John Hiatt & A Thing Called ‘Tour’

You won’t need to “Drive South,” acquire “Tennessee Plates” or smash a “Perfectly Good Guitar” to see John Hiatt this year. The superb singer/songwriter and his band are playing all over North America in 2013, beginning at the Pacific Northwest’s Britt Festival in early July.

Photo: Wade Payne / Invision / AP
Americana Honors & Awards, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.

Not only is Hiatt an artist who has been perfecting his craft for more than 35 years, but many performers have had hits with his songs.  Bonnie Raitt covered “A Thing Called Love,” the Jeff Healey Band recorded “Angel Eyes” and Rosanne Cash had a hit with “The Way We Make A Broken Heart.”

Touring in support of his latest album, Mystic Pinball, Hiatt launches his 2013 journey at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Ore., and finishes the year with a short string of acoustic shows with Lyle Lovett.  Hiatt is also one of the artists booked to perform on the , leaving Miami Feb. 7.

Here’s the schedule:

July 5 – Jacksonville, Ore., Britt Pavilion (Britt Festival)
July 6 – Portland, Ore., Tom McCall Waterfront Park (Waterfront Blues Festival)
July 7 – Spokane, Wash., Knitting Factory Concert House
July 9 – Edmonton, Alberta, Myer Horowitz Theatre           
July 10 – Calgary, Alberta, Knox United Church
July 11 – Vancouver, British Columbia, The Vogue Theatre
July 13 – Courtenay, British Columbia, Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds (Vancouver Island Musicfest)
July 16 – Grants Pass, Ore., Shedd Institute
July 17 – Seattle, Wash., Woodland Park Zoo
July 18 – Garden City, Idaho, Revolution Concert House & Event Center
July 19 – Alta, Wyo., Grand Targhee Resort Amphitheater (Grand Targhee Festival)
July 20 – Salt Lake City, Utah, The State Room
July 22 – Grand Junction, Colo., Mesa Theater & Lounge
July 23 – Aspen, Colo., Belly Up Aspen
July 25 – Arvada, Colo.,  Arvada Center
July 26 – Bellvue, Colo., Mishawaka Amphitheatre
July 27 – Boulder, Colo., Chautauqua Auditorium
July 28 – Lincoln, Neb., Rococo Theatre
July 30 – Iowa City, Iowa, The Englert Theatre
July 31 – Fargo, N.D., Fargo Theatre
Aug. 1 – Apple Valley, Minn., Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater
Aug. 2 – Fish Creek, Wis., Door Community Auditorium
Aug. 4 – Ann Arbor, Mich., The Ark
Aug. 5 – Sellersville, Pa., Sellersville Theater 1894
Aug. 7 – Tarrytown, N.Y.,  The Tarrytown Music Hall
Aug. 8 – Rochester, N.Y.  Riverside Festival Site (Party In The Park)
Aug. 9 – Ridgefield, Conn., Ridgefield Playhouse
Aug. 11 – Brownfield, Maine, Stone Mountain Arts Center
Aug. 13 – Rockland, Maine, Strand Theatre
Aug. 14 – Hampton Beach, N.H., Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Aug. 15 – Boston, Mass., Wilbur Theatre
Aug. 16 – Newton, N.J., The Newton Theatre
Aug. 17 – Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Aug. 20 – Annapolis, Md., Rams Head On Stage
Aug. 21 – Annapolis, Md., Rams Head On Stage
Aug. 22 – Durham, N.C., Carolina Theatre
Aug. 23 – Atlanta, Ga., Variety Playhouse
Aug. 26 – Milwaukee, Wis., Pabst Theater
Aug. 27 – Highland Park, Ill., Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park
Aug. 28 – Little Rock, Ark., Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom
Aug. 31 – Pagosa Springs, Colo., Reservoir Hill Park (Four Corners Folk Festival)
Sept. 1 – Phoenix, Ariz., The Crescent Ballroom
Sept. 3 – Solana Beach, Calif., Belly Up Tavern
Sept. 4 – San Juan Capistrano, Calif., The Coach House
Sept. 5 – Agoura Hills, Calif., Canyon Club
Sept. 6 – Beverly Hills, Calif., Saban Theatre
Sept. 7 – Arroyo Grande, Calif., Clark Center
Sept. 9 – Monterey, Calif., Golden State Theatre
Sept. 11 – Napa, Calif., Uptown Theatre Napa
Sept. 13 – Reno, Nev., Grand Sierra Resort Theatre
Sept. 15 – Telluride, Colo., Telluride Town Park (Telluride Blues & Brews Festival)
Sept. 19 – Tulsa, Okla., Brady Theater
Sept. 20 – Columbia, Mo., Stephens Lake Park (Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival)           

Appearing with Lyle Lovett
Oct. 27 – Chapel Hill, N.C., UNC Chapel Hill Memorial Hall
Nov. 7 – Tucson, Ariz., Fox Tucson Theatre
Nov. 19 – Medford, Ore.,  The Craterian Theater At The Collier Ctr. For The Perf. Arts           

Appearing at “Cayamo Cruise”
Feb. 7-14, Norwegian Cruise Line – Norwegian Pearl           

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