Fall Hotel Café Tour Gets Distaff Twist


One bus, one band and
a bunch of girlfriends on the road.

By Blurt Staff


Over the past four years, The Hotel Café Tour has established itself as the
premier tour for both up-and-coming and established singer-songwriters. This
fall, the Tour will feature an all female line-up for the first time. Nineteen
female songwriters, ranging from established musicians Ingrid Michaelson and
Rachael Yamagata [pictured, above – also
featured in new digi-mag issue of BLURT] to hot rising stars, Meiko, Thao Nguyen, Priscilla Ahn, Brooke Fraser and
many more, will pile into a bus and head out on a 34 city tour. As the tour
organizers put it – “One bus, one band, and a bunch of girlfriends on the road.”

Named for the coffee shop-turned-venue in LA, The Hotel Café Tour was created
to share the community vibe and the songwriters that grew The Hotel Café scene
into “the place that breaks artists”. Community and camaraderie are the focus,
there are no headliners, the band is shared and spontaneous collaborations
between artists are encouraged. According to the organizers, “With a revolving
cast of songwriters jumping on and off the bus, each evening is unique,
creating a feeling of ‘these people in this place will never
happen again.'”

Over the past four years, the Tour has hit every major market in the United States and Europe
and many of the participating songwriters have grown from emerging artists into
household names. The Spring 2008 tour sold out, with Sara Bareilles, Cary
Brothers, Ingrid Michaelson and Joshua Radin playing to over 30,000 people. The
Fall Tour is set to repeat those stats and will feature: Rachael Yamagata, Ingrid
Michaelson, Meiko, Priscilla Ahn, Kate Havnevik, Thao Nguyen, Brooke Fraser,
Samantha Crain, Alice Russell, Jaymay, Erin McCarley, Katie Herzig, Jenny Owen
Youngs, Lenka, Emily Wells, Anya Marina, Holly Conlan, and Catherine Feeny.



“Diverse in their presentation and point of view, they have
their passion for lyrics, vocals and the importance of the communal spirit in
common. Many have recently released albums but have taken time out of a more
traditional individual tour for the opportunity to be a part of this special

In line with the Tour’s commitment to community, The Hotel Café Tour will be
donating money and raising consciousness for UNFPA and Amnesty International’s
Stop Violence Against Women Campaign. Motorola, Myspace, Starbucks and Taylor
Guitars have signed on as partners for the Fall Tour.
Pre-sale tickets for The Hotel Café Tour are available starting TOMORROW,
Tuesday, August 19 at www.thehotelcafetour.com  with regular ticket sales beginning on
August 26.  The dates are as follows – check the website for the line-up
of each show.


Thursday, October 9 Santa Barbara, CA –
SoHo Restaurant
Friday, October 10 LA, CA – Hotel Cafe
Saturday, October 11 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Monday, October 13 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
Tuesday, October 14 Phoenix, AZ – Martini Ranch
Thursday, October 16 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Friday, October 17 Austin, TX – Parish
Saturday, October 18 Houston, TX – Meridian Red Room
Monday, October 20 Birmingham, AL – Work Play
Tuesday, October 21 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Wednesday, October 22 Atlanta, GA – Variety
Thursday, October 23 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
Saturday, October 25 Orlando, FL – Social
Monday, October 27 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Tuesday, October 28 Washington DC – 9:30
Wednesday, October 29 Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
Thursday, October 30 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Friday, October 31 Boston, MA – Paradise
Saturday, November 1 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Monday, November 3 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts Front Room
Wednesday, November 5 Chicago, IL – Park West
Thursday, November 6 Mpls, MN – Varsity Theater
Friday, November 7 Madison, WI – High Noon
Saturday, November 8 St Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
Sunday, November 9 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
Tuesday, November 11 Denver, CO – Bluebird
Wednesday, November 12 Salt Lake City, UT – Avalon
Thursday, November 13 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
Friday, November 14 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
Saturday, November 15 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
Monday, November 17 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Tuesday, November 18 LA, CA – Fonda

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