If you’re a fan of singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, you know that he previously announced a series of tour dates in North America, Europe, and Japan. Now, the Hawaii-based surfer-turned-musician and his band are adding a couple of more dates to the U.S. run, expanding the opportunity for fans to catch them live in concert.
The first U.S. leg has shows slated to begin June 13 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This new second leg will commence with a performance at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix on August 28. From there, Jack Johnson and co. will hit Las Vegas and West Valley City (Utah). The tour will wrap on September 2 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The new dates surround the band’s appearance at Jazz Aspen Snowmass, a summer series of multi-day festivals.
Who Is Jack Johnson?
Jack Hody Johnson was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, as the son of well-known surfer Jeff Johnson. He began to learn how to surf at the age of 5. At 15 he was the youngest to make the finals of the Pipeline Masters, one of surfing's most prestigious surfing events. However, his dreams of professional surfing ended when he suffered a nearly fatal surfing accident at the Pipeline that put more than 150 stitches in his forehead and removed a few of his teeth. This later became the inspiration for the song "Drink the Water".
Along with surfing, Johnson also got into music at a ripe age, learning the guitar at age 8 and writing songs by the time he was 12. He joined a band called Soil while in college studying film at University of California, Santa Barbara. While with Soil at UCSB, Johnson opened for then relatively unknown acts such as Sublime and Dave Matthews with far from sold out crowds at the venues.
Johnson’s music can be described as new surf, an acoustic sound incorporating touches of folk, blues, and reggae. He cites the ocean as his main source of inspiration. He told Rolling Stone magazine: "Just get me out in the ocean, really. I've become dependent on it. It's hard when you start an addiction at age five."
Johnson’s big break came when he was asked to write and contribute vocals for the song “Rodeo Clowns,” featured on G. Love's 1999 album Philadelphonic. The song would later become the most famous single of the album.
His debut album came in 2001 with the release of Brushfire Fairytales, which was highly successful and cemented his rise to stardom. His soundtrack for the animated film Curious George was his first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200, followed by Sleep Through the Static in 2008, To the Sea in 2010, and From Here to Now to You in 2013. Johnson's In Between Dreams album peaked at number two on the chart in 2005.
In addition to his success as a musician, Johnson is also an accomplished filmmaker. He directed the surf films Thicker Than Water (2000) and The September Sessions (2002), in which he also starred. Both movie soundtracks were also products of Johnson. Johnson also starred in the 2004 surf film A Brokedown Melody.
Johnson is an environmentalist and strong advocate against pollution of the world’s oceans. Along with his wife Kim, he created the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, a non-profit public charity supporting environmental, art, and music education worldwide.