Flatlanders plan European dates
Thursday, May 7, 2009
– The Flatlanders - Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock - three of Texas' most respected singer/songwriters, continue their tour in support of their new album "Hills And Valleys" (New West Records) with gigs in Europe after the U.S. part ends in July.
The band will pick up again May 16 in Boulder, Col. and wrap up this leg the beginning of June with a run in their home state of Texas. This summer, the band will stop in New York City for The Late Show with David Letterman.
Tour dates are:
May 16 Sat Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
May 17 Sun Salt Lake City, UT State Room
May 19 Tue Seattle, WA The Triple Door
May 20 Wed Portland, OR The Aladdin Theater
May 22 Fri Eugene, OR Shedd Institute for the Arts
May 23 Sat San Francisco, CA Slim's
May 24 Sun Yosemite, CA Strawberry Music Festival
May 25 Mon Nicasio, CA Racho Nicasio
May 27 Wed Chico, CA Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
May 28 Thu Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theater
May 29 Fri San Diego, CA Anthology
May 30 Sat West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
June 1 Mon Santa Fe, NM Lensic PAC
June 2 Tue Terlingua, TX Starlight Theater
June 3 Wed Lubbock, TX Cactus Courtyard
June 4 Thu Austin, TX Texas Union Ballroom
June 5 Fri Dallas, TX House of Blues
June 6 Sat Conroe, TX Crighton Theater
July 23 Thurs Switzerland Laufen Alts Schlachthuus
July 24 Fri France Craponne Country Rendez-Vous Festival
July 26 Sun United Kingdom Gateshead SummerTyne Americana Festival
July 28 Tues London, UK Barbican
July 29 Wed Dublin, Ireland Vicar Street
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