Kate Voegele is mounting her first headlining tour, Back 2 School, which is being sponsored by online higher learning institution University of Phoenix. The...

Kate Voegele is mounting her first headlining tour, Back 2 School, which is being sponsored by online higher learning institution University of Phoenix. The 40-date North American tour begins August 8 in Pomono, CA, and wraps on September 30 in Baltimore, MD.

Voegele is touring in support of her debut album “Don’t Look Away,” released on MySpace Records/Interscope. After the album’s release, Billboard named the Cleveland native an “Artist to Watch in ’08.”

In recent years, Voegele shared stages with the likes of Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp, performed at two consecutive Farm-Aid concerts, and played to packed houses at clubs and theaters nationwide. The announcement of this headlining tour comes on the heels of gigs with Ben Lee and Cary Brothers.

Voegele’s popularity has won her several marketing campaigns. She was named the “Steve Madden Music Spotlight of the Month” and will be spotlighted in an in-store and online marketing campaign for the footwear and apparel retailer. She is also the face of clothing brand Vanilla Star’s “Smart Girls Rock” campaign.

While on tour, Voegele will chronicle her tour experience via regular video diaries as she strikes a balance between her musical career and two college courses. Currently, she is pursuing a psychology degree via the University of Phoenix. This behind-the-scenes access to Voegele will be accessible to her fans through weekly video journals, bulletins and “Ask Kate” forums that will be posted on MySpace.

“We are so excited to be working with University of Phoenix on this tour,” said J Scavo, general manager of MySpace Records, in a statement. “It truly represents what the MySpace Music platform is all about: creating unique opportunities for artists, fans, and brands to connect around music.”

Scavo also commented on Voegele’s spring tour, which Scavo called “unbelievable” with “an even bigger turnout than we ever expected.”

“Although her career path may be different from many of our students,” added Dr. Bill Pepicello, University of Phoenix president, “Kate’s commitment to her education is the same. She is one of over 345,000 current students who know University of Phoenix plays an important role in higher education today.”

Kate Voegele’s tour itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

August 8Pomona, CAGlass House
August 9Laguna Hills, CALaguna Hills Mall
August 11Portland, ORHawthorne Theater
August 12Seattle, WANeumo’s
August 14Salt Lake City, UTClub Sound
August 16Omaha, NESokol Underground
August 17Edina, MNSouthdale Center
August 18Milwaukee, WIRave Bar
August 19Grand Rapids, MIIntersection
August 21Chicago, ILBeat Kitchen
August 22Chicago, ILBeat Kitchen
August 23Gurnee, ILGurnee Mills
August 24Cleveland, OHCambridge Room
August 26Philadelphia, PAWorld Café
August 27Norfolk, VANorva
August 29St. Petersburg, FLState Theater
August 30Ft. Lauderdale, FLCulture Room
August 31Orlando, FL Social
September 3Atlanta, GAThe Loft
September 4Birmingham, ALWorkplay
September 5New Orleans, LAHouse of Blues Parish
September 6Houston, TXWherehouse Studios
September 7Dallas, TXThe Loft
September 10Los Angeles, CARoxy
September 11San Francisco, CAGreat American Music Hall
September 12Santa Barbara, CAWest Beach
September 13San Diego, CASOMA Sidestage
September 14Phoenix, AZMartini Ranch
September 16Denver, COBluebird
September 18St. Louis, MOFuBar
September 19Indianapolis, INMusic Mill
September 20Pittsburgh, PARex Theater
September 21Detroit, MICrofoot Ballroom
September 23Toronto, ON El Mocambo
September 24Rochester, NYWater Street
September 25New York, NYIrving Plaza
September 26Boston, MASomerville
September 27New Haven, CTToad’s Place
September 28South Hackensack, NJSchool of Rock
September 30Baltimore, MD8×10

Last Updated on August 7, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen