Earthtones is the newest and totally best album yet from Bahamas, aka me, Afie Jurvanen.
I wasn’t feeling too inspired in 2016. I’d been in a seemingly unbroken cycle of recording and touring for 6 years. I know, you’re saying to yourself “that’s so cliché̇, all musicians complain about being tired…” But wait, there’s more!
Not knowing exactly what type of album to make, I was feeling pretty low. But at that very moment, my longtime manager and confidante Robbie Lackritz called and said “dude, you should make an album with D’Angelo’s rhythm section.” And just like that, the juices were flowing and the songs started coming.
I wrote songs about having success, having kids, and having depression. I wrote songs about going on tour, going back in time and going in circles. I wrote songs about my other worldly wife, my jerk dad and my garbage relationship with my brother. Crazy right?!
In Sept of 2016 I flew to Los Angeles and spent three days in the studio with the bass boss Pino Palladino and the titan of time keeping, Mr. James Gadson. No rehearsals, no charts, no rules. We worked fast and came away with 10 songs that sounded fresh and strange and warm and free of any genre. The results were so inspiring to me that I quickly pulled my road band (Felicity Williams, Christine Bougie, Darcy Yates, Jason Tait, Don Kerr) into a Prague studio to record a few more songs. And here’s the best part…the whole thing is produced by my longtime producer and confidante Robbie Lackritz, so you know the sound is correct, totally modern and completely familiar at the same time.
I know! You’re saying to yourself “wait what? The same Robbie from earlier??”
Yes! It’s a story about friendship come full circle, and how great it is to have someone in your life that can lift you up when you’re feeling down.
It’s a very positive album about having a joie de vivre for the joys of life. Okay, full disclosure…there’s a few slow jams too…
Hope you enjoy the music as much as I enjoyed making it.
Look forward to speaking with some of you soon (you know who you are.) haha
Sincerely, Afie Jurvanen
We’re going to bring Earthtones to you all over… starting here. If you buy tickets to a show in North America, the album is included. Tickets go on sale next Friday at 10am local except Australia which goes onsale this Monday at 11am local.
December 04, 2017 Sydney, NSW The Basement December 05, 2017 Perth, WA Mojo’s December 09, 2017 Melbourne, VIC Northcote Social Club January 12, 2018 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium January 14, 2018 Moncton, NB Capitol Theatre ^ January 15, 2018 Saint John, NB Imperial Theatre ^ January 16, 2018 Fredericton, NB The Playhouse ^ January 17, 2018 Montreal, QC Lion D’Or January 18, 2018 Toronto, ON Massey Hall (On Stage) ## January 19, 2018 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg February 13, 2018 Detroit, MI El Club February 14, 2018 St Louis, MO Delmar Hall February 15, 2018 Oklahoma City, OK ACM @ UCO February 16, 2018 Dallas, TX The Kessler February 17, 2018 Austin, TX Antone’s February 19, 2018 Denver, CO Bluebird February 21, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Teragram February 23, 2018 San Diego, CA Belly Up February 24, 2018 San Francisco, CA Independent February 26, 2018 Portland, OR Alberta Rose February 27, 2018 Seattle, WA Neptune February 28, 2018 Victoria, BC The Royal Theatre March 1, 2018 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre March 2, 2018 Kamloops, BC CJ’s Nightclub March 3, 2018 Calgary, AB The Palace Theatre March 5, 2018 Edmonton, AB Winspear Centre March 6, 2018 Saskatoon, SK 3rd Ave Church March 7, 2018 Winnipeg, MB The Park Theatre March 8, 2018 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line March 9, 2018 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall March 10, 2018 Chicago, IL The Metro May 3, 2018 Boston, MA Sinclair May 4, 2018 Philadelphia, PA WCL May 5, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA Mr Smalls May 6, 2018 Washington, DC 9:30 Club May 8, 2018 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle May 9, 2018 Atlanta, GA Terminal West May 11, 2018 Nashville, TN Cannery May 12, 2018 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle
^ Shivering Songs Festival ## Special Release Show – 150 fans will share the stage with Bahamas, no seating in auditorium
In just one week Jack and the band will be headed to South America for the first time since 2014 with shows in Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. There are still a few tickets available. Visit http://www.jackjohnsonmusic.com/tour for details. We hope you can make it to a show!
Today is the public onsale for Jack’s 2017 summer tour at 10am local time, except Santa Barbara bowl which is Saturday at 11am PST. Hope to see you at a show!
Fans who purchase a ticket will receive a free download of Jack’s new song, “Fragments”, from the film, The Smog Of The Sea, a documentary that provides a new perspective on the once pristine oceans of the world, while making an artful call to action for rethinking single-use plastic. Directed by Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn). If you’re not attending a show the track is available for streaming or purchase starting today. Photo by Morgan Maassen
**Due to overwhelming demand a second show has been added in Chicago, IL, on Thursday, June 1st. Tickets on sale now!
Thank you to everybody who participated in yesterdays fan presale. A limited number of tickets were made available and sold out. If you weren’t able to secure the tickets you were looking for, there are several more opportunities to buy tickets, including a Pandora listener presale (https://blog.pandora.com/us/presale-jack-johnson/), local radio station presales in most markets on Thursday, and then Friday’s public onsale at 10 AM Local time. (Santa Barbara is Saturday at 11AM).**PLEASE NOTE: No tickets on this tour were priced higher than $85 dollars before service fees, so beware any tickets priced above that. No shows are sold out yet and will not be before the public onsale so you do not need to buy tickets from the secondary (scalper) market.
Jack’s new song “Fragments” is from the film, The Smog Of The Sea, a documentary that provides a new perspective on the once pristine oceans of the world, while making an artful call to action for rethinking single-use plastic. Directed by Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn, The City Dark, The Search for General Tso), The Smog Of The Sea is available to stream for a limited time starting today via, www.thesmogofthesea.com.
Curbing the use of single-use plastic has been at the forefront of Jack’s work for over a decade. Since 2005, Jack and his touring crew have implemented a plastic free backstage and since 2007 all shows have offered fans free water through water-refill stations. In 2014, Jack successfully helped launch a Reusable Pint Program at the Santa Barbara Bowl, which has since inspired venues across the country to follow suit, including the Les Schwab Amphitheatre in Bend, OR, and all venues owned by Live Nation. This summer, more venues will adopt a Reusable Pint Program, which provides fans with an alternative to disposable plastic cups. Fans who purchase this reusable stainless steel cup at venue concessions will receive a discount on all beverage refill purchases for the life of the cup.
In addition to these plastic free initiatives, Jack and his production team, alongside Reverb, will continue to pave the way in green touring practices with extensive sustainability programs at every show. Visit www.jackjohnson.com/greening to learn more.
For the first time since 2014, Jack and the band are hitting the road for a North American summer tour, kicking off June 2nd at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL, and ending on the West Coast. They will be joined by new and old friends The Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive, Bahamas, Jamtown featuring Donavon Frankenreiter, G. Love & Cisco Adler, ALO, and John Craigie.
Fan pre-sales start February 14th with a public on-sale date of February 17th. We’re excited to offer Jack fans the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the general sale, Tuesday, February 14 at 10am local time. Sign up now and before Monday, February 13 for access to the fan presale!
Fans who purchase a ticket will receive a download of Jack’s new song, “Fragments,” which will be available for purchase or streaming on all music services on February 17th. The track premiered today on Rollingstone.com.
Headline Tour Dates:
June 2 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island ~
June 3 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center ~
June 4 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage ~
June 7 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion ~
June 9 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center *
June 10 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion *
June 11 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion *
June 14 Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills Stadium ~
July 14 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre ^
July 16 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl ^
July 17 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl #
July 18 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl =
July 20 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheatre =
July 22 Quincy, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre + =
July 23 Burnaby, BC Deer Lake Park =
July 26 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre =
July 28 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys #
+ with special guest The Avett Brothers
* with special guest Lake Street Dive
~ with special guest Bahamas
^ with special guest JAMTOWN featuring Donavon Frankenreiter, G. Love & Cisco Adler
Our friend Neil Halstead has released several beautiful solo records over the years, 2 of which – Oh Mighty Engine, and Palindrome Hunches – we were fortunate enough to put out. If you’ve not heard them, you are really missing out.
His band Slowdive reformed last year and played a lot of festivals and a notably great show here in Los Angeles. They are a different animal than Neil’s solo work and his work in Mojave 3, but equally amazing. We were pretty excited to take a listen to this new track, looks like they are due to release a new album on Dead Oceans this year…
JUST ANNOUNCED: The 11th annual TOUR D’AMOUR is here! We’re back next February for our West Coast run, but we’re adding an extra week of love with shows in Seattle and Portland in March. Joining us are our friends from The Brothers Comatose, Twiddle, Moon Hooch, and Rabbit Wilde!
Tickets are on sale this Friday at 10am PST.* More to come! #TDAXI #alotour
02.01 Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz, CA
02.02 SOhO Restaurant and Music Venue – Santa Barbara, CA
02.03 Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
02.04 Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
02.16 HopMonk Tavern Sebastopol – Sebastopol, CA
02.17 Crown Room at Crystal Club Casino – Crystal Bay, NV
02.18 The Center for the Arts – Grass Valley, CA
02.19 Harlows Restaurant & Night Club – Sacramento, CA
02.20 Sierra Nevada Big Room- Chico, CA
*Tickets on sale Jan 22, 2017
02.24 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
02.25 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA (Kids Matinee Show)
Jack is celebrating World Oceans Day in New York! World Oceans Day is a global event that inspires people to help create healthier oceans for a healthy planet. Jack is participating in the celebrations at the United Nations, and will be joining friends from the Polynesian Voyaging Society to honor their Malama Honua sail across the world’s oceans.
This morning, Jack had the honor of attending a ceremony with the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Two years ago in Samoa, Ban Ki-moon came aboard the Hokule’a and offered the gift of a message in a bottle, a handwritten note pledging to take action and protect the world’s oceans. Along her sail, the Hokulea Crew has collected 40 pledges from around the world and will return the bottle to the Secretary-General in honor of World Oceans Day.
Jack had a great time performing with Paula Fuga and his amazing Turnaround Arts students at Waianae Elementary School and Kamaile Academy. Check out this awesome video celebrating the Power of the Arts in Schools.