Dylan, Wilco, MMJ launch AmericanaramA fest
Monday, April 22, 2013
– Bob Dylan and his Band, Wilco and My Morning Jacket will launch the AmericanaramA Festival of Music tour this summer.
The tour, which starts June 26 in West Palm Beach, Fla. and wraps Aug. 4 in Mountain View, Cal., will also include Richard Thompson Electric Trio and Ryan Bingham on some dates.
Tour dates are:
June 26 - West Palm Beach, FL / Cruzan Amphitheatre
June 27 - Tampa, FL / Live Nation Amp. @ Forida State Fairgrounds
June 29 - Atlanta, GA / Aaron's Amphitheatre @ Lakewood
June 30 - Nashville, TN / The Lawn at Riverfront Park
July 2 - Memphis, TN / Autozone Park
July 5 - Noblesville, IN / Klipsch Music Center
July 6 - Cincinnati, OH / Riverbend Music Center
July 7 - Columbus, OH / Nationwide Arena
July 10 - St. Paul, MN / Midway Stadium
July 11 - Peoria, IL / Chiefs Stadium
July 12 - Chicago, IL / Toyota Park
July 14 - Clarkston, MI / DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 15 - Toronto, ON, CA / Molson Amphitheatre
July 18 - Darien Center, NY / Darien Lake PAC
July 19 - Bridgeport, CT / The Ball Park at Harbor Yard
July 20 - Mansfield, MA / Comcast Center
July 21 - Saratoga Springs, NY / Saratoga PAC
July 23 - Columbia, MD / Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 24 - Virginia Beach, VA / Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 26 - Hoboken, NJ / Pier A Park
July 27 - Wantagh, NY / Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 28 - Camden, NJ / Susquehanna Bank Center
July 31 - Englewood, CO / Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Aug. 1 - Salt Lake City, UT / Usana Amphitheatre
Aug. 3 - Irvine, CA / Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 4 - Mountain View, CA / Shoreline Amphitheatre
Dylan's most recent release was "Tempest" out last year. My Morning Jacket's Jim James has been touring behind a solo release. Richard Thompson Electric Trio opened dates for the Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell tour. Wilco has a few dates including Bonnaroo and its own Solid Sound festival in Massachusetts in June.
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