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

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