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Punch Brothers Offer Free Live Sampler for Launch of North American Tour

Punch Brothers 2012 by Danny Clinch
Punch Brothers, who launch their North American tour at the Théâtre Corona in Montreal tonight, are celebrating the occasion by offering a bundle of tracks as a free download. The set includes three songs recorded live at The Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on March 8, 2012, including the band's live takes on "New York City" and "Don't Get Married Without Me," off their latest Nonesuch album, Who's Feeling Young Now?, and Chris Thile's tune "Song for a Young Queen." Listen to the track previews below and head to punchbrothers.com/live to download the full songs.

Following tonight's concert in Montreal, this first leg of the North American tour, for which Punch Brothers will be joined by Tom Brosseau on most dates, also includes stops in Toronto, upstate New York, New England, the Midwest, and into the South. Punch Brothers head to Europe in late October and November and return to the States for the second leg of the North American tour starting November 24 in Vancouver. Punch Brothers close out 2012 in style with a three-night run at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, December 29–31.

During the current tour, the band will make a special stop back home in New York City next Friday, October 5, for a short set and a chat with The New Yorker's Alec Wilkinson as part of The New Yorker Festival. Writing of "The Virtuosity and Warmth of Punch Brothers" for newyorker.com earlier this week, Wilkinson says the "engagement with their songs and instrumental pieces that the Punch Brothers display, at least for me, enlarges the boundaries of ordinary entertainment. I don’t think many popular musicians are capable of this. It requires daring, as well as a kind of humility that isn’t often native to the performer’s soul." Each band member, writes Wilkinson, "plays with grace, thoughtfulness, and force to a degree that is not duplicated by any band I am aware of." Read more at newyorker.com, where you'll also find a link to the event.

See below for all of the currently scheduled tour dates; for additional details and ticket links, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour. Preview the three-song tour sampler here, and head to punchbrothers.com/live to download the complete tracks.


PUNCH BROTHERS ON TOUR

Sep 27
Théâtre Corona*
Montreal, QC
Sep 28
Phoenix Concert Theatre* Toronto, ON
Sep 29
State Theatre* Ithaca, NY
Sep 30
The Egg* Albany, NY
Oct 2
The Music Hall* Portsmouth, NH
Oct 3
Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel* Providence, RI
Oct 4
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts* Storrs, CT
Oct 5
Gramercy Theatre, New Yorker Festival
New York, NY
Oct 7
The Paramount* Huntington, NY
Oct 8
The Kent Stage* Kent, OH
Oct 9
The Blue Note* Columbia, MO
Oct 11
Harvest Music Festival
Ozark, AR
Oct 12
La Zona Rosa, ACL Late Night Show^
Austin, TX
Oct 13
Zilker Park, ACL Music Festival
Austin, TX
Oct 14
The Paris at House of Blues* New Orleans, LA
Oct 16
Memorial Hall
Chapel Hill, NC
Oct 17
The Orange Peel
Asheville, NC
Oct 18
Georgia Theatre
Athens, GA
Oct 19
Shoals Community Theatre
Florence, AL



Oct 22
MTC Club†
Cologne, GERMANY
Oct 23
Lido† Berlin, GERMANY
Oct 24
Knust† Hamburg, GERMANY



Nov 3
Festival International Mandolines
Lunel, FRANCE
Nov 5
Open House Festival
Belfast, UK
Nov 6
Manchester Academy 3
Manchester, UK
Nov 7
O2 Academy 2 Birmingham
Birmingham, UK
Nov 9
O2 Academy 2 Oxford
Oxford, UK
Nov 11
The Queen's Hall
Edinburgh, UK
Nov 12
The Sage Gateshead
Gateshead, UK
Nov 13
Islington Assembly Hall
London, UK
Nov 14
The Tunnels
Bristol, UK
Nov 16
Crossing Border
Enschede, NETHERLANDS
Nov 17
Crossing Border
The Hague, NETHERLANDS
Nov 18
Crossing Border
Antwerp, BELGIUM



Nov 24
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Vancouver, BC
Nov 25
Neptune Theatre
Seattle, WA
Nov 26
Tower Theatre** Bend, OR
Nov 27
Laxson Auditorium** Chico, CA
Nov 29
Napa Valley Opera House** Napa, CA
Nov 30
Rio Theatre** Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 1
The Luckman Arts Complex
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 2
Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Dec 4
Lobero Theatre** Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 5
Crescent Ballroom** Phoenix, AZ
Dec 7
The Depot** Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 8
Wheeler Opera House** Aspen, CO
Dec 9
Boulder Theater** Boulder, CO
Dec 11
Beaumont Club** Kansas City, MO
Dec 12
First Avenue** Minneapolis, MN
Dec 13
The Vic Theatre
Chicago, IL
Dec 29-31
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY



Feb 1
Mountain Song at Sea
Miami, FL
Feb 6
Burruss Auditorium
Blacksburg, VA



* w/ Tom Brosseau
^ w/ Trampled by Turtles
† w/ Carolina Chocolate Drops
** w/ The Milk Carton Kids

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