After playing a series of European festival dates, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, Ditto will kick off her North American headline tour on July 12 in Washington, DC. Tickets are on sale now for the run, which includes two New York City dates – July 13 at the Bowery Ballroom and July 14 at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. See below for itinerary.
In this feature, The New York Times praised the “powerhouse singer and feminist glamazon” and noted how Ditto’s new songs “have stomp and girl-group melodies, Southernisms in their lyrics and garage-rock swagger.” NPR Music, which streamed the album as a “First Listen” prior to its release, said, “Fake Sugar stays surprising throughout… ‘Oo La La’ lands with stomping force, while ‘We Could Run’ soars heavenward…” Yahoo! Music noted, “Beth Ditto’s full-length solo debut may be titled Fake Sugar, but the former Gossip frontgoddess is keeping it 100 percent real.” Paste Magazine said, “[it] feels like Ditto’s aural memoir…It bridges the gap between love and loss and taps into her Southern roots to create a record that fully encompasses the person she’s become.”
Vogue, which recently featured her on its digital cover, observed, “Ditto’s powerful pipes are all over Fake Sugar…The songs have a bounce and a buoyancy that make them perfect for blasting out of a car on a hot summer day. Her first single, ‘Fire,’ has a propulsive minimalist bass line and bluesy chorus that sound like a dive bar after-hours; the anthemic ballad ‘We Could Run’ has a wistful grandiosity that recalls early Springsteen. The record sounds full of hope…” Watch the Vogue original short “Beth Ditto Does Brighton Beach” featuring “Oo La La” HERE.
The Wall Street Journal proclaimed Fake Sugar her “best music yet… a sweet source of catchy pop” and praised Ditto’s “potentially star-making performance.” Idolator hailed “Fire” as “one hell of song” and New York Magazine’s The Cut said, “This Song Was Made for Struttin’.” View the official video for “Fire” HERE. Fake Sugar was produced by Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day, Ryn Weaver).
In addition to releasing six acclaimed albums with the Gossip, Ditto has recorded with such artists as Blondie and disco legend Cerrone, collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier on her eponymous plus-sized luxury clothing line, modeled for Marc Jacobs and appeared in Tom Ford’s Oscar-nominated film, Nocturnal Animals.
Ditto’s recent Interview Q&A was conducted by her childhood hero, the iconic Miss Piggy. Check out their conversation about style and living the diva life HERE.
Beth Ditto – North American Tour Dates
7/12 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
7/13 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
7/14 – Brooklyn, NY@ Rough Trade
7/15 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
7/17 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
7/21 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
7/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
7/24 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
7/26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
8/12-13 – Redmond, WA @ King County’s Marymoor Park
8/19 – Long Beach, CA @ Queen Mary Events Park – ALT98.7 Summer Camp