Tour Dates: Merge Records Turns 20

North Carolina based indie-label Merge Records has a big 2009 planned to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The label, which is home to acts like Neutral Milk Hotel, She & Him, Arcade Fire and Spoon, is rolling out a box set of material that includes 14 curated compilation CDs, a remix album and a covers comp that features non-Merge artists covering songs from the Merge catalog. In addition to all this they will also celebrate with a five-day festival dubbed XX Merge that will take place from July 22 – 25 with four nights of shows at Cat’s Cradle and a final night at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill.

Already on board to perform are label founders Superchunk, M. Ward, Spoon, Conor Oberst, the Broken West, and Destroyer, with more artists both “expected” and “unexpected” to be added in the coming weeks.

If you can’t make it down to Carolina for what should be an amazing five days, than maybe you’ll be able to hit one of these recently announced tours…

Finally, Carlos Santana has signed an exclusive deal with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to become Las Vegas’s first rock artist to have a residence show. The legendary guitar-slinger will hold court at The Joint through 2010 with a show called Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits and will be the only place to catch the band west of the Mississippi through 2010.

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  4. Greg Reply

    No mention of KoL on The Today Show’s Summer Concert Series link, unless it was a typo and you meant NKOTB.

  5. Jeffrey Greenblatt Reply

    They are playing on July 31. Here’ the whole schedule…

    MAY
    1 No Doubt
    8 New Kids On The Block & Special Guest
    15 Jennifer Hudson
    22 Fall Out Boy
    29 Taylor Swift

    JUNE
    5 The Dave Matthews Band
    12 Black Eyed Peas
    19 Jonas Brothers
    26 The Fray

    JULY
    3 Rob Thomas
    10 Rascal Flatts
    17 The All American Rejects
    24 Katy Perry
    31 Kings of Leon

    AUGUST
    7 Jason Mraz
    14 Flo Rida
    21 Natasha Bedingfield
    28 TBA

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