Hip-hop legends, Lauryn Hill and Nas, have come together for a joint tour traveling across the U.S., dubbed “PowerNomics”.
The 17-city tour kicks off on September 7th in Chicago, before traveling to Boston, Miami, Houston, San Diego and Los Angeles, with the final date on October 11th in Vancouver, BC.
Comedian Dave Chappelle will join the pair in Detroit on September 8th, while Nick Grant, Fefe, and DJ Lakim have been added to select dates, as well as special guests Hannibal Buress and Chronixx.
The tour itself is inspired by the title of Dr. Claud Anderson’s book, PowerNomics, which breaks down a plan to produce economic enfranchisement for the African-American community in America. In the spirit of the original idea, Hill and Nas will be raising funds in support of education, health, agriculture, technology, and community-based businesses, with donations made from ticket sales to support various initiatives worldwide.
“My interests have always centered around encouraging empowerment, and focusing on ways to help heal, repair, educate and promote enfranchisement to the disenfranchised,” Hill said. “I’m excited to share this platform for community, creativity, and progress, helping to expose, educate, and magnify the beauty of cultural amalgamation.”
“PowerNomics Tour is our way of being a part of the solution,” adds Nas. “We are here to lend a hand where it is needed and hopefully to inspire. I’m a part of a mission to help build a more diverse tech industry and to encourage my people to see beyond what they believe is in their reach. Music is spiritual, and we are a musical people, so what better way to contribute to our situation than to bring some spirituality. It is an honor to be on this tour with MLH, and what better time than now, in the midst of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey as well as the dire situation of many African-American communities.”
Tickets for Lauryn Hill and Nas’ “PowerNomics Tour” are available at Live Nation. And, Dr. Claud Anderson’s PowerNomics: The National Plan To Empower Black Americabook is available now at Amazon.com.
9/7 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (^&#)
9/8 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill (%^&#)
9/10 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage (^&#)
9/12 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (^&#)
9/14 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion (+&#)
9/15 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live (+&#)
9/20 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater (^&)
9/22 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater (+&@)
9/23 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place (^&@)
9/27 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land (^&@)
9/28 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory (^&)
9/30 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater (^&@)
10/3 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU (+&)
10/5 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl (+&@)
10/7 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre (+&@)
10/10 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater (+&@)
10/11 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum (^&@)
%with Dave Chappelle
+with Hannibal Buress and Chronixx
@with Nick Grant