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Los Lonely Boys Announce Tour to Support “Rockpango”!

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 13, 2011
After proving themselves one of the most stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade,  
Los Lonely Boys continue to carve out their legend with their fourth studio album, their first self-produced LP on their own LonelyTone/Playing In Traffic Records,Rockpango.
Supporting this newest release, Los Lonely Boys hit the road to share the utterly unique combination of blues, rock, soul, their Latino heritage and snippets of hip-hop found on Rockpango.
For a preview of what to expect, check out the undeniably fun animated video for “16 Monkeys.”
Since debuting in 2003 with a multi-chart gold single, selling millions of albums, winning a Grammy, racking up reams of critical praise, opening for the Rolling Stones and playing and recording with such legends as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, Rockpango further enforces All Music Guide‘s assertion that Los Lonely Boys are “one of America’s premier rock bands.”
Tour Dates and more on Rockpango below!



Los Lonely Boys Tour Dates
July 15 – Winstar Casino – Thakerville, OK *
July 16 – Fritz City Park Festival – Hutto, TX
July 19 – George Lopez Show     
July 21 – Mill Bay Casino – Manson, WA *
July 22 – Emerald Queen Casino – Tacoma, WA *
July 23 – Yakama Nation Legends Casino – Toppenish, WA
 *
July 24 – Oregon Zoo Amphitheater – Portland, OR *
July 26 – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA *
July 27 – John Ascuaga’s Nugget – Sparks, NV *
July 28 – Chukchansi Gold Resort Casino – Coarsegold, CA
 *
July 29 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *
July 30 – Fantasy Springs Casino – Indio, CA *
July 31 – Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay – San Diego, CA
 *
Aug 2 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Albuquerque, NM
 *
Aug 4 – Colorado River State Park – Fruita, CO *
Aug 5 – Arvada Center Amphitheater – Arvada, CO *
Aug 6 – Chautauqua Auditorium – Boulder, CO
 *
Aug 9 – Music In The Zoo – Apple Valley/Minneapolis, MN *
Aug 10 – Ravinia Pavillion – Highland Park/Chicago, IL *
Aug 11 – Frederik Meijer Gardens – Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 12 – Meadow Brook Music Festival – Rochester Hills, MI
Aug 13 – Dutch Mason Blues Festival – Truro, NS
Aug 17 – Blues on the Green – Austin, TX
KGSR event
Aug 19 – Trails West 2011 – St Joseph, MO
Aug 20 – Freeport Music & Art – Freeport, IL
Aug 27 – Texas Music Theatre – San Marcos, TX
benefit for LULAC
Aug 28 – Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Arena – Carlsbad, NM
Sept 2 – Crockett Civic Center – Crockett, TX
Sept 3 – Summertime Blues Festival – Freeport, TX
Sept 9 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Sept 10 – Library Theatre – Hoover, AL
acoustic – 2 shows
Sept 11 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
Sept 13 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
Sept 14 – The Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN
Sept 15 – Live on the Green – Nashville, TN
WRLT event
Sept 16 – The Arts Center – Carrboro, NC
Sept 18 – Ziggy’s – Winston Salem, NC
Sept 24 – Foster Communication Center – San Angelo, TX
w/ Los Lobos *
 

More on Los Lonely Boys and Rockpango

Can anything even more magical happen in the already charmed career of Los Lonely Boys? You bet. It’s called Rockpango, their first self- produced long player on their own LonelyTone/Playing In Traffic Records. And yeah, it’s magical indeed.
At least as magical — and maybe more so — as debuting in 2003 with a multi-chart gold single, selling millions of albums, winning a Grammy, racking up reams of critical acclaim, opening for The Rolling Stones, and many more accomplishments for the Texican rock’n’roll trio of brothers. Plus playing and recording with such legends as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, associations that give a strong hint at what’s at work here on Rockpango.
After proving themselves one of the most stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade, Los Lonely Boys are now carving out their legend with their fourth studio album. Even though the band has already shown they can “up the ante with greater musicianship and confidence” (People) every time out, on Rockpangothey heighten the trajectory, open up their sound, and show what flourishing maturity feels like from these veteran yet still young and burgeoning musical talents.
Rockpango is a spirit and sound coined by Los Lonely Boys that takes the next step from fandango (a beat of loving celebration) and then huapango (another infectious Latin rhythm that gets the fiesta cooking) to a full-scale Tex-Mex American roots rock party galore. Bursting out of the gate with the simmering and slinky “American Idle” that scans today’s tough economic times, and wrapping up 10 tracks later with the fierce and fiery assertion that love is the answer on “Believe,” Los Lonely Boys look at the big picture around us with the concerns and continuing faith that come with well-grounded adulthood.
Their ever-expanding musical vision fills the set with new facets that further reveal the group’s already notable artistic diversity. “16 Monkeys” is a delightfully funky slice of infectious neo-bohemian wit and wordplay, while orchestration by the Tosca String Quartet adds classic rock-pop sophistication on the achingly beautiful “Road To Nowhere” and the Beatle-esque gem “Smile.” And they fuse deep blues with a hip-hop twist on “Porn Star,” which includes a razor-sharp rap at the tail end by Kush, one of their Texas extended family relations.
They soar on “Fly Away,” rip it up to percolating Latin beats on “Love In My Veins” and “Baby Girl,” and reassert their mastery of the classic music that influences them as demonstrated on their recent 1969 EP. They deliver ‘60s style blues-rockers on the rousing title tune and powerfully loping “Change The World” — two more slices of their spot-on social commentary and consciousness.
The trademark Los Lonely Boys genetic vocal blend is deeper, richer, more fluent and confident than ever. The rhythms are utterly irresistible as well as flush with smart syncopation and muscular drive, abetted on some tracks by tour percussionist Carmelo “Melo” Torres. The brothers’ songwriting skills stamp indelibility on every winning number. And Henry Garza goes even beyond what Guitar World hails as being a “guitarist with chops out his ass who doesn’t care about chops [and] just opens up and plays.” Joined by veteran Austin player Riley Osbourn on keyboards, Los Lonely Boys deliver and more on Rockpango.
“I’m super proud of it,” says JoJo Garza, bassist and middle brother in the triumvirate. “It’s just progress, maturation and growth. Growing up, being older, seeing the world we’re living in. It’s also touching base with home.”
Los Lonely Boys tale to date is already the stuff legends are made of: Playing behind their father as kids in cantinas and honky-tonks. Moving to Nashville in their teens to try to win a record deal. Returning to their native Texas, where the brothers made their bones on the club scene as a live act. Releasing their self-titled debut, which goes double platinum, and penning a #1 radio hit in “Heaven.”
Two more stellar studio albums followed: Sacred (2006) and Forgiven (2008). In 2009, they cut 1969, an EP that leaps back four decades to reveal how the group’s roots extend well past their birthdates on songs by The Beatles, Santana, The Doors, Buddy Holly and Tony Joe White. 2010 brought about the release of Keep On Giving: Acoustic Live! a snapshot of their recent acoustic tour.
So after all that, what’s left but to meet the new decade with the great leap forward, upward, outward and onward of Rockpango? “It was just time to grow and change,” explains JoJo. “But not change too much. It’s kind of like a tree. A tree doesn’t actually change much as it grows. It gets taller, grows more branches, gets thicker and stronger.
“I think it’s one of our best if not our best,” he adds. “We took the ball and I think we scored a touchdown.”
And after eight years of championship seasons, Rockpango paves the way for Los Lonely Boys to enter the rock’n’roll pantheon of legendary musical artists while also remaining true to themselves. “We’re still Lonely Boys,” JoJo insists, chuckling in agreement that they are also now Los Lonely Men who have truly come of age on their latest. “We’re still family, we’re still three brothers, we’re still doing what the good Lord has blessed us with, and that’s singing and playing for people who really want to listen.”
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THE FLAMING LIPS ANNOUNCE MORE SUMMER SHOWS

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 13, 2011

THE FLAMING LIPS continue to confirm additional concert dates to their current summer itinerary. All dates are listed below. The LIPS are fresh off their very special two-night engagement in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where they played to ecstatic capacity crowds, The band performed THE SOFT BULLETIN in its entirety the first night and their version of Pink Floyd’s THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (including spectacular vocal assistance from Peaches on a pair of Dark Side songs) on the second night. In addition, the LIPSadded a brief, stripped-down sunrise performance on the cemetery’s front lawn with assistance from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on the morning of June 15th. Each of these events has been heavily documented in the media so check out YouTube for highlights.

 

An exclusive Flaming Lips (life-size) Gummy Skull, with USB drive featuring “The Soft Bulletin: Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011,” was available for this event. It’s very possible that some of these special Skulls may remain in stock so double check the LIPS Official Store and grab it up before it’s gone…forever.

 

Possibly the most exciting news of the summer is the confirmation of a pair of NY area co-headline shows with Weezer July 28, at PNC Bank Arts Center and July 29, at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. This will be a first for both bands as they will take the stage together and trade off songs. Naturally, these will be very special events and most likely will never happen again. The only thing that can be predicted is to expect the unpredictable.  Yeasayer will provide support.

 

Commenting on these shows Wayne Coyne remarked: “The Flaming Lips and Weezer are playing a show together…where they are actually playing together.”  “I asked Wayne if he has an extra bubble I could ride in,” dared Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo.  Needless to say don’t miss these unprecedented, monumental happenings.

 

Complete list of confirmed dates are as follows:

Wed     July 27              Bank Of America Pavilion                      Boston, MA
Thur      July 28              PNC Bank Arts Center                            Holmdel, NJ
(w/ LipsWeezer/WeezerLips Extravaganza & Yeasayer)

 

Fri        July 29              Nikon and Jones Beach                         Wantagh, NY
(w/ LipsWeezer/WeezerLips Extravaganza & Yeasayer)

 

Sun      July 31              Osheaga Festival                                  Montreal, Canada

(Featuring a special performance of “The Soft Bulletin” and more)

 

Wed     Aug 3               Red Rocks Amphitheater                       Morrison, CO

(w/ Primus – Special performance of “Dark Side Of The Moon” and more)

 

Thur      Aug 4               Harrah’s Council Bluffs                          Council Bluffs, IA

Fri        Aug 5               Kanrocksas –  Kansas Speedway           Kansas City, KS

Sat       Aug 6               Brady District Block Party                      Tulsa, OK
(w/ Primus, MuteMath and more)

 

Sat       Aug 20              Sound Town Fest/Somerset Amphit       Somerset, WI

Sat       Sep 3               Metamorphose                                      Izu City, Japan

Fri        Sep 9               Long Beach                                          Long Island, NY

Sat       Sep 10              Hopscotch festival                                Raleigh, NC

Fri        Sep 16              Telluride Blues & Brews Festival             Telluride, CO

Sat       Sep 17              The Great Saltair                                    Magna, UT

Mon      Sep 19              Eagle River Pavilion                              Eagle, ID

Tue       Sep 20              Keller Auditorium                                   Portland, OR

Wed     Sep 21              Western Washington Fair                       Puyallup, WA

Sat       Sep 24              Blackwater Music Festival                      Live Oak, FL

Tue       Oct 25              Main Street Armory                                Rochester, NY

Thur      Oct 27              Norva                                                   Norfolk, VA

Sat       Oct 29              Moogfest                                              Asheville, NC

 

 

As previously reported the LIPS have been busy recording post-EMBRYONIC new material on their own as well as indulging in some unique collaborations. Some of these amazing recordings have manifested themselves into and onto the resoundingly popular 12″ round vinyl “record” format and pressed in vivid multi-hues of Mr. Coyne’s own choosing. These lovely limited-edition artifacts have been sparsely distributed to independent record stores around the country and though most have been grabbed up, search carefully and you shall be rewarded. No two are exactly alike but some are still out there in the bins so happy hunting.  Other recordings have found their way onto Flash Drives embedded into the flavorful brains of juicy edible Gummy Skulls randomly distributed to various music emporiums or sold at the Hollywood Forever L.A. shows. Again, these too, may be findable. To recap, here is a list of all the new LIPS music released to date this year:

 

“TWO BLOBS F**KING,” released on Valentine’s Day, Feb 14th, and available on YouTube now in 12 musical and visual parts designed to be played back on iPhone mobile devices simultaneously to create a lo-fi symphonic effect.

 

A very limited edition, self-released four-song 12″ color vinyl single followed in March and new songs with THE LIPS collaborating with Neon Indian and featuring the tracks:

“Is David Bowie Dying?,” “Alan’s Theremin,” “You Don’t Respond” and “Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth Part 2.”

 

April saw the release of “HEADY NUGGS: THE FIRST 5 WARNER BROS. RECORDS 1992 – 2002” for Record Store Day comprised of the complete recordings of:  Hit To Death In The Future Head (1992), Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993), Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), The Soft Bulletin (1999), and the Grammy Award-winning, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002). Standard issue pressed on 120-gram black vinyl for Record Store Day internationally. A “Special Limited Edition” was also available with each album pressed on colored vinyl (five different colors), sold through the LIPS’ webstore.

 

Also in April was the first-ever Gummy Skull with different flavored Gummy brain inside the skull (life-sized, completely edible and weighing in at over seven lbs. of chewy goodness), which houses a USB drive inside the brain – of a different flavor and color – with four new and exclusive songs: “Drug Chart,” “In Our Bodies, Out Of Our Heads,” “Walk With Me,” and “Hillary’s Time Machine Machine.” These are now rare but check www.flaminglips,com for details.

 

In May, another varied colored vinyl limited-edition 12″ four-song EP was released, this time featuring the LIPS collaborating with Prefuse 73 (Guillermo Scott Herren). Tracklist: “The Super Moon Made Me Want to Pee,” “Heavy Star Moving,” “Be Like That…That…That,” and “Guillermo’s Bolero.”Search and you shall find!

 

In June, a limited edition marijuana-flavored Gummy Skull with a USB drive featuring “The Soft Bulletin:  Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011” was available at the Hollywood Forever Los Angeles shows.

 

Just in time for July, the LIPS have introduced the Gummy Song Fetus in limited quantities to fans in tour markets. Naturally, the prenatal confection contains a USB Drive embedded into its cranial core with three brand-new recordings exclusive to this release: “Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear Part 2,” “Steven’s Moonbow,” and “Squishy Glass.” These will be very limited so don’t hesitate.

 

Future releases include such exotic formats as…well, you’ll just have to keep an eye onwww.flaminglips.com or look for Wayne Infamous tweets for clues. Until then, don’t miss the LIPSlive this summer. Check the LIPS official Store for brand new merch available now.

PRESTONSBURG BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL ARTIST LINE UP

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 13, 2011

Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival Releases Official Line-Up for the 5 Day Festival and the Addition of DSACK to List of Non-Profit Organizations that will Receive Donations from Concert to be held July 27th-31st

 

 

PRESTONSBURG, KY(Monday, July 11, 2011)

The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival released the official line-up for the 5 day event, adding Chris Knight to the already impressive roster of artists.  The Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky will join the list of local non-profit organizations receiving five percent of all tickets sales that will be evenly distributed amongst the charities.  The Pikeville College Booth Scholar Program will also receive a percentage of the profits from the Miller/Coors Beer

Garden sales.  An inflatable waterslide and obstacle course will be available for the kids at the event to be held July 27-31, 2011 at the Prestonsburg Equine Center at Stonecrest.

 

 

 

Below is the official artist line-up for the 2011 Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival:

 

Wednesday

Cecil Butcher

Chris Meade Band

Big Cedar Ramblers

Roger Dale

Wolf Creek Grass

Custom Made Bluegrass

Fast Lane

Appalachian Rain

 

Thursday

Republik Steele

Black Powder express

Big Cedar Ramblers

Bluegrass Riot

East Kentucky Tyme

Custom Made Bluegrass

Appalachian Rain

Tyler Stephens

Josh Martin Band

 

Friday

Host Storme Warren

Cecil Butcher

Bluegrass Riot

Tyler Stephens

Dave Carrol & New River Line

Appalachian Rain

Cumberland River Band

Tommy Webb Band

Don Rigsby

Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain

Joe Diffie & New Found Road

 

Saturday

Republik Steele

Black Powder Express

Karen Waldrup

Josh Slone and Coaltown

Danny Paisley & Southern Grass

Bluegrass Mountaineers

Coaltown Dixie

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

The Roys

Chris Knight

J.D. Crowe

 

Sunday Mornin Service

Blue Moon Rising

Custom Made Bluegrass

Marty Raybon

 

Sunday Evening

CJ The DJ and East Kentucky Rain

Black Powder Express

Custom Made Bluegrass

Vince Combs & Shade Tree Grass

Blue Moon Rising

Dale Ann Bradley

Marty Raybon & Full Circle

Dailey & Vincent

 

Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky

DSACK is a non-profit volunteer organization comprised of families and professionals who are interested in bettering the lives of people with Down syndrome, and helping them to realize their life aspirations. DSACK’s ultimate goal is to provide support, resources, and opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and their

families.  DSACK celebrates that ALL people are beautiful, capable, and loved!

 

Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival

The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival is a five-day music festival that will be held July 27th-31st at the Prestonburg Equine Center at Stonecrest in Prestonburg, KY.  In its’ inception year, The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival will captivate the audience with an artist lineup that includes J.D. Crowe, Joe Diffie, Dailey & Vincent and many more famous names from the country/bluegrass industry.  This festival will prove to be your family’s new tradition with delicious food, corn hole and horse shoe tournaments. The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival’s all-star roster of pickers and grinners will have music echoing through the hills of Eastern Kentucky.  For more information please visit the Website: www.bluemoonmountain.com

 

Sponsors include Miller, Coors, Blue Moon, Pikeville RV, Coca-Cola, City of Prestonsburg, The Pikeville College Booth Scholars Program, Heritage House Inn, Law Offices of Moak & Nunnery PSC, Blue Highways TV, Shirt Gallery, Bud Light and Inter Mountain Cable. 

 

Local charities receiving donations from the festival include Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky, The Jordan Light Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Highlands Center for Autism, The Pikeville College Booth Scholars Program.

DELUNA FEST CONFIRMS THE SHINS, LEAK INITIAL 2011 FEST LINE UP WEEZER, JANE’S ADDICTION, CUT COPY, MATT & KIM, BIG BOI AMONG THE 80+ BANDS TO PLAY TICKETS, VIP PACKAGES NOW ON SALE

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 13, 2011
With the confirmation of The Shins being added to this year’s DeLuna Fest, organizers are leaking the initial the line up for the 2011 music event on Pensacola’s Gulf Coast.  More bands are still to be announced, but DeLuna has confirmed those already set to play stages on the sugar-white sands of Pensacola Beach include Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, The Shins, Cut Copy, Cake,  Stars, Matt & Kim, Big Boi, Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot, Manchester Orchestra, New Pornographers, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Wanda Jackson, and many, many more.  In all, over 80 bands will be part of the 2nd year of America’s Original Beach Party which takes place October 13-16.
DeLuna Fest’s six stages and waterfront hotels along Pensacola Beach will play host to national rock acts as well as regional Southern Rock superstars.  In addition to the hottest in today’s mainstream and indie rock scene, as well as seasoned headliners, performing artists will also be spinning poolside, while the very best in jazz and blues will be performing in a special tented venues.  After the main stage performances each evening, the fun continues with indoor club parties in venues along the shore.
In its inaugral year, DeLuna Fest was able to bring an economic boost to the oil-spill ravaged Gulf Coast with the hugely attended 2010 music event.  This year, Five Flags Tourism Group has partnered with Innisfree Hotel Group to make DeLuna Fest the Fall’s biggest music festival with over 50k+ expected to attend.  Festival goers can stay at any number of beachfront properties just minutes from the action.  In addition to general admission passes, attendees will be given the opportunity to purchase VIP ticket/hotel packages that include on-site lodging in beachfront hotels with balconies overlooking performance stages, special VIP-only events, and complimentary beverages.
Additional bands also confirmed for the 2011 DeLuna Fest include: Ladytron, Bettye Lavette, Hood Internet, Ghostland Observatory, Wallpaper, Kevin Devine, Bad Books, Constellations, Asobi Seksu, Little Death, Mute Math, Bear Hands, Stone Foxes, Royal Bangs, Dinosaur Feathers, PS I Love You, Sleeper Agent, BlackBells, Saints of Valory, JJ Grey & MoFro, Toubab Krewe, Infamous Stringdusters, THE War on Drugs, Robbers on High Street, Nicos Gun, Still Corners, Grouplove, Dirty Heads, Cowboy Mouth, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Parlotones, Motopony, K.Flay, The Listening, Honey Island Swamp Band, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anders Osborne, The Revivalists, Griffin House, Nico Vega.
Watch for more bands to be announced by following http://twitter.com/delunafest
Tickets, hotel reservations, and packages available athttp://www.delunafest.com/lodging.php