311 and other ska musicians became popular during the '90s with fun rock-reggae infused tracks, and created a unique So-Cal music scene.
The band originally formed in Omaha, Nebraska when all original members met in high school. 311 released their debut EP, Unity, in 1990 and booked concert dates at local Omaha-area clubs. By 1992, the band moved to Los Angeles and were quickly signed to Capricorn Records. They released their debut album, "Music", in 1993 and scored a minor hit with "Do You Right". 311 concert dates were independently financed, and the band drove to venues in an old borrowed RV with borrowed equipment.
311 had better luck with their sophomore set, "Grassroots", which peaked at #8 on Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart and developed a loyal college following. They hit massive commercial success on their third try; Their self-titled album was released in 1995 and was eventually certified three times platinum. It featured the hit singles, "Down" and "All Mixed Up," and widened the band's fan base. 311 tour dates were booked in support of the album and they made an appearance on David Letterman.
They followed up with, "Transistor", which debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum. They toured extensively and filmed a live DVD at their New Orleans stop in 1998 and released one more album in the '90s, "Soundsytem", which featured the hit "Come Original".
In 2000, the band dubbed every March 11, as 311 day and every other year they gather in new Orleans to celebrate with a massive concert and play extended sets. This tradition has continued and in 2010 they moved the event to Las Vegas and played a 60 song set at Mandalay Bay. They released their sixth album, "From Chaos", in 2001 and it featured the hit reggae-infused single, "Amber". Two more albums followed, including "Evolver" and Don't Tread on Me", in the 2000s. They also scored their biggest commercial single with a cover of the Cure's "Love Song", which hit #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and entered the Hot 100, marking their first entry on that survey.
311 tour dates have been particularly popular lately as their fan base has remained solid throughout the years. In 2006, they embarked on their Summer Unity Tour, which played to a record audience of 18,500 diehard fans at their Atlanta stop. Following the highly successful 37-date tour, the band announced a hiatus. They returned in 2009, and the 311 concert schedule included a revived Summer Unity Tour as well as an opening stint on the Offspring Tour.
311 released their most recent album, "Uplifter," in 2009, and are currently finishing up their forthcoming tenth album. Use Eventful as your source for 311 tour dates, concert schedule, and venue information