Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers Announce Hi-Ate-Us Tour
It’s commonly said that all good things must come to an end… and its with great sadness that I report that the time has come for Massachusetts 4 piece Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers. After nine years and over 1200 shows, SK6ers will be playing their final shows this fall.
Kellogg released a statement via the bands official website last week stating that this was the end, and to expect final tour plans in the near future. The dates were released today and the Hi-Ate-Us Tour kicks off on August 1 in New Jersey and runs through November 24 in NYC with stops scheduled all over the United States (except in Texas, which has apparently sparked an outrage on the official Facebook tour announcement)
The Sixers are composed of vocalist and guitarist Stephen Kellogg, Kit “Goose” Karlson on bass and keys, Brian “Boots” Factor on drums, and Sam “Steamer” Getz on electric and pedal steel guitar… though each of them are multi-instrumentalists with some songs featuring mandolin, harmonica, keytar, banjo and even the tuba. They have released five studio albums, a full length live album featuring their 1000th show, a live CD/DVD combo, as well as numerous solo efforts from Kellogg and Boots. Their most recent release, “Gift Horse”, broke into the Billboard Top 100. In the statement to fans, Kellogg goes on to assure us that this was a band decision, there are no hard feelings amongst them, and they will be splitting as friends… the time has just come for some to focus on other projects and others to focus on family.
If you haven’t spent an evening with Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, I suggest you do so while you still have the chance. You can catch our previous posts on SK6ers here, and continue reading below the dates for the full statement released by Kellogg.
HI-ATE-US TOUR 2012
8/1 – The Stone Pony – Ashbury Park, NJ
8/2 – Blue Ocean Hall – Salisbury, MA
8/3 – The Beachcomber – Wellfleet, MA
8/17 – Live on King Street – Madison, WI
9/9 – Downtown Dayton Revival – Dayton, OH
10/17 – The Tractor – Seattle, WA
10/18 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
10/19 – Cafe DeNord – San Francisco, CA
10/20 – Saint Rocke – Hermosa Breach, CA
10/21 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
10/23 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
10/24 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
10/25 – WorkPlay Theatre – Birmingham, AL
10/26 – The Social – Orlando, FL
10/27 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
10/28 – Cats Cradle – Carrboro, NC
10/30 – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
10/31 – Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/1 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
11/2 – Paradise – Boston, MA
11/3 – Howard Theatre – Washington, DC
11/4 – House of Blues Cambridge Room – Cleveland, OH
11/6 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
11/7 – Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
11/8 – Park West – Chicago, IL
11/9 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
11/10 – Fine Line Cafe – Minneapolis, MN
11/23 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
11/24 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
————————– ORIGINAL STATEMENT FROM STEPHEN KELLOGG ————————–
Originally posted July 2nd, 2012 on www.sk6ers.com
I’m writing on behalf of all of us to let you, our fans, our friends, know that SK6ERS will be going on hiatus at the end of 2012. I sing in a band with 4 other lead singers who play more than a dozen instruments. Our travels together have taken us to 11 countries, performing 1,224 shows in the last 9 years. Some of the highlights of this time together are tangible. In 2007, USA Today critic Brian Mansfield made us very happy by declaring Glassjaw Boxer one of the top 5 records of the year. In 2009, Armed Forces Entertainment named us “Entertainers of the Year.” Just last year, we got to crack the Billboard 100 with the release of Gift Horse. We have had the opportunity to tour with any number of amazing artists from Dispatch to Sugarland, David Crosby to Hanson, George Thorogood to OAR.
Many of the best experiences are intangible. Belly laughs crossing the desert of Arizona singing Beach Boys, Sixertown, Field Day, Rock Boat, being brought to tears by an electric audience at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club, sharing the quiet satisfaction of the good shows and the pain of the ones that didn’t come off as intended. This is a wonderful organization to be a part of, and when I think of not just the talent, but the quality of people associated with SK6ERS, I’m humbled night after night.
There’s nothing wrong. Change is good. It just means that after the end of the year we have no recording or touring plans as SK6ERS. Following almost a decade of living together as “road dogs,” some of our gang needs a moment to explore some other facets of life. As such we’re taking a break from our band.
For the next chapter, Ol’ SK is here to stay. I will be starting work on a new record this summer, and I look forward to sharing it with you. Me and my songs aren’t going anywhere, in fact there are some really exciting things on the horizon…but that’s in the future. For right now, we’re still focused on this moment. Stay tuned for a tour announcement on July 9th, as we do VERY MUCH intend to celebrate before we hibernate. We hope you’ll join us, and now would be the time to bring friends out and make this puppy hum.
With fondness and appreciation,