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

[Published on: 11/30/06]

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harryhood8 starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/30/2006 02:49PM
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I like

Lupinemutton Thu 11/30/2006 05:40PM
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What kind of sissy crap is this? First off, a border tour shouldn't include NYC and San Fran. What about TEXAS? oh you forgot about that? And who the hell cares about border issues anyway? Build a fence! It's an international BOUNDARY!

mr2bits starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/30/2006 11:17PM
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Sissy crap? If only Calexico were as tough as people who attempt to start flame wars on internet message boards. BTW, the fact that you took the time to come and state your position on border shows that YOU obviously care about border issues, albeit in a manner inconsistent with the bands position.

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it is strange not to include texas.. they should at least play the back yard in austin.. not that I care really, I live in tennessee :P peace ya'll
ps> calexico is a good band...

theorb419 Fri 12/1/2006 08:49PM
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milesgon, why do you alway give EVERYTHING you comment on three stars?


Herman Li

devonyacht Mon 12/4/2006 08:30AM
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vulpinemutton...why are you even on Jambase?? isn't there a site for racist skinheads?

Lupinemutton starstar Fri 12/8/2006 01:30PM
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It's not racism it's nationalism and patriotism, Hippie.