Alabama Shakes Expands Summer Plans

The last time we checked in with Alabama Shakes the group had just added dates in May and June. Now the band has another batch of fresh gigs with onsales scheduled this week. It’s no wonder Brittany Howard & Co. are in high demand. After all, they have a No. 1 album to show off.

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The Marquee, Tempe, Ariz.

Sound & Color, which hit No. 1 on the Nielsen SoundScan album chart, is picking up glowing reviews from publications ranging from USA Today to Pitchfork to NPR.

Rolling Stone says, “This is a weirder, woozier, fiercer and sexier record than their debut in nearly every way.”

Howard talked about the evolution of the band’s sound in a recent interview with the Associated Press.  

“It’s a pretty eclectic mixed bag of things that we like. It wasn’t intentional. I think we just had grown up as artists and players. There’s so much that we are into and so much that we like. The roots of our music will always be there, because that’s how we get along with each other. But there are so many languages, as far as music goes, that we can speak with to one another.”

Fans that missed the band when it played Georgia and California earlier this year will be happy to hear the band has planned return trips to those states this summer. After performing two  NYC shows in March, the group will be back in the Empire State in September with a stop in Lewiston. New stops include Louisville, Ky.; Boise, Idaho; Troudale, Ore.; and Grand Prairie, Texas.

Here’s the band’s North American schedule, with the new dates bolded:

May 28 – St. Louis, Mo., Fabulous Fox Theatre
May 29 – Kansas City, Mo., Starlight Theatre
May 30 – Minneapolis, Minn., Hall’s Island
June 2 – Indianapolis, Ind., Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn At White River State Park
June 3 – Detroit, Mich., Masonic Temple Theatre
June 5 – Seaside Heights, N.J., Seaside Heights Boardwalk (Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover)
June 6 – Toronto, Ontario, Historic Fort York          
June 7 – Hunter, N.Y., Hunter Mountain (Mountain Jam Festival)
June 9 – Charlottesville, Va., Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
June 10 – Cary, N.C., Koka Booth Amphitheatre
June 12 – Manchester, Tenn., Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival)
July 30 – Louisville, Ky., Iroquois Amphitheater
July 31 – Chicago, Ill., Grant Park (Lollapalooza)    
Aug. 1 – Council Bluffs, Iowa, Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Concert Cove         
Aug. 4 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Red Butte Garden   
Aug. 5 – Boise, Idaho, Idaho Botanical Garden    
Aug. 7 – Troutdale, Ore., McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
Aug. 8 – Redmond, Wash., King County’s Marymoor Park      

Aug. 9 – Squamish, British Columbia, Logger Sports Grounds (Squamish Valley Music Festival
Aug. 12 – San Diego, Calif., Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Aug. 13 – Los Angeles, Calif., Greek Theatre       
Aug. 14 – Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Barbara Bowl

Aug. 16 – Morrison, Colo., Red Rocks Amphitheatre          
Aug. 18 – Grand Prairie, Texas, Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie     
Aug. 21 – Alpharetta, Ga., Wireless Amph. At Encore Park

Sept. 17 – Philadelphia, Pa., Mann Center for Performing Arts       
Sept. 18 – Columbia, Md., Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sept. 19 – Queens, N.Y., Forest Hills Stadium         
Sept. 22 – Lewiston, N.Y., Artpark

The special guest list is as follows: Father John Misty (May 28-June 3), Strand Of Oaks (June 9), Courtney Barnett (June 10), Blake Mills (Aug. 7, 12-13), Chicano Batman (Aug. 14), and Drive-By Truckers (Aug. 16, Aug. 18 & Sept. 17-19).

Presales for the new dates begin May 12. Tickets go on sale to the general public May 15. Visit for more information.