After a summer spent writing new material and performing their album “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts” live on tour, The Ataris are heading out on...

After a summer spent writing new material and performing their album “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts” live on tour, The Ataris are heading out on some newly announced U.S. dates before taking the act overseas. So far, the pop-punk rockers have dates booked from their September 7 start in Lafayette, IN, through October 10 in San Jose, CA.

The U.S. tour includes three acoustic performances of 1999’s “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts,” including the opening show and California concerts on October 8 in Anaheim and October 9 in La Jolla. Most of The Ataris’ performances this year have been focused on the material from that record, the group’s second studio effort.

“I have been playing [“Blue Skies”] from start to finish on most shows, and then I play a handful of songs from our other records at the end,” frontman Kristopher Roe said in an interview on the group’s MySpace blog. “I think that was the album that, other than ‘So Long, Astoria,’ got most of our core fan base into our band.”

Though most of The Ataris’ pervious tours this year focused on older material, Roe has been recording demo tracks in preparation for studio sessions later in the year. Roe noted in a June 27 blog entry that the band has “about 10-15 new songs” and more lyrics in the works. He explained that they “have a lot written, but just need to piece [the lyrics] all together now.”

Following the U.S. itinerary, The Ataris will head across the pond for a string of acoustic “Blue Skies” concerts in the UK The band currently has one date announced for the October shows overseas — an October 24 performance in Newport, Wales.

Roe has been scheduling the tour itinerary for this years’ shows personally, requesting on his blog that individuals wishing to book a show contact him via e-mail.

The Ataris itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

September 7Lafayette, INTurn Indiana Blue Festival *
September 12Elwood, INSam’s Wonder Bar
September 13Blufton, IN4-H Fairgrounds
September 18Tempe, AZTempe Marketplace
September 24Scranton, PATink’s Entertainment Complex
September 25Allentown, PACrocodile Rock Cafe
September 26Hoboken, NJMaxwell’s
September 27Gwynedd Valley, PAGwynedd-Mercy College
September 28State College, PAThe SoZo
September 29Cleveland, OHAgora Ballroom
October 1Bowling Green, OHHoward’s
October 2Park, MIDays Hotel Hazel
October 3Chicago, ILBeat Kitchen
October 4Muncie, INThe Launching Pad
October 8Anaheim, CAChain Reaction *
October 9La Jolla, CAPorter’s Pub *
October 10San Jose, CASan Jose Skate
October 24Newport, UKTJ’s

* acoustic shows

Last Updated on August 30, 2008 by By Allison Reitz