2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival review – Part I

There is a moment of realization, an epiphany of sorts, which occurs to every person who turns off I-24 in Manchester, Tennessee, to enter a 700-acre farm in the heat of the summer. Maybe you have traveled seven hours in the back of a Hyundai hatchback with inadequate space for a young child, much less a college student and a week’s worth of camping supplies. Maybe you packed enough to sustain yourself on the back of a motorcycle and rode from California, with a breakdown in Texas being the only true hindrance. Maybe you had it worse than that. No matter the circumstances, at some point between the security check and the parking of the car, the moment comes: “I am at Bonnaroo. This is it.”

The 2012 version of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, held annually in a city of 10,000 people, was sure to elicit that kind of response from all of the estimated 80,000-100,000 attendees. The headliners were sure to be killer, and the rest of the acts appeared set to impress as well. Best of all, perhaps, was the fact that, unlike during my previous trip to Bonnaroo in 2010, the temperature was not going to approach triple digits. So confident had I been in the prospect of extreme heat, in fact, that I did not bother packing anything with long sleeves and only had a light fleece blanket for the nights, which ended up dipping to the 50s and woke me up, almost on the dot, at 5 o’clock every morning. That was a lesson in preparation and assumptions, courtesy of Mother Nature.

Having fulfilled my volunteer obligation on Thursday, the first show my friends and I went to see was K. Flay. The spoken-word introduction to the first song by the female rapper was entertaining, but after a few minutes we decided to move on to The Dirty Guv’nahs, who were far more appealing to our musical sensibilities. Their brand of southern rock may have conjured images of the Allman Brothers Band post-Duane, and they excited the crowd with several displays of intricate guitar work before concluding with a cover of “Hey Jude” that borrowed more from Wilson Pickett’s cover than from the Beatles’ original. Rousing in either case, of course.

Kendrick Lamar was the next show on our agenda, and the young rapper delivered a high-energy set that acted as an excellent set piece for the rest of the weekend. The show not to be missed on Thursday night, however, was Alabama Shakes. Brittany Howard’s vocals pulsated throughout This Tent, getting the crowd bobbing to a string of songs that included the single “Hold On” and the namesake of their debut effort, “Boys & Girls.” The group, which sounds eerily like Janis Joplin ditched the Holding Company for the Bar-Kays, rocked the crowd until after midnight before closing with “Heavy Chevy.” Desperate to catch up on as much sleep as possible, we returned to our campsite with the same vigor with which a restaurant patron goes to the restroom following the appetizer. Our palates were whet, and we thought we were ready for what was to come.

What came, of course, was the aforementioned near-frostbite at 5 in the morning followed almost immediately by full-on greenhouse effect inside our tent which caused the abandonment of blankets and superfluous layers of clothing. Unable to sleep past nine in the morning, much time surrendered itself to endless Frisbee tossing and vain attempts to light charcoal. When we finally ventured to Centeroo, the main concert area, the first full show we took in was that of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, whose soulful timbres brought listeners back to the 1960s. The band, a seamless extension from Alabama Shakes the previous night, was extremely tight and carried a feel-good atmosphere with them throughout their performance.

Next on What Stage was the punk-grass outfit the Avett Brothers. The group, hailing from Concord, North Carolina, and led by brothers Seth and Scott Avett, has built a reputation on their blistering live shows, and this was no different. They sent the audience into a sing along-induced frenzy with live staples such as “Will You Return?,” “Paranoia in Bb Major” and “Laundry Room.” The Avetts also included two covers in a tribute to the recently-deceased Doc Watson, “Blue Ridge Mountain Blues” and “Down in the Valley to Pray,” before closing with the seemingly million-beats-per-minute “Talk on Indolence.”

Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, delivered an excellent set in That Tent which included the baroque-dancepop hit “Cruel” and “Cheerleader.” The most highly-anticipated show of the night for most, however, came when Radiohead walked onto What Stage at 10 p.m. and blazed their way through “Kid A,” “The Daily Mail” and “Karma Police” before engaging in two encores, the last of which included “Reckoner,” which Thom Yorke dedicated to the next night’s headliner, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and “Paranoid Android.” The video screens surrounding What Stage, which typically focused on one entire performer or a section of a group, instead showed extremely zoomed-in shots of, for instance, Johnny Greenwood’s guitar or Thom Yorke’s mouth. This disregard to help the audience in the far reaches of Centeroo to see anything seemed like such a Radiohead move, however, that we were not even angry. How could we be? The group met our expectations and then some, and their live presence was big enough to fill all of Coffee County and beyond.

A quick stop by The Word, which featured Robert Randolph and the North Mississippi Allstars, yielded much enjoyment, and though most of the audience was older than the stereotypical Bonnaroo attendee, there was a place for everyone at Randolph’s dinner for the soul. His virtuosity on lap-steel guitar was in full effect, and seasoned keyboard player John Medeski complemented the gospel-influenced song structures that seemed to serve exclusively as frames inside which to jam extensively.

Black Star
, the hip-hop brainchild of Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), raised the proverbial roof off That Tent with a set list that incorporated songs from both Black Star albums to date. The collaboration played to each MC’s strong points, as the Kweli’s ebb balanced nicely with Bey’s flow, as has often been the case in the last fifteen years.

Following Black Star was the final performance of my night, that of experimental Los Angeles DJ Steven Ellison, better known as Flying Lotus. Alice Coltrane’s great-nephew shaped his way through selections from Cosmagramma, including a powerful take on “Zodiac Shit” which mesmerized the crowd and gave the hearts of everyone nearby palpitations. Ellison’s perhaps surprising stage presence was on display as well, in one instance playing through an entire verse and chorus of the Jackson 5’s seminal Motown hit “I Want You Back,” with which everyone sang along before he spun it into a separate web altogether, and, on a different occasion, pausing mid-track with a simple request: “Whisky…I need whisky…”

Two days gone, and I already felt like I had journeyed a thousand miles. I certainly looked that way as well, with mud and dust coverage reaching a peak on my legs and no proper means to shave. There were a few issues with the event up to that point as well: first, the scanning wristband system which Bonnaroo has only recently employed seemed to have caused tremendous delays in the lines going into Centeroo, so we had to adapt to that if we were going to arrive on time to desired shows. Second, a common problem with any reasonably-sized festival is concurrent sets of acts one desires to see. Third, we were wholly confused with stage and tent names. It did not seem as though we would be able to ask where an act was performing without getting a question in return. Finally, we were running low on Pop-Tarts, and we had forgotten bag clips to close our bulk Frosted Flakes. Somehow we would have to navigate our way through these crises because there were two full days of music ahead, and because we would not get adequate sleep to deal with it in an appropriate fashion, we knew better than to worry and instead enjoyed the comfort of our dirty, dewy mattress pads.

THE AVETT BROTHERS ANNOUNCE 2010 SPRING TOUR AUSTIN CITY LIMITS PERFORMANCE ON JANUARY 23rd

THE AVETT BROTHERS ANNOUNCE 2010 SPRING TOUR AUSTIN CITY LIMITS PERFORMANCE ON JANUARY 23rd

The Avett Brothers are thrilled to announce their 2010 spring tour dates. With their album I and Love and You debuting at number 16 on the Billboard charts and selling over 40,000 units during the first week alone, these North Carolina rockers haven’t shown any signs of slowing down.

On the heels of an extremely successful 2009 year with their critically acclaimed Rick Rubin produced album I and Love and You, and an extensive electrifying US tour, The Avett Brothers gear up to remind fans just how powerful a musical force this quartet is. Beginning their spring tour on February 4th in Athens, OH the band will travel throughout the US and end up in Cumberland, MD on May 28th (see below for full itinerary).

The Avett Brothers recently taped a special performance for PBS’ Austin City Limits. Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history. With this performance, the Avett Brothers join the celebrated ranks with music legends and innovators from every genre including the likes of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino. This momentous performance will air January 23rd on PBS.

This year, the brothers have been wowing late night audiences across America with performances on The Late Show with David Letterman , The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and more recently, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where they debuted their second single “Slight Figure of Speech.”

The video for “Slight Figure of Speech” premieres today on the comedy site, FunnyOrDie.com, with a guest appearance by funny man Andy Daly. The video was directed by fellow North Carolina native Jody Hill, the brain behind HBO’s cult classic “Eastbound & Down”.

Paste Magazine hails I and Love and You as one of the “Best Albums of the Decade”. The Boston Globe calls The Avett Brothers’ live performance “electric energy of rock ‘n’ roll with the spirit of old-fashioned storytelling”. The Village Voice affirms they play “with the ferocity of a punk band, strumming them out with a hard locomotive chug, hopping in place, harmonizing in one moment and screaming hoarsely in the next.” Esquire Magazine proclaims, “If they are sex, they are sex with the lights on.”

THE AVETT BROTHERS 2010 SPRING TOUR DATES:

1/01

Atlanta, GA

Fox Theatre

1/03

Dallas, TX

Granada Theater

2/24

Athens, OH

Ohio University

2/26

Ithaca, NY

State Theatre

2/27

Cleveland, OH

House of Blues

2/28

Indianapolis, IN

Egyptian Room @ Murat Centre

3/02

Columbia, MO

Missouri Theatre

3/03

Midwest City, OK

Rose State PAC

3/05

Minneapolis, MN

First Avenue

3/06

Milwaukee, WI

Turner Hall Ballroom

3/07

Chicago, IL

House of Blues

3/09

Ann Arbor, MI

Michigan Theater

4/17

Oakland, CA

Fox Theater

4/18

Reno, NV

Grand Sierra Theatre

4/20

Boulder, CO

Boulder Theater

4/21

Boulder, CO

Boulder Theater

4/23

Tucson, AZ

Rialto Theatre

4/24

Mesa, AZ

Mesa Arts Center/Ikeda Theater

4/25

Indio, CA

Stagecoach Festival

4/27

Sacramento, CA

Crest Theatre

4/28

Santa Barbara, CA

Arlington Theatre

4/29

San Diego, CA

House of Blues

5/02

Wilkesboro, NC

MerleFest

5/28

Cumberland, MD

Del Fest: Allegany County Fairgrounds

THE AVETT BROTHERS’ I AND LOVE AND YOU STREAMS EXCLUSIVELY ON NPR MUSIC THIS WEEK THE AVETT BROTHERS PERFORM ON THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN ON SEPTEMBER 28

THE AVETT BROTHERS’ I AND LOVE AND YOU STREAMS EXCLUSIVELY ON NPR MUSIC THIS WEEK THE AVETT BROTHERS PERFORM ON THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN ON SEPTEMBER 28

On Tuesday, September 29th The Avett Brothers will release I and Love and You, their major label debut on American Recordings/Columbia Records. I and Love and You was produced by multi Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin. The band is set to perform the title track on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday September 28. The band will also be seen performing another new track, “Laundry Room,” on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Tuesday October 6th.

Beginning today, and running through September 29, NPR Music will host an Exclusive First Listen of I and Love and You on their website, www.npr.org/firstlisten, where fans will be able to get a sneak peak of the new album a week prior to release. NPR Music’s distinctive Exclusive First Listen series recently showcased new music from such innovators as Wilco, Moby, Bjork and Neko Case.

The band’s diverse style and consistent touring, along with independent releases, have helped the band build a loyal and rabid fan base. Rolling Stone recently highlighted the band in their ‘Artists To Watch’ proclaiming “Over the course of a decade The Avett Brothers perfected a blend of bluegrass picking, country harmonies and rock & roll energy.” While O Magazine proclaimed “The North Carolina rock band creates elegiac Americana.” The Avett Brothers have toured most of 2009 testing out new material, as well as their older songs. This year alone, the band has performed at SxSW Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as upcoming stops at Newport Folk Festival, Mulberry Mountain Festival, Outside Lands Festival, Britt Festival, Austin City Limits Festival and more (see full itinerary below).

THE AVETT BROTHERS ON TOUR:

9/22 Oxford, MS The Lyric Oxford

9/24 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall

9/25 Little Rock, AR Robinson Center Music Hall

9/26 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom

9/27 Dallas, TX Granada Theater

9/29 Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge River Center Theatre

10/1 New Orleans, LA House of Blues

10/2 Austin, TX Austin City Limits

10/3 Midwest City, OK Rose State PAC

10/5 Murray, KY Lovett Auditorium Center

10/15 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live

10/16 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

10/17 New York, NY Terminal 5

10/18 Boston, MA House of Blues

10/20 Iowa City, IA The Englert Theatre

10/21 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre

10/22 Urbana, IL Canopy Club

10/29 Huntington, WV Keith Albee Theatre

10/30 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace

10/31 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium

THE AVETT BROTHERS I AND LOVE AND YOU IN STORES SEPTEMBER 29 NPR MUSIC EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN BEGINS SEPTEMBER 22

THE AVETT BROTHERS I AND LOVE AND YOU IN STORES SEPTEMBER 29 NPR MUSIC EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN BEGINS SEPTEMBER 22

North Carolina based rock band, The Avett Brothers, are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated American Recordings/Columbia Records debut, I and Love and You, which hits stores on Tuesday, September 29, 2009. I and Love and You was recorded in Malibu, California and produced by multi-Grammy Award winning producer, Rick Rubin. The thirteen songs that make up this new record defy pigeonholing and can best be described as an amalgam of rock, folk, pop and country. The band has spent years touring, recording, performing and perfecting this blend of music styles with their signature lyrics and vocals. I and Love and You will also be available at participating Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada and wherever music is sold.

In addition beginning Tuesday, September 22, 2009, NPR Music will host an Exclusive First Listen of I and Love and You on their website, www.npr.org/firstlisten, where fans will be able to get a sneak peak of the new album a week prior to release. . NPR Music’s distinctive Exclusive First Listen series recently showcased new music from such innovators as Wilco, Moby, Bjork and Neko Case.

The band’s diverse style and consistent touring, along with independent releases, have helped the band build a loyal and rabid fan base. Paste recently attributed this following to the band’s “great songs, constant touring and a no-holds-barred live show that wins them hordes of new converts at every stop.” The Avett Brothers have toured most of 2009 testing out new material, as well as their older songs. This year alone, the band has performed at SxSW Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as upcoming stops at Newport Folk Festival, Mulberry Mountain Festival, Outside Lands Festival, Britt Festival, Austin City Limits Festival and more (see full itinerary below).

The story of The Avett Brothers has been told by word of mouth until now. Come witness what thousands have been loyally following and speaking about for years…

THE AVETT BROTHERS ON TOUR:
7/09 Norfolk, VA Harrison Opera House
7/10 Richmond, VA The National
7/11 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
7/12 Louisville, KY The Riverfront Belvedere
7/16 Saint Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
7/17 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
7/18 Tampa, FL The Cuban Club
7/19 Fort Lauderdale, FL Parker Playhouse
7/24 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
7/25 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
7/30 Buffalo, NY Lafayette Square
7/31 Syracuse, NY The Westcott
8/01 Newport, RI Fort Adams State Park (Newport Folk Festival)
8/02 Northampton, MA Calvin Theater
8/04 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork
8/08 Charlotte, NC Bojangles Coliseum
8/14 Ozark, AR Mulberry Mountain (Festival)
8/15 Kansas City, MO The Crossroads
8/16 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium/Underground
8/19 Telluride, CO Sunset Plaza @ Mountain Village
8/20 Steamboat Springs, CO Summer Concert Series (Howelson Hills Amp)
8/21 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
8/22 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
8/25 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden
8/26 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
8/28 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
8/29 Jacksonville, OR Britt Festival
8/30 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Music Festival
9/01 Arcata, CA HSU Van Duzer Theater
9/03 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Theater
9/04 Camp Mather, CA Strawberry Music Festival
9/05 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
9/17 North Charleston, SC North Charleston P.A.C.
9/18 Augusta, GA Westobou Festival/Riverwalk
9/19 Tallahassee, FL The Moon
9/20 Tuscaloosa, AL Bama Theatre
9/22 Oxford, MS The Lyric Oxford
9/24 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
9/25 Little Rock, AR Robinson Center Music Hall
9/26 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
9/27 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
9/29 Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
10/1 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
10/2 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
10/3 Midwest City, OK Rose State PAC
10/5 Murray, KY Lovett Auditorium Center
10/15 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
10/16 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
10/17 New York, NY Terminal 5
10/18 Boston, MA House of Blues
10/20 Iowa City, IA The Englert Theatre
10/21 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
10/22 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
10/29 Huntington, WV Keith Albee Theatre
10/30 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace
10/31 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium

THE AVETT BROTHERS READY 48-SHOW NORTH AMERICAN TOUR NEW ALBUM, I AND LOVE AND YOU SET FOR AN AUGUST 11th RELEASE

THE AVETT BROTHERS READY 48-SHOW NORTH AMERICAN TOUR NEW ALBUM, I AND LOVE AND YOU SET FOR AN AUGUST 11th RELEASE

Coming off a set of highly acclaimed shows at SxSW, North Carolina based rock band The Avett Brothers gear up to begin their cross country tour starting April 16th in Indianapolis and wrapping on July 25th in Myrtle Beach. This 48 show schedule includes 8 supporting dates with The Dave Matthews Band and one with Widespread Panic. The Brothers will also be stopping at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Sasquatch! Music Festival, and the Forecastle Festival.

Having played over 200 shows in the last year, the Brothers have long since perfected the art of live performance. Their electrifying force on the stage radiates onto the crowd creating a charge of energy and excitement throughout their fans of multiple generations. The bond that The Avett Brothers form with the audience is both intimate and treasured to both fan and artist alike. To be witness to The Avett Brothers performance is to become part of a family who welcomes back the true pleasures, beauty and magic of music.

“They’re traveling troubadours of the inner workings of the heart and head, these men in their stage suits wielding banjos with the force of weapons,” says Paste Magazine. “They communicate all the gray areas and intricacies thereof through simple sonic textures; bluegrass strings join keys, kick drums, sweet crooning and guttural screams.”

The songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along. They are a reality in a world of entertainment build with smoke and mirrors, and when they play, the common man can break the mirrors and blow the smoke away, so that all that’s left behind is the unwavering beauty of the songs. That’s the commotion, that’s the celebration, and wherever The Avett Brothers are, that’s what you’ll find.

The Avett Brothers are currently featured on the March/April cover of American Songwriter magazine talking for the first time about their upcoming American Recordings debut (and 10th studio album), I and Love and You slated for an August 11th release and produced by Grammy award winning Rick Rubin.

The story of The Avett Brothers has been told by word of mouth until now. Come witness what thousands have been loyally following and speaking about for years…

THE AVETT BROTHERS ON TOUR:

4/16

Indianapolis, IN

The Vogue

4/18

Chattanooga, TN

Tivoli Theatre

4/19

Orange Beach, AL

The Warf w/ Widespread Panic

4/22

Raleigh, NC

TWC Music Pavilion w/ DMB

4/24

Charlotte, NC

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ DMB

4/25

Birmingham, AL

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

4/26

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

4/28

Alpharetta, GA

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ DMB

4/29

Alpharetta, GA

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ DMB

5/01

The Woodlands, TX

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion w/ DMB

5/02

Dallas, TX

Superpages.com Center w/ DMB

5/05

Albuquerque, NM

Journal Pavilion w/ DMB

5/06

Phoenix, AZ

Cricket Wireless Pavilion w/ DMB

5/07

Tucson, AZ

Rialto Theatre

5/09

Los Angeles, CA

Henry Fonda Theatre

5/10

Solana Beach, CA

Belly Up Tavern

5/12

Hanford, CA

Hanford Fox Theatre

5/14

Santa Cruz, CA

Rio Theatre

5/15

San Francisco, CA

The Fillmore

5/16

San Francisco, CA

The Fillmore

5/20

Eugene, OR

McDonald Theatre

5/22

Portland, OR

Crystal Ballroom

5/23

Portland, OR

Crystal Ballroom

5/24

George, WA

Sasquatch! Music Festival

5/30

Philadelphia, PA

Trocadero Theatre

6/11

Washington, DC

Lisner Auditorium

6/12

New York, NY

Fillmore @ Irving Plaza

6/13

New York, NY

Fillmore @ Irving Plaza

6/14

Rochester, NY

Water Street Music Hall

6/16

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead

6/19

Akron, OH

Akron Civic Theatre

6/20

Columbus, OH

Newport Music Hall

6/21

Covington, KY

The Madison Theater

6/23

Lexington, KY

Kentucky Theatre

6/25

St. Louis, MO

The Pageant

6/26

Des Moines, IA

Hoyt Sherman Theatre

6/27

Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater

6/28

Chicago, IL

House of Blues

7/09

Norfolk, VA

Harrison Opera House

7/10

Richmond, VA

The National

7/11

Roanoke, VA

Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre

7/12

Louisville, KY

Forecastle Festival

7/16

St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine Amphitheater

7/17

Lake Buena Vista, FL

House of Blues

7/18

Tampa, FL

The Cuban Club

7/19

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Parker Playhouse

7/24

Myrtle Beach, SC

House of Blues

7/25

Myrtle Beach, SC

House of Blues

The Avett Brothers – Glory Days cover video

The Avett Brothers – Glory Days cover video

In honor of the latest Bruce Springsteen album release, The Avett Brothers were asked to be a part of “Hangin’ Out on E Street.” Showing how they draw inspiration and are influenced by Bruce’s music The Avett Brothers put on a performance of their favorite song, “Glory Days”.

The Avett Brothers have also added more tour dates to their schedule.

Be sure to catch them in the town near you!

3/18

Austin, TX

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q: NPR SXSW Showcase

3/19

Austin, TX

Radio Room – Paste Magazine/Brooklyn Vegan SXSW Party

4/16

Indianapolis, IN

The Vogue

4/17

Danville, KY

Centre College Carnival

4/18

Chattanooga, TN

Tivoli Theatre

4/19

Orange Beach, AL

The Warf w/ Widespread Panic

4/22

Raleigh, NC

TWC Music Pavilion w/ Dave Matthews Band

4/24

Charlotte, NC

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Dave Matthews Band

4/25

Birmingham, AL

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

4/26

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival @ Fair Grounds Race Course

4/28

Alpharetta, GA

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park w/ Dave Matthews Band

4/29

Alpharetta, GA

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park w/ Dave Matthews Band

5/1

The Woodlands, TX

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion w/ Dave Matthews Band

5/2

Dallas, TX

Superpages.com Center w/ Dave Matthews Band

5/5

Albuquerque, NM

Journal Pavilion w/ Dave Matthews Band

5/6

Phoenix, AZ

Cricket Wireless Pavilion w/ Dave Matthew Bands

5/7

Tucson, AZ

Rialto Theatre

5/9

Los Angeles, CA

Henry Fonda Theatre

5/10

Solana Beach, CA

Belly Up Tavern

5/12

Hanford, CA

Hanford Fox Theatre

5/14

Santa Cruz, CA

Rio Theatre

5/15

San Francisco, CA

The Fillmore

5/16

San Francisco, CA

The Fillmore

5/22

Portland, OR

Crystal Ballroom

5/23

Portland, OR

Crystal Ballroom

5/24

George, WA

Sasquatch! Music Festival

5/30

Philadelphia, PA

Trocadero Theatre

9/4

Camp Mather, CA

Strawberry Music Festival

THE AVETT BROTHERS TO PLAY NPR’S SXSW MUSIC CONFERENCE SHOWCASE ON MARCH 18th

THE AVETT BROTHERS TO PLAY NPR’S SXSW MUSIC CONFERENCE SHOWCASE ON MARCH 18th

North Carolina based rock band The Avett Brothers are gearing up to play NPR’s official SxSW Music Conference showcase on Wednesday March 18, 2009 in Austin, TX. NPR will kick off the festival with a special showcase featuring The Avett Brothers live from Stubb’s Bar-B-Q. This amazing show will be streamed live, archived and podcast at www.NPR.org/sxsw, and will be available for broadcast on NPR Member stations across the country. This concert will be anchored by Bob Boilen, host and creator of the popular show All Songs Considered and its Live in Concert series.

The Avett Brothers also announce more tour dates this spring, including stops at Sasquatch! Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Tapped to support The Dave Matthews Band on select dates, The Avett Brothers expand their tour to include headlining shows in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Portland and more (see below for full itinerary). Last year alone The Avett Brothers played upwards of 150 shows, including notable appearances at Bonnaroo and MerleFest. On July 26, 2008 The Avett Brothers played to an impressive, sold-out, crowd of over 7,000 people at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC. 2008 culminated with 5 sold out holiday shows in Asheville and Charlotte, NC.

The Avett Brothers will be featured on the March/April cover of American Songwriter magazine talking for the first time about their upcoming release. The band has been working with Grammy winning producer Rick Rubin on the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2007 album Emotionalism. The Rubin produced album is expected to hit stores in Summer of ’09.

The Avett Brothers Tour Dates (*with The Dave Matthews Band)

DATE CITY VENUE
April 16 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
April 17 Danville, KY Centre College Carnival
April 18 Chattanooga, TN Tivoli Theatre
April 19 Orange Beach, AL The Ampitheatre at The Wharf
*April 22 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Pavillion at Walnut Creek
*April 24 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
April 25 Birmingham, AL Sloss Furnaces Nat’l Hist. Landmark
April 26 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
*April 28 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
*April 29 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
*May 1 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
*May 2 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
*May 5 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavillion
*May 6 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavillion
May 9 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theater
May 14 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
May 15 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
May 16 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
May 22 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
May 23 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
May 24 George, WA Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 30 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre

THE AVETT BROTHERS TO TOUR WITH DAVE MATTHEWS BAND NEW ALBUM EXPECTED SUMMER 09

THE AVETT BROTHERS TO TOUR WITH DAVE MATTHEWS BAND NEW ALBUM EXPECTED SUMMER ‘09

North Carolina based rock band The Avett Brothers have been tapped to support Dave Matthews Band on select dates this coming Spring. The Avett Brothers join the tour from April 22, in Raleigh, NC through May 6, in Phoenix, AZ (see below for full tour itinerary). The Avett Brothers have built up an impressive and loyal fan base with constant touring. This prolific band are renowned for their high energy live shows and incredible mix of eclectic musical styles. Last year alone The Avett Brothers played upwards of 150 shows, including notable appearances at Bonnaroo and MerleFest. On July 26, 2008 The Avett Brothers played to an impressive, sold-out, crowd of over 7,000 people at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC. 2008 culminated with 5 sold out holiday shows in Asheville and Charlotte, NC.

The Avett Brothers will be featured on the March/April cover of American Songwriter magazine talking for the first time about their upcoming release. The band has been working with Grammy winning producer Rick Rubin on the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2007 album Emotionalism. The Rubin produced album is expected to hit stores in Summer of ’09.

In late 2008, The Avett Brothers released The Second Gleam EP, which debuted at #82 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. The EP garnered the band even more acclaim from such influential media as NPR and USA Today. The NY Daily News declared the EP to have “melodies as pure and pretty as a crystalline stream.”

The Avett Brothers on Tour (*not a Dave Matthews Band show)

DATE CITY VENUE
April 22 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Pavillion at Walnut Creek
April 24 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
*April 26 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 28 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
April 29 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
May 1 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 2 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
May 5 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavillion
May 6 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavillion