Backed by an all-female band, acclaimed R&B singer Beyoncé will bring her I AM… World Tour back to the United States this summer. The...

Backed by an all-female band, acclaimed R&B singer Beyoncé will bring her I AM… World Tour back to the United States this summer. The 19-city outing kicks off June 21 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, and closes with a four-night stand from July 30 to August 2 at Encore Theatre at the Wynn in Las Vegas, NV.

Highlights for the coast-to-coast jaunt include a June 24 event at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, a July 1 performance at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA, a July 13 concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, and a July 23 show at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Beyoncé is also scheduled to headline the 15th annual Essence Music Festival on July 3 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

Members of the singer’s official fan club can access a limited number of pre-sale Beyoncé tickets beginning today, April 20. General on-sales follow on April 25 for all dates except Beyoncé’s four-night Las Vegas residency, which will be announced at a later date.

In order to make the North American tour accessible for all her fans, Beyoncé is making 2,000 seats per venue available for $20, plus applicable service charges. Face values for I AM… World Tour tickets vary depending on the venue, but typically range from $69 to $175.

In addition to lowering prices for select seats, Beyoncé has also partnered with General Mills to co-sponsor food drives along her tour itinerary. Select cities on the tour will allow on-site donations of non-perishable items. More information will be available beginning April 25 at ShowYourHelpingHand.com.

Beyoncé is touring behind the November 2008 release of the double-album “I Am…Sasha Fierce.” The performer’s third solo effort also earned her a third consecutive No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200. The record explores two sides of Beyoncé’s personality, introducing one as the alter-ego Sasha Fierce.

The I AM… World Tour, produced by Live Nation and Music World Entertainment, is the singer-actress’s first full-length tour since her sold-out Beyoncé Experience Tour in 2007. Beyoncé performed in North America earlier this year for a brief round of concerts across Canada in March, which extended into the U.S. for a single show on April 1 at KeyArena in Seattle, WA. Her 2009 European concert schedule kicks off next week on April 26 at Arena in Zagreb, Croatia.


Beyoncé itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

June 21 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
June 24 Washington, DC Verizon Center
June 26 Philadelphia, PA The Wachovia Center
June 27 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
June 29 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
July 1 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
July 3 New Orleans, LA Essence Music Festival @ Louisiana Superdome
July 4 Houston, TX Toyota Center
July 5 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
July 7 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
July 9 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
July 10 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
July 11 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
July 13 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
July 16 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
July 17 Chicago, IL United Center
July 18 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 23 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
July 30 – Aug. 2 Las Vegas, NV Encore Theatre at Wynn Las Vegas