February 25, 2018

Jody Rogac




David Byrne has officially announced openers for his upcoming world tour in support of his new solo album American Utopia, out March 9 on Todomundo/Nonesuch Records.  Each internationally celebrated act was handpicked by Byrne, who has long championed younger, innovative artists from varied backgrounds through touring, collaborations, David Byrne Radio and more.  Support includes Lisandro Aristimuño in Argentina; Juana Molina in Uruguay; Karina Zeviani in Brazil; Mexican Institute of Sound in Mexico; Perfume GeniusBenjamin Clementine, and Ibeyi in the United States; and Laura Mvula in Europe.  On the tour, which is selling quickly, Byrne will perform new songs from American Utopia, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads.  A twelve-piece band will also join Byrne on stage for an Annie-B Parsonchoreographed concert that he has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.” Annie-B Parson also choreographed the St. Vincent and David Byrne collaboration tour around Love This Giant.

David had this to say about some of the opening acts via Twitter:

Juana Molina

“Juana Molina will be bringing her ‘powerful hallucinogenic vibes’ to the #AmericanUtopia show in Montevideo next month! @spin  @teatrodeverona”

Mexican Institute of Sound

“I included Mexican Institute of Sound in my November 2014 DB Radio playlist and I’m so excited to have them open the #AmericanUtopia shows in Mexico! @tmetropolitanmx  @AuditorioPM”

Benjamin Clementine

“I was introduced to Benjamin Clementine’s music through a friend. I was floored! I asked him to perform in the 2015 #MeltdownFest I curated in London and am honored to have him join me at various stops along the #AmericanUtopia US Tour!”

Laura Mvula

“In tough times one might expect artists to play it safe… But everyone here is taking chances; it’s heartening.” From a June 2016 playlist that included Laura Mvula and it couldn’t be more relevant now. Looking forward to Laura joining some #AmericanUtopia dates across Europe this summer!”

Lisandro Aristimuño

“Lisandro Aristimuño has been on a number of my Latin Rock playlists over the years and it’s a privilege to have him and his band join me at my show in Buenos Aires.


In the Yoruba language, Ibeyi is an Orisha who is embodied as a pair of twins. A Candomble priest read my shells in Salvador and determined that my primary Orisha is Obatala. What happens when Ibeyi meets Obatala? We’ll see when they join #AmericanUtopia dates on the West Coast!


Karina Zeviani

I met Karina years ago in NY and knew her from her work with NouvelleVague. I was drawn to her lovely bossa/sambas and hooked when she took her sound in a more experimental/electronic direction. Karina will join the #AmericanUtopia tour in Brazil!

Perfume Genius

“Perfume Genius’s gorgeous songs are filled with unexpected sounds and deeply personal—and his costumes would have made Bowie jealous. I am looking forward to sharing the stage with Mike during some #AmericaUtopia dates this Spring!

Read more here.

American Utopia tracklisting:

1.             I Dance Like This

2.             Gasoline And Dirty Sheets

3.             Every Day Is A Miracle

4.             Dog’s Mind

5.             This Is That

6.             It’s Not Dark Up Here

7.             Bullet

8.             Doing The Right Thing

9.             Everybody’s Coming To My House

10.          Here


American Utopia 2018 Tour Dates:

03/03/18            Red Bank, NJ                Count Basie Theatre SOLD OUT

04/03/18            Wilkes-Barre, PA           F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts SOLD OUT

06/03/18            Buffalo, NY                   Center For The Arts SOLD OUT

07/03/18            Hershey, PA                  Hershey Theatre SOLD OUT

09/03/18            Waterbury, CT               Palace Theater SOLD OUT

10/03/18            Kingston, NY                Ulster Performing Arts Center SOLD OUT

16/03/18            Santiago, CHI                Lollapalooza (Chile)

18/03/18            Buenos Aires, ARG       Lollapalooza (Argentina)

19/03/18            Teatro Gran Rex            Buenos Aires (Argentina) #

20/03/18            Teatro de Verano           Montevideo (Uruguay) %

22/03/18            Porto Alegre, BRA         Pepsi on Stage $

24/03/18            Sao Paulo, BRA            Lollapalooza (Brazil)

26/03/18            Curitiba,, BRA               Teatro Positivo $

28/03/18           Rio De Janeiro, BRA     Km de Vantagens Hall $

29/03/18           Belo Horizonte, BRA      Km de Vantagens Hall $

03/04/18            Mexico City MX             Metropolitan Theater @

05/04/18            Monterrey MX              Auditorio Pabellón M @

07/04/18            Guadalajara, MEX         Corona Capital Guadalajara

12/04/18            San Diego, CA              San Diego Civic Theater ^

14/04/18            Indio, CA                      Coachella

15/04/18            Tucson, AZ                   Centennial Hall SOLD OUT ^

17/04/18            San Diego, CA              San Diego Civic Theater SOLD OUT ^

18/04/18            Las Vegas, NV              Smith Center for the Arts ^

19/04/18            Mesa, AZ                      Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater SOLD OUT ^

21/04/18            Indio, CA                      Coachella

24/04/18            Dallas, TX                     Winspear Opera House SOLD OUT ^

25/04/18            Oklahoma City, OK        The Criterion ^

27/04/18            San Antonio, TX            Tobin Center for the Performing Arts SOLD OUT ^

28/04/18            Houston, TX                  White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn ^

29/04/18            New Orleans, LA           Jazz Fest

04/05/18            Atlanta, GA                   Shaky Knees Music Festival

05/05/18            Memphis, TN                 Beale Street Music Festival

06/05/18            Nashville, TN                 Ryman Auditorium SOLD OUT *

08/05/18            Asheville, NC                Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium SOLD OUT *

09/05/18            Charlotte, NC                Ovens Auditorium SOLD OUT *

10/05/18            Durham PAC                 Durham, NC SOLD OUT *

12/05/18            Washington, DC            The Anthem SOLD OUT *

13/05/18            Pittsburgh, PA              Benedum Center for the Arts *

15/05/18            Milwaukee WI                Riverside Theater SOLD OUT *

16/05/18            Madison, WI                  Orpheum Theater SOLD OUT *

17/05/18            Minneapolis, MN           Orpheum Theater SOLD OUT *

18/05/18            Minneapolis, MN           Orpheum Theater *

20/05/18            Edmonton, ALB            Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium *

21/05/18            Calgary, ALB                 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium *

23/05/18            Vancouver, BC              Queen Elizabeth Theater SOLD OUT *

24/05/18            Seattle, WA                   Paramount Theater SOLD OUT *

25/05/18            George, WA                  Sasquatch Festival

27/05/18            Portland, OR                 Keller Auditorium SOLD OUT *

28/05/18            Eugene, OR                  Hult Center * SOLD OUT

30/05/18            Salt Lake City, UT          Capitol Theatre SOLD OUT *

01/06/18            Chicago, IL                   Auditorium Theater  SOLD OUT *

02/06/18            Chicago, IL                   Auditorium Theater SOLD OUT *

03/06/18            Chicago, IL                   Auditorium Theater SOLD OUT *

05/06/18            Des Moines, IA             Des Moines Civic Center *

07/06/18            Kansas City, MO           Kauffman Center for the Arts SOLD OUT *

08/06/18            St. Louis, MO                Peabody Opera House SOLD OUT *

09/06/18            Indianapolis, IN             Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater *

14/06/18            Oxford, England           New Theatre  SOLD OUT  **

15/06/18            Glasgow, Scotland        Glasgow Royal Concert Hall  SOLD OUT  **

17/06/18            Birmingham, England    Birmingham Symphony Hall   SOLD OUT  **

18/06/18            Manchester, England     Manchester Apollo  SOLD OUT **

19/06/18            London, England           Hammersmith Apollo   SOLD OUT **

20/06/18            London, England           Hammersmith Apollo   SOLD OUT **

23/06/18            Prague, Czech Rep.       Metronome Festival

25/06/18            Zagreb, Croatia             INmusic Festival

26/06/18            Wien, Austria                 Museumsquartier

27/06/18            Berlin, Germany             Tempodrom

30/06/18            Ewijk, Netherlands         Down The Rabbit Hole

03/07/18            Paris, France                 Days Off Festival

05/07/18            Gdynia, Poland             Open’er Festival

06/07/18            Roskilde, Denmark        Roskilde Festival

08/07/18            Werchter, Belgium         Rock Werchter

11/07/18            Cascais, Portugal          Cool Jazz Festival

13/07/18            Bilbao, Spain                Bilbao BBK Live Festival

14/07/18            Barcelona, Spain           Cruilla Barcelona

17/07/18            Zürich, Switzerland        Theater 11

19/07/18            Ravenna, Italy               Ravenna Festival

20/07/18            Perugia, Italy                 Umbria Jazz Festival

21/07/18            Trieste, Italy                  Piazza Unità

27/07/18            Camden, NJ                  XPoNential Music Festival

28/07/18            Washington, DC            Merriweather Post Pavilion *

29/07/18            New York, NY               Panorama Music and Arts Festival

31/07/18            Boston, MA                  Blue Hills Bank Pavilion SOLD OUT *

01/08/18            Boston, MA                  Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *

03/08/18            Toronto, ON                  Sony Center for the Performing Arts SOLD OUT *

04/08/18            Toronto, ON                  Sony Center for the Performing Arts *

05/08/18            Canandaigua, NY          Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center *

07/08/18            Cleveland, OH               Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*

08/08/18            Grand Rapids, MI          Devos Performance Hall SOLD OUT *

10/08/18            Detroit, MI                     Fox Theater *

11/08/18            Huber Heights, OH        Rose Music Center @ The Heights *

12/08/18            Cincinnati, OH               PNC Pavilion at Riverbend *

16/08/18            Oakland, CA                 Fox Theater SOLD OUT ~

17/08/18            Oakland, CA                 Fox Theater SOLD OUT ~

18/08/18            San Jose, CA                City National Civic Auditorium ~

21/08/18            Sacramento, CA            Community Theater SOLD OUT ~

22/08/18            San Francisco, CA        Bill Graham Civic Center ~

24/08/18            Santa Barbara, CA         Santa Barbara Bowl SOLD OUT ~

25/08/18            Los Angeles, CA           Shrine Auditorium ~

27/08/18            Morrison, CO                Red Rocks Amphitheater  SOLD OUT ~

28/08/18            Morrison, CO                Red Rocks Amphitheater  SOLD OUT ~

# w/ Lisandro Aristimuño

% w/ Juana Molina

$ w/ Karina Zeviani

@ – w/ Mexico Institute of Sound

^ w/ Perfume Genius

*   w/ Benjamin Clementine

** w/ Laura Mvula

~ w/ Ibeyi

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