I got word that Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could will be heading off on a 12-city national tour starting in August and on through the fall.
I don't usually comment on single-artist tours unless there's something different about the tour, even for artists I like such as Brady, so why am I mentioning it? Well, this particular tour is going to be under the sponsorship of Children's Dimetapp. I know what you're saying, you're saying, oh, Stefan, you're a tool of the children's cold medicine-makers, but there's something else.
Besides being saddled with the somewhat clunky name of the "Children's Dimetapp Breathe & Boogie Tour," the other noteworthy thing is that the entire tour will be free. (Apparently attendees will even receive a Rymer compilation CD, among other goodies.)
So for the first time as I can tell, a company has figured that it's worth the money to fly a kids' musician (and a sizeable band) around the country to play for free in the hope that the association will pay off for the company. I don't think it'll be the last time.
I'll be curious to hear whether the new songs Rymer has written for the tour have any direct Dimetapp references, a la Ralph Covert's Rice Krispie jingle for his tour. But, of course, I won't know that because once again, despite the fact that the Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the country and has a very young population, a major tour is skipping the area.
Tour dates for those of you living in other areas of the country that apparently suffer from more children's colds than I do after the jump...
Chicago - August 26 - 3 P.M. - Brookfield Zoo
Baltimore - September 8 - 12:00 Noon - Maryland Science Center
Philadelphia - September 15 - 11:30 A.M. - World Café Live
Boston - September 22 - 12:00 Noon - South Shore Mall (Braintree)
Washington, D.C. - September 23 - 1:00 P.M. - Glen Echo Park
Rochester, NY - September 29 - Time TBA - Venue TBA
Los Angeles - October 6 - 12:00 Noon - Santa Monica Pier
San Diego - October 7 - 12:00 Noon - Horton Plaza
Atlanta - October 13 - 12:00 Noon - Mall of Georgia
Seattle - October 20 - Time TBA - venue TBA
Houston - November 10 - Time TBA - Houston Children's Museum
Dallas - November 11 - Time TBA - venue TBA (Note: Dallas and Houston may swap dates, depending on time and venue considerations.)