Hopeville, the gospel package tour featuring Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, and Donnie McClurkin, is set to kick off a second leg on Monday (Jan. 13) in Stockton, Calif., after a very successful initia
Hopeville, the gospel package tour featuring Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, and Donnie McClurkin, is set to kick off a second leg on Monday (Jan. 13) in Stockton, Calif., after a very successful initial run of dates last fall. The new slate of shows encompasses 23 performances across the U.S. and two shows in Jamaica. The run will wrap Feb. 15 in Norfolk, Va.
Hopeville is a larger production than just a concert, as Franklin has designed what he terms "a whole musical experience." "The magic of Hopeville is that it's going to be a 'West Side Story'-type of production," Franklin said in a statement. "It's going to look like a Broadway musical, where we are all three interacting throughout the whole event. There's going to be singing and dancing, some theatrical moments, some choreographed moments."
Adams and McClurkin both appeared on Franklin's latest album, "The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin" (Gospo Centric/Zomba), which debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 in March 2002 and has sold 642,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Adams' own "Believe" (Elektra) peaked at No. 42 on The Billboard 200 in February of last year, while McClurkin's "Live in London and More..." (Verity) hit No. 69 on the chart in May 2001.
Franklin's main hope for Hopeville is "for people to see Christian entertainment outside of the box. That's what I'm excited about -- for them to be able see that it's bigger than what they may see it just as a Sunday morning experience. It can become part of a person's everyday lifestyle for enjoyment, but also leads to inspiration and a better way of life."
Here are the dates for the Hopeville tour:
Jan. 13: Stockton, Calif. (Civic Memorial Auditorium)
Jan. 14: Sacramento, Calif. (Memorial Auditorium)
Jan. 16-17: Oakland, Calif. (Paramount Theatre)
Jan. 18: Los Angeles (Universal Theatre)
Jan. 20: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)
Jan. 22: Oakland, Calif. (Paramount Theatre)
Jan. 24: San Diego (Sports Arena)
Jan. 25: Las Vegas (Aladdin Theatre)
Jan. 27: Denver (Magness Arena)
Jan. 28: Kansas City, Mo. (Midland Theatre)
Jan. 30: Biloxi, Miss. (Miss Coast Coliseum)
Jan. 31: Houston (Hofheinze Pavilion)
Feb. 1: Grambling, La. (T.H. Harris Auditorium)
Feb. 2: St. Louis (Fox Theatre)
Feb. 4: Savannah, Ga. (Civic Center)
Feb. 6: Jacksonville, Fla. (Jax Coliseum)
Feb. 7: Orlando, Fla. (Sea World)
Feb. 8: Kingston, Jamaica (Church on the Rock)
Feb. 9: Montego Bay, Jamaica (Caribbean Beach)
Feb. 11: White Plains, N.Y. (Westchester City Center)
Feb. 12: Rochester, N.Y. (Eastman Theatre)
Feb. 13: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
Feb. 14: Worcester, Mass. (Worcester Centrum)
Feb. 15: Norfolk, Va. (venue TBA)