Amadou and Mariam Embark on U.S. Tour of Corporate-Sponsored Stadiums / Amphitheaters / Centers. Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That. (Don’t Shut Off My Service, Verizon!)

As music enthusiasists, you and I both know there is nothing more vibrant, more peaceful than listening to the sweet sounds of afropop jams drifting through the night air, wafting through the stale smell of spilled beer, above the sweaty heads of fellow concert-goers, and away into the ethereal bliss of stadium seating. Nothing could be more magical. Unless... unless you are experiencing Amadou and Mariam at one of the by-now-ubiquitous Product Placement Stadiums. And from the looks of the list below, you'll have plenty of chances to check out the legendary blind husband-and-wife team from Mali while contemplating any number of sponsors who made your seat up in the nosebleed section possible. Just think: 10 years ago, you could've been watching Amadou and Mariam at, say, the St. Louis Amphitheater. Now you can see them at this hypothetical amphitheater, but with the added bonus of being able to support AND ponder the superb products made by, say, ShamWow. That's right, you could see Amadou and Mariam at the St. Louis ShamWow Amphitheatre. Truly a dynamic musical experience for the whole family -- and that nasty spill that paper towels just won't pick up.

In real news, Amadou and Mariam's 2008 album Welcome to Mali was a hit on many year-end "best of" lists, and the duo are rumored to be opening for, um, Coldplay in July.

06.02.09 - Chicago, IL - Park West
06.06.09 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
06.08.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.10.09 - Alexandra, VA - Birchmere
07.11.09 - George, Washington - The Gorge Amphitheatre
07.13.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Shoreline Amphitheatre
07.16.09 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
07.18.09 - Carson, CA - Home Depot Center
07.21.09 - Dallas, TX - Center
07.22.09 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07.24.09 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater