THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR (@tblsh) Release Live Album Benefiting French Red Cross‏

Bright Light Social Hour played to a packed house at the famed Lincoln Hall in Chicago. The energetic performance was recorded and has been released via Bandcamp as a 13-track collection named Live at Lincoln Hall. All proceeds from the album will benefit the French Red Cross. PRESS HERE to download the album.

“Shortly before taking the stage at Lincoln Hall Chicago on Friday November 13th, we were shaken by the heart-wrenching news of the attacks in Paris,” said Jack O’Brien. “Knowing one of these attacks took place at a concert, a place of love, magic and healing, was particularly devastating to us. We recorded our performance that night, and would like to share it with you in hopes of offering love and healing to those affected by the tragedy. We ask that you enjoy this live album, which is available for download in exchange for a donation in the amount of your choice to the French Red Cross.”

Bright Light Social Hour spent the bulk of 2015 traversing across North America in their trusty van to bring their electrifying live set to 95 packed venues. After 31,343 miles (that’s 460 hours) on the road, they brought the year to a strong finish with two SOLD OUT hometown shows.

On their latest visit to Philadelphia, the guys stopped by NPR’s World Café to play a few songs and expand on the idea of a Future South, which they explored on their 2015 sophomore album Space is Still The Place. While on the road, the band stays with friends and fans in each city instead of hotels, and has seen a universal trend of young people who are creative, intelligent, positive and ambitious but still struggling to make ends meet. These stories and experiences were brought together to form the themes on the album, and ultimately the idea of space exists as a metaphor as a place to start fresh and forge ahead to the future. In this Future South, the band lyrically and musically draws inspirations from the traditional Southern roots – whether it is political ideology, culture, blues, rock and jazz, to blend it with progressive ideas and a future musical stylings with heavy synths and electronic influences. Ultimately, the album exists as a way to articulate this alternative idea of a South that is bursting with vibrancy, diversity and opportunity – releasing from the stratifications of the region being a backwards place.

Over the last year, the idea has been developed further and documented on their Tumblr page – PRESS HERE to see stories from the individuals they have met on the road.

Bright Light Social Hour have added a string of new dates to their North American tour, including stops in Nashville, Telluride, Cincinnati and more – see full routing below and PRESS HERE for more information. The dates are added on to an already packed schedule, including support shows with Dr. Dog and Galactic.

Live at Lincoln Hall Track Listing:

1. Intro

2. Sea of the Edge*

3. Dreamlove*

4. Aperture*

5. Sweet Madelene*

6. Slipstream*

7. Ghost Dance*

8. Back and Forth

9. Ouroboros*

10. Infinite Cities*

11. Detroit

12. Escape Velocity*

13. Garden of the Gods

Original versions of asterisked (*) songs appear on the album entitled “Space Is Still The Place”, released on Frenchkiss Records.


Bright Light Social Hour 2016 Tour Dates:

*New Dates in BOLD

*Supporting Galactic

^w/ James Supercave as support

1/16       El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace^

1/17       Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom^

1/20       San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar^

1/21       Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo^

1/23       San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel^

1/27       Eugene, OR @ WOW Music Hall^

1/28       Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios^

1/29       Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern^

1/30       Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

1/31       Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub

2/4         Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s Bar & Grill

2/5         Edmonton, AB @ Brixx

2/6         Calgary, AB @ SAIT University

2/9         Missoula, MT @ The Wilma (w/ Dr. Dog)

2/10       Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern

2/11       Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot (w/ Dr. Dog)

2/12       Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre (w/ Dr. Dog)

2/13       Telluride, CO @ Fly Me to the Moon Saloon

3/3-5     Live Oak, FL @ AURA Music + Arts Festival

3/15       Asheville, NC @ Mothlight

3/16       Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s Downtown

3/17       Charlottesville, VA @ The Jefferson Theater*

3/18       Washington DC @ 9:30 Club*

3/19       Washington DC @ 9:30 Club*

3/20       Fairfield, CT @ The Warehouse*

3/22       Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom*

3/23       Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater*

3/24       Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*

3/25       Boston, MA @ House of Blues*

3/26       New York, NY @ Terminal 5*

3/29       Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theatre

3/30       Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop

3/31       Nashville, TN @ High Watt

4/2         Norman, OK @ Opolis

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