The inimitable Blue Man Group will kick off a U.S. summer tour July 7 in Columbia, Md. Currently dates run through Aug. 30, although more are expected.

The inimitable Blue Man Group will kick off a U.S. summer tour July 7 in Columbia, Md. Currently dates run through Aug. 30, although more are expected. The act kicked off its inaugural rock tour at the end of April at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and plays Minneapolis tonight (May 22) and tomorrow. That stretch is slated to close June 2 in Portland, Ore.

As on the current outing, Tracy Bonham and Venus Hum will open. Both were among the guests on the Blue Man Group's Lava album, "The Complex," and both appear onstage and contribute to the act's elaborate stage show.

The tour features a 12-member band that incorporates seven drummers, and three Blue Man Group performers -- but not group founders Chris Wink, Phil Stanton, and Matt Goldman. Visual elements include holographic jellyfish and stage-swarming dragonflies.

"After 30 years of doing rock'n'roll shows, this is the most refreshing and challenging project I've come across in years," production designer Marc Brickman recently told Billboard. "[Blue Man Group's] commitment to the music world is really staggering."

Audiences have long enjoyed the performance troupe's show "Tubes" in New York, Boston, and Chicago, and its "Live at Luxor" spectacle in Las Vegas. But Wink told Billboard that the Complex tour brings something completely different. "The challenge is to get people to understand that this has nothing to do with the theatrical show," he said.

Released in April, "The Complex" debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top Internet Album Sales chart and No. 60 on The Billboard 200. The set also features guest turns by Bush's Gavin Rossdale, Dave Matthews, Esthero, and Josh Haden. Rossdale's track, "The Current," will be featured in the upcoming film "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." A video for the song was recently completed.

For more information on the group, the album, and the tour, visit the official Blue Man Group Web site.

Here are the Blue Man Group's summer tour dates:

July 7: Columbia, Md. (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
July 9: Toronto (Air Canada Centre Theatre)
July 10: Montreal (Bell Centre)
July 12: Pittsburgh (Post-Gazette Pavilion)
July 13: Wallingford, Conn. (Oakdale Theatre)
July 15: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun)
July 16: Boston (FleetBoston Pavilion)
July 18: Columbus, Ohio (Germain Amphitheatre)
July 19: Chicago (Rosemont Theatre)
July 21: Detroit (TBD)
July 22: Cleveland (CSU Convocation Center)
July 24: Portland, Maine (Cumberland County Civic Center)
July 25: Philadelphia (Mann Music Center)
July 27: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
July 28: Indianapolis (Murat Theatre)
July 30: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheatre)
July 31: St. Louis, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion)
Aug. 2: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
Aug. 4: Salt Lake City (Delta Center)
Aug. 6: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion)
Aug. 7: Los Angeles (Shrine Auditorium)
Aug. 9: San Diego (TBD)
Aug. 10: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)
Aug. 13: Dallas (TBD)
Aug. 14: Austin, Texas (The Backyard)
Aug. 16: New Orleans (UNO Lakefront Arena)
Aug. 17: Houston (CW Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug. 19: Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Performing Arts Center)
Aug. 20: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Sound Advice Amphitheatre)
Aug. 22: Orlando, Fla. (Hard Rock Live)
Aug. 23: Atlanta (TBD)
Aug. 25: Birmingham, Ala. (Oak Mountain Amphitheatre)
Aug. 26: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltell Pavilion)
Aug. 30: Saratoga, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)

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