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The Head and The Heart with J. Roddy Walston & The Business

Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Monday, June 12, 2017
7:30 pm
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PNC Pavilion


6:00 pm


Tickets On Sale
Friday, March 10 at 10am

Enjoy a FREE Pre-Show Cook-Out Included with the price of each ticket for The Head and The Heart. The Pre Show Cook-Out begins 90 minutes prior to the show and ends 15 minutes before the concert begins. Patrons will be treated to a variety of Brats, Mets, and Hot Dogs along with salads and all the fixings. Local bands will provide music and cash bars will be open. All Pre-Show Cook-Outs will be located at the Party Plaza on the west end of the property. Brought to you by Blue Grass Quality Meats.

Seattle-based indie rock band The Head and The Heart will bring their Signs of Light Tour to Cincinnati, OH at PNC Pavilion on Monday, June 12th. J. Roddy Walston & The Business will open the show as support.

The Head and the Heart has been enjoying plenty of acclaim since the release of their 2011 self-titled debut, which quickly settled into a prime spot in the post-Mumford artisan folk-rock scene and became the best-selling debut for Sub Pop records in years. That album produced “Lost in my Mind” and “Down in the Valley,” as well as a studio version of the band’s stirring, gospel-kissed “Rivers and Roads,” which had served as their walk-off song for years. The 2013 follow-up “Let’s Be Still” was maybe a little more intimate and refined than its predecessor, but it enjoyed a warm reception and kept the band plenty busy on the road.

But the ground beneath the band got a little rockier prior to the release of their third album, “Signs of Light,” in September. In March 2016, singer Josiah Johnson announced a leave of absence to deal with unspecified addiction issues. He’s been replaced in the band’s touring lineup with Matty Gervais, husband of band violinist Charity-Rose Theilen. No timetable is set for Johnson’s return, though the band has said he’s making solid progress.

Johnson’s absence has caused the Head and the Heart, which has always smartly operated as a six-person ensemble, to make more on-the-fly adjustments. But “Signs of Light” was already designed to break from the band’s folk/artisan origins — the band decided to record in Nashville, Tenn., with Jay Joyce, whose sprawling resume includes work with the sparkling Emmylou Harris, indie darlings Cage the Elephant and rock/country star Eric Church.

Once in Nashville, the band found a natural fit. Williams, who considers himself more or a producer/arranger, said the bulk of the “Signs of Light” songs were already written, the product of two years of collecting ideas on the road and a series of two-week writing workshops the band held for itself.

“Signs of Light” is essentially grounded in Johnson’s voice and the band’s cozy jangle, but “False Alarm” conjures Fleetwood Mac. “Colors” is as soaring as a 2017 version of 1970s pop can get, and “All We Ever Knew” comes complete with a la-la-la chorus that you should practice before the show.

The Head and the Heart is eager to return to the road to further hone the musical bond its members formed in such whirlwind fashion.

In defining J. Roddy Walston & The Business as an “American band, just as much as Creedence Clearwater Revival or Big Star or The Pixies were all perfectly American at the time they were coming out,” Walston notes that the Southern lifestyle serves as an infinite inspiration for his music. “It’s my experience that Southerners are fully interested in the worlds of philosophy and science and spirituality and nature, but with a take on life that’s softer and slower. The south has a pace that’s based on patience.”

For J. Roddy Walston & The Business―who formed in 2002 in Walston’s hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee―forcing the oft-clashing worlds of art and rock-and-roll to make nice, the band (including guitarist/vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist/vocalist Logan Davis, and drummer Steve Colmus) deals in a scrappy yet sublime sound that honors both their Southern roots and punk spirit.

In creating 2013’s Essential Tremors (the band’s third album), J.  Roddy Walston & The Business sought to encapsulate that richness while maintaining a certain air of mystery and mysticism. “It’s not about some sort of Skull and Bones thing of gaining access to an inner circle of high society,” he says. “It’s about feeling an intimate connection with these weird secret worlds that are the legs holding up the table of what seems like a normal, average, everyday American life―but that most people might not even know are there.”

The band is currently in the studio putting together the final pieces of their fourth album, due out this year.

Ticket Information

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SPECIAL 4-PACK OFFER: 4 Reserved tickets for $94.00*

*While supplies last. Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day of show increase. All events are rain or shine. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice. 4-Pack offer not valid on day of show.

The Head and the Heart has partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to support Planned Parenthood and ACLU. (www.plannedparenthood.org and www.alcu.org)

All guests entering the venue are subject to a metal-detector screening, visual inspection, and bag inspection conducted by Riverbend Music Center/PNC Pavilion security personnel. The purpose of the inspection is to detect prohibited items and is for the safety of our guests and our staff.