Vandross, Levert Lead 'Summer Soul' Charge
Luther Vandross, Angie Stone, Gerald Levert, and Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams are hitting the road together on the Burger King-sponsored BK Got Music Summer Soul Tour, a 19-date run of amphitheLuther Vandross, Angie Stone, Gerald Levert, and Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams are hitting the road together on the Burger King-sponsored BK Got Music Summer Soul Tour, a 19-date run of amphitheater shows kicking off Thursday (Aug. 15) at Boston's FleetBoston Pavilion.
The outing pairs two representatives of soul's more experienced class -- Levert and Vandross -- with two of the genre's current stars in Williams and Stone. The trek will be Williams' first without her Destiny's Child bandmates, as she supports her gospel-inspired solo album "Heart to Yours" (Music World/Columbia), which was released in May and reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums tally.
The tour will travel up and down the East Coast through early September before cutting across the U.S. and winding down with a Sept. 22 date in Concord, Calif. Tickets, ranging from $25 to $100, are on sale via Ticketmaster.
Levert is out in advance of his upcoming Elektra album, "G Spot," due Sept. 24. First single "Funny" is No. 67 in its second week on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Stone's second album, "Mahogany Soul" (J), debuted at No. 22 on The Billboard 200 last November. Vandross' self-titled J debut was released last year.
Here are the Summer Soul Tour dates:
Aug. 15: Boston (FleetBoston Pavilion)
Aug. 17: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Aug. 18: Atlanta (Chastain Park Amphitheatre)
Aug. 23: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 24: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Aug. 25: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
Aug. 30: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek)
Aug. 31: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Sept. 1: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Sept. 6: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)
Sept. 7: Holmdel, N.J. (P.N.C. Bank Arts Center)
Sept. 8: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
Sept. 13: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Centre)
Sept. 14: Kansas City, Mo. (Starlight Theatre)
Sept. 15: St. Louis (Savvis Center)
Sept. 17: Cleveland (Nautica Stage)
Sept. 20: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Events Center)
Sept. 21: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Sept. 22: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion)