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CSNY Launches Pre-sale for Summer Tour - Young Streams New Album

April 25, 2006, the official website for Crosby Stills Nash & Young, has opened presale for eight shows in the U.S. and Canada this summer to the CSNY Fan Community (free registration required). Announced shows in the Freedom of Speech Tour include stops on both coasts and Michigan, as well as Manitoba. More shows are expected to be announced soon. Tickets for performances in Winnipeg, MB; Concord, CA; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Washington, DC; Holmdel, NJ; Wantagh, NY; and Detroit, MI go on sale today through Along with the CSNY classic catalog, Neil Young will also be supporting his new album, Living With War, which will be available for free Internet streaming next week from Young's Neil's Garage website.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 12:27 PM | Comments (5)

Jammys Open Green Apple Fest to Celebrate Earth Day

April 18, 2006

The 6th Annual Jammy Awards - honoring the best in jam-band music - will be held this Thursday (4/20) in the theatre at Madison Square Garden as the first event in the inaugural Green Apple Music & Arts Festival. The new festival ties together concerts in 30 venues throughout New York City from April 20 through 23 in conjunction with Earth Day New York's EarthFair. EarthFair offers outdoor exhibits and activities near Grand Central Terminal this weekend, including free concerts by Umphrey's McGee, Mickey Hart & Baaba Maal, and Martin Sexton on Friday and Ben Taylor and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones on Saturday.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 4:01 PM | Comments (0)

Springsteen Takes Neo-jugband On the Road

Bruce Springsteen will be touring the U.S. this summer in support of We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. He brings along with him an 11-piece band with singers. The CD is a tribute to music associated with Pete Seeger and is a rollicking, joyous, free-wheeling, acoustic celebration of old-school folk music. The Seeger Sessions Band makes its debut on April 30 in New Orleans for the Jazz & Heritage Festival (which features performances by Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band and Etta James that same weekend) with dates across the country continuing through the month of June.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 2:26 PM | Comments (40)

Beachland Ballroom Featured in National Comic

April 11, 2006

The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio - the site of several Live From Folk Alley concerts and Folk Alley Extras segments - is currently being featured in the Crankshaft comic by Chuck Ayres and Tom Batiuk. The King Features nationally syndicated strip centers on a cranky school bus driver and his family. Batiuk also created the Funky Winkerbean strip. Both artists are Kent State University grads. The nice thing about this Beachland "cameo appearance" is that details of the inside and outside of the former Croatian social hall are being faithfully replicated. So, if you ever wanted a picture to go along with the Eliza Gilkyson concert, take a peek.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:45 PM | Comments (0)

JUNO Awards Handed Out in Halifax

April 3, 2006

Thanks to Bob Clark for the heads up (although I would have remembered - I swear).

The winners of 2006 JUNO Awards include:
Roots Traditional Album, Solo - Corb Lund, Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer
Roots Traditional Album, Group - The Duhks, The Duhks
Aboriginal Recording - Burnt Project 1, Hometown
Adult Alternative Album - Neil Young, Prairie Wind
New Artist of the Year - Daniel Powter
Francophone Album of the Year - Jim Corcoran, Pages Blanches

The big winner of the evening was neo-crooner Michael Buble (Pop Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year), which is a real slam on Nickelback and kind of restores my faith a little in these awards things. Although, I always thought that the Canadians honored everyone at the big show, when in reality, most of "our folks" pick up prizes the night before. At least they get a nice dinner (and a really swell gift bag). Next year, Saskatoon!

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 10:40 AM | Comments (1)

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