When it was introduced to concert-going audiences in 2003, the Bamboozle Festival was just a two-day event based out of the Stone Pony concert...

When it was introduced to concert-going audiences in 2003, the Bamboozle Festival was just a two-day event based out of the Stone Pony concert club in Asbury, NJ.

Now entering its eighth season, the Bamboozle umbrella covers a trio of destination events, as well as a couple of single-day offshoot festivals and a full touring “Roadshow.” Different lineups are booked for each of the two-day Bamboozles, while acts booked for the one-day Hoodwink events choose a band or artist to cover for an entire set.

The Bamboozle California, which debuted in 2006 as “Bamboozle Left,” kicks off this year’s festivities with a Hoodwink show on March 26 at the Grove of Anaheim before moving on to the city’s Angel Stadium for its primary events on March 26-27. Headliners AFI and Something Corporate lead the billing for the two main days of the regional festival.

The brand’s originating Hoodwink and Bamboozle events come next, hitting the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, NJ, on April 30 and May 1-2. The East Coast festival is the largest of the lot and boasts headline shows from Paramore and Drake on the first day, followed by Weezer and MGMT on the second. Up-and-comer Kesha will be a sort of resident headliner at the Meadowlands, staging special sets on both Bamboozle days.

The newest addition to the Bamboozle family rounds out the year’s destination events on May 15 at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, IL. Claiming just a single day for its inaugural year in the Windy City, the festival will feature headline sets from Something Corporate, Cobra Starship and 3OH!3.

If those regionally based bookings aren’t enough, the Bamboozle Roadshow will hit 24 markets across the United States. The touring festival kicks off May 21 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, and concludes June 27 at Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA.

Concert highlights on the national itinerary include May 28 at Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston, TX; June 5 at Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, CA; June 12 at Soldier Field’s East Parking Lot in Chicago, IL; and June 25 at the Star Pavilion at Hersheypark in Hershey, PA.

Tickets are already on sale for the various Bamboozle and Hoodwink Festival dates for 2010. Prices and availability vary depending on the host city. Detailed ticketing information for Bamboozle California, New Jersey and Chicago is available on the primary Bamboozle Web site.

The tour will feature an alternating lineup of headliners ranging some relative newcomers like All Time Low, Boys Like Girls and LMFAO to long-standing acts like Third Eye Blind, Good Charlotte and Hanson. More information on each tour stop’s billing is available on the official Roadshow Web page.

Presale tickets to the Roadshow will be available beginning tomorrow, March 3. Sales will then open to the general public over the weekend on March 6.

The Hoodwink:

March 26 Anaheim, CA Grove of Anaheim
April 30 East Rutherford, NJ Meadowlands Sports Complex

The Bamboozle:

March 27-28 Anaheim, CA Angel Stadium of Anaheim
May 1-2 East Rutherford, NJ Meadowlands Sports Complex
May 15 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion

The Bamboozle Roadshow:
(Dates are subject to change.)

May 21 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 22 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
May 23 Austell, GA Six Flags Over Georgia
May 25 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
May 26 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
May 28 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
May 29 San Antonio, TX Six Flags Fiesta Texas
May 30 Arlington, TX Six Flags Over Texas
June 2 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
June 5 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion At Concord
June 6 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
June 10 Minneapolis, MN The Cabooze
June 11 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
June 12 Chicago, IL Soldier Field East Parking Lot
June 13 Eureka, MO Six Flags St. Louis
June 15 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 18 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
June 19 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
June 20 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier
June 23 Pittsboro, NC Rock Rest Amphitheater
June 24 Jackson, NJ Six Flags Great Adventure
June 25 Hershey, PA The Star Pavilion at Hersheypark Stadium
June 26 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 27 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center