The Head and the Heart

Joel Voorman

The Head and the Heart are returning to Cleveland in support of their 2022 release, ‘Every Shade of Blue.’ The show is scheduled for May 29 at The Agora Theater.

Due to the pandemic, The Head and the Heart — which includes pianist Kenny Hensley, bassist Chris Zasche, drummer Tyler Williams and multi-instrumentalist Matt Gervais —worked remotely for much of the recording of ‘Every Shade of Blue.‘ Each band member had his or her own recording setup, and producers like Sarlo guided them along throughout the process. “It was a completely new frontier for us,” Russell admits, and yet listening to the album, the result is collage of songs that feel equal-parts courageous and comforting. 

While the previous two years have taken so many of our lives to a scary standstill, for The Head And The Heart — a beloved band who has continually redefined itself and forever pushed the boundaries of its sonic creativity — it allowed them the time to slow down, reassess their priorities and look to the future. They engaged in group therapy. They opened themselves up to self-analysis. And, for the first time, they had truly honest and direct conversations with one another… without having to walk onstage immediately afterward.

“It’s really been about rebuilding and healing and growth,” vocalist Jonathan Russell says proudly of the group’s personal leap forward in recent times. “Just learning boundaries and learning to respect one another and ourselves.” Adds his Head and the Heart bandmate, violinist/guitarist/vocalist Charity Rose Thielen: “We aren’t all the way there quite yet, but we’re definitely the healthiest we’ve ever been.”

Initially self-released in 2011, The Head and The Heart’s self-titled breakout debut produced instant classics including “Rivers and Roads,” “Down in the Valley” and “Lost in My Mind” (#1 at AAA) and is now certified Gold. 2013’s ‘Let’s Be Still‘ and 2016’s ‘Signs of Light‘ settled into the top 10 of The Billboard 200 album chart, with the latter securing the #1 position on Rock Album Charts, scoring the band’s first #1 at Alternative radio with “All We Ever Knew” and also holding the #1 spot at AAA for nine straight weeks.

The band’s fourth full-length album, ‘Living Mirage,’ was released to critical praise in 2019. “Missed Connection” reached the #1 position on the Alternative Chart as well as the Mediabase and BDS alternative charts, after having already achieved #1 on the AAA chart. The album’s breakout track, “Honeybee,” became a fan favorite with 153M+ total global streams and 1M+ global weekly streams.

The band is a touring powerhouse, having landed prime-time mainstage slots at Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. The Head and the Heart has performed 15 times on national television, including appearances on Ellen, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Austin City Limits and more.


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Ticket info

Reserved mezzanine seats are priced at $75. General admission tix are $39.50. All prices are subject to additional fees. Tix can be purchased in person at The Agora box office or online via the link below:

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