Vampire Weekend is finally returning to Cleveland!! The band of New York natives will be taking the stage at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on June 14. This tour is group’s most ambitious North American tour to date.
The tour follows the release of the band’s most recent album ‘Father of the Bride‘ (05.03.19; Columbia) The album is the band’s first project in nearly six years, following ‘Modern Vampires of the City‘ (2013), and the group’s first album since multi-instrumentalist and producer Rostam Batmanglij’s departure from the group.
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The indie rock album is musically diverse and the songs use contrasting dark and direct lyrics over a bright spring-time musical mood. Upon release, the album received widespread acclaim from music critics and became their third consecutive album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200. The album is also unique for the group in that it marks the first time the band has included guest vocalists in an album. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Koenig said, “We’ve had three albums of the same voice over and over again. I like the idea of opening up our world a little bit.” The album’s lyrical style is more direct and straightforward than Koenig’s previous writing, which he admitted was inspired by American country singer, Kacey Musgraves.
Chicano Batman will open the show. In 2008, four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early ’70s psychedelic soul and romantic pop. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. The quartet have released three full-length albums—a self-titled 2009 debut, and 2014’s ‘Cycles Of Existential Rhythm’ and 2017’s ‘Freedom is Free.’
The band has played Coachella and toured with Alabama Shakes and Jack White, among others.
‘Freedom Is Free’ reflects Chicano Batman’s decision to foreground the soul and R&B elements of their sound. To achieve their ambitious sonic goals, the quartet worked with producer Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) in his Diamond Mine Recording studio in Long Island City, NY. Michels, a veteran in the New York soul revival scene, has performed in Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Akron, Oh natives The Black Keys and The Menahan Street Band. In addition to tracking the album to analog tape, Michels contributed keyboards and his trademark horn arrangements (he’s been sampled by Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah). The partnership between Michels and Chicano Batman truly captures the band’s live energy and brings their aesthetic goals to life.
Reserved ticketing is priced at $69.50. General admission bleacher seats (located behind the reserved seating areas) are priced at $37.50.
Prices subject to additional fees. Tix can be purchased in person at the Jacobs Pavilion box office or online, below: