Alabama Shakes have just added 10 dates to their North American tour, including an August 13 show at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre. See itinerary below for dates and ticket information. Currently on tour in the UK, the band will return to the States later this month and launch the next leg of its North American run on May 28 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO. Alabama Shakeswill also be performing at many 2015 festivals, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Montreux Jazz Festival, Squamish, Austin City Limits, T In The Park, Mountain Jam and Field Trip.
The band is touring in support of its sophomore album, Sound & Color, whichdebuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and contains the No. 1 Triple A radio hit “Don’t Wanna Fight.” Sound & Color is available now at all music retailers, including iTunes and Amazon, and via the band’s website and the ATO Records webstore. Released by ATO Records in North America and Rough Trade in the U.K./Europe, the album was co-produced by the band and Blake Mills. It is the follow-up to Alabama Shakes’ 2012 Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned the group GRAMMY® nominations in three categories, including Best New Artist.
Alabama Shakes– comprising lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, drummer Steve Johnson, and touringkeyboard players Ben Tanner and Paul Horton – recently welcomed Jan Crawford of “CBS Sunday Morning” to their hometown of Athens, AL. You can view the segment HERE. The official video for the album’s title track, “Sound & Color,” directed by James Frost (Radiohead, Norah Jones, Coldplay) and based on a concept by Brittany Howard, can be seen HERE.
Pitchforkgave the album an 8.1 ranking, hailing it as “stadium soul with one eye peeking toward another galaxy.” USA Today named Sound & Color“Album of the Week” while Entertainment Weekly put it on “The Must List,” awarding it an A- and proclaiming Brittany Howard a “national treasure.” Rolling Stone observed, “This is a weirder, woozier, fiercer and sexier record than their debut in nearly every way” and The New York Times Magazine praised the band’s “soul-stirring, shape-shifting new sound.”
“The group grew in every way, took bold leaps and made a record that seems destined to be ubiquitous all summer long,” said NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In a four-star review, the New York Daily News observed, “The Shakes aren’t afraid to show the dirt in their Southern roots…it’s the stun-gun effect of Howard’s vocals that puts the Shakes in a class of their own. She’s today’s most volatile singer, the one most prone to erupt when you least expect it.” American Songwriter also awarded Sound & Color four stars and noted, “[it’s]more about finding the place where groove and mood meet – or collide – than simply rocking out.” Fans have been equally enthusiastic – including Justin Timberlake, who tweeted, “Upon my SEVENTH(I can’t stop playing it.) listen in a row, this @Alabama_ShakesSOUND AND COLOR is PERFECT. #classic”
In the lead-up to the album’s release, Alabama Shakes previewed Sound & Color with a headline tour that kicked off with a sold-out, two-night stand at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, performances on “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Live From The Artists Den” and their first appearance at Coachella.
Alabama Shakes – Upcoming Tour Dates
(New dates noted in bold)
With special guests Father John Misty (May 28 – June 3), Strand of Oaks (June 9) and Courtney Barnett (June 10), Blake Mills (August 7, 12 and 13) and Chicano Batman (August 14).
Very special guests Drive-By Truckers will open on August 16, August 18 and September 17-19.
5/13 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
5/15 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival SOLD OUT
5/16 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
5/28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Fox Theatre w/very special guest Father John Misty
5/29 – Kansas City, MO @ The Starlight Theatre w/very special guest Father John Misty
5/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hall’s Island w/very special guest Father John MistySOLD OUT
6/2 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park w/very special guest Father John Misty
6/3 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre w/very special guest Father John Misty
6/5 – Seaside Heights, NJ @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
6/6 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
6/7 – Hunter Mountain, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
6/9 – Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion w/special guest Strand of Oaks
6/10 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park w/special guest Courtney Barnett
6/12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/24-28 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury
6/27 – Beuningen, Netherlands @ Down The Rabbit Hole
6/28 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
6/30 – Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island
7/1 – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival
7/4 – Dublin, Ireland @ Marlay Park
7/5 – Belfort, France @ Les Eurockeennes
7/6 – Köln, Germany @ Live Music Hall
7/8 – Lucca, Italy @ Summer Festival Lucca
7/9 – Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
7/10 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Festival
7/12 – Auchterarder, UK @ T In The Park
* 7/30 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
7/31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/1 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel
8/4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden SOLD OUT
**8/5 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Garden
*8/7 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield w/special guest Blake Mills
*8/8 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park
8/9 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
**8/12 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU w/special guest Blake Mills
*8/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre w/special guest Blake Mills
^8/14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl w/special guest Chicano Batman
8/16 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/very special guests Drive-By Truckers SOLD OUT
*8/18 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie w/very special guests Drive-By Truckers
+8/21 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
9/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center for the Performing Arts w/very special guests Drive-By Truckers.
9/18 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion w/very special guests Drive-By Truckers
9/19 – Forest Hills, Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium w/very special guests Drive-By Truckers
*9/22 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
10/2-4 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
11/18 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
* Pre-sale begins Tuesday, May 12, Noon local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 15, at 10 AM local time.
**Pre-sale runs May 13-14. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 15, at 10 AM local time.
^ Pre-sale begins Tuesday, May 12, at Noon PT. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, May 16, at 11 AM PT.
+ Shaky Knees pre-sale runs Monday, May 11, from 10 AM – 10 PM. Password: SHAKY. Fan club pre-sale begins on May 12 at Noon local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 15, at 10 AM local time.