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June 20, 2006
 

NPR Music's Live Online Concert Series Continues With Gomez and The Bad Plus, June 22

Concert Series, Live From the 9:30 Club, Streamed More Than 1.25 Million Times

Washington, D.C. - NPR Music's series of free, live online concerts, available at www.NPR.org/music continues with a performance by British rock group Gomez with opening act The Bad Plus on Thursday, June 22.

The concert will be streamed live from the prestigious 9:30 Club, a Washington, D.C. venue known for booking breakthrough performers in all genres, including rock, punk, hip-hop and country. In addition to live streaming, the concert will be archived on www.NPR.org which allows fans to enjoy the full concert on-demand, any time.

The five-piece British rock group Gomez, formed in 1996, is one of the few up-and-coming British rock bands featuring a blues element. The group consists of Ben Ottewell (vocals, guitar), Tom Gray (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Paul Blackburn (bass, guitar), Olly Peacock (drums), and Ian Ball (vocals, guitar, harmonica). Their first album, Bring It On, received the distinguished Mercury Music Prize for 1998 Album of the Year in England. Recently, they signed with a new record label, ATO, and released their sixth album, How We Operate, in May 2006.

Opening act The Bad Plus is a postmodern jazz trio consisting of bassist Reid Anderson, drummer David King, and pianist Ethan Iverson. They have garnered best-of honors from The New York Times and Chicago Reader, among others and released their third and most recent album, Suspicious Activity?, in 2005.

NPR Music's hit audio webcasts, produced under the All Songs Considered banner, launched in January 2005 and have featured 27 live events to date. With listener response coming from around the world, the concerts have showcased an eclectic group of performers including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Toots and the Maytals, Arctic Monkeys, Belle & Sebastian, James Brown, the White Stripes, Sigur Ros, Sinead O'Connor, Death Cab for Cutie, Interpol, The Decemberists, Lucinda Williams and David Gray. Previous concerts have been listened to via NPR.org more than 1.25 million times, and concert-related NPR.org pages have been viewed more than 2.8 million times.

Pabst Brewing, maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon, and AT&T are the sponsors of the NPR Music concert series.

For information on the upcoming concert and to hear the archived concerts, please visit NPR.org/music