Planning this tour thing!

Hey folks!  For the past several weeks I have been steeped in booking this tour for the fall.  If you haven’t heard the recent update, here’s the basic outline:

  1. August 26: Birthday / tour kickoff / solo EP release show.  (More about this soon!  Save the date!)
  2. August 29: Set sail for (fly to) Amsterdam to visit with my brother and mom for a week and a half, and hopefully play a show there, thus making this an INTERNATIONAL tour.
  3. September 9: fly back to Chicago.
  4. September 10 – October 25: Tour this damn country by riding those rails!  Want to see my rail pass?  Here it is:

So here’s where I need your help.  Right now I have one show set up, September 29 in Brooklyn with the fantastic Brittain Ashford.  One city down, twenty-one to go. Here’s my tentative schedule, though it’s all flexible:

Chicago, 9/10 – 9/15

Oberlin, 9/16

Pittsburgh, 9/17

DC, 9/18

Baltimore, 9/21 – 9/23

New York, 9/24 – 9/30

Boston, 10/1 – 10/2

(Portland, ME somewhere in here?)

Providence, 10/3

Philadelphia, 10/4 – 10/5

Atlanta, 10/6

Athens, 10/7

New Orleans, 10/8 – 10/10

San Antonio, 10/11

Austin, 10/12

Tucson, 10/13 – 10/14

Los Angeles, 10/15 – 10/18

Eugene, 10/19

Seattle, 10/20 – 10/22

Bellingham, 10/23

(Vancouver, BC?  Am I crazy?  INTERNATIONAL, WHAT)

Portland, 10/24 – 10/25

Do you book shows in any of these places, or know anyone who does?  Do you know artists local to these areas in the lyrical folk/rock vein, who might be so gracious as to invite an out-of-towner to share a bill (so I can play to more than just friends and their friends)?  I’d be honored and gratified if you’d share tips with me, or write a message of introduction.  Feel free to chime in with a comment here, or email me at  Thanks a lot folks!  This shit is happening and it’s going to kill.  Believe that.

Much love,

Shareef Ali

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