Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright and Guster will team up for a three-headed summer tour, beginning in June.
Marsha Vlasic, owner of MVO Ltd., the booking agency for Folds and Wainwright, says the tour is a true triple-headlining effort, with each act receiving equal billing and show-closing status. She already had much of the tour routed with Folds and Wainwright when Guster, booked by Scott Clayton at Creative Artists Agency, joined the trek.
“All three artists really respect each other and are very into doing this,” Vlasic tells Billboard.biz. “And we all definitely wanted to give the impression that this is a triple-headlining tour.”
The 19-date tour begins June 18 at the Ravina Festival in Highland Park, Ill., with Folds and Wainwright; Guster joins the lineup the next night at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio. Other key bookings include St. Louis Fox Theatre (June 23), Milwaukee Summerfest (25), Wolf Trap’s Filene Center in Vienna, Va. (29) and Central Park Summerstage in New York City (July 13-14). Gavin DeGraw will join the package July 17 at City Market in Kansas City, Mo.
Vlasic says the intention was to keep the tour “short and sweet” in duration. “We didn’t want to traipse it across the country,” she says, adding that buyers were very receptive to the package. “We didn’t have to jam it to anybody.”