Josh Groban Receives Glowing Reviews for Current “Straight To You” Tour

Josh Groban Receives Glowing Reviews for Current “Straight To You” Tour

“The Concert Felt Like a House Party in a Really Big, Well-Lit House” – New Orleans Times Picayune; “Straight To You” Continues Through November in North America

BURBANK, CA–(Marketwire – May 24, 2011) – On May 12th, Josh Groban launched the North American leg of his 2011 “Straight To You” World Tour and is receiving some of the best reviews of his career. With a set designed by the award-winning British multi-media creative and digital agency Knifedge, which has pioneered the use of projection with live theater events, the tour gives fans the feeling of an intimate theater setting through stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interactivity Groban delighted his fans with during last year’s “Before We Begin” shows. Groban is not only performing an ever-changing set-list of fan favorites from his best-selling albums and his recent platinum-seller Illuminations, he is also taking questions from the audience via text, which concert-goers are given instructions on how to send before and during each show.

Read what the critics have had to say so far about “Straight To You”….

“Groban’s genuine boy-next-door demeanor in the midst of violins, french horns, percussion, cello, piano, guitars, bass and drums makes him and his music all the more endearing. He appears truly comfortable performing, like it’s his second home.” The Dallas Morning News

“Listening to Groban’s commanding tenor navigate ‘Oceano’ and ‘Alla Luce,’ for example, was to us the same as admiring a painting at the Museum of Fine Arts — it wasn’t necessary to understand the lyrics to understand the song. … Sometimes beauty, in and of itself, can be both motive and reward. And regardless of the context you’re coming from, it can be pretty inspirational, too.” – Houston Press

“Groban has boyish charm that belies his big voice. If you want to dismiss him as popera, be my guest; but do take a moment to listen to his voice sometime, just for its qualities and tone, and tell me it doesn’t draw you in.” Dallas Voice

“Impeccable vocals, wit, make Groban concert memorable. Groban proved to be quite the showman, but his vocals truly made the show memorable. He managed to belt powerful and enunciated lyrics, then quickly switch to a soothing falsetto. Few performers have the ability to perform that way live without a hitch.” – Wichita Eagle

“That had been one of the purposes of the stage set created for his ‘Straight To You’ tour — to allow for more interaction between Groban and his fans, whether it be answering questions audience members could text in before the show or getting down among the adoring. But it’s simply the case of a talented artist putting his instrument to its best and most effective use. And Groban sings with such obvious emotion and sincerity — not to mention skill — that it’s difficult not to be won over.” – Tulsa World

As a nod to his devoted student fans of all ages, Groban is offering tickets for $25 to anyone who presents a valid student i.d. at the venue’s box office. Tickets for all shows are on sale now. All remaining dates are listed below. For more information, please visit http://www.joshgroban.com/tour.

05/24 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
05/25 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
05/27 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
05/28 Moline, IL I Wireless Center
06/03 Buffalo, NY HSBC
06/04 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
06/07 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
06/08 Duluth, GA Gwinnette Arena
06/10 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
06/11 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
06/14 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum
06/15 Hershey, PA Giant Center
07/08 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
07/09 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
07/12 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
07/13 Chicago, IL United Center
07/15 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
07/16 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/18 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
07/19 London, ON John LaBatte Centre
07/22 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place Arena
07/23 Montreal QC Bell Centre
07/26 Boston, MA TD Garden
07/27 Washington, DC Verizon Center
07/29 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Arena
07/30 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
08/02 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
08/03 Pittsburgh, PA ConSol Energy Center
08/05 Columbus, OH Scottenstein Center
08/06 Grand Rapids, MI VanAndel Arena
08/09 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
08/10 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
08/12 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
08/13 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
08/16 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
08/17 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
08/19 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
08/20 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
08/23 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
08/24 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena)
08/26 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
08/27 Seattle, WA Key Arena
08/30 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
09/01 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
09/02 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
09/04 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
10/26 Sunrise, FL Bank Atlantic Center
10/28 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
10/29 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
11/01 Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
11/02 Norfolk, VA Scope Arena
11/04 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
11/08 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
11/09 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Arena
11/14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

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