TORONTO - Braden Barrie will add the 2015 Vans Warped Tour to his musical project SayWeCanFly's long list of accomplishments, as he joins the summer massive music festival this week.
"Playing the entire Vans Warped Tour has been a goal of mine for many years," said Barrie. "It's something I've kept in my mind almost every day since I knew it existed, so it's incredible to know it's about to become a reality and an accomplishment."
Barrie, who has played a couple one-off Vans Warped Tour dates in the past, will appear every day in the Acoustic Basement Tent.
"I'm really stoked because everything is so intimate and I can literally have face-to-conversations with the kids during my set," Barrie said. "I think everyone will enjoy the closeness. It will be fun for me to work my butt off to pack as many people into the tent as possible too. My goal is to fill it to capacity every day - and then some."
Barrie has been supporting his debut full-length, Between The Roses, with headline and support dates across the country and overseas since its release earlier this year. The album, which received a Deluxe Edition release via Barrie's own PureWolf just in time for the tour, debuted at # 14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and #5 on iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Additionally, SayWeCanFly became a featured artist on MTVHits' "Fresh Faces" and won MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition with the first single, "Song of the Sparrow."
At just 20 years old, Barrie offers a remarkable maturity, expressing raw feelings and offering a sense of hope, inspiration and understanding that fans of all ages can relate to. Much of SayWeCanFly's early success can be attributed to Barrie's strong social media presence and deep connection with his fans.
"I think what I will remember most about my first full Warped Tour is knowing the reason I was offered the tour in the first place is because so many kids requested that I be there," Barrie said. "That in itself makes every moment worth it. For me, personally, it's a chance to hang out with the people who have helped push SayWeCanFly to where it is now, and understand the heartbreak I write about. It feels like such a family, even though there are so many different elements to it. I have so much respect for Kevin Lyman along with everyone else involved for keeping it running so successfully for so many years."
With set times varying daily, Barrie has come up with a unique way to let fans know when to check out SayWeCanFly's set. "Fans can swing by the SayWeCanFly merch tent early in the day and pick up a few flyers with my set time listed on it to hand out or post around the venue," he said. "In return, they will be offered a free piece of merchandise. I thought that would be a cool way to get people involved and spread daily awareness."
Always accessible to fans, Barrie will be doing meet and greets a minimum of once a day and will also teach a class on being an independent artist for the Entertainment Institute. "I'm stoked about this because it gives kids a chance to have some one-on-one time and ask any questions they may have about the business side of things, which is something I've always paid close attention to as I've worked on building this project," said Barrie.
There also plans to shoot select dates for an innovative music video involving SayWeCanFly's fans singing along with Barrie.
"I really want to maximize the opportunity I have to make as many people a part of my experience this summer as possible, and capture the realness of it all. I'm most looking forward to making new friends and meeting so many of my social media followers in person. I think we already feel very close to each other because I spend so much time on social media making sure we are always connected."
Vans Warped Tour dates featuring SayWeCanFly are as follow:
June 19 - Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CAJune 20 - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CAJune 21 - Seaside Park - Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CAJune 23 - Quail Run Park, Mesa, AZJune 24 - Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NMJune 25 - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OKJune 26 - NRG Park Main St Yellow Lot, Houston, TXJune 27 - Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TXJune 28 - AT&T Center, San Antonio, TXJuly 1 - The Fairgrounds Nashville, Nashville, TNJuly 2 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GAJuly 3 - Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FLJuly 4 - Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the So Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, FLJuly 5 - Tinker Field, Orlando, FLJuly 6 - Tailgaters Festival Grounds, Jacksonville, FLJuly 7 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NCJuly 8 - Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VAJuly 9 - First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PAJuly 10 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJJuly 11 - Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, NYJuly 12 - Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CTJuly 14 - Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MAJuly 15 - Darien Lake PAC, Darien Center, NYJuly 16 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OHJuly 17 - Molson Canadian Amphtheatre, Toronto, ONJuly 18 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MDJuly 19 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJJuly 21 - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PAJuly 23 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OHJuly 24 - The Palace of Auburn Hills Parking Lot, Detroit, MIJuly 25 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, ILJuly 26 - Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MNJuly 27 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MOJuly 28 - Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WIJuly 29 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, INJuly 30 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KSAugust 1 - Utah State Park, Salt Lake City, UTAugust 2 - Pepso Center Parking Lot, Denver, COAugust 5 - Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot, San Diego, CAAugust 7 - Portland Expo Center, Portland, ORAugust 8 - White River Amphitheater, Auburn, WA
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