Suzanne Vega - The 2014Tour
Fresh off the release of a new album with a very new sound, Suzanne Vega is hitting
all corners of the globe performing in almost a dozen countries spanning four different continents. With her performance at
the growing musical mecca of South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas behind her, Vega will soon be crossing the
Pacific to play to crowds in South Korea, Japan, and Australia - including Tokyo, Seoul, Melbourne, and Sydney - before finishing
her world wide tour back in North America. Her coast to coast North American tour includes some of the most legendary venues
North America has to offer, from the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego, California to the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York. Accompanied
by legendary David Bowie collaborator Gerry Leonard, Vega's latest tour will be an unforgettable experience and something
you do not want to miss.
About Suzanne Vega
Born in Santa Monica, LA, Vega would eventually migrate to
the hallowed streets of Greenwich Village, NYC where she would cut her teeth a performer and as a songwriter. Growing up in
Harlem, Suzanne would begin her musical journey at the age of 11 when she first started practicing guitar. However, it was
upon seeing a performance by the legendary Lou Reed years later that Vega began to find her musical identity and began to
make a name for herself in the Folk music scene. Working an exhausting double life as a receptionist by day and musician by
night, Vega would break out in a huge way in 1985 with her self titled debut album. The corporate music industry would eventually
sign her with very low expectations of her success - expectations she would shatter 1,000,000 records sold. Her hit single
"Marlene on the Wall" would be immortalized in Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Recordings Of The 1980's.
would be classified by critics as a leading figure in the Folk music genre, but her sound would never be contained by traditional
music conventions. Vega's music would incorporate and blend elements of Country and Rock, while at the same time showing influence
from the New Wave and Electric legends that were at their peak in the mid 80s. With her blending and experimenting, Vega would
be seen a pioneer whose musical style was constantly fresh and unpredictable.
album would be followed up by Solitude Standing, with her sophomore album cementing her position as a major musical icon.
Vega would put out a major hit album every few years through the rest of the 80s and into the 90s, slowing down first decade
of 2000. After a seven year hiatus, 2014 would see the release of Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles. With release
of Tales Vega has come full circle as she returns to her Folk roots.
Vega has had memorable hits on every album, but
none of them have become so ingrained as a part of musical Americana as "Tom's Diner". The song would take a life of its own
as it not only dominated the airwaves as a single, but as series of remixes including a chart topping remix by British duo
DNA. The same song would later be sampled by legendary hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur as well as Nikki D. The success of "Tom's
Diner" would make Vega a household name, exposing her sound to listeners far outside the folk genre.
Diner" was written originally about a small diner New York City, in the vicinity of Columbia University. Anyone who had a
TV in the 90's might remember this as the same diner featured in Seinfeld, where Jerry and the gang would frequent for a cup
of coffee and conversations about the mundane.
Vega's second hit off her sophomore album, "Luka," is based on a real
child that Suzanne would watch playing around her neighborhood while she was songwriting. The song would take on a life of
it's own with Luka as an abused child, a message that resonates with particular emotion during Vega's live shows.
has dabbled in documentaries and playwriting. While her documentary is yet to be released, the play she co-wrote was nominated
for an Outstanding Music in a Play award from the annual Drama Desk awards.
The Suzanne Vega Concert Experience
Suzanne Vega live is more than just getting to listen to a live compilation of her greatest hits. Vega puts on a dynamic show
where she is constantly reworking and experimenting with her previous material. With a voice that is described as "plaintive
but disarmingly powerful" and like "a cool, dry sandpaper-brushed near-whisper", Vega's performances are focused on her music
and deeply emotional. Her poetic lyrics and accessible songwriting make her performances a practice in storytelling, an art
that is lost with many performers today. No two shows are ever the same - if Suzanne is playing in a town near you, it's an
experience you do not want to miss.