Alternative rock crew Counting Crows will throw a wrench into conventional concert formatting on their upcoming summer outing. The band will hit the road, along with Augustana and Michael Franti & Spearhead, for what it calls the Saturday Night Rebel Rockers Traveling Circus & Medicine Show.

The Crows’ summer itinerary begins June 26 with a performance at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI, and is scheduled through September 6 at CMAC in Canandaigua, NY. Michael Franti & Spearhead officially join the “Traveling Circus” on July 19 at Table Mountain Casino in Friant, CA, and Augustana will appear intermittently starting June 29 at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus, OH.

Though Counting Crows are technically headliners for the summer-long event, all three bands and unannounced “special guests” will recieve about the same amount of stage time. Crows frontman Adam Duritz explained on the band’s official Web site, “We’re going to start every show with everyone onstage playing together. I’m not sure what’s going to happen next….”

After toying with a few complex formatting ideas for the tour, Duritz simply concluded, “It’s going to be a show. One show. Not three bands playing separate sets, although everyone will play sets on their own. This is going to be one big circus of a show with an intermission in the middle and lots of collaboration on either side of that.”

Counting Crows are touring behind their fifth studio album, “Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings,” released in March 2008. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, making it the band’s highest peak since 1996’s “Recovering the Satellites” topped the charts.

Counting Crows itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

June 26 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest @ Marcus Amphitheater
June 27 Chicago, IL Taste of Chicago @ Petrillo Band Shell
June 29 Columbus, OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
July 1 Muskegon, MI Muskegon Summer Celebration @ Heritage Landing
July 3 St. Louis, MO Live on the Levee @ St. Louis Riverfront
July 4 Sioux City, IA Saturday In The Park Festival @ Grandview Bandshell
July 6 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
July 8 Rochester, MI Meadow Brook Music Festival
July 9 Sarnia, ON Sarnia Bayfest @ Centennial Park
July 11 Minneapolis, MN Basilica Block Party @ Basilica St. Mary
July 16 Redmond, WA Marymoor Amphitheatre
July 17 Goldendale, WA Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
July 19 Friant, CA Table Mountain Casino
July 21 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
July 26 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
July 29 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 1 Houston, TX The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park
August 3 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall
August 4 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
August 6 Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
August 7 Orange Beach, AL Amphitheater at the Wharf
August 8 Robinsonville, MS Harrah’s Event Center at Harrah’s Casino Tunica
August 11 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
August 12 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
August 14 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
August 15 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
August 17 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
August 18 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheater
August 20 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
August 21 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
August 26 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theater
August 28 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
August 29 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
August 31 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
September 3 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield @ Central Park Summerstage
September 5 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
September 6 Canandaigua, NY CMAC