The fact that Brainfeeder Records’ own Thundercat is not a worldwide household name is baffling. Even crazy when you add in the fact that the recent Grammy winner and bassist extraordinaire has got down with everyone from Tyler, The Creator to Kendrick Lamar.
Well, thanks to lessening COVID-19 restrictions, audiophiles will get a chance to learn why the hype about Thundercat is real when his It Is What It Is tour travels across North America. This marks Thundercat’s largest headlining show to date and will find him—and fellow Californian musician Channel Tres—traveling through over 20 cities to bring joy, funk, and otherworldly grooves near you.
Tickets, which go on sale this Friday, June 11 at 1000 a.m. EDT, mark that we are really outside—an exciting moment if there ever was one.
In addition to Channel Tres, there is a list of as-yet-to-be revealed special guests to appear throughout the tour. And to warm up, Thundercat and his fellow Brainfeeder cohort, Flying Lotus, will host a free concert for frontline and essential workers on June 12 at the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater in Los Angeles.
Though Thundercat’s album run for It Is What It Is was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project and artist both received major praise from The Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.
Check out the dates below and be sure to listen to Thundercat and Flying Lotus’s work for the Yasuke anime soundtrack.
07-31 Omaha, NE – Maha Music Festival
07-08 San Francisco, CA – Stern Grove Festival 08-26 Salt Lake City, UT – Twilight Concert Series
09-12 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
10-24 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
10-26 Jacksonville, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall *
10-27 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live *
10-28 New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theater *10-30 Austin, TX – TBA
10-31 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern *
11-02 Washington, D.C. – 930 Club *
11-04 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore *
11-06 New York, NY – Terminal 5 *
11-07 Boston, MA – House of Blues *
11-10 Montreal, Quebec – MTELUS *
11-11 Toronto, Ontario – History *
11-14 St. Paul, MN – Palace Theater *
11-16 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *
11-17 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *
11-19 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Downstairs *
11-20 Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas *
11-23 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren *
11-27 Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Expo Hall *
11-30 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades *
12-03 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom *
12-04 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre *
12-05 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Boise
* with Channel Tres