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Apr 20, 2008
from the Where are they now? dept.
(from Press Release)
After much speculation in the previous week, ERIC AVERY has agreed to join former band mates Jane's Addiction for a one-night-only performance at the first-ever U.S. NME Awards. The iconic foursome will be crowned with the Godlike Genius Award during the ceremony and performance, to take place at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, April 23. Jane's Addiction is joining the likes of The Clash, New Order, Primal Scream and Manic Street Preachers, who are among the acts to have picked up the Godlike Genius prize at the UK awards.
Avery has continually declined offers to reunite with the band and instead focused on his musical endeavors, most recently, a debut solo LP, "Help Wanted," released last week on Dangerbird Records. "I've chosen to reject the prospects of reuniting in the past for personal and philosophical reasons. I have always considered reunions to be a way to make a quick buck, and it sells short my own experience of it the first time around," Eric Avery attests. He adds, "The reason I started to even consider this is because it's honoring the past instead of trying to recreate it."
NME will bestow this award upon Jane's Addiction because, as they state, "[they've] done more than any other band to introduce American alternative music to the mainstream, founding the touring Lollapalooza Festival and giving what frontman Perry Farrell refers to as the 'alternative nation' a real cultural focus and voice."
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Sep 16, 2007
from the AC/DC Tribute dept.
This Tuesday, September 18, the High Voltage Tattoo Parlor will open its doors to Scott Ian , main axe-man for the legendary thrash metal band Anthrax! The heavy metal veteran will be appearing on the next episode of TLC’s “L.A. Ink,” which airs at 10PM EST, and will no doubt rock Kat Von D and her crew harder than ever before. More info on “L.A. Ink” is available at http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/la-ink/la- ink.html.
In the ultimate heavy metal tribute, Ian will be inked up with a tattoo of another hard rock hero, AC/DC’s Angus Young.
Ian commented on his appearance on the show, saying: “Kat Von D is the best and her shop is called High Voltage, so who and where better to get a tattoo of Angus Young?!?!
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from the If you can't sell tickets... dept.
GENEVA (AFP) - The rustic Swiss village of Kallnach is not the sort of place you would automatically associate with controversial American rocker Marilyn Manson -- but its local speciality has sparked an unlikely collaboration.
The singer's interest has been piqued by one of the village's best known products, the fabled and highly potent liquor absinthe, which has been beloved of artists and writers since the days of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Arthur Rimbaud.
The family-run distillery Matter-Luginbuehl is now collaborating with Manson to produce thousands of bottles of his own brand of absinthe -- "Mansinthe" -- and is finding a worldwide audience.
"Production started in the beginning of August and we have made 6,000 bottles in one month," distillery head Oliver Matter told AFP on Thursday.
Manson, real name Brian Hugh Warner, has created the artwork for the label -- adorned with Gothic script and featuring a green-hued cadaverous-looking man poised to sip from his goblet.
Matter said the end result is a "classic absinthe with a fresh taste," made with various herbs and the all-important wormwood, but without any sugar or colourings.
The 38-year-old star has not yet visited the distillery in person, but was sent samples of different absinthes by its export partner Markus Lion, who has been Manson's supplier for many years, before deciding to which brand he would lend his name.
The collaboration first arose when Lion asked Manson if he would design a label for one of his absinthe bottles, following a concert by the star in the Swiss city of Basel some two years ago.
One bottle of the 66.6 percent proof drink costs 49 Swiss francs (41 dollars, 30 euros) at the distillery's online shop, though Matter said that some 90 percent of production was for export, including Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Greece and Italy.
Ironically, Mansinthe is not yet available in the United States because absinthe is still officially prohibited there, though Matter said he was hopeful this could change by the end of the year.
Absinthe has only been legally produced in Switzerland since 2004, following a ban imposed in 1908 after fears that drinking too much could send you mad or blind.
The drink's "outlaw" status and alleged hallucinogenic properties have long made it sought-after in artistic circles.
Manson told US music magazine Rolling Stone earlier this year that he first really got a taste for the drink during a party with Hollywood actor Johnny Depp in the south of France on Millennium Eve.
"We were ready for the apocalypse, and when it didn't come, we were disappointed, so we drank more absinthe and set off fireworks."
"Since then, I don't drink booze, I drink absinthe," he said.
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Aug 12, 2007
from the eternal fame dept.
Berlin has named a street honoring Frank Zappa.
Zappa's brother, Bobby Zappa, said the Grammy-winning rocker, who died in 1993, would have been pleased, in a letter of thanks.
Frank-Zappa-Strasse or Frank Zappa Street — formerly Street 13 — lies on the eastern outskirts of Berlin amid empty industrial buildings in what was communist East Germany.
The street is home to Orwo Haus, a former Communist-era film factory that now provides practice studios for more than 160 bands.
Musicians at Orwo Haus campaigned for two years to have the street's name changed. Eighteen bands, including the Frank Zappa cover band Sheik Yerbouti, celebrated the renaming this weekend with an all-night concert for more than 2,800 people.
The Orwo Haus association said it wanted Zappa's name for its street because "he was without taboo, musically versatile, provocative, and didn't allow himself to be captured by capitalistic enterprises."
"I am absolutely certain that he would be very proud to have his name as an address for so many musicians," Bobby Zappa wrote.
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Jul 10, 2007
from the Lucky Dogs dept.
Five Times August is set to re-release a remixed/remastered and retitled version of its first album, “The Independent” (originally called “ Fry Street ”) on July 24, 2007. In addition to the remixing and remastering, the album will officially see national brick-and-mortar distribution with the re-release via Wal-Mart. The difference between this album and other CD’s in the rack beside it? No record label of any kind has anything to do with it.
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Jun 24, 2007
from the Match made in Heaven dept.
In advance of the July 10th Anti- release of Healing The Divide: A Concert For Peace
And Reconciliation – a live benefit CD recorded at September 21,
2003 concert at NYC’s Avery Fisher Hall featuring Tom Waits and the Kronos Quartet with
Greg Cohen, Philip Glass and his Holiness The Dalai Lama, among others – a
digital single for the track “Diamond In
Your Mind” will be released June 26th.
The Waits/Brennan penned song, initially recorded by Solomon Burke for his critically acclaimed 2002 CD Don’t Give Up On Me, is an ultimate tale of survival and hope. Previously unreleased and one of four tracks by Waits on the forthcoming disc, “Diamond In Your Mind” highlights his iconic voice vividly braced against sparse and haunting arrangements performed with the Kronos Quartet and Cohen.
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Jun 19, 2007
from the MUSIC NEWS dept.
The recording sessions began in 1972 and in the year 2007 the legendary Goose Creek Symphony are in a Nashville studio putting the finishing touches on an album that until recently had been forgotten about. Recorded in Nashville and Seattle in the 1970's, the album features the original Goose Creek lineup. The master tapes have remained in the vaults until recently and have never been heard by the public. Also, on August 21st the group will release "The Goose is Loose" (Expanded Edition) which is a re-release of their live album from the early 1990's. The expanded edition comes with re-mastered audio, new artwork by Chris Kro, and a second disc of material. The double cd set will be distributed nationally by Select-O-Hits. Goose Creek is currently finishing up their summer tour of select festivals and venues that began in May. Their 12th annual Goose on the Lake music festival was recorded for an XM concert special that will run later this year.
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May 22, 2007
from the Free Tibet dept.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, composer Philip Glass, sitarist Anoushka Shankar, the throat-singing Gyoto Tantric Choir, and TOM WAITS – performing with the Kronos Quartet and Greg Cohen – are among those featured on HEALING THE DIVIDE: A CONCERT FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION, out July 10 on Anti-. HEALING THE DIVIDE will be available both as a CD and online at the iTunes Store.Culled from a September 21, 2003 benefit concert at the Lincoln Center ’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York – during His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 20-day tour of the U.S. – HEALING THE DIVIDE is a musical meeting of East and West. Transcending cultural boundaries through music, the performances on HEALING THE DIVIDE range from meditative to theatrical; guttural to beautiful; and always powerful and purposeful in support of a very human cause. All of the artists, Anti- Records, and Healing the Divide are donating all their proceeds from sales to Healing the Divide’s Tibetan Health Initiative, a program that provides health insurance and medical care to impoverished Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns living in refugee settlements. Each CD purchase provides one year of health insurance.
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May 15, 2007
from the Give Peace A Chance dept.
In an historic effort to mobilize activism around the human rights atrocities occurring in Darfur, Sudan, more than 50 international recording artists and over 30 record labels have united behind Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. The collection features iconic songs by legendary musician and peace activist John Lennon recorded by an array of best-selling artists and will be available for purchase both on CD and as digital downloads via online retailers.
In keeping with its long tradition of activism powered by music, Amnesty International, the world's largest grassroots human rights organization, will use Yoko Ono's generous gift of Lennon's solo catalogue as the centerpiece of its campaign to rally activists toward human rights activism for the people of Darfur. The Instant Karma mobilization centers on saving the lives of innocent women, children and men who are dying by the thousands and restoring peace in the region.
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from the Horton Hears Anew dept.
Exowax Acquires Mike Keneally's Immune Records Catalog, remasters & re-releases hat. and Boil That Dust Speck. Special Edition Versions Include DVD & Many Extras. Mike Keneally's 1992 debut release, hat., is now available in a remastered Special Edition. And Mike's classic '90s Immune releases are now safely home at Exowax Recordings, the label co-owned by Mike and his manager Scott Chatfield.
The first two records to be reissued are Mike's 1992 debut, hat., and what has become the Holy Grail of the Keneally canon, 1994's Boil That Dust Speck. Each title has been remastered with its original track order and will be available as a solo audio CD as well as a Special Edition.
The Special Editions each contain a remastered CD plus a region-free, album-specific NTSC DVD featuring bonus tracks, rare studio footage, vintage live concert material, interviews with participants, and video from a 2006 reunion of the original core band (Mike Keneally, Doug Lunn and Toss Panos) performing songs from both albums. And, of course, the first 3000 copies of each Special Edition will be personally signed and numbered by Mike.
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May 12, 2007
from the New tricks from an Old Dog dept.
Band Announces Upcoming June 5th Appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman as well as a Residency on Last Call with Carson Daly on June 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15thAlternative rock originator Perry Farrell has announced that the debut offering for his groundbreaking new rock project, Satellite Party, will be released on May 29th in an entirely eco-friendly, green form. With its revolutionary digipack made exclusively out of recycled paper, the packaging is an ambitious gesture in helping to promote a healthy, sustainable environment. Additionally, the disc in which Farrell’s propulsive music is featured on is carbon-neutral, with the estimated CO2 produced from its manufacture, shipping and packaging being offset by helping build renewable energy projects with NativeEnergy.
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May 5, 2007
from the Collections of misfits dept.
"The Lost Tracks of Danzig" is a two-CD set comprised of 26 previously unreleased gems that Danzig recorded during the seven album "arc" that began with 1988's classic "Danzig." The release date is May 29.
Not "B-sides" or "throwaways," these rarities just didn't fit "vibe" of the albums they were originally recorded for.
GLENN DANZIG talks about a few selections on "The Lost Tracks of Danzig"
"White Devil Rise" - Finally seeing the light of day is a song Rick [Rubin] suggested I write in response to some inflammatory remarks made about the white race by Black Muslim leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan. It is about the white race rising up and answering his call for a race war. It was never finished in time and I even recorded another version for 'Danzig 5' that had also remained unfinished.
"Satan's Crucifixion" - Originally intended as a joke Rick Rubin and I wanted to play a joke on [then] Def American VP Mark DiDia. He asked Rick and I not to make another 'satanic' Danzig record, so I wrote this track after Rick suggested the title. We sent it to Mark and told him it was the lead track for 'Danzig 4P.' Needless to say, he about lost his mind. I still laugh when I think about it.
"Deep" - An alternate take of the song I gave to 'The X Files.' It was supposed to be on 'Danzig 5' but in the end didn't make it onto the 'X Files' soundtrack because Disney got spooked.
"I Know Your Lie" - Did this one alot at rehearsals and couldn't wait to record it. In the end, it didn't make it onto the '6-66' CD because I think we played it so much I got sick of hearing it.
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Apr 30, 2007
from the How much CO2 does an exploding drummer emit? dept.
The spoof heavy-metal band immortalized by the mock documentary "This is Spinal Tap" has reunited to join a campaign to save the world from global warming. Rob Reiner, whose 1984 film set the bar for the "mockumentary" genre, has made a new short film called "Spinal Tap" as part of a campaign dubbed SOS/Live Earth. The band will also play in London at one of 7 Live Earth concerts on July 7. "Spinal Tap" and eight other short films -- the first of 60 that have been commissioned for the campaign -- will be posted on the Web site www.liveearth.msn.com.
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Apr 8, 2007
from the Sue the bastards dept.
U. S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford has issued a ruling exonerating David Thomas, Laurel Legler, Future/Now Films, Zenta LLC., From The Heart Productions, and Carole Lee Dean of all claims brought against them by Wayne Kramer, Margaret Saadi Kramer and Muscle Tone, Inc.
"It's good to remember the 60's, but some say if you remember the 60's you weren't there. Perhaps to assist all of us in remembering the 60's, Defendants David Thomas and Laurel Legler made a film on the MC5, a 60's Detroit Rock and Roll band that made its mark on American history with loud rock and roll and radical perceptions positing an imperialistic and materialistic America. This lawsuit teaches that materialism remains with us, as Plaintiffs vigorously seek money from Defendants. Although the MC5 faded away largely due to drugs, the band lingers on in the memory of many, and would be known to many other but for pending legal feuds."
The Honorable Andrew J Guilford, United States District Judge Findings Of Fact And Conclusions Of Law, issued March 31, 2007
Many will recall numerous serious allegations being made in the wake of the cancellation of the "MC5 - A True Testimonial" documentary's official release back in 2004; the Court has weighed the actual evidence and made a comprehensive ruling, stating:
"Much of this case rests upon the credibility of witnesses, and the Court finds that Thomas and Legler were far more credible than Kramer on key issues concerning alleged promises, representations and commitments."
Could this blockbuster ruling finally clear the remaining obstacles and enable the long-overdue release of the brilliant "MC5 - A True Testimonial" documentary? Judge Guilford expressed his opinion:
"Defendants were first-time filmmakers who spent eight years of their lives trying to create a documentary film that would be historically truthful, a documentary that would celebrate the talent and creativity of the MC5 band, a documentary that would say something about the 60's, and would say something about the present. They succeeded, and the film merits wide distribution for the enjoyment and edification of the masses."
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from the Drug abuse dept.
Keith Richards has acknowledged consuming a raft of illegal substances in his time, but this may top them all. In comments published Tuesday, the 63-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist said he had snorted his father's ashes mixed with cocaine.
"The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father," Richards was quoted as saying by British music magazine NME.
"He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared," he said. "... It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive."
Richards' father, Bert, died in 2002, at 84.
Richards, one of rock's legendary wild men, told the magazine that his survival was the result of luck, and advised young musicians against trying to emulate him.
"I did it because that was the way I did it. Now people think it's a way of life," he was quoted as saying.
"I've no pretensions about immortality," he added. "I'm the same as everyone ... just kind of lucky.
"I was No. 1 on the `who's likely to die' list for 10 years. I mean, I was really disappointed when I fell off the list," Richards said.
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from the not really dept.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Metallica may be a cool name for a heavy metal band, but a Swedish couple is struggling to convince officials it is also suitable for a baby girl.
Michael and Karolina Tomaro are locked in a court battle with Swedish authorities, which rejected their application to name their six-month-old child after the legendary rock band.
"It suits her," Karolina Tomaro, 27, said Tuesday of the name. "She's decisive and she knows what she wants."
Although little Metallica has already been baptized, the Swedish National Tax Board refused to register the name, saying it was associated with both the rock group and the word "metal."
Tomaro said the official handling the case also called the name "ugly."
The couple was backed by the County Administrative Court in Goteborg, which ruled on March 13 that there was no reason to block the name. It also noted that there already is a woman in Sweden with Metallica as a middle name.
The tax agency appealed to a higher court, frustrating the family's foreign travel plans.
"We've had to cancel trips and can't get anywhere because we can't get her a passport without an approved name," Tomaro said.
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Jan 25, 2007
from the Pigeonhole dept.
Philadelphia, PA. – NYC electropunk outfit Mindless Self Indulgence has been asked by iTunes to change the genre that they are filed under. Presently MSI is filed under 'religious' because of their devout fan base and cult-like following (currently having shipped 180,000 CD's in the last year alone). Apparently this has angered some Christian organizations who have filed complaints with the digital music giant to get the band's music removed from that category. Several Christians appear to have purchased the seemingly offensive material, on faith, even though it clearly was marked as being explicit material. Part of what seemed to annoy them was how well MSI's album, "You'll Rebel To Anything", did reaching #27 on the iTunes Christian/gospel charts! When asked what he thought of this controversy, MSI's singer, Jimmy Urine had this to say… "It was iTunes, not us, that interpreted "religious" to mean Christian. What is offensive to some people is obviously inspirational to o thers. To our fans this IS inspirational music. I have no intention of changing the genre listing of this album." Mindless Self Indulgence will be performing at this year’s Give It A Name Festival in the UK. Hear their new song, "There are too many bands and not enough Mark David Chapmans" on My Space.
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Dec 10, 2006
from the Porter Authority dept.
Los Angeles based Anti Records announces the signing of Country Music Hall of Famer, Porter Wagoner in celebration of his 50th year with The Grand Ole Opry in 2007. The project entitled “Wagonmaster” will be produced by Marty Stuart and is the first in a series of events celebrating Porter’s anniversary. Porter will join a label roster that features such distinguished artists such as Tom Waits, Bettye Lavette, and Neko Case.
“Porter Wagoner’s music is timeless and truly a piece of America ’s musical tapestry.” Says producer Marty Stuart. “He is a poet and one of the last Artists standing from Country Music’s golden era.”
Anti- prez, Andy Kaulkin notes that “Porter is one of those special artists that have always defied boundaries and categories. His music touches on every conceivable human emotion and this new work with Marty is particularly powerful and poignant.”
The songs on “Wagonmaster” are mostly from Wagoner’s pen, but one song of note, “Commited to Parkview” was written by Johnny Cash.
Stuart recalls the songs’ origin, “I was a member of Johnny Cash’s band in the early 1980’s. While on tour in Europe, Cash and I became very intrigued with some of Porter’s concept records such as “The Rubber Room”, “The Soul of a Convict”, and “Confessions of a Broken Man”. John said ‘I’ve got a song for Porter; it’s about a stay in Parkview, which is an asylum at the edge of Nashville. Porter and I both have been guests there.’ Cash gave me a cassette of the song in 1981 and asked me to get it to Porter. I never got around to it until we started collecting songs for this project. I searched my warehouse and found the envelope with ‘Committed to Parkview’ on it, with a note from John to Porter. Twenty-five years after I was supposed to and three years after his death, I did what I told John I would do. I delivered the song and Porter loved it”.
Porter Wagoner was born August 12, 19 27 of Irish-German heritage in the Ozarks of Missouri. In 1949, Porter visited Nashville and witnessed Hank Williams singing “Lovesick Blues” at the Grand Ole Opry. By 1952, Porter found himself recording his first RCA release, William’s “Settin’ The Woods On Fire”. 1953 gave Porter his first songwriting success with the Carl Smith hit, “Trademark”. During this time The Porter Wagoner Trio, with Don Warden (steel guitar) and Hershel “Speedy” Haworth (electric guitar) was formed and began touring. 1954 brought Porter his first hit with “Company’s Comin’” and “A Satisfied Mind” came next and went to number one for 4 weeks and stayed on the charts for over 8 months. On February 23, 19 57 Wagoner joined the Grand Ole Opry where he remains one of its most popular stars fifty years later.
Wagoner, a four time GRAMMY award winner, also expanded the role of music on television. He pioneered syndicated music programming with “The Porter Wagoner Show” in 1960. The extremely popular show remained on the air for an amazing 21 years in two hundred markets and was seen by an estimated 4 million viewers. The show solidified the legendary status of his full band, the Wagonmasters and started Dolly Parton on her rise to super-stardom. “The Porter Wagoner Show” now airs Fridays at 7:30pm EST on the RFDTV network.
Producer, Marty Stuart is a GRAMMY winning Country artist, producer, writer, and photographer who starts this project on the heels of releasing three albums in the past year on his own Superlatone Records. His recent album “Souls’ Chapel” was nominated for 2006 Album of the Year by The Americana Music Association. Stuart is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
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Dec 3, 2006
from the Glad Rags and Handbags dept.
Touring in support of his new album Bar 17 (Rubber Jungle), Trey Anastasio has announced the formation the Seven Below Arts Initiative, a philanthropic organization that will foster artistic development and support of arts education in Vermont. The initiative, which was launched on the back of Anastasio’s fall tour, unites the musician with music magazine Relix by taking part in its “Wear Your Music” campaign. Trey will donate a set of strings from each performance on the tour, which kicked off on October 9th, to be made into bracelets and auctioned off to fans. All profits made from the bracelets will be donated to the Seven Below Arts Initiative. The link to the auction can be accessed at http://www.relixband.com.
“Since the initial creation of this campaign we’ve hoped to get Trey involved,” says Relix President/Publisher Steve Bernstein. “He’s such an admired musician and his involvement means a lot to everyone on the campaign. This is an especially unique opportunity because fans will be able to purchase the bracelet knowing the exact location and time the strings were played.”
Anastasio decided to establish the Seven Below Arts Initiative in light of the recent reductions in public funding for the arts, which has dramatically minimized opportunities to advance and explore the richness of artistic endeavors at all levels. In addition to the “Wear Your Music” campaign, Anastasio’s Seven Below Arts Initiative will offer a variety of ways to help develop opportunities for the arts and people of all ages through his musical endeavors, partnerships with artists and other nonprofits. Upcoming fundraising and outreach components include activities at Aniston’s upcoming tour dates during the summer 2007, as well as auctions and tickets giveaways via his website (www.trey.com). Seven Below will also offer residency programs, educational opportunities and community events for students of all ages at The Barn, a renovated, 200-year-old property that served as the recording studio for Anastasio’s former band Phish that is nestled in the Vermont hills.
Additional participating artists currently include John Mayer, Keith Richards, The Shins, Tenacious D, guitar legends Carlos Santana and Les Paul, blues legend Buddy Guy, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Ben Harper, Counting Crows, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Peter Frampton, Dickey Betts, Mike Gordon, Warren Hayes, Les Claypool, Goo Goo Dolls, Spearhead front man Michael Franti, Hot Tuna, Ziggy Marley, David Grisman, Keller Williams, moe., Bйla Fleck, Umphrey’s McGee, Slightly Stoopid, Little Feat and Baaba Maal. Additional artists will be announced in the near future, with all profits go to charities personally selected by the donating artists, or to the following music-related charities: voter-registration organization Headcount; Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation; Grateful Dead charity The Rex Foundation; SEVA, which works to reduce avoidable blindness; and Rock ‘n’ Wrap It Up, which delivers leftover backstage catering to people in need.