Rapper Nas and reggae artist Damian Marley are teaming up for another round of touring. But instead of promoting individual works, the focus this time is the upcoming collaboration “Distant Relatives.”
The tour officially launches with a May 21 at Arcata Community Center in Arcata, CA, but Nas and Marley will share a stage a couple weeks earlier on May 2 for a set at SunFest in West Palm Beach, FL. The summer-long calendar closes similarly — with a festival performance on August 1 at Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT.
Along the way, the co-headliners will hit the stage for gigs on May 28 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA; June 9 at Waller Creek Amphitheatre in Austin, TX; and July 31 at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn, NY.
Besides their sets at SunFest and Vibes, Nas and Marley also have national festival appearances lined up for May 31 at UCLA’s Jazz Reggae Festival in Los Angeles, CA, and June 11 at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN.
Public onsales for the upcoming tour begin over the April 2-4 weekend. Ticket prices on the primary market vary depending on the venue, but most Nas/Marley ducats are in the $30 to $50 range. Rising artist Nneka is booked to open more than a dozen dates throughout the venture.
But the tour partners aren’t limiting their trek to North America. After completing a majority of their planned U.S. dates, Nas and Marley will head overseas for four mid-summer weeks to complete a festival-heavy European jaunt. One highlight on the 16-date international itinerary is a July 10 performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Nas and Marley have toured together in the past, but the musical collaborators will release their first album together, “Distant Relatives,” on May 18.The effort is Marley’s first studio record in about five years years and Nas’ most recent release since 2008.
Damian & Nas itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|May 2||West Palm Beach, FL||SunFest|
|May 21||Arcata, CA||Arcata Community Center|
|May 22||Eugene, OR||Cuthbert Amphitheater|
|May 23||Seattle, WA||Showbox SoDo|
|May 25||Oakland, CA||Fox Theater|
|May 26||Santa Barbara, CA||University of California|
|May 28||Los Angeles, CA||The Wiltern|
|May 29||Las Vegas, NV||The Joint|
|May 30||Valley Center, CA||Open Sky Theater|
|May 31||Los Angeles, CA||UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival|
|June 2||Santa Fe, NM||Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre|
|June 8||Houston, TX||House of Blues|
|June 9||Austin, TX||Waller Creek Amphitheater|
|June 11||Manchester, TN||Bonnaroo Music Festival|
|June 12||Atlanta, GA||The Tabernacle|
|June 13||Lake Buena Vista, FL||House of Blues|
|June 27||Brussels, BEL||Couleur Café Festival|
|June 28||Paris, FRA||Paris Hip Hop Festival|
|July 1||Ardenal, NOR||Hovefestival|
|July 3||Cologne, GER||Summerjam|
|July 4||Gdynia, POL||Heineken Open’er Festival|
|July 6||Copenhagen, DEN||Vega House of Music|
|July 7||Hultsfred, SWE||Hultsfred Festival|
|July 9||Frauenfeld, SWI||Openair Frauenfeld|
|July 10||Montreux, SWI||Montreux Jazz Festival|
|July 11||Rotterdam, NET||North Sea Jazz Festival|
|July 13||Hamburg, GER||Stadtpark Open Air|
|July 14||Munich, GER||Tollwood Festival|
|July 16||Manchester, ENG||Manchester Academy|
|July 17||Dublin, IRE||Tripod|
|July 20||London, ENG||Hammersmith Apollo|
|July 23||Grafenhainichen, GER||Splash! Festival|
|July 31||Brooklyn, NY||Williamsburg Waterfront|
|August 1||Bridgeport, CT||Gathering of the Vibes Festival|