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Old 97's Tour Dates and Upcoming Concerts

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Concerts
Jul
05
American Music Festival 2024
Berwyn
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Jul
20
The Guild Theatre
Menlo Park
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Jul
31
The Burl
Lexington
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Aug
01
The Bluestone
Columbus
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Aug
02
Delmar Hall
Saint Louis
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Aug
03
Hi-Fi
Indianapolis
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Aug
04
The Magic Bag
Ferndale
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Aug
06
The Intersection
Grand Rapids
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Aug
07
The Castle Theatre
Bloomington
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Aug
08
First Avenue
Minneapolis
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Aug
09
First Avenue
Minneapolis
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Aug
10
Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel
Davenport
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Aug
11
Madrid Theatre
Kansas City
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Aug
12
Madrid Theatre
Kansas City
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Sep
10
Royale
Boston
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Sep
11
The Drake
Amherst
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Sep
12
Space Ballroom
Hamden
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Sep
13
Bowery Ballroom
New York
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Sep
14
Bowery Ballroom
New York
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Sep
15
Upper Merion Township Building Park
King Of Prussia
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Sep
17
Mickey's Black Box
Lititz
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Sep
18
Thunderbird Café & Music Hall
Pittsburgh
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Sep
19
9:30 Club
Washington
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Sep
20
The Broadberry
Richmond
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Sep
21
The Underground
Charlotte
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Sep
22
Lincoln Theatre
Raleigh
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Sep
24
Music Farm
Charleston
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Sep
25
Radio Room
Greenville
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Sep
26
Georgia Theatre
Athens
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Sep
27
The Senate
Columbia
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Sep
28
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta
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Sep
29
Tipitina's Uptown
New Orleans
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About Old 97's
Since the Old 97's roared out of Dallas more than fifteen years ago, they have blazed a trail through alt-country and power-pop, led by the piercingly observant lyrics of lead singer Rhett Miller. Each new Old 97’s record is hotly anticipated, and rightfully so: “Blame It On Gravity,” from 2008, contained some of the band’s most deeply felt and passionately played songs. But in a career full of high-water marks, "The Grand Theatre Volume 1" is perhaps the most ambitious and accomplished set of recordings yet. The album, the band’s eighth, began to come together last year, when Miller was on a solo tour of Europe with Steve Earle. “When I started in this band, I wrote on the road constantly,” Miller says. “But I was 23 then, so everything was new to me. Over the years, those strange and wonderful things have begun to feel more commonplace. On the familiar highways, in familiar hotels, it’s pretty easy to turn into a zombie. But on this tour, I was in England and Ireland and Scandinavia, places where I haven’t spent very much time in, and because of that things seemed somehow fresh. I felt recharged. In these old British theaters, you sit around in ancient dressing rooms filled with these objects that could only be in these ancient dressing rooms. It was all very inspiring instead of tiring.” The result was a set of songs rooted in specific locations. "The title track, which I wrote in Leeds, is like a series of postcards that try to capture the moment of falling in love; it begins in the Grand Theatre, which is a historic venue there, on the elevator. There’s another song, 'Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You),' that I wrote, or at least started to write, while I was walking around in Soho. And a song like ‘The Dance Class’ wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t in Birmingham, trapped in a hotel, looking out at streets that were bleak and gray except for a dance studio across the way. I imagined an agoraphobic who sees a beautiful girl in that studio and fantasizes about being freed by her." Miller’s portraits of love and loneliness are paired with some of the sharpest music the band has ever produced, from the propulsive celebration of “Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)” to the manic (and almost panicked) energy of “The Dance Class.” There are also moving counterpoints, such as the album’s closer, “The Beauty Marks,” a stark, hushed ballad about a love affair in a London pub. Even the songs written on this side of the Atlantic benefit from the same sense of charged observation. "There’s an anthem on there, 'A State of Texas,' that I wrote in New York,” Miller says, “and it’s specifically about not quite being home: the lyrics says ‘I’m living in a state of Texas’, not the state of Texas’.’ When Miller had his songs, he brought them to the rest of the band, and as usual, the Old 97s—the bassist Murry Hammond, the guitarist Ken Bethea, and the drummer Philip Peeples—rose to the challenge and then some. “I’ve been through this process many times—bringing my songs to the guys as we start to make a record-- and I know they're going to do something great with them. I'm still surprised to hear what they do, but I'm no longer surprised to be surprised. But there are so many fantastic things on this record, from a band standpoint. Murry's basslines stray so far from the one-four alt-country style that he's known for. They're things that he might have played in our previous band, Sleepy Heroes, eighteen years ago, but he hasn't, for the most part, done it on Old 97's records." The set was produced by Salim Nourallah, who also produced “Blame It On Gravity,” and once again it was an all-Texas affair. The band rehearsed the album in Dallas, at Sons of Hermann Hall, and recorded it—mostly live in the studio, with a minimum of overdubs—in Austin's legendary Treefort studio. The richness and diversity of the album has led Miller to liken the record to the Clash's legendary "London Calling," a comparison he says is only half-flippant. "We had a running joke in the studio. Salim would say 'Hey -- that was great. Now try to do it more like the Clash.' We aren't the Clash, obviously, but that kind of direction does bring out some of the best parts of our band's sound, that aggressive live rock-and-roll thing. There's also a question of artistic freedom, and what 'London Calling' meant to them at that point in their career. After the first albums, they had a little bit of leeway to do something more grandiose. We're in a similar place in our career. We've gotten critical approval, for what it's worth. We have the loyalty of our fans. Now, we can do something bigger and weirder." Much of that weirdness comes from the band. "I come in with my songs,” Miller says, “but I really pride myself on being able to change on a dime when we're in the studio. Someone might suggest doing a song faster, or slower, or with a train beat. I'll try it, and then I'll listen to it new. It's a great process, because a song that was floundering can be the best song once it goes through that process. When I first wrote 'Every Night Is Friday Night,’ it was a more traditional party song, and it wasn’t completely successful. I was singing, or thought I was singing, ‘Every night is Friday night with you.” But then Ken, who is the last person to even notice lyrics much less suggest a lyrical change, said that he had originally heard it as 'Every night is Friday night without you.’ He wondered if it might be better that way, less predictable, and it was." One song that depended upon predictability was "Champaign Illinois," which is a straightforward rewrite of old composition -- and not one of the band's own. It fits a set of new Miller lyrics to Bob Dylan's epochal "Desolation Row,” and the experience of putting the song on the record was, even for hardened rock-and-roll veterans, an eye-opener. "I had written this song while I was listening to the Dylan song, obviously,” Miller says. “But I assumed we’d never be able to record it. Then, while we were making the record, we decided to go for it.” Phone calls were made, and more phone calls after that, and word finally came back that Dylan, who had heard a live version of the song, wanted to read the lyrics. “To hear my manager say, even in a flat business voice, 'Bob Dylan likes what he heard and wants to read your lyrics,’ well, that was something you dream about,” Miller says. “It turned out that he liked our version so much that he wanted to split the publishing 50/50 with us. So that’s how I ended up writing a song with Bob Dylan. I’ve never been prouder, and I assume he feels the same.” Though Miller is frequently funny and self-deprecating, the “Volume 1” of the title is not a joke. "I came back from the trip with more than two dozen songs," Miller says. "I kept thinking we would whittle the set down, but it became obvious that none of the songs were falling by the wayside.” That meant, for the first time in the band’s career, that the Old 97s would record a double album. “But how do you really have a double album in today's climate?” says Miller. “I mean, think about how records are distributed and consumed." The solution was not a traditional double album (as it would have been in the seventies or eighties) or two albums released simultaneously (as it would have been in the nineties), but rather a pair of thematically linked records released six months apart: “The Grand Theatre Volume 2” is due out in May 2011. The same themes — place and displacement, communication and correspondence—power the second volume as well. “If anything, they’re a little more explicit on the there,” Miller says. “But that idea, that songs come from somewhere, is strong on both halves of the record. It's funny, because when I'm on stage and I feel myself drifting away, I bring myself back to the moment of writing the song. With the Grand Theatre songs, I was much more compulsive about marking down exactly where I was when the idea came to me. I think that makes for a unified studio record, and it definitely makes for a more focused set of performances onstage.” American audiences will have a chance to experience the band’s focus through the fall: the Old 97s are touring behind “The Grand Theatre Volume One” from December until next April, at which time the touring for “The Grand Theatre Volume Two” will begin.
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Philip Peeples, Rhett Miller, Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond
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What fans are saying
Jeff
4 / 5
I've seen the 97s 3 times prior to the Wooly's show and they were great. They put on a pretty good show at Wooly's. The sound was fair. I think a different venue would have rated 5 stars.
Wooly's Des Moines, IA
Aug 09, 2019
Alicia
5 / 5
First time seeing them … my husband is the fan I just went along but was so surprised!!!! They’re fabulous & so entertaining plus catching lyrics!!! Rhett Miller is a rockstar !!!!
Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles, CA
Mar 20, 2023
Steven
4 / 5
Always a good time! A lot of deep tracks due to the 30th Anniversary of the band. Appear to still enjoy themselves, and give the fans their moneys worth.
Lucky You Lounge Spokane, WA
Mar 24, 2023
Bryan
5 / 5
Every Old 97’’s show is a great, but they were particularly good and into last night. I can’t imagine anyone ever regretting a trip to see the Old 97’s live.
Longhorn Ballroom Dallas, TX
Dec 10, 2023
Alison
5 / 5
They were amazing as usual! I’ve seen the Old 97’s at least a dozen times and they never disappoint. Longhorn Ballroom is an iconic location. Happy 30th year Old 97’s!
Longhorn Ballroom Dallas, TX
Dec 12, 2023
Jack
4 / 5
Band was great. Their booking agent should have gotten them a better room. They are to good for this small of a place. Sound system was limited.
The Rebel Lounge Phoenix, AZ
Mar 17, 2023
Douglas
4 / 5
Loud, sweaty & rockin'. A fantastic rock show. If Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers were a punk band, they would be Old 97's. Great Big FUN!
The Rebel Lounge Phoenix, AZ
Mar 17, 2023
Toby
5 / 5
They delivered as they always do!!! Fun, rollicking, rock and roll show!!! LOUD LOUD LOUD as they always are. Fucking loved it!
The Hamilton Live Washington City, DC
Apr 24, 2022
Haimme
5 / 5
The venue was great, very clean great acoustics. Band was awesome, they put on a great show.
Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles, CA
Mar 19, 2023
CJC
5 / 5
Great show! Enthusiastic performance by the band as always with a fine young up-and comer-as the warm-up.
Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD
Dec 10, 2018
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Old 97's Tour Cities
New York City, NY Columbus, OH Richmond, VA Lexington, KY Minneapolis, MN Davenport, IA Menlo Park, CA New Orleans, LA Grand Rapids, MI Columbia, SC Raleigh, NC Hamden, CT Charleston, SC Amherst, MA Boston, MA Bloomington, IL Athens, GA Lititz, PA Berwyn, IL Pittsburgh, PA Indianapolis, IN Ferndale, MI Greenville, SC Charlotte, NC King of Prussia, PA Atlanta, GA Kansas City, MO St. Louis, MO

Frequently Asked Questions About Old 97's

Concerts & Tour Date Information

Is Old 97's on tour?

Yes, Old 97's is currently on tour. If you’re interested in attending an upcoming Old 97's concert, make sure to grab your tickets in advance. The Old 97's tour is scheduled for 32 dates across 28 cities. Get information on all upcoming tour dates and tickets for 2024-2025 with Hypebot.

How many upcoming tour dates is Old 97's scheduled to play?

Old 97's is scheduled to play 32 shows between 2024-2025. Buy concert tickets to a nearby show through Hypebot.

When does the Old 97's tour start?

Old 97's’s tour starts Jul 05, 2024 and ends on Sep 29, 2024. They will play 28 cities; their most recent concert was held in Berwyn at Fitzgerald's and their next upcoming concert will be in Columbus at The Bluestone.

What venues is Old 97's performing at?

As part of the Old 97's tour, Old 97's is scheduled to play across the following venues and cities:

2024 Tour Dates:

Jul 05 - Berwyn, IL @ Fitzgerald's
Jul 20 - Menlo Park, CA @ The Guild Theatre
Jul 31 - Lexington, KY @ The Burl
Aug 01 - Columbus, OH @ The Bluestone
Aug 02 - Saint Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Aug 03 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
Aug 04 - Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag
Aug 06 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Aug 07 - Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
Aug 08 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Aug 09 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Aug 10 - Davenport, IA @ Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel
Aug 11 - Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theatre
Aug 12 - Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theatre
Sep 10 - Boston, MA @ Royale
Sep 11 - Amherst, MA @ The Drake
Sep 12 - Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom
Sep 13 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Sep 14 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Sep 15 - King Of Prussia, PA @ Upper Merion Township Building Park
Sep 17 - Lititz, PA @ Mickey's Black Box
Sep 18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Café & Music Hall
Sep 19 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Sep 20 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
Sep 21 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
Sep 22 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Sep 24 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
Sep 25 - Greenville, SC @ Radio Room
Sep 26 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
Sep 27 - Columbia, SC @ The Senate
Sep 28 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Sep 29 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's Uptown
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