Erykah Badu kicks off a world tour on May 4 in Detroit, MI, with North American dates booked through June 15 in Albuquerque, NM....

Erykah Badu kicks off a world tour on May 4 in Detroit, MI, with North American dates booked through June 15 in Albuquerque, NM. Dubbed The Vortex Tour, it is named for the swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth. “Most of the shows are in or near cities with naturally strong energy fields, and if they’re not,” said Badu in a statement, “we’re going to create them with the music.”

Badu will perform songs from from her new album “New Amerykah” as well as some of her most popular hits. Appropriately, the Philadelphia-based band The Roots will be the opening act on many of the dates. Badu, who has collaborated with The Roots in the past, features The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson on several “New Amerykah” tracks.

The four-time Grammy award winner will then head off to Europe for dates starting June 25 in Copenhagen, DEN and end on July 17 in Belgium.

Badu will allocate $1 from every concert ticket sold to B.L.I.N.D – Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development – Badu’s community organization that provides music, dance, theater and visual arts programs for inner-city youth.

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Erykah Badu The Vortex Tour itinerary:

May 4 Detroit, MI Fox Theater
May 5 Toronto, ONT Massey Hall
May 6 Montreal, QUE Jacques Cartier Park
May 8 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
May 9 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
May 10 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
May 11 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
May 14 Washington, DC Constitution Hall
May 15 Washington, DC Constitution Hall
May 16 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall
May 17 Greensboro, NC Special Events Center
May 18 Richmond, VA Landmark Theater
May 20 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Park Amphitheater
May 21 San Juan, PR Coliseum of Puerto Rico
May 23 Atlanta, GA Fox Theater
May 24 Montgomery, AL Jubilee City Festival
May 25 Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival
May 27 Nashville, TN Andrew Jackson Hall
May 28 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater
May 29 St. Louis, MO Fox Theater
May 30 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater
May 31 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater
June 2 Denver, CO Fillmore
June 3 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
June 5 Redmond, WA Marymoor Amphitheater
June 6, Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
June 8 Oakland, CA Paramount Theater
June 9 Oakland, CA Paramount Theater
June 10 San Diego, CA Humphreys
June 12 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
June 13 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
June 14 Phoenix, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
June 15 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium