Acclaimed rapper and actor Mos Def will hit the road for his latest North American venture, the Ecstatic Tour, over the weekend. The summer’s...

Acclaimed rapper and actor Mos Def will hit the road for his latest North American venture, the Ecstatic Tour, over the weekend. The summer’s end outing picks up August 1 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, and continues through September 5 at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA.

The 19-date, five-week trek will hit concert markets from coast-to-coast across the U.S., in addition to a few engagements booked north of the border. Highlights include an August 2 concert at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, an August 14 session at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, an August 27 show at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC, and a September 3 event at Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA.

In addition to his regular concert performances, Mos Def has been tapped to perform on August 9 at George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 in Newport, RI. That show is the only festival appearance slated within the confines of the Ecstatic Tour, though the rapper has others booked later in the year.

Jay Electronica will provide support throughout the late summer trek, with Medina Green also stepping in as an opener for a few dates. Additionally, vocalist and songwriter Erykah Badu is on the bill for all three shows in California, September 3-5.

Mos Def is touring in support of his latest studio album, “The Ecstatic,” which was released June 9 and peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. The disc received mostly positive reviews from critics, with the Washington Post calling it Mos Def’s most cohesive mix of “jazz, poetry, blues, psychedelia, Eastern rhythms, Spanish-language quasi-pop” yet.

After Mos Def completes his late summer trek, he’ll be on-call for a couple additional performances through early fall. His first post-tour gig falls on September 12 at Water Taxi Beach in Governors Island, NY, and is followed by an October 3 performance at the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX.


Mos Def itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

August 1Minneapolis, MNFirst Avenue
August 2Chicago, ILHouse of Blues
August 5South Burlington, VTHigher Ground
August 8Newport, RIJazz Festival 55
August 9Washington, DC9:30 Club
August 12Charlotte, NCAmos’ SouthEnd
August 13Charleston, SCMusic Farm
August 14Atlanta, GAThe Tabernacle
August 15Miami, FLArsht Center for the Performing Arts
August 17New Orleans, LAHouse of Blues
August 18Dallas, TXHouse of Blues
August 19Houston, TXHouse of Blues
August 24Edmonton, ABEdmonton Event Centre
August 25Calgary, ABFlames Central
August 27Vancouver, BCVogue Theatre
August 29Portland, ORRoseland Theater
September 3San Francisco, CALouise M. Davies Symphony Hall
September 4Oakland, CAParamount Theatre
September 5Hollywood, CAHollywood Palladium
September 12Governors Island, NYWater Taxi Beach
October 3Austin, TXAustin City Limits Music Festival