D Tour Adds Independent Promoters & Venues To Expanding Network

First Avenue in Minneapolis and 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. are among the recent additions.

By Andy Kahn Oct 3, 2022 7:32 am PDT

D Tour continues to expand its independent network of concert venues and promoters. Among D Tour’s recent new affiliates are First Avenue in Minneapolis and 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Launched in March, D Tour’s expansion now incorporates more than 30 affiliates and hundreds of venues in over 50 different markets. Others who recently joined D Tour include Nederlander Entertainment, Best Life Presents, The UC Theatre, Z2 Entertainment, Premier Concerts/Manic Presents/Lovely Day Presents, Rival Entertainment, Duck Club Presents, Treefort Music Fest, MOKB Presents/HIFI Indy, Howlin’ Wolf, Section Live, MeanRed Productions, Ardenland, Pub Station/1111 Presents, Jade Presents, Mississippi Studios/Revolution Hall, Broadberry Entertainment Group, World Cafe Live, The State Room Presents, Higher Ground Presents, Wild Buffalo House of Music, and Pablo Center at the Confluence.

They join D Tour-affiliated venues and promoters such as Drusky Entertainment, Hartke Presents/Wave/The Cotillio, xBk Live, Crowbar, Production Simple / Headliners Music Hall, Blue Water Partners/Floore Country Store, Jay Ray Productions / Taos Mesa Brewing, Bonafide Live, Inc. / Exit/In, and Happy Dog.

D Tour works in partnership with musicians allowing them to independently book tours at affiliated venues that are part of the nationwide network. By bringing together artists with independent venues, tours can be booked without having to go through much larger promoters like Live Nation.

“We see the D Tour coalition as a big win for artists and for music fans outside of the major markets,” said Treefort Music Festival and Duck Presents co-founder Eric Gilbert. “We built Duck Club and Treefort in Boise, an often overlooked market, because we believed a music scene could thrive and help bridge long drives across the West for touring artists. We think D Tour will offer similar scene-building nationwide, opening more avenues to artist development and strengthening the national music ecosystem at large. Independent venues and promoters are the grassroots of the national music scene and this effort will help strengthen those roots to the benefit of artists and music fans everywhere.”

D Tour’s expansion focused on smaller markets in order to provide alternative spaces and opportunities for artists to play. The venues range in capacity from 200 to 10,000.

“I’m so proud of the work we are doing that will strengthen our industry, help protect our communities, and preserve our collective independence,” said Tom DeGeorge, Crowbar co-owner/president and D Tour co-founder. “D Tour will create opportunity in secondary and tertiary markets like Florida that never existed before as well as a new option for larger markets to consider. Our capacity to help up-and-coming artists regionally as well as signed artists coast to coast while keeping all the revenue in those individual markets and communities is a lifeline to Indy venues, promoters, festivals, and artists that is needed in an ever-changing landscape.”

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