This news from Chicago-based indie record label Drag City is awesome:
Just before June shuts down the month of May, Bonnie “Prince” Billy & The Cairo Gang will instigate the people of Florida to be free. But not from the silly stage of some paid-entry club, with their foolish drinks and age requirements. No, Bonny & Cairo are people who like to do things for people. That’s why, from the Pensacola panhandle to the beaches of Miami, America’s most famous peninsula has in-stores in store for them!
Yes. Seven Floridian record stores will host free performances open to all. There is no concert after the in-store, there is no secret show to ferret out — just one show per city as free as free can be.
So clean your swamp shoes, feed your alligators early and pack the bowl on the way, ‘cause this is a one time deal. May 25th – 31st will be forever known as that week you borrowed your friend’s E-Z pass to hit the road and drive, like a whole half hour away, to see Bonny and the gang from Cairo play in a sweaty outpost where you bought that 60’s comp back in high school. Sure, get high — but maintain your recall please, so that you can tell us all about it, ‘cause there ain’t no way we’re going down to Florida unless it starts and ends with Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
The freebie tour includes a May 30 in-store at Radio-Active Records in Ft. Lauderdale and a May 31 show at Sweat Records. See the full Florida schedule and my favorite BPB song after the jump.
May 25 Revolver Records, Pensacola
May 26 Hear Again Music & Movies, Gainesville
May 27 Budget Records, St. Augustine
May 28 Park Ave CDs, Orlando
May 29 Mojo Books & Music, Tampa
May 30 Radio-Active Records, Ft. Lauderdale
May 31 Sweat Records, Miami