Calexico's seven-date December tour broaches some of the most serious social issues facing citizens on either side of the U.S. - Mexico border today. Accompanying them on these dates will be representatives from several organizations including Humane Borders and Music for America raising awareness about humanitarian issues stemming from border and immigration policies.
The Tucson show on December 2nd continues Calexico's annual tradition of throwing a year-end hometown benefit concert. A portion of the proceeds will go to KXCI-FM, a local community sponsored radio station. Proceeds will also go to Humane Borders, who along with other organizations like No More Deaths and Border Angels, offers humanitarian assistance to those in need through more than 70 emergency water stations on and near the U.S.- Mexican border, ultimately trying to quell the hundreds of deaths every year in the Arizona desert due to dehydration.
Calexico has been hailed as a border band, transcending boundaries and genres with their unique blend of U.S. and Latin style. Politically, the band feels just as strongly about the people of the region as they do the sounds. Joey Burns explains; "The issue is a complex one, and now with President Bush signing the bill that would build a massive wall between the two countries, the problems will undoubtedly become more severe and horrifying."
A representative from Humane Borders will be at all Calexico's headlining Southwestern shows to answer questions or provide insight into their cause. Also, the tour as a whole will be presented in association with Music for America, an organization connecting concert-goers with social justice organizations and political issues they might not be aware of, both nationally and in their area.
The last two shows on the tour bring Calexico back to the lovely Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, supporting one of their favorite groups, Los Lobos. "They have long been a musical inspiration, covering so many different styles of music, utilizing eclectic instrumentation and providing some of the most memorable concerts. Although we've played many festivals together like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, this will be the first time that we share the same stage and venue together," says Burns. "I can't think of a better way to round out the year than to play two shows with Los Lobos. I am sure that both sets each night will be completely different and who knows what musical collaborations may unfold between the two bands and musical friends from the area."
Calexico Tour Dates:
12.02 | Rialto Theatre | Tucson, AZ
12.03 | The Launchpad | Albuquerque, NM
12.04 | Orpheum Theater | Flagstaff, AZ
12.05 | The Clubhouse | Tempe, AZ
12.08 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA
12.09 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA
02.08 | Lincoln Center | New York, NY