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Bandits of The Acoustic Revolution to Headline Radio City Music Hall


Bandits of The Acoustic Revolution to Headline Radio City Music Hall

Bandits of The Acoustic Revolution will be headlining Radio City Music Hall in NYC on May 4, Chicago Theater in Chicago, IL on May 11, and The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on May 18. Tickets for the shows are on sale now and can be found at

Bandits of The Acoustic Revolution or BOTAR, is a musical collective including influences from punk, classical, and eastern European music, with classically trained musicians performing entirely in an acoustic format. It is composed of current Streetlight Manifesto members, including Tomas Kalnoky, Chris Thatcher, Jim Conti, Karl Lyden, Matt Stewart, Pete Mccullough, Dan Ross, and Michael Brown alongside nearly 50 orchestral musicians from each of the cities the concerts are taking place in.

In addition to NYC, BOTAR will also be performing in Los Angeles at The Dolby Theater and in Chicago at the Chicago Theatre. This year's venues have been upgraded, as 2018's run of shows completely sold out.

"Essentially, I was raised around all kinds of music, with a good chunk of it being classical," Kalnoky explains. "That said, when I got a bit older, I wanted to rebel against the universe like every other kid, so I dedicated myself to punk rock and my interpretation of its ethics etc., but a part of me still wanted to bring something structured and "old world" into my newfound love of high energy rock and roll. . The realities of not having the resources (nor, at the time, the experience) necessary to put together a massive project like this, it was placed on the back burner for almost two decades. A few years ago, I felt like it was time to try my hand at organizing the project and trying to make it a reality. Streetlight's success over the years obviously helped make it even moderately feasible. So, it was always there, in the back of my mind, more of an inevitability than a daydream.

Putting these shows together include months of stress, something to lose all my savings on, and a twofold increase of my already debilitating insomnia. That, and to live out one of my musical fantasies, so it's an even trade"

2019 Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution Orchestra Shows


5/4/19 New York City NY / Radio City Music Hall -

5/11/19 Chicago IL / Chicago Theatre -

5/18/19 Los Angeles CA / Dolby Theater -

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