Punk-folk singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco has announced an initial round of
nine dates for her summer tour.
The outing, which begins June 14 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., concentrates on
the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, though she also will play shows in
San Francisco and Columbus, Ohio. More dates are expected to be announced
Opening will be saxophonist Maceo Parker, a veteran of James Brown's horn
section who also played in funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic.
DiFranco, whose latest album, Up Up Up Up Up Up, includes
(RealAudio excerpt), will use the same backing band she's now playing
with on a spring tour that continues through May. That ensemble consists
of Julie Wolf on keyboards and accordion, Jason Mercer on bass and Daren
Hahn on drums.
"I played solo and toured solo for a whole bunch of years," DiFranco, 28,
said recently. "And finding other musicians to play with, getting a band
together, that kind of thing, it keeps me interested.
"The melodic possibilities are expanded and the groove is deepened," she
continued. "There's only so long you can sink into an acoustic-guitar groove
before people are like, 'OK, sing or something.' It's nice to just basically
musically interact with other people."
The acoustic trio Drums & Tuba are opening on the spring tour.
Ani DiFranco Summer Tour Dates:
June 14; Vienna, Va., Wolf Trap
June 15; Baltimore, Md., Pier Six Pavilion
June 18; Philadelphia, Pa., Mann Music Center
June 19; Wantagh, N.Y., Jones Beach
June 20; Buffalo, N.Y., Lasalle Park
June 22; Toronto, Ontario, Molson Amphitheatre
June 25; Columbus, Ohio, Brewery Pavilion
July 9; Berkeley, Calif., Greek Theatre
July 24; Hillsdale, N.Y., Falconridge Festival (Ani DiFranco solo)
Remaining Spring Tour Dates:
April 20; Charlottesville, Va., Performing Arts Center (sold out)
April 21; Charlotte, N.C., Grady Cole Center
April 22; Knoxville, Tenn., Tennessee Theatre
April 24; Athens, Ga., Classic Center Theatre (sold out)
April 25; Birmingham, Ala., Alabama Theatre
April 26; New Orleans, La., House of Blues (sold out)
April 29; Norman, Okla., Lloyd Noble Center
April 30; Kansas City, Mo., Midland Theatre
May 1; Normal, Ill., Redbird Arena
May 3; Indianapolis, Ind., Murat Theatre
May 4; Pittsburgh, Pa., A.J. Palumbo Center
May 5; Syracuse, N.Y., Landmark Theatre (sold out)
May 7; Guelph, Ontario, Athletic Centre Gym
May 8; Montreal, Quebec, Metropolis
May 9; Ottawa, Ontario, Ottawa Congress Center