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DSO Four Winds Tour Continues Tomorrow

The Four Winds Tour continues on Wednesday as we kick off the West coast leg of the tour in Bellingham, WA at the Mt. Baker Theater then cruise down from the northwest corner to Seattle, Portland and Eugene, Oregon. From there it's on into California for shows in Arcata and Santa Cruz before dropping into San Francisco for 3 nights at the Great American Music Hall. The first night will be a Black Tie Dye Ball to benefit the Rex Foundation. There will be a special pre-show party and sound-check event hosted by The Rex Foundation. Visit their website for more info. After what are bound to be 3 epic nights in San Fran the bus heads east for shows in Reno, Aspen, Boulder and Fort Collins to close out the tour.

May the four winds blow you out to a show and safely home again. Visit our Tour Dates Page for full tour info.

Spring Tour!

Our 'Into The Sun' tour starts off with a bang on April 29th as we recreate the 40th anniversary of the famed 4/29/71 Grateful Dead setlist from their last show at the Fillmore East. Then its on to Princeton, NJ, New Haven, CT, Providence, RI, Westbury, NY, Philadelphia, Oneonta, NY, 2 nights in Burlington at Higher Ground, Boston, Keene, NH, Hampton Beach, NH, a special acoustic show at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth, NH, Stroudsburg & Harrisburg, PA before headlining 2 nights at the Mighty High Mountain Fest in Tuxedo, NY.

For every show on the tour we will be taking your votes for our Encore/Filler on our website. Each vote enters you for a chance to win tickets to the show you voted on. Visit our Tour Dates Page for complete tour info and to place your vote and enter for a chance to win tickets to a show near you!

DSO on Facebook

Join the conversation with Dark Star Orchestra on Facebook! Check out facebook.com/darkstarorchestra make your voice heard! Give the band feedback, make a song request, link to a favorite song - it's all about the music. See which show on our tour is closest to you with our On the Road app.

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Four Winds Tour
03/30 Mt Baker Theater Bellingham, WA
03/31 The Showbox Seattle, WA
04/01 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
04/02 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR TICKETS
04/04 Arcata Theater Arcata, CA
04/06 Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
04/07 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/08 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/09 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/10 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/13 Belly-Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/14 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/15 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/16 The Aggie Ft Collins, CO TICKETS
Into The Sun Tour
04/29 Irving Plaza New York, NY
04/30 McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ
05/01 Toad's Place New Haven, CT TICKETS
05/04 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI TICKETS
05/05 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY TICKETS
05/06 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
05/07 Oneonta Theatre Oneonta, NY TICKETS
05/09 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/10 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/12 House of Blues Boston, MA TICKETS
05/13 Colonial Theater Keene, NH TICKETS
05/14 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/15 Flying Monkey Plymouth, NH
05/17 Sherman Theatre Stroudsburg, PA TICKETS
05/18 Whitaker Center Harrisburg, PA
05/20 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
05/21 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
Summer Festivals
06/03 Wakarusa Ozark, AR TICKETS
07/01 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH
07/02 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH
07/03 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH
07/17 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/21 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
03/14 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/15 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/16 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS


Del McCoury and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band Celebrate Mardi Gras

In honor of Mardi Gras this week, Bluegrass Legend Del McCoury and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have shared the song “One More ‘Fore I Die” off their upcoming collaborative album, American Legacies (out April 12th).  Click HERE to stream/download the track, which premiered at NPR yesterday.  The two also filled the historic Preservation Hall yesterday for a special performance on Lundi Gras Day. Today they will team up again for the Preservation Hall Parade that occurs annually on Mardi Gras.  The parade will gather on the corner of Dauphine and Frenchmen Streets and will commence at 2:00pm.  The parade route will conclude at Preservation Hall.

Del and the PHJB will also celebrate the advance release of a special Mardi Gras themed vinyl edition of American Legacies. Manufactured exclusively for Record Store Day (April 16) 2011, this special edition vinyl is green on one side and gold on the other, featuring a purple label.  Limited to 1000 copies, a small number have been made available for sale exclusively at Preservation Hall during this very special event.

About American Legacies:

American music fans have an unprecedented opportunity to hear two masterful groups explore the common ground where bluegrass and jazz meet when the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band release their collaborative American Legacies project on April 12th via McCoury Music and Preservation Hall Recordings.  Inspired by the success of the Del McCoury’s participation on 2010’s PRESERVATION, a PHJB project made with multiple artists to benefit New Orleans’ unique Preservation Hall venue and its Music Outreach Program, the set offers a dozen songs filled with deep respect and joyful virtuosity.  Complementing the release, the two groups have announced a joint tour that will feature them performing on their own and together in a groundbreaking concert experience.

American Legaciesis a no-holds-barred tour of songs and sounds that sum up the simultaneous (and often intersecting) histories of two distinctively American musical forms—the jazz that has drawn music lovers from around the world to New Orleans for more than a century, and the “hillbilly jazz” of bluegrass, created more than 60 years ago by Del McCoury’s one-time employer, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys.

Available Everywhere on April 12, 2011

Del/PHJB Tour Dates:

March 19 - Boston, MA
March 27 - Columbus, GA
April 9 - Tucson, AZ
April 13 - St. Charles, MO
April 14 - Lawrence, KS
April 15 - Appleton, WI
April 16 - Napierville, IL
April 17 - Fayetteville, AR
April 19 - Wilmington, NC
May 12 - Los Angeles, CA
May 27 - DelFest, Cumberland, MD
June 10 - Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
July 7 - Winnipeg Folk Fest
August 6 - Edmonton Folk Fest

National Jazz Museum in Harlem March 7 - March 13, 2011

Upcoming events at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for this week include:

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National Jazz Museum in Harlem

March 7 - March 13, 2011

Schedule

Monday, March 7, 2011

Jazz for Curious Readers

Ethel Waters: His Eye Is On The Sparrow, a celebration
Host: Father Peter J. O’Brien

7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

His Eye Is On The Sparrow is rightfully acclaimed as one of the greatest autobiographies by an American female singer; with the able assistance of noted journalist andbiographer Charles Samuels, Ethel Water's life and career journey is captured there in all of its joy, sorrow, bitterness, forgiveness, and spirit of perseverance no matter what she faced.

Tonight we celebrate the book and remember the bright star that was Ethel Waters.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Jazz for Curious Listeners

FILM SHOW: Sing Me A Swing Song: Great Jazz Vocalists – Ethel Waters

Host: Father Peter J. O’Brien

7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Maysles Cinema - 343 Lenox Avenue between 127th & 128th Street
DONATION SUGGESTED| For more information: 212-348-8300

Vocalist and actress Ethel Waters (1896-1977) was a key figure in the development of African American culture between the two world wars. She broke barrier after barrier, becoming the first black woman heard on the radio, the first black singer to perform on television, the first African American to perform in an integrated cast on Broadway, and the first black woman to perform in a lead dramatic role on Broadway. As a singer Waters introduced over 50 songs that became hits, including standards of the magnitude of "St. Louis Blues" and "Stormy Weather." Her jazzy yet controlled vocal style influenced a generation of vocalists, black and white, and her career, encompassing stage, song, and screen, flowered several times in comebacks after tumbling to lowpoints.

See Ethel Waters perform on film andearn about the rise and fall and rise again of a great American artist of song, and hear recordings that document the sound and style that made Ethel Waters such an influence.

The Concretes Currently Touring the West Coast!

Sweden's preeminent dreamy indie-pop ensemble The Concretes is currently in the midst of the West Coast leg of their first U.S. tour in four years, and now they'd like to share a new music video for WYWH’s “Crack In The Paint.” The band is on the road with MillionYoung, which still has them passing through Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego & more.

WYWH sees The Concretes in their new incarnation- former drummer Lisa Milberg has stepped out from behind the kit to take over lead vocals after the departure of Victoria Bergsman. The album has a dreamy, ethereal disco tinge, and features less guitar, more keyboards, bass, and deep grooves, while maintaining the irresistable melodies that give The Concretes the sound that they’ve come to define.

Check Out the New Music Video for WYWH's “Crack In The Paint” HERE!

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Upcoming North American Tour Dates

March 3 – Sacamento, CA @ Blue Note
March 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
March 5 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
March 9 – Goleta, CA – Mercury Lounge
March 10 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House

Great American Taxi Shows canceled this weekend

Hey Folks-

We're sorry to inform the Colorado folks that our three shows in Fort Collins, Breckenridge and Durango are canceled.  Vince's father has been extremely ill and he needs to be there with him right now.  We are all supporting Vince through this difficult time.  We are planning to pick up the tour in Park City on Feb 16th.  We are bummed to be missing these home state shows and plan on rescheduling all of them in the next month or two, we hope you all understand and please keep Vince and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  There's tons of Taxi rides coming up so check the calendar and find out where we'll be.  We hope this finds you all happy and healthy, let all those people in your life know that you love them.  We'll see you soon, best wishes.

Great American Taxi

The Felice Brothers Announce Spring Tour

The Felice Brothers have announced a new run of tour dates in the US, Australia, and New Zealand this spring, beginning in late March following a March 19th performance with Bright Eyes at Auditorium Shores during this year's SXSW festival in Austin, TX.

The first leg of the tour will kick off on March 25th at the Oneonta Theater in Oneonta, NY, and lead The Felice Brothers to Indio, CA, where they will make their debut appearance at the already sold-out Coachella festival on April 16th. The band will then travel to Australia and New Zealand for the first time, touring down under from April 20th through 24th to play shows that include Boogie Fest in Melbourne, AUS, and the Grassroots Festival in Auckland, NZL. The Felice Brothers will resume their US tour on April 28th at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA, and continue through May 6th at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL, with more dates to be confirmed shortly. Tickets for the US shows will begin to go on sale tomorrow, February 10th; for more information, please visit www.thefelicebrothers.com.

The Felice Brothers' most recent album, Yonder Is The Clock, was released in April 2009 and met with praise from Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Filter, The New York Times, SPIN, and Time Out New York, among others.

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The Felice Brothers on tour:

MARCH 19 AUSTIN, TX AUDITORIUM SHORES (SXSW)

MARCH 25 ONEONTA, NY ONEONTA THEATER*

MARCH 26 HUDSON, NY HELSINKI ON THE HUDSON*

MARCH 27 HOBOKEN, NJ MAXWELL'S*

MARCH 30 PHILADELPHIA, PA FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH*

MARCH 31 WASHINGTON, DC ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL*

APRIL 1 HUNTINGTON, WV V CLUB*

APRIL 2 LEXINGTON, KY BUSTER'S BILLIARDS & BACKROOM*

APRIL 3 KNOXVILLE, TN RHYTHM 'N BLOOMS

APRIL 5 CHARLOTTE, NC VISUALITE THEATER*

APRIL 6 ATHENS, GA 40 WATT CLUB*

APRIL 7 NASHVILLE, TN EXIT/IN*

APRIL 8 BIRMINGHAM, AL THE BOTTLETREE*

APRIL 9 MEMPHIS, TN HI-TONE CAFÉ*

APRIL 10 DALLAS, TX THE LOFT*

APRIL 12 LUBBOCK, TX BLUE LIGHT*

APRIL 13 SANTA FE, NM CORAZON*

APRIL 16 INDIO, CA COACHELLA

APRIL 20 SYDNEY, AUS ANNANDALE HOTEL

APRIL 21 MELBOURNE, AUS THE PRINCE

APRIL 22 MELBOURNE, AUS BOOGIE FEST

APRIL 23 MEENYAN, AUS TOWN HALL

APRIL 24 AUCKLAND, NZL GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL

APRIL 28 SAN FRANCISCO, CA GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL

APRIL 29 PORTLAND, OR MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS

APRIL 30 SEATTLE, WA TRACTOR TAVERN

MAY 2 SALT LAKE CITY, UT URBAN LOUNGE

MAY 3 DENVER, CO HIGH DIVE

MAY 4 OMAHA, NE THE WAITING ROOM

MAY 6 CHICAGO, IL LINCOLN HALL

* Diamond Doves supporting

The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Release Joint Album

American music fans have an unprecedented opportunity to hear two masterful groups explore the common ground where bluegrass and jazz meet when the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band release their collaborative American Legacies project on April 12th via McCoury Music and Preservation Hall Recordings.  Inspired by the success of the Del McCoury’s participation on 2010’s PRESERVATION, a PHJB project made with multiple artists to benefit New Orleans’ unique Preservation Hall venue and its Music Outreach Program, the set offers a dozen songs filled with deep respect and joyful virtuosity.  Complementing the release, the two groups have announced a joint tour that will feature them performing on their own and together in a groundbreaking concert experience.

With common roots in the rich musical gumbo of the American south in the 19th and early 20th centuries, bluegrass and jazz have sat alongside one another with a myriad of common influences and musical vocabularies that have nevertheless remained largely unexplored until now. American Legaciesis a no-holds-barred tour of songs and sounds that sum up the simultaneous (and often intersecting) histories of two distinctively American musical forms—the jazz that has drawn music lovers from around the world to New Orleans for more than a century, and the “hillbilly jazz” of bluegrass, created more than 60 years ago by Del McCoury’s one-time employer, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys.

Known as one of the premiere ambassadors of bluegrass, the Del McCoury Band is fronted by veteran Del McCoury,  A hero to east coast bluegrass audiences through the 1970s and 1980s, he stepped onto the national stage with a move to Nashville in the early 1990s that started the Del McCoury Band on an unprecedented streak of International Bluegrass Music Association awards and international acclaim.  Today, McCoury, along with a band that includes his sons Ron and Rob, are admired by hard-core bluegrass traditionalists and eclectic music fans and stars alike as they make appearances everywhere from the Bonnaroo Music Festival to late night network TV shows to their own popular Delfest.  For millions of fans across the US and around the world, the Del McCoury Band is simply the face of bluegrass.

Founded just a few years before McCoury joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been carrying the distinctive sound of New Orleans jazz around the world on behalf of Preservation Hall, a unique venue that embodies the city’s musical legacy.  With a cast of musicians schooled through first-hand experience and apprenticeship into the music’s historic traditions, the PHJB has served as an irreplaceable, vital link to the earliest days of one of America’s most beloved forms of popular music, evoking the spirits of times past in an ever-evolving modern context that has found them traveling around the world.

DSO 2011 Spring Tour Announcement

Into The Sun Tour - Vote for Encore

DSO charges 'Into The Sun' in April starting out at Irving Plaza in NY on April 29th by celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead's final Fillmore East performance. To mark this occasion we will recreate the 4/29/71 show in its entirety. This monster show has been released as "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Grateful Dead" and was the last time that Bill Graham Presented the Dead at the Fillmore. After that epic kick-off we will drop into venues all over the northeast including The Electric Factory in Philly, a first time gig at The Oneonta Theatre in Oneonta, NY, Hampton Casino Ballroom, a rare 'Acoustic' show on 5/15 at the Flying Monkey, a tour closing two-nights at Mighty High Mountain Fest and more!

For the entire tour we will be taking votes from fans for our closing song of the night. Visit our TOUR PAGE for more details and to cast your vote for Filler/Encore. Everyone who votes will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the show they vote on. Let us hear from you!

Continuing The Tradition

We are excited to announce that we will be playing a Black Tie-Dye Ball benefit for the Rex Foundation on Thursday, April 7 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. If you are in the Bay Area, mark your calendar for this special event...there will be more info to follow regarding how you can support the cause by purchasing premium tickets that will include a pre-party and an opportunity to be there for Dark Star Orchestra's soundcheck. For more info on The Rex Foundation, check out www.rexfoundation.org.

Southbound With Four Winds To Follow

Our Southbound Winter Tour continues to roll on as we make our way into Atlanta and Charlotte this weekend. From there we close out the tour with stops in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Orlando, Delray Beach and Tampa.

The Four Winds that blow us home will take us back on the road in March and April with a tour spanning the east and West Coast with a new show just announced on April 16th at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins, CO.

Check out the TOUR PAGE for more details.

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TOUR DATES:

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Southbound Winter Tour
2/3 Carolina Theatre Greensboro, NC
2/4 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
2/5 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
2/7 Workplay Birmingham, AL
2/9 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL
2/10 Plaza Theatre Orlando, FL
2/11 Garlic Fest Delray Beach, FL
2/12 Ferguson Hall Tampa, FL TICKETS
Four Winds Tour
03/04 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
03/05 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
03/06 The Sovereign Reading, PA TICKETS
03/08 Mexicali Blues Teaneck, NJ TICKETS
03/09 Union County Performing Arts Center Rahway, NJ TICKETS
03/10 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA TICKETS
03/11 Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD TICKETS
03/12 Town Hall Buffalo, NY TICKETS
03/30 Mt Baker Theater Bellingham, WA
03/31 The Showbox Seattle, WA
04/01 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
04/02 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR TICKETS
04/04 Arcata Theater Arcata, CA TICKETS
04/06 Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
04/07 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/08 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/09 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/10 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/13 Belly-Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/14 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/15 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/16 The Aggie Ft Collins, CO TICKETS
Just Announced...Into The Sun Tour
04/29 Irving Plaza New York, NY TICKETS
04/30 McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ TICKETS
05/01 Toad's Place New Haven, CT TICKETS
05/04 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI TICKETS
05/05 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY
05/07 Oneonta Theatre Oneonta, NY TICKETS
05/09 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/10 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/12 House of Blues Boston, MA
05/13 Colonial Theater Keene, NH TICKETS
05/14 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/15 Flying Monkey Plymouth, NH
05/18 Whitaker Center Harrisburg, PA TICKETS
05/20 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
05/21 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
Summer
06/05 Wakarusa Ozark, AR

Echo & The Bunnymen Announce North American Tour

British post-punk legends Echo & The Bunnymen have announced the North American leg of their acclaimed Crocodiles & Heaven Up Here tour. The band will be playing those two legendary albums in their entirety. The UK leg of the tour saw the band play to rapturous sold out audiences. See a clip of them playing the Crocodiles track “Stars and Stars” at Liverpool’s Olympia here.

Echo & The Bunnymen toured North America last year in support of their acclaimed album The Fountain. They kicked off the run of dates with a thunderous performance at Coachella and stormed their way from coast to coast. Don’t miss the chance to see this legendary band perform two of their classic albums live!

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Echo & The Bunnymen 2011 North American Tour

5/9  Boston, MA  @ Paradise Club
5/11 Washington, DC @ 9.30 Club
5/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
5/13 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
5/16  Toronto, Canada  @ Phoenix Theatre
5/17  Chicago, IL  @ Vic Theatre
5/19  San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
5/20  Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Casino
5/21 Los Angeles, CA  @ Club Nokia Theatre
5/22  Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues

Scala & Kolacny Brothers North America Tour

Winning over the hearts of critics at the LA Times, NPR, USA Today, Billboard, MTV.com, AOL Spinner and Stereogum, all-female Belgian rock choir sensations Scala & Kolacny Brothers continue their US breakthrough with the release of their full length self-titled debut and a North American tour this spring.  The album, out March 15 on ATCO, features imaginative reinterpretations of songs from Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Depeche Mode, Nirvana and others, as well as the three haunting original compositions by Scala & Kolacny Brothers.

After a performance at SXSW, Scala & Kolacny Brothers will kick of their North American tour April 7 in Vancouver, BC.  The group will hit major cities across the US and Canada, playing renowned rock venues, such as New York's Webster Hall and Los Angeles' El Rey Theater, while also debuting at Coachella on April 15.

Led by pianist/composer Steven Kolacny and his brother, conductor Stijn Kolacny, Scala & Kolacny Brothers "brilliantly haunting" (EW) version of Radiohead's “Creep” underscored the trailer for 'The Social Network’ to great acclaim (viewed by 4-million-plus on YouTube alone), and the group has continued to build buzz and fans stateside ever since.  The LA Times praises their “sweet songbird attack,” and USA Today raves that their takes on rock classics "Creep" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit” are "even more haunting than the originals.”

Watch a live performance of Scala & Kolacny Brothers original “Self-fulfilling Prophecy” here.

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Scala & Kolacny Brothers North American Tour Dates:

Fri-Mar-18        Austin, TX            Stubbs BBQ (SXSW)
Thu-Apr-7         Vancouver, BC         Commodore Ballroom
Fri-Apr-8         Seattle, WA             The Showbox Sodo
Sat-Apr-9         Portland, OR         Roseland Theatre
Mon-Apr-11     San Francisco, CA         The Independent
Tue-Apr-12         San Francisco, CA         The Independent
Thu-Apr-14         Los Angeles, CA         El Rey Theatre
Fri-Apr-15         Indio, CA             Coachella
Wed-Apr-20     Boulder, CO            Boulder Theatre
Fri-Apr-22         Minneapolis, MN         First Avenue
Sat-Apr-23         Chicago, IL             Park West
Mon-Apr-25     Washington, DC         9:30 Club
Tue-Apr-26         Philadelphia, PA         The Trocadero
Wed-Apr-27     Boston, MA             House of Blues
Thu-Apr-28         New York, NY         Webster Hall
Sat-Apr-30         Toronto, ON             The Opera House
Sun-May-1         Montreal, QC         Club Soda