Zac Brown Band Announces 2020 ‘Roar with the Lions’ Tour, Promising a ‘Genre-Crossing’ Musical Experience



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The Zac Brown Band has grown beyond its distinct “country music” designation over the years, earning acclaim for its ability to attract an audience from multiple genres and fandoms.

You may (or may not) recall, for example, that Dave Grohl worked with the band on some music back in 2013, and Brown collaborated with the Foo Fighters on the Sonic Highways track “Congregation.”

Anyway, on Thursday the Zac Brown Band unveiled a big 2020 tour. Titled Roar With the Lions, the outing promises to be a great time for ZBB fans, with some time taken out to honor the group’s rock-oriented roots as well as its own pedigree of country music.

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Via the news release:

The “Roar with the Lions Tour” will feature music from the band’s entire discography mixed with a dynamic selection of genre-crossing cover songs that are a signature mark of each Zac Brown Band show. The tour is grounded in the historic characterization of the lion, depicted as a symbol of strength, courage, and loyalty. Always counted upon to bring sunshine and warmth into the lives of others, lions are fearless, treating one another with dignity and respect, bravely walking through the forests they rule. At each show, fans can expect fiery performances and a rollicking good time. Special guest Gregory Alan Isakov will join the tour May 24 through June 27 and St. Paul and The Broken Bones will open the Wrigley Field show on September 9. Please see itinerary below.

“Our summer tour is inspired by the folklore surrounding the figure of the lion. I am a Leo, and all of the guys in the band are lions,” said Zac Brown. “They exemplify strength, courage, intelligence, and loyalty, and work in tandem to defend their territory and one another. The crowd is our pride – rooted in togetherness and fiercely loyal. They always show up for each other, no matter what, just like our fans always show up for us. We can’t wait to hear you roar with us!”

Here’s an idea of what the “genre-crossing cover songs” segment of the show might look like:

And the tour dates for the trek, put on by LiveNation and presented by Polaris:

May 24, 2020 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
May 25, 2020 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
May 29, 2020 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center *
May 30, 2020 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre *
May 31, 2020 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview *
June 4, 2020 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach *
June 5, 2020 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion *
June 12, 2020 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage *
June 13, 2020 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
June 14, 2020 Darien, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater *
June 18, 2020 Burgettstown, PA S&T Bank Music Park *
June 19, 2020 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion *
June 20, 2020 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium*

June 25, 2020 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts *
June 26, 2020 New York, NY Citi Field *
June 27, 2020 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live *
July 24, 2020 Shakopee, MN Twin Cities Summer Jam +
July 25, 2020 Monticello, IA Great Jones County Fair +
Aug 7, 2020 Atlanta, GA SunTrust Park
Sep 10, 2020 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Sep 11, 2020 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Music Center
Sep 12, 2020 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field**
Sep 19, 2020 Frisco, TX Toyota Stadium (National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend) ++
Sep 25, 2020 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sep 26, 2020 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Oct 16, 2020 Portland, OR Moda Center
Oct 17, 2020 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Oct 18, 2020 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
* Denotes special guest Gregory Alan Isakov
** Denotes special guest St. Paul and the Broken Bones
+ Denotes festival stops
++ Denotes special stop


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