Atmosphere Keeps ‘Fly’ In North America

Atmosphere is extending its Freshwater Fly Fishermen Tour in North America with a number of new dates in Canada and the Midwest.

Photo: Cody Otte

The duo of DJ/producer Ant and rapper Slug is kicking off a tour to promote its seventh album, Fishing Blues, in Finland July 22 and 23, then with some festivals starting in Gilford, N.H. The headline shows start Sept. 2 in Morrison, Colo., and the guys have recently added a few more dates in October and November.

Among the additions are two shows to close out the tour at Concord Music Hall in Chicago Nov. 22 and 23. A gig in Madison, Wisc., Oct. 7 and a four-show run from Nov. 2-5 in Michigan and Ontario have also been tacked onto the routing.

Slug is also a founder of the independent label Rhymesayers Entertainment, and labelmates Brother Ali and Dem Atlas are joining him for most of the dates, along with Plain Ole Bill & Last Word.

Atmosphere has been a consistent force in the Minnesota hip hop scene that birthed it over 25 years ago. A lot of Slug’s lyrics deal with handling life’s trials and tribulations, often with women.

Here is the plan from August forward:

Aug. 06 – Gilford, N.H., Bank Of N.H. Pavilion (Pretty Lights)
Aug. 13 – Somerset, Wis., Somerset Amphitheater (Set Music & Camping Festival)
Aug. 19 – Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Wasaga Beach (Center Of Gravity)
Sept. 2 – Morrison, Colo., Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sept. 8 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Garrick Centre
Sept. 9 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, O’Brians Event Centre
Sept. 10 – Calgary, Alberta, Elliston Regional Park (One Love Music Festival)
Sept. 11 – Edmonton, Alberta, Union Hall
Sept. 13 – Victoria, British Columbia, Sugar Nightclub
Sept. 14 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Commodore Ballroom
Sept. 15 – Seattle, Wash., Showbox SoDo
Sept. 17 – Portland, Ore., Roseland Theater
Sept. 18 – Bend, Ore., Midtown Ballroom
Sept. 19 – Oakland, Calif., Fox Theater
Sept. 20 – San Francisco, Calif., SF Masonic
Sept. 23 – San Diego, Calif., Observatory North Park
Sept. 24 – Los Angeles, Calif., Shrine Auditorium
Sept. 26 – Tempe, Ariz., The Marquee
Sept. 28 – Santa Fe, N.M., Santa Fe Brewing Company
Sept. 30 – Salt Lake City, Utah, The Complex
Oct. 1 – Boise, Idaho, Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct. 2 – Missoula, Mont., The Wilma
Oct. 3 – Billings, Mont., Babcock Theater
Oct. 5 – Fargo, N.D., Fargo Civic Auditorium
Oct. 6 – Omaha, Neb., Sokol Auditorium / Underground
Oct. 7 – Madison, Wis., Orpheum Theater
Oct. 8 – Nashville, Tenn., Nashville Municipal Auditorium (Pretty Lights)
Oct. 22 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverfront Transit Center (UBahn fest)
Nov. 2 – Grand Rapids, Mich., The Intersection
Nov. 3 – Detroit, Mich., The Majestic Theatre
Nov. 4 – Toronto, Ontario, Sound Academy
Nov. 5 – London, Ontario, London Music Hall
Nov. 7 – Montreal, Quebec, Théâtre Fairmount
Nov. 9 – Portland, Maine, State Theatre
Nov. 10 – South Burlington, Vt., Higher Ground – Ballroom
Nov. 11 – New Haven, Conn., Toad’s Place
Nov. 12 – Philadelphia, Pa., Theatre Of Living Arts
Nov. 14 – Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
Nov. 15 – New York, N.Y., Webster Hall
Nov. 17 – Boston, Mass., House Of Blues Boston
Nov. 18 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Stage AE
Nov. 19 – Cleveland, Ohio, House Of Blues
Nov. 21 – Chicago, Ill., Concord Music Hall
Nov. 22 – Chicago, Ill., Concord Music Hall

Tickets to these shows are on sale now. Check out the Rhymesayers website for more info.