Maxwell Is In The House

Maxwell wrapped up the first leg of his “BLACKsummers”night tour last night in Durham, N.C., and he’s already pushing a second leg. Talk about staying busy!

The smooth-as-silk soul singer has a one-off in Kissimmee, Fla., on Sept. 4, then gets down to the city-after-city routine beginning Sept. 25 in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.

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Detroit’s next on the list with a performance slotted for the Joe Louis Arena Sept. 26. Sept. 28 puts him in NYC at Madison Square Garden and Sept. 30 is Richmond, Va., at the Richmond Coliseum.

Other stops include Washington, D.C, at the Verizon Center Oct. 2; Philadelphia at the Wachovia Spectrum Oct. 3; Atlanta at Phillips Arena Oct. 5; Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena Oct. 6 and Chicago at United Center Oct. 8. Maxwell will also play St. Louis, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles before the tour closes in San Francisco Oct. 17.

Hip hop artist Common appears on the tour as main support on all shows except Detroit and Philly. Chrisette Michele will open all shows.

Maxwell’s BLACKsummers’night, released July 7, has already gone gold, and hit No. 1 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Album Retail Chart. The New York Times described the release as “Grittier, more grown-up, and more experimental with an album of soulfulness and substance,” while the Chicago Tribune credited it with invoking “the complex late ‘70s albums of Marvin Gaye, when the singer was making his most deeply personal music.”

Tickets begin going on sale Aug. 14. For more information, please click here for Maxwell’s MySpace page.