Aimee Mann Tours East Coast in April with Upcoming Musical & Recent Appearance on IFC TV’s “Portlandia”
Aimee Mann announces her first tour of 2011 with a string of spring dates across the east coast beginning in April. Aimee and her three piece band, made up of long time collaborators Paul Bryan and Jamie Edwards, will play select venues, kicking off at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen, NJ, with a date at the World Café Live in Delaware, two nights at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA, and several stops in NC including the Carrboro Arts Center. Please see below for a full list of tour dates.
In addition to showcasing a range of songs from her extensive catalogue, Aimee will treat her fans to a special preview of several new songs from the upcoming musical debut she has been writing; based upon her 2005 album The Forgotten Arm. Set in the 1970’s, The Forgotten Arm follows the story of John, a Vietnam vet and boxer struggling with addiction, and Caroline, a young woman trying to escape the dead end world she lives in, as they meet, fall in love and road trip across America. In a review of the original release, Magnet magazine proclaimed “Aimee Mann has emerged as one of the finest songwriters of her generation.”
Never one to rest on the laurels of her past, Aimee has been busy releasing albums and touring for the better part of the last decade. Ending the millennium with a bang, Mann was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and three Grammys for the Magnolia Soundtrack which released simultaneously alongside her solo album Bachelor No. 2. Mann continued her solo career with the 2002’s Lost in Space the second release on SuperEgo Records and then on to her first live CD and DVD Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse. With her 5th solo album The Forgotten Arm, Mann delved head first into the realm of the concept album, following up the next year with a turn at a Christmas album One More Drifter In The Snow, an unexpected homage to the spooky beauty of the holiday season.
Mann’s most recent release @#%&! Smilers was hailed by Mojo magazine as “a masterpiece,” while People Magazine pronounced “trends may come and go, but real artists, like this singer-songwriter remain.” With the upbeat single “Freeway” garnering a solid amount of radio play across the country, Mann followed with sold-out Summer, Fall and Christmas tours, along with appearances on The View and The Tonight Show, and a concert filmed for the Ovation channel’s Live from the Artist’s Den performance series. Aimee has also brushed up on her acting skills, with a recent guest starring appearance on the new IFC TV series Portlandia, featuring comedians Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater Kinney). In the episode titled “Pinata”, a comedic commentary on the state of the industry, Aimee portrays herself as a singer-songwriter who has had to take a second job as Armisen and Brownstein’s cleaning lady.
4/8 The Forum Theatre Metuchen, NJ
4/9 World Café Live Wilmington, DE
4/10 Recher Theatre Towson, MD
4/12 Birchmere Alexandria, VA
4/13 Birchmere Alexandria, VA
4/15 Paramount Theatre Charlottesville, VA
4/16 McGlohan Theatre Charlotte, NC
4/17 Carrboro Arts Center Carrboro, NC