Spoon to Headline Benefit Concert for Creative Commons to Kick Off WIRED NextFest in LA

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Tickets on sale June 23rd for September 10th concert.

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WIRED magazine today announced that rock band Spoon will headline a concert to benefit Creative Commons September 10, 2007 at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. The concert is a kick-off event for WIRED NextFestTM, a unique world’s-fair-style event showcasing future technologies in design, entertainment, communication, healthcare, transportation, sustainable living and more, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, September 13–16, 2007.

Spoon is an Austin, TX-based quartet with five full-length albums to its credit, and its heavily anticipated sixth entitled “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” is slated for release on July 10. Spoon’s previous album, “Gimme Fiction,” received widespread acclaim and appeared on “Best of 2005” lists in Blender and Spin. In 2004, Spoon joined artists such as the Beastie Boys, David Byrne, My Morning Jacket, a pre-Gnarls-Barkley Danger Mouse & Jemini, and the Rapture in donating tracks to the Creative Commons-licensed “WIRED CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.”

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Creative Commons, the non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others to build upon and share legally. This is the third benefit concert WIRED has produced for Creative Commons. Previous CC benefits featured David Byrne & Gilberto Gil; and Girl Talk, Diplo and Peeping Tom.

The concert will serve as a live reunion for Spoon and Keepon the robot, which achieved online celebrity status in April after the little robot became a YouTube sensation dancing to Spoon’s song, “I Turn My Camera On.” The video “Keepon Dancing to Spoon” is available on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g-yrjh58ms) and boasts over 1.2 million views and scores of online imitators. Following the concert, Keepon will be holding court at WIRED NextFest September 13-16.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 23, for the all-ages general admission show priced at $20. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.

In addition to enjoying Spoon’s critically acclaimed music and supporting an important cause in Creative Commons, concertgoers will get a sneak peek at some of the futuristic exhibits to be showcased at WIRED NextFest. Attendees of the benefit concert will get a free ticket to WIRED NextFest for Friday, September 14.

To learn more and to purchase tickets for WIRED NextFest, please visit http://www.wirednextfest.com.

For more information on Creative Commons, please visit http://www.creativecommons.org.

For nearly 15 years, WIRED has been the first word on how technology is changing the world around us. Each month, the magazine delivers a glimpse into the future of business, science, entertainment, education, culture and politics. Under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson, WIRED has been nominated for an unprecedented six consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, winning the industry’s prestigious top prize in 2007 and 2005. WIRED magazine and Wired.com reach nearly 6 million readers per month.

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Bill Danon
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bill.danon @ bitepr.com

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