Pokey LaFarge confirms extensive summer tour, new album out May 19

Pokey LaFarge and his longtime band will embark on an extensive summer tour, including stops at Chicago’s Metro, Nashville’s Mercy Lounge, New York’s Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade and Philadelphia’s World Café Live. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, March 10. See below for complete details.

The tour celebrates LaFarge’s anticipated new full-length album, Manic Revelations, which will be released May 19 on Rounder Records. In advance of the release, the album’s lead track, “Riot In The Streets” recently premiered at KCMP’s The Current (stream/purchase now). Of the song, The Current praises, “Pokey LaFarge tries to make sense of trouble he’s seen and trouble he’s been in. This is the Great Why of his unending passion for songwriting. Each chord, each riff shades the stories he sets up in his lyrics, always in search of the purest truth within the 10 forlorn, haunting melodies on Manic Revelations. A musician, a storyteller, a narrator of the messy, unkempt American experience…Pokey LaFarge sits, he watches, he writes. Everything that’s worth happening happens in his songs.”

Of his inspiration behind the song, LaFarge shares:

It is a tough thing to write about, but as a citizen of St. Louis and as an artist, I had to say something. Hopefully this song does more good than bad and, ultimately, gets the dialogue started. Although it’s also important to not forget the peaceful protests and those that spread the message of love in the pursuit of justice and equality, this particular song is about people being marginalized and brought to the brink. It was only a matter of time before they fight back. I hope you feel that tension in the songeven from the first bass click.

Recorded in LaFarge’s hometown of St. Louis, Manic Revelations features 10 new original songs and was produced by the Southside Collective—LaFarge, Joey Glynn (bass), Ryan Koenig (harmonica, guitjo, electric guitar), Adam Hoskins (electric guitar), Matt Meyer (drums, percussion), Luc Klein (trumpet, euphonium, piano, glockenspiel), Alec Spiegelman (saxophone, piano, tubax, organ, clarinet, flute), David Beeman (tambourine, stylophone, guitar, organ)—along with additional production by Tony Hoffer.

“The manic revelation is the state where artists create,” says LaFarge. “I got to the point in writing these songs where I felt like a house on fire that just kept burning.” He continues, “This album is about confronting yourself. It’s about confronting your city, its relation with the world, and all its people.”


1. Riot In The Streets

2. Must Be A Reason

3. Better Man Than Me

4. Bad Dreams

5. Mother Nature

6. Silent Movie

7. Good Luck Charm

8. Going To The Country

9. Wellington

10. I Will Never Change


June 15—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue

June 16—Chicago, IL—Metro

June 17—Detroit, MI—Magic Stick

June 18—Grand Rapids, MI—Pyramid Scheme

June 21—Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue

June 22—Nashville, TN—Mercy Lounge

June 23—Hamilton, OH—RiversEdge Amphitheater

June 24—Owensboro, KY—ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival

June 25—Asheville, NC—The Grey Eagle

June 30—Cleveland, OH—Beachland Ballroom

July 1—Pittsburgh, PA—The Rex Theatre

July 2—Toronto, ON, Canada—Horseshoe Tavern

July 6—Ottawa, ON, Canada—RBC Blues Ottawa Festival

July 7—Burlington, VT—Higher Ground

July 8—Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair

July 9—Portsmouth, NH—Prescott Park

July 12—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom

July 13—Brooklyn, NY— Rough Trade NYC

July 14—Philadelphia, PA—World Cafe Live Downstairs

July 15—Greenfield, MA—Green River Festival

July 16— Mt. Solon, VA—Red Wing Roots Festival @ Natural Chimneys Park

August 4—Wichita, KS—Wichita Vortex Music Festival†

*appearing with Brian Setzer

†appearing with Dwight Yoakam

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