The Hold Steady continue to commemorate their 20th anniversary by presenting the first-ever Positive Jam, an all-star festival event set for Saturday, August 5 at Arrowood Farms in bucolic Accord, NY. Unified Scene Fan Club Pre-Sales begin today, Wednesday, May 31, at Noon (ET). (Pre-Sale Password: PROGRESS). General On-Sales get underway Friday, June 2 at 10:00 am (ET). Options include General Admission and exclusive VIP Packages (including dedicated viewing area, VIP hospitality, and more), as well as a limited merch add-on of a signed Positive Jam festival poster and event tote bag. Parking will be available on-site. For complete details, please visit https://positivejamfest.com/.
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Presented in association with Impact Concerts and Ground Control Touring, Positive Jam will see The Hold Steady headlining a stacked lineup of close friends and favorite artists, including Guided By Voices, The Tallest Man On Earth, Laura Stevenson, I Get Wild (plays Talking Heads), and Oceanator. The inaugural Positive Jam will feature Arrowood Farms’ locally inspired craft beers and comfort food, along with a wide array of Hudson Valley-based food trucks, clothing, and arts vendors.
“We’ve talked about our ideal festival for many years, and we’re excited to make it a reality to celebrate our 20th year as a band,” says The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. “We are thrilled to have some of our favorite artists joining us to make an incredible day of music and community in a beautiful location.”
The Positive Jam weekend festivities will kick off with THS Positive Jam Prelims Pool Party, slated for 5:00-8:00 pm on Friday, August 4 at Accord, NY’s INNESS Luxury Hotel and Resort. The event will include DJ sets from The Hold Steady, pool party, lawn games, and more, headlined by a special storytellers performance by The Hold Steady. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Tickets for THS Positive Jam Prelims Pool Party will be on sale exclusively with purchase of Positive Jam festival tickets. All Prelims Pool Party tickets include a limited-edition merch bundle featuring a THS beach towel.
The Hold Steady’s Positive Jam joins a busy summer and early autumn of shows starting with this Saturday’s Austin weekend with The Mountain Goats. Other highlights include a free headline show presented by 91.9 WFPK at Louisville, KY’s Louisville’s Waterfront Park on June 28, and a sold-out two-night stand at Chicago, IL’s The Salt Shed on June 30 and July 1 (joined by special guests The Mountain Goats and Dillinger Four), as well as an additional sold-out show at Chicago’s The Empty Bottle on July 2. The band will also make their first-ever appearance at Newport, RI’s venerable Newport Folk Festival, set for Saturday, July 29.
From there, The Hold Steady will play an eagerly anticipated headline show at St. Paul, MN’s Minnesota State Fair on September 2, joined by special guests Bob Mould Band and Dillinger Four, and then hit Jersey City, NJ’s White Eagle Hall on Friday, September 22, followed the next day with a co-headline appearance at Philadelphia, PA’s XPoNential Music Festival, set for September 23 at Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden, NJ, before their Columbus Day weekend in Las Vegas, NV’s at the Brooklyn Bowl on a double bill with Built to Spill, The Hold Steady’s first show in Las Vegas in nearly a decade.
The Hold Steady’s landmark 20th anniversary will further be commemorated by the upcoming publication of The Gospel of The Hold Steady: How a Resurrection Really Feels, a new oral history by Michael Hann and The Hold Steady, arriving July 25 via Akashic Books. Preorders are available now. Pre-order options will include a Limited-Edition Preorder Package for The Gospel of the Hold Steady includes a copy of the book signed by the band as well as the signed chapbook, TJK on THS – a behind-the-scenes photo journal by guitarist Tad J. Kubler spanning the band’s two-decade history (along with an exclusive introduction by THS frontman Craig Finn) only available as part of this package.
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Hailed by Pitchfork as “vivid and weird: a celebration of second winds, unlikely comebacks, and undying rock’n’roll dreams,” The Hold Steady’s acclaimed ninth studio album, The Price of Progress, is available now on their own Positive Jams label via Thirty Tigers in a variety of formats, including digital download, CD, standard black vinyl, translucent green vinyl (theholdsteady.net), metallic gold (Independent Retail exclusive), metallic silver (Vinyl Me, Please exclusive), and white (Rough Trade exclusive).
The Hold Steady have made a number of high-profile network TV appearances in recent weeks celebrating their new album and 20th anniversary, including visits to NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and CBS Saturday Morning, the latter of which included an interview with legendary journalist Anthony Mason and performances of The Price of Progress standouts “Grand Junction” and “Perdido,” as well as the longtime fan favorite, “Modesto Is Not That Sweet.”
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3 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater *
28 – Louisville, KY – WFPK Waterfront Wednesday (FREE SHOW)
30 – Chicago, IL – The Salt Shed † (SOLD OUT)
1 – Chicago, IL – The Salt Shed † (SOLD OUT)
2 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (SOLD OUT)
29 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
4 – Accord, NY - Positive Jam Prelims Pool Party @ INNESS Luxury Hotel and Resort
5 – Accord, NY – The Hold Steady Presents Positive Jam
2 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair ‡
22 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
23 – Philadelphia, PA – XPoNential Music Festival
7 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
8 – Las Vegas, NV – Bowling/Football Watch Party @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
29 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl #
30 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl #
1 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl #
2 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl #
*w/ The Mountain Goats
† w/ The Mountain Goats and Dillinger Four
^ w/ Dinosaur Jr. and Come
‡ w/ Bob Mould Band and Dillinger Four
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