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Multiplatinum Band 311 Readies R.I. Stop on Tour Supporting ‘Mosaic’

Original image by: Brian Bowen Smith, Courtesy of BMG | Edits by Hensley Carrasco
Member of 311 | Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith, Courtesy BMG

311 have taken their talents on the road with the beginning of their U.S. fall 2017 tour

In support of the release of their 12th studio album, American rock band 311 have kicked off their 2017 fall tour that includes a stop at Providence, R.I.’s newly remodeled The Strand Ballroom & Theatre.

311 is a multiplatinum five-member band originating from Omaha, Neb., made up of singer and guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. They officially released Mosaic on June 23 on the heel of their 40-show summer 2017 Unity Tour. The tour was the band’s 18th consecutive headlining summer tour. The release of Mosaic was met with critical acclaim and positive reviews

Cover art for Mosaic

across. The album, released by BMG, is the band’s 10th straight album to reach the top 10 on Billboard’s Alternative Radio Chart, debuting at number 6.

One of the more unique attributes to 311’s newest release comes by way of their album artwork. The cover art was created by using 10,000 fan-submitted photos attentively placed and organized to create the image of the band’s logo and the five members. “The Mosaic album cover captures the spirit of the collective nature that is 311–band & fans together to form something greater than the sum of its parts,” Hexum said in a release.

Following the theme of the album art, 311 chose to create a similar music video. The band asked fans to submit videos of them singing along to their song “‘Til The City’s On Fire” for a chance to be featured in the video. The final result was footage of video submissions and live performances from the band’s summer tour.

“Since the Music album we were one of the first rock bands to drop 808’s, samples and chopped vocals into the mix, Hexum said regarding the song. “We’ve gotten away from that lately, but this song really is influenced by the latest production techniques coming out of both Jamaica and the EDM scene…I would say it’s the most club-oriented tune we’ve done.”


The band has seen continuous success with their releases. Their greatest success came in 1995 with the release of their self-titled album. The album was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), but isn’t the band’s only album with RIAA certification. Their albums Transistor, Soundsystem, From Chaos, Grassroots and Music were all RIAA certified with Transistor being a platinum and the others gold.

Catch 311 at any of their upcoming shows. As of writing, here are the upcoming stops in the fall tour and tickets can be purchased through the 311 website.

  • 10/23 Nashville, Tenn.
    Marathon Music Works
  • 10/24 Knoxville, Tenn.
    The Mill and the Mine
  • 10/26 Bethlehem, Pa.
    Sands Bethlehem Event Center
  • 10/27 Providence, R.I.
    The Strand (formerly Lupo’s)
  • 10/28 Montclair, N.J.
    The Wellmont Theater
  • 10/30 Port Chester, N.Y.
    The Capitol Theatre
  • 10/31 Huntington, N.Y.
    Halloween at The Paramount
  • 11/2 Baltimore, Md.
    Rams Head Live!
  • 11/3 Athens, Ga.
    Georgia Theatre
  • 11/4 Tampa, Fla.
    Cuban Club
Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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