Lauryn Hill and Nas Add Dave Chappelle and Nick Grant to PowerNomics Tour Dates
A few months after announcing it, Lauryn Hill and Nas have revealed the form of their 17-city joint tour. The collection of show stops is called the PowerNomics tour, and it will feature performances from the likes of comedian Hannibal Burress, reggae artist Chronixx, Dave Chappelle and Nick Grant. Chappelle will perform at Sterling Heights, Mich. this Friday (Sept. 8), while the rising Grant will take the stage at eight tour stops.
The PowerNomics tour aims to enfranchise members of the African-American community, and to reach that end, a portion of donations from the ticket sales will be given to organizations promoting education, health, agriculture, technology, and community-based businesses in the Black community. Those organizations include The Harvest Institute, Yes We Code, Equal Justice Initiative, Soronko Academy, NAS' INITIATIVE, Al Noor Charitable Agency, Habesha, International Peace Initiative and more.
"My interests have always centered around encouraging empowerment, and focusing on ways to help heal, repair, educate and promote enfranchisement to the disenfranchised," Hill says of her goals for the PowerNomics tour. "I'm excited to share this platform for community, creativity, and progress, helping to expose, educate, and magnify the beauty of cultural amalgamation."
Nas echoes that sentiment, saying, "PowerNomics Tour is our way of being a part of the solution. We are here to lend a hand where it is needed and hopefully to inspire. I'm a part of a mission to help build a more diverse tech industry and to encourage my people to see beyond what they believe is in their reach. Music is spiritual, and we are a musical people, so what better way to contribute to our situation than to bring some spirituality. It is an honor to be on this tour with MLH, and what better time than now, in the midst of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey as well as the dire situation of many African American communities."
Take a look at the dates for the PowerNomics tour below. Tickets are available for purchase at LiveNation.com.
Lauryn Hill and Nas' PowerNomics Tour Dates
Sept. 7—Chicago, Ill.—Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (^&#)
Sept. 8—Sterling Heights, Mich.—Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill (%^&#)
Sept. 10—Toronto, O.N.—Budweiser Stage (^&#)
Sept. 12—Boston, Mass.—Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (^&#)
Sept. 14—Camden, N.J.—BB&T Pavilion (+&#)
Sept. 15—Bristow, Va.—Jiffy Lube Live (+&#)
Sept. 20—Raleigh, N.C.—Red Hat Amphitheater (^&)
Sept. 22—Miami, Fla.—Bayfront Park Amphitheater (+&@)
Sept. 23—Jacksonville, Fla.— Daily's Place (^&@)
Sept. 27—Houston, Texas—Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land (^&@)
Sept. 28—Dallas, Texas—The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory (^&)
Sept. 30—Austin, Texas—Austin360 Amphitheater (^&@)
Oct. 3—San Diego, Calif.—Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU (+&)
Oct. 5—Los Angeles, Calif.—Hollywood Bowl (+&@)
Oct. 7—Mountain View, Calif.—Shoreline Amphitheatre (+&@)
Oct. 10—Seattle, Wash.—WaMu Theater (+&@)
Oct. 11—Vancouver, B.C.—Pacific Coliseum (^&@)
%with Dave Chappelle
+with Hannibal Buress and Chronixx
@with Nick Grant
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