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Punch Brothers Announce Fall Tour Dates

on August 11, 2010 - 4:41pm
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Punch Brothers' latest Nonesuch album, Antifogmatic, was just released on vinyl, while the band is out West performing songs from the album. Already on the road for a month now, Punch Brothers announce their fall tour, adding several new dates throughout the South. "Most shows are now on-sale," reports Noam Pikelny on the band's newly redesigned website. "People might be lining up outside of these venues already. There's just no way to tell for sure."

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As noted yesterday in the Nonesuch Journal, Punch Brothers' latest Nonesuch album, Antifogmatic, was released on vinyl yesterday, while the band is out West in Big Sky Country, set to perform songs from the album at the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, Montana, tomorrow night, followed by sets at the Targhee Bluegrass Festival in Alta, Wyoming, and the Mile High Music Festival outside Denver this weekend. Already on the road for a month now, Punch Brothers have just announced their fall tour, adding several new dates throughout the South.

"We are pleased to announce that our Fall 2010 Tour will be taking place this autumn," reports Noam Pikelny, the band's banjo player, via the newly redesigned punchbrothers.com. "We will play a number of headlining shows including stops in Austin (with the amazing Loudon Wainwright III), Denver, Nashville, Atlanta, and Birmingham. Most shows are now on-sale. People might be lining up outside of these venues already. There's just no way to tell for sure."

Below are the currently scheduled tour dates. For more information and ticket links, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of Antifogmatic on vinyl, CD, and in a special deluxe edition on two CDs plus a live DVD, head to the Nonesuch Store.

PUNCH BROTHERS ON TOUR

Aug 12 Myrna Loy Center Helena, MT
Aug 13 Targhee Bluegrass Festival Alta, WY
Aug 15 Mile High Music Festival Commerce City, CO
Aug 28 Rockwood Music Hall (Chris Thile solo) New York, NY
Sep 4 moe.down Festival Mohawk, NY
Sep 10 Bass Concert Hall, Univ. of Texas Austin, TX
Sep 23 Pisgah Brewing Company Black Mountain, NC
Sep 24 Theater at Lime Kiln Lexington, VA
Sep 25 Watermelon Park Festival Berryville, VA
Sep 27 Alberta Bair Theater Billings, MT
Sep 28 Univ. of Wyoming (FREE) Laramie, WY
Sep 30 Newman Center Denver, CO
Oct 2 Lied Center Lawrence, KS
Oct 7 Norton Center Danville, KY
Oct 9 Vanderbilt Univ. Nashville, TN
Oct 14 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 15 Stanford Lively Arts Stanford, CA
Oct 16 Dance Palace Point Reyes, CA
Nov 3 Bijou Theatre Knoxville, TN
Nov 5 Brevard College Brevard, NC
Nov 11 Shippensburg Univ. Shippensburg, PA
Nov 12 Strathmore Bethesda, MD
Nov 14 Mountain Stage Charleston, WV
Nov 17 Workplay Theater Birmingham, AL
Nov 19 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
Nov 20 Germantown Perf. Arts Center Germantown, TN
Nov 21 George's Majestic Fayetteville, AR
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Sara Watkins Begins Summer Love Tour with Garrison Keillor, Cast of "A Prairie Home Companion"

on August 11, 2010 - 2:07pm
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Sara Watkins has begun the month-long Summer Love Tour with Garrison Keillor and the cast of A Prairie Home Companion. She tells the Grand Rapids Press: "One of the things I'm looking forward to is getting to hear [Garrison] tell stories every night." Watkins will also perform on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on September 2 and has been nominated as Artist of the Year in the San Diego Music Awards.

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Sara Watkins began the month-long Summer Love Tour with Garrison Keillor and the cast of A Prairie Home Companion last night at Kresge Auditorium in Interlochen, Michigan. The tour takes Watkins and Keillor, along with the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band and sound-effects man Fred Newman, across the United States for summer evenings filled with tender duets and ballads, poetry (Poe, Shakespeare, Anonymous), stories of passion and marriage, and Keillor’s intermission walk through the audience for the sing-along of “Unchained Melody” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” Also on board are all the audience favorites from A Prairie Home Companion—Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, the News from Lake Wobegon.

The tour heads next to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a performance at the Meijer Gardens this evening. Watkins spoke with the Grand Rapids Press about the show and her excitement at touring with Keillor and crew. "One of the things I'm looking forward to," she says of the show's host, "is getting to hear him tell stories every night." Read the interview at mlive.com.

Just before the launch of the tour, the Prairie Home Companion website published an interview with Watkins in which she discusses her self-titled solo debut, released last year on Nonesuch. Read what Sara has to say about and hear live performances of two of the album's self-penned tracks, "Jefferson" and "My Friend," as well as Jon Brion's "Same Mistakes" and the Tom Waits tune "Pony," taken from Sara's earlier appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. It's all at prairiehome.publicradio.org.

And mark your calendars for more music making from Watkins: she will perform on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Thursday, September 2. The show airs on CBS stations across the country beginning at 12:35 AM ET.

While Watkins is away on tour, her hometown of San Diego continues to celebrate her work. She has been nominated as Artist of the Year in the San Diego Music Awards, and her new album's take on Davíd Garza's "Too Much" is up for Song of the Year. You can vote for your favorite now through August 20 at sandiegomusicawards.com. The 20th annual awards ceremony will take place on September 12.

Below are all the tour dates for the Summer Love Tour. For more information on these and the rest of Sara Watkins' upcoming shows, head to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION SUMMER LOVE TOUR

Aug 10 Kresge Auditorium Interlochen, MI
Aug 11 Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 12 Fraze Pavilion Kettering, OH
Aug 13 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond, VA
Aug 14 Music Center Brevard, NC
Aug 15 Conner Prairie Indianapolis, IN
Aug 17 Count Basie Theater Red Bank, NJ
Aug 18 Ives Concert Park Danbury, CT
Aug 19 Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion Gilford, NH
Aug 20 AT&T Perf. Arts Center Dallas, TX
Aug 21 Pine Mountain Amphitheater Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 22 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 23 Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay San Diego, CA
Aug 25 Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
Aug 26 Britt Festival Jacksonville, OR
Aug 27 Cuthbert Amphitheatre Eugene, OR
Aug 28 Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre Portland, OR
Aug 29 Denver Botanic Gardens Denver, CO
Aug 31 Majestic Theater San Antonio, TX
Sept 1 Imagine Theatre Moorhead, MN
Sept 8 Knoxville Civic Auditorium Knoxville, TN
Sept 9 Salem Civic Center Salem, VA
Sept 10 Pier Six Pavilion Baltimore, MD
Sept 11 Koka Booth Amphitheater Cary, NC
Sept 12 The Charlottesville Pavilion Charlottesville, VA
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Natalie Merchant to Perform with Full Orchestras This Fall; The Atlantic Calls Her Live Set "A Tour de Force"

on August 11, 2010 - 1:03pm
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As Natalie Merchant and her band perform songs from Leave Your Sleep in California this week, new shows have just been added in the Northeast this fall featuring a full symphony orchestra. LA Weekly calls Leave Your Sleep "the most sonically adventurous project of her career." The Atlantic, reviewing the Seattle show, says it "worked—in wondrous ways," calling it "a tour de force ... an artist's creative and courageous venture into new territory altogether."

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Natalie Merchant and her eight-piece band have made their way to the West Coast of the United States for several shows in California this week, performing at the Fox Theater in Oakland tonight, the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, and the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego on Saturday. Now comes word that, a month after the close of the current tour in September, Merchant will hit the road again, this time backed by a full symphony orchestra.

Starting October 8 at the Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie, New York, and running through October 19 at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware, Merchant will play five very special shows in the Northeast joined by area orchestras to perform both new songs from her recent Nonesuch debut album, Leave Your Sleep, and some of her best known hits. Also included are shows at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (October 13); the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, New Jersey (October 15); and the American Music Theater in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (October 17). For more information and links, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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LA Weekly, previewing Friday's show at the Oprheum, says, "Natalie Merchant manages to make what would seem to be a stuffy premise—putting melodies to the classic words of dead poets—into the most sonically adventurous project of her career." Merchant spoke about the making of the album with LA Weekly's Falling James, who explains: "Known more as a singer and lyricist, she proves to be uncanny at conjuring the perfect and surprisingly eclectic musical settings for these old poems, on her new double CD, Leave Your Sleep." Read the extensive article at laweekly.com.

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The Atlantic, reviewing last week's concert in Seattle, describes Merchant's current summer tour as "audacious" for its unique focus on the poets and poetry featured on Leave Your Sleep. "And yet, it worked—in wondrous ways," says reviewer John Douglas Marshall. As on the new album, "what Merchant provided on stage was a tour de force through a host of musical genres that included New Orleans, Chinese, Jazz Age, Celtic, R & B, bluegrass."

Following a full set of songs from Leave Your Sleep, Merchant performed an encore featuring favorite songs from throughout her career. "The whole summer concert could have been filled with such crowd-pleasing songs, as was probably expected by many," Marshall suggests, "but Merchant truly earned her lingering standing ovations for something far rarer—an artist's creative and courageous venture into new territory altogether."

Read the complete article at theatlantic.com.

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At Merchant and her band's recent sold-out set at the Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, "the crowd was treated to an ambitious, engaging performance," says Salt Lake Tribune reviewer David Burger. "Merchant is known as a brassy, deep singer with interesting nuances that are like a captivating deep chocolate," write Burger. "But what made the first half of the show [featuring songs from Leave Your Sleep] so enthralling is that each poem was performed in a different style." Read the complete concert review at sltrib.com.

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To pick up a copy of Leave Your Sleep with high-quality MP3s of the complete album included at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store.

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San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival to Feature Several Nonesuch Artists

on August 11, 2010 - 11:32am
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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the free outdoor music festival held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a stellar line-up of performers that includes a number of Nonesuch artists—Carolina Chocolate Drops, Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris, and T Bone Burnett—along with several artists familiar to fans of Nonesuch. The festival will be held October 1–3.

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the free annual outdoor music festival held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a stellar line-up of performers that includes a number of Nonesuch artists. Carolina Chocolate Drops (whose recent appearance on the Tavis Smiley show is being rebroadcast on PBS stations tonight), Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris, and T Bone Burnett will each take the stage in Golden Gate's Speedway Meadow over the festival weekend, which runs October 1–3. Specific performance dates and times are still to be announced.

Among the other scheduled performers familiar to fans of Nonesuch are Steve Earle and Sharon Jones, who are both featured on David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's recent Nonesuch collaboration, Here Lies Love; Jimmie Dale Gilmore, whose album After Awhile was released on Nonesuch in 1991; and frequent Emmylou Harris collaborators Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, and Gillian Welch, who also appears on Sara Watkins' Nonesuch debut album. Also on the festival bill are Elvis Costello, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ralph Stanley, The Avett Brothers, Patti Smith, Justin Townes Earle, Jonathan Richman, Nick Lowe, Buddy Miller, Rosanne Cash, Joan Baez, Richard Thompson, and many others.

For more information on the free festival, head to strictlybluegrass.com.

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AfroCubism to Tour This Fall Following Album's October Release

on August 10, 2010 - 1:44pm
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AfroCubism—the great world music album that never was—has finally been realized and is due for release from World Circuit / Nonesuch Records this October. To coincide with the release of the album, AfroCubism the band, featuring some of Cuba and Mali's finest musicians, will embark on its first full tour this fall. In North America, where the album is due for release on Nonesuch October 19, the group will stop in Montreal, Boston, and New York.

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AfroCubism—the great world music album that never was—has finally been realized and is due for release from World Circuit / Nonesuch Records this October. In 1996, a group of acclaimed Malian musicians was due to fly to Havana to collaborate with some of Cuba’s greatest singers and instrumentalists. The Malians never arrived, and a very different album, Buena Vista Social Club, was recorded. To coincide with the release of its forthcoming self-titled album, AfroCubism the band will embark on its first full tour of Europe and North America this fall.

Following the success of AfroCubism’s premiere shows in Cartagena and Rotterdam in July, the group kicks off its international tour in November with a line-up featuring some of Cuba and Mali's finest musicians: Eliades Ochoa, Bassekou Kouyate, Djelimady Tounkara, Groupo Patria, Toumani Diabaté, Kasse Mady Diabaté, and Lasana Diabaté. In North America, where the album is due for release on Nonesuch on October 19, the group will stop in Montreal, Boston, and New York. For more information on these dates and ticket links, head to nonesuch.com/on-tour. For information on the tour outside of the US, visit worldcircuit.co.uk.

To learn more about the group, head to nonesuch.com/artists/afrocubism.

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