Ben Sparaco and The New Effect, the Nashville-based indie-rock trio fronted by songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Ben Sparaco, have announced their national spring tour which includes headlining shows as well as direct support slots with G. Love & Special Sauce. Tickets for all dates are on sale today (2/15). For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Ben Sparaco and The New Effect will hit the road on their 26-date tour with the inaugural show Friday, March 1 in Boulder, CO at Fox Theatre as direct support for G. Love & Special Sauce. An additional six dates in the tour’s coast-to-coast itinerary will accompany G. Love & Special Sauce while the others will be headlining engagements.
“When we’re opening for G. Love we’ll be doing 45-minute sets which is short for us, says Sparaco. “Those shows will be all about making the best impression we can in a relatively short time. We’ll probably stick to a similar setlist with pre-determined transitions whereas our headline shows will be a little more improvisational and have more setlist variation.”
The tour will make additional stops in Denver, Aspen, Nashville, Athens, Richmond, Washington D.C., New York City, Asbury Park, Indianapolis, Asheville, and many others before wrapping in Alpharetta, GA at Matilda’s on Saturday, June 1.
“Some of these shows are our first theater shows ever which is super exciting for us and we get to go to some of our favorite places on this tour; Colorado, New York City, etc.,” adds Sparaco. “We’ll be stepping it up a notch for these bigger audiences by incorporating a lot of new sounds into our set that we’ve never had in our music before.”
To wrap the band’s 2018 year, they released their latest single, “Scared of The Dark,” on November 30. The song—which delivers the band’s alternative vibe with a jam element, built from Sparaco’s notable lead guitar chops—has been steadily grabbing attention as it’s now logged over 130,000 Spotify streams to date.
“I’m playing a lot less lead guitar on this song than I normally would,” says Sparaco. “It’s funny that it worked out that way because the song is about my younger self and a lot of the insecurities that came with growing up and trying to be a musician. When I was younger, I was all about being a guitar player. As I’ve grown up, I’ve become more focused on songs. This song really shows where I’m at right now with my songwriting, while referencing a past version of myself the whole time.”
The band is also putting the final touches on their debut full-length album which is expected to be released in the fall (all details TBA).
Spring 2019 tour dates for Ben Sparaco and The New Effect:
|*Fri||3/1||Boulder, CO||Fox Theatre|
|*Thu||3/21||Bellingham, WA||Wild Buffalo|
|Mon||3/25||Alta, WY||Grand Targhee Resort|
|Wed||3/27||Ft. Collins, CO||Magic Rat|
|*Thu||3/28||Keystone, CO||Warren Station Center for the Arts|
|*Fri||3/29||Aspen, CO||Belly Up|
|*Sat||3/30||Aspen, CO||Belly Up|
|Fri||4/26||Nashvile, TN||Cambria Hotel|
|Thu||5/2||Athens, GA||Georgia Theatre|
|Thu||5/9||Richmond, VA||The Camel|
|Fri||5/10||Washington DC||Hill Country|
|Sat||5/11||New York, NY||Arlene’s Grocery|
|Sun||5/12||Asbury Park, NJ||The Saint|
|Fri||5/17||Paducah, KY||Dry Ground Brewing|
|Fri||5/24||Asheville, NC||Fat Tire|
|Fri||5/31||Hilton Head, SC||Tiki Hut|
(*) denotes direct support for G. Love & Special Sauce