David Byrne

David Byrne Announces Concert at SMG-managed DeVos Performance Hall

Extensive “American Utopia World Tour” Comes to Grand Rapids August 8

  

David Byrne announced an extensive world tour in support of his forthcoming solo record, American Utopia. The tour will include a stop in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 8:00 PM in DeVos Performance Hall. David will perform songs from the new album, which is out March 9 via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads. A twelve-piece band will also join David on stage for a choreographed concert that he has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

 

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 19 at 11:00 AM. Ticket prices are $44.50*, $64.50*, $99.50*, $125, $150, and $175. (*Premium aisle seats are available for $5-$10 more per ticket in these sections.) Tickets will be available at the DeVos Place® and Van Andel Arena® box offices, online at Ticketmaster.com, and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Prices are subject to change.

 

Guests purchasing their tickets online will receive a CD of the new album American Utopia, released on March 9, 2018. Instructions on how to redeem will be emailed shortly after online ticket purchase through Ticketmaster.com.

 

Last week, Byrne announced the release of American Utopia during a presentation of “Reasons To Be Cheerful,” an ongoing series he curates of hopeful writings, photos, music, and lectures. The presentation was given at New York’s New School to a live audience and also was streamed via his Facebook page.  He also released the first track from the album, “Everybody’s Coming To My House— co-written with Brian Eno, featuring contributions from TTY, Happa, Isaiah Barr Leader of the Onyx Collective, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Mercury Prize winner Sampha, and others. The song’s visual companion piece can be seen here. “Everybody’s Coming To My House” is available to download instantly with pre-orders of American Utopia on iTunes and at nonesuch.com. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive print facsimile of an early handwritten lyric sheet to the song.

Acclaim for “Everybody’s Coming To My House”:

 

"Byrne gives fans a catchy, funky house-party song with drums and horns, in the way only Byrne can." Billboard

 

"The track glides along on a polyrhythmic groove that has become a stalwart of Byrne's work." Rolling Stone

 

"Funky and danceable, in an instantly recognizable David Byrne way." Brooklyn Vegan

 

David Byrne photos, bio, American Utopia album art, and more are available here.

 

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