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Wed, March 1

Alejandro Escovedo Jesse Malin

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Renowned songwriter, singer, true believer, Alejandro Escovedo released Burn Something Beautiful on October 28th, 2016 via Fantasy Records. The new album, Escovedo?s first solo endeavor since 2012?s highly acclaimed Big Station, is in actuality, a highly collaborative affair. Teaming with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) to co-write the album?s songs, Escovedo also enlisted the pair to act as the project?s producers. Escovedo and company take some mighty big swings here. At once a celebration of the rock and roll life, a contemplation on mortality, and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful connects repeatedly with Escovedo?s soulful heart and voice at its core. Recorded in April at Portland?s Type Foundry studio, the project coalesced with the help of an esteemed group of musicians who give the album a genuine band feel. They include guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (The Decemberists), vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case, The Flat Fie) as well as saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos). In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco?s famed punk innovators, to the Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992?s acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine?s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Association?s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two. ?You just do your good work, and people care,? Alejandro says. ?I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.?
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Thu, March 2

All Ages Show! Chris Trapper Joel Ansett

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

CHRIS TRAPPER began his career as the front man for late 90's alternative rock band THE PUSH STARS (Capitol Records). With four CD releases and several high profile national tours including a run with Matchbox Twenty. The Push Stars served to establish Chris as an authentic talent. The New York Times calls his work "classic pop perfection." As a modern day singer-songwriter, Chris is most known for his song This Time, the #1 selling song on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for AUGUST RUSH (Robin Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers /Warner Bros Pictures). The new CD (released October 18, 2013), Technicolor, is a collection of 17 songs written and performed by Chris Trapper. This new work was Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Brad Young at BKY Music, Boston, USA. Focus tracks include the title track Technicolor and Northwest Sun and The Accident. A prolific songwriter, Chris can boast high profile film placements including There's Something About Mary (Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz), The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep), Say It Isn't So (Heather Graham) and Gun Shy (Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson) as well as significant television placements including All My Children, Women's Murder Club, Malcolm In The Middle, a coveted placement in George Clooney's final episode of ER, the theme song for WB Networks dramedy Pepper Dennis and a cameo on-screen appearance with the show's star, Rebecca Romjin. Chris Trapper's music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack for telling everyday stories filled with extraordinary characters. A respected songwriter of the highest caliber, Chris has written 7 songs with/for Canadian band GREAT BIG SEA, including their #1 single "Sea Of No Cares" from the certified platinum Sea Of No Cares CD. Great Big Sea covered Trapper's song "Everything Shines" and their version served as the debut single off their certified gold Road Rage CD album. Chris' songwriting collaborations with Great Big Sea earned him two prestigious SOCAN awards. Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty and Antigone Rising have performed other notable versions of Trapper's songs. Chris Trapper's ability to craft songs that are both elegant and accessible is evident on each solo CD in his deep Discography. There is a smart, honest quality to the lyrics that never panders. Trapper's live show is a favorite among fans of alt?acoustic music. His on?stage persona is warm and inclusive, his organic understanding of classic pop melody infectious. Audience members seem to particularly appreciate the lighthearted moments with the ukulele. They depart the venue at the end of the evening with the sense of having been truly entertained. "It's an incredibly rare musician, particularly in the world of popular music, who is able to forge a career based on quiet dignity and steadfast integrity." The Buffalo News
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Sun, March 5

Littleton Conservatory of Rock All Ages Show!

Genre: Rock/Tribute
Doors: 3:00PM
Show: 4:00PM

Join The Littleton Conservatory of Rock as we celebrate the last full weekend before the time change with a plethora of time changing music from prog rock stalwarts Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Pink Floyd and Queenryche. Odd time signatures not your thing? Don't worry, there will be plenty of 4/4 on display as we also perform music from Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Iron Maiden and more... Who will win this time war?
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Thu, March 9

Celtic Events Presents Sharon Shannon with Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald

Genre: Celtic
Doors: 6:30PM
Show: 7:30PM

Sharon Shannon the button accordion player from Co Clare,Ireland has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O?Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine ,Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan . Her 12 studio recorded albums to date have all been very different and groundbreaking mixing traditional Irish with reggae, country, Native American, bluegrass, rap, dance, African,French Canadian. The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country. Her album Galway Girl went 4 times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor award two years running for the most downloaded song. Sharon grew up in a rural community and was part of a family that all play musical instruments and traditional Irish music. However, her career took an massive upward trajectory when in the late 80s she was asked to joined the seminal rock band The Waterboys. Her first show with that band ,to an audience of 50,000 ,was the on main stage at perhaps the most well-known music festival on earth-Glastonbury. Her subsequent debut album was released worldwide and was to become the biggest selling record by a traditional artist in Ireland. Among the many awards she has received including Ireland?s Hot Press and Meteor Awards ,She also celebrates being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award. She received an IBAM Award in Chicago in 2015 for her ?unique contribution to Irish Music?.
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Fri, March 10

The Railbenders Marty Jones

Genre: Country
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

They've been called "country," "alt-country," and "outlaw country," but the phrase that might best describe the Railbenders is "hard country." This Denver, Colorado band has been playing unabashed, straight-no-chaser music that pulls no punches since 2000. Their music and dynamic live shows have made them one of the top draws in Colorado, bringing in a diverse fan base of all ages. Formed by Jim Dalton (vocals, guitar) and Tyson Murray (upright bass), the Railbenders took a mutual love of Johnny Cash, Waylon, Hank Williams, rock 'n' roll, punk, whiskey, and threw it all together to create their own sound. Powered by the steady rolling' drums of Graham Haworth and the blazing guitar picking of Tony Nascar ("The Fastest Guitar in the West"), the band has garnered local awards, including "Top Country Band" by the Rocky Mountain News (2004 & 2005), and "Best Country/Roots Band" five years in a row (2002 to 2006) in the annual Westword Music Showcase. The Railbenders have opened for country greats Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels, and David Allan Coe. As well, they've shared bills with rock legends like ZZ Top, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, the Doobie Brothers and .38 Special. The Railbenders won a multi-year sponsorship from Coors Brewing Company in 2004, and in 2007, they had the honor of performing at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, CA, where they opened a stage that featured Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Junior Brown, John Doe, Drive-By Truckers, and Alejandro Escovedo. And in 2008, the band played in the inaugural year of the Mile High Music Festival in Denver, sharing the spotlight with national headliners like the Dave Matthews Band and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
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Sat, March 11

Pat McGee

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

McGee started his professional music career in 1995 as leader of Pat McGee Band, touring relentlessly for over ten years all over the United States, including one stretch doing 98 shows in 103 days. The band, dubbed PMB by legions of adoring fans, sold out venues all over the US and shared stages with The Who, Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Counting Crows, Rat Dog, Levon Helm & more. Pat McGee Band even performed for President Clinton. McGee?s self titled upcoming record, his 10th effort and it?s a doozie. Recorded in Los Angeles in 2014, with a legendary band: Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, Jeff Pevar and guests: Little Feat?s Paul Barrere, Blues Traveler?s John Popper, Train?s Pat Monahan, Punchbrother?s Gabe Witcher as well as the PMB powerhouse players! McGee wrote all the music himself inspired by the classic albums of the 1970?s that he grew up listening to. To land this incredible band, dubbed The Section, for these sessions was truly amazing and you can hear the passion and creativity on each track. These are the same players who helped create the signature sounds of Jackson Browne, James Taylor and so many more iconic artists. Pat McGee Band was founded in 1995 and released and eight albums (2 on Warner Brothers) and a live DVD. PMB toured relentlessly for ten years all over the United States, in one stretch doing 98 shows in 103 days. They were asked to perform for President Clinton, sold out venues all over the US, shared the stage with The Who, Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Counting Crows, Rat Dog, Levon Helm & more. The band was crushed with the untimely death in 2006 of founding drummer Chris Williams. He was the backbone of the band and an integral part of the signature sound of the group, both live and in the studio. McGee has assembled various star-studded ensembles over the years aand continues to have a focus on the song supported with strong harmonies, percussive acoustic guitars, mandolins as well as a tight rhythm section and tasteful electric guitars.
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Sun, March 12

All Ages Show! Meet The Beast Tour feat. Ian Ethan Case & Grayson Erhard

Genre: Acoustic
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

IAN ETHAN CASE

Following a busy 2016 which included his first tour of Europe, two performances with a full symphony orchestra, and roughly 39,000 miles of travel within the US alone, Acoustic Double-Neck Guitarist and Candyrat Records artist Ian Ethan Case presents a new tour for 2017, previewing music from his upcoming album Earth Suite and featuring a never-before-seen custom instrument affectionately dubbed "The Beast". Incorporating newly developed "acoustic synthesis" technology from American inventor Paul Vo, the instrument was co-designed by Case and private luthier Wade Sylvester and took over 7 years to build. With an array of tuning levers allowing for accessing hundreds of tunings on the fly, along with sophisticated electromagnetic technology that physically manipulates the vibration of the 12 strings, be prepared to hear other-worldly sounds you've never imagined coming from a guitar, double-neck or otherwise. Joining Ian will be live looping and electronic effects specialist Stephanie Case, adding even more sonic and orchestrational variety to the mix.

GRAYSON ERHARD

Grayson Erhard is a singer / songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the small town of Del Norte, CO, USA known for songs showcasing vocals over a unique style of tap/slap guitar playing. He is the youngest guitarist to be featured on one of the world?s most prestigious guitar-focused record labels, CandyRat Records. Growing up outside of a town with a population of 1,800, Erhard experienced little distraction from developing his musicianship. His music communicates a message of self-sustainability, anxiety, love, and accomplishment. Early songs like ?Tapestry? display a writing style where technical guitar performance is combined with metaphorical lyrics. However, after putting the guitar down to learn other instruments, a new love for simplicity and strong, direct messages developed in his music. His lyrics are a public journal spanning from positive, uplifting material to songs that reflect the challenges often faced by people in unhealthy relationships, dodgy living situations and the endless search for happiness. Erhard has an intense determination and D.I.Y mentality. In response to career obstacles, he began singing to become an independent songwriter and programmed computer software to build an online community. He has performed at venues ranging from 50,000 capacity stadiums to small, intimate clubs nationally and shared the stage or studio with artists such as Andy Mckee, Shakey Graves, American Authors, Keith Moseley / String Cheese Incident, The Meat Puppets, Soul Asylum, Tribal Seeds, The Flobots, and Passafire.
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Fri, March 17

St. Patrick's Day Party! The Elders The Moxie Strings

Genre: Celtic Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Take a group of Kansas City musicians with a passion for Celtic music, an Irishman with a love of all things American, and you get a cross-pollination of elements that is high octane and progressive, yet rooted in tradition. What they have come to discover is something unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism. Some call it arse-kickin' music from the heartland. Robert Oermann of Music Row Magazine calls The Elders "a band to shout from the rooftops about."
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Sat, March 18

All Ages Show! Davy Knowles with Michael Hornbuckle

Genre: Blues/Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Blues, rock, roots and Americana all have a promising future in the talented hands of Davy Knowles. Just six years into his professional music career, Davy has an impressive record of accomplishments. He has been endorsed by some of the biggest names in the industry, and he has shared the stage and the recording studio with some of his heroes. Born and raised on the Isle of Man (a tiny country located between Ireland and England), Davy fell in love with music making at age 11 when, after hearing the Dire Straits' classic "Sultans of Swing" on his father's car stereo, he learned by ear to play it on his father's guitar. Along with Mark Knopfler, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Peter Green, Eric Clapton/Cream and Rory Gallagher were early, significant influences, and they continue to color his playing and songwriting today. After a relentless tour schedule for the better part of four years in support of his first two albums ("Roll Away" and "Coming Up For Air"), 2013 has allowed Davy to spend more time writing new music and playing select live shows, including a number of intimate, solo/acoustic dates. He joined Peter Frampton, a mentor and the co-producer of his sophomore album, for an August date on Frampton's Guitar Circus Tour, which included a stirring take on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that also featured the wizardry of Sonny Landreth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z45ePUh4So0). Throughout his career, Davy has been surrounded by great musicians, and he's made the most of every occasion.
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Sun, March 19

Carlos Nunez

Genre: Celtic/World
Doors: 2:30PM
Show: 3:30PM

"If it's possible to become a pop star playing the bagpipes, Núñez could be the man."_Los Angeles Times

"The Jimi Hendrix of bagpipe." _BILLBOARD

"The Carlos Núñez Band, led by the charismatic Galician pipes and whistles star, was the toast of last year's Celtic Connections, and returned this time in no less dynamic form... Individual and ensemble playing were a sheer delight big Pete Townsendish bouzouki licks, mellifluous Spanish guitar, saucy dancing fiddle, all dappled with the liquid sunshine of Núñez's whistle, or the fiery pulse-quickening squeal of his pipes. No tricks, no safety net, just sheer bone-deep musicianship." _The Scotsman (UK)

Carlos Núñez comes from Galicia, the Celtic region in the North West of Spain. He is considered one of the biggest artists in the international World / Celtic Music scene, having the quality of a classical music virtuoso and the charisma of a rock star. Carlos has expanded the borders of Celtic music to Flamenco, Fado, Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian or Classical music, Movie Soundtracks, Contemporary Dance... As he describes it, he plays Celtic music with Latin passion. Carlos became honorary member of The Chieftains when he performed and toured on their album Santiago. The album is dedicated to traditional music of Galicia and Galician emigrants' musical folklore in Latin American music. In 1997, the album earned the group the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. Carlos's has released 11 albums to date, that have sold over 1 million copies and have garnered several Platinum and Gold CDs and DVDs, as well as 2 Latin Grammy nominations. His most recent CD/DVD , "Inter-Celtic" will be released in mid-February and features special guests The Chieftains, Altan, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Ry Cooder, Alan Stivell, Dan Ar Braz, Capercaillie's Donald Shaw, and others.
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Thu, March 23

All Ages Show! Face - All Vocal Rock Band

Genre: Acapella/Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Face is an all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado that has been thrilling audiences for over a decade. Using only five voices and a beat boxer, Face creates a high-octane rock music phenomenon that must been seen to be believed. The band competed on the hit NBC series ?The Sing-Off,? as well as ?America?s Got Talent,? and were named ?Best Local Band? in 2014 by Boulder Weekly, and in 2013 by Denver A-List Awards. Having recently released their fifth album, Face regularly performs for sold-out audiences around Colorado in classic venues such as Paramount Theatre, Boulder Theater, and Soiled Dove Underground. Nationally, Face has touched crowds from San Francisco to Chicago, Dallas to Minneapolis, as well as headlining at Detroit's famous Fox Theatre and Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Critics and fans nation-wide describe Face as ?nothing short of spectacular,? ?a six-voice bomb blast,? and ?among the top ten singing groups in the country.? With their incredible vocal harmonies, heart pounding vocal drums and more than a touch of humorous stage presence, Face has proven themselves to be a world class act for audiences of all ages.
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Fri, March 24

The Long Run - Colorado's Tribute to The Eagles

Genre: Rock/Tribute
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The Long Run, Colorado's Tribute to the Eagles, was born from 5 of some of the busiest and best musicians in Colorado! This talented, tightly knit group reproduces the Eagles hits with an organic seventies sound, gorgeous 4 and 5 part harmonies, true to form lead guitars and a lead-singing drummer, in honor of the Eagles very own, Don Henley. The Long Run has headlined at Denver's major music festivals, casinos, fairs and clubs around the country.
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Sat, March 25

Propaganda: A Comedy Show featuring Dave Waite

Genre: Comedy
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Los Angeles based comedian Dave Waite is a charismatic oddball whose shows are non-stop fun. Thanks in part to stellar performances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central's Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, and Last Comic Standing, comedy fans everywhere are enthralled by the Kentucky native's offbeat outlook on life. Dave is a beloved guest on several top-rated podcasts and radio shows, including Doug Loves Movies and nationally syndicated Bob & Tom show. His highly anticipated album "Dead Waite" by On Tour Records is available now on Amazon and iTunes, and his previous albums can be heard frequently on SiriusXM and Pandora.
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Thu, March 30

Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Willy Porter joins forces with vocalist and Iowa native Carmen Nickerson to form Porter Nickerson?two unique artists, one unforgettable sound. Porter has been turning first time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. His blistering guitar playing, rich songwriting, and warm, playful performance style make him a one-man triple threat. Nickerson is an ideal match. Her vocals add lush harmonies to Porter?s songs, making them feel both fresh and timeless. The pair collaborated on the 2013 EP Cheeseburgers and Gasoline and again on Porter?s 2015 record Human Kindness. In 2016 the duo performed as the featured musical guests on NPR?s A Prairie Home Companion. Porter Nickerson are excited to bring listeners the new disc, Bonfire to Ash, their first album of original co-writes produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Ben Wisch (March Cohn, Jonatha Brooke). Bonfire to Ash charts experiences that bridge the intimate with the universal. From the thirsty shoots of new love (?Old Red Barn?), to the urgency to save love from skidding out of reach forever (?Loving On Her Mind?), and again in the anthemic elegy to relationships and legacies forged in America?s heartland on the song ?Living Proof.? Porter and Nickerson perfect a unique dialogue through the songs on this record that carries over into their unassailable stage chemistry. Together these highly accomplished artists take audiences on a unique musical ride full of heart, grit, energy, and fun that showcases the best of what live music has to offer.

Press Quotes:
"Ash burns brightest when Porter and Nickerson share their voices and different perspectives of a lonely relationship on "Echo of Love."" -Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

?He?s an amazing guitar player, singer and songwriter. (Carmen Nickerson) produces a very smooth, accurate harmonic blend with him. Did I say I liked this? I REALLY do.? ?Al Kooper, music legend/producer on Cheeseburgers and Gasoline

?Willy is an entertaining performer, an excellent guitarist, and someone who obviously loves what he does.? ?No Depression
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Fri, March 31

SOLD OUT! Hayes Carll

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

SOLD OUT!

I?m a singer-songwriter. I think ?Lovers and Leavers? comes closer to reflecting that than any other record I?ve made. I didn?t worry about checking boxes, making sure there was something here for everybody, or getting on the radio. I just took some much needed deep breaths and let them out on tape. It?s been a while since my last album by some measurements of time. Not ?history of the universe time?, or ?getting a bill through congress time?, but in the lives of dogs and recording artists, five years and fifty-three days is only a little less than an eternity. I went through a divorce. I fell in love. Changes were made, realizations were realized, and life was lived. But, I kept on writing songs, on my own and with a cast of accomplished characters who combined their own stories and perspectives with mine. Songs about my friends. Songs about my son. Songs about beginnings and endings. Songs about songs. Songs about acceptance and regret. Songs about lovers and leavers. With these songs in hand, I needed a co-conspirator to help me get them to you. I called on Joe Henry, a gentleman poet and an elegant artist who seemed a trustworthy steward for my collection. We recorded this record live in five days, using just an acoustic guitar, a mix of bass, percussion, pianos and organs, and a touch of pedal steel. I didn?t have one song that I knew would be a sing along or would make people dance. I felt vulnerable in a way that I hadn?t in a long time. But I got what I wanted ? a record with space, nuance, and room to breathe. It felt right for my art. It felt right for my life. ?Lovers and Leavers? isn?t funny or raucous. There are very few hoots and almost no hollers. But it is joyous, and it makes me smile. No, it?s not my ?Blood on the Tracks,? nor is it any kind of opus. It?s my fifth record ? a reflection of a specific time and place. It is quiet, like I wanted it to be. Like I wanted to be.
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Mon, April 3

All Ages Show! Vanessa Carlton Tristen

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

On Thursday December 17, 2015, Vanessa Carlton took the stage in front of a packed audience at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN for the final date of the year's "Liberman" Tour. She'll candidly admit that countless thoughts swirled around in her head, "I was feeling pretty emotional about how far I've come." Here, the singer and songwriter was back in her new home of Nashville, TN surrounded by family and fans, 15 years into an illustrious career, and supporting her most acclaimed work to date, Liberman. Just two months earlier, the album arrived to unanimous critical praise from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Boston Globe, Nylon, Paste, Esquire, and many more in addition to Pitchfork who claimed, "A million years ago, Vanessa Carlton released "A Thousand Miles," the pop song that launched a generation of piano lessons. Now, she's releasing the raw, muted, refreshingly weird Liberman, a record that could share headspaces with Perfume Genius or Angel Olsen." The night marked a first for the artist as she recorded the show for 2016's Liberman Live [Dine Alone Records]. Now, the nine-song collection captures the evening's magic augmented by surprise performances from her husband Deer Tick frontman John McCauley, The Watson Twins, violinist Skye Steele and album producer Adam Landry. Moments such as "Operator," which featured all of the guests on stage, and an emotional rendition of "River" speak to Carlton's inimitable presence, passion, and power in person. "The whole message of the album is expressing a lot of philosophies about my life, peace, pain, and happiness over the past ten years," she says. "I wanted this record to not only be very personal to me, but an expression of these ideas. A performance is not just about the performer at all; it's about the connection between the audience and the artist. You're at your most vulnerable on stage, and you're singing songs that are an expression of yourself. That's when a performance works. That's when an album works. Liberman was special because it does that. I feel like the show does too." A victory lap and celebration, that evening begins and ends with the record. You could say an unusual light shines through Liberman, Vanessa Carlton's fifth album. Its ten songs, built on ethereal melodies and lush orchestration, seem to climb out of the shadows, each resonating with a sense of haunting positivity. The opening track, "Take It Easy," instantly sets the tone, inviting the listener into a sort of sonic euphoria: each note and lyric thereafter builds on that aesthetic, creating an ongoing narrative that unfurls over its classic side A and side B. "It's a calm record," Carlton says. "I didn't want any angst in there. I thought, "What would I want to hear back? What would make me feel better in my darker times?" Even a phrase like "take it easy," which is in a million songs, brings happiness. This album leans toward seeing the good in humans and in the world." Carlton began writing in the summer of 2012, beginning with "Unlock The Lock," an evocative piano-driven track that set the tone for the songs to come. She'd recently finished touring 2011's Rabbits On The Run, an album conceived through inspiration from Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and Richard Adam's Watership Down. Carlton found herself in the desert and the song emerged, reflecting a newly revealing songwriting sensibility for the artist. "I imagined a group of people listening to it," she says. "It was the first time I ever wanted to make something like séance music " something that would make a human brain feel at ease, something that would feel right in an everyday ritual. I also realized I wanted the record to be really soothing lyrically and not so much a reveal of me." The musician followed that thread as she continued writing for the next year and a half, this time inspired by books like Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth and Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception. Carlton's primary influence, however, was a colorful oil painting by her grandfather Alan J. Lee, who was originally named Liberman. The painting, created in 1963, hangs in Carlton's home and showcases three woman captured in swirling pastel colors. She wrote many songs while looking at the image, eventually deciding to call the album after her grandfather. "The swirly colors of that painting reminded me of the music and the music reminds me of those colors" Carlton notes. "Then I looked up what Liberman means and it's "honorable man" and "my beloved" " all these things that just felt right to me. It's a strong family name that, in a weird way, describes the music to me." At the end of 2013, Carlton gathered her songs and decamped to Real World Studio in Box, England to work with producer Steve Osborne, who'd helmed Rabbits On The Run. In the studio, Carlton and Osborne focused on the sound, on creating layers of instrumentation with classic gear that veer away from crisp pop production and reference artists like Air. For Carlton, who began her career with several albums at the mercy of prescribed aesthetics, emphasizing the art of space and sonic beauty felt like the next step. This shift is revealed particularly in the trippy ambience of "House of Seven Swords" and the moody "Ascension," which builds a soundscape outward from the piano at its center. Carlton rounded out the album in Nashville with Landry who worked on three tracks. McCauley played on several songs throughout the process, including "Take it Easy," "Ascension" and "Matter of Time." The latter is stripped of instrumentation and highlights Carlton's voice as it soars over McCauley's delicately plucked electric guitar, reminiscent of the old school vocal recordings of Dusty Springfield. Ultimately, Liberman feels like a new chapter in Carlton's storied career, revealing new facets of her musical skill and instigating fresh inspirations. Stagnancy, she knows, is the antithesis to creativity. "Martin Scorsese said sometimes your greatest challenge is not your failure but your success," Carlton says. "In a way I was able to persevere after having a success out of the gate and figure out a path that feels really pure to me. But I had to create this environment where I felt comfortable changing. When I was first doing records I was so young and I wanted to please everyone. But now I sort of feel ancient and I love it and I just want to make art for its own sake. Whether I fall on my face or not at least I know I did it. Everything I've done and everything I am is there in the songs."
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Fri, April 7

Peter White

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Over the years, Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.
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Fri, April 7

Peter White

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

Over the years, Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.
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Sat, April 15

Selina Albright

Genre: R&B/Jazz
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

With a last name associated with musical excellence, Selina Albright is a soulful singer-songwriter with versatility that comes from years of listening to many origins and languages of music. Her angelic tone adds character and emotion to any ballad, yet her powerful wailing and energetic stage presence commands attention. Albright developed her onstage charisma and vocal technique from being exposed to legendary artists, such as Whitney Houston, Take Six, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Beyonce, Lalah Hathaway, and Tina Turner. Her intimate, connective writing style comes from experiences and aspirations from her own life, so that when you listen to her music, you are introduced to a private piece of who Albright is, has been, or is becoming. The artist appears on Gerald Albright's Grammy-nominated projects, dating back to 1997, with such titles as ?Live To Love,? ?Smooth,? ?Slam Dunk,? and ?G.? She wrote and performed the lyrics for the title track of Gerald Albright?s Grammy-nominated collaboration with Norman Brown, entitled ?24/7." Most recently, Albright was featured on Peter White's 2016 release "Groovin'." Selina Albright?s R&B/Soul 2013 release entitled "Brighter" topped the UK Soul Chart for four weeks, and her sassy 2010 Jazz original "You and I," was featured on iTunes' "Top 100 Downloads" list for the genre of Jazz in 2010! Her most recent release ?Sun Comes Up? (2016) has outperformed all previous releases, and her newest project entitled "Conversations" is already on the horizon for a March 2017 release! Aside from her R&B/Jazz releases, the artist has also joined forces with Electronic Dance Music artists, demonstrating yet another facet of her creativity. The world has responded strongly to her collaborations with the internationally-revered DJ duo Manufactured Superstars. A major highlight of her career was their performance of "Serious" for the Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival in 2011, before over 200,000 high-energy ravers and fans! Her creative relationship with Manufactured Superstars continues. Selina Albright has graced the stage the world over with many artists, such as pianists Jeff Lorber, George Duke, Joe Sample, Brian Simpson, Brian Culbertson, Keiko Matsui, and David Benoit; guitarists Peter White, Nick Collionne, Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub, David P. Stevens, JJ Sansaverino, Adam Hawley, and Matt Marshak; bassists Marcus Miller and Gerald Veasley; saxophonists Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Steve Cole, Boney James, Jeff Kashiwa, Richard Elliott, Marion Meadows, Gianni Vancini, Eric Darius, Jackiem Joyner, and Candy Dulfer; trumpeters Hugh Masakela, Rick Braun and Patches; vocalists Chaka Khan, Will Downing, Eric Roberson, Regina Belle, Algebra Blessett, Tony Momrelle, and The Temptations; and bands Pieces of a Dream and Four80East.
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Wed, April 19

Tickets on sale 2/17 at 10am! Raul Midon

Genre: Jazz/Soul/R&B
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to The New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005), A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains ? Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category." A vibrant presence on screen, Midón can be seen in the documentary on Hancock's star-studded album Possibilities, and he is featured collaborating with soul icon Bill Withers in the documentary Still Bill. Midón has also demonstrated his progressive techniques by performing for the series of "TED Talks." Ever since being told by some when he was a child that his blindness meant that "you can't do this, you can't do that," Midón has lived a life devoted to shattering stereotypes. His forthcoming album has the singer-guitarist adding producer-engineer to his portfolio of talents, with special computer software for the blind enabling him to engineer sessions on his own in his home studio. This project ? which includes collaborations with Withers, R&B singer-songwriter Lizz Wright, Cameroonian jazz bassist Richard Bona and Grammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves ? underscores why People magazine called Midón "an eclectic adventurist."
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Thu, April 20

Lisa Loeb

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song ?Stay (I Missed You)? from the film Reality Bites. To this day, she is still the only artist to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract, a remarkable and unparalleled feat for an unsigned artist, though perhaps not a surprising one for the Brown grad girl with the cat-eye glasses, who at the time was already making her mark in New York?s burgeoning singer-songwriter scene. The story of Loeb?s early success is well known. A native of Dallas, Texas, Loeb earned her degree in comparative literature from Brown University, where she experienced her first taste of real musical success with the duo, Liz and Lisa. The pair built a substantial following on campus and often booked shows in New York on the weekends. Fellow singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik also played in the band during Lisa?s final year of college. When Loeb moved to NYC after graduation, she continued to develop her vision, this time as a solo artist, and hone her artistic talents while carefully managing the business side of her career. This led to Reality Bites and ?Stay? in 1994, and the rest, as we say, is history. The fact that ?Stay? became a Number 1 single in 1994 and still resonates with people today is a testament to Loeb?s gift as a songwriter and storyteller. Loeb has successfully parlayed her talents into a multi-dimensional career encompassing music, film, television, voice-over work and children?s recordings. Her acclaimed studio CDs include her major label debut, the Gold-selling Tails (Geffen, 1995) and its follow-up, the Grammy-nominated, Gold-selling Firecracker (Geffen, 1997). In 2002, Loeb distributed the album Cake And Pie through Interscope Records and the record was later re-released, complete with additional tracks, as Hello Lisa (Artemis, 2002). She reunited with her college music partner Elizabeth Mitchell on the award-winning children?s CD and companion book Catch The Moon in 2003 and released another solo album titled The Way It Really Is on Zoë/Rounder in 2004. The Very Best of Lisa Loeb was released through Universal in 2006, and during that year she captivated the hearts of a younger audience with three stellar children?s videos ?Catch The Moon?, ?Stop and Go? and ?Jenny Jenkins? from Catch The Moon. In January 2008, Loeb released the long-awaited CD version of Purple Tape, an acoustic guitar and vocals album from her early New York days. Lisa Loeb?s foray into acting began in 1997 with cameos in television shows such as The Nanny and Cupid. She has since continued to perform and add additional television credits to her ever-expanding repertoire, including appearances on The Drew Carey Show, The Chris Isaak Show and Gossip Girl. In 2004, Loeb starred in the first of two television series, ?Dweezil and Lisa,? a weekly culinary adventure for Food Network. Her second show, No. 1 Single, appeared on E! Entertainment Network in 2006 and featured Lisa?s inspiring journey to find love. The aspiring artist starred in her first feature film role, opposite Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush, in the movie House On Haunted Hill in 1999. In 2011, she added to her big-screen credentials with a small role in the horror re-make Fright Night. The acclaimed artist has also gained recognition for her voice-over talent by appearing in several animated television shows and video games. In 2003 Loeb gave voice to Spiderman?s gal pal Mary Jane in MTV?s animated series Spider-Man. She also appeared as the voice of Milli the Microphone on the animated Disney show Doc McStuffins in 2011 and is currently the voice of Princess Winger on the animated series Jake and the Never Land Pirates that appears on Disney Junior. In 2008, Lisa also took her talents to the non-profit sector to launch The Camp Lisa Foundation, to help raise funds to send kids to camp. She enlisted her musician pals such as Kay Hanley, Jill Sobule, Nina Gordon and funnyman Steve Martin to record a companion CD, Camp Lisa, and released it via partnership with Barnes and Noble, with the proceeds all going to charity. Continuing her passion for children?s music, Loeb releasing her first children?s book ?Lisa Loeb?s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs? in October 2011. Known for her wit, wacky humor and creativity, the children?s songbook that featured a CD included four original silly songs plus six all-time kids? favorites. Today, Loeb continues to grow as an artist and to push herself and her career forward with a creative zeal and an inner drive not often seen. While becoming a mom of two, she is also in the process of releasing a new eyewear line, in partnership with Classique Eyewear, Lisa Loeb Eyewear; her second children?s book ?Lisa Loeb?s Songs for Moving and Shaking? out April 2, 2013; and another adult studio album, No Fairy Tale, out February 5, 2013. Forever the fearless performer, Lisa Loeb is constantly exploring her creativity and telling original stories; whether by writing a book, producing a TV show, or continuing to develop her acting career.
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Fri, April 21

Under A Blood Red Sky

Genre: Rock/Tribute
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Covering all of U2's best music since the 1983 War tour, UABRS shows amaze fans with our U2-esque reenactments because we make every effort to replicate wardrobe, stage props, video/audio choreography, instruments and equipment from many famous U2 concerts around the world. This project, from day one, has been about the spectacle of what seeing/experiencing U2's music live has grown to be known for; so, for us, it's been more about creating a "theatre-like" experience for fans than just covering the music. Come out and sing along with us...and feel the power and passion of one of the greatest bands of our time!!!
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Fri, April 28

Oleta Adams

Genre: R&B/Jazz
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit "Get Here" (the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War) Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music.
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Fri, May 5

Tickets on sale 2/17 at 10am! Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Kevin Griffin made his professional debut in 1995 as the singer and songwriter for New Orleans based band Better Than Ezra. Their debut record, Deluxe, went double-platinum fueled in part by the success of the #1 Modern Rock track ?Good.? The band's follow up record, Friction Baby, went Gold and contained two Top 10 Modern Rock tracks followed by another Top 10 Hit in 2001 with the single ?Extra Ordinary.? In 2005, Better Than Ezra had a Top 10 Hot AC hit with "Juicy" which was not only licensed by several commercials and brands but also featured in the promotional advertisements for the popular ABC television series Desperate Housewives. Better Than Ezra?s most recent song, ?Breathless,? was covered by Taylor Swift at the Hope for Haiti telethon and during her world wide tour. In 2006, Griffin branched into writing for other artists and soon scored a #1 hit with Howie Day's "Collide." Most recently, he has written and produced for a variety of artists in Rock, Pop, and Country. In 2010, Griffin had Sugarland's #1 Country hit, "Stuck Like Glue" which according to Yahoo Music! became the 11th most downloaded country music song of all time. Since then, Griffin has penned singles for David Cook, James Blunt, Augustana, and Tristan Prettyman. Other cuts include songs written and produced for artists such as Missy Higgins, Train, Blondie, Shinedown, The Rouge, Get Scared, Daniel Powter, Josh Radin, Brendan James and more. To date, Griffin has produced, written, and co-written albums and songs that have sold in excess of 30 million copies. Kevin recently re-located from Los Angeles to Nashville where he continues writing and producing in his newly built studio in the bucolic hills of Franklin, TN.
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Sat, May 6

Tickets on sale 2/17 at 10am! Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Kevin Griffin made his professional debut in 1995 as the singer and songwriter for New Orleans based band Better Than Ezra. Their debut record, Deluxe, went double-platinum fueled in part by the success of the #1 Modern Rock track ?Good.? The band's follow up record, Friction Baby, went Gold and contained two Top 10 Modern Rock tracks followed by another Top 10 Hit in 2001 with the single ?Extra Ordinary.? In 2005, Better Than Ezra had a Top 10 Hot AC hit with "Juicy" which was not only licensed by several commercials and brands but also featured in the promotional advertisements for the popular ABC television series Desperate Housewives. Better Than Ezra?s most recent song, ?Breathless,? was covered by Taylor Swift at the Hope for Haiti telethon and during her world wide tour. In 2006, Griffin branched into writing for other artists and soon scored a #1 hit with Howie Day's "Collide." Most recently, he has written and produced for a variety of artists in Rock, Pop, and Country. In 2010, Griffin had Sugarland's #1 Country hit, "Stuck Like Glue" which according to Yahoo Music! became the 11th most downloaded country music song of all time. Since then, Griffin has penned singles for David Cook, James Blunt, Augustana, and Tristan Prettyman. Other cuts include songs written and produced for artists such as Missy Higgins, Train, Blondie, Shinedown, The Rouge, Get Scared, Daniel Powter, Josh Radin, Brendan James and more. To date, Griffin has produced, written, and co-written albums and songs that have sold in excess of 30 million copies. Kevin recently re-located from Los Angeles to Nashville where he continues writing and producing in his newly built studio in the bucolic hills of Franklin, TN.
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Fri, May 12

Smooth Jazz Lovers Presents Paul Taylor with Laurin Talese

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 5:30PM
Show: 6:30PM

In the first few bars of the title track to his new Peak Records/eOne album, Countdown, contemporary urban jazz hit saxman Paul Taylor, ever the engaging showman, invites his legion of fans into the experience by counting off 5-4-3-2-1. He launches into his incredible third decade as a solo artist with a set that's fuses his trademark jazzy/funk/soul vibe with prominent elements of synthy dance pop/EDM, trancelike neo-soul, electronica, folksy lite rock, reggaeton, even a touch of blues. The album's colorful fusion of grooves and styles was created by the saxophonist and his longtime collaborator, co-writer and producer Dino Esposito. The two share a dynamic several decade long history that began when they played in the same band while attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Esposito's collaboration as a co-writer, producer and sonic co-architect began with Paul's 1995 debut On the Horn and continued with Pleasure Seeker (1997), Undercover (2000), Hypnotic (2001), Nightlife (2005), Prime Time (2011) and Tenacity (2014). Countdown's first single, "Arrival" is a spot on reflection of their multi-faceted freewheeling approach to stylistic fusion. The two also cite Paul's soprano led track "Told Ya So" as another prime example. "It's dancehall reggae the way artists like Drake and Rihanna do it," Taylor says. "It's cool to apply that contemporary pop current to my R&B/jazz sound." Another track that Taylor feels steps away from the usual urban jazz hitting the charts these days is "Crossroads," Complementing these tracks are two infectious, in the pocket tunes which reveal Taylor's mastery of melody and easy flowing funk grooves achieved here via seductive clapping percussion. The first is the opening track "Countdown," which introduces the sizzling horn texture dynamic that drives many of the emotional high points throughout the set. Taylor says, "This one starts in a dreamy place, as if you're anticipating something big, and then it breaks through with beats and ambience, creating emotional power but in a subdued mystical way. The second is "Polaris," one of the jazzier tunes on the album, a gentle soprano ballad featuring the subtle acoustic guitar graces of Peter White (providing harmonies and a transcendent solo). Other key tracks include the EDM jam "Club 702," a high energy tribute to the many successful DJs in Taylor's adopted hometown of Las Vegas (whose area code is 702); the spirited midtempo electronic funk piece "Knocking At Your Door," featuring Taylor's backing vocals seductively repeating the title; and a whimsical "Roundup" of a lot of different styles, including the folksy, jangling guitar of Brian Monroney and touches of progressive EDM grooves and jazzy energy. One of the highlights of Taylor's Tenacity album was his cover of The Weeknd's "Wicked Games." Setting a precedent by re-inventing a tune by the same artist on consecutive albums, Taylor extends his love for the Canadian alt-R&B singer to his fresh and atmospheric, deep soul-jazz take on the #1 pop hit "The Hills." "Getting the go-ahead for a new album is always the greatest news because we can toss around ideas and come up with fresh new ways to color around the edges of my core melodic horn vibe, staying true to my stylistic integrity," says Taylor. "Our goal is always to do something we haven't tried before, and we have fun experimenting and being adventurous. On Countdown, we achieve that by trying new EDMish kind of mashups, trying to make two or three different styles mesh." Esposito agrees he and Taylor are so in tune and trust each other so implicitly that if the saxman shoots him an eight or 16 bar idea or vice versa, the other can pick it up and develop it exactly the way the other envisioned. "Paul has never been afraid to step out of the box of the sound urban jazz artists usually conform to, and I'm always pushing that envelope as well," he says. "Paul's always hearing amazing new sounds and he's open to all the music I've been immersed in like chill, hip-hop, EDM, electric soul and pop alternative. We're always thinking, what can we bring to the table, what can we explore and how can we fuse different touches of all we love without going too far out of the genre's mainstream" Though Taylor has been a groundbreaking force among the sax elite in the genre since his hit 1995 debut On The Horn, his 2014 #1 hit "Supernova" continued the exhilarating upswing he has been enjoying since he started his second decade as an artist with Ladies' Choice (2007) ? his first ever #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart. "Burnin", the title track from his 2009 album, hit #1 on the airplay charts, and "Push To Start" from Prime Time (2011), hit the pole position on the Smooth Jazz Songs chart. Prime Time further lived up to its colorful name by reaching the Top Ten on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. The Denver native has been mesmerizing thousands of fans, headlining hundreds of shows and being part of exciting all-star tours - most recently doing dates with Peter White and Euge Groove in a lineup affectionately dubbed "Peter, Paul and Euge." Before that he was part of the blockbuster summer tours Gentlemen of the Night (with Marion Meadows and Warren Hill) and Sax and the City (with Meadows and Vincent Ingala). Over the years, he has also hit the road with The Rippingtons and the acclaimed "Groovin' For Grover" tour. In December 2012, the longtime basketball enthusiast achieved another longtime dream, performing the National Anthem in Madison Square Garden at a New York Knicks game; their coach Mike Woodson is a longtime fan. Taylor is now also an official endorsee of Vigilante mouthpieces and tenor and alto for Cannonball Musical Instruments. After over ten albums of non-stop hit making, thousands of charismatic performances worldwide and years of setting new standards for the sonic possibilities of contemporary urban jazz, Paul Taylor's still got his antenna up - ready to pounce on, absorb and be inspired by every vibe he hears that's fresh, hip and edgy. Now, with Countdown, he's blasting off into the next phase of his career, excited about the road ahead!
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Fri, May 12

Smooth Jazz Lovers Presents Paul Taylor with Laurin Talese

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

In the first few bars of the title track to his new Peak Records/eOne album, Countdown, contemporary urban jazz hit saxman Paul Taylor, ever the engaging showman, invites his legion of fans into the experience by counting off 5-4-3-2-1. He launches into his incredible third decade as a solo artist with a set that's fuses his trademark jazzy/funk/soul vibe with prominent elements of synthy dance pop/EDM, trancelike neo-soul, electronica, folksy lite rock, reggaeton, even a touch of blues. The album's colorful fusion of grooves and styles was created by the saxophonist and his longtime collaborator, co-writer and producer Dino Esposito. The two share a dynamic several decade long history that began when they played in the same band while attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Esposito's collaboration as a co-writer, producer and sonic co-architect began with Paul's 1995 debut On the Horn and continued with Pleasure Seeker (1997), Undercover (2000), Hypnotic (2001), Nightlife (2005), Prime Time (2011) and Tenacity (2014). Countdown's first single, "Arrival" is a spot on reflection of their multi-faceted freewheeling approach to stylistic fusion. The two also cite Paul's soprano led track "Told Ya So" as another prime example. "It's dancehall reggae the way artists like Drake and Rihanna do it," Taylor says. "It's cool to apply that contemporary pop current to my R&B/jazz sound." Another track that Taylor feels steps away from the usual urban jazz hitting the charts these days is "Crossroads," Complementing these tracks are two infectious, in the pocket tunes which reveal Taylor's mastery of melody and easy flowing funk grooves achieved here via seductive clapping percussion. The first is the opening track "Countdown," which introduces the sizzling horn texture dynamic that drives many of the emotional high points throughout the set. Taylor says, "This one starts in a dreamy place, as if you're anticipating something big, and then it breaks through with beats and ambience, creating emotional power but in a subdued mystical way. The second is "Polaris," one of the jazzier tunes on the album, a gentle soprano ballad featuring the subtle acoustic guitar graces of Peter White (providing harmonies and a transcendent solo). Other key tracks include the EDM jam "Club 702," a high energy tribute to the many successful DJs in Taylor's adopted hometown of Las Vegas (whose area code is 702); the spirited midtempo electronic funk piece "Knocking At Your Door," featuring Taylor's backing vocals seductively repeating the title; and a whimsical "Roundup" of a lot of different styles, including the folksy, jangling guitar of Brian Monroney and touches of progressive EDM grooves and jazzy energy. One of the highlights of Taylor's Tenacity album was his cover of The Weeknd's "Wicked Games." Setting a precedent by re-inventing a tune by the same artist on consecutive albums, Taylor extends his love for the Canadian alt-R&B singer to his fresh and atmospheric, deep soul-jazz take on the #1 pop hit "The Hills." "Getting the go-ahead for a new album is always the greatest news because we can toss around ideas and come up with fresh new ways to color around the edges of my core melodic horn vibe, staying true to my stylistic integrity," says Taylor. "Our goal is always to do something we haven't tried before, and we have fun experimenting and being adventurous. On Countdown, we achieve that by trying new EDMish kind of mashups, trying to make two or three different styles mesh." Esposito agrees he and Taylor are so in tune and trust each other so implicitly that if the saxman shoots him an eight or 16 bar idea or vice versa, the other can pick it up and develop it exactly the way the other envisioned. "Paul has never been afraid to step out of the box of the sound urban jazz artists usually conform to, and I'm always pushing that envelope as well," he says. "Paul's always hearing amazing new sounds and he's open to all the music I've been immersed in like chill, hip-hop, EDM, electric soul and pop alternative. We're always thinking, what can we bring to the table, what can we explore and how can we fuse different touches of all we love without going too far out of the genre's mainstream" Though Taylor has been a groundbreaking force among the sax elite in the genre since his hit 1995 debut On The Horn, his 2014 #1 hit "Supernova" continued the exhilarating upswing he has been enjoying since he started his second decade as an artist with Ladies' Choice (2007) ? his first ever #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart. "Burnin", the title track from his 2009 album, hit #1 on the airplay charts, and "Push To Start" from Prime Time (2011), hit the pole position on the Smooth Jazz Songs chart. Prime Time further lived up to its colorful name by reaching the Top Ten on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. The Denver native has been mesmerizing thousands of fans, headlining hundreds of shows and being part of exciting all-star tours - most recently doing dates with Peter White and Euge Groove in a lineup affectionately dubbed "Peter, Paul and Euge." Before that he was part of the blockbuster summer tours Gentlemen of the Night (with Marion Meadows and Warren Hill) and Sax and the City (with Meadows and Vincent Ingala). Over the years, he has also hit the road with The Rippingtons and the acclaimed "Groovin' For Grover" tour. In December 2012, the longtime basketball enthusiast achieved another longtime dream, performing the National Anthem in Madison Square Garden at a New York Knicks game; their coach Mike Woodson is a longtime fan. Taylor is now also an official endorsee of Vigilante mouthpieces and tenor and alto for Cannonball Musical Instruments. After over ten albums of non-stop hit making, thousands of charismatic performances worldwide and years of setting new standards for the sonic possibilities of contemporary urban jazz, Paul Taylor's still got his antenna up - ready to pounce on, absorb and be inspired by every vibe he hears that's fresh, hip and edgy. Now, with Countdown, he's blasting off into the next phase of his career, excited about the road ahead!
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Tue, May 16

Tift Merritt with The Suitcase Junket

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

As 2015 began, I had somehow been on the road for the fastest, longest two years of my life. I had kicked the tires hard touring in support of my album Traveling Alone. I had recorded and toured with classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. My friend Andrew Bird asked me to be in his old time band the Hands of Glory, so I pretended I was a member of the Carter family on guitar, and I watched him like a hawk to make sure he felt fully free; singing harmony with Andrew is not unlike flying. Suddenly, I was turning 40, getting divorced, and scared out of my mind. So I decided to take a year off the road to see what would happen to me if I just stopped touring? On a friend?s ranch in Marfa, Texas, in the middle of the high plains without a car headlight in sight, I did just that, and when I did, I started to do what I always do: the humble work of marking life by writing. On the ranch, I wrote about the long straight roads in west Texas: the ones that make sense, that make you feel like what is behind you is indeed behind you and that good things are up ahead. ?Wait For Me? is a wish that life would run like that. Watching the ranch hands keep their daily routine, I wrote about keeping my own head down, pressing on, and the way that love persists and pushes forward no matter what happens, ?Love Soldiers On.? I watched birds learning to fly and bathe in the driveway dust at dusk in the front yard and wrote ?Icarus? about what they taught me. In my California cabin, I wrote every morning and hiked every afternoon, up the mountains to the East and along the rocky coast, farther than I had ever hiked, one exhausted foot after the other. ?Heartache is an Uphill Climb? began in the red mud on one particularly impossible incline. Once, having hiked farther than I realized, dark fell on me. The white lilies in a meadow began to glow like evening dresses as the moon rose in the changing light. ?Proclamation Bones? is a tribute to that unexpected beauty, to nature?s secret nightlife. On return to NYC with Raymond Carver?s All of Us: The Collected Poems in hand, his poem ?My Boat? leapt up like lightning; it wanted to be sung. In a hungover moment of joy coming out of a subway, ?Something Came Over Me? seeded itself. And the heavy sadness of memory washing over me as I looked out at the East River became ?Eastern Light?. Look, everyone knows that album bios are usually full of crap. How about this: This album weathered no doubt, Marlon Brando?s ghost played bass and a fire-breathing dragon co-wrote the songs! Let?s be clear about something ? What made my time off special was that I had a regular writing routine. I was private. I followed my heart and my craft. The story of being a writer is the story of being devoted over a long time. What I hate most about bios is that they trade the small virtue of the writing life for pretending that artists and albums spring forth fully formed, trimming the tale to fit the spotlight. I?m more comfortable being real about things. I took my life and synthesized it through my writing with an intensity that no one but the birds saw but that hopefully you can feel. And life continued. Let the real story here be that there is love and beauty in the mess of dedication. And life did continue. In Fall, my friend MC Taylor asked me to be a part of his new Hiss Golden Messenger album. About the same time, to my delight and surprise, I realized my boyfriend and I were expecting a child. I performed with HGM just as I began to show; MC and his band talked on and on about how North Carolina was a place you could actually raise a child AND be a musician. My roots and my friends pulled. In an airport, I bumped into my friend Sam Beam. He said I could send him my songs, and when I did and he said, ?I can tell you?ve been working hard on your writing,? I was filled with the gratefulness which comes from being heard. I couldn?t believe he wanted in on the record making party, along with my favorite musicians, for four days because that was what I could afford. One long night before leaving for the studio, I stared at the ceiling of my NYC apartment. The leaves, the streetlights, and the sirens drew a shadow vine. I cried for dreams that were gone, and I gathered myself for those to come. I recorded in Los Angeles six months pregnant and then set off for home to figure out what a onesie was. I showed up back in my hometown knocked about a little by the world thinking maybe my life was a country song, but maybe it was a really good country song. What strikes me most when I am writing these days is the changing nature of things. Sometimes sex matters deeply, sometimes family eclipses all; sometimes aloneness is hell, sometimes it is a refuge. Sometimes hometowns are constricting; sometimes they are a sight for sore eyes. We do our damnedest. For all the times we are watered down and compromise, we can become rigid and impossible just as easily. We right ourselves as best we can and carry on. It is a loose thread that holds us best together in this life. Not too tight, not too planned, enough give to stand what tangles us but ties us nonetheless. Ties us to each other in some unseen pattern, to our actions, to the songs that come out of us, to the seasons that pass through us. We press on, love persists, and we must trust the unknowable pattern we are making. My little daughter is sleeping beside me now, and what I hope for her is what I will tell you now. May these threads be joyful; not heavy chains, but light like wings, like starlight, like laughter. Empty your pockets of stones, that light-hearted you may go (for you must go), with the stitch of the world, into the stitch of the world. Tift
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Fri, May 19

Chieli Minucci & Special EFX feat. Nelson Rangell

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

CHIELI MINUCCI AND SPECIAL EFX
Few bands in contemporary jazz have been as entertaining and artistically satisfying as Special EFX. Spearheaded by guitarist Chieli Minucci and co-founded by the late percussionist George Jinda (whose untimely passing came in 2001) in 1983, Special EFX helped to pave the road for contemporary jazz during its early years in the 80s and they continue to set the standard. As Special EFX embarks on its third decade as torchbearers of innovative and inspiring instrumental music, Chieli Minucci reflects on the band's longevity in the music business. "One of the reasons we have been able to maintain our popularity is because we have evolved and changed over the years. When the band first started we had a heavy world music influence. Later we highlighted more of an acid-jazz sound, as well as some progressive fusion-rock thrown in for good measure. When people hear our music, they can expect to hear a little of everything!"

NELSON RANGELL
Jazziz magazine writes that Nelson Rangell is ?an artist of depth, a master of song, and an improviser non pareil.? The Times of London notes ?his extraordinary facility on a range of instruments? and Rangell?s ?considerable crowd pleasing power?. Saxophone Journal writes ?He commands the alto saxophone with such authority there can be no denying that Rangell is a true artist,? and Flute Talk Magazine states ?Nelson Rangell creates the impression that anything is possible when he improvises.? Such praise is a confirmation of what contemporary jazz fans have known since the Denver based saxophonist emerged in the late 80s: that Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse performers in the genre, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo. Nelson Rangell is the fourth child in a musical family. His brother, Andrew, is a well known concert pianist living in Boston; his brother, Bobby, lives in Paris and is a leading woodwind player in European jazz and studio scenes. His sister, Paula, is a professional singer living in New Orleans. Rangell first played flute at the age of 15. Within months he was studying both classical and jazz music at The Interlochen Arts Academy, a national camp for gifted music students. He went on to attend The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As a student he twice won Down Beat Magazine?s prestigious National Student Recording Awards competition both as best jazz and best pop/rock instrumental soloist. After college he headed to New York in 1984 to pursue his career. The next four years were spent ?paying dues?, sitting in, playing alongside, and gigging with some of the world?s greatest contemporary jazz musicians including Hiram Bullock, Jorge Dalto, Eric Gale, Richard Tee, David Sanborn, Michael Brecker and many others. He also found occasional employment with the legendary Gil Evans Monday Night Orchestra and worked on many commercial jingle recording sessions. Rangell?s debut album was released on Gaia/Gramavision Records, but soon thereafter he was signed by Larry Rosen and Dave Grusin at GRP Records. A succession of albums followed at GRP where he recorded eight CDs. His stated ambition throughout these endeavors has been ?to try to consistently grow and evolve as a player and broaden my horizons as an artist while endeavoring to make music that people will feel and relate to.? With his musical armory encompassing flute, piccolo, alto, tenor and soprano saxophone as well as whistling, he was well equipped to fulfill this desire. He has recorded with The Rippingtons, Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin, Tom Browne, and The GRP All Star Big Band to name a few and is featured on Don Grusin?s Grammy nominated CD ?The Hang.? Though Rangell has recorded mostly in the contemporary/pop and smooth jazz formats garnering top radio play and a large audience, The Times of London also notes Rangell?s ?undoubted virtuosity? and states He is ?one of fusion?s most accomplished exponents.? With his discography of now 17 CD releases Nelson Rangell continues on his musical path with 2 new and very unique albums, ?Red?, a collection of dedicated saxophone recordings in the pop jazz and contemporary jazz idiom and ?Blue? which features the flute and piccolo throughout it?s highly artistic and diverse 11 tracks.
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Sat, May 20

Nothing But The Sax feat. Dee Lucas, Tony Exum Jr, and Danny Kusz

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

DANNY KUSZ
Minneapolis-based saxophonist was named the hippest jazz cat by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine back in 2007 for a reason. His energetic and passionate performances, innovative blend of genres, explosive sound, one-of-a-kind style and a zest for life truly earns him this title. Danny has had a truly remarkable 15-year career which has earned him 2 Los Angeles music awards, multiple Minnesota Music Award nominations, 3 solo albums and multiple charting songs including a #3 single on the GrooveJazz chart. His impressive resume has put him with Will Donato, N'Dambi, Anthony David, Phil Denny, Selina Albright, Nils and Bobby Lyle. Danny has also opened for Morris Day & The Time, Stanley Jordan, Harvey Mason and has headlined multiple festivals. Danny is a rising star and has quickly captured the attention of fans, promoters and media in the entire contemporary jazz market. He is surely to be smooth jazz' next star. Danny Kusz is courtesy of Innervision Records.

DEE LUCAS
An acclaimed wizard on the soprano sax, national recording artist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and base beginning with Remembrance in 2004, a tribute to the late legend George Howard. Continuing steady showcase of style and technique with his sophomore release Something to Ride 2, 2010's Standing Room Only, and the 2012's compilation of the Rebirth of the Smooth. He released The Smooth Factor in 2014 which was a refreshing interjection into the competitive genre of smooth jazz. Now with his brand new CD Going Deeper, the journey continues. As a runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival Competition, Dee Lucas has opened for a plethora of artists such as Boney James, Boys II Men, Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nneena Freelon, Hugh Masakela, Greg Karukas, Peter White, Nick Colionne, and Michael Franks just name a few. Dee Lucas is courtesy of ODL Music Group.

TONY EXUM JR
Recording Artist Tony Exum, Jr. saxophone style brings to mind the sultriness of Grover Washington, Jr., the soulfulness of David Sanborn, the silky smoothness of George Howard, and the tender passion of Ronnie Laws. After releasing two sensational recordings titled 'Finally' and 'The One', Tony began sharing stages with the Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Gail Johnson, Aysha, Troop, Nick Collionne, Gerald Albright, Dave Hollister, Norman Connors, Paul Taylor, Pamela Williams and Dave Koz. As a live performer, Exum?s smile and sense of humor effortlessly connects him with his audience. He exudes the unique chemistry of passionately seductive soul, flirtatious solos reminiscent of old school R&B, all while bringing his captive audience to their feet as he teases them with (instrumental) battles with fellow band members. Exum commands the stage as if he owns it, while remaining humble, and always willing to share the stage with other industry greats. Saxophonist........Tony Exum, Jr.!!
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Sat, May 27

Nina Storey

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Nina Storey is a 21st Century soul singer-songwriter whose voice has been called, "...half Janis and half Alanis, and whose arresting delivery is three parts Virgin Mary and one part Dirty Harry". Nina's sound incorporates blues, funk, soul, and rock with a singer/songwriter sensibility.
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Fri, June 2

The Smithereens

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

"I think it's as good as anything we've ever done," Pat DiNizio says of Smithereens 2011, the Smithereens' first album of original songs in 11 years. "I hate to use the term 'comeback album,' and it certainly wasn't planned that way, but it really feels like it," adds his longtime bandmate Jim Babjak. "It has the raw vibe of our early albums, while showing that we're moving forward and that we're still at the top of our game after 31 years." Indeed, the 13-song set shows the New Jersey-bred quartet to be making some of the most urgentmusicoftheirthree-decadecareer,deliveringtheirtimelessbrandofpunchy, heartfelt rock 'n' roll with as much fire as ever. Such instantly memorable new tunes as "Sorry," "One Look At You," "A World of Our Own" and "Rings On Her Fingers" exemplify the Smithereens'trademarkbrandofpunchymelodicsongcraft,drivenhome byDiNizio's expressive vocals and emotionally complex lyrics, along with fiery e n s e m b l e performancesthatshowofftheuncannymusicalchemistryoflongstanding musicalpartners DiNizio,BabjakandDennisDiken,andlateradditionSevero"the Thrilla"Jornacion,who joined in 2006. Smithereens2011'stitleslylyacknowledgesthefactthatit'stheband's11thstudioalbum, and that it's been 11 years since their last collection of original material. The album's moniker?as wellasitscoverdesign?alsopaystributetothefoursome'sbeloved1989 releaseSmithereens 11. Smithereens 2011 also reunites the group with revered producer and kindred musical spirit Don Dixon, who was at the helm for the Smithereens' breakthrough 1986 debut album EspeciallyforYouanditsmuch-loved1988follow-up GreenThoughts,aswellas1994's acclaimed A Date with the Smithereens. Thebandinauguratedthenewalbum'sbirthcyclebyspendingamonthhammeringtheir new compositionsintoshapeatthesame12-dollar-an-hourEastVillagerehearsalspace where they'd rehearsed in the 1980s. They then recorded the bulk of Smithereens 2011 in an action- packedthreedayswithDixonandhisfrequentcollaboratorMitchEaster,who servedasthe album'sengineer,atEaster'slegendaryFidelitoriumstudioinKernersville, NorthCarolina. "We pretty much picked up where we left off with Don," Diken notes. "He's a super musical guy with great ears, and he has lots of good ideas for the arrangements. He knows our strengths as individuals and as a team, and he has the know-how to capture the essence of who we are and what we do. But basically, he puts us in the studio, mics us up and lets us go to work." After the band returned from North Carolina, additional recording was done at DiNizio's house in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. "There was no pressure, no rush," says DiNizio. "We didn'thaveadeadline,sothealbumwasallowedtoevolveorganicallyandfindits ownlevel." The resulting album is a consistently riveting distillation of the qualities that set the Smithereens apart from the pack when they first emerged in the 1980s, and which have continued to endear the band to a large and fiercely loyal fan base in the years since. The Smithereens' three-decade history is a story of substance, integrity and persistence triumphing over shallow artifice and transient trendiness?of hard-working underdogs achieving success on their own terms by sticking to their guns and ignoring the dictates of pop fashion and music-industry convention. Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and original bassist Mike Mesaros grew up in Carteret, New Jersey,forgingafriendshipasteenagersthroughamutualloveof'60srock'n'rolland other vintage sounds. After meeting the similarly inclined DiNizio, the four formed the Smithereens,andwonsomelocalrenownwithapairofindependentlyreleasedEPs, 1980's Girls About Town and 1983's Beauty and Sadness. The Smithereens were already a seasoned live act by the time they achieved surprise commercialsuccessin1986withtheirfirstfullalbumEspeciallyforYou,withspawned the MTV hits "Blood and Roses" and "Behind the Wall of Sleep." The band continued to reap considerableairplay,criticalacclaimandfanloyaltywiththesubsequentlongplayers Green Thoughts, Smithereens 11, Blow Up, A Date with The Smithereens and God Save The Smithereens, which yielded such enduring numbers as "Only a Memory," "House We Used to Live In," "Drown in My Own Tears" and "A Girl Like You." Smithereens 2011 caps an extended period during which the Smithereens limited their recordingeffortstoaseriesofthematicreleasesthatpaidhomagetothegroup's formative influences. They tipped their collective hat to the Beatles with the twin Fab Four tributes MeetTheSmithereens!andB-SidesTheBeatles,andhonoredTheWho withThe Smithereens Play Tommy. The band also delivered a memorable seasonal set with the holiday-themedChristmaswiththeSmithereens,andaffirmeditsstatusasoneof rock'smost powerful performing units with Live In Concert!, recorded on stage in the band's home state. "I didn't realize how fast the time flew by since the last time we made a record of our own songs," Babjak observes. "But we never stopped playing live, and we've released five albums in the past four years, so it's not like we haven't been working." The band members also engaged in an array of extracurricular projects during the years betweenGodSavetheSmithereens,theirpreviouscollectionoforiginals,and Smithereens 2011. DiNizio released a string of solo albums, became a satellite-radio personality, and emergedasapioneerinthehouse-concertfieldbyplayingsoloacoustic showsinfans' homes. Babjak worked with his side combo Buzzed Meg. Diken released an album with his newprojectDennisDikenwithBellSound,playedonalbumbya varietyofartistsranging from Tommy James and Ronnie Spector to the Minus 5 and Amy Rigby, and put his encyclopedic knowledge of pop history to work on a multitude of writing projects. Throughitall,theSmithereenshavemaintainedabusyperformingschedule,preserving their reputationasoneofrock'shardest-workinglivebands,andcontinuingtothrillthe devotedfan base that's stuck with them over the years. "These days, the band is playing as well as we've ever played, with more focus and more intensity," DiNizio asserts, adding, "We still feel like we have something to prove. We have to hit a grand slam every night, and we have to be twice as good as bands half our age. And we've got this body of work that spans over 30 years, so we'll play at least two, two-and-a-half hours every night and bang through the songs like a freight train." The same qualities that have endeared the Smithereens to their fans over the years?and allowed the band to outlast the various fads and trends have come and gone during that time?are prominent on Smithereens 2011, which marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for the band. "We really played our hearts out when we recorded these songs, and I think that that comes across on the album," Diken says. "We have a lot of fans who've been with us since the beginning. But I've also been amazed at how many people at our recent shows have told us that they were seeing us for the first time. I think that this record will speak to both generations." "Oneofthebeautifulthingsaboutthisnewrecordisthatnow,inthecurrentmusic- industry environment, we can do exactly what we want to do," DiNizio states. "Radio as we knew it in 1986 no longer exists, so we don't have to think about making things acceptable for the radio. The rulebook has been thrown away, which liberates us to just make the records that we want to hear. That's basically what we've always done, but now the gloves are really off."
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Fri, June 9

Tickets on sale 2/17 at 10am! Randy Hansen Band Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Genre: Rock/Tribute
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

For over thirty years, Randy Hansen has been building a reputation as the foremost Hendrix tribute on Earth. As one of the few players officially recognized by the Hendrix family, he has been successfully doing his act since the '70s, stunning audiences worldwide as he channels the spirit of Jimi and perfectly recreates the stage presence and skill of the legendary axeman.
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Sat, June 10

Tickets on sale 2/17 at 10am! Mr. Majestyk's 8 Track Revival

Genre: Rock/Tribute
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

So, what exactly *is* MR. MAJESTYK'S 8-TRACK REVIVAL (And His Cavalcade of All-Stars)?? We're glad you asked. To answer that, we must enter (not so quietly) into the realm of GENIUS: A Band forged with the toughest musicians there are, performing musical masterpieces from THE ERA: the 1970s. Their musical choices don�t dwell within the obvious cheese, nay; they drill deep into the medulla oblongata for the songs you REALLY LOVED when they were played on the radio. These are the songs that blasted from the 8-track player of your '70 Challenger as you hurtled thru the desert, Vegas-bound.
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Sat, June 17

All Ages Show! Trace Bundy

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Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed "Acoustic Ninja" play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers. Bundy's unique career has brought him across the world, with sold-out concerts in 26 countries and counting - from high-tech performance halls in South Korea and Italy, to remote villages in Zimbabwe and Guatemala. He has independently sold over 99,000 albums on his record label, Honest Ninja Music. His video clips circulate virally at astonishing speed, with over 35,000,000 YouTube views to date. Trace was named "Most Promising New Talent" of 2008 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, as well as winning third place in the magazine?s "Best Fingerstyle Guitarist" category the same year. Over his many years of touring, Trace has shared the stage with Brandi Carlile, Olivia Newton-John, Neko Case, Judy Collins, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Phil Keaggy, David Wilcox, David Knopfler (Dire Straits), Bill Nershi (String Cheese), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Chris Hillman (the Byrds), and Stanley Jordan, among others. Jimmy Leslie at Guitar Player Magazine blogs "It was easy to see why Bundy plays bigger venues on each tour. In his hands, the acoustic guitar is an imagination station, and there was no telling where he is going take the audience at any given turn. Thrilling stuff." Dave Kirby from the Boulder Weekly says "Possessing a staggering acoustic technique, on both right and left sides, Bundy has made his reputation as a next generation solo guitarist of serious repute." Audiocast Magazine from Austin, TX agrees: "Bundy's live show is without a doubt an event that needs to be witnessed rather than told about. With such a jaw-dropping performance, Bundy's live concert is a slap in the face that would leave a palm print on the memory of everyone in the audience." Take a minute to check him out and you'll agree that Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard.
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Tue, June 20

Emporium Presents Morgan James

Genre: Pop
Doors: 6:30PM
Show: 7:30PM

"A phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep...This woman is on fire." -- The New York Times

One voice is all it takes. The right vocalist can make you fall in love at first listen, elicit tears, or bring you back to a different era altogether. A microphone and a stage remain the only necessities. That holds true for New York-based soul singer, songwriter, and Broadway chanteuse Morgan James. On her full-length debut for Epic Records, Hunter, she casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice, theatrical swing, and a soulful poise. Hunter boasts powerful and personal renditions of Prince's Call My Name (reached Top 15 at Urban AC radio and #1 most added) along withHall & Oates' "She's Gone" and Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark". Morgan assumed co-writing duties on eight of the collection's eleven tracks and even performed all of her own background vocals and harmonies. She is proud to note that no vocal tuning of any kind has been used on any of her albums. From the empowering farewell of Fed Up On You to the mournful rumination of Say The Words, or the soulful duet with Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper, "Let Me Keep You", she continually bares it all?both emotionally and musically. In addition to "Hunter", Morgan has released a live tribute to Nina Simone, "Morgan James Live", as well as an EP featuring some of her fan's favorite covers, "YouTube Sessions". (She can also be heard on countless theatre and concept soundtracks). Since Hunter'srelease, Morgan's music videos have accumulated more than 45 million views (and climbing). With viral sensation Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, Morgan toured the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She is currently touring with her band and in the midst of writing her next album!
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Fri, August 11

Tickets on sale 2/17 at 10am! Norman Brown

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

GRAMMY® Award winner Norman Brown is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the multitalented guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note. It?s a veritable “love fest” – and Brown keeps the good vibes going on his long- awaited new release, Sending My Love, arriving this June on Peak Records. “I?m a loving guy -- I hear that a lot. I started reading my emails and the fans were sending me so much love that I wanted to send them love back,” explains the artist, who wrote nine of the ten tunes on this offering. “The CD is about pure love, love in all its many aspects: a personal relationship and a general love for the planet and for people. We should be kind to each other,” he adds.
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Fri, August 11

Tickets on sale 2/17 at 10am! Norman Brown

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

GRAMMY® Award winner Norman Brown is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the multitalented guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note. It?s a veritable “love fest” – and Brown keeps the good vibes going on his long- awaited new release, Sending My Love, arriving this June on Peak Records. “I?m a loving guy -- I hear that a lot. I started reading my emails and the fans were sending me so much love that I wanted to send them love back,” explains the artist, who wrote nine of the ten tunes on this offering. “The CD is about pure love, love in all its many aspects: a personal relationship and a general love for the planet and for people. We should be kind to each other,” he adds.