Ariel Pink Tour Dates Includes Missoula Montana

by New Music Michael on March 6 2013

Ariel PinkI really wasn’t expecting Ariel Pink’s tour itinerary to include a gig here in Edmonton when I opened up this post on Brooklyn Vegan (also: see Ariel Pink posts on NMM by myself and Aaron Vanimere after his episode last year at Pitchfork).

Not at all. After all, I’ve also learned not to be surprised by itineraries. And not to get upset by them either.

But I was curious that included in the itinerary was a stop at a little club called Badlander in Missoula, Montana, the day after performing at Sasquatch. Population 110,000. Which seems puzzling at first. I mean, why not switch things up a little bit and play a gig in Calgary and Edmonton (both with metro populations over a million), or maybe Winnipeg instead. But you know, sometimes logistically these things just work out the way they work out. If you need to be in Minneapolis for the 31st, you might as well do a show “somewhere” enroute. So okay, let’s move on.

But then I started thinking about it differently. How cool would it be to see Ariel Pink in a tiny little club in the middle of nowhere (or what’s basically nowhere, my apologies to Missoulans, but it’s a pretty small city). Epic, right?

According to Google, the drive from Edmonton to Missoula is 952 kilometres, or 10 hours and 11 minutes. Is that worth it to see Ariel Pink in his best environment, a tiny little music club? Probably not for me, but it may be for others. I mean, I drove 17-18 hours to Boise to see one of my favorite bands – Wilco – last summer, didn’t I.

Then again, you could drive out to Vancouver instead, in 11-12 hours, and you’d be in Vancouver instead. So you could do other things, maybe see other gigs on other nights. So yeh, that probably makes more sense now that I think about it.

Thanks for playing. Here’s the full itinerary.

Tour Itinerary – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Mar 09 – Monterrey MX at Festival NRML
Mar 23 – Santa Ana CA at Burgerama Festival
May 17 – Los Angeles CA at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge
May 18 – San Diego CA at Casbah
May 20 – Big Sur CA at Henry Miller Library
May 21 – San Francisco CA at Chapel
May 23 – Portland OR at Wonder Ballroom
May 25 – Vancouver BC at Biltmore
May 27 – Gorge WA for Sasquatch
May 28 – Missoula MT at Badlander
May 31 – Minneapolis MN at Cedars
Jun 01 – Chicago IL at Do-Division
Jun 01 – Chicago IL at Empty Bottle (late show)
Jun 02 – Dekalb IL at Pink Ottos
Jun 03 – Champaign IL at Blind Pig
Jun 04 – Cleveland OH at Grog Shop
Jun 05 – Pittsburgh PA at Altar
Jun 06 – New York NY at Irving Plaza
Jun 07 – Boston MA at Sinclair
Jun 08 – Northampton MA at Pearl Street
Jun 09 – Philadelphia PA at Union Transfer
Jun 10 – Washington DC at U Street
Jun 11 – Baltimore MD at Ottobar
Jun 13 – Manchester TN at Bonnaroo Festival
Jun 14 – Pensacola FL at Vinyl Music Hall
Jun 15 – New Orleans LA at Tipitina’s
Jun 17 – Dallas TX at Trees
Jun 18 – Austin TX at Mohawk

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Press photo by Geneva Garvin.

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