Dinosaur Jr's Gear Stolen in Long Island

Dinosaur Jr.'s gear was stolen last night, Tuesday, August 26, from their trailer, which was parked outside of their hotel in Long Island City, New York.

The band humbly requests that their music industry friends, colleagues and fans help spread the word and keep their eyes out for the stolen gear. They ask that you contact their management at 303.998.0001 with any information.

The list of missing gear and their descriptions are as follows:

1959 Fender Jazzmaster SN# 38927 - decal coming off. cracked headstock at top near low E peg. color black with purple/bluish sparkle coming through. adonized pick guard gold metal. tuneomatic bridge gold, tuning pegs gold.

1961-3 Fender Jazzmaster SN# 62012 - purple sparkle, black pickup covers. headstock repaired, a whole new piece of wood was glued on for the top part of the headstock under the tuners and up a 1/2" , along the whole top of the headstock. gold tuneomatic bridge, gold tuners

1964-5 Fender Jazzmaster SN# L21581 - orange, white pearl pickguard, stickers all over it, original tuners.

Fender Purple Jazzmaster new SN# R074329 - purple sparkle with matching headstock gold adonized guard tuneomatic bridge.

Rory Gallagher Stratocaster new SN# R25507 - has a big gold grover tuning peg on low E

Rickenbacker 197? Fireglo Bass SN# 4001 - checker-board binding.

B.C. Rich Warlock Bass SN# 4242413

[1] Paiste 20" 2002 medium
[1] Paiste 20" giant beat
[1] Paiste 20" 2002 crash
[2] Paiste 19" 2002 crash
[2] Paiste 15" 2002 sound edge top hi-hats
[1] 15" 2002 sound edge bottom hi-hats

- Also a Custom pedal board with custom audio electronics RS-10 foot controller, Teese RNC2 wah pedal, boss stage tuner, mute box, and cables

- And one black backpack with Sony headphones, tools, etc.


Fall Hookahville Reunites Band with Founding Guitarist John Mullins

The end of summer version of Hookahville, the Ohio festival institution created by ekoostik hookah, announces the lineup for the fall event Friday and Saturday, September 1, 2 at Legend Valley (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center) in Thornville, Ohio.

The two-day music and camping event is hosted by the Columbus, Ohio group, ekoostik hookah and their features their trademark two nights of headlining shows. Fall Hookahville picks up where the Memorial Day event left off: the popular jamband turning heads by going back to its roots and bringing original co-founder, guitarist/vocalist John Mullins, back into the band after a departure nearly a decade ago. Fans deemed the reconnection with Mullins a complete success and the new lineup has invigorated the expansive base of ekoostik fans.

The upcoming Fall Hookahville lineup crosses genre boundaries blending top talents within the improvisational rock music world ranging to old-school Classic Rock sounds. The Family Stone Experience, the original founding members of Sly and the Family Stone, will perform the main stage Saturday afternoon. Vince Herman, formerly of Leftover Salmon, will perform a solo set Friday afternoon before joining his Great American Taxi group for another set the same day.

Additional acts include The Big Wu from Wisconsin, the live-funk-tronica experience of Chicago’s Liquid Soul, the bluegrass of Oakhurst, Backwoods Drifters, Jeff & Gregg Bell, Crackers and Jam & more.

Hookahville allows the band to create its ideal "no hassles or bad attitudes" playing environment and share it with many fine live acts. In the past, Ratdog, Willie Nelson, David Crosby, Arlo Guthrie, David Grisman, Dickey Betts, Galactic, Jazz Mandolin Project, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, among dozens of other notable artists, have played the Hookahville stage. Since forming in 1991, ekoostik hookah has independently handled every aspect of its growth.

Tickets for Hookahville are available now online for $60 in advance through August 27 and available at the gate as well, and include camping, parking and two days of two stages of music. Early bird camping with music is available beginning Thursday, August 31 at 4 PM for an additional $20 fee with paid festival admission, for campers who want first pick at campsite locations.

Hookahville has designated camping areas for the handicapped, families and those with children; children 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult, and the festival is an all ages event. Included in the price of admission are primitive camping including bathrooms, medical staff, and potable water. Vendors are set up offering various cuisines as well as a wide variety of merchandise.

Hookahville, the band’s home-thrown festival featuring two nights of music and camping in Ohio’s quiet green hills, has been called by fans the best music festival in the Midwest. The biannual happening began in 1994 as a camp-out on band co-founder Dave Katz’s wooded land. Growing steadily, it has since been held at different venues on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

For more information on Hookahville, its history, photos, venue information, directions, and links to purchase tickets visit www.legendvalley.net


Greenskeepers come out swinging on 'Polo Club'

Artist: Greenskeepers
Title: Polo Club
Label: Om Records
Release Date: 10.24.2006
Phresh Rated: 3.5 of 5

Greenskeepers are humbly basking in their new found success fueled by their recent hit 'Lotion'. The macabre mash-up video supporting this single ignited an underground download feeding frenzy that surpassed the one million mark. This talented quartet wasted no time looking back and headed into the studio in Chicago.

"We want people to have fun and get nuts," says James Curd – Greenskeepers percussionist and DJ extraordinaire. "We take the best aspects of live music and club house and make people get crazy. We wanted to focus on working within the band itself and making a record that showcases what we do live."

What they have come up with is a seventeen track frenetic slab of guitar driven post-punk electronica, with Byrne-esque quirky lyrics, and plenty of hook. The title track 'Polo Club' rips right out of the gates with mallets swinging and then continues to explore this bands unique musical mind that is brimming with raw talent. This fine release also shows the 'Keepers ability to explore other time signatures and dark introspective themes with songs like '15 Minutes' and 'Cowboy'. As soon as the foursome exposes this other side they jump directly back to grinding axes and rump shaking thuds that should be enjoyed at full volume and windows down.

Polo Club also includes a bonus disk featuring Greenskeepers remixes and original tracks mixed live at Love [NYC] by James Curd.

Greenskeepers video ‘Lotion’ – Click Here

Review by S. Remington


Fonkmasters Survive & Score Soundtrack Honors

Survivor Gregory J. Bennett aka 'Groove Generator' is back with a BANG after surviving the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina last year in New Orleans, LA. With his new project, Fonkmasters, Gregory discovered a new vocal group to bolster his addictive arsenal of jazz laced grooves. This collaboration led to a highly anticipated CD entitled ‘Funky Urban Nights’, which is getting rave reviews from the preliminary feedback of industry insiders and this CD is scheduled to be released to retail outlets by September 7th, 2006. Their music can also be heard on the soundtrack of the highly anticipated film, ‘Cain and Abel’ of Mercury Rising Films

The Fonkmasters are award-winning innovators of funkafied electro urban grooves with jazz sensibilities. Gregory J. Bennett, founder and creative force behind Fonkmasters, surrounded himself with some talented vocalists to record and help bring his special brand of contemporary and old school funk to the masses. His entry into the mobile music industry has been extremely successful, as he generated sales of over a 1000 ringtones per month. Some of Gregory’s instrumental tracks have been licensed to cable TV programming (most recently VH-1), music-on-hold applications and mobile games. Gregory also received the Listen and Exchange Award for being one of the Top 10 indie producers in 2003.

Fonkmasters Streaming Audio & MP3's



Jam Cruise 2006 Seeks Band - Passengers Vote!

In their search to keep Jam Cruise loaded with hot new musical acts, Jam Cruise is teaming up with Sonicbids again, inviting up-and-coming artists to submit their music in the Sonicbids / Jam Cruise band contest. Six cabin slots have been reserved for Sonicbids artists, meaning the winners can be a full band up to 6 members or a band of 4 and a duo, or any other combination of six. Bands can enter now through November 7, 2006 at www.sonicbids.com/jamcruise.

Jam Cruise judges will review applicants and narrow the pool down to a small number of finalists. The final voting will be open to the Jam Cruise passengers, on a date to be determined. Stay tuned for more details.

The lucky Sonicbids winners will join others on the Jam Cruise 5 lineup: The Derek Trucks Band, Umphrey's McGee, The Greyboy Allstars, Galactic, Burning Spear, Garage a Benevento, Drive-By Truckers, Zero, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Railroad Earth, Deep Banana Blackout, Perpetual Groove, Tea Leaf Green, Los Amigos Invisibles, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, ALO, Hot Buttered Rum, New Mastersounds, Yonrico Scott Band, Scrapomatic, Bassnectar, DJ Le Spam and DJ Afro.

For its fifth adventure, Jam Cruise has outdone itself with a superior lineup and luxurious ship, the MSC Opera. The boat will leave port from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 2, 2007, floating for five days and five nights with stops in the Turks and Caicos Islands and a special private island, Cayo Levantado in the Dominican Republic.

Since its first journey in 2003, Jam Cruise has revolutionized the music festival experience by blending the community, spontaneity and good times of a music festival with the convenience, luxury, and adventure of cruise travel. The MSC Opera first sailed in 2004 and features swimming pool and whirlpool, a gym and sauna, mini-golf course, internet café, casino and much more. The ship also boasts accommodations for more than 2000 passengers, offering fewer suites but more balconies and ocean views than last year.

Visit www.jamcruise.com for cabin prices and other details including terms and conditions and cabin reservation instructions.

*In Photo: Jam Cruise Captain, Karl Denson, Michael Franti, Col. Bruce Hampton & Stanton Moore. Photo Credit: Michael Weintrob 2003



String Cheese Incident Announces Fall Tour

Just off a hugely successful summer tour that included dates with Bob Weir and RatDog and a Fuji Rock Festival appearance, The String Cheese Incident today announces their Fall Tour plans. Look for the band at some of their favorite theatre stops in the Midwest (Chicago, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis), in the south (Louisville, Roanoke, Asheville and others) and on the east coast (Washington DC, Connecticut, and Worcester, MA). Tickets for SCI Fall Tour go on sale on Tuesday, August 15th at 10 am MDT at www.stringcheeseincident.com

As always, not-for-profit Conscious Alliance will join SCI’s Gouda Causes along tour stops to host food drives to help feed America’s hungry. Attendees are encouraged to bring ten non-perishable food items in exchange for a limited edition rock poster. This season, all donated foods will benefit local America’s Second Harvest Food Banks. For more information and details visit www.consciousalliance.org

The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of today's most significant independent bands. Born in 1993 in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, SCI has since released 6 albums, 3 DVDs and countless live recordings from their relentless tour schedule. Their relatively short history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit and philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music. And their journey has only just begun.

The band’s most recent studio release, One Step Closer, was released in 2005. On the album SCI divulge their genuine songwriting voice, and it’s every bit as ambitious as you’d expect. Recorded at a friend’s home in the hills of Colorado’s Front Range, and produced by Malcom Burn (Bob Dylan, Chris Whitley, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois), the album’s 13 songs are gritty, free-wheeling and powerfully honed. With each member contributing their part, the collection reveals another masterful breakthrough from one of today’s most visionary and talented rock bands.

Currently confirmed tour dates:

September 29-30 Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL
October 01 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor MI
October 03 Murat Theatre Indianapolis IN
October 04 Louisville Palace Theatre Louisville KY
October 05 Roanoke Performing Arts Center Roanoke VA
October 06-07 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville NC
October 08 Blackbaud Stadium Charleston SC
October 10 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville TN
October 11 Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park Cary NC
October 12-13 Warner Theatre Washington DC
October 14 Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford CT
October 15 Palladium Worcester MA

Tickets and Information available at www.stringcheeseincident.com

*Photo Credits: C. Taylor Crothers 2005


Herring, Rodgers, Sipe & Fountain: Name That Band!

Jimmy Herring (Allman Brothers / The Dead / Aquarium Rescue Unit), Bobby Lee Rodgers (The CodeTalkers) and Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit / Hellborg, Lane and Sipe / Leftover Salmon) collaborate on stage for select dates this August. The new project is currently being dubbed Herring, Rodgers, Sipe and Fountain.

Herring, Rodgers, Sipe and Fountain understand that this current name for the project is a mouthful, and a bit lacking in imagination (not quite fitting for the music these guys are dishing out!). But it’s just something to get them started. They’re on the hunt for a band name and are currently accepting suggestions. Log on to http://www.myspace.com/herringrodgerssipe to submit your suggestions. If your suggestion is chosen, you win the opportunity to be a lifetime guest of the band at shows.

And this band has big plans. Each an accomplished musician on their own, Herring, Rodgers, Sipe and Fountain are simply giddy about this new collaboration. Combining Bobby Lee’s groundbreaking songwriting with Jimmy and Jeff’s flawless musical sensibilities, the result is original and explosive.

Jimmy Herring
Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Jimmy started playing guitar at age 13; his first guitar was a Fender Bronco. Jimmy is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music Summer Session and Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA. Herring can look back on a career filled with years as a player in such legendary bands as Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers, The Dead (The Post-Jerry Garcia version of The Grateful Dead) and Phil Lesh and Friends. In 2005, Herring had a long discussion with Rodgers following a sit-in with The Codetalkers during MagFest, in which both A.R.U. and The Codetalkers played. That night, Herring and Rodgers decided that they needed to find a way to work together again, and now they have…

Bobby Lee Rodgers (guitar, vocals)
A gifted musician and songwriter, Bobby Lee Rodgers began playing the upright bass at age seven, and then went on to the banjo, guitar and drums. He had the fortune of playing in one of the most recognized high school bands in the country, which allowed him to play with some jazz greats at a young age. Rodgers went on to study Jazz at the University of Georgia, and to teach the same subject at the Berklee College of Music, becoming one of the youngest professors ever to teach there at the age of 23. Rodgers moved back to Georgia in 1999 when his father became ill. A day after moving home, he met Col. Bruce Hampton, who until that time had best been known as front man and founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, and is often referred to as the Godfather of Southern Alternative Music. Within months they had formed The Codetalkers. The Codetalkers just recently celebrated the release of the critically acclaimed album, NOW.

Jeff Sipe aka Apt-Q258 (drums)
Jeff Sipe was born in Berlin, Germany in 1959. Jeff's family moved frequently in his youth while his father worked for the United States government. Some of his early memories include watching Buddhist monks in their bright orange togas walk the streets with their bowls of rice in hand. Jeff once said that he would "often visit the temples just to hear the ringing of the bells". Jeff learned to play drums in junior high in Germany, and in 1973 Jeff's family moved to the U.S. for good. Jeff started listening to early fusion, and was once quoted as saying that "Bitches Brew was the beginning of the rest of his life". Jeff was accepted to Berklee College of Music in 1977 and started his first fusion band with Steve Vai and Baron Brown. This experience turned Jeff on to a wide world of music and gave him valuable tools that he still carries with him today. In 1983 Jeff moved to Atlanta, where he met Bruce Hampton, Oteil Burbridge and Jimmy Herring, and the Aquarium Rescue Unit was born. In recent years, Jeff has played with Leftover Salmon, his own experimental big band Zambiland Orchastra and Project Z with Jimmy Herring.

Neal Fountain (bass)
Neal Fountain hails from the musical hotbed of Athens, GA, and has been playing professionally from the age of 14. Best known as a sideman to Col. Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners (a post-A.R.U. project of Hampton’s) and drumming phenom Jeff Sipe, Neal’s name is on the short list of greater Atlanta’s finest musicians. Fountain and his current project, Herring, Rodgers and Sipe, is sure to bring many eyes in the direction of these four fine musicians.

But don’t call Herring, Rodgers, Sipe and Fountain a super group. Each musician admits that this project is like nothing they’ve been involved in before. For Herring, it’s perhaps the first project he’s been part of since it’s beginning – which is an inspiring prospect for the accomplished musician. For Rodgers, it’s a forum where his songs can truly become all that he hears in his head. For Sipe – it’s perhaps the perfect balance of structure and improvisation. Joining Herring, Rodgers and Sipe on stage is Neal Fountain (Bass).

Current confirmed tour dates:

August 04 Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash Terra Alta WV
August 05 The 8x10 Club Baltimore MD
August 08 The Red Square Albany NY
August 09 River Street Jazz Cafe Wilkes-Barre PA
August 10-11 Mexicali Blues Teaneck NJ
August 12 The State Theater Falls Church VA
August 13 The Sun Music Hall Floyd VA
August 14 The Jewish Mother Virgina Beach VA
August 16 Visulite Theatre Charlotte NC
August 17 The Orange Peel Asheville NC
August 18 Cats Cradle Carrboro NC
August 19 The Day The Music Never Stopped Buckhead GA
September 07 Thw Two Stick Oxford MS
September 08 Fools Paradise Festival Hancock NY
September 09 George's Majestic Lounge Fayetteville AR
October 19 The Pour House Charleston SC
October 20 Magnoliafest Live Oak FL

*Photo credits to: Jay Kurinskas 2006


Umphrey's McGee Hits Billboard & Hits the Road

Safety In Numbers, which just hit stores in April, is the third studio album by the musically muscular and relentlessly inventive Umphrey’s McGee. The highly anticipated album brought Umphrey’s McGee to #186 in Billboard’s Top 200, and the band debuted #11 on the coveted Heatseekers Chart.

Look for Umphrey’s McGee on tour now, hitting San Francisco, New York, and everywhere in between. The band performed on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 18, 2006. Sitting in with them for their late night television debut was veteran rocker Huey Lewis, who also appears on Safety in Numbers.

For Safety in Numbers, personal chaos provided plenty of fuel for an explosion of collaborative, creative energy. From top to bottom, in its carefully constructed yet deeply felt notes, Safety In Numbers is strong and coolly calculated, yet easy-going and improvisational -- an aural representation of life’s balancing act. Without sacrificing their endearing playfulness, Umphrey’s McGee - dare we say it - is growing up.

It’s been a quick rise for Chicago’s Umphrey’s McGee. Their virtuoso playing and edgy songcraft recently compelled Rolling Stone to choose Umphrey’s “a band to watch” in their annual Hot Issue. Relix magazine put them on the cover of their December 2004 issue and the prestigious Chicago Music Awards bestowed upon Umphrey’s McGee the coveted Best Rock Entertainer of the Year award. Booked coast to coast by the Monterey Peninsula Booking Agency, the band recently sold out two nights at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, two nights at Irving Plaza, San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, the list goes on.

Umphrey's McGee confirmed tour dates:

August 04 Lollapalooza Chicago IL
August 13 Wolf Trap Vienna VA
August 14 Pier Six Pavilion Baltimore MD
August 16 Chastain Park Amphitheater Atlanta GA
August 17 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen VA
August 18 Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park Cary NC
August 19 Mercy Lounge Nashville TN
August 20 Hartwood Amphitheater Pittsburgh PA
August 25 F.U.N.K Festival Bean Blossom IN
August 30-31 Bandshell Tonight / MN State Fair St. Paul MN
September 02 moe.down Turin NY
September 07 The Intersection Grand Rapids MI
September 08 Robert J. Fischgrund PAC South Bend IN
September 21 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
September 22 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO
September 23 River Roots Live Festival Davenport IA
September 29-30 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
October 04 Toad's Place New Haven CT
October 05 Nightclub 9:30 Washington D.C.
October 06 The Palladium Worcester MA
October 18 The Showbox Seattle WA
October 19 Roseland Theatre Portland OR
October 20 Senator Theatre Chico CA
October 21 The Avalon Hollywood CA
October 23 House of Blues San Diego CA
October 24 The Catalyst Santa Cruz CA
October 25 House of Blues Anaheim CA
November 08 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS
November 09 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK
November 10 Granada Theatre Dallas TX
November 11 Stubb's BBQ Austin TX
November 15 Bogart's Cincinnati OH
January 02-07 Jam Cruise 5 Ft Lauderdale FL

*photo credits to: Danny Clinch 2006


Avett Brothers announce West Coast Summer Tour

North Carolina's own Avett Brothers announced their first major West Coast Summer Tour earlier this morning. This irreverent, high energy, acoustic trio will be rocking stages from Washington to California in support of their latest release 'Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions'. Fans of live music will not want to miss the Avett's floor stomping raucous blend of Alt-Grass & Country. Fueled by Scott Avett on string busting banjo and vocals, pickmaster Seth Avett on guitar and vocals, and the persistent thud of Bobby Crawford on upright bass - the Avett Brothers should not be missed by any serious music aficionado

Avett Brothers Summer Tour 2006

Seattle, WA
Tractor Tavern
9:00 pm

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Eugene, OR
Sam Bonds Garage
9:00 pm


Bend, OR
Domino Room
51 NW Greenwood
Bend, OR
(702) 787-3392
8:45 pm

Medford, OR
Johnny B's
10:00 pm

Davis, CA
The Palms

Monterey, CA
Monterey Live
9:30 pm

Saratoga, CA
Bleeding Edge Festival - Montalvo Arts Center