Having just been dusted at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, I couldn’t be more excited to hear about this tour in support of American Rivers. Check out the press release and tour dates below; you don’t want to miss this band. Video: The Infamous Stringdusters
Grammy-nominated bluegrass outfit The Infamous Stringdusters are getting set to embark on their 2013 American Rivers Tour, an epic summer music adventure stopping through, and winding down, some of America’s wildest and most beloved rivers and surrounding communities. For the journey, The Infamous Stringdusters are partnering with the nation’s leading river conservation organization, American Rivers – currently celebrating its 40th anniversary – to raise money and awareness for protecting and restoring rivers and clean water nationwide.
The 10-date tour – being supported by Patagonia, Osprey, Klean Kanteen and Moab Brewery – starts with an Outdoor Retailer Summer Market kick-off show at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT, on Wednesday, July 31. Tickets can be purchased through The Depot. Outdoor Retailer attendees can take advantage of a special offer and purchase tickets day of show at Patagonia’s booth (13027). The $20 price includes an organic cotton Patagonia Free the Rivers T-shirt. Ticket proceeds will benefit American Rivers.
The show will commence a two-week, six-state effort to share the message of American Rivers – an organization that has helped protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. American Rivers recently named the Colorado River the #1 Most Endangered River in the nation, drawing attention to drought, over-allocation of water, and climate change. The river is a key recreation resource and economic driver, pumping $26 billion into the U.S. recreation economy each year. A variety of Colorado River groups including American Rivers, Save the Colorado and Protect the Flows will be at the July 31 show, asking people to support the Colorado River.
After OR, the tour hits river towns in Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Montana and Wyoming.
Immediately following the band’s tour, all five members of The Infamous Stringdusters will bag up their instruments in waterproof cases, grab their rods and packs, and head out on a six-day float down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River with Idaho River Adventures. Staff from American Rivers and a film crew from Fly Fishing Film Tour will join the band for an off-the-grid outdoor music adventure: campfire jams, fishing and hiking along one of the country’s original Wild and Scenic rivers, and educational and thought provoking discussions on why, and how, to help preserve our nation’s waterways. Look in fall 2013 for news on the release of the band’s documentation of what’s sure to be an epic river journey.
The Infamous String Dusters 2013 American Rivers Tour
- July 31 – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT for Outdoor Retailer
- August 1 – Colorado River State Park, Fruita, CO
- August 2 & 3 – State Bridge, Bond, CO
- August 4 – Mishawaka, Bellevue, CO
- August 7 – Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
- August 8 – Great Northern, Whitefish,MT
- August 9 – The Hive, Sandpoint, ID
- August 10 – The Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT
- August 11 – Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Alta, WY
For more information, visit thestringdusters.com and americanrivers.org. If you can’t make a show, grab a shirt – $5 from the sale of each Free the Rivers T-shirt goes to American Rivers as part of Patagonia’s Our Common Waters campaign.