Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Friday, May 10, 2019

Breakout singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara will support Neil Young on select west coast shows this month. Ondara will also continue touring throughout the summer and fall in support of his debut LP Tales of America. The dates follow his completely sold out debut headline run, and will also include special appearances at Xponential Festival and Newport Folk Festival.

In addition, Ondara has recorded an Amazon Original cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold,” which will be available only on Amazon Music May 24. Fans can also say, “Alexa, follow J.S. Ondara” on their Alexa-enabled devices to be notified when the song is available.

Tales of America was released in February via Verve Forecast to widespread critical acclaim. Most recently Ondara was featured on PBS’ “News Hour” and also made appearances on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “World Cafe.”

Tales of America is a completely acoustic album produced by Grammy-nominated Mike Viola (Jenny Lewis). The LP was recorded at Boulevard Recording and East West Studios in Los Angeles, with all lyrics written by Ondara. It features collaborations with Andrew Bird, Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes and Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids. Watch the previously released videos for “American Dream” HERE, “Saying Goodbye” HERE, “Torch Song” HERE and “Television Girl” HERE

J.S. Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya listening to American alt-rock and making up his own songs for as long as he can remember. At an early age he fell in love with the music of Bob Dylan and moved to Minneapolis in 2013 to pursue a career as a singer and songwriter. He began making his way in the local music scene, continually writing songs about what he saw, felt and experienced in a place far different from home. Since then, he has toured nationwide, opening for Anderson East, First Aid Kit, The Milk Carton Kids, Mt. Joy and The Head & The Heart.


May 18—Spokane, WA—Fox Theatre*

May 20-21—Seattle, WA—The Paramount*

May 23—Eugene, OR—Knight Center*

May 25—Richmond, VA—Richmond Music Hall

May 29—Columbus, OH—The Basement

May 30—Nashville, TN—The Basement

May 31—Charlotte, NC—The Evening Muse [SOLD OUT]

June 1—Canton, NC—Lake Logan Conference Center (Cold Mountain Music Festival)

June 4—Atlanta, GA—The Earl

June 5—Birmingham, AL—The Saturn

June 7—Austin, TX—Antone’s Nightclub

June 8—Dallas, TX—Sons of Hermann Hall

June 10—St. Louis, MO—Old Rock House

June 11—Des Moines, IA—Vaudeville Mews

June 12—Madison, WI—High Noon Saloon

June 27—Montreal, QC—Festival International De Jazz De Montreal

July 24—Pittsburgh, PA—Club Café

July 26—Northampton, MA—Iron Horse

July 27—Philadelphia, PA—Xponential Festival

July 28—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival

July 30—Baltimore, MD—The 8x10

July 31—Cleveland, OH—House of Blues-Cambridge Room

August 10-11—Edmonton, AB—Edmonton Folk Festival

September 14—Burlington, VT—Grand Point North Festival

October 10—Portland, OR—Aladdin Theater

October 11—Vancouver, BC—Hollywood Theater

October 13—Seattle, WA—Neumos

October 17—San Francisco, CA—The Independent

October 18—Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour

October 19—Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour [SOLD OUT]

October 21—Denver, CO—Bluebird Theater

October 24—Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall

October 26—Toronto, ON—Mod Club Theater

October 30—Washington, DC—6th & I

November 1—Boston, MA—Sinclair

November 2—Brooklyn, NY—Music Hall of Williamsburg

December 7—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue

*supporting Neil Young