John Butler Trio Returns To North America For Summer Tour

Article Contributed by On Tour PR | Published on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

John Butler Trio returns to North America with a brand new live set-up for a five-week run of headline dates and festivals in support of their upcoming studio album, due for release this autumn.  Revered for their brilliant live performances and superb musicianship, the John Butler Trio is one of Australia’s most successful bands of the current era on the world stage.

For 2018, the Australian roots rockers have expanded their trio to a five-piece, billed as “John Butler Trio + .”  With additional percussion and keyboards, the expanded group recently completed a fall tour of Australia and New Zealand, culminating in a headline performance at the revered Byron Bay Bluesfest. Showcasing a bigger and more dynamic live show, the quintet offered glimpses of the upcoming album as well as reinventing classics such as “Betterman,” “Zebra,” and “What You Want.”

“This was a masterclass in musicality and an inspirational piece of soul-shine,” gushed the New Zealand Herald.  “Slap percussion groove, sliding, bending – stunning.  'Tis a rare thing when a front man's vocals are as accomplished as his guitar gift.”

JBT’s upcoming studio album, the follow-up to 2014’s award-winning Flesh and Blood, is a highly personal creation with songs reflecting thoughts on family, travel, home and global issues. “This album has been a rite of pajohssage that I couldn’t go around, couldn’t go over, couldn’t go under but had to go through,” says Butler. “We have worked really hard making those songs be the best they can be live and for them to have a relationship with the audience, take a journey and hopefully give people the chills.”

In August 2017, JBT released “Bully,” a single that was inspired by the many current political and environmental injustices around the world.

“ ’Bully’ is about the abuse of power,” Butler says.  “This song is about good people all over the world, who believe in a fair, just and sustainable future, who are willing to stand together to protect what is most precious to them.”

JOHN BUTLER TRIO + North American Tour - 2018

6/7      Kansas City, MO          Crossroads KC
6/8      Omaha, NE                  Sumtur Amphitheater
6/9      Boulder, CO                 Boulder Theater  (sold out)
6/10    Morrison, CO              Red Rocks Amphitheatre (sold out)
6/13    Flagstaff, AZ                Orpheum Theater
6/14    Phoenix, AZ                 The Van Buren
6/15    W. Hollywood, CA       Troubadour (sold out)
6/16    San Diego, CA              House of Blues
6/18    Santa Barbara, CA       Granada Theatre
6/19    Sacramento, CA          Crest Theatre
6/21    Portland, OR               Crystal Ballroom
6/22    Portland, OR               Crystal Ballroom
6/23    Woodinville, WA         Chateau Ste Michelle Winery  
6/24    Woodinville, WA         Chateau Ste Michelle Winery
6/27    Vancouver, BC            The Orpheum
6/29    Edmonton, AB            Winspear Centre
6/30    Calgary, AB                 MacEwan Hall
7/1      Saskatoon, SK             Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
7/3      Fargo, ND                    Fargo Theatre
7/5      Winnipeg                    Winnipeg Folk Festival
7/6      Minneapolis, MN        Basilica Block Party
7/7      St. Louis, MO               The Pageant
7/8      Cleveland, OH             House of Blues
7/11    Brooklyn, NY               Brooklyn Bowl (sold out)
7/12    Albany, NY                  Hart Theatre at The Egg
7/13    Portland, ME               State Theatre
7/14    Hampton, NH             Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/15    Quebec City, QU         Quebec City Summer Festival