Acclaimed British Singer/Songwriter Ben Howard Plays The States

Written by  Published in Previews Thursday, 31 May 2012 11:17


So far it’s been a busy 2012 for British singer/songwriter Ben Howard. April saw the release of the new artist’s debut record in the U.S., Every Kingdom and since then, he’s been touring vigorously.

2011 was a breakthrough year for Howard. Highlights included signing a deal, getting amazing support from the media and releasing a beautiful debut album. The record reached the U.K. Top 10, and Howard found himself back out on the road in the van with his band and closest friends playing every other town in the U.K. and Europe. Every single show sold out, bar none; more tours were added, venues were constantly being upgraded, and yet 2011 was just another stepping stone, a continuation of what he’s been doing for years, albeit on a much bigger, more frantic scale.

Life on the road with his band, childhood friend India Bourne on cello and Chris Bond on bass and drum, has created a close knit unit and given them all a heightened “awareness of sound.” You can hear it in the gentle, note perfect harmonies and the fragility in which they are delivered. The band hushes rooms, scatters the audience with a sense of euphoria, and leaves them desperate for much more of the same. He'll be playing the European festival circuit throughout the summer


For those of you in Los Angeles, he’ll be doing an in-store at the famed Amoeba Records along with two sold-out shows at the Troubadour. Have no fear North American fans, the man has a busy rest of the year. Below are the rest of his North American shows for 2012:

Sat 2 Jun             8:00 PM      The Loft @ UCSD, La Jolla, CA

Mon 4 Jun           6:00 PM    Amoeba Records, Los Angeles CA

Tue 5 Jun             8:00 PM    Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA

Wed 6 Jun             8:00 PM   Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA

Fri 8 Jun               8:00 AM   Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Tue 18 Sep           7:00 PM  9:30 Club, Washington

Wed 19 Sep          7:00 PM  Webster Hall, New York

Fri 21 Sep             8:00 PM   Union Transfer, Philadelphia

Sat 22 Sep             7:00 PM   Paradise Rock Club, Boston

Sun 23 Sep            6:30 PM  Metropolis Theatre, Montreal

Mon 24 Sep          7:00 PM   The Sound Academy, Toronto

Wed 26 Sep           6:30 PM   Vic Theatre, Chicago

Thu 27 Sep            6:00 PM   Varsity Theater, Minneapolis

Sat 29 Sep             7:30 PM    Boulder Theater, Boulder

Sun 30 Sep            7:00 PM    The Depot, Salt Lake City

Tue 2 Oct              7:00 PM     The Neptune, Seattle

Wed 3 Oct             7:00 PM     Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver

Sat 6 Oct               8:00 PM     The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood

Sun 7 Oct             7:00 PM      Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach

Tue 9 Oct             7:00 PM      The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

Fri 12 Oct             7:30 PM      Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, Texas


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Daniel Kohn

Ever since he first heard the opening chords to "Smells Like Teen Spirit," at the age of 11, Daniel Kohn has been hooked on music. Born in New York City, raised in the music hotbed of Long Island and currently residing in Los Angeles, Kohn has been writing since high school, when he realized he could get CDs for free. He's a sucker for '90s music, especially that from Seattle. Like a small minority of Americans, he likes football of the European variety, especially Liverpool. When he's not chasing down bands, you can find him at your local pub with a pint of Carlsberg, usually at ungodly hours cheering on his beloved Reds. 

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