(TL;DR We’re laying low for 2020, handful of smaller city shows, fests etc. Not playing the usual yearly big cities again until 2021! 4 shows left for this year!)

So this is going to come across like bad news at first, but it’s really, really not. Which is a terrible way to start a news update, but hang in, it’ll make sense.

So for the last half decade or so since we stopped full time touring and moved to a schedule of weekend clusters of shows throughout the year so that we can live actual normal human lives, we’ve been hitting the major cities in the US yearly. That’s going to pause momentarily for the entirety of 2020. Essentially we’ve come to fill all of our free time outside of our aforementioned normal lives with shows, travel to the shows, and planning for the shows, which left no time for… something we’ve wanted to do for a few years now (and something we can all agree is long overdue). In order to get this unmentionable thing done and done properly, we need to dedicate a large chunk of time to it.

SO! For 2020, as much as we’ll miss seeing your faces at the shows that have now become tradition for us, we’ll be drastically cutting down on the amount of shows we play. And since we couldn’t decide on which shows to cut down on, we decided on ALL the cities we’ve been playing yearly for the last half decade, so as to not play favorites. Instead we’ll be doing a handful of shows in smaller cities that may have felt neglected all of these years (we hear you yelling at us on social media to come to your city, dammit, we’re doing our best ;-) Throw in a few festivals and an overseas trip or two and that’ll be our 2020, on top of being locked up, working on our… thing.. that we’re not talking about yet.. because we want to keep talk of things to a minimum until we have something concrete to share…

SO, THAT SAID: you know more or less what we’re doing in 2020. It’s a year of creation for us. And of playing a small amount of concerts in less traveled cities. We will be back in 2021 to the usual metropolises with something special and new to show you all. Also there will be a few unique surprises throughout 2020 ;-)

This all translates, to those of you in the NJ/NY area (plus Boston :-D), to: GET YER BUTTS TO THE LAST REMAINING SHOWS OF 2019 because it’ll be a while til we’re back in your faces, singing and playing our butts off. In particular for us, the two last shows of the year, at Starland Ballroom, on Dec 19 & 20 will be extra meaningful. It’ll be the last time we hit the stage that has become our home until the ridiculously science fiction sounding year of 2021. Let’s go out big people. Let’s sing songs from our entire history. Let’s rock so hard we’ll NEED a full year and change to recuperate.

Remaining shows of 2019:

12/7 Huntington NY The Paramount

12/8 Boston MA House of Blues

12/19 Sayreville NJ Starland Ballroom

12/20 Sayreville NJ Starland Ballroom

Last year, Bandits Of The Acoustic Revolution stormed the stages of NYC and Los Angeles with a 45 piece orchestra in tow. An epically unforgettable night was had by all in attendance, we’d like to think, from every musician onstage to every set of ears and eyes in the audience. Time to do it again, dear friends. For those of you who missed out on last year’s sold out shows, for those of you that went and want to see more, for those of you that may have heard about the project in the year since, and for ourselves, who still think back on those nights with the fondest of memories. May 4th in New York City at Radio City Music Hall, May 11 in Chicago at the Chicago Theatre, and May 18th in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theater. We’re currently hard at work preparing more mash-ups of punk rock energy and classical instruments as we speak and can’t wait to get back on those massive stages to show you what we’ve added to the BOTAR(O) repertoire. See you all in May, friends! Tickets on sale this Friday, Feb 1. More info, details and goodies will begin popping up on BOTAR’s various social media feeds, so if you’re interested in that sort of thing, please feel free to join them.

5/4/19 New York City NY / Radio City Music Hall  5/11/19 Chicago IL / Chicago Theatre 5/18/19 Los Angeles CA / Dolby Theater

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Artwork by our good buddy Sara Kipin www.twitter.com/sarakipin

We’ve had an incredible year so far, celebrating the 15 year anniversary of Everything Goes Numb and the 20th anniversary of Keasbey Nights with full album shows throughout the year. Unfortunately, it’s time to wrap things up and put these album shows to bed. We’ve got 4 shows left this year: NYC and Philly are the last remaining Numb shows with tickets still available (The Sayreville NJ Numb show on Dec 22 is sold out! Maybe head to NYC if you were hoping to get into that one?) and there are still some tickets left to see us play Keasbey Nights for the last time (possibly, likely, EVAR) at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on Dec 21. Thanks for making this an incredible year! Let’s destroy these last few dates, ROCK!