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Nonesuch Events for a Summer Holiday, July 4–14

Summer 2013

The Nonesuch Journal is taking a bit of a break for the Fourth of July holiday and the week that follows, ready to return with all the latest Nonesuch news on Monday, July 15. Until then, the summer concert season remains in full swing, of course, and with plenty of great music being made around the world, here's a look at some of the many events featuring Nonesuch artists in the coming days, hopefully reaching wherever your summer travels may take you.

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Amadou & Mariam Conclude North American Tour

Amadou & Mariam, who have been touring North America following the recent release of their new digital EP of remixes, Mali Meets Latin America, close out the tour with three Canadian festivals—Ottawa Bluesfest (7/6), Festival International de Jazz de Montréal with special guest Fatoumata Diawara (7/7), and a free set at the Festival d'été de Québec (7/8)—and two headlining concerts in California, at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood (7/10) and, finally, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for SFJAZZ Summer Sessions (7/11). The Malian duo heads next to Europe to tour for the coming months.

Sam Amidon at Netherlands' Inspire Festival

Sam Amidon, just back from a brief tour of Japan, resumes his European summer festival tour with a performance at the Velder Estate in Liempde, Netherlands, on Saturday, July 6, as part of the Inspire Festival.

Devendra Banhart Tours Europe, From Munich to Montreux

Devendra Banhart is in the midst of a five-week tour of Europe, with several headline shows in Central Europe following his recent performance at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK. Just in time for the German leg of the tour, you can watch his Glastonbury performance of "Für Hildegard von Bingen," here. He and the band—Noah Georgeson on guitar, Fabrizio Moretti on drums, Todd Dahlhoff on bass, and Joe Steinbrick and Rodrigo Amarante on guitars—make three more stops in Germany in the week ahead: at Muffathalle in Munich (7/4), Huxleys Neue Welt in Berlin (7/8), and Mousonturm in Frankfurt (7/9). On Saturday the 6th, they make their way to Poland for a set at the Heineken Open'er Festival in Gdynia just before Animal Collective closes the Tent Stage (see Steve Reich below for more on the Open'er Festival).

Following the Frankfurt show, the tour heads West to Amsterdam for a concert at Paradiso (7/11); two in France, at Le Splendid in Lille (7/12) and Le Trianon in Paris (7/13); and a double bill at the Montreux Jazz Festival with James Blake (7/14).

Björk Brings Biophilia and More to Ottawa Bluesfest

Björk, who recently brought her Biophilia show to California for residencies in San Francisco and Los Angeles, continues her North American tour with a set at Ottawa's LeBreton Flats as part of the Ottawa Bluesfest. She closes out the main stage on Saturday, July 13. Björk performs in Toronto later this month and headlines the eighth annual Pitchfork Festival on July 19.

The Black Keys Tour Canada and the US East

The Black Keys have hit the road again, launching a 10-day, eight-city tour on the Fourth of July. They begin with a three-show run in Canada, including two festivals—Ottawa Bluesfest (7/4) and Festival d'été de Québec (7/6)—bookending a headlining show at Centre de la Nature in Laval, Quebec, with support from The Joy Formidable and Kurt Vile and the Violators on July 5.

The band begins to make its way south from there, first across the 49th parallel for shows in the Northeast at Buffalo Outer Harbor in Buffalo, New York (7/8) and Comcast Theatre in Hartford (7/9), then to the Carolinas for two shows with special guests The Flaming Lips, at the Time Warner Cable Pavilion in Raleigh (7/11) and Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park in Greenville (7/12). They close out the tour by closing the second night of the Forecastle Festival in Louisville on the 13th.

Bombino Spans the Globe for Six Festivals Sets

Bombino and his band conclude the current European leg of their international tour with four festival sets—Amsterdam Roots Festival (7/4); Roskilde in Denmark (7/5); Cognac Blues Passion in Cognac, France (7/6); and the free Metropolis Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands (7/7). From there, they head back across the Atlantic to launch the next leg of the tour in North America with two more festival dates: Winnipeg Folk Festival (7/12) and the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky (7/14). The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced Bombino's Nonesuch Records debut album, Nomad, will have preceded Bombino at Forecastle by a day, as the Keys perform on the 13th.

Carolina Chocolate Drops Tour the South

Carolina Chocolate Drops stay close to their Carolina roots with a set at the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, on Saturday, July 13. The festival is a celebration of Appalachian music and cultural heritage. The night before, the group performs at the Atlanta Botanical Garden as part of the Concerts in the Garden series.

Shawn Colvin Comes to the East Coast

Shawn Colvin, who has been touring as a duo with Mary Chapin Carpenter for much of the year, plays two solo shows in the Northeast Atlantic coast in the coming week: at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, New York, on Saturday, July 6, and a free set at the Wequassett Inn Resort and Golf Club in Harwich, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, July 9, for the Cape Cod Jazz Festival. Colvin resumes her duo tour with Mary Chapin Carpenter in August.

Nataly Dawn in the High Sierras

Nataly Dawn celebrates the holiday over two days of performances at the High Sierra Music Festival. The four-day event takes place at the Plumas Sierra Fairgrounds in Quincy, California, located in northeastern California where the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges meet. Dawn takes the Vaudeville Stage on July 4 and the Big Meadow Stage on the 5th, performing songs from her Nonesuch debut album, How I Knew Her.

Jeremy Denk at Ravinia

Jeremy Denk helps Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute celebrate the summer conservatory’s 25th year with a performance of chamber selections from Mozart, Shostakovich, and Franck. The concert takes place outside Chicago at Ravinia's Martin Theatre in Highland Park on Friday, July 5.

Fatoumata Diawara Continues Her North American Tour

Fatoumata Diawara, in addition to her aforementioned concert with Amadou & Mariam at Festival International de Jazz de Montréal on July 7, continues her own North American festival tour, performing two nights in London, Ontario's Victoria Park for Sunfest July 4 and 5; free sets at Detroit's Symphony Hall as part of the Concert of Colors festival (7/6) and back to Canada for the Festival d'été de Québec (7/8); followed by the Square Roots Festival in Chicago (7/13) and La Fête de Marquette in Madison, Wisconsin on Bastille Day (7/14). Diawara's tour continues into August.

Dr. John Plays Canadian Festivals

Dr. John has made his way to Canada for a 10-day tour of the country's summer festivals, starting with tonight's double bill at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Leon Russell. Up ahead are the Halifax Jazz Festival (7/5), a free set at Festival d'été de Québec (7/7), and Winnipeg Folk Festival (7/13).

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Resume Old Yellow Moon Tour

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell resume their North American tour, following Harris's recent performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) with Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Norah Jones, and Mark Ronson celebrating the music of the late Kate McGarrigle. (Proceeds from the concert and the newly released Nonesuch Kate McGarrigle tribute album, Sing Me the Songs, on which Harris also appears, benefit the Kate McGarrigle Foundation for cancer care and research.)

Harris and Crowell join up again to perform songs from their duo album Old Yellow Moon in McGarrigle's home province of Quebec for the Festival d'été de Québec on July 9. They then head back to the States to perform at a number of venues along the East Coast: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont (7/10); Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, New Jersey (7/12); Caramoor Venetian Theater in Katonah, New York (7/13); and Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis (7/14).

Kremerata Baltica Bring "Romantics" to Riga

Kremerata Baltica held its own festival in Sigulda, Latvia, last week titled "Let's Remain Romantics." The chamber orchestra extends the festival one more day and brings the music to Latvia's capital when it performs a program of works by Tchaikovsky, Schuman, and Vasks in Riga's St. John's Church on Friday, July 5. The group is joined by cellist Mischa Miasky for the concert, as it is at Ephesus Celcus Library in İzmir, Turkey, on July 4, and again in Latvia at Rundāle Palace on July 13.

Gidon Kremer, the group's founder and artistic director, joins pianist Oleg Maisenberg and Kremerata cellist Giedre Dirvanauskaite to perform works by Liszt and Schubert at the Philharmonie Essen in Essen, Germany, on July 7.

Kronos Quartet Tours from Ukraine to Its Hometown of San Francisco

Kronos Quartet, which recently kicked off its 40th anniversary concert season, give two concerts in Europe, performing Steve Reich's WTC 9/11 at the National Ivan Franko Theatre in Kiev, Ukraine (7/5), and the Prinzregententheater in Munich (7/8), before returning home to San Francisco for a free set at the Stern Grove Festival with Geographer with Magik*Magik Quartet and the Real Vocal String Quartet. The latter program includes works by Bryce Dessner, Omar Souleyman, Ramallah Underground, Cafe Tacvba, Clint Mansell, and the world premiere of a new work written by Amon Tobin for Kronos Quartet.

Lianne La Havas Plays European Festivals

Lianne La Havas continues her European festival tour for the next few weeks, performing on the Continent—Montreux Jazz Festival (7/4), Werchter Festival in Belgium (7/5), De Wereld Draait Buiten in Amsterdam (7/7), and Stimnen Festival in Lörrach, Germany (7/11)—and returning home to London to perform at Somerset House on July 13. La Havas heads to North America to tour starting later this month.

Audra McDonald Galas from Coast to Coast

Audra McDonald, who celebrates a birthday today, performs songs from her recently released Nonesuch album Go Back Home, her first solo album in seven years, at the Guild Hall Season Spectacular in East Hampton, New York, a special benefit event for the hall, on Saturday, July 6. The following weekend, she's headlines another special event when she performs for the First Night Gala of the Napa Valley Festival del Sole at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, July 12.

Natalie Merchant's Midwestern Symphonic Spree

Natalie Merchant joins two Midwestern orchestras to perform selections from her Nonesuch debut album, Leave Your Sleep, as well as a favorite songs from throughout her storied career: the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Detroit's Orchestra Hall on July 11 and the Columbus Symphony at Columbus Commons in Ohio on July 13.

Steve Reich and Jonny Greenwood Close Out the Open'er Festival in Poland

Steve Reich and Jonny Greenwood help close out the Open'er Festival in Gdynia, Poland, with back-to-back late-night sets on the Open'er Main Stage, starting at midnight on Saturday, July 13, with Greenwood's performance of Electric Counterpoint, Reich's 1987 piece for electric guitar and tape. Pat Metheny recorded the piece for the 1989 Nonesuch first recording; Greenwood performed the piece at Poland's Sacrum Profanum festival in 2011.

Immediately following Greenwood's set, Steve Reich (whose latest piece, Radio Rewrite, was inspired by the work of Radiohead) is joined by the Ensemble Modern on the Open'er Main Stage for a performance of his landmark 1974–76 work Music for 18 Musicians.

The week before his Open'er performance, Jonny Greenwood joins his brother and Radiohead band mate Colin Greenwood as hosts of BBC 6 Music's Sunday Service on July 7, starting at 4 PM in the UK. It's the first of three shows for which Colin is sitting in for the program's regular host, Jarvis Cocker. Tune in then at

Rokia Traoré Continues European Summer Festival Tour

Rokia Traoré continues to celebrate the European release of her new album, Beautiful Africa (due for US release this fall), with performances at summer festivals throughout the Continent—Roskilde in Denmark (7/5); Cruïlla Festival in Barcelona (7/6); Amsterdam Roots Festival: Roots Open Air (7/7); the French festivals of Les Mas in Puget sur Argens (7/9) and Les Suds à Arles (7/11)—and a show at Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome (7/14).

Sara Watkins Celebrates the Fourth with Jackson Browne, Spends Week at Winnipeg Folk Fest

Sara Watkins concludes her tour as special guest of Jackson Browne this week with a festive Fourth of July concert overlooking the Berkshire mountains at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, and at the Borgata in Atlantic City July 5.

Sara and her brother Sean Watkins then head up north as instructors at the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Camp, an intensive four-day camp for instruction and exploration of the folk genre. The camp takes place July 6–9, just before the Winnipeg Folk Festival, in which the Watkins will perform. Sara Watkins takes the main stage Thursday evening, July 11, and participates in a number of workshops with other musicians over the following days, including Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, with whom Sara has performed on tour.


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