Punk-folk singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco has announced the full lineup
of dates for her North American summer tour.
The six-week jaunt begins June 14 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., and moves
up the East Coast and into Canada before heading across the Midwest in
late June. In July the tour is scheduled to head west, with shows in
California, Utah, Oregon and Nevada.
Funk saxophonist Maceo Parker, a veteran of James Brown's band who also
played in George Clinton's funk conglomerate Parliament-Funkadelic, will
open for DiFranco.
DiFranco, whose latest album, Up Up Up Up Up Up, includes "Jukebox"
excerpt), will be accompanied by 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. "Finding other musicians to play with, getting a band
together, that kind of thing, it keeps me interested."
"I find for myself -- and I think it's an inherently human thing -- that
you can only do one thing for so long," she added.
DiFranco recently completed a spring U.S. tour with the same band; before
that, they toured Europe.
After the final West Coast show, July 18 in Seattle, DiFranco will head
east for a solo performance -- sans band and sans Parker -- July 24 at
the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, N.Y.
The Buffalo, N.Y., native released her self-titled debut in 1990, and
has released each of her subsequent albums through her own label,
Ani DiFranco Summer Tour Dates:
June 14; Vienna, Va.; Wolf Trap
June 15; Baltimore, Md.; Pier Six Pavilion
June 17; Boston, Mass.; Fleet Center
June 18; Philadelphia, Pa.; Mann Music Center
June 19; Wantagh, N.Y.; Jones Beach
June 20; Buffalo, N.Y.; La Salle Park
June 22; Toronto, Ontario; Molson Amphitheatre
June 23; Cleveland, Ohio; Nautica Stage
June 25; Columbus, Ohio; Brewery Pavilion
June 26; Rochester Hills, Mich.; Meadowbrooks
June 27; Chicago, Ill.; Aragon Ballroom
June 29; Memphis, Tenn.; Mud Island Amphitheater
June 30; St. Louis, Mo.; Forest Park Amphitheater
July 2; Omaha, Neb.; Ranch Bowl
July 3; Minneapolis, Minn.; Midway Stadium
July 5; Morrison, Colo.; Red Rocks
July 7; Salt Lake City, Utah; Deer Valley Amphitheater
July 9; Berkeley, Calif.; Greek Theater
July 10; Los Angeles, Calif.; Universal Amphitheater
July 11; Las Vegas, Nev.; The Joint
July 12; Fresno, Calif.; Warnors Center
July 16; Portland, Ore.; Showplace at Portland Meadows
July 17; Eugene, Ore.; Cuthbert Amphitheater
July 18; Seattle, Wash.; Snoqualmie Winery
July 24; Hillsdale, N.Y.; Falcon Ridge Folk Festival