Tour Kick-Offs: Bon Iver, Ke$ha and More

Key info on the shows you need to see starting this week

July 18, 2011 11:50 AM ET
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Check back every week for a rundown of summer festivals and tours kicking off in the coming days.

July 24th-September 30th
Tickets: $30-$60
Don't be alarmed if you see a massive sex toy onstage at Ke$ha's Get $leazy Tour. "It's a phallic-ly fabulous confetti cannon," she says. "I'll be riding it all summer long." Along with her own hits, expect covers like the Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)." "This show will make you dance," she adds, "if you have a pulse."

July 22nd-August 10th
Tickets: $25-$50
The last time Justin Vernon was onstage, he was duetting with Kanye West in front of 75,000 fans at Coachella. "I was pretty even-keeled, considering what I was about to do," says the indie crooner. The venues on the band's three-week U.S. tour won't be quite that huge, but Vernon is still psyched to bring the new LP's fleshed-out arrangements to life. "We totally have a gong," he adds.

Bridgeport, Connecticut
July 21st-24th
Top Acts: Furthur, Jane's Addiction, Elvis Costello, Levon Helm Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Taj Mahal, Dr. John
Created by Deadheads to fill the void left by Jerry Garcia the year after his 1995 death, the Gathering has grown into a multifaceted fest that's not just for hippies.

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