May 31, 2004

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Keller Williams, YMSB Join Acoustic Planet Tour

Fans of progressive Americana have reason to rejoice: Bela Fleck & The Flecktones are coming through this summer on the Acoustic Planet Tour, featuring friends Keller Williams and Yonder Mountain String Band on almost all dates.

The tour kicks off August 5 at Interlochen, Mich.’s Kresge Auditorium. They’ll play amphitheatres across the eastern half of the U.S. for just over a month, finishing up September 5 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at the House of Blues.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones will precede the tour with dates of their own in June and July, including Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Playboy Jazz Festival in Hollywood, Calif.

Telluride will also feature Yonder Mountain String Band, who have a busy early summer schedule of their own. Keller Williams is no exception, with a host of solo dates and festival appearances in addition to an opening stint for Dave Matthews in late June.

Source pollstar.com.

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Grant Lee Phillips Hitting The Road Solo

L.A. rock veterans gone solo Grant Lee Phillips and John Doe are teaming up for a tour of the eastern U.S. this June.

Phillips, who spent the bulk of the ’90s fronting the critically acclaimed Grant Lee Buffalo, is supporting his new release, Virginia Creeper.

Doe has been doing solo work for more than a dozen years now, along with occasional reunions with X, the seminal punk band he co-founded in the late ’70s. His most recent album is Dim Stars, Bright Sky.

The two troubadours will hit the highway June 2, when they play Headliners in Louisville, Ky. They’ll move on to Nashville, New York City, Boston and other hot spots throughout the East Coast and Midwest before wrapping in Chicago June 17.

Immediately following the tour, Doe will hook up with original X bandmates Exene Cervenka, D.J. Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom for two shows at Anaheim’s House of Blues June 18-19.

Source pollstar.com.

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Rock Climbing: College Rock, Hopkinton, MA

I got an irresistible invitation from a friend this month. My friend Tina called and asked if I wanted to go outdoor rock climbing with some of her climbing friends. She said they had an extra harness and all the gear I

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