— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) February 26, 2016
Zac Brown Band just announced the new BLACK OUT THE SUN TOUR, which is named after a lyric from the song “Tomorrow Never Comes,” on Zac Brown Band’s latest album, JEKYLL + HYDE. Their new summer tour kicks off in May and runs through September. Presale tickets for Fan Club members will be available beginning at 10am on Tuesday, March 1st (select dates only) — scroll down for the full tour schedule and Zamily Fan Club presale ticket details.
We caught up with T-Bird, the Zac Brown Band’s Fan Club Director to get the low down on the Zamily.
Jennifer “T-Bird” Gabriel has turned pure passion into a full time gig. As the director of Zac Brown Band’s Fan Club Zamily, she’s a big reason why the group’s shows feel like the rockingest family picnic you’ll ever attend. With today’s BLACK OUT THE SUN TOUR announcement, she couldn’t contain herself as she chatted about life on the road, Zamily hugs, and appropriate concert attire.
Where are you from?
What are your favorite things to do?
Travel, photography, and roller skating.
What’s your profession?
Director of Zac Brown Band Fan Club—Zamily.
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What’s it like to manage the Zamily? What does your schedule look like day-to-day as a Fan Club Director?
It is truly the most incredible job for me. It is my calling in life! I get to live every day of my life interacting with people who are incredibly passionate and excited about the Zac Brown Band. My life on the road includes daily fan club parties with LOTS of hugs, backstage experiences with fans, and then fan interactions during the show! I am blessed to be the link between the fans and the band. They are a part of our family and I work hard to help our fans feel that. It is also important to me to connect other fans with one another. In the past six years, our fans have built lifelong friendships with each other.
— ZBB Zamily (@ZBBZamily) January 28, 2016
— ZBB Castaway (@ZBBCastaway) January 28, 2016
What’s the craziest or coolest thing you’ve seen a fan do for the band?
Craziest: We had one extra devoted Fan Club member in New Hampshire that had the band sign their car!
Coolest: Our fans are so committed to helping Zac build Camp Southern Ground that they participated in fundraisers and raised almost $100,000 in one year! They want Zac’s dream to come true as much as he does!
Tell us what it means to you to be a fan?
Being a fan means that you are inspired by a band, its members, and their music. You love and support them and will spread the love of that band to anyone who will listen. A lot of people call Zamily members “groupies” or “fanatics”, but we like to call them our family. We have found the success that we have because of our fans. We are forever grateful to each and every one of them!
What’s your favorite song from Zac Brown Band? Why?
“Remedy”. I feel like the message is so powerful. “Everyone can be forgiven, One love and one religion, Open up your heart and listen, Love is the remedy”.
How many times have you seen Zac Brown Band live?
Well, I tour with them so it’s not really fair to count mine, but I’ve probably seen them over 600 times. A cool fact is that we have several Zamily members who have seen the band over 50 times, even some that are up to over 100 times. That’s so impressive to me! Commitment!
What’s your favorite fan memorabilia?
In 2015, our Zamily slogan was “We’re With The Band”. We made these shirts that shared that message. After all, our Zamily is with the band!
You attend a ton of concerts and music festivals, do you have any general tips for fans preparing to go to a show?
DO NOT WEAR HEELS! You may look cute, but if you are a true music fan, you WILL NOT sit one minute of the show and you’ll wish you hadn’t worn those adorable high heels.
Tell us your #FirstLastNext concert?
First – Ziggy Marley
Last – Stevie Wonder
Next – Justin Bieber
Do you collect concert tickets?
I want all the new collector tickets.
NEW! Fan Club members will have access to brand new Zamily-exclusive 3D collector tickets! For events sold on Ticketmaster.com, simply choose the “Collector Ticket” option when selecting your tickets and you will receive a unique and functional ticket specially made for the band’s biggest fans.
How do you stay connected with your favorite artists?
Honestly, I belong to several fan clubs, but I get more on other artists by looking them up online. We want to be different, so we send monthly newsletters that are packed full of ZBB info!
Any #ConcertResolutions for 2016?
My professional concert resolution for 2016 is to meet at least five brand-new Zamily members each and every day.
What’s a little known fact about Zac Brown Band?
Zac and the band care so much about their fans that they hired me full time solely to take care of the Zamily. I tour with the boys and spend my time on the road going out and thanking the fans for their commitment and passion for us. We treat our fans the way we would want to be treated and they deserve it!
If you want to feel the love with Zac Brown Band, subscribe to the Zac Brown Band Zamily Fan Club and join T-Bird and the rest of the Zamily and say it loud, say it proud: “I’m with the band!”
BLACK OUT THE SUN TOUR 2016 SCHEDULE
Zac Brown Band tour & Fan Club presale dates below:
MAY 19 @ XFINITY THEATRE – HARTFORD, CT: Presale Starts March 1
MAY 20 @ BB&T PAVILION – CAMDEN, NJ: Presale Starts March 1
MAY 21 @ FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION – BURGETTSTOWN, PA: Presale Starts March 1
MAY 22 @ KLIPSCH MUSIC CENTER – NOBLESVILLE, IN: Presale Starts March 1
MAY 27 @ SPRINT CENTER – KANSAS CITY, MO: Presale Starts March 8
MAY 28 @ TARGET FIELD – MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Presale Starts March 8
JUNE 3 @ SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE – MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: Presale Starts March 1
JUNE 4 @ IRVINE MEADOWS AMPHITHEATRE – IRVINE, CA: Presale Starts March 8
JUNE 5 @ THE FORUM – INGLEWOOD, CA: Presale Starts March 8
JUNE 24 @ BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER – CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH: Presale Starts March 1
JUNE 25 @ ALPINE VALLEY MUSIC THEATRE – EAST TROY, WI: Presale Starts March 8
JUNE 26 @ ALPINE VALLEY MUSIC THEATRE – EAST TROY, WI: Presale Starts March 8
JULY 1 @ RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER – CINCINNATI, OH: Presale Starts March 1
JULY 2 @ DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE – CLARKSTON, MI: Presale Starts March 1
JULY 3 @ DARIEN LAKE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – DARIEN CENTER, NY: Presale Starts March 1
JULY 21 @ LAKEVIEW AMPHITHEATRE – SYRACUSE, NY: Presale Starts March 1
JULY 22 @ BETHEL WOODS – BETHEL, NY: Presale Starts March 8
JULY 23 @ HERSHEYPARK STADIUM – HERSHEY, PA: Presale Starts March 1
AUGUST 12 @ MINUTE MAID PARK – HOUSTON, TX: Presale Starts March 22
AUGUST 13 @ GEXA ENERGY PAVILION – DALLAS, TX: Presale Starts March 8
AUGUST 14 @ AUSTIN360 AMPHITHEATER – AUSTIN, TX: Presale Starts March 15
AUGUST 19 @ CITI FIELD – FLUSHING, NY: Presale Starts March 8
AUGUST 20 @ FENWAY PARK – BOSTON, MA: Presale Starts March 8
AUGUST 21 @ FENWAY PARK – BOSTON, MA: Presale Starts March 8
SEPTEMBER 2 @ JIFFY LUBE LIVE – BRISTOW, VA: Presale Starts March 1
SEPTEMBER 3 @ SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY: Presale Starts March 1
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