Port City Music Hall
Jim James presents Uniform Distortion

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Jim James presents Uniform Distortion

Amo Amo

Mon, May 20, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

State Theatre

Portland, ME

$40.50 Advance / $46 Day of Show

This event is all ages

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. State Theatre box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

Jim James
Jim James
Jim James has announced plans for a spring headline tour. The Jim James Presents Uniform Distortion tour – which sees James backed by his longtime live band – begins May 1 at Charleston, SC’s Charleston Music Hall and then continues through the month. James – who has only just wrapped up a series of intimate European headline shows – will bring his first full band performances of last year’s Uniform Distortion along with selections from his entire catalogue.

Spotify and jimjames.com presales begin Wednesday, January 30 at 10 am. All remaining tickets will be released to the general public on Friday, February 1 at 10 am.

In partnership with RPM, $1 from every ticket purchased for the Jim James Performs Uniform Distortion tour will benefit My Morning Jacket’s Waterfall Project, whose beneficiary for this tour will be the Young Authors Greenhouse, a nonprofit organization in Louisville, KY that inspires students ages 6-8 from diverse communities to grow their imaginations through writing.

In other news, James recently announced the upcoming release of UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION, an expanded vinyl reissue joining his acclaimed 2018 album, UNIFORM DISTORTION, with its acoustic companion volume, UNIFORM CLARITY. Limited to 1,000 individually numbered units, UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION arrives via ATO on March 22.

Paired in a die-cut gatefold jacket, pressed on specialty foil, UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION sees both albums printed on newly colored vinyl, with UNIFORM DISTORTION available in a black and gold vinyl mix and UNIFORM CLARITY in a black and white vinyl mix. Furthermore, UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION appends UNIFORM DISTORTION with two tracks from the original sessions, “It Will Work Out” and “Flash In The Pan” (Rock and Roll Versions) - both first released on Uniform Clarity - and also includes an exclusive 7” single comprised of four never-before-heard cover versions: “Hot Burrito #1” (originally performed by The Flying Burrito Brothers), “How?” (John Lennon), “Fallin’ Rain” (Link Wray) and “Dark End of the Street” (written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman and recorded by innumerable legendary artists). Lastly, UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION includes a double-sided foldout poster signed by James and exclusive to this release.

James’ third solo album, UNIFORM DISTORTION was greeted with worldwide critical praise upon its arrival earlier this year. “With driving guitar riffs and catchy hooks combined with his signature soaring vocals,” wrote the Associated Press, James delivers an utterly engaging, hard-charging, straight-ahead record that almost feels like a throwback to a different era while also being very much current.” “UNIFORM DISTORTION is a collection of intentionally rough, loud songs,” noted NPR. “Backed by an efficient two-man rhythm section, there’s an emphasis on James’ guitar, which has a ragged, sometimes blaring sound...it seeks release in letting loose, in the pleasure music can give from creating wild, anarchic spaces within the framework of pop music song structures. There’s an art to summoning up chaos and an equal reward in keeping that chaos under control.” The Guardian declared the LP to be “a giddily powerful response to these troubled times...(James’) mix of musical joie de vivre and lyrical home truths prove fiendishly effective.” “UNIFORM DISTORTION carries an optimistic excitement,” wrote Consequence of Sound. “Its success lies in the honesty and purity that went into its creation.” “Jim James lets his hair down on fuzz- drenched fourth solo album,” declared MOJO in a four-starred lead review. “Going through the emotions never seemed so cool.” “(James) sounds like he’s having a blast,” raved Rolling Stone. “And you will too”

James made a number of live appearances surrounding the release of UNIFORM DISTORTION, including sold out full band shows in New York and Los Angeles, as well as high profile TV performances on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Recorded over three days at Los Angeles’s Eastwest Studios with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War On Drugs), UNIFORM CLARITY arrived in October and swiftly earned critical attention of its own. “UNIFORM DISTORTION was meant to echo the chaos and cacophony of these tumultuous times while UNIFORM CLARITY is intended as a means of taking an opposite tack,” wrote Paste, “to provide some insight, and presumably some assurance as well. This time around, the 11 songs that graced the initial disc provide a serene counterpoint, one that coaxes the listener along and shares some sentiment along the way.” “Ultimately, UNIFORM CLARITY reiterates that immutable fact already demonstrated on UNIFORM DISTORTION: Jim James is a great songwriter,” declared Exclaim! “This revised version offers fans a chance to listen closely to those musical constructions, at their most skeletal, revealing an often wondrous gestation process.”
Amo Amo
Amo Amo
Amo Amo formed in June 2017 when a group of dear friends - Omar Velasco, Love Femme, Justin Flint, Shane Mckillop and Alex Siegel - got together for an impromptu session in Los Angeles with Jim James (My Morning Jacket). There had been a premonition that the five of them shared a sort of psychic bond that would lead to a revelation in sound. James proved the right ferryman to take them across the creative river to where the revelatory, mystic moment awaited.  Five months later, after a month-long recording retreat with Jim in an old house in central California’s countryside, Amo Amo emerged with a collection of songs full of soul and magic.  

In the past year, the world has begun to fall under the spell of Amo Amo’s magical sound.  Legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig says “I really love these songs, they are stand outs of the past year for me… Amo Amo has made a very special album.” Jenny Eliscu (Rolling Stone, Sirius XM) says “Rarely do I come across a new band with as strong a sense of self-identity as Amo Amo… their live show is ecstatic.”  Both KCRW and KCSN, Los Angeles’ tastemaker radio stations, have played Amo Amo’s first two singles in heavy rotation, and they’ve racked up over 500,000 plays on Spotify in only a few months.  And speaking of their live show, Amo Amo has been making waves - opening for the likes of Poolside, Jonathan Wilson, and Tropicalia legends Os Mutantes.  You will not see a crowd stand still at an Amo Amo show: people dance, it can’t be helped.  

Amo Amo is set to release their debut album, produced by Jim James, this spring and will support on his upcoming tour as well as opening up for My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks this August.  They are not to be missed.
Venue Information:
State Theatre
609 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101
http://www.statetheatreportland.com/