He’s been hyped in the industry for over a year, and now Canadian-born rapper Drake will hit the road on his own spring tour...

He’s been hyped in the industry for over a year, and now Canadian-born rapper Drake will hit the road on his own spring tour of the U.S.

The Away From Home Tour kicks off April 6 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, and concludes May 8 with a private engagement in Plymouth, NH. The rapper’s final public performance of the tour comes two days earlier on May 6 at Cheyney University in Cheyney, PA.

Of the more than 20 dates on the rapper’s official schedule, only 15 are public performances and most of those are scheduled at colleges and universities across the nation. Highlights include concerts on April 9 at Penn State in State College, PA; April 14 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI; and May 4 at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

The only off-campus concerts will be festival performances. Drake is scheduled for an April 24 set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA, as well as a May 1 appearance at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, NJ.

The Away From Home Tour is Drake’s first headline trek in North America, supported by fellow Canadian rapper K-OS and synth-pop crew Francis & The Lights. All of Drake’s previous adventures on the road have supported other artists, such as his stint with Lil Wayne’s summer 2009 tour.

Drake’s tour will support his first full-length record, “Thank Me Later,” tentatively scheduled for release in late March. He made his debut last year with the September EP “So Far Gone,” an effort that debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.


Drake itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

April 6Charleston, ILEastern Illinois University
April 7Columbus, OHPrivate Concert
April 9State College, PAPennsylvania State University
April 10Boston, MAPrivate Concert
April 11Lock Haven, PAPrivate Concert
April 14East Lansing, MIMichigan State University
April 15Rochester, MIOakland University
April 16Morgantown, WVWest Virginia University
April 21Orlando, FLUniversity of Central Florida
April 22Greenville, SCFurman University
April 24New Orleans, LANew Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 26Kansas City, MOUniversity of Missouri
April 27Lexington, KYUniversity of Kentucky
April 29Lowell, MAUniversity of Massachusetts
April 30Syracuse, NYPrivate Concert
May 1Boston, MAPrivate Concert
May 1East Rutherford, NJBamboozle
May 4Worcester, MACollege of the Holy Cross
May 5Towson, MDTowson University
May 6Cheyney, PACheyney University
May 7Ithaca, NYPrivate Concert
May 8Plymouth, NHPrivate Concert