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Bongo Beat Spring 06 Newsletter

Jun. 19th, 2006
Vancouver, BC

Bongo Beat: Spain and Australia Distribution!

US and Canadian tour dates

After months of emails and Ralph’s endless diet of stale bread and cheese, Bongo Beat finally debuted this May in Spain via Dock Distribution. Reaction has been great and there is a half page ad in Spain’s biggest rock mag, Rockdeluxe.
Bedsit Poets helped the celebration with a special promo visit, hitting press and retail and hanging with the Dock staff.

Meanwhile, starting July 1, Bongo Beat will be distributed in Australia by Reverberation Distribution. Johnny Dowd may be the first BB artist to hit their shores – we’ll keep you posted!

Bedsit Poets

BPs just returned from Spain promoting their sunny Bongo Beat debut “The Summer That Changed”. They also played two showcase dates in the UK, including the prestigious Borderline with Steve Wynn. The club was so pleased with the band, they’re going back in November to launch a proper UK tour. Seen in the audience were Zombies singer Colin Blunstone (he named the group) and reps from our UK distribution team, Nettwerk and Pinnacle. They picked up great CD reviews from MOJO, Maverick, Uncut, and The Sun.

Jeb Loy Nichols

Raised on a steady diet on country, soul and jazz, it was only a matter of time that Jeb Loy poured his energies to craft the tender blue eyed soul masterpiece “Now Then”. A culmination of all that musically matters to him, “Now Then” was recorded in Nashville and produced by Lambchop’s Mark Nevers. Guest musicians include Muscle Shoals vet Clayton Ivey as well as Wayne Nunes (Tricky, African Head Charge), UK reggae vets Dennis Bovell, Roy Cousins, Struggle and soul legend Dan Penn. It’s an incredible late night romance that could recall those years listening to AM radio in America’s Midwest. Jeb just played an amazing gig in London UK, at St James Church w/Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham.

July 29
Bardentreffen Nurnberg Festival, Germany

Linda McLean

Linda’s honest Alt-Folk-Country has already won her fans in Europe, and this summer, she will return and travel with her backpack, guitar and guitar slinging husband in tow. Produced by acclaimed music roots vet John Whynot (Blue Rodeo, Bruce Cockburn), “No Language” also features her husband Andy (The Tenants) and has already gathered support from alt-country radio.

July 14-15-16, “Guilfest”-Guildford UK
July 29-30, “Acoustic Festival Of Britain” –
Nantwich, Cheshire UK

Johnny Dowd

Slated for a July 4th release (how ironic), “Cruel Words” has already been released in Europe: 4 stars from Mojo and 5 stars from Time Out London. An extensive tour of the US is planned starting in late July, with a few Canuck dates thrown in for good measure. Not to be missed!

July 1 Chapter House, Ithaca, NY, with Tzar

July 6 Joe's Pub, New York, NY, with Mary Lorson
July 28 Turf Club, St.Paul MN
July 30 Schuba’s, Chicago IL
July 31 Busted Lift, Dubuque IO
August 1 Mick’s, Omaha NE
August 2 Larimer Lounge, Denver CO
August 4 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
August 6 Railway Club, Vancouver BC


With the brutal winter months a distant memory (and they wonder why so many bands have the word “Wolf” or “Fire” in them), Kobayashi will now take this seven headed beast across Canada. If you like your jazz a little funked-up, and your extended solos scratched up, then you shouldn’t miss them when they make their first trek through Central and Western Canada, or during the opening party at this year’s NXNE.

June 07 Toronto ON
NXNE Kick-Off Party Nathan Phillips Sq.
June 09 Toronto ON
NXNE-Gypsy Co-Op
June 10 Toronto ON
Indie-Music Market Yonge & Dundas Sq. June 10 Hamilton ON
Pepper Jack Cafe
June 16 Wakefield QC
The Blacksheep Inn
June 17 Sudbury ON
The Townehouse
June 22 Vancouver BC
The Lamplighter w/No Luck Club, Santa Lucia, Phillipe
June 24 Cowichan Bay BC
The Mellow Side
June 23 Victoria BC
June 29 Canmore AB
The Canmore Hotel
June 30 Saskatoon SK
July 01 Regina SK
The Club
July 05 Thunder Bay ON
The Apollo
July 07 Ottawa ON
July 09 Trois-Rivieres
Bar Le Temple


New releases for 2006 includes Montreal poet legend-all-around nice guy Ian Ferrier (“What Is This Place”) and the return of electro-chanteuse Lola Dutronic (“The Love Parade”), plus re-issues of Kimberley Rew’s classic “Bible of Bop” (with unreleased bonus tracks) and Meryn Cadell’s popular debut “Angel Food For Thought”, which contains the campus radio classic “The Sweater”

Under The Radar…

Andy Creeggan is juggling fatherhood and recording a new album…We’ll also have Dave Rave & Mark McCarron’s sophomore “In The Blue Of My Dreams”, hopefully later this year…
Kevin House has started recording a new album and completed shooting a video for “Twilight In Wilderness” which is directed by Marcus Rogers.
Speaking of videos, Vancouver’s video king Chris Hooper has completed a video for Bedsit Poets’ “The Summer That Changed” and will begin work on Cinderpop’s “Bastian Cooper” next month.

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