Multi-Grammy winner Rob Thomas to play SOEC

The multiple Grammy winner and Matchbox Twenty frontman is coming to the SOEC Aug. 31.


Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Rob Thomas is set to perform at the South Okanagan Events Centre Aug. 31.

The upcoming tour celebrates Rob Thomas’ third solo effort, The Great Unknown, which was released last year, the follow-up to 2005’s platinum-certified No. 1 album …Something To Be and 2009’s cradlesong.  The album had a Top 10 debut on the Soundscan/Billboard 200 chart and earned critical acclaim on its arrival.  Rolling Stone hailed Thomas as “the same consummate pop-rock craftsman who has been making it all sound so smooth for years … Thomas piles on the hooks right from the opener.”

The Great Unknown was produced by a remarkable roster of studio all-stars including longtime collaborator Matt Serletic, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé), Ricky Reed (Jessie J, Jason Derulo, twenty one pilots), and Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta (American Authors) and features the hit single, Hold On Forever as well as Pieces.

Rob Thomas is one of modern music’s most compelling and commercially successful artists. For 20 years, he has been the front man and primary composer for Matchbox Twenty, leading the quintet to multiplatinum success over the course of four albums and a string of No. 1 hits that include Push, 3AM, Bent, If You’re Gone and Unwell.

Thomas made history with …Something to Be as being the first album by a male artist from a rock or pop group to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. With “cradlesong” he made history once again as the only male artist with multiple No. 1 hits at Adult Top 40, tying Pink with most No. 1 hits by a solo artist in the Billboard 200 chart’s history.

Smooth, Thomas’ collaboration with Santana was recently named the top all-time track on Billboard‘s Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, the No. 2 Pop song of all time and the No. 1 song of the rock era by Billboard. Additionally, Thomas was the first artist ever to be honoured with the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Hal David Starlight Award created to recognise a composer in the early years of his or her career that has already made a lasting impact.

Tickets to see Rob Thomas at the South Okanagan Events Centre go on sale Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. and are $64, $74 and $94. Tickets can be purchased at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC, via phone 1-877-SOEC-TIX (763-2849) or online at


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