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Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Perform With The Del McCoury Band on “Late Show With David Letterman”

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 8, 2011

Group Featured in Danny Clinch Documentary

Louisiana Fairytale With My Morning Jacket

The iconic, New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be taking over New York on July 20th, where they will perform on “Late Show With David Letterman” before their show at City Winery that night.  Additionally, they will be stopping by WNYC’s Greene Space and WXPN’s World Cafe that day.  Please let us know if you’re interested in attending the City Winery show and click HERE for tickets to the Greene Space performance.

Pres Hall will be joined by the Grammy-winning  bluegrass outfit The Del McCoury band for these performances.  The two groups recently joined forces to record their collaborative full-length American Legacies, which was released earlier this year.  In addition to being a showcase for their incredible musicianship, the album is a fascinating juxtaposition of traditional New Orleans Jazz and Bluegrass, made by true legends who are both celebrating 50 years in their respective genres.

Pres Hall has dedicated itself to keeping the traditions of New Orleans jazz alive, both in their hometown and on tour around the world.  Along the way, they have brought in collaborators of all musical stripes to play, honor, and reinterpret America’s first true art form.

One of those bands is My Morning Jacket, who have performed and toured with Pres Hall numerous times over the past several years.  This ongoing partnership was the subject of the documentary Louisiana Fairytale, which was directed by Danny Clinch.  The film screened at SXSW and Bonnaroo, and can be viewed next at The Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans on July 23rd as well as at the New Orleans film festival October 14th – 20th.

Pres Hall put on multiple soulful and triumphant performances at Bonnaroo last month, leading the New York Times to call them the “binding glue” of this year’s festival.  They led a parade to a surprise show by Portugal the Man, performed with The Del McCoury Band, and appeared during My Morning Jacket’s set.  Pres Hall have also played and recorded with artists like Tom WaitsPete SeegerAni DiFranco and Andrew Bird.  Through these collaboration and others, they are both the face of the genre to fans across the globe and a bridge that connects traditional NOLA jazz to other styles of music.  The illustrious group have thus earned a reputation as ambassadors of the music, as well as the overall spirit of New Orleans.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band US Tour Dates:

7/6: Racine, WI @ Racine Zoo
7/20: New York, NY @ City Winery w/ The Del McCoury Band
7/22: Thousand Oaks, CA @ Open Borders Festival
7/24: Santa Fe, NM @ New Mexico Jazz Festival
8/2: Wellfleet, MA @ Wellfleet Preservation Hall
8/3: New York, NY @ Lincoln Center w/ Trey McIntyre Project
8/4: Gettysburg, PA @ The Majestic Theatre
8/5: Clayton, NY @ Clayton Opera House
8/13: Windsor, CT @ Summerwind Perf. Arts Center w/ The Del McCoury Band
8/20: Eagle, ID @ Eagle River Outdoor Pavillion w/ Trey McIntyre Project
9/2: Camp Mather, CA @ Strawberry Music Festival
9/3: Irvine, CA @ Great Park Summer Series
9/17: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
9/22: Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College Herrick Chapel
9/23: Des Moines, IA @ Drake University – Sheslow Auditorium
9/24: Grand Rapids, MI @  Calvin College
9/25: S. Milwaukee, WI @ South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
9/26: S. Milwaukee, WI @ South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
10/2: San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass w/ The Del McCoury Band
10/15: Aurora, IL @ Aurora University – Crimi Auditorium
10/19: Easton, MD @ The Avalon Theatre
10/21: Florence, SC @ Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology
10/22: Athens, GA @ University of Georgia w/The Del McCoury Band
10/29: Plymouth, NH @ Plymouth State University – Silver Cultural Arts Center
11/5: Carmel, IN @ The Center for the Performing Arts
11/12: Davis, CA @ UC Davis – Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
11/13: Arroyo Grande, CA @ Clark Center for the Performing Arts
11/19: Shreveport, LA @ Highland Jazz & Blues Festival – Columbia Park
11/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall w/ Trey McIntyre Project


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 8, 2011




Chromeo, the electrofunk duo credited for some of the decade’s most addicting pop songs and memorable live performances, is announcing a string of 34 new Fall tour dates, aptly titled the ‘Night Falls‘ tour, in addition to their many upcoming festival appearances throughout the globe this year.  This seven week journey across North America will be the biggest, most extensive tour in the band’s history.  Joining the twosome on the road is soulful crooner Mayer Hawthorne, the Stones Throw alum now signed to Universal, and, on selected dates, Ed Banger’s very own funkateer Breakbot.  Audiences should expect a spectacle as Chromeo’s performances are known for their trademark hot-legged keyboard stands, elaborate light show and sultry Robert Palmer-esque back-up singers.  More recently fans have been treated to guest appearances by the likes of A-Trak and Ezra Koenig ofVampire Weekend to go along with the band’s seriously fancy footwork.  Ticket sales begin July 6th for pre-sale and open July 8th for the general public.  As all of Chromeo’s past tours have, this one is likely to sell out quickly.


Chromeo members Dave 1 and P-Thugg hit new heights with the release of the critically acclaimed Business Causal this past year, appearing on Late Night with David Letterman and Conan O’Brien.  Their next official single, “When The Nights Falls” featuring Solange Knowles, is being released as a remix EP on July 26th through Big Beat/Atlantic Records.  The single package features remixes by Hercules & Love AffairLifelikeBreakbot and a cover version by Mayer Hawthorne.  Check out the Breakbot remix below for a preview of what to expect and scroll down for the full list of tour dates.














9/14                        DALLAS, TX – House of Blues

9/16                        HOUSTON, TX – House of Blues

9/17                        AUSTIN, TX – Austin City Limits *

9/18                        NEW ORLEANS, LA – House of Blues

9/20                        MIAMI, FL – Fillmore

9/21                        ORLANDO, FL – Beacham Theater

9/22                        ATLANTA GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage)

9/24                        MONTREAL, QC – Metropolis (Pop Montreal) *

9/26                        DETROIT, MI – Majestic

9/27                        COLUMBUS, OH – Newport Music Hall

9/28                        PITTSBURGH, PA – Stage AE

9/30                        CHICAGO, IL – House of Blues *

10/3                        MILWAUKEE, WI – Turner Hall

10/4                        MINNEAPOLIS, MN – First Avenue

10/6                        BOULDER, CO – Boulder Theater

10/7                        DENVER, CO – Ogden

10/8                        ASPEN, CO – Belly Up

10/10                      SEATTLE, WA- Showbox Sodo

10/11                      PORTLAND, OR – Roseland

10/12                      ARCATA, CA – Arcata Community Center

10/13                      RENO, NV – Knitting Factory

10/17                      SAN DIEGO, CA- House of Blues **

10/18                      TEMPE, AZ – Marquee Theatre **

10/20                      KANSAS CITY, MO – Midland Theater **

10/21                      TULSA, OK    – Cain’s Ballroom **

10/22                      OXFORD, MS – The Lyric **

10/24                      ST. LOUIS, MO – The Pageant **

10/25                      NASHVILLE, TN – Cannery Ballroom **

10/27                      RICHMOND, VA – The National **

10/28                      ASHEVILLE, NC – MoogFest *

10/31                      PHILADELPHIA, PA – Electric Factory **

11/1                        BOSTON, MA – House of Blues **

11/2                        TORONTO, ON – Sound Academy **



* without Mayer Hawthorne

** with Breakbot


Iconic Bluesman Johnny Winter Returns with New Album ‘Roots’ (September 27th / Megaforce)

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 8, 2011

Johnny Winter Returns with New Album 'Roots'

Special Guests include Vince Gill, Susan Tedeschi, Sonny Landreth, John Popper, Edgar Winter,

Warren Haynes, John Medeski & More
The legendary Johnny Winter will release his new studio album entitled ‘Roots’ on September 27, 2011 via Megaforce Records. This album returns Johnny to his roots by paying homage to the iconic blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced Winter’s own signature sound and style. ‘Roots’ is the follow up to his Grammy-nominated ‘I’m a Blues Man.’
A host of special guests join Winter trading licks in honoring his idols, including Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Jimmy Vivino, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski and Johnny’s brother Edgar Winter. 
Among the 11 tracks that together represent a veritable history of the blues are songs by the genre’s elder statesmen including a version of Robert Johnson’s 1936 recording “Dust My Broom.” Winter pays respect to the greats who came to prominence in the late 1940s and ‘50s including Elmore James’ “Done Somebody Wrong,” Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Further on up the Road” and Chuck Berry’s first hit single, “Maybellene.” Also featured is “Come Back Baby,” written by Walter Davis and made popular by Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed’s 1961 hit “Bright Lights, Big City,” and Muddy Waters’ version of “Got My Mojo Working.” Brother Edgar guests on “Honky Tonk,” the one instrumental featured on ‘Roots.’ Rounding out the collection are Little Walter’s “Last Night,” Larry Williams’ “Short Fat Fannie” and T-Bone Walker’s “T-Bone Shuffle.” This special project was directed by famed guitarist Paul Nelson, who’s role is as both producer and performer on this recording.
Track listing and special guests joining Mr. Winter on ‘Roots’:
1) “T-Bone Shuffle” (Sonny Landreth, slide guitar)
2) “Further on up the Road” (Jimmy Vivino, guitar)
3) “Done Somebody Wrong” (Warren Haynes, slide guitar)
4) “Got My Mojo Workin’”
5) “Last Night” (John Popper, harp)
6) “Maybellene” (Vince Gill, guitar)
7) “Bright Lights, Big City” (Susan Tedeschi, lead guitar and
8) “Honky Tonk” (Edgar Winter, sax)
9) “Dust My Broom” (Derek Truckson, slide guitar)
10) “Short Fat Fannie” (Paul Nelson, guitar)
11) “Come Back Baby” (John Medeski, organ)
About Johnny: Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal and walked with the originators of the art form. A Texas bluesman who played Woodstock and jammed with everyone from Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix and Willie Dixon to
Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, Janis Joplin and Steve Ray Vaughan.
His signing to Columbia Records has been called largest solo artist deal of its time.  Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues – a prime combination for those discovering the blues through the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.  Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock; the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock.
A torchbearer for the blues, Johnny has championed and helped revitalize the careers of his idols, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.  Johnny had a special relationship with Muddy Waters and is often credited with revitalizing the legendary guitarist, producing and performing on Waters’ Grammy-winning comeback album ‘Hard Again,’ and Grammy-winning albums I’m Ready’ (1978) and ‘Muddy Mississippi Waters Live’ (1979) and ‘King Bee’ (1980). Johnny was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988.

Today, Johnny Winter continues to tour worldwide, performing more than 120 shows a year and selling-out performances with his with acclaimed band.  Totally clean and sober, Winter has kicked all the demons that have been a part of his life since the ’60.  In 2011, he performed in Japan for the first time in his career

Johnny Winter:
July 22 – Norwalk, CT  Norwalk Concert Hall
July 23 – Alexandria, VA  Birchmere
July 24 – Pittsburgh, PA  Hartwood Acres
July 26 – Erie, PA  Liberty Park Ampitheatre
July 27 – Cleveland, OH  Beachland
July 28 – Columbus, OH  Newport Music Hall
July 29 – Lexington, MI  Lexington Music Theatre Company
July 30 – Chicago, IL  Taste of Lincoln Avenue
July 31 – Minneapolis, MN  Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues
Aug 2 – Auburn Hills, MI  Callahan’s Music Hall
Aug 3 – Oakville, ON  Oakville Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 10 – Atlanta, GA  Smith’s Olde Bar
Aug 11 – Asheville, NC  The Orange Peel
Aug 12 – Knoxville, TN  Bijou Theatre
Aug 13 – Greenville, SC  Handlebar
Aug 20 – Niagara Falls, NY  Bear’s Den
Sept 23 – New York, NY  BB King’s /