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After taking little time off after a 118-show tour, the are heading out for another lengthy run of performances.  The trek kicks off May 3 in New Orleans and includes a stop at Memphis’ Beale Street Festival May 6, with dates booked into October.  The group’s debut album BIG MOON RITUAL will be released via Silver Arrow/Megaforce Records on June 5, the same day the band is confirmed to  perform the album’s “Rosalee” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”  BIG MOON RITUAL will be followed by companion album THE MAGIC DOOR in September.  Both albums were produced by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Devendra Banhart, Papercuts).

In 2011, after more than 20 years of intense gigging and recording, CHRIS ROBINSON set off to shape something new, a fresh rock mythology, a breathing kaleidoscopic thing stuffed with chooglin’ soul, bedrock boogie and shuffling wisdom birthed in intimate clubs and amongst the tall trees of the Golden State and eventually taken nationwide as the evolved. What began as an experiment without expectations turned into a 118-show journey for Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) that surprised these seasoned pros as music of unshakeable solidity and exuberant reach poured out of them, a New Cosmic California sound with tendrils reaching to the original Fillmore West, Topanga Canyon and outwards towards far horizons.

“This music is unashamedly what we’re into,” says ROBINSON, who cites Neu!, Melanie, Flatt & Scruggs, Mel Tillis and Morton Subotnick as regulars in their van listening.  “It’s not a psych band because you have a Prince Valiant haircut and wear Beatle boots.  It’s psych because that’s where our heads are.  We want to make music that blossoms.  We want to make music that sounds cosmic.”

Thu5/3New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s
Fri5/4Birmingham, AL The Workplay
Sat5/5Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
Sun5/6Memphis, TN Beale Street Music Festival
Thu6/14Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
Fri6/15Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Sat6/16Chicago, IL Taste of Randolph Street
Tue6/17Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
Tue6/19Toledo, OH Frankie’s Inner City
Thu6/21Columbus, OH A & R Bar
Fri6/22Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Sat6/23Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Sun6/24Concord, NHGranite State Music Festival
Tue6/26Pittsfield, MA Colonial Theatre
Thu6/28Asbury Park, NJThe Stone Pony
Fri6/29Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sat6/30Wilmington, DE World Cafe Live
Sun7/1Winston, NC Ziggy’s
Tue7/3Wilmington, NC Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Thu7/5Alexandria, VA Birchmere Music Hall
Sat7/7Sioux City, IA Bandshell Free Show
Fri7/13Denver, COCervantes Masterpiece
Sat7/14Alta, WYTarghee Fest
Sun7/15Salt Lake City, UTThe Depot
Wed7/18Crystal Bay, NVCrystal Bay Club
Thu7/19Chico, CASierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Fri7/20Santa Barbara, CALobero Theatre
Sat7/21Pioneertown, CAPappy & Harriets
Sat8/11Tulsa, OKCain’s
Tue8/14Little Rock. ARRevolution Music Room
Thu8/16Chattanooga, TNTrack 29
Sat8/18St Louis, MO The Pageant
Sun8/19Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre
Tue8/21Buffalo, NYThe Town Ballroom
Thu8/23Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Fri8/24Bearsville, NY Bearsville Theatre
Sat8/25Amagansett, NY Stephen Talkhouse
Sun8/26Amagansett, NY Stephen Talkhouse
Thu10/18Live Oak, FL Magnolia Festival 

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