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Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...

With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.

Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.

There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 lineup announcement underway"

by Andrew Sacher


More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!

You can read the whole list below...

Continue reading "Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2012"

Amadou & Mariam

Amadou & Mariam released their new album, Folila, earlier this year with guest vocals from Santigold, TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, Bertrand Cantat, Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, Ebony Bones, Abdallah Oumbadougou, and Theophilus London. The album also features guitar from Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and production from Manu Chao, Damon Albarn, and Marc-Antoine Moreau. If you've yet to hear the album, you can stream it below via a spotify widget.

Amadou & Mariam have a number of upcoming shows and festival appearances scheduled, including Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Outside Lands, and they'll be coming to NYC for a free Central Park Summerstage show this Saturday (8/4) at 3 PM with Folila guest Theophilus London. Maybe he'll make an on-stage appearance during their set?

A list of all dates and the spotify stream below...

Continue reading "Amadou & Mariam touring, playing free Central Park Summerstage show w/ Theophilus London (dates)"

Theophilus London at Beauty Ballroom in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Theophilus London

It must be hard to be noted as both one of the most stylish New Yorkers and one of the 25 best MCs under 25, but Theophilus London can probably weather the storm. See how London fares tonight at Blue Note (6/27) where he'll play and early and late show. Reserved tables to the early show (9PM) are sold out, but standing room walk-up tickets are available; and you can still get table seating for the 11:30 PM performance. If you cant make it tonight, London will also appear in Central Park with Amadou & Mariam on August 4th.

Theophilus London recently teamed up with the great Big Boi, dropping science on the sexy new jam "She Said OK." No word on if the track will appear on Big Boi's forthcoming solo LP Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which he professed will see the light of day on 11/13.

So far no Big Boi dates in NYC to speak of, but you road-trippers can catch him at some of his other recently announced dates. A listing of those shows and a stream of that collabo is below.

Continue reading "Theophilus London playing Blue Note tonight, touring, collaborating w/ Big Boi who has a new LP coming, touring too"


We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5Tickets are still available for the three-day event.

In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The WeekndPassion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMTSantigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.

Full Osheaga lineup is below.

Continue reading "Justice, Metric, The Black Keys, Sigur Ros and more playing Montreal's Osheaga Festival in August "

Santigold at MHOW in January (more by Bao Nguyen)

Santigold, who recently released her new album, Master of My Make-Believe, and is currently touring in support of it, is stopping in NYC TONIGHT (5/14) at Irving Plaza for a free Samsung Mobile USA-sponsored show. RSVP is closed but we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on how to enter to win are below.

If you can't make it to the show, you'll be able to stream the entire thing live at the Samsung Mobile USA facebook. The show will feature special guest appearances from Pharrell Williams and SNL's Andy Samberg, who wrote the Lonely Island song "After Party" which Santigold sings on. Doors for tonight's show open at 7 and the show starts at 8.

In related news, Santigold is one of the many contributors to the new Amadou and Mariam album, Folila, which came out last month. She co-wrote and sings on the album's opening track, "Dougou Badia." You can stream that track below. Amadou and Mariam return to Central Park Summerstage this summer.

Santigold will also play Governors Ball next month.

Song stream and contest details below...

Continue reading "Santigold streaming live from Irving Plaza tonight (with guests Andy Samberg & Pharrell)"

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Amadou Mariam

As you may remember from the past couple of years, "Summerstage" now encompasses more than just Central Park, but Central Park Summerstage will still always be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the series. Here's the 2012 schedule. Check it out below...

Continue reading "Central Park Summerstage 2012 schedule (Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Gary Clark Jr, Amadou & Mariam & more)"

Outside Lands

"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."
Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2012 lineup (Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex...)"

Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)

Chicago Sun Times reports:

Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.

The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.

Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.

The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2012 lineup (Jack White, At The Drive-In, Sigur Ros, Black Keys, RHCP, Afghan Whigs, M83, Weeknd, SBTRKT, Black Sabbath & more)"

Alicia Keys

...which is being rebroadcast online "shortly" NOW. Other performers include Amadou & Mariam, Hugh Masekela, K'Naan, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré, Angelique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, and Shakira.

Beast @ CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)

Lady Gaga was nominated five times. Considering her rocket to fame over the last year, many were expecting more for her. But at least the contests are going to be really interesting: Beyoncé, [Taylor] Swift and Lady Gaga are going head to head in three of the most important categories: album, record and song of the year. Will one of them sweep, or will the lady vote be split?

One of the usual complaints about the Grammys is that it over-rewards older, established, familiar acts at the expense of newer, fresher ones. MGMT, the Brooklyn synth-rock duo, was nominated for best new artist, a big coup although not unexpected. But some of the shoulda-been names that have been circulated and Tweeted: Grizzly Bear, another acclaimed Brooklyn group; Regina Spektor, a young New York songwriter who started in the underground and has found some mainstream popularity; Diane Birch, a young soul-style singer, just the revivalist type the Grammys usually adore; and the Decemberists, an alt-folk-rock band from Portland, Ore., that released an ambitious concept album this year. [NY Times]

Neko Case, Imogen Heap, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups, David Byrne, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are some of the other familiar names in the list of Grammy nominees this year. As Ben Sisario in the NY Times alludes, the nominations are a complete joke and predictable... but fun to look at anyway. Nobody expects Animal Collective to get picked, despite their soon-to-be status of being one of the highly rated artists of the year (and decade maybe).

One surprise (for me anyway) came this year in the video category. Montreal's Beast were nominated for "Mr. Hurricane". That video with a list of some of the other nominees, below...

Continue reading "Beast's 'Mr. Hurricane' video & other 2009 Grammy nominees "

Tinariwen @ Le Poisson Rouge (more by Tim Griffin)

Tinariwen are touring North America in the first quarter of 2010. Tickets recently went on sale for 2 NYC shows. It's a long journey for the band from Northern Mali (assuming they still live there), and it's a chance for us to again see the artists who made the "best world music album" of the decade (according to the Times Online)...

"The Tuaregs' debut, recorded in a Saharan radio station, is the sound of the sands, stones and emptiness, filtered through a woozy wall of guitars. Today they are genuine rock stars, but this, in all its ragged glory, is the one."
Their whole list is below...

Continue reading "Times Online picks the decade's 'best world music albums'"

Amadou & Mariam @ All Points West 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Amadou and Mariam

The contest to guess the lineup of this year's All Point West festival continues. I honestly don't even know the lineup yet - I'll be receiving it right before I post it at 7am Monday morning.

Will Coldplay be on the lineup? A lot of people seem convinced based on the band's current tour schedule (which you can see in its entirety below). If they are playing the fest, well, that will be weird.

UPDATE: yes, Coldplay are in fact playing the festival

Amadou and Mariam played All Points West last year, are touring the US with Coldplay in July, and have some headlining dates scheduled in June (including a show at Webster Hall on June 8th). The Mali duo was also just added to this year's Bonnaroo lineup.

Also recently added to Bonnaroo (music and comedy): Public Enemy, Ani Difranco, the Itals and Wailing Souls, Murs, Shadows Fall, High on Fire, Janelle Monáe, Pretty Lights, Tony Rice, Passion Pit, Hockey, White Rabbits, Jimmy Fallon, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Rory Albanese, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Aziz Ansari, Kristen Schaal, Arj Barker, Todd Barry, Nick Thune, Wayne Federman, Nick Kroll, Kurt Braunholer, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani and Pete Holmes. Full Bonnaroo (June 11 - 14 in Manchester, Tennessee) lineup below...

Continue reading "Coldplay, All Points West, Amadou & Mariam & Bonnaroo"

STREAM: Amadou & Mariam - Sabali (produced by Damon Albarn) (MOV)
STREAM: Amadou & Mariam - Welcome to Mali (MOV)
Amadou and Mariam

Back on November 21st I asked, "What is the best album of 2008?" In that post I listed the top ten albums according to Metacritic's aggregated critic-rating statistics. At the time, The Bug held the number one spot for his album "London Zoo".

Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali was released on November 17th in the UK and hadn't even been listed on Metacritic yet. It appeared on the site a week or two after that, and it in turn knocked The Bug down to the number two spot. To this day "Welcome to Mali" holds the title of best rated album of 2008... even though it doesn't come out in the U.S. until March 24, 2009.

In June A&M will visit our country again, to give us some more of their great live shows...

The singer Mariam Doumbia and her husband, the guitarist/vocalist Amadou Bagayoko, have been making music together since they first met and fell in love at the Institute for Young Blind People in Bamako, Mali's capital, three decades ago. Over the last few years, they have achieved remarkable critical and popular acclaim in Europe and North America.

Amadou & Mariam are especially beloved for their live shows - they recently performed in the Africa Express event that was part of the BBC Electric Proms festival; the concert also featured Johnny Marr, The Magic Numbers, Damon Albarn, and Hard-Fi as well as numerous African artists. They will be headlining a Spring tour and will be opening for Coldplay in July.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for a June 8th headlining date at Webster Hall in NYC. Last time they were here was for All Points West.

All dates below...

Continue reading "Amadou & Mariam - 2009 Tour Dates, new album, streams"

most photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Amadou and Mariam

Rodrigo y gabriela

Though I got there late on the first night (in time to see Girl Talk, some of Underworld and then Radiohead though), I did make the trek to Jersey City all three days of the All Points West festival this past weekend. Unfortunately (for the festival I guess?) I don't think there are not many people besides state police, ferry operators, festival staff and photographers that can say the same thing. The admission price was high and Sunday's lineup was not very popular (in this neck of the woods anyway). Sunday's crowd looked completely different than Friday and Saturday. Sunday's crowd looked like people that didn't mind paying close to $100 to see Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Trey Anastasio. Saturday's crowd looked like people that weren't about to spend another $100 to see Cat Power, Rogue Wave and The Secret Machines in Jersey City on a Sunday.

Anyway, I went Sunday (to which I got very many "Why??"'s). I was most excited to see Amadou & Mariam followed by Rodrigo y Gabriela (the 'world music' segment of the show) followed by Cat Power. They are the three artists that started the day off on the same stage that Radiohead headlined the two nights before. And because I was in attendance at both of those Radiohead performances, it was extremely difficult to get myself moving back to Jersey City on Sunday early-afternoon. Somehow I did though. It probably took me about 90 minutes to get there, and the whole time I knew there was a good chance I'd miss A&M. When I finally did get there, it was about to rain and, for the second day in a row, I had to wait on a long line to get through the gate. Luckily for me, the impending rain also caused Sunday to start late. I heard it was because they were making the grounds a little safer and more waterproof before they let anyone in (I didn't confirm that). Because of the delay I got to see a song of Neil Halstead, a song of De Novo Dahl, and almost all of Amadou & Mariam who weren't a letdown, but all factors considered (early, gloomy, about to rain, small crowd, running late, frustrating commute, seeing Radiohead in the same spot the night before), I wasn't having the time of my life like I was when I saw the same group play Summerstage a couple of years earlier.

The schedule was all screwed up at this point, so from A&M I was able to run over and catch a decent amount of Rogue Wave on one of the smaller stages. They sounded great and weren't boring. I think that's when it started to drizzle. Not bad enough to seek shelter, but enough for the umbrellas (which supposedly weren't allowed in the venue) to start popping out. From Rogue Wave I headed back to the main stage to catch Rodrigo y Gabriela. As exciting as it was to see them again, it really started to pour during their set. Sick of getting wet, I moved to a covered area. I could still hear them from a distance, but it was hardly like being upfont. That's where I stayed until Cat Power.

Photos and video of the first two Sunday main stage sets below....

Continue reading "Rodrigo y Gabriela y Amadou y Mariam @ APW - pics & video "

photos by Bao Nguyen

Amadou and Mariam @ Lollapalooza

If you're going to All Points West on Sunday, don't miss Amadou & Mariam, "the blind couple from Mali", and their band. Bao caught their set at Lollapalooza. More pics and the setlist from that below...

Continue reading "Amadou & Mariam - Lollapalooza pics & setlist, APW Sunday"

Lollapalooza 91

Jim DeRogatis is the guy who revealed all the Lollapalooza headliners the other day. Perry Farrell wasn't very happy about it, but that didn't stop Jim. He topped himself today by revealing the entire lineup on his Sun Times blog.....

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2008 - the full lineup (says the Sun Times)"

All Points West

The ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL LINE-UP (as of 2/21) is as follows: Radiohead, Jack Johnson, Underworld, Kings of Leon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cat Power, The Roots, The New Pornographers, Youssou N'Dour, Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Metric, CSS, Girl Talk, Chromeo, The Go! Team, Amadou & Mariam, The Black Angels, Sia, The Felice Brothers, K'Naan, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Alberta Cross, The Virgins, Black Kids, Mates of State, Duffy, Forro in the Dark, Nicole Atkins, Juana Molina, Little Brother, Rogue Wave, Neil Halstead and Your Vegas.
Radiohead is in fact headlining two days (Friday and Saturday), and Jack Johnson is also one of the headliners (Sunday) (who wants to stay out late on a Sunday anyway?). More details below...

Continue reading "All Points West (Jersey City) initial 2008 lineup announced!"

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Amadou & Mariam at Summerstage

I saw Amadou et Mariam play Central Park Summerstage in NYC Sunday afternoon (July 16, 2006). They're "a musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Mariam Doumbia (vocals) and Amadou Bagayoko (guitar and vocals)". Also known as "the blind couple from Mali", "The duo produces music that mixes traditional Mali sound with rock guitars, Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets, Egyptian ney, Colombian trombones, Indian tablas and Dogon percussion. All these elements put together have been referred to as 'Afro-blues'."

It was HOT out and I spent the entire day before watching bands in Coney Island. Factors like that might ruin an outdoor Sunday afternoon concert for me, yet I'm pretty sure it was the most fun I've had at a show all year. I'll probably consider it the best, or close to the best, show of 2006 (when the year is over....for those who like lists). It was the first time in recent history that I remember myself REALLY wishing the band wouldn't stop playing. I left Central Park drenched in sweat and on a total adrenaline high. Amadou et Mariam please come back soon.

Thx Wikipedia for some of the quotes. Thx David Prince for the picture - I took some, but I can't seem to get them off my seemingly-corrupted memory card ($@#$@#$). Too bad I missed their Thursday afternoon show in Brooklyn.

pic of Amadou et Mariam @ Bonnaroo 2006 | free NYC shows
Amadou & Mariam playing BAM & Bonnaroo | 2006 Tour Dates
Amadou & Mariam playing Summerstage, Coachella
Stream (songs from) the Amadou & Miriam album
Amadou and Mariam | CMJ 2005

Amadou et Mariam

"Blind husband-and-wife duo Amadou & Mariam followed in the footsteps of acts like the Cat Empire and Marah, completely winning over a crowd that barely knew who they were. The sinewy, African grooves of the Malinese couple had everybody in the tent dancing." [USA TODAY]

7/13/2006 - BAM Rythm & Blues Festival, Brooklyn, NY (@ noon)
7/16/2006 - Central Park Summerstage, NYC

photo by Jon Bahr (ASCAP/The Slip)

pic of Dr. John as Night Tripper @ Bonnaroo 2006 | free NYC show too
Amadou & Mariam playing BAM & Bonnaroo | 2006 Tour Dates

My radio show was much better this week in terms of preparedness and stress levels. I did lie about getting the playlist posted the next day though. I don't know what my problem is. Here's the playlist from my third week on Sirius Radio ("Left of Center" - Tuesdays @ 10 pm EST). Linked songs are MP3s. Linked links are links.

Radio1. Daniel Johnston - Like A Monkey in the Zoo (2:40)
2. The Big Sleep - Murder (4:34)
[Just signed to Frenchkiss]
3. Thunderbirds are Now! - The Veil Comes Down
[new song]
4. Pixies - La La Love You (4:32)
5. The Grates - Sukkafish (4:03)
[playing the US this month]
6. Gnarls Barkely - Gone Daddy Gone (2:35)
7. Blondie - In The Flesh (2:30)
8. Cloud Cult - Million Things (2:36)
9. Final Fantasy - Many Lives -> 49 MP (2:56)
[lots of tour dates]
10. Love Is All - Turn The Radio Off (3:55)
11. Deerhoof - Vivid Cheek Love Song (2:16)
12. Bloc Party - Helicopter [weird science remix with peaches] [HERE]
13. ¡Forward, Russia! - Twelve (2:17)
[just played Mercury Lounge]
14. Land of Talk - speak to me bones (3:29)
Radio15. Mew - Am I Wry? No (4:53)
16. Band Of Horses - Monsters (5:21)
[playing NYC this weekend]
17. David Bowie - Starman (4:18)
18. Seu Jorge - Ziggy Stardust (3:42)
19. Amadou & Mariam - Sénégal fast food (4:19)
20. Konono Nr. 1 - Kule Kule Reprise (3:04)
21. M.I.A. - Bingo (3:14)
22. Lily Allen - LDN (3:10)
23. CSS (Cansei De Ser Sexy) - Meeting Paris Hilton(versao banda) (3:20)
[Touring lots]
24. Lady Sovereign - Random (2:56)
25. bonde do role - jabuticaba (2:59)
26. Robyn - Be Mine! (3:26)
27. The Young Knives - Weekends & Bleak Days (2:48)
[Saw them at SXSW]
28. The Futureheads - Skip To The End (2:56)
29. Angela McCluskey - Love Is Stronger Than Death (4:08)
[saw her Monday]
30. José González - Heartbeats (Rocketboy Remix) (6:12)
31. Feist - When I was a Young Girl (River Remix) (3:20) [HERE]
32. Bright Eyes - Lover I Don't Have to Love (4:00)
33. Bruce Springsteen - State Trooper (3:16)

Sirius Playlist - Week 2


David Rivel wrote in to clear up some confusion....


I am David Rivel, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation, the non-profit organization that produces Central Park SummerStage. We also put on free arts, sports and educational programs and work with community groups in 700 other parks around the five boroughs.

A friend of mine alerted me to the postings here, so I thought I’d respond to some of the questions about the festival.

SummerStage is a FREE festival consisting of 32 events: music, dance, spoken word and others. Many people assume that because the festival is free that it must not cost us anything to put it on: people think (incorrectly) that the artists donate their time and that the labor is volunteer.

In fact, SummerStage costs about $2 million to produce. The stage labor, site crew and security force is all paid (with benefits). Artists charge their normal fees.

In order to pay for SummerStage, City Parks Foundation does several things: we raise money from corporate sponsors, foundations interested in supporting free music and individuals willing to become members. You can get information about becoming a member by going to our website at www.summerstage.org. We also run a concession stand and sell some merchandise. We also host six shows every year that have a ticket price. Let me explain how these “benefit” shows work.

Each year, we send out a letter to everyone who produces shows in New York City, asking if they would like to do a benefit for SummerStage. They choose the artist (subject to our approval), set the ticket price, and do all the promotion. We agree to list the event in our brochure and materials. We receive a flat fee from the producer, plus an overage depending on how many tickets are sold.

It’s a great way to raise money for the free shows, but we are aware that the benefit shows sometimes interfere with the message we are trying to send out, which is that SummerStage is a wonderful, FREE festival. As a result, we are reducing the number of benefit shows we do. Last summer, we did eight benefit shows; this coming summer, we will be doing only six. As for tickets, we do not know when they will be on sale (since they’re not, technically, our shows), but you can generally expect to see advertising for them in May. At our website, you can sign up for our e-mail list. We generally, but not always, send out information about how to buy tickets to the benefit shows as soon as they are announced.

If you come to a benefit show, know that you are helping to support all the free events we put on every year in Central Park.

I would welcome your additional comments, questions and feedback. Since I’m not a regular user of this site, I would ask that you write me at: City Parks Foundation, 830 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10021. I promise to respond to all letters received.

David Byrne @ Summerstage

Central Park Summerstage, 2006
June 25 - Feist, Jason Collett
July 2 - Seu Jorge, Jose Gonzalez, Alex Cuba Band
July 13 - Ani DiFranco
July 16 - Amadou & Mariam, Daby Toure
Sept 5 - Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Damian Marley
Sept 6 - Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Damian Marley (more info)

Prospect Park Bandhsell, 2006
July 9 - Ralph's World
July 13 - Yo La Tengo
Aug 4 - Los Amigos Invisibles
Aug 6 - King Sunny Ade & His African Beats

Three days before Amadou & Mariam play NYC's Summerstage, they'll be at BAM in Brooklyn. They're also playing Coachella, Bonnaroo, Milwaukee Summerfest, and a Bastille Day Street Party in Boston. All tour dates below....

Continue reading "Amadou & Mariam playing BAM & Bonnaroo | 2006 Tour Dates"

This summer's Central Park Summerstage schedule keeps getting better and better. First Seu Jorge. Then Jose Gonzalez. Then Feist & Jason Collett. Now Amadou & Miriam. They play with Daby Toure on July 16, 2006.

Amadou & Mariam are also playing Coachella on April 30th, and a show two days earlier at Bimbo's in San Francisco.

Amadou and Mariam | CMJ 2005
Stream (songs from) the Amadou & Miriam album

"Now American listeners have a chance to hear one of the year's most unexpected rock 'n' roll success stories: a nimble, playful CD that nods toward everything from indie-rock to dance music. This week the duo made a rare promotional trip to the United States, which ended with a pair of rapturously received concerts at Joe's Pub on Tuesday night. Sometime after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, they began the final encore with "La Réalité," an exuberant Afro-disco track that gives Mr. Bagayoko space to wind his guitar lines around a refrain borrowed from the eccentric reggae producer Lee Perry; from the noise in the crowd, even the two singers onstage must have known that people were dancing." [NY TIMES] (thx again danfun)

Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 7:00 PM
AMADOU & MIRIAM / laura Viers plus special guest GLEN KOCHE / a walterworldwide presentation & in assocaition w/ CMJ music marathon

Amadou and Mariam | CMJ 2005