Tommy passed unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep. Thank you to all his fans, friends and family who he loved very much. xo Matty
Tommy will be opening the show for Matthew on all dates with the exception of the festival shows on 7/15 in Springfield, 9/9 in Haverford and 9/5 in Brownsville.
July 11– St. Paul MN- The Turf Club
July 12– Des Moines IA- Wooleys
July 13 and 14 Chicago IL- City Winery
July 16– St. Louis MO- Blueberry Hill
July 18– Kansas City MO- Knuckleheads
July 20– Dallas Texas- Kessler Theater
July 21 and 22-Austin TX- 310
July 23- Houston TX- Height Theater
July 25– Jackson MS- Duling Hall
July 26 and 27– Atlanta Ga- City Winery
July 28– Nashville TN- City Winery
July 29– Louisville KY- Headliners
August 15– Los Angeles- The Echo
August 16– San Diego CA- Casbah
August 17– Santa Cruz CA- Don Quixote Music Hall
August 18 San Francisco – The Independent
August 20– Portland OR- Doug Fir Lounge
August 21– Seattle WA – The Triple Door
September 7– Alexandria VA- The Birchmere
September 8– Annapolis MD Rams Head
September 10– NYC- City Winery
September 13– Northampton MA- Iron Horse
September 14– Derry NH- Tupelo Music Hall
September 16– Boston MA- Brighton Music Hall
September 17– Norfolk CT- Infinity Hall
September 19– Fall River MA- Narrows Center
September 20– Hudson NY- Helsinki
September 21– Wilmington DE- World Cafe
September 22– Tarrytown NY- Music Hall
September 23– Port Washington NY- Landmark on Main St.
September 24– South Orange NJ- SOPAC
Full dates and tickets available on Matthew’s site here!
- March 18 – Los Angeles, CA – McCabes Guitar Shop / Facebook Event
- April 18 – Cambridge, MA – Atwood Tavern / Facebook Event
- April 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool / Facebook Event
- April 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie / Facebook Event
- April 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Main Street Music – RECORD STORE DAY! – 2pm show
- April 23 – Baltimore, MD – The Metro Gallery / Facebook Event
- April 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe / Facebook Event
- April 27 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout / Facebook Event
- April 29 – Madison, WI – Kiki’s House of Righteous Music
- April 30 – St. Paul, MN – The Turf Club / Facebook Event
- May 4 – Washington, DC – The Black Cat / Facebook Event
“When Tommy Met Ivan: After a false start, Tommy Keene and Ivan Julian join forces nearly Four decades on”
Rock and roll aficionados need no introduction to pop songwriter Tommy Keene and pioneer punk guitarist Ivan Julian. However, what even the most dedicated listener might not know is these two Washington D.C. area natives need no introduction to each other. In fact, the two were briefly in a band together in New York in 1980. While that partnership was not destined to last, Tommy and Ivan have joined forces again for a dynamite acoustic solo tour double bill.
To get to the roots of this relationship, we have to go all the way back to 1978. Ivan was playing guitar with the seminal New York punk outfit Richard Hell and The Voidoids. Tommy was working in D.C. with The Razz, a legendary local rock and rock outfit. One night, along with Razz bassist Ted Niceley, Tommy drove up to NYC to see Cheap Trick at The Bottom Line. Arriving to find out that the show had been cancelled, the two headed to Max’s Kansas City, where Ted introduced Tommy to his friend Ivan.
The two hit it off. Two years later, Tommy got an invitation to come to New York to join Ivan’s new group, ultimately called The Outsets. Tommy rehearsed and hung out with Ivan in the early part of 1980, taking in the whole New York East Village scene, including such historic haunts as CBGB’s and The Mudd Club.
Tommy, however, was not destined to remain an Outset. Instead, he formed his own group and in the ensuing decades has released acclaimed albums on the Dolphin, Geffen and Matador labels, while occasionally playing sideman for Paul Westerberg and Robert Pollard. Ivan continued The Outsets for a few years, worked with The Clash and Shriekback, and later played extensively with Matthew Sweet before releasing his own solo album in 2011.
Having headed their separate ways at the dawn of the ‘80s, this current KeeneJulian double bill is, to say the least, an unexpected surprise. But when you also consider that only a short time ago, Ivan fought his way back to good health after nearly succumbing to cancer, then this 10-city tour, in which the two will perform solo and together, is nothing short of miraculous.
Check out Magnet Magazine’s MP3 at 3PM feature on Showtunes II today and dig the download of “Call On Me” featuring the late, great Jay Bennett!
Hi Everybody – just a heads up that we’re out of XXL shirts and XL stock is limited so get them while you can. If you still want an XXL email Matty and we’ll look into an additional run if there’s some demand. Looking like some interesting developments for hitting the road again in ’17! We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve signed some deals! Rock on!! TK