Jens Lekman originally announced a one-time North American tour where he would perform with local youth orchestras in various cities for 2020, but dates were put on hold due to the pandemic. He has now announced new dates for the tour, starting in April and continuing through May. He will be joined by the violinist Leslie DeShazor for the shows, which take place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, New York and Washington DC. There are also a few dates without an orchestra, in Seattle, Denver, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and more. See all dates below.
The NYC shows, which are with Orchestrate dreamsare at Music Hall in Williamsburg on May 22 and 23and tickets go on sale Friday, February 25 at 10 a.m. local time.
“This is a tour I’ve been working on and looking forward to for nearly four years,” Jens writes. “The idea originally came to me in 2015 when I was invited to Cincinnati to perform a show with a group of young string players from the MyCincinnati organization. The show ended up being one of most memorable moments of my entire career. The energy that is present when a young person is still exploring and mastering an instrument is something that has always appealed to me. As a person who plays music more or less professionally for more than 15 years, I often have to return to this youthful source to remember and learn. Let the students become my teachers.
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JENS LEKMAN: TOUR 2022
April 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Aratani Theater (with YOLA)
May 2 – San Francisco, California – Great American Music Hall (With the San Francisco Conservatory of Music)
May 5 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater (with BRAVO Youth Orchestra)
May 7 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 9 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban
May 11 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
May 13 – Milwaukee, WI – Back Room @ Colectivo
May 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar
May 16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall (with Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra)
May 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
May 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Orchestrating Dreams)
May 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Orchestrating Dreams)
May 25 – Washington DC – 930 Club (with the DC Youth Orchestra program)