Antibalas Biography & News
Antibalas has done for Afrobeat what Riverdance has done for Irish step-dancing. And believe us when we tell you that the Antiblas Afrobeat Orchestra is a harmonious cacophony of sound – a true wonderment of rhythm coming together.
Some 15+ years after their first gig, and just a few years removed from their last album, 2012's "Antibalas," this group continues to showcase an amazing and wholesome musical strength. They now have five full-length projects to their name, not to mention eight EPs and some 19 compilations. Then there are the band members – a dozen strong at the moment, including everyone from Jordan McLean on trumpet to Miles Arntzen on drums.
Watching and listening, it's hard to believe Antibalas has graduated from an old factory loft to become pioneers of Afrobeat, and that their sound can now be heard around the world. They play about 50 shows a year across the globe, and the band's members have recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in music, including the late Amy Winehouse, The Roots, the Black Keys and so many more.
The band resumed a heavy touring schedule beginning in the spring of 2012, making their debut in Brazil by performing in Sao Paulo and Recife. Later, they kicked off a US tour at the Outsidelands Festival in San Francisco followed by a tour of California. On August 24, 2012, Antibalas made their national television debut, performing their single "Dirty Money" on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." That September, they resumed their US/Canada tour with 30 dates in the Midwest, East Coast, Southeast and Gulf Coast, including the Austin City Limits Festival.
Antibalas kicked off a tour of Australia in March 2013, and has been going almost nonstop on the road. They currently have dates booked as far out as February 2015.
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Antibalas Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 03/22/2015 New York NY City Winery 02/27/2015 El Paso TX Don Haskins Center 02/25/2015 Tucson AZ Fox Tucson Theatre 02/24/2015 Mesa AZ Mesa Arts Center 02/24/2015 Phoenix AZ Piper Theater 02/22/2015 Solana Beach CA Belly Up Tavern 02/21/2015 Santa Monica CA The Broad Stage 02/19/2015 Arcata CA Van Duzer Theatre 02/18/2015 Chico CA Laxson Auditorium 02/17/2015 Santa Cruz CA Rio Theatre 02/15/2015 Madison WI Wisconsin Union Theater 02/14/2015 Chicago IL Park West 02/12/2015 Storrs CT Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts 02/11/2015 New York NY Highline Ballroom 02/10/2015 Saint Johnsbury VT Fuller Hall 02/09/2015 Brattleboro VT Latchis Theatre 02/07/2015 Toronto ON Koerner Hall 02/06/2015 Detroit MI Music Hall Center 02/05/2015 Buffalo NY University At Buffalo Center for the Arts 02/04/2015 Pittsburgh PA Byham Theater 02/03/2015 University Park PA Eisenhower Auditorium 01/31/2015 Union NJ Wilkins Theatre 01/30/2015 Washington DC Lisner Auditorium 01/30/2015 Washington DC Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University 01/29/2015 Newport News VA Ferguson Center for the Arts Concert Hall 01/28/2015 Richmond VA Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage 01/27/2015 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse 01/25/2015 Orlando FL House of Blues Orlando 01/25/2015 Lake Buena Vista FL House of Blues 01/24/2015 Cutler Bay FL South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center 01/23/2015 West Palm Beach FL Kravis Center - Michael and Andrew Gosman Amphitheatre 01/22/2015 Tampa FL Straz Center Ferguson Hall 01/21/2015 Gainesville FL Univ. Of FL Phillips Center
Antibalas Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 09/25/2014 New York NY Le Poisson Rouge 08/20/2014 Bangor ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion 08/19/2014 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 08/17/2014 Washington DC Verizon Center 07/05/2014 Vienne Charente Theatre Antique Vienne 06/06/2014 Hunter NY Hunter Mountain 03/30/2014 New York NY City Winery 03/09/2014 New York NY Sob'S 03/07/2014 New York NY Sob'S 01/18/2014 London Brooklyn Bowl London 01/17/2014 London Brooklyn Bowl London
Antibalas Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/31/2013 New York NY Sob'S 12/30/2013 New York NY Sob'S 10/13/2013 New York NY Highline Ballroom 10/03/2013 Washington DC Black Cat 10/01/2013 Pittsburgh PA The Rex Theater 07/20/2013 Brooklyn NY The Bell House 01/30/2013 West Hollywood CA Troubadour
Antibalas Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/28/2012 Port Chester NY The Capitol Theatre 12/14/2012 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Masonic Temple 12/13/2012 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer 12/10/2012 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall 12/08/2012 Portland OR Hawthorne Theatre 12/07/2012 Seattle WA The Crocodile 12/06/2012 Vancouver BC Biltmore Cabaret 11/24/2012 San Francisco CA The Warfield 11/18/2012 Berlin BE Bi Nuu 11/16/2012 Amsterdam ?? Melkweg 11/15/2012 Nijmegen GE Doornroosje 11/14/2012 London Lnd Islington Assembly Hall 11/11/2012 La Rochelle B7 La Sirene 11/08/2012 Tourcoing B4 Le Grand Mix 11/05/2012 Dijon Cote-d'or La Vapeur 11/04/2012 Basel BS Kaserne Basel 10/23/2012 New York NY Brookfield Place 10/14/2012 San Antonio TX Pearl Brewery Amphitheater 10/11/2012 Dallas TX The Kessler Theater 10/10/2012 Houston TX Warehouse Live 10/09/2012 New Orleans LA Tipitinas 10/07/2012 Birmingham AL The Bottletree Cafe 10/06/2012 Athens GA 40 Watt Club 10/05/2012 Atlanta GA The Goat Farm 10/03/2012 Louisville KY Bomhard Theater 10/02/2012 Nashville TN Mercy Lounge 10/01/2012 Knoxville TN The Concourse at The Intl. 09/29/2012 Asheville NC The Grey Eagle 09/28/2012 Charlotte NC Visulite Theatre 09/27/2012 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle 09/26/2012 Richmond VA Capital Ale House 09/25/2012 Washington DC Black Cat 09/20/2012 Boston MA Paradise Rock Club 09/19/2012 Montreal QC Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre 09/18/2012 Toronto ON Lees Palace 09/17/2012 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom 09/15/2012 Cincinnati OH Taft Theatre 09/14/2012 Detroit MI Majestic Theater 09/13/2012 Chicago IL Lincoln Hall 09/12/2012 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall Ballroom 09/11/2012 Minneapolis MN First Avenue 08/15/2012 Pomona CA Fox Theater Pomona 08/14/2012 Los Angeles CA Echoplex 08/12/2012 Solana Beach CA Belly Up Tavern 08/11/2012 San Luis Obispo CA SLO Brewing Co.