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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of May 17–19

Iron and Wine by Craig Kief bw

Iron and Wine brings the music of its recently released Nonesuch debut album, Ghost on Ghost, to New England with performances at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston tonight and the State Theatre in Portland on Saturday. Singer-songwriter Sam Beam and the band had back down to New York to play The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on Sunday, closing out the current US leg of their tour with special guests The Secret Sisters. Iron and Wine tours Europe later this month.

Tickets for the next leg of its North American tour—which stops in 11 cities across Canada and the US, includes Minneapolis, Chicago, Madison, Winnipeg, Calgary, Toronto, and more this September—go on sale today. For details and ticket links, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

The Boston Globe, in a feature previewing tonight's performance, describes Ghost on Ghost as "a sunny, joyous ode to romance and the wide open road." Read more at bostonglobe.com.

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Sam Amidon, who celebrated the release of his Nonesuch debut album, Bright Sunny South, with a performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City last night, heads back across the Atlantic to launch a European tour this weekend. He kicks things off with two festival sets in the Netherlands: at Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht on Saturday and London Calling festival at Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam on Sunday.

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Devendra Banhart brings the seven-city California leg of his US tour north with a performance at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on Saturday night. The OC Weekly, reviewing his show at The Observer in Santa Ana earlier this week, says of Banhart's show: "[I]t's only natural for the live show to keep its audience on its toes, and that's exactly what happened ... Needless to say, his fans left happy."

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The Black Keys headline the 21st annual KROQ Weenie Roast, closing out the Main Stage at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, on Saturday night. The day's events will be webcast live at kroq.cbslocal.com.

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Bombino closes out the current European leg of his tour with two performances in Portugal this weekend: at the Festival Islâmico in Mértola on Saturday night and Club B.Leza in Lisbon on Sunday.

"What I like about rock and blues music is that I can transmit emotions through this type of music to my fans, and that's really important to me," Bombino recently told BBC Africa. "Rock music is similar to the traditional Tende music; it is very popular in Niger. Nomads enjoy rock because they love dancing like crazy to it."

Bombino's US tour begins at the Sasquatch! Festival in Washington state next weekend and continues throughout the summer.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops join up with Dave Matthews Band for an opening set at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas, tonight. The bands come together again on Tuesday for a show in Austin. Before then, the Chocolate Drops head up to Madison, Indiana, to perform on the city's riverfront on Saturday for the RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival.

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Shawn Colvin continues her duo tour with longtime friend and fellow singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter with a performance at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania, tonight. On Sunday, the two performers headline a live taping of NPR's Mountain Stage at the Clay Center in Charleston, West Virginia, for future broadcast. Also on the show are Aoife O'Donovan, Marti Jones & Don Dixon, and Ari Hest.

The Springfield Republican, reviewing their recent show in Northampton, Massachusetts, says: "The pair–who are longtime friends–mesmerized and tickled the packed house with excellent music and amusing exchanges."

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Nataly Dawn continues the UK leg of her European tour with two shows supporting Lord Huraon: at Thekla in Bristol tonight and Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on Saturday. To read Dawn's thoughts on the current tour, check out her latest blog entry at natalydawnmusic.com.

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The music of Donnacha Dennehy's 2011 Nonesuch debut album Grá agus Bás, which NPR called "a revelation," will be performed by the artists featured on the album—Crash Ensemble led by conductor Alan Pierson with vocalists Iarla O’Lionáird on the title piece and Dawn Upshaw on the song cycle That the Night Come—in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall this evening. Also on the program are Osvaldo Golivjo's Lúa Descolorida and How Slow the Wind. The concert marks the New York premiere of That the Night Come, following Tuesday night's US premiere at The Kennedy Center.

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Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell continue their European tour with two stops in the Netherlands this weekend: at MCV in Utrecht tonight and at De Oosterpoort in Groningen on Sunday.

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Gidon Kremer joins the National Symphony Orchestra Rai in Turin, Italy, for a performance at Auditorium Rai tonight. The program includes works by Schnittke, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner.

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Audra McDonald heads south this weekend for two shows in Louisiana, as she joins the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra for a performance at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts in Baton Rouge tonight. On Saturday, McDonald makes her New Orleans debut in a special show at Lupin Hall at NOCCA with pianist and friend Seth Rudetsky on Saturday.

Go Back Home, Audra McDonald's first album in seven years, is due out on Nonesuch Records this Tuesday. The album features songs by composers with whom she has long been associated (Guettel, LaChiusa, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim) and some, like the Kander & Ebb title track, relatively new to her repertoire; in addition, McDonald continues to champion works by an emerging generation of composers. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include an instant download of the title track and a limited-edition autographed print.

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Randy Newman's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be broadcast on HBO this Saturday night at 9 PM EST as part of its presentation of the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Newman was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Don Henley and gave a performance with Jackson Browne, John Fogerty, and Tom Petty at the ceremony.

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Joshua Redman and his Quartet, featuring Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums, perform at La Conserverie in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie in France on Sunday as part of their European tour. Redman's latest album, Walking Shadows, was released last week on Nonesuch Records.

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Rokia Traoré performs songs from her latest album, Beautiful Africa, at the Afro-Pfingsten Festival in Winterthur, Switzerland, on Saturday. She kicks off a four-city UK leg of her tour on Monday.

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Sara Watkins concludes the latest leg of her US headline tour with two shows in the Pacific Northwest this weekend: at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon, Washington, tonight and Mississippi Studios in Portland on Saturday. Watkins and her brothers Sean lead the latest edition of the Watkins Family Hour at Largo in Los Angeles next week.

The Eugene Weekly, previewing Watkins' recent show in Oregon, says: "Her most recent album, 2012’s Sun Midnight Sun, is chock-full of memorable bluegrass, folk and pop numbers, and more than a few surprises." 

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