Rock band with a conscience Mae will continue promoting its latest charity initiative on the road this fall with a serious of U.S. club concerts. The 40-date (a)fternoon Tour launches September 24 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC, and continues its main run through November 8 at Black Cat in Washington, DC.

The band will play U.S. clubs from coast to coast during its six-week venture. Highlights include a September 30 concert at The Social in Orlando, FL, an October 10 show at Soma in San Diego, CA, an October 28 performance at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, IL, and a November 3-4 stand at North Star Bar in Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to Mae’s headline set, various other bands are signed on to provide limited support through the late fall run, including Locksley, Deas Vail and Jenny Owen Youngs. Public ticket sales have already started for select dates of the tour.

Despite lacking a traditional studio release to support, Mae will have new music to showcase on its upcoming fall run. The band is entering the final months of its charity music campaign, “12 Songs, 12 Months, 1 Goal: Make A Difference.” As the project’s name suggests, every month in 2009 the band will release a new song that can be downloaded with a minimum donation of $1, currently benefitting

Since starting the initiative in January, Mae’s song downloads have raised more than $50,400 for its selected charities, according to a count on the band’s official Web site, where the first seven songs of the project are available. The 12-song collection is divided into three separate EPs: the April 19 release “(m)orning,” the soon-to-be-completed “(a)fternoon,” and the upcoming “(e)vening.”

Mae’s previous full-length album, “Singularity,” was released in August 2007. The record peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard 200; it was both the first and last record released by Mae on Capitol records.

Mae itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

September 24 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
September 25 Greensboro, NC Greene Street
September 26 Lancaster, PA Chameleon
September 27 Richmond, VA Canal Club
September 28 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
September 30 Orlando, FL The Social
October 1 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder
October 2 New Orleans, LA Parish at House of Blues
October 3 Little Rock, AR The Village
October 4 Dallas, TX The Door
October 5 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
October 6 Austin, TX Emo’s
October 8 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch
October 9 Henderson, NV Henderson Events Plaza
October 10 San Diego, CA Soma
October 11 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
October 13 West Hollywood, CA The Roxy Theatre
October 13 San Luis Obispo, CA Downtown Brewing Company
October 15 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
October 16 Stillwater, OK Oklahoma State University
October 18 Seattle, WA Neumos
October 19 Boise, ID The Venue
October 20 Billings, MT The Railyard
October 21 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
October 22 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
October 23 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
October 24 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
October 26 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
October 27 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway Nightclub
October 28 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
October 29 Newport, KY Southgate House
October 30 Akron, OH Musica
October 31 Grand Rapids, MI Mixtape Cafe
November 1 Columbus, OH Skully’s Music Diner
November 3 – 4 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
November 5 Cambridge, MA Middle East
November 6 New York, NY The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
November 7 South Hackensack, NJ School of Rock East
November 8 Washington, DC Black Cat