The Black Keys will perform in three intimate theaters in US cities named after foreign cities when the blues-rock duo goes on their World Tour in September. Singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney play in Athens, Georgia; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Oxford, Mississippi.
Carney confirmed the cheekiness of the idea in a press release on Wednesday. “Dan and I have been joking about touring American cities, named after other cities in the world, since we were in a van together. It feels like now is a good time like everyone else and we look forward to playing in some places we haven’t played since the band’s early days and for fans who haven’t played us for a while could see more. ”he said.
The Black Keys will play two 2,000-seat rooms (Athens Classic Center, St. Petersburg’s Jannus Live) and a 1,000-seat room (Oxford’s Lyric). The three shows lead to the group’s headlining appearance at the 2021 Pilgrimage Festival outside Nashville on the weekend of September 25th and 26th.
The “World Tour” gigs will be based on the Keys’ latest album, Delta Kream, a collection of Hill Country Blues covers by Junior Kimbrough and RL Burnside. “You were so crucial in our careers, Pat and me. That brought us together. It was the concentric circle where he and I liked very different things on the outside, but in the middle Junior and RL. We could drive on the freeway all night and listen to them. It was just an endless inspiration for us, ”said Auerbach Rolling Stone earlier this summer.
In addition to the tour, the Black Keys have partnered with the Save the Music Foundation, the organization that supports music programs for elementary and middle schools. Together, they will work to provide music lessons and instrumentation in schools in Mississippi’s Hill Country.
Tickets for the World Tour will go on sale on Friday, July 23, at 10 a.m. local time.
The Black Keys tour dates:
September 20 – Athens, GA @ The Classic Center
September 21 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
September 23 – Oxford, MS @ The Lyric