2015 West Coast Tour with The Jayhawks

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Fall Tour with The Jayhawks

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Tour dates with Old 97′s, Austin Lucas and Spacehog

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Fall acoustic tour with Rhett Miller, Ewert and the Two Dragons

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Trapper will be all over the USA the next two months with just his six strings, stories and songs. Check out the dates below:

With Rhett Miller of Old 97′s:

September 17 – Milwaukee, WI, Shank Hall
September 18 – Chicago, IL, City Winery Chicago

With Ewert and The Two Dragons:

September 20 – Austin, TX, Stubb’s Austin
September 21 – Dallas, TX, The Prophet Bar
September 23 – Nashville, TN, The High Watt
September 24 – St. Louis, MO, The Firebird
September 25 – Madison, WI, The Frequency
September 27 – Minneapolis, MN, 7th St Entry
September 28 – Chicago, IL, Beat Kitchen
September 30 – Columbus, OH, The Basement
October 1 – Ann Arbor, MI, Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
October 2 – Toronto, ONT, Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
October 3 – Rochester, NY, Bug Jar
October 4 – Pittsburgh, PA, The Smiling Moose
October 5 – Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda’s
October 7 – Washington, DC, DC9
October 9 – Cambridge, MA, TT The Bear’s Place Inc
October 10 – New York, NY, The Mercury Lounge
October 12 – Burlington, VT, Higher Ground

Poster by Ryan Lynch.
Photo by Rachel Sauer.

A taste of Trapper and his acoustic, courtesy of Before the Concert:

Summer in the Shade(s) with Old 97′s, Wallflowers, BoDeans and more

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It’s good to be a Shade. New songs are coming and it’s just about time to get leaving again. We’ll be logging some major miles on the Chevy Express this summer and bringing these new tunes and also new faces to the stage. After a gig with alt-county heroes Old 97′s at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom, we bid farewell to Wisconsin until mid July.

We’ll be at the Minnesota Zoo with the BoDeans and then eastbound for New York shows with Cory Chisel and another with the ‘97s at a radical music venue/bowling alley, Brooklyn Bowl.

The Shades will be returning to Hudson, NY to play with our friends the Last Conspirators before joining back up with the Wallflowers for a gig in Pittsburgh. We’ll also be supporting Jakob D. and co this July in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

In addition to all this, we’re happy to announce we will be throwing our first annual SHADES SHINDIG this year July 10th at Wauwatosa’s Hart Park Pavillion, with the help of our friends at Yellow Phone Music Conference. We will curate a special night of good music and good friends, á la the Band. In addition to performing many of our own songs, we’ll be calling up a bevy of our talented musician pals and backing them up on their songs, with a few familiar cover tunes thrown in throughout this diverse three-hour concert.

Guests include:

Our very own Timothy “Showtime” Schweiger
Joseph Huber (.357 String Band)
Joe Crockett (The Championship)
Frankie Lee (Minneapolis)
Chris DeMay (Juniper Tar)
Quinn Scharber
And more!

A full schedule of this summer’s fun is below. See you down the road.


June 20/ Turner Hall / Milwaukee, WI w/Old 97s
June 21/ Minnesota Zoo / Apple Valley, MN w/Bodeans
June 26/ City Winery / New York, NY w/Cory Chisel (Trapper solo)
June 27/ Brooklyn Bowl / Brooklyn, NY w/Old 97s
June 28/ Half Moon / Hudson, NY w/The Last Conspirators
June 29/ Altar Bar / Pittsburgh, PA w/The Wallflowers
July 6/ Piere’s / Fort Wayne, IN w/The Wallflowers
July 10/ The Shades Shindig @ Tosa Tonight / Wauwatosa, WI w/Friends
July 13/ UW-Madison Terrace / Madison, WI
July 14/ Schubas / Chicago, IL
July 27/ Brady St. Festival / Milwaukee, WI
July 28/ Wicker Park Fest / Chicago, IL w/ Ted Leo

Ride through Wisconsin with us in the new video for “Tracks”

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SXSW (or Shades by Shadeswest)

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We went big in Texas. Let’s run down the highlights…

Before we even made it to Austin, we played a couple of great gigs in San Antonio and Corpus Christi with our favorite songwriter from the UK, Frank Turner.

En route to check-in at SXSW we met Dave Grohl! He was walking with producer Nick Raskulinecz, an old buddy of our drummer Jon (he produced Jon and our manager Ben’s old band The Benjamins back in the year 2000). Dave did a funny impression of Rami, who plays in the Foo Fighters in addition to the Wallflowers. Dave Grohl was a rad enough dude to oblige a picture!

Our first showcase was at the Ginger Man pub for BLURT! magazine. We met a Shades superfan from Belgium named Huddie. With all the bands out there, it’s humbling to meet folks from across the pond who listen to us.

Craig Shelburne from CMT was also there and wrote in an article:
“Trapper Schoepp & The Shades: I caught this band at one of my favorite bars, the Ginger Man. I think it was on Wednesday around, um…beer thirty. My notes are scarce, but I do remember thinking their boisterous tune ‘Tracks’ is probably going to end up on all of my summer playlists. You can tell these musicians really enjoy playing together.”

Our last show was at a new BBQ joint, Freedman’s Bar, owned in part by our buddy Jimmy Ace, who is the soundman for The Wallflowers. It was the eatery’s first venture into live music – they literally built the stage out of benches and plywood an hour before showtime. Jakob, Rami and Bob Dylan’s guitarist Charlie Sexton showed up right before our last song. The ‘Flowers were opening for Eric Clapton down the street that night. They all came up and sat in on “The Weight” and “One Headlight,” we learned the latter the day before leaving Milwaukee.

The feather in our cap was stopping at Ardent Studios in Memphis and getting a 90-minute personal tour by Big Star’s Jody Stephens. We’re huge Big Star fans, and the history and vibe of the place left us all inspired. Jody is a golden soul, a very gracious gentleman., and we may have found the canvas for our next record.

Well, that’s it for now. It was a star-studded tour to Austin, and we made plenty of new friends. Thanks for the support, everybody! Stay tuned–we’ll try and stay current with what’s going on in our camp, including a new MUSIC VIDEO(!) and tour dates for the Spring.



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While on tour with our new pals Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band in Santa Fe, NM recently, the good folks over at LightBright came out and filmed the gang playing “The Ballad of Olaf Johnson.” It’s a new song that Trapper wrote about his great-great-grandfather and how he managed to endure a long South Dakota winter after his wagon busted. Enjoy…

CMJ + Fall & Winter tour dates w/ The Wallflowers, Rev Peyton, Limbeck, and Social Distortion!

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We’re loading up the Chevy and heading out next week for (more or less) the rest of the year. First off is three shows in NYC for CMJ, then we head for Omaha to play ten shows with The Wallflowers. It’s quite an honor to be able to share the stage with them, and if you haven’t checked out their great new album Glad All Over yet, you should go ahead and do that. We especially can’t wait to play with them at Turner Hall in Milwaukee on Halloween. When that ends, we beeline from Toronto to LA to do a handful of dates with our labelmates Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

December finds us heading back to California to play three shows with a reunited Limbeck. We’ve always been big fans of this band, and one Record Store Day their drummer Jonny strolled into our instore at Exclusive Co. and ended up joining our band. We’re all beyond excited for these shows, and the cherry that tops it off is when we open for Social Distortion in Anaheim after that.

Click here to go to our SHOWS page for a list of where we’ll be.

We can’t wait to head out on the road…spread the word and we’ll see ya out there!

The Shades

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