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After a few shows on the West Coast, Les Claypool‘s Duo de Twang will be heading East for a run of shows beginning on April 18 in Atlanta, Georgia. The tour hits the Southeast for Wanee Festival in Florida and the Georgia Theater in Athens. After that, it’s on to North Carolina before finishing up in Philly, DC, and NYC at the Gramercy Theater.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

03/20/13 – Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA
03/22/13 – The Troubador in Los Angeles, CA
03/23/13 – Pappy and Harriett’s in Pioneertown, CA
03/24/13 – McDowell Mountain Musicfest in Phoenix, AZ
04/18/13 – Terminal West in Atlanta, GA
04/19/13 – Wanee Music Festival in Live Oak, FL
04/20/13 – Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA
04/22/13 – Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC
04/23/13 – Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
04/26/13 – TLA in Philadelphia, PA
04/27/13 – The Hamilton in Washington, DC
04/28/13 – The Gramercy in New York, NY

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Skerik’s Bandalabra have announced a bunch of West Coast dates for March. The tour will begin on March 6th in Bellingham, WA and then make it’s way through Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. They end on March 16th in Forestville, CA.

Skerik’s Bandalabra is Skerik (sax), D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), and Andy Coe (guitar).

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

03/06/13 – Green Frog in Bellingham, WA
03/07/13 – Nectar Lounge in Seattle, WA
03/08/13 – Mississippi Pizza in Portland, OR
03/09/13 – Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene, OR
03/10/13 – Applegate Lodge in Applegate, OR
03/11/13 – Harlow’s in Sacramento, CA
03/12/13 – The Mint in Los Angeles, CA
03/13/13 – Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA
03/14/13 – Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, CA
03/15/13 – Duende in Oakland, CA
03/16/13 – Forestville Club in Forestville, CA

Terrapin Crossroads

Terrapin Crossroads announced plans to celebrate their one year anniversary, and Phil Lesh‘s 73rd birthday, with a series of special shows presented by the Unbroken Chain Foundation in mid-March. Tickets for all shows can be purchased at the Terrapin Crossroads Box Office online here. All shows are $65 except Phil’s House Party on March 11, which is $100.

The show schedule is as follows:

03/8-10/13 – Phil Lesh, Jackie Greene, Tony Leone, Stu Allen, and Jeff Chimenti

03/11/13 – House Party featuring Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Joe Russo, Jackie Greene, and Jeff Chimenti. Includes a multi-course buffet dinner, non-stop music, and more!

03/14-15/13 – Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Joe Russo, Jackie Greene, and Jeff Chimenti

03/16-17/13 – Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti, Stu Allen, and Joe Russo

The Terrapin Family Band will be opening for all of the shows. Happy anniversary Terrapin!

To kick off their 2013 Worlds Within Tour with the African Showboyz, The Mickey Hart Band unleashed a new video introducing two new band members to their line up. The band has added Greg Schutte (drummer) and Jonah Sharp (sound engineer/keyboardist) to the current line up of Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Grammy winning percussionist Sikiru Adepoju, Tony Award winning vocalist Crystal Monee Hall, singer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Bagale, and guitarist Gawain Mathews. As mentioned in the video, the band will be on the road performing brand new songs co-written by Hart and Robert Hunter, songs from Mysterium Tremendum, as well as Grateful Dead tracks hand picked by Dave Schools. See the video below.

Limited edition Worlds Within tour poster by Chuck Sperry is also available at show dates, and at http://www.chucksperry.net.

The Mickey Hart Band’s current 2013 tour dates are as follows:

02/25/13 – Jackson Hole Center for the Arts in Jackson , WY
02/26/13 – The Depot in Salt Lake City , UT
02/28/13 – Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO
03/01/13 – Oriental Theatre in Denver, CO
03/02/13 – Belly Up in Aspen, CO
03/04/13 – Orpheum Theatre in Flagstaff, AZ
03/05/13 – Rialto Theatre in Tuscon, AZ
03/06/13 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA
03/07/13 – Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA

Welcome to the Cosmic Love BallHello Bay Area musical socialites! It was great to see you the other night at the Cosmic Love Ball with DJ Wyllys, the North Beach Brass Band, Materialized, and Rubblebucket! That’s right, it was another great year for the futuristic love circus called the Cosmic Love Ball, which is held at the Fillmore in San Francisco every year to celebrate life, love, and music. This year, the Fillmore was adorned with wall hangings around the auditorium with heart accents around the room, including a whole wall filled with heart lights. Naughty love was certainly in the air though. As you entered the Fillmore you were greeted by a statue of a blindfolded angel’s bust offering you the traditional Fillmore apples. It was certainly a symbol of how the night was to progress.

DJ Wyllys at the Cosmic Love BallThe evening started off kind of slow with people slowly trickling in, but the lively DJ Wyllys kept everyone energized in the main auditorium while the North Beach Brass Band kept people entertained upstairs in the Poster Room. Eventually, the North Beach Brass Band marched their way downstairs and onto the dance floor to announce the beginning of the evening. It was awesome having them come down and march through the crowd. It really got everyone moving and it felt like we were swept away to New Orleans for a moment. Once everyone was hyped up the lights went down and genre bending house band, Materialized, took the stage.

Materialized at the Cosmic Love BallIf you have not seen or heard Materialized go check them out right now. They blew the crowd away at the Cosmic Love Ball with their intense energetic beats, thundering bass, and killer synths. They either kept people standing in awe, or made people move uncontrolablly. Either way, people seemed to be transported to cosmic love bliss. It is really hard to pinpoint what genre Materialized really is though. In fact, on their website they actually say the following:

“Any attempt to pigeonhole Materialized as an electronica band, a jam band, a jazz band, etc. doesn’t really work since this band has giant antenna always scanning the airwaves for interesting new ways of combining the musical banquet of the 21st century.”

They seem to rely heavily on beats, but they seem to twist and turn enough to keep you guessing on what kind of band they really are. One thing is for sure – they are really good.

Lebo paints Materialized at the Cosmic Love BallAdding to the fun of the evening, artist Lebo was painting along to the music. It was great to see images appear before our eyes as he worked on them. It really seemed to add another layer to the music too. It was a great addition to the entertainment for the evening. Thank you Lebo! The Galactic Muses dancers also took the stage several times to add some drama and flare with their sexy dance moves and several costume changes.The Galactic Muses dancers


Rubblebucket at the Cosmic Love BallSoon after Materialized finished their set, Rubblebucket came on. They were pretty good, and accomplished musicians, but I did not really care for their set as much for some reason. They seemed to be too showy with semi afro-cubanesque influences and some pop thrown in, and the combination really was not working for me. However, their horns were really good and I was definitely moving. In fact, the whole crowd seemed to really enjoy them and everyone seemed to be moving their butts. It was a really good time. What I really loved the most was when singer Kalmia Traver would hop on the baritone sax every once in a while and took command of the stage. Even better was the end of their set when she hopped down off the stage with her sax and started playing through the crowd with the rest of the band and the North Beach Brass Band to end the show as they walked out of the venue. It was an awesome way to interact with the crowd and change the atmosphere of the venue before finishing the evening. Good times had by all!

If you are around the San Francisco area next February I highly encourage you to check out the Cosmic Love Ball. It is a wonderful evening of good vibes, good music, and good times. I hope to see you all there next year!

 

COSMIC LOVE BALL GALLERY:

Cosmic Love Ball Stage  Welcome to the Cosmic Love Ball Might Dave Pellicciaro's Rig at Cosmic Love Ball DJ Wyllys at the Cosmic Love Ball The North Beach Brass Band at the Cosmic Love Ball North Beach Brass Band sax at the Cosmic Love Ball North Beach Brass Band bass in my face Materialized at the Cosmic Love Ball Mighty Dave Pellicciaro of Materialized Mighty D of Materialized at the Cosmic Love Ball Carlitos and Dale of Materialized Dale Fanning of Materialized Mighty Dave of Materialized The Galactic Muses dancers Galactic Muses dancers at the Cosmic Love Ball Crowd at the Cosmic Love Ball Lebo paints Materialized at the Cosmic Love Ball Dale Fanning rockin at the Cosmic Love Ball Dale Fanning patch change Mighty D rockin the Cosmic Love Ball Mighty D love pants coming off Materialized thanks everyone for coming Rubblebucket at the Cosmic Love Ball Finishing the Cosmic Love Ball

One of music’s most renowned soul/funk bands, Tower of Power (TOP), has announced a 25-city tour with dates scheduled from coast to coast.

Since its formation in 1968, TOP has never failed to tour bringing their unique blend of R&B, funk and an outstanding horn section to the masses. The current line-up features group founder Emilio Castillo, Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Francis Rocco Prestia, David Garibaldi, Larry Braggs, Roger Smith, Tom E. Politzer, Adolfo Acosta, Jerry Cortez and Sal Cracchiolo.

The band’s sophomore album, Bump City, produced a string of what would become classic hits including “You’re Still a Young Man” and “What Is Hip?”. TOP has released a total of 26 albums over the last 45 years including live albums and greatest hits collections. TOP has lent their musicianship to some of pop/rock’s biggest names including Elton John, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Toto, David Sanborn and numerous others.

Confirmed TOP tour dates are as follows:

02/21-24/13 – Jazz Alley in Seattle, WA
03/20/13 – Knuckleheads in Kansas City, MO
03/22/13 – Northern Lights Theatre – Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, WI
03/23/13 – The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL
04/12/13 – War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN
04/20/13 – Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (2nd Stage) in Live Oak, FL
04/21/13 – 2013 Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, FL
04/25/13 – BB Kings in New York City, NY
04/26/13 – Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
04/27/13 – Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT
04/28/13 – BB Kings in New York City, NY
05/10/13 – Four Winds Casino-Silver Creek Event Center in New Buffalo, MI
05/11/13 – Public Hall at Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, OH
05/25/13 – Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
06/11-12/13 – San Mateo County Fair in San Mateo, CA
06/15/13 – Club 88 @ Cache Creek in Brooks, CA
06/21-23/13 – South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
08/03/13 – Solano County Fair (Concert Arena) in Vallejo, CA
08/18/13 – Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, WA
08/30/13 – Monterey County Fair (Garden Stage) in Monterey, CA
09/13/13 – LA County Fair in Pomona, CA
09/14/13 – Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay in San Diego, CA
10/15/13 – Holland America ms Westerdam Cruise Ship in Puerto Vallarta, MEX
10/25-27/13 – South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV

British producer/DJ Bonobo will release his new album, The North Borders, on April 2 in North America. To support the record, his first since 2010’s Black Sands, he’ll embark on a massive tour of North America and Europe. Check the full schedule below, along with the video for “Cirrus” off the album.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

04/10/13 – Black Cat in Washington, DC
04/11/13 – Theatre of Living Arts (TLA) in Philadelphia, PA
04/12/13 – Webster Hall in New York, NY
04/13/13 – Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA
04/14/13 – Higher Ground (Ballroom) in Burlington, VT
04/16/13 – Telus Theatre in Montreal, QC
04/17/13 – Babylon in Ottawa, ON
04/18/13 – The Danforth Music Hall Theatre in Toronto, ON
04/19/13 – Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI
04/20/13 – House of Blues in Chicago, IL
04/21/13 – Majestic Theatre in Madison, WI
04/24/13 – Granada Theater in Lawrence, KS
04/25/13 – Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO
04/26/13 – Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO
04/27/13 – Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT
04/30/13 – Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
05/01/13 – Showbox at the Market in Seattle, WA
05/02/13 – The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
05/03/13 – The Warfield in San Francisco, CA
05/04/13 – The Music Box in Los Angeles, CA
05/06/13 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA
05/09/13 – Emo’s East in Austin, TX
05/10/13 – House Of Blues in Dallas, TX
05/11/13 – Tipitina’s Uptown in New Orleans, LA
05/18/13 – Roundhouse in London, GB
05/20/13 – Nottingham Rock City in Nottingham, GB
05/21/13 – The Plug in Sheffield, GB
05/22/13 – The Ritz in Manchester, GB
05/23/13 – HMV Picture House in Edinburgh, GB
05/24/13 – The Sage Gateshead in Gateshead, GB
05/25/13 – Love Saves The Day in Bristol, GB
05/29/13 – Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, BEL
05/30/13 – Tivoli in Utrecht, NL
05/31/13 – L’Aeronef in Lille, FRA
06/01/13 – Dachstock in Bern, SWI
06/02/13 – L’Usine in Geneva, SWI
06/03/13 – Transbordeur in Lyon, FRA
06/05/13 – Krakatoa in Bordeaux, FRA
06/06/13 – Le Trianon in Paris, FRA
06/07/13 – Centralstation in Darmstadt, GER
06/08/13 – Sudhaus in Tuebingen, GER
06/09/13 – Live Music Halle in Cologne, GER
06/10/13 – Muffathalle in Munich, GER
06/12/13 – Fabrik in Hamburg, GER
06/13/13 – Astra in Berlin, GER
06/14/13 – Palladium Club in Warsaw, PL
06/15/13 – Klub Studio in Cracow , PL
06/16/13 – Eskulap in Poznan, PL
06/18/13 – Kosmonavt in St. Petersburg, RUS
06/19/13 – Moscow Hall in Moscow, RUS

Hidden Track has brought to my attention that Warren Haynes and the San Francisco Symphony have announced plans to honor the 71st birthday of the late, great Jerry Garcia with two special “Symphonic Celebration” performances on Thursday August 1 and Friday August 2 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California. Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning today (2/5/13) beginning at 12:00 PM PST through http://www.warrenhaynes.musictoday.com. Be on the lookout for public on-sale information, which should be announced shortly.

Trey Anastasio Band has announced a brief run of west coast shows this April culminating in a two-night stand at Oakland’s Fox Theater.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

04/16/13 – Moore Theater in Seattle, WA
04/17/13 – The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
04/19/13 – Fox Theater in Oakland, CA
04/20/13 – Fox Theater in Oakland, CA

Sweetwater Music HallBob Weir and RatDog have announced a new group called The Ratdog Quartet featuring Jay Lane, Robin Sylvester, and Jonathan Wilson. This new group is already slated to play the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA on March 3rd and 4th. Tickets are currently available online here. Hope to make it myself, and hope to see you all there!