This fall, theaters and performance hall across North American will bear the name Monsters of Folk. While the supergroup’s moniker may not sound familiar,...

This fall, theaters and performance hall across North American will bear the name Monsters of Folk. While the supergroup’s moniker may not sound familiar, its cast of contributors includes some of indie rock’s current leading men, from Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst and producer-musician Mike Mogis, to singer-songwriter M. Ward and My Morning Jacket head Jim James.

The quartet kicks off an international itinerary with 17 concerts booked across the United States and Canada. The one-month venture launches October 13 at the Orpheum in Vancouver, BC, and completes its North American stay on November 9 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, PA.

An Evening with Monsters of Folk includes shows on October 15 at paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA; October 18 at Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA; October 28 at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, NE; and November 2 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON. The group will also make two stops in New York City, first performing at United Palace on November 6, followed by a show at Beacon Theatre on November 8.

Monsters fans can tap into the tour’s presale ticket supplies beginning July 28. The first batch of public onsales opens on July 31, with more sales following through the first couple weeks of August.

One dollar from each ticket will be donated to a local charity, including School on Wheels in Los Angeles and The Innocence Project in New York. A list of the designated charities is available on the band’s official Web site.

Monsters of Folk is touring behind its self-titled debut, due in stores on September 22, almost five years after the band’s contributors first came together on stage.

“We didn’t mail demos back and forth or anything like that; we just decided to wing it and play each others songs, talk about them and discuss them,” James said of the recording process in a recent interview with Billboard. “We wanted to make it so it was only the four us playing anything you hear on the record. And it was fun for us to play instruments we normally don’t play.”

After completing its national run, the group will head to Europe for eight concerts from November 13 at Philadelphia Church in Stockholm, SWE, through November 22 at Crossing Border in Antwerp, BEL.


Monsters of Folk itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

October 13Vancouver, BCOrpheum
October 14Portland, ORArlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
October 15Seattle, WAParamount Theatre
October 17Oakland, CAFox Theater
October 18Los Angeles, CAGreek Theatre
October 20San Diego, CASpreckels Theatre
October 21Phoenix, AZOrpheum Theatre
October 22Santa Barbara, CASanta Barbara Bowl
October 28Omaha, NEHolland Performing Arts Center
October 29Minneapolis, MNThe Orpheum Theatre
October 30Chicago, ILAuditorium Theatre
October 31Louisville, KYLouisville Palace Theatre
November 2Toronto, ONMassey Hall
November 3Boston, MAOrpheum Theatre
November 6New York, NYUnited Palace
November 8New York, NYBeacon Theatre
November 9Philadelphia, PAAcademy of Music
November 12Stockholm, SWEPhiladelphia Church
November 14Berlin, GERHuxleys Neue Welt
November 15Copenhagen, DENVega
November 17London, ENGTroxy
November 18Paris, FRAElysee Montmartre
November 19Koln, GERE-Werk
November 21The Hague, NETCrossing Border
November 22Antwerp, BELCrossing Border

Last Updated on July 28, 2009 by By Allison Reitz