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September 28, 2005

Listen To Yerba Buena Perform Live On KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”

After kicking off to wide critical acclaim this week in Florida (press reaction below), Andres Levin’s Grammy-nominated Latin Funk Collective Yerba Buena heads west for a series of shows this week throughout California (followed by a month of dates across the country). While in Los Angeles, Yerba Buena will perform live on KCRW’s famed “Morning Becomes Eclectic” broadcast – make sure to tune in by radio or online - September 30th at 11:15 AM (Pacific Time)

September 23, 2005

YERBA BUENA EMBARKS ON THE "TWO TONGUES TOUR"

With each passing day, a new bilingual urban culture is growing in America’s cities. In the gatherings of young, city-raised second & third generation Latinos, urban style and Latin culture fuse into a world of “two tongue” comfort. It is here that Andres Levin’s Latin funk collective YERBA BUENA are providing a soundtrack of new Spanglish musical fusion – first with their Grammy-nominated debut President Alien and again with the recently released and highly praised album Island Life. If you’ve yet to experience Yerba Buena live, a recent Washington Post Sunday Arts COVER story sets the scene:

“The Smoking Hot Sound Of Yerba Buena: 'Round about midnight, at the concert, a strange, sweaty force grabs the room. Sweat flies, shrinking 'fros and frizzing curls… Resistance is futile. Dance you must, and dance you will… In this era of corporate radio, bland prefab hits and made-for-MTV marketing, it is Latin music that is often leading the way in innovation... on a recent Saturday night, the needle is pointing mainly to the dance floor. Here, it's hotter'n Havana, with gringas shaking it up next to bilingual Latinas, while older African American women twirl their skirts in their hands, chanting the Yoruba lyrics word for word, middle-aged white yuppies raise their fists in the air and Asian fashionistas stand around looking cool. Yerba Buena is a big wet kiss to all things Spanglish, where languages and cultures mix and match, sometimes in the same sentence.”

Come join YERBA BUENA for “THE TWO TONGUES TOUR” at the following shows:
Date City/State Venue Date City/State Venue
SEP 21 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom (FREE SHOW)*
SEP 22 Saint Petersburg State Theatre OCT 7 Seattle, WA Chop Suey (formerly Breakroom)
SEP 23 Miami, FL** Polish American Club OCT 8 Vancouver, BC Richard's on Richards
SEP 24 Gainesville, FL Phillips Perf. Arts Center OCT 12 Orlando, FL The Social (Formerly Sapphire)
SEP 28 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Concert Theater OCT 14 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
SEP 29 Los Angeles Knitting Factory OCT 15 Black Mtn.NC Lake Eden Arts Festival
SEP 30 Santa Barbara Soho - Restaurant & Music Club OCT 16 Atlanta, GA The Latin Sol
OCT 1 San Diego House of Blues OCT 18 Chicago, IL House of Blues
OCT 2 San Francisco Yerba Buena Gardens OCT 21 Providence, RI Bank of America Skating Center
OCT 3 Santa Cruz Moe's Alley OCT 27 Houston , TX Planeta Bar-Rio
OCT 6 Ashland, OR Historic Ashland Armory OCT 29 Boston, MA Middle East Café
*FREE SHOW for Volkswagen’s “Rhyme, Rhythm, Risas” – RSVP 888.833.5754 or ask us for pass
** Special Miami Ticket Website: www.yerbabuenamiami.com

September 16, 2005

RAZOR & TIE TO PARTNER WITH CHUCK E. CHEESE FOR NATIONAL KIDZ BOP PROMOTION

Razor & Tie Entertainment will partner with family restaurant and entertainment chain Chuck E. Cheese for a national, chain-wide KIDZ BOP® promotion. The partnership will also include a contest/sweepstakes. The original music video for “Since U Been Gone” (which is included on the KIDZ BOP 8 CD) will be shown on video screens in Chuck E. Cheese restaurants throughout the months of September, October and November and incorporated into the Chuck E. Cheese stage show.

The contest/sweepstakes portion will be promoted in Chuck E. Cheese restaurants and hosted on the newly-relaunched KIDZ BOP website, www.kidzbop.com beginning October 1st. The contest/sweepstakes will give parents and children a chance to win a grand prize of a party at Chuck E. Cheese and all future and current KIDZ BOP audio and video releases. Twenty-five first prizes consisting of Chuck E. Cheese guest passes and KIDZ BOP merchandise will also be awarded.

Razor & Tie Senior VP, Marketing, Michael Krumper commented, “This is a great opportunity for Razor & Tie to expose the KIDZ BOP brand in a whole new arena. The partnership between Razor & Tie’s KIDZ BOP brand and Chuck E. Cheese restaurants is a perfect demographic fit”. Richard Huston, Executive Vice President of Marketing for CEC Entertainment stated, “We are pleased to partner with Razor & Tie and KIDZ BOP on this exciting promotion”.

KIDZ BOP 8 recently debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, making it the highest charting non-soundtrack children’s release in the history of Billboard. Since their introduction in 2001, KIDZ BOP titles have sold over 5 million copies with five gold albums to date, and have become the best known brand in kids’ music. Billboard named the titles the #1 Children’s Music Artist for 2002, 2003 and 2004. Expanding into toys this fall, KIDZ BOP music is featured in Fisher-Price’s Star Station ™ which lets kids hear and see themselves on television.

New York-based Razor & Tie Entertainment is one of the fastest growing independent entertainment companies in the United States, successfully selling audio and video products through traditional retail distribution, direct response television advertising and e-commerce-based websites. Founded by co-owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam, Razor & Tie is a vertically-integrated company, encompasses a record label, a home video company, an in-house media buying service, major label distribution, an experienced marketing, promotion and sales team, a direct marketing operation and a growing database of entertainment consumers.

Where a kid can be a kid, Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza is also a special place for families. The menu features homemade pizza with fresh, high quality ingredients, sandwiches, bread sticks, and a salad bar. In addition, Chuck E. Cheese’s offers games and rides for kids of all ages and an animated stage show starring Chuck E. and his musical friends. The restaurants are also a popular location for birthday parties and special events for groups and organizations.

The Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza concept has been in operation since May, 1977, when the first restaurant opened in San Jose, California. CEC Entertainment, Inc. operates a system of 502 Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants in 48 states, in which 457 are owned and operated by the Company.