Promising to be raw, emotional and interactive, Justin Furstenfeld, vocalist/songwriter/guitarist for the Platinum-selling rock band Blue October, will kick off a 24-date solo/acoustic tour “An Open Book: An Evening With Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October” on April 4 at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA. The shows, all presented in intimate settings, will consist of spoken word, a Q&A session, and an acoustic set of songs never before heard, as well as stripped down and softer versions of Blue October fan-favorites.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at BlueOctober.com > Tour.
“I always look forward to the spoken word/solo shows,” said Furstenfeld. “The fact that I’m sitting just a few feet away from the audience, that there are no rules as to what they ask me, or that I don’t have boundaries on my answers, is what is exciting to me. I’m hoping that the evening will give everyone a chance to dig deep, connect, and explore the dark corners of why honesty, no matter how brutal, remains one of the most beautiful aspects of being human. Through poetry, music, and conversation, we heal. Why not do it together.”
“An Open Book: An Evening With Justin Furstenfeld” will support the release of “Crazy Making,” the expanded third edition of Furstenfeld’s book of lyrics, hand-written notes and personal photographs. The book, featuring more than 80 new pages, includes all lyrics from Blue October’s albums and EPs, from 1998’s The Answers through to 2011’s Any Man In America, as well as lyrics from a dozen unreleased songs. The new edition also includes some very personal insights into Furstenfeld’s creative thought process through the past few albums, not published in previous editions. “Crazy Making” will be available at all of the “Open Book” shows, as well as, for the first time, at Amazon.com and other online retail outlets on April 1.
Furstenfeld is a captivating live performer, a gifted and complex songwriter who has poured into his songs intimate details of his many personal battles. While he unabashedly wears his heart on his sleeve, his tribulations have provided a unique link to fans who share similar personal challenges. Over the past year, Furstenfeld has worked diligently to change the course of his life, becoming substance-free and healthy. He recently remarried, and he and his wife welcomed daughter Sayde Bell last summer. He has been busy writing new material for Blue October’s next album, due out later this year.
Confirmed dates for “An Open Book: An Evening With Justin Furstenfeld” are as follows:
4 – Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
5 – Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
6 – Talking Stick Resort & Casino, Scottsdale,AZ
7 – Hard RockHotel and Casino – Vinyl, Las Vegas, NV
10 – Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
12 – Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
13 – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
14 – Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO
15 – Gillioz Theatre, Springfield, MO
17 – The Vanguard, Tulsa, OK
18 – Lakewood Theatre, Dallas, TX
19 – Paramount Theatre, Austin, TX
1 – City Winery, New York, NY
2 – The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
3 – The Hamilton, Washington, DC
4 – TLA, Philadelphia, PA
5 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, Cleveland, OH
7 – Mayne Stage, Chicago, IL
8 – Mayne Stage, Chicago, IL
9 – The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI
13 – 20th Century Theatre, Cincinnati, OH
14 – Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
15 – 3rd & Lindsley, Nashville, TN
16 – Juanita’s Cantina, Little Rock, AR