Today’s recap includes tour updates, special event announcements and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 1, 2009. Southern rock icon the Allman Brothers...

Today’s recap includes tour updates, special event announcements and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 1, 2009.

Southern rock icon the Allman Brothers Band has announced a new late summer headlining run with support from Widespread Panic. The band just completed the annual 15-show residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City in March, and has scattered spring performances lined up until the August 19 summer tour kick-off.

A brief reunion is on the horizon for rock crew Bad Company. The group’s surviving original members will perform at least 10 concerts along the East Coast from June through July. … The music of Green Day is bound for the stage with “American Idiot” providing the soundtrack to a dramatic musical in Berkeley, CA. … Eclectic crew Gogol Bordello will hit the U.S. tour circuit this year with more than 10 spring concerts, as well as some summer festival appearances. … Chicago will host its inaugural Just for Laughs: A Very Funny Festival, a five-day comedy event featuring routines by more than 100 comedians in venues across the city.

Those are the complete reports for this Wednesday. But for more of the latest itinerary updates, you can read on for more of the day’s concert and tour news in brief — no joke:


Jeff Dunham has added more than a dozen new appearances to his 2009 U.S. tour, which is currently set at 47 dates. Dunham hits the road with an April 16 show at Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA, and continues on through a September 7 appearance at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, MN. New bookings include a May 9 show at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, a June 6 event at Starlight Theatre in Pala, CA, a July 3-4 run at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV; and an August 14 performance at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

America, the English-American folk rock group, has booked more than 40 concerts across the U.S. and Canada for this year. The outing begins April 25 at Ameristar Hotel & Casino in Kansas City, Mo, and continues through October 20 at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady, NY. The band’s extensive tour includes a May 2-3 run at Birchmere in Alexandria, VA, a July 3-4 stand at Three Rivers Casino & Hotel in Florence, OR, a September 25-26 set at Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, OH, and an October 16 concert at Nokia Theatre Times Square in New York, NY, among other dates.

Ani DiFranco has unveiled a handful of new performances for this summer in addition to her scattered festival performances at Bonnaroo (June 12), Rothbury (July 5) and Mile High (July 18). Her summer itinerary now includes shows on June 28 at Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay in san Diego, CA; June 29 at Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA; July 1 at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA; July 9 at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD; July 11 at Boarding House Park in Lowell, MA; and July 19 at Belly Up in Aspen, CO. DiFranco’s spring headline itinerary launches with an April 14 concert at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, and closes with an April 29 concert at Murat Egyptian Room in Indianapolis, IN.

Carlos Mencia has penciled two comedy tour legs on to his 2009 performance schedule. The comedian takes the stage at IP Casino for May 1-2 shows in Biloxi, MS, and continues on through a June 20 event at Selena Auditorium in Corpus Christi, TX. He’ll be back on the road for another batch of shows in late summer with a September 5 engagement at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, continuing through an October 17 show at Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay in San Diego, CA. Mencia’s live performances for the year currently wrap with a lone November 21 event at Peppermill Concert Hall in West Wendover, NY.

Drive-By Truckers have booked a new block of U.S. concerts this spring, following appearances at Coachella on April 18 and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 24. The West Coast run picks up May 11 at The Red Fox in Eureka, CA, and continues on May 12 at River Lodge in Applegate, OR; May 13 at Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, OR; May 14 at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR; and May 16 at Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, WA. More festival appearances are booked through Bamajam on June 5, Wanee on June 6, and Bonnaroo from June 11-14.