SOURCE: Reprise Records

Reprise Records

August 04, 2011 18:13 ET

The Belle Brigade Announce Fall Tour Dates

Critically Heralded Sibling-Fronted Band Hits the Road in October With Grouplove, Followed by Dates With Blitzen Trapper and Dawes

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 4, 2011) - Having just wrapped a summer-long tour with k.d. lang, Los Angeles' The Belle Brigade have announced that they will hit the road this fall for a series of dates with Grouplove, followed by a tour with Blitzen Trapper and Dawes. Please see below for more details.

Fronted by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, and backed by their talented band (bassist Keith Karmen, keyboardist, electric guitarist Ben Cassorla, electric guitarist Harlan Silverman and drummer Mike Green), The Belle Brigade are touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which has been critically praised by Spin, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Nylon, and the LA Weekly. The group has performed on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! and TBS's Conan, bringing their "winsome SoCal folk-rock and big, sunny Americana-infused pop songs" (as Nylon put it) to a national television audience. Watch clips of their performances, as well as the video for their first single "Losers," at

Inspired by Barbara and Ethan's love for Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder, The Belle Brigade's debut album is chock-full of artfully arranged, freewheeling songs that brim with breezy, California melodies and bracing pop harmonies, fueled by the driving rhythms Barbara plays on drums. A longtime fixture on the Los Angeles music scene, Barbara is a sought-after live drummer who toured with Inara George and Jenny Lewis before she picked up a guitar and formed the band with her singer-songwriter younger brother Ethan two years ago. Raised in a musical family (their father is songwriter/composer Jay Gruska and their maternal grandfather is renowned film composer John Williams), Barbara and Ethan have a strong familial chemistry, which, along with their obvious songwriting gifts, has resulted in one of the most thrilling debut albums of the year.

The Belle Brigade's tour dates are as follows:
08/28 Los Angeles, California Sunset Junction Street Fair
09/01 Jacksonville, Oregon Britt Pavilion
09/02 George, Washington The Gorge Amphitheatre
09/17 Austin, Texas Austin City Limits
With Grouplove:
10/05 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
10/06 Madison, WI The Frequency
10/11 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
10/13 Atlanta, GA Masquerade - Purgatory Stage
10/17 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
10/20 Austin, TX Emo's Alternative Lounge
10/21 Dallas, TX The Prophet Bar
10/22 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
With Blitzen Trapper and Dawes:
10/27 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
10/28 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
10/30 Toronto, ON The Opera House
11/01 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
11/02 Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College Fine Arts Center
11/03 Chicago, IL Metro
11/05 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
11/07 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
11/10 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
11/11 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
11/13 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
11/15 San Francisco, CA Fillmore

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