Flobots will be taking over The Turf Club on Wednesday, January 10th as part of the Rise + Shine Tour.
From the beginning, Flobots’ sound defied categorization. Weaving conscious hip-hop lyrics and classical viola solos over live instrumentation, their anthems captured attention from all directions. When Flobots first catapulted onto the global scene in 2008 with their platinum single ‘Handlebars’ from their first album release Fight With Tools, it was the fastest charting song debut by a new artist in 10 years. Released during the frenzy of that year’s election, the band’s call to envision “another America” resonated with a generation experiencing a sense of profound political and social awakening. In a span of months, Flobots went from playing at local clubs to selling out tours internationally, performing on late-night television, signing a major label record deal, and receiving constant rotation on alternative radio. Now, a decade later and with three critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Flobots are still dedicated to creating and performing anthems for a better world. And in 2017, amidst a nation taking to the streets, for Flobots that means delivering a unique brand of protest songs.
Flobots’ highly anticipated fourth album, NOENEMIES, was released on May 5, 2017. NOENEMIES is, without question, Flobots’ most ambitious and sophisticated statement to date – both lyrically and musically. Funded entirely by a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $80,000, the music on NOENEMIES is undeniably Flobots music, but it’s also assuredly music made by artists who have matured and expanded their horizons.
Opening the show will be Tropidelic. This six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hip – hop and high energy funk for audiences across the country. Tropidelic has a deep and widespread appreciation for music that can be heard in each note. Some of the members are hip-hop heads, while others are into metal, funk or reggae. But each of these genres lends something to their collective sound. “We pride ourselves in being original in our musicality and personality as a band,” says Roads, “but also in not taking ourselves so seriously that it ruins the fun.”
Tickets are still available here.
Jan 09 Waiting Room Omaha, NE
Jan 10 Turf Club St Paul, MN
Jan 11 City Winery Chicago, IL
Jan 12 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Kalamazoo, MI
Jan 13 HiFi Indianapolis, IN
Jan 14 Magic Bag Theatre Ferndale, MI
Jan 16 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Jan 17 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Canada
Jan 18 The Haunt Ithaca, NY
Jan 19 Debonair Music Hall Teaneck, NJ
Jan 20 Coda Philadelphia, PA
Jan 21 Rough Trade Brooklyn, NY
Jan 23 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 24 Skullys Music Diner Columbus, OH
Jan 25 Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY
Jan 26 The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
Jan 27 Southgate House Revival Newport, KY
Jan 28 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO