Lucky Dragons is out on tour to support its new album, Dream Island Laughing Language, which drops May 6 on Marriage Records. Featured artists include Sarah Rara, Luke Fischbeck, Tom Van Buskirk and Annelise Grimm. The album is its 18th release.
Lucky Dragons came together in the spring of 2000 in an attempt to create a band that would never break up. The name is borrowed from a Japanese fishing vessel caught in the fallout of a U.S. hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific ocean that became a focal point for world-wide anti-nuclear sentiment in the 20th century.
With a constantly shifting group of participants, each recording is a record of a specific time and place, and of those present and active as a community in the creation of the recording. For this recording, the time is 2007-08, the place is California.
The name of the record refers to the landfill island in Tokyo harbor where the original Lucky Dragon now lives — "dream island" — and to the creation of imaginary languages — "laughing language" — that can be used to express things our own languages can’t.
Lucky Dragons’ U.S. tour dates include:
April 4: Washington, D.C., Hirshom Museum
April 5: Purchase, N.Y., SUNY Purchase
May 23: New York, Whitney Museum
June 1: Los Angeles, The Smell
June 7: New York, East River Music Project
Who’s Bad, the world’s top Michael Jackson tribute band, has dubbed its upcoming concerts the “Neverland Victory Tour” to celebrate Jackson managing to avoid foreclosure on his longtime Santa Ynez, Calif., estate.
The tour goes through May 30 at the Triangle Town Center in Raleigh, N.C.
Tour dates and venues include:
March 27: Taboo, Columbia, S.C.
March 29: The Soapbox, Wilmington, N.C.
April 4: The Pourhouse, Charleston, S.C.
April 6: Greene Street Club, Greensboro, N.C.
April 11: Rhythm and Brews, Chattanooga, Tenn.
April 12: The Orange Peel, Asheville, N.C.
April 18: The Canal Room, New York
April 19: Rhythm House Cafe, Bridgeville, Pa.
April 25: Andrews Upstairs, Atlanta
April 26: Cats Cradle, Carrboro, N.C.
April 28: Rehab Lounge, Greenville, N.C.
May 1: Duffy’s, Chicago
May 2: John Barleycorn, Schamburg, Ill.
May 3: The Bluebird, Bloomington, Ind.
May 8: Duke University, Durham, N.C.
May 9: The Vogue, Indianapolis, Ind.
May 10: Santa Fe Cafe, College Park, Md.
May 15: Five Points Pub, Columbia, S.C.
May 16: Party on the Point, Charleston, S.C.
May 29: City Center After 5, Charlotte, N.C.
May 30: Triangle Town Center, Raleigh, N.C.
Who’s Bad previously had announced that the concerts would be dedicated to “saving Neverland,” and considered donating a portion of the proceeds to help Jackson avoid having the house taken away and auctioned by the court.
“We were ready to take up a collection for him,” says Tadepalli. “We especially wanted to help him keep the giraffes. We really felt sorry for the animals who were being uprooted from their environment.”
Who’s Bad performs 120 to 150 shows a year to sold-out audiences around the United States, including clubs, summer festivals and corporate shows.
“We celebrate the songs and the memorable live performances,” explains Tadepalli, who arranges all the charts for the group, which includes the remarkable Joseph Bell Jr. on vocals, with some of the area’s finest musicians, including Ray McCall, Kevin Timmo