Cincinnati, Ohio has created its fair share of legendary artists and bands who have made a huge impact on music.
From funk to rock, the Queen City of the Midwest has played its part in shaping music history and continues to do so to this very day with The National. The origins of the band go back to 1991 when Matt Berninger and Scott Devendorf first met while attending the University of Cincinnati. The two hit it off, and they started making music together, first forming the band Nancy, named after Berninger’s mother.
That band didn’t take off, but the two wasn’t discouraged. In 1999, they formed The National with Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Bryan Devendorf. The self-titled album debut two years later, which didn’t chart but did gain the band some attention in the indie rock arena. There next two albums would further prime the band for their breakthrough, 2007’s Boxer, which made an appearance on the Billboard 200 and sold over 270,000 copies to date.
The National’s next album would be even bigger, with 2010’s High Violet going to number three in the Billboard 200. From there, The National was officially on the Mount Rushmore of indie rock, as chart success has been a mainstay for the group ever since, without the band trading in their trademark sound in the process.
Their latest album, 2017’s Sleep Well Beast, has been their biggest hit to date, becoming a smash hit across the board; and to further support the album, The National will hit the road on the Sleep Well Beast Tour, which will hit cities all across the country. Here’s the complete tour info, and keep in mind that all dates and venues are subject to change.
July 30 -- Milwaukee, WI -- Pabst/Riverside/Turner Hall
July 31 -- Madison, WI -- Orpheum Madison
Sept. 20 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Hollywood Palladium
Sept. 22 -- Santa Barbara, CA -- Santa Barbara Bowl (Tickets now on pre-sale)
Sept. 24 -- Berkeley, CA -- Greek Theatre
Sept. 24 -- Berkeley, CA -- The William Randolph Hearst Greek Theater
Sept. 27 -- Philadelphia, PA -- The Mann Center for the Performing Arts (Tickets now on sale)
Sept. 28 -- Columbia, MD -- Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sept. 29 & 30 -- Queens, NY -- Forest Hills Stadium (Tickets on sale for Sept. 30 show/Sept. 29 show Sold Out)
Oct. 7 -- Kansas City, MO -- Starlight Theatre
Oct. 9 -- Morrison, CO -- Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre (Tickets now on sale)