Start Making Sense has been touring the country for over a decade sharing the music of the Talking Heads to enthusiastic audiences. While they have adhered to a strict and reverent recreation of that influential band’s catalog, Start Making Sense have also figured out ways to keep the show vibrant and entertaining, even for fans who have seen them many times.

Over the years they have toyed with the lineup, have done recreations of the famed Stop Making Sense movie replete with sets painstakingly curated down to the finest details, and also recreated the set list of the famed Paris show. But in the Spring of 2022, Start Making Sense brought it to a new level by touring to eight cities with a horn section that was then dubbed the Immaculate Horns.

The band didn’t just focus on material that was horn driven by the Talking Heads. They re-interpreted and re-imagined the catalog by scoring three hours of music for horn, most of which did not have horn parts initially. In addition to Talking Heads material, they also incorporated adjacent material from David Byrne, St Vincent, and even songs that somehow tangentially tied into the catalog in perhaps a not so apparent fashion.

In the Spring of 2023 Start Making Sense will be heading out again for an eight city tour with a horn setion, who are now known as the Ocean Ave Stompers.

Band Members:
Jon Braun – vox/gtr/perc
Jenny Founds – vox/gtr/perc
Brian Davis – gtr/vox
Eric Anderson – bass
Alex Ayala – keys/vox
Colin Miller – perc/vox
Jesse Braun – drums/vox
Ian Gray – Trombone/vox
Matt Salazar – Trumpet/vox
Rob Rutigliano – Baritone Sax/perc
Wil Schade – Tenor Sax/vox

Horn Tour Dates: Most tickets will go on sale FRI January 13.
March 31 The Cabot Beverly, MA TICKETS
April 1 Higher Ground Burlington VT TICKETS
April 7 the Stadium Theatter Woonsocket RI TICKETS
April 8 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA TICKETS
April 14 Artsquest Bethlehem PA TICKETS
April 15 State Theater Portland ME TICKETS
April 21 Music Hall of Brooklyn Brooklyn NY TICKETS
April 22 The Stone Pony Asbury Park NJ TICKETS

To be sure there will be plenty of tour dates for Start Making Sense in their traditional lineup too. The band takes a traditional early winter break and hits hard in March. 2023 features two cool new rooms including an opera house in Connecticut and the famed Asbury Hall in Buffalo NY which will be brought to you by our good friends from the team who run the Buffalo Iron Works.


March 3 Bearsville Theater Woodstock NY Buy Tickets

March 4 Broad Brook Opera House Broad Brook CT Buy Tickets

March 10 Asbury Hall Buffalo NY Buy Tickets

March 11 The Appell Center York PA Buy Tickets

March 24 Mauch Chunk Opera House Jim Thorpe, PA Buy Tickets

March 25 Havana New Hope PA Buy Tickets

Starting in May Start Making Sense will be traveling to nearly every corner of the country, in venues new and familiar, at festivals, clubs, theaters and music halls.

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