311 Announces 2011 Unity Tour, Pow Wow Festival
Alternative rock superstars 311 recently announced details about their upcoming summer tour of the United States as well plans for their very own music festival.
The 311 concert series in question is of course their patented "Unity Tour." This is the fifth edition of the popular summer trek and it will include opening acts Sublime With Rome and the Dirty Heads.
In the past, 311 has tapped the talents of Snoop Dogg, Matisyahu, The English Beat, Ziggy Marley, and The Offspring.
The always anticipated "Unity Tour" begins July 6 in Wichita, Kansas and ends Aug. 26 when 311 plays Redmond
, Washington (30 minutes east of Seattle) and the Marymoor Amphitheatre.
Long before the aforementioned 311 concerts, the Nebraska-based outfit has some oversea dates scheduled for Lima, Peru (March 30), Panama City, Panama (April 1), and Santiago, Chile (April 3).
In May, there's a few 311 concert dates circled on the calendar for Japan but who knows the status of those shows with multiple disasters gripping that island country.
The group will use the "Unity Tour" to promote their forthcoming album. The pending opus has not yet been named or given a release date but expect it to drop sometime this summer. The quintet's last record, "Uplifter," came out in 2009.
Fans with tickets to see 311
this summer should expect to hear plenty of tracks from their new record as well as classic cuts from their previous nine studio albums.
Taking a cue from Phish and Dave Matthews Band, 311 has organized their own music festival. The "311 Pow Wow Festival" takes place Aug. 4-6 at the 500-acre Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida (90 minutes west of Jacksonville). The event will host two stages and 311 will play four sets. One of those sets will involve the band performing their seminal album "Transistor' all the way through.
A full lineup of bands and other activities is on its way.
All of this is certainly good news for 311 fans but for this blogger one of the aforementioned details serves as a sad reminder of one of music's greatest losses.
The "Rome" part of "Sublime with Rome" refers to Rome Ramirez, the band's new frontman. The trio had to add "with Rome" to their name after the estate of the band's original frontman threatened legal action.
The Rome replaced Bradley Nowell. He died from a drug overdose in May of 1996. Bradley was only 28.
I have a pretty good ear for music. It doesn't take long before I can tell if a band is good or if they're really good. For instance, after just a couple of songs I was able predict great things for Radiohead, Kings of Leon, and Kanye West.
Yet, no band has ever made me rush to the linear notes faster, to discover who I was listening to, than Sublime.
While the other two-thirds of Sublime are great—bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh, and no disrespect to Rome—it was Bradley Nowell who was truly special. In fact, I think had he lived he could have risen to the ranks of performers like John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Marley. He was that good.
If you don't believe me, check out their 1996 self-titled album or their 1997 compilation, Second-Hand Smoke. In particular, Nowell's cover of Bob Marley's "Trenchtown Rock." It's genius.
Perhaps I'm being a bit to hyperbolic. Perhaps I'm over romanticizing Nowell. All I know is that whenever I read or hear something about Sublime I think about what might have been. I think what might have been would have been pretty special and that makes me sad.
311's 2011 Itinerary
July 6 – Wichita, KS @ Orpheum Block Party
July 8 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone Amphitheater
July 9 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
July 13 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
July 14 – Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 17 – Columbus, OH @ Lifestyles Community Pavilion
July 21 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Art Center
July 22 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
July 23 – Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
July 25 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center of the Arts
July 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Island
July 28 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at VA Beach Amphitheater
July 29 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
July 30 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
August 1 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 2 – Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
August 4 -6 – Live Oak, FL @ 311 Pow Wow Festival
August 11 – Lake Charles, LA @ L’Auberge Du Lac Casino
August 12 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 13 – Dallas, TX @ GEXA Energy Pavilion
August 14 – Austin, TX @ TBA
August 16 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
August 17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Usana Amphitheater
August 19 – San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
August 20 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 21 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
August 23 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater at Mountain View
August 25 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
August 26 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Amphitheater