Particle Kid Set to Tour Nationwide This Summer

Particle Kid Set to Tour Nationwide This Summer

📅19 May 2017, 00:05

For Immediate Release

May 18, 2017


Particle Kid Set to Tour Nationwide This Summer

Hitting Major Cities to Support Debut Album


Extraordinary Nine-Song Collection From Mulit-Platform Musical Artist J. Micah Nelson 

Available Digitally Now and Releasing on CD June 2


Recent Performance Captured By Jam In The Van, Available Now

“[Particle Kid] has been living and breathing art and music for practically all of his young life. His songs speak to his talent.” – Pitchfork                                                                                                   “Particle Kid brings a refreshing twist to several widely-loved styles. Micah Nelson quickly proves himself a talented songwriter, lyricist, vocalist, and musician.” – KJHK radio                                                                                                                    “It starts with a whisper and proceeds to follow a meandering path that’s equally serene and cataclysmic, playing on anticipated folk and rock ideas in unanticipated ways.” – KBUT radio

(Los Angeles) Hen House Studios has announced the much anticipated debut album from Particle Kid. The self-titled album released digitally this past April and arrives in-stores on Friday, June 2.


Described by its creator as “a love letter to the cosmos,” PARTICLE KID marks the first full-length release from Particle Kid, the experimental musical identity of Los Angeles-based musician and visual artist J. Micah Nelson. The album is heralded by the inspired new track, “The Ocean.” A music video for the undulating song illustrates Nelson painting the album cover art.


While the nine-track collection features a soundscape music, Particle Kid will be bringing the tracks to stage in the format which they were originally crafted: solo arrangements on acoustic guitar. Two shows – May 30 at The Hotel Café in Hollywood, CA and June 10 in Nashville at City Winery and an in-store at Grimey’s – will feature Particle Kid in intimate performance settings. He’ll continue on the road in July and September on the Outlaw Music Festival Tour that will bring him to major US markets including Detroit, Milwaukee (for Summerfest), Cleveland, and the New York City and Philadelphia areas. For most of these dates, Particle Kid will be backed by fellow festival act Promise of the Real (whose members also performed on the debut album) in a fully plugged in and electric set. The July 16 concert in Syracuse will have Particle Kid back to a solo acoustic performance. See itinerary below for more details.


PARTICLE KID sees Nelson creating a multi-dimensional musical universe all his own, crafted with immense ambition, inventive production techniques, and strikingly emotive songcraft. Built upon sounds imaged by Nelson since he was 7 years old, the album sounds both familiar and oddly modern, with the spirits of future folk, low rider funk, riff rock, power pop, lysergic Americana, flower punk, and progressive jazz fusion all somehow woven together with deep-rooted melodies, unique improvisational elements, and remarkably intricate arrangements.

Though written almost entirely on acoustic guitar, PARTICLE KID makes an immediate impact with its ocean-of-sound approach, Nelson’s expansive vision inspired in equal part by his passion for big band orchestras, classic psychedelia, the Stax Records house band, and so much more. The album’s seemingly infinite scope underscores the emotional questing and planetary consciousness within Nelson’s idiosyncratic songwriting. Songs like “Forever Friend” and “The Ocean” are mysterious and moving, rippled with avant noises and street corner sax solos, their warm textures and off-kilter tempos emblematic of Nelson’s focused introspection and intensely human worldview.


Micah Nelson

Particle Kid “has been living and breathing art and music for practically all of his young life,” declared Pitchfork. “His songs speak to his talent.” The son of American musical legend Willie Nelson, the Los Angeles-based visual artist-musician’s remarkable output spans the creative spectrum unlike few others, from his role in innovative folk-punk band Insects vs Robots and idiosyncratic performances on the Andean stringed instrument known as a charango to cymatic visualizations of dancing water molecules and playing guitar alongside his brother Lukas Nelson in Promise of the Real, known for their own cowboy hippie surf rock, and of course their recent collaborations with Neil Young.


Nelson is joined throughout PARTICLE KID by an extraordinary roster of friends, family, and fellow musicians including legendary bassist and friend Paul Bushnell and virtually all members of both Promise of the Real and Insects vs Robots. But at its core is Nelson himself, whose wildly diverse range in instrumentation includes all stringed things, key things, things that clank, snap, thump, and sonic buttons of all shapes and sizes. For PARTICLE KID, this usually included acoustic and electric guitar, piano, drums, percussion, charango, self-sampled field recordings, or in the nature of spontaneous innovation, Nelson often used whatever happened to be next to him in the moment if it sounded right. PARTICLE KID was recorded at Venice Beach, CA’s Hen House Studios, the innovative recording studio, label, and art space founded by Nelson’s longtime friend, collaborator, musician, and co-producer Harlan Steinberger.


Particle Kid On Tour

Particle Kid – solo show

June 22 – Townhouse & The Del Monte – Venice, CA


Micah Nelson performing as part of Insects vs Robots

 July 4 – Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic at Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX

Particle Kid – on the Outlaw Music Festival with Promise of the Real

July 6 – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, Outlaw Music Festival – Rogers, AR

July 8 – Joe Louis Arena, Outlaw Music Festival – Detroit, MI

July 9 – Summerfest, Outlaw Music Festival – Milwaukee, WI


Particle Kid – solo shows

July 13 – Ottawa Tavern – Toledo, OH

July 14 – Lost Weekend Records in-store performance – Columbus, OH

July 14 – Dick’s Den – Columbus, OH

July 15 – Abilene Bar and Lounge – Rochester, NY


Particle Kid – on the Outlaw Music Festival with Promise of the Real

July 16 – Lakeview Amphitheater, Outlaw Music Festival – Syracuse, NY – solo set

Sept 8 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

Sept 9 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Jones Beach, NY

Sept 10 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA

Sept 15 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH

Sept 16 – BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ


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