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Fur Peace Ranch Hits the Road in 2012

For the first time, Wanee Music Festival will host one of the foremost music workshops in the country, Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch. Named “the real school of rock” by Paste magazine, the Fur Peace Ranch-- lead by Jorma Kaukonen, founder of the mega-popular band Jefferson Airplane-- has gained international acclaim for its unparalleled instruction in the performance of American Folk and Blues music styles.

Taking place April 19 – 21st at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, Fur Peace will feature both intimate workshops and general session Q&A’s featuring Kaukonen as well as musical legends Jack Casady, Mickey Hart, Oteil Burbridge, Warren Haynes and more.

Some of the events to be hosted include: 

Double Dose of Jarma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
A special Fur Peace Ranch workshop for guitar and bass students. Jorma and Jack will combine their teaching efforts and give this rare guitar/bass class together in a unique due workshop. If you want to learn the secrets of this dynamic duo’s 50 year career this is your chance.

Warren Haynes and Jorma Kaukonen Tales
Warren Haynes, one of the best and most respected guitarists in the world today, sits down for an intimate chat with Jorma to discuss his 30+ year career, including his time playing for The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, and The Dead. A discussion on making it in the music industry from the best of the best.

Planet Earth Drum with Mickey Hart
A discussion on rhythm and percussion in history and across cultures lead by Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. Mickey, whose album, Planet Drum, remained in the top spot on the Billboard World Music chart and received a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, will lead attendees on a world tour of the history of the drum and percussion rhythms.

Wake Up with Oteil Burbridge
A bass improvisation clinic lead by Oteil Burbridge, a Grammy Award-nominated bassist from The Allman Brothers Band hailed for his innovative combination of scat-singing and use of bass chords in improvisational solos. 

Workshops are $75 each, while Q&A’s are $50. Due to the limited time available for these workshops and to preserve their quality and intimacy for attendees, space is limited to 25 students per session unless otherwise noted. Workshops and clinics are open to musicians of all levels. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The Fur Peace Ranch is a center of musical activity and one which every musician can learn and benefit from.

For more information, visit

Fur Peace Ranch at Wanee Music Festival
April 19-21, 2012

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3076 95th Drive
Live Oak, FL 32060


NY Guitar Festival: Stretching the Strings

The New York Guitar Festival is taking place January 6 - 29, 2012 at Carnegny-guitar-Sheuie HallMerkin Concert Hall, The 92nd Street Y, Joe’s Pub, (le) Poisson Rouge, the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden and Rockwood Music Hall, among other venues around Manhattan, New York City.

The New York Guitar Festival was founded in 1999 by musician/producer David Spelman,  intended to "broaden the public’s appreciation for the guitar by fostering emerging talent, supporting innovative collaborations among outstanding artists, and commissioning new works."

The Festival boasts over 35 exceptional guitarists of jazz, classical, rock, traditional, and avant-garde styles.

Read more: NY Guitar Festival: Stretching...

Havana Jazz Festival Heats Up Winter

The 27th Havana International Jazz Festival takes place December 15 - 19, 2011 at havana-jazz-CellistMella Theatre, Casa de la Cultura of Plaza, La Zorra y El Cuervo Jazz Club, Palacio de La Rumba, Casa del Alba, National Theatre of Cuba, Karl Marx Theatre, Sevilla Hotel, Cohiba Hotel and other venues around Havana, Cuba.

The Festival is presented by Insight Cuba and sponsored by the Instituto Cubano de la Música, with Cuban Jazz Master Chucho Valdés as the Festival's Artistic Director.  

The Festival began as a loosely organized event in 1978, when Bobby Carcasses and other jazz musicians played an outdoor show at Casa de la Cultura in Havana. The following year, other famous musicians attended, making this one of the most sought after jazz fests in the world.

The Festival will present concerts and jam sessions with the participation of famous national and international jazz bands, to say nothing of impromptu jam sessions on many a street corner.

The Opening Gala features a concert by the National Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Enrique Pérez Mesa, Entrevoces Choir conducted by Digna Guerra, Jorge Reyes, Roberto Fonseca and other guest artists.

The Closing Gala will include a special concert by Maestro Frank Fernández and The Jazz Band conducted by Maestro Joaquin Betancourt and other guest artists.

Among the musicians performing are:

  • Afrocuban Grupo Dulce María
  • Berklee Faculty Jazz (EU)
  • Alexis Bosch 
  • Bobby Cardcassés (Cuba)
  • Roberto Fonseca
  • Hermanos Nori (Japan)
  • Kash Killion
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba
  • Triple Ace Trio (Austria)
  • Troy University Jazz Ensemble (USA)havana-jazz-AfroCuban

The 7th Theoretical Colloquium will be part of the event and it includes:

  • master classes
  • lectures
  • conferences
  • documentaries
  • exhibitions
  • sale of music-specialized magazines
  • sale of jazz players' CDs and DVDs

As of January 14, 2011, the White House greatly expanded travel to Cuba for Americans, with several types of legal Cuba travel licenses available.

There is a great deal to see in Havana, especially for its history, as well as the arts. Fabulous tours are available.  

For more information, visit

Havana International Jazz Festival
December 15 - 18, 2011

Mella Theatre
Línea No. 657 (entre A y B)
Havana, Cuba

Casa de la Cultura of Plaza
Calzada #909
Havana, Cuba

La Zorra y El Cuervo Jazz Club
La Rampa Street
Havana, Cuba

Palacio de La Rumba
Ave. Las Americas km 4
Varadero, Cuba

Casa del Alba
Línea y D, Vedado
Havana, Cuba

National Theatre of Cuba
Paseo and 39 St. Vedado
Havana, Cuba

Karl Marx Theatre
Calle 1ra. y 10, Miramar
Havana, Cuba

Sevilla Hotel
Paseo St. and Malecon, Vedado
Havana, Cuba

Hotel Melia Cohiba
Ave Paseo entre 1 y 3, Vedado
Havana, Cuba

White Light Festival 2011

The second White Light Festival is taking place October 20 - November 19, 2011 at white-light-Scriabin-2Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan, New York City.

This multi-disciplinary festival uses the power of music as a springboard for exploration down other paths.

The Opening Night performance is:

Bassekou Kouyate – A new voice from a Mali tradition performs with his band, displaying virtuosity with the rhythmic Malian lute called the ngoni.

Read more: White Light Festival 2011

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