Big Head Todd and The Monsters are celebrating the release their brand new studio album, Rocksteady (July 20, 2010/Big Records).
As the Denver Post reported in a recent feature story, Rocksteady finds the platinum selling artists "centered and rejuvenated" and moving the BHTM legacy forward. The album's first single, the infectious "Beautiful" has already reached the Top 20 on Triple A radio charts, and it's still climbing. In support of Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters hit the road for a sprawling summer tour, including a recent big play at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Midnight Radio by performing the album in its entirety, and a headlining performance at WXPN's XPoNential Music Festival.
For Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters' eighth studio album, the band draws on a surprising body of influences. The album cuts across a broad swath of stylistic terrain including R&B, reggae and even punk rock. Throughout, the collection's 11 tracks are funky, lilting, and melodic - all the qualities that have become signature to the band's sound during their 25 years of making music.
"It's a soul/Caribbean record that rocks," frontman Todd Park Mohr says. "We almost went out of our way to take all the rock out of it, but it really rocks. It's the very first album we've ever done that's cohesive. It makes a difference, in terms of this album standing out from our other albums."
Look for Big Head Todd and The Monsters on tour this summer in support of Rocksteady. Complete list of tourdates is as follows:
Friday, August 6 Wisconsin Valley Fair Wausau WI
Saturday, August 7 Ravinia Festival Highland Park IL
Tuesday, August 17 Rococo Theatre Lincoln NE
Thursday, August 19 The Vogue Indianapolis IN
Friday, August 20 Preservation Plaza Arnolds Park IA
Saturday, August 21 Fall Park Festival Grounds Sioux Falls SD
Monday, August 23 Capitol Theatre Madison WI
Tuesday, August 24 The Venue in Fargo Fargo ND
Thursday, August 26 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul MN
Friday, August 27 Crossroads Kansas City MO
Saturday, August 28 Southern Brewers Festival Chattanooga TN
Sunday, August 29 3rd and Lindsley Nashville TN
Sunday, September 5 Snowy Range Music Festival Laramie WY
Monday, September 13 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK
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