Erykah Badu Announces 2017 World Tour
BY ELIJAH C. WATSON
Erykah Badu has announced a world tour.
Titled the “Badu Vs. Everythang Tour 2017 A.D.” the tour will begin this month at Birmingham, Alabama’s Funk Fest, and end with a series of performances in Japan. In between that, the artist will make stops at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York City, as well as this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.
Okayplayer was in attendance for Badu’s Baduizm B-Day Party that happened a couple months back in the singer’s hometown Dallas, Texas. Aside from a performance by Badu herself, the event included appearances from Dave Chappelle and Cedric The Entertainer.
The event was not only in honor of Badu turning 46 years-old but for her Baduizm album, which turned 20 years-old this year. Here was one of many notable moments that occurred during the show:
“Badu’s hairstylist of five years stood next to me. She revealed to me about the Badu wonder: ‘She’s real, she is who she is. She’s opened my eyes up.’ It’s a sentiment we also have as fans, even if we don’t know her personally, it feels like an experience of our own. I quickly realized Sunday night Baduizm has lifted all of us.”
She also made an appearance at this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas, performing as DJ Low Down Loretta Brown for show that was headlined by the Wu-Tang Clan.
Check out Badu’s itinerary below and see if she making a stop in a city near you.
Erykah Badu Will Take On The World At Her “Badu Vs. Everythang” Tour
by Jessica McKinney | May 3, 2017 - 11:17 am
Erykah Badu recently announced that she’s going on tour and it looks like she is coming for everyone. The “Badu Vs. Everythang Tour” is set to hit stages worldwide this May 2017.
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Badu announced the music news on Twitter this morning (May 3), along with a tour poster of dates and cities. The show will first touch down in Birmingham, Alabama on May 6, running through Atlanta, Houston, and New Orleans, before heading overseas. There, the tour will cover venues in London, Switzerland, Copenhagen, and Finland. Badu will wrap up after a 6-month stint back in the United States, visiting major cities such as Los Angeles, Charlotte, and New York City.
In addition to the world tour, the neo-soul singer is reportedly set to pay London another visit for a special, tribute concert at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on July 6. The show will serve as an anniversary concert in commemoration of the 20-year milestone for her 1997 album, Baduizm.
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It’s slightly unclear when tickets for the tour will go on sale, considering the timeliness of the event. But check out the full schedule below and stay tuned for more information here.
May 6 – Birmingham – Funk fest
May 19 – ATL – Funk fest
May 27 – Houston Area Theater
May 28 – New Orleans – Lake front Arena
July 6 & 7 – London-Harmmerstein Theater
July 8 – Paris – Palais Des Sports
July 9 – Rotterdam –N.Sea Jazz fest
July 11 – Montreaux, Switzerland - Montreaux Jazz fest
July 12 – Tuscany, Italy - Lucca Summer fest – Piazza Napoleone
July 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Tivoli Gardens
July 15 – Pori, Finland – Pori Jazz festival
July 20 – Vegas Brooklyn Bowl
July 22 – Los Angeles – Expo park @ LA Coliseum
August 10 – Philly, PA
August 12 – Charlotte, NC
August 13 – Richmond, VA
September 1 – TBAAL – Kickoff event
September 15 – Newark, NJ
September 16 – NYC – Meadows music & Arts fest
September 22 & 23 Chicago - Midwives conference
October 1,3,6 & 12 Tokyo – BBL
October 7 – Tokyosoul camp fest
October 9 & 10 – Osaka – BBL
Erykah Badu To Honor 20th Anniversary Of ‘Baduizm’ With London Concert
by Jessica McKinney | March 30, 2017 - 12:03 pm
The 20th anniversary of Erykah Badu’s game-changing album Baduizm happened back in February 2017, but the songstress is still in celebration mode. The queen of neo-soul recently announced her plans to play a one-off gig in London to honor her debut album this summer.
READ: Erykah Badu’s ‘Baduizm’ Is Still Genre Bending And Defining 20 Years Later
According to the venue’s Twitter account, the show will reportedly be held in the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will serve as a follow-up to Badu’s initial celebration, which kicked off during her annual “Sauceizm” birthday bash back in February.
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Baduizm was arguably one of the singer’s most influential albums and propelled her within the neo-soul and R&B categories. The album’s most notable hits are “On & On,” “Appletree,” and “Next Lifetime.” Badu’s London show will take place July 6. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (Mar. 31). For more information, click here.