Blind Pilot announce summer tour

Portland, Oregon-based band Blind Pilot, following two sold-out national tours in support of their sophomore album, We Are The Tide, will continue to tour relentlessly this summer, making festival stops at Sasquatch!, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk and Firefly (and more to be announced), as well as supporting The Shins and Dave Matthews Band on select dates.

Released to widespread acclaim, Blind Pilot’s We Are The Tide (Expunged Records) debuted at #56 on the Billboard “Top 200” chart, #22 on the “Overall Digital Albums” chart, has sold over 33,000 copies, and was featured in NPR Music’s “First Listen” series. Following the album’s release, the band appeared on KCRW’s  “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and “Late Show with David Letterman.”  “The band also recently released a Yours Truly video session, shot in San Francisco, for its song “Half Moon.”

We Are The Tide follows the band’s grassroots break-out debut, 3 Rounds and a Sound, which has sold over 65,000 units to date and was featured in NPR’s “Best Music of 2008” roundup. Recorded at Type Foundry in Portland, OR during the spring of 2011, the new album was produced by the band and Skyler Norwood and mixed by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket).  Of making the album, founding member Israel Nebeker says, “We had a good idea of what we wanted the album to sound like and what all the instrumentation would be. There was excitement and anticipation but that came with a fair amount of challenges for me as the songwriter, since I had never written in that atmosphere before. Fortunately, the creative process has a way of obliterating your expectations, and while we had a plan for each song, eventually the songs told us the way they needed to be. We learned a whole lot in the process and when I listen to the album now, I hear all these good surprises we didn’t know were going to be on there.” Co-founding member Ryan Dobrowski goes on to say, “I love the first record, but it was really exciting to work on arrangements with the whole band in mind. There are some songs on We Are The Tide that sound like an extension of 3 Rounds and a Sound, but a good number that are exploring new areas.”

Blind Pilot began in 2007 when Israel (vocals, guitar) and Ryan (drums) embarked on a West Coast bicycle tour playing mostly to unfamiliar listeners at small-town venues. The band now exists as a 6-piece ensemble featuring fellow Oregonians Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (vibraphones) and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet). In the years since its inception, the band has toured with various world-renowned musicians including The Decemberists, Josh Ritter, The Low Anthem, Laura Viers, and Andrew Bird and appeared at the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. Additionally, multiple music placements have recently aired in episodes of “Chuck,” “Covert Affairs,” and “One Tree Hill.”



4/26/12 – Bear Tooth Theatre – Anchorage, AK

5/25/12 – Les Schwab Amphitheater (supporting The Shins) – Bend, OR

5/25/12-5/28/12 – Sasquatch! – George, WA

5/28/12 – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater (supporting The Shins) – Salt Lake City, UT

5/29/12 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (supporting The Shins) – Morrison, CO

5/31/12 – Harrah’s Council Bluffs (supporting The Shins) – Council Bluffs, IA

6/02/12 – Molson Amphitheatre (supporting Dave Matthews Band) – Toronto, ONT CANADA

6/03/12 – Blossom Music Center (supporting Dave Matthews Band) – Cuyahoga Falls, OH

6/05/12 – Webster Hall – New York, NY

6/06/12 – The National, Richmond, VA

6/07/12 – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC

6/07/12-6/10/12 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN

7/06/12 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA

7/07/12 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

7/08/12 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA

7/10/12 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ

7/11/12 – Santa Fe Sol – Santa Fe, NM

7/13/12 – La Zona Rosa – Austin, TX

7/14/12 – Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX

7/15/12 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX

7/17/12 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN

7/18/12 – 20th Century Theatre – Cincinnati, OH

7/20/12-7/22/12 – Firefly Music Festival – Dover, DE

7/23/12 – Interlochen Center for the Arts – Interlochen, MI

7/25/12 – The Opera House – Toronto, ONT CANADA

7/26/12 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC CANADA

7/27/12 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME

7/28/12 – Newport Folk Festival, – Newport, RI

8/12/12 – Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Bellvue, CO