Alabama Shakes Sweep Grammy Awards and Announce Major Tour; Tickets On Sale & Selling Out
Alabama Shakes had an epic night at the 2016 Grammy Awards. The Alabama-based rock band took home trophies for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, furthering to secure their growing popularity across the country.
To continue their momentum, the band also announced a massive tour scheduled to kick off on March 11 in Bogota, Colombia, according to a report from Pitchfork. The tour will run until Aug. 12 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, and will hit a handful of major venues along the way. Tickets to see Alabama Shakes went on sale Feb. 17, and a general on-sale for a handful of dates began Feb. 19.
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The band has already sold out performances scheduled in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ybor City, Florida, and St. Augustine, Florida, and many other dates will follow.
Because of the demand, tickets have hit the secondary market and are rising in price. Across all scheduled performances, resale tickets are averaging $108, according to data provided by ticket aggregator TiqIQ. The band is scheduled to play their most expensive date on May 13 at Family Circle Magazine Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina, where tickets are averaging $136 with the cheapest ticket available for $46.
Conversely, the band's most affordable performance is scheduled to be their May 28 stop at Deer Lake Park in Canada, where tickets are averaging just $85, with the cheapest ticket priced at $53. The tour will feature a rotating cast of openers like Dylan LeBlanc, Hop Along, Kurt Vile and the Violators, and Dawes.
The Alabama Shakes beat out bands like Foo Fighters, Florence + the Machine, Wolf Alice and Elle King in the rock performance category, although they lost to pop princess Taylor Swift for Album of the Year. Swift took home the award for her 2014 release, 1989.