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maxwell summer 09 tour

Hailed by many as the one of the greatest, long awaited come backs in the record industry of my generation – many are more excited, but I am very excited for the comeback of Maxwell. Gone from us for too long, this brother is a timeless talent. I saw him a million years ago perform live at the taping of Donnie Simpson’s Video Soul (BET) and his voice, energy, vibe – everything eminated raw, unmistakeable talent. Simply real. So when he left the scene, for me there was an understanding – because Maxwell’s talent comes from a place bigger than just album sales, autographs, photo ops, and concerts. He is clearly fused with his talent – they are one being in the same. Some will be fans, loving his music, but if that day back in 1995 (I think) was to be the last time I would ever see him – I knew I was in the presence of something undefinable. And it is in that light, to me, he will always remain…..

However as the musical muses would have it – Maxwell has been out and about and busier than ever as he graces us with his voice, his talent and his songs after a 6 year performance hiatus. His 3rd album – Now, was released back in 2001 and now his long awaited 4th Album – Blacksummers’night (Columbia Records) has hit stores and fans simply love it – they cannot get enough.   This summer Maxwell just completed a 24-city club and theater tour, along with a few Canadian dates and recently has announced his Fall US arena shows tour – slated to begin in late September.

Samsung knows the value of Maxwell and his return as they launch Samsungs AT&T Summer Krush – a limited engagement music tour featuring some of the hottest music artists today. The third iteration of Summer Krush will hit Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Seattle with a different top recording artist in each city and a few select cities will host private engagements. More information will be posted soon on Samsung AT&T Summer Krush details, events and how you can win tickets to a show near you.

R&B singer Maxwell is Samsung’s latest edition to the company’s current Summer Krush concert series. As part of the Summer Krush series, Samsung will host nine free shows this summer across the U.S. Samsung executive Paul Golden says, “Samsung AT&T Summer Krush is a great way for us to thank our customers with an amazing concert experience.” Daughtry kicked off the event on July 17th with a performance at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington. Other artists performing during the Summer Krush series include T-Pain, The Offspring and Dierks Bentley. The remaining dates for Samsung’s Summer Krush are as follows:

  • 7/31 — The Offspring — San Francisco, CA — The Warfield
  • 8/5 — Montgomery Gentry — Dallas, TX — Gilley’s Dallas
  • 8/11 — T-Pain — New Orleans, LA — House of Blues
  • 8/18 — Dierks Bentley — Atlanta, GA — The Tabernacle
  • 8/24 — Darius Rucker — Nashville, TN – Venue TBD
  • 9/2 — Maxwell — Boston, MA – Venue TBD

Now if you haven’t downloaded (legally!!) Maxwell’s Blacksummers’night album – get to it!  Blacksummers’night dropped on July 7th and the album has been received with nothing but love.  The album entered the Billboard 200 at # 1 and according to SoundScanBLACKsummers’night has generated the best overall sales week of Maxwell’s career – selling 316,499 in its first week and reaching #1 on the SoundScan Album Retailer chart and the Current R&B chart.   “Pretty Wings” (the first single off the album) peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart, has spent 13 weeks in the #2 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and  “Bad Habits,” (lead track and second single) has reached #1 Most-Added song at Urban Adult radio (Source: Mediabase)   Both “Bad Habits” and “Pretty Wings” have made the Top 10 of America’s Urban Adult Contemporary charts with Bad Habits” peaking at #7 and “Pretty Wings” holding steady at the #1 slot.

If you didn’t see Maxwell on the Summer leg of his tour, then chances are he is coming to your city on the Fall leg of his tour.  On the summer leg, awesome talents such as Laura Izibor, Mary Mary & Chrisette Michele opened for him separately in various cities.

On his Fall Tour, you’ll be able to check him out, with both Common & Chrisette Michele, in the following cities:

Maxwell Blacksummers’night Tour – Fall Dates

  • Wed, Sept 2nd – Samsung Summer Krush – Venue TBD – Boston, MA
  • Fri, Sept 4th – The Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center (Kissimmee, FL) – Special Engagement
  • Fri, Sept 25th – Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON) – Fall Tour Kick Off
  • Sat, Sept 26th – Joe Louis Arena (Detroit, MI)
  • Mon, Sept 28th – Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
  • Wed, Sept 30th – Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
  • Fri, Oct 2nd – Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
  • Sat, Oct 3rd – Wachovia Spectrum (Philadelphia)
  • Mon, Oct 5th – Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
  • Tue, Oct 6th – Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte)
  • Thurs, Oct 8th – United Center (Chicago)
  • Fri, Oct 9th – Scottrade Center (St. Louis)
  • Mon, Oct 12th – Venue TBA (Dallas)
  • Tues, Oct 13th – Toyota Center (Houston)
  • Fri, Oct 16th – Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood, CA)
  • Sat, Oct 17th – Venue TBA (San Francisco)

Has Maxwell Blacksummers’night Tour been to your town?

If so, leave a comment and tell us about it.  We want to know – have you seen him in your city??:

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Hammond, IN
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Seattle, WA
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA – The BET Awards
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • New Orleans, LA – Essence Music Fest
  • Nashville, TN
  • Louisville, KY
  • Columbus, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Albany, NY
  • New Jersey, NJ
  • Atlantic City, NJ
  • Mashantucket, CT
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Washington, DC
  • Savannah, GA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • North Charleston, SC

Review - Laura Izibor

From My Heart To Yours…..Laura Izibor

Few can say they have had the pleasure of seeing newcomer & Ireland native Laura Izibor perform twice – I am among that few.

The first I saw her was at a LP (Listening Party) at Bohemian Caverns, sweat dripped off the walls – the Caverns was so packed and Laura Izibor & her band gave a great performance. Laura – who also happens to play the piano / keys – shared with us at the end of her performance that she had hurt her finger, and held up a largely bandaged finger. Shock! I would not have believed, from the way she played, that there was anything wrong with any of her fingers, but the proof was in the presence – because there was a big ole gauze bandage wrap….But honestly neither I nor anyone in that room would have been able to tell, never would have known based on her performance. She was definitely worth the wait (TP & I waited – but MT, my future sis in law was right on time!!), but the Caverns is acoustically challenged with a live band set, and so as awesome as she was (and she was) I couldn’t wait to see her again. I wondered if she would be consistent. If she would be an artist that we would hear from again and again and again, or if she was just someone who’s CD release would come and go, unnoticed. But after 20 yrs in the biz, something told me that Laura was the real thing. I got to talk to her afterwards and do a photo op with her and Meisha. I got the distinct feeling that Laura would be here to stay and that the next time would be better. Much better than the first time

So fast forward to her second D.C. Listening Party at The Scene. Good crowd, good food, and what I always like to see whenever I attend any performance – a full band set up!! Yea! Laura was unreal!! First of all, she had done radio/ interviews all morning, an in-store at Borders (I think it was Borders), a set at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and then, finally – us. With just 2 days before her album was to drop – she was: As MJ would say – working day and night!! And boy did she work. Working the crowd, making note (but not being an ultra diva) about the feedback – she simply said “Can we get the feedback right? I want you all to hear me the way I should be heard, so are we good? Okay, we are good!”. Her debut album – Let the Truth Be Told, was presented front and center for everyone to hear. Her lyrics and her songs speak to an emotion, a space, a place that at one time or another, most of us have been there – lots of us have done that. Perfect World “I tried so hard to give you everything… I gave you my heart but it didn’t seem to be enough”. And then she started scatting. You read / heard me right, scatting. The Truth clearly was being Told…

“I like to sing and write about things that have a message” she shared with the audience & then she shared Carousel.  My fav quote of the night was “I don’t call relationships relationships, I call them situations” and then she shared The Worst is Over.  Laura Izibor sounds every bit like her album…but better. Thru feedback and a hectic days schedule she gave the crowd from her heart to ours & back again….Her stage presence is impeccable and the band showed its versatility with the Mary J medley. It was clear to me that Laura is a woman who is not afraid of her esse, her ish, the very thing that makes her who she is. And clearly when the crowd gifted her with a standing ovation, it showed that they felt the same.  Folks were on their feet as she delivered her last song of the night – and as the crowd gave back in applause one more time – Laura gave back bigger – with one more song (Yea!!) Mmmm from the Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married Soundtrack. My cousin was excited – her first listening party ever, I was busy typing my notes and then …. as she got ready to leave the stage – 1 more song. I LOVED it!! The audience was not ready for her to go and after a whirlwind day it was clear that pure energy was in the room. She started to announce her last song and the man in the front row hollered – Shine. And much like Amel Larrieux, another artist who loves to interact with her audience, Laura obliged him. And I’m so glad she did. Shine is simply hot…..

Do what you want to do
Kiss Somebody
Jump out a plane
Simply Shine

The crowd applauded. And as Laura got ready to leave the stage for the second, third, I’ve lost count, time that evening … she clearly, simply, had to do just 1 more song!! A 3 song encore that of course included the hit single off her album – From My Heart To Yours. As Mickey D’s promo goes – I’m lovin’ it! Everything about her set let me know that Laura is not only real, but that she is destined to be one of those timeless artists. Only in her early 20’s she clearly has a lot to give and is so very well received. She signed autographs, took a few photos and then she left us …. humming, pre-ordering, talking, tweeting, inspired, and full. A consummate performer, a gracious professional, a 3 encore sanger – not singer – SANGER! I look forward to many many Grammy nods coming her way. I look forward to hearing more GOOD music from her in future albums. And of course I look forward to the next time I see her perform. Much like Anthony Hamilton, she takes you there…and then there…and then there some more…and then Chu-ch (church for those that didn’t get it, cause I want you to get it).

Make sure that if she comes to your town – that you see her.

She is opening for Maxwell in select cities.

Good music, good energy – From my heart to yours!

Let the Truth be Told – Laura Izibor (Atlantic Records)

 

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