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 26Anaheim, CAGrove of Anaheim
April 30East Rutherford, NJMeadowlands Sports Complex

The Bamboozle:

March 27-28Anaheim, CAAngel Stadium of Anaheim
May 1-2East Rutherford, NJMeadowlands Sports Complex
May 15Chicago, ILCharter One Pavilion

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

May 21Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion
May 22Charlotte, NCUptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
May 23Austell, GASix Flags Over Georgia
May 25West Palm Beach, FLCruzan Amphitheatre
May 26Tampa, FLFord Amphitheatre
May 28Houston, TXVerizon Wireless Theater
May 29San Antonio, TXSix Flags Fiesta Texas
May 30Arlington, TXSix Flags Over Texas
June 2Phoenix, AZCricket Wireless Pavilion
June 5Concord, CASleep Train Pavilion At Concord
June 6Chula Vista, CACricket Wireless Amphitheatre
June 10Minneapolis, MNThe Cabooze
June 11Milwaukee, WIEagles Ballroom
June 12Chicago, ILSoldier Field East Parking Lot
June 13Eureka, MOSix Flags St. Louis
June 15Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
June 18Cleveland, OHTime Warner Cable Amphitheater
June 19Cincinnati, OHPNC Pavilion at Riverbend
June 20Philadelphia, PAFestival Pier
June 23Pittsboro, NCRock Rest Amphitheater
June 24Jackson, NJSix Flags Great Adventure
June 25Hershey, PAThe Star Pavilion at Hersheypark Stadium
June 26Uniondale, NYNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 27Mansfield, MAComcast Center