It's not enough to hear that American Idol Season 7 finalists Michael Johns and Brooke White will be touring together this summer. That much is widely known already, but I want to fully deliver the story to you, not only will you find the dates and a list of what cities, but you'll also find links to each of the venues below.
Before I get to the actual Michael Johns/Brooke White Tour 2009, there are a few other engagements to announce in the meantime. Michael Johns and Brooke White will be performing a free concert this coming Saturday, August 15, alongside Carolina Liar and fellow Idol Alum Elliott Yamin. The concert will be held at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow Long Island and is being presented by Fresh 102.7. Check out the details at the radio stations website.
There are no tickets to buy or win. As a matter of fact, you don't have to do anything but be there for the show. I would suggest the you bring your newly bought CDs of Michael Johns new album Hold Back My Heart, or Brooke White's High Hopes and Heartbreak, and Elliott Yamin just released Fight For Love in May. If you're lucky enough, you might get your CDs autographed by the stars themselves. Idols have the tendency to stick around for awhile and do things like that for their fans. You can also find Carolina Liar's album Coming To Terms to bring along with you.
There's still at least one other show to tell you about before delivering the summer tour dates. According to a press release made by Live-PR, Michael Johns will be performing at the 5th Annual Miss Malibu Pageant being held on August 23, 2009. That audience can look forward to hearing songs from Michael's debut album Hold Back My Heart (available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and retail stores everywhere). The album features Michael's new single "Heart On My Sleeve", which can be downloaded free from Amazon.com on the link provided below this article.
The Miss Malibu Pageant will be held at a mansion formerly owned by Cher and will be host to ten celebrity judges from the movie, television and music industry. The list of distinguished guest judges includes ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Linda Thompson, and Elizabeth Rohm, just to name a few.
Musical entertainment for the event will be provided by Michael Johns and Atlantic Records recording artist Ryan Cabrera. Please click on Live- PR to see further details on the 5th Annual Miss Malibu Pageant.
With Michael Johns and Brooke White touring together, fans might also look forward to hearing them perform "Life Is Okay" from the soundtrack album Don't Look Down. Although it was originally scored for the Shaun White documentary, the soundtrack was an independent effort co-written and produced by Foxworth, Johns, and Randa. The album is seventeen tracks (eighteen songs) of sheer creative brilliance, and was nominated for "Best Original Music Score" at the 2009 X-Dance.
And now for the dates and venues, along with the links for more information on how to purchase tickets. Almost all of the venues offer a discount for tickets that are purchased in advance. Most every website I visited listed the ticket price as $20.00 in advance and a few dollars more if you wait to purchase your tickets until at the door or box office on the day of the tour. That's why I took the time to include the links and phone numbers.
Michael Johns and Brook White Tour:
THU 9/17/09 – Pomona, CA Glass House
200 W Second St
Pomona CA 91766
Information Line: (909) 865-3802
FRI 9/18/09 -The Boardwalk (Sacramento)
9426 Greenback Lane
Orangevale, CA 95662
Phone: (916) 988-9247
SAT 9/19/09 – Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort
2500 East 2nd Street
Reno, Nevada, 89595
MON 9/21/09 – Portland, OR Roseland Grill
8 NW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97209-3607
WED 9/23/09 – Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
919 W Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA 99201-4014
THU 9/24/09 – Seattle, WA Chop Suey
1325 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122-4058
FRI 9/25/09 – Boise, ID Knitting Factory
416 S 9th St
SAT 9/26/09 – Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theater
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
SUN 9/27/09 – Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
3317 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
TUE 9/29/09 – Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
737 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, KS 66044-2737
WED 9/30/09 – Des Moines, IA People’s Court
216 Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
If you read my previous interview with Michael Johns featured in the article "Former American Idol Finalist Michael Johns Discusses Hold Back My Heart", which was published here at BC Magazine, you'll already know that Michael Johns will continue to tour after he's finished the summer dates. In October, he'll be joining David Foster and Friends as they take the stars that fill up the DVD and CD of the same name on the road this autumn.
David Foster's Website is professionally done and includes all the links to find which cities will be graced by this "Hitman" and how to purchase tickets to this incredible showcase of multiple talents. Instead of retyping and linking each venue, I'll just furnish you with the cities and venues, and a link to David Foster's site instead. There are fabulous photos of all the stars that were featured on the PBS special as well. Do yourself a favor and go have a look by clicking on his name above.
David Foster and Friends Tour 2009:
10/21 – Chicago, IL – Rosemont Theatre
0/23 – New York, NY – WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
10/24 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
10/25 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
10/28 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
10/30 – Tampa, FL – Blue Line Theatre @ St. Pete Times Forum
11/1 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
11/5 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk
11/6 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
11/8 – Vancouver, BC – General Motors Place
As is the case with all of my articles, I'll leave you with this promise. If there is other Michael Johns news or more dates that are added to either of the tours listed above, you can just about bet I'll be back to deliver that news personally.
Even David Foster himself recognized the talent and potential in this shining new star. On his DVD David Foster and Friends, David is quoted as saying this of Michael Johns. "He is destined for greatness for years to come, I promise." What a compliment to come from a man of such tremendous stature in the music industry. I tend to agree with his opinion. David has been successfully Fostering huge new talents for years.
I'll leave you with this one final wish for those of you who just can't wait to see your Idols or David Foster with all of his talented friends on tour. May every fan out there find a tour date in a city near you.