The 2014 Honda Civic Tour marking its 13th year with an expansion: three different tours, each featuring a distinct style of music. Everything kicks off this August with Los Angeles based indie-band, Grouplove co-headlining the first leg with Portugal. The Man.
Formed in 2009, Grouplove garnered a loyal international fan base following performances at: Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and the Reading & Leeds Festivals. And that was before they released their first full-length album, Never Trust a Happy Song (Atlantic Records, 2011).
The album featured the single, “Colours,” which was described as “one of the most infectious songs you’re bound to hear,” by SPIN. It went on to climb to the top 15 on the Alternative radio charts, and remains a fan favorite. Their next single “Tongue Tied” went #1 and was later certified platinum. Fall 2013 saw the release of Spreading Rumours, which was described by National Public Radio as being an album that is “ludicrously easy to love.” “Ways To Go” – the first single off of the album – went to #2 on the Alternative radio charts, and was supported by a pair of sold out tours that included stops at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
Portugal. The Man hails from Wasilla, AK, but is based in Portland, OR. 2013 saw the release of their album Evil Friends that was produced by Danger Mouse. To date, the band has headlined shows and international festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lollapalooza. Most recently, the band partnered with the Smithsonian Institute to raise awareness of the endangered Sumatran Tiger. The band turned to social media to get the word out. They released “Sumatran Tiger”, a new song on custom polycarbonate records. The catch was there were only 400 copies in existence, and the album would degrade after time. “Sumatran Tiger” was given to 400 influential participants who were asked to “breed” the song using #EndangeredSong.
Brooklyn-based, American Authors will headline the second leg of the Honda Civic Tour. The band members came from all around the United States, and bring their own regional influences and personal life experiences to the group’s song-writing process. And the result is highly contagious optimism contained in four-part alt-rock harmonies.
3BallMTY (pronounced: Tribal Monterrey),cultural phenomenon and award-winning Latin electronic music group from Monterrey, Mexico, will headline the third leg of the Honda Civic tour this November.
They combine cumbia, tropical, and pre-Hispanic musical textures with electronic mixes. And, in doing so, the group has broken generational, cultural, and language barriers.
Their first album, Inténtalo, went gold in Mexico and platinum in the U.S. and Central America. Then, they were selected by iTunes as 2012’s “Best Latin Breakthrough Album”, named Best New Artist on the Latin Grammy Awards, and have accumulated numerous awards and accolades. Now, they are poised for mainstream international success.
Right now, tour dates for the 2nd and 3rd legs of the tour have yet to be announced. So, keep an eye out for future mxdwn.com articles as things become clearer, and on the event site.
Portugal. The Man co-headline with Grouplove
Honda Civic Tour: Leg 1
Aug 10: Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park
Aug 11: Portland, OR – Edgefield
Aug 13: San Luis Obispo, CA, Avila Beach
Aug 15: Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
Aug 16: Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Aug 17: San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre
Aug 19: Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte
Aug 21: Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
Aug 22: Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s
Aug 24: Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
Aug 27: Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes
Aug 29: Kansas City, MO – Crossroads
Aug 30: Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
Sep 2: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sep 3: Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheatre
Sep 5: Cincinnati, OH – Horseshoe Casino
Sep 10: Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
Sep 12: Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sep 14: Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
Sep 16: New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage