Friday, July 08, 2011

Hanson hitting the road for 2011 Musical Ride Tour

HANSON's fifth studio album, Shout It Out, is a collection of finely crafted, R&B-flavored pop, an homage to the music that inspired HANSON when they started out in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma - 60's soul and 70's songwriters. The album produced and written exclusively by the band is augmented with special guests: Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt, who played on some of Motown's greatest hits, and horn arranger Jerry

Hanson has announced plans to hit the road for their 2011 Musical Ride Tour - a 15-year career spanning tour where fans will be given the chance to vote online to choose the album they want to hear the band play each night.

Tickets will go on sale today, July 8th, 2011. Voting will start on on Monday, July 11th. The shows will also include career highlights, and music from their acclaimed 5th studio album ‘Shout It Out,’ - featuring the smash single "Give A Little".

The 40+ city US tour will run from September 4th through November 1st, before heading to the UK, Europe and Latin America.

The Musical Ride Tour announcement comes amidst a busy summer schedule promoting the band's summer hit "Give A Little" in the US and the UK, right on the heels of a sold-out London installment of the band's 5of5 five-night concert series.

The series, which featured each of Hanson's albums performed in their entirety in five consecutive concerts, received critical praise and overwhelming fan response, and was preceded by the original sold-out series in New York in the Spring of 2010, and produced the 5-disc DVD box set, 5of5 available exclusively on

In a press release, drummer Zac stated: "This tour is a unique way of saying thank you to the many fans that have followed the band for years, who will, for the first time, get a chance to help shape the show they see each night".

The tour also builds on the band's reputation as a dynamic live act, with acclaim from indie cred stalwarts The Village Voice who called them "The finest straight up rock band in America".

The model of this tour's fan engagement is in step with the band's history of innovating online and focusing on a direct-to-fan relationship throughout their career. Previously the band has hosted opening band contests for local independent artists, nightly livestreams of performances, chats and interviews, and custom mobile check-in's at shows.

The band's 5th studio album ‘Shout It Out’ debuted at #2 on the Billboard independent charts to critical acclaim, and has seen increased fan fervor with the infectious "Give A Little", and the soul-inspired "Thinkin 'Bout Somethin'" with it's iconic homage to the Blues Brothers film and classic rock'n'roll and soul music.

Tour dates include:

Sun 28 Aug Los Angeles CA Sunset Junction
Sat 03 Sep Regina SK Casino Show Lounge
Sun 04 Sep Seattle WA Showbox
Mon 05 Sep Portland OR Aladdin Theater
Wed 07 Sep San Francisco CA Grand Ballroom
Fri 09 Sep Memphis TN Delta Fair and Music Fest
Sat 10 Sep Anaheim CA House Of Blues
Mon 12 Sep San Diego CA House Of Blues
Tue 13 Sep Phoenix AZ Marquis
Thu 15 Sep Salt Lake City UT The Depot
Sat 17 Sep Boulder CO Fox Theater
Sun 18 Sep Albuquerque NM Sunshine Theater
Tue 20 Sep Tulsa OK Cains Ballroom
Thu 22 Sep Austin TX Antones
Fri 23 Sep Houston TX Warehouse Live
Sat 24 Sep New Orleans LA House Of Blues
Mon 26 Sep Detroit MI Crofoot
Tue 27 Sep Chicago IL House Of Blues
Wed 28 Sep Chicago IL House Of Blues
Thu 29 Sep Nashville TN Wildhorse Saloon
Sat 01 Oct Kansas City Beaumont Club
Sun 02 Oct Minneapolis MN First Avenue
Tue 04 Oct Grand Rapids MI Intersection
Wed 05 Oct Cleveland OH House Of Blues
Fri 07 Oct Northampton MA Calvin Theatre
Sat 08 Oct New Haven CT Toads Place
Sun 09 Oct Boston MA House Of Blues
Tue 11 Oct Portland ME State Theatre
Wed 12 Oct Albany NY Northern Lights
Thu 13 Oct Pittsburgh PA Carnegie Music Hall
Sat 15 Oct Dallas TX Texas State Fair
Mon 17 Oct Lancaster PA Chameleon Club
Tue 18 Oct New York NY Best Buy Theater
Wed 19 Oct Falls Church VA State Theater
Thu 20 Oct Philadelphia PA TLA
Sun 23 Oct Norfolk VA Norva
Tue 25 Oct Charlotte NC Amos' Southend
Wed 26 Oct Atlanta GA Variety Theater
Fri 28 Oct Tampa FL State Theater
Sat 29 Oct Ft. Lauderdale FL Culture Room
Mon 31 Oct Orlando FL Disney World
Tue 01 Nov Orlando FL Disney World

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