This year marks the 20th anniversary of “Shake Your Money Maker,” the commercial hit and debut effort by The Black Crowes. But the veteran band’s celebration of that milestone will be bittersweet.

Co-founded by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, the Crowes plan to begin an indefinite hiatus after releasing a new album this summer and completing a four-month tour. After filling the next few months with scattered festival gigs and one-offs, the Crowes will officially launch their pre-hiatus tour on August 13 at Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI.

The Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys Tour will visit 50 markets across the United States and Canada. Dates are booked through the end of the year, with the itinerary ultimately wrapping with a six-night block at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

The band is booked for two-night stands on October 19-20 at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT; October 22-23 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA; November 13-14 at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC; and November 19-20 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. A longer engagement is also planned for New York City, where the Crowes will play five nights from October 31 through November 6 at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square.

The Crowes will open most nights of their tour with a full acoustic set before plugging in and amping up for a full-length electric set.

Public onsales for the Say Goodnight Tour begin May 14, with additional onsales following later in the season. While face values vary from market to market, most of‘s current listings put ticket prices in the $35 to $55 range. Additional tour and ticketing details are available on the Crowes’ official Web site.

The band has been on an almost non-stop touring circuit for the past couple of years with 2008’s Euphoria or Bust Tour and 2009’s equally lengthy Stuck Inside Utopia Tour. In an interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Chris Robinson said he found the arrangement fulfilling if not entirely sustainable.

“If we kept going, we might be playing with fate too much,” Robinson commented. “It would be nice to have a 30th anniversary. But we should walk away from this while everyone’s in a good mood.”

But the singer would not specify how long he thought the hiatus could last. He explained, “To me, ‘hiatus’ means there is no plan. We haven’t said, ‘Let’s get back together in 2012.’ And we haven’t said, ‘Let’s not.'”

Coinciding with the summer tour, the Black Crowes will release a new studio album, “Croweology.” The two-disc set, their first all-acoustic effort, is scheduled to drop August 3.

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

April 23 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 24 Cottonwood, AL Country Crossing
May 14 Gulf Shores, AL The Hangout Music and Arts Festival
May 21 San Diego, CA Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
May 22 Dana Point, CA Doheny Blues Festival
May 27 Mission, TX Las Palmas Race Park
May 28 New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Amphitheatre
May 29 Little Rock, AR Riverfest
June 2 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
June 6 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
June 30 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
July 2 Jacksonville, OR Britt Festival
July 3 Quincy, CA High Sierra Music Festival
July 24 Tunica, MS Horseshoe Casino
July 25 Louisville, KY Hullabalou Festival
August 13 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
August 14 Walker, MN Northern Lights Casino *
August 15 Apple Valley, MN Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater *
August 17 Des Moines, IA Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheatre *
August 18 Kansas City, MO Harrah’s North Kansas City *
August 20 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
August 21 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
August 22 Columbus, OH PromoWest Pavilion
August 24 Cleveland, OH House of Blues *
August 25 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
August 27 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
August 28 Council Bluffs, IA Stir Concert Cove *
August 29 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
August 31 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot *
September 7 Salina, KS The Stiefel Theatre for Performing Arts *
September 8 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom *
September 10 Charleston, SC Family Circle Magazine Stadium
September 12 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
September 17 Raleigh, NC Raleigh Boutique Amphitheatre
September 18 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
September 19 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
September 21 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
September 24 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
September 26 Dallas, TX House of Blues *
October 1 Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino *
October 2 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP)
October 15 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
October 16 Salamanca, NY Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel Outdoor Venue *
October 17 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre *
October 19 – 20 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
October 22 – 23 Boston, MA House of Blues
October 24 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom *
October 26 Waterbury, CT Palace Theater
October 27 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
October 29 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
October 30 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Music Box *
Oct. 31, Nov. 2, 4-6 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square
November 10 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live! *
November 12 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park at North Shore
November 13 – 14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
November 16 Richmond, VA The National
November 17 Norfolk, VA NorVa
November 19 – 20 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
December 3 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
December 4 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre *
December 5 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo *
December 7 Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre
December 10 Las Vegas, NV The Joint *
December 11 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Palladium
Dec. 12, 14-15, 17-19 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

* Electric shows only.

Last Updated on April 22, 2010

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