The devil is still having trouble getting those Zs – which is good news for country fans. Naturally, we’re talking about the newly announced summer leg of Brantley Gilbert’s “The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour.”
John Davisson – Brantley Gilbert
“Willie Nelson’s Fourth Of July Picnic,” Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX
Gilbert is currently crossing off dates on the winter/spring leg, which runs through April 29 in Duluth, Minn. The summer leg features gigs in the Midwest, Southeast and East Coast, with a mix of festivals, fairs and amphitheaters.
“These shows in the arenas are so loud and so wild,” Gilbert said. “You almost can’t hold that energy in the building, but come summer – when we take it outside – it’s a whole other kind of deal when we get outside with the BG Nation.”
He adds, “There are so many different ways to do this come warm weather. And I like ’em all. Festivals are just a party with a whole lotta music…There’s not much more real – or more like where I come from – than a fair… and those amphitheater shows, well, that’s where the BG Nation comes together to throw it down. You know, it’s why when we take it outside, it’s just good, and we have the party of the summer everywhere we go.”
The tour takes its name from Gilbert’s fourth studio album, The Devil Don’t Sleep, which was released in January. The LP includes the single “The Weekend.”
The summer fun begins June 2 in Tampa, Fla. Here’s the plan:
June 2 – Tampa, Fla., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 3 – Orange Beach, Ala., The Wharf Amphitheater
June 10 – Winsted, Minn., Winstock Country Music Festival (Winstock Country Music Festival)
July 7 – Charlotte, N.C., PN.C. Music Pavilion
July 8 – Alpharetta, Ga., Verizon Amphitheatre – Alpharetta
July 14 – Gilford, N.H., Bank Of N.H. Pavilion
July 21 – Cheyenne, Wyo., Frontier Park (Cheyenne Frontier Days)
July 27 – Wantagh, N.Y., Northwell Health At Jones Beach Theater
July 28 – Bethel, N.Y., Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
July 29 – Harrington, Del., Delaware State Fair Fairgrounds (Delaware State Fair)
July 30 – Darien Center, N.Y., Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 4 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Center
Aug. 5 – Noblesville, Ind., Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 6 – Burgettstown, Pa., KeyBank Pavilion
Aug. 12 – Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Burl’s Creek Event Grounds (Boots And Hearts Country Music Festival)
Aug. 13 – Clarkston, Mich., DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 18 – Lewisburg, W.Va., State Fair Event Center (State Fair of West Virginia)
Aug. 25 – Syracuse, N.Y., Lakeview Amphitheater
Aug. 26 – Essex Junction, Vt., Champlain Valley Expo Grandstand (Champlain Valley Fair)
Sept. 9 – Hartford, Conn., Xfinity Theatre
Sept. 15 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverbend Music Center
Sept. 16 – Maryland Heights, Mo., Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept. 22 – Virginia Beach, Va., Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater At Virginia Beach
Sept. 23 – Raleigh, N.C., Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Tyler Farr and Luke Combs support select dates.
The support acts for Aug. 18 and Aug. 26 have not been announced yet.
Farr appears on the rest of the dates except June 10 or Aug. 12.
Combs doesn’t appear June 10, July 21 or Aug. 12.
Visit BrantleyGilbert.com for more information.