Dashboard Confessional have announced their upcoming Unplugged tour. Launching September 2021, the group will be joined for select dates by supporting artists This Wild Life, Into It. Over It., Seahaven and Armon Jay.
Alternative Press and Live Nation have partnered to offer an exclusive presale for the Unplugged tour. Available Wednesday, May 19 at 10 a.m. local time, the sale will run until Thursday, May 20 at 10 p.m. local time. To participate, visit the Dashboard Confessional website and use the password ALTPRESS.
Dashboard Confessional’s Unplugged tour will be the first major string of performances for the group since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted last year’s 20th-anniversary outing. More than that, the run follows a major disruption to Dashboard bandleader Chris Carrabba’s life, the result of a motorcycle accident that left him concerned about his future as an artist.
In an exclusive discussion with Alternative Press, Carrabba spoke to the challenges of the previous year.
“The injuries I sustained made me unsure if I would ever be able to make music again, in private or on stage,” Carrabba says. “I had to fight to get music back into my life. I will embrace every moment of this tour in ways I never have before.”
Though faced with setbacks, Dashboard Confessional still accomplished a great deal in 2020. The group released their first-ever career retrospective album, The Best Ones Of The Best Ones. They also launched The Early Days series, which revisits some of the group’s most classic moments through limited vinyl releases. The line especially spotlights Chris Carrabba’s iconic early releases, including 2000’s The Swiss Army Romance and 2001’s The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most.
Additionally, Carrabba partnered with the beloved Austin, Texas-based company Mondo to release three EPs. The set revisits 2001’s So Impossible, 2002’s Summers Kiss and a newly created EP Spider-Man 2. Carrabba even found time to team up with Nightowl Canning and winemaker Susy Vasquez to produce Canvino: Bottle-Quality Wine, In A Can.
Despite these successes, the Unplugged tour offers Dashboard Confessional a chance to continue the celebration they began in 2020. Along the way, the group will visit over two dozen U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Charleston, Phoenix, Boston, Washington, D.C., Nashville, San Francisco, Portland and more.
Carrabba sees the upcoming tour as more than a chance to honor the group’s milestone. In an exclusive interview with Alternative Press, he characterized it as an opportunity to embrace the return of live music.
“The 20 year anniversary is worth celebrating, even belatedly, but now we are all celebrating the return of all the things we love and have been forced to miss for so long,” Carrabba says. “It will feel good to celebrate that together.”
During the tour, a number of supporting acts will play alongside the group. This Wild Life performs on dates from Sept. 8 through Oct. 2. Into It. Over It. join the tour for dates from Oct. 4 to Oct. 17. Seahaven appears from Oct. 20 to Oct. 31. Additionally, Dashboard member Armon Jay will offer support from Sept. 8 to Oct. 31.
Alternative Press and Live Nation have partnered to offer an exclusive presale for Dashboard Confessional’s Unplugged tour. The presale launches on May 19 at 10 a.m. local time, and will be available until May 20 at 10 p.m. local time. Tickets will go on sale for the general public on Friday, May 21 at 10 a.m. local time.
In order to take advantage of the presale, visit the Dashboard Confessional website and use the password ALTPRESS.
See below for details on the Dashboard Confessional Unplugged tour and read an exclusive interview with Carrabba about the announcement.
Dashboard Confessional Unplugged tour 2021
09/08 – New Orleans, LA @ The Orpheum Theater
09/10 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
09/11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
09/12 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
09/14 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
09/15 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
09/17 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
09/20 – Washington, D.C. @ The Lincoln Theatre
09/21 – Washington, D.C. @ The Lincoln Theatre
09/22 – Richmond, VA @ The National
09/24 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/25 – Westbury, NY @ Theatre at Westbury
09/26 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
09/29 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
09/30 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
10/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/02 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
10/04 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
10/05 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/07 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
10/08 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
10/09 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
10/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Fountain Street Church
10/12 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
10/14 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/15 – Omaha, NE @ Holland Center
10/16 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
10/17 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
10/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
10/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/23 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
10/25 – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/27 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
10/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/30 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
10/31 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/05 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
COVID-19 brought about major disruptions to live music, forcing you to cancel your tour. In addition, you faced your own personal difficulties as the result of an accident, a situation that left you worried about your future as a performer. How does it feel to be going back on tour following the challenges of 2020?
The injuries I sustained made me unsure if I would ever be able to make music again, in private or on stage. I had to fight to get music back into my life. I will embrace every moment of this tour in ways I never have before.
You were forced to cancel part of your 20th-anniversary celebration tour when the pandemic hit. Do you feel like this tour gives you a chance to finish celebrating that milestone with your fans?
The 20 year anniversary is worth celebrating, even belatedly, but now we are all celebrating the return of all the things we love and have been forced to miss for so long. It will feel good to celebrate that together.
I know that fans were excited for the chance to see you revisit some of your most beloved early material last year. What should fans expect from this tour?
My audience can expect to hear the songs they love in ways they haven’t heard them before.
This tour will be unplugged. The acoustic guitar has been a staple of your sound since the earliest days of Dashboard Confessional. Why do you continue to return to that format, and what about the acoustic guitar speaks to you?
The acoustic guitar, naked and unadorned, is a complex and nuanced instrument. The moment I pick mine up, I can cut right to the heart of the song.
Last year, you released The Best Ones Of The Best Ones. You also revisited a number of iconic records with The Early Days. How does it feel to be entering your third decade with this project, and what should fans expect going forward?
Spending some time with my old music seems to be informing the music I am making now. My next record and my next chapter will have a pretty strong relationship to my first two records.