The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players will kick off its Summer Slideshow Bizarre Tour '03 tour with a June 22 performance during Los Angeles' Matt Groening-curated All Tomorrow's Parties festival.
The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players will kick off its Summer Slideshow Bizarre Tour '03 tour with a June 22 performance during Los Angeles' Matt Groening-curated All Tomorrow's Parties festival. The clan will perform various shows in California over a month's time, then begin working its way back across the country to its native New York.
The group -- patriarch Jason on keyboards, wife Tina manning the carousel projector, and 9-year-old daughter Rachel on drums -- creates songs and stories, both endearing and outlandish, based on slides found at flea markets and garage sales.
Already in the midst of its Woke Up in a Psychedelic Daydream spring tour, the troupe will bring its audio/visual performance to New York's inaugural Field Day festival and Tennessee's second Bonnaroo event in the midst of a busy schedule.
"We're blown away by the way the country has taken to our indie Vaudeville art rock concept," Jason Trachtenburg says in a statement. "This has been really exciting," adds Rachel. "I like touring a lot -- especially talking to fans and signing T-shirts."
Although not a traditional family summer vacation outing, the current itinerary has the Trachtenburgs booked through a July 25 stop in Portland. More dates are expected.
The family's debut CD, "Vintage Slide Collections From Seattle, Volume 1" is available only at its performances or through its official Web site.
Here are the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players' tour dates:
May 29: New York (Rocks Off Boat Cruise)
May 30: New York (Sin-e)
June 5: Farmingdale, L.I. (Downtown)
June 6: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Southpaw)
June 7: New York (South St. Seaport Fest)
June 8: Calverton, N.Y. (Field Day)
June 10: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
June 11: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
June 12: Atlanta (Echo Lounge)
June 13: Nashville (Exit/In)
June 14: Manchester, Tenn. (Bonnaroo)
June 15: Asheville, N.C. (Orange Peel)
June 17: Memphis (Hi-Tone Cafe)
June 18: New Orleans (The Parish)
June 19: Houston (Orange Show)
June 20: Dallas (Sons of Hermann Hall)
June 21: Austin, Texas (Continental Club)
June 22: Los Angeles (Palace - All Tomorrow's Parties)
June 25: Los Angeles (Silver Lake Lounge)
June 27: San Francisco (Cafe du Nord Cafe)
June 28: Davis, Calif. (Palms Playhouse)
July 2: Los Angeles (Silver Lake Lounge)
July 8: West Hollywood, Calif. (Viper Room)
July 9: Los Angeles (Silver Lake Lounge)
July 12-13: Ottawa (Ottawa Cisco Systems Bluesfest)
July 16: Los Angeles (The Derby)
July 19: San Francisco (Cafe du Nord)
July 20: Carmel Valley, Calif. (Hidden Valley)
July 21: Grass Valley, Calif. (Center for the Arts)
July 23: Eugene, Ore. (W.O.W. Hall)
July 24: Seattle (Chop Suey)
July 25: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theater)