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Andrew Bird Kicks Off a Packed Touring Schedule in July

Andrew Bird has been super busy this year plugging his new album, Break It Yourself, which has him playing dates from July through October. Bird has also made a bunch of TV appearances to support the record that we highlight below (videos and tour dates after the jump).

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon


Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Colbert Report


TOUR DATES

July 8 Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Geneva, IL*

July 10 North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh, NC†

July 11 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond, VA†

July 13 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA‡

July 14 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY

July 15 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Grand Rapids, MI

July 16 Artpark Lewiston, NY

July 18 Theatre De Verdure at Parc LaFontaine Montreal, QC

July 19 Echo Beach Toronto, ON

July 20 Higher Ground Shelburne, VT

July 21 Hope Artiste Village Courtyard Pawtucket, RI

July 27 Soundtown Festival Somerset, WI

August 10 Outside Lands San Francisco, CA

August 11 The Spreckels Theatre San Diego, CA

August 12 The Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA

August 14 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT

August 15 Chautauqua Auditorium Boulder, CO

August 17 Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre Denver, CO

August 18 Jackson Hole Center for the Arts Jackson, WY

August 20 Peter Kiewit Concert Hall Omaha, NE

August 21 Simon Estes Amphitheatre Des Moines, IA

September 26 Overture Hall Madison, WI§

September 27 Midpoint Music Festival Cincinnati, OH§

September 29 Singletary Center Lexington, KY§

September 30 Murat Theatre Indianapolis, IN§

October 1 Orange Peel Asheville, NC§

October 2 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC§

October 4 Tennessee Theater Knoxville, TN§

October 5 Georgia Theater Athens, GA§

October 6 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC§

October 8 Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater Miami Beach, FL§

October 9 Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Tampa, FL§

October 10 House of Blues Orlando, FL§

October 12 House of Blues Houston, TX§

October 13 Austin City Limits Festival Austin, TX

* with Wilco

† with Mavis Staples

‡ with Death Cab For Cutie

§ with Here We Go Magic


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