Ani DiFranco To Cross Country In Six-Week Summer Tour

Saxophonist Maceo Parker, who has played with James Brown and George Clinton, will open.

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"

(RealAudio

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,

Righteous Babe.

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