“NEW YEAR. NEW TOUR.”
That’s the mindset of west coast rapper Dumbfoundead, who announced his upcoming performance plans for this new year with a 31-date North American tour scheduled to start in a little over a month on March 19 in Vancouver. The 31-year-old hip-hop artist announced the upcoming run of shows on Thursday afternoon, which will see him performing around the U.S. and Canada throughout the spring months under The Yikes! Tour banner. The tour will see Dumbfoundead (real name, Jonathan Park) stopping in notable venues along the west coast including San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom, Los Angeles’ Fonda Theater and Denver’s Bluebird Theater just to name a few.
Dumbfoundead released his last full-length album back in 2016 with We Might Die. That hasn’t stopped Park from writing and recording, however, as he also spent much of his last year also releasing two more EPs, Foreigner in the spring and then Rocket Man in mid-December. The fun but somewhat erratic music video for Rocket Man's lead single and title track can be seen above. While Rocket Man is a tool for entertainment and making people dance, the meaning behind the process was more significant to Park and his family history.
“This EP had me thinking about my dad and mom coming to this country as immigrants," he said in a statement following its release this past December. "I tried to think from their perspectives – they’ve made a lot of mistakes, so this is not just about the ‘triumphant immigrant’… it’s me turning up, getting ratchet! I don’t want to tell just the immigrant success story, this is about everything going on right now and how we have to survive.”
The video for "Rocket Man" was banned in South Korea barely 24-hours after the album's release, thanks in large part to its somewhat tongue-in-cheek title as a musical poke to the often turbulent triangular political relationship between the U.S. and Korean nations. Very rock and roll.
"At times like this, turning on the news feels like I'm watching cartoons," Park added in saying about his latest single. "I wanted to take this unreal name, and actually turn 'Rocket Man' into a fictional character that's not necessarily Kim Jong Un. With every project, I like creating animated, ethereal characters. So all the images on this project are going to embody this fictional 'Rocket Man.'"
Fans can assume that "Rocket Man" will take flight through the speakers each night on the upcoming tour. Tickets for select shows on the upcoming run are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.
The Yikes! Tour Dates:
March 19 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
March 20 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
March 21 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
March 23 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom (Click here for tickets)
March 26 - Santa Cruz, CA - Atrium at the Catalyst
March 27 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
March 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas (Click here for tickets)
April 2 - San Diego, CA - Soma Side Stage
April 3 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda (Click here for tickets)
April 4 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
April 6 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
April 7 - El Paso, TX - Low Brow Palace
April 9 - Austin, TX - Stubbs
April 10 - Houston, TX - Bronze Peacock Room
April 11 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Room
April 13 - Atlanta, GA - Heaven
April 14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
April 16 - Washington, DC - Union Stage
April 17 - Baltimore, MD - Sound Stage
April 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
April 19 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
April 21 - Providence, RI - Fete Music Hall
April 22 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
April 23 - Montreal, QC - The Belmont
April 24 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
April 26 - Detroit, MI - Shelter
April 27 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
April 29 - Minneapolis, MN - Loring
April 30 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
May 1 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater (Click here for tickets)
May 5 - Honolulu, HI - Republik