Trevor Noah, AFI added to Vina Robles concert schedule

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PASO ROBLES — Vina Robles announced today the addition of two major acts to its schedule of upcoming events. Comedian Trevor Noah will bring his comedy stylings to the venue Saturday, June 24 and punk rock band AFI will take the stage Aug. 2. Tickets for Trevor Noah and special guest Angelo Lozada range from $45 to $65 and go on sale April 21. Tickets for AFI with special guests Circa Survive and Citizen, range from $29 to $40 and also go on sale Apirl 21. 

Trevor Noah is the host of the award-winning show “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. He joined the show as a contributor in 2014 when Jon Steward was the host and took over hosting duties when Stewart retired. The show has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award (Comedy/Variety Series) this year. Recently, he debuted his ninth comedy special "Afraid of the Dark" on Netflix, which was shot at the Beacon Theatre in New York last November.

Last year on Comedy Central, Noah premiered his one-hour stand-up special, "Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation." He was also the subject of the award-winning documentary film, "You Laugh But It’s True," directed by David Paul Meyer, which tells the story of Noah’s remarkable career in South Africa post-apartheid. In addition to selling out stand-up shows over five continents, Trevor became the author of a New York Times bestseller with the release of his first book "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood." In his book, he reflects on growing up in South Africa during the end of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom thereafter that shaped him. Noah also performed an audiobook version of his book which was Audible’s highest rated audiobook of 2016.

AFI is touring in support of AFI (The Blood Album), which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative and Hard Rock Albums Charts and No. 5 on The Billboard 200. The band revealed the album in stages: Stereogum premiered “Get Hurt” (which was also spotlighted on “Best of the Week with Zane Lowe” on Beats 1), Pitchfork debuted the “Snow Cats” video, Rolling Stone launched “White Offerings” and NME introduced “Aurelia.” In between, AFI performed at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas show, where they delivered what Billboard called “arguably the strongest set of the night.” They tore through “Snow Cats” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! , kicked off their headlining tour of North America with a sold-out show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, then wrapped it with two sold-out nights at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

Alternative Press  and Q  gave AFI (The Blood Album) 4 stars each, AV Club said it sounded like the band are “as fired up now as they were 25 years ago,” People  magazine made it a Pick of the Week, Kerrang called it a “serious contender” for the Best Albums of 2017 list, The 405  praised it as “their strongest album in a decade” and ABC News gave it 3.5 stars and described it as “a dynamic record that should please both old and new fans of the band.” AFI (The Blood Album)  is the follow-up to 2013’s Burials, which hit Top 10 on The Billboard 200. Since the release of 1995’s debut album "Answer That and Stay Fashionable," AFI has written and recorded five top ten hit singles, hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200  (with the stunning "Decemberunderground"), garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions.

In their decade-plus career, Circa Survive have continued to challenge themselves and test the boundaries of musical genres. Their latest album, "Descensus," isn’t just an impressive illustration of Circa Survive’ s constantly evolving creativity; it’s a testament to the strong bond the five members share. They’ve experienced career highs and personal lows, but their dedication to each other has never wavered.

“We’re just in a really sweet spot in our career where a lot of the hard stuff from the beginning is out of the way, and we’re in this place where we know how to write a Circa song, and we  also know how to walk outside of our comfort zone together and enjoy it,” guitarist Colin Frangicetto said. “It just seems like at this point now there’s really nothing to be afraid of.” 

Circa Survive formed in 2004 in Doylestown, Penn. It didn’t take long for them to catch people’s eyes and ears, both for their standout debut album, "Juturna," and their passionate and dynamic live shows. Each album that followed was a success, from 2007s "On Letting Go" to their major-label debut "Blue Sky Noise" (which would go on to debut at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, their highest chart position yet) to 2012s  "Violent Waves," which they self-released.

Check out the video below to see Trevor Noah in action on his Netflix special "Afraid of the Dark":