Hailed as the founders of the wizard rock genre - a DIY music movement boasting nearly 1000 bands that play songs relating to the Harry Potter book series - Harry and the Potters formed in 2002 with brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge, and have since released three full length albums and played in over 600 shows all over the world. The DeGeorge brothers also co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance non-profit organization that makes activism accessible for young people by using the Harry Potter books as an access point to discuss pressing issues of social justice.
Harry and the Potters are a mashup of pop culture, punk rock, performance art, meta literary critique, and DIY ethics. Using the power of rock and roll as a weapon against evil, they answer the question: What would happen if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum?
This Summer, the group will tour around the country to celebrate their ten years together, and on top of that, they will be touring with the Potter Puppet Pals.
Here are the Summer tour dates:
- July 18 | Prescott, AZ | Prescott Plaza*
- July 19 | Tucson, AZ | Hotel Congress*
- July 20 | Phoenix, AZ | South Mountain Community Library*
- July 21 | San Diego, CA | Che Cafe*
- July 22 | Irvine, CA | UC Irvine | Cross Cultural Center
- July 23 | Los Angeles, CA | the Troubadour
- July 24 | Santa Barbara, CA | Biko Garage
- July 25 | Santa Cruz, CA | the Crepe Place
- July 26 | San Francisco, CA | Slims
- July 27 | Reno, NV | Holland
- July 29 | Portland, OR | Backspace | with Hank Green!
- July 30 | Olympia, WA | Northern | with Hank Green!
- July 31 | Seattle, WA | Vera Project | with Hank Green!
- Aug 2 | Boise, ID | the Crux
- Aug 3 | Salt Lake City, UT | Kilby Court
- Aug 4 | Denver, CO | Mercury Cafe
- Aug 5 | Lawrence, KS | Lawrence Arts Center
- Aug 6 | Omaha, NE | the Slowdown
- Aug 7 | Minneapolis, MN | Triple Rock Social Club
- Aug 8 | Chicago, IL | Beat Kitchen
- Aug 10 | Chicago, IL | LeakyCon
- Aug 12 | Indianapolis, IN | Indianapolis Central Library
- Aug 13 | Washington, DC | the Black Cat
- Aug 14 | Asbury Park, NJ | Asbury Lanes
- Aug 15 | Brooklyn, NY | the Knitting Factory
- Aug 18 | Boston, MA | the Middle East
*shows without the Potter Puppet Pals
Volunteers from the Harry Potter Alliance will also be on hand at concerts to register first-time voters as part of their Wizard Rock the Vote campaign.
Posted by Keith
07-16-2012 at 5:15 PM