Today’s recap includes tour announcements, band debuts and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 15, 2009. Acclaimed alternative band Wilco has announced a...

Today’s recap includes tour announcements, band debuts and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 15, 2009.

Acclaimed alternative band Wilco has announced a new round of concerts for June. The band recently launched a spring tour leg, but added the June dates to coincide with the projected release of their seventh studio album, which is still untitled.

Supergroup Chickenfoot — the product of Van Halen alumni Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Joe Satriani — will make its official debut on a brief tour of North America this spring. … Disney Channel star Demi Lovato is booked for a lengthy headlining run this summer, which includes support from American Idol runner-up David Archuleta. … Blues musicians Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal are co-headlining a 30-city outing from August through September.

Those are the complete reports for this Wednesday. To catch up on more of the day’s concert and tour news, read on for some artist itinerary updates in brief:


The Killers are lining up plans for a second round of U.S. tour dates late this summer. The band’s spring leg launches April 17 at The Joint in their hometown of Las Vegas, NV, and wraps May 9 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The group has a handful of new dates on the books for early August and late September, though the full extent of any future tour legs has not been announced yet. The new U.S. gigs are cropping up for August 8 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, IN; September 22 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, CA; September 25 at Qwest Arena in Boise, ID; and September 28 at Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. The rest of The Killers’ summer is filled in with European concerts.

Better Than Ezra will map 27 concerts in the coming months as the band prepares for its next album release. The U.S. tour is primarily centered in June, with other dates scattered in late April, early May and late July. The main leg of the tour launches May 29-30 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA, and ends June 28 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. Along the way, the band will stop for shows on June 6 at the House of Blues in Houston, TX; June 12 at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, FL; June 14 at Vairety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA; June 19 at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza in New York, NY; and June 27 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL. BTE’s next gig is April 25 at Tournament Players Club in Avondale, LA.

Carbon leaf will tour the U.S. for nearly 30 concerts on the band’s upcoming spring and summer tour. The outing begins May 19 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA, and wraps July 12 at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN. Other highlights include a May 22 show at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, a May 27 concert at HighLine Ballroom in New York, NY, a June 5 performance at Subterranean in Chicago, IL, a June 9 gig at Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN, a June 14 session at Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO, a June 25 show at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA, and a June 29 event at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ.

Chick Corea has a block of shows coming up with John McLaughlin and the Five Peace Band, followed by summer concerts in Europe. However, the musician also has some new U.S. shows scheduled this year, including an early summer date on June 18 at Community Center in Bartlesville, OK. He also has new tour plans for fall with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White from September 5 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, through October 1 at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. That outing includes a September 16-19 stand at Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA.

Bradford Marsalis has a varied schedule for the rest of the year. The jazz musician will tour solo and with The Dead both in North America and Europe. Concert dates pick up April 16 at Van Singel Fine Arts Center in Byron Center, MI, and continue on and off through some early 2010 shows on January 29 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN, and January 30 at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. Other recently added North American shows are set for April 17 at Symphony Center in Chicago, IL; and June 28 at Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton, AB. He opens for The Dead on April 28-29 at Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ.

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By Allison Reitz