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Every other year, the touring culminates in "3-11 Day," held in New Orleans — 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's show turned into a five-hour event with a 63-song set list. Even the mayor officially proclaimed it 3-11 Day.
This year, 311's spring tour has already kicked off and will keep the band members on the road until mid-May, when they take a two-week break before embarking on their legendary summer run. South Florida fans will get a chance to partake of some 311 goodness April 29, when the guys come to West Palm to headline the first day of SunFest.
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 has always been something that people really got into once they experienced it. That's always kinda been our MO, you know — just a great live show."
In the end, it's all about that constant underlying message. As singer Nick Hexum is known for saying at the close of shows: "Stay positive and love your life."