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04-11-2006Blues Traveler in Wetlands Preserved and Austin City Limits CD/DVD; John guests on new release from Culann's Hounds

Blues Traveler - coming to a screen near you. Two separate announcements over the course of the past week place the band on both the silver screen and the small screen. Read on for the details.
Wetlands Preserved To Close Out Green Apple

A documentary film that traces the history of fabled New York City nightclub Wetlands Preserve, will close out the Green Apple Music and Arts festival. The world premiere of Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club will take place on Sunday, April 23, 6:30PM at New Yorks Ziegfeld Theater. The film incorporates archival footage, soundboard recordings and the efforts of a dozen digital animators to chronicle the clubs tenure from February 1989 through September 2001. Wetlands Preserved features music from Blues Traveler, moe., The Disco Biscuits, Sublime, Ben Harper, Spearhead, 311, Ani DiFranco, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Spin Doctors, Fishbone, Agnostic Front and many additional artists. The film was directed by site editor Dr. Dean Budnick (who aside from being a longtime Wetlands denizen, wrote his Harvard doctoral dissertation on the films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle). Tickets for the premiere, will go on sale via Relix.com next Tuesday at noon, with additional details soon to follow.

Tickets for the show are on sale as of TODAY at the Relix.com store - get one before it sells out as there is no word yet as to whether this movie will be made available in other formats in the future.

One movie that fans will be able to enjoy in the privacy of their own home will be coming out June 20th, according to the organizers of the Austin City Limits festival:

'Austin City Limits Music Festival 2005' on CD and DVD

Image Entertainment, Inc. today announced the June 20, 2006 release of "Austin City Limits Music Festival 2005" on DVD and CD. Winning Pollstar's "Festival of the Year" award, "Austin City Limits Music Festival 2005" perfected the concert concept in both talent and patron experience. The CD and DVD will both be released as special edition 2-disc sets featuring highlights from the 2005 Austin City Limits Music Festival, with DVD Disc 1's performances mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.

DVD Disc 1 contains 111 minutes of live performances from the festival's typically diverse roster: Jet, The Allman Brothers Band, The Bravery, Thievery Corporation, The Black Keys, Kasabian, Bloc Party, The Frames, Kaiser Chiefs, Blues Traveler, Ambulance LTD, Eisley, The Decemberists, Jason Mraz, Mike Doughty, Aqualung, Keane, Rachael Yamagata, Robert Earl Keen, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Gov't Mule, John Prine, Widespread Panic, and a bonus track from John Butler Trio.

DVD Disc 2 is devoted entirely to special features, including candid interviews with fourteen of the featured artists and four mini-documentaries: Bradley Beesley's "Ambulance LTD ACLMF 2005, " "Voices from Within" (featuring Blues Traveler; directed by Dan Shaw), "214 Circle Drive" (featuring Ruthie Foster; directed by Margaret Brown), and "Roky Erickson, " Kyle Ellison's portrait of Austin's own father of psychedelia.

Artfully unpolished Disc 2 bonus footage includes a time lapse view in "3 Days in 2 Minutes"; "Inside the Gates, " ACL Festival fans' unedited musings; "Allman Brothers Band Bus Tour"; expression through dance in "Movin' and Shakin'"; and "ACL Raw, " which features candid performances from Jason Mraz and Rachael Yamagata, South Austin Jug Band, Zap Mama, and a beyond-their-years track from the Palm Elementary School Choir, among others. A 2005 festival photo gallery is also included.

Finally, in other release news, John Popper has appeared on yet another album, this one the new release from San Francisco-based Culann's Hounds. John became friendly with the band through their fiddler, Steve Gardner, who later guested with the band at Red Rocks in 2004. The Hounds' latest disc, "Year of the Dog", was released this past March 17th (St. Patrick's Day, naturally), and can be purchased through cdbaby.com.