Acclaimed singer/songwriter Neko Case will take a break from recording in late August to embark on a North American tour that will find her performing at such high-profile festivals as Bumbershoot in Seattle and Austin City Limits.
The appearance probably closest to Neko's heart is the show that will kick off these tours on August 25th at the Rialto in Tucson AZ. The passionate animal enthusiast will donate the earnings from both ticket sales and show posters sales (by artist Kathleen Judge - http://www.judgeworks.com) to the Greyhound Adoption League of Tucson, AZ. Neko also hopes to get information out to the public about the efforts of the Tucson Dog Protection as well. The Greyhound Adoption League seeks to place retired racing greyhounds in permanent, loving homes, while the Tucson Dog Protection is both a non-profit organization and a ballot initiative to improve on the legal treatment of the city's dog population.
Another key event in the upcoming dates is the Stanley Park Singing Exhibition curated by Neko's other band, The New Pornographers. Neko and the Pornographers, Destroyer, Andrew Bird, Deerhoof, the 1900s and Visqueen, are among only some of the international bands that will perform over the two-day festival in Vancouver. Proceeds from the festival will benefit local organizations like the ALS Society of Canada for Lou Gehrig's disease (http://als.ca/) and the Urban Native Youth Association (http://www.unya.bc.ca/).
Neko is currently in the studio, recording her follow-up to 2006's lauded Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Her new album is expected early in 2009.
Neko Case on tour: Aug 25 - Tucson AZ - the Rialto (Benefit for GAL + Tuscon Dog Protection) Aug 27 - Reno NV - Robert Hawkins Amphitheater Aug 28 - Salt Lake City UT - Gallivan Center (Twilight Concert Series) Aug 29 - Boise ID - Winery at Eagle Knoll Aug 30 - Seattle WA - Bumbershoot Festival Aug 31 - Vancouver BC - Stanley Park Singing Exhibition (Neko Case set) Sept 1 - Vancouver BC - Stanley Park (New Pornographers set) Sept 12 - Laytonville CA - Earthdance Festival @ Black Oak Ranch Sept 14 - Morrison CO - Monolith Festival Sept 15 - Omaha NE - Slow Bar Sept 16 - Des Moines IA - Hoyt Sherman Sept 18 - Minneapolis MN - First Avenue Sept 19 - Madison WI - the Orpheum Sept 20 - Chicago IL - Hideout Block Party Sept 21 - Chicago IL - Hideout Block Party - with New Pornographers Sept 23 - Cleveland OH - Beachland Ballroom Sept 24 - St Louis MO - the Pageant Sept 25 - Oxford MS - the Lyric Sept 26 - Oklahoma City OK - Diamond Ballroom Sept 27 - Dallas TX - Granada Theater Sept 28 - Austin TX - Austin City Limits festival