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American Aquarium Tour Dates and Upcoming Concerts

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On tour Yes
Followers 90,480
Category Rock And Roll, Alt-country
Concerts
May
25
Blackwater Sol Revue 2024
St. Augustine
Tickets
Jul
04
Kerrville's 4th on the River
Kerrville
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Jul
26
Grand Ole Opry House
Nashville
Tickets
Aug
15
The Factory
Chesterfield
Tickets
Aug
23
Stanford Hall
Bottesford
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Aug
29
North Carolina Museum Of Art
Raleigh
Tickets
Aug
30
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Wilmington
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Aug
31
Neighborhood Theatre
Charlotte
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Sep
01
The National
Richmond
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Sep
03
Metro Baltimore
Baltimore
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Sep
04
World Cafe Live
Philadelphia
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Sep
05
Brooklyn Made
Brooklyn
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Sep
06
Levon Helm Studios
Woodstock
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Sep
08
Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Cleveland
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Sep
10
The Bluestone
Columbus
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Sep
11
El Club
Detroit
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Sep
12
Mr. Smalls Theatre, Funhouse & Café
Millvale
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Sep
13
Union Stage
Washington
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Sep
14
Harvester Performance Center
Rocky Mount
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Sep
15
Salvage Station
Asheville
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Oct
02
The Basement East
Nashville
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Oct
03
Hi-Fi
Indianapolis
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Oct
04
Space
Evanston
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Oct
05
Knuckleheads
Kansas City
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Oct
06
Waiting Room Lounge
Omaha
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Oct
07
Turf Club
St Paul
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Oct
08
High Noon Saloon
Madison
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Oct
09
xBk Live
Des Moines
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Oct
10
The Castle Theatre
Bloomington
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Oct
12
Longhorn Ballroom
Dallas
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Nov
01
Revolution Music Room
Little Rock
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Nov
02
Palace Theater
Bryan
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Nov
03
Cactus Theater
Lubbock
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Nov
04
Launchpad
Albuquerque
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Nov
05
Crescent Ballroom
Phoenix
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Nov
06
Troubadour
West Hollywood
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Nov
07
The Chapel
San Francisco
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Nov
08
Wow Hall
Eugene
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Nov
09
Mississippi Studios
Portland
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Nov
10
Neumos
Seattle
Tickets
Nov
11
Knitting Factory Concert House
Boise
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Nov
12
Armory Music Hall
Bozeman
Tickets
Nov
13
Soundwell
Salt Lake City
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Nov
14
Bluebird Theater
Denver
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Nov
15
WAVE
Wichita
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Nov
16
Ridglea Theater
Fort Worth
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Nov
17
The Jones Assembly
Oklahoma City
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Nov
30
Terminal West
Atlanta
Tickets
Dec
01
Radio Room
Greenville
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Dec
02
Underbelly
Jacksonville
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Dec
03
The Abbey
Orlando
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Dec
04
THE MERRY WIDOW
Mobile
Tickets
Dec
05
Warehouse Live Midtown
Houston
Tickets
Dec
06
Gruene Hall
New Braunfels
Tickets
Dec
07
Radio/East
Austin
Tickets
Dec
08
George's Majestic Lounge
Fayetteville
Tickets
Dec
10
Raccoon Motel
Davenport
Tickets
Dec
11
The Golden Record
St. Louis
Tickets
Dec
12
Cain's Ballroom
Tulsa
Tickets
Dec
13
The Blue Note
Columbia
Tickets
Dec
14
Growlers
Memphis
Tickets
Dec
15
Saturn
Birmingham
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About American Aquarium
“Country music was the voice of the people. It wasn’t always the prettiest voice, but it was an honest voice,” says American Aquarium founder and frontman BJ Barham. “I think that’s where country music has lost its way.” He pauses, then adds, North Carolina accent thick and voice steady: “I operate in the dark shadows of what we don’t want to talk about in the South.” These days, those shadows are tall and wide, making it hard to recognize a neighbor, family–– even yourself. On American Aquarium’s new album Lamentations, Barham shines light on dark American corners with heartbreaking conversations, long looks in the mirror, and empathetic questions, all through songwriting that is clear without sacrificing its poetry, and direct without losing its humanity. “As a songwriter, my number one job is to observe and then translate what I observe into a song, a story, a lesson,” Barham says. “I’d be doing myself and the listener a huge disservice if I didn’t talk about the things I see, which is a country, divided.” As much as Barham appreciates an indignant protest song or one-sided anthem, he isn’t writing them. Instead, on Lamentations he’s making the political personal, reaching out to humanize folks with opposing viewpoints, and offering dignity instead of demonizing. The result is the strongest writing of Barham’s already stout career. “I’m still very much standing up for what I believe in––I don’t think anyone can question what side of the aisle I stand on,” he says. “But hopefully people listen and at least try to understand why their Sunday School teacher wears a Trump hat.” Barham has built a fiercely devoted fanbase hundreds of thousands strong, fortified with 15 years of sold-out American Aquarium shows across the country and Europe. The band’s 2018 release Things Change strode confidently into that distinct territory where rock-and-roll and politics meet, prompting Rolling Stone to announce Barham “earns every bit of his Southern Springsteen cred.” In 2019, the American Aquarium lineup also shifted again: Shane Boeker remains on guitar, and bassist Alden Hedges, keys player Rhett Huffman, pedal steel ace Neil Jones, and drummer Ryan Van Fleet joined the group. A beloved live band known for consistently playing at least 200-250 dates a year, American Aquarium chose to be more selective in 2019, winnowing the schedule to 92 shows. For Barham, sober for six years now, is a dad to a toddler and still happily married, the adjustment was a must. “We’re learning how to balance being in our mid-30s and being rock-and-rollers,” he says. “Being home was the most rewarding experience. It allowed me to be creative and write about things that really matter.” Lamentations reflects that elevated focus. Barham, who is no longer religious but was raised Southern Baptist, wrote down the word “lamentations” in 2018, and knew it’d be his next album title before he’d written a single song for the record. He felt an anchoring connection to the word itself––defined as “the passionate expression of grief or sorrow”––but also to the Old Testament book in the Bible. “Lamentations is one of the few books in the Bible where there’s this doubt of God––this guy, crying out to the heavens, like, Why? If you love us so much, why did you let Jerusalem fall to Babylon?” Barham says. “I saw a direct correlation between that and a Southern man today who voted for Trump. I wanted to write about a broken America and all the things that lead a human being to doubting something. Every song on this record touches on something a little different.” Album opener “Me and Mine (Lamentations)” is brooding and stormy, plaintive acoustic guitar undergirding Barham’s weathered vocals. Searching, frustrated, and sad, the song was written from the perspective of a conservative Southern voter who feels unseen, unheard, and short on hope. The broader message is immersive and immediate: Settle in and listen closely. Times are hard, and this record is going to talk about it. Barham, who doesn’t agree with the song’s protagonist politically, imbues him with respect and sympathetic fatigue. “There are so many people who come out nowadays and say, If you voted this way, you’re a racist. You’re a misogynist. You’re a nationalist,” he says. “But that was my teacher, my librarian, my uncle. I know they aren’t bigots. So instead of saying, You’re a bad person because you did this, I want to know why you did this. I want to talk to you about this.” Upbeat guitar rocker “Dogwood” follows, with a tragic story wrapped up in singalong lines. Barham points to the song and “Luckier You Get,” with its Springsteen vibes and an ear-worm chorus, as two of the album’s more lighthearted moments. “Bright Leaf” is another musical moment ready for a crowd, offering a clear-eyed look at the tobacco farms and industry of Barham’s home through sharp lyrics that thousands will shout-sing right back at him. Featuring wry pedal steel and a shuffling back beat, “Better South” is an alternative anthem, written and sung by a native Southerner who believes in change. Line after line, “Starts with You” shows off Barham’s self-deprecating wit: “They say you’re only as sick as your secrets / If that’s the truth then, friend, I’m dying / Spent a lifetime salvaging shipwrecks, / Falling so long I thought I was flying.” Throughout the record, the only victim of Barham’s harsh tongue is himself. Heartbreaking “How Wicked I Was” pleads for narrative omissions when it comes to explaining the past to his little girl. Album highlight “Learned to Lie” cuts just as deep: Barham delivers a gut-wrenching confession over lonely piano. Raw and intimate, its look at how we hurt the ones we love evokes the unblinking candor of 60s and 70s Loretta Lynn––that extreme honesty Barham first valued in country music, and now misses. “That was one of the first songs I played for the boys in the band, and they were like, ‘Are you sure you want to record that?’” Barham says. “It’s a hard song to talk about. It’s a heavy song. For better or worse, I’m going to be real with you live. I’m probably going to make you uncomfortable. And that I think that’s a beautiful part of rock-and-roll.” “Six Years Come September” is another heartbreaker, masquerading at first as a familiar story before a sobering plot twist. “As a songwriter, that’s the best feeling in the world––ruining someone with lyrics and a well-executed story,” Barham says. He points to album closer “Long Haul” as a frontrunner for his own favorite track. Perhaps the closest the record comes to jubilation, “Long Haul” rolls through three steadfast commitments Barham holds true and dear. Ultimately, Lamentations is a thrilling portrait of an artist and his band reaching new levels of skill, consciousness, and potential after 20 years in the trenches. Unruly and sincere, Barham emerges as an important American voice––and an unlikely peacemaker. “I’ve had to work really hard to carry water as a songwriter,” he says. “It feels really good to be in my mid-30s, writing songs that I think matter. I think when you listen to this record, something is going to change in you. You’re going to feel something. That’s the most important part of songwriting: making someone feel.
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Genres
Rock And Roll, Alt-country
Band members
Rhett Huffman-keys, Ryan Van Fleet-Drums, Neil Jones-Pedal Steel Guitar, Alden Hedges-Bass, Shane Boeker-Lead Guitar, BJ Barham-Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
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What fans are saying
Kyle
5 / 5
BJ Barham is a great storyteller and even better musician. I loved the small venue for his solo show at The Red Dragon Listening Room. If you get a chance to see him Solo or with the full band, do not pass it up.
Red Dragon Listening Room Baton Rouge, LA
Mar 29, 2023
Christopher
5 / 5
Fantastic show. As always.Things change Tough times Man I'm supposed to be American tabacco company Casualties of rock St Mary's Jacksonville One day at a time Losing side Wolves Hurricane Katherine bellle Lonely Crooked and the straight John prine song Tennessee Nothing to lose I hope he breaks your heart Burn flicker die Encore Unfortunate kind Abe lincoln Lbq Rockingham
Terminal West Atlanta, GA
Dec 04, 2018
Cheryl
5 / 5
Highly recommend this alternative country band. Adding in story telling and rock and roll this unique band is one of a kind. If you like Springsteen or Eric Church, be sure to check out American Aquarium
Prescott Park Portsmouth, NH
Aug 25, 2023
Mono
5 / 5
Rock'n'Roll! So druckvoll, laut, rauh und intensiv sind AA schon lange nicht mehr gewesen. Der Sound im Yard Club der Kantine war aber auch exzellent. Schade, dass das nur so ungefähr 50 Leute sehen wollten...
Die Kantine Cologne, Germany
Oct 29, 2018
Lucky
5 / 5
First time seeing AA and it definitely won't be the last! Helluva show, and if you have yet to see them, make sure you do the next time they come around your town...
The Broadberry Richmond, VA
Dec 11, 2021
Brian
5 / 5
One of the best bands to see live! BJ always gives it his all and this show was no exception! Just a great show and was a great time!
The Fillmore Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
Dec 09, 2021
Corey
5 / 5
Great show. Great venue. BJ Barham is a great guy. Glad to see some solo acoustic songs before the band came on and blew us out of the building. Great work.
The Granada Lawrence, KS
May 09, 2024
James D.
5 / 5
One of the best live shows that I have ever seen. BJ and the band are fucking amazing. What a poet and great energy. One of the nicest guys too.
Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, OK
Jul 22, 2023
Dan
5 / 5
BJ was in fine form both telling stories and singing some of his best songs acoustically. Outstanding 2 hours with one of the best songwriters of our generation!
The Evening Muse Charlotte, NC
Mar 24, 2023
John
5 / 5
First time seeing American Aquarium. Great show played a good variety of their music. Ashland Theatre is an super venue! Looking forward to see more live music there!
The Ashland Theater Ashland, VA
Mar 04, 2019
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American Aquarium Tour Cities
Fort Worth, TX South Saint Paul, MN Nashville, TN Detroit, MI Omaha, NE Wichita, KS Brooklyn, NY Cleveland, OH Charlotte, NC Philadelphia, PA Wilmington, NC Houston, TX Denver, CO Boise, ID Raleigh, NC Phoenix, AZ Madison, WI Birmingham, AL West Hollywood, CA Seattle, WA Memphis, TN St. Louis, MO Evanston, IL Austin, TX Orlando, FL Salt Lake City, UT Dallas, TX Rocky Mount, VA Atlanta, GA Millvale, PA Kansas City, MO Bryan, TX Little Rock, AR Kerrville, TX Oklahoma City, OK Bottesford, United Kingdom Baltimore, MD Columbus, OH Greenville, SC New Braunfels, TX Bloomington, IL Fayetteville, AR Albuquerque, NM Asheville, NC Portland, OR Woodstock, NY Columbia, MO Lubbock, TX St. Augustine, FL Mobile, AL Tulsa, OK Chesterfield, MO Richmond, VA Indianapolis, IN San Francisco, CA Washington City, DC Davenport, IA Eugene, OR Bozeman, MT Jacksonville, FL Des Moines, IA

Frequently Asked Questions About American Aquarium

Concerts & Tour Date Information

Is American Aquarium on tour?

Yes, American Aquarium is currently on tour. If you’re interested in attending an upcoming American Aquarium concert, make sure to grab your tickets in advance. The American Aquarium tour is scheduled for 62 dates across 61 cities. Get information on all upcoming tour dates and tickets for 2024-2025 with Hypebot.

How many upcoming tour dates is American Aquarium scheduled to play?

American Aquarium is scheduled to play 62 shows between 2024-2025. Buy concert tickets to a nearby show through Hypebot.

When does the American Aquarium tour start?

American Aquarium’s tour starts May 25, 2024 and ends on Dec 15, 2024. They will play 61 cities; their most recent concert was held in St. Augustine at St. Augustine Amphitheatre and their next upcoming concert will be in St Paul at Turf Club.

What venues is American Aquarium performing at?

As part of the American Aquarium tour, American Aquarium is scheduled to play across the following venues and cities:

2024 Tour Dates:

May 25 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Jul 04 - Kerrville, TX @ Louise Hays Park
Jul 26 - Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
Aug 15 - Chesterfield, MO @ The Factory
Aug 23 - Bottesford, United Kingdom @ Stanford Hall
Aug 29 - Raleigh, NC @ North Carolina Museum Of Art
Aug 30 - Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Aug 31 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Sep 01 - Richmond, VA @ The National
Sep 03 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Baltimore
Sep 04 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Sep 05 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Made
Sep 06 - Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
Sep 08 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Sep 10 - Columbus, OH @ The Bluestone
Sep 11 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
Sep 12 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre, Funhouse & Café
Sep 13 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Sep 14 - Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester Performance Center
Sep 15 - Asheville, NC @ Salvage Station
Oct 02 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
Oct 03 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
Oct 04 - Evanston, IL @ Space
Oct 05 - Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
Oct 06 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room Lounge
Oct 07 - St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Oct 08 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Oct 09 - Des Moines, IA @ xBk Live
Oct 10 - Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
Oct 12 - Dallas, TX @ Longhorn Ballroom
Nov 01 - Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music Room
Nov 02 - Bryan, TX @ Palace Theater
Nov 03 - Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Theater
Nov 04 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Nov 05 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Nov 06 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
Nov 07 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Nov 08 - Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
Nov 09 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Nov 10 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Nov 11 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Nov 12 - Bozeman, MT @ Armory Music Hall
Nov 13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell
Nov 14 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Nov 15 - Wichita, KS @ WAVE
Nov 16 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Nov 17 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Jones Assembly
Nov 30 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Dec 01 - Greenville, SC @ Radio Room
Dec 02 - Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
Dec 03 - Orlando, FL @ The Abbey
Dec 04 - Mobile, AL @ THE MERRY WIDOW
Dec 05 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Midtown
Dec 06 - New Braunfels, TX @ Gruene Hall
Dec 07 - Austin, TX @ Radio/East
Dec 08 - Fayetteville, AR @ George's Majestic Lounge
Dec 10 - Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel
Dec 11 - St. Louis, MO @ The Golden Record
Dec 12 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
Dec 13 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Dec 14 - Memphis, TN @ Growlers
Dec 15 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
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