SOURCE: Reprise Records

Reprise Records

May 24, 2011 09:00 ET

Josh Groban Receives Glowing Reviews for Current "Straight To You" Tour

"The Concert Felt Like a House Party in a Really Big, Well-Lit House" - New Orleans Times Picayune; "Straight To You" Continues Through November in North America

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - On May 12th, Josh Groban launched the North American leg of his 2011 "Straight To You" World Tour and is receiving some of the best reviews of his career. 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 gives 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 is not only performing an ever-changing set-list of fan favorites from his best-selling albums and his recent platinum-seller Illuminations, he is also taking questions from the audience via text, which concert-goers are given instructions on how to send before and during each show.

Read what the critics have had to say so far about "Straight To You"....

"Groban's genuine boy-next-door demeanor in the midst of violins, french horns, percussion, cello, piano, guitars, bass and drums makes him and his music all the more endearing. He appears truly comfortable performing, like it's his second home." - The Dallas Morning News

"Listening to Groban's commanding tenor navigate 'Oceano' and 'Alla Luce,' for example, was to us the same as admiring a painting at the Museum of Fine Arts -- it wasn't necessary to understand the lyrics to understand the song. ... Sometimes beauty, in and of itself, can be both motive and reward. And regardless of the context you're coming from, it can be pretty inspirational, too." - Houston Press

"Groban has boyish charm that belies his big voice. If you want to dismiss him as popera, be my guest; but do take a moment to listen to his voice sometime, just for its qualities and tone, and tell me it doesn't draw you in." -Dallas Voice

"Impeccable vocals, wit, make Groban concert memorable. Groban proved to be quite the showman, but his vocals truly made the show memorable. He managed to belt powerful and enunciated lyrics, then quickly switch to a soothing falsetto. Few performers have the ability to perform that way live without a hitch." - Wichita Eagle

"That had been one of the purposes of the stage set created for his 'Straight To You' tour -- to allow for more interaction between Groban and his fans, whether it be answering questions audience members could text in before the show or getting down among the adoring. But it's simply the case of a talented artist putting his instrument to its best and most effective use. And Groban sings with such obvious emotion and sincerity -- not to mention skill -- that it's difficult not to be won over." - Tulsa World

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 remaining dates are listed below. For more information, please visit http://www.joshgroban.com/tour.

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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