Alexandria, VA (September 5, 2012) - With the Christmas season fast approaching, pop sensation Owl City is partnering with The Salvation Army for the second annual Rock the Red Kettle Tour to encourage volunteerism and support the Army's upcoming Red Kettle Campaign. The tour kicks off today at Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN, and will stop in 25 major cities across North America, including New York, Chicago, Orlando and Los Angeles.
This is the first leg of Owl City's The Midsummer Station World Tour and begins just weeks after completing a sold-out July headlining tour. For this run, he'll be making stops in 4 continents over a 45-date run in support of his latest full-length studio album The Midsummer Station, which was released August 21st via Republic Records. The album debuted at #7 last week on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, making it Owl City's third album to appear in the Top 10. The album also debuted at in the Top 25 at iTunes in 16 countries and hit #1 in the United States, Canada, and Japan. The lead single "Good Time," Owl City's smash duet with Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen, has now sold over 1 million copies, earning it platinum status in the U.S. The week of release, Owl City teamed up with Carly Rae Jepsen for 5 national television performances, including Conan, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Arthur Ashe Kids Day, and America's Got Talent.
"I am incredibly excited to partner with The Salvation Army," said Owl City's Adam Young. "The Rock the Red Kettle Tour is a great opportunity to celebrate the importance of volunteering and giving back year round, and I am excited to do my part on the road this fall."
The Rock the Red Kettle Tour will help raise awareness for The Salvation Army's 121st annual Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Money raised during the campaign helps the Army serve 30 million Americans in need each year in communities nationwide through an array of programs including toys for kids, coats for the homeless and food for the hungry.
"We are thrilled to have Owl City rocking the red kettles on tour!" said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. "Partnering with Owl City will help us reach out to our younger supporters and inspire them to do the most good in their own communities."
Last year, The Salvation Army partnered with Honor Society for the Rock the Red Kettle Tour, which culminated in the Rock the Red Kettle Concert at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. The concert featured a mix of today's top young stars, including Honor Society, Colbie Caillat, Cody Simpson, Greyson Chance, Drake Bell and Hanson. The Rock the Red Kettle Tour and Concert are produced by Ned Specktor and Specktor Media.
The following is a list of dates and locations for the Rock the Red Kettle Tour:
Date City Location
9/5/12 Nashville, TN Cannery
9/6/12 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
9/7/12 Orlando, FL Beacham Theatre
9/8/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
9/10/12 Washington DC 930 Club (early show)
9/11/12 New York, NY Irving Plaza
9/13/12 Boston, MA Paradise
9/14/12 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
9/15/12 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Hall
9/16/12 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
9/18/12 Houston, TX House of Blues
9/19/12 Dallas, TX House of Blues
9/20/12 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
9/22/12 San Diego, CA House of Blues
9/24/12 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre
9/25/12 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
9/26/12 San Francisco, CA Regency
9/28/12 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
9/29/12 Seattle, WA Neptune
10/1/12 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
10/2/12 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
10/4/12 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
10/5/12 Kansas City, MO Beaumont
10/6/12 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
10/7/12 Detroit, MI Crofoot
From its humble origin as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells daily and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers. In 2011, the campaign raised more than $147.6 million nationwide, a new record supported by the public's nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars, credit cards (and the occasional diamond ring or gold tooth) all collected and used to help people in the communities where they were raised. Last year, the funds helped The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, toys and other assistance to 30 million Americans in need.
About Owl City
Owl City achieved worldwide success with his platinum selling major label debut Ocean Eyes, which spawned the quadruple-platinum first single "Fireflies" - a No. 1 smash hit in 26 countries including the U.S. where it hit the top spot twice, and sold more than 12 million downloads worldwide. For his third album, The Midsummer Station, Owl City's Adam Young took a bold step forward by choosing to work with co-writers and outside producers for the first time. On the album's first single, the incredibly infectious summer hit "Good Time" he's joined in a duet with the incredibly talented Carly Rae Jepsen. Owl City kicks off a world headlining tour on September 5th in support of The Midsummer Station which was released on August 21st on Republic Records.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.