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American Opera Announce New April Headline Dates Including Show With Owen 4/9; New Single (“Sand & Seed”) Now Available As Free Download‏

March 31, 2015

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American Opera Announce New April Headline Dates Including Show With Owen 4/9; New Single (“Sand & Seed”) Now Available As Free Download

American Opera, the brainchild of NYC singer-songwriter John Bee, has announced a run of headline dates in April, which includes a show with Owen on April 9th in Lansing, MI.

The new dates precede American Opera’s previously announced stint on the entire Vans Warped Tour Acoustic Basement stage (June 19-August 8).

American Opera recently released a new single and video for a track titled “Sand & Seed”, and for a limited time, the song is available as a free download on Bandcamp. The single is also available for purchase on iTunes.

The video can be viewed here.

“Sand & Seed” will appear on American Opera’s forthcoming LP,“Small Victories”, to be released later this year.

American Opera has performed well over 200 shows (both solo and full band) spanning the U.S. and Canada, including dates with The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Cursive, Murder By Death, Owen, and William Elliott Whitmore, as well as featured performances at SXSW and the Vans Warped Tour.

Praise for American Opera:

“If there is any hope for the future of acoustic folk music, it lies within the

chest (or brain) of John Bee.” —MidwestAXN

“John Bee has already displayed the kind of musical chops veterans of his

genre hope to possess.”— Under The Gun Review

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Upcoming Tour Dates:

04/01/15 @ Pittsburgh Winery in Pittsburgh, PA

04/08/15 @ Avenue 209 in Lock Haven, PA

04/09/15 @ The Loft in Lansing, MI (with Owen)

04/10/15 @ Studio Anatomy in Traverse City, MI

04/11/15 @ Fischer Hall in Frankenmuth, MI

04/13/15 @ eMbers House in Rensselaer, IN

04/15/15 @ Tacocracy in Cincinnati, OH

04/16/15 @ The Shrunken Head in Columbus, OH

04/17/15 @ Electric Maid in Washington, DC

04/18/15 @ The Fire in Philadelphia, PA

05/07/15 @ Buzzbin in Canton, OH

05/08/15 @ The Den in New Haven, IN

05/12/15 @ The Brink Lounge in Madison, WI

05/13/15 @ Ashling on the Lough in Kenosha, WI

05/14/15 @ Reggies in Chicago, IL

05/22/15 @ Relax! It’s Just Coffee in Mansfield, OH

05/23/15 @ Bled Fest 2015 in Howell, MI

05/25/15 @ Wilbert’s in Cleveland, OH

About American Opera:

American Opera is the brainchild of John Bee, a born and raised Michigander currently residing in New York City. With a unique vocal range that effortlessly
moves from whispersoft to singing at the top of his lungs, John’s one-of-a-kind vocal delivery and brutally honest lyrics make an instant connection to anyone within earshot.

In the three years of American Opera’s existence, John has released three EPs and penned a 2014 single entitled “Ode to US Airways” that pitted himself in a war against an international airline after they lost and refused to replace his guitar. The single ended up going viral and earned the airline so much bad press that they quickly replaced the stolen guitar. Up the punx.

Recording recently wrapped on the American Opera debut full length album. “Small Victories” is an expertly produced powerhouse that features everything from horn and string arrangements, quietly picked guitars, full-fledged rockers, and even an a cappella performance. The album chronicles the last 3 years of John’s life and begins with his move to New York City, just hours after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the bustling metropolis.

Incredibly honest, “Small Victories” is a 48-minute roller coaster ride featuring true-life stories of heartbreak, hope, suicide, murder, religion, mental health, and more. The deeply introspective album questions the author’s worth while simultaneously forcing himself to push forward. The record climaxes triumphantly with the subject proudly proclaiming that in spite of everything and against all odds, he still sings.

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