Hard rock veterans The Black Crowes have announced the first leg of dates for their Stuck Inside Utopia Tour. The first block of the band’s jaunt will focus on East Coast markets, and includes nearly 30 dates in both the U.S. and Canada.

The trek kicks off August 25 at the Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA, and is currently booked through October 3 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA. The Crowes will also touch down for gigs on August 27 at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA; September 2 at Central Park Summerstage in New York, NY; September 17 at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT; and September 26 at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, among other dates.

The itinerary includes only two dates in Canada on September 13 at Casino Rama in Rama, ON, and September 13 at Centennial Hall in London, ON. More concert dates are expected to follow, taking the tour straight through the end of the year.

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Four of the concerts on the tour — in Baltimore, Rama, Providence and Burlington — are solo engagements billed as “An Evening With” the Crowes. Indie rock act Truth & Salvage Co. will open for most of the remaining dates, with the Levon Helm Band stepping in for the shows in Boston, Atlantic City. Both opening acts will warm up the stage in New York City.

Ticket sales have already started for the first two dates of the late summer tour. The remaining sales will begin June 12 through the venue box offices and Ticketmaster.

The Black Crowes’s tour will coincide with the release of the band’s latest studio album, “Before the Frost, Until the Freeze,” scheduled for release in September 2009. The project, a double album, will be the group’s eighth studio effort.

According to a statement from the band, the upcoming tour will clock in over two hours of music every night. Setlists for the Stuck Inside Utopia venture will draw heavily from the band’s new material, while also featuring other cuts from the Crowes’s nearly 20-year career.

The Black Crowes itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

August 25 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
August 26 Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
August 27 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
August 29 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
August 30 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
August 31 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
September 2 New York, NY Central Park Summerstage
September 4 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
September 5 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summerstage
September 6 Virginia Beach, VA American Music Festival
September 8 Bridgeport, CT The Klein
September 9 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
September 11 Utica, NY Saranac Brewery
September 12 Rama, ON Casino Rama
September 13 London, ON Centennial Hall
September 16 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
September 17 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
September 18 Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center
September 24 Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma State Fair
September 25 Huntsville, AL Big Spring Jam
September 26 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
September 28 Oxford, MS The Lyric
September 29 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
September 30 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
October 2 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
October 3 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre