Texas based folk band, The Oh Hellos, have started a Christmas Extravaganza tour. The band will be touring through the country, spreading Christmas joy, with energy and passionate performances.
Throughout the tour, they will be having a coat drive at each venue to be donated to local shelters. Everyone who donates a coat will be entered to win a signed merchandise package from the band.
The Oh Hellos have also said that they will be inviting the most festive fans on stage with them, so this is bound to be an exciting show.
The band released a Christmas EP in 2014, with four songs on it, so it will certainly be cool to see if they have worked on any more Christmas tunes for this tour.
Needtobreathe has announced Parachute as the third opening band for the Tour de Compadres tour.
Parachute is a rock/pop band from Virginia, and have recently come out with a new studio album called ‘Wide Awake’.
Parachute is now the third opening band announced for the tour, including Mat Kearny and Jon Mark McMillan. Needtobreathe have not announced tour dates and cities yet, but it is exciting to know the other bands performing with them this year.
Last night, Needtobreathe announced that Jon Mark McMillan will be touring with them on the Tour de Compadres.
McMillan has previously recorded a song, ‘Monsters Talk’ with the lead singer from Needtobreathe, Bear Rinehart. The song is based on anger, playing conversions back in his head, and thinking of put downs and disses to say.
With these negative thoughts, McMillan eventually came to the conclusion of two realities in life:
- That life is hard, brutal, and can be terrible.
- Life is beautiful, and full of wonder and hope.
McMillan came to the conclusion that both these realities are true, and he had to decide which one he was going let speak to him, become friends with, and listen to.
The openers for Twenty One Pilots ‘Emotional Roadshow’ tour will be Mutemath, and Chef’Special.
Mutemath is an Alternative Rock band from New Orleans, and has been around since 2002. Mutemath actually performed a show at my college a few years ago. Mutemath seems to be an interesting pick as an opener, since they have been around for over a decade. I would have thought that Twenty One Pilots would have picked a more current or up and coming band, especially since this will be probably one of the biggest tours of the summer.
Chef’Special is an Indie Pop band from the Netherlands. I had heard of them, but had never listened to there music before. I think this is a good pick for an opener. I enjoy there sound, and it is good for a band from Europe to be touring in the US and gaining popularity.
Some bands I would have loved to see open on this tour would have been Grouplove, Arctic Monkeys, Young the Giant, and Matt & Kim.
What do you think of the picks Mutemath and Chef’Special?
Last week NEEDTOBREATHE announced that they are planning a second Tour de Compadres Tour. The tour lineup and general details have not been released yet, but it is definitely exciting news that the band is heading out on tour again.
In 2015, Tour de Compadres consisted of the bands Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Ben Rector, and Colony House, with NEEDTOBREATHE headlining. It was a great lineup, with each band having a different style and sound. So far the only artist to be announced on the 2016 tour is Mat Kearney.
NEEDTOBREATHE have also been in the studio recording an album that is set to release in 2016, so hopefully there will be further updates in the next few weeks on the release information.
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