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    David Byrne Announces Opening Acts for "American Utopia" World Tour, Including Perfume Genius, Juana Molina, Ibeyi
    Jody Rogac

    David Byrne has officially announced openers for his upcoming world tour in support of his new solo album American Utopia, out March 9 on Todomundo/Nonesuch Records. Each act was handpicked by Byrne, who has long championed younger, innovative artists from varied backgrounds through touring, collaborations, David Byrne Radio, and more. Support includes Lisandro Aristimuño in Argentina; Juana Molina in Uruguay; Karina Zeviani in Brazil; Mexican Institute of Sound in Mexico; Perfume Genius, Benjamin Clementine, and Ibeyi in the United States; and Laura Mvula in Europe.

    On the tour, which is selling quickly, Byrne will perform new songs from American Utopia, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads. A twelve-piece band will also join Byrne on stage for an Annie-B Parson choreographed concert that he has called "the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense." Annie-B Parson also choreographed the St. Vincent and David Byrne collaboration tour around Love This Giant. See below for a full itinerary and tickets, or visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    American Utopia is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, which include an instant download of album tracks "Everybody's Coming To My House" and "This Is That," as well as an exclusive print facsimile of an early handwritten lyric sheet.

    David had this to say about the opening acts via Twitter:

    "Juana Molina will be bringing her 'powerful hallucinogenic vibes' to the American Utopia show in Montevideo next month," Byrne said, quoting SPIN.

    "I included Mexican Institute of Sound in my November 2014 DB Radio playlist," he tweeted, "and I'm so excited to have them open the American Utopia shows in Mexico!"

    "I was introduced to Benjamin Clementine's music through a friend. I was floored! I asked him to perform in the 2015 Meltdown Festival I curated in London and am honored to have him join me at various stops along the American Utopia US Tour!"

    "In tough times one might expect artists to play it safe ... But everyone here is taking chances; it's heartening," he wrote on a June 2016 playlist that included Laura Mvula. "And it couldn't be more relevant now," he tweeted recently. "Looking forward to Laura joining some American Utopia dates across Europe this summer!"

    "Lisandro Aristimuño has been on a number of my Latin Rock playlists over the years, and it's a privilege to have him and his band join me at my show in Buenos Aires."

    "In the Yoruba language, Ibeyi is an Orisha who is embodied as a pair of twins. A Candomble priest read my shells in Salvador and determined that my primary Orisha is Obatala. What happens when Ibeyi meets Obatala? We'll see when they join American Utopia dates on the West Coast!"

    "I met Karina Zeviani years ago in NY and knew her from her work with Nouvelle Vague. I was drawn to her lovely bossa/sambas and hooked when she took her sound in a more experimental/electronic direction. Karina will join the American Utopia tour in Brazil!"

    "Though Alessandra Leão has been on quite a few of my radio playlists, I've never seen her live! Looking forward to experiencing her unique mix of indie and Brazilian grooves when she and Karina Zeviani open my Porto Alegre show on March 22."

    "Perfume Genius's gorgeous songs are filled with unexpected sounds and deeply personal—and his costumes would have made Bowie jealous. I am looking forward to sharing the stage with Mike during some American Utopia dates this spring."

    DAVID BYRNE ON TOUR

    Mar 3 Count Basie Theatre (sold out) Red Bank, NJ
    Mar 4 F.M Kirby Center (sold out) Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Mar 6 Center for the Arts (sold out) Buffalo, NY
    Mar 7 Hershey Theatre (sold out) Hershey, PA
    Mar 9 Palace Theater (sold out) Waterbury, CT
    Mar 10 Ulster Performing Arts Center (sold out) Kingston, NY
         
    Mar 16 Lollapalooza Chile Santiago, CHILE
    Mar 18 Lollapalooza Argentina Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
    Mar 19 Teatro Gran Rex* Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
    Mar 20 Teatro de Verano Montevide, URUGUAY
    Mar 22 Pepsi on Stage Porto Alegre, BRAZIL
    Mar 24 Lollapalooza Brasil São Paulo, BRAZIL
    Mar 26 Teatro Positivo Curitiba, BRAZIL
    Mar 28 KM de Vantagens Hall Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
    Mar 29 KM de Vantagens Hall Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL
    Apr 3 Metropolitan Theater^ Mexico City, MEXICO
    Apr 5 Auditorio Pabellon^ Monterrey, MEXICO
    Apr 7 Corona Capital Guadalajara Guadalajara, MEXICO
         
    Apr 12 San Diego Civic Theatre** San Diego, CA
    Apr 14 Coachella Indio, CA
    Apr 15 Centennial Hall ** Tucson, AZ
    Apr 17 San Diego Civic Theater** San Diego, CA
    Apr 18 Smith Center for the Arts** Las Vegas, NV
    Apr 19 Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater** Mesa, AZ
    Apr 21 Coachella Indio, CA
    Apr 24 Winspear Opera House** Dallas, TX
    Apr 25 The Criterion** Oklahoma City, OK
    Apr 27 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts** San Antonio, TX
    Apr 28 White Oak Music Hall, Outside Lawn** Houston, TX
    Apr 29 New Orleans Jazz Fest New Orleans, LA
    May 4 Shaky Knees Festival Atlanta, GA
    May 5 Beale Street Music Festival Memphis, TN
    May 6 Ryman Auditorium (sold out)††  Nashville, TN
    May 8 Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium (sold out)†† Asheville, NC
    May 9 Ovens Auditorium (sold out)†† Charlotte, NC
    May 10 Durham PAC (sold out)†† Durham, NC
    May 12 The Anthem (sold out)††  Washington, DC
    May 13 Benedum Center for the Arts†† Pittsburgh, PA
    May 15 Riverside Theater (sold out)†† Milwaukee, WI
    May 16 Orpheum Theater (sold out)†† Madison, WI
    May 17 Orpheum Theater (sold out)†† Minneapolis, MN
    May 18 Orpheum Theater†† Minneapolis, MN
    May 20 Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium††  Edmonton, AB
    May 21 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium†† Calgary, AB
    May 23 Queen Elizabeth Theater (sold out)†† Vancouver, BC
    May 24 Paramount Theater (sold out)†† Seattle, WA
    May 25 Sasquatch! Music Festival Seattle, WA
    May 27 Keller Auditorium (sold out)†† Portland, OR
    May 28 Hult Center††  Eugene, OR
    May 30 Capitol Theatre (sold out)†† Salt Lake City, UT
    Jun 1 Auditorium Theater†† Chicago, IL
    Jun 2 Auditorium Theater (sold out)††  Chicago, IL
    Jun 3 Auditorium Theater (sold out)†† Chicago, IL
    Jun 5 Des Moines Civic Center††  Des Moines, IA
    Jun 7 Kauffman Center for the Arts (sold out)††  Kansas City, MO
    Jun 8 Peabody Opera House (sold out)†† St. Louis, MO
    Jun 9 Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater††  Indianapolis, IN
         
    Jun 14 New Theatre (sold out)‡‡ Oxford, UK
    Jun 15 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (sold out)‡‡ Glasgow, SCOTLAND
    Jun 17 Birmingham Symphony Hall (sold out)‡‡ Birmingham, UK
    Jun 18 Manchester Apollo (sold out)‡‡ Manchester, UK
    Jun 19 Eventim Apollo (sold out)‡‡ London, UK
    Jun 20 Eventim Apollo (sold out)‡‡ London, UK
    Jun 23 Metronome Festival Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
    Jun 25 InMusic Festival Zagreb, CROATIA
    Jun 26 Museumsquartier Wien, AUSTRIA
    Jun 27 Tempodrom Berlin, GERMANY
    Jun 30 Down the Rabbit Hole Ewijk, NETHERLANDS
    Jul 3 Days Off Festival Paris, FRANCE
    Jul 5 Open'er Festival Gydnia, POLAND
    Jul 6 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, DENMARK
    Jul 8 Rock Werchter Werchter, BELGIUM
    Jul 11 EDP Cool Jazz Festival Oeiras, PORTUGAL
    Jul 13 Bilbao BBK Live Festival Bilbao, SPAIN
    Jul 14 Cruilla Barcelona Barcelona, SPAIN
    Jul 17 Theater 11 Zürich, SWITZERLAND
    Jul 19 Ravenna Festival Ravenna, ITALY
    Jul 20 Umbria Jazz Festival Perugia, ITALY
    Jul 21 Piazza Unità d'Italia Trieste, ITALY
         
    Jul 27 XPoNential Music Festival Camden, NJ
    Jul 28 Merriweather Post Pavilion†† Columbia, MD
    Jul 29 Panorama NYC Music Festival New York, NY
    Jul 31 Blue Hills Bank Pavillion (sold out)†† Boston, MA
    Aug 1 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion†† Boston, MA
    Aug 3 Sony Center for the Performing Arts (sold out)†† Toronto, ON
    Aug 4 Sony Center for the Performing Arts†† Toronto, ON
    Aug 5 Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center†† Canandaigua, NY
    Aug 8 DeVos Performance Hall (sold out)†† Grand Rapids, MI
    Aug 10 Fox Theater†† Detroit, MI
    Aug 11 Rose Music Center†† Huber Heights, OH
    Aug 12 PNC Pavilion at Riverbend†† Cincinnati, OH
    Aug 16 Fox Theater (sold out)^^  Oakland, CA
    Aug 17 Fox Theater (sold out)^^ Oakland, CA
    Aug 18 City National Civic Auditorium^^ San Jose, CA
    Aug 21 Community Theater (sold out)^^ Sacramento, CA
    Aug 22 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium^^ San Francisco, CA
    Aug 24 Santa Barbara Bowl (sold out)^^  Santa Barbara, CA
    Aug 25 Shrine Auditorium^^ Los Angeles, CA
    Aug 27 Red Rocks Amphitheatre (sold out)^^ Morrison, CO
    Aug 28 Red Rocks Amphitheater (sold out)^^ Morrison, CO
         

    * w/Lisandro Aristimuño
    † w/Juana Molina
    ‡ w/Karina Zeviani
    ^ w/Mexico Institute of Sound
    ** w/Perfume Genius
    †† w/Benjamin Clementine
    ‡‡ w/Laura Mvula
    ^^ w/Ibeyi

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David Byrne Announces Opening Acts for "American Utopia" World Tour, Including Perfume Genius, Juana Molina, Ibeyi

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David Byrne has announced openers for his upcoming world tour in support of his new solo album American Utopia, out March 9. Each act was handpicked by Byrne, who has long championed younger, innovative artists from varied backgrounds. Support includes Lisandro Aristimuño in Argentina; Juana Molina in Uruguay; Karina Zeviani in Brazil; Mexican Institute of Sound in Mexico; Perfume Genius, Benjamin Clementine, and Ibeyi in the United States; and Laura Mvula in Europe. 

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David Byrne has officially announced openers for his upcoming world tour in support of his new solo album American Utopia, out March 9 on Todomundo/Nonesuch Records. Each act was handpicked by Byrne, who has long championed younger, innovative artists from varied backgrounds through touring, collaborations, David Byrne Radio, and more. Support includes Lisandro Aristimuño in Argentina; Juana Molina in Uruguay; Karina Zeviani in Brazil; Mexican Institute of Sound in Mexico; Perfume Genius, Benjamin Clementine, and Ibeyi in the United States; and Laura Mvula in Europe.

On the tour, which is selling quickly, Byrne will perform new songs from American Utopia, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads. A twelve-piece band will also join Byrne on stage for an Annie-B Parson choreographed concert that he has called "the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense." Annie-B Parson also choreographed the St. Vincent and David Byrne collaboration tour around Love This Giant. See below for a full itinerary and tickets, or visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

American Utopia is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, which include an instant download of album tracks "Everybody's Coming To My House" and "This Is That," as well as an exclusive print facsimile of an early handwritten lyric sheet.

David had this to say about the opening acts via Twitter:

"Juana Molina will be bringing her 'powerful hallucinogenic vibes' to the American Utopia show in Montevideo next month," Byrne said, quoting SPIN.

"I included Mexican Institute of Sound in my November 2014 DB Radio playlist," he tweeted, "and I'm so excited to have them open the American Utopia shows in Mexico!"

"I was introduced to Benjamin Clementine's music through a friend. I was floored! I asked him to perform in the 2015 Meltdown Festival I curated in London and am honored to have him join me at various stops along the American Utopia US Tour!"

"In tough times one might expect artists to play it safe ... But everyone here is taking chances; it's heartening," he wrote on a June 2016 playlist that included Laura Mvula. "And it couldn't be more relevant now," he tweeted recently. "Looking forward to Laura joining some American Utopia dates across Europe this summer!"

"Lisandro Aristimuño has been on a number of my Latin Rock playlists over the years, and it's a privilege to have him and his band join me at my show in Buenos Aires."

"In the Yoruba language, Ibeyi is an Orisha who is embodied as a pair of twins. A Candomble priest read my shells in Salvador and determined that my primary Orisha is Obatala. What happens when Ibeyi meets Obatala? We'll see when they join American Utopia dates on the West Coast!"

"I met Karina Zeviani years ago in NY and knew her from her work with Nouvelle Vague. I was drawn to her lovely bossa/sambas and hooked when she took her sound in a more experimental/electronic direction. Karina will join the American Utopia tour in Brazil!"

"Though Alessandra Leão has been on quite a few of my radio playlists, I've never seen her live! Looking forward to experiencing her unique mix of indie and Brazilian grooves when she and Karina Zeviani open my Porto Alegre show on March 22."

"Perfume Genius's gorgeous songs are filled with unexpected sounds and deeply personal—and his costumes would have made Bowie jealous. I am looking forward to sharing the stage with Mike during some American Utopia dates this spring."

DAVID BYRNE ON TOUR

Mar 3 Count Basie Theatre (sold out) Red Bank, NJ
Mar 4 F.M Kirby Center (sold out) Wilkes-Barre, PA
Mar 6 Center for the Arts (sold out) Buffalo, NY
Mar 7 Hershey Theatre (sold out) Hershey, PA
Mar 9 Palace Theater (sold out) Waterbury, CT
Mar 10 Ulster Performing Arts Center (sold out) Kingston, NY
     
Mar 16 Lollapalooza Chile Santiago, CHILE
Mar 18 Lollapalooza Argentina Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Mar 19 Teatro Gran Rex* Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Mar 20 Teatro de Verano Montevide, URUGUAY
Mar 22 Pepsi on Stage Porto Alegre, BRAZIL
Mar 24 Lollapalooza Brasil São Paulo, BRAZIL
Mar 26 Teatro Positivo Curitiba, BRAZIL
Mar 28 KM de Vantagens Hall Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
Mar 29 KM de Vantagens Hall Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL
Apr 3 Metropolitan Theater^ Mexico City, MEXICO
Apr 5 Auditorio Pabellon^ Monterrey, MEXICO
Apr 7 Corona Capital Guadalajara Guadalajara, MEXICO
     
Apr 12 San Diego Civic Theatre** San Diego, CA
Apr 14 Coachella Indio, CA
Apr 15 Centennial Hall ** Tucson, AZ
Apr 17 San Diego Civic Theater** San Diego, CA
Apr 18 Smith Center for the Arts** Las Vegas, NV
Apr 19 Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater** Mesa, AZ
Apr 21 Coachella Indio, CA
Apr 24 Winspear Opera House** Dallas, TX
Apr 25 The Criterion** Oklahoma City, OK
Apr 27 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts** San Antonio, TX
Apr 28 White Oak Music Hall, Outside Lawn** Houston, TX
Apr 29 New Orleans Jazz Fest New Orleans, LA
May 4 Shaky Knees Festival Atlanta, GA
May 5 Beale Street Music Festival Memphis, TN
May 6 Ryman Auditorium (sold out)††  Nashville, TN
May 8 Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium (sold out)†† Asheville, NC
May 9 Ovens Auditorium (sold out)†† Charlotte, NC
May 10 Durham PAC (sold out)†† Durham, NC
May 12 The Anthem (sold out)††  Washington, DC
May 13 Benedum Center for the Arts†† Pittsburgh, PA
May 15 Riverside Theater (sold out)†† Milwaukee, WI
May 16 Orpheum Theater (sold out)†† Madison, WI
May 17 Orpheum Theater (sold out)†† Minneapolis, MN
May 18 Orpheum Theater†† Minneapolis, MN
May 20 Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium††  Edmonton, AB
May 21 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium†† Calgary, AB
May 23 Queen Elizabeth Theater (sold out)†† Vancouver, BC
May 24 Paramount Theater (sold out)†† Seattle, WA
May 25 Sasquatch! Music Festival Seattle, WA
May 27 Keller Auditorium (sold out)†† Portland, OR
May 28 Hult Center††  Eugene, OR
May 30 Capitol Theatre (sold out)†† Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 1 Auditorium Theater†† Chicago, IL
Jun 2 Auditorium Theater (sold out)††  Chicago, IL
Jun 3 Auditorium Theater (sold out)†† Chicago, IL
Jun 5 Des Moines Civic Center††  Des Moines, IA
Jun 7 Kauffman Center for the Arts (sold out)††  Kansas City, MO
Jun 8 Peabody Opera House (sold out)†† St. Louis, MO
Jun 9 Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater††  Indianapolis, IN
     
Jun 14 New Theatre (sold out)‡‡ Oxford, UK
Jun 15 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (sold out)‡‡ Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Jun 17 Birmingham Symphony Hall (sold out)‡‡ Birmingham, UK
Jun 18 Manchester Apollo (sold out)‡‡ Manchester, UK
Jun 19 Eventim Apollo (sold out)‡‡ London, UK
Jun 20 Eventim Apollo (sold out)‡‡ London, UK
Jun 23 Metronome Festival Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Jun 25 InMusic Festival Zagreb, CROATIA
Jun 26 Museumsquartier Wien, AUSTRIA
Jun 27 Tempodrom Berlin, GERMANY
Jun 30 Down the Rabbit Hole Ewijk, NETHERLANDS
Jul 3 Days Off Festival Paris, FRANCE
Jul 5 Open'er Festival Gydnia, POLAND
Jul 6 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, DENMARK
Jul 8 Rock Werchter Werchter, BELGIUM
Jul 11 EDP Cool Jazz Festival Oeiras, PORTUGAL
Jul 13 Bilbao BBK Live Festival Bilbao, SPAIN
Jul 14 Cruilla Barcelona Barcelona, SPAIN
Jul 17 Theater 11 Zürich, SWITZERLAND
Jul 19 Ravenna Festival Ravenna, ITALY
Jul 20 Umbria Jazz Festival Perugia, ITALY
Jul 21 Piazza Unità d'Italia Trieste, ITALY
     
Jul 27 XPoNential Music Festival Camden, NJ
Jul 28 Merriweather Post Pavilion†† Columbia, MD
Jul 29 Panorama NYC Music Festival New York, NY
Jul 31 Blue Hills Bank Pavillion (sold out)†† Boston, MA
Aug 1 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion†† Boston, MA
Aug 3 Sony Center for the Performing Arts (sold out)†† Toronto, ON
Aug 4 Sony Center for the Performing Arts†† Toronto, ON
Aug 5 Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center†† Canandaigua, NY
Aug 8 DeVos Performance Hall (sold out)†† Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 10 Fox Theater†† Detroit, MI
Aug 11 Rose Music Center†† Huber Heights, OH
Aug 12 PNC Pavilion at Riverbend†† Cincinnati, OH
Aug 16 Fox Theater (sold out)^^  Oakland, CA
Aug 17 Fox Theater (sold out)^^ Oakland, CA
Aug 18 City National Civic Auditorium^^ San Jose, CA
Aug 21 Community Theater (sold out)^^ Sacramento, CA
Aug 22 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium^^ San Francisco, CA
Aug 24 Santa Barbara Bowl (sold out)^^  Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 25 Shrine Auditorium^^ Los Angeles, CA
Aug 27 Red Rocks Amphitheatre (sold out)^^ Morrison, CO
Aug 28 Red Rocks Amphitheater (sold out)^^ Morrison, CO
     

* w/Lisandro Aristimuño
† w/Juana Molina
‡ w/Karina Zeviani
^ w/Mexico Institute of Sound
** w/Perfume Genius
†† w/Benjamin Clementine
‡‡ w/Laura Mvula
^^ w/Ibeyi

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