Bartees Strange

Bartees Strange


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Date City and Venue Country
March 16, 2022 Twin Cities, MN, Palace Theatre US
March 17, 2022 Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theatre US
March 18, 2022 Chicago, IL, The Vic Theatre US
March 19, 2022 Chicago, IL, The Vic Theatre US
March 22, 2022 Toronto, ON, The Danforth Music Hall Canada
March 23, 2022 Toronto, ON, The Danforth Music Hall Canada
March 25, 2022 Springfield, MA, Mass MoCA US
March 26, 2022 Boston / Cambridge, MA, House of Blues - Boston US
March 27, 2022 Portland, ME, State Theatre US
March 29, 2022 New York (NYC), NY, Brooklyn Steel US
March 30, 2022 New York (NYC), NY, Brooklyn Steel US
March 31, 2022 New York (NYC), NY, Brooklyn Steel US
April 1, 2022 Philadelphia, PA, Franklin Music Hall US
April 2, 2022 Washington, DC, The Anthem US
April 4, 2022 Richmond, VA, Jefferson Theater US
April 5, 2022 Knoxville, TN, The Orange Peel US
April 7, 2022 Raleigh, NC, The Ritz US
April 23, 2022 Portland, OR, Roseland Theater US
April 24, 2022 Salem, OR, McDonald Theatre US
April 26, 2022 Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades US
May 4, 2022 Austin, TX, Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater US
May 5, 2022 Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall - Downstairs US
May 6, 2022 Dallas - Fort Worth, TX, Granada Theater - TX US
May 7, 2022 Oklahoma City, OK, Tower Theatre US
May 8, 2022 Kansas City, MO, Grinders KC US
May 10, 2022 Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre US
May 11, 2022 Denver, CO, Fox Theatre US
July 6, 2022 Madrid, IFEMA Feria de Madrid Spain

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Bartees Strange’s mother was an opera singer. His dad served in the military for decades. He traveled widely for his parents jobs—born in Ipswich, England 1989, his family also did stints in Germany, Greenland, and a number of states across America before he hit his 12th birthday when they settled in Mustang, Oklahoma.

Though Bartees’s mother shepherded him through formal musical training in voice, as a teenager he and his friends fixated on the blooming hardcore and emo scene of the Midwest and Deep South, drawing inspiration from band such as At the Drive In, Norma Jean, MeWithoutYou, Cap n Jazz, Bright Eyes, and American Football. Around this time Bartees started playing guitar.

In true DIY/punk fashion, this consumption turned into production. In middle school, Bartees began producing music for friends with a small project studio he built out of a Tascam 388, the family computer and a pirated copy of FL Studio. Through AOL instant messenger, Bartees connected with old friends in the UK, who brought him up to speed on a new world of sonic influence led by Bloc Party, Burial, Robyn and Skream. College, and a half-decade stint in Brooklyn connected him with the rising indie scene—particularly favorites like Bon Iver, TV on The Radio, Frank Ocean, James Blake, King Krule, Japanese Breakfast, Mt. Kimbie, Mitski, Thao Nguyen and The National, giving him a crash course in lyrical intrigue and textural brilliance.

Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy is a summary of his influences and the first commercial release by an artist who we truly think can go on to become a cultural influencer in his own right. Bartees resides in Washington, DC—where he makes music and works at a non-profit fighting against climate change and poverty.