Today’s recap includes tour updates, festival and special event announcements, and more, as compiled by TicketNews on February 24, 2009. Folk-rock icon Neil Young...

Today’s recap includes tour updates, festival and special event announcements, and more, as compiled by TicketNews on February 24, 2009.

Folk-rock icon Neil Young has announced a spring trek that will make stops in most of the provinces in his native Canada. Ten cities are marked on the tour so far, and more North American concerts are expected to follow in the U.S.

The music community is reaching out to victims of the Australian bush fires with two simultaneous Sound Relief benefit concerts in Melbourne and Sydney. … Rock singer-songwriter Chris Cornell has expanded his tour itinerary, adding West Coast dates onto the promo run for his upcoming release “Scream.” … Rock pianists Elton John and Billy Joel will perform the first-ever concert event at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, as part of their upcoming Face2Face tour. … Country duo Sugarland has lined up an extensive tour itinerary for the coming months, including the group’s first European tour.

Those are the complete reports for this Tuesday. To get more of the day’s concert and tour news, read on for additional itinerary updates in brief:


Jeff Foxworthy will keep the laughs coming this year as he rolls out more dates for his comedy show itinerary. The performer’s next show is scheduled for March 6 at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, FL. New dates follow on April 18 at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, OK, and April 19 at Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences on Charleston, WV. The comedian also has a stretch of recently announced events later in the year too: September 25 at James W. Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, MI; September 26 at Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, VA; September 27 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, TX; and December 11 at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS.

O.A.R. will be on the water at the end of March for the five-day Mayerfract Carrier Cruise, leaving the Port of San Pedro in Los Angeles on March 27 and returning March 31. After rowing back into port, O.A.R. will launch a series of U.S. concert dates, mostly at colleges and universities on the East Coast. Four concerts are currently booked: April 4 at Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI; April 15 at York College in York, PA; April 29 at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY; and May 2 at SUNY in Fredonia, NY.

The Black Keys were recently announced as one of the featured performers at Superfly During Jazzfest on April 30 at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA. Now the blues-rock duo has three other performances lined up for earlier in the month: April 16 at Glass House in Pomona, CA; April 17 at the Coachella Music Festival at Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA; and April 18 at Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.

Rachael Yamagata, the up-and-coming indie rocker, has nearly 20 U.S. concerts booked for this spring, beginning with a March 11 tribute to R.E.M. at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY, through an April 9-10 return to the Big Apple for a pair of shows at City Winery. Along the way, the singer-songwriter will stop for shows on March 13 at Stone pony in Asbury Park, NJ; March 19 at Hard Rock Café in Louisville, KY; March 25 at Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN; March 21 at Crocodile Café in Seattle, WA; and April 6 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA.