Performance art troupe the Blue Man Group has begun lining up dates for its first full-fledged rock tour, slated to launch May 18 in Washington, D.C.

Performance art troupe the Blue Man Group has begun lining up dates for its first full-fledged rock tour, slated to launch May 18 in Washington, D.C. Thus far, nine dates have been announced, with newcomers Venus Hum on board to open each show. As previously reported, Blue Man Group will also perform at both days of the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival, to be held April 26-27 in Indio, Calif.

The Blue Man Group's first rock effort, "The Complex," is due April 22 via Lava Records. The act performed much of the material last year on Moby's Area: Two festival, but promises a far more elaborate stage show this time around. The troupe has enlisted veteran production designer Marc Brickman, who's worked with Pink Floyd and Nine Inch Nails, among others, to bridge what it says will be a mix of rave culture, performance art, and rock.

Nashville-based Venus Hum will on April 1 release its debut MCA full-length "Big Beautiful Sky." The dance-leaning pop trio is one of six artists who collaborated on the Blue Man Group album, joining Tracy Bonham, Josh Haden, Esthero, and Dave Matthews, who appears on first single "Sing Along."

Here are the Blue Man Group's tour dates:

May 18: Washington, D.C. (Warner Theater)
May 19: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
May 21: Chicago (Congress Theater)
May 22: Minneapolis (Northrop Auditorium)
May 24: Denver (Universal Lending Pavilion)
May 28: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theater)
May 29: San Francisco (Warfield Theater)
June 1: Seattle (Paramount Theater)
June 2: Portland (Keller Auditorium)

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