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Beirut, the folk-rock band that was raised from the idea of Zachary Francis Condon, will tour for the entire summer. Beirut started as Condon’s solo music project, growing then into a band during the development of the first band’s album ‘Gulag Orkestar,’ released in 2006.
Starting at the end of May in the State of Washington, Beirut will tour the U.S., Canada and Europe, to satisfy as many fans as possible. The band will touch parks, arenas, theaters and festivals, such as the Full Hit of Summer Festival in Vienna, Austria, and the Calgary Folk Music Festival in Canada.
The band is currently promoting its latest album, released in 2011 via Pompeii Records, ‘The Rip Tide,’ which marked a line of change for Beirut. ‘Gulag Orkestar’ was the product of the European, and mainly Balkan, influences that Zachary Francis Condon acquired during his time spent in Europe, after dropping out of school at the age of sixteen.
When back in the U.S., he started working on the project with the help of external musicians, such as Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel, A Hawk and a Hacksaw) and Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw), who joined the band at the time.
This kind of folk influence also characterizes Beirut’s second album ‘The Flying Club Cup,’ released in 2007, which, though, presents more French traits. ‘The Rip Tide’ maintains the roots of the band’s sound and does not betray the folk soul of it, but it takes a step forward in experimenting, creating, out of what was an already exceptional sound, a more mature and complete defining style.
‘The Rip Tide’ mixes the European/Balkan sentiment with the classic American sonorities, resulting in an unmatched piece of craft regarding the development of music styles.
According to fans, Beirut’s live performances manage to recreate on stage the same graceful and deep experience that the albums give the listener, enriching it with the live experience emotions; summing this to the greatness of the latest and the previous albums, Beirut’s concerts are surely a must-attend for this summer.
Here the complete list of Beirut’s live performances:
5/27 Sasquatch, The Gorge, WA
5/31 Primavera, Barcelona, Spain
6/02 Field Day 2012, Victoria Park, UK
6/04 Forbidden Fruit Festival, Dublin, Ireland
6/22 Full Hit Of Summer Festival – Arena, Vienna, Austria
6/23 Southside, Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany
6/24 Hurricane, Sheessel, Germany
6/26 Hove Festival, Arendal, NO
6/27 Train, Aarhus, Denmark
6/29 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
6/30 Open Source Festival, Dusseldorf, Germany
7/13 Quebec City Intl Summer Festival, Quebec City, QC
7/16 Metropolis Theatre, Montreal QC
7/17 Metroplois Theatre, Montreal
7/19 The Sound Academy, Toronto
7/21 The Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN
7/23 The Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, Canada
7/25 Edmonton Event Centre, Edmonton, Canada
7/26 Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary, AB, Canada
7/28 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
8/28 House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdown Street Boston, MA
8/29 Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 72nd and 5th Avenue New York, NY
9/11 Barrowlands, Glasgow, Uk
9/12 Academy, Leeds, UK
9/14 Hammersmith HMV Apollo, London, UK
9/18 TonHalle, Munich, Germany
9/19 Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
9/21 Turkcell Kurucesme Arena, Istanbul, Turkey
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