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Mark Knopfler: North American Tour Starts in August, Bonnie Raitt Added to Madison Square Garden Gig 9/25

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Dire Straits icon Mark Knopfler has a big North American tour coming up this August in support of his 2018 album, Down the Road Wherever, and on Tuesday he announced a special new date to the schedule.

On Sept. 25, Knopfler will play Madison Square Garden in New York City with special guest Bonnie Raitt along for the evening’s festivities.

A note from the news release regarding Knopfler’s live band for this tour:

On tour Knopfler will perform with an expanded ten-piece band, most of whom have been working with him for more than two decades: Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), John McCusker (fiddle and cittern), Glenn Worf (bass), Danny Cummings (percussion) and Ian Thomas (drums). New additions include Graeme Blevins (saxophone) and Tom Walsh (trumpet).

‘My songs are made to be performed live,’ notes Knopfler. ‘I love the whole process of writing them alone and then recording them with the band, but ultimately the best part is playing them to an audience live. I enjoy the whole circus, travelling from town to town and interacting with this group of players is a total pleasure. I’m really looking forward to it.’

And the schedule of dates:

August 16 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino
August 17 Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Opera House
August 18 Vienna, VA Filene Center at Wolf Trap
August 20 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
August 21 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
August 23 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
August 24 Montreal, QC Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
August 25 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
August 27 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre
August 28 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
August 30 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
August 31 Milwaukee, WI The Riverside Theater
September 1 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
September 3 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
September 4 Atlanta, GA State Bank Amp. at Chastain Park
September 6 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
September 7 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater
September 8 Grand Prairie, TX The Theatre at Grand Prairie
September 10 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 11 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
September 13 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
September 14 Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
September 15 Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
September 16 Vancouver, BC Orpheum
September 18 Berkeley, CA The Greek Theatre
September 20 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
September 21 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
September 22 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
September 25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden*

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