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Friday, May 30, 2014

Chris Antonik Announces US and European Tours

Chris Antonik Announces US and European Tours
In 2013, Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Antonik released one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary blues albums of the year, Better For You.  Music critics in Canada, the US and Europe hailed the record as “a masterpiece,” “unrelentingly excellent,” and “truly spectacular.”  Praised for its mix of fresh, innovative blues song-writing, and masterful guitar playing, Better For You was honoured as the Best Canadian Blues-Rock album of 2013 by the Blues Underground Network, and 2013 Album of the Year by RUST, an American music magazine.

To reach new global audiences and match this critical acclaim, this fall, Chris will be bringing his live act to the US and Europe for the first time.

In September, Antonik will be on tour in the eastern US, including stops in Ohio, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts, and in October and November, he’ll be on tour in Germany and Austria to build on the success of Better For You in the region (the record was nominated for the prestigious German Record Critics’ Association Award for Best Blues Album in 2013).

“I am thrilled to be bringing my music to a wider global audience this year," says Chris. “I am equally excited to meet existing fans and friends from all over who have been incredibly supportive of my music.”

Full tour dates are listed below.

US Dates

September 17 - The Canal House, Tuscarawas, Ohio

September 18 - The Saint, Asbury Park, New Jersey

September 19 - Treme Blues and Jazz Club, Islip, New York

September 20 - The Chicken Bone, Boston, Massachusetts

September 21 - The Beale, Rochester, New York

September 27 - Griffin Hines Farm, Swanton, Ohio

European Dates

*several more to be added in the coming weeks

October 30 - The Belami, Bergdorf, Germany

November 1 - Savoy Theatre, Bordesholm, Germany

November 6 - Rainers Rockhaus, Algermissen, Germany

November 10 - Music Club Live, Hamburg, Germany

November 11 - The Green Island, Zeitz, Germany

November 12 - Kofferfabrik, Fürth, Germany

November 13 - Hotel Weissenwolf, Steyregg, Austria

November 15 - Kamphuis, Quickborn, Germany


“One of the finest releases from the Great White North in many a year… a living and breathing masterpiece.  Antonik is a blues star rising.” - Cascade Blues Association, Oregon
“An unrelentingly excellent sophomore album.  When he coaxes his axe he can make it sting like a bumblebee, sing like a lark, or weep like a motherless child.”  - New Canadian Music

“Better For You is the sound of someone taking the blues to a new place.   ‘Nothing I Can Do’ features a truly spectacular guitar solo that has shades of Buddy Guy and Hendrix.”  - American Blues Scene

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