Thursday, September 29, 2011

7 Walkers Announce Fall Tour Dates

Self Titled Debut Album Featuring Robert Hunter Out Now

7 Walkers photo by Jay Blakesberg

7 Walkers, the revered band featuring legendary drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann, guitarist Papa Mali, multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball) and legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) today announce a run of fall tour dates that bring them to U.S. points south and west.

Included along the tour are stops in hometowns of New Orleans and San Francisco, where very special local guest musicians are expected to sit in with the band. With George Porter Jr. also on a reunion tour with The Meters this fall, look for the 7 Walkers Fall Tour to alternate bass players between shows, with select performances to feature Dirty Dozen Brass Band founder and sousaphone player Kirk Joseph Jr., and Tea Leaf Green's bassist Reed Mathis (who also appears on the 7 Walkers' album).

Co-written by Papa Mali, 7 Walkers, and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, the band's 2010 self-titled debut earned high praise from critics and fans alike. No Depression called it "The best album by any member of the Grateful Dead since American Beauty." Blurt Online raved “both assertive and alluring,” while Daily News proclaimed: “as tasty as any dish ever served up by Kreutzmann's higher-profile collaborators."

Current confirmed 7 Walkers tour dates are as follows:

October 14 ^ Harvest Music Fest Ozark, AR
October 15 ^ Kenny Dorham's Backyard Austin, TX
October 18 ^ Tipitina's New Orleans, LA (tickets)
October 20 ^ MagnoliaFest Live Oak, FL
October 22 ^ LEAF Festival Black Mnt., NC
October 23 ^ Carolina Theatre Durham, NC
October 25-26 *** The Abbey at Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol, CA
October 27 *** Napa Valley Opera House Napa, CA
October 29 ^ Hangtown Halloween Ball Placerville, CA
October 30 *** Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
October 31 *** Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
January 9-14 ^ JamCruise with Steve Kimock Ft. Lauderdale, FL

^ Featuring George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) on bass

* Featuring Kirk Joseph (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band) on sousaphone

*** Featuring Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)

Additional dates to be announced.


Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues - Full Album Listening Party

Full Album Listening Party:
Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues
Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center

01. "Ice Cream" (Louis Armstrong)
02. "Forty-Four" (Howlin' Wolf)
03. "Joe Turner's Blues" (W.C. Handy)
04. "The Last Time" (Louis Armstrong)
05. "Careless Love" (Bessie Smith)
06. "Kidman Blues" ("Big Maceo" Merriweather)
07. "Layla" (Eric Clapton)
08. "Joliet Bound" ("Kansas Joe" McCoy/"Memphis Minnie" McCoy)
09. "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" (ft. Taj Mahal) [Traditional]
10. "Corrine, Corrina" (ft. Taj Mahal) [Bo Chatmon/Mitchell Parish]

Full Album Audio:
- QuickTime
- Windows Media

Video Clips (Music w/ Interview):
- "Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
- "Corrine, Corrina"
- "Ice Cream"


Reprise Records Presents Highlights From The Duo's Unprecedented, Sold-Out Jazz at Lincoln Center Performances; Also Features Special Guest Appearance By Taj Mahal

Available September 13 On CD And CD/DVD

Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton photo by Julie Skarratt

New York City's premier jazz venue got the blues last April when Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton performed together in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center for two sold-out shows dedicated to vintage blues. The extraordinary collaboration, billed as Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues, paired these musical virtuosos with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as they brought to life a repertoire of songs selected by Clapton and arranged by Marsalis.

Reprise Records captures the magic of these unprecedented shows from earlier this year on CD and as a CD/DVD combo that both feature selections taken from the two public concerts (April 8-9), as well a special performance for Jazz at Lincoln Center's annual gala (April 7). WYNTON MARSALIS & ERIC CLAPTON PLAY THE BLUES - LIVE FROM JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER will be available September 13 at physical and digital retail outlets for suggested list prices of $18.98 (CD), $24.98 (CD/DVD) and $9.99 (digital; audio only). The DVD will also feature a bonus performance of the classic "Stagger Lee" from legendary bluesman Taj Mahal's opening solo set for these special shows.

Order now at iTunes and Amazon ( CD - CD/DVD Combo - MP3 ).
Marsalis, Artistic Director  of Jazz at Lincoln Center and nine-time Grammy® Award winner, writes about his collaboration with Clapton, a 19-time Grammy recipient, in the album's liner notes: "...we wanted these concerts to sound like people playing music they know and love, not like a project."

To help them achieve that level of devotion, Marsalis and Clapton were joined on stage by Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums), Marcus Printup (trumpet), Victor Goines (clarinet), Chris Crenshaw (trombone, vocals), Don Vappie (banjo) and Clapton's longtime keyboardist/sideman Chris Stainton. Marsalis says the group combined the sound of an early blues jump-band with the sound of New Orleans jazz to accommodate the integration of guitar/trumpet lead, a combination that gave the musicians the latitude to play different grooves, from the Delta to the Caribbean and beyond.

The band nimbly navigated a diverse set list that touched on different styles, from the four-on-the-floor swing of Louis Armstrong's "Ice Cream" and the southern slow-drag of W.C. Handy's "Joe Turner's Blues" to the traveling blues of "Joliet Bound" and the boogie-woogie jump of "Kidman Blues." After opening the shows with his solo set, Mahal returned to join the band on "Corrine, Corrina" and the New Orleans funeral standard "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."

The one song not selected by Clapton for the show was his own "Layla," which was requested by bassist Henriquez and arranged as a Crescent City dirge to tremendous results. On his review of the performance, David Fricke of Rolling Stone wrote: "In the [song's] instrumental break, Clapton hit a series of stabbing licks lightly crusted with distortion, followed by Marsalis' slow parade of clean hurting peals – a moving dialogue in lovesickness and blues routes."

CD and DVD Track Listing
01. "Ice Cream" (Louis Armstrong)
02. "Forty-Four" (Howlin' Wolf)
03. "Joe Turner's Blues" (W.C. Handy)
04. "The Last Time" (Louis Armstrong)
05. "Careless Love" (Bessie Smith)
06. "Kidman Blues" ("Big Maceo" Merriweather)
07. "Layla" (Eric Clapton)
08. "Joliet Bound" ("Kansas Joe" McCoy/"Memphis Minnie" McCoy)
09. "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" (ft. Taj Mahal) [Traditional]
10. "Corrine, Corrina" (ft. Taj Mahal) [Bo Chatmon/Mitchell Parish]

Bonus Track on DVD-only: "Stagger Lee" by Taj Mahal

Wynton Marsalis - Trumpet
Eric Clapton - Guitar, Vocals
Dan Nimmer - Piano
Carlos Henriquez - Bass
Ali Jackson - Drums
Marcus Printup - Trumpet
Victor Goines - Clarinet
Chris Crenshaw - Trombone, Vocals
Don Vappie - Banjo
Chris Stainton – Keyboards

Produced by Eric Clapton, Wynton Marsalis and Ashley Schiff Ramos

Friday, September 23, 2011

Trombone Shorty's "For True" Debuts At #1 On Jazz Chart

Trombone Shorty's Whirlwind Week Of Television Appearances and Concerts Pays Off with the Top Spot on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart

"... intoxicating brew of R&B, rock, funk, hip-hop and jazz never fails to satisfy." - USA Today (4/4 stars)

Trombone Shorty's talent and intense work pace has been rewarded with a No. 1 album debut on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart. Released September 13, 2011, 'For True,' also debuted at No. 72 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Shorty not only occupies the No.1 spot but his last CD 'Backatown' is currently No. 4 on the Contemporary Jazz chart after a full 74 weeks on the chart.

Trombone Shorty For True Album Cover Image

The high energy band kicked off their 'For True' album release week promotion with a jam packed hometown show at New Orleans' legendary Tipitina's on September 12. The show was webcast live with an onstage introduction by none other than New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and featured guests from the album joining the band onstage.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue were then off to New York City, where they played a special album release show to a packed sold out house. Just before the show, Troy sat in with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The next day, the band traveled to Boston to play two nights with Widespread Panic. After performing his own band's sets, Troy sat in with Widespread Panic for a few songs. Next stop was the Indy Jazz Fest in Indianapolis where the band closed the show following George Benson. Early the next morning, the band flew back to New York City to play directly preceding The Dave Matthews Band.

Immediately following their set, the band headed to the airport to catch a night flight to London where they taped the prestigious Later With Jools Holland TV show prior to a series of TV, Radio and live concerts in the UK, Germany, France and Spain before starting a full scale U.S. Tour in October.

For the full list of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue tour dates visit

"When the horns blow, it's all you need to know" - Rolling Stone, Will Hermes

"... the New Orleans native's intoxicating brew of R&B, rock, funk, hip-hop and jazz never fails to satisfy... They set a blistering pace on this guest-laden follow-up to last year's Grammy-nominated Backatown" - USA Today, Steve Jones' 4-star review of For True

"... guest contributions from Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Ledisi and many others, but Shorty doesn't need any help to bring the house down" - The New Yorker

"Trombone Shorty has an electric live show, an eclectic sound and a new album packed with super star guests... brass band, funk, rock and even some gospel-drenched soul music all play a part - and in many ways, he is a genre unto himself" - Billboard, Phil Gallo

"Shorty has become a leading light for the revival of New Orleans' music post-Katrina... 'For True' confirms Trombone Shorty's reputation as a youthful flag-bearer for America's unrivaled musical wellspring" - Washington Post, Elizabeth Nelson

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cash Money Records Primed to Dominate 2011

Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic artists are primed to dominate the music industry through the end of the year as the label prepares to drop a flurry of chart-topping releases. The momentum builds after Lil Wayne's new single "She Will" featuring Drake debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Single Chart the first day it was available for download. "She Will" is #1 on both iTunes Main and Hip-Hop/Rap charts, with 67,260 total singles sold in the first two days.

Across the board, Cash Money recording artists are on top. DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj held the #1, #2, and #4 spots at Urban Radio for the third consecutive week. Drake's "Headlines" is the #1 Most Added Song at Rhythm Mediabase. "She Will," the third single from Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV was also the #1 most added song at Urban Radio Mediabase.

Tha Carter IV is Lil Wayne's tenth studio album and will be available for purchase on iTunes immediately after the MTV VMAs on August 28th and in stores August 29th. The first single "6'7" featuring Cory Gunz is nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video. His second single, "How To Love," is an RIAA certified-platinum digital track and is a Top 10 Greatest Gainer at Billboard Top 40, advancing 10 positions, and garnering 578 spins at Mediabase. "How To Love" is also a Top 5 Greatest Gainer at Pop, moving from 14 to 10 with 1089 spins and has soared from 2 to 1 at Rhythm as the #2 Greatest Gainer with 440 spins. "She Will" has been added to Power 106 Los Angeles.

Next in line to seize the spotlight is Young Money/Cash Money's Drake, whose sophomore album Take Care, the follow up to his blockbuster and critically acclaimed debut "Thank Me Later" is in stores on October 24th. Young Money Cash Money's super woman Nicki Minaj continues her reign, receiving MTV VMA nominations for Best Female Video for "Super Bass" and Best Collaboration for "Moment 4 Life." "Super Bass" is in rotation on over 150 Top 40 radio stations. She is winding down the Britney "Femme Fatale" Tour and preparing to return to the studio. Tyga's debut "Carless World" is a slated for winter release, followed by a new album in the works from Lil Twist rounding out Young Money Cash Money's promising showing.

"We are proud of the hard work the artists put in and how it's paying off," says Ronald "Slim" Williams, Co-CEO of Cash Money Records Group. "That's the Cash Money way."

About Cash Money Records

Emerged as a regional hip-hop force in the mid-'90s, Cash Money excelled throughout the next decade as one of hip-hop's most successful entrepreneurial urban empires. The influential label reigned as one of the top selling imprints again in 2008-2009 as the home base and strategic arsenal for best selling artist of the year - Lil Wayne. Originally forged in the Magnolia housing projects of New Orleans where brothers' and Cash Money founders/Co-CEOs Bryan Williams and Ronald 'Slim' Williams first earned their street reps, the multi-platform imprint (which includes hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment) has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide. One of hip-hop's most enduring global street brands, Cash Money/Young Money has been responsible for more than a dozen gold/platinum artists; more than two dozen gold and/or platinum records, rolling out award winning albums, videos, and digital content by a diverse range of artists including Juvenile, B.G., Turk, Hot Boys, Big Tymers (featuring, among others, Bryan "Birdman" Williams himself,) Jay Sean, Kevin Rudolf. Nicki Minaj, Drake and much-heralded franchise star Lil Wayne.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Trombone Shorty kicks off 'For True' Release Week with Webcast from Tipitina's

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue To Kick Off "For True" Release Week With Live Concert Webcast From NOLA's Legendary Tipitina's Sept. 12

New song "Do To Me" featuring Jeff Beck available at iTunes and Amazon

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will kick off their For True album release week with a Live Concert Webcast on September 12th from the legendary Tipitina's in New Orleans. The webcast will be streamed one-night only in HD exclusively on beginning at 10PM Eastern. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will be joined at Tipitina's by some of the guests from the album, including Ivan Neville, 5th Ward Weebie and others TBA. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Trombone Shorty's Horns for Schools program as well as The Roots of Music, a New Orleans music education program.

The first single from For True, "Do To Me" featuring Jeff Beck is the #1 most added track at AAA radio this week (FMQB). Trombone Shorty premiered the song on Conan earlier this week and had the host exclaiming, "That was the real thing!" Check out the performance here:

For True will be released September 13 on Verve Forecast. Other featured guests on the album include Kid Rock, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, Rebirth Brass Band, 5th Ward Weebie, and more.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will join Widespread Panic for two shows at Boston's Orpheum Theatre on September 15 16. The band then travels to Indianapolis' Indy Jazz Fest before embarking on an 8-show, 4-country European Tour. An extensive tour of the U.S. begins in October.

For the full list of Trombone Shorty tour dates see

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

'Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues' Hits the Big Screen

One-Night Concert In-Theater Event Presented by NCM Fathom and Reprise Records in Nearly 550 Select Theaters Nationwide on September 7

Grammy Award winning artists Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton will offer fans a spellbinding evening of blues and jazz in Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues, a one-night in-theater concert event broadcast to nearly 550 movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m. local time. The concert also includes a special appearance by blues musician Taj Mahal, who joins the duo for two songs, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage. This intimate performance from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City brings together an unrivaled cross-generational, cross-cultural collaboration as the pair of musical virtuosos brought to life a repertoire of songs selected by Clapton and arranged by Marsalis. Captured this past spring from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s renowned annual gala, the iconic duo performed to a sell-out crowd.

Tickets for Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues are available at participating theater box offices and online at

Presented by NCM Fathom and Reprise Records, Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues will be broadcast nationwide through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

See complete list of participating theaters. (pdf)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Hunter Hayes on new "Footloose" Soundtrack

"Footloose" Opens Nationwide in Theatres October 14th

Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville announced today that they will release the movie soundtrack for the upcoming Paramount Pictures film, "Footloose," available everywhere on September 27th. The 12-track album features music from the film and includes eight new songs along with remakes of four of the classic hits from the original soundtrack.

Blake Shelton sings the film's title song, "Footloose," and Victoria Justice and Hunter Hayes join the album with the movie's love theme, "Almost Paradise." The star-studded line-up for the soundtrack also includes new music from Big & Rich, Cee Lo Green, David Banner, Whitney Duncan, Lissie and Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band. Other classic songs featured on the album are "Holding Out For A Hero" by Ella Mae Bowen and "Let's Hear It For The Boy" by Jana Kramer.

Writer/Director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan") delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, "Footloose." Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.

"Footloose" Soundtrack track listing:

01. Footloose - Blake Shelton
02. Where The River Goes - Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band
03. Little Lovin' - Lissie
04. Holding Out For A Hero - Ella Mae Bowen
05. Let's Hear It For The Boy - Jana Kramer
06. So Sorry Mama - Whitney Duncan
07. Fake I.D. - Big & Rich feat. Gretchen Wilson
08. Almost Paradise - Victoria Justice & Hunter Hayes
09. Walkin' Blues - Cee Lo Green feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
10. Window Paine - The Smashing Pumpkins
11. Suicide Eyes - A Thousand Horses
12. Dance The Night Away - David Banner

About "Footloose"

Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment present a Dylan Sellers Zadan / Meron Weston Pictures Production of a Craig Brewer Film. "Footloose" stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell and Dennis Quaid. The film is directed by Craig Brewer from a screenplay by Dean Pitchford and Brewer and Story by Dean Pitchford. It is produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Dylan Sellers and Brad Weston. The executive producers are Timothy M. Bourne, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ledisi Announces Her First Headlining Tour

After the highest charting album of her career, Pieces of Me, which debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was the No. 1 iTunes R&B Album, four-time Grammy-nominated Verve Forecast recording artist Ledisi is proud to announce her first headlining tour, "The Pieces of Me" 2011 North American tour.

The 20-city tour, which will crisscross the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest, begins on October 20, in Raleigh, NC, and concludes on November 23 in Baltimore, MD. Major city tour stops include New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. Ticket sales begin on August 6 for select markets. Additional tour dates will be announced soon, so fans can keep checking her official website,, as well as for up-to-date tour schedule and ticket purchase info for all tour dates.

Known for her riveting live shows which the LA Examiner cited as "contagious joy and enthusiasm ... Ledisi is without a doubt one of the most talented female vocalists today," the New Orleans native will be giving audiences blistering performances of fan favorites "Alright,"  "Higher Than This" and "Goin' Thru Changes," while seducing them with new classics "Pieces of Me" and "Stay Together" off her latest album.

"This is the most exciting time of my career! To be able to share my music with people who helped me become who I am today is the best feeling in the world," comments Ledisi.  "I'm grateful to my fans and have been working so hard to make this tour unforgettable and putting my heart and soul into my performances. People will definitely see many different pieces of me," she laughs.

Pieces of Me has not only become a fan favorite, but has also earned critical praise across the nation, from The New York Times to Los Angeles Times. USA Today remarked "Ledisi fits 'Pieces' together perfectly," and People magazine commented "After surprisingly scoring a Grammy Best New Artist nomination…she continues to prove that was no fluke, displaying shades of Chaka Khan on funky cuts such as 'Coffee' and 'Shut Up.'"

"Pieces of Me," the lead single from her album of the same title, continues to rise up the charts, currently clocking in at No. 2 on BDS and No. 2 on Mediabase, making this single her highest position on the Billboard Urban charts ever. 

Date     City              Venue                                

10/20    Raleigh, NC       Carolina Theatre              
10/21    Washington, DC    Warner Theatre              
10/22    Philadelphia, PA  Temple Performing Arts center   
10/23    New York, NY      Apollo Theatre  
10/25    Charlotte, NC     Knight Center                 
10/27    Jacksonville, FL  Florida Theatre
10/28    Atlanta, GA       Symphony hall   
10/29    Memphis, TN       Canon Center for the Performing Arts
11/01    Nashville, TN     Cannery Ballroom
11/02    New Orleans, LA   House of Blues
11/03    Houston, TX       House of Blues
11/04    Dallas, TX        Palladium
11/10    Los Angeles, CA   Club Nokia
11/12    Oakland, CA       Fox Theatre
11/15    Minneapolis, MN   Fine Line
11/17    Chicago, IL       Park West
11/18    Detroit, MI       Royal Oak Theatre
11/19    Indianapolis, IN  Egyptian Room
11/20    Cleveland, OH     House of Blues
11/22    Columbus, OH      Lincoln Theatre
11/23    Baltimore, MD     Lyric Opera House


Panic! At The Disco + Foxy Shazam at Tipitina's - October 20, 2011

Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Panic! At The Disco has announced plans for their upcoming fall tour. The dates get underway October 9th at Reno, Nevada's Knitting Factory and then continue through mid-November (see itinerary below). Accompanying P!ATD on all dates will be Foxy Shazam. Pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Northern Downpour -- Panic! At The Disco's official fan club -- beginning on Wednesday, August 10th, with all remaining tickets going on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 13th.

The band is currently poised to head out on a major international tour, encompassing festival appearances in Japan, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, and the United Kingdom. They will return home for an eagerly awaited headline show at New York City's Central Park Summerstage on September 1st before heading to Australia to co-headline the all-star Soundwave Revolution traveling festival.

In the meantime, Panic! At The Disco is set to hit NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, August 8th, where they will perform "Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)," the latest single from their acclaimed new album, "VICES & VIRTUES." The track is also currently featured as the end title song in Columbia Pictures' blockbuster film, The Smurfs, in theatres now.

"VICES & VIRTUES" -- which also features the hit single, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" -- made a spectacular chart entry upon its release earlier this year, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #7, while also coming in at #2 on SoundScan's "Alternative Albums" chart and #5 on the "Digital Albums" ranking. P!ATD celebrated the album's success with a major North American headline tour, as well as appearances at an array of summer music festivals. The band also made a series of TV appearances, including performances on TBS' Lopez Tonight, Logo's NewNowNext Awards, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, TBS' Conan, MTV's The Seven, and Fuse's Top Twenty Countdown.


Fall Tour 2011
All Dates w/ Special Guests Foxy Shazam

09 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
10 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
12 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater
13 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
16 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
18 - San Antonio, TX - Back Stage Live
19 - Austin, TX - Emo's
20 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's Uptown
23 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
26 - Richmond, VA - The National
27 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
28 - Portland, ME - State Theater
29 - Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
31 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
02 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
03 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
05 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
06 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
08 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
09 - Des Moines, IA - People's Court
10 - Sauget, IL - Pop's

Panic! At The Disco

New Orleans Concert Line

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Trombone Shorty Follows Breakout 'Backatown' With New Album, 'For True,' Out Sept 13

Produced by Galactic's Ben Ellman with guest appearances by Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Ivan and Cyril Neville, Rebirth Brass Band and More Guide to New Orleans Music Music

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews follows his Grammy nominated 'Backatown‚' CD with 'For True,' to be released Sept 13 on Verve Forecast. 'For True' features Andrews' band, Orleans Avenue, as well as a string of legendary performers with whom he recently shared the stage, including Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Ivan and Cyril Neville, Rebirth Brass Band and more. Troy wrote or co-wrote all 14 tracks on the new album including co-writes with Ledisi, Kid Rock, the legendary Lamont Dozier and more. The CD was produced and engineered by Ben Ellman (except "The Craziest Thing" produced by George Drakoulias).

The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has earned unanimous raves on 5 continents in the past year alone with his patented high energy 'supafunkrock' sound. He was praised in the media from Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly to NPR and the New York Times following the 2010 release of 'Backatown,' which spent 10 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart and still reigns in the top 10 over a year after its release. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have been everywhere since, performing on The Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Austin City Limits and more. Troy has made additional appearances on Good Morning America, Tavis Smiley, NFL Kickoff (joining Dave Matthews Band), ESPN and a recurring role on the hit HBO series Treme, on which he played himself.

In December 2010 Andrews brought an all-star lineup from NOLA to New York as musical director for the landmark 'Red Hot + New Orleans' concert event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Broad based respect for Andrews' virtuosity and versatility is exemplified by a list of performances at events as varied as Bonnaroo, and Jam Cruise to Japan's Fuji Rock Fest, Australia's Byron Bay Blues Festival, the prestigious Montreux, Newport, and Playboy (at Hollywood Bowl) Jazz Festivals, Philadelphia Folk Festival, San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and a Reggae Festival in Germany in addition to festivals as far flung as Brazil and Singapore plus tour dates with Jeff Beck and Dave Matthews Band.

Andrews has built his reputation on "blistering, bold, exuberant and cutting edge" (USA Today) live performances and is currently on tour with Orleans Avenue. Full tour schedule here:

FOR TRUE track listing:

01. Buckjump (w/ Rebirth Brass Band - Horns; 5th Ward Weebie - Vocals; Ben Ellman & Charlie Smith - Percussion)
02. Encore (w/ Warren Haynes - Guitar; co-write w/Lamont Dozier)
03. For True
04. Do to Me (w/ Jeff Beck - Guitar)
05. Lagniappe Part 1 (w/ Stanton Moore - Drums)
06. The Craziest Thing
07. Dumaine St.
08. Mrs. Orleans (w/ Kid Rock - Vocals; Robert Mercurio - Bass)
09. Nervis (w/ Ivan Neville - Vocals and Clavinet; Cyril Neville - Vocals)
10. Roses (w/ Lenny Kravitz - Bass)
11. Big 12 (w/ Ben Ellman - Harmonica)
12. Unc
13. Then There Was You (w/ Ledisi - Vocals)
14. Lagniappe Part 2 (w/ Stanton Moore - Drums)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Del McCoury Band Create Official Bonnaroo Theme Song

It's Bonnaroo Time!  PHJB and The Del McCoury Band continue the "American Legacies" Tour, this time in Manchester, Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. While on tour together in Lawrence, Kansas the McCoury Bus broke down and Del's band hopped on the PHJB Bus. While on the bus, Clint Maedgen, Ronnie McCoury, and Alan Bartram jammed a bit and the result - "Bonnaroo (Feel The Magic)" - The Official Theme Song for Bonnaroo!!!

Here's the official word from Bonnaroo:

"Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment are excited to announce that Bonnaroo now has an official theme song. The song, titled "Bonnaroo (Feel the Magic)," was written by the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. This will hereby serve as the festival's National Anthem, its howl of joyous pride, its exclamation of exuberance, its own rally cry of sorts.

The video below was actually captured the third time this song was ever performed by the artists and was taken backstage at a gig on their "American Legacies Tour" that Del McCoury and Preservation Hall are currently in the midst of. The official studio version of the single is available for download at iTunes.

Legendary hip-hop producer Mannie Fresh (Lil' Wayne, Juvenile) is currently working on a hip-hop remix of the song.

This is the way the song was written as recounted by Preservation Hall Creative Director and Tuba Man Ben Jaffe:

"Del's bus broke down outside of Chicago at 3am following our 'American Legacies' gig. Pres Hall turned around, picked up the stranded McCoury's on the side of the highway in the snow. Once aboard the bus, Ronnie McCoury presented the idea that the two groups work together to create an original Bonnaroo theme song in celebration of the 10th year anniversary. The melody and lyrics came to Preservation Hall vocalist Clint Maedgen as if the song had already been written.  An hour later, the first version of it was recorded on an I-Phone and this video was recorded backstage the following night."

The festival is very proud of its new theme song, and considering that Del and the McCoury's performed on the very first Bonnaroo as well as the festival's close connections to New Orleans, this song could not be more appropriate."

Catch Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury Band at Bonnaroo on the "The Other Stage" on Friday, June 10 at 7:30pm!


Irvin Mayfield to Open Music Club at JW Marriott New Orleans in July 2011

The JW Marriott New Orleans is set to open an upscale music club that will feature jazz music the Big Easy is known for in July 2011. The hotel in the New Orleans French Quarter has partnered with Irvin Mayfield, a Grammy Award and Billboard Award-winning trumpeter, composer, arranger, University of New Orleans professor and businessman, who has made a commitment to expanding the city's cultural economy.

The new Irvin Mayfield I Club is meant to be a sophisticated music venue "where music is art". The music club will be found in the former Henri restaurant space of the New Orleans, LA, Canal Street hotel and will feature live music Wednesdays through Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. It will offer exquisite cocktails, fine-dining small plates prepared by JW Marriott's executive chef, Lou Sander, and stellar service for the discerning guest.

The Irvin Mayfield I Club will present a diverse musical format from Blues, to Zydeco, to Gospel, to Funk, singer songwriters, Cabaret performers, DJs and more. Guests also can receive numerous VIP perks, such as concierge services, priority access, special offers and select New Orleans hotel deals and benefits, with the "I-nner Circle" membership program that will be available at the club.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 888-364-1200, or visit

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Script to play Mahalia Jackson Theater - October 4, 2011

Hot off the heels of a notable No. 3 debut for their recent studio album, Science & Faith, and currently touring the U.S. on a string of sold out dates – The Script clearly have no plans to slow down. This fall, the Irish rockers will return stateside for a 31-city headlining tour, kicking things off August 30th in Minneapolis, MN.

Tickets for The Script's U.S. Fall headlining tour will become available to the public on June 10th beginning at 10AM local time immediately following the band's performance on NBC's Today Show Summer Concert Series (see and

"For The First Time," the hit single off Science & Faith is approaching Top 10 at Pop Radio and holding the #3 spot at Hot AC, while the video for the single – which debuted at #1 on VH1 around release - is currently in heavy rotation at MTV. The band recently appeared on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live show, and participated in VH1's Best Cruise Ever at the end of April.

The album, which was also released overseas, immediately garnered interest from critics and debuted at #1 in Ireland and the UK. Written and produced by The Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue and guitarist Mark Sheehan Science & Faith was recorded in both London and Los Angeles and is once again a testament to what The Script do best; pen emotion-packed songs that contain fluid melodies, haunting hooks and Danny's soulful vocals riding high over huge, anthemic choruses.

Critics on U.S. soil have followed suit. USA TODAY awarded Science & Faith a stellar review, The New York Times bestowed the album a "critic's choice review," while Entertainment Weekly described "the band's sunny lyrics, tuneful riffs, and build-build explode! – choruses nail a VH1 catnip niche."

The Script have appeared on NBC's Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Live! With Regis & Kelly, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE, and most recently on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Lopez Tonight.

The Script is Danny O'Donoghue (vocals/keys), Mark Sheehan (guitar) and Glen Power (drums).

For more information on The Script please visit:

The Following Tour Dates Are Confirmed:

Aug 30 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre (rescheduled from June 7)

Sep 01 Washington, D.C. - D.A.R. Constitution Hall (rescheduled from June 5)

Sep 03 Syracuse, NY - NY State Fair

Sep 04 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE

Sep 06 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion

Sep 07 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore

Sep 09 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

Sep 10 Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverfront Music Center

Sep 11 Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre

Sep 13 Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre

Sep 14 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

Sep 16 Park City, KS - Hartman Arena

Sep 17 Kenosha, WI - Table Athletic Center - Carthage College

Sep 18 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

Sep 20 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

Sep 21 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre

Sep 23 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre

Sep 24 Los Angeles, CA - Palladium

Sep 25 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee

Sep 27 Oklahoma City, OK - Riverwind Casino

Sep 28 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom

Sep 30 Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Ampitheatre

Oct 01 Houston, TX - House Of Blues

Oct 02 Dallas, TX - Palladium

Oct 04 New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theater [ tickets ]

Oct 05 Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall

Oct 07 Miami, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach

Oct 08 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live

Oct 09 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle

Oct 11 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte

Oct 13 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom   
SOURCE Epic Records

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lil Wayne Releases "How to Love," Second Single from Tha Carter IV

Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist Lil Wayne has released "How To Love," the second single from his hotly anticipated upcoming album, THA CARTER IV, to be released by Cash Money/Universal Motown on August 29, 2011.

Lil Wayne

Now available at iTunes and, "How to Love" is the No. 1 most-added song at crossover radio, where it garnered more than 350 spins during Memorial Day weekend. As it awaits an official add date at crossover radio, "How to Love" will be added to urban radio on June 6 and June 7. "How to Love" follows the release of "6 Foot 7 Foot," the first single from THA CARTER IV, featuring Corey Gunz, which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 2 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as well as its Rap Songs chart.

Co-produced by Detail (Sean Kingston, The Game) and Tha Drummahz (Wiz Khalifa, Travie McCoy), and featuring Lil Wayne on acoustic guitar, "How to Love" is an unexpected departure from the New Orleans rapper's signature high-octane party anthems such as "Lollipop," "6 Foot 7 Foot," and "John." The shockingly romantic new single is an insightful and melodic hip-hop ballad that finds Lil Wayne exposing a rare glimpse of his softer side as he sings, "See, you had a lot of crooks tryna steal your heart / Never really had luck, couldn't never figure out / How to love." In an interview with Sway Calloway from MTV News, Lil Wayne said "How to Love" gives him "goose bumps" and that he has "never had a single like it."

Leading up to the release of THA CARTER IV on August 29, Lil Wayne's upcoming episode of MTV Unplugged will premiere on June 12 and the second leg of his headlining I Am Still Music Tour will kick off on July 13 in Hartford, CT. THA CARTER IV is the highly anticipated follow-up to Lil Wayne's ninth album, 2010's I Am Not A Human Being. Propelled by the No. 1 platinum hit single "Right Above It," featuring Drake, I Am Not A Human Being soared to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, in addition to topping Billboard's Digital Albums chart, Rap Albums chart, and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Lil Wayne recently capped off an outstanding decade that included selling more than 10 million records and earning eight Grammy nominations for his multi-platinum 2008 album, Tha Carter III, which shattered records by selling over one million copies in its first week of release. The New Orleans native who hails from the rough streets of Hollygrove is a veteran artist who released his first tracks at age 12 after he was introduced to Cash Money CEOs Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Birdman" Williams. He released the first installment of Tha Carter series in 2004, which added to his ever-expanding collection of platinum plaques, followed by Tha Carter II in 2006, which further solidified Lil Wayne's status as one of the best MCs in the hip hop game. But it was 2008's critically acclaimed Tha Carter III that gave Lil Wayne his iconic stature in popular music, paving the way for his advisory role to grow as CEO of Young Money Records.


7/13/11             HARTFORD, CT             COMCAST THEATER
7/15/11             BRISTOW, VA.             JIFFY LUBE LIVE AMP.
7/16/11             HOLMDEL, NJ             PNC BANK ARTS CENTER
7/17/11             MANSFIELD, MA             COMCAST CENTER
7/19/11             SCRANTON, PA             TOYOTA PAVILION
7/20/11             SARATOGA, NY             PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
7/22/11             CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH             BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER
7/23/11             CAMDEN, NJ             SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER
7/24/11             DARIEN, NY             DARIEN LAKE
7/26/11             HERSHEY, PA.             HERSHEY PAVILION
7/27/11             CINCINNATI, OH             RIVERBEND AMP.
7/29/11             RALEIGH, NC             WALNUT CREEK
7/30/11             VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.             FARM BUREAU AMP.
8/02/11             WEST PALM BEACH, FL.             CRUZAN AMP.
8/03/11             TAMPA, FL             1-800-ASK-GARY AMP.
8/05/11             BIRMINGHAM, AL             VERIZON WIRELESS MUSIC CENTER
8/06/11             ATLANTA, GA             AARON'S AT LAKEWOOD
8/07/11             CHARLOTTE, NC             VERIZON WIRELESS AMP.
8/09/11             MINNEAPOLIS, MN.             XCEL CENTER
8/10/11             MILWAUKEE, WI             MARCUS AMPHITHEATRE
8/12/11             PITTSBURGH, PA.             FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION
8/13/11             TINLEY, IL             MIDWEST AMP.
8/14/11             NOBLESVILLE, IN.             VERIZON WIRELESS AMP.
8/16/11             OTTAWA, ON.             SCOTIA BANK PLACE
8/17/11             MONTREAL, QC             BELL CENTRE
8/19/11             TORONTO, ONT.             MOLSON AMP.
8/20/11             CLARKSTON, MI             DTE ENERGY THEATER
8/21/11             MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO             VERIZON WIRELESS AMP.
8/23/11             KANSAS CITY, MO.             SPRINT CENTER
8/25/11             PHOENIX, AZ.             ASHLEY FURNITURE PAVILION
8/26/11             SAN DIEGO, CA.             CRICKET WIRELESS
8/27/11             SAN BERNARDINO, CA             GLEN HELEN PAVILION
8/30/11             DENVER, CO.             COMFORT DENTAL AMP.
8/31/11             ALBUQUERQUE, NM             HARD ROCK-PAVILION
9/02/11             MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA             SHORELINE AMP.
9/03/11             MARYSVILLE, CA             SLEEP TRAIN AMP.
9/04/11             AUBURN, WA.             WHITE RIVER AMP.
9/07/11             OMAHA, NE.             QWEST ARENA
9/09/11             SAN ANTONIO, TX.             AT&T CENTER
9/10/11             DALLAS, TX.             GEXA ENERGY PAVILION
9/11/11             WOODLANDS, TX             WOODLANDS AMP.

Bootsy Collins Brings 13-Piece All-Star Band to Tipitina's on June 15th

"Funk U-Nity" Band Includes Members Of P-Funk, Public Enemy And More

Bootsy Collins has assembled a phenomenally funky 13-piece band for his first U.S. headlining tour in 16 years, which launches this Friday with a show at Club Nokia in LA. Collectively dubbed "Funk U-Nity," the band includes members of P-Funk, Public Enemy and legendary session players, and promises to deliver the earth-shaking groove Bootsy's live shows are known for. See complete lineup below.

Bootsy Collins image by Michael Weintrob

Bootsy and Funk U-Nity's set will mix songs from his acclaimed new album Tha Funk Capital of the World with classic jams and tributes to Bootsy's musical idols.

Tha Funk Capital of the World features contributions from George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Bela Fleck, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Cornel West, Buckethead, and more, many of whom will pop up as surprise guests at various stops on the tour. Full list of dates below.


Bootsy Collins - bass & vocals
Colonel Hardgroove - bass & vocals (Public Enemy)
Blackbyrd McKnight - guitar (P-Funk, The Headhunters)
Bernie Worrell - keyboards (P-Funk)
Razor Sharp Johnson - keyboards (P-Funk)
Frankie Kash - drums (P-Funk)
TM Stevens - bass & vocals (The Pretenders, Shocka Zooloo)
Keith Cheatham - guitar
Gary Winters - horns
Randy Villars - saxes
Sarah Morrow - trombones
Candice Cheatham - vocals
Razzberry White - vocals
Kyle Jason - vocals


6/03 - Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
6/04 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
6/06 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
6/09 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
6/10 - Chicago, IL @ The Congress Theater
6/11 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/15 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's (DJ Soul Sister opens)
6/16 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
6/17 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
6/19 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
6/22 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
6/23 - Annapolis, MD (Baltimore) @ Rams Head Tavern
6/24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE - Indoor Stage
6/25 - Glenside, PA (Philadelphia) @ Keswick Theatre
6/26 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
6/29 - Worcester, MA (Boston) @ The Palladium
6/30 - Rochester, NY @ Party In The Park


Monday, May 30, 2011

Explosions In The Sky to play Tipitina's - September 28, 2011

In the wake of its new album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care debuting at #16 in the U.S., selling approximately 30,000 units since its April 26 release on Temporary Residence Ltd., Explosions In The Sky has confirmed dates and cities for the next North American leg of its ongoing 2011 tour.

Fan club pre-sale for the new dates begin Wednesday, May 25 with general on sale following Friday, May 27.

Explosions In The Sky is currently in the midst of a UK/Europe headline tour that has featured sold out headline engagements at the Roundhouse in London and Le Bataclan in Paris. The fall 2011 shows are the latest in an ongoing itinerary that recently saw the band play sell-out dates April 30 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery and May 1 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, as well as its biggest ever headline show April 6 at New York's Radio City Music Hall–of which The New York Times said "the movie-palace splendor of Radio City Music Hall made an appropriately majestic backdrop for Explosions In The Sky."

Between the current UK/Europe run and the Fall 2011 tour, Explosions In The Sky will play the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester TN and a June 17 headline date at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in its homebase of Austin TX.

Explosions In The Sky has also announced its first confirmed show of 2012: January 27 at Brixton Academy in London. The 4500-capacity venue will be the band's biggest UK headline to date, and follows on its sold out May 19 appearance at the Roundhouse in London.

Recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX by John Congleton and produced by the band, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is Explosions In The Sky's fifth album. The record was mixed by Congleton at Austin TX's Public Hi Fi studio and features artwork by longtime visual collaborator Esteban Rey.


Live 2011-2012

06/09-12 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo*
06/17 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
08/11 – Olso, Norway – Oya Festival
08/12-13 – Gothenburg, SWE – Way Out West Festival
08/19 – Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
09/01 — Tucson, AZ — Rialto Theatre
09/02 — San Diego, CA — SOMA
09/05 — Big Sur, CA — Henry Miller Library
09/08 — Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theater
09/09 — Vancouver, BC — The Vogue Theatre
09/11 — Boise, ID —  Egyptian Theatre
09/13 — Denver, CO — The Fillmore Auditorium
09/14 — Albuquerque, NM — Sunshine Theatre
09/16 — Dallas, TX – AT&T Performing Arts Center – Strauss Square
09/28 — New Orleans, LA — Tipitina's * (tickets)
09/29 — Atlanta, GA — Tabernacle *
09/30 — Asheville, NC — Orange Peel *
10/01 — Baltimore, MD — Ram's Head Live
10/02 — Philadelphia, PA — Tower Theater
10/03 — Montclair, NJ — Wellmont Theatre
10/05 — Boston, MA — Orpheum Theatre
10/06 — Montreal, QC — Metropolis Theatre *
10/07 — Toronto, ON — Sound Academy *
10/08 — Royal Oak, MI — Royal Oak Music Theatre *
10/10 — Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue *
10/11 — Des Moines, IA — Val Air Ballroom *
10/12 — Kansas City, MO — Uptown Theatre *
10/13 — Oklahoma City, OK — Diamond Ballroom *

* Wye Oak supports


Peter Bjorn and John to play One Eyed Jacks - September 26, 2011

Peter Bjorn and John are giving their fans some more this fall when they kick off
their "All You Can Eat Tour" – a six week trek that finds the Swedes spending some quality time with their fans as they embark on a city by city exploration. Their longest US run to date, the tour kicks off in Chicago, IL on August 24th with the first of their mini-residences and will end on October 8th in San Francisco, CA with the last. They'll also set up camp in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles for extended stays with several other stops along the way – complete dates below.

The "All You Can Eat Tour" comes on the heels of their most recent sold out US headlining that was met with unbridled excitement. The Boston Herald said, "PB&J delivered frenetic, guitar-stoked rock 'n' roll..." and the Portland Tribune raved "...Peter, Bjorn & John put on a show that made the audience move, sing, shout and scream as they realized they were seeing something rare – the birth of a world class band" and went on the call them "one of the most compelling bands on the circuit right now."

The Spring and Fall tours are both in support of the band's latest full-length studio album – Gimme Some – that was released on March 29th on StarTime International to praise from the press including SPIN who said the new album has "punk-octane velocity," Maxim who described it as "addictively catchy indie rock," and ELLE who wrote that Gimme Some is "a back to basics collection of rock and punk infused tracks that make them a top contender for best album of the year." The new release also earned them a performance on Conan as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and found the band doing a session for Sirius XMU where they also co-hosted for a week and while on tour they performed live for NPR's World Cafe, KEXP and WNYC's Soundcheck among others.

With an amazing new album and a sold-out US headlining tour already under their belts this year, Peter Bjorn and John are thrilled to give fans some more when they embark on their "All You Can Eat" tour this fall. The city by city exploration will offer US fans a unique opportunity to see the band play in whichever venue on whichever night suits them best.

08/24 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
08/25 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
08/26 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
08/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
08/28 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
08/29 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
08/31 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

09/01 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
09/02 – Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
09/03 – Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
09/05 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
09/07 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
09/09 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
09/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
09/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
09/13 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
09/14 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
09/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/16 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/17 – New Haven, VT @ Toad's Place
09/18 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
09/22 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Theatre
09/23 – Miami, FL @ Bardot
09/24 – Ybor City, FL @ Czar
09/25 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
09/26 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
09/27 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
09/30 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up

10/01 – Los Angeles, CA Troubador
10/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
10/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
10/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/06 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
10/07 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish
10/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim's


Friday, May 20, 2011

12 Stones Set To Release New Album 'Only Human' On August 23

12 Stones -- Paul McCoy (vocals), Eric Weaver (guitars), Justin Rimer (Guitar), Michael McManus (drums) -- will release their fourth album, Only Human, August 23 on the Executive Music Group label via Fontana/Universal. The band joined forces once again with producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Skillet, Saliva), who had previously worked with 12 Stones on 2007's Anthem For The Underdog, which was inspired by the effects of Hurricane Katrina on their hometown of New Orleans. The first single and video from Only Human — which was mixed by Mike Shipley (Green Day, 30 Seconds To Mars) -- will impact radio and be available next month.

Says singer Paul McCoy: "We are very pleased to have signed to Executive Music Group, we felt they had our best interest at heart with wanting to get our music back to all our fans worldwide not only in the rock world but our fans in the Christian community as well. We appreciate all our fans and our main priority is to make sure our music is available to all who support us."

The New Orleans band's previous albums and singles have sold over two million copies in the U.S., in addition to singer Paul McCoy winning a Grammy Award for "Best Hard Rock Performance" for his contribution on Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life" smash hit single which went on to sell over 14 million albums worldwide. The band has also garnered multiple GMA Dove Nominations for their singles "Broken" and "Lie To Me."

Stay tuned for further album details and news about the band's forthcoming summer tour.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dr. John Owns Bonnaroo with Special Performance of Legendary 'Desitively Bonnaroo' LP

2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John will perform his landmark 1974 album Desitively Bonnaroo in its entirety on Saturday, June 11 with the original Meters and Allen Toussaint at Bonnaroo to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the popular music festival, which took its name from the album. He will also join Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys the next evening for a superjam. Always one of the most anticipated events at Bonnaroo, the superjam will be a can't-miss mash-up of New Orleans flavor and epic blues-rock. In July, Dr. John and his band the Lower 911 return to NYC for a headlining show at the bandshell in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

Dr. John photo by Bruce Weber

Dr. John Spring Summer Tour 2011

June 11 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo (Performing Desitively Bonnaroo w/ the Original Meters and Allen Toussaint @ THAT TENT)
June 12 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo (Superjam with Dan Auerbach @ THAT TENT)
June 14 Denver, CO @ Botanic Gardens
June 15 Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center
June 16 Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theater
June 18 Sparks, NV @ John Ascuaga's Nugget
June 19 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
June 20 Eugene, OR @ Jacqua Concert Hall
June 22 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory ConcertHouse
June 24 Richmond, BC @ River Rock Casino Resort
June 26 Long Beach, CA @ Rainbow Lagoon Park
June 30 Rudolstadt, Germany @ TFF Rudolstadt

July 01 London, UK @ BluesFest
July 02 Zagreb, Croatia @ Boogaloo
July 04 Bilbao, Spain @ Music Legends
July 05 & 6 Montreux, Switerland @ Jazz Fest
July 07 Vienna, Austria @ Jazz Fest Wien
July 08 Imatra, Finland @ Imatra Big Band Festival
July 10 Rotterdam, Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Fest
July 23 Great Barrington, MA @ Mahaiwe Theater
July 24 Bridgeport, CT @ Gathering of the Vibes Fest
July 30 Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell

Sep 2 & 3 St. Paul, MN @ State Fair Bandshell
Sep 7 & 9 Oakland, CA @ Yoshi's
Sep 10 San Diego, CA @ Ocean Beach Pier
Sep 22-25 Seattle, WA @ Jazz Alley
Sep 27 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery

More on Dr. John here:

Marc Broussard Sets Headline Tour

North American Trek Celebrates Louisiana Troubadour's Self-Titled New Album; New Single, "Only Everything," Lighting up at Hot AC Radio Outlets Nationwide; TBS' Lopez Tonight Slated for June 13th; "MARC BROUSSARD" Arrives in Stores and Online on June 14th

Marc Broussard

Atlantic recording artist Marc Broussard has announced plans for a major North American headline tour. The dates herald the arrival of the Louisiana-based bayou soul troubadour's self-titled new album, due in stores and at all online retailers on June 14th.

Broussard and his band will hit the highway beginning June 14th at Los Angeles, California's El Rey Theatre and then continue through early August (see itinerary below). Among the support acts accompanying Broussard on the tour will be F-Stop Music/Atlantic recording artist Matt Hires and Chop Shop/Atlantic recording group Scars On 45.

"MARC BROUSSARD" is currently being heralded by the new single, "Only Everything," which has already begun scoring at Hot AC radio outlets nationwide. A companion music video -- directed by filmmakers Paul & Joey Boukadakis -- is now in pre-production with a premiere date to be announced soon.

What's more, Broussard will celebrate the new album's release with a much anticipated performance of "Only Everything" on an upcoming episode of TBS' Lopez Tonight, scheduled for June 13th (check local listings).

The story behind "MARC BROUSSARD" -- appropriately this unique artist's first self-titled album -- is simple yet eloquent: It's great music, pulled from the heart, crafted impeccably and delivered with deep emotion. From the exhilarating drive of its first single, "Only Everything," to the hushed and exultant old-school soul of "Lucky," to the swampy blues that haunts "Eye on the Prize," "MARC BROUSSARD" stands as a lesson in transplanting the seeds of American music into the spirit of today.

Marc Broussard - On Tour 2011

14 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
16 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
17 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
18 Visalia, CA Visalia Fox Theatre
19 San Francisco, CA The Independent
21 Petaluma, CA McNear's Mystic Theatre
22 Sacramento, CA Harlow's
24 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
25 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
26 Vancouver, BC The Venue
29 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
30 Boise, ID Knitting Factory

1 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
2 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
3 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Café On The Strip
6 Austin, TX Antone's
7 Dallas, TX House of Blues
8 Houston, TX House of Blues
9 New Orleans, LA Harrah's
14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
15 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
16 Boston, MA Newburyport River Fest
17 Patchogue, NY Great South Bay Music Fest
20 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest Café
21 York, PA The Capital Theatre
22 Ann Arbor, MI Ann Arbor Art Fair
23 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
24 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
27 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
28 Annapolis, MD Ram's Head
29 Asheville, NC Bele Chere Festival
30 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
31 Wilmington, NC Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre

3 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
4 Des Moines, IA People's Court
5 Kansas City, MO Crosstown Station
6 Omaha, NE Slowdown
8 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre

See for tour updates.

Friday, May 6, 2011

iClips To Stream New Orleans Jazz Fest Webcast 2011

Every year the music world concentrates on New Orleans for two weeks in late April and early May. Every year there are many music lovers that can't make it to New Orleans to experience 12 stages of music covering every genre from Funk to Latin to Soul and everything in between, plus all the art and food that New Orleans is well known for. We are very excited to announce that highlights from the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell will be broadcast on encoded and transmitted by on May 7 and 8. Coverage will also be on the homepage.

This year's webcast will bring the festival to people's homes across the country as Jimmy Buffett, Arcade Fire and Wilco will be positioned alongside the Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas and Galactic, among many others. Beginning at 6 p.m. CST on both May 7 and 8, the broadcast will include approximately 4 hours each night of performances, interviews, as well as a trip around the Fair Grounds to give viewers a glimpse at some of the elements that make Jazz Fest so special.

Other artists included in the webcast include Allen Toussaint, Cowboy Mouth, Better than Ezra, Marcia Ball, The Dixie Cups, George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, the Soul Rebels, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, and many others. Check for more info.

iClips and will team up for additional festivals this summer, offering video streaming of highlights from such events as Summer Camp, Mountain Jam, Electric Forest and others to be announced. Stay tuned for details.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

NOLA Rapper Curren$y Signs With Warner Bros. Records

New Mixtape "Covert Coup" With Alchemist Coming 4/20 With Promo Tour

Smoker nation has something else to spark to this spring. Asylum/Warner Bros. Records is pleased to announce the signing of New Orleans native and underground sensation Curren$y. "Ain't nothing changed but the address," said Curren$y about the new move.

Curren$y's career flight plan has not come without a few layovers along his burgeoning career. Initially signed to fellow New Orleans rapper C-Murder's Tru Records in 2001, Curren$y was brought over to Master P's New No Limit Records in 2002 after the founder was sentenced to jail. From 2004-2007, Curren$y enjoyed a stint on Cash Money Records as part of Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment before venturing out on his own, releasing a series of mixtapes and focusing on his Jet Life apparel and lifestyle brand.

In 2009, the effort paid off as Curren$y, in recognition of his talent and drive, was hand-picked to grace the cover of XXL's "Top 10 Freshman" issue amongst the likes of B.O.B, Kid Cudi, Wale and others.

Later that year, the now independent rapper released his debut album This Ain't No Mixtape and the follow-up Jet Files through Amalgam Digital.

In 2010, Curren$y released his Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II albums through Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's BluRoc Records distributed by Def Jam Recordings. The two mixtapes moved an unprecedented 40K and 30K sold units with minimal effort and has helped the talented lyricist generate over $750K in touring on his own.

Curren$y is now gearing up to release his fifth and sixth studio albums Muscle Car Chronicles and the anticipated Pilot Talk III. Fans eager for the new music should keep an ear out for a new mixtape produced by infamous producer The Alchemist (Eminem, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ghostface Killah) titled Covert Coup which will be available April 19th on iTunes, just in time for the 4/20 holiday. The release of the mixtape will coincide with a promo tour that begins that night in New Orleans. Dates are as follows:

Wed 4/20 New Orleans, LA
Thu 4/21 Houston, TX
Fri 4/22 Austin, TX
Sat 4/23 Dallas, TX
Mon 4/25 Albuquerque, NM
Tue 4/26 Arizona
Wed 4/27 Arizona
Thu 4/28 San Diego, CA
Fri 4/29 Los Angeles, CA
Sat 4/30 Riverside, CA
Sun 5/01 San Luis Obispo, CA
Tue 5/03 Fresno, CA
Wed 5/04 San Jose, CA
Thu 5/05 Sacramento, CA
Fri 5/06 San Francisco, CA
Sat 5/07 Humboldt, CA
Sun 5/08 Eugene, OR
Tue 5/10 Portland, OR
Wed 5/11 Seattle, WA
Thu 5/12 Bellingham, WA
Fri 5/13 Victoria, British Columbia
Sat 5/14 Vancouver, British Columbia
Sun 5/15 Spokane, WA
Tue 5/17 Missoula, MT
Wed 5/18 Boise, ID
Thu 5/19 Salt Lake City, UT
Fri 5/20 Denver, CO
Sat 5/21 Boulder, CO
Sun 5/22 Ft. Collins
Tue 5/24 Omaha, NE
Wed 5/25 Minneapolis, MN
Thu 5/26 Iowa City, IA
Fri 5/27 Madison, WI
Sat 5/28 Chicago, IL
Sun 5/29 Ann Arbor
Tue 5/31 Toronto, Ontario
Wed 6/01 Montreal, Quebec
Thu 6/02 Burlington, MA
Fri 6/03 Boston, MA
Sat 6/04 New York, NY
Sun 6/05 Philadelphia, PA
Tue 6/06 Washington DC
Wed 6/08 Carrboro, NC
Thu 6/09 South Carolina
Fri 6/10 Atlanta, GA
Sat 6/11 Birmingham, AL
Sun 6/12 Oxford, AL




Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Trombone Shorty, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd to Perform at GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast

Pre-GRAMMY Telecast to be Streamed Live at on Sunday, February 13

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 1–4 p.m. PT at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be streamed live internationally on and beginning at 1 p.m. PT. Well-attended by nominees and industry VIPs, the star-studded ceremony with be co-hosted by current GRAMMY nominees Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding, and will feature performances by nominees including Afro-Colombian hip hop trio ChocQuibTown, blues musician Buddy Guy, singer/songwriter Cyndi Lauper, American roots interpreter Maria Muldaur, contemporary blues artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, trombone and trumpet player Trombone Shorty, legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples, jazz musician Kirk Whalum, and R&B singer/songwriter Betty Wright. Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the night in 98 categories will be current nominees Laurie Anderson, Sara Bareilles, BT, Kathy Griffin, and Wayne Wallace. The live stream of the Pre-Telecast will remain on as video on demand for 30 days following the event. Following the Pre-Telecast Ceremony, the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Co-hosts McFerrin and Spalding each have one nomination: McFerrin for Best Classical Crossover Album for Vocabularies, and Spalding for Best New Artist.

Performers ChocQuibTown, Guy, Lauper, Muldaur, Shepherd, Staples, Trombone Shorty and Wright each have one nod: ChocQuibTown for Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album for Oro; Guy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Living Proof; Lauper for Best Traditional Blues Album for Memphis Blues; Muldaur for Best Traditional Folk Album for Maria Muldaur & Her Garden Of Joy; Shepherd for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Live! In Chicago (Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Featuring Hubert Sumlin, Wille "Big Eyes" Smith, Bryan Lee and Buddy Flett); Staples for Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone; Trombone Shorty for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Backatown; and Wright for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Go." Whalum has three nominations: Best Pop Instrumental Album for Everything Is Everything: The Music Of Donny Hathaway; Best Gospel Performance for "He's Been Just That Good" (with Lalah Hathaway) and Best Gospel Song for "It's What I Do" (with Jerry Peters).

Presenters Anderson, Bareilles, BT, Griffin, and Wallace each have one nomination: Anderson for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Flow"; Bareilles for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "King Of Anything"; BT for Best Electronic/Dance Album for These Hopeful Machines; Griffin for Best Comedy Album for Kathy Griffin Does The Bible Belt; and Wallace for Best Latin Jazz Album for Bien Bien! (Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet).


- The Recording Academy

- Louisiana Music at the GRAMMYS

Friday, January 28, 2011

New Lucinda Williams album Blessed set for March 1st release

Blessed, the stunning new album from three-time Grammy Award-winner Lucinda Williams is set for release on March 1st by Lost Highway. Considered by many to be one of America's greatest living songwriters, Williams lives up to that and more by delivering 12 new songs that cover an even wider emotional spectrum than her previous work, without moving too far in any one direction.

Lucinda Williams photo by James Minchin III

Blessed opens with the gritty kiss-off "Buttercup" and moves seamlessly into the sultry blues of "Born To Be Loved". Williams delves into a heavier subject as she questions the motives for a suicide on the hard-driving "Seeing Black", which features blistering guitar from Elvis Costello. The thoughtful title track slowly builds to a melodic climax as it gives an eye-opening look at what's right in front of us, but too often unnoticed. The poignant and powerful "Soldier's Song" simultaneously tells a tragic story of the soldier overseas and his wife and child back home. On the gorgeous "Kiss Like Your Kiss", Williams lays down one of the most beautiful and fragile vocals she has ever recorded. The original version of "Kiss Like Your Kiss" appeared on True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series - Volume 2 and was just nominated for a Grammy for "Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media."

It's nothing new to see Williams tug at the heartstrings and stimulate the mind in her songs, but there is a vibe throughout Blessed that is unique to this album in particular. It's the sound of the wisdom and experience Williams has gained through her years as an uncompromising talent. Combine that with Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was at the helm, and something special is born. Was co-produced Blessed with Eric Liljestrand and Tom Overby, who co-produced Williams highly-praised Little Honey (2008). Blessed features special guests Rami Jaffe on keyboards, Matthew Sweet on vocals Greg Leisz and Elvis Costello on guitar.

The deluxe edition of Blessed will include a bonus disc titled The Kitchen Tapes. These are the demos Lucinda recorded of the songs that became Blessed right as they were born at her kitchen table, which she does much of her writing.

Blessed will be available in 3 different configurations, each with a slightly different album cover.

- Standard CD/Digital: 12 tracks, single disc/digital release

- Deluxe 2 CD/Digital: 12 tracks + "Kitchen Tapes" (demos)

- LP/CD Combo: includes the 2 CDs + 2 vinyl LPs

For more info, visit

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Opening Reception for "Tambourine and Fan" Art Exhibit this Saturday

Exhibit celebrating Mardi Gras culture opens Saturday, January 29 at McKenna Museum

Opening Reception with the artists is Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 6-9pm


Complimentary refreshments and live entertainment by New Orleans artist Greg Banks

FEATURING: New works by artists Jamar Pierre and Gregoryaun Magee-Hunter

LOCATION: The McKenna Museum, 2003 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art presents The Tambourine and Fan, fundraiser and art exhibit celebrating Mardi Gras culture with new works by Jamar Pierre and introducing Gregoryaun Magee-Hunter.

Jamar has worked with the Tambourine and Fan organization for over fifteen years with murals from Hunters Field to the Treme Community Center, along with hundreds of youth in the 6th and 7th wards. Tambourine and Fan organization is devoted to instilling cultural awareness and building self esteem in the Treme community.

A percentage of the proceeds will enable Jamar Pierre to re-create the 80 ft. banners under the Claiborne Ave overpass, as well as murals at Hunter’s Field (St. Bernard and Claiborne), which were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

"Tambourine and Fan" will be on view through carnival season until March 12, 2011.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Aaron Neville Joins Tribute to the Music of Neil Young at Carnegie Hall, February 10th

Even more big names have stepped up to pay tribute to the music of Neil Young at the Feb 10 benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. Jakob Dylan, Glen Hansard (The Swell Season), Aaron Neville, Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield have now been added to the star-studded lineup.

Curated by music impresario Michael Dorf, the full lineup for "The Music of Neil Young at Carnegie Hall" tribute also includes Patti Smith, The Roots, J Mascis, Living Colour's Vernon Reid, DeVotchKa, Shawn Colvin, Pete Yorn, Nada Surf, Bettye LaVette, Bebel Gilberto, Keller Williams, Larry Campbell, Ben Ottewell (of Gomez), Cowboy Junkies, Mason Jennings, Joan Osborne, and Joe Purdy.

The concert marks the seventh installment of an annual series to raise crucially needed funds for music education programs for underprivileged youth. The total funds raised by the series are on track to exceed $500,000 with this year's concert.

Previous sold-out concerts presented by Dorf have honored the music of such timeless artists as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, R.E.M., and The Who. 100% of the net proceeds from the concert will be given to six music education non-profits: The American Symphony Orchestra Music Notes, Church Street School of Music, Young Audiences, Music Unites All-Youth Choir, The Pinwheel Project, and FIKS (Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools).

The Music of Neil Young' concert on the Web:


Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues in NYC

Jazz at Lincoln Center announces Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton will perform together in Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues, with a special solo performance by blues legend Taj Mahal, in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The special concert events have been added to the season schedule as the organization's 2011 Annual Gala on April 7 and as ticketed concerts open to the public on April 8 and 9.

Clapton, a guitar icon and three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director and nine-time GRAMMY Award winner, will perform blues classics which may include tunes by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Howling Wolf. For these special concerts, Clapton and Marsalis will be joined by Marcus Printup (trumpet), Chris Crenshaw (trombone), Victor Goines (clarinet), Jonathan Batiste (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums) and Don Vappie (banjo). The concerts will also include a special performance by composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal, one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music.

The April 7 performance marks Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2011 Annual Gala evening. A gala dinner will be held at Roseland Ballroom at 239 W. 52nd Street immediately following the concert and will feature entertainment by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Proceeds from Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2011 Annual Gala benefit the thousands of performance, education and broadcast events the organization produces each year. Underwriters of this extraordinary event are Diana DiMenna, John Arnhold, and Dick Cashin. Co-Chairmen are Helen and Robert J. Appel, Marlene Hess and James Zirin, Little Johnny Koerber and Kari Gronberg, Chip and Burwell Schorr, and Dr. Agnes Varis. Vice-Chairmen are Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn, The Jeffrey A. Altman Foundation, Bank of America, Gail and Al Engelberg, Ed and Carolyn Lewis, MasterCard, Louise and Leonard Riggio, Lisa and David T. Schiff, Melanie Shorin and Greg Feldman and Mary Kay and John Strangfeld/Prudential Financial.

Clapton and Marsalis first collaborated for Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2003 gala, and most recently, Marsalis appears on Clapton's 2010 CD, Clapton.

Jazz at Lincoln Center 2011 Annual Gala: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 7pm. Tickets on sale now.

Public Concerts: Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 8pm.
Jazz at Lincoln Center subscribers and members advance sale on January 24
MasterCard cardholders advance sale on January 28.
Go to for more info.

Tickets for the general public on sale February 12.

Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York

*April 7 gala post-performance dinner party to take place at Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd Street

Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Announces 2011 Performers

Headliners include Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Wyclef Jean, Keb' Mo', Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Tom Jones, John Legend & The Roots, The Decemberists, Wilco, Cyndi Lauper, Lucinda Williams, Arcade Fire, Willie Nelson, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Buffett, The Strokes, Lauryn Hill, Kid Rock, Michael Franti and Sonny Rollins

Tickets for Jazz Fest go on sale at and the New Orleans Arena box office on January 20th

Artist Line-Up By Date:

Friday - April 29, 2011

Robert Plant & the Band of Joy, Jeff Beck, Wyclef Jean, The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Keb' Mo', Mighty Clouds of Joy, Justin Townes Earle, Ron Carter Trio with Mulgrew Miller and Russell Malone, Donald Harrison, Tab Benoit, Jon Cleary, George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, John Mooney & Bluesiana, The Subdudes, Mia Borders, Anat Cohen Quartet, Los Hombres Calientes featuring Bill Summers & Irvin Mayfield, The Bahamas Experience, Ti-Coca & Wanga Négès of Haiti, Germaine Bazzle, The Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste Jr., Haitian — New Orleans Connection featuring Emeline Michel, Dr. Jean Montes and Dr. Michael White, Warren Storm - Willie Tee & Cypress, Shades of Praise, Henry Gray & the Cats, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Red Stick Ramblers, Coco Robicheaux, Danny Barnes, Otra, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, New Orleans Spiritualettes, Corey Ledet, Derek Douget, Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, Dave Lemon & the Flow, Mashup feauring Terence Higgins, Ike Stubblefield and Grant Green Jr., Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders with guest Butch Thompson, Happy Talk Band, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band, Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Cajun Band, Comanche Hunters and Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Real Untouchables Brass Band, Rocks of Harmony, Morning Star Mass Choir, Chris Clifton, Louis Ford & his New Orleans Flairs, Voices of Peter Claver, Los Astros de America, Tulane Jazz Ensemble, Jonno & Cajun Experience, Mount Zion Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir, Sister Naomi Washington and Group, Smitty Dee's Brass Band, Dillard University Jazz Ensemble, Black Mohawk and Black Foot Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Keep N it Real, We R One, Zulu, and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Louisiana Sketches with Carl LeBlanc presented by Young Audiences, Gray Hawk, Young Cheyenne and Geronimo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians.

Saturday - April 30, 2011

Bon Jovi, Jason Mraz, Fantasia, Irma Thomas, Robert Cray, Amos Lee, Ahmad Jamal, Rance Allen, Ricky Skaggs, John Boutte, The Dixie Cups, Jeremy Davenport, Emeline Michel and DJA-Rara of Haiti, Hot 8 Brass Band, Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby, The Low Anthem, Anat Cohen Quartet, The Bahamas Experience, Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory, Ti-Coca & Wanga Négès of Haiti, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Pine Leaf Boys, Rotary Downs, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, The Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, Panorama Jazz Band, Renard Poche, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Andrew Duhon & the Lonesome Crows, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Orange Kellin's New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra, The Johnson Extension, Ted Winn, Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Kidd Jordan, Midnite Disturbers, Gospel Soul Children, Jockimo's Groove featuring War Chief Juan, Brice Miller and Mahogany Brass Band, Erica Falls, J. Monque'D Blues Band, Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express, Young Tuxedo Brass Band, The Tenor Sax Woodshed featuring Christian Winther and Clarence Slaughter, Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, Grupo Sensacion, First Emanuel Gospel Choir, Po' Henry & Tookie, Kid Simmons' Local International Allstars, DJ Bomshell Boogie, UNO Jazz Allstars, Big Chief Walter Cook & the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, Nine Times Men, Single Men, and Single Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Les Getrex & Quick Change, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, Pastor Tyrone Jefferson, Lady Jetsetters, Dumaine Gang, Divine Ladies, and Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Red, White & Blue and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians, Highsteppers Brass Band, Mo'Lasses, Miss Claudia & her Biergartners, Curtis Pierre with Samba Kids, River Road African American Museum Drum & Dance, Golden Comanche and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians.

Sunday - May 1, 2011

John Mellencamp, Tom Jones, John Legend & The Roots, Dr. John, Alejandro Sanz, Arlo Guthrie, Kenny G, The Decemberists, Vickie Winans, Pete Fountain, Terence Blanchard, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti, Deacon John, Zachary Richard, Classic New Orleans Revue featuring Frankie Ford, Jean Knight, and the Blue Eyed Soul Band, Glen David Andrews, Partners-N-Crime with 5th Ward Weebie, Honey Island Swamp Band, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, The Wiseguys, The Boogie Men, Astral Project, Red Baraat, DJA-Rara of Haiti, Anders Osborne, John Fohl & Johnny Sansone, Jake Smith, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s, Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers, Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Mark Braud, Lil’ Malcolm & the House Rockers, Los Po-Boy-Citos, The Tommy Sancton New Orleans Quintet, Jo "Cool" Davis with guest James "Sugarboy" Crawford, Kristin Diable, Free Agents Brass Band, Driskill Mountain Boys, Tom McDermott, Michael Ward, Keith Frank, New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, Traditional Jazz Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, Furious Five, Untouchables, Big Steppers, New Look, The First Division, and Olympia Aid Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Reggie Hall & the Twilighters featuring Lady Bee, Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy & the Cajun Country Revival, St. Joseph the Worker Choir, Jazz & Blues featuring Luther Kent, Phillip Manuel and Big Al Carson, Ninth Ward Navajo, Golden Blade, and Carrollton Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Jeremy Lyons Delta-Silly Music, Val & the Love Alive Fellowship Choir, Voices of Distinction, The Last Straws, Big Chief Kevin Goodman & the Flaming Arrows, LeRoy Thomas, Donnie Bolden, Jr. & the Spirit of Elijah, Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Uptown Music Theatre, New Orleans Young Traditional Brass Band with the Heel to Toe Steppers, Ayla Miller Band, Young Guardians of the Flame.

Thursday - May 5, 2011

Wilco, Cyndi Lauper, Lucinda Williams, Galactic, Maceo Parker with special guest Pee Wee Ellis, Ivan Lins, Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste, Ruthie Foster, Michelle Shocked, Charlie Musselwhite, Djakout #1 of Haiti, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Amanda Shaw, The New Orleans Bingo! Show, The Iguanas, Lisa Knowles & the Brown Sisters, Charmaine Neville, Banu Gibson & the Allstars featuring Bob Havens and Randy Reinhart, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Christian Scott, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Leroy Jones, Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove, James Booker Piano Tribute featuring David Reis, Joe Krown, Josh Paxton, Tom Worrell and Tom McDermott, Delfeayo Marsalis' Uptown Orchestra, Gov't Majik Dirty South Afro-Beat Arkestra, Sasha Masakowski, Brice Winston, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Little Freddie King Blues Band, Lino Patruno of Italy, Linnzi Zaorski, Spencer Bohren, Original Royal Players Brass Band, Belton Richard & the Musical Aces, Roots of Music Marching Crusaders Band, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Paul Eason, John Rankin, Flatbed Honeymoon, Robert “Bilbo” Walker, Ovi-G & the Froggies, Dukes of Dixieland, BRW, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective, Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, 7th Ward Creole Hunters and Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-EL, Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, The Help, McDonogh #35, O. Perry Walker Charter, McMain, and Joseph S. Clark High School Gospel Choirs, Stooges Brass Band, Heavenly Melodies Gospel Singers, Pastor Terry Gullage and the Greater Mt. Calvary Voices of Redemption Choir, Tornado Brass Band, Bon Temp Roulez, VIP Ladies, Men of Class, and Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Loyola University Jazz Ensemble, Clearwood Jr. High School Chorale, Adams Middle School Players.

Friday - May 6, 2011

Arcade Fire, Willie Nelson, Lupe Fiasco, Better Than Ezra, Jamey Johnson, Gregg Allman Blues Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Big Sam's Funky Nation, 100th Birthday Celebration for Mahalia Jackson featuring Irma Thomas with guest John Boutté, Edie Brickell, Eric Lindell, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Bonerama, Mingus Big Band, Luther Kent, Bob Wilber & the Crescent City Cats, Bobby Cure & the Summertime Blues with guest Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, James Rivers Movement, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Tim Laughlin, The SteelDrivers, Leah Chase, Djakout #1 of Haiti, The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars' 20th Anniversary, Alex McMurray, Kourtney Heart, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, A Centennial Celebration for Lionel Ferbos with the Palm Court Jazz Band, Yvette Landry, We Landed on the Moon!, Sharon Martin, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Jamil Sharif, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Ingrid Lucia, Big Al Carson Blues Band, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Joseph Torregano, Guitar Slim Jr., Gina Brown & Anutha Level, Andy J. Forest NOtown Band, Blodie's Jazz Jam, Ivoire Spectacle featuring Seguenon Kone, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble, Michael Skinkus & Moyuba, Joe Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters, Connie & Dwight with the St. Raymond/St. Leo the Great Choir, Kevin Thompson & the Sensational Six, Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, Fleur de Ladies Brass Band, Young Magnolias, White Cloud Hunters, and Red Hawk Mardi Gras Indians, Forgotten Souls, The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers, New Wave Brass Band, Original Big Seven, Original Four, Scene Boosters, and Ole N Nu Style Fellas Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Young Cherokee and Ninth Ward Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Rev. Jermaine Landrum & Abundant Praise Revival Choir, Rose Anne St. Romain, Nineveh Baptist Church Mass Choir, New Orleans Indian Rhythm Section, N.O.C.C.A. Jazz Ensemble, Metropelican Opera, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue presented by Young Audiences, Bester Singers and Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers.

Saturday - May 7, 2011

Jimmy Buffett, The Strokes, Lauryn Hill, Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Mystikal, Bobby Blue Bland, Fourplay, Marcia Ball, Aaron Neville's Gospel Experience, RAM of Haiti, Nicholas Payton, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Jesse Winchester, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Voice of the Wetlands All Stars, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, Ruby Wilson, New Birth Brass Band, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band featuring Thais Clark, Vivaz, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Jeff & Vida, Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, The Jon Batiste Band, Wanda Rouzan's New Orleans R&B Revue, Bill Kirchen, R. Scully's Rough 7, Ernie Vincent & Top Notes, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, The Sammy Rimington International Band, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, Pfister Sisters, David Torkanowsky's Fleur Debris featuring George Porter Jr., 101 Runners, The Revealers, Kora Konnection featuring Morikeba Kouyate of Senegal and Thierno Dioubate of Guinea, AsheSon, New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings, Tribute to Walter Payton and June Gardner, DJ Soul Sister, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministry, Brother Tyrone, Baritone Bliss featuring Roger Lewis and Tony Dagradi, Smithfield Fair, Troy Turner, Kirk Joseph's Tuba Tuba, The Electrifying Crown Seekers, Greater Antioch Full Gospel BC Mass Choir, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians, Golden Voices Community Choir, Tonia Scott & Anointed Voices, Julliard Jazz Ensemble, N'Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company, Minister Jai Reed, Kinfolk Brass Band, Ashe Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute, Stephen Foster's Foster Family Program, Baby Boyz Brass Band, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Choir, Cherokee Hunters, Wild Red Flame, Trouble Nation, and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Westbank Steppers, New Generation, Undefeated Divas, Pigeon Town Steppers, and Valley of Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs.

Sunday - May 8, 2011

Kid Rock, The Neville Brothers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sonny Rollins, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The Radiators Farewell Show, Cowboy Mouth, Tabou Combo of Haiti, Papa Grows Funk, Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sonny Landreth, Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Playing for Change, Anders Osborne, Glen David Andrews, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, RAM of Haiti, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Arthur Clayton & Purposely Anointed featuring special guest VaShawn Mitchell, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Treme Brass Band, George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, The Bluerunners Reunion, Rumba Buena, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Dee-1, Mem Shannon & the Membership, Tommy Malone & Blvd Jr., Bobby Lounge, Feufollet, TBC Brass Band, Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds, Generationals, DJ Captain Charles, Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Gregg Stafford's Jazz Hounds, Jesse McBride presents The Next Generation, Russell Batiste Jr. & Friends featuring Jason Neville, Tribute to Clyde Kerr, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Betsy McGovern & the Poor Clares, Julio y Cesar, Robin & the Bluebirds, Da Souljas Brass Band, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Wild Tchoupitoulas and Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians, Bamboula 2000, Pinstripe Brass Band, Veal Brothers, Zulu Male Ensemble, Heritage School of Music Band, Jonté Landrum Thomas, Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers, Prince of Wales, Nine Times Ladies, Original C.T.C., Lady Rollers, and Secondline Jammers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, SUBR Jazzy Jags, Johnette Downing, Mt. Hermon BC Mass Choir, Golden Sioux and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, N'Kafu Traditional African Dance Company, Dragon Master Showcase presented by Young Audiences, Erik McAllister & the N.O.C.C.A. Mime Theater Troupe, Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, KIDsmART Student Showcase, Sunpie Barnes with Louisiana Creole Music.

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