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Acoustic Basement UK Tour starts this SUNDAY in Southampton! Buy tickets now to see Geoff Rickly of Thursday, KOJI, Rob Lynch, and Brian Marquis. Tickets:

APRIL 2014
20 SOUTHAMPTON - Joiners
21 CARDIFF - Clwb Ifor Bach
22 LONDON - Borderline
23 BRISTOL - Thekla
24 NORWICH - Epic Studios
25 NOTTINGHAM - Rock City Basement
26 WOLVERHAMPTON - The Slade Rooms
28 SHEFFIELD - Corporation
29 LEEDS - Cockpit
30 MANCHESTER - Deaf Institute

Acoustic Basement producer and performer, Brian Marquis, announce his signing to Equal Vision Records and will be releasing his debut solo full length ‘Blood & Spirits’ on May 13. Catch him on the Acoustic Basement UK Tour April 20-30 and all summer long on the Acoustic Basement Stage at the Vans Warped Tour. 





MAR 27 - Brian Marquis, former guitarist of the beloved Boston-based post-hardcore outfit Therefore I Am, has signed to Equal Vision Records as a solo artist.

"I am extremely excited to be teaming up with Equal Vision Records for my first solo full length. I feel confident that they know where I’m coming from and are genuinely excited about where I’m headed with my new music," shares Marquis. “Having played music for a while now in different scenarios, one of the most important things to me now, is working with people who are just as passionate about what they do as I am about my music. It’s that enthusiasm and foresight that make me proud to be a part of the EVR family.”

Marquis will release his debut solo full-length album, Blood & Spirits, on May 13 – following his run on the first ever Acoustic Basement UK Tour, which will also feature Geoff Rickly (Thursday), KOJI, and Rob Lynch.

This Summer, Marquis will perform and run production on the Acoustic Basement Stage on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour for the third consecutive year – a stage that he founded in 2011 under the guidance of Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman.

The semi-indoor tented stage features a wide variety of established acts performing acoustic sets, offering a break from the signature full-band stages of the massive annual touring festival. Artists who have performed on the stage include the likes of Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music/The Revival Tour), Into It. Over It., Transit, Anti-Flag, William Beckett (The Academy Is…), and many more. The Acoustic Basement has now expanded beyond the US Vans Warped Tour, having now completed two independent US tours and will have the aforementioned inaugural UK run kicking off on April 20 in Southampton, UK.

Following the disbanding of Therefore I am, Marquis set out on his own musical path as a solo artist, straying away from the in-your-face rock that had been a part of his life for so long, and now presenting a softer more soulful side of his musical prowess.

Marquis’ deep, earthy vocals shine on Blood & Spirits, offering introspective, poetic lyricism, undeniably catchy melodies and a dynamic collection of songs that range stylistically from bright, memorable sing-alongs (“Paralysis by Analysis”) filled to the brim with Boston pride (“From Boston”) to dark, emotional tales crooned out with just the right amount of Americana twang (“Hem & Haw”, “I’m Still Chasing You”) and full-hearted genuineness (“Drink You Up”). One can simply feel the raw, honest truth and passion behind each and every word Marquis pours out on Blood & Spirits.

The new album was recorded in Los Angeles, CA with producer Doug Grean (Tim McGraw, Sheryl Crow, Stone Temple Pilots).

While a positive spirit has always been at the core of Marquis’ true being, it wasn’t until his recent brush with a potentially untimely fate that pushed him into the truly extraordinary territory of greater meaning and purpose displayed on Blood & Spirits.

This past summer, while attempting to preserve the safety and integrity of the Acoustic Basement Stage of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour in the midst of a sudden, aggressive storm in Florida – Marquis was unimaginably struck by lightning. While the serious scare (that promptly landed him in the hospital) left him with no known long-term side-effects or ailments, the scarring event proved to be a stark reminder of the fragility of life, the importance of friends and family, and – above all for Marquis – to live life with real purpose and make music with real meaning.

Marquis’ message is clear and powerful on the forthcoming album, his first release of new music since the incident, as he leaves his heart and soul on the table and truly makes the most of each and every note on the record. With Blood & SpiritsMarquis has officially found his voice.

TRACKLISTING - Blood & Spirits 
1. Drink You Up 
2. Paralysis by Analysis 
3. I’m Still Chasing You 
4. Burn the Bridge, Swim the River 
5. Highways and Heartache 
6. Hem & Haw 
7. From Boston 
8. Young and Dumb 
9. Never Disappear 
10. Breathing in Ghosts

Divided Heaven w/Brian Marquis 

Mar 30 Los Angeles, CA @ Redwood Bar

Acoustic Basement UK Tour 2014 
Apr 20 Southampton, UK @ Joiners 
Apr 21 Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach 
Apr 22 London, UK @ Borderline 
Apr 23 Bristol, UK @ Thekla 
Apr 24 Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios 
Apr 25 Nottingham, UK @ Basement 
Apr 26 Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms 
Apr 27 Glasgow, UK @ ABC 2 
Apr 28 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation 
Apr 29 Leeds, UK @ Cockpit - Room 2 
Apr 30 Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute

Vans Warped Tour 2014 – Acoustic Basement Stage 
Jun 13 Houston, TX @ Reliant Center Parking Lot
Jun 14 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Jun 15 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jun 17 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
Jun 18 Mesa, AZ @ Quail Run Park
Jun 19 Las Vegas, NV @ Luxor Lot
Jun 20 Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
Jun 21 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jun 22 Ventura, CA @ Seaside Park
Jun 25 Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Jun 26 Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Jun 28 Southeast Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
Jun 29 Portland, OR@ Portland Expo Center Parking Lot
Jul 02 Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 03 Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
Jul 04 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Jul 05 Montreal, QC @ Parterre Île Notre Dame at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Jul 06 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
Jul 08 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul 09 Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
Jul 10 Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center (formerly Comcast Center)
Jul 11 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul 12 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
Jul 13 Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre (Formerly Comcast Theatre)
Jul 15 Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Jul 16 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Jul 17 Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Jul 18 Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Jul 19 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul 20 Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
Jul 22 Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jul 23 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
Jul 24 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul 25 St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
Jul 26 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jul 27 Orlando, FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds 
Jul 28 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte 
Jul 29 Nashville, TN @ Tennessee State Fairground 
Jul 30 Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre 
Jul 31 Bonner Springs, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater 
Aug 02 Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark 
Aug 03 Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Here is your 2014 ACOUSTIC BASEMENT STAGE lineup! Grab tickets now at and we will see you out there! 

Allison Weiss
Anthony Raneri (Bayside)
Bad Rabbits
Better Off
Brian Marquis 
Divided Heaven
Elder Brother
Front Porch Step
I The Mighty
Light Years
Mike Herrera (MXPX)
Nick Santino (A Rocket To The Moon)
PJ Bond
Rob Lynch
Tess Dunn
That’s Not My Baby
Young Statues

Watch the Audiotree Live sessions from the Acoustic Basement Tour featuring Transit, Hit the Lights, Brian Marquis, & Front Porch Step. You can stream & download the session FREE here and you can also watch them on YouTube & Vimeo. Thanks to Audiotree for having us back!

Watch Rob Lynch’s video for his new single “Broken Bones” taken from his upcoming debut album, ‘All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul’. Catch him on the Acoustic Basement Tour UK this April with Geoff Rickly of Thursday, KOJI, and Brian Marquis. Tickets on sale now at:

APRIL 2014

20 SOUTHAMPTON - Joiners
21 CARDIFF - Clwb Ifor Bach
22 LONDON - Borderline
23 BRISTOL - Thekla
24 NORWICH - Epic Studios
25 NOTTINGHAM - Rock City Basement
26 WOLVERHAMPTON - The Slade Rooms
28 SHEFFIELD - Corporation
29 LEEDS - Cockpit
30 MANCHESTER - Deaf Institute

The Acoustic Basement Tour is now heading to the UK in April with Geoff Rickly of Thursday, KOJI, Rob Lynch and Brian Marquis. Tickets on sale now at:

APRIL 2014

20 SOUTHAMPTON - Joiners
21 CARDIFF - Clwb Ifor Bach
22 LONDON - Borderline
23 BRISTOL - Thekla
24 NORWICH - Epic Studios
25 NOTTINGHAM - Rock City Basement
26 WOLVERHAMPTON - The Slade Rooms
28 SHEFFIELD - Corporation
29 LEEDS - Cockpit
30 MANCHESTER - Deaf Institute

Tickets for all dates:

A Big Thank You:

Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the 2nd Acoustic Basement Tour and for making it such a success! Thank you to the amazing bands for a great experience: Transit, Hit the Lights, & Front Porch Step. If you haven’t checked them all out, go do it now! Thank you to Brandon Wark for holding it down at merch and helping out. Thanks to all the venues for having us out as well.

Thank you to all our incredible sponsors: Red Roof Inn, Pure Noise Records, Legator Guitars, Greenvans, Property Of Zack, Adopt the Arts, and of course Kevin Lyman & everyone at Vans Warped Tour.

Thank you to Dane Storrusten at Soulcake Creative for the killer tour poster artwork.

Thank you to Brad Wiseman at The Soroka Agency for booking another great year of this tour.

UP NEXT: The Acoustic Basement Tour is heading to the UK in April with Geoff Rickly of Thursday, KOJI, Rob Lynch and Brian Marquis. Tickets on sale now at:

Thanks for all your support and we’ll see you in the UK!
Brian Marquis

Tickets ON SALE NOW for the Acoustic Basement UK Tour with Geoff Rickly (Thursday), KOJI, Rob Lynch, & Brian Marquis. Buy tickets here.

April 2014:
20 Southampton Joiners
21 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
22 London Borderline
23 Bristol Thekla
24 Norwich Epic Studios
25 Nottingham Basement
26 Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
27 Glasgow ABC 2
28 Sheffield Corporation
29 Leeds Cockpit
30 Manchester Deaf Institute

Front Porch Step premiers “Drown” music video on - His debut LP ‘Aware’ hits select stores Feb 11 via Pure Noise Records and is available now on iTunes and on CD/Vinyl here.

Catch him on the entire Acoustic Basement Tour which kicks off tomorrow Jan 31st in NYC at Santos Party House with Transit, Vinnie Caruana (NY only) and Brian Marquis.

Vans Warped Tour Presents: The 2014 Acoustic Basement Tour Jan 31-Feb 23

Featuring intimate acoustic performances by Transit (full-band), Hit the Lights, Brian Marquis, & Front Porch Step. Special regional guests will also join the tour along the way.

Limited VIP Ticket Packages
General tickets on sale now at

Jan 31 – Santos Party House – New York, NY
Feb 01 – Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
Feb 02 – Jack’s Place – Albany, NY
Feb 04 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC
Feb 05 – Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
Feb 06 – Record Theatre – Buffalo, NY
Feb 07 – Mahall’s – Lakewood, OH
Feb 08 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Feb 09 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
Feb 11 – The Demo – St. Louis, MO
Feb 12 – The End – Nashville, TN
Feb 13 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
Feb 14 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Feb 15 – New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
Feb 16 – Clubhouse – Greensboro, NC
Feb 18 – The Camel – Richmond, VA
Feb 19 – Empire – West Springfield, VA
Feb 20 – The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA
Feb 21 – Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
Feb 22 – Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY
Feb 23 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA

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