Friday, June 26, 2009

Mountainside Mardi Gras Heading to Red Rocks

Experience Mardi Gras a mile above sea level on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009 as For/Sure Productions presents the first annual Mountainside Mardi Gras music festival.

Grammy Award-winning recording artist Dr. John is headlining the festival of multiple New Orleans-based acts including The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk.

“We are truly focused on bringing the sights, sounds, flavor and flair of the New Orleans Mardi Gras to the amphitheater,” said For/Sure president, Trevor Jones. “We want Coloradans to feel like they are in the Big Easy and New Orleanians to feel at home.”

The full artist line-up includes George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners, Papa Grows Funk, Big Sam's Funky Nation and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Festival organizers encourage concert-goers to dress up in Mardi Gras inspired garb, incorporating the traditional green, purple and gold colors as well as beads, masks and feathers. The Krewe of Oak from New Orleans and an authentic brass band will roam the amphitheater as buskers, creating a mini-parade route as they hand out beads and medallions.

Jones, who is a Denver native, came up with the idea for the festival after attending Tulane University. “I really fell in love with New Orleans and its music. I wanted to spread that vibe around—especially to my home music scene in Denver,” Jones said.

Denver based sponsors include KBCO Radio and Westword as well as Louisiana’s own Abita Brewing Company. A portion of profits will go directly to the Tipitina’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing the local music community and supporting public school music programs in Louisiana.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

AthFest to Auction Gretsch Guitar Autographed By Widespread Panic

On Saturday, June 20, 2009, AthFest Inc. will place a Brian Setzer model Gretsch Nashville hollow-body electric guitar, complete with a custom hard shell case and signed by all the members of Widespread Panic, on eBay to be sold to the highest bidder. The online auction will end ten days later, late in the evening on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009.

The guitar was donated to AthFest, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, by the Gretsch Foundation. The guitar was originally built in 2000 and has been held in the Gretsch Foundation’s collection. Prices on current Gretsch Nashville models start at $4,100.00. Gretsch, who recently celebrated its 125th anniversary as a guitar maker, is based in Savannah, GA, and has a foundation that donates guitars decorated or signed by musicians, which are later sold to raise funds for music and arts education programs.

The proceeds from the sale of the guitar will be used to fund AthFest AfterSchool, an educational outreach division of AthFest with a mission to educate young people about music and arts. The program brings musicians and music business leaders into local schools to make presentations to classes and to mentor those who are interested in music careers. Last year a similar Gretsch guitar signed by the members of R.E.M. and auctioned on eBay brought in $6000.00 to the AthFest AfterSchool program.

AthFest founder Jared Bailey comments: "Last year's donation from the Gretsch Foundation was the keystone to building the AthFest AfterSchool music education program. We are very thankful that once again Gretsch has stepped up and donated another beautiful guitar. We are also very fortunate to have had the guitar's value enhanced by the autographs of the members of Widespread Panic."

AthFest is the annual arts and music festival held each June in historic downtown Athens, GA, a town long renowned for its thriving music scene. The mission of AthFest is to educate citizens and visitors about the music and arts scene in Athens, GA. Since 1997, AthFest has showcased the incredible musicians, artists, businesses and residents of the Athens community. In addition to live music, this family-friendly festival also includes a juried artisan market, KIDSFest, film events, and much more. From 2005-2009, ATHFEST has been included in the “TOP 20 Events for June” by the Southeast Tourism Society. AthFest 2009 will be held June 25-28, 2009.

For more details on AthFest, including a complete line up of over 200 bands appearing over the course of three days, visit

Anna Ternheim to release record and play 2 NYC shows‏

Multi-Grammy winning Swedish artist Anna Ternheim will be releasing her second American record on August 11th, Entitled "Leaving on a Mayday." The record was produced by Björn Yttling, of Peter, Bjorn and John fame. (Yttling has also produced records by Lykke Li, Primal Scream, Shout Out Louds, Sahara Hotnights and others in recent years.) In anticipation of her new album, Leaving on a mayday, Ternheim has teamed with iTunes to release an exclusive bundle including her new single "What Have I Done," the music video for "What Have I Done," and "What Have I Done" (El Perro Del Mar remix).

Ternheim and her band will be playing two shows this week and next in New York City. On June 18, she will appear at Brooklyn's Bell House and on June 22, she will be at Joe's Pub.

"Leaving on a Mayday" is actually Ternheim's third full-length, as America combined her first two for her debut in this country. For the new record, Ternheim has recorded a set of songs with a new self-confidence and rough authority that she hasn't displayed in the past. Instead of taking the safe road, she and Yttling approached the music without compromise: the songs are crystal clear, direct in their approach and refuse to hide behind any big arrangements or sonic tricks. The instrumentation is sparse, and the focus on Ternheim is total. All the songs were recorded live, including the strings.

Having toured the last record, "playing bombastic, dark pop, it felt natural to walk a different path this time," says Ternheim. "For me, the end of each album recording has been the start of the next album, like some sort of reaction against what you've dug deep into, dreamt about and worked fanatically with...until you get bored and end up not wanting anything to do with it. It was incredibly inspiring to work with Björn. He's reminded me of how I used to sing when I was a child, letting the melodies and voice roam freely."

After many live dates in America with the likes of Joseph Arthur, El Perro Del Mar and Lykke Li, Ternheim decided to move to New York. As a result, though Ternheim and Yttling started the record at Atlantis Studio in Stockholm, they finished Leaving on a mayday at Sear Sound studio in New York. A couple of American musicians participate on the album -- Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, as well as axeman Matt Sweeney, who lately has been Rick Rubin's house-guitarist. Sweeney has played on albums by Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Cat Power, Bonnie Prince Billy and Dixie Chicks among others.

"Leaving on a Mayday" is available now in her homeland of Sweden, and went gold after only a few weeks after entering the Swedish charts at #1. At the Swedish Grammy Awards in Stockholm on January 7, 2009, the record was voted "Album of the year," and Ternheim was named "Female artist of the year."

Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association Presents GABBAFEST This Weekend

GABBA, the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association, has been helping to preserve the history of the ABB since the early 1990’s through the work of its members and their collaboration with the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Macon – Bibb Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Big House Foundation. GABBA is known for hosting the world-famous GABBAfest, the good time reunion of ABB fans. GABBA is a registered non-profit organization in the state of Georgia. Membership is open to all fans of the Allman Brothers Band.

This weekend, GABBA is hosting their annual GABBA Fest in Macon, GA. The lineup for the event is as follows:


4:00- Registration for GABBA members & anyone wanting weekend or Saturday passes
begins at the Cox Capitol Theatre.
5:00 – Doors at the Cox open for GABBA members & weekend pass holders
6:00 – Doors at the Cox open for the general public
7:00 – “Please Call Home”, followed by a question and answer session
9:30 – The Lefty Collins Band with special guests Pete Vancura and J. P. Vancura

11:00 – 1:30 Big House Tours, presentation of guitar to Wanee Raffle winner
1:00 – 5:00 Grant’s Lounge – September Hase & Member’s Jam
5:00 – 6:00 Dinner break
6:00 – Doors at the Cox open for GABBA members & weekend pass holders
7:00 – Doors at the Cox open for the general public
8:00 – Dianne Durrett, followed by GABBY presentation, live auction, announcement of
winners of silent auctions and announcement of Rose Hill Tree memorial tree to
be planted in the fall, followed by Wet Wille.

12:00 – Rose Hill Cemetery cleanup

GABBAfest 2009
June 19 - 21, Macon, Georgia
Presented in conjunction with
The Big House Foundation
The Cox Capitol Theatre

Special Wet Willie Reunion
Diane Durrett
The Lefty Collins Band with special guests Pete Vancura and J.P. Vancura
September Hase

The Macon Premier of "Please Call Home"
Tours of the Renovated Big House
Member's Jam at the World Famous Grant's Lounge featuring the Historic "Grant's Wall of Fame"
Live & Silent Auctions
ABB Merchandise from Hittin' the Note
The 2009 GABBY Award Announcement
Rose Hill Cemetery Clean-Up
Discounted Admission to Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Ticket prices for a weekend pass to all events: $45
One night tickets will be available for musical events

The GABBA mission statement reads:

"GABBA is a foundation of fans who feel like family, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Allman Brothers Band musical heritage in Georgia by making tangible contributions to projects, programs and plans to insure this heritage is not lost but indeed remembered, revered, and reveled in as an important part of Macon’s, the South’s, the nation’s and even the world’s musical and cultural legacy whose very roots are found here in Georgia. We respect and admire their music and feel as if we are members of their extended family yet still respect and admire their personal families without infringing or imposing on their private lives.

From the beginning to now, through tragedy and triumph, their music has enriched our lives, and we feel we must, and we can, give something back to insure the proper and perpetual preservation of this musical heritage that has so blessed our lives. Our goals include the collecting, preserving, nurturing, and sharing of this music history, contributing to the care and upkeep of Rose Hill Cemetery and recognizing other ABB landmarks in Georgia, and contributing to the development of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (GMHF) and the Big House Foundation Museum."

If you are interested in becoming a member of GABBA, you may contact Greg Potter at, or visit the official GABBA website and print out a membership application and mail it to:

The Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association
P.O. Box 2658
Macon, GA 31203-2658

Keller Williams Releasing New Album, Odd, Track-By-Track‏

Keller Williams will be releasing his forthcoming album, ODD, through his brand new, fan-oriented download feature, ‘The Once A Week Freek.' Visit ‘The Once A Week Freek" ( to download a new song from ODD each week, available in the sequence that the songs will appear on the album - before its official release on August 12, 2009. Beginning August 12, full digital copies and physical copies of ODD will available for purchase at and at Keller's live shows. In addition to weekly song features from ODD, those who choose to purchase and download the album one track at a time, may also receive unexpected and spontaneous bonus content hand-picked by Keller himself. Keller hits the road this summer - both on his own and co-headlining a short run of shows with Dark Star Orchestra.

Long after the new tracks from ODD are released via ‘The Once A Week Freek,' fans can continue to re-visit the site weekly for downloads of never-before-heard original studio recorded songs, live gems from the archives, versions of songs recorded as recent as last night's show, and more. "I'm truly excited to share with you the ton of music that I have been sitting on for so long," says Williams. "The more support we get from this project, the more selections will be available every week."

Undoubtedly, fans will be able to sample some of Keller's new material on his upcoming summer tour. His complete list of summer tour dates is as follows:

June 26 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Great Barrington MA
June 27 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown NY
July 2 ROTHBURY Rothbury MI
July 5 Nelson Ledges Quarry Park Garrettsville OH
July 9 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV
July 11 Governor's Island New York NY w/ Dark Star Orchestra
July 16 Artpark Lewiston NY w/ Dark Star Orchestra
July 17 Saranac Brewery Saranac NY w/ Dark Star Orchestra
July 18 Vasa Park Mt. Olive NJ w/ Dark Star Orchestra
July 24 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT Keller Williams and The MD'S
August 1 Celebrate Virginia Fredericksburg VA
August 6 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach DE
August 12 Spud Drive In Driggs, ID w/ Dark Star Orchestra
August 14 Festival @ Sandpoint at Memorial Field Sandpoint ID
August 15 Frontier Ranch (Shamy Bash) Frontier Ranch Music Center Pataskala, OH
August 21-22 Mishawaka Bellevue CO
August 29 Music on the Mountaintop ~ The Old Fairgrounds Boone NC
September 7 Bumbershoot Festival Mural Amphitheatre Seattle WA
October 8 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg PA
October 17 Park West Chicago IL
October 23 Englert Theatre Iowa City IA

Long considered one of the most unique and prolific performers in all of rock, the Fredericksburg, Virginia native is known for flying by the seat of his pants on stage, utilizing an unorthodox approach that centers around an Echoplex Digital Pro looping unit, which allows Keller to alternate between several instruments on stage.

Tom Morello and Street Sweepers Social Club Release Debut CD Today

Street Sweeper Social Club is the new band unifying Tom Morello (best known for his time spent in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave) and Boots Riley (The Coup). Their debut self-titled album is in stores and online today through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. The 11-song set was produced by Tom Morello and features Boots Riley on vocals, Morello on guitar and bass, and Stanton Moore (Galactic) on drums. SSSC's debut tour with Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction wrapped up this past weekend. Look for August/September Tour details coming soon.

SSSC will make their national television debut tomorrow night (Wednesday, June 17th) on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35ET/11:35CST on NBC). MTV will be premiering SSSC's video for "100 Little Curses" this Thursday as both an all day Unleashed on MTV2 and al All Day Premiere on MtvU. SSSC is confirmed for MTV2's The Drop for the week of June 22nd and Tom and Boots are set to co-host MTV2's Rock The Deuce on Saturday, June 27th. "100 Little Curses" is New & Active on the Mediabase Alternative charts thanks to early support for KROQ/LA, 91X/San Diego, Q101/Chicago, KJEE/Santa Barbara, KEDJ/Phoenix, KTNI/Denver and KFMA/Tucson among others.

Street Sweeper Social Club on the web:

Rock The Vote featured Artist of the Week:

SSSC full album stream at AOL's Listening Party here: