EMPRESS HOTEL Announces Tour in Support of Debut EP with Park the Van, Heads to SXSW

New Orleans-based pop ensemble Empress Hotel are hitting the road in support of the release of their self-titled debut EP via Park the Van (Dr. Dog, The Spinto Band, The Generationals) on March 8. Inspired by both one hit wonders of the ’70s (Ace and The Dwight Twilley Band) and such legends as Prince, Sparks, and Roxy Music, the band is a by-product of a pair of brothers, some good friends and a stack of great ideas.

Guitarist and songwriter Ryan Rogers spent a lot of time over the last couple of years watching his brotherEric weave in and out of other local bands. As Eric toured and joined new musical projects, Ryan stayed home with his close friend Micah McKee and began writing and recording batches of feel-awesome pop gems that couldn’t remain just in their circle of friends. These recordings were shared  to the point that the next logical step was to put a live band together, and that’s when Eric found his way into Empress Hotel.

With Ryan on guitar and Eric on drums, Empress Hotel is backed by Patrick Hodgkins on bass, Leo DeJesuson keys and percussion and, the lovely Julie Williams on keys with Micah McKee on lead vocals and guitar.

Empress Hotel On Tour:

Jan 20 – Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN

Jan 21 – BottleTree Cafe – Birmingham, AL

Jan 27 – Lola’s Saloon – Fort Worth, TX

Jan 28 – Ghost Room – Austin, TX

Jan 29 – Artmosphere – Lafayette, LA

Feb 19 – Blue Nile (Krewe du Vieux) w/ Big History and Booty Trove – New Orleans, LA

Feb 22 – 5 Spot – Nashville, TN

Feb 23 – Tea Bazaar – Charlottesville, VA

Feb 24 – Pianos – NY, NY

Feb 25 – Rock Shop – Brooklyn, NY

Mar 2 – Iota Club and Cafe – Arlington, VA (DC Area)

Mar 3 – Black Cat – Boone, NC

Mar 5 – Alabama Music Box – Mobile, AL

Mar 16-20 – SXSW 2011 – Austin, TX

For more info, please visit:

http://parkthevan.com/empresshotel/

http://www.myspace.com/empresshotel

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Empress-Hotel/132273536793693