ANDREW BIRD ADDS SUMMER TOUR DATES
CONFIRMS PERFORMANCES WITH BELLE & SEBASTIAN, THE LUMINEERS, SPOON AND ESPERANZA SPALDING
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Andrew Bird is set to tour extensively this summer. He is currently capping off an Australian tour that included shows at the world-renowned Byron Bay Bluesfest and Sydney Opera House with a show at the Melbourne Recital Hall. In July Bird kicks off a run of dates with bassist Esperanza Spalding that features his debut at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, after which he heads out for a co-headlining east coast tour with Belle & Sebastian before joining The Lumineers for their hometown shows at Denver’s Fiddler’s Green on August 25, 26 and 27. Bird will also appear at the High Sierra Festival and the Arroyo Secco Music & Arts Festival in California this summer. See below for a complete list of dates.
Bird’s twelfth full-length LP, Are You Serious (out now on Loma Vista Recordings), continues to garner critical acclaim; see below for recent press.
Bird recently welcomed Dawes to his Facebook Live series “Live from the Great Room.” The series streams live from Bird’s living room, putting the creative process on display for fans as he performs and converses with friends and collaborators in a candid, intimate setting. Paper hails the series as “compelling as fuck” and “delightful,” while Nerdist praises the “always beautifully done live concerts.” Previous guests include Fiona Apple, Matt Berninger of The National, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Lucius, Esperanza Spalding, Jackson Browne, Dan Wilson, Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Chris Thile, Blake Mills, John C. Reilly and Tom Brosseau.
Chicago-born, LA-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist, Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and gypsy music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop. Since beginning his recording career in 1997, he has released 12 albums, his first solo record Weather Systems coming in 2003.
CRITICAL PRAISE FOR ANDREW BIRD’S ARE YOU SERIOUS
“Always a thoughtful songwriter, prone to impeccably chosen words and pristine arrangements, Bird has still found a way to mature and open up in a long career that spans more than a dozen studio albums…his writing keeps sounding warmer, sweeter, more thoughtful and approachable, while continuing to land lines that stick with you for days.” –NPR Music
“Are You Serious retains Bird’s irresistible musical innocence. A treat of listening to him was that it seemed obvious he always knew how to play music and he wanted to show how easily it flowed out of him. Now he’s finding a deeper groove and meaning rather than hiding in layers.” –GQ
“[Bird] only grows more inclusive with age. Like Punch Brothers and Sufjan Stevens, he slots his conservatory chops into increasingly accessible pop melodies, aiming for kinship over virtuosity…Still curious, still appraising, Bird offers an intellect remarkably porous to change.” –Pitchfork
“Bird’s new record succeeds by injecting heavier tones and textures into the music without sacrificing the composer’s personality.” –Los Angeles Times
“Bird is setting out now on his new record, Are You Serious, to deliver a sound that is more consciously polished and produced. Along the way, he’s finding that he has a bit more in common with the confessional cadre than he once thought.” –Salon
“Bird is an instrumental painter and Are You Serious is another adventure book in his impressively detailed series. Is anyone surprised? With a child in their lap, mothers and fathers often find themselves filling the shoes of creative, nurturing, responsible adults that they didn’t necessarily believe they could be. When someone has already embodied those adjectives for decades, becoming a parent is an unwritten challenge to further round them out, and Bird— somehow in a style of relaxed contentedness— rose to that occasion.” –Consequence of Sound
“Because it so directly explores matters of the heart, Are You Serious will likely end up as the ‘Andrew Bird Grows Up’ album…there’s beauty in the honesty of that evolution.” –Paste
“a diverse collection held together by Bird’s voice and violin, and the sheer energy of the music” –Under The Radar
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ANDREW BIRD LIVE
* with Esperanza Spalding and Mucca Pazza
† with Belle & Sebastian and Spoon
‡ with Belle & Sebastian
§ with The Lumineers
June 25 /// Pasadena, CA /// Arroyo Secco Music & Arts Festival
June 27 /// Flagstaff, AZ /// Pepsi Amphitheater
June 28 /// Tucson, AZ /// Rialto Theatre
June 29-July 2 /// Quincy, CA /// High Sierra Festival
June 30 /// Saratoga, CA /// Mountain Winery
July 21 /// Minneapolis, MN /// First Avenue
July 22 /// Bayfield, WI /// Big Top Chatauqua
July 23 /// Highland Park, IL /// Ravinia*
July 24 /// Grand Rapids, MI /// Meijer Gardens*
July 25 /// Cleveland, OH /// Cain Park*
July 26 /// Bethlehem, PA /// Musikfest Café*
July 29 /// Richmond, CA /// Marymont*
July 30 /// Columbia, MD /// Merriweather Post Pavilion†
July 31 /// Raleigh, NC /// NCMA‡
August 2 /// Boston, MA /// Blue Hills Bank Pavilion‡
August 3 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Mann Center‡
August 25 /// Denver, CO /// Fiddler’s Green (sold out)§
August 26 /// Denver, CO /// Fiddler’s Green (sold out)§
August 27 /// Denver, CO /// Fiddler’s Green§