Sade, the singer whose soft-and-sultry style represents an artful brand of mellow, is on tour with her band for the first time since 2001. Her album from last year, "Soldier of Love," was greeted as a welcome return.
It looks like Sade will end her tour in Norfolk, which should make this rare appearance even more special. On the other hand, Scope's often problematic acoustics could spell trouble for a performer who's music relies on subtlety and nuance.
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 22, from Scope box office and Ticketmaster. Prices are $71.30 to $147.70.
The other show announced recently is from Virginia's own Jason Mraz, the pop singer whose unpretentious, good-natured tunes have earned him fans by the thousands. His hits include "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," "I'm Yours" and "Lucky."
Mraz hails from Mechanicsville, so his show at nTelos Pavilion at Harbor Center in Portsmouth Sept. 25 will be, in a sense, a homecoming.
Tickets to that concert also go on sale, Friday, July 22. According to Ticketmaster, tickets are priced $47.40 to $56.60.
Keep reading to see press releases about both shows.
Sade’s First Tour In A Decade, Featuring John Legend,
To Hit North American Cities This Summer
Norfolk Scope Arena
September 12 – 8:00 PM
NORFOLK, VA - Sade made her return to U.S. shores June 16th when she opened her 54-date North American tour with a jubilant, sold-out performance at Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena. Her first tour in over a decade, the 120-minute set featured all of Sade’s best known songs, including their recent Grammy-winning hit, “Soldier of Love.”
Directed by longtime collaborator Sophie Muller, and with production and lighting design by Baz Halpin, the tour is groundbreaking from a visual perspective. With a 23’ x 52’ high resolution LED screen behind the band, and enormous projection screens all around the stage, beautiful, larger than life images accompany the music which has made Sade one of the most adored and enduring live bands in the world. The result is a visually stunning setting in which to hear one of the world’s greatest bands on tour for the first time since 2001.
John Legend, the acclaimed singer, songwriter and pianist who is opening for Sade on all of the dates, treated fans to a long list of his well known songs.
The tour concludes at Norfolk Scope Arena on September 12th at 8:00 PM. Reserved seat tickets go on sale THIS Friday, July 22nd at 10am at the Norfolk Scope box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone 800-745-3000 or www.livenation.com. Ticket price to be announced.
Known for her one of a kind timeless sound, Sade has enjoyed phenomenal success both internationally and stateside throughout the span of her twenty-seven year career. Since the release of their debut album, Diamond Life, in 1984 the band has seen all five of their studio albums land in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart selling a total of more than 55 million albums worldwide to date. They’ve been nominated for American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and have won four Grammy Awards – first in 1986 for Best New Artist, then in 1994 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for “No Ordinary Love,” again in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Album with Lovers Rock and most recently in 2011 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for “Soldier Of Love.” The band also recently released The Ultimate Collection, a 28 track, 2-CD set of their best known songs.
Please check Sade.com, JohnLegend.com, Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com for more information.
Sade and John Legend Upcoming Summer Tour Dates:
July 22 New Orleans, New Orleans Arena
July 23 Houston, TX Toyota Center
July 26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
July 28 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
August 01 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
August 03 Detroit, MI The Palace at Auburn Hills
August 06 Chicago, IL United Center
August 07 Chicago, IL United Center
August 09 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
August 11 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
August 13 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
August 14 Seattle, WA Key Arena
August 15 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
August 17 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion
August 19 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
August 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
August 21 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
August 23 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
August 25 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
August 26 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
August 27 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
August 30 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
August 31 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Sept 03 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Arena
Sept 04 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
Sept 07 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Sept 10 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Sept 12 Norfolk, VA Scope Arena
COMES TO NTELOS WIRELESSPAVILION
Portsmouth,Va.– Jason Mraz comes to nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Sunday, Sept. 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concertbegins at 7:30 p.m.
Atlantic recordingartist Mraz announced plans for his special international tour, an extraordinary itinerary thatwill see the Grammy Award-winning tunesmith visiting North America, Europe,Asia, Africa, and Australia.Morethan just a concert tour, Mraz’ worldwide journey will see him celebrating music’s lasting power to inspire change and help others through global citizenship.
Themajority of the tour will find Mraz teaming up with his longtime friend,percussionist Noel “Toca” Rivera, for a series of acoustic dates celebrating thetenth anniversary of their independently released classic, “LIVE AT JAVAJOE’S.”The schedule gets underwaywith a performance at the Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE) benefitconcert slated for Aug. 7that the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View,California.Proceeds from the event – which featuresa star-studded line-up that includes Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Morello,Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Doobie Brothers, and many others – will goto support Japan disaster relief efforts and organizations worldwide working to promote safe, alternative,non-nuclear energy.
From there, Jason and Toca will head toKansas City,where they will perform at thisyear’s Farm Aid benefit concert, scheduled for August 13thatLivestrong SportingPark.
In September, Mraz and Rivera’s impromptutravels will begin in Morocco, and will take them throughoutEurope, where they will immerse themselves in localculture, seeking unique performance spaces and treasured surf spots.Their European tour will kick off inSouthwest France, where they will headline the inaugural Groundswell Festival, an eco-friendly surf and music festival being held in the Landes Region nearHossegor, the surf capital ofEurope.Following the festival, the duo willmake stops in Prague and Berlin.
November will see the duo performingspecial select shows at such iconic venues asAustralia’s Sydney Opera House andNew York’s CarnegieHall.The tour will conclude on Nov. 28thand 29thwith a pair of eagerly awaited, special, intimate shows atSpreckels Theatre in Mraz’s adopted hometown of San Diego.
Mrazwill also perform a number ofU.S.shows fronting his own SuperBand.For up-to-the-minute detailsand on-sale information, please visithttp://jasonmraz.com/index.php#/tour/.
Longknown for his many philanthropic activities, Mraz recently established the“Jason Mraz Foundation,” formed in order to help sustain a number of charitiesfor which he has been a dedicated and impassioned advocate.Among the organizations supported by the Jason Mraz Foundation are Free The Slaves (www.freetheslaves.net), dedicated to eradicating child slavery around the world; True Colors Fund (www.truecolorsfund.org), which promotes the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality; Surfrider Foundation (www.surfrider.org), dedicated to protecting our world’soceans, beaches, and waves; the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) (www.nrdc.org), whichworks to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environmentfor all life on earth; youth organizations VH1 Save the Music (www.vh1savethemusic.com) and Free the Children (www.freethechildren.com); the School of the PerformingArts in Richmond County (SPARC) (www.sparconline.com); and the health/rehabilitationcharities MusiCares (www.grammy.org/musicares) and Life Rolls On (www.liferollson.org).For additional information, please visitwww.jasonmraz.com.
What’s more, Mraz is featured in the acclaimed new documentary film,The Big Fix, filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell’s damning expose of last year’s Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.The film – for which Mraz also served as Associate Producer, as well as contributing a new song, “Collapsible Plans,”featured in the end credits – was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival with a special screening, and will be shown later this year in New York and Los Angeles.
Hailedas one of the modern era’s most gifted pop troubadours, Mraz has shared stageswith“Toca” Rivera for more than a decade.The two musicians first met back in2000, when Mraz was just making his mark on the San Diego coffee house scene. Enthralled by the young songwriter’s free-flowing lyrical mastery, Rivera invited Mraz to join the eponymous trio he fronted alongside his brother Carlos.The group hit the road, travellingCalifornia’s highways and byways together in abeat-up Winnebago, inspiring Mraz’s classic song, “Dream Life of RandMcNally. ”When Carlos decided totake time off, Jason and Toca continued to collaborate as a duo, earning acclaim and passionate audience responses wherever they performed. Mraz’s guitar and vocals matchbeautifully with Rivera’s intuitive djembe playing and the two maintain a long friendship and collaborative relationship, recording and touring together to this day.
“I dig the groove Toca lays down with his drum,” Mraz says, “and the delicate touch he finds on the harmonies. He's like every member of the Dave Matthews Band and Boyz II Men rolled up in one prize wind-up teddy bear designed to beat a drum.”
Mraz of course went on to become a worldwide superstar, a multi-talentedsinger/songwriter who made pop history with the sensational single, “I’mYours.”The track –featuredonJason’s RIAAplatinum-certified album, “WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.” – was amomentous #1 smash, earning ASCAP’s 2010 “Song of the Year” award while alsosetting the record forthelongest-running song in the 51-year history of Billboard’s “Hot100.”
Ticketsgo on sale through all Ticketmaster outlets, including onlinewww.ticketmaster.com and by phone (800.745.3000) at 10a.m., Friday, July 22.Orchestra and Gold Circle tickets are $43.75, and general admission lawn seats are $35.75, including service and facility fees.Thereis a $3 discount with military ID.Present your AAA Membership Card at the nTelos Wireless Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet and receive $3 off Gold Circle & lawn tickets. Discounts cannot be combined. Children 12 and younger are free on thelawn with a paid adult admission.