Posted in music | tour dates on March 2, 2010


Will Johnson of Centro-matic will be heading out on an acoustic house-show tour of North America with guitarist Anders Parker in late March and April. The pair are currently looking for lofts, apartments and houses willing to host a 35-40 person show on their planned route. The NYC/Brooklyn stop is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 10th. All dates and hosting info below.

The Texan (from Denton, located about 3.5 hours north of Austin) will also be making the trip to SXSW where Centro-matic will play a select few shows. One of them will be the BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Club DeVille on March 19th. They go on right before Lucero and after the Antlers. Twin Sister is also on the bill. More TBA shortly.

Will Johnson's tour with Jason Molina was canceled last December due to Molina's health issues. Their CD Jason Molina and Will Johnson came out in November.

House show info and all tour dates are below...

Centro-matic - SXSW 2010 Schedule
03/18/10 Austin, TX SXSW - Emo's Annex #
03/19/10 Austin, TX SXSW - BrooklynVegan day party at Club DeVille $
# w/ Pete Molinari, Oh Mercy, Bobby Bare JR, Brazos, White Denim
$ w/ Antlers, Lucero, Twin Sister, more

Centro-matic - 2010 House Tour
Tue Mar 30 : Houston, TX
Wed Mar 31 : Baton Rouge, LA
Thu Apr 1 : Birmingham, AL
Fri Apr 2 : Nashville, TN
Sat Apr 3 : Atlanta, GA
Sun Apr 4 : Athens, GA
Mon Apr 5 : OFF
Tue Apr 6 : Brevard, NC
Wed Apr 7 : Chapel Hill, NC
Thu Apr 8 : Wash DC area
Fri Apr 9 : Philly, PA
Sat Apr 10 : NYC / Brooklyn
Sun Apr 11 : Boston, MA
Mon Apr 12 : OFF
Tue Apr 13 : Montpelier, VT
Wed Apr 14 : Burlington, VT
Thu Apr 15 : Buffalo, NY
Fri Apr 16 : Bloomington, IN
Sat Apr 17 : Chicago, IL
Sun Apr 18 : Madison, WI
Mon Apr 19 : OFF
Tue Apr 20 : Minneapolis
Wed Apr 21 : Saint Louis, MO
Thu Apr 22 : Springfield, MO
Fri Apr 23 : Denton, TX
Sat Apr 24 : Austin, TX

How to host a Centro-matic house show

Please get in touch if you want to host a show. We'll make this as easy as possible for the hosts. All you have to do is let us borrow your living room for a couple of hours and in return you'll get 5 free tickets for friends and our eternal gratitude.

Here's how it works.

1. You have a house or loft space that can comfortably and safely host 35-40 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement or other indoor residential space would be ideal. There would need to be enough parking nearby and your neighbors should be cool. It would be a huge bummer if someone called the cops because of all the extra cars and people coming to your house. You probably should not do this if you live in a small apartment with a bunch of uptight neighbors or a cranky landlord.

2. The shows will not be open to the public and no tickets will be sold at the door. We will pre-sell a set number of tickets for each show on our website before the show. Be realistic on how many people your place can hold. We need to know how many tickets we can sell in advance. Ticket prices will be $20.

3. We will provide you with a detailed list of everyone who will be coming to the show. This way the host won't have to deal with money and will only need to check people off the list as they arrive.

4. The host can have up to 5 free tickets for the show. If you have other friends who want to come to the show you can direct them to the link to buy tickets on-line.

5. The shows usually start at around 8pm. We'll ask people to arrive around 7:30pm. It should be over by around 9:30pm. We'll make it clear to everyone that they should be out of your house by 10pm.

7. You don't need to provide any sort of sound system. All you need is a couple of chairs for Will and Anders to sit on while playing.

8. Your home address will not be published on the web and only given to those people who purchase tickets.

9. The shows will not be promoted or advertised anywhere except our websites.

10. After we agree on a date and location we'll ask you to sign a simple performance agreement.

After reading all of this and you are interested please send an e-mail to: and

Please include a photo of the space where you would like to have the show and put "Johnson / Parker House Show" and the city where you live in the subject line of the e-mail.

We'll review all requests. Once we have a routing figured out we'll be in touch with people in the towns we are able to work into the schedule.

Thank you for your interest and support.




Comments (14)

Will Johnson is the man... lucky to get so many chances to see him here in Austin.
Cain't wait for a HOUSE PARTY!!!

Also, loved Anders GOB IRON project w/ Farrar

Posted by TXn | March 2, 2010 10:58 AM

Apparently this is the "Bad Beard" tour.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2010 11:44 AM

whoever wrote that whole thing is a douche

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2010 12:15 PM

1215, why?

Posted by sam | March 2, 2010 12:28 PM

seems pretty cool to me...who buys the beer?

Posted by sam | March 2, 2010 12:29 PM

wow, five friends get FREE tickets! Sign me up!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2010 12:58 PM

I don't know who these guys are, but 20 dollar house shows where tickets are sold in advance! Seriously?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2010 1:03 PM


Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2010 2:40 PM

so a bunch of strangers come to yr home and pay $20...for yr trouble...and for you to do the get 5 tickets?

anyone remember centro-matic's first nyc show at rodeo bar back in 98?

didnt think so.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2010 3:34 PM

i love you will johnson

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2010 5:59 PM

Indeed the success of an endeavour such as this does require the existence of at least one angel per town who DIGS the music enough to offer up his home to be host.

I am sure Will and Anders appreciate all such persons enormously.

Such is life in the musical landscape of the 2000s.....where for every album sold at least 9 are stolen.

And where Will Johnson ( my reckoning, and seriously....THE top rock act of the 2000s...)...does house tours...and does tours as the *drummer* for Monster of Folk and Son Volt.

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2010 11:26 PM

Guggenheim billed it as a performance piece and it was just an installation. Resultingly, the crowd simply waited for the "show" to start, limiting anyone's ability to freely explore the space (the ground floor was packed with indian-style seaters, and the balconies were lined with people holding onto their spots like grim death.

Posted by منتديات | January 9, 2011 1:34 PM

Hey ya'll we lost another one.......but I'm glad to have grown up with gangstarr as representatives of this music that has an incredible history.....hip hop is a book that wrote itself and GURU was definetly one of its main characters.....we are all getting older.....and GURU is one of the MCs that added a soundtrack to our lives in the 80's and 90's.......the NAMES,PLACES and FACES come to mind when I hear a GANGSTARR track.........I thank GOD that he allowed GURU to shine in his short time...........REST IN EVERLASTING PEACE GURU

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