We’re really excited about that Allen Stone is back on the road. In fact, it has us in the giving mood. We’re not going to just give away his new CD. Nope, we’re throwing in a poster and the album on vinyl (for you fellow audio pervs out there).
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Allen Stone Tour Dates
10/16 â€“ Scottsdale, AZ â€“ Martini Ranch
10/17 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
10/19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Music Box
10/20 – Chico, CA – El Rey Theatre
10/21 – San Francisco, CA â€“ Great American Music Hall
10/25 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
10/26 – Spokane, WA â€“ Knitting Factory
10/27 – Vancouver, BC â€“ Vogue Theatre
10/30 â€“ Salt Lake City, UT â€“ Club Sound
10/31 â€“ Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
11/01 â€“ Omaha, NE â€“ The Waiting Room
11/02 – Minneapolis, MN â€“ Fine Line Music Cafe
11/03 – Des Moines, IA â€“ Wooly’s
11/04 â€“ Lawrence, KS â€“ Granada Theater
11/07 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
11/10 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
11/11 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
11/13 â€“ Ferndale, MI â€“ The Magic Bag
11/14 â€“ Toronto, ON â€“ The Opera House
11/15 â€“ Montreal, QC â€“ Cabaret de Mile-End
11/16 â€“ Portland, ME â€“ Port City Music Hall
12/07 – Seattle, WA â€“ Paramount Theatre
12/07 – Seattle, WA â€“ Paramount Theatre
Allen Stone will be embarking on a North American headline tour this fall, which will feature special guests Tingsek, Sister Sparrow, Yuna, and Selah Sue on select dates, kicks off on September 24 at Philadelphiaâ€™s World Cafe Live.
Allen, whose mother, Sandy Stone, is a breast cancer survivor, has forged a partnership with The Keep A Breast Foundationâ„¢ (http://keep-a-breast.org), wherein fifty cents from every ticket sold on the tour (including pre-sales and ticket bundles) will go directly to the organization. The Keep A Breast Foundationâ„¢ is the leading youth-focused, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization.
The 25-year-old soul singer from Chewelah, WA recently signed to ATO Records, which will give his self-titled album its wide release on July 31. Stone released his album digitally via his own stickystones label last fall. It quickly entered the Top 10 of Billboardâ€™s Heatseekers chart and the Top 5 of iTunesâ€™ R&B/Soul charts. Performances on â€œConan,â€ â€œJimmy Kimmel Live,â€ â€œLast Call with Carson Dalyâ€ and â€œLive from Darylâ€™s Houseâ€ followed and Esquire, CNN and Billboard named Stone as an artist to watch â€“ all before he had signed with a label.
â€œWith his tangle of blond locks and lumberjack sweater, he looks less like a soul singer and more like someone youâ€™d find selling hemp necklaces in Big Sur,â€ said Forbes.com in a feature exploring his success as an independent artist. â€œBut soon hundreds of slack-jawed hipsters have sheathed their smartphones to listen as he belts out the words to his song â€˜Unaware,â€™ sounding something like the love child of Stevie Wonder and a resurrected Amy Winehouse, if not better.â€
The New York Timesâ€™ Jon Pareles noted: â€œhis music reached back four decades to the late 1960s and early â€™70s, when songwriters like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers brought introspection and social commentary to soul music.â€ â€œStoneâ€™s beautiful music has universal appeal,â€ said the Chicago Tribune while the LA Weekly declared: â€œheâ€™s the real deal.â€
Allen Stone â€“ Upcoming Tour Dates
9/24 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
9/25 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
9/26 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
9/27 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
9/28 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
9/29 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
10/1 Virginia Beach, VA The Jewish Mother
10/2 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
10/3 Nashville, TN The Cannery Ballroom
10/4 Atlanta, GA The Loft
10/5 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
10/6 Columbia, MD Virgin Mobile FreeFest
10/7 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
10/9 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
10/10 Mobile, AL Alabama Music Box
10/11 New Orleans, LA House of Blues Parish
10/12 Austin, TX Antoneâ€™s
10/13 Houston, TX Scout Bar
10/14 Dallas, TX Trees
10/16 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch
10/17 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
10/19 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box
10/20 Chico, CA El Rey Theatre
10/21 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
10/24 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
10/25 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
10/26 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
10/27 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
10/30 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex â€“ The Grand
10/31 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
11/1 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
11/2 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music CafÃ©
11/3 Des Moines, IA Woolyâ€™s
11/4 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
11/7 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
11/10 Columbus, OH The Basement
11/11 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
11/13 Ferndale, MI The Magic Bag
11/14 Toronto, ON The Opera House
11/15 Montreal, QC Cabaret du Mile-End
11/16 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
11/21 London, UK Cargo
11/22 Manchester, UK The Ruby Lounge
11/23 Dublin, IE Sugar Club
11/24 Glasgow, UK Classic Grand
11/26 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg The Max
11/27 Copenhagen, DK Ideal Bar – Vega
11/28 Stockholm, SE Debaser Midis
11/29 Hamburg, DE Klubsen
11/30 Berlin, DE Bohannon Soulclub
12/1 Zurich, CH Eldorado
12/3 Ghent, BE Handelsbeurs
12/4 Paris, FR La Maroquinerie
12/7 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
Today the lineup for the 2012 Virgin Mobile FreeFest presented by LG was announced by select fans who took part in a contest to guess the lineup on Virgin Mobile’s Twitter page (@virginmlive). The Billboard award-winning festival, known for the inventive and unexpected experience in addition to unforgettable performances, will be hosted again for free. The festival will feature some of the most talked about, most appreciated, most relevant and most eclectic artists – filling two Main Stages and the Dance Forest.
Virgin Mobile FreeFest presented by LG will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The lineup on the Main Stages includes Jack White, Skrillex, M83, NAS, ZZ Top, Santigold, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds Five, The Dismemberment Plan, Allen Stone, Trampled by Turtles, Portugal. The Man, Das Racist, Future Islands and Justin Jones. The Dance Forest will feature Above & Beyond, Porter & Zedd (Back to Back), Thomas Gold, Nervo, Alvin Risk and Penguin Prison, plus others to be announced. You can view the photo gallery of fans announcing the lineup on Virgin Mobile Live.
“After three years of crazy press and feedback, bands start to line up early to be on the ‘It-List,’â€Â said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and Virgin Mobile FreeFest producer. â€œFortunately, since the tickets go in minutes, we can wait until much later than most festivals to book the absolute best stories of the moment.”
How to get tickets to FreeFest
Tickets to the 2012 Virgin Mobile FreeFest presented by LG will go â€œOn Freeâ€Â to the public at noon (EDT) Friday, Aug. 24, via ticketfly.com. Fans who choose to follow Virgin Mobile Live on Twitter (@virginmlive) will see a link to participate in the private presale, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 23. Virgin Mobile customers and prior Virgin Mobile Festival ticket buyers will get special notification of the presale in advance as well.
â€œWe’ve had a really big year at Virgin,â€Â said Ron Faris, head of brand marketing, Virgin Mobile USA. â€œNow it’s time to celebrate. FreeFest is back – bigger than ever. We can’t wait to share this free day of music with all our fans, especially the ones who helped us announce it.â€Â
As always, fans will be encouraged to make a donation to The RE*Generation, Virgin Mobile’s initiative to end youth homelessness. Proceeds raised to date built Virgin Mobile’s new â€œRE*Generation House,â€Â a homeless youth shelterÃ‚ developed by Sasha Bruce Youthwork. This year’s donations will open the house and provide support to a community of homeless youth.Ã‚ More details about this will follow shortly.
Last year Virgin Mobile FreeFest’s free tickets were scooped up in just minutes, and 50,000 people attended. In keeping with the â€œfreeâ€Â mantra, Ticketfly is waiving all service charges on free tickets when fans pick them up at Merriweather or the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., or print their tickets at home.
There will be a limited number of FreeFest â€œFREEMIUM PACKAGES,â€Â which include admission to the festival, a charitable donation to Virgin Mobile USA’s youth homelessness initiatives, a FreeFest T-shirt, a souvenir cup that comes with free fountain drinks throughout the festival, and early admission to the grounds. FREEMIUM tickets are available via Ticketfly or at the 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion box offices.
â€œVirgin Mobile FreeFest is one of the biggest, most talked about music festivals of the year, and LG is thrilled to be part of this cultural phenomenon,â€Â said Tim O’Brien, vice president of mobile phone brand marketing for LG Electronics USA.