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Yard Dogs Road Show Descend Upon Denver Oct. 4th

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

The Yard Dogs Road Show most recently left ROTHBURY and Glastonbury Festival audiences breathless. Yard Dogs Road Show will release their first music video EVER on their website in the next two weeks. It's called Lucky Day and it's an in-depth documentation of their last ten years on the road - from inception to the present - all about sprinklers, swimsuits and summer fun.  Shot by Dugan O'neal (Michael Franti, Bassnectar, M.I.A.). Now, San Francisco's hobo cabaret bring their living patchwork of vaudeville and rock and roll indoors for a headlining U.S. tour.

The run of shows launches on September 6 with a hometown show at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium. Complete with red carnations for all of the ladies in attendance, Beats Antique opens the show, while Shellac Shack spins vintage 78s in the venue's "Poster Room."  After SF, the troupe heads east for a string of dates with support act The Indigo Belly Dance, featuring Rachel Brice, Mardi Love and Zoe Jake are all members of Miles Copeland's internationally acclaimed Bellydance Superstars.

Of course, it wouldn't be a fall tour for Yard Dogs Road Show without a stop in Denver, where on October 4 they return to the Mile High City - this time at the Bluebird Theatre - for the first time since last year's epic Halloween bash with Devotchka. 

Yard Dogs Road Show Fall Dates are as follows:

September 11 Georgia Theater Athens GA w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 12 Variety Playhouse Atlanta GA w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 13 Orange Peel Asheville NC w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 14 Bijou Theatre Knoxville TN w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 16 The Cannery Ballroom Nashville TN w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 19 The Birchmere Alexandria VA w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 20 Asbury Lanes Asbury NJ
September 21-22 Spiegelworld, Pier 17 New York NY w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 26-27 Music Hall Portsmouth NJ
October 2 Majestic Theatre Madison WI
October 4 Bluebird Theater Denver CO

Yard Dogs Road Show are pure visual and sonic voodoo. It's a true story on stage: sword swallowers, dancing dolls, fire eaters and sunset hobo poetry - all animated by the live sounds of the Yard Dogs cartoon heavy band. Born from the saloon vaudeville that toured the Wild West in the late 1800's and slammed into the underworld of modern American road culture. The Yard Dogs create a timeless space for the union of ancient theatrical alchemy and modern pop culture.

With the publication of his book, Hobo: A Young Man's Thoughts on Trains and Tramping in America (Random House / 2003), straw boss and founding member Eddy Joe Cotton and the Yard Dogs Road Show surfaced into the mainstream media. As the San Francisco Weekly reviewed, "Many wandering youngsters identify with the label "tramp artist," but few have taken it to the top-hat perfection quite like Eddy Joe Cotton...[Eddy] and the Yard Dogs Road Show do their neo-vaudeville thing the only way it should be: with flash, panache and an underlying sense of menace."

YARD DOGS ROAD SHOW ON TOUR IN AUGUST

- for the Grateful Web

The Yard Dogs Road Show is a hobo cabaret, a living patchwork of vaudeville and rock and roll. Last spring they sauntered through the Northwest with their Cabaret Blitz! Tour.  Most recently, the troupe left Oregon Country Fair audiences breathless. This month, the Yard Dogs will return to the Northwest at intimate venues in select cities, performing with Louisiana's restless musical storyteller Gill Landry at Seattle's Triple Door and Portland's Doug Fir Lounge (www.myspace.com/gilllandry). In addition, the Yard Dogs Road Show will share the stage once again with Portland's own Vagabond Opera, this time in Boise, for a late-night shebang with New Belgium Brewery's Tour De Fat (www.vagabondopera.com).

Yard Dogs Road Show are pure visual and sonic voodoo. It's a true story on stage: sword swallowers, dancing dolls, fire eaters and sunset hobo poetry - all animated by the live sounds of the Yard Dogs cartoon heavy band. Born from the saloon vaudeville that toured the Wild West in the late 1800's and slammed into the underworld of modern American road culture. The Yard Dogs create a timeless space for the union of ancient theatrical alchemy and modern pop culture.

Current west coast confirmed show details are as follows:

Sunday, August 12th and Monday, August 13th

Triple Door

w/ Gill Landry

216 Union Street, Seattle

Tickets $20.00 Advance, $22.00 DOS / All Ages Welcome

For more information please visit www.tripledoor.com

Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th

Doug Fir Lounge

w/ Gill Landry

830 East Burnside Street, Portland

Tickets $15.00 Advance, $17.00 DOS / Ages 21 + Welcome

For more information please visit www.dougfirlounge.com

Saturday, August 25th

The Bouquet

Co-headlining w/ Vagabond Opera

1010 West Main Street , Boise

Tickets $12.00 / All Ages Welcome

New Belgium Tour De Fat after-party

For more information please visit www.thebouquet.net

Look for Yard Dogs Road Show on the East Coast this fall.  Visit www.madisonhousepublicity.com

With the publication of his book, Hobo: A Young Man's Thoughts on Trains and Tramping in America (Random House / 2003), straw boss and founding member Eddy Joe Cotton and the Yard Dogs Road Show surfaced into the mainstream media, including recent recognition in SPIN Magazine. As the San Francisco Weekly reviewed, "Many wandering youngsters identify with the label "tramp artist," but few have taken it to the top-hat perfection quite like Eddy Joe Cotton…[Eddy] and the Yard Dogs Road Show do their neo-vaudeville thing the only way it should be: with flash, panache and an underlying sense of menace."

Bringing rock & roll to theatre and theatre to rock & roll, Yard Dogs Road Show has collaborated with Teatro Zinzanni, Cirque Du Soleil, and Burning Man and have performed such renowned festivals as Bonnaroo, Vegoose, Oregon Country Fair and Wakarusa.

There is some speculation as to the origin of the Yard Dogs Road Show.  Not for the want of mystery but for the difficulty in translating an experience that was navigated by the overly-romantic and sleep deprived. Shows came and went leaving very little time to fully comprehend what was going on.  Some say the carnival-inspired performance art of the Yard Dogs Road Show began as a three piece jug band performing in road houses and dance halls and at informal gatherings, including Oregon's modern day acid tests with Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters. Some say they traveled in a 1967 Ford Galaxy 500 and the evolution of their show revealed itself in the flames of a campfire on Dog Creek Road: dancing dolls with feather fans, an hombre in silver sunglasses eating fire, a dreamy guitar boy with golden locks, a bearded swami capable of conjuring the supernatural. Others say this story is complete hogwash and it was actually the brainchild of a unemployed "cowboy" and his faithful muse – transient artists with an incredible talent for brainstorming impossible ideas while under the influence of poppy tea and wishful thinking.  By chance these conversations were overheard by an ambitious young poet who decided to actualize them for the sake of all impossible dreams everywhere.

Either way, that was seven years ago, and the unlikely troupe of gypsies has been performing on stages ever since.

YARD DOGS ROAD SHOW ON TOUR IN MAY: CABARET BLITZ!

- for the Grateful Web

Fresh from a wildly successful European debut, the West's sexiest, surliest performance troupe hits the road this may for their Cabaret Blitz! tour. Then, catch them in Manchester, Tennessee this June for their Bonnaroo debut

Consider Yard Dogs Road Show's "Cabaret Blitz!" a polite challenge to all that is prevailing in American culture.  There is poetry everywhere and it must be acknowledged!  Collaborating for these shows with regional and local artists, the groups billed along this very special run represent a menagerie of west coast cabaret and circus arts.  Many of them have never shared the same stage.  They come with open hearts to engage a decorated and poetic civilization.  Dress code: A formal rendition of your inner carnival - something stitched and stunning and nearly falling off.

Born from the saloon vaudeville that toured the Wild West in the late 1800's and slammed into the underworld of modern American road culture, Yard Dogs Road Show create a timeless and surreal union of ancient theatrical alchemy and modern pop culture. It's a true story on stage: sword swallowers, dancing dolls, fire eaters and hobo sunset poetry - all animated by the live sounds of the Yard Dogs cartoon band. Yard Dogs Road Show is pure visual and sonic voodoo. The times have demanded it and here it is: "The new emergence of road show nobility."

Cabaret Blitz! Show dates include:
Fri May 4     Showbox              Seattle, WA w/ Circus Contraption
Sat May 5     Nightlight           Bellingham, WA w/ Dream Science Circus
Sun May 6     The Commodore        Vancouver, BC
                                   w/ Tarran the Tailor and the Ancient Rugged Revival
Mon May 7     Capitol Theater      Olympia, WA w/ Femme De Fabrique
Tue May 8     Wonder Ballroom      Portland, OR w/ March Fourth Marching Band
Wed May 9     McDonald Theater     Eugene, OR w/ Vagabond Opera
Thu May 10    Ashland Armory       Ashland, OR w/ Vagabond Opera
Sat May 12    Fillmore Auditorium  San Francisco, CA w/ Rosin Coven and others TBA
June 14-17    Bonnaroo Festival    Manchester TN

There is some speculation as to the origin of the Yard Dogs Road Show.  Not for the want of mystery but for the difficulty in translating an experience that was navigated by the overly-romantic and sleep deprived. Shows came and went leaving very little time to fully comprehend what was going on.  Some say the carnival-inspired performance art of the Yard Dogs Road Show began as a three piece jug band performing in road houses and dance halls and at informal gatherings, including Oregon's modern day acid tests with Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters. Some say they traveled in a 1967 Ford Galaxy 500 and the evolution of their show revealed itself in the flames of a campfire on Dog Creek Road: dancing dolls with feather fans, an hombre in silver sunglasses eating fire, a dreamy guitar boy with golden locks, a bearded swami capable of conjuring the supernatural . Others say this story is complete hogwash and it was actually the brainchild of a unemployed "cowboy" and his faithful muse – transient artists with an incredible talent for brainstorming impossible ideas while under the influence of poppy tea and wishful thinking.  By chance these conversations were overheard by an ambitious young poet who decided to actualize them for the sake of all impossible dreams everywhere.

Either way, that was seven years ago, and the unlikely troupe of gypsies has been performing on stages ever since.

With the publication of his book, Hobo: A Young Man's Thoughts on Trains and Tramping in America (Random House / 2003), straw boss and founding member Eddy Joe Cotton and the Yard Dogs Road Show surfaced into the mainstream media, including recent recognition in SPIN Magazine. Bringing rock & roll to theatre and theatre to rock & roll, they have collaborated with Teatro Zinzanni, Cirque Du Soleil, and Burning Man and have performed such renowned festivals as Vegoose, Oregon Country Fair and Wakarusa.

YARD DOGS ROAD SHOW PRESENTS: CABARET BLITZ!

Consider Yard Dogs Road Show's "Cabaret Blitz!" a polite challenge to all that is prevailing in American culture.  There is poetry everywhere and it must be acknowledged!  Collaborating for these shows with regional and local artists, the groups billed along this very special run represent a menagerie of west coast cabaret and circus arts.  Many of them have never shared the same stage.  They come with open hearts to engage a decorated and poetic civilization.  Dress code:  a formal outward expression of one's inner carnival.

Born from the saloon vaudeville that toured the Wild West in the late 1800's and slammed into the underworld of modern American road culture, Yard Dogs Road Show create a timeless and surreal union of ancient theatrical alchemy and modern pop culture. It's a true story on stage: sword swallowers, dancing dolls, fire eaters and hobo sunset poetry - all animated by the live sounds of the Yard Dogs cartoon band. Yard Dogs Road Show is pure visual and sonic voodoo. The times have demanded it and here it is: "The new emergence of road show nobility."

Cabaret Blitz! Show dates include:

Fri May 4     Showbox              Seattle, WA w/ Circus Contraption
Sat May 5     Nightlight           Bellingham, WA w/ Dream Science Circus
Sun May 6     The Commodore        Vancouver, BC w/ Tarran the Tailor & the Ancient Rugged Revival
Mon May 7     Capitol Theater      Olympia, WA w/ Femme De Fabrique
Tue May 8     Wonder Ballroom      Portland, OR March Fourth Marching Band
Wed May 9     McDonald Theater     Eugene, OR w/ Vagabond Opera
Thu May 10    Ashland Armory       Ashland, OR w/ Vagabond Opera
Sat May 12    Fillmore Auditorium  San Francisco, CA w/ Rosin Coven and others TBA

There is some speculation as to the origin of the Yard Dogs Road Show.  Not for the want of mystery but for the difficulty in translating an experience that was navigated by the overly-romantic and sleep deprived. Shows came and went leaving very little time to fully comprehend what was going on.  Some say the carnival-inspired performance art of the Yard Dogs Road Show began as a three piece jug band performing in road houses and dance halls and at informal gatherings, including Oregon's modern day acid tests with Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters. Some say they traveled in a 1967 Ford Galaxy 500 and the evolution of their show revealed itself in the flames of a campfire on Dog Creek Road: dancing dolls with feather fans, an hombre in silver sunglasses eating fire, a dreamy guitar boy with golden locks, a bearded swami capable of conjuring the supernatural . Others say this story is complete hogwash and it was actually the brainchild of a unemployed "cowboy" and his faithful muse – transient artists with an incredible talent for brainstorming impossible ideas while under the influence of poppy tea and wishful thinking.  By chance these conversations were overheard by an ambitious young poet who decided to actualize them for the sake of all impossible dreams everywhere. Either way, that was seven years ago, and the unlikely troupe of gypsies has been performing on stages ever since.

With the publication of his book, Hobo: A Young Man's Thoughts on Trains and Tramping in America (Random House / 2003), ringleader and founding member Eddy Joe Cotton and the Yard Dogs Road Show surfaced into the mainstream media, including recent recognition in SPIN Magazine. Bringing rock & roll to theatre and theatre to rock & roll, they have collaborated with Teatro Zinzanni, Cirque Du Soleil, and Burning Man and have performed such renowned festivals as Vegoose, Oregon Country Fair and Wakarusa. Look for the troupe on tour this spring/summer, including a coveted Bonnaroo play.