,": "I'm a living nervous habit/I tremble and I twitch/Keep on pulling at me/Like I'm some kind of hanging stitch." Likewise, a convict measures his prizefight with the truth as Harper growls in the title track: "Don't tell me I can't break the law/Cause the law has broken me." Finally, a ghostly soldier awaits his duty but laments the mind-numbing futility of war in the haunting battle hymn "I Ride At Dawn,": "Give a man a hundred years/He'll want a hundred more/Give him a hundred choices/And he still chooses war/From Salem poor to Genghis Kahn/Tomorrow I ride at dawn."Charlie Musselwhite's searing point/counter-point harmonica accentuates Harper's vocals throughout Get Up!, tying its songs together into a cohesive musical whole. The band, including Jason Mozersky, guitar; Jesse Ingalls, bass; Jordan Richardson, drums; along with Ben Harper on vocals, guitar and slide guitar; plays with economical grit, lending the songs true understanding and authority.In 1994, Ben Harper released his first record Welcome to the Cruel World, marking his arrival as singer and songwriter of substance and ambition. Two decades later, an artist in full creative command, he's delivered an inspired work of purity and depth. Get Up!, the new album from Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, is sure to be one of 2013's most essential recordings.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 1:45 pm

No strangers to the pain of a hurricane strike, New Orleans' all-star funk ensemble Dumpstaphunk will bring some much needed smiles and never before seen collaborations to New York City tonight Nov. 5 at the Highline Ballroom. Starting around 9 p.m., the renowned funksters will be joined by a slew of special guests, including Bela Fleck, Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, Amy Helm of the Levon Helm Band, Scott Metzger, Eric Krasno of Soulive and a DJ set by Questlove, with all profits benefiting hurricane relief efforts in the Northeast.Dumpstaphunk is a poignant headliner for the finale show since the New Orleans-bred group experienced the devastation of hurricane Katrina first hand in 2005. The band since channeled that struggle into songs like "Meanwhile..." and "Put It In the Dumpsta" and knows all about rallying behind a city in need. “Our heart goes out to everyone that’s struggling through this,” said Ivan Neville, Dumpstaphunk’s keyboardist and band leader. "We’re blessed to play some music for these people, and maybe put a smile on somebody’s face in times of trouble.”New York marks the finale of the HeadCount Participation Tour, which began as a voter awareness tour with fellow New Orleans rocker Anders Osborne. The tour started in Baltimore 11/2, then went to Philadelphia 11/3 and Washington, D.C. 11/4 with the tour ending in New York on Election Eve. Special guests Keller Williams joined Dumpstaphunk and Anders Osborne on stage in DC at the Howard Theatre, with John Kadlecik of Further sitting in with Anders Osborne at both the Baltimore and DC shows. Anders Osborne will not perform at the New York Finale due to personal reasons.Tonight's show at the Highline Ballroom offers a melting pot of some of the most acclaimed names in the jam scene, backed by the funkiest house band a fan could ask for. Highlights will include a first-time collaboration with Dumpstaphunk and Bela Fleck, as well as many more pairings and sit ins throughout the evening. For more information, visit www.headcount.org.ROCKERS RALLY FOR RELIEFIvan Neville's Dumpstaphunk Headlines Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert with a Little Help From Their FriendsSpecial guests Bela Fleck, Luther Dickinson, Amy Helm, Scott Metzger, Eric Krasno and QuestloveTo join the New Orleans funk ensemble tonight in New York City at the Highline Ballroom.

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 2:16 pm

Renowned as one of New York City's quintessential free outdoor concert series, Hudson River Park's RiverRocks returns for its 15th season this summer with a line up that includes New Orleans-based indie-pop band Generationals, Portland's rock and roll rompsters Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, the West Coast psych-rock duo Foxygen, San Francisco's indie-folk band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, the expressive pop of New Jersey-cum Brooklyn group Ducktails, Alabama's introspective minimalist Waxahatchee, and New Jersey-bred garage-punks Titus Andronicus.Located near the heart of Manhattan, Pier 84 is accessible at West 44th Street or West 43rd Street at 12th Avenue.  The Pier 84 gates open at 6 p.m. for all RiverRocks shows, with opening performances scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. More information on the series is available at www.riverrocksnyc.com.Entering its 15th summer, RiverRocks  -- Hudson River Park's signature free concert series -- continues to build upon its renowned reputation of annually presenting acclaimed and breaking bands on riverfront stages in New York City. "Among the definitive hallmarks of summers in New York City are truly free outdoor concerts, and for 15 years RiverRocks has consistently delivered ," said Tom Lindon, vice president, Marketing & Events at the Hudson River Park Trust. "New York's discerning music fans have come to expect top, influential bands to be presented on our stages. The pairing of sunsets with great bands and great fans makes for memorable moments each summer."Throughout its 15-year history, RiverRocks has presented a wide array of music's most influential artists, including The Antlers, Dan Deacon, Dawes, Deerhunter, Deer Tick, Grimes, Matt & Kim, Metronomy, Phosphorescent, Ted Leo + Pharmacists, Tune-yards, and Yeasayer, among others. RiverRocks is sponsored by Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial & Pacifico Clara..Hudson River Park is a 550-acre, 5-mile-long waterfront park stretching from Battery Place at the southern tip of Manhattan all the way up to 59th Street along the Hudson River (www.HudsonRiverPark.org).Staged on Hudson River Park's Pier 84, the RiverRocks schedule is as follows:     Thursday, July 11 Generationals, and Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, with Waxahatchee Thursday, July 25  Foxygen, and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down  Thursday, August 8 Titus Andronicus, with Ducktails

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 12:28 pm

Legendary keyboardist and last original member of Little Feat plays music, tells stories and shows photographs from life on the road. Former Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally will also appear with tales from the Dead camp. The Hooligans will open and will also back up Bill Payne later in the show.Tickets & Info: www.albertarosetheatre.com 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:58 pm

Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten and Normal Bean will release an album together. It was recorded Live in 2012, and has extra studio tracks from Tom and Normal, that the Label has been holding back. the CD is Due out from GRAGROUP in August. The Band has scheduled a few dates in California and West Virginia for a CD release tour. A live recording of Constanten and Normal Bean Band at the Emerald Empire Hempfest can be found below, along with their upcoming tour dates. Tom Constanten and Normal Bean BandAugust 24 San Bernadino, CA—GreenRock Music Festival, Orange Show Event CenterAugust 28 Felton, CA—Don Quixote’sSeptember 7 Williamsburg, WV—Poor Farm Festival (with Cecil P-Nut Daniels-widespread panic alumni)More shows TBA

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 11:09 am

Tuesday, August 20Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmGarcia’s at The Capitol TheatrePort Chester, NY$7.00Featuring Matt Turk and Friends, performing the acoustic and bluegrass music from Jerry Garcia EVERY TUESDAY in August.Matt Turk - mandolin/vocalsDeni Bonet - fiddle/vocalsAdam Roberts - bassAyodele Maakheru - banjoHoward Cohen - guitar/vocals

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 1:20 pm

It takes a special kind of musician to bring folk icons like Nina Gerber, David Grisman, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott all together to play on a debut album, but Stan Wells has done just that with his latest release, "High Tide." The story of a lifetime, High Tide spans nearly 4 decades; from songs written in his college days in the ‘70s all the way up to the present, each track is timeless. Wells establishes his credentials to create new American standards from the first seconds of the title track, “High Tide,” which features rich gospel-influenced vocal harmonies and a chorus that begs to be sung to the rafters. Stan is joined by the mournful violin playing of David LaFlamme on “Fantasy Junction,” a tale of lost love, complimented by Nina Gerber (playing none other than Kate Wolfe’s guitar) on the explosive climax of “Cloudburst Suite.” When asked about High Tide, Wells says, "The songs I wrote in my youth about following my dreams and picking myself back up when I got knocked down have proven themselves to be true for me." The road hasn't been an easy one for Wells, and the rawness and gripping honesty come through every song on the record, reminiscent of legendary artists like John Prine, Guy Clark, and Steve Goodman.“Stan Wells’ 'High Tide' is a wonderful example of a singer/songwriter realizing a dream here at Studio E. Stan is finally making the album he’s worked towards for 35 years!” praises Jeff Martin (Studio E), who did an exceptional job mixing and mastering all the tracks on the album. "High Tide" is the culmination of a lifetime of expertly crafted, true to the core songwriting. Discover the album that had folk icons like Nina Gerber and Ramblin' Jack Elliott coming back for more!You can learn more about Stan Wells at http://www.wellperked.com.

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 9:46 am

Billed as "The greatest concert Pianist that you have probably never heard of", a feature length documentary about the life of William DeVan is being made by filmmaker, Michael Gordon. The feature length documentary titled, “Nothing To Fall Back Upon”, is a real life story about music, passion, dreams and striving to overcome everything in pursuit and against all odds.“What most people don’t know, is that William DeVan grew up dirt poor in the Black Belt of Alabama. Realizing his talent at an early age, William’s mother believed in him so strongly that she sold everything to buy William a piano. It was a decision that not only paid off, but also would soon bring the classical piano world a highly talented artist. By the age of 15, DeVan was selected to perform with the Chicago Symphony under the conductorship of Arthur Fiedler (not a student performance but he was the soloist.) and was also one of only five students accepted to Juilliard the first year he applied. To afford and attend the prestigious school, DeVan moved in and took care of his aging aunt in New Jersey where he washed dishes, cleaned the house and performed multiple other chores in exchange for room and board,” stated Michael Gordon, of Big Fat Monster Films.While life was full of obstacles, it was also full of great accomplishments. DeVan is the only American to take first prize at the Vianna da Motta International Music Competition, where Emmanuel Axe place 3rd in the next edition of the prize. Devan also beat 5 major Russian pianists (reportedly one was shipped off to Siberia after the competition). As a result of the competition DeVan toured Portugal during the Carnation Revolution, which deposed the fascist Dictator Estado Novo. During that time, DeVan was forced to practice in the basement of the American Embassy where he could be protected.In addition to winning numerous awards and appearing in concerts around the globe, DeVan holds the prestigious distinction of being one of twelve “Steinway Presenters” in the world.Through his selflessness, Devan made the choice to share the gift of music with others in an effort to give back to those who couldn't afford to play. In recognition of William DeVan’s extraordinary talent and amazing life, Michael Gordon is determined to share DeVan’s story in his new documentary. “Nothing To Fall Back Upon” traverses multiple countries as it tells the story of world renowned concert pianist William DeVan through the eyes of his students: conductors, composers and socialites. Included are BAFTA award winning composer and owner of Nightbird Studios in Beverly Hills, Jed Leiber; Classical Conductor and Dean of Music at Bard College, James Bagwell; Socialite Patron of the Arts and Fashion Designer Christophe DeMenil; as well as a number of other friends and students of William.The documentary film project is going to be made possible by funding via a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. Listen to William DeVan play and read more on his life story, by visiting:http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nothing-to-fall-back-upon-the-william-devan-story

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 8:53 am

The theme for the 2014 Wild Wild West Fest evokes the of the American Western Frontier, which tells the story of creating and defending communities, use of the land, development of markets, and state formation. It also evokes the disputation of conquest, survival, persistence, and the merging of peoples and cultures, which gave birth to and helped continue lfe in the U.S. through individual agreements, treaties, political compromise, military operations, and the establishment of law and order.From April 25-27, 2014, festival goers from all over the southwestern U.S. and beyond will converge upon Tucson to represent this period via live music, art, workshop lectures, and via interactions with the local sustainable community. Let us put the focus on your products and services and help them win a space in the minds of these hundreds of people by having them share the spotlight with some of the best entertainers in the national, regional, and local live music and art scenes.National, regional , and local acts including The Jerry Garcia Band, {San Francisco, CA), Slanley Jordan (Flagstaff, AZ),The Magic Beans (Boulder, CO), Christopher Robin Band (Fairfield, CT), The Haymarket Squares (Phoenix, AZ), and hometown favorites The Missing Parts & 8 Minutes to Burn {Tucson,AZ) have joined the April line-up to offer a diverse variety of talent and equally diverse are the sponsorship gifting opportunities that will place your brand in front of hundreds of festival goers before during and after the event.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:44 am

Rod Stewart and Santana will hit the road this summer in a joint concert tour. Fans can expect to hear classic tunes from both artists, as well as songs from Santana's March 2014 release, CORAZON, his first Latin music album. The tour kicks off on Friday Mary 23rd in Albany, New York and visits eighteen cities in the USA and Canada, culminating in Wantaugh, New York on August 20th.

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 1:04 pm

Gent Jazz Festival 2014 presents musicians from the new generation on the Garden Stage every day of the festival, while on the main stage a traditional and carefully balanced mix of international top names and recent projects can be heard. Gent Jazz Festival this way offers visitors a broader array of relevant music, both from jazz and from other styles.This year a great many musicians are focusing on musical challenges, such as Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke in an acoustic duo, Mehliana in which Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana venture into new musical territory with electronica taking prominence, and the previously announced Bobby McFerrin with his project Spirityouall. Also within the jazz spectrum are Dave Holland with his ‘Prism’, Joshua Redman, Ibrahim Malouf with ‘Illusions’ and the exclusive project with Manu Katché, Richard Bona, Stefano Di Battista and Eric Legnini in the line-up.The younger generation is represented by, among others, Darcy James Argue with his own big-band project Secret Society, pianist Hiromi, Zara McFarlane, Tigran Quintet, trumpeter Avishai Cohen with his ‘Triveni’, the creative singer-songwriter Julia Holter and, as already announced, Plaistow and Kellylee Evans.Gent Jazz Festival offers more than jazz, and with Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires and José James all in one day, there's already an evening for funk and soul aficionados to look forward to. With none other than Ludovico Einaudi and Ólafur Arnalds, on Thursday 17 July Gent Jazz Festival is exploring more in the direction of minimalistic music, with classical and sound-scape influences.Gent Jazz Festival also consciously opts for a generous selection of what Belgium has to offer. Ben Sluijs is, after a number of years, once again back in action with the brilliant 3/4 Peace, but also LABtrio, Black Flower, De Beren Gieren, young soul talent Delv!s and of course Melanie De Biasio, who has a particularly strong year behind her, should not be missed. Under the name TaxiWars, the cream of our music scene is working on an exclusive creation for Gent Jazz Festival. More details on this to follow later.  On Saturday 19 July, the final day of the festival, under the title GoDeviLLe Remembered the Garden Stage is being dedicated to René De Wever,alias GoDeviLLe, who passed away last year and who closed the festival as DJ in previous years.With the lunch concerts in Lof, the restaurant of artists' hotel Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof Gent, Gent Jazz Festival also has a stage outside the Bijloke site. During the festival, here lunchtime concerts will be held in an intimate setting, featuring among others Linus: Ruben Machtelinckx & Thomas Jillings, Bart Maris & Stijn Bettens, Bram Weijters & Koen Nys, Carlo Nardozza & Michel Bisceglia and Guillaume Vierset, Yannick Peeters & Steven Delannoye. Together with Gent Jazz Festival, this hotel is also offering advantageous combination deals including festival ticket, overnight stay and breakfast.Gent Jazz Festival also provides lively activities in order to encourage young musicians and help them develop. There is Jong Jazztalent Gent, a joint initiative with the Duvel-Moortgat brewery that since last year has supported the winning group in elaborating a project. OakTree last year won the jury over, and can now reveal to the public the results of their year-long hard work on the main stage. Within the collaboration with the HoGent School of Arts, every year a guest musician is asked to devise a coaching project with a group of students from the conservatory. This year Tineke Postma is to intensively guide these musicians toward a joint concert at the festival.The annual Sabam Jazz Awards are also being presented at the Gent Jazz Festival on Thursday 10 July. The three categories are the Established Name, Sabam's Muse and the Sabam Youth and Music Jazz Award. The fact that Gent Jazz Festival takes young people and the future into account is expressed not just in the musical offering; thus this year there are inexpensive youth tickets, with which the festival is hoping to attract more young people. After all, they are the jazz fans of the future. With the new group tickets, the festival is also responding to the social aspect of the festival experience: enjoying the music and the atmosphere together.Gent Jazz Festival (10 – 19 July 2014): www.gentjazz.comTickets Gent Jazz Festival: via gentjazz.com and Fnac.

  • Pre-sale day ticket: € 39 *
  • Voucher: € 39 *
  • Pre-sale two-day pass: € 69 *, three-day pass: € 87 *, seven-day pass: € 195 *
  • Pre-sale young person’s ticket (up to the age of 26 on the day of the concert): € 29 *
  • Group ticket € 290 * (maximum 10 persons)

*Pre-sale channels charge a handling fee of € 3.50 per ticket or pass.Passes and vouchers are limited in number.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:42 pm

PLM's Paul Basic (http://www.paulbasic.com/) sits down to answer your questions live about the upcoming SnowBall Music Festival in Denver, CO (http://snowballmusicfestival.com/) April 4th-6th.

Tweet your questions about the show, his tour, music and what the future holds @PaulBasic

Info For Fans:

Fans can participate in a live, online Q&A with Snowball Artist, Paul Basic. He will be answering questions that fans and the media post to twitter (to @PaulBasic) on the SoulsInActionTV channel on YouTube. This is a great chance to interact with an artist and see what he has to say to your questions. Tune in live at 6:00 on monday!

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:48 am

Railroad Earth bassist Andrew Altman spent some time in the studio with Tom Hamilton (American Babies, JRAD, Phil Lesh) last year and the resulting five song EP is now available in most online outlets. Andrew has contributed a couple songs to the RRE catalog in the past but this is his first collection of all original material with Tom Hamilton handling production duties and performing on the record as well. 

A word from Andrew… 

“I sent Tom ten songs and told him to pick five, tell me when to play, and when to shut up. We worked off and on about 6 months at Peter Tramo’s studio in Philly, and it was a liberating experience because it put me in the mindset of a session player even though it was my own session. If you trust the person leading it all, as I did with Tom, then it’s perfect because you can drop all the obsessing and doubt that, for me, usually comes with making decisions about your own music. I really feel like the end result is a record and not just a recording of songs.” 

From Tom Hamilton… 

"Working on the Andrew Altman EP was a blast. Drew and I had been playing together a bit with American Babies and when he mentioned working together on his material in the studio, I was stoked. He has a great ear for melody and form. From the first listen to even the roughest demos, it was clear that Andrew takes the craft seriously. I'm proud to have helped these songs take shape and be a part of Altman's evolution into a solo artist."

CDs are available at RRE shows and Andrew has a special package via his Facebook artist page: Facebook.com/andrewaltmanmusic

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 2:31 pm

The Grateful Dead will play their last concert ever and we will broadcast this event with a live simulcast of the concert from Soldier Field in Chicago. The box office will open at 4:00 pm  The simulcast concert from Chicago will start at approximately 8:30PM. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15.00 each and for $20.00 each at the event (if available). No grills, coolers, or alcohol may be brought onto the premises.

Each person in a vehicle must have their own ticket.  Each vehicle must have a minimum of 2 people.




or CALL 1-800-838-3006

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:57 pm

After 20 years since their last performance at Soldier Field, the Grateful Dead performed to record crowds each of their three nights. Last night's final show will live long in the memories of those that saw the show and in the history books of Soldier Field. Soldier Field's previous ticket sales record was set by U2 at the iconic stadium in 2009 during their 360 Tour. The Grateful Dead's first performance on July 3rd had 70,764 tickets purchased. Their second performance on the 4th of July had 70,844 and their last on July 5th had 71,000.

Soldier Field, the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago thank the promoters of the Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead shows, Madison House Presents and Peter Shapiro, and the Grateful Dead band members for making our great city their home over the 4th of July weekend and their Fare (Thee) Well stop.

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 5:25 am

Think of Robert Plant and Allison Krauss or Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons and you get a good idea of where these two Saskatoon singer-songwriters are coming from. They complement one another beautifully as they perform each other's music. John Antoniuk comes from the indie/roots side of life and Jen Lane has a bit more country/folk in her repertoire. Together, they create straight ahead rhythms and harmonies that complete the musical package. They have performed many times on a National stage showcasing at Breakout West, Canadian Music Week, North by Northeast and Prairie Scene, and achieved International recognition at Folk Alliance in Kansas City, MO, South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and through SaskMusic’s Export Showcase in Los Angeles, CA.

John and Jen have always kept their projects separate, with John working on Smokekiller and the recent more rootsy, eponymous, Always With You; and Jen Lane taking 3 of 4 releases to nominations for Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. It was during their attendance at one of their many showcases that the industry began to buzz with the idea of a full collaboration between the songwriting couple. These ideas led to Jen and John spending some time between individual writing sessions to try to create some songs together. The personal dynamic that is present between John and Jen comes to life in their writing.

The album “Jen & John” is a co-production effort by Jen and John and features 3 new songs written by John, 2 new songs written by Jen, and a couple covers for a special treat. “Oh My Sweet Carolina” by Ryan Adams was the first song the musical couple sang together when they met and began jamming. “Crazy Mama” by J.J. Cale (1972) was recently discovered when John got Jen a record player for Christmas last year and picked up a few old, used records.

With a full tour schedule booked for this summer in Western Canada, you’ll have lots of opportunities to catch Jen Lane and John Antoniuk live, and experience the magic of “Jen & John” for yourself.

Watch/ Listen/ Post an unreleased track ”Crazy” by Jen Lane & John Antoniuk:  here

Jen Lane and John Antoniuk, “Jen & John” Track Listing
1. Give It All Away (john) 3:39

2. Lost (jen) 3:46

3. Sweet Carolina* (ryan adams) 4:54

4. Having A Good Time (jen) 3:46

5. End Of The World (john) 4:08

6. Crazy Mama* (j.j. cale) 4:07

7. The Way Home (john)  4:03

Jen Lane and John Antoniuk Western Canadian Tour Dates

July 29 The Last Drop, Revelstoke, BC

July 30 Tractorgrease, Chilliwack, BC

August 1 Thurber's House Concert, Nanaimo, BC

August 3 Salt Spring Centre, Salt Spring Island, BC

August 4 Treehouse Cafe, Ganges, BC

August 7 Garlic Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

August 8 Heritage Workshop, Salt Spring Island, BC

August 10 Treehouse Cafe, Ganges, BC

August 14 Cafe Deux Soleils, Vancouver, BC w/ Jack Marks

August 15 House Concert, Kelowna, BC

August 16 Grizzly Plaza, Revelstoke, BC

August 17 Fratter's, Red Deer, AB w/ Twin Peaks

August 18 Ironwood Stage, Calgary, AB w/ Northern Beauties, Twin Peaks

September 12 Artful Dodger, Regina, SK w/Still House Poets 
October 2nd, Bassment, Saskatoon, SK w/ guests

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 7:36 pm

During the middle of recording his debut album The Road, John John Brown fell down a 75 foot well and and luckily his acoustic guitar broke his fall. He was literally saved by music. Although much of the "The Road" is still in the vault, Brown's live acoustic performances of the album have been garnering much critical acclaim. In May of last year, he was chosen as a 2015 Kerrville Folk Finalist for the legendary"New Folk" competition, and in January of 2016 he went home a winner of the prestigious South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. Seeped in good storytelling and fingerpicking melodies, John John Brown seems to have discovered part of the mystery that surrounds the great singer/songwriter tradition. "The Road" is set to be released in the summer of 2016.

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 5:08 pm

The SENSIMILLA DUB “Heavy Reggae” Brazilian band, based at Ipiranga (Brazil) formed in September 2000 by Nescau Magnarello(lead singer.composer,songwriter) and Caio Bernardes(guitarist,arranjer & composer), with the proposal to make one different and original kind of Reggae music, using personal influences of others music styles, as: Black Uhuru, Led Zeppelin, Peter Tosh, The Clash, Peter Tosh, Beto Guedes, Israel Vibration, Black Sabbath, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Colera, Cidade Negra, Ratos de Porão, Tribo de Jah,Korzus,etc

In April 2016, the Brazilian record label CRASSO Records releases the album UNITY. The very first split record ever released in Brazil holds 10 tracks, being divided by the bands: BAMBÚ STATION (Virgen Islands) and SENSIMILLA DUB (Brazil).

The well-known BAMBÚ STATION, founded in 1996 by Jalani Horton from St. Thomas, Virgen Islands, is already considered one of the greatest exponents of reggae worldwide. For this release, 5 of the tracks that best represent the history of the band have been selected, putting together a compilation of “greatest hits”. The tracks Gunsmoke and One Day have been previously released on the album One Day from 2003 (Mt. Nebo Records), Birds I View is  one of the highlights of the album Break The Soil from 2006 (Mt. Nebo Records) and the most recent singles,  Leaning On Afreeka and All We Have had the public’s attention since 2012 through the album Children Of Exodus (Griotlife Recordings).

The Brazilian veterans from SENSIMILLA DUB released 5 new tracks for its half of the split album. The track A Cor Do Sol featuring Eric from the band Mato Seco, followed by the tracks E Deixa O Vento and Homens De Marte that show the musical maturity acquired by the years. Once again showing the results of the mixture of reggae and different genres, the track O Que A Ver Com Isso features artist such as Ras Menor (Rap Roots), Niko Souza and one of the Brazilian punk rock legends, Jão from Ratos de Porão. And closing the record, the track Liberdade Controlada.

All SENSIMILLA DUB’s tracks (with the exception of Liberdade Controlada, recorded at Spectrum Studios) have been produced, recorded and mixed in São Paulo at Wah Wah Studio by the respected producer Michel Kuaker (which has in his portfolio works of such artists as: Edgard Scandurra, CPM 22, Supla, Lobotomia, and Ratos de Porão).

The split album has been released and distributed by the São Paulo based record company CRASSO Records and it is available on several streaming media already.


  1. Bambú Station -Gunsmoke
  2. Bambú Station - OneDay
  3. Bambú Station - Birds IView
  4. Bambú Station - Leaning OnAfreeka
  5. Bambú Station - WeHave
  6. Sensimilla Dub - A Do (feat. Eric MatoSeco)
  7. Sensimilla Dub - E Deixa OVento
  8. Sensimilla Dub - Homens DeMarte
  9. Sensimilla Dub - LiberdadeControlada

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 9:45 am

Two-time Grammy-winning bassist Oteil Burbridge is announcing a new solo album Water In The Desert. Produced by David Ryan Harris, every track on the record was written by Burbridge and features an all-star cast of some of his favorite musicians including his brother Kofi Burbridge on keys, Dave Yoke on guitar, Lil’ John Roberts, Sean O’Rourke on drums, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on strings and outstanding vocalists Alfreda Gerald and Mark Rivers. Water In The Desert will be released on October 20, 2017.

“I started writing the songs on this record about ten years ago,” said Burbridge. “They are all songs about love in some way; finding out how to love yourself, hoping that another loved one will love you just as you are, believing in someone when they find it hard to believe in themselves, love gone wrong, or finally finding the "perfect fit." I feel like every problem we have on earth in some way comes back to the lack of love. That's really what this record is about."

Burbridge has been in the music business touring and recording for over three decades. His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991 when he became a founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, a cult classic that has stood the test of time. That led to his membership in the classic rock group The Allman Brothers Band. Since 1997, his work with the band has earned him two Grammy nominations for best rock instrumental, in 2003 and 2004. Over the years, Burbridge has shared the stage with rock and blues legends such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow,  and Trey Anastasio. In 2012, Oteil received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his 15-year contribution to the Allman Brothers Band as the longest running bassist in the band’s history.

Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart  joined forces with John Mayer in 2015 to form “Dead & Company” with Burbridge on bass and Jeff Chimenti on keys. The band toured the US in the fall of 2015 and the summer of 2016 and 2017. These tours included sold-out shows at Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Citi Field and a headlining spot at Bonnaroo Music Festival. Plans for future Dead & Company shows are underway, including the destination event “Playing in the Sand” in Riviera Maya, Mexico in February 2018.

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Oteil & Friends on Tour with Melvin Seals -vocals; Eric Krasno - guitar; John Kadlecik - guitar/vocals; Jay Lane - drums; Weedie Braimah - percussion; and Alfreda Gerald -vocals.  *Melvin Seals will not be performing on the November 6 & 9 dates.

Catch Oteil & Friends Live / Tickets on Sale Friday, August 25.

October 31 -- The Ardmore Music Hall;  PA

November 1 -- Pour House; Charleston, SC

November 2 -- Georgia Theatre; Athens, GA

November 3 -- Salvage Station; Asheville, NC

November 4 -- Neighborhood Theater; Charlotte, NC

November 5 -- The Lincoln Theatre; Raleigh, NC

November 6 -- Fillmore; Silver Spring, MD

November 7 -- The Rex Theater; Pittsburgh, PA

November 8 -- Soundstage; Baltimore, MD

November 9 -- Le Poisson Rouge; New York, NY

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 1:33 pm

Phil Rudd is, according to Modern Drummer magazine, "the very definition of rock drumming". Malcolm Young co-founder of AC/DC describes his long term bandmate as “the real deal”. Kenny Aronoff, drummer for John Mellencamp says Phil Rudd is “the rock drummer” and Eric Singer of Kiss sings Rudd’s praises as “the heart and soul of AC/DC”.

The Australian drummer played in several Melbourne bands, such as Buster Brown and the Coloured Balls, before joining up with rock giants AC/DC in 1975. Over the next four years Rudd powered the band to superstardom with his dogged consistency and unshakeable backbeat on classics like 'It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock ’N’ Roll)', 'T.N.T' and 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap'. Phil Rudd is an indelible part of AC/DC history.

Rudd, who says he ‘‘went straight down the road to buy my first Ferrari’’ after epic album 'Highway to Hell' went multi-platinum worldwide, has an unselfish drumming style and a humongous groove, earning him the adoration of generations of drummers around the world. Rammstein’s Christoph Schneider said in the October 2010 edition of Modern Drummer, “AC/DC were my absolute heroes because they are simple and easy to copy—though soon you find they are not so easy to copy.” The magazine’s May 2010 issue also chimed in on the timeless rocker with the feature '50 Reasons To Love Phil Rudd'.

The veteran musician has appeared on all but three of AC/DC’s eighteen studio albums, which have sold more than two hundred million copies worldwide.

"You couldn't find a more solid person or drummer than Phil Rudd" said ex-lead AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson. The former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was desperately missed on recent tours, so much so that long standing bassist Cliff Williams is retiring from AC/DC, citing the fact he misses both Phil Rudd and Malcolm Young.

During 2014 Rudd recorded and released his first debut album 'Head Job' with Kiwi musicians Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin. The album was released by Universal Music Group in Australia and New Zealand with further promotional plans scuppered by Rudd's well publicised legal problems in New Zealand.

"I couldn't be bloody happier with Head Job, to tell you the truth" Phil told Libel Music. "I'm so proud of the album, everything I had to do with it. The guys played really well on it, it's just too good. Really great, mate… I'm pretty happy with the drum sound".

With a home detention sentence behind him, and Phil firmly focused on a positive and healthy lifestyle, he will be visiting the UK and Europe on tour to promote 'Head Job' and new single 'Sun Goes Down'.

“My hell raising days are over” Phil says. "I see a psychiatrist once a week and I'm closer than ever to my children. I still have all my flash all his cars but now I want to grow chillies".

Phil Rudd, now a resident of New Zealand, is renowned for his love of cars, putting his collection to work by showcasing eleven of them in a Christchurch earthquake appeal fundraiser. The exhibition included a rare 1991 Ferrari F40 and a brand new Ferrari 599. Other cars on display included two Lamborghinis, a 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost, 2011 Bentley Mulsanne and Bentley super sport, Audi R8 V10, a 2011 Aston Martin DBS, 2010 Mercedes SLS AMG . The cars have a combined worth of approximately $3m USD. Rudd’s airport hangar is also home to his MD 520N helicopter. The trappings of this Rock and Roll lifestyle are underpinned with a renewed focus on what is most important to Phil these days, his family, friends, music and health

Phil Rudd recently re-signed his long standing drum sponsorship deal with German drum makers Sonor, signalling his determination to develop and record with his new band and continue what is already a remarkable career. He has also signed a new distribution deal with German company SPV.

'Sun Goes Down' is released on 29th September 2017 and Phil Rudd will be available for press, radio and television interviews. He and his band will be touring the UK and Europe from 14th September to 6th November 2017.