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The Jayhawks announce January gigs

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 – The Jayhawks will play concerts in 5 cities in January 2011 to celebrate the reissue of the band's first two American Recordings discs.

On Jan. 18, 2011 American/Sony Legacy will release expanded editions of The Jayhawks' "Hollywood Town Hall" and "Tomorrow The Green Grass." The former was released in 1992 and the latter in 1995. Both are expanded with bonus tracks.

Dates are:

Jan. 18 - Toronto, The Phoenix
Jan. 20-21 - New York, Webster Hall
Jan. 22 - Philadelphia, TLA
Jan. 27-28 Chicago, The Vic
Jan. 29 - Minneapolis, First Avenue

A pre-sale on tickets will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 for all dates except Chicago. The pre-sale password is "blue." General ticket sales start Dec. 3, although Chicago will begin Dec.4.

The band's lineup for these dates will be Mark Olson (guitar, vocals), Gary Louris (guitar, vocals), Marc Perlman (bass), Karen Grotberg (keyboards) and Tim O'Reagan (drums).

In New York and Chicago, The Jayhawks are playing two nights; the first night the band will play "Hollywood Town Hall" in its entirety, the second night will be devoted to "Tomorrow The Green Grass." Additional fan favorites will be played each night.

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