It's all pop stars and mainstreamers today. Lil Wayne, P!nk, John Mayer, Mumford & Sons ... this is a show announcement post that doesn't happen all too often. Soak it in. But let's not lie, the biggest announcement is Lil Wayne's tour, especially since we've all been wondering if he's OK since being hospitalized recently. Read below to get all of the juicy details and to unearth more show announcements that I think you might like.
Lil Wayne, T.I., Future Friday, August 16, at Gexa Energy Pavilion After his health scare a couple of weeks ago, when Lil Wayne was hospitalized for a few days for seizures, he announced that not only is he more than fine, but he is doing a sequel to his "America's Most Wanted" tour, with T.I. and Future filling out the bill. The tour is in support of his brand spankin' new album, I'm Not A Human Being II, which just hit stores yesterday.
strong>Fort Worth Music Festival Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18 at Panther Island Pavilion I already told you about the first round of acts announced for the 2013 Fort Worth Music Festival, which include a few heavy-hitters like The Walkmen, Allen Stone, Delta Spirit, Old 97's, ZZ Ward, Whiskey Myers and Dirty River Boys. Well, they've added some New Orleans flavor to the two-day fest with the announcement of Ivan Neville's Dumpstafunk and the Dirty River Brass Band. Both bands will join NOLA's funk and jazz jam band, Galactic, on Saturday, May 18. Cool. Keep 'em comin', Fort Worth.
Bosnian Rainbows Tuesday, May 28, at Trees Deantoni Parks and Omar Rodriguez Lopez, formerly of the progressive experimental band The Mars Volta, are hitting town this May with their other group, Bosnian Rainbows. It was sad news to hear that The Mars Volta officially broke up recently, but I'm glad Omar, his crazy voice and hair are still doing stuff. At the Drive-In was a bit of a tease to us all last year when they briefly reunited to do a string of festivals and then disbanded again. Regardless, Bosnian Rainbows' self-titled debut album is due out this June, so keep an eye out.
Mumford & Sons, Michael Kiwanuka, Mystery Jets Tuesday, June 11, at Gexa Energy Pavilion English folk rock band Mumford & Sons have pretty much taken over the planet already, haven't they? No? Not yet? Well, they're getting there. Ever since their 2009 release, Sigh No More, people have been going ape shit for that banjo and those whiskey-strained vocals. Then they threw the public a bone and put out Babel last year, after a three-year wait, which calls for a tour. See 'em live this summer if the radio doesn't play their songs to death before then.
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Pitbull, Ke$ha Sunday, June 23, at Gexa Energy Pavilion I guess this pairing makes sense, ever since the two released the viral dance jam "Girls" a few years back. The two were actually just featured on the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards last weekend, which is kind of the national precursor to a tour together. Opening acts on this tour are said to be Australian pop act Justice Crew and Jump Smokers. Ke$ha, apart from her tour (and really her music career altogether), is coming out with her new documentary series, My Crazy Beautiful Life, this April on MTV. She's having her cake and eating it too.
John Mayer, Phillip Phillips Saturday July 13, at Gexa Energy Pavilion Pretty-boy John Mayer is going to tour for the first time in years. Word is, he actually hadn't set foot on a stage since April 2011 until just a couple of months ago. Crazy, right? Makes you wonder what he's saving all of the juju up for. His latest effort, Born and Raised, he released last summer, so crowds should expect to hear the new material and not too much from the "Your Body Is A Wonderland" days.
Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch Saturday, August 17, at Gexa Energy Pavilion It's hard to imagine Keith Urban has a minute to spare since his recent induction as one of four judges on American Idol, but apparently he does. The country star is going on tour, starting this July, and won't stop until December 8. A new album is expected out of him before summer hits.
P!NK Saturday, November 16, at American Airlines Center So, pop star P!nk just played a show at American Airlines Center in late February, but apparently she's coming right back, rerouting her "The Truth About Love" tour through Dallas in November. If you're a fan, dig deep: Are you in for round two?