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The Black Keys to Headline Virgin Mobile Freefest

  • Monday, July 11, 2011
    The Black Keys to Headline Virgin Mobile Freefest

    The Black Keys will be among the headliners at the Virgin Mobile Freefest, taking place September 10 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The line-up for the festival, announced this morning via YouTube by Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, also includes TV on the Radio, Cee Lo Green, Deadmau5, Patti Smith, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, Okkervil River, and more. Free tickets for the event will be given out starting this Friday, July 15, at 10 AM EST, at Facebook.com/VirginMobileLive.

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    Hearty Canadian Black Keys fans braved an onslaught of rain and wind Friday night for a set at the Ottawa Bluesfest that, though delayed, proved well worth the wait.

    "The Black Keys gave such a ferocious performance at Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest on Friday that no one would dare complain that it was too short," reports the Ottawa Citizen's Lynn Saxberg. "Instead, people will be thanking their lucky stars that they stuck it out through the weather conditions." Saxberg, noting that "there's nothing like triumph over adversity to fuel a rock concert," recognizes it as "a night for the Bluesfest history books."

    Read the concert review at ottawacitizen.com.

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    The previous night, the band played the Molson Canadian Amphtitheatre in Toronto, to which the Toronto Sun gives four-and-a-half stars, asking: "Who knew two early thirtysomething dudes from Akron, Ohio ... could make such a sexy, swampy, soulful, old sound and leaving the audience wanting more?" Read more at torontosun.com.

    The National Post, in its review, notes that, while the band is playing bigger venues now, it's filling them with even bigger shows.

    "It is, quite frankly, amazing to see how the little two-man rock ‘n roll band from Akron, Ohio, has managed to build out its show from playing smaller venues to filling a stage like the Amphitheatre," remarks the National Post's Scott Deveau. "The set is bigger. The lights are bigger. But it’s their sound and their showmanship, which used to rattle the walls of little clubs, that is now shaking stadiums."

    While Deveau had previously seen the band in a smaller venue, giving a set he "didn’t think they’d be able to top," rest assured: "they managed to up their game in the bigger venue Thursday."

    Read that review at nationalpost.com.

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    For more tour information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of any of the albums in The Black Keys' Nonesuch catalog, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.

on July 11, 2011 - 1:54pm
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The Black Keys will be among the headliners at the Virgin Mobile Freefest, taking place September 10 in Maryland. The line-up also includes TV on the Radio, Cee Lo Green, Patti Smith, and more. Free tickets will be given out this Friday. Despite heavy rain at the Ottawa Bluesfest last Friday, The Black Keys' audience was given "a night for the Bluesfest history books," says the Ottawa Citizen. The National Post, reviewing Thursday's show at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre says: "The set is bigger. The lights are bigger. But it’s their sound and their showmanship, which used to rattle the walls of little clubs, that is now shaking stadiums."

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The Black Keys will be among the headliners at the Virgin Mobile Freefest, taking place September 10 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The line-up for the festival, announced this morning via YouTube by Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, also includes TV on the Radio, Cee Lo Green, Deadmau5, Patti Smith, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, Okkervil River, and more. Free tickets for the event will be given out starting this Friday, July 15, at 10 AM EST, at Facebook.com/VirginMobileLive.

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Hearty Canadian Black Keys fans braved an onslaught of rain and wind Friday night for a set at the Ottawa Bluesfest that, though delayed, proved well worth the wait.

"The Black Keys gave such a ferocious performance at Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest on Friday that no one would dare complain that it was too short," reports the Ottawa Citizen's Lynn Saxberg. "Instead, people will be thanking their lucky stars that they stuck it out through the weather conditions." Saxberg, noting that "there's nothing like triumph over adversity to fuel a rock concert," recognizes it as "a night for the Bluesfest history books."

Read the concert review at ottawacitizen.com.

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The previous night, the band played the Molson Canadian Amphtitheatre in Toronto, to which the Toronto Sun gives four-and-a-half stars, asking: "Who knew two early thirtysomething dudes from Akron, Ohio ... could make such a sexy, swampy, soulful, old sound and leaving the audience wanting more?" Read more at torontosun.com.

The National Post, in its review, notes that, while the band is playing bigger venues now, it's filling them with even bigger shows.

"It is, quite frankly, amazing to see how the little two-man rock ‘n roll band from Akron, Ohio, has managed to build out its show from playing smaller venues to filling a stage like the Amphitheatre," remarks the National Post's Scott Deveau. "The set is bigger. The lights are bigger. But it’s their sound and their showmanship, which used to rattle the walls of little clubs, that is now shaking stadiums."

While Deveau had previously seen the band in a smaller venue, giving a set he "didn’t think they’d be able to top," rest assured: "they managed to up their game in the bigger venue Thursday."

Read that review at nationalpost.com.

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For more tour information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of any of the albums in The Black Keys' Nonesuch catalog, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.

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Comments

Will tickets be available for purchase? I'm out of state, but very willing to travel for The Black Keys.

Indeed, Sarah. Of course, out-of-staters can vie for the free tickets on Friday via Facebook as well, but Billboard reports that "a limited number of FreeFest Premium Ticket Packages will be available via merriweathermusic.com or ticketfly.com. The $49.50 package includes admission to the festival, a FreeFest T-shirt and poster, a souvenir cup that comes with discounts on drinks, and early admission to the grounds."

I especially enjoyed the Black Keys review by the ROCKthusiast Gilles LeBlanc. http://bit.ly/pOlxJx

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