Donovan 50th Anniversary Tour Coming

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Photo credit: Donald Leitch (Donovan Discs 2016)

Photo credit: Donald Leitch (Donovan Discs 2016)

Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of his #1 single, “Sunshine Superman,” with a North American tour in September and October. (Many of the dates are already sold out.) The celebration also marks the 50th anniversary of his performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall, where he’ll return on September 15.

The Scottish singer-songwriter legend and poet will perform in 21 cities beginning with a benefit on August 30 and ending in Toronto, Canada on October 21. Tickets for the tour are available here. If your date is sold out, try here.

A limited number of VIP “meet and greet” tickets will be sold to benefit the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (Class of 2012) turned 70 on May 10. His folk style led to comparisons with Bob Dylan and Donovan became a friend of many British musicians including The Beatles and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. While on a trip with The Beatles to see the Maharishi, he taught them to fingerpick, which led to “Blackbird,” “Julia” and “Dear Prudence,” among others, on the White Album.

Donovan enjoyed four Top 10 hits in the U.S. from 1966-1968. Besides his 1966 breakthrough “Sunshine Superman,” he had a #2 hit with “Mellow Yellow,” #5 with “Hurdy Gurdy Man” and #7 with “Atlantis.” Donovan’s other well known songs include “Season of the Witch,” “Catch The Wind,” “There is a Mountain,” “Jennifer Juniper” and “Wear Your Love Like Heaven.” The vinyl version of the Sunshine Superman album has been reissued.

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Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 4.16.26 PMDonovan famously performed at Carnegie Hall on February 19, 1966. Tickets were priced from $2-4 and the ad touted “England’s most Popular Folksinger.”

His 2016 return engagement will be at the world famous venue’s Zankel Hall.

Donovan’s daughter, Astrella Celeste, will celebrate her father’s achievements with a special release of a “Sunshine Superman” musical t-shirt from her unique Astrella Inc collection.

Donovan Sunshine Superman North American 2016 Tour:
Aug 30 – East Hampton, NY – Guild Hall
Sept 2 – Los Angeles, CA – City Hall
Sept 4 – Fairfield, IA – Sondheim Center
Sept 7 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
Sept 8 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
Sept 10 – Port Washington, NY – Landmark
Sept 11 – South Orange, NJ – South Orange PAC
Sept 14 – Troy, NY – Troy Music Hall
Sept 15 – New York, NY – Carnegie Hall (Sold out)
Sept 17 – Boston, MA – NEC Jordan Hall
Sept 18 – Peekskill, NY – Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
Sept 20 – Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
Sept 21 – Houston, TX – TBA
Sept 22 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Theatre
Sept 24 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
Sept 25 – Boulder, CO – Bould Theatre
Sept 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Intrument Museum
Oct 07 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
Oct 08 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre
Oct 12 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom (Sold out)
Oct 13 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
Oct 15 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (Sold out)
Oct 16 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Oct 21 – Toronto, CA – Danforth Music Hall (Sold out)

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  1. Jina
    #1 Jina 10 April, 2016, 16:57

    I saw Donovan about 10 years ago, it was pretty awesome. I really appreciate his connection to Maharishi and his peace building efforts!

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