Flobots Announce Rise & Shine Tour 2018 Midwest And East Coast Dates – 1/27 at Southgate House Revival


Flobots, McLovins
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
9:30pm doors, 10pm show, Buy Tickets (on sale 10am on 11/15)

Today, alternative hip-hop rock band Flobots announced the second leg of dates for their RISE + SHINE Tour, in support of their recently released fourth album, NOENEMIES. Adding 18 new dates that take the band throughout mid-west and along the East Coast in early 2018, Flobots’ second leg of the RISE + SHINE Tour kicks off on January 9th, 2018 in Omaha, NE and bring the band’s politically charged live show to major cities such as Chicago, New York and Philadelphia before wrapping up on January 28th in Kansas City, MO. Flobots West Coast leg of the RISE + SHINE Tour begins this week, with a special sold out show at Denver’s Larimer Lounge on November 17th.  From there, the bands hits 20+ western U.S. cities through December 16th. Flobots’ bring special guest Bang Data along for the first half of the RISE + SHINE Tour, with Tropidelic and McLovins joining for select 2018 dates. The complete list of shows is included below, with tickets on sale at www.flobots.com

The RISE + SHINE Tour is Flobots’ call to action, set to remind us that the division and negativity that currently dominate the national conversation is not in the spirit of human nature – that our true potential is much more positive and welcoming. Flobots’ RISE + SHINE Tour offers the opportunity to elevate above the rhetoric and come together for a night of music and connection. Flobots state, “The music on our album NOENEMIES is about our power to see each other more fully. We find that there’s nothing better for the soul than meeting people face to face. We cannot wait to hit the road.”

Recently, Denver Comic Con exclusively premiers the video for Flobots’ new single “Quarantine.” Flobots’ Emcee Brer Rabbit created the video using footage from the 1988 classic Anime film Akira. Brer Rabbit, a fan of Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo, discovered the movie as a teen from a bootleg VHS, which in his own words, changed his life forever. “The colors, the characters, the MUSIC, the message,” states Brer Rabbit, “Otomo painted a vision of the future in dark strokes, the constant clash for power, the eradication of information to control the narrative, how our monsters and heroes are homemade, and ultimately that children will be the ones who will have to pay the price.”  Seeing the parallel themes in Flobots’ song “Quarantine,” Brer Rabbit was inspired to “dust off my old Otaku chops and make an Anime music video.” He continues, “In times of division, vision is essential. We do not need to separate ourselves from one another. We need to set a perimeter around the parts of ourselves that deny other people’s pain- to quarantine the part within that feeds on the ritual of ‘us versus them,’ of enemies. In the war against fear we are all on the same side.”

NOENEMIES (released May 2017) is, without question, Flobots’ most ambitious and sophisticated statement to date –  both lyrically and musically. Funded entirely by a Kickstarter campaign that garnered $31,000 over its goal, the music on NOENEMIES is undeniably Flobots music, but it’s also assuredly music made by artists who have matured and expanded their horizons. The release was highly-anticipated by fans and critics alike — NOENEMIES shot up the Billboard Independent Album chart, where it debuted at #12.

Influenced by stories shared by the late Dr. Vincent Harding, a Southern Freedom Movement historian and professor and longtime band friend and mentor, and inspired by the band’s recent grassroots community work hosting workshops, classes and keynote speeches about using collective song to build social movements, NOENEMIES is a body of songs that speak to the urgency of the current moment.

Each of the tracks on NOENEMIES serves as a powerful, poignant new anthem, many packed with surprises both subtle and grand. Taken as a whole, the album is enormous in breadth, enveloping and electrically charged, befitting of the finely crafted, carefully chosen words. NOENEMIES virtually begs the listener to delve and to contemplate, to share and revel.

From the beginning, Flobots’ sound defied categorization. Weaving conscious hip-hop lyrics and classical viola solos over live instrumentation, their anthems captured attention from all directions. When Flobots first catapulted onto the global scene in 2008 with their platinum single ‘Handlebars’ from their first album release Fight With Tools, it was the fastest charting song debut by a new artist in 10 years. Released during the frenzy of that year’s election, the band’s call to envision “another America” resonated with a generation experiencing a sense of profound political and social awakening. In a span of months, Flobots went from playing at local clubs to selling out tours internationally, performing on late-night television, signing a major label record deal, and receiving constant rotation on alternative radio.

Now, a decade later and with three critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Flobots are still dedicated to creating and performing anthems for a better world. And in 2017, amidst a nation taking to the streets, for Flobots that means delivering a unique brand of protest songs. Enter NOENEMIES – bringing the songs back to the people

Flobots on Tour
Gryphon Theatre w/ The Chroniklez
Laramie, WY
Larimer Lounge w/ Wesley Watkins & Grumpy Uncle
Denver, CO
The Mesa Theater w/ Zolopht
Grand Junction, CO
Urban Lounge w/ Scenic Byway
Salt Lake City, UT
Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas w/ Bang Data
Las Vegas, NV
The Green Room w/ Bang Data
Flagstaff, AZ
Club Congress w/ Bang Data
Tucson, AZ
Valley Bar w/ Bang Data
Phoenix, AZ
Winston’s Beach Club w/ Bang Data
San Diego, CA
The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen w/ Bang Data
Fullerton, CA
Roxy Theater w/ Bang Data
West Hollywood, CA
The Siren w/ Bang Data
Morro Bay, CA
Fulton 55 w/ Bang Data
Fresno, CA
Harlow’s w/ Bang Data
Sacramento, CA
Catalyst Atrium w/ Bang Data
Santa Cruz, CA
Cornerstone Berkeley w/ Bang Data
Berkeley, CA
Mystic Theatre w/ Bang Data
Petaluma, CA
Humboldt Brews w/ Bang Data
Arcata, CA
Volcanic Theatre Pub w/ Bang Data
Bend, OR
Doug Fir Lounge w/ Bang Data
Portland, OR
El Corazon w/ Bang Data
Seattle, WA
HiFi Music Hall w/ Bang Data
Eugene, OR
Waiting Room w/ Tropidelic
Omaha, NE
Turf Club w/ Tropidelic
St. Paul, MN
City Winery
Chicago, IL
Bell’s Eccentric Café w/ Tropidelic
Kalamazoo, MI
HiFi w/ Tropidelic
Indianapolis, IN
Magic Bag Theatre w/ Tropidelic
Ferndale, MI
Beachland Ballroom
Cleveland, OH
Horseshoe Tavern w/ Tropidelic
Toronto, ON
The Haunt w/ Tropidelic
Ithaca, NY
Debonair Music Hall w/ Tropidelic
Teaneck, NJ
Coda w/ Tropidelic
Philadelphia, PA
Rough Trade w/ Tropidelic
New York, NY
Rex Theater w/ McLovins
Pittsburgh, PA
Skully’s Music Diner w/ McLovins
Columbus, OH
Headliners Music Hall w/ McLovins
Louisville, KY
Grey Eagle Tavern w/ McLovins
Asheville, NC
Southgate House Revival w/ McLovins
Newport, KY
Riot Room w/ McLovins
Kansas City, MO
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