Bassist, songwriter (and now novelist, director, and movie star) Les Claypool will kick off a national tour at the Warfield in his hometown of San Francisco on June 1st. The tour runs through the end of July and includes stops at the Wakarusa and Bonnaroo festivals.

The tour will mark the release of Les Claypool's newest solo album 'Of Whales and Woe' (May 30th/Prawn Song) and comes in the midst of Claypool's most high profile month ever including the screening of his movie 'Electric Apricot' and his first novel 'South of the Pumphouse.'

Claypool will also have a few special events along the way. Bonnaroo Music Festival will see a reunion with Oysterhead (Stewart Copeland and Trey Anastasio) as well as the screening of Claypool's 'Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo,' his first full-length feature film. A mockumentary of the jam scene, the film stars Les as Lapland "Lapdog" Miclovich, drummer for the fictional jamband Electric Apricot and features cameos by some of the genres biggest stars like Bob Weir, Mike Gordon, and Warren Haynes.

During the tour, Claypool wil also be attending a series of book signings -- including NYC on July 15th and Boston on July 17th -- reading passages from his new book 'South of the Pumphouse' (Akashic Books).

Les Claypool will be joined on the road by his band of Gabby La La (sitar), Mike Dillon (vibraphone, marimba percussion), Paulo Baldi (drums), and Skerik (sax).

Les Claypool Tour Dates June-July 2006

June 1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre w/Rasputina
June 2 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre w/Rasputina
June 3 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox w/Rasputina
June 7 - Park City, UT @ Suede Lounge and Nightclub w/Rasputina
June 9 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre w/Rasputina
June 10 - Lawrence, KS @ Wakarusa Music Camping Festival
June 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest w/Rasputina
June 13 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club w/Rasputina
June 14 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre w/Rasputina
June 17 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Arts Festival
June 18 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant w/Rasputina
June 20 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room Ballroom w/Rasputina
June 21 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa w/Rasputina
June 23 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
June 24 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre w/The Coup
June 25 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues w/The Coup
June 27 - Hollywood, CA @ The Avalon w/The Coup
June 28 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues w/The Coup
June 29 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst w/ The Coup

July 6 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues w/The Coup
July 7 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution w/The Coup
July 8 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing w/The Coup
July 10 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse w/The Coup
July 11 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues w/The Coup
July 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory w/The Coup
July 14 - Masontown, WV @ All Good Festival
July 15 - New York City, NY @ Nokia Theatre Times Square w/The Coup
July 17 - Boston, MA @ The Roxy w/The Coup
July 18 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel w/The Coup
July 20 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom w/The Coup
July 21 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
July 22 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues