Blue Note recording artist Amos Lee will make a very special appearance on the Fourth of July holiday performing for more than 1,200 troops and military families at the Third Annual “Salute to the Military USO Concert” on the White House South Lawn. The event, hosted by President Barack Obama, celebrates not only Independence Day, but also commemorates 70 years of the USO’s support of America’s military community. The hour-long concert, which also features Train, will be streamed live starting at 8:15 p.m. at www.whitehouse.gov.
“I’m honored and excited to be invited to the South Lawn to celebrate the nation’s independence, and to give thanks to the men and women who have served our country,” Lee says.
In other news, Lee’s current album Mission Bell was recently selected by NPR Music listeners as one of the Top 10 albums of the year so far, landing at No. 9 (see a complete list here). In addition, the Philadelphia-born singer-songwriter will perform the first single off Mission Bell, “Windows Are Rolled Down,” on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on July 21st, following up on previous appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Late Show With David Letterman, The Early Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, PBS’s Tavis Smiley, Conan, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, as well as NPR’s “World CafÃ©” and “All Things Considered.” “Windows Are Rolled Down” has been a mainstay on the AAA chart for 30 weeks, spending 22 weeks in the Top 10 and 12 weeks in the Top 5 before hitting No. 1 on May 2nd. The album’s second single, “Flower,” is also quickly ascending the AAA chart, while its visually stunning video was recently named “Video Of The Week” by iTunes. The video, directed by //kneeon, can be viewed at Lee’s VEVO page: www.vevo.com/artist/amos-lee.
Last month, Lee wrapped up a headlining U.S. tour, and is embarking on a series of dates that feature special guests Calexico (who perform on Mission Bell), including a show at the Orpheum in Los Angeles on August 20th. The album was produced by Calexico’s co-founder Joey Burns. Lee will also perform a series of festival dates, including the Dave Matthews Band Caravan on July 8th, the LL Bean Festival on July 30th, the Newport Folk Festival on July 31st, and a performance with My Morning Jacket at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 4th. On July 13th, Lee will hit the road with multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams for a series of very special shows, followed in September by a month of sold-out dates in the UK with British songstress Adele, who hand-selected Lee to perform with her on this extensive tour of her native land. All of Lee’s upcoming U.S. tour dates are listed below. For more information, visit www.amoslee.com.
7/08 Dave Matthews Band Caravan Chicago, IL
7/09 Basilica Block Party Minneapolis, MN
7/10 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
7/13 Kresge Auditorium Interlochen, MI*
7/11 Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids, MI
7/15 PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH*
7/16 Nautica Pavilion Cleveland, OH*
7/17 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA*
7/19 Filene Center @ Wolf Trap Vienna, VA*
7/20 Wellmont Theatre Montclair, NJ*
7/21 Beacon Theatre New York, NY*
7/23 Mountain Park Holyoke, CT*
7/24 Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion Gilford, NH*
7/30 LL Bean Festival, Discovery Park Freeport, ME
7/31 Newport Folk Fest Newport, RI
8/04 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
8/05 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO
8/07 Gallivan Center Salt Lake City, UT
8/09 Jackson Hole Center for the Arts Jackson, WY
8/10 Eagle River Pavilion Eagle, ID
8/12 Edgefield Troutdale, OR**
8/13 Chateau Ste Michelle Wine Estates Woodenville, WA**
8/14 Cuthbert Amphitheater Eugene, OR**
8/16 Wells Fargo Center For the Arts Santa Rosa, CA
8/17 Fox Theater Oakland, CA**
8/20 Orpheum Theater Los Angeles, CA
8/21 Humphrey’s San Diego, CA
*denotes show with Lucinda Williams
**denotes show with Calexico as special guests