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STS9 Set To Kick Off Their “Autumn Tour 2014” ~ First Headlining Tour of The Year!



Tour Gets Underway Thursday, October 9 in Indianapolis and Continues With Stops in New York City on October 17 and Los Angeles November 21

Band Will Ring in 2015 With Three Shows ~ December 31, January 2 and January 3 ~ at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO

Acclaimed instrumental electronic rock band STS9 ~ hailed as “one of the country’s most intriguing, innovative outfits around” ~ is pumped up and ready to hit the ground running this fall on their “Autumn Tour 2014,” marking the band’s first official headlining run in over a year.

@ Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, photo courtesy of Festival Footprints

@ Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, photo courtesy of Festival Footprints


Hot off their two-night sold-out run at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado earlier this month, the group ~ Hunter Brown (guitar/sequences), Jeffree Lerner (percussion), David Phipps (keyboards/synths), Zach Velmer (drums) and Alana Rocklin (bass) ~ will be supported on select dates by Grammy-winning producers J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.


@ Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, NY, photo by Car Balch

@ Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, NY, photo by Car Balch

The 25-date tour will kick off October 9 at the Egyptian Room in Indianapolis and then make its way east with stops in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Portland before hitting New York City. From there, the tour will head to Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC, Richmond, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. As Atlanta was the birthplace of STS9 over 15 years ago, the group will perform back-to-back nights on November 1 and 2 at The Tabernacle and then stop in Fayetteville, Tulsa, Dallas and Austin before wrapping up in California with performances at The Wiltern in Los Angeles and Oakland’s Fox Theater. Find the complete itinerary listed below.

From December 3 – 7, STS9 will be joining friends Umphrey’s McGee and the Disco Biscuits for Dominican Holidaze at the Breathless Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This event is sold out.


The band will then close out 2014 and ring in 2015 with three nights at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO on December 31, January 2 and 3, 2015.  Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 1 exclusively at this link.

This year, fans are being treated to STS9’s largest touring production rig ever. Using the latest cutting-edge sound and lighting, the band is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to delivering one of the most visually stunning shows on the road today. Throughout their many critically acclaimed festival appearances this year, including CounterPoint, Hangout, Wakarusa, Electric Forest, The Hudson Project and North Coast, STS9 ~ dubbed “the masters of improvisational, brain-altering hydro-funk” by David Garber of Vice’s Thump (7/1/14) ~ has also debuted a number of new tracks in 2014 including “World Go Round,” “New Dawn, New Day,” “Totem,” “Click Lang Echo,” and “Only Light Remains,” all of which are sure to appear on set-lists throughout the fall tour.  Check out this clip of “World Go Round > Totem” from the Hangout Festival (5/16/14).

And what have the critics been saying about STS9’s 2014 festival appearances?

“One of the headliners [at The Hudson Project] was STS9, short for Sound Tribe Sector 9, which pumped its way through its own history of instrumental dance music, segueing in and out of rock, various eras of funk and the insistent, unsyncopated beats of current dance music.” ~ Jon Pareles, New York Times, 7/12/14

“STS9 dazzled the audience.  It was jazz. It was funk. It was electronica. It was sexy. It was groovy. It was raging. It was Tribe.” ~ Joe Lamendola,, 7/15/14

“It’s easy to have stage presence when you’re the headliner, but STS9 still played like they had something to prove…The crowd reveled in STS9’s past and seemed ready to embrace their future.” ~ Jason Keil, Phoenix New Times, 3/29/14

“I would describe the show by STS9 as bewildering and massive. The sound slammed into us, sending ripples through the sea of people. The bass drops were perfection and it was an absolutely amazing and beautiful performance. Total synchronicity at its best.” ~Tim Stanback,, 5/5/14

“…A show that was nothing short of spectacular…a non-stop rocking beacon during their twilight set.” ~ Marisa Frydman,, 7/1714


Catch STS9 on tour in the following cities:


@ Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR, photo by Jason Charme

@ Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR, photo by Jason Charme

DATE                         CITY                              VENUE

Thu            10/9         Indianapolis, IN              Egyptian Room

Fri              10/10       Pittsburgh, PA                Stage AE

Sat             10/11       Detroit, MI                      The Fillmore

Sun            10/12       Grand Rapids, MI           The Orbit Room

Thu            10/16       Portland, ME                  State Theater

Fri              10/17       New York, NY                Best Buy Theater

Sat             10/18       Philadelphia, PA            Tower Theater

Sun            10/19       Boston, MA                    House of Blues

Tue            10/21       Washington, DC             9:30 Club

Wed           10/22       Charlottesville, VA         Jefferson Theater

Thu            10/23       Richmond, VA                The National

Fri              10/24       Knoxville, TN                  Tennessee Theater

Sat             10/25       Asheville, NC                 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Wed           10/29       Chattanooga, TN           Track 29

Thu            10/30       Birmingham, AL             Iron City Music Hall

Fri              10/31       Nashville, TN                 War Memorial Auditorium

Sat             11/1         Atlanta, GA                    The Tabernacle

Sun            11/2         Atlanta, GA                    The Tabernacle

Tue            11/4         Oxford, MS                     The Lyric

Wed           11/5         Fayetteville, AR              Town Center

Thu            11/6         Tulsa, OK                       Cain’s Ballroom

Fri              11/7         Dallas, TX                      House of Blues

Sat             11/8         Austin, TX                      Austin Music Hall

Fri              11/21       Los Angeles, CA            The Wiltern

Sat             11/22       Oakland, CA                  Fox Theater

Dec 3-7                       Punta Cana, DR             Dominican Holidaze

Wed           12/31       Denver, CO                    Fillmore Auditorium

Fri              1/2           Denver, CO                    Fillmore Auditorium

Sat             1/3           Denver, CO                    Fillmore Auditorium




More About STS9


STS9 live in 2014 from Wakarusa, photo by Phil Clarkin

STS9 live in 2014 from Wakarusa, photo by Phil Clarkin

Since forming in Atlanta 15 years ago, STS9 has risen to the forefront of the international music scene. Consistently ranked among Pollstar’s list of top-grossing touring acts, the quintet has sold out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre (recently completing their 11th consecutive year headlining the famed venue), headlined stages at the country’s biggest music festivals, sold out shows across the country as both an acoustic set-up in opera houses and as an electronic act in amphitheaters, and have raised significant amounts of money towards activism efforts (including $150,000 for the Make It Right Foundation, paving the way to rebuild a house in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans). STS9 also runs their own record label, 1320 Records, whose goal is to bring the music to the people in the most conscious, unique, innovative and savvy ways possible to lessen the distance between artists and fans. The band’s latest studio EP and eleventh album in their full discography, When The Dust Settles, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart and landed them on Billboard’s Top 25 album chart.

@ Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY, photo  by Jake Plimack Photography

@ Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY, photo by Jake Plimack Photography


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