Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the inaugural “Bonnaroo Buzz Tour Presented By StubHub!“. The 13-date tour is confirmed to begin at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, on May 17th and play intimate venues on the way down to Bonnaroo. Bonnaroo has historically been the launching pad for such popular artists as Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, Robert Randolph, My Morning Jacket, Ray Lamontagne, Matisyahu, and many others. It is also recognized as the place to see bands that are on the verge of breaking, such as Phoenix, The National and Temper Trap, to name a few. Taking a page from Bonnaroo’s programming formula, the Bonnaroo Buzz Tour Presented By StubHub! will feature buzz bands as they make their way on their journey to Bonnaroo, culminating with performances at the festival. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday April 8th at 10am EST via local venue ticket outlets.
Confirmed to perform are such buzzing bands as Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Futurebirds, Gary Clark Jr., The Black Box Revelation and comedian Julian McCullough.
“One of the most gratifying parts of Bonnaroo is knowing that we were part of a band’s early success and able to help nurture them in their development stages,” said Superfly’s Rick Farman. “We want the Bonnaroo Buzz Tour to underscore this part of the festival and to hopefully give emerging artists yet another platform from which to grow their careers.”
“We are thrilled to be presenting the inaugural Bonnaroo Buzz Tour and helping to showcase such an incredible group of up and coming artists,” said Chuck LaVallee, StubHub’s Head of Music Business Development. “We look forward to once again working with Bonnaroo and to providing fans with the very best choice and access to tickets.”
Grace Potter adds, “The Nocturnals and I are thrilled to be a part of the Bonnaroo Buzz Tour! We love the idea of helping build up the energy along with these other wonderful acts and bringing the festival experience to more intimate venues across the country.”
StubHub! will be the presenting sponsor for the tour and Ben & Jerry’s will be giving away samples of its new “Bonnaroo Buzz” ice cream at select shows along the way.
Bonnaroo, which celebrates its 10th year June 9 – 12, 2011, was conceived in 2002 and continues to make a strong impact on the American music industry. It has served as a launching pad for such popular artists as Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, Robert Randolph, My Morning Jacket, Ray Lamontagne, Matisyahu, and many others. A creative and cultural mega-success, Bonnaroo has featured a staggeringly diverse range of world-class acts such as Bob Dylan, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Radiohead, Jay-Z, Phish, Willie Nelson, The Police, Pearl Jam, David Byrne, Tom Petty, Tool, Wilco, The Dave Matthews Band, James Brown, The White Stripes, Al Green, Nine Inch Nails, The Dead, Regina Spektor, Widespread Panic, Death Cab For Cutie, Elvis Costello, Ornette Coleman, Amadou and Mariam, Beck, TV on the Radio, Against Me!, Merle Haggard, The Black Crowes, Phoenix, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, Bright Eyes, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, Jurassic 5, Modest Mouse, The Mars Volta, Common, Burning Spear, the Flaming Lips, among many others.
The festival is also starting to make quite an impact on the comedy industry as well, as it has featured some of today’s best comedians working today. From Conan O’Brien and Chris Rock to Zach Galifianakis and Jimmy Fallon, to Lewis Black, Flight of the Concords, David Cross, Fred Armisen to, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, Jim Norton, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Janeane Garofalo, Aziz Ansari, John Oliver and Brian Posehn, Bonnaroo is now considered to be an essential play for every comedian both established and on the rise. For more information about Bonnaroo, visit www.bonnaroo.com.