Hotel Café tour heading out across the United States

September 16, 2008  |  4:24pm
Priscilla Ahn had a dream that one day her group of gal pals, The United Songstresses of Hotel Café, would rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “Girls need attention, and boys need us. So let’s make everybody glad.” (That's a verse from the Meiko anthem, “Reasons to Love You," for those of you keeping score at home.)

That day draws nigh, as Ahn, Meiko and their compatriots will seize full control of the fifth Hotel Café Tour and, recognizing that Cary and his brothers in song aren’t the only boys out there who need them, take the show across the land on a 32-date run. So this election season, forget about which female name does, or doesn’t appear on the presidential tickets and feast your eyes on a concert ticket that would put even a Hillary/Michelle Obama combo to shame:

Rachael Yamagata, Ingrid Michaelson, 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, Catherine Feeny, along with “a very special guest” will appear with Ahn and Meiko in varying configurations throughout the tour.

The website for the tour casually summarizes the venture as “one bus, one band and a bunch of friends on the road.” Be glad if they’re coming your way, this ridiculously talented bunch will give you plenty of reasons to love them.

Dates:

October
9 - Santa Barbara, Calif.  @ SoHo Restaurant
10 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hotel Café
11 - Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues
13 - Solana Beach, Calif. @ Belly Up
14 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Martini Ranch
16 - Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
17 - Austin, Texas @ Parish
18 - Houston, Texas @ Meridian Red Room
20 - Birmingham, Ala. @ Workplay Theater
21 - Nashville, Tenn. @ Exit/In
22 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
23 - Gainesville, Fla. @ Common Grounds
25 - Orlando, Fla. @ Social
27 - Chapel Hill, N.C. @ Cat's Cradle
28 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
29 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ World Cafe Live
30 - New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
31 - Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club

November
1 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Music Hall of Williamburg
3 - Cincinnatti, Ohio @ Bogarts
5 - Chicago, Ill. @ Park West
6 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Varsity
7 - Madison, Wis. @ High Noon
8 - St. Louis, Mo. @ Blueberry Hill
9 - Lawrence, Kan. @ Liberty Hall
11 - Denver, Colo. @ Bluebird Theatre
12 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ Avalon Theatre
13 - Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory Concert House
14 - Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir
15 - Seattle, Wash. @ Chop Suey
17 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Great American Music Hall
18 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Henry Fonda Theatre

Related links:
TheHotelCaféTour.com
News: Rachael Yamagata to release two-part album in October
Artist of the Week: Priscilla Ahn

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