Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment, creators of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, will launch the Zooma tour this summer. The inaugural run of the multi-stage tour will feature headliners

Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment, creators of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, will launch the Zooma tour this summer. The inaugural run of the multi-stage tour will feature headliners Trey Anastasio and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, plus a rotating third act to be announced.

The Zooma tour will begin June 16 and will play amphitheaters in at least 28 major North American markets, concluding July 31.

A total of 20-25 guest acts will rotate performances throughout the tour, with at least four playing each date. A rotating cast of three or four acts will play the concourse stage.

The festival will feature a complete activity village with vendors and attractions. The lineup will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

Ticket prices will be in about $30 for lawn seats and about $45 for pavilion seats, according to Superfly president Jonathan Mayers.

Bonnaroo, held in Manchester, Tenn., has been the top-grossing festival in the U.S. in each of its first three years. Last year's event, headlined by Dave Matthews, the Dead and Anastasio, grossed $14.5 million and was named top festival at the Billboard touring conference and awards.
This year's Bonnaroo, set for June 10-12, will feature Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews Band, Gov't Mule, and the Black Crowes, among many others.

The Zooma tour aims to translate the Bonnaroo vibe into a mobile event, Mayers says. "Bonnaroo is a different event, so we knew we wanted a different name for this tour," he says. "We feel like the spirit of Bonnaroo is more than just an event in Tennessee. It's an overall concept of a good buy for the bands, diversity of the music and other activities."

Zooma is the second major jam-band tour to be announced for this summer. Last week it was annnounced that the String Cheese Incident will headline the BIG Summer Classic 2005, which will launch with shows July 2-3 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. The tour will make 14 stops in North America in July and will feature a rotating cast including Keller Williams, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Yonder Mountain String Band, Umphrey's McGee and New Monsoon.

"We've been aware of their routing, and we each did the best job we could to stay out of each other's way," says Mayers. "Sometimes it's unavoidable when you're putting the pieces of the puzzle together."

Zooma is booked by Tom Chauncey at Partisan Arts (Harper) and Chip Hooper at Monterey Peninsula Artists (Anastasio).

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