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Indie Venues Unite: D Tour Expands Network With First Avenue, 9:30 Club and More 

Since March, the organization has expanded to more than 30 companies with hundreds of venues nationwide.

Independent network of venues and promoters D Tour is continuing to expand its reach with new affiliates including the famed First Avenue in Minneapolis and 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Since launching in March as an independent promoting solution for national touring acts, D Tour has grown from nine entities to more than 30 companies that incorporate hundreds of venues nationwide.

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D Tour gives artists the opportunity to partner with a network of indie venues and promoters to bundle bookings for national tours rather than working with industry giants like Live Nation or AEG. The network also allows indies to partner with one another across the nation after years of working in the silos of their local economy.

New affiliates also include Nederlander Entertainment in Ohio, Best Life Presents in Arizona, The UC Theatre in California, Z2 Entertainment in Colorado, Premier Concerts/Manic Presents/Lovely Day Presents in Connecticut, Rival Entertainment in Georgia and Duck Club Presents and Treefort Music Festival in Idaho.

“We see the D Tour coalition as a big win for artists and for music fans outside of the major markets. We built Duck Club and Treefort in Boise, an often overlooked market, because we believed a music scene could thrive and help bridge long drives across the West for touring artists,” said Treefort Music Festival and Duck Presents co-founder Eric Gilbert in a release. “We think D Tour will offer similar scene-building nationwide, opening more avenues to artist development and strengthening the national music ecosystem at large. Independent venues and promoters are the grassroots of the national music scene and this effort will help strengthen those roots to the benefit of artists and music fans everywhere.”

MOKB Presents/HIFI Indy in Indiana, Howlin’ Wolf in Louisiana, Section Live and MeanRed Productions in Michigan, Ardenland in Mississippi, Pub Station/1111 Presents in Montana and Wyoming, Jade Presents in North and South Dakota, and Mississippi Studios/Revolution Hall in Oregon have also teamed up with D Tour. The network has placed an emphasis on secondary and tertiary markets in order to expand the routing opportunities for artists and place more shows in smaller venues throughout the country. Most recently, D Tour booked several dates for Minneapolis-based artist Durry.

“The team at D Tour were excellent to work with,” said Wasserman Music’s Jackie Nalpant and Maegan Hall in a release. “The care and commitment they put forth for DURRY, a young, developing band, was quite impressive. Their ability to connect the dots with all of the independent venues across the country was invaluable.”

Additional new affiliates include Broadberry Entertainment Group in Virginia, World Cafe Live in Pennsylvania, The State Room Presents in Utah, Higher Ground Presents in Vermont, Wild Buffalo House of Music in Washington and Pablo Center at the Confluence in Wisconsin.