Frankie J, Baby Bash Make Touring Team
Latino hitmakers Frankie J, Baby Bash and Natalie will team up for a spring tour that will kick off April 29 in Corpus Christie, Texas. The run will find each of the artists performing solo and in comLatino hitmakers Frankie J, Baby Bash and Natalie will team up for a spring tour that will kick off April 29 in Corpus Christie, Texas. The run will find each of the artists performing solo and in combinations, backed by a full band and a team of dancers.
All three artists are linked to Houston-based management/recording company Latium Entertainment. "Frankie J, Baby Bash and Natalie each have a uniquely universal appeal, yet continue to embrace their Latino heritage," says company founder/president Charles Chavez.
Along with club shows, incorporated into the tour are several radio station-sponsored festivals, including KSFM Sacramento's Cinco De Mayo 2005 event (May 1), KIIS Los Angeles's Wango Tango (May 14, without Baby Bash) and WXKS Boston's Kiss Concert 2005 (May 21).
"The One," Frankie J's sophomore Columbia album, debuted last month at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 245,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Baby Bash guests on the single "Obsession (No Es Amor)," which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100.
"There's not so many of us Latinos doing R&B, but there's a lot of us doing hip-hop," Frankie J recently told Billboard. "So I wanted to venture into that R&B world and work with some big producers. I just wanted to give it that step up and get involved more in the R&B industry. If Justin Timberlake can do it and Usher can do it, why can't I?"
Baby Bash's sophomore album, "Super Saucy" (Latium/Universal), debuted earlier this month at No. 11 on The Billboard 200. His single "Baby I'm Back" featuring Akon is No. 11 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart and No. 42 on the Hot 100.
Natalie, meanwhile, will release her self-titled debut May 17 via Latium/Universal. The single "Goin' Crazy" debuted earlier this month at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Single Sales chart and peaked at No. 13 on the Hot 100.
Here are the confirmed Frankie J/Baby Bash/Natalie tour dates:
April 29: Corpus Christi, Texas (Concrete Street Amphitheatre)
May 1: Sacramento, Calif. (Discovery Park; KSFM Cinco De Mayo 2005)
May 4: Long Beach, Calif. (Vault 350)
May 5: Fresno, Calif. (Warnors Theatre)
May 6: Oxnard, Calif. (Oxnard PAC)
May 7: Albuquerque, N.M. (Sunshine Theatre)
May 8: Salt Lake City (Utah State Fairgrounds; KUUU Cinco De Mayo Supershow)
May 11: Tucson, Ariz. (Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre)
May 12: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
May 13: San Diego (TBD)
May 14: Anaheim, Calif. (Angel Stadium; KIIS Wango Tango; Frankie J, Natalie only)
May 15: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
May 19: Lubbock, Texas (Fair Park Coliseum)
May 20: Pueblo, Col. (Masari Arena)
May 21: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center; WXKS KISS Concert 2005)
May 22: New York (TBD)
May 25: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion; KYLD The Bomb Veinte)
May 27: Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)
May 30: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
June 2: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
June 4: Toms River, N.J. (Ritacco Center)