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BRIAN SETZER Announces “Rockabilly Riot!” U.S. Summer Tour

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.

Pre-sale schedule as follows: 

  • Fan Club PresaleTuesday, February 13 at 10:00am local time throughFriday, February 16 at 10:00am local time. Be the first to get tickets by signing up for Brian’s fan club here.

  • Local Presale: Thursday, February 15th at 10am local through 10pm local

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:

DATE

CITY

VENUE

Fri 6/1

Santa Ynez, CA

Chumash Casino

Sat 6/2

Pala, CA

Pala Casino – Starlight Theater

Sun 6/3

Sacramento, CA

Crest Theatre

Wed 6/6

Napa, CA

The Uptown Theatre

Fri 6/8

West Wendover, NV

Peppermill Concert Hall

Sat 6/9

Grand Junction, CO

Las Colonias Amphitheater

Tue 6/12

Austin, TX

Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

Thu 6/14

Tulsa, OK

Paradise Cove Margaritaville

Fri 6/15

Robinsonville, MS

Gold Strike Casino – Millennium Theatre

Sat 6/16

Peachtree City, GA

Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater

Mon 6/18

Charleston, SC

Charleston Music Hall

Tue 6/19

Virginia Beach, VA

Sandler Center For the Performing Arts

Wed 6/20

Charlottesville, VA

The Paramount Theater

Fri 6/22

Atlantic City, NJ

Tropicana Showroom

Sun 6/24

Lowell, MA

Lowell Summer Music Series Outdoors

More dates to be announced soon!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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