Friday, July 27, 2007

The Ditty Bops announce "Farm Tour" dates

The Ditty Bops have announced the line-up of 2007 “Farm Tour” summer concert dates. The band will trek coast-to-coast through farming communities of America in support of a cause close to their heart: organic farming and renewing interest in locally grown food. By targeting visits to Co-ops, restaurants, health food stores, organic dairy suppliers and vegetable growers, The Ditty Bops hope to bring attention to the struggles and achievements of family farms in the US. Portions of the proceeds raised from the tour will go to benefit local farm organizations, “The Growing Connection” and the non-profit organization FARM AID, founded by Willy Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp.

Both Amanda and Abby worked at farmer’s markets before getting into music, and Abby worked for a biodynamic farm at the Green Market of New York. “As touring musicians we’re trying to incorporate elements of our lives back home into our life on the road,” says Abby. “Eating locally grown organic food is not only good for the environment, small farmers, and the local economy, but it also tastes better.”

Previously, The Ditty Bops toured by bicycle over 4,700 miles from Los Angeles to New York City. They performed 40 concerts along the way in an effort to promote clean air, cycling, and their new album Moon Over the Freeway. In the process they raised both awareness and funds for two bicycle non-profits “Adventure Cycling” and “Pedals for Progress.”

The Ditty Bops formed in 2003 and began to play around Los Angeles as a four-piece acoustic band with Amanda on mandolin, dulcimer, and washboard and Abby on guitar and piano. The retro-flavored style of their music, which incorporates elements of Western swing, ragtime, gypsy-jazz, pop, and vaudeville-era musical theater, was beautifully captured on the duo's 2004 self-titled debut album for Warner Bros. Records as well as their latest record, Moon Over The Freeway, both produced by Mitchell Froom (Suzanne Vega, Crowded House, Elvis Costello). Self described, the band “is like Calamity Jane, Betty Boop, and Jessica Rabbit laughing in their rag top convertible as they drive through the mysterious streets of San Berdoo."

Visit to listen to music, learn about the farm tour and more…

Look for The Ditty Bops on tour in a city or farm near you! If you would like to have your farm participate by hosting a show or coming to a concert and selling your bounty, feel free to reach out and let us know.

Confirmed 2007 U.S. tour dates

July 28 Henry Fonda Music Box Los Angeles, CA
August 1 Windrose Farm Paso Robles, CA
August 2 Community Concerts @ Todos Plaza Concord, CA
August 3 Freeight & Salvage Coffee House Berkeley, CA
August 4 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA
August 5 The Palms Playhouse Winters, CA
August 8 W.O.W. Hall Eugene, OR
August 10 The Triple Door (7:00pm/10:00pm) Seattle, WA
August 11 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
August 16 Snowmass Village Free Concert (6:15pm/7:25pm) Snowmass Village, CO
August 17 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Lyons, CO
August 19 Knickerbockers Lincoln, NE
August 20 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
August 23 Mad Art Gallery (7:40pm/0:40pm) St. Louis, MO
August 24 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
August 25 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL
August 26 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL
August 29 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
August 30 Capitol Theatre Columbus, OH
August 31 Southgate House Newport, KY
September 1 The Kent Stage Kent, OH
September 2 Mr. Smalls Funhouse Millvale, PA
September 3 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA
September 4 Birchmere Alexandria, VA
September 6 Rams Head Annapolis, MD
September 8 Irving Plaza (5:30pm and 9:30pm) New York, NY

* additional dates TBA

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