British singer/songwriter Beth Orton will play a mix of club and festival
dates this spring and summer in support of her second album, Central
The trek will find the neo-folkie appearing on parts of the Lilith Fair
and Guinness Fleadh tours.
Orton will kick off the tour May 29 in Baltimore at the grandfather of
spring radio fests, WHFS-FM's annual HFStival, where she'll share the
stage with such rockers as the Offspring, Sugar Ray, Silverchair, Ozomatli
and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. She'll follow with headlining club dates
in the Midwest and the East, including stops in Washington, D.C.;
Carrboro, N.C.; and Minneapolis.
The first leg of Orton's tour also will include appearances on two dates
of the third annual Guinness Fleadh music festival. She'll join separate
lineups in Boston and Chicago, both of which will feature Van Morrison,
Elvis Costello and Hootie & the Blowfish.
"It's cool that some people get to catch her on a big stage with a bunch
of other bands and other people will see her in an intimate [small club]
space," JoAnna Wilson, 24, a graduate student at
George Washington University in Washington, D.C., wrote in an e-mail.
Wilson said she plans to check out Orton's show at the 9:30 Club. "I
could catch her in Baltimore at the HFStival, too, but I'd rather not
deal with a bunch of sweaty, moshing boys," she wrote. "But I'm lucky I
get to pick."
After a three-week break, Orton will tackle the West Coast portion of
the Lilith Fair. This year's Lilith features a diverse lineup that also
includes rock veterans the Pretenders, rapper Queen Latifah, indie rockers
Cibo Matto, and R&B singers Mya, Monica and Deborah Cox. Tour founder
Sarah McLachlan has said it may be the all-female tour's last North
Orton will play the first eight dates of Lilith, from July 8 in Vancouver,
British Columbia, through July 17 in Los Angeles.
Central Reservation, released March 23, finds Orton steering away
from the trip-hop grooves of her 1997 debut, Trailer Park, and
concentrating on a more folk-dominated sound. The 12-track album features
vocals and guitar work by fellow folkie Ben Harper as well as musical
backing from New Orleans pianist Dr. John (born Mac Rebennack) and Ben
Watt of Everything But the Girl. It includes "Stolen Car"
(RealAudio excerpt) and the late-night ballad "Sweetest Decline"
Orton, who kicked off her career by singing on Chemical Brothers tracks,
has won the approval of the electronica wizards with Central
Reservation -- though they said it took a few spins before it hooked
"I like it," said Ed Simons, who is joined in the Chemical Brothers by
Tom Rowlands. "It's a grower."
Beth Orton Festival and Headlining Tour Dates:
May 29; Baltimore, Md., HFStival at Ravens Stadium
June 2; Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
June 3; New York, N.Y., Roseland
June 4; Philadelphia, Pa., Theater of the Living Arts
June 6; Carrboro, N.C., Cat's Cradle
June 7; Atlanta, Ga., Cotton Club
June 9; Cincinnati, Ohio, Bogart's
June 11; Cleveland, Ohio, The Odeon
June 12; Chicago, Ill., Fleadh Fest
June 13; Minneapolis, Minn., The Quest
June 15; Detroit, Mich., St. Andrew's Hall
June 16; Pittsburgh, Pa., Rosebud
June 18; Northampton, Mass., Pearl Street
June 19; Boston, Mass., Fleadh Fest
Lilith Fair Dates:
July 8; Vancouver, British Columbia, Thunderbird Stadium
July 9-10; George, Wash., The Gorge
July 11; Portland, Ore., Civic Stadium
July 13-14; Mountain View, Calif., Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 16; Chula Vista, Calif., Coors Amphitheatre
July 17; Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl