Pokey LaFarge to Play Mercy Lounge June 22


Ahead of the release of his eighth album, Manic Revelations, May 19 on Rounder Records, American musical traditionalist/revivalist Pokey LaFarge has announced a summer-long tour with his longtime band, bringing him back to Mercy Lounge on June 22, for his first local headliner in a couple of years.

Fusing elements of ragtime, traditional country and western, early jazz, and blues, LaFarge looks and sounds like he just stepped out of a time machine from the mid-century midwest, but don’t think that means his worldview is also stuck in the past; as a citizen of St. Louis, LaFarge felt especially compelled to pen a record about the oppression and marginalization he’s witnessed in the world lately, and on his latest, serves as something of a narrator to an ugly, current chapter in American history.

Recently released first single “Riot in the Streets” feels at once incredibly timely, and timeless in its sonic presentation, and has us extra excited to hear the rest of the album, doubling down on what LaFarge does best. Hear Pokey’s new single below, and grab tickets to his upcoming show beginning Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m. CST right here.

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June 15—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue
June 16—Chicago, IL—Metro
June 17—Detroit, MI—Magic Stick
June 18—Grand Rapids, MI—Pyramid Scheme
June 21—Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue
June 22—Nashville, TN—Mercy Lounge
June 23—Hamilton, OH—RiversEdge Amphitheater
June 24—Owensboro, KY—ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival
June 25—Asheville, NC—The Grey Eagle
June 30—Cleveland, OH—Beachland Ballroom
July 1—Pittsburgh, PA—The Rex Theatre
July 2—Toronto, ON, Canada—Horseshoe Tavern
July 6—Ottawa, ON, Canada—RBC Blues Ottawa Festival
July 7—Burlington, VT—Higher Ground
July 8—Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair
July 9—Portsmouth, NH—Prescott Park
July 12—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom
July 13—Brooklyn, NY— Rough Trade NYC
July 14—Philadelphia, PA—World Cafe Live Downstairs
July 15—Greenfield, MA—Green River Festival
July 16— Mt. Solon, VA—Red Wing Roots Festival @ Natural Chimneys Park
August 4—Wichita, KS—Wichita Vortex Music Festival (w/ Dwight Yoakam)

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