An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band 2015 North American Tour Coming to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center on October 22, 2015
Legendary musician and songwriter Mark Knopfler will celebrate the release of his new record, Tracker, due March 17 on Verve Records, with a 36-city North American tour including a stop at DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, on Thursday, October 22, 2015.
Tickets go on sale Friday, January 30 at 10 a.m.:
- Online at DPACnc.com
- DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
- Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000
Fans that purchase tickets to ‘An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band’ online will receive a physical copy of Tracker for each pair of tickets purchased. Fan club presales begin January 27.
Says Knopfler, ‘Part of the fun is thinking what you might have a go at, for a new tour. For me, that’s part of the joy of it, getting that little crew together again, and setting sail once again. It’s a real adventure.’ Knopfler has always viewed touring as the final part of the process running from songwriting through recording and ending up on the road performing old and new songs. He now writes more music while actually on the road.
‘The songs ‘Lights of Taormina’ and ‘Silver Eagle’ came into being partly through my trips in Europe and the U.S. with Bob Dylan.’
Tracker marks the eighth solo recording from Knopfler, who Rolling Stone praises as one of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.’ The single ‘Beryl’ is now streaming worldwide at Vevo here: http://po.st/Byrlv. Fans who pre-order the record digitally today will instantly receive ‘Beryl’ with the order: http://smarturl.it/MKTracker.
Recorded at his own British Grove Studios in West London, Tracker includes 11 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including Beryl Bainbridge and Basil Bunting. The album was produced by Knopfler and his long-time friend and collaborator Guy Fletcher who also plays keyboard on the record. In addition, Tracker features Mike McGoldrick on whistle and flute, John McCusker on fiddle, Glenn Worf on bass and Ian Thomas on drums. Guest musicians include Ruth Moody (from The Wailin’ Jennys) on vocals, Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone and Phil Cunningham on accordion.
Tracker will be available on CD, double vinyl, deluxe CD with four bonus tracks, and a box set that will include the album on both CD and vinyl with a bonus CD featuring six extra tracks, a DVD with an exclusive short film directed by Henrik Hansen and an interview with Knopfler where he talks about the new record. Sleeve notes have been specially written by acclaimed U.S. author Richard Ford and also contain a numbered art print and six photographic prints.
A multiple Grammy® award winner as the lead vocalist and songwriter for Dire Straits, Knopfler has released seven solo albums as well as recording Neck And Neck with one of his guitar heroes, Chet Atkins and collaborated with Emmylou Harris on All The Roadrunning. He has created soundtracks for Local Hero and The Princess Bride and is currently working on a new film, Altamira. In addition to producing his own records Knopfler has also produced albums for Bob Dylan and Randy Newman amongst others. He was made an OBE in 1999 and was given the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Ivor Novellos in 2012.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® announces seven time Grammy nominated artist and pop culture icon Rob Zombie will headline an already aggressive lineup during the night of Hard Rock at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip on Wednesday, August 7. Rob Zombie, on tour following the April 2013 release of his new album, will take the stage after Mastodon and Machine Head rile up the crowd during the 2013 Sturgis motorcycle rally. Visit http://www.BuffaloChip.Com for summer music festival information and campground admission passes.
Known for his accomplishments and continuous boundary breaking efforts in both film and in music, seven time Grammy nominated musician Rob Zombie has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and brings a thrill to the audience that can only be understood if seen with your own eyes. Previously with White Zombie, the 2009 album “Hillbilly Deluxe” established Zombie as a standalone artist to be reckoned with. Zombie further pushed the limits producing films such as “Devil Rejects” and the remake film “Halloween” which was a #1 box office seller and garnered him multiple award nominations, including Best Director. Rob Zombie continues to show his remarkable and aggressive talents with decades of jaw dropping performances, his upcoming “Lords of Salem” movie release and his new album “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor,” both due out in April 2013.
Sturgis concert attendees can expect to hear classic fan favorites such as Dragula, Never Gonna Stop, and Thunder Kiss as well as songs off his new release. Rob Zombie is sure to make a dramatic and memorable impact during the 2013 summer music festival at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.
“Rob Zombie is a living icon with so many highly acclaimed accomplishments behind him we have no doubt he’ll make an impact fans will remember for years to come, ” says Rod Woodruff, owner of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Fans are absolutely thrilled to have Rob Zombie join the Chip’s festival lineup this year.”
The 32nd annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip® motorcycle and music festival takes place August 2-11, 2013 during the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally. The summer music festival lineup already includes Machine Head, Mastodon, Kid Rock, Toby Keith, ZZ Top, Halestorm, Brantley Gilbert, Queensrÿche and Sublime with Rome. More bands will be announced soon. All summer music festival and motorcycle rally information is available at http://www.buffalochip.com or (605) 347-9000.
Denver Singer Songwriter Drew Schofield Releases New Folk Rock Album, Rallies Support for Social Justice Issues.
After three years of hard work, grit, and determination, Drew Schofield will release his independent debut album, “Away We Go” on December 7, 2012, presenting a record that more than pays its debt of delayed hopes. This collection of finely crafted pieces is sure to delight fans and open doors for a larger audience to enjoy Drew’s work. With a folksy inflection and tasteful utilization of falsetto, Drew Schofield’s voice calls to mind singer/songwriter greats such as Kenny Loggins and Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik. The music is an acoustic-driven mix of folk rock with a pop sensibility that drives Schofield’s melodic hooks to the forefront of the listener’s attention.
Drew’s new record “Away We Go” is an album full of life. The intro track “Stars” draws the listener into a somber, acoustic space then explodes into a high-energy instrumental chorus. Beautifully executed dynamic changes throughout the record beg a second listen. Drew strips it all away on “True” (track 4), playing only a guitalele (think ukulele with 6 strings) and lamenting over a love that might have been. Mandolin, glockenspiel, violin and accordion authenticate the introspective folk side of Schofield’s music, while Rhodes and Hammond organs compliment electric guitar hooks on more upbeat numbers. Drew even throws in a little blue-eyed soul with “You Always Run,” an acoustic-blues number at track 3. Every song is a story, and the music rounds out the plot delightfully.
“Away We Go” was recorded in an old pipe organ chapel in Broomfield, CO, home to San Luis Sound. The open space and vaulted ceilings of the studio bring a sense of breadth to each track. Joe Turse, Drew’s producer on this album, was also the engineer behind the latest record from local alt folk band Chimney Choir, (ladder). Turse uses a combination of digital and analog mixing techniques to bring unique warmth to the music he produces.
But the music is not an end in itself for Schofield. He is hopeful that his music can bring beauty into the world beyond the simple enjoyment of rhythm, meter, and melody; Drew wants to impact real lives and meet genuine human need. “I have always sought to be part of something that is bigger than myself,” says Schofield. “I hope to make a difference in the lives of the down-and-out, the war-torn and the broken; unfortunately, there is a lot of that in our world.” Schofield sees himself partnering with a variety of organizations in the years to come that seek to bring about social justice. With the release of “Away We Go,” Drew has pledged one half of the profits from CD Sales within the first year to Project: Home, a homegrown venture with his wife Chelsea. The couple is seeking to adopt a child from Ethiopia and help other couples do the same.
As a token of appreciation to new prospective fans, Drew is giving away a free download of his song “Stars” for a limited time when listeners sign up for his email newsletter from his website at http://drewschofieldmusic.com. “I love to share my music with new people,” says Schofield. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done on this album and would love to get the word out about my music and the causes I stand by.”
Drew Schofield has stepped forward confidently with “Away We Go,” his first studio record. His indie folk rock sound is sure to please an ever-growing audience. The dynamic range of Schofield’s vocals alongside the dips and swells of his instrumentation draw in the listener and hold attention from the first chord to the last note of decaying reverb.
Combining the upbeat grooves of a world beat concert with the power of traditional devotional chanting, or kirtan, the GuruGanesha Band brings an entirely fresh and diverse sound to the sacred music genre. Their music draws upon many sources—raga, gospel, rock, folk, even a touch of the blues. In performance, these myriad musical tributaries merge in a river of sound that alternatively brings audiences to their feet in ecstatic dance and transports them inward, into a quieter, more meditative and soothing space. Much of the band’s material is drawn from GuruGanesha’s 2011 album Kundalini Surjhee, but they have also begun to incorporate some brand new compositions into their live performances.
The group is led by world devotional music pioneer GuruGanesha Singh, renowned for his work with singers Snatam Kaur, Tina Malia and Nirinjan Kaur, and widely respected as the founder of Spirit Voyage records. Grounding the GuruGanesha Band’s joyous beat are percussionist prodigy Tripp Dudley, accomplished bassist Gurusangat Singh, and rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Sat Kartar Singh. The GuruGanesha Bands’s rainbow tapestry of sonic hues is magnificently enriched by multi-instrumentalist Hans Christian, who performs on cello, sarangi, sitara and nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle). And then there’s Paloma Devi, the GuruGanesha Band’s divinely enchanting singer. She brings her entire life and soul to every note—her Cuban family background, her deep grounding in Kundalini yoga, her world travels, her ardent studies in everything from Sanskrit to flamenco dance.
The GuruGanesha Band is set to embark on their East Coast Tour at the Boston Yoga and Chant Fest on October 20th. They’ll next move on to Auburn, NY; Arlington, VA; Asheville, NC; and Davie, FL. For tickets and to learn more about this extraordinary new ensemble, visit GuruGanesha.com. The future of mantra music has arrived.
Soon after the world lost John Lennon, Yoko Ono found a way to cope with her sorrow by forcing a smile each day in the mirror. Soon those forced smiles turned into a real smile and led her to search for a way to share her discovery that smiling can help one face tragedy. Years later, she realized her dream could be achieved through the power of the Internet. Yoko Ono is an artist who wants to make you smile – quite literally in the case of her crowd-sourcing #smilesfilm project, that encourages users around the world to contribute footage of themselves smiling for her growing global database of grins.
For Fred Burger of VisionsMedia/BurgerDesign recovering from a heart attack several years ago was no laughing matter. Burger, a filmmaker, photographer and college professor found himself lying in his hospital room feeling sorry for himself and realizing he needed a way out of his depression. Burger came up with an idea — how could he experience instant, spontaneous and authentic laughter to lighten his spirits and get his mind off his troubles? The latest result of his 15-year quest is “The Gift of Laughter” app.
Burger says watching someone laugh triggers the response of laughter, progressing from smiles to chuckles to belly laughs. “This app is all about that feeling and an opportunity to share the gift of laughter,” he said. “And that’s why I named it “The GIFT of Laughter.” With all the challenges in the world today I thought it would be especially fitting to help bring a little happiness, smiles and laughter into our lives.”
After much planning, design and programming, Burger’s company VisionsMedia/BurgerDesign created the iPhone/iPad version of a video he first created in 1996. While the DVD version of his laughter video has sold to many happy users and health professionals through Amazon.com, the easy-access video clips on the iPhone/iPad app, which features fifty, 15 to 20 seconds clips of real people laughing, can be viewed and shared one at a time, as a group (“Play all”), or on a loop (“Continuous Play”). http://www.amazon.com/The-Gift-Laughter-Various/dp/B0063U36B6/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1331316562&sr=1-1
Burger’s project featured many recorded sessions with willing subjects laughing for his camera. The DVD has been used by organizations such as laughter therapy clubs, laughter yoga sessions, schools and hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers across the country.
Burger based his program on the theories and work of Norman Cousins and others who studied the healing and therapeutic power of laughter. Convinced that laughter could heal one’s soul and in turn the mind and body, Burger set out to capture laughter that could be accessed instantly with just the touch of a finger. The iTunes App store made that dream a reality.
“The DVD is a great way to deliver the video, but iPhone and iPad technology has given me the delivery system I have been waiting to use for many years now,” says Burger. “It’s the fastest way to deliver a healthy dose of laughter whenever you want it, every day.”
“This is the BEST laughter video we have ever seen. Period,” said Steve Wilson of the “World Laughter Tour,” which sponsors seminars and laughter-leader training globally. “When we laugh, our pain and suffering are put on hold and we are completely engulfed in a sense of well-being. Laughter makes us feel good both mentally and physically. And laughter is contagious, which makes this video work especially well.”
This gift of contagious laughter comes in the form of “The Gift of Laughter,” an iPhone/iPad app that is available now on the Apple iTunes App Store. The app, which already has thousands of users laughing along, was previously selling for $2.99. Now with 25 more laughs added to the original 25, users can select a favorite laugh or choose one at random and join in the fun. This great idea allows iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad users to participate in the power of laughter to induce smiles and laughs and to share them with friends and loved ones.
“There’s no other app quite like this available on the iTunes App Store,” says Burger. “My goal in creating this app was to share the feeling we get when we watch someone laughing. Taking advantage of smartphone and tablet technology, this app lets you enjoy that liberating feeling whenever you want.”
Steve Wilson, psychologist, founder of the World Laughter Tour, and Director of National Humor Month (April), says this about this unique app…“You have produced the best demonstration of true mirthful laughter that has ever been recorded. It’s very important in our therapeutic world. Mirth is a special emotion. I’ve seen so many takes on this (recorded laughter) but they are just OK. This truly is wonderful. And by far it’s the best one I have ever seen.”
John Oates Produces Aspen Songwriters Festival with the Wheeler Opera House March 21 – 25, 2012, Aspen, Colorado
Legendary singer-songwriter John Oatesproduces the third annual 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festivalin the picturesque ski resort of Aspen, Colorado, March 21 – 25, 2012. Having quickly grown into one of the premier songwriters festivals in the country, this year’s event features thirteen performances over five nights with genres from Americana to Alt-Rock to Pop.
Artists scheduled to appear include: Matt Nathanson, Kenny Loggins, Gary Burr, Matt Scannell (Vertical Horizons), Sophie B. Hawkins, James McMurtry, JD Souther, Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann (Yonder Mountain String Band), Marc Broussard and many others. Each night is magical as legendary writers perform side-by-side with the next great generation of songwriting talent.
The festival, which Oates created in partnership with the City of Aspen, takes place in the historic Wheeler Opera House. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fameand one half of the most successful duo in the history of rock and pop, Oates will also perform at the event’s grand finale with Sam Bush on Sunday, March 25. Proceeds from the non-profit festival support the mission of celebrating the art and craft of songwriting while mentoring and developing a new generation of talent.
In addition to producing the festival, John Oates has never been busier touring both with Hall & Oates and his solo project, The John Oates Band. Hall & Oates just returned from a two week tour of Australia and are enjoying a new generation of fans experiencing their music. Since the formation of their partnership in the early 70’s, Hall & Oates have sold over 80 million albums. Their influence on modern pop music has been cited by numerous contemporary bands like the Gym Class Heroes, the Killers, and Hot Chelle Rae, who reference the duo’s musical inspiration in shaping their sound.
Over the past decade, John Oates has continued to explore his musical roots. In 2011, John’s album “Mississippi Mile” delivered a fresh and unexpected sound. Since 1999, John Oates has recorded four solo albums: “Phunk Shui“, “100 Miles of Life”, “Mississippi Mile” and, most recently, a live album called “The Bluesville Sessions” set to be released in 2012.
TUNE IN to the Dean Guitars’ “LIVE from NAMM” webcast for a chance to win an iPad signed by Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine. One lucky viewer will be randomly selected from the chat room.
The iPad will be pre-loaded with Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy, an interactive application that teaches fans how to play Megadeth songs on ANY guitar. The app uses real master tracks and listens to every note played, providing instant feedback on your performance; it’s like taking private lessons with Dave.
Dean Guitars is the only company to date to give the global guitar community an all-access ticket to NAMM with a multi-camera, real-time HD webcast. Exclusive technology partnerships with Livestream.com and NewTek TriCaster will allow viewers to interact via Facebook and Twitter with the Dean crew.
Dave Mustaine, widely regarded as one of the greatest metal guitarist in the world, is the founder and front man of Megadeth. With ten Grammy nominations under their bullet belts and having enjoyed five consecutive Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications, as well as seven Gold certifications during their career, Megadeth is easily one of the most recognized and culturally significant names in hard rock music for the past three decades. They’ve essentially written the book on heavy metal and hard rock, gaining momentum with each critically lauded release. For more information, visit http://www.megadeth.com.
Sunday, January 22 at 2pm PST
Dean booth #5466B at NAMM and live online at http://www.deanguitars.com/webcast.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Announces its Newest Featured Exhibit: Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to present a major exhibition devoted to a truly unique American rock and roll band, Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip. The exhibit will open to the public on Thursday, April 12, as a part of the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Week events. The Mickey Hart Band, featuring the Grateful Dead drummer, will perform on the Rock Hall’s Main Stage for an exhibit opening event on Wednesday, April 11.
“The Grateful Dead is a band that is identified with a remarkable era in American history, and, inasmuch as they embody that era, their work is timeless,” says Jim Henke, vice president of Exhibits and Curatorial Affairs. “They’ve inspired many performers and bands, but none has exhibited their musical depth and cultural resonance. In a 30-year career, this group wrote their own rules and created a community unlike any band before or since.”
Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip explores the band from a non-linear point of view. Individual sections within the exhibit will be devoted to Grateful Dead as a recording group and a touring band, the fans who devotedly followed them, tapers and fellow travelers (people who were important to the band). It will include finished and working manuscripts for classic songs, handwritten notes from legendary taper Dick Latvala, artifacts from original sound designer Owsley “Bear” Stanley, and promoter Bill Graham’s Father Time robe and Grateful Dead Hotline answering machine.
Art and design have always been closely associated with Grateful Dead, and this exhibit will include an unprecedented collection of original artwork that is immediately recognizable from the band’s album covers and posters. It will feature numerous instruments used by the Grateful Dead over the years, including keyboards, drums, percussion, guitars and elements from the legendary Wall of Sound PA system. The Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California-Santa Cruz has loaned a significant number of items from their extraordinary collection, which will open to the public in Spring 2012.
Additional highlights include:
Five Jerry Garcia guitars, including his Travis Bean TB5
Mickey Hart’s custom-painted drum kit
Two Bob Weir guitars, including his first Ibanez “cowboy” custom guitar
Several original lyric manuscripts, including “Truckin’,” “Box of Rain” and “Sugaree”
Several original Grateful Dead-related artworks, including images from Workingman’s Dead, Without a Net and Fillmore Auditorium poster art
Bill Graham’s “Father Time” robe
Formed in Palo Alto, California, in 1965 from a previous incarnation as a bar band called the Warlocks, the Grateful Dead were at the epicenter of the sweeping cultural event that was San Francisco in the Sixties. Their music was informed by a diverse set of influences – contemporary classical composition, bluegrass, rhythm & blues, free jazz, rock and roll and the blues. Fueled by a cultural underground of writers, poets and bohemians that stretched from Oakland and Berkeley in the East Bay to Palo Alto on the peninsula, the Grateful Dead developed an ethos that embraced true artistic pursuits over commercial concerns, improvisation over rote arrangements and mind expansion through the use of psychedelic drugs.
At the exhibit opening event on the 11th, Mickey Hart Band will perform new songs from his forthcoming album to be released this spring as well as Grateful Dead classics. Hart will be touring this spring in support of his new album which he told Rolling Stone features samples of “light waves from the cosmos, starting 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang.”
This exhibit will be open through December 2012.
Berklee College of Music, the world’s premiere institution for the study of contemporary music, and Berkleemusic, its award-winning online extension school, today announced the launch of the Berklee Music Network, a first-of-its-kind music network, exclusive to Berklee students, alumni, and faculty, as well as select partners and music industry professionals.
The Berklee Music Network is an online community of the “best of the best” in music. Over 75,000 Berklee-trained and affiliated individuals, including Amy Ellis from Karmin, Stefan Lessard from the Dave Matthews Band, and many other noteworthy composers, producers, managers, performers and music industry professionals who are actively moving the business of music forward. The network provides a platform by which these professionals can collaborate, advance their careers through education and a robust job board, and get exclusive gear discounts from some of the industry leaders in the music business: Guitar Center, SoundCloud, IZotope, and many more.
“Berklee College of Music has an unparalleled track record in producing and educating the world’s best musicians, entrepreneurs, producers, and songwriters,” says Dave Kusek, CEO of Berkleemusic. “The Berklee Music Network is a destination where these top-tier musicians can continue their musical and professional growth in a supportive and collaborative environment. Our exclusive job boards and partner deals, coupled with the ability to personally interact with other Berklee-trained musicians, is a huge advantage to being part of Berklee, and it exists no where else online.”
Although current Berklee affiliates—students, alumni, faculty, and staff—have exclusive access to the Berklee Music Network, new members can join the network by enrolling with Berklee College of Music in Boston, or by taking an online course with Berkleemusic.com.
This weekend, October 14, 15 &16 marks the inaugural event for “Live Music Night”/ “Night of Sweet Relief” The planned event, spread out across the U.S. and several international locations, focuses on live music performance and the partnership of musical artists, venues and music fans.
This fall, every weekend throughout the United States, millions of people will attend some form of live entertainment. It may be one of 15 professional football games or a few hundred college ball games. There might be a thousand theatre productions, hundreds of motor sports events and a few dozen extreme sports gatherings. But when it comes to a total number of entertainment options, live music outweighs them all. On any given Saturday there are tens of thousands of musicians, singers and djs playing out in clubs, bars, theatres, restaurants, schools, churches, garages, arenas and stadiums.
“Live Music Night” is being organized by national non-profit charity, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund in conjunction with hundreds of music venues, promoters, artists and ticketing companies. One of the premiere shows slated for this weekend is the legendary Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton at Houston’s House of Blues. The timing couldn’t be more appropriate as Mr. Frampton’s album, “Frampton Comes Alive!”, recognized as one of the bestselling live album of all time, celebrates its 35 year anniversary. Regarding this weekend’s event, Frampton said “Music and playing it live is my passion. It is both gratifying and a pleasure to be able to share what I love to do and partner with fellow musicians, concert-goers, and an organization that helps support developing and emerging artists.”-. In 2010, Frampton was also instrumental with Sweet Relief’s assistance for fellow artist, the late Richie Hayward, drummer for four decades with Little Feat.
Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat are headlining WeberFest in Kokomo IN, also in support of “Night of Sweet Relief” Mr. Barrere worked with Sweet Relief intimately for over a year helping to organize events, fundraising and support during his band mates yearlong illness. Paul Barrere commented “Playing our music live for fans across the country has been and is a joyful and rewarding experience. I like the idea of a celebration that connects the musicians, venues and fans and includes some solution for suffering artists” “After all the support that Sweet Relief showed for Richie Hayward I would do anything for these folks – they are simply the best – Fred and I are proud to be part of this special weekend!!!” he added.
“Sweet Relief owes much of our effectiveness to the assistance of established artists like Peter Frampton & Paul Barrere” said Sweet Relief’s Executive Director, Rob Max. “Musicians who have toured for their whole lives know how rewarding and difficult it can be. When illness or disability takes an artist off the stage there is often no safety net beyond charities like ours” he added.
Over 200 shows are scheduled for “Live Music Night” 2011 with details available at livemusicnight.org. Major Partner/Sponsors include Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, ReverbNation, Heil Sound, IM Radio, New Music Tipsheet and Record Store Day . Ticket company partners include TicketMaster, TicketFly, TicketBiscuit, TicketWeb,and Ticket Alternative.