Brooklyn Instrumentalist Chris St. Hilaire Joins The Black Keys Touring Band This Summer

This summer, Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Chris St. Hilaire will join the Black Keys Touring Band as part of their ‘Dropout Boogie’ tour. The tour will kick off in Las Vegas on July 9th and wrap up in Dallas on Oct. 18, arriving in New York State at SPAC on July 20th and Jones Beach on July 22th.

Chris St. Hilaire
The Black Keys Dropout Boogie

Born in Huntington to Trinidadian parents, music was a rich part of Chris St. Hilaire’s foundation and cultural upbringing. His father is also a toured guitarist and influenced his playing and songwriting. St. Hilaire started playing drums at thirteen and was influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. His vocal, harmony structure, and songwriting style was mostly shaped by The Beatles.

Chris St. Hilaire
Chris St. Hilaire

Besides the tour, Chris St. Hilaire will also complement the release of the band’s 11th studio album Dropout Boogie. This particular arrangement will give St. Hilaire an opportunity to offer his multi-instrumental capabilities onstage, and represents a unique inflection point in his career.

I think my instincts are going to be pretty compatible with everything that they are doing. The melodies are really strong, which is always fun, and their music is rooted in rhythmic music, so percussion-wise I’ll have a lot of room to play with space and work to keep the rhythm driving. I think this will be a really cool opportunity to tour in a highly efficient and dignified way.

Chris St. Hilaire

The Black Keys ‘Dropout Boogie’ Tour (Summer/Fall 2022)

July 9: Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

July 11: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre

July 13: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

July 15: St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis

July 16: Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Music Center

July 17: Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park

July 20: Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 22: Jones Beach, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

July 23: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

July 25: Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

July 27: Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

July 29: Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center

July 30: Philadelphia, PA @ Waterfront Music Pavilion (formerly BB&T Pavilion)

Aug. 24: West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

Aug. 25: Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Aug. 27: Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Aug. 28: Huntsville, AL @ Orion Amphitheatre

Aug. 30: Charleston, SC @ Credit One Stadium

Sept. 1: Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Sept. 3: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

Sept. 6: Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage

Sept. 7: Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob Music Theatre

Sept. 9: Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center

Oct. 2: Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena

Oct. 3: Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

Oct. 5: Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

Oct. 8: Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

Oct. 10: Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion

Oct. 13: Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP

Oct. 15: Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Oct. 17: Austin, TX – Moody Center ATX

Oct. 18: Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion

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