King Khan & the Shrines @ SSSEaport (more by Jason Bergman)
King Khan

If you don't know by now, King Khan basically releases music and tours with two separate soulful garage rock projects. There is the simpler, punkier King Khan and BBQ Show, and the more complex (9-12 members) and psychedelic King Khan and the Shrines.

BBQ, when not calling himself BBQ or one of many other pseudonyms, goes by his real name Mark Sultan. And when not playing with KK or with one of his other bands, or running his own label, he is out performing solo. In the past year, KK & BBQ (in all their various incarnations) have been touring, and performing plenty in NYC. And King Khan has been showing up on stage with his friends almost anywhere he happens to be when he isn't playing himself. Each and every time he leaves people talking about his crazy antics and outfits, probably more so than about the music itself. Regardless, it's usually a good time (if you let it be).

We will get a taste again this May when King Khan and the Shrines hit the road with Mark Sultan for an east-to-west coast tour that currently includes three NYC-area shows. Tickets are on sale for all of them: Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on May 1st, Maxwell's in Hoboken on May 2nd, and Santos Party House in Manhattan in May 3rd. The tour will be in support of their 2007 album "What Is?!" that "is finally getting a proper domestic release on April 21" via Vice Records.

King Khan & the Shrines are also playing some dates in the South in March (they were supposed to play Langerado) which then turns into their previously-announced tour-to-SXSW with Golden Triangle. All dates below...

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King Khan & the Shrines (and BBQ) - 2009 Tour Dates
Fri 03/06 - Harvest of Hope Elkton FL
Sat 03/07 - The Vagabond Miami FL
Sun 03/08 - Wills Pub Orlando FL
Tue 03/10 - Masquerade Atlanta GA ^
Thu 03/12 - Orange Peel Asheville NC #
Fri 03/13 - Exit In Nashville TN #
Sat 03/14 - Hi-Tone Cafe Memphis TN &
Sun 03/15 - One Eyed Jacks New Orleans LA &
Mon 03/16 - Palladium Loft Dallas TX @
Tue 03/17 - The Warhol San Antonio TX @
Thu 03/19 - El Sol y La Luna Austin, TX (SXSW)
Fri 03/20 - Emo's Main Room Austin, TX (SXSW Vice Records showcase)
Wed 04/29 - 9:30 Club Washington DC *
Thu 04/30 - First Unitarian Church Philadelphia PA *
Fri 05/01 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY *
Sat 05/02 - Maxwells Hoboken NJ *
Sun 05/03 - Santos Partyhouse New York NY *
Thu 05/07 - Paradise Boston MA *
Fri 05/08 - Babylon Ottawa ON *
Sat 05/09 - La Sala Rossa Montreal PQ
Tue 05/12 - Phoenix Theatre Toronto ON *
Wed 05/13 - Magic Stick Detroit MI *
Thu 05/14 - Wexner Center Columbus OH *
Fri 05/15 - Bottom Lounge Chicago IL *
Sat 05/16 - Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis MN *
Tue 05/19 - The Warehouse Calgary AB *
Wed 05/20 - The Starlite Room Edmonton AB *
Fri 05/22 - Commodore Ballroom Vancouver BC *
Sat 05/23 - Sasquatch Festival, Quincy, WA
Mon 05/25 - Dantes Portland OR *
Thu 05/28 - Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA *
Fri 05/29 - Echo Los Angeles CA *
Sat 05/30 - Echo Los Angeles CA *

@ w/ Golden Triangle, Gringo Star
& w/ Golden Triangle, Lover!
# w/ Golden Triangle
^ w/ Golden Triangle, Thomas Function
* w/ Mark Sultan (BBQ)

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