Marian Call will be at TYE Studios on Sept. 16th (2010) for the South Florida stop of her 49>50 tour.

More info below (concert details in red):

Alaskan singer-songwriter Marian Call has just announced her “49 to 50” Tour, or “49>50,” in which she will play shows and house concerts in all fifty United States — beginning with Alaska, the 49th state, and ending with Hawai’i, the 50th.  Her music has been described by fans as “funky acoustic joy jazz” — she plays eclectic, humorous and heartfelt songs that appeal to crowds of all ages and demographics.  Her signature Underwood typewriter, rain stick, and kazoo can be heard in most of her local (and national) performances.

In South Florida, Marian Call will play TYE Studios on 09/16/2010 at 7:15 p.m. Come on over anytime after 6:45 p.m.; music starts around 7:30 p.m. Light snacks will be provided; please bring your own beer/wine/etc. to share if you’re able.  Kids are welcome, but remember it’s a school night.  Do bring a guest, but don’t forget to R.S.V.P.  Please plan on a $10-15 recommended donation for the artist (though know that we would rather enjoy your presence than your money if that is a strain for you at this time, so come anyway!).  R.S.V.Pp required, please e-mail neliza drew {at} g mail {dot} com. (TYE Studios, Marian Call, and Neliza Drew assume no liability. Have fun and be safe, people.) For directions, email nelizadrew [at] g mail [dot] com (subject: Marian Call) or download the PDF here. Please do not just put the studio address in your GPS unless you want to tour mysterious neighborhoods miles from where you intended to be.)

Marian Call is an independent singer-songwriter, and her tour venues will be decided by crowdsourced fan input via Facebook and Twitter.  Fans can propose concerts in their area, and the best proposals in each state will become real shows.  No booking agent, manager, or label will be involved.  Call has designed a simple integrated online system for fans to submit show recommendations and house concert applications.  Her “street team” volunteer promoters will also use online forums to get their own posters, web graphics, and online invitations to promote the shows.  The tour is designed to be more environmentally friendly, economically friendly, fan-friendly, and sustainable than traditional band tours.

This grassroots-style tour booking is becoming more critical for musicians worldwide as the entire music industry changes.  This paradigm shift will be particularly important for Alaskan musicians to navigate, as the cost of touring (and the cost of buying and selling merchandise) is considerably higher for an Alaskan artist than for one based in the contiguous United States. Hence a creative and friendly approach relying on the kindness of strangers and the devotion of local fans in each city.

Marian Call has released two studio albums and more than a dozen singles.  Her third fan-funded album, Something Fierce, is scheduled for release this year.  For more information or press materials, including music and photographs, visit http://mariancall.com or contact mariancall@mac.com.  Interviews always welcome.

Photo by Bryan Adams

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