TheParlatonesHearing local music whenever you travel is always a treat and allows you to enjoy the local music scene. World music concerts give us the opportunity to hear an array of music and musical instruments and to remind us of our travels.

Although I didn’t get a chance to hear The Parlotones a couple of years ago when I visited Johannesburg, South Africa, I’m delighted they are making a United States tour and will be playing in my hometown of Chicago this weekend at the Double Door. They started their U.S. tour in Florida last week and are continuing to the east coast with concerts scheduled in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston and Philadelphia after Chicago. The remaining leg of the tour schedule can be found below.

For people new to The Parlotones, they are South Africa’s most successful rock band, and the first band in South African history (including international acts) to sell out the Grandwest Arena. The group will be co-headlining several shows with Coldplay and Snow Patrol in South Africa in October in one of the World Cup stadiums.

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Their new video for “Should We Fight Back” premiered in the United States on MTVU and is part of the MTV Buzzworthy blog. The video for “Stars Fall Down” just won the South African Music Award for Best Music Video – the 3rd year in a row the band taken home that prize.

The Parlotones – United States Tour Schedule

June 10 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
June 11 – Local 662 – St. Petersburg, FL
June 12 – The Backbooth Bar – Orlando, FL
June 14 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
June 15 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
June 16 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
June 18 – The Basement, Columbus, OH
June 19 – The Double Door, Chicago, IL
June 21 – The Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
June 22 – The Hard Rock Café – Pittsburgh, PA
June 23 – The Bowery Ballroom – NY, NY
June 24 – The Red Palace, Washington, DC
June 25 – TT The bear’s – Boston, MA
June 26 – World Café Live- Philadelphia, PA

I’ll be at Double Door this weekend and thinking about the next time I visit South Africa! Hope to see you there!

MegyMegy Karydes is founder of World Shoppe, a fair trade importing company that works directly with artisans in South Africa. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.