Hey y’all I just wanted to pass on some more info about the Hotel Cafe Tour. I’m going (and excited to find out who the very special guest in my city is).
Here’s the skinny…
ONE BUS, ONE BAND AND A BUNCH OF GIRLFRIENDS ON THE ROAD, THE HOTEL CAFÉ TOUR ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST ALL FEMALE LINE-UP
FALL TOUR STARTS ON OCTOBER 9
Over the past four years, The Hotel Café Tour has established itself as the premier tour for both up-and-coming and established singer-songwriters. This fall, the Tour will feature an all female line-up for the first time. Nineteen female songwriters, ranging from established musicians Ingrid Michaelson (October 16-27) and Rachael Yamagata to hot rising stars, Meiko, Thao Nguyen, Priscilla Ahn, Brooke Fraser and many more, will pile into a bus and head out on a 34 city tour. One bus, one band, and a bunch of girlfriends on the road.
Named for the increasingly influential coffee shop-turned-venue in LA, The Hotel Café Tour was created to share the community vibe and the stellar songwriters that grew The Hotel Café scene into “the place that breaks artists”. Community and camaraderie are the focus, there are no headliners, the band is shared and spontaneous collaborations between artists are encouraged. With a revolving cast of songwriters jumping on and off the bus, each evening is unique, creating a feeling of “these people in this place will never happen again.”
Over the past four years, the Tour has hit every major market in the United States and Europe and many of the participating songwriters have grown from emerging artists into household names. The Spring 2008 tour sold out, with Sara Bareilles, Cary Brothers, Ingrid Michaelson and Joshua Radin playing to over 30,000 people. With the success of past The Hotel Café Tours, each Tour becomes more anticipated and the slots more coveted.
The Fall Tour will showcase some of the best female songwriters performing today: Rachael Yamagata, Ingrid Michaelson, Meiko, Priscilla Ahn, Kate Havnevik, Thao Nguyen, Brooke Fraser, Samantha Crain, Alice Russell, Jaymay, Erin McCarley, Katie Herzig, Jenny Owen Youngs, Lenka, Emily Wells, Anya Marina, Holly Conlan, and Catherine Feeny. Diverse in their presentation and point of view, they have their passion for lyrics, vocals and the importance of the communal spirit in common. Many have recently released albums but have taken time out of a more traditional individual tour for the opportunity to be a part of this special collaboration.
In line with the Tour’s commitment to community, The Hotel Café Tour will be donating money and raising consciousness for UNFPA and Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women Campaign. Motorola, Myspace, Starbucks and Taylor Guitars have signed on as partners for the Fall Tour.
Pre-sale tickets for The Hotel Café Tour are available starting Tuesday, August 19 at www.thehotelcafetour.com with regular ticket sales beginning on August 26. The dates are as follows, [check the website] for the line-up of each show.
Thursday, October 9 Santa Barbara, CA – SoHo Restaurant
Friday, October 10 LA, CA – Hotel Cafe
Saturday, October 11 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Monday, October 13 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
Tuesday, October 14 Phoenix, AZ – Martini Ranch
Thursday, October 16 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Friday, October 17 Austin, TX – Parish
Saturday, October 18 Houston, TX – Meridian Red Room
Monday, October 20 Birmingham, AL – Work Play
Tuesday, October 21 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Wednesday, October 22 Atlanta, GA – Variety
Thursday, October 23 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
Saturday, October 25 Orlando, FL – Social
Monday, October 27 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Tuesday, October 28 Washington DC – 9:30
Wednesday, October 29 Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
Thursday, October 30 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Friday, October 31 Boston, MA – Paradise
Saturday, November 1 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Monday, November 3 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts Front Room
Wednesday, November 5 Chicago, IL – Park West
Thursday, November 6 Mpls, MN – Varsity Theater
Friday, November 7 Madison, WI – High Noon
Saturday, November 8 St Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
Sunday, November 9 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
Tuesday, November 11 Denver, CO – Bluebird
Wednesday, November 12 Salt Lake City, UT – Avalon
Thursday, November 13 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
Friday, November 14 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
Saturday, November 15 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
Monday, November 17 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Tuesday, November 18 LA, CA – Fonda