The Tomatoes are an American rock band from New Orleans, Louisiana. The band is composed of vocalist/guitarist Will Burdette, drummer Woody Dantagnan, and bassist/vocalist George Ortolano.
The Tomatoes formed in 2004 over pints of Guinness™ at a bar in Metairie, LA, a suburb of New Orleans. Later that year, the band recorded their first album, The Rise And Fall Of The Tomatoes. The Rise And Fall Of The Tomatoes was released in New Orleans record stores and on the Internet in March 2005, which garnered much praise from the New Orleans music press.
The Tomatoes soon took the road, touring the U.S. in a heatless, AC-less 1982 Ford Econoline van they dubbed "The Blue Runner" (in honor of the popular New Orleans brand of canned red beans). They quickly released two more LPs that garnered critical acclaim: Trendy in 2006 and Divisionism in 2008.
After a brief sabbatical, The Tomatoes once again went into the studio to begin working on a new album. In October, 2012, The Tomatoes released a single (available on YouTube™) "Saint in the City", the first track on their new EP Into the Blackout released in December 2012.
The Tomatoes are currently on tour!
Please check the website often for upcoming tour dates, as the 2013 calendar is still in the works.
Friday, May 10th, 2013
w/ Cones of Uncertainty @ Artmosphere
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
LOUFEST 2013 @ The Rock Sports Tavern
Saturday, May 25th, 2013
Baton Rouge, LA
w/ The Way High Men and The Widowers @ Mud & Water