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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of March 29–31

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The Black Keys begin their week-long tour of South America with a headline set at Lollapalooza Brazil at the Jockey Club in Sao Paulo Saturday night. The Brazilian edition of the famed festival, which runs all weekend, includes performances from The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and The Flaming Lips, among others. The Black Keys’ South American tour continues next week with a show in Montevideo, a set at the unambiguously titled Festival Más Grande de la Historia in Buenos Aires, and is bookended by another Lollapalooza, in Santiago, Chile, next weekend.

After the current tour, The Black Keys return to the United States for a brief tour with The Flaming Lips as special guests, followed by a number of spring festivals, including a stop at the New Orleans JazzFest.


Shawn Colvin has kicked off a tour of Australia, making her return to the continent after quite some time with performances at the famed Byron Bay Bluesfest at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm yesterday and today. On Sunday, she travels with Bluesfest to Sydney for an intimate show at The Basement. After the Australian tour, which includes stops in Melbourne and Perth next week, Colvin reunites with Mary Chapin Carpenter to resume their North American duo tour in mid-April.

Bluesfest also includes performances by Paul Simon, Robert Plant, and Wilco, among others. Allen Toussaint performs as well on Saturday and Sunday, having performed in Brisbane last night with Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Toussaint joins up with the Blind Boys again next week for shows in Sydney and Melbourne with Sweet Honey in the Rock.


Following her two-night run at the Slipper Room in New York City, Nataly Dawn continues the East Coast leg of her US headline tour with an all-ages show downstairs at World Café Live in Philadelphia tonight and a set at IOTA Club Café in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac from Washington, DC, on Saturday. Dawn and her touring partner Ryan Lerman, as well as opener Lauren O’Connell, make their way through the South next week. The tour features music from Nataly Dawn’s recently released Nonesuch debut album, How I Knew Her.


As noted earlier today in the Nonesuch Journal, Fatoumata Diawara kicks off her month-long US spring tour with a performance in Zellerbach Hall at the University of California–Berkeley on Saturday. Fatoumata is joined by Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi for this Afropop Spectacular presented by Cal Performances. The 13-city tour includes a two-night run in Seattle, shows in Chicago, Minneapolis, Austin, Albuquerque, El Paso, New Orleans, and sets at the Houston and Louisiana International Festivals. Diawara returns to the US later this spring to perform at Bonnaroo.


Dr. John and his new band the Nite Trippers play two shows in the South this weekend: a sold-out set at the Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee, tonight, and at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on Saturday. The concerts features songs from Dr. John's Grammy-winning Nonesuch debut album, Locked Down, and songs from throughout his storied career.


Following this past Wednesday's performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell take the songs of their new duets album, Old Yellow Moon, back south as they continue their North American tour with stops at the Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, tonight, and the Durham Performing Arts Center in North Carolina on Saturday. The tour also features performances from Richard Thompson and his Electric Trio.

The New York Times says of the Beacon show: "Ms. Harris and Mr. Crowell reminisced, harmonized, sketched their kind of country canon and extended it to reflect on the present." CMT says "the years of musical riches they revisited in the course of a single concert showed that all the waiting was worthwhile."

Harris and Crowell were featured on yesterday's episode of NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, which you can hear at


Lianne La Havas continues her North American tour featuring music from her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, with stops at the Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado, tonight, and the Varsity in Minneapolis on Sunday. To celebrate La Havas's Easter performance, Minnesota Public Radio's The Current is giving away a copy of her album and a Crosely portable turntable; to enter, visit

The Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot, in a feature article on La Havas in advance of her sold-out Monday-night show at Chicago's Lincoln Hall, places Is Your Love Big Enough? "among last year's finest debuts." Read the article at


Brad Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana conclude their Mehliana duo tour with two performances in France this weekend: at La Comete in Chalons-en-Champagne tonight and La Gaite Lyrique in Paris on Saturday.

Mehldau returns to the States for a duo tour with Nonesuch label mate Chris Thile, starting with a performance at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on April 9.


Sara Watkins concludes the current leg of her US tour with two mid-Atlantic performances: at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia tonight and the Historic Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland, on Saturday. Watkins returns to the road in May for the West Coast leg of the tour.


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