Amadou and Mariam Announce North American Tour

Amadou and Mariam Announce North American Tour
If you were bummed that Amadou and Mariam were skipping out on Canada during their upcoming tour with Coldplay, good news: the blind Malian duo have just lined up a pair of dates in the Great White North, minus those sappy Brits. The husband-wife team, or as our Jonathan Rothman described them, "the funkiest blind, married, French-speaking Afro-pop couple around," have announced they will play headlining shows in both Toronto on June 4 and in Montreal on June 5, guaranteed to cure any early summertime blues.

The dates will be in support of Amadou and Mariam's latest full-length, Welcome to Mali, which included a pile of celeb guests such as Blur's Damon Albarn, K'naan and Keziah Jones. The tour stops also come as a way to finally experience Amadou's guitar hero antics live and in the flesh, which are apparently quite the sight.

Here are all the band's upcoming dates, which start with a European tour before they head on over to North America:

2/18 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
2/19 Berlin, Germany - Kesselhaus
2/20 Munich, Germany - Muffathalle
2/21 Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
2/24 Brighton, England - Concorde 2
2/25 London, England - Pure Groove (free in-store)
2/25 London, England - KOKO
2/26 Bristol, England - Bristol Academy
2/28 Edinburgh, Scotland - Picturehouse
3/1 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
3/19 Montpellier, France - Rockstore
3/20 Toulouse, France - Bikini
3/21 Lyon, France - Transbordeur
3/24 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
3/25 Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
3/26 Lille, France - Aeronef
3/28 Amiens, France - Jazz a Amiens
6/2 Chicago, IL - Park West
6/4 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
6/5 Montreal, QC - Metropolis
6/6 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
6/8 New York, NY - Webster Hall
6/10 Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
7/10 Ridgefield, WA - The Amphitheater at Clark County *
7/11 George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre *
7/13 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphiteatre *
7/16 Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre *
7/18 Carson, CA - Home Depot Center *
7/21 Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center *
7/22 The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
7/24 Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *

* with Coldplay