After years flying below the mainstream radar, The Avett Brothers hope to break into the public eye in a big way this year. The...

After years flying below the mainstream radar, The Avett Brothers hope to break into the public eye in a big way this year. The acclaimed folk-rock group will launch an extensive national tour to supplement its upcoming major label debut.

The venture kicks off April 16 at The Vogue in Indianapolis, IN, and will hit more than 40 cities through a September 4 appearance at the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, CA. The coast-to-coast run is supplemented by two-night stands on May 15-16 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA; May 22-23 at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR; June 12-13 at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza in New York, NY; June 16-17 at Carnegie Library Music Hall in Homestead, PA; and July 24-25 at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

The folk-rock band will get a step up from their usual club and theater gigs when they join Dave Matthews Band as a supporting act for a few select dates. In all, the Brothers will open for eight shows from an April 22 performance at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh, NC, through a May 6 concert at Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ.

The Avett Brothers are touring ahead of their major label debut, “I and Love and You,” which has a projected July release on Columbia Records. The musicians released their eponymous debut EP in 2000, but didn’t break through on the mainstream charts until 2007’s full-length release “Emotionalism” hit No. 134 on the Billboard 200 and topped the Heatseekers chart. The following year’s EP “The Second Gleam,” released around the time the group signed with Columbia, hit No. 82 on the Billboard 200.

The Avett Brothers consists of multi-instrumentalist brothers Seth and Scott Avett, as well as upright bassist Bob Crawford. Though officially a trio, the band frequently tours with a fourth member, cellist Joe Kwon.

Aerosmith itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

April 16Indianapolis, INThe Vogue
April 18Chattanooga, TNTivoli Theatre
April 19Orange Beach, ALAmphitheater at The Wharf
April 22Raleigh, NCTime Warner Cable Music Pavilion *
April 24Charlotte, NCVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
April 25Birmingham, ALSloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
April 26New Orleans, LANew Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 28 – 29Alpharetta, GAVerizon Wireless Amphitheater *
May 1The Woodlands, TXThe Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
May 2Dallas, Center *
May 5Albuquerque, NMJournal Pavilion *
May 6Phoenix, AZCricket Wireless Pavilion *
May 7Tucson, AZRialto Theatre
May 9Los Angeles, CAMusic Box at Fonda
May 12Hanford, CAFox Theatre
May 14Santa Cruz, CARio Theatre
May 15 – 16San Francisco, CAThe Fillmore
May 17Nicasio, CA Rancho Nicasio
May 20Eugene, ORMcDonald Theatre
May 22 – 23Portland, ORMcMenamins Crystal Ballroom
May 24Quincy, WASasquatch! Music Festival
May 30Philadelphia, PATrocadero Theatre
June 11Washington, DCLisner Auditorium
June 12 – 13New York, NYFillmore New York at Irving Plaza
June 14Rochester, NYWater Street Music Club
June 16 – 17Homestead, PACarnegie Library Music Hall
June 18Grand Rapids, MIFrederik Meijer Gardens
June 19Akron, OHAkron Civic Theatre
June 20Columbus, OHNewport Music Hall
June 21Covington, KYMadison Theater
June 23St. Louis, MOThe Pageant
June 26Des Moines, IAHoyt Sherman Place
June 27Minneapolis, MNZoo Theatre
June 28Chicago, ILHouse of Blues
July 9Norfolk, VAHarrison Opera House
July 12Louisville, KYForecastle Festival
July 16Saint Augustine, FLSt. Augustine Amphitheatre
July 17Lake Buena Vista, FLHouse of Blues
July 18Tampa, FLCuban Club
July 19Fort Lauderdale, FLParker Playhouse
July 24 – 25North Myrtle Beach, SCHouse of Blues
August 15Kansas City, MOCrossroads
August 25Salt Lake City, UTRed Butte Garden
August 29Jacksonville, ORBritt Festival
September 4Yosemite, CAStrawberry Music Festival

Last Updated on April 10, 2009 by By Allison Reitz