April 24th, 2007

Summer/Fall 2008 Tour Dates Announced

Calexico announce their upcoming tour dates for 2008!

20 June – Southside Festival
22 June – Hurricane Festival
5 July – Comerica City Fest – Detroit, MI
6 July – The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
7 July – Le National – Montreal, QUE
9 July – Ottawa Blues Festival – Ottawa, ON
11 July – Winnipeg Folk Festival – Winnipeg, MB
27 July – Robert Hawkins Amphitheatre – Reno, NV
3 August – Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI
10 September – Tripod – Dublin, Ireland
11 September – Queens Hall – Edinburgh, UK
12 September – Carling Academy – Oxford, UK
13 September – Leadmill – Sheffield, UK
14 September – End Of The Road Festival – Dorset, UK
25 September – World Music Festival 2008 – Chicago, IL
11 October – Forum – London, UK

April 7th, 2007

Calexico Concert – May 23rd – Tucson, Arizona

ariel benefit show
Mariachi Luz de Luna
Salvador Duran
Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School

Friday, May 23rd
Rialto Theatre
Tucson, Arizona

A benefit for Mariachi Aztlán and their trip to Washington DC on July 4 to represent Arizona in the National Independence Day Parade.

Advance tickets at Rialto Box Office or see links below.
$15 advance : $17 day of : $10 students
7pm doors, 8pm showtime

Ticket Links

Limited Reserved Balcony Seating Here
General Admission Floor Here

April 6th, 2007


jazzfest posterJazz fest is coming. Just spoke with writer and pianist, Noah Bonaparte Pias from the Gambit Weekly who was filling me in on the massive party that is Jazz fest. I counted 11 stages on the Jazz and Heritage website and was pleased to see a wide diversity of talent and music. Love the fact that it all started in 1970 when Mahalia Jackson and Duke Ellington among others were returning to the city of New Orleans. I think everyone should return this city to pay respect and continue the most rare and richest treasures our country has to offer, music for the soul.

-Joey Burns

March 19th, 2007

Salvador Duran CD available!


Salvador Duran -Solo Pasion
$16 US & Canada
$19 Worldwide

Available for a limited time in the Calexico store!

Born in Sonora, Mexico, musician and artist Salvador Duran has performed and toured with Calexico and was featured on ‘In The Reins’ EP with Iron & Wine.

Solo Pasion is Salvador’s first album and contains 14 tracks including some of his favorite classic Mexican and Latin American songs.

March 11th, 2007

Calexico ‘Javelina’ T-Shirt

Hey Ladies!

The Calexico Store has a limited quantity of Javelina shirts now available in size SMALL.

Calexico “Javelina” T-shirt
100% cotton, American Apparel
Womens style
Available in Small ONLY!
$20 US & Canada
$24 Worldwide

February 19th, 2007

Goin’ To The South Pacific

Today we embark on our second trip to New Zealand and Australia as Calexico. Gearing up for the long flight and friends have suggested all sorts of remedies for dealing with the jetlag and over-extended body crumple of being in a bucket seat. I will try them all and hope for the best.

I hear the first two shows, Wellington and Auckland, are almost sold out which is good news. Last time we played there was around 2003 when we released Feast of Wire and I remember the enthusiasm was especially noticeable from the shows. I remember the green hills and windy beaches of Wellington and the good friends we hung out with. I wonder if we will see fellow musicians, David Kilgour (The Clean), Robert Scott (The Bats) from Dunedin or Professor Graeme Downes (The Verlaines) and the lovely Chris Knox (Tall Dwarfs) in Auckland.

in_nzJohn Convertino and I first toured New Zealand in 1997 with singer songwriter Barbara Manning where we played with the previously listed musicians and made an album altogether titled In New Zealand (The Communion Label). Barbara was so well planned that we got to enjoy many a sightseeing adventure including the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, the Kiwi Birdlife Park and the gorgeous coastline of Dunedin where we sampled the world famous Hokey Pokey ice cream (pronounced huggy puggy).

We will be thinking of Barbara and our european lighting engineer, James Murray, who was born and raised in Auckland. He is a huge fan of the All Blacks Rugby Team and their warm-up ritual Maori war dance called the Haka. Go James!

After New Zealand we head to Australia where I will be searching for some of those famous “Musk” flavored LifeSavers I heard about on today’s radio program Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. Great gift to bring back home.

-Joey Burns

February 2nd, 2007

Calexico on Late Night with Conan O’Brien – Feb 6

calexico and conanIn all of the preparations for leaving for NY this week we were asked yesterday if we could play Late Night with Conan O’Brien on February 6th prior to our Lincoln Center show on February 8th. We are all fans of the show and looking forward to hanging out a few extra days in NY. Thanks Conan! Paul Niehaus has performed on the show twice before with Lambchop and Vic Chesnutt recalling his meeting Larry King and Tim Robbins. Checking the NBC schedule it looks like we’ll be sharing the green room with Dr. Phil and the other mystery guest. I am thinking of writing out some horns parts for the Max Weinberg 7 and invite them to play with us. For sure Brooklyn’s virtuosic multi instrumental Rob Burger will be joining us on organ and we will try our best to coerce Conan to unwield his Fender Sratocaster. This is the first time we will be playing the show, Jim Pitt the talent and booking agent for the show has asked a few times in the past but our touring schedule has always prevented the opportunity. With a more open schedule this year we are all honored to be asked and to take part in one of our favorite late night TV shows.

-Joey Burns

February 2nd, 2007

American Songbook performance features special guests

As the week rapidly approaches anticipation builds for the upcoming show at the Lincoln Center February 8th as part of the American Songbook series.

calexicoWe are honored to be asked to take part in this tradition with fellow musicians like Sufjan Stevens, Stephen Merritt and Neko Case. What songs to perform and which covers to pull out are some of the questions floating
in our mind space and musical realm. The Allen Room looks like a beautiful space with good conjure complete with a massive glass backdrop unveiling the slow simmer glow of Manhattan’s skyline. I keep going back to earlier songs of ours like “Crooked Road and The Briar” and “Bloodflow” ones that have rarely been performed before as well as some cover songs by artists who have helped shape the eclectic side of the American Songbook such as David Hidalgo, Bob Dylan, Stephen Foster, Lalo Guerrero and Michael Hurley. We have two shows for two completely different sets of songs and tons of guests so the possibilities are endless which will no doubtedly be a lot of fun.

Joining us will be Johnny Contreras from Tucson’s Mariachi Luz de Luna playing vihuela, cuatro and vocals, Brooklyn’s own Rob Burger on piano and
accordion, and some of the members of indie-gypsy NY based band, Beirut (Jon Natchez-baritone and tenor sax, Kelly Pratt -trumpet and euphonium, Jason Poranski-ukuele and guitar, and Kristin Serrebee-violin.)

There are so many more friends and musicians we would love to invite to sit in with us this night, who knows maybe there will be more surprise guests, or maybe we should return to the NY area for a residency, something we’ve wanted to do for years.