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Har Mar Superstar Har Mar Superstar KRS365 07/18/00

About Har Mar Superstar

Sean Tillmann is known in the United States' independent music community as a singer-songwriter (other projects include Calvin Krime & Sean Na Na), but is best known in the UK indie rock/dance scene as R&B alter ego Har Mar Superstar. Har Mar Superstar is a character who bears several physical and behavioral similarities to porn star Ron Jeremy; he is chubby (though he has slimmed down considerably as his stage shows and frequent touring have become more physically demanding), he often performs his shows nearly nude, and appears obsessed with his own sexual prowess. His primary musical genres are contemporary R&B and pop music.

He originally claimed to be Sean Tillmann's twin brother, Harold Martin Tillmann, from which he claimed his name originated. The name actually comes from a shopping center in Roseville, Minnesota called the Har Mar Mall.

Tillmann was born in Marshall, Minnesota on February 6, 1978. In 1987, his family moved to Owatonna, Minnesota. He graduated from the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, Minnesota. His family is still based in Owatonna, where his mother and father work as educators.

After playing in a number of garage bands throughout high school, Tillmann moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota, and joined three-piece noise band Calvin Krime as bassist and lead vocalist. Over the span of three-and-a-half years, they recorded two albums and an EP and regularly toured the country. When Calvin Krime disbanded in 1998, Tillmann explored his softer pop side in Sean Na Na, but, while the music was often pretty and upbeat, the lyrics were often unexpectedly dark. Tellingly, Sean Na Na performances often ended with dead-on renditions of popular R&B artist R. Kelly's "When a Woman's Fed Up." Reflecting on what led to the creation of the Har Mar Superstar character, Tillmann said, "I kinda always thought that (I was going to do R&B), I just had to figure out how to do it. ... I just had to figure out how to make beats and write songs in that style." In 2000, Tillmann enlisted the help of several Saint Paul musician friends and the result was the self-titled album that appeared on Kill Rock Stars in 2001.


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Tour Date City State/Prov Venue Name
10/28 Montreal QC Le Belmont (w/ Pizza Underground) [info]
10/29 Toronto ON Horseshoe Tavern (w/ Pizza Underground) [info]
10/30 Indianapolis IN HiFi [info]
11/02 Milwaukee WI Hotel Foster (w/ Pizza Underground) [info]
11/03 St. Louis MO The Firebird (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/05 Nashville TN High Watt (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/06 Atlanta GA The Earl (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/07 New Orleans La House of Blues (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/09 Austin TX Fun Fun Fun Fest [info]
11/10 Dallas TX Trees (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/12 Phoneix AZ Rhythm Room (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/13 San Diego CA Casbah (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/14 Santa Ana CA Constellation Room (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/15 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theater (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/16 Las Vegas NV LVCS (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/18 Pioneertown CA Pappy & Harriett's (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/19 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/20 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/21 Portland OR Dante's (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/22 Seattle WA Chop Suey (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/23 Vancouver BC Rickshaw Theater (w/ The Pizza Underground [info]
11/24 Calgary AB The Palomino [info]
11/25 Billings MT Pub Station [info]
11/26 Denver CO Marquis Theater [info]
11/27 Kansas City MO Record Bar (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
11/28 Omaha NE Waiting Room [info]
11/30 Madison WI High Noon Saloon [info]
12/01 Columbus OH Skully's Music Diner (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
12/05 Washington DC Black Cat (w/ The Pizza Underground) [info]
12/06 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall (w/ the Pizza Underground) [info]