Coming off an extraordinary 2018, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is looking forward to his Spring 2019 tour. Beginning March 12 in Clearwater, FL at Ruth Eckerd Hall and culminating in Southaven, MS at Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove on March 24, all performances will be an Evening with Steve Miller Band without any openers. The full itinerary is below.
In 2018, besides performing 57 shows across North America with the SMB, Miller himself produced and personally directed the curation and creative process for two new, career-spanning Steve Miller Band Ultimate Hits collections (Capitol/Ume). Ultimate Hits is now available in a 1CD and digital edition featuring 22 essential Steve Miller Band tracks, including three previously unreleased rarities, and in an expanded 2CD and digital deluxe edition with 40 tracks, including the acclaimed band’s top hits, live tracks, and eight previously unreleased recordings from the studio and the stage. Both editions are also available on 180-gram vinyl in 2LP and 4LP deluxe packages.
Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late ’60s. With albums like Children of the Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music-and society-could be in the years to come.
Then, in the ’70s, Miller crafted a brand of rock ‘n’ roll music that was polished, exciting and irresistible, and that has dominated radio through today. Hit followed hit in an endless flow: “The Joker,” “Livin’ in the USA,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love,” and “Abracadabra” among them. To this day, these songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio-and impossible not to sing along with. Running through Miller’s catalogue is a combination of virtuosity and song craft along with melodic vocals and signature guitar riffs. His parents were jazz aficionados — Les Paul was his godfather — so as a budding guitarist and singer, Miller absorbed valuable lessons from their musical tradition. When the family moved to Texas, Miller deepened his education in the blues, meeting T-Bone Walker and learning to sing and play listening to him and Jimmy Reed. Miller then moved to Chicago where he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield.
In addition to touring with his band, Miller is also contributing his time to serving on the visiting committee of the Department of Musical Instruments of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he curates and hosts shows at both institutions celebrating blues, jazz and early American music. From 2015 – 2017, Miller and guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan presented seven sold out shows at JALC: “Ma Rainey Meets Miles Davis,” “T Bone Walker – A Bridge From Blues to Jazz,” and, with along with harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite, “The Blues Triangle: Memphis, Texas and Chicago.” In 2018, Miller with Marty Stuart presented two sold out shows at JALC called “Music from Appalachia.” More Steve Miller Band tour dates and album release and compilation news will be announced in the coming months.
STEVE MILLER BAND SPRING 2019 TOUR DATES
12 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
13 – Fort Myers, FL – Suncoast Credit Union Arena
16 – Orlando, FL – Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage
17 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
20 – Greenville, SC – Peace Center
21 – Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Performing Arts Center
23 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
24 – Southaven, MS – Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove3