One-man phenomenon Owl City has renewed plans to tour the United States in 2010 after completing a series of sold-out shows across the nation this fall. Next year’s trek kicks off January 21 at Beaumont Club in Kansas City, MO, and concludes February 10 at Revolution Music Room in Little Rock, AR.
The 18-city trek will canvas the Midwest and East Coast over the course of three weeks. Along the way, Owl City will land for shows on January 24 at the Murat Egyptian Room in Indianapolis, IN; January 30 at NorVa in Norfolk, VA; and February 6 at The Melting Point in Athens, GA.
Presales for the winter trek begin October 16, and public onsales are scheduled to start October 24. Most ticket face values, according to Ticketmaster, will be set at $14. The winter outing will feature support from Lights and Deas Vail.
Owl City is a surprise success story in the industry, considering the musical mastermind behind the group, Adam Young, was originally opposed to touring. But over the past few months in particular, Internet-based word of mouth and the infectious single “Fireflies” transformed the self-professed “shy boy” into an electro-pop phenomenon.
“By the common definition, I am the ‘shyest’ person ever to walk the face of the Earth… I had no friends in high school. I didn’t eat lunch with the other kids,” Young said in an interview with Pollstar. He added, “I hated the idea of touring because I hated the idea of ‘acting’ or, in a sense, pretending to be anything other than who I really was.”
After several self-releases, recorded in the basement of his parents’ house, the 23-year-old Minnesota native dropped his major label debut, “Ocean Eyes,” on September 1.
The album was first released in July in an exclusive deal with iTunes, and within its first week on sale, “Ocean Eyes” sold more than 20,000 digital copies. Meanwhile, according to record label Universal Republic, “Fireflies” pulled more than 650,000 downloads as an iTunes “Single of the Week.”
Owl City is currently in the midst of a fall 2009 tour that launched in September and has been playing to sold-out audiences across the nation. Originally booked into small- and medium-sized clubs and theaters, demand prompted several shows to be relocated to higher capacity venues, only to sell out again.
The fall trek continues October 13 at Service Station in Spokane, WA, and continues through October 31 at Meridian in Houston, TX. Supporting acts for the remaining October performances are The Scene Aesthetic and Brooke Waggoner.
Owl City – Fall Tour itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|October 13||Spokane, WA||Service Station|
|October 15||Vancouver, BC||Biltmore Cabaret|
|October 16||Seattle, WA||Neumos|
|October 17||Portland, OR||Hawthorne Theatre|
|October 19||San Francisco, CA||Slim’s|
|October 20||West Hollywood, CA||Troubadour|
|October 22||Anaheim, CA||House Of Blues|
|October 23||San Diego, CA||The Epicentre|
|October 24||Scottsdale, AZ||Martini Ranch|
|October 25||Albuquerque, NM||Launchpad|
|October 27||Tulsa, OK||The Marquee|
|October 28 – 29||Dallas, TX||Cambridge Room|
|October 30||Austin, TX||Emo’s Lounge|
|October 31||Houston, TX||Meridian|
Owl City – Winter Tour itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|January 21||Kansas City, MO||Beaumont Club|
|January 22||Oklahoma City, OK||Diamond Ballroom|
|January 23||St. Louis, MO||The Pageant|
|January 24||Indianapolis, IN||Murat Egyptian Room|
|January 26||Madison, WI||Majestic Theatre|
|January 27||Cincinnati, OH||20th Century Theatre|
|January 28||Columbus, OH||Newport Music Hall|
|January 29||Towson, MD||Recher Theatre|
|January 30||Norfolk, VA||NorVa|
|February 1||Charleston, SC||Music Farm|
|February 2||Jacksonville, FL||Freebird Live|
|February 3||St. Petersburg, FL||State Theatre|
|February 4||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Culture Room|
|February 5||Lake Buena Vista, FL||House of Blues|
|February 6||Athens, GA||The Melting Point|
|February 8||Birmingham, AL||WorkPlay Theatre|
|February 9||Baton Rouge, LA||Varsity Theatre|
|February 10||Little Rock, AR||Revolution Music Room|