04/12 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
04/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory
04/14 -Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory
04/15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Milk Boy
04/16 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
04/17 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
04/18 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
04/19 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
04/20 - Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
04/21 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
04/22 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
04/23 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
04/24 - Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
04/26 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
04/27 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
04/29 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
05/01 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
05/04 - Portland, OR @ Dante’s
05/05 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
05/06 - Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
05/07 - Calgary, AB @ The Palamino
05/08 - Edmonton, AB @ Needle Vinyl
05/09 - Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
05/10 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
05/11 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
05/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
05/13 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
05/14 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/01 - Primavera, Sain @ Primavera Sound
08/12 - Eaux Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires
I have been to many Har Mar shows but rarely get to see him play. The last chance I had was at the Pizza Luce Block Party last year but he was the last act to get on stage and after hours and hours of drinking, I just couldn't stay long enough to see him. Last night was the first night of his tour in support of his newest album Best Summer Ever so he was headlining the sold out show at First Avenue. He also previously sold out his Turf Club show a few days earlier.
Har Mar Superstar, born Sean Tillmann, is a character to say the least. Har Mar is not physically attractive in any way shape or form. He is a balding middle aged white guy with a protruding pot belly (think Ron Jeremy). He is notorious for stripping down to his skivvies while dancing in a provocative manner. His shirt was off within a few songs but somehow he kept his pants on even though the crowd was yelling at him to strip.
The way he moves on stage shows no shame. I think that's why I love him so much. People eat up this idea of body positive performers but they are mostly females. Where's the male's body positive spokesman? That's the void that Har Mar fills and he does it flawlessly. He has no problem shaking it on stage and seems to be obsessed with his own sexual prowess. Even though he is not attractive at all (at least not to me), you can't help but fall in love with him because he just seems fun.
His lyrics are typically hilariously raunchy. Mix the lyrics with Har Mar's look and you might think that this is a complete joke but pay attention a little bit more, and you realize just how talented this guy is. His voice, although singing some of the most ridiculous lyrics I've heard, is more than talented. It's soulful and flawless. His backing band is more than talented and if you're able to peel your eyes off of Har Mar's dancing, it's hard to keep your eyes off of the horn players.
His music is a mix of R&B and pop music with a little hint of old school funk. It's the kind of music where even if you're having the worst day of your life, you start to smile and dance. You just can't help yourself. I can't tell you how many people spilled their drinks on me while dancing in the front few rows but I didn't care. Nothing was going to wipe that smile off my face or keep me from dancing like a fool.
Har Mar Superstar will be touring around the United States for about five weeks before he heads overseas for a European tour. I highly suggest that you try and catch him on this tour.
Har Mar Superstar’s Best Summer Ever album is out now on Cult Records.
Har Mar Superstar at First Avenue, Minneapolis (08 April 2016)