Up-And-Comers Michelle Branch, Jude Going To College Together

Pair will tour schools with local contest winners opening shows.

Like many 18-year-olds, Michelle Branch is going off to school this fall — she and labelmate Jude will launch an 11-date tour of college towns on October 24 in Minneapolis.

The trek will concentrate on cities in the Midwest, though it will wrap up in State College, Pennsylvania.

Tour co-sponsors Maverick Recordings and Kenneth Cole Productions will present the Unlisted Battle of the Bands Contest in each city before the trek comes through town. The winning band at each stop will open for Branch and Jude, and one of the 11 winners will receive $10,000 to record a demo.

Branch, who is currently touring with Lifehouse, released her debut single, "Everywhere," this summer. The song appears on The Spirit Room, which hit stores last month.

Jude Christodal released King of Yesterday on September 11. He is now touring with Five for Fighting.

Unlisted College Tour dates, according to the tour's publicist:

  • 10/24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Cafe

  • 10/25 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's Cafe

  • 10/26 - Madison, WI @ Cafe Montmarte

  • 10/27 - Champaign, IL @ Canopy Club

  • 10/29 - Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird

  • 10/30 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door

  • 11/1 - Columbus, OH @ Little Brothers

  • 11/2 - W. Lafayette, IN @ Riehle Bros. Tavern

  • 11/4 - East Lansing, MI @ Rick's Cafe

  • 11/6 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig

  • 11/7 - State College, PA @ Crowbar

Unlisted Battle of the Bands Contest showcases:

  • 9/30 - Columbus, OH @ Little Brothers

  • 10/3 - Champaign, IL @ Canopy Club

  • 10/4 - Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub

  • 10/10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Cafe

  • 10/10 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's Cafe

  • 10/10 - Madison, WI @ Cafe Montmarte

  • 10/13 - W. Lafayette, IN @ Riehle Bros. Tavern

  • 10/27 - E. Lansing, MI @ Rick's Cafe

  • 10/29 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door

  • 10/29 - State College, PA @ Crowbar

  • 10/30 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig