Xavier Rudd & The United Nations in the U.S.A.

Xavier Rudd has unveiled the routing for his first ever North American tour with his new backing band, The United Nations. The spring trip is made up of 24 gigs, including shows in Boston, Toronto, New Orleans, Milwaukee and Los Angeles.

The Australian singer/songwriter made a name for himself for his one-man-band shows that boasted a half-dozen guitar choices, three didgeridoos and a variety of native drums. Now he’s teamed up with a group of international musicians representing folks from Australia, Indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany and Papua New Guinea. The act features guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, flute and backing vocals.

Photo: www.xavierrudd.com

Rudd & The United Nations recently shared the first tune from the group’s forthcoming album, Nanna, due out March 17 via Nettwerk. Here’s the track “Come People.”

Plus, the band has been posting a series of videos to introduce fans to the members of Rudd’s United Nations. Watch the clip below to meet drummer Bobby Alu.

The North American tour kicks off April 30 in Portland, Maine, and runs through the end of May. Here are the dates for the tour:

April 30 – Portland, Maine, Port City Music Hall
May 1 – Boston, Mass., Paradise Rock Club
May 2 – New York, N.Y., The Bowery Ballroom    
May 3 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Music Hall Of Williamsburg
May 5 – Montreal, Quebec, Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre  
May 6 – Toronto, Ontario, Opera House Concert Venue
May 7 – Cleveland, Ohio, Beachland Ballroom        
May 8 – Richmond, Va., The National          
May 10 – Atlanta, Ga., Central Park (Shaky Knees Music Festival)
May 12 – Wilmington, N.C., Brooklyn Arts Center
}May 13 – Charleston, S.C., Music Farm        
May 15 – New Orleans, La., The Civic Theatre       
May 16 – Gulf Shores, Ala., Gulf Shores Public Beach (The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Fest) May 19 – Pontiac, Mich., The Crofoot  
May 20 – Cincinnati, Ohio, 20th Century Theatre    
May 21 – Milwaukee, Wis., Turner Hall Ballroom    
May 22 – Chillicothe, Ill., Three Sisters Park (Summer Camp Music Festival)
May 23 – Clarks Grove, Minn., Harmony Park (Revival Festival)   
May 26 – Las Vegas, Nev., Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas        
May 27 – Solana Beach, Calif., Belly Up Tavern      
May 28 – Solana Beach, Calif., Belly Up Tavern      
May 29 – Napa, Calif., Napa Valley Exposition (BottleRock Napa Valley)           
May 30 – Los Angeles, Calif., El Rey Theatre          
May 31 – San Juan Capistrano, Calif., The Coach House Concert Hall

An American Express cardmember presale begins Feb. 4 for select dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public Feb. 6.

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