As chart-topping multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Brian Culbertson crafts his 20th album, the aptly titled XX – Roman numerals representing twenty – he revealed plans for the extensive U.S. concert tour that will support the record release. Beginning in April, Culbertson will take an elaborately designed concert production, The XX Tour, on the road for three consecutive months, playing more than 70 shows, an extremely rare feat for a contemporary jazz artist. The tour will include a stop at The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on Monday, April 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now. For a complete list of tour dates and more information, including The Ultra VIP and The Meet & Greet VIP packages, please visit http://www.brianculbertson.com.
“It’s a mix of things that I’ve done throughout my twenty records. There’s a lot of funky instrumentals, some pop-sounding tracks, a couple slow jams, straight-ahead jazz, gospel, some vocals, lots of horns and some straight-up FUNK! The album is very much a mixture of some modern sounding programming along with live instruments, too. Real drums on almost everything mixed with programming. Definitely a cool sound,” said Culbertson, who invites fans to get involved with the making of XX via an Indiegogo campaign that launched this week (https://igg.me/at/BCXX).
Recreating that cool sound live for The XX Tour is Culbertson’s favorite part. Like his massive Colors of Love Tour that played 77 shows in three months and was captured for Brian Culbertson’s Colors of Love Tour: Live in Las Vegas Blu-ray disc and two-disc CD that dropped last Valentine’s Day, Culbertson is creating the sound and look for The XX Tour as a sensory experience. The exuberant performer spends months in preproduction meticulously conceiving stunning visuals - staging, lighting, wardrobe and effects – in order to put on a mesmerizing show each time he takes the stage. In addition to spotlighting the new album, the setlist will include cuts from Culbertson’s hit-filled songbook that has amassed 32 Billboard #1 singles. There will also be a segment showcasing songs from Winter Stories, an album released last month that placed him in an acoustic jazz trio setting for the first time.