VENUES: Theaters, amphitheaters, arenas
DATES: Sept. 15-Dec. 31
SUPPORT: Trombone Shorty, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Futurebirds; most shows billed as "an evening with"
BOOKING AGENT: Buck Williams, Progressive Global Agency
Widespread Panic continues celebrating its 25th anniversary as a band with a series of 30-plus shows at fan-favorite venues, as well as a few first-time plays. Among them are multiples at such intimate halls as the Orpheum in Boston; the National in Richmond, Va.; the Raleigh (N.C.) Amphitheater; the Tennessee Theater in Knoxville; the Mercer Theater in Savannah, Ga.; the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee; and the Chicago Theater. Panic will cap it off at the Time Warner Cable Arena on New Year's Eve in Charlotte, N.C., and will only play a few shows early next year in Mexico and elsewhere before going on indefinite hiatus.
"Our philosophy has basically been going back to the venues where fans have had a good time in the past," longtime agent/co-manager Buck Williams says. "And the band is going deep into their catalog, so the fans are hearing songs they haven't heard since Mikey's era in some cases," referring to guitarist/founding member Michael Houser who died in 2002.
Nothing is scheduled for the band past February 2012, and then it's taking a break. "In 2013 we'll play some dates, but not a tour like people know," Williams says. "In 25 years the band has had one year off, and they just need a break. Everybody needs a break."
DATES: Sept. 30-Nov. 19
SUPPORT: The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia, Edens Edge
BOOKING AGENT: Rob Beckham, William Morris Agency
Reba McEntire remains the most successful female touring artist in country music history (according to Billboard Boxscore). She follows a stint working with George Strait with her own headlining run. Promoted by Louis Messina at TMG/AEG Live, McEntire's All the Women I Am tour will start in Alberta, Canada (with six total dates north of the border), and work its way across North America, playing primarily secondary markets before wrapping in Tupelo, Miss. Capacities are in the 6,000-7,500 range. "Reba and [fellow TMG/AEG Live client] George Strait lit the place up every night," Messina says. "So I sat with [McEntire's husband/manager] Narvel [Blackstock] and Reba, and I'm happy to say we're doing dates this fall."
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
VENUES: Clubs, theaters, festivals
SUPPORT: Cults, Reptar
BOOKING AGENT: Tom Windish, Windish AgencyÃ¢Â€Â©Tom Windish has a simple strategy for Los Angeles-based rock band Foster the People's 30-plus-date fall tour, which includes double bookings at Los Angeles' Wiltern, San Francisco's Fillmore and Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club: "Sell everything out with a ticket price in the $25 range," he says. In May, Foster the People released its debut full-length, Torches, on StarTime International/Columbia. The set debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 112,000 units in the United States (according to Nielsen SoundScan). The trio is also appearing at multiple fall festivals, including Austin City Limits (Sept. 16) and Philadelphia's Popped (Sept. 24).
SUPPORT: Porter Robinson
BOOKING AGENT: Paul Morris, AM Only
Tiësto will educate American concert-goers in live electronic music on the Club Life College Invasion tour. The Dutch-born DJ typically draws larger crowds in Europe and Australia where electronic music fan bases are more highly developed. So the approach to booking his upcoming trek-which visits U.S. college markets at venues on and off campus-"was to introduce the Tiësto experience at an accessible price to a market discovering electronic music," AM Only president Paul Morris says. He's been Tiësto's music agent in the Americas since 2002 and worldwide since 2009. "We're looking to add more college dates in October and November."
VENUES: Clubs, amphitheaters, arenas, festivals
SUPPORT: Mimosa, Big Gigantic, Bonobo, Nit Grit, Michal Menert, Kraddy, VibeSquad
BOOKING AGENT: Hunter Williams, Progressive Global AgencyÃ¢Â€Â©Electronic act Pretty Lights (aka Derek Vincent Smith) strives to give fans "an unmatched visual and auditory experience in venues that will leave the patron feeling like they've had an intimate musical experience," booking agent Hunter Williams says. For Pretty Lights' upcoming tour-which already includes a sold-out concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo.-the artist will focus on playing larger venues on weekends in major markets and tertiary markets on off nights, Williams says. "We've stepped up in venue size in a majority of the markets," he says, "but have also kept it conservative in our quest to keep our long run of sellouts alive."