Folk musician Sam Amidon released his new album, Following Mountain back in May, which features legendary jazz percussionist Milford Graves, saxophonist Sam Gendel, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily (who Sam has long collaborated with including in Doveman), and others, making for his most ambitious, jazzy album yet. If you haven't checked it out yet you can stream the whole thing below.

Sam has just announced a fall tour and the North American leg wraps up in NYC at Mercury Lounge on October 10. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale, and go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 11 at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Earlier this month (8/5), Sam played the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park with headliner Nels Cline. Pictures from that show are in the gallery above. Sam's band included Ismaily, Grey McMurray (Sō Percussion), and Ben Lanz (The National, Sufjan, Beirut).

Shahzad Ismaily (who is also in Ex Eyes with Colin Stetson and Greg Fox), meanwhile, sometimes plays in Secret Chiefs 3 who are touring with another Mr Bungle related band, Dead Cross. He's not part of this touring lineup, unfortunately, but the two groups are playing NYC shows on September 12 at Gramercy Theatre (tickets) and September 13 at Warsaw (tickets). While in town, Secret Chiefs 3 also play NJ's WFMU Monty Hall on September 9 (tickets). All Secret Chiefs tour dates are listed below.


Sam Amidon - 2017 Tour Dates
Aug 17 Kilkenny Arts Festival w/ Crash Ensemble - Kilkenny, Ireland
Sep 01 Jazz Festival Willisau - Willisau, Switzerland
Sep 23 Fremont Abbey Arts Center Seattle, WA
Sep 24 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
Sep 26 Cafe Du Nord San Francisco, CA
Sep 27 Bootleg Theater Los Angeles, CA
Sep 29 Daniels Hall Denver, CO
Oct 03 The Back Room @ Colectivo Milwaukee, WI
Oct 04 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Oct 06 The Drake Hotel Toronto, Canada
Oct 08 Songbyrd Music House Washington, DC
Oct 09 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA
Oct 10 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
Oct 19 Scalateaterns Källare Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 20 Café Mono Oslo, Norway
Oct 22 Folk å Rock Malmo, Sweden
Oct 23 Atlas Aarhus, Denmark
Oct 24 Lille Vega w/ Laucan - København V, Denmark
Oct 26 Union Chapel w/ Laucan - London, United Kingdom
Oct 28 Forum Freies Theater w/ Laucan - Düsseldorf, Germany
Oct 29 Nochtspeicher w/ Laucan - Hamburg, Germany
Oct 30 Privatclub w/ Laucan - Berlin, Germany
Nov 01 Espace B w/ Laucan - Paris, France
Nov 02 Chäslage Stans, Switzerland
Nov 04 AB Club w/ Laucan - Brussels, Belgium
Nov 05 BITTERZOET Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 07 Whelan's w/ Laucan - Dublin, Ireland
Nov 08 Cyprus Avenue w/ Laucan - Cork, Ireland

Secret Chiefs 3 - 2017 Tour Dates (w/ Dead Cross)
Aug 11 – Las Vegas NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Aug 14 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Aug 15 – Houston TX @ Warehouse Live
Aug 16 – Austin TX @ Emo’s
Aug 19 – San Diego CA @ The Observatory North Park
Aug 21 – Los Angeles CA @ El Rey Theatre
Aug 23 – Berkeley CA @ The UC Theatre
Aug 25 – Vancouver BC @ Vogue Theatre
Aug 26 – Seattle WA @ The Showbox
Aug 27 – Portland OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Aug 29 – Sacramento CA @ Ace of Spades
Sep 08 – Baltimore MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Sep 9 – Jersey City NJ @ Monty Hall (w/o Dead Cross)
Sep 10 – Philadelphia PA @ Union Transfer
Sep 11 – Boston MA @ Royale
Sep 12 – New York NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Sep 13 – Brooklyn NY @ Warsaw
Sep 14 – Toronto ON @ Longboat Hall (w/o Dead Cross)
Sep 15 – Detroit MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
Sep 17 – Milwaukee WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
Sep 19 – Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue
Sep 20 – Lawrence KS @ Liberty Hall
Sep 23 – Denver CO @ Ogden Theatre
Sep 24 – Omaha NE @ Reverb Lounge (w/o Dead Cross)
Sep 26 – Beat Kitchen @ Chicago IL (w/o Dead Cross)


photos by David Andrako

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