Esperanza Spalding Announces Fall Tour

Esperanza Spalding’s innovative new LP has been named one of the best albums of the year (so far) by the likes of NPR, Rolling Stone, LA Times and Paste. Experience the new tunes live when she hits the road in September on a tour through North and South America.

Photo: Holly Andres

Marking the bassist/vocalist/songwriter’s fifth studio album, Emily’s D+Evolution was released in March via Concord. Spalding co-produced the LP with longtime David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti. Her PR rep describes the new collection as “a daring tapestry of music, vibrant imagery and performance art.”

The notoriously hard-to-please Pitchfork granted the album its stamp of approval with a review of 8.6 and rating of “best new music.”  

While many people may simply think “jazz” artist when they hear Spalding’s name, her style cannot be so easily contained in one genre.

Pitchfork contributor Marcus J. Moore writes, “Emily’s D+Evolution marks a radical shift in the style of upright bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding. The Grammy Award-winning artist reemerges from a two-year hiatus with a rock/funk hybrid that brings Prince and Janelle Monae to mind.”

Over at Rolling Stone, writer Christopher R. Weingarten calls the album “a jazz prodigy’s prog-rock opera about love and identity.”

Intrigued? Check out the song “Unconditional Love,” followed by her tour schedule.

Aug. 13 – Richmond, Va., Maymont Park (Richmond Jazz Festival At Maymont)
Sept. 3 – High Point, N.C., Oak Hollow Park (John Coltrane International Jazz And Blues Festival)        
Sept. 16 – Santiago, Chile, Teatro Cariola     
Sept. 18 – Barranca, Peru, Museo De Arte Contemporaneo
Sept. 19 – Bogota, Colombia  Teatro Mayor Santo Domingo
Sept. 21 – Sao Paulo, Brazil, Cine Joia          
Sept. 23 – Buenos Aires, Argentina, Teatro Gran Rivadavia
Sept. 29 – Augusta, Ga., William B. Bell Auditorium, Augusta Westobou Festival
Sept. 30 – Macon, Ga., Cox Capitol Theatre 
Oct. 1 – Nashville, Tenn., 3rd & Lindsley     
Oct. 2 – Nashville, Tenn., 3rd & Lindsley     
Oct. 5 – Charlotte, N.C., McGlohon Theater
Oct. 7 – Pittsburgh, Pa., August Wilson Center For African American Culture       
Oct. 8 – Morristown, N.J., Mayo Performing Arts Center    
Oct. 9 – Annapolis, Md., Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts       
Oct. 11 – Wilmington, Del., World Cafe Live @ The Queen – Downstairs 
Oct. 14 – Burlington, Vt., Flynn Center For The Performing Arts   
Oct. 16 – Ithaca, N.Y., State Theatre
Oct. 18 – Philadelphia, Pa., Theatre Of Living Arts 
Oct. 20 – Asheville, N.C., The Orange Peel  
Oct. 21 – Louisville, Ky., Bomhard Theater 
Oct. 23 – Kent, Ohio, The Kent Stage
Oct. 24 – Milwaukee, Wis., Turner Hall Ballroom    
Oct. 25 – Iowa City, Iowa, The Englert Theatre       
Oct. 27 – Chicago, Ill., Thalia Hall    
Oct. 28 – Eau Claire, Wis., Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
Oct. 30 – Madison, Wis., Wisconsin Union Theater

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