State Theatre Portland
Rob Thomas - Chip Tooth Tour

Rob Thomas - Chip Tooth Tour

Max Frost

Wed, August 21, 2019

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

State Theatre

Portland, ME

$125, 75, 65, 45 - Reserved Seating

This event is all ages

"Chip Tooth" Meet & Greet VIP Experience
1 Ticket in Rows 1-5
1 Meet & Greet and Individual Photo Op with Rob
1 Limited & Numbered Poster, Autographed by Rob *
1 Exclusive VIP Gift *
1 Commemorative VIP Laminate

"Smile" Ticket Bundle
1 Ticket within Rows 1-15
1 Limited & Numbered Poster *
1 Exclusive VIP Gift *
1 Commemorative VIP Laminate

* shipped after show

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.

Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas
Multiple-GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Rob Thomas has announced the second leg of his North American Chip Tooth Tour, supporting his fourth solo album Chip Tooth Smile (available now via Emblem/Atlantic Records). The 18 new dates will kick off August 16th in Port Chester, NY for a second night at Capitol Theatre and continue through end of September, featuring special guest Max Frost (select shows only).

Debuting at #3 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart, Chip Tooth Smile has been met with an outpouring of critical acclaim since release last month. “Rob Thomas is an expert at his craft” raved Variety, while Forbes echoed “’Chip Tooth Smile’ is vintage Thomas – smart songwriting, excellent pop/rock craftsmanship, eclectic and at times moving, at times, fun, and always solid.” The 12-track collection features production from Butch Walker (Panic! At The Disco, P!nk) and Benny Blanco (Ed Sheeran), perfectly complimenting Thomas’ long-acclaimed songwriting talent.

Chip Tooth Smile was heralded by lead single “One Less Day (Dying Young),” which is continuing to see success at Hot AC radio, charting in the top 15 following recent performances on ABC’s Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Rolling Stone described the song as “thunderous, life-affirming” and “an impassioned vocal performance,” while Billboard declared it to be “one of the boldest singles released so far this year.” The album also includes standout tracks “Timeless,” inspired by classic songs of the 80s, and “I Love It,” which is currently being used nationwide for the 2019 NBA Playoffs.

Fan club pre-sale access for the second leg of the Chip Tooth Tour will begin this Tuesday, May 14th at 10 AM (local), with public on-sale beginning Friday, May 17th at 10 AM (local). Each ticket purchased online for the North American tour comes with a digital download of the new album. For further details and ticket information, please visit http://www.robthomasmusic.com

Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive artists of this or any other era – a gifted vocalist, spellbinding performer, and acclaimed songwriter known worldwide as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his multi-platinum certified solo work and chart-topping collaborations with other artists. Among his countless hits are solo classics like “Lonely No More,” “This Is How A Heart Breaks,” and “Streetcorner Symphony,” Matchbox Twenty favorites including “Push,” “3AM,” “If You’re Gone,” and “Bent,” and of course  “Smooth,” his 3x RIAA platinum certified worldwide hit collaboration with Santana which celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this year. Thomas earned three GRAMMY® Awards for his role as co-writer and vocalist on “Smooth,” which topped Billboard’s “Hot 100” for an astounding 12 consecutive weeks and spent 58 total weeks on the chart, the #1 song in Billboard’s “Top Hot 100 Rock Songs” chart history and #2 “Hot 100” song of all time. As if that weren’t enough, “Smooth” was declared the all-time #1 song on Billboard’s “Adult Pop Songs” radio airplay chart, the #1 song of the rock era based on chart performance on Billboard's Hot 100, and recently declared to still hold the spot as the second most successful song of all time by Billboard.

In 2004, Thomas was the first artist to be honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award,” created to recognize a composer in the early years of his or her career that has already made a lasting impact. He has won numerous BMI and ASCAP Awards, and twice earned the “Songwriter of the Year” crown from both Billboard and BMI. Overall, Thomas has contributed to sales of more than 80 million records.

Thomas made his solo debut with 2005’s platinum certified …Something To Be and immediately made history as the first album by a male artist from a rock or pop group to ever debut at # 1 on the Billboard 200. Thomas’ sophomore solo album, 2009’s Cradlesong, marked still another milestone, generating two #1 singles in “Her Diamonds” and “Someday.” Billboard chart history was made once again, with Thomas tying P!nk for the most #1 Adult Top 40 hits by a solo artist as well becoming the first male solo artist to score multiple chart-toppers at the format.

In 2012, Matchbox Twenty returned with their first all-new album in a decade, North. Fueled by the hit singles, “She’s So Mean,” “Overjoyed,” and “Our Song,” North proved a landmark for the band, their first ever #1 debut and Billboard 200 chart-topper. Thomas’ third solo album, 2015’s internationally acclaimed The Great Unknown, had a top 10 debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its release and featured hit singles “Hold On Forever” and “Pieces.”

A charismatic, engaging, and indefatigable live performer, Thomas has spent much of the past two decades on the road, fronting massive world treks with Matchbox Twenty and on his own as well as a series of intimate acoustic tours. Thomas is also a dedicated philanthropist, establishing Sidewalk Angels Foundation with his wife Marisol Thomas in 2003. The organization is dedicated to providing critically needed funds and support to over 20 no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues, across the country, that help to fight for the rights and fair treatment of those with no voice. For additional information on Sidewalk Angels Foundation, please visit www.sidewalkangelsfoundation.org
Max Frost
Last year, Max Frost had a creative awakening. Since becoming a professional musician and scoring genre-mashing hits including “White Lies” and “Adderall,” the forward-thinking pop maestro felt he hadn’t shown his true colors. “I realized I needed to completely change what I was doing and what I was trying to create into something a little bolder, a little bit more honest and less controlled,” he says. “I needed to take the veil off and let myself be a little more naked and a little more direct.” He’d spent nearly his entire life in Austin, Texas, so moving to Los Angeles in 2017 “was about having a fresh start -- reinventing myself as much as a person as an artist.” Once he touched down in LA, he immediately got to work creating what turned out to be some of the most inventive songs of his young career.

“I finally had the balls to be vulnerable,” says Frost, who once in LA teamed up with Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (Fitz and The Tantrums) and began constructing the songs that would comprise Gold Rush, his major-label full-length debut LP, executive produced by Fitz, with major help from Mick Schultz (Rihanna, Jeremih). Reflecting on the personal and creative journey he’s undergone in the past year, Frost says he’s finally freed himself of self-imposed restrictions and become “one-hundred percent honest” with himself as both a human being and songwriter. “I stopped trying to control how cool my music came across and just be myself,” he says. “I had to let it be open and direct and in-your-face.”

Now the 26-year-old singer, multi-instrumentalist and dynamic live performer, who in a few short years has seen his star rise in a major way thanks to tours with everyone from Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco, Fitz and The Tantrums, and Gary Clark Jr., being featured on a recent DJ Snake single and having four consecutive songs go to Number One on HypeMachine, says he’s never been adamant about pushing the limits of what constitutes pop music. “I definitely care way less now about trying to be niche,” says the quick-witted singer behind the infectious, groove-anchored new single “Good Morning.” “I’ve realized that I want to make stuff that a lot more people can relate to and can be affected by. If you’re just trying to make these weird songs and if you’re consciously trying to be eclectic,” he adds, “I think that’s as cheesy as consciously trying to be commercial.”

Frost admits there was a time he tried to talk himself out of making pop music. “I used to purposely avoid putting hooks in a song,” says the musician whose soul-infected sonic gems have soundtracked a global Beats by Dre campaign and been featured in television shows including “Power” and “Brave,” “But honestly I almost feel like you’re going against biology if you’re trying to make music that doesn’t have hooks. Because if you boil it down it’s like, what’s a hook?’ It’s something that hits your brain in this specific way.”

Creative freedom, and the ability to write and record music driven by feeling and instinct, has always been central to Frost’s musical mindset. Playing the drums and guitar by age eight, and typically the youngest members of the diverse bands he was in as a teenager — everything from bluegrass to blues and jazz to hip-hop — Frost says it was the emotional connection to the music that forever drove his passion. “It never really occurred to me that music was something I was into growing up,” he admits, “It was just something that was. So I try to stay committed to that original place of no ego. Of music just being this beautiful benevolent thing.”

By the time he was enrolled at the University of Texas-Austin, he was obsessively writing and recording R&B-and-hip-hop informed pop music in his dorm room. By then he’d decided a career in music, no matter how uncertain, was his path forward. “White Lies,” though, changed everything: nearly one year after first uploading the falsetto-strewn song to SoundCloud, prominent blogs began to share it and a palpable buzz began to develop around it. Within weeks the song hit Number One on HypeMachine’s “Most Popular Tracks on Blogs Now,” and led to Frost signing his deal with Atlantic Records.

“That song broke doors down,” Frost recalls, still seemingly amazed at how fast his life was altered by it. “I went from playing a South By Southwest showcase where nobody was there to signing this huge record deal.”

But rather than revel in his newfound success, Frost doubled down on refining both his songwriting and live performance chops. He speaks passionately about continually tinkering with his already notoriously high-energy one-man live show, one that typically finds him bouncing around the stage, playing every single instrument himself, whipping his fans into a manic fervor. “I’ve tortured myself to invent it to where it is now,” he says of his live show.

Furthermore, in the studio Frost found a mentor in Fitz. “He’s had a tremendous influence in my creative process and sometimes saves me from myself,” Frost says of Fitz who he refers to as his “songwriting fitness coach.”

The tireless effort is now reaping massive rewards: Frost’s debut album is comprised of some of the singer’s most inventive songs yet, and ones that veer from electro-soul (“Slow Jamz”) to funk (“Money Problems”) and anthemic arena sing-alongs (“Eleven Days”).

As he looks ahead and continually redefines his artistry via production work for breaking talent including Mike Waters, Wild Child, and UPSAHL, Frost says he finally feels he’s being completely himself as an artist but is hardly afraid to continue reinventing his craft.

“Sometimes it feels like I’m juggling fire,” he adds with a laugh. “But I think that’s the only way to live.”
Venue Information:
State Theatre
609 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101
http://www.statetheatreportland.com/