John Legend, the nine-time Grammy winner and piano-playing pal of Kanye West, will perform at The Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News on June 7, concert promoters announced today. Tickets go on sale to the general public 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3.
Last year, Legend released "Love in the Future," an album of tunes crafted with help from Q-Tip, Doc McKinney and Dave Tozer among other producers. The record is up for Best R&B Album honors at Sunday's Grammy awards.
The tour which begins March 20 in California and ends here in Newport News. Legend will perform in an acoustic setting with backing from a guitarist and a string quartet.
Here's a news release about what presumably will be Legend's first performance in Newport News.
JOHN LEGEND ANNOUNCES 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
“AN EVENING WITH JOHN LEGEND: THE ALL OF ME TOUR”
Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts tour date:
June 7, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Exclusive Pre-Sale for Citi Card members Begins January 28;
Ferguson Center for the Arts General Public On-sale Begins
February 3, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Newport News, VA (January 24, 2014) Nine-time Grammy Award winning artist John Legend has announced dates for his 2014 North American tour titled “An Evening with John Legend: The All of Me Tour.” The tour which begins March 20 in Temecula, CA and goes through early June will feature John in an intimate and acoustic setting, highlighted by guitar/vocal accompaniment as well as a string quartet.
Citi card members have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 28 at 10 a.m. local time; for more information on how to purchase tickets with a Citi credit card in advance of the public sale, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets on-sale to the general public begins on Monday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m.; visit johnlegend.com for more complete event and purchase information. Ticket prices are: $99/$84/$74/$59.
The tour comes in support of Legend’s highly acclaimed fourth studio album Love In the Future which continues to gain momentum on the Billboard 200 Chart and currently sits in the top 10 on the R&B Album Chart. Produced by Legend and longtime collaborators Kanye West and Dave Tozer, the albums smash single “All of Me,” was recently certified Gold sales status.
“Seeing John Legend live is an incredible experience, whether you’re in a theater or an intimate setting like the performance we’re hosting in New York next week,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing for Citi. “We have tremendous respect for John as an artist, and are thrilled to be working with him on this upcoming tour.”
Citi is offering card members this exclusive presale as part of the Citi Private Pass entertainment program, which provides access to more than 10,000 events each year across music, sports, dining, comedy and family entertainment. These experiences range from preferred tickets and early access to top concert tours and sporting events to curated special events such as youth clinics with sports heroes, and VIP concert experiences including pre-show performances and Q&A. More information can be found on www.citiprivatepass.com. For more information on how to purchase tickets in advance of the public with a Citi credit card, for more info.
“An Evening with John Legend: The All of Me Tour…” Tour Dates
Thu-Mar 20 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino - Indoor Theater
Sat-Mar 22 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Hotel & Casino
Sun-Mar 23 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
Wed-Mar 26 Los Angeles, CA Walt Disney Concert Hall
Thu-Mar 27 Las Vegas, NV Smith Center for the Performing Arts-Reynolds Hall
Sat-Mar 29 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts
Sun-Mar 30 Berkeley, CA Zellerbach Hall
Tue-Apr 01 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center For the Arts
Wed-Apr 02 Costa Mesa, CA Segerstrom Center for the Arts-Renee & Henry
Segerstrom Concert Hall
Fri-Apr 04 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center - Ikeda Theatre
Sat-Apr 05 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Resort & Casino - Showroom
Mon-Apr 07 Beaver Creek, CO Vilar Performing Arts Center
Wed-Apr 09 Chicago, IL Cadillac Palace Theater
Thu-Apr 10 Elizabeth, IN Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana – Showroom
Sat-Apr 12 Greenville, SC Peace Concert Hall
Sun-Apr 13 Charlotte, NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center - Belk Theater
Tue-Apr 15 N. Charleston, SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Wed-Apr 16 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium
Fri-Apr 18 Birmingham, AL Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center - Jemison
Sat-Apr 19 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
Tue-Apr 22 Ft Lauderdale, FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts - AuRene Theater
Fri-Apr 25 Bon Accord Village Tobago Jazz Experience
Sun-Apr 27 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Mon-Apr 28 Melbourne, FL King Center For the Performing Arts
Wed-Apr 30 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
Thu-May 01 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre
Sun-May 04 Houston, TX Cullen Performance Hall – University of Houston
Tue-May 06 Omaha, NE Holland Performing Arts Center
Wed-May 07 Kansas City, MO Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Fri-May 09 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre-Murat Theatre
Sat-May 10 Kalamazoo, MI Chenery Auditorium
Mon-May 12 Kichener, ON Centre In The Square
Tue-May 13 York, PA Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
Thu-May 15 Westbury, NY Theatre At Westsbury
Fri-May 16 Schenectady, NY Proctor’s Theatre
Sun-May 18 Poughkeepsie, NY Bardavon
Tue-May 20 Philadelphia, PA Verizon Hall
Sat-May 24 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Sun-May 25 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Tue-May 27 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Sat-May 31 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Academy Of Music
Mon-Jun 02 Worcester, MA Hanover Theater For The Performing Arts
Thu-Jun 05 Wilkes Barre, PA Kirby Center For The Performing Arts
Fri-Jun 06 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sat-Jun 07 Newport News, VA Ferguson Center For The Arts
About John Legend:
Ohio-born John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. He’s sold an impressive seven million albums worldwide. His work has garnered him nine Grammy Awards, three Soul Train Awards, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania where he studied English and African-American literature, Legend participated in a wide range of musical activities while in college. During the same period, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill, who hired him to play piano on her track "Everything Is Everything," and shortly thereafter he began to play shows around the Philadelphia area, eventually expanding his audience base to New York, Boston, Atlanta and Washington D.C. After college, Legend was introduced to then up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West, who quickly signed Legend to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint and hired him to sing vocal hooks on some of his music. Legend started gaining momentum through a series of similar collaborations with established artists, adding vocals to an impressive list of chart-topping hits including West's "All of the Lights," Jay-Z's "Encore" and back-up vocals on Alicia Keys' 2003 song, "You Don't Know My Name." Legend’s debut album, Get Lifted, was released in December of 2004 through Columbia Records. The critically acclaimed album spawned the artist's first hit single, “Ordinary People,” and scored Legend multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The follow up was 2006’s platinum-selling Once Again, which brought Legend another Grammy, Best Male R&B Performance, for his single “Heaven,” and included collaborations with Kanye West, will.i.am and Raphael Saadiq. Legend’s next release was 2008’s Evolver, led by the hit single "Green Light" featuring Andre 3000. Legend's most recent effort was his 2010 collaboration with the Roots, Wake Up, which won the Grammy for Best R&B Album a year later.
Throughout his career, John has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign (ShowMeCampaign.org), an initiative that focuses on education as a key to break the cycle of poverty. The 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare and the 2011 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recognize Legend's efforts and leadership in this arena. John sits on the boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board.