Today’s recap includes concert and tour announcements, festival news and more, as compiled by TicketNews on January 2, 2009.

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead will band together again, literally, as The Dead prepare for a spring 2009 tour. The so-called Spring Fling is scheduled to hit 16 cities across the U.S., including two-night stands at a few lucky venues.

Three-day music destination festival Lollapalooza will call Chicago home for at least 10 more years, thanks to a new deal by promoter C3 Presents and the city. … The Allman Brothers Band has announced plans for its traditional early-year run of the Beacon Theatre in New York City. … The Fray is gearing up for its sophomore release in February with a mostly sold-out string of performances this month. … Finally, the popular Irish step-dance show Riverdance is about to begin an extensive tour of North America, opening this month and running through June.

Those are the complete reports for the second day of the New Year. For a few more concert and tour itineraries in brief, read on….

Dave Barnes will be in full gear this winter with nearly 20 performances on the books from January 30-31 at Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN, through March 22 at World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA. Barnes will make stops along the way for a February 5 set at Warehouse Live in Houston, TX, a February 8 show at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, TX, a March 6 performance at Subterranean in Chicago, IL, a March 19 gig at Ram’s Head on Stage in Annapolis, MD, and a March 21 session at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA.

Jon McLaughlin will be on the road this winter for 19 concerts. The outing picks up January 16 at Harding University in Searcy, AK, and wraps February 20 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL. Along the way, McLaughlin will perform a January 19 gig at The Parish in Austin, TX, a January 27 set at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC, a January 31 show at Blender Theatre at Gramercy in New York, NY, and a February 13 concert at Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI.

The Little Ones will be supporting Brett Dennen in February and March for a run of 13 shows. The trek begins February 18 at Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI, and closes March 5 at People’s Court in Des Moines, IA. Other highlights include a February 21 set at Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH, a February 26 concert at Park West in Chicago, IL, and a March 4 session at Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS.

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