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Wu Lyf and Willis Earl Beal played Bowery Ballroom (pics); Willis playing Summerstage w/ Bobby Womack

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Willis Earl Beal

Willis Earl Beal had me at his opening line, “I am gonna sing you some songs and then I am gonna get off the Goddamned stage!”…He’s a born performer and for the duration of his hour long set, he sang like a man possessed! Think of the vocals of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell on You” and add a whole lot of soul with an addictively entertaining stage presence and you’ve got Willis Earl Beal. [accordingtog]

Willis Earl Beal opened for Wu Lyf at Bowery Ballroom on April 27, the second of two NYC shows (Music Hall of Williamsburg was the night before) and part of a string of shows supporting the UK band following their two-weekend sets at  Coachella (pictures from week 2). More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show are in this post.

Willis Earl Beal mainly has European dates scheduled in the upcoming months, but he’ll be in the US for a few festival dates and a free NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on June 7 opening for Bobby Womack.

All Willis Earl Beal dates are listed below alongside more pics from the Bowery Ballroom show…


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Willis Earl Beal — 2012 Tour Dates
16-May @ Tabernacle – London
17-May @ Liverpool Sound City – Liverpool
19-May @ Paradiso – Amsterdam (London Calling Festival)
20-May @ Nuits Botanique – Brussels
22-May @ Ideal Bar – Copenhagen
23-May @ Debaser (outdoor stage) – Malmo
25-May @ Monarch – Berlin
26-May @ Le Guess Who – Utrecht
29-May @ Dok Kantine – Ghent
30-May @ Boule Noire- Paris
01-June @ Captain Rest – Glasgow
02-June @ Dot 2 Dot – Bristol
03-June @ Dot 2 Dot – Nottinghan
04-June @ Dot 2 Dot – Manchester
07-June @ Central Park Summerstage- New York City w/Bobby Womack
21-June @ The Ironwood Stage & Grill – Calgary (Sled Island Festival)
13-15-July @ Union Park – Chicago (Pitchfork Music Festival)
21-July @ Weeksville Heritage Center – Brooklyn
09-10-August @ Haldern, Germany (Haldern Pop Festival)
11-August @ Sant-Malo, France (La Route du Rock Festival)
19-August @ Funkirk Estate – Skipton, North Yorkshire (Beacons Festival)
2-September @ Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset (End of the Road Festival)
7-September @ Robin Hill County Park, Isle of Wright (Bestival)
27-29 September @ Champaign, IL (Pygmalion Music Festival)
27-29 September @ Cincinnati, OH (Midpoint Music Festival)

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