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Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal to Team for 'Bontaj' Tour


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If Bonnie Raitt has her way, this summer's BonTaj Roulet tour with Taj Mahal will be the first of many such outings.

“I trademarked BonTaj Roulet," Raitt tells Billboard.com. “I had the idea for this back when I did Lilith Fair, the whole idea of a touring mini-festival and ticket prices going to social causes. It's not only the beginning of what I hope will be many years of BonTaj, but a franchise I'd like to see grow to where we can take it to Europe and get a combination of special guests and showcase new bands. That's my dream -- a rotating music festival where we're basically a kind of brand name and can do a lot of different things under that."

Mahal, meanwhile, says he's all for it. “As musicians, there's things you want to go out and do, different projects," he explains. “Both of us have a broad overall viewpoint of the music that's out there and musicians and culture and whatnot. There's a lot of stuff you can find your way to through the music, so this could be a really great thing. And I know we'll have a lot of fun."

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