Friday, July 30, 2010

NJWeedman's Liberty Bell Temple Raided by Police

D|R Welch Attorneys at Law P.C.
to Provide Defense

Lawsuit Filed in Los Angeles Superior Court

Hollywood, CA - On Tuesday, July 14, 2010, Ed Forchion aka NJWeedman reports he was robbed at gunpoint by the Los Angeles Police Department in his Liberty Bell Temple. The Liberty Bell Temple, located at 5642 Hollywood Blvd, is a Rastafarian Temple that services the needs of The Rastafarian Community. Not listed among a posting of medical marijuana dispensaries subject to recent closure, Forchion states he was falsely charged with a misdemeanor city code (LAMC - for failing to cease operations. Noting that nothing in the code calls for a seizure of property, Forchion reveals that the LAPD confiscated three pounds of medical marijuana, almost $7,000 of supplies and all the cash on the premises.

The Temple staff was handcuffed and Forchion, alongside his partner, Charquant Leyou, were arrested and jailed. Forchion, who is represented by Attorney David Welch from D|R Welch Attorneys at Law P.C. has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior alleging deprivation of the right to practice Rastafari without due process of law. The defendant is also seeking a court order preventing authorities from interfering with their ability to operate their temple.

A self proclaimed exile, activist and former political prisoner, Forchion originally relocated to California just a few years ago to enjoy the benefits of the state's more relaxed marijuana laws, per the passage of the Prop. 215 Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and SB420. Better known as NJWeedman, the celebrity activist has received international media attention, publicly touting California as the forefront of what he perceives to be "the reefer revolution." The recent raid has not only saddened, but confused him. Only months ago, the same Los Angeles Police Department was instrumental in securing his grow room operation back from a landlord who tried to steal his plants - .

"I left the restrictive confines of the state of New Jersey to enjoy a new found freedom here in California. Per my now famous Hollywood Hemp Mansion Parties, I have been trying to live a good life and leave behind my days of activism, but this new assault on my rights now leaves me no choice but to battle coast to coast!" cites Forchion.
"If the city was serving The Liberty Bell Temple on a municipal code violation why did they also seize the medical/spiritual marijuana and cash, amongst other things without the constitutionally guaranteed due process of a valid search warrant?" asks Forchion.

"The Police have still not provided the Temple with a search warrant, nor the affidavit required to obtain one. If we were a 7-11, Rite Aid, Scientology Center, Synagogue, or Christian Church the city would not send battle-dressed cops with battering rams and shotguns. This was straight militarized robbery by cops, under the guise of this new city ordinance."

Medical marijuana attorney, David Welch Esq. and his firm, D|R Welch Attorneys at Law P.C. are recognized for providing aggressive and knowledgeable representation in all areas of the medical marijuana law throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, and other Southern California communities.

"During the raid on Liberty Bell Temple II on July 14, 2010, the police made threatening remarks in an attempt to chill the practice of Rastafari by the members of Liberty Bell Temple II," cites Welch. "These acts are a clear violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the California Constitution. We will seek an injunction by the courts to prevent further police activity against the members of Liberty Bell Temple II and their practice and congregation in their Rastafarian faith."

When discussing the religious use of marijuana Forchion cites, "I don't think our Liberty Bell Temple or any Rastafarian Temple is any different than the UDV Church - ( ; Members of the UDV Church use a substance called Hoasca, Rastafarains use substance called "marijuana."

The UDV Church realized a landmark Federal ruling when it was determined in the case Gonzales vs. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal that the Federal Government's seizure of their sacramental tea, which contained a Schedule I substance was in fact illegal and a violation permitted under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Seagram heir and UDV Church member, Jeffrey Bronfman funded the case to the Supreme Court.

About Ed Forchion aka NJWeedman

NJWeedman first achieved cult status and media notoriety when he was arrested for smoking the sacred herb in front of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA. As one of the most prominent figures in the medical marijuana movement, Forchion is continually fueling his advocacy. As the founder of the Legalize Marijuana Party of New Jersey in 1998, Forchion has run campaigns for Governor, Congress, the State Legislature, and the Burlington County Board of Freeholders in New Jersey.

Forchion's activism has led him to appearances in documentaries including "How Weed Won the West," and Jack Herer's "The Emperor's Wears No Clothes", Spike TV's "10,000 Ways to Die," and Direct TV's "Supreme Court of Comedy". He has also been featured regularly on TMZ.

His NJWeedman's video series, filmed from the Liberty Bell Temple and seen on his website ; and at, commands a following of viewers from around the world. He regularly updates his footage with vivid coverage of the happenings at the Temple, including specials on the vast varietals of medicinal marijuana he was able to serve up legally, daily to his patients.

In addition, his memoirs, "Public Enemy 420" is chock full of amazing statistics about the "politricks" of marijuana as well as the page turning adventures of his life. From his early days of trafficking marijuana, to his legal battles with the state officials in New Jersey, his months behind bars and finally his sojourn to sunny California, Ed Forchion 's live is a real life tale of "high" drama.

In an effort to raise money for his defense fund, Forchion is hosting a "Fundraiser Fish Fry" every Friday at the Liberty Bell Temple at 5642 Hollywood Blvd., along with his regular Reggae Night Jam every Monday at the Blu Monkey lounge, located at 5521 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA.

To view the police raid at Liberty Bell Temple, go to

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mondo Generator Announce US Tour and New Single "Dog Food"

Mondo Generator have announced a run of shows through August and September in support of their new single 'Dog Food' (available on August 10). Special guests for all shows will be Tweak Bird with Its Casual and Violent Soho also joining for selected shows. Tickets are on sale now at venues and usual outlets...

Wed August 4th - Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA (USA)

Fri August 6th - Dante's, Portland, OR (USA)

Sat August 7th - Studio 7, Seattle, WA (USA)

Mon August 9th - Club Vegas, Salt Lake City, UT (USA)

Wed August 11th - 3 Kings Tavern, Denver, CO (USA)

Thu August 12th - Riot Room, Kansas City, MO (USA)

Fri August 13th - Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN (USA)

Sat August 14th - Frequency, Madison WI (USA)

Sun August 15th - Double Door, Chicago, IL (USA)

Mon August 16th - Southgate House, Newport KY (USA)

Tue August 17th - Smalls, Hamtramck MI (USA)

Wed August 18th - Bug Jar, Rochester NY (USA)

Thu August 19th - Santos, New York, NY (USA)

Fri August 20th - Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA (USA)

Sat August 21st - Northn Star Bar, Philadelphia PA (USA)

Sun August 22nd - 37th & Zen, Norfolk VA (USA)

Tue August 24th - Casbah @ Trenton Music Hall, Charlotte NC (USA)

Wed August 25th - Stella Blue, Asheville NC (USA)

Thu August 26th - Hi Tone Cafe, Memphis TN (USA)

Fri Augsut 27th - The Conservatory, Oklahoma City OK (USA)

Sat August 28th - Emo's, Austin TX (USA)

Sun August 29th - Skillman Street Bar, Dallas, TX (USA)

Tue August 31st - Launch Pad, Albuquerque NM (USA)

Thu September 2nd - Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA (USA)


What do Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures), Happy Tom (Turbonegro) and Marc Diamond (The Dwarves) all have in common?

Aside from the fact they all play in some of the best bands to ever grace the earth, they all feature on the brand new single from Los Angeles band Mondo Generator.

The first taste of the new album from the band which is due for release in July, is the track 'Dog Food' which is set to be unleashed in May to coincde with the beginning of the bands upcoming tour.

Over the last year, band founder Nick Oliveri and fellow member Hoss, alongside producer Bradley Cook have been working on Mondo Generator's fourth full length album 'Time To Destroy'. During the recording process they have enlisted a number of guests to make an appearance, 'Dog Food' is the first taste of who is featured on the album.

With Marc Diamond on guitar duties, Happy Tom has laid down some bass tracks, while Dave Grohl provides the drum tracks and Nick Oliveri delivers his trade mark vocals.

With a fresh Mondo Generator line up in place, the band will kick off a world tour in Australia from late May before heading to Europe for shows across June and July which includes both festival and club shows. They'll hit home territory for a US tour in August and September.

'Dog Food' will be released as a limited edition 7" as well as in an extended cd/digital format.

CD Single:


Friday, July 23, 2010

Acetate Records announces an un-released album by THE FACTORY and a new record by THE SUPERBEES on September 7


"Andy Warhol would be proud. Spinal Tap would be jealous. Sergio Leone would be transported." -- Washington Post

Much like predecessors New York Dolls, Stooges and Dead Boys, The Factory burned like a roman candle, then disappeared into the night. The Washington D.C. band ruled the roost in the late 1980's, opening for Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Public Image, Ltd. and Johnny Thunders, turning the heads of both fans and music industry reps along the East Coast.

Led by Vance Bockis (formerly of The Obsessed, 9353 and doom metal gods Pentagram), The Factory were a brash extension of late 1970's Rolling Stones, picking up where the strut and sneer of Some Girls and Tattoo You left off, creating an explosive concoction of straight ahead Rock n' Roll, Punk and R&B. Unfortunately outside influences got the best of them and The Factory broke up in 1992 without formally releasing anything more than a track on a compilation LP

Acetate president (and D.C. native) Rick Ballard held on to The Factory demo he got from guitar player Robbie Limon for the last 20 years and recently found the band online. He immediately contacted them to discuss a release - the master tapes were located, cleaned up and mastered.

"Self Submission" starts the record with the subtlety of an alarm clock, Bockis barking and sneering over tight rhythms, while closer "Six Feet Down" is a warning shot of things to come in a lifestyle pushed too far. In between, they effortlessly explore seedy, drugged-out, and sometimes transcendent side of the city. From the disco-tinged "Love To Dance" to the melancholy of "Misfortune Son", The Factory capture the gritty pulse of the D.C. streets on this self-titled release.




The Superbees are back with the long awaited follow-up to "High Volume". Critics hailed their raucous Acetate Records debut as "an electrifying set of garage rock that would impress fans of Thee Hypnotics, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and the White Stripes. The band crafts undeniably catchy tunes out of influences like MC5, the Stooges and Rolling Stones, complete with vocalist and guitarist Dave James' wall of searing riffs."

Back once again with the original line-up, The Superbees deliver "Top Of The Rocks," a knockout six-song EP that picks up where High Volume left off. Joining the Bees once again are Jake Cavalier (The Fuzztones, Lords of Altamont) on Farfisa and indie-rock recluse Cody ChesnuTT (The Roots), who handles percussion duties on "Bad News."

"The joint was packed to the rafters, the benefit was to replace equipment stolen from The Superbees, who opened the show with a blistering set of Detroit style garage punk. Check these guys out, they're very cool." -- Jeff Dahl, Sonic Iguana

" of the most electrifying pure rock bands in town...a searing set of Saints/Sonics-inspired garage shock. Vocalist/guitarist DAVE JAMES...a mad riffing hooligan, knocking out killer chords while engaging in high-energy Townshend-like leaps and scowling at the audience..." -- Jim Freek, LA Weekly



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Leonard Cohen's "Bird On A Wire" Comes To DVD On August 31

Tony Palmer's 1972 European Tour film finally available to consumers

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Tony Palmer and MVD Visual are proud to announce the release of Leonard Cohen "Bird On A Wire" for US distribution on August 31.

Hi Res Cover Art originally made in 1972 and directed by celebrated British filmmaker Tony Palmer, "Bird On A Wire" follows Cohen on his 1972 European tour and contains 17 classic performances, 4 poems and tour footage. After massive re-editing, although not by Palmer, it was released in 1974, had a very limited run and then 'disappeared'. Like many films from the era it was thought that the original version had been lost, but in 2009, 294 rolls of film were discovered containing much of the original rushes and soundtrack of the 1972 film. Palmer was able to restore much of this footage and it is now available on DVD for the first time.

"When, in 2009, 294 cans of film were discovered in a warehouse in Hollywood, in rusted up cans that sometimes had to be hammered open, and these cans were shipped to me by, of all people, Frank Zappa's manager, I believed at first that nothing could be salvaged. The cans did not contain the negative (still lost); some of the prints were in black & white; and much of it had been cut to pieces and/or scratched beyond use. But when I finally opened one box and found most of the original sound dubbing tracks, I knew we had a hope of putting the jigsaw back together," said Palmer. "So now, taking full advantage of the latest digital technology, this is what we have done, piece by piece, slowly and painstakingly. It has taken months and months, and probably has cost more than the original filming, and although it's by no means perfect, it's very close now to the original."

Tony Palmer's Complete Story:

The deluxe digipak DVD package also includes a limited edition reproduction of the iconic 1972 film poster as seen here:

"Now, looking back after 38 years, my admiration for Cohen as a poet, a singer and as a man, remains undiminished," said Palmer. "The original film was made with love, and I hope that quality once again shines through the restored film."

Palmer is one of the leading directors of music documentaries and historical drama films in the world. His vast filmography of over 100 films ranges from early works with he Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa (200 Motels), to the famous portraits with and about Walton, Britten, Stravinsky, Maria Callas, John Osborne, Margot Fonteyn and Menuhin. He has collected over 40 international prizes for his work.

Track Include: Avalanche, Suzanne, Tonight Will Be Fine, Passing Through, Sisters of Mercy, Who By Fire?, Story of Isaac, One Of Us Can't Be Wrong, The Partisan, Chelsea Hotel, Nancy, Famous Blue Raincoat, Bird On A Wire, and more...


Link to Purchase:

Hi Res Cover Art:

Spike Hill Presents Hard Nips On Saturday, July 31st at 10:00 PM

New York, NY - Brooklyn-based post-punk band Hard Nips will perform at Spike Hill on Saturday, July 31st at 10:00 PM in support of their CD, "I Shit You Not."

Comprised of angelic vocalist Yoko Nips, guitarist Mariko Nips, bassist Gooch Nips and drummer Emi Nips, the riff-heavy band cites "sex, sushi and rock & roll" as their inspiration.

The all-girl foursome produces a sound reminiscent of the power-pop of The Go-Go's and Blondie, dipped in soy sauce.

With their magnetic stage performance and blatant camaraderie, Hard Nips have blazed a trail throughout New York and will be playing Spike Hill for the first time on the 31st. Bring the wasabi.
For more information on Hard Nips, please visit

Spike Hill - 184 and 186 Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

(718) 218-9737-

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Blues Guitarist Phillip Walker Passes at 73

It is with deepest sorrow that we report on the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary blues guitarist Phillip Walker. He died of apparent heart failure at 4:30 AM, early Thursday morning, July 22, 2010. He was 73 years old.


Born February 11, 1937 near Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the small town of Welsh, Phillip Walker's earliest musical influences came via the Cajun and Creole rhythms he heard as a youngster. A second cousin to Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and huge admirer of T-Bone Walker, Phillip began making a name for himself in the early 1950s with his first recording session backing pianist Roscoe Gordon. At the age of 16, Walker left home to tour with Zydeco king Clifton Chenier (who incidentally gave the young fledgling Walker his first bona fide guitar) and never looked back.


After relocating to Los Angeles in 1959, Walker cut his first side as a bandleader; the storming "Hello My Darling", produced by J.R. Fulbright for Elko Records. His first full length album didn't appear until much later though. With the help of long-time supporter and producer Bruce Bromberg, Walker cut the excellent LP "The Bottom of the Top" in 1973 for Hugh Hefner's short-lived Playboy label. Over the next three decades Walker's musical career continued to pick up steam with numerous recording projects for HighTone, Black Top, Rounder, JSP and Alligator Records.

In 2007, Randy Chortkoff signed Phillip Walker to Delta Groove Music and released the critically acclaimed CD "Going Back Home". The recording session featured the renowned guitarist going back to his roots and exploring the rich musical history of Louisiana, Texas and West Coast Blues on classic material by Lowell Fulson, Ray Charles, Lonesome Sundown, Lightnin' Hopkins, Champion Jack Dupree and Frankie Lee Sims among others. Going Back Home was later awarded Best Album of 2007 in the New Recordings / Contemporary Blues category by the Living Blues Awards Critics' Poll.

Label CEO Randy Chortkoff shared some of his fond remembrances of working with Phillip these last few years by stating "Phillip was a consummate gentleman and it was an absolute pleasure working with him over the years. It was a pleasure producing his last album "Going Back Home". We chose the music on that album based on Phillip's musical tastes and background. He especially enjoyed doing the Champion Jack Dupree song "Bad Blood". It later became a standard in his live repertoire, in addition to one I wrote for him, "Lay You Down". We also had a great time with him years ago at the Moulin Blues Festival in Holland where he performed with The Mannish Boys, and the again at Ground Zero in Clarksdale, Mississippi for our 3rd Annual Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue.

There's some great footage of him playing at Ground Zero that we hope to one day put out and share with everyone. He was definitely a one of a kind. He will be missed

© 2010. Delta Groove Music

MVD gives Fans the Opportunity to Film and Interview IGGY AND THE STOOGES at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival

IN THE HANDS OF THE FANS video series is born

On Friday, September 3rd 2010, Iggy and the Stooges are putting themselves IN THE HANDS OF THE FANS...

MVD Entertainment Group has launched the site to offer fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to film and interview Iggy and the Stooges performing the seminal punk rock masterpiece RAW POWER at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival on September 3, 2010.

Six lucky fans will be chosen by way of a video submission contest to join director Joey Carey on location at the Stardust Theater at Kutchers' Country Club in Monticello, NY. This marks the reunion between Iggy Pop and powerhouse guitarist James Williamson as well as original Stooges drummer Scott "Rock Action" Asheton. Also featuring Mike Watt on bass and Steve Mackay on saxophone.

The contest is based on fans submitting short high definition video segments asking Iggy and the Stooges interview questions, or demonstrating why they should win the contest. Winners of the contest will film and interview Iggy and the Stooges at All Tomorrow's Parties. This fan shot footage, along with the contestant video submissions, will be crafted into a high definition longform program, which will be part concert film and part reality TV show about the journey of the fans.

"Raw Power is one of the greatest, most dangerous albums in the history of rock and roll" says Ed Seaman, C.O.O. of MVD Entertainment Group. "We are honored to enable the fans this connection with the band; this will be a dream come true for the winners."

IN THE HANDS OF THE FANS will be sustainable as a series; MVD is already deep in discussions with a number of other artists and expects to have five more programs shot within the next six months with new announcements expected any day.

The final program for Iggy and the StoogesIN THE HANDS OF THE FANS is expected to release on DVD, BluRay, digital download and broadcast by early 2011. All contestants will receive a special offer to purchase the film early along with some exclusive value added content.

A commercial featuring Handsome Dick Manitoba (the Dictators, Little Steven's Underground Garage DJ) and Iggy has been recorded and will be distributed throughout the web via websites, social media networks, blogs, etc.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

5th Annual I Chews the Blues Festival on August 7th

The 5th Annual I Chews The Blues Festival will take place on Saturday, August 7, 2010.

As in previous years, it will be held at the Davison Eagles Club 3270 North State Road (M-15) Davison, MI.

The event begins at 12pm and features food, beer, and some of the hottest Blues acts from both the metro Flint and Detroit areas.

Admission is just $12 in advance / $15 at the gate and you can find out how to order them by visiting

The entertainment begins at 1pm and the 2010 lineup is as follows:







JONESN’ (8:30pm)

GREG NAGY (9:45pm)

Roxy Perry ? New York Bluesbird on KCOR ? July 22nd PLAYLIST

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Roadmaster – Roxy Perry

Summertime – Janis Joplin

I Can’t Hear Nothing But The Blues – SaRon Crenshaw

Walk That Way – Terry Hanck

Mean Little Mama – Super Harps

Geonophony – Jason Ricci

Shake Dancer – Sandy Mack

Call Me Baby – Steve Johnson

Tumblin Down – Todd Wolfe

Snake In The Grass – Genya Ravan

Rollin and Tumblin – Johnny Winter

Streamline Woman – Muddy Waters

Can’t Be Satisfied – Nasty Ned

Hey Jose – Ronnie Earl

Barefoot Rock – Rhett Tyler

Too Rolling Stoned – Robin Trower

One Way Out – Javier Vargas

Mean Town Blues – Junior Mack

Get It While You Can – Janis Joplin

Crooked Path – Roxy Perry

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ladies Sing the Blues Cruise--Carnival Cruise Lines - Triumph will depart New Orleans, LA on 12/6


Time: December 6, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Location: Carnival Cruise Lines - TRIUMPH, New Orleans, LA

Organized By: Valerie Scott/B.E.B.E., Inc ( and

Event Description:

Carnival Cruise Lines - Triumph will depart New Orleans, LA on 12/6 - 11/2010 with Jomar Records recording artist Pat Hunter "National Woman in Blues, Vol 1" on board as one of the three featured female performers on this 'blues cruise.' Miss Hunter's All Star band will have Steve Nixon (IL); formerly of the Ronnie Baker Brooks Band, on keys; Sarasota Slim (FL) as lead guitarist; Nitro Bozeman (FL) on harp; and Kevin Kathey (TN)who has played with many famous musicians (including Terri Lynn's band) but is most recently known for his time spent performing with Country Music Hall of Famer and Grammy Award winner, Charlie Louvin, on drums.

The other two "Ladies singing the Blues" will be Vivian 'Vance' Kelly (IL), whose father is Vance "Guitar" Kelly, and Terri Lynn & Thunder Blues (TN).

This is a sensational opportunity to get up close and personal with many blues hall of famers and blues VIPs.

Cruise prices start at about $150 per person and if you book before 07/31/2010, you will also get a FREE vacation to a destination of your choice. Payment plans are available if you book before 08/06/2010.

For more information about the blues artists go to For more information about the cruise go to

Valerie Scott

Founder & President

B.E.B.E., Inc.

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727-992-2369 cell

727-375-1940 fax

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Egypt Central Slams Planet Rock BC This Saturday, July 11

Sunday is going to be bad assssss. Egypt Central is making a special trip to Planet Rock in Battle Creek to play for the best fans in the country, Sunday July 11th. Starring with Egypt Central will be Culprit, Daktal, Slap Maggy and Stereo Addiction. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7:30....Just $10 for 21+ or $12 for under 21.

Who: Egypt Central
What: Plays Planet Rock
When: Sunday July 11th, Doors are at 6pm, show starts at 7:30.
Where: Planet Rock in Battle Creek
How much
:Just $10 for 21+ or $12 for under 21

About Egypt Central

On October 2, 2002, a group of young musicians came together to form the band Egypt Central. For one year, nothing was happening for the band. These young men, still determined, diligently wrote and recorded until they generated a buzz in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.[citation needed] After eight shows, the band caught the attention of former Lava Records CEO Jason Flom. Impressed with their demo, he immediately offered the band a record deal after seeing their live performance. Their debut album was recorded with renowned producer Josh Abraham in Los Angeles.

Due to overwhelming demand, the band self-released their Lava-recorded album on-line through independent retailer CD Baby, and at selected music stores throughout Memphis. Their CD debuted at #1 for independent releases in Memphis, going on to sell nearly 7,000 copies within a few months.

On April 1, 2006, the band signed a deal with independent label Bieler Bros. Records, with the intention of releasing the band's Lava album. However, in late July, it was announced that the band had parted ways with the label. No reason was given, but the band stated that "it was a simple decision made in the best interest of both parties". The album was set for release on August 22.

Egypt Central's song "Taking You Down" was selected to be on the soundtrack for the movie The Cave.

The song "Over and Under" was selected to be on the soundtrack and in the movie The Condemned.

In the summer of 2007, Egypt Central played several dates with Ozzfest. They performed on the Second Stage. They also played several dates with the Family Values Tour, were they opened the main stage.

Bubba The Love Sponge had them on his "Unsigned Band Review" mistakenly calling them "Egyptian Central". He also gave the band the best review of any band on the "Unsigned Band Review"; he is also part of the credit to their success, and he believes he is the reason they got on Ozzfest.[citation needed] <-- That needs citation because it is not entirely true. He tried to help and probably succeeded by helping them get into Ozzfest, but does not think that without him they were not good enough to land there by themselves.

On October 5, 2007, Egypt Central officially signed a record deal with Fat Lady Music/ILG, distributed by ADA. The original CD has been remixed and remastered with new artwork and was released to retailers nationwide on January 15, 2008 featuring their new single "You Make Me Sick". The entire recording is now available on iTunes and in record stores everywhere.

The band has added a group of new songs to their live shows. All songs are expected to be included on the band's second album, which is currently[when?] being recorded.

The songs "You Make Me Sick" and "Taking You Down" are on the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 soundtrack.

The band has finished working on their second record with Abraham Laboriel Jr. and plan on releasing it later in 2010, after they have finished a "pre-album release" tour. This is the only time fans will be able to listen to some songs of the new album, before a single is released.
[edit] Members

* John Falls – Vocals

* Blake Allison – Drums

* Heath Hindman – Guitar, back-up vocals

* Joey Chicago – Bass

About Planet Rock BC (Battle Creek, Michigan

Planet Rock was the love child spawned from BoJangles under the ownership of Jim and A.J. McNutt in August of 1989, with bands like POT HEAD, 10 GAUGE RAGE, MAN UNKIND, and CRUTCH being some of the first bands to take center stage. JACKYL raised the roof (which wasn't even finished yet), while POT HEAD used sledge hammers and took the wall down that divided the old BOJANGLES from the new PLANET ROCK, and the birth of something big was on the way.

Over the years, Planet Rock has housed 100's of National acts, from JACKYL, LA GUNS, DOKKEN, RATT, and SKID ROW, to SALIVA, TANTRIC, TAPROOT, DOPE, MUSHROO HEAD, and PRONG, with many more in between. Planet Rock has been home to many, many bands around the tri-state area, and have always been proud supporters of the local music scene.

With many local bands gone big, like POP EVIL, calling P-ROCK HOME. With the bringing of 2010, Planet rock will undergo changes. Jim and A.J have announced their retirement, with a big party on Jan 30th, hosting POP EVIL.

As of March 2010, Bruce Tuck has taken over as the owner, which gave birth to new beginnings. The one thing that didn't change is the dedication to our loyal customers, and customers to be, our support to the local music scene, and our drive to bring to you the best music possible.

Planet Rock, Where Every Night is a Rock Fest of the Highest Calibre

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Black Hen Music Sets July 20 Release Date For Blue Bones, The Label Debut From Singer/Songwriter Kim Beggs

VANCOUVER, BC – Black Hen Music announces a July 20 release date for Blue Bones, the label debut from singer/songwriter Kim Beggs. Black Hen Music is distributed in the U.S. by Burnside Distribution.

Kim Beggs is already an acclaimed artist in her native Canada, where she represented her country at Canada Day celebrations in London’s Trafalgar Square and was a recent nominee in CBC Radio’s Songquest competition. One of Kim’s previous CDs, Wanderer’s Paean, earned her a Canadian Folk Music Award, Western Canadian Music Award and several other award nominations. Her other additional prior release was titled Streetcar Heart.

With a style that floats comfortably between folk and country, Beggs demonstrates a keen feeling for Appalachian music styles throughout Blue Bones, even trotting out an impressive yodeling technique on the appropriately titled “Can’t Slow Down Yodel.”
The rest of the album’s 13 tracks flow like a clear mountain stream of vulnerability and toughness, exhibiting love, loss and hard-fought freedom, delivered with an effortless grace and breezy sensibility that has become her vocal trademark.

Producer and Black Hen Music label head Steve Dawson assembled a sympathetic cast of musicians to back Kim Beggs for these sessions, including John Raham (drums), Keith Lowe (bass) and Chris Gestrin (keyboard), adding his own masterful touches on electric, slide, National steel and Weissenborn guitars to the mix. Providing harmony vocals throughout are Laurie Lewis, Gurf Morlix, Natalie Edelson and Jeanne Tolmie.

Blue Bones features nine originals, as well as her beautiful interpretations of the traditional “I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes” (sung in a high lonesome voice that recalls the great Kitty Wells, who had a 1952 hit with “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” based on the same melody), Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” Patty Griffin’s “Trapeze” and Jack Clement’s “Just Someone I Used to Know.”

Beggs’ music is clearly informed by her background, having been born in Quebec and raised in the mining towns of Northern Ontario. She left her home in the winter of 1991 for the hardscrabble life in the Yukon, arriving with only fifty dollars in her pocket and a pawnshop guitar. She spent more than a decade swinging a hammer and working in the trades before she started performing away from the campfire and singing her own songs.

Kim Beggs will support the release of Blue Bones with tour dates both in Canada and the U.S. For more information visit or

The Detroit Breakdown: Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Presented by Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts in association with The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation

The music fanatics behind the Ponderosa Stomp have long championed the myriad sounds of the Motor City; on July 31st they partner with Lincoln Center to bring audiences The Detroit Breakdown, a two show, multi-genre tribute to the city’s musical heritage taking place on the Hearst Plaza Stage by day and Damrosch Park Bandshell in the evening as part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

The following artists will be bringing their multi-faceted talents to the Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ “Roots of American Music” day-long program: sixties garage icons Mitch Ryder and ? and the Mysterians, iconoclastic rockers The Gories and Death, nomadic bluesman Eddie Kirkland, stirring soul singers Melvin Davis and Spyder Turner, Motown hitmakers The Velvelettes and Dennis Coffey and R&B all stars The Party Stompers.

There has long been an air of musical magic in Detroit, resulting in artists of the highest caliber springing from the city in the years following Henry Ford’s automotive revolution. As Irish, Poles, African-Americans, Italians and Latinos took their places side by side on the city’s assembly lines, the co-mingling of cultural backgrounds produced an artistic renaissance of both chart-toppers and cult legends that – despite the hard times the city has recently suffered – continues to reverberate to this day.

When Motown put Detroit on the map, it was with an internationally influential sound best exemplified by pioneering girl group The Velvelettes, whose hits “Needle In A Haystack” and “He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’” defined the very core of swinging sixties culture. Meanwhile, the Motor City underground thrived with countless smaller labels, most notably Fortune Records, who released dazzling singles by soul men Melvin Davis and Spyder Turner, as well as blues guitarist Eddie Kirkland. While Turner and Davis would go on to score chart-topping hits with “Stand By Me” and “You’ve Got To Crawl (Before You Walk)” respectively, Kirkland (whose career began in the early ’40s alongside another Fortune artist, John Lee Hooker) became Otis Redding’s bandleader, continuing to record for labels such as Stax, King, LuPine and Delmark. Meanwhile, guitar-slinging Funk Brother Dennis Coffey – soon to make history with the funk masterpiece “Scorpio” – was defining hits like the Temptations’ “Cloud Nine” and scored the blaxploitation film “Black Belt Jones”.

With this heady musical mixture as a launching pad, the area’s garage scene exploded. In 1966 alone, Mitch Ryder’s high-octane soul shouting hit the top of the charts with “Devil With a Blue Dress” and Latino rockers ? and the Mysterians barreled to number one with the enigmatic million seller “96 Tears.” The widely-hailed Stooges and MC5 would soon follow in their footsteps, and in turn, the torch would again be passed. Death, formed in 1971, were a quartet of black teenagers whose hard rocking proto-punk was the inevitable outcome of the racial cross-pollination long evident in the Detroit music scene. A recent reissue garnered rave reviews in the New York Times, re-igniting the band.

The following decade birthed yet another ahead-of-its-time aggregation in The Gories. Equally inspired by the the blues, R&B and garage punk pioneers who had come before them, their deconstructionalist approach may have been too incendiary for its time, but their influence – Jack White has long named them as a prime inspiration to the White Stripes The Gories has been positively arresting on local, national and international levels.

The Detroit Breakdown showcases the spiritual continuum and musical progression that has long served as the hallmark of a true artistic metropolis. Having partnered with Lincoln Center for a successful series of shows last summer, the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation’s tribute to Detroit comes at a time when the city’s staggering economic challenges have reached the forefront in the media. “Detroit’s various musical eras all feed from each other and continue to influence music around the world,” says Stomp founder Dr. Ira “Ike” Padnos. “We felt it only right that they should be honored and celebrated by as storied an institution as Lincoln Center.”
Saturday, July 31

27th Annual Roots of American Music
Ponderosa Stomp presents The Detroit Breakdown

2:00 p.m. at the Hearst Plaza/Barclays Capital Grove

2:00 – 2:30 Eddie Kirkland

* 2:30 – 4:30 Motor City Soul Revue featuring:

o Dennis Coffey

o Melvin Davis

o Spyder Turner

o The Velvelettes

* 4:30 – 4:55 Artist Q&A

Saturday, July 31

27th Annual Roots of American Music
Ponderosa Stomp presents The Detroit Breakdown

5:00 p.m. at the Damrosch Park Bandshell

* 5:00 – 5:45 Death

* 6:00 – 7:00 Gories

* 7:15 – 8:15 ? & the Mysterians

* 8:30 – 9:30 Mitch Ryder


All Lincoln Center Out Of Doors events are free and take place on lincoln center’s plazas between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted).

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is sponsored by Bloomberg and PepsiCo, Inc.


Take No.1 IRT to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station) OR the A, B, C, D and No. 1 trains to 59th St/Columbus Circle.

History of the series:

Inaugurated in 1971 under director of community programming Leonard DePaur, Out of Doors began as a small festival of street theater, in collaboration with Everyman Theater (co-founded by actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.) Former Lincoln Center President John Mazzola’s vision was “to bring the community to Lincoln Center and bring Lincoln Center to the community.” Gradually expanding to include music and dance performances, the re-christened Lincoln Center Out of Doors has grown into one of the largest free performance festivals in the U.S. over its 40-year history, Out of Doors has commissioned some 90 works from composers and choreographers and presented hundreds of major dance companies, renowned world-music artists, and legendary jazz, folk, gospel, blues and rock musicians, many under the auspices of its popular “Roots of American Music” mini-festival, and poets and storytellers as part of the annual “La Casita.” It has highlighted the rich cultural diversity of New York City with performances by established ensembles and up-and-coming groups and has partnered with dozens of community and cultural organizations.

For more information:

Visit for complete schedule or call 212-875-5766 to request a brochure.

Blues Master Charlie Musselwhite Returns to Alligator Records! New CD, the Well, Set for August 24 Release

Harmonica master, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Charlie Musselwhite returns to Alligator Records — where he recorded three successful albums in the late 1990s — with The Well, set for an August 24 street date. The album is an authentic slice of Charlie’s deep blues roots with musical flavors from Mississippi to Chicago to California, including help on one song from legendary vocalist and friend Mavis Staples.

Rolling Stone calls Musselwhite “compelling and original,” and says, “His harp playing is superb, exhilarating and forthright. His unabashed excellence sets the standard for blues bands everywhere.”

The Well is the first full-band recording in Musselwhite’s almost 50-year career in which he wrote every track on the album, and it is the most personal and emotionally open cycle of songs he has ever created. The Well was recorded at Los Angeles’ legendary Sunset Sound, with guitarist Dave Gonzales (Paladins, Hacienda Brothers), bassist John Bazz (The Blasters) and drummer Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples), and was produced by Chris Goldsmith (Ruthie Foster, Grammy-winning Blind Boys Of Alabama). The revealing, autobiographical songs recall specific events and places in Musselwhite’s amazingly colorful life. His worldly-wise vocals and masterful harmonica work are perfectly matched with the stories he tells. Simply put, The Well is Charlie Musselwhite at his very best.

According to Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, having Musselwhite back on the label is pure pleasure. “I’m thrilled to welcome Charlie back to the Alligator Records family. He’s a true icon of American roots music, a brilliant harmonica player and a true storyteller as a vocalist and songwriter. Charlie’s a great guy to work with, a real road warrior who is out there pleasing the fans night after night. We’re looking forward to renewing a great relationship.” And Musselwhite couldn’t agree more, saying, “I don’t think anybody is happier than I am being back in the Alligator family. It feels good to be home.”

Born into a blue collar family in Kosciusko, Mississippi on January 31, 1944 and raised by a single mother, Musselwhite was surrounded by blues, hillbilly and gospel music on the radio and outside his front door. His family moved to Memphis, where, as a teenager, he worked as a ditch digger, concrete layer and moonshine runner. Fascinated by the blues, Musselwhite began playing guitar and harmonica. He attended parties hosted by Elvis Presley and hobnobbed with many of the local musicians including Johnny Cash and Johnny Burnette, but the celebrities young Charlie sought out were Memphis’ veteran bluesmen like Furry Lewis, Will Shade and Gus Cannon.

Following the path of so many, Musselwhite moved to Chicago looking for better paying work. While driving an exterminator truck as a day job, Charlie lived on the South Side and hung out in blues clubs at night, meeting – and developing close friendships with – blues icons Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Joe Williams, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Before long, he was sitting in at clubs with Muddy Waters and others, building an impressive word-of-mouth reputation. Soon after, Charlie was being paid to play in the same South Side neighborhood. His first recording, under the name Memphis Charlie, was with Big Walter Horton on the famous Vanguard Records series, Chicago/The Blues/Today!. Signing with Vanguard, Musselwhite (along with Paul Butterfield who was as urban as Charlie was rural) brought the blues to a new audience of young, white rock and rollers, who discovered that Charlie personified the sexy counter-culture icons they found relevant.

With 30 solo albums to his credit, Musselwhite has also appeared on numerous recordings as a featured player with Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Blind Boys Of Alabama, INXS, and most recently, Cyndi Lauper, and has shared stages with countless blues and rock musicians. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall Of Fame in 2010, has been nominated for six Grammy Awards and has won 23 Blues Music Awards. DownBeat calls him, “the undisputed champion of the blues harmonica.”

With The Well, Charlie Musselwhite returns with the strongest, most intimate album of his career – a powerful, personal collection of songs. Musselwhite’s blues, imparting his hard-won knowledge and working class wisdom, are a window into the deep well of his Mississippi soul.

JJ Grey & Mofro to Release ?Georgia Warhorse? on August 24th!

"Thick Swamp Funk" (The New Yorker) Of JJ Grey Boils Up From Florida This Summer As JJ Grey & Mofro Return With 'Georgia Warhorse,' Out August 24 On Alligator Records, With Special Guests Toots Hibbert and Derek Trucks

Rising Florida swamp music-maker JJ Grey and his backing band Mofro are joined by guests Toots Hibbert and Derek Trucks on the new album 'Georgia Warhorse,' which will be released August 24 on Alligator Records, promising to be a frontrunner for best American roots album in 2010.

Recorded in a studio full of vintage equipment in Grey's native Florida (near the Georgia line), the album's unvarnished, natural sound mirrors Grey's love of the rustic Florida backwoods, where his family has lived for generations. The album, 'Georgia Warhorse,' named for a particularly tenacious type of southern grasshopper, is also descriptive of Grey himself. "The Georgia Warhorse is real tough but a chilled out little thing," says Grey. "Nothing seems to rile them. They're in no hurry but they have a kind of resilience. They keep coming back." Grey could be described in such words; his own career has grown over the course of a decade of winning over fans night after night - a process that has him poised to be a breakout artist in 2010. He still spends eight months of the year on the road. "I began singing in chicken wire clubs in Florida in my teens, and I've been leading my own band every since" he explains.

The eclecticism of the new album is also keeping with the JJ Grey tradition, chronicled over the course of his four previous albums. The in-the-pocket, Memphis-style soul of "The Sweetest Thing," written around a horn line that was in Grey's head for days, contrasts with the stripped-down acoustic 12-string guitar work on "King Hummingbird." The hard-driving groove of "The Hottest Spot In Hell" speaks to personal experience as well as the heat of his home state. The constants are Grey's full-throated vocals, his funky-as-hell arrangements and his consistently great writing in the southern literary tradition.

In a live review in the New York Times, Nate Chinen praised JJ's "loose derivation of Southern swamp rock, with undercurrents of Memphis soul. His songs chronicle ambiguous truths and unambiguous urges, occasionally lighting on a righteous cause." He goes on to praise the band's "balance of wildness and cool." Likewise, Billboard has praised Grey's "idiosyncratic vibe - a world-beating blend of Southern rock, blues and Florida swamp soul."

Over the course of his 20-plus year career, JJ Grey has shared stages with the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, the Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, Booker T, Lenny Kravitz, and Mavis Staples and has performed at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest and The Austin City Limits Festival, among others.