Digable Planets Orbiting North America

’90s hip hop flagbearer Digable Planets has realigned with its first tour featuring the original members in 11 years. Most of the upcoming shows are scheduled with Camp Lo.

Photo: Chris Lee
A press photo for Digable Planets.

The group played at  last week and has been rambling around since with a pair of performances in Ohio, and shows in Asheville, N.C., and Birmingham, Ala., all in the books.

The next performance is tonight in Nashville and the last date North American date is scheduled for Portland’s  Aug. 25. Digable Planets also has a European tour scheduled for November.

The original lineup of Ladybug Mecca, Butterfly and Doodlebug is back together for the full tour after reuniting for a show in Seattle last year. Before that it was mostly the boys touring in the late 2000s, as the band broke up in 1995 after releasing two albums. There hasn’t been a proper album from the group until 1994’s Blowout Comb, although the compilation album Beyond The Spectrum – The Creamy Spy was released in 2005. 

Jazz-influenced hip hop with socially conscious and thoughtful lyrics was in style in the early ‘90s, and bands like De La Soul and  led the charge alongside Digable Planets. Many of those bands couldn’t keep up the momentum though and artsy rap ultimately moved “underground.”

Here are the North American venues hosting Digable Planets:

July 21 – Nashville, Tenn., Exit / In (w/ Camp Lo)
July 22 – Atlanta, Ga., Heaven At The Masquerade (w/ Camp Lo)
July 23 – Charleston, S.C., Music Farm Charleston (w/ Camp Lo)
July 24 – Carrboro, N.C., Cat’s Cradle (w/ Camp Lo)
July 26 – Washington, DC, 9:30 Club (w/ Camp Lo)
July 28 – Ardmore, Pa., The Ardmore Music Hall (w/ Camp Lo)
July 29 – Ardmore, Pa., The Ardmore Music Hall (w/ Camp Lo)
July 30 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn! Perf. Arts Fest)
Aug. 16 – Englewood, Colo., Gothic Theatre (w/ Camp Lo)
Aug. 18 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Pioneer Park (Pusha T)
Aug. 19 – Las Vegas, Nev., Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (w/ Camp Lo)
Aug. 20 – Solana Beach, Calif., Belly Up Tavern (w/ Camp Lo)
Aug. 21 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Regent Theater (w/ Camp Lo)
Aug. 22 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Regent Theater (w/ Camp Lo)
Aug. 24 – San Francisco, Calif., The Fillmore (w/ Camp Lo)
Aug. 25 – Portland, Ore., McMenamins Crystal Ballroom (Project Pabst Night Shows)

A few of these shows are already listed as sold out, but tickets to most are still available. Check out the group’s website and Facebook page for the latest on the band.