Our friends at Mazda love good music. That’s why this October they’re launching the MAZDA2 Music Tour with buzz-worthy new soul singer Mayer Hawthorne, and his backing band, The County. Rolling Stone calls Hawthorne’s self-produced tunes “an eerily accurate homage to the Motown hit machine.” Esquire says that he’s “the best new soul singer we’ve heard this year.” And even John Mayer is a fan, calling Hawthorne’s debut album, A Strange Arrangement, the record of the year. Need to hear his music for yourself before you can believe the hype? Grab a free download of his track “No Strings” here.
But that’s not the only exciting swag that’s up for grabs. Enter Mazda’s online sweepstakes to win a chance to connect with Mayer at a series of VIP events across the country. Play along on Facebook and Foursquare, and you might even win an all-new 2011 MAZDA2 subcompact 5-door hatchback! Click through to watch a video preview and find out when the MAZDA2 Music Tour lands in your city.
MAYER HAWTHORNE FALL TOUR DATES (subject to change)
3-Oct SUN Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room 4-Oct MON Orlando, FL The Social 6-Oct WED San Antonio, TX Korova 7-Oct THU Dallas, TX The Loft 8-Oct FRI Austin, TX Antones 11-Oct MON Memphis, TN Hi-Tone Cafe 12-Oct TUE St. Louis, MO Firebird 13-Oct WED Grand Rapids, MI Intersection 15-Oct FRI Toronto, ONT Opera House 16-Oct SAT Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts * 17-Oct SUN New York, NY Webster Hall * 18-Oct MON Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg * 19-Oct TUE Boston, MA Paradise Lounge * 21-Oct THU Washington DC Black Cat * 22-Oct FRI Atlanta, GA Masquerade * 23-Oct SAT Birmingham, AL The BottleTree * 24-Oct SUN Nashville TN Mercy Lounge * 25-Oct MON Asheville, NC The Orange Peel * 27-Oct WED Chicago, IL Park West 28-Oct THU Columbus, OH The Basement 29-Oct FRI Cleveland OH Grog Shop 30-Oct SAT Madison, WI Memorial Union Theater 1-Nov MON Indianapolis IN The Vogue 2-Nov TUE Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater 3-Nov WED Lawrence, KS Bottleneck 4-Nov THU Boulder, CO Fox Theatre 5-Nov FRI Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge 7-Nov SUN Seattle, WA Neumo’s 8-Nov MON Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret 9-Nov TUE Portland, OR Aladdin Theatre 11-Nov THU San Francisco, CA Bimbo’s 365 Club 12-Nov FRI Los Angeles, CA The Music Box (Henry Fonda Theatre)
*CO-HEADLINE DATES WITH THE HEAVY