Ain't nothing like the sizzling sound of rockabilly, and BRIAN SETZER always amps it up with his rockin' style and guitar assault to leave audiences smiling.
Beginning June 1 in Santa Ynez, CA, the iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy Award-winner will kick off his 2018 "ROCKABILLY RIOT!" Summer Tour. The U.S. dates will hit Sacramento, Napa, Austin, Tulsa, Atlanta, Charleston and Atlantic City, among other markets, before wrapping June 24 in the Boston area at the Lowell Summer Music Series Outdoors (see the full itinerary below). Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, February 16 at10:00am, local time. View the tour trailer here.
Throughout the tour, expect a killer set list with Stray Cats gems like "Rock This Town,'" "Rumble In Brighton" and "Stray Cat Strut" plus other electrifying songs like "Let's Shake" from his latest solo studio album Rockabilly Riot!: All Original. Opening up most evenings will be Miss Mary Ann and the Ragtime Wranglers,from the Netherlands, who recently toured with the Rockabilly Riot last year in Europe.
SETZER's red hot compadres for the "ROCKABILLY RIOT!" Summer Tour areNoah Levy on drums, Kevin McKendree on piano/guitar and Mark Winchesteron bass.
"When you look up rockabilly in the dictionary there is a picture of Mark Winchester," notes SETZER. "He grew up slapping the bass and is in a class of his own. The relationship with the drummer and the bass player in rockabilly is very unique. The slap bass is a rhythmic sounding instrument, so the drummer has to be very in time with him in order not to sound sloppy. Noah Levy is a very on-the-beat solid drummer, whereas me, as a guitar player, I push everything while they hold it all in place. And when you're talking about the great rockabilly piano players, it's a very short list, and Kevin McKendree is on it. And he also plays guitar incredibly well. We all just complement each other."
Asked what he'd like to overhear fans saying after a gig, SETZER says: "I would love to hear, 'You know, that Rockabilly Riot squad has all the energy and great things I like about the original rockabilly sound, yet they're a modern band making this music sound new."
In late 2016, SETZER released his live Blu-Ray/CD package, BRIAN SETZER'S ROCKABILLY RIOT: OSAKA ROCKA! - LIVE IN JAPAN, a sizzling rockabilly album from start to finish that highlights the same band. More information on the Blu-Ray/CD can be found here.
U.S. DATES FOR THE "ROCKABILLY RIOT!" 2018 SUMMER TOUR:
||Santa Ynez, CA
||Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
||The Uptown Theatre
||West Wendover, NV
||Peppermill Concert Hall
||Grand Junction, CO
||Las Colonias Amphitheater
||Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
||Paradise Cove Margaritaville
||Gold Strike Casino - Millennium Theatre
||Peachtree City, GA
||Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
||Charleston Music Hall
||Virginia Beach, VA
||Sandler Center For the Performing Arts
||The Paramount Theater
||Atlantic City, NJ
||Lowell Summer Music Series Outdoors
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