The Queen of Disco kicks off the two-month run July 3 at Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, Va., and will hit amphitheatres, arenas and theatres through the end of August.

Highlights include stops at Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va. (July 5), Bank of America Pavilion in Boston (July 12), PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. (July 18), Caesars Atlantic City in New Jersey (July 25-26), River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, British Columbia (August 8-9), The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif. (August 13), Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, Calif. (August 17), the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (August 22-23), and Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill. (August 30).

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Crayons, out May 20, features 12 tracks co-written by Summer that run the musical gamut from “a really real pop pop song” like “The Science of Love,” to retro-modern dance-oriented tracks like “I’m a Fire,” to the socially conscious “Bring Down the Reign” and the world-music-flavored “Driving Down to Brazil.”

Summer explained her goal was to create an album as musically diverse as possible.

“I wanted this album to have a lot of different directions on it; I did not want it to be any one baby. I just wanted it to be a sampler of flavors and influences from all over the world. There’s a touch of this, a little smidgen of that, a dash of something elseā€¦like when you’re cooking.”

The disc’s centerpiece ballad, “Be Myself Again,” was an attempt to get the listener as close to the singer as possible.

“What I wanted to do is strip down a song. I wanted it to be a cappella. There’s always so much hoopla around the voice; I wanted to do a song where there’s no hoopla. There’s just you and the audience listening to somebody who’s just singing to themselves, singing about the intimate parts of what it has taken to do what they do.

“The thing to do is stay connected to the true self and that’s really difficult in show business. That’s what the song is about.”