The Acclaimed Alt-Pop Singer-Songwriters Celebrate Their Part-Asian (“Hapa”) Heritage With 2016 Concert Dates In North America Beginning February 24
Press Release: Meiko and Marié Digby announce today that they’ll embark on a string of U.S. tour dates together in February and March. Beginning in San Diego on Feb. 24, they’ll also bring their “Hapa Tour” to Costa Mesa, Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco (Mill Valley), Chicago (Evanston), Marshfield, WI, and Minneapolis (dates, cities and venues are listed below). Additional shows in the northwest and northeast will be announced soon.
A “Hapa” is a person of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry. Meiko is one-quarter Japanese on her maternal grandmother’s side, and Marié’s mother is Japanese. The idea to put together a tour celebrating this heritage was the brainchild of Meiko: “My sister and I were the only part-Asian kids growing up in our small town in Georgia, so it was always awkward when people asked ‘what ARE you?’ I wanted to put together a little tour celebrating ‘Hapa-ness’ and to spread the word – mainly to let kids out there know it’s not weird to have parents of different ethnic backgrounds. It’s actually pretty awesome and more common than you think!”
Of being Hapa, Marié says, “It feels like being part of a tribe. In this day and age, so many of us come from mixed backgrounds. Growing up with one Japanese parent and one Irish parent was such a unique and culturally rich experience, and it’s definitely influenced me as an artist and musician.”
Sponsored by PledgeMusic and the USC Ito Center Hapa Japan Project, the tour dates will also feature up-and-coming local Hapa artists from each city as opening acts.
Both Meiko and Marié Digby will soon announce their plans to record new albums – stay tuned!
February 24 – Music Box – San Diego, CA
February 25 – The Wayfarer – Costa Mesa, CA
February 28 – Saint Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA
March 1 – The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
March 4 – Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA
March 10 – SPACE – Evanston, IL
March 11 – Wildwood Station Pavilion – Marshfield, WI
March 14 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
Download Meiko’s latest song, “Perfect Fit (Live)” which appears on her Live Songs From The Hotel Café EP released in October 2015: https://soundcloud.com/meikomusic/perfect-fit-live
Download Marié Digby’s latest demo, “Jet Streams”: https://soundcloud.com/mariedigby/jet-streams-demo
For tickets and information, visit: www.hapatour.com