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Pentatonix selects Girl Named Tom as opener

Crowded House, Jinjer, Black Dahlia, Bikini Kill also making news

Ohio natives Girl Named Tom will joined Pentatonix on tour.

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published September 28, 2022

The Voice winners A Girl Named Tom out of Pettisville, Ohio, have been named as the opening act for the Pentatonix: A Christmas Spectacular tour beginning in mid-November. 

A Girl Named Tom, featuring siblings Bekah, Joshua, and Caleb Liechty, will open for Pentatonix, a Texas-based a capella group

“Way back to 2012, every time PTX put up a YouTube video, we would gather around our family’s Dell computer in absolute AWE of what we heard coming out of those speakers,” the group wrote on Instagram. “To this day, they are a huge source of inspiration in harmonizing and arranging.” 

We’ve only got two chances to check that tour out in our region: Dec. 1 at Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, and Dec. 6 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Crowded House tour delayed

Crowded House recently announced they would have to postpone their first North American tour in 12 years due to their drummer’s lower back injury. Now, the band has revealed the trek is being pushed to 2023. 

The rescheduled Dreamers Are Waiting leg will now kick off May 2 in Vancouver and includes a stop at the Chicago Theatre on May 15.

Jinjer adds metal shows

Ukrainian metal band Jinjer will head out on the road one more time in 2022, stopping at House of Blues Chicago on Nov. 7, GLC Live at 20 Monroe in Grand Rapids on Nov. 10, Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit on Nov. 11, House of Blues on Cleveland Nov. 13, and Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Nov. 14. 

The band were granted a special exemption to leave Ukraine in order to tour and help their country by raising awareness about the ongoing war. 

Joining Jinjer on the road will be P.O.D., Vended, and fellow Ukrainians Space of Variations.

Bikini Kill restarts tour, again

Bikini Kill, forced by COVID-19 to cancel a slew of 2022 dates on its reunion tour, will head back on the road in 2023 to play 16 rescheduled shows, including an April 16 stop at Agora Theatre in Cleveland before heading to Royal Oak Music Theatre near the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak the following night. 

The band began the reunion tour in 2019, its first full shows since 1997, but the tour was halted in 2020 by the pandemic, then again this year after the band called off more dates after multiple members of the group were diagnosed with COVID.

Black Dahlia restructures

Black Dahlia Murder vocalist Trevor Strnad’s death at 41 was a shock to all who knew him or simply listened to him. 

After Strnad took his life in May, Black Dahlia Murder are getting ready to start working with a new lineup, finally supporting their 2020 album Verminous

Guitarist and co-founder Brian Eschbach will move to vocals and be replaced on guitar by Ryan Knight, who left the band amicably in 2016. Guitarist Brandon Ellis, drummer Alan Cassidy, and bassist Max Lavelle will keep their spots. 

While the band thought about calling it quits, the members are full-time musicians who make their living on the road. So they are forging on and have announced an Oct. 28 show called A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Trevor Strnad at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit with opening acts Darkest Hour and Plaque Years.

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