Andrew Bird is adding east coast and midwest dates this fall, capping off the tour with a performance at Austin City Limits, in support of his latest highly praised release Break It Yourself (out now on Mom + Pop Music). Tickets are available for pre-order at, please see below for a list of dates.
In celebration of the record’s release, Bird has appeared on “The Colbert Report” (stream the video at, “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (stream the video at and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (stream the video at as well as NPR’s “Weekend Edition.”
Critics have praised Break It Yourself since its release:
“A quiet, careful grower…it blooms into something beautiful.”—NPR Music
“[Bird’s] emotional urgency energizes his fluid multi-instrumental elocution.”—Rolling Stone
“[Andrew Bird] has yet to lose the sense of wonder that a bright-eyed child brings to the world…Break It Yourself is a shimmering collection of clever and carefully constructed songs.”—The New Yorker
“The perfect album: tender without being sentimental, experimental yet accessible, utterly unique to its maker.”—The Guardian
“[A] swoon-worthy set of rapturous tunes that bristle with embraceable eccentricities.”—USA Today
“Delightful pop songs disguised as beautiful violin and whistle-laden ballads.”—TIME
“[Break It Yourself is] perfect for the sensitive souls among us.”—Newsweek
Produced by Bird, Break It Yourself was recorded at his barn in Western Illinois near the banks of the Mississippi River. Paired with the album’s deluxe CD package is the DVD Here’s What Happened. The thirty-minute performance film was shot at Bird’s barn during the recording of the album and captures the energy of the room in which the new release was conceived. Footage from Here’s What Happened of Bird performing the track “Eyeoneye” can be viewed at
Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and gypsy music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop. Since beginning his recording career in 1997 he has released 11 albums, his first solo record Weather Systems coming in 2003. Bird has gone on to record with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Most recently Bird composed his first ever film score for the movie Norman (hailed as “a probing, thoughtful score” by The New York Times; available now on Mom + Pop), contributed to the soundtrack of The Muppets and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation at New York’s Guggenheim Museum and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
July 8            Fifth Third Bank Ballpark            Geneva, IL*
July 10            North Carolina Museum of Art            Raleigh, NC†
July 11            Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden            Richmond, VA†
July 13            Stage AE            Pittsburgh, PA‡
July 14            Forecastle Festival            Louisville, KY
July 15            Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park            Grand Rapids, MI
July 16            Artpark            Lewiston, NY
July 18            Theatre De Verdure at Parc LaFontaine            Montreal, QC
July 19            Echo Beach            Toronto, ON
July 20            Higher Ground            Shelburne, VT
July 21            Hope Artiste Village Courtyard            Pawtucket, RI
July 27            Soundtown Festival            Somerset, WI
August 10            Outside Lands            San Francisco, CA
August 11            The Spreckels Theatre            San Diego, CA
August 12            The Greek Theatre            Los Angeles, CA
August 14            Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre            Salt Lake City, UT
August 15            Chautauqua Auditorium            Boulder, CO
August 17            Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre            Denver, CO
August 18            Jackson Hole Center for the Arts            Jackson, WY
August 20            Peter Kiewit Concert Hall            Omaha, NE
August 21            Simon Estes Amphitheatre            Des Moines, IA
September 26            Overture Hall            Madison, WI§
September 27            Midpoint Music Festival            Cincinnati, OH§
September 29            Singletary Center            Lexington, KY§
September 30            Murat Theatre            Indianapolis, IN§
October 1            Orange Peel            Asheville, NC§
October 2            Neighborhood Theatre            Charlotte, NC§
October 4            Tennessee Theater            Knoxville, TN§
October 5            Georgia Theater            Athens, GA§
October 6            Charleston Music Hall            Charleston, SC§
October 8            Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater            Miami Beach, FL§
October 9            Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts            Tampa, FL§
October 10            House of Blues            Orlando, FL§
October 12            House of Blues            Houston, TX§
October 13            Austin City Limits Festival            Austin, TX
* with Wilco
† with Mavis Staples
‡ with Death Cab For Cutie
§ with Here We Go Magic
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