Keith preps new tour
Monday, February 4, 2013
– Toby Keith is preparing for a new tour, the Hammer Down Tour, starting June 8 in Ozark, Ark.
Joining him on this party is special guest Kip Moore.
Keith will tour in support of his current album "Hope On The Rocks."
Tour dates are:
June 8 Ozark AR Thunder On The Mountain *
June 14 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
June 15 Pittsburgh First Niagara Pavilion
June 22 Philadelphia Susquehanna Bank Center
June 28 Oshkosh, WI Country USA *
June 29 Cadott, WI Country Fest *
June 30 Chicago First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
July 19 Cleveland Blossom Music Center
July 20 St. Clairsville, OH Jamboree In The Hills
July 21 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 27 Cheyenne Frontier Days *
July 30 Davenport, IA Mississippi Valley Fair *
Aug. 2 Sweet Home, OR Oregon Jamboree
Aug. 6 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip *
Aug. 14 Springfield, IL Illinois State Fair
Aug. 24 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 25 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
Aug. 31 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair
Sept. 1 Essex Junction, VT Champlain Valley Fair
Sept. 7 Indianapolis Klipsch Music Center
Dates with * = Kip Moore does not appear.
Prior to the start of the tour, Keith will headline the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, a night at the four-day festival Country Thunder in Florence, Ariz., and a night at the blockbuster Stagecoach festival in Indio, Cal.
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