SOURCE: Reprise Records

Reprise Records

April 28, 2011 09:00 ET

Josh Groban Gearing Up for May 12th Kick-Off of North American Leg of His 2011 "Straight To You" World Tour

Internationally Renowned Singer and Songwriter Brings Intimate Theater-Esque Setting to Arena; Marks First Tour in Four Years; Groban to Take Questions From the Audience During Each Performance; Those Who Present a Valid Student I.D. at the Box Office Can Purchase a Ticket for $25

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 28, 2011) - This week, Josh Groban begins rehearsals for his first full-scale global arena tour in four years: The 2011 "Straight To You" World Tour. The North American leg kicks off May 12th in New Orleans, Louisiana, and visits cities across the U.S. and Canada before culminating in a celebratory show at New York City's legendary Madison Square Garden on November 14th.

With a set designed by the award-winning British multi-media creative and digital agency Knifedge, which has pioneered the use of projection with live theater events, the tour will give fans the feeling of an intimate theater setting through stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interactivity Groban delighted his fans with during last year's "Before We Begin" shows. Groban will not only perform an ever-changing set-list of favorites from his best-selling albums, including his self-titled 2001 debut, 2003's Closer, and 2006's Awake, as well as songs from his recent platinum album Illuminations, he will also take questions from the audience via text, which concert-goers will be able to send before and during each show.

"Gearing up for a tour, there is always the anticipation of something special; the excitement of traveling across the country and the world, of meeting and sharing with the fans, of exploring musical worlds in a way not possible in the studio," Groban says. "It is the most fun I have in my whole career and I want it to be the most fun my fans have as well. The Straight To You Tour will be all about this goal."

In addition, as a nod to his devoted student fans of all ages, Groban is offering tickets for $25 to anyone who presents a valid student i.d. at the venue's box office. Tickets for all shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below. For more information, please visit Rock-jazz pianist ELEW will provide support on 18 dates.

Josh Groban's upcoming "Straight To You" Tour dates are as follows:

05/12New Orleans, LALakefront Arena
05/14Houston, TXToyota Center Arena
05/16Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Arena
05/18San Antonio, TXAT&T Center
05/20Tulsa, OKBOK Center
05/21Wichita, KSIn Trust BankArena
05/24Omaha, NEQwest Center
05/25Kansas City, MOSprint Center
05/27St. Louis, MOScottrade Center
05/28Moline, ILI Wireless Center
06/03Buffalo, NYHSBC
06/04Cleveland, OHQuicken Loans Arena
06/07Greenville, SCBi-Lo Center
06/08Duluth, GAGwinnette Arena
06/10Charlotte, NCTime Warner Cable Arena
06/11Raleigh, NCRBC Center
06/14Richmond, VARichmond Coliseum
06/15Hershey, PAGiant Center
07/08Minneapolis, MNTarget Center
07/09Green Bay, WIResch Center
07/12Indianapolis, INConseco Fieldhouse
07/13Chicago, ILUnited Center
07/15Cincinnati, OHUS Bank Arena
07/16Auburn Hills, MIThe Palace of Auburn Hills
07/18Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre
07/19London, ONJohn LaBatte Centre
07/22Ottawa, ONScotiabank Place Arena
07/23Montreal QCBell Centre
07/26Boston, MATD Garden
07/27Washington, DCVerizon Center
07/29Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo Arena
07/30Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun Arena
08/02Newark, NJPrudential Center
08/03Pittsburgh, PAConSol Energy Center
08/05Columbus, OHScottenstein Center
08/06Grand Rapids, MIVanAndel Arena
08/09Milwaukee, WIBradley Center
08/10Des Moines, IAWells Fargo Arena
08/12Denver, COPepsi Center
08/13Salt Lake City, UTEnergy Solutions Arena
08/16San Diego, CAViejas Arena
08/17Los Angeles, CAStaples Center
08/19Phoenix, AZUS Airways Center
08/20Las Vegas, NVMGM Grand Garden Arena
08/23San Jose, CAHP Pavilion
08/24Sacramento, CAPower Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena)
08/26Portland, ORRose Garden Arena
08/27Seattle, WAKey Arena
08/30Vancouver, BCRogers Arena
09/01Calgary, ABScotiabank Saddledome
09/02Edmonton, ABRexall Place
09/04Winnipeg, MBMTS Centre
10/26Sunrise, FLBank Atlantic Center
10/28Tampa, FLSt. Pete Times Forum
10/29Orlando, FLAmway Arena
11/01Charleston, SCNorth Charleston Coliseum
11/02Norfolk, VAScope Arena
11/04Uniondale, NYNassau Coliseum
11/08Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena
11/09Providence, RIDunkin Donuts Arena
11/14New York, NYMadison Square Garden

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