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The Driftwood Newsfeed: September 29, 2010

Driftwood entered its second month of publication this week. Let’s take a look at some of the artists, both well known and (er) not so well known, bouncing around the U.S. this fall.


Eileen Ivers (photo by John Kuczala).


Eileen Ivers, the “Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” best known for her work with early Riverdance shows, starts a U.S. tour on September 17 with her band Immigrant Soul. The tour will start in Salisbury, Massachusetts, and hop around New England (including a two-night stand in Portland, Maine, with the city’s orchestra) before heading all the way across the country to Berkeley and Pasadena. A Christmas tour covering the states in between starts on December 2. [www.eileenivers.com]

An interesting little band called Casey Neill & the Norway Rats is touring the West Coast. Give them a listen and check out the tour dates at www.caseyneill.org. The band has a dreamy, parched Western indie/alt-country sound with atmospheric, shimmering guitars and impressive lyrics and melodies. It should please fans of Richard Thompson, The Pogues, The Decemberists, and Neko Case (well, if she had a voice that sounded like she’d had 50 bottles of whiskey).

On Sunday, October 3, Ex’pression College for Digital Art in Emeryville, CA, will present a webcast concert (hosted by CreativeAllies.com) featuring Umphrey’s McGee and Martin Sexton. Sexton will play at 7 p.m. PT/10 ET, and Umphrey’s McGee will play at 8 PT/11 ET. Umphrey’s McGee’s official new logo, chosen from entries in a Creative Allies logo design contest, will be revealed live during the webcast. The webcast will be simulcast on Ustream and at www.creativeallies.com/more/expressionwebcast.

Elizabeth and the Catapult, who mix jazz and chamber pop into their own quirky sound, are in the midst of a fall tour that features many dates with indie-rock darlings Jukebox the Ghost and the crazy talented alt-country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt. [www.elizabethandthecatapult.com/events.aspx]

Yonder Mountain String Band will be putting on a benefit show for the victims of the forest fires in Fourmile Canyon just after the band’s performance at Red Rocks.  The “Fourmile Canyon Revival” will take place on October 9 at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, CO, and feature Yonder Mountain String Band, The String Cheese Incident, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Drew Emmit and Vince Herman, and all four members of Phish. [www.yondermountain.com]

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