Furthur Chart Summer Tour Through Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia

Furthur, the band fronted by Grateful Dead alums Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have announced a new slew of tour dates that will take the group around eastern America this summer. These dates are in addition to the April concerts Furthur announced late last year.

The new tour leg will kick off on July 5 in Pawtucket, R.I., and the jaunt will wrap up on July 18 in Rochester Hills, Mich. All nine dates in between these dates will take place east of the Mississippi River, and include stops in Philadelphia; Columbia, Md.; Atlanta, Cary, N.C.; Bethel, N.Y. and Chicago. The band also will undertake a two-night stand at MCU Park in Brooklyn on July 13-14.

The previously announced tour dates find Furthur performing throughout most of April, including an eight-night residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Additionally, the band recently announced they would play October 5-6 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in what will be the first West Coast dates of the year for the band unless more are announced in the meantime.

Furthur was formed when the surviving members of the Grateful Dead reconvened to perform as the Dead in support of the 2008 Obama campaign. Guitarist Weir and bassist Lesh decided to continue touring together, and named their band after the tour bus Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters used to tour America in 1964.

Joining Weir and Lesh are John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti and Joe Russo to round out the lineup. The group plays a mix of Grateful Dead songs, original music and covers of other artists. Favorite artists to cover include Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Van Morrison and the Clash. Prior to forming Furthur, Weir often played with a revolving cast of musicians he dubbed Phil Lesh & Friends.