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Lagwagon playing a blistering version of “May 16″ at the Oakland Metro Opera House in Oakland, CA on 02/25/12.

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Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers have a few dates left this year, including a New Year’s Eve performance supporting The Mother Hips in Chico. After that, they’ll play a string of Winter tour dates starting in Florida after January’s Jam Cruise and ending on February 10 in Bellingham, WA. The tour also includes their first date in Canada, on February 9 in Vancouver. Get ready to boogie!

Tour dates are as follows:

12/15/12 – Uptown Theatre in Napa, CA
12/23/12 – Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, CA
12/31/12 – El Rey Theatre in Chico, CA
01/07/13 – 01/12/13 Jam Cruise in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
01/13/13 – The Local 662 in St. Petersburg, FL
01/14/13 – The Social in Orlando, FL
01/15/13 – Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL
01/17/13 – WorkPlay in Birmingham, AL
01/18/13 – House of Blues in New Orleans, LA
01/19/13 – Fitzgerald’s in Houston, TX
01/20/13 – Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio, TX
01/22/13 – The Bisbee Royale in Bisbee, AZ
01/24/13 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA
01/25/13 – Constellation Room in Santa Ana, CA
01/26/13 – Pappy and Harriets in Pioneertown, CA
01/27/13 – B Ryder’s in Bakersfield, CA
01/31/13 – Harlow’s in Sacramento, CA
02/01/13 – Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA
02/02/13 – Fulton 55 in Fresno, CA
02/06/13 – Cozmic in Eugene, OR
02/07/13 – Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR
02/08/13 – The Triple Door in Seattle, WA
02/09/13 – The Media Club in Vancouver, BC
02/10/13 – The Wild Buffalo in Bellingham, WA

Is everyone ready for the 12th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival? This year’s festival will take place October 5-7 at Hellman’s Hollow in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA. Best of all, it’s still completely free!

Lineup (Alphabetical)

  • Alison Brown Quartet with Stuart Duncan
  • Allison Moorer
  • ALO
  • Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
  • Bill Kirchen and Texicalli
  • Boz Scaggs: Tribute to Doug Sahm
  • Buddy Miller
  • Chris Carrabba
  • Chris Robinson Brotherhood
  • Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys
  • Chuck Ragan
  • Conor Brings Friends for Friday featuring: Simon Felice, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, Beachwood Sparks, Ben Kweller, Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst
  • Cowboy Junkies
  • Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones
  • Dirty Three
  • Dry Branch Fire Squad
  • Dwight Yoakam
  • Elvis Costello Solo
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Giant Giant Sand
  • Glen Hansard
  • Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson
  • Heartless Bastards
  • Jerry Jeff Walker
  • Jesse Winchester
  • Jim Lauderdale
  • Joe Pug
  • John Reilly and Friends (featuring Becky Stark & Tom Brosseau)
  • Jon Langford & His Sadies
  • Jonny Two Bags & Salvation Town
  • Justin Townes Earle
  • Keller Williams, Steve Kimock & Kyle Hollingsworth featuring Bernie Worrell, Wally Ingram & Andy Hess
  • Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin
  • Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
  • Les Claypool Duo De Twang
  • Little Green Cars
  • Lloyd Cole
  • Lucero
  • Luther Dickinson & the Wandering
  • Moonalice
  • Nick Lowe
  • O’Brien Party of 7
  • Patterson Hood & the Downtown Rumblers
  • Patti Smith and her band
  • Patty Griffin
  • Peter Rowan
  • Pickwick
  • Poor Man’s Whiskey
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys
  • Reckless Kelly
  • Red Baraat
  • Reignwolf
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Robyn Hitchcock
  • Roger Knox & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts
  • Rubblebucket
  • Sara Watkins
  • Seasick Steve
  • Sierra Hull
  • Son Volt
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes (and Duchesses)
  • The Barr Brothers
  • The Chieftains
  • The Civil Wars
  • The Del McCoury Band
  • The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock
  • The Go to Hell Man Clan with Special Guests the Wronglers featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  • The Heart & the Heart
  • The Jerry Douglas Band
  • The Knitters
  • The Lumineers
  • The Milk Carton Kids
  • The New Orleans Bingo! Show
  • The Soul Rebels
  • The Time Jumpers (Vince Gill, Dennis Crouch, Paul Franklin, Larry Franklin, Andre Reiss, Dawn Sears, Kenneth Sears, Joe Spivey, Jeff Taylor & Billy Thomas)
  • The Trishas
  • The White Buffalo
  • Tiny Television
  • Todd Snider
  • Tribute to the Founding Fathers: Warren Hellman, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson
  • Walter Salas-Humara
  • World Famous Headliners

I know it’s last minute, but word on the street is that one of Les Claypool‘s new projects, Duo de Twang will be playing two very special acoustic shows soon. On October 4 the Duo should be playing at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA and then they should be playing again on Oct 6 at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Joining Les as part of the Duo de Twang should be his old pal Marc “Mirv” Haggard.

You can find out more info on Les Claypool’s website, here. Hope to make it at least one of the shows and see you there!

I love these guys since they used to play at parties I went to in the hills around Santa Cruz years ago. The Devil Makes Three have begun their Fall 2012 tour. The Santa Cruz, CA trio are traveling quite a bit September through November as they make their way across the country. This tour closes up an incredible year for the band, including an amazing Summer playing at some great festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and High Sierra Music Festival.

Word is that right after this tour the band will be heading back into the studio to begin work on a follow up album to the critically acclaimed Do Wrong Right. Be prepared to hear some tunes from the new album while they are out on this Fall tour, and be sure to follow up with Music Sumo News often to hear more about the new album as details emerge.

You can catch The Devil Makes Three at the following confirmed tour dates:

09/22/12 – Fresh Grass Bluegrass Festival in North Adams, MA
09/25/12 – Mr. Small’s Theatre in Millvale, PA
09/26/12 – The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
09/27/12 – 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
09/28/12 – Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL
09/29/12 – The Cabooze in Minneapolis, MN
10/02/12 – Blue Moose in Iowa City, IA
10/03/12 – The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS
10/04/12 – The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE
10/05/12 – Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO
10/06/12 – Bluebird Theatre in Denver, CO
10/10/12 – George’s Majestic in Fayetteville, AR
10/11/12 – Cain’s (Front Room) in Tulsa, OK
10/13/12 – The Parish in Austin, TX
10/14/12 – Austin City Limits in Austin, TX
10/27/12 – Communion in the Redwoods in Big Sur, CA
10/30/12 – Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA
10/31/12 – Orpheum Theatre in Flagstaff, AZ
11/01/12 – Club Congress in Tucson, AZ
11/02/12 – House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA
11/03/12 – The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA
11/04/12 – The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
11/07/12 – Senator Theatre in Chico, CA
11/08/12 – Historic Ashland Armory in Ashland, OR
11/09/12 – Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
11/10/12 – Showbox Market in Seattle, WA
11/11/12 – McDonald Theatre in Eugene, OR
11/14/12 – A Club in Spokane, WA
11/15/12 – Wilma Theatre in Missoula, MT
11/16/12 – Visual Arts Collective in Boise, ID
11/17/12 – The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT

The Mother Hips have confirmed their Fall tour dates, including California shows in Petaluma, Folsom, Solana Beach, and finishing up with a New Year’s Eve performance at the El Rey Theatre in Chico, CA.

Their current full itinerary is as follows:

10/26/12 – Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA
11/02/12 – Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, UT
11/16/12 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA
11/17/12 – Zoey’s in Ventura, CA
11/24/12 – Powerhouse Pub in Folsom, CA
11/28/12 – The Middle East in Cambridge, MA
11/29/12 – Highline Ballroom in New York, NY
11/30/12 – The Blockley in Philadelphia, PA
12/07/12 – Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA
12/08/12 – SLO Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo, CA
12/14/12 – Tractor Tavern in Seattle, WA
12/15/12 – Doug Fir in Portland, OR
12/21/12 – Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
12/22/12 – Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
12/31/12 – El Rey Theatre in Chico, CA

Gov’t Mule has been keeping themselves busy lately, and they don’t seem to be letting up. Right after announcing a few West Coast dates and a New Year’s Eve show in New York, they have now announced more shows in October and November. The new dates also includes a performance on Halloween night at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago.

All current confirmed dates are as follows:

09/12/12 – Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO
09/13/12 – The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO
09/14/12 – Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO
09/15/12 – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, CO
09/18/12 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA
09/19/12 – House of Blues in San Diego, CA
09/21/12 – The Warfield in San Francisco, CA
09/22/12 – Grand Sierra Theatre in Reno, NV
10/17/12 – Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA
10/18/12 – The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA
10/19/12 – Cox Capitol Theatre in Macon, GA
10/20/12 – Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, AL
10/22/12 – The National in Richmond, VA
10/25/12 – Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Bch, NY
10/26/12 – Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA
10/27/12 – The State Theater in Ithaca, NY
10/30/12 – The Pageant St. in Louis, MO
10/31/12 – The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
11/01/12 – Murat Theatre @ Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN
11/02/12 – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus, OH
11/03/12 – The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, MD
12/28/12 – Tower Theatre Upper in Darby, PA
12/29/12 – Tower Theatre Upper in Darby, PA
12/30/12 – Beacon Theatre in New York, NY
12/31/12 – Beacon Theatre in New York, NY
01/16/13 – Island Exodus IV in Negril, JM
01/17/13 – Island Exodus IV in Negril, JM
01/18/13 – Island Exodus IV in Negril, JM
01/19/13 – Island Exodus IV in Negril, JM
01/20/13 – Island Exodus IV in Negril, JM

Last Thursday, August 16, I was invited by Deren Ney of Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers to check out their show at The New Parish in Oakland, CA. First off, thank you so much, Deren. Second, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers rock! I had a great time at the show as Nicki and the band belted out tunes from their album, Driftwood, to a captivated audience. I knew it was going to be a good show when they opened with a wonderful version of their song, “Before You Loved Me:”

Knowing that this was only the first song of the evening, I knew it was bound to be a wonderful evening as they got warmed up, and I was right. Tune after tune, Nicki and the boys captivated the packed house at The New Parish. Many people were staring mesmerized, filming with their phones, singing along, or a combination of those. I did not see one person at the show who was not focused on it in some way. It was very nice to see so many people so enthralled by a show.

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers @ The New Parish in Oakland, CA – 08/16/12

All night long the band was spot on. I mean, sure, there were a few flubs here and there – including Nicki messing up the words of one tune and having to start over. The way the flubs were handled and the laid back atmosphere of the evening made the flubs easily forgettable though as they only made the wonderful evening more memorable.

If you have never seen Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers I highly recommend that you see them now before they really blow up, which they are sure to do. They have been keeping up a pretty relentless touring schedule all around the U.S. and have started to gain a large following due to their awesome shows and their online Van Sessions.

Until you get to see them yourself, here is another video of them playing “Stick With Me:”

Thank you for the good times guys! Can’t wait to see you again!!

Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News will be touring the US this Summer with 24 dates starting July 13th in Valley Center, CA. These two great artists have never toured together before, so this is bound to be a treat. Each artist will be performing a full set with hopefully some other surprises and collaborations planned. They will be coming to the Bay Area on August 18th at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, CA. I hope to make it to the show and see some of you there! The announced tour dates are as follows:

7/13/12 – Harrah’s Rincon Pavilion in Valley Center, CA
7/14/12 – Harrah’s Laughlin – Rio Vista in Laughlin, NV
7/15/12 – Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre in Tucson, AZ
7/17/12 – Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, NM
7/19/12 – Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, OK
7/20/12 – Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX
7/21/12 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, TX
7/22/12 – The Backyard in Austin, TX
7/25/12 – Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
7/27/12 – Tags Summerstage in Big Flats, NY
7/28/12 – PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
7/29/12 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, Long Island, NY
8/01/12 – Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA
8/03/12 – Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA
8/04/12 – Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT
8/05/12 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY
8/06/12 – Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA
8/09/12 – DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
8/10/12 – Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL
8/12/12 – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre in Englewood, CO
8/15/12 – Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA
8/17/12 – Harveys Outdoor Arena in Lake Tahoe, NV
8/18/12 – Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, CA
8/19/12 – Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA

Peter BarsottiOn June 24th, 2012 the West Coast music scene lost a great man when Peter Barsotti succumbed to Leukemia at age 64. Peter was sometimes known as the “ideas guy” behind many Bill Graham Presents (BGP) productions including Day on the Green and BGP’s annual New Years Eve bash.

Barsotti was a longtime Bill Graham confidante and he retired after BGP was purchased by SFX Entertainment. He and his late wife, Bettike, also bought the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland, CA in 1985. He is survived by his wife, Debra, and four children; father Mario and four brothers.

This news particularly hits home since it was a member of the Barsotti family who hired me at BGP a decade ago. The Barsotti family has really helped introduce me to the San Francisco Bay Area music scene after graduating from Berklee College of Music. I also frequent the Iron Door Saloon as I head up to Yosemite or to catch some shows by bands in that area like, The Trespassers. I have also had cancer a couple times and am currently in remission.

The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation recently posted the following on their Facebook Page:

“Farewell to our dear brother, Peter Barsotti, who died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Peter’s creative fingerprints were all over Bill Graham productions for many years – from Day On the Green sets, to backstage environments, to Bill’s New Year’s Eve ‘midnight rides,’ decorations, special effects, logistics, you-name-it. Peter was one of Bill’s primary idea guys; and then Peter ushered those ideas into being. Thank you, Peter. Our hearts go out to your family and extended family.”

A memorial is also in the planning stages.

RIP Peter. You will be missed.