The Flairs Announce Shut Up and Drive & North American Tour

The Flairs Announce Shut Up and Drive & North American Tour

(PRWEB) April 15, 2006

After creating a buzz with their 2004 debut EP, The Flairs are ready to rock the world with the new full length CD Shut Up and Drive. The first single and video is a spin on Skid Row’s “18 & Life” which will hit rock radio this month, with the CD being released May 16th in Canada (Pacific Music/Warner) and June 13th in the U.S (Burnside). Hard-working as ever, The Flairs are preparing for their intensive cross Canada and US tours which kick off in Vancouver May 19th.

After virtually growing up in Tuuli and opening for bands such as The Donnas, Disturbed and Rock legends Cheap Trick, Dawn Mandarino (vocals and guitar) and Jen Foster (drums and vocals) decided to form their own band. The Flairs story started in the summer of 2002 when Dawn and Jen met Bif Naked’s guitar slinger, Gillian Hanna (lead guitar and vocals) as they played North American outdoor festivals and concerts. All three found the common ground and added Gillian’s brother Ryan Hanna (bass) to the trio and the band was officially born.

The Flairs attribute their unique sound to their individual influences; Dawn’s love for the Ramones, Jen’s ska-influenced punk in the vein of the Dance Hall Crashers, and Hanna’s passion for heavy guitar rock groups like Metallica and Guns ‘N Roses. Those influences go hand in hand with the bands that initially sparked their imagination like Veruca Salt, Nirvana, Garbage and Stone Temple Pilots. In the mix, they have created a sound they can call their own.

The Flairs constantly tour across North America appearing at festivals such as NXNE, Canadian Music Week, New Music West, Seattle’s ROCKRGRL Conference and L.A.’s International Pop Overthrow. They have shared the stage with David Lee Roth, Vanilla Ice and Robin Black. Two videos from their 2004 EP “Ready to Roll” and “Falling into Pieces” were played on MuchMusic on a regular basis.

The Flairs are also about to shoot a video for their second single off the album “Sorry 4 Lovin’ You” to be released during the 2006 summer tour. The Flairs are a forceful live act that continues to expand their already rabid-fan base with passion and drawing power.

2006 Tour Dates

Canada: (more tbc)

May 13th         The Azure – Vancouver, BC

May 19th         Lamplighter – Vancouver. BC

May 26th         Underground, Calgary. AB

May 27th         Velvet Underground, Edmonton, AB

May 28th         Drake Inn, Canmore, AB

May 29th         Wild Bills, Banff, AB

May 30th         Tongue ‘n’ Groove, Lethbridge, AB

May 31st         Distrikt, Regina, SK

June 1st             Roxy, Saskatoon, SK

June 2nd            Zoo, Winnipeg, MB

June 3rd            Kilroy’s, Thunder Bay, ON

June 6th            Foundation, Barrie, ON

June 17th         Zaphod’s, Ottawa, ON

June 23rd         Phog Lounge, Windsor, ON

June 24th         Call The Office, London, ON

U.S. Dates: (more tbc)

June 26th         Shadow Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA

June 28th         The Loft, York, PA

June 29th         Dragonfly, Harrisburg, PA

July 11th         Swayze’s, Atlanta, GA

July 21st         Headhunters Club, Austin, TX

July 25th         Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque, NM

July 27th         Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NV

July 28th         Kiss or Kill Club, Los Angeles, CA

July 29th         The Anarchy Library, Downey, CA

July 30th         Zombie Lounge, San Diego, CA

July 31st         Cat Club, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 5th            G Street Pub, Sacramento, CA

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Channel Announces US/Canadian Tour Dates

Channel Announces US/Canadian Tour Dates

(PRWEB) May 25, 2007

SMI Music Group announces tour dates in support of the band’s new album titled “Androgyny Is In” (On Sale 07/1/2007), the album was produced by Mario McNulty (Bowie, Morrissey, Iggy Pop), Channel will tour Canada and the US for the 2nd consecutive year, visiting new cities including Morgantown WV, Baltimore MD and Philadelphia PA. Tour producer SMI Music Group is proud to announce that the Massachusetts-based band will kick off the 2007 summer tour on June 23 in New York City at the legendary rock club “The Knitting Factory”.

Fans can expect additional cities all along the East Coast and Canada to be announced in the coming weeks. Confirmed cities so far are listed below.

Channel has been recording albums since 2004 with the bands first release “Perpetual Motion”, followed by the 2006 release of “Inch Deep Oceans” which is currently playing on some of the nation’s top college radio stations including Case-Western, Carnegie Mellon and Brock University in Canada.

Information for the Channel “Androgyny Is In” tour is available at

Channel is Ben Talmi (vocals/guitar /keyboards), Luis Granda (bass), Pat Mack (drums).

Channel ‘Androgyny Is In’ Tour Itinerary

6/23 – New York, NY – Knitting Factory

6/24 – Lenox, MA – Duffin Theater

6/28 – Pittsfield, MA – Blue Iguana

6/29 – Stockbridge, MA – Lions Den

7/3 – Toronto, Ontario – Black Swan

7/4 – Ottawa, Ontario – Greenfield’s

7/5 – Ottawa, Ontario – CKCU 93.1 FM (live on-air)

7/8 – Hamden, CT – The Space

7/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Club Europa

7/13 – Arbutus, MD – Penguins

7/15 – Allentown, PA – Sterling Hotel

7/17 – Baltimore, MD – 8×10’s

7/19 – Enola, PA – Rumors

7/20 – Meadville, PA – Union Room

7/21 – Kent, OH – Fat Jimmy’s

7/22 – Providence, RI – The Living Room

7/23 – Somerville, MA – Abbey Lounge

7/25 – Salem, MA – Dodge Street Grill

7/26 – New York, NY – Club Snitch

7/27 – Pittsfield, MA – Rock On! Indie Band Fest

7/28 – Greenfield, MA – Greenfield Rock Fest

8/2 – Buffalo, NY – Merlins

8/3 – New York, NY – Alphabet Lounge

8/4 – Boston, MA – School Of Groove

8/5 – Stirling, NJ – Orphan Annie’s

8/9 – New York, NY – Kenny’s Castaway

8/10 – Wilkinson, PA – Mr. Roboto Project

8/11 – Morgantown, WV – FD Fest

8/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Grape Street

More dates to be announced

About SMI Music Group:

The Channel “Androgyny Is In” Tour is produced by SMI Music Group, based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. SMI Music Group is a division of SMI Inc., a multi-faceted entertainment company known for live music and classical arts productions.

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For more information on SMI Music Group or Channel please contact:

Damon Fowler

SMI Music Group

27 E. Housatonic Street

Pittsfield, MA 01201

413-499-1733 ext 6

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