In 2017, the trio of brothers who make up pop-rock trio HANSON celebrated 25 years of playing music together, selling millions of albums and reaching fans from Tulsa to Tokyo. To celebrate this landmark year, HANSON launched the “Middle Of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour,” alongside a new greatest hits collection of the same name, which included single “I Was Born,” infusing a piece of the future into the year’s reflective projects. The year concluded with a special Christmas album release and tour for the group’s Finally It’s Christmas album, which was among the most successful Christmas releases of 2017. The projects were some of HANSON’s most successful of their career, with sold-out concerts in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, highlighting their staying power and still strong connection with fans, a quarter century after they began in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As the band embarks on their 26th year performing together they have set their sites on musical projects that break new ground. Echoing the aspirational qualities of the single “I Was Born”, the group is still driven by a sense of purpose and optimism, which imbues every part of their career and continues to attract new and old fans alike. Founded in 1992 at ages 11, nine and six, brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac spent their first five years building a fanbase as an independent band in Tulsa, OK, performing both classic rock ‘n’ roll and soul music and their own original material, to form their own unique blend of harmony-driven, soulful pop-rock. This unlikely focus was forged by an early introduction to music from the 1950’s and early 60’s, with the young brothers citing influences from Aretha Franklin to Otis Redding, The Beatles, Elvis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. These influences formed the bedrock of their musical inspiration, helping to forge their signature sound which incorporated strong melodies and song craft, as well as reverence for their musical forefathers. After five years and two independent albums, HANSON released their major label debut in 1997, and saw a meteoric rise with the international smash single “Mmmbop” from the album Middle Of Nowhere, which garnered multiple Grammy nominations and five consecutive top 40 singles, including “Where’s The Love,” “I Will Come To You” and “Weird”. Continuing the momentum with their critically acclaimed sophomore release This Time Around, more hit singles and extensive touring deepened the band’s connection with their fans, and helped to cement their place as one of the world’s leading artists. After a record label merger nearly derailed the release of their second album, in 2003 HANSON decided to found their own independent 3CG Records. The decision to form the label was ahead of its time with few high level mainstream artists choosing to self release, but with the new label the band was able to establish stability in a very turbulent music business, starting a new era for themselves. Their first independent release, Underneath in 2004, was a #1 Billboard Independent Album, and helped establish HANSON as one of the most successful independent bands to date. Since then HANSON has released 3 more studio albums, The Walk, Shout It Out, and ANTHEM, as well as an ongoing stream of special products and live albums through their label, and toured the world, continuing to focus on cultivating a vibrant global fanbase. The group has sold over 16 million albums to date. In 2007, they launched a grassroots campaign to help combat poverty and provide HIV/AIDS relief in Africa (TakeTheWalk.net), hosting one-mile barefoot walks with thousands of individuals committed to the cause. In 2013, the group diversified its brand with the founding of their Hanson Brothers Beer Company, and in 2014 established The Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival, based in their hometown of Tulsa, OK, which brings artists and brewers from all over the world to one of the country’s leading Craft Beer and Music Festivals with 40,000 in attendance. HANSON has never been driven by trends or fame, but instead is fueled by the personal drive to create great art, inspire connection and cultivate community. Those qualities are at the root of the band’s longevity and lasting connection with fans.
THE HOP JAM BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
FIFTH ANNUAL EVENT, MAY 20th 2018
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY, MARCH 26th
March 26th – Oklahoma’s largest Craft Beer and Music festival will turn five years old this May. The downtown festival staged at the heart of the Tulsa Arts District, which was founded in 2014 by Tulsa stalwarts HANSON and their Hanson Brothers Beer Company with McNellie’s Group, will introduce an increasingly diverse and impressive list of breweries from Oklahoma, across the US, and around the world, alongside a free All-Ages concert with a robust music lineup, to be announced. “It’s hard to believe we are about to host our fifth Hop Jam festival but it is clear to see that the craft beer community is here to stay and we are glad to have been a part of the revival we have seen here in Oklahoma,” said Taylor Hanson co-founder of the event. “When The Hop Jam started we had nearly every one of the then dozen breweries in Oklahoma, now Oklahoma can boast almost triple that and we are able to feature them alongside some of the world’s most respected brewers, right here on Main Street, with an incredible music festival creating the soundtrack”. Staged at the heart of downtown’s most dynamic neighborhood, the unique event was designed to celebrate the community and the vibrancy of downtown Tulsa, with a welcoming atmosphere that appeals to all ages. The 8-block footprint includes craft beer and all-ages areas, featuring two stages. The festival has something for guests of all ages and interests, with food trucks, family activities, national music acts, access to many local restaurants and amenities, and of course more great craft beer. The Craft beer portion of the event will feature more than 75 breweries from 14 states and 5 countries including, Oklahoma favorites Marshall, COOP and American Solera, leading US craft brewers Dogfish Head, Jolly Pumpkin, Destihl and Evil Twin, and international brewers including Dieu du Ciel, Omnipollo and many more. Some of the special guest brewers will also take part in the Hop Talks panels, where guests will get to hear from them directly about their philosophy and vision. The full music lineup is to be announced, and will again feature an all-ages free concert on 2 stages, and will include nationally recognized artists the Awesome Music Opening Band Contest winner, who will open the show. Runners up in the statewide contest will perform on the Park Stage. To participate local artists can submit music at Tulsaworld.com/AwesomeMusicContest. Since the festival began it is proud to have supported the Community Food Bank Of Eastern Oklahoma through it’s special Hop Guitar Raffle which has raised funds to provide 140,000 meals. This year’s guitar is available for guests to purchase tickets starting today. Tickets are available online starting today, with a variety of offerings from beer tasting to VIP options including early entry, access to the Hop Talks panels and a special VIP lounge offering food and select craft beers. Also on offer is a Music VIP ticket for the discerning music fan, which features a private viewing platform, indoor amenities, food and select craft beers. HANSON are again partnering with Oklahoma favorites the McNellie’s Group to host the beer festival. These two organizations share an interest in cultivating the craft beer community and fostering world-class events in the state. This year’s Hop Jam Festival is proud to acknowledge some of the key partners helping lend their support to make the event possible, including iHeart Media, KMOD, The Beat, Tulsa World Media, Rib Crib, Boardwalk Brands, BOK Center, Rustic Cuff and many more.
Ticket and event information available at www.TheHopJam.com
Opening Band Contest info at www.TulsaWorld.com/AwesomeMusicContest
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THE HOP JAM FESTIVAL MUSIC LINEUP ANNOUNCED
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA, NADA SURF,
RA RA RIOT, DREW HOLCOMB AND THE NEIGHBORS and MORE
MAY 20 EVENT INCLUDES MORE THAN 90 BREWERIES
Oklahoma’s largest craft beer and music festival, The Hop Jam, announces it’s music lineup, featuring Manchester Orchestra, Nada Surf, Ra Ra Riot, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and more. The festival, in its fifth year, will bring together 40,000 guests throughout the one-day event, with music on two stages on May 20 at the heart of the vibrant Tulsa Arts District. Indie rock mavens Manchester Orchestra will make their long overdue return to Tulsa leading an eclectic day of music, along with the critically acclaimed Nada Surf, Ra Ra Riot, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and more, on the festival’s main stage. The full music lineup will again feature an all-ages free concert on two stages, and will include the winner of the Awesome Music Opening Band Contest winner, who will open the show. Runners-up in the statewide contest will perform on the Park Stage. To participate local artists can submit music until April 20th at Tulsaworld.com/AwesomeMusicContest. The downtown festival, was founded in 2014 by Tulsa stalwarts HANSON and their Hanson Brothers Beer Company, along with the support of the McNellie’s Group, will introduce an increasingly diverse and impressive list of breweries from Oklahoma, across the US, and around the world, alongside the free concert. The event has helped to usher in a dynamic growth of craft beer in Oklahoma and Tulsa, and has also been a stimulant to the city’s fastest growing downtown neighborhood, the Tulsa Arts District, taking over eight square blocks including Guthrie Green, with a robust list of craft brewers lining Main Street. The Craft Beer portion of the event will feature more than 90 breweries from 15 states and five countries including, Oklahoma favorites Marshall, COOP and American Solera, leading US craft brewers Dogfish Head, Jolly Pumpkin, Destihl and Evil Twin, and international brewers including Dieu du Ciel, Omnipollo, To Øl and many more. Some of the special guest brewers will also take part in the Hop Talks panels, where guests will get to hear from them directly about their philosophy and vision. Since the festival began, it is proud to have supported the Community Food Bank Of Eastern Oklahoma through it’s special Hop Guitar Raffle which has raised funds to provide 140,000 meals. This year’s guitar is available for guests to purchase tickets online and onsite. Event tickets are available online now, with a variety of offerings from beer tasting to VIP options including early entry, access to the Hop Talks panels and a special VIP lounge offering food and select craft beers. Also on offer is a Music VIP ticket for the discerning music fan, which features a private viewing platform, indoor amenities, food and select craft beers. HANSON are again partnering with Oklahoma favorites the McNellie’s Group to host the beer festival. These two organizations share an interest in cultivating the craft beer community and fostering world-class events in the state. This year’s Hop Jam Festival is proud to acknowledge some of the key partners helping lend their support to make the event possible, including iHeart Media, KMOD, The Beat, Tulsa World Media, Rib Crib, Boardwalk Brands, BOK Center, Rustic Cuff, Bluestem and many more.
Ticket and event information available at www.TheHopJam.com
Opening Band Contest info at www.TulsaWorld.com/AwesomeMusicContest
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HANSON LAUNCH LANDMARK SYMPHONIC TOUR AND ALBUM, STRING THEORY
TOUR INCLUDES NORTH AMERICA DATES IN 2018, INTERNATIONAL DATES IN 2019
DC, PITTSBURGH, COLUMBUS, NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, BOSTON, CHICAGO & MORE
NEW US DATES ON SALE JULY 27TH, ALBUM RELEASE FALL 2018
July 23rd 2018 – Following a sold out 25th Anniversary World Tour and Greatest Hits release, Grammy nominated multi-platinum pop-rock trio HANSON is beginning their next 25 years with a musical project unmatched in their history, String Theory symphonic tour and album set to launch this summer and continue through Spring 2019.
String Theory brings together an exciting collaboration of song craftsmanship and symphonic majesty, framing the established trio’s music through a special collaboration with Academy award winning arranger David Campbell, spawning both a world tour featuring the band playing live with Symphony Orchestras, and a studio album.
HANSON’s most ambitious musical project to date features songs spanning the band’s career, including some of their best known material (“MmmBop”, “Where’s The Love”, “This Time Around” and more) alongside brand new or never-released-to-the-public songs (“Reaching For The Sky”, “Battle Cry”, “Breaktown”, “No Rest For The Weary” and more) which tell a story of aspiration, despair, fortitude and ultimately a return to optimism.
Fans can discover String Theory both as an album and as a concert, with North American dates starting Summer 2018 and running through Summer 2019, and music released in Fall 2018.
The tour brings String Theory to the stage with many leading symphonies at some of the most iconic venues, among them the National Symphony Orchestra at the Filene Center at Wolftrap and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall, already announced earlier this year and on sale now. New dates include Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre, New York at the Beacon Theatre and Chicago at the Chicago Theatre, on sale July 27th. US and Canada dates continue throughout the Spring of 2019, with international dates to be announced later this month taking the tour to Europe, Australia, and more in Spring 2019.
The album features brand new and rearranged recordings with full symphonic orchestration, and will be available in digital and physical formats, with special content and packages available via the band’s official website www.Hanson.net. The band recordings were produced by HANSON and mixed by Grammy winning Producer and Engineer Jim Scott (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, Wilco, Sting). The symphonic composition was recorded in Prague, lead by arranger David Campbell. New HANSON recordings were engineered by Craig Alvin (Kacey Musgraves) with additional production and engineering credits including past collaborators of the band, Danny Kortchmar (Don Henley, Billy Joel, James Taylor), Joe Chicarelli (The Strokes, Frank Zappa, The White Stripes), Steve Churchyard (The Eagles, Train, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift), Greg Wells (Mika, Rufus Wainwright, Adele) and CJ Eiriksson (U2, Matchbox Twenty, Phish).
String Theory is the next frontier for HANSON, telling a story of aspiration and fortitude against the odds. The music resonates with authenticity, coming from a group whose signature is never to chase trends, but instead to stay focused on their melodic craftsmanship, establishing themselves as one of the few artists of their generation able to continually reinvent and reimagine their music, which has helped them to maintain an active global fanbase over 25 years after their founding.
2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall – Pittsburgh Symphony
4 – Vienna, VA – Filene Center at Wolftrap – National Symphony Orchestra
8 – Denver, CO – Boettcher Concert Hall – Colorado Symphony Orchestra
13 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
14 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
20 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Symphony Hall – Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
21 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center – Nashville Symphony Orchestra
23 – Houston, TX – Jones Hall – Houston Symphony Orchestra
25 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore
26 – Tampa, FL – Mahaffey Theater
2 – Lousiville, KY – The Lousiville Palace
4 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
5 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
7 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
8 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic Temple
10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
11 – Philadelphia, PA – The Tower Theatre
13 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
20 & 21 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
5 – Fort Worth, TX – Bass Performance Hall – Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
17 – Tulsa, OK – Tulsa PAC – Tulsa Symphony Orchestra
7 – Buffalo, NY – Kleinhans Music Hall – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
For more information, please visit www.hanson.net