Monday, February 23, 2009

Amadou & Mariam Announce Spring Tour

Husband & wife teams are a bit of the rage touring right now with Bird & Bee, Dresden Dolls, Mistress Stephanie, and well . . . Husband & Wife among others making party music for us and piling up stress on their relationships.

Go ahead and add Mariam Doumbia and her husband Amadou Bagayoko, better known as Amadou & Mariam, to my woefully incomplete list. For 30 years A & M have been making and performing their ballad/Afro-pop music. Welcome To Mali, their latest LP releases March 24th, and the duo plan a Spring tour in support. These are big venues, so in a struggling $$$ environment the artists are showing confidence that M & A can place paying butts in seats.

Just last month in San Diego Political Afro-Pop sensation Fema Kouti had to cancel a gig at the much smaller capacity House of Blues [when compared to Cricket in Chula Vista] for lack of ticket sales. hmmm.

Amadou & Mariam Tour Dates:

2 Chicago, IL - Park West
4 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
5 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
6 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
8 New York, NY - Webster Hall
10 Alexandria, VA - Birchmere

10 Portland, OR - The Amphitheater at Clark County
11 George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre
13 San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
16 San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
18 Carson, CA - Home Depot Center
21 Dallas, TX - Center
22 Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
24 Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock’s greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.

Official festival website is

2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Confirmed Artists:
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello Solo
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov’t Mule
Andrew Bird
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Del McCoury Band
of Montreal
Allen Toussaint
Coheed and Cambria
Booker T & the DBTs
David Grisman Quintet
Lucinda Williams
Animal Collective
Neko Case
Jenny Lewis
Robert Earl Keen
Citizen Cope
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The Ting Tings
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Kaki King
Grizzly Bear
King Sunny Adé
Okkervil River
St. Vincent
Zac Brown Band
Raphael Saadiq
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Crystal Castles
Tift Merritt
Brett Dennen
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
Toubab Krewe
People Under the Stairs
Alejandro Escovedo
Vieux Farka Touré
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Todd Snider
Portugal. The Man.
The SteelDrivers
The Knux
The Low Anthem
Delta Spirit
A.A. Bondy
The Lovell Sisters
Alberta Cross