Jai Wolf Announces US Tour Dates and Introduces Blue Babu Era with New Single

Featured photo credit: Oswaldo Cepeda

Jai Wolf announces a new tour for the summer and fall in the US, paired with a new single, (I Dread The Day He Takes You To) Paris [feat. MYRNE], all as part of a new era he calls “Blue Babu,” via Mom+Pop. The new music comes on the heels of Jai Wolf’s recent performance at Coachella, where he took the stage in front of a sold-out crowd under the sunset desert sky. He performed a combination of fan favorites and previously unreleased tracks, including the debut of a song with BANKS, which was later shared by Rolling Stone, stirring excitement and chatter amongst fans.

Ahead of Coachella, Jai Wolf shared a mysteriously intriguing letter to fans via Instagram (see here), stating that his performance would launch a “new journey beginning with a demonstration in the desert, followed by an analysis of consciousness transcribed into sound.” Today, Jai Wolf titles this journey as the “Blue Babu” era; the latest installment of music as an exploration of the human condition, the follow up to his widely successful debut album The Cure To Loneliness. Here, Jai Wolf creates a conceptual narrative that centers on a virtual simulation device called “Blue Babu,” sold by a fictional company called Hikikomori Inc., whose name is taken from the Japanese term for severe social withdrawal. The device, which allows users to relive their past memories, represents “the dual-sided nature of how people process emotions today,” he says. “You could either choose to immerse yourself into your trauma and explore it, or you could totally ignore it and escape through your vices. It’s the same thing with music—it’s either healing or escapism.”

This era feels like a true rebirth by pushing my sound into new territories while still feeling grounded in my usual sonic palette. While a lot of electronic music is defined by production, I really wanted to focus on lyrics and songwriting for the new music.

The “Blue Babu” era marks a return for Jai Wolf, starting with the recent release of his first official single in three years, “Want It All” featuring rising pop sensation Evalyn. The track release included a visually stunning music video, directed by director Andrew Donoho (The Strokes, Joji, Janelle Monae), with an intricately choreographed dance performance. It was created with AI and ranges in visual aesthetics from oil paintings to futuristic art.

The new single “Paris,” out today, was inspired by another artist who is celebrating the “eras” of their life, Taylor Swift. “The song was inspired by Taylor Swift’s ‘Paris’ from her most recent record,” says Jai Wolf. “I realized that so many artists, from the 1975 to The Chainsmokers, had written songs about it. I thought to myself: what would a Jai Wolf “Paris” song be about? Ultimately, I thought it would be most interesting not to write about physically being in the city myself, but to write about the idea of a former lover being taken there. That felt like the most unique and original framing for the concept.”

On top of a career that already includes hundreds of millions of streams on indie-dance anthems like the RIAA Certified Gold Record “Indian Summer” and “Starlight,” blockbuster festival sets from Indio to India, and regular co-signs from the likes of Skrillex and ODESZA, Jai Wolf has curated his own lane of music as one of the most successful Bangladeshi-American artists. In June of last year, he became the first Bangladeshi American artist to sell out Red Rocks Amphitheatre as a headliner. His debut album The Cure to Loneliness exceeded expectations and fans have long been wanting more. Now audiences across the US will get to hear all of Jai Wolf’s hits and music from the “Blue Babu” on tour this fall.

The newly announced tour dates kick off on August 9 in Phoenix, AZ at The Van Buren, traveling across the US through September with stops in Austin, TX, Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C., Brooklyn, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR and more. Tickets go on-sale Friday, May 19 at 10:00 AM local time via http://www.jaiwolf.com/tour.

Photo credit: Oswaldo Cepeda


Wed August 9 – Phoenix, Arizona – The Van Buren

Fri August 11 – Austin, Texas – ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Sat August 12 – Dallas, Texas – South Side Ballroom

Sun August 13 – Houston, Texas – House of Blues

Wed August 16 – Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly

Thu August 17 – Orlando, Florida – The Beacham

Fri August 18 – St. Petersburg, Florida – Jannus Live

Sat August 19 – Atlanta, Georgia – The Eastern

Sun August 20 – Charleston, South Carolina – Music Farm

Wed August 23 – Asheville, North Carolina – The Orange Peel

Thu August 24 – Charlotte, North Carolina – Blackbox Theater

Fri August 25 – Washington, DC – Echostage

Sat August 26 – Brooklyn, New York – Brooklyn Mirage

Wed August 30 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Ave Live

Thu August 31 – Boston, Massachusetts – Roadrunner

Fri September 1 – Montreal, Quebec – Le Studio TD

Sat September 2 – Toronto, Ontario – The Danforth Music Hall

Mon September 4 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Bogart’s

Wed September 6 – Royal Oak, Michigan – Royal Oak Music Theatre

Thu September 7 – Chicago, Illinois – The Salt Shed

Fri September 8 – Madison, Wisconsin – The Sylvee

Sat September 9 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – The Uptown

Mon September 11 – Omaha, Nebraska – Slowdown

Wed September 13 – Kansas City, Missouri – The Truman

Thu September 14 – Denver, Colorado – The Mission Ballroom

Fri September 15 – Boulder, Colorado – Boulder Theater

Sat September 16 – Salt Lake City, Utah – The Union

Thu September 21 – Del Mar, California – The Sound At Del Mar

Fri September 22 – Los Angeles, California – Greek Theatre

Sat September 23 – Berkeley, California – The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley

Tue September 26 – Sacramento, California – Ace of Spades

Wed September 27 – Boise, Idaho – Knitting Factory Concert House

Thu September 28 – Bozeman, Montana – The ELM

Fri September 29 – Missoula, Montana – The Wilma

Sat September – Spokane, Washington – Knitting Factory Concert House

Wed October 4 – Eugene, Oregon – McDonald Theater

Thu October 5 – Portland, Oregon – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

Sat October 7 – Seattle, Washington – WaMu Theater

Elena Lin Administrator
I am a concert/festival photographer based in St. Louis. I’m always eager to travel for new music and experiences and to meet new faces!
Elena Lin Administrator
I am a concert/festival photographer based in St. Louis. I’m always eager to travel for new music and experiences and to meet new faces!

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