STS9 Announce Co-Headlining Tour With Umphrey’s McGee





“A STS9 concert is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list.”
—Zach Bourque, CAMPUS CIRCLE (3/4/13)

“The only thing that surpasses STS9’s vast and intricate sound is the energy they bring to every show.”
—Jeremiah Shea, ARTVOICE (4/11/13)

Having just wrapped a spring theater tour that included a sold-out show at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom on Saturday, April 20, STS9 now have their sights set on bigger things for their next outing. This summer, after performing at major festivals across the country, the Santa Cruz-based instrumental electronic rock band will be taking over amphitheatres for a co-headlining tour with Chicago’s Umphrey’s McGee.

The two bands—who will switch off headlining duties each night—will kick things off Thursday, August 15 in Louisville, KY and will hit Indianapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Atlanta, Raleigh, Philadelphia and Boston, among other major cities, throughout the 14-date run wrapping Sunday, September 1 in Vienna, VA. From there, STS9 will make their way to the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO to headline back-to-back nights Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. Tickets for the Umphrey’s dates will be available for pre-sale starting May 1 and general on-sale May 4. See below for the full list of tour dates.

Prior to the Umphrey’s outing and their Red Rocks takeover, STS9—hailed as “one of the country’s most intriguing, innovative outfits around” by XLR8R—will spend their summer appearing at some of the country’s top festivals with headlining and/or main stage sets confirmed for the Summer Camp Music Festival (May 24-26; Chillicothe, IL), Wakarusa Music Festival (May 30-June 2; Ozark, AR), Moonrise Festival (June 8-9; Baltimore, MD), Camp Bisco (July 11-13; Albany, NY), All Good Music Festival & Campout (July 18-21; Thornville, OH) and the new JamBase Live Festival (July 5-6; George, WA), which will mark the band’s first-ever appearance at the Gorge Amphitheatre and first time appearing with Robert Plant.

STS9 is touring this year with their largest production ever and earning them rave reviews throughout their mostly sold-out Winter Tour—which featured massive shows at Oakland’s Fox Theater, The Palladium in Los Angeles and two nights in Chicago at the Congress Theatre and House of Blues—and just-wrapped Spring Tour. Building off the groundbreaking 2012 “Great Cycle Spectacle” design, the band is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to delivering one of the most visually stunning shows on the road today. As noted by Jayme Barouch from MOTORCITYBLOG, “the light sequencing and display rivaled some of the best that I’ve seen from masters of the electronic lightshow like Daft Punk, Amon Tobin and Deadmau5” (4/15/13). See below for more critical praise.

STS9Hunter Brown (guitar/keys), Jeffree Lerner (percussion), David Murphy (bass/synths), David Phipps (keyboards) and Zach Velmer (drums)—are getting ready to release their 12th album later this year on their self-owned record label, 1320 Records. Their latest studio EP, When The Dust Settles, was released in 2011 and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart and landed them on Billboard’s Top 25 album chart.

What the media is saying about STS9’s 2013 tour dates:

 “Set one…was hypnotic, a fact as much to do with the massive jazz flavored peaks and drops as the precise, kaleidoscopic light show that bathed the audience in a wash of color.”

—Katie Bain, LA WEEKLY (3/4/13)

 “So when the quintet made its latest stop in Los Angeles this month, it was clear just how diverse its fan base really is as hippies, ravers and even young professionals collided at the Hollywood Palladium for what would be a spellbinding performance lasting almost three hours.”

—Josh Herwitt, YAHOO! VOICES (3/12/13)

“What STS9 has done this entire tour has been nothing but impressive…like always, Tribe took us on a musical and emotional journey throughout the show with stunning sounds and an excellent blend of both their pyramid lighting board as well as overhead lights…it’s almost indescribable but believe me, they truly are a special live act that you don’t want to miss.”

—Brent Greene, SOUNDFUSE MAGAZINE (3/24/13)

“Let it be known, that my life changed a little after seeing STS9. First of all, the following and the atmosphere is mind-blowing in and of itself…the band was phenomenal. Clear and I daresay, perfect…I can honestly say I have never seen a live band with such an amazing and unique sound. The light show was, well, for lack of better phrasing and to be put it quite frankly, f*^%ing incredible…This light show was like no other.”

—Alicia Greco, BUFFABLOG.COM (4/18/13)

“The music was also accompanied by a dazzling light show that would give any hypnotist an erection. The designs were repetitive, but intentionally so, and quite spectacular to look at. You could just stare at the screen and zone out while the band oozed perfection into your ears.”

—Brian Cheli, PLAYBACKSTL.COM (3/17/13)

“Sound Tribe Sector 9’s live performances have a sound and a vibe of their own…they continuously changed up the musical styles from funk and jazz, to hip hop and psychedelica, and mostly from jam and electronic oriented sounds…nobody puts on a show quite the way that they do.”

—Jayme Barouch, MOTORCITYBLOG (4/15/13)

“The boys ran through songs like ‘Really What,’ ’20-12’ and ‘Aimlessly’ with surgical precision and an undeniable funkiness that had everyone in the room going crazy.”

—James Scott Fuller, THEFRESHNEW.COM (4/5/13)

“The spacey sounds of Sound Tribe’s tracks along with the featured visualizer of rocket ships and comets hurtling through the atmosphere really made you feel like you were being transported into another galaxy.”

—Robobrooke, MUSICYOUNEED.NET (3/13/13)

“Each song coordinated perfectly with the light design which included a pyramid of visuals with everything from the universes solar system and ancient worldly symbols to a google map of Los Angeles and the Palladium itself…STS9 is a score to the emotional roller coaster that is life. Their live show creates an environment that allows, even encourages, introspect and with that, you’re catapulted into an understanding of the past and excitement for the future while being completely present in the Here and Now.”

—Aurora Cowen, KILLINGTHECABINET.COM (3/8/13)

STS9’s current tour dates are as follows:

Festival Appearances:
Fri-Sun 5/24-5/26 Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp Music Festival
Thu-Sun 5/30-6/2 Ozark, AR Wakarusa Music Festival
Sat-Sun 6/8-6/9 Baltimore, MD Moonrise Festival
Fri-Sat 7/5-7/6 George, WA Jambase Live Festival
Thu-Sat 7/11-7/13 Albany, NY Camp Bisco
Fri-Sun 7/18-7/21 Thornville, OH All Good Music Festival
Co-Headlining Dates with Umphrey’s McGee:
^Thu 8/15 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace Theater
Fri 8/16 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park
Sat 8/17 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
^Sun 8/18 Auburn Hills, MI Meadowbrook Music Festival
^Wed 8/21 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
Thu 8/22 St. Louis, MO Chesterfield Amphitheatre
Fri 8/23 Nashville, TN The Lawn at Riverfront Park
^Sat 8/24 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sun 8/25 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheatre
^Wed 8/28 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
Thu 8/29 Richmond, VA Brown’s Island Amphitheatre
Fri 8/30 Philadelphia, PA Mann Music Center
^Sat 8/31 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
^Sun 9/1 Vienna, VA The Filene Center at Wolf Trap
^ indicates STS9 closing shows
Headlining Shows:
Fri 9/6 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sat 9/7 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre


About STS9:
Formed in Atlanta over a decade ago, instrumental electronic rock band STS9 has risen to the forefront of the international music scene. Consistently ranked among Pollstar magazine’s list of top-grossing touring acts, STS9 boasts a genre-defying list of opening acts along the way including Snoop Dogg, Ghostland Observatory, Bassnectar, Thievery Corporation, Pretty Lights, Big Boi of Outkast and countless others. The now Santa Cruz-based quintet has sold out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado; performed at Ultra Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival among many other top festivals; sold out shows across the country as an acoustic set-up in opera houses or as an electronic act in amphitheatres; performed with Jay-Z in arenas; and have raised significant amounts of money towards activism efforts (including $150,000 to the Make It Right Foundation, paving the way to rebuild a house in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans). STS9 also run their own record label, 1320 Records, whose goal is to bring the music to the people in the most conscious, unique, innovative and savvy ways possible to lessen the distance between artists and fans.

About Umphrey’s McGee:
Fans who have followed Chicago based Umphrey’s McGee for any period of time know that there are only two guarantees: you never know what you’re going to get, and Umphrey’s always delivers. How else can a band be relentlessly innovative in both music AND fan relations for 15 years? Formed in 1997 at the University of Notre Dame, the band has cultivated a loyal and rabid fanbase from all over the US and beyond, incorporating a sophisticated mix of cutting-edge technology, a stellar light show, and a multi-genre explosive experience complete with playful covers (ranging from Toto to Metallica). The combination of accessibility and unpredictability has made Umphrey’s McGee a top-billed name in the festival circuit. Their latest release ‘Death By Stereo’ (ATO Records) is a concise, melodic batch of clever arrangements with meticulously crafted chordal interplay and virtuoso instrumentation that puts Umphrey’s McGee in a category all their own.

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