After spending last fall on the road with Jay-Z, N.E.R.D. and Nappy Roots, 311 are catering their next tour to the more rock side of their fanbase.
The hip-hop- and reggae-influenced quintet has lined up blues jammers G. Love & Special Sauce, piano punks Something Corporate and frat rockers O.A.R. as openers for a summer trek.
The outing kicks off July 15 in Bakersfield, California, and hits mostly amphitheaters, crisscrossing the country until wrapping up September 5 in Santa Barbara, California.
“We always want to make sure our fans know how grateful we are and what a blessing it is to be able to do this, because we have fans that will follow us through thick and thin, whether or not we happen to be on the radio at that time,” singer Nick Hexum said. “We just want to give back through putting on as good a show as best we can.”
While gathered in their Hive studios recently, 311 said they plan on playing every song from their upcoming Evolver on the summer tour.
“If we push it down people’s throats I think people are gonna understand what we’re feeling,” bassist P-Nut said. “This is one of the most personal albums we’ve ever made, and I think we’re only getting smarter and we’re looking to our audience to do the same thing. I think there’s a lull in music right now. Hopefully we can influence more bands to look toward being more diverse and breaking that [typical] songwriting mode and have fun and play it as hard as you can.”
Evolver, due in late July, is 311’s seventh studio album, while this summer marks the band’s 10th year together.
“It’s better to sell a little bit of records in 10 years than a lot of records in one year, because it’s the excitement of the process that keeps us going more than any financial reward or anything,” Hexum said. “It’s just such a blessing.”
311 Tour Dates, According To The Band’s Management:
7/15 – Bakersfield, CA – The Dome – w/ Something Corporate