LUCINDA WILLIAMS, STEVE EARLE, & DWIGHT YOAKAM ANNOUNCE JOINT LSD TOUR
Presented by SiriusXM, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & the Dukes, and Dwight Yoakam will hit the road together for the first time. Dubbed the LSD tour, the three legends who have 49 Grammy awards between them will hit 18 tops beginning with Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston on June 12. The tour will hit New York’s Beacon Theatre, The Masonic in San Francisco, and close out on Aug. 18 at Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn in Indianapolis, Indiana. Yoakam will be celebrating the launch of his new SiriusXM station “Where We Went Mod,” while Williams honors the 25th anniversary of album Sweet Old World, and Earle recognizes the 30th anniversary of album Copperhead Road. King Leg will join as support. Tickets go on sale March 26.
THE KIRBY ORGANIZATION HIRES GABE APODACA
Boutique booking agency The Kirby Organization has hired Gabe Apodaca to join their team. Apodaca began his career as an agent 15 years ago, and will bring acts to the TKO roster including Plague Vendor and 3OH!3 who will be co-headlining this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. “We are excited to have Gabe join our team in Los Angeles,” says Jim Lenz, who heads TKO’s California office in a release. “He has a great energy and attitude that fits right in with our firm as we continue to grow.”
PRESIDENT SIGNS FUNDING BILL THAT INCREASES FUNDS FOR NEA & NEH
Despite saying that he would veto the federal spending bill aimed at preventing a government shut down, President Trump has signed it stating he’ll never sign another one like it again. The bill will increase spending for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEA and NEH will each receiving $152.8 million and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will be receiving $445 million. That marks a $3 million increase for both the NEA and NEH over the last budget. The spending bill also allows for $20 million for “costs associated with replacing and upgrading the public broadcasting interconnection system and other technologies and services that create infrastructure and efficiencies within the public media system.”