One of the nation's hottest buzz bands, the Alabama Shakes, will play an outdoor show in Richmond in June.
The band, hailed at the South By Southwest festival in March and elsewhere for putting an exciting new twist on neo-soul, will perform Friday, June 22 at Brown's Island as part of the Friday Cheers series. Admission is $5.
Here's a look at the band's recent appearance on the Letterman show.
The whole Friday Cheers series is pretty impressive, by the way. The schedule was announced last month, but I just learned of it this morning. Here's a sampling of who else they've booked:
May 4 -- Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears
May 11 -- The Carolina Chocolate Drops
June 1 -- Chris Young
June 15 -- Dawes with Sara Watkins
June 29 -- Trampled By Turtles
Here's a release about the Alabama Shakes tour.
Pre-Sale Is Underway; Tickets Go On Sale To General Public This Friday
Boys & Girls, The Band’s Debut Album, Enters Top 10 On The Billboard 200
And Debuts At No. 3 On U.K. Album Chart
Alabama Shakes will extend their U.S. tour with a headline run that kicks off
July 29 at the Paper Mill in Syracuse, NY and includes a show at Los Angeles’
Music Box on August 14. A ticket pre-sale for the newly added dates is
currently underway at AlabamaShakes.com.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 27. The band heads
out with Jack White on May 15 for a series of sold-out dates. Alabama Shakes will
play a free show in New York City’s Central Park on June 24 as part of the 2012
SummerStage concert series and perform at the Hangout, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo,
Newport Folk, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands music festivals. See below for dates.
Available a week early on the iTunes Store, Alabama Shakes’ debut album,
Boys & Girls (ATO Records), bowed in the Top 20 on The Billboard 200 and
at No. 1 on the Independent Label chart. Last week, following its wide release,
the album jumped to No. 8 on The Billboard 200. Released in Europe by
Rough Trade, Boys & Girls debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. album chart.
“Compared to computer-tuned radio pop, or even the big-time pop-soul of a
genuine singer like Adele, the Alabama Shakes sound raw-boned and proudly
unprocessed,” said The New York Times’ Jon Pareles in a Sunday “Arts &
Leisure” cover story. Entertainment Weekly put Boys & Girls on its ”Must List,”
the Los Angeles Times said it’s “as combustible as it is nuanced — and destined
to be one of the albums of the summer” and Rolling Stone noted: “a White Stripes
-ian sense of what-the-fuck discovery imbues a debut where even subtle things
like ‘Heartbreaker’ swing like wrecking balls.”
“If [lead singer] Brittany Howard ever bugs you to be her baby (as she does
repeatedly on Be Mine), you will give in,” said USA Today while the New York
Daily News awarded Boys & Girls four stars, observing: “Howard sings a musical
phrase like a track and field star throws a shot put. She’ll lean far back in a note,
pausing to amass lung power and heft. Then, in a burst, she’ll hurl the phrase to the
sky, hitting her target with the aim of an Olympian.” “Shakes numbers such as ‘Hold
On’ and ‘You Ain’t Alone’ might be younger than Siri, but they have the consoling
authority of standards,” said The Washington Post.
Check out the band performing “Hold On,” the album’s first single, on
Alabama Shakes – comprising vocalist/guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist
Heath Fogg, drummer Steve Johnson, and bassist Zac Cockrell – are based
in Athens, AL and began playing together when they were in high school. Ben
Tanner assists on keyboards. Boys & Girls – produced and mixed by the band –
was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN.
5/15 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium with Jack White SOLD OUT
5/16 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium with Jack White SOLD OUT
5/18 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Fest SOLD OUT
5/19 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel with Jack White SOLD OUT
5/21 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom with Jack White SOLD OUT
5/22 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom with Jack White SOLD OUT
5/24 - Detroit, MI - Scottish Rite Theater with Jack White SOLD OUT
@ Masonic Temple
5/25-27 - Gorge, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
6/7-10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
6/22 - Richmond, VA - Friday Cheers at Brown’s Island
6/24 - New York, NY - Central Park–SummerStage w/Diamond Rugs, Robert Ellis FREE SHOW
7/28 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
8/10-12 - San Francisco, CA - Golden Gate Park – Outside Lands
8/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box with Michael Kiwanuka
8/16 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Additional dates to be announced.
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