Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakes, one of today’s most-celebrated live acts with musical stylings that range from bluesy groove to garage rock to funk and beyond, is bringing its unique sound to San Diego this summer.
Alabama Shakes, with special guest Blake Mills, will perform at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tickets went on sale May 15.
Currently on tour in the United Kingdom, the band will return to the States later this month and launch the next leg of its North American run on Thursday, May 28. Alabama Shakes is touring in support of its sophomore album, “Sound & Color.” This new album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and contains the No. 1 Triple A radio hit “Don’t Wanna Fight.”
“We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” said Brittany Howard, lead singer and guitarist of Alabama Shakes, about the band’s new album “Sound & Color.”
“We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us, explore all the things we wanted to on our first album,” Howard added. “This record is full of genre-bending songs - it’s even harder now when people ask, ‘What kind of band are you?’ I have no clue.”
“Sound & Color” is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Shakes’ 2012 debut “Boys & Girls,” which earned the group three Grammy nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist. The gold-certified album’s breakthrough paved the way for the Shakes - Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, drummer Steve Johnson and touring keyboard players Ben Tanner and Paul Horton - to become one of the most celebrated live acts in the world, as they delivered unforgettable performances everywhere from “Saturday Night Live” to the main stages of such festivals as Bonnaroo and Glastonbury.
In the lead-up to the album’s release, Alabama Shakes previewed “Sound & Color” with a headline tour that kicked off with a sold-out, two-night stand at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, performances on “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Live From The Artists Den” and their first appearance at Coachella.
“Sound & Color” is available now at all music retailers, including iTunes and Amazon, and via the band’s website and the ATO Records Web store. Released by ATO Records in North America and Rough Trade in the U.K./Europe, the album was co-produced by the band and Blake Mills. It is the follow-up to Alabama Shakes’ 2012 Gold-certified debut album, “Boys & Girls,” which earned the group Grammy nominations in three categories, including Best New Artist.
Tickets for the Alabama Shakes’ concert at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Area Theater are currently on sale. There is a four-ticket limit. To purchase tickets, visit livenation.com or call Live Nation San Diego at 619-671-3503. Tickets for the Aug. 12 Alabama Shakes with Blake Mills concerts are also available from Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com.