CONVERSE RUBBER TRACKS LIVE UNVEILS THIRD NATIONAL TOUR WITH WILD NOTHING
Today, Converse Inc. announced its third Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour with headlining indie rock/dream pop act, Wild Nothing. The opening performance for each show will feature an emerging artist who has recorded at a Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio in each city, hand selected by Wild Nothing to serve as the supporting act. The opening Converse Rubber Tracks artists are Look Vibrant(Toronto, Ontario), Eternals (Boston, MA), Journalism (Brooklyn, NY), Roses (Los Angeles, CA) andCocktails (San Francisco, CA).
Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour kicks off in Toronto on Thursday, May 14 and continues with stops in Boston (May 15), Brooklyn (May 16), Los Angeles (May 21) and San Francisco (May 22). The tour will coincide with Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up recording studios in each of these markets and is part of several ongoing opportunities for emerging artists to unleash their creative spirit.
All tickets for the Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour are free and will be available on Wednesday, May 6 at 12 p.m. EST. See below for links to purchase tickets.
May 14 – Toronto at The Opera House with Look Vibrant
May 15 – Boston at The Sinclair with Eternals
May 16 – Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Journalism
May 21 – Los Angeles at The Echoplex with Roses
May 22 – San Francisco at The Chapel with Cocktails
In 2010, 21-year old Jack Tatum released one of the finest cult pop records of the summer whilst ensconced in his senior year of college in Blacksburg, VA. The critically acclaimed debut ‘Gemini’ was underpinned with summery childhood longings, and shot through with the instant dichotomy of anxiety and almost whimsical paranoia. The 2012 follow-up LP, Nocturne is a window into Tatum’s “ideal world” of pop music. Written largely while living in Savannah, GA during 2011, the songs that became Nocturne speak to a new Wild Nothing where the lines between Jack’s influences and personality have been further blurred. The acclaimed album went on to receive several year-end accolades. Jack creates in the studio, alone. On the road, he’ll be joined by a four-piece band featuring Nathan Goodman and Jeff Haley.
The Converse Rubber Tracks program was born out of the brand’s desire to give back to the music community and provide opportunities for artists who might not be able to afford studio time. Since the flagship studio opened in Brooklyn in July 2011, nearly 900 emerging artists have had the opportunity to record original music alongside the Converse Rubber Tracks team of experienced engineers at no cost. At the end of their studio time, the artists retain all of the rights to their own music.
Over the past three years, the program has since expanded beyond the studio in Brooklyn with Converse Rubber Tracks Live and Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studios. Converse Rubber Tracks Live is a free music series, offering musicians the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences as the opening act for a high-profile headlining artist or band. Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studios have taken the Converse Rubber Tracks experience to vibrant music communities around the globe. Both music platforms have been established in music cities such as Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Montreal, São Paulo, Beijing, Amsterdam, London, Hamburg, Paris, and Mexico City to name a few.
In addition to the year-round brick and mortar studio in Brooklyn, Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studios will also coincide with the tour dates in each of the five cities: Toronto, Ontario – Noble Street Studios (May 11-15), Boston, MA – Q Division Studios (May 11-15), Los Angeles, CA – The Fortress (May 18-22), and San Francisco, CA – Different Fur Studios (May 18-22). Through the Converse Rubber Tracks program, local, up-and-coming artists in each market will be able to apply for free studio time to record original music in a state-of-the-art studio setting. If selected, artists will spend a full day recording, and at the end of the day, retain all rights to their work. Acts of all ages and genres can obtain more information and instructions on the registration process at http://converse-music.com/rubbertracks.
Converse Inc., based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. Established in 1908, the Converse brand has built a reputation as “America’s Original Sports Company”™ and has been associated with a rich heritage of legendary sneaker such as the Chuck Taylor® All Star® sneaker, the Jack Purcell® sneaker and the One Star® sneaker. Today, Converse offers a diverse portfolio including men’s, women’s and children’s footwear, apparel and accessories. Converse product is sold globally by retailers in over 160 countries and through 89 company-owned retail locations in the U.S. For more information, please visit media.converse.com.
ABOUT CONVERSE RUBBER TRACKS
Converse Rubber Tracks is a state-of-the-art recording studio that is located in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. The 5,200 square-foot, full-service recording space aims to support emerging artists by providing them access to a top-level recording studio at no cost. Artists and bands of all genres and ages from around the world are encouraged to apply and, upon acceptance, may reserve time in the studio to work alongside a team of experienced engineers. Fully equipped with the best instruments and equipment supplied by Converse Rubber Tracks partner Guitar Center, artists will spend time creating their work and in the end retain all the rights to their music. Through Converse Rubber Tracks, Converse is giving back to the creative community that has embraced the brand throughout its over 100-year history. Converse Rubber Tracks provides a platform for artists to unleash their creative spirit that will change the world.
ABOUT CONVERSE RUBBER TRACKS LIVE
Converse Rubber Tracks Live is a concert series that originally launched in 2012 in Brooklyn and has since expanded to support cities with vibrant music communities including Los Angeles, Boston, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Austin, Beijing, Mexico City, São Paulo, and Bogota. The lineups for these shows include previous Converse Rubber Tracks recording artists hand-picked by the headliners. Since launching, the CRT Live series has featured: Washed Out, Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, King Tuff and Vivian Girls, as well as Converse Rubber Tracks artists We Barbarians, Flatbush Zombies, Heliotropes and more.