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Every other year, the touring culminates in "3-11 Day," held in New Orleans on—when else?—March 11. Thousands of fans from around the country and the globe unite for a three-day celebration that emphasizes unity, positivity and tearing up the stage. Last year turned into a five-hour event with a 63-song set list.
This year, 311's spring tour will keep the band on the road until mid-May, when it takes a two-week break before embarking on its legendary summer run. North Texas fans will get a chance to partake of some 311 goodness on May 9, when the guys come to town to co-headline Edgefest 19.
The Summer Unity Tour then kicks off in June. In past years, the band's supporting acts have included The Wailers, The Roots, Papa Roach, O.A.R., Matisyahu and Snoop Dogg. This year, Ziggy Marley is coming along.
"Our music, I think, lends itself to a wide variety of styles and genres," Martinez says. "The live show's always been something that people really got into once they experienced it. That's always kinda been our M.O., you know, just a great live show."
In the end, it's all about that constant underlying message. As singer Hexum is known for saying at the close of shows, "Stay positive, and love your life."
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