After spending more than a decade as a successful singer/songwriter and touring musician, recent New York City transplant Sara Bareilles still feels overwhelmed with anxiety just days before beginning an uncharted adventure; her first solo tour. Typically aided by a backing band, Bareilles will perform alone on stage in front of a small crowd at Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club when her Brave Enough tour commences Thursday (April 25).
“I was very nervous about this tour,” says the West Village’s newest resident. “I’m so excited. They’re really intimate venues. I wanted it to feel like a really special occasion because I’ve never toured this way and I don’t when I’ll get the opportunity to do that again.”
With each show already sold out, Bareilles is now more concerned with entertaining a crowd accustomed to a full stage of musicians. “I’m so scared the audience is going to get bored,” she says jokingly. But advice from close friends Ben Folds and Richard Marx, who have both previously embarked on successful solo tours, help put her mind at ease.
“He (Marx) was one of the first people that told me, ‘You gotta go on a solo tour. It’ll change everything for you.’”
The tour will make 18 stops across the country, traveling West to California before closing near her new home on the Lower West Side at Highline Ballroom on May 23rd.
Bareilles’s Brave Enough tour begins just two days after the release of her latest single, “Brave.” Available on iTunes today (April 23), the song’s message is something Bareilles supports wholeheartedly.
“Empowering young woman… it’s a concept that is near and dear to my heart,” says Bareilles, who recalls terrible experiences in middle school. “I love seeing those girls just kind of be themselves on camera and be free and liberated.” The aforementioned girls she speaks of are those starring her the “Brave” lyric video. With the official music video still in the works and the popularity of lyric videos continuing to rise, Bareilles produced the it with the help of close friend and director Lindsey Burns. As a songwriter, it is something she genuinely enjoys.
“I love it because I want to know what everyone’s talking about. I want to know the story.”
Bareilles will appear on the TODAY Show this Friday, April 26th and you can see her full tour schedule below:
4.25.13 | Washington DC | 9:30 Club
4.27.13 | New Haven, CT | Toad’s Place
4.28.13 | Boston, MA | Tsai Performance Center
4.29.13 | Toronto, ON | Phoenix Concert Theater
4.30.13 | Philadelphia, PA | Union Transfer
5.02.13 | Chicago, IL | Park West
5.03.13 | Milwaukee, WI | Pabst Theater
5.04.13 | Minneapolis, MN | Cedar Cultural Center
5.06.13 | Englewood, CO | Gothic Theater
5.09.13 | Vancouver, BC | Rio Theater
5.10.13 | Portland, OR | Roseland Theater
5.11.13 | Seattle, WA | Showbox @ The Market
5.13.13 | San Francisco, CA | Slim’s
5.14.13 | Los Angeles, CA | El Rey
5.17.13 | Austin, TX | Parish
5.20.13 | Atlanta, GA | Variety Playhouse
5.21.13 | Charlotte, NC | Booth Playhouse
5.23.13 | New York, NY | Highline Ballroom
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