Kishi Bashi Announces Additional Dates Of His ‘151a’ 10th Anniversary Tour

Kishi Bashi has announced additional dates of his 10th anniversary tour around his beloved debut album, 151a. Following an initial eastern North America run—which begins tonight in Philadelphia, PA—Kishi Bashi and his full band will head to the western U.S. in June for dates that include a Los Angeles show at the El Rey Theater on the 12th. The tour will see them performing 151a in full alongside additional songs from his catalog.

Earlier this month, Kishi Bashi (née Kaoru Ishibashi) released a 10th anniversary reissue of 151a via Joyful Noise Recordings. The 22-track collection expands the original album with 11 corresponding demo recordings, and features new artwork by Hsiao Ron Cheng as well as a detailed track-by-track and liner notes by Kishi Bashi. The reissue is available in multiple formats: double vinyl (including a limited edition orange variant) and double CD, plus a cassette of the demos only.

“I think when people get emotional about music, they are reacting and connecting to the humanity that the artist has successfully channeled. I poured my heart and personhood into this album in an act of catharsis, and 151a launched my career and remains one of my most popular albums to this day,” Kishi Bashi reflects in the reissue’s liner notes. “As I look back and listen to 151a on the occasion of its 10-year anniversary, I hear how much I’ve matured, and how I’m still the same (I love simple melodies and strings and analog synths).”

Released in 2012, 151a—which earned praise from NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR Music (‘Best Songs of 2012’), Interview Magazine, and more—established Kishi Bashi as an artist to watch in his own right, following years performing as a multi-instrumentalist with artists including Regina Spektor and of Montreal (his collaboration on the latter’s album Paralytic Stalks proved formative). The title is a riff on the Japanese phrase “ichi-go ichi-e,” roughly translating to “one time, one place.” That’s exactly what this debut, produced and performed exclusively by Kishi Bashi, is: A singular time, an inimitable place, a launchpad for bigger and better things to come for the one-man orchestra.

Kishi Bashi 151a 10th Anniversary tour dates:
3/22 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
3/24 – New York City, NY- Irving Plaza
3/25 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
3/26 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
3/27 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
3/28 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
3/30 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s
3/31 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
4/1 – Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater
4/2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Music Hall
4/4 – Madison, WI – The Majestic Theater
4/5 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
4/6 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fine Line
4/7 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
4/8 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
4/10 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
6/2 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
6/3 – Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s Live
6/4 – San Antonio,TX – Paper Tiger
6/5 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
6/6 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
6/8 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
6/9 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
6/10 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
6/11 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
6/12 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
6/13 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
6/15 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
6/16 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
6/18 – Bozeman, MT – The ELM
6/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
6/20 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
6/22 – Oklahoma City, OK – Beer City Music Hall
6/23 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater
6/24 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe