Indie pop rocker Theo Katzman has announced 2020 dates for his Modern Johnny Sings North American Tour with Rett Madison. The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is touring in support of his upcoming album, Modern Johnny Sings: Songs in the Age of Vibe.
The tour kicks off on Sept. 10 in Seattle and hits major U.S. cities including Los Angeles on Jan. 24 (Tickets), Denver on Jan. 31 (Tickets) and Feb. 1 (Tickets), Atlanta on Feb. 15 (Tickets), Brooklyn on Feb. 21 (Tickets), and Boston on Feb. 22 (Tickets).
Presales for select tour dates launched on Oct. 1 and tickets go on sale to the general public on Oct. 4.
Theo Katzman explained the concept behind his upcoming album by saying, “Modern Johnny is a feeling. It’s closer to Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout than Bowie's Ziggy Stardust—Modern Johnny represents the journey, the quest, the plight of the singer-songwriter trying to make it in today's music world.”
Katzman is widely known for being a member of the American funk group Vulfpeck that hailed from the halls of the University of Michigan’s music school. He also served as musical director and opening act for Darren Criss on his nationwide Listen Up tour in 2013.
Plus, he’s got music in his DNA, with his father being a jazz trumpet player for “The Tonight Show” band. Naturally, jazz influences are scattered throughout his recordings.
Modern Johnny follows Katzman’s second studio album Heartbreak Hits (2017) and his first live album, My Heart is Live in Berlin that dropped earlier this year. His most recent album with Vulfpeck, Hill Climber, dropped in 2018.
With Modern Johnny, Katzman is dabbling in a concept album. The New York native singer-songwriter notes many similarities between Modern Johnny and himself. For starters, the “feeling” Modern Johnny evokes has been percolating in Katzman’s creative subconscious for a while. He describes this multi-dimensional feeling as “it's a subtle sarcasm, but not at the expense of sincerity; criticism, but not at the expense of joy; character, but not at the expense of vulnerability.”
Fans and critics alike regard Katzman as “a rare talent” and a musician’s musician. He brings an infectious amount of high-energy to the live stage. The world will have to wait until the new year turns to hear what shift Katzman’s new creative direction will take. Obviously, there’s no better way to take it all in than to watch him perform live at one of his upcoming shows.
Theo Katzman North American Tour Dates 2020
Jan. 10 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Jan. 11 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Jan. 12 – Vancouver, BC – VENUE Nightclub
Jan. 14 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
Jan. 15 – Bend, OR – Domino Room
Jan. 17 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Casino
Jan. 18 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub
Jan. 19 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jan. 21 – Santa Barbara, CA – Soho Music Club
Jan. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre (Tickets)
Jan. 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Jan. 27 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Jan. 30 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
Jan. 31 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater (Tickets)
Feb. 1 – Denver, CO- Bluebird Theater (Tickets)
Feb. 10 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas-Cambridge Room
Feb. 11 – Austin, TX- Antone’s Nightclub
Feb. 12 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
Feb. 14 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
Feb. 15 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (Tickets)
Feb. 16 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsey
Feb. 18 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton Live
Feb. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
Feb. 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel (Tickets)
Feb. 22 – Boston, MA – Royale (Tickets)
Feb. 23 – Killington, VT – Pickle Barrel Nightclub
March 3 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi
March 4 – St. Louis, MO – Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
March 6 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
March 7 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar Cultural Center
March 8 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
March 10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
March 11 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theatre
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall
March 14 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
March 15 – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
Dates, venues, and prices are subject to change. Please check individual event pages for more details.
HELLO WORLD, I am PSYCHED to announce that I will be COMING TO A NORTH AMERICA NEAR YOU, this winter. A limited # of Fan pre-sale Tix are available NOW, with lower ticket fees. Oh, and a... NEW ALBUM is coming soon! https://t.co/bHyrhT335Z for tix pic.twitter.com/nzYdiw2UoB— Theo Katzman (@theokatzman) September 30, 2019