Today’s recap includes tour announcements, comedy and music festival updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 17, 2009. Progressive rock fans can...

Today’s recap includes tour announcements, comedy and music festival updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 17, 2009.

Progressive rock fans can look forward to a major tour partnership this summer. Prog-rock icons Yes and Asia will hit the road together, but they’ll share more than just a stage. Musician Steve Howe is the lead guitarist for both groups and will play full-length sets with each on every stop of the tour.

The New York Dolls will tour the United States this year (with a stop or two in Canada) as the ’70s glam-punk troupe prepares for its fourth album release, “Cause I Sez So,” on May 5. … Newport, Rhode Island’s iconic folk and jazz festivals are back for another year under the guidance of founder George Wein, but with some new names signifying their anniversary years: Folk Festival 50 and Jazz Festival 55. … The seventh annual Long Island Comedy Festival will hit the island with main events on May 2-3 and shows featuring local talent on April 29-30.

Those are the complete reports for this Friday. Be sure to check back with TicketNews on Monday for more of the latest developments in concert and ticket industry.


Toby Keith announced plans for his summer tour itinerary earlier this season. Now the country musician has a new date to add to the books: June 28 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL. The new gig stop comes early-on in the musician’s calendar, which currently has 31 shows inked from June 18 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, through September 19 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL. Keith’s fellow country musician Trace Adkins will provide support throughout the summer run.

Bryan Adams is just a few weeks away from launching his newest North American tour leg. The 14-concert run is a seven-seven split for shows in the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. portion is set to kick off May 7 at W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre in Louisville, KY. The last two shows are spread out a bit, and could indicate more dates on the horizon: the sixth U.S. show is May 12 at The Kalamazoo State Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI, but the last confirmed date at this time is June 4 at Rose State College in Oklahoma City, OK. Canadian dates are more compact: August 8 at Salle Maurice O’Bready in Sherbrooke, QC, through August 14 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, ON.

P.J. Harvey and tour partner John Parish have queued up a block of U.S. performances in June. Eight shows are confirmed at this point: June 2 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA; June 3 at Madison Theater in Covington, KY; June 5 at Warner Theatre in Washington, DC: June 6 at Beacon theatre in New York, NY; June 7 at Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA; June 12 at Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL; Jun 13 at Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater in Apple Valley, MN; and June 19 at Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA. The pair are touring the British-Irish Isles through April and mainland Europe through May.

Black Moth Super Rainbow has a mix of solo concerts and shows with School Of Seven Bells lined up. The spring/summer concerts begin and end with solo gigs: April 25 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA; July 26 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA; July 26 at Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, DC; and July 27 at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, CA. Performances with School Of Seven Bells take off May 20 at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL, and continue through June 6 at Circus in Columbus, OH. One American music festival is also set on the band’s calendar: a May 25 appearance at Sasquatch! at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, WA.

Lenka has a handful of performances scheduled over the next few weeks, which will take the pop-rock vocalist from coast-to-coast. Seven solo gigs are penciled in: April 21 at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, CA; April 23 at Largo in Los Angeles, CA; April 27 at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ; April 29 at Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM; May 1 at The Avalon Theater in Salt Lake City, UT; May 2 at Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO; and May 8 at Canal Room in New York, NY. One U.S. festival appearance is scheduled for the end of May, as well, as Lenka hits up the Hernon Festival in downtown Herndon, VA, on May 29.

Motionless in White has a supporting performance and a festival set lined up, but the band is now also scheduled to perform at least 12 solo concerts along the eastern seaboard this spring. The outing kicks off April 29 at Terre Haute Music Venue in Terre Haute, IN, and closes out on May 13 at Canal Club in Richmond, VA. Concerts along the way are set for April 30 at Mixtape Café in Grand Rapids, MI; May 4 at ADLIB Café in Lancaster, PA; and May 7 at The Pit in Jacksonville, FL.