The Rembrandts' album

The Rembrandts are Phil Solem and Danny Wilde, and Fuel 2000 is releasing their greatest hits album, CHOICE PICKS on December 27, 2005 which means I'll be working it in 2006.  The album is very good pop music, and the theme from "Friends" is on it.  That song is a bit different than the more lucid pieces on the rest of the album.  They have a Beatles/Everly Brothers influence, one of the songs "That's Just the Way It Is, Baby" reminds me of a hit song that the Alan Parsons Project could have written.  "Drowning In Your Tears" could have been a pop hit for Ian Lloyd and Stories, if you can remember their album, ABOUT US.  

Phil Solem is one of my favorite, undersung guitar heroes.  Back in 1980 he was in a band called Great Buildings, and though it didn't chart, I did become aware of a guitarist who seemed to understand how to put country and surf sounds together in a pop base.  A lot of folks will know Danny Wilde, who has had at least three solo albums.

I haven't yet talked with the guys, but should by the time the campaign gets into swing in the new year.  Please let me know if you're interested in the album.


Katy Moffatt's shows and an album

Katy Moffatt fits in the Americana or country category.  It's fair to compare this red-headed acoustic guitar player and songwriter to Bonnie Raitt, except Katy is acoustic.  She has blues, yodels, and is into history and story telling.  She is a 20 plus year veteran of the industry.  Attention: classic rock buffs, while working as a solo artist, she's also been a featured singer with Lynn Anderson, Hoyt Axton and Tanya Tucker, plus she's either been produced by or collaborated with Dave Alvin, Rosie Flores, and Tom Russell.  She's working with Wendy Waldman on a project of historical songs.

I'm name-dropping because I want you to give her album, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL a listen.  It was released in October 2005, but because it's a sweet feeling album, and Katy is booking shows, there are even more reasons to listen to it and write about it.

Here are tour dates so far:

Friday, January 6
Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
Cleveland, Ohio

Saturday, January 7
Columbus Maennerchor
Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, March 11
St. Gabriel's Church  
Portland, Oregon

Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch
Santa Clarita, California

May, 2006     Europe

Sunday, June 11
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Riverbend Festival


introduction to Sugar

Sugar is the Akron, Ohio group of "chicks who rock."  They're glam/power pop/fourth generation punk/with British invasion influences.  The band's leader is guitarist Rose Kuhel.  The album, 11 AFTER, was produced by former Warrant songwriter Jani Lane.  You can be their myspace friends at www.myspace.com/sugarband.  They told me that right now they're the most viewed Ohio band on myspace.  I don't know if that's true, but they're into doing shows with other MidWest myspace bands, so if you're in a MidWest band, e-mail them at their site.

One of the things I like about this group is how much the singer has captured the personality of the group's leader.  To me this has happened only a couple of times in music history with AC/DC and Cheap Trick.  So I really believe Sugar can end up to be a major group, they want to.  Right now they're playing pubs.....

December 30    House of Blues, Cleveland, OH   (a myspace party)
January 6 & 7 The Corner Pub, Circleville, OH
January 21  The Carriage House, Louisville (near Akron), OH
February 3     Top Cats in Cincinnati,  OH w/Drug Store Valentine
March 18    TNT  Detroit, MI


heads up on Carl Palmer

Carl Palmer is someone you know from Emerson, Lake and Palmer, plus Asia.  He'll releasing an album late spring/early summer. I'll be working his tourdates.  He has a trio with guitar and bass.  Also of note, his charity will support hearing-disabled children.  I promise to relay more info as it becomes available.


upcoming Tower of Power dates

December 30th
Robinson Rancheria Casino
Nice, CA

December 31st  
Radisson Hotel Ballroom
Sacramento, CA

2006 dates
January 6th
Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
Kauai, HI

January 8th
Blaisdell Arena
Honolulu, HI

January 9th
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Kahului, HI

January 13th - 15th
Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

January 19th
Chumash Casino
Santa Ynez, CA

January 20th
Canyon Club
Agoura Hills, CA

January 21st
The Vault
Long Beach, CA

January 22nd
Fox Theatre
Redwood City, CA

January 24th
Casino Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ

February - 2006    Tour of New Zealand  

March 24th
Mohegan Sun Casino, Wolf Den
Uncasville, CT

March 26th
Union County Arts Center
Rahway, NJ
Also appearing: Average White Band

March 30th & 31st
B.B. King's Blues Club
New York, NY

April 2nd
The Ridgefield Playhouse
Ridgefield, CT

April 4th
The Town Ballroom
(formerly The Sphere)
Buffalo, NY

April 5th
House of Blues
Cleveland, OH

April 6th
The Harv/Mountaineer Race Track
Chester, WV

April 7th & 8th
Keswick Theater
Glenside, PA

April 9th
Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Hampton Beach, NH

April 12th - 15th
Scullers Jazz Club
Boston, MA


update on TEN YEARS AFTER!!!

Ten Years After are Chick Churchill, Joe Gooch, Ric Lee, and Leo Lyons.  I am working their album NOW through 2006, because the band will be touring the States around March or April.  I know there will be some Mid-Atlantic and New England dates.  Do let me know if you think they should come to your town and where they should play.


Grand Funk Railroad tourdates

Monterey Booking is just starting to pen in 2006 dates for Grand Funk Railroad (Don Brewer, Mel Schacher, Max Carl, Bruce Kulick and Tim Cashion).

January 21    Executive Inn Showroom   Owensboro, Kentucky    

January 27   Soaring Eagle Casino         Mt. Pleasant, Michigan  

March 25   Lake of the Torches Casino      Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin

June 3    Six Flags Frontier City            Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  


Jann Klose news

Jann Klose is getting significant airplay for his song "It's Not the Way" from BLACK BOX in Indonesia!   The song is on the Alfa Records compilation, Prambors Radio Hits 3."  

If you're a fan of the earlier episodes of LAW & ORDER, his "Black Box" is being played in the closing credits for the February 2006 Warner Bros. DVD release of the Paul Sorvino,  Jill Hennessy movie, DEAD BROKE.  The film also includes music by David Byrne and Mahalia Jackson.

He's looking for shows in and around Germany and throughout Europe for late January/early February.  These will be one man band shows, Jann and his guitar.  Let me know if you're interested in booking him.

And do join Jann at his myspace.com site, www.myspace.com/jannklose



Joe Deninzon news

Wild violinist Joe Deninzon has lots of stuff in the works for 2006.  

Upcoming shows of his band Stratospheerius include:

January 14th,  The Conduit
Trenton, NJ
opening for reggae sensation, "Crucial"

January 19th,
Kenny's Castaways, New York, NY

February 24,
Mellow Mushroom, Wilmington, NC

Joe's playing the NAMM Festival, solo, in Anaheim on January 21 at the John Lennon Imagine Songwriting Contest table.  Joe is one of the top three finalists in the jazz songwriting competition for the song "Sun Goes Down" which he wrote with John LaBarbera.  "Sun Goes Down" is also the theme song of an upcoming film, WHAT'S UP SCARLET?

Joe and bandmates--Luciana Padmore (drums), Bob Bowen (bass), and Mack Price (guitar) are working on their next CD, their third studio effort and their fourth album.  Joe says, "The disc will have no keyboards, a harder, guitar-driven record with more vocal songs."  Stratospheerius are playing songs from the album at their shows.

Also, Greg Russo (author of the Jethro Tull book, FLYING COLORS) put together a few studio projects.  One is the Tornadoes' NOW AND THEN, and the other is Greg's music in an album called NEONFIRE, and Joe is on the disc, along with Candy Zappa (Frank's sister) and Napoleon Murphy Brock (Zappa's mid-'70s vocalist).  Three guys from the well-known Zappa tribute band Project/Object play guitar and drums.  Greg played keyboards and his brother Jeff played bass.   Joe Deninzon plays acoustic and electric violin on the track "Change In The Weather," which is sung by Napoleon Murphy Brock.

If you want to write about the albums, contact Greg at (973) 403-1633 or GRusso2787@aol.com.

HEYOKA magazine did a profile on Joe for their current DJANGO REINHARDT issue, and it can be read at http://www.heyokamagazine.com/HEYOKA-2-Joe-Deninzon.htm


Robin Renee's tourdates, writing work.

My mantra-pop artist, Robin Renee and I have articles in the 2006 issue of SONGWRITERS MARKET.  My piece focuses on instrumentalists--Steve Horowitz (SUPERSIZE ME), John Corigliano (THE RED VIOLIN), Carl Strommen (arranger and composer extraordinaire) and my artist Joe Deninzon.

Robin is super-psyched 'cause her piece focuses on Richie Havens, one of the artists she's been compared to through the years.  

I met Robin from the editor, Ian Bessler, at SONGWRITERS MARKET, because we both take spiritual approaches to our art.  Robin is into yoga, Krishna, and has shows that are perfect for yoga schools and other gigs are perfect for the crowds who like Richie Havens.

January 13th, 2006  
The Yoga Studio  Mt. Laurel, NJ

January 14th  
411 1/2 Orange Rd.
Montclair NJ  07042

January 17th  11:30am-1pm  FREE
*solo acoustic
Red Lion Café
Rutgers Student Center  New Brunswick, NJ

Friday, January 20th
*music & poetry
Franklin Villagers Theater
Voives of Reason, Franklin, NJ
w/ Hank Kalet, Patrick Mystery, Steve Bates  

Saturday, February 25th
Albion College
Albion, MI

Friday, March 3rd 9pm
*solo acoustic
The Pink Lizard, Harrisburg, PA  

Saturday, March 4th
Exciting the Writer! writing workshop  1-4pm  $50
*Kirtan-o-Rama!  7-9:30pm   $10
Sama Center,  Goshen Professional Center
West Chester, PA  

Jethro Tull: Aqualung, Jonathan Noyce & Doane Perry notes

Jethro Tull are working on dates in Asia and Europe the first half of 2006.  Here in the States, I've got a few goals with the band.  One is that the new version of AQUALUNG will finally be available in the States in record stores for everyone in late February, so let me know if you're interested.  

This album was recorded at XM Radio in November 2004, and given away to fans at Tull concerts this past fall as part of the price of the ticket.  That price, then, went to help homeless hurricane Katrina victims via the Red Cross.

In the upcoming campaign for the album, Ian Anderson wants folks to know that AQUALUNG has quite a bit of electric and acoustic range.  It's more than just that rock-edged song, "Aqualung."

I also want the media to take note of Tull's rhythm section.  Drummer Doane Perry is celebrating his 21st year in the group, and originally joined the band after working with Pat Benatar. He still does sessions, and for this past tour, he did a lion's share of the interviews, and reporters really enjoyed chatting with him.  He's very well-read, loves to write, and is a very kind person.

Bassist Jonathan Noyce told me he's written a number of columns for the British publication, BASS GUITAR MAGAZINE and about jamming with Gary Moore and other former members of Thin Lizzy.  He's goign to the studio with Gary Moore's next album, which will be leaning towards the Stax soul sound.  "As a direct result of working with Gary, in August I was asked to join the former members of Thin Lizzy for a one off concert at The Point in Dublin, Ireland, to commemorate the memory and the birthday of the late bassist and lead singer Phil Lynott. The show was recorded for future DVD release. I was joined on stage by Gary Moore, who took Phil's vocal duties, drummer Bryan Downey, guitarists Scott Gorham, Bryan Robertson and Eric Bell."   OKAY, SO JONATHAN PLAYED PHIL LYNOTT'S PARTS LIVE.

He also recorded a CD with a very talented young Irish singer songwriter called Leanne Harte for a future release, and someday he hopes his own solo project will see the light of day.  

So, in addition to the usual Ian Anderson interviews, I want to make both Jonathan and Doane available to the media this year.  Both are worth your while.

various notes

Tim Morse is not one of my artists, but was a journalist of mine for several years, and he's pretty darn proud of his first album, TRANSFORMATION which is progressive rock.  Bill Bruford said, "sounds great...unbelievable proficient and will find considerable favour in the Prog community."  David Sancious wrote, "Transformation recalls the spirit of progressive rock when genres of music were blended fearlessly and the listener was transported to places that expanded the imagination. If you like original compositions full of energy and the unexpected, you are sure to enjoy it."  So contact Tim Morse directly at Starkl9@aol.com.

Boca Raton News music reporter Skip Shefield rescued a green sea turtle this summer, and gave it to a turtle hospital down there.  The animal is going to be big someday, and it lost sight in her left eye.  Although the hospital original named the animal "Skip," they changed it to Star-Chaser, and ultimately released it to sea.  If anyone wants some j-pegs of the animal, please e-mail me.  Plus I can connect you with Skip Sheffield, if you're interested in interviewing him on the animal-human connection.

And finally, lots of good wishes to Curt Mason at KKFI (www.kkfi.org), he is currently doing Tuesday overnights there, and hopes to go full time again after he recovers from a heart attack that happened a few weeks ago.  Curt just wants to be in touch with folks, and I think that might help him in his recovery. So if you're up late and can get streaming radio online, please check him out and send him a note at therockerradioshow@hotmail.com.


Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius news

Joe Deninzon, who won Best Independent Jam Band from the MUSICIANS ATLAS this year, has a really formidable tour schedule this summer with clubs and festivals:

July 8th Flarnadio Festival, Kempton, PA (2 hours east of NYC)

July 19   CBGB, New York City.

July 22nd    Showcasing at Summer NAMM show with other winners of the MUSICIANS ATLAS “Independent Music Awards.”  Hyatt Hotel. SW - 1 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN - (317) 632-1234

Friday, July 29th     Opening for Ekoostik Hookah at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Garrtesville, OH, 440-548-2716

Saturday, July 30th   Huntington Sunrise Festival in Pennsylvania, with Del McCoury and Tim Reynolds.    



Stratospheerius are on tour this season in support of their current lp, LIVE WIRES, plus a new DVD promo--the first track is “What’s That Thing/ pleasurepain” and fine for TV play, the rest of the tunes are excerpts for booking purposes.  

Joe plays electric fiddle and mandolin, plus he sings.  Also in the band are Lucianna Padmore on drums and Bob Bowen on bass, Mac Price on guitar.  Known as "the Jimi Hendrix of violin," Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius won the “Best Independent Jam Band” in the 2005 MUSICIANS ATLAS Independent Music Awards.  Celebrity judges included Delbert McClinton, Erykah Badu, Loudon Wainwright III, William Ackerman, Victor L. Wooton and Alan Light.


Jann Klose's digital EP & tour dates

Jann Klose is releasing a special digital-only EP, called LIVE AT THE BITTER END at his next live Bitter End Show, in New York City on July 5.  Showtime is 9:30 PM, and the digital only EP can be downloaded at Jann’s site, http://www.jannklose.com for 1.99 starting July 5.  

The EP includes new Klose songs "Beautiful Dream," and "Remember Your Name," plus a jammin' live version of "Walk Through The River," which was originally recorded for Klose's 2004 EP, BLACK BOX.  Also included is a lucid, call & response rendition of T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday Blues.”  In addition to vocals and guitar work from Jann Klose, this online release features musicians Roberta Piket on keyboards (Hammond, Piano, Rhodes), Chris Marolf on Upright Bass and Patrick Carmichael on drums.

Jann Klose is excited about his artistic and professional growth in the past few years that includes steady sales of BLACK BOX at gigs, downloads of songs on the web, and a variety of tour dates.   Along with booking shows throughout the Midwest and New England, he has become the monthly house act at the Las Vetas Lounge in Fairfield, CT, and is collaborating with choreographer Yo-el Cassell for the successful music and dance show, MOONLIGHT INTERIOR which had a sold out run in New York City.

MusicDish.net is marketing the new recording online.  For more info contact Eric de Fontenay at ecfont@pipeline.com and 718-278-0662, 347-624-3172.

In addition to the July 5 show, we have tons more gigs from Jann Klose.

July 9    Las Vetas Lounge Fairfield, CT
July 30    Sono Caffeine South Norwalk, CT
August 1   Iron Horse, Northampton, MA.
August 3   Mole's Eye Cafe Brattleboro, VT
August 4  The Space,  Hamden, CT
August 6  Las Vetas Lounge Fairfield, CT
August 8   Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave E., Vienna, VA
August 11   Triple Play (Underground Atlanta), 50 Upper Alabama St., Atlanta, GA  
September 10  Las Vetas Lounge Fairfield, CT
October 8  Las Vetas Lounge Fairfield, CT


Late July, FUEL 2000 will be servicing the new album from TEN YEARS AFTER album, NOW, which features singer/guitarist Joe Gooch, plus  Leo Lyons (bass), Chick Churchill (keyboards) and Ric Lee (Drums).

The website is http://www.tenyearsafternow.com

Vanilla Fudge in Canada!

Vanilla Fudge  are playing with the Doors of the 21st Century and Pat Travers for a tour called THE STRANGE DAYS OF ROCK AND ROLL.  Call or email me if you’d like an interview with the original lineup of Vanilla Fudge--drummer Carmine Appice, bassist Tim Bogert, keyboardist Mark Stein and guitarist Vince Martell.

7/21/2005 -  BC Pacific Colosseum - Vancouver BC, Canada
7/23/2005 -  AB Pengrowth Saddledome - Calgary, Canada  
7/25/2005 -  AB Rexall Centre - Edmonton, Canada
7/26/2005 -  SK Saskatoon Credit Union Centre - Saskatoon, Canada
7/27/2005 -  MB MTS Centre - Winnipeg, Canada

Mountain continuity notes

And Mountain are finishing up their tourdates, as well.   There will be some European dates that will be posted on their website, www.mountaintheband.com.

Meantime, just two more shows:

7/07/05 - Hampton Beach Casino, New Hampshire  w/ UFO & Rick Derringer

7/08/05 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

I won’t be working with them after July 8.  

But I do have an industry trade shot of Leslie West, Ozzy Osbourne and the equally hardworking staff at MJI Radio including that great classic rock reporter, Bruce Simon.  Let me know if you need the photo as I’m doing a mass email of the photo this week.

Lori Hehr is working the GUITARDED album, a solo project from Leslie-- here’s her contact info.   360-325-6044, LHPR@runbox.com  

Jethro Tull-October & November 2005 tourdates

The lineup of Jethro Tull features singer/flutist/multi-instrumentalist Ian Anderson, guitarist Martin Barre, drummer Doane Perry, keyboardist Andrew Giddings and bassist Jonathan Noyce.  This is the most consistent lineup the group has had in its entire history.  Perry joined around 1980, Giddings about 1990, and Noyce in the mid-’90s after working with Ian on his solo project DIVINITIES.

And true to consistency, Tull are touring again in the states this fall. This tour will include two days at Carnegie Hall, and the band hasn’t played that illustrious venue since the 1970s.  Folks who buy tickets will also receive a free copy of AQUALUNG, an album that features some overlooked acoustic Tull songs.

I’m setting interviews up with Ian and Martin for nationals and monthlies in August, and we’ll get to regular tour press in September.  I hope to get a lot of folks talking with Martin this tour, because it’s my tenth anniversary working with him.  

Here are tourdates for Jethro Tull.

4 Toronto Massey Hall
6 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial
7 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort
8-9 New York Carnegie Hall
10-11 Glenside, PA Keswick Theater
13 Washington, DC Constitution Hall
14 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall
15 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park
17-18 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
19 Austin, TX The Backyard
20 Houston, TX Jones Hall
21 Biloxi, MS Biloxi Grand Casino
22 Robinsville, MS Grand Casino - Tunica
24 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd
25 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Park

9 Seattle, WA Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
11 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
12 Temecula, CA Pechanga Casino
13 Hollywood, CA Kodak Theatre
14 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre
16-17 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
18 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
19 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
20 Chicago, IL Civic Opera House
22 Buffalo, NY Univ. of Buffalo Center
23 Sandusky, OH State Theatre
25 Detroit, MI Detroit Opera House
26 Benton Harbor, MI Lake Michigan College
27 East Lansing, MI Wharton Center

Updates for Tower of Power summer & fall tour, 2005

Through July 26, Tower of Power will be opening for Tom Jones.

July 7th Atlanta, GA  Chastain Amphitheater
July 8th Robinson, MS (Tunica)  Grand Casino - Tunica
July 9th  Gulfport, MS  Grand Casino - Gulfport
July 10th  Biloxi, MS  Biloxi Grand Casino - Grand Theatre
July 13th & 14th  Uncasville, CT  Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort - Arena
July 15th & 16th  Boston, MA  Fleet Boston Pavilion
July 17th  Vienna, VA The Filene Center
July 19th & 20th  Rama, Ontario, Canada
Casino Rama - Entertainment Centre
July 21st Clio, MI  Clio Area Amphitheater
July 23rd  Sterling Heights, MI  Jerome Duncan Ford Theater
July 24th  Chester, WV  Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort
July 26th  Reading, PA  Reading Eagle Theater
July 29th  Jordan, MN  Minnesota Harvest

August 3rd  Reno, NV  Reno Hilton - Outdoor Stage
August 4th  Kelseyville, CA  Konocti Harbor Inn - Resort Showroom
August 16th & 17th  San Mateo, CA  San Mateo County Fair Grandstand
August 18th  Monterey, CA  Monterey County Fairgrounds
August 20th  Owensboro, KY  Executive Inn - Exposition Center
August 23rd  Lewiston, NY   Artpark
August 24th  New York, NY  BB King's
August 25th  New Haven, CT   Toad's Place
August 26th  Atlantic City, NJ  House of Blues
August 27th  Alexandria, VA    Birchmere

September 2-4  Summerlin   Las Vegas, NV  Suncoast Hotel & Casino
September 22nd  Bakersfield, CA   Kern County Fair - Bud Pavillion
September 23rd  San Diego, CA  Humphrey's
September 24th   Los Angeles, CA   Los Angeles County Fair
September 28th   Portland, OR   Roseland Theater
September 29th -October 2nd  Seattle, WA  Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

October 11th   Fresno, CA   Big Fresno Fair - Paul Paul Theatre
October 15th  San Francisco, CA   The Fillmore
October 16th  Petaluma, CA   Mystic Theatre

leads for friends & their art-Jon Novello, Elisa Peimer, Thor w/Bruce Duff & Frank Meyer

John Novello, famous keyboardist from Niacin wrote that he’s receiving great support from people about his late wife, Gloria, who passed on in 2000 from breast cancer.  He wrote a book, THE SONG THAT NEVER ENDED and released her music on a cd, Tightrope.

Visit John at http://www.keysnovello.com.

Elisa Peimer has also gone through spiritual growth in her music-making. A few years ago I had her as a guest on my radio show on WDFH, and recently ran into her at a Just Plain Folks show in New York City.  With just guitar and voice, she plays as a talented one-woman band with dynamics, sensitivity, and a musicality you’d expect from classic rockers.

She has a show July 13 at Bar 169 in New York City with a full band, and then she goes solo for The Songwriter’s Beat Festival at Cornelia Street Cafe in Manhattan on July 21 to help benefit children and teens who lost parents on September 11.

Separate from Elisa’s gigs is her singing of the national anthem on JULY 9, for MetroStars soccer in Giants Stadium.  

Contact Elisa at her website, http://www.elisapeimer.com.

And congratulations to two west coast journalists/jack of all trades--Frank Meyer and Screaming Bruce Duff who found themselves gigs with Thor, a Canadian musician.  If you were around back in the ‘80s, you’ll remember Jon Mikl Thor was a rocker and a bodybuilder with an album called KEEP THE DOGS AWAY.

Well he has reinvented himself and come out with a dynamic and dramatic biker rock album, THOR AGAINST THE WORLD.  And Bruce & Frank are in his band.  They’re touring with him.  I really like the album and can hear influences of classic rock, the Rolling Stones, New York Dolls, and even Manowar.  Their publicist is Ilka Pardenas, give her a “shaute” as they pronounce the word “shout” in --Canada, eh.  flypr@flypr.net.

The website for Jon Mikl Thor is http://www.thorcentral.com.


Robin Renee News!!!!!

ROBIN RENEE has a variety of solo dates and Kirtan-o-Rama shows in which she plays Hindu-inspired music.  Her website is www.robinrenee.com.

Saturday, April 23rd   8am-5:30pm  $25
Wesak Festival- The Festival of The Buddha And The Christ
East Meets West in an Experience of Light and Love
*Robin Renée leads "Coming To Emptiness," 2:30-3pm
American Fitness Gym
North Rt. 73, Voorhees, NJ 08043
(between Mama Venturas Restaurant and BJ's Wholesale Club)
(856) 719-9199
info: phifbert@earthlink.net

Saturday, April 23rd   8pm   $20
Robin Renée performs 8:45-10:15
The Club at Woodbridge, 585 Main St., Woodbridge NJ
Performance plus pool, sauna, steam, tennis, food & more  
questions: 732-350-9509
to benefit The Pride Center of NJ  

Thursday, May 5th  doors at 7:30, show 8pm  $5-15 sliding scale
House Concert in Atco, NJ
Steph Furness and Irina Rivkin headline
w/ special guest appearance by Robin Renée
For info & reservations: menage98@comcast.net

Friday, May 13th  7pm   $10 suggested donation
The Yoga Studio
123 Creek Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ
(856) 222-0338   www.studioforyoga.com

Saturday, May 21st 7:30pm  $10 suggested donation
*Kirtan-o-Rama!  w/ Karttikeya (drums, percussion)
Princeton Center for Yoga & Health
Montgomery Professional Center
50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, NJ 08558
www.princetonyoga.com   (609) 924-7294

Sunday, May 22nd   $10 in advance/$15 at the gate
14th Annual Kindred Spirits Fair and Music Fest
(Festival runs 5/21-5/22 11am-7pm)
Robin Renée performs Sunday, 10:50-am-11:25 am,
then kirtan @ 4:05pm for the Peace Parade & Ceremony
Warren County Fairgrounds
Rt. 519 & Strykers Rd., Harmony Township, NJ
w/ Jodee James, Elaine Silver, & more
Tickets and info: www.kindredspiritsfair.com

Sunday, May 29th  4pm   $10
@ Tools For Relaxation & Healing
666 Plainsboro Rd. Suite 655
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
609-750-7432     www.michelebengoran.com

Friday, June 10th  7pm   $10 suggested donation
The Yoga Studio
123 Creek Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ
(856) 222-0338   www.studioforyoga.com

Saturday, June 11th 7:30pm  $10 suggested donation
*Kirtan-o-Rama!  w/ Karttikeya (drums, percussion)
Princeton Center for Yoga & Health
Montgomery Professional Center
50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, NJ 08558
www.princetonyoga.com   (609) 924-7294

July 4th weekend
*kirtan @ the  Drum & Splash Festival
Four Quarters Sanctuary, 190 Walker Lane, Artemas, PA 17211
(814)784-3075   megalith@4qf.org

Saturday, July 9th  
A Circle Of Berdaches - Acoustic House Concert
115 1st Place, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Please RSVP to ed@edmannix.com
w/ with Steph Furness

Friday, August 12th  7pm   $10 suggested donation
The Yoga Studio
123 Creek Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ
(856) 222-0338   www.studioforyoga.com

Saturday, August 13th 7:30pm  $10 suggested donation
*Kirtan-o-Rama!  w/ Karttikeya (drums, percussion)
Princeton Center for Yoga & Health
Montgomery Professional Center
50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, NJ 08558
www.princetonyoga.com   (609) 924-7294

Jann Klose update

Jann Klose sang live for the dance performance of  MOONLIGHT INTERIOR.  Choreographed by Yo-el Cassell (whose creative range goes from exquisite ballroom moves to Charlie Chaplin-esque humor), each performance was sold out.  We will have an encore performance in Manhattan  late spring/early summer in the city.  In addition they will be taking MOONLIGHT INTERIOR on the road.  Possible first stop is Boston.

Meantime Jann’s doing solo New England and New York City area shows:

APRIL 26 2005  Hamden, CT  The Space  

APRIL 27 2005  Brattleboro, VT  Mole's Eye Cafe  8 PM. Located at 4 High Street. 802.257.0771    

APRIL 29 2005  Greenfield, MA  The People's Pint  9.30 PM. Located at 24 Federal Street. 413.773.0333  

MAY 1 2005  South Norwalk, CT  Sono Caffeine  8 PM. Located at 133 Washington Street. 203.857.4224    

MAY 7 2005  Fairfield, CT  Las Vetas Lounge  8 PM. Located at 1462 Post Road. 203.255.1958    

MAY 12 2005  New York, NY  The Bitter End  10.30 PM. Located at 157 Bleecker Street. 212.979.9762. $7. FULL BAND featuring Chris Marolf, Roberta Piket, Patrick Carmichael.    

JUNE 4 2005  Fairfield, CT  Las Vetas Lounge  8 PM. Located at 1462 Post Road. 203.255.1958    

JULY 9 2005  Fairfield, CT  Las Vetas Lounge  8 PM. Located at 1462 Post Road. 203.255.1958    

JULY 20 2005  South Norwalk, CT  Sono Caffeine  8 PM. Located at 133 Washington Street. 203.857.4224  

Tull T-shirts for Tsunami relief

Jean is the gent, who is modeling the "Roots to Branches" Jethro Tull T-shirt.  He's from Montreal and loves cooking Indian food.
Our friend Joy Roy is the handsome man adorning the white Tull for Tsunami shirt, Joy Roy is a poet, gardener, reader.  He loves to listen to '60s psychedelia and devotional music.  By day, Joy Roy makes a living in corporate communications.

Special note for Jethro Tull fans and fundraising for Tsunami victims, from Light Ice, a Kolkata-based designer house in India.  Note: Through the years Ian Anderson has visited and played in countries affected by late December’s Tsunami, and hopes to build up tourism in those countries.

Light Ice, a Kolkata based designer house has launched T-shirts of the legendary British band Jethro Tull, on 14th April at Swabhumi, Kolkata.  The T-shirts come under the banner, “Tull for Tsunami Victims” and the net receipt from the sales will be donated to the Tsunami Disaster Relief Funds in India.

The proposal for this project was initiated by Light Ice after they had asked Jethro Tull Management about the idea of selling Tull t-shirts to raise money in the wake of the disaster. Designs were done based on the classic Tull leitmotif of “the one-legged flute player” mixing the India Experience of the Tull music embedded in folk history, mysticism and albeit the Lord Krishna Consciousness. The final nod and approval came from Ian Anderson himself; singer, songwriter, composer, flautist and the charismatic frontman of Jethro Tull, a figured much revered in the musical circuit in India by classical musicians and fans alike.

According to Light Ice Management, free sachets of sunflower seeds will be given with T-shirts: “this will be a nice gesture and will imply some simple activity like planting seeds, a way of getting into the inner garden of our mind and also finding a little bit more about the process of creation at work in nature every second of our lives. The replenishment is always there and will never cease. Spring is the right season to initiate
gardening/agricultural activities. Also the iconic name, Jethro Tull is derived from a 17th century British agriculturist/horticulturist who invented the seed-drill instrument”.

T-shirts are priced at Rs 300/- (20 U.S. DOLLARS) and comes packed in exclusive hand-made batik bags with an excerpt from “Songs from the Wood” lyrics adorning the back side.

For Americans, shirts will be distributed from the Bronx, but people are to send checks to  Joy Roy Choudhury:
    Kindly note that tees are in sizes of M/L

              and XL with 2 designs, 1. Tull Petal with

              excerpt from Thick As A Brick  
2. Songs

              from the Wood.

              T-shirt cols are black & beige ( 100%

              cotton, mercerised interlock with 240 gsm )

               Mr Joy Roy Choudhury

               Light Ice

               32A, Milan Park

               Post Garia



For further information contact: Joy Roy Choudhury, Light Ice
Ph : 00919830067159
E-mail : j.roy@merseymail.com

Grand Funk's in SAHARA, plus tour dates!!!

Grand Funk Railroad’s WE'RE AN AMERICAN BAND featured in Penelope Cruz/Matthew McConaughey blockbuster film, SAHARA

Grand Funk Railroad is pleased that their popular hit song "We're An American Band" is featured in the new Paramount Pictures movie, SAHARA, the number one movie at the box office for its opening weekend of  April 8.  Sahara is the swashbuckly saga of Dirk Pitt, the star of four decades worth of books by author Clive Cussler.

"This is an exciting movie," says "We're An American Band" writer and leadsinger, Don Brewer, drummer for the band Grand Funk Railroad.  "I've long been a fan of Clive Cussler. To have my song in a movie with Dirk Pitt is a major rush."

"We're An American Band" has been heard in the soundtrack of other recent films, including Cuba Gooding's RADIO and Disney's THE COUNTRY BEARS.

SAHARA features Matthew McConaughy and Penelope Cruz, and is an adventurous movie, featuring treasure hunts in Africa, intrigue and--of course--a man and woman falling in love at the end.

Grand Funk Railroad is playing dates throughout the United States this spring and summer, and will include the movie's song at each of them.
5/11    Innsbrook Pavilion      Glen Allen, Virginia    

5/14    Pickwick Challenge Boat Race        Counce, Tennessee      

6/ 4    Shenandoah Harley-Davidson         Staunton, Virginia  

6/10   Casino Regina Ent. Center         Regina, Saskatchewan  CANADA

6/11    Thunder Valley Biker Rally        Crandon, Wisconsin        

6/24- 25   Casino Rama   Rama, Ontario  CANADA

06/26/05   Loudon Summer Music Fest   ASHBURN, VA--NEW ADD

7/ 1    North Branch Lions Field Cele.               North Branch, Michigan      

7/ 6    Summer Motion Festival, Riverfront Park    Ashland, Kentucky  

7/9    Outagamie County Fair               Seymour, Wisconsin                

7/12    Noble County Fair            Kendallville, Indiana  

7/14   Moondance Ranch Jam 14    Meadow Circle Walker, Minnesota  

7/15    Common Ground Music Festival      Lansing, Michigan    

7/16   Summer Celebration       Vernon Hills, Illinois            

7/17    Comstock Windmill Festival       Comstock, Nebraska  

7/23    Indianapolis Raceway Park   Indianapolis, Indiana

7/29   Washington County Fair Park   WEST BEND, WI-- NEW ADD.

7/30   Clay's Prk Resort Amphitheatre      NORTH LAWRENCE, OHIO--NEW ADD

8/17    The Empire State Plaza        Albany, New York                   Edgar Winter to open

8/27    Antelope Valley Fair-Grd Stnd      Lancaster, California

9/3    Black Bear Casino                 Carlton, Minnesota    

9/24    Kern County Fair/Bud Pavilion      Bakersfield, California  

10/ 1   Mid-South Fair                  Memphis, Tennessee  

10/ 8    Gretna Heritage Festival          Gretna, Louisiana

10/15    Texas Station Casino                North Las Vegas, Nevada  
11/11   Bergen Perf. Arts Center       Englewood, NJ--NEW ADD

Joe Deninzon summer tour dates

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, his father brought Joe and the rest of the Deninzon family to the states when Joe was very young.  Ultimately Vladmir Deninzon found a job as violinist in the Cleveland Symphony.  Young Joe was inspired by classical and all the other music styles, and that’s how Stratospheerius came to life.  Here are their summer festival and club dates so far:  

June 15th
The Jewish Mother
3108 Pacific Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 757-422-5430

June 16th
Cary St. Cafe
2631 W. Cary St.
Richmond, VA  804-353-7445

June 17th: TBA

June 18th
Riverbend Festival
Chattanooga, Tenn
9:30 pm
Unum Provident Stage

June 23rd
The Maenerchor
831 Mahoning Ave.
Youngstown, OH
330-747-5404 or visit www.ravendreams.com
***opening band has former members of Devo.

June 25th
Adirondack Music Festival
Moose River park
Lyonsdale, NY
time TBA

June 30th
Opening for "The Bridge"
at Plantation Club
151 Plantation St.
Worcester, Mass
(508) 752-4666

July 2nd, 3 (and September 3)
performing at Scottypaluza
Plattsburgh, NY

July 8th
Flarnadio Festival
Kempton, PA (2 hrs east of NYC)
time TBA

July 29th
Opening for Ekoostik Hookah at
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
Garrtesville, OH
6:00 pm

Sept. 3rd
Performing at The Grateful Jam
time TBA

Anne's activities

Joe Deninzon will also be joining my panel of artists who’ve created their own career opportunities on May 15 at 2 PM at the Global Entertainment Network Summit (www.globalentertainmentnetwork.com) at the Laugh factory in New York City.  The other artists include comedienne/author/world’s fastest talking woman Fran Capo, club and studio owner/singer/songwriter/guitarist Billy Morris, independent TV and film producer Frank Mosca of Harrington Talents in the Bronx to talk about ways we can use the media to further our careers.  I’m also looking for a reporter/journalist that works in more than one medium to join the panel, so if you have suggestions please call me or email.

One of the reasons I’m doing workshops and panels is to promote my book, USING YOUR ART & THE MEDIA TO COMFORT PEOPLE. Another cool thing I’m doing in conjunction with the book is sponsoring the word “comfort” at the website ETYMOLOGY ONLINE.  http://www.etymonline.com/ is one of my all-time favorite websites as it shows word origins.  Independent acts need clever ideas to help create media attention, and it costs about 10 dollars for six months to sponsor a word.  Check out the site and see if sponsoring a word is something you can try to help hype one of your projects.

By the way, “Comfort” is from Latin roots including the word “fortis” which is “strong.”  So “comfort” means “to help, to strengthen.”  

Mountain tour

Mountain’s Leslie West recaptured childhood memories with his rockin’ friends Anthrax’ Scott Ian and Twisted Sister’s J.J. French and Dee Snider.  They filmed MATZO AND METAL: A VERY CLASSIC SEDER which is broadcasting this Sunday on VH1 CLASSICS at 7 PM east coast time and 4 west coast.

This is a chance to get some great insight on Jewish culture and how music enriches the Passover story.

All foods served will be Kosher, of course, courtesy of the special's sponsor Manischewitz.

And God certainly has been blessing Leslie and Mountain (made up of drummer Corky Laing and bassist Richie Scarlet) this season, because they have a wealth of tourdates.....Note  that the astericked* ones have Mountain opening for Deep Purple!

5/20  The Galaxy     Santa Ana, CA  

5/21  The Canyon Club    Agoura Hills, CA

5/22 Double Tree Hotel     Bakersfield, CA  

5/25   Threadgills         Austin, TX  -POSTPONED

5/26  - Dallas, Tx. -   NOT CONFIRMED YET

5/28    Ottos       DeKalb, IL (near Chicago)  POSTPONED TILL JULY
6/11  The Downtown Farmingdale NY

6/12  *Harbor Center Portsmouth VA

6/14  *House Of Blues Clevland OH

6/15  *Palace Theater Louisville KY

6/18  *Molson Amphitheater Toronto ON

6/19  *Corel Center Ottawa ON

6/23  *Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville CT

6/27  *Borgata Event Center Atlantic City NJ

6/28  *Ford Pavilion Scranton PA

7/2   *Stars and Guitars Rockford ILL
7/7    Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach, NH
with UFO and Rick Derringer  


In May, Fuel 2000 is releasing a NEW Ten Years After album with all new songs, plus two bonus tracks of the band’s earlier hit songs. The lineup features a new member named Joe Gooch, who plays guitar and sings.  Please let me know if you’re interested in this new blues-rock project.

www.tenyearsafternow.com is the website.


MOONLIGHT INTERIOR, April 14-17, NYC The music of Jann Klose, choreography of Yo-el Cassell!!

The choreography of Yo-el Cassell, Music of Jann Klose, April 14-17 at the Sande Shurin Black Box Theater

YC Movement Theatre shatters the alienation of our modern times with a collaborative piece, MOONLIGHT INTERIOR.  Moving to the choreography of Yo-el Cassell and the music of Jann Klose, the performers seek to reveal the extraordinary within each of us. The evening length production will take place at the Sande Shurin Black Box Theater, 311 West 43rd Street, 6th floor in New York City, April 14-17. The Sande Shurin Theater is located between 8th and 9th Avenues, and near the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, 9 and S subway stops.   Show times are: 8 pm (2 pm Matinees on Saturday and Sunday), admission is $20 ($15 w/student ID), with the opening night performance as a benefit for the YC Movement Theatre company for $50. The public can call 212-726-8060 for more information.

The show is directed and choreographed by Yo-el Cassell with a live musical score written and performed by collaborator, Jann Klose and his band. Cassell says, “There are many inspirations in this work, especially the artwork of Edward Hopper, whose paintings, I feel, are inspiration for the ‘interior’ in all of us—our own inner beauty.”

Dancer/choreographer/mime/actor Yo-el Cassell credits include The Virginia Opera, The Pearl Lang Dance Theater, Spencer/Colton, The American Mime Theater, PBS’s SHINING TIME STATION, Miramax’ CULTIVATING STILLNESS, a residency at Skidmore College and researching period movement for the movie CHICAGO and its director Rob Marshall. THE BOSTON PHOENIX cites Cassell as a “choreographer with great invention and imagination with a fluid command of the craft of movement ... his work strikes an emotional punch.”

Originally from Germany, singer/songwriter/actor Jann Klose is equally eclectic.   CLEVELAND MAGAZINE says his current EP, BLACK BOX is “a startlingly fresh blend of pop, blues, rock and jazz that provides the perfect showcase for Klose’s powerful, emotive voice.”  Klose has performed throughout the world, he has acted and sung in the Broadway touring company of JECKYLL AND HYDE, TOMMY at NJPAC,  and The JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR European tour.   He’s developed a following for his original music, opening for Steve Forbert, Tish Hinojosa, Jorma Kaukonen (of Jefferson Airplane) and performing with the legendary Les Paul.

Cassell hopes to inspire people with this presentation, “Jann and I invite the audience into an intimate and enthralling environment of live music, dance and the theater of one's own imagination."

Websites: www.moonlightinterior.com  

Anne's workshop on April 1 in the Bronx

On April 1, Anne Leighton is leading a workshop,  USING THE MEDIA TO SPREAD YOUR MESSAGE at The Point, 940 Garrison, Bronx, NY at 4 PM.   Sponsored by A.C.T.I.O.N. (Activists Coming to Inform Our Neighborhood), this workshop also has special guests--singer/songwriter/actor Jann Klose plus choreographer Yo-el Cassell.  Anne, Jann and Yo-el will show people how to find media outlets, talk with them and convince them to cover their work.  The workshop is free, contact 718-542-4139 xt. 28. By subway, take the #6 Train to Hunts Point Ave. By bus, take the BX6 to Hunts Point & Garrison Aves; BX5 and BX19 to Hunts Point Ave. & Southern Blvd.

On May 15, Anne will also be leading a panel USING T HE MEDIA TO SPREAD YOUR MESSAGE at the Global Entertainment Network Convention, in the Laugh Factory in New York City.  More details can be found at www.globalentertainmentnetwork.com.

Anne believes anyone can create their own career opportunities to build careers.  She is the author of USING YOUR ART & THE MEDIA TO COMFORT PEOPLE from Free to Run books.  As a publicist, her clients include rockers Jethro Tull, Grand Funk Railroad, Bill Wyman, Vanilla Fudge, Mountain, Tower of Power, plus upcoming musicians (including Jann Klose) and independent filmmakers. She taught at Baruch College’s Entertainment Business Program, and has written articles for SONGWRITER’S MARKET, HIT PARADER, INSIDE KARATE/KUNG FU, INSIDE CONNECTION, plus CATFANCY; her plays have been performed at Poets Repertory Theater of Long Island, the HOWL! Festival and the River City Living Church in San Antonio, Texas.

At these events USING YOUR ART &  THE MEDIA TO COMFORT PEOPLE is available for the special price of $10.00.  It is available by mail order to Anne Leighton for $13.00 c/o Box 670922, Bronx, NY  10467, and on the web at Amazon.com for $15.94.



****Leslie West featured guitarist on Ozzy Osbourne hit “Mississippi Queen “ and the band’s album ERUPTION still selling****

Guitarist Leslie West, drummer Corky Laing and bassist Richie Scarlet are proving rock lives with active tour dates and successful recordings.  The band, which has been celebrating their 35th Anniversary, are getting exciting presents  as Active Rock and Rock radio is making the Ozzy Osbourne cover of their 1970 hit “Mississippi Queen” the number one most added track.  For the second week in a row, “Mississippi Queen” is still the most added track and is also number #1 in increased airplay . Here's how the charts are shaping up after three weeks:

Active Rock National Airplay: Week 1: #40, Week 2 : #27, Week 3 : #20

Rock National Airplay : Week 1: #37, Week 2: #22, Week 3: #16

Canadian Rock National Airplay : Week 3: #25

Leslie West is featured with his unique guitar power on the track, “Ozzy and I go back 35 years.  Everybody thought Black Sabbath were too weird back then, but we dug ‘em.”  So Mountain and Sabbath played at least 40 dates together, and stayed friends since.

West and Mountain are also playing in support of their Fuel 2000 album, ERUPTION, which is still selling briskly and has a live version of “Mississippi Queen” as well.

The band will be releasing a new album that'll include Bob Dylan covers this summer in time for their summer festival tour called HARD ROCK CRUSADES with Savoy Brown and Uriah Heep.

In the meantime the group continues to play festivals in Europe and club dates in the States.

Confirmed upcoming dates from Mountain include:
 4/1/05 - Toronto, Canada - Hard Rock

 4/2/05 - Oshawa, Canada - Park Place

 4/3/05 - Detroit, Mi. - Magic Bag

 4/5/05 - Lansing, Mi. - Cadillac Club

 4/6/06 - Cleveland, Oh. - R & R Hall of Fame

 4/7/05 - Cleveland, Ohio - Beachland Ballroom

 4/8/05 - Shirley,Mass - The Bull Run

 4/9/05 - Morristown, N.J.- Double D's

4/10/05 - Binghamton, N.Y. - Magic City

4/12/05 - Buffalo, N.Y. - Club Infinity

4/13/05 - Nyack, N.Y. - Helen Hayes Theater

4/15/05 - Ashville, N. Carolina - The Orange Peel

4/16/05 - Atlanta, Ga - The Variety Theater

4/17/05 - Off - HOME

5/14/05 - Dekalb, Ill - Otto's

5/19/05 - Solana Beach, Ca. - Belly Up Tavern

5/20/05 - Agora Hills, Ca. - The Canyon Club

5/22/05 - Bakersfield, Ca.

5/26/05 - Dallas, Tx. - Granada Theater

6/18/05 - Toronto, Canada w/ Deep Purple

6/19/05 - Ottowa, Canada w/ Deep Purple

6/23/05 - Uncasville, Ct. - Mohegan Sun w/ Deep Purple

6/27/05 - Atlantic City, N.J. w/ Deep Purple

6/28/05 - Scranton, Pa. w/ Deep Purple  

7/02/05 - Rockford, Ill. w/ Deep Purple


JOE DENINZON & STRATOSPHEERIUS, best independent jam band

Joe Deninzon just won BEST INDEPENDENT JAM BAND AWARD in THE MUSICIAN’S ATLAS’ 4 Annual Independent Music Awards.

Celebrity judges included performers Delbert McClinton, Erykah Badu, Loudon Wainwright III, William Ackerman, Victor L. Wooton and TRACKS magazine editor Alan Light.

IMA winners will be on a compilation album available at all Borders Music stores across the states and on www.Bordersstores.com.  The album will also be promoted to radio by the Planetary Group of Boston.  And all the tracks can be heard on the Musician’s Atlas site at the link for the winners’ jukebox, http://www.musiciansatlas.com/program.asp.

Joe’s song “What’s That Thing” which is on his third (and current) album, LIVE WIRES, is on the IMA compilation album.

Deninzon has received significant acclaim this past year, LIVE WIRES is on the top 20 list for XM Radio Host Russ Davis’ Jazz and Beyond list (Chick Corea Elektra Band’s TO THE STARS was number one), and on Sea of Tranquility’s top ten for the year.  The disc has been in top ten playlists on stations including KDHX-St. Louis, WVOF-Fairfield, CT, WBAR (Barnard College radio)-New York, and many others across the U.S. and Canada, Italy, Australia, Romania, and Russia.

Writer Jedd Beaudoin says, “If there's a musicia

Tower of Power tourdates

Note that this summer the boys will be opening for sex symbol Tom Jones.

March 13th  Rutland, VT Paramount Theatre

March 15th - 18th Boston, MA Scullers Jazz Club

March 19th  Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino - Wolf Den

April 6th & 7th Belleville, ON Empire Theatre

April 8th St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada  Brock University

April 9th North Bay, Ontario, Canada  Capitol Centre

April 11th & 12th Markham, Ontario, Canada  Markham Theatre Anthony Roman Centre

April 13th & 14th Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

April 16th Lindsay, Ontario, Canada  Academy Theatre

April 30th  Denton, TX  Civic Center Park
Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

May 1st  Fayetteville, AR  George's Majestic Lounge

May 3rd & 4th Austin, TX  One World Theatre

May 6th New Orleans, LA  House of Blues

June 9th  Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery

June 16th Victoria, BC, Canada Save-On Foods Memorial Centre   appearing with Tom Jones

June 17th Vancouver, BC, Canada General Motors Place
appearing with Tom Jones

June 18th Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
appearing with Tom Jones

June 19th Portland, OR Arelene Schnitzer Concert Hall
appearing with Tom Jones

June 21st Brooks, CA (Sacramento) Cache Creek Casino - Event Center
appearing with Tom Jones

June 22nd Oakland, CA Paramount Theater of the Arts
appearing with Tom Jones

June 24th Santa Ynez, CA (Santa Barbara) Chumash Casino
appearing with Tom Jones

June 25th Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
appearing with Tom Jones

June 26th Phoenix, AZ  The Dodge Theater
appearing with Tom Jones

June 27th Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
appearing with Tom Jones

June 29th  Denver, CO Universal Lending Pavilion
appearing with Tom Jones

July 7th Atlanta, GA  Chastain Amphitheater
appearing with Tom Jones

July 8th Robinson, MS Grand Casino - Tunica
appearing with Tom Jones

July 9th Gulfport, MS Grand Casino - Gulfport
appearing with Tom Jones

July 10th Biloxi, MS Biloxi Grand Casino - Grand Theatre
appearing with Tom Jones

July 13th & 14th Uncasville, CT  Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort - Arena
appearing with Tom Jones

July 15th & 16th Boston, MA  Fleet Boston Pavilion
appearing with Tom Jones

July 17th Vienna, VA  The Filene Center
appearing with Tom Jones

July 19th & 20th Rama, Ontario, Canada Casino Rama - Entertainment Centre
appearing with Tom Jones

July 21st Clio, MI Clio Area Amphitheater
appearing with Tom Jones

July 22nd Chicago, IL Pending

July 23rd Sterling Heights, MI Jerome Duncan Ford Theater

July 24th Chester, WV  Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort
appearing with Tom Jones

July 26th Reading, PA  Reading Eagle Theater
appearing with Tom Jones

August 3rd Reno, NV  Reno Hilton - Outdoor Stage

August 4th Kelseyville, CA Konocti Harbor Inn - Resort Showroom

August 16th San Mateo, CA San Mateo County Fair Grandstand

August 18th Monterey, CA Monterey County Fairgrounds

August 23rd Lewiston, NY Artpark

August 25th New Haven, CT Toad's Place

August 26th Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues

August 27th  Alexandria, VA Birchmere

September 2-4 Summerlin Las Vegas, NV  Suncoast Hotel & Casino


Artists I like, but am not working with

Here are some artists that I recommend, but am not publicizing:

Dina Finai, who is one of the Trans Siberian Orchestra singers.  Her new album has reflective songs including a topically timely remake of Supertramp’s “The Logical Song.”  Here are all Dina’s contacts: 917-847-4772 DINAFANAI@NYC.RR.COM.

Streamers--c/o Ida Langsam.  This is a British-invasion influenced band whose leader, Sean Yoxovic, came from Serbia.  He is fighting to get rid of landmines.  Contact Ida at islpr@aol.com.

Jay Tausig has a progressive rock group called DARCANA.  He’s now based near Reno, NV, but he used to live in the Bronx, and he helped me back in 1995 when I was first working with a great progressive rock group called Ten Ton Tide.  Jay’s website is www.darcana.com, and his email is lemuria66@jps.net

I did a bio for a pop-rock band from Long Island.  They called the Blues Scene.  They’re influenced by Oasis, the Beach Boys, Beatles.  They’re young and are always challenging themselves in their genres.  Give a call to manager Will Norton at 631-234-1720.

The Kelly Project, who won the best band for INSIDE CONNECTION’S contest last year, are soulful rock  & roll. Contact Benny Arocha at 631-987-9701 to get their kit.  I think if you like Tower of Power, you will like the Kelly Project.

I am still working Vanilla Fudge, but not TNA......   Pat Travers and Carmine Appice are in the studio
working on their second CD of TNA, this time for Cleopatra Records.  Stay in touch with your Cleopatra rep on that project

Performing on the disc are two master bassists--Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, the Firm, Whitesnake) and Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Alice Cooper).

The album has new versions of Carmine's and Pat's
classic songs:
**Pat's "Snorting Whiskey," the original is now in
the Academy Award-nominated film, "Sideways."
**Carmine's "Superstition" from Beck, Bogert Appice's GOLD album. Like the original "Superstition," this version features Carmine's longtime buddy Tim Bogert on vocals.

Also scheduled to appear on the album are Toto's Bobby Kimball and Steve Lukather.

The TRAVERS-APPICE LIVE DVD is being released around
April-May on Escapi Music in Sweden.  (I’m not working that project, either.) It features a live show and interviews.  It was recorded September 4, and includes
another great bassist T.M. Stevens.

Look for a wild interview by summer with Carmine and extreme radio hostess Leslie Gold in TALKERS magazine.