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Thomas Dolby ready to begin 2012 tour in 3-seat time-machine trailer




Thomas Dolby is about to head back on the road again, starting with an appearance at SXSW in Austin. There's only one Florida date, March 18 in Orlando, unless you count a show at Largo. Sadly, in the case Largo is a club in Los Angeles and not the small hamlet in Tampa Bay.

In any case, Dolby won't be traveling alone. He's bringing along perhaps the coolest .... trailer, I guess, for lack of a better term. Here's how he describes it.

"The Time Capsule is a chrome- and brass-plated road trailer that seats three. With handcrafted leather and wood fittings, and complex electrical wiring that could have been designed by Nikola Tesla, it resembles a Jules Verne/HG Wells-inspired time-travel machine. Inside is a high-tech video recording suite that allows a music fan or guest artist to upload a personal video message to the Future. The Time Capsule will be parked in the street outside each venue on Dolby’s month-long North American tour, and in front of select local radio and TV stations. It will capture hundreds of 30-second clips over the course of the tour, assembling them into an online video montage. Fans will be able to walk up and step into the Time Capsule to make their own fully produced and effected digital 30-second video clip. The clips will then be automatically uploaded and viewable on a brand-new YouTube channel along with the individual user’s own Facebook and Twitter pages. The most viewed clips will win prizes."

If you've never seen Dolby in concert, trust me: It's not to be missed. Half science experiment, half trip back in time, half instructional class on new media, it even defies modern mathematics.

But you want to know about the dates. No sweat.


  • 03/12/12 - 03/17/12: Austin, TX SXSW
  • 03/17/12: New Orleans, LA Tipitinas
  • 03/18/12: Orlando, FL Social
  • 03/19/12: Birmingham, AL Workplay
  • 03/20/12: Atlanta, GA The Loft @ Center Stage
  • 03/21/12: Greenville, SC Handlebar
  • 03/23/12: Annapolis, MD Ram’s Head
  • 03/24/12: Philadelphia, PA
  • 03/25/12: Alexandria, VA Birchmere
  • 03/28/12: Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater
  • 03/29:12 New York City, NY Canal Room
  • 03/30/12: Northampton, MA Iron Horse
  • 03/31/12: Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
  • 04/01/12: Montreal, QC L’Astral
  • 04/02/12: Toronto, ON Mod Club
  • 04/04/12: Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
  • 04/05/12: Chicago, IL Park West
  • 04/06/12: Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
  • 04/09/12: Portland, OR TBA
  • 04/10/12: Vancouver, BC Rio Theatre
  • 04/11/12: Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
  • 04/13/12: San Francisco, CA Red Devil Lounge
  • 04/14/12: Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
  • 04/16/12: San Diego Anthology
  • 04/17/12: Los Angeles Largo

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 9:39am]


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