With a new album on store shelves and an eye-catching music video making the rounds online, Erykah Badu has announced plans for a spring tour of the United States.
The Freaq Flag Tour launches on the East Coast with a May 22 concert at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD. As it stands now, the bulk of Badu’s personal itinerary cuts off after a June 20 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, but other scattered concert commitments will keep Badu on the road through mid-August.
The R&B songstress’s 19-date spring itinerary includes shows on May 25 at Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY; June 2-3 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL; June 11 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA; and June 19 at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA.
According to Badu’s official MySpace Music profile, her two-night stand in the Windy City will feature support from rock/hip-hop trio N.E.R.D. At this point, special guests are not specified for the other tour stops.
As spring turns to summer, Badu’s calendar continues with special engagements and festival dates.
On June 26, she’s marked for a guest appearance on Maxwell’s headlining tour stop at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Badu is also on the billing for the first five dates of the 2010 Lilith Fair, along with two later Fair stops in August, and an August 8 set at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL.
Badu released her fifth studio album, “New Amerykah, Part Two: Return of the Ankh,” at the end of March. To promote the record, Badu released a music video for the first single “Window Seat” earlier in the month. The video follows Badu down a Dallas sidewalk, where she strips off her clothes in broad daylight before being shot.
The singer was charged with disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor, for baring it all. But she also received an onslaught of media attention as controversy flared over her public nudity and allusions to the Dallas assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Erykah Badu itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|May 22||Baltimore, MD||Pier Six Pavilion|
|May 23||Boston, MA||Orpheum Theatre|
|May 25||New York, NY||Roseland Ballroom|
|May 26||Upper Darby, PA||Tower Theatre|
|May 28||Washington, DC||DAR Constitution Hall|
|May 30||Detroit, MI||Chene Park|
|June 2 – 3||Chicago, IL||Chicago Theatre|
|June 5||Memphis, TN||Orpheum Theatre|
|June 6||Nashville, TN||Ryman Auditorium|
|June 8||Kansas City, MO||Midland Theatre|
|June 9||St. Louis, MO||Fox Theater|
|June 11||Atlanta, GA||Philips Arena|
|June 13||Houston, TX||Verizon Wireless Theatre|
|June 14||Grand Prairie, TX||Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie|
|June 16||Denver, CO||Fillmore Auditorium|
|June 18||Oakland, CA||Paramount Theatre|
|June 19||Saratoga, CA||The Mountain Winery|
|June 20||Los Angeles, CA||Greek Theatre|
|June 26||New York, NY||Madison Square Garden Arena|
|June 27||Calgary, AB||McMahon Stadium *|
|June 28||Edmonton, AB||Northlands Spectrum Racetrack *|
|July 1||Vancouver, BC||Pitt Meadows Airport *|
|July 2||Ridgefield, WA||Sleep Country Amphitheater *|
|July 3||Quincy, WA||Gorge Amphitheatre *|
|August 4||Raleigh, NC||Time Warner Pavilion *|
|August 7||Columbia, MD||TBA|
|August 8||Chicago, IL||Lollapalooza|
|August 11||Tampa, FL||Ford Amphitheater *|
* Lilith Fair Tour