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.

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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 16 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
April 18 Chattanooga, TN Tivoli Theatre
April 19 Orange Beach, AL Amphitheater at The Wharf
April 22 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion *
April 24 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
April 25 Birmingham, AL Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
April 26 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 28 – 29 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
May 1 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
May 2 Dallas, TX Center *
May 5 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion *
May 6 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion *
May 7 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
May 9 Los Angeles, CA Music Box at Fonda
May 12 Hanford, CA Fox Theatre
May 14 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
May 15 – 16 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
May 17 Nicasio, CA Rancho Nicasio
May 20 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
May 22 – 23 Portland, OR McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
May 24 Quincy, WA Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 30 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
June 11 Washington, DC Lisner Auditorium
June 12 – 13 New York, NY Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
June 14 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Club
June 16 – 17 Homestead, PA Carnegie Library Music Hall
June 18 Grand Rapids, MI Frederik Meijer Gardens
June 19 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
June 20 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
June 21 Covington, KY Madison Theater
June 23 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
June 26 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place
June 27 Minneapolis, MN Zoo Theatre
June 28 Chicago, IL House of Blues
July 9 Norfolk, VA Harrison Opera House
July 12 Louisville, KY Forecastle Festival
July 16 Saint Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
July 17 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
July 18 Tampa, FL Cuban Club
July 19 Fort Lauderdale, FL Parker Playhouse
July 24 – 25 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
August 15 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
August 25 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden
August 29 Jacksonville, OR Britt Festival
September 4 Yosemite, CA Strawberry Music Festival