The Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man On Earth

Madi Diaz

Higher Ground Ballroom
All Ages
The Tallest Man on Earth w/ Madi Diaz at Higher Ground

We regrettably announce that this event has been canceled. Refunds for credit purchases will be issued automatically. Refunds for cash purchases are available at the HG box office. Apologies for any inconvenience.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce today that despite making every conceivable effort my Swedish crew and I have been denied visas to enter the United States and have to cancel my fall tour. COVID-19 has made nearly every aspect of the touring artist’s life more difficult and that is on clearest display in the current US visa application process. For over a year now the US has not been granting work visas for Swedish citizens due to concerns around COVID-19. We know some musicians have been able to acquire exemptions to this ruling, but despite all efforts to obtain such an exemption and the fact that we are all vaccinated and continue to test negative for COVID, we have been denied multiple times.

My team and I will continue to forge ahead in hopes that as the world starts to right itself we can acquire the proper approvals to return to the US in early 2022, but for now we have the unfortunate job of canceling the shows we have upcoming in October of this year. All shows in 2022 will remain unaffected by this. Refunds will be dispersed in the coming days.

I so look forward to seeing you all in the spring of next year, until then please take care of yourselves and those around you.

I love you, and I miss you.

$35 advance | $39 day of show


Kristian Matsson is a Swedish singer-songwriter who performs under the stage name The Tallest Man on Earth. Matsson grew up in Leksand, and began his solo career in 2006, having previously been the lead singer of the indie band Montezumas. His music has often drawn comparisons to the music of Bob Dylan.


Nashville-based ​Madi Diaz ​marks a full restart of her artistic career with ​"Man In Me," ​her poignant debut single/video for ​ANTI-. ​It's a first taste of how Diaz has worked at perfecting the craft of delivering a full spectrum of emotions via songs stripped to their most confrontational and raw form. This song was produced by Diaz with additional production by Andrew Sarlo​ (Big Thief, Bon Iver). Across reverberating guitar strums and light piano, Diaz's voice is evocative as she makes frank observations about a past relationship: "​Do you imagine me differently // Cause when I met you swore that you saw me // When you think I might be someone else // Does it turn you on​." As the track continues, Diaz's vocals swell exponentially, only to be drawn back to a fading note.

"​'Man In Me' was the first song I sat down to record for myself in about six years, which is the reason I thought it was so important to release first. It's a very intimately visceral moment, a sort of play-by-play inner monologue, taking my first steps through a really hard time.​" The accompanying video, directed by ​Stephen Kinigopoulos, "​ ​emphasizes the intensity of a moment held and held and held. For me, this video is like holding a stare for so long that it hurts. It's like knowing you should let go, but you keep holding on cause you can't say 'when,' and playing with that tension lying right beneath the surface. You know something's up, but you just can't put your finger on it.​"

Diaz was originally raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania surrounded by a family deeply immersed in music: her grandfather was a tenor in the Greenwich City Opera, both of her parents taught music lessons (piano, guitar and ukulele), her father played in a Zappa tribute band and her brother plays in a metal band. She moved to Philadelphia in her teens to have closer access to broader music education, before eventually enrolling in (and dropping out of) Berklee College of Music and moving to Nashville to more seriously pursue a career as a songwriter. After cutting her teeth in writers rooms in Nashville, Diaz moved to Los Angeles honing her songwriting skills and playing in numerous projects. After a very tumultuous relationship and break up, she bought a truck and moved back to Nashville where she became a go-to songwriter. As things slowed down, Diaz felt she had the time and space to fully confront everything in her life with a newfound sense of clarity. Over the next two years, she wrote over 100 songs, one of which is "Man In Me." The songwriting expertise she had developed over the years is now championed in her own strikingly original and emotional music.

Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road

South Burlington, VT, 05403