Jack Johnson Takes His Eco-Obsessive Show On The Road

Singer will tour four continents between now and late summer.

For Jack Johnson fans who have been “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” for him to hit the road again, the singer is slated to hit four continents in the coming months.

But unfortunately for some, he won’t be playing a full North American trek until late summer. Johnson will kick off the North American segment of what may be the most eco-friendly rock tour in history on August 1 in Houston and wind across the country before ending the tour in Toronto on September 17. Support will be provided by special guests ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) and Matt Costa.

The singer has taken steps to make his tour more Earth-friendly with initiatives that include running all tour buses and trucks on biodiesel fuel, selling T-shirts made from organic cotton, printing tour posters and CD packages in 100 percent post-consumer-waste recycled paper, and providing venues with ideas on how they can reduce their negative environmental impact through on-site recycling and the use of low-energy light bulbs.

He’s taking the tour all over the world between now and then, however. The singer will begin a tour of Australia on March 17, then hit his home state of Hawaii (on April 13 and 16 at the Kokua Festival in Maui and Oahu, respectively), and then he’ll play two music festivals on the mainland: the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 28 and the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis on April 29. Next, he’ll undertake full-scale tours of Europe and Japan before joining the massive lineup at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee on June 11.

“I love those camping-style festivals where you kind of get into a zone,” Johnson said of the annual festival. ” ‘Cause sometimes it goes by so quick, you’re on your way home and you’re just getting that feeling going.”

For the laid-back former surfer, who released In Between Dreams on March 1 (see “Jack Johnson Takes It Easy On New LP, Gets Into Curious George’s Head” ), the touring portion of album promotion is a bizarre and hectic time, and that state inspired the album’s title.

“Sometimes the tour is this kind of whirlwind of press and craziness,” he said. “It seems like a surreal state of mind for a while, and then I just get back home to Hawaii and get to relax for a while and kind of get back to my normal life. We recorded the record at one of those down times. It felt like I was in between a couple of dreams because I knew that after we finished it, we were going to go back out into the whirlwind again.”

Fans who want to join Johnson on his fantastic journey can pick up tickets during the presale, which starts on March 12, via his Web site.

Jack Johnson tour dates, according to his publicist:

  • 8/1 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
  • 8/2 – Austin, TX @ The Backyard
  • 8/3 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Live
  • 8/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
  • 8/6 – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Field
  • 8/7 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • 8/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
  • 8/10 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
  • 8/12 – Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
  • 8/13 – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
  • 8/14 – Burnaby, BC @ Deer Lake Park
  • 8/16 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
  • 8/19 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
  • 8/20 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
  • 8/21 – West Sacramento, CA @ Raley Field
  • 8/23 – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
  • 8/24 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • 8/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
  • 8/27 – Somerset, WI @ River’s Edge
  • 8/28 – Chicago, IL @ TBA
  • 8/29 – Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
  • 8/31 – Rochester Hills, MI @ MeadowBrook Music Festival
  • 9/2 – Knoxville, TN @ World’s Fair Park
  • 9/3 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheater
  • 9/4 – Charleston, SC @ TBA
  • 9/6 – Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheater
  • 9/8 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
  • 9/9 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post
  • 9/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Landing
  • 9/12 – New York, NY @ Central Park/Rumsey Playfield
  • 9/13 – New York, NY @ Central Park/Rumsey Playfield
  • 9/15 – Boston, MA @ TBA
  • 9/17 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre