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Furthur Announces U.S. Tour

Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh joined forces with John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra), Joe Russo (Benevento/Russo Duo), Jay Lane (RatDog), and Jeff Chimenti (RatDog, The Dead) to create the next chapter in Grateful Dead history. The band unleashed their craft at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California this past September. After much hype and anticipation the band is finally hitting the road, playing limited cities across the U.S. Stream some music over at their site, and check out the tour dates after the jump.

TOUR DATES

12/08/09 Tue Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY

12/09/09 Wed Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY

12/11/09 Fri Oakdale Theatre (Formerly Chevrolet Theatre) Wallingford, CT

12/12/09 Sat Convention Hall Asbury Park, NJ

12/13/09 Sun Convention Hall Asbury Park, NJ

12/30/09 Wed Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco, CA

12/31/09 Thu Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco, CA

02/05/10 Fri Bayfront Park Amphitheatre Miami, FL

02/06/10 Sat Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL

02/08/10 Mon The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA

02/09/10 Tue Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, NC

02/10/10 Wed Bojangles' Coliseum (Formerly Cricket Arena) Charlotte, NC

02/12/10 Fri Hampton Coliseum Hampton, VA

02/13/10 Sat Patriot Center Fairfax, VA

02/14/10 Sun Barton Hall Ithaca, NY

02/15/10 Mon Stabler Arena Bethlehem, PA

02/17/10 Wed Sheas Performing Arts Center Buffalo, NY

02/18/10 Thu Verizon Wireless Arena Manchester, NH

02/19/10 Fri Mullins Center Amherst, MA

02/20/10 Sat Utica College Utica, NY

02/22/10 Mon Bob Carpenter Center Newark, DE

02/23/10 Tue Radio City Music Hall New York, NY

02/24/10 Wed Radio City Music Hall New York, NY

02/26/10 Fri Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT

02/27/10 Sat Trump Taj Mahal Atlantic City, NJ

03/02/10 Tue Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL

03/03/10 Wed Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL

03/08/10 Mon Portland Memorial Coliseum Portland, OR

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