After heating up the winter of 2008-2009 with two rounds of North American concerts, R&B crooner John Legend will add some extra heat to the summer nights. The performer has slowly unveiled plans for a new tour leg that will hit amphitheaters from coast-to-coast.

The 18-city tour kicks off with two festival appearances on June 27 at Muskegon Summer Celebration in Muskegon, MI, and July 3 at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, LA. More dates follow on the nationwide trek through a September 1 performance at Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

Concerts are scheduled along the way for July 5 at Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA; July 17 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD; and August 7 at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA, among other dates. Legend is currently scheduled to make just one stop north of the border for a July 25 concert at The Colosseum at Caesars in Windsor, ON.

Legend is touring behind his October 2008 release “Evolver,” his third studio album. The disc, featuring an all-star cast of guest performers from rapper Kanye West to R&B up-and-comer Estelle, hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and topped the R&B/hip-hop albums chart.

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The singer has already completed two legs of North American concerts to support the release. The tour launched on November 19 in Minneapolis, MN, and visited more than 10 North American cities by mid-December. After breaking for the holidays, Legend hit the road again in mid-January, wrapping the winter 2009 run in early February.

John Legend itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

June 27 Muskegon, MI Muskegon Summer Celebration @ Heritage Landing
July 3 New Orleans, LA Essence Music Festival @ Louisiana Superdome
July 5 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
July 11 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center
July 14 Portsmouth, VA Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
July 17 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 18 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
July 20 Toledo, OH Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
July 24 Elizabeth, IN Horseshoe Southern Indiana
July 25 Windsor, ON The Colosseum @ Caesars
July 31 Cincinnati, OH Paul Brown Stadium
August 1 Cleveland, OH The Nautica Pavilion
August 3 Homestead, PA Riverplex Amphitheatre
August 5 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for Performing Arts
August 7 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
August 28 Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
August 29 Goldendale, WA Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
September 1 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre

Last Updated on April 23, 2009 by By Allison Reitz