The Sugar Water Festival brings together three of the most dynamic personalities in music today, offering a unique mix of Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B and Rap in a festival atmosphere.
"The Sugar Water Festival is much more than a concert tour," said Badu. "It's about educating, enlightening and entertaining. Queen, Jill and I are all committed to tapping into the communities we play -- to raise awareness, in a positive way, of what we can all do create a better world."
Badu, who is currently at work on her latest album, is a four-time Grammy winner, an accomplished actress (Cider House Rules, House of D), acclaimed writer/producer and celebrated community activist. Her debut album, Baduizm, went five-times platinum, and her debut single, "On and On," hit Number One on the Billboard R&B chart.
Joining Badu is Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Queen Latifah, embarking on her first live tour in years. The accomplished singer, actress and entrepreneur made her mark as a solo rapper in the early 90s before taking on a wide range of television and film roles, earning Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations. Her critically-acclaimed 2004 release, The Dana Owens Album, marked a major turning point in her career, revealing a subtle and sophisticated artist through a collection of jazz standards.
"I'm excited to be performing live again," Queen said, "not only to connect with the audience, but also to connect with communities across the country. The Sugar Water Festival will showcase strong female voices who want to see their art inspire social change."
Rounding out the slate of featured performers is poet, actress and singer Jill Scott, whose song "Cross My Mind" won the 2005 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and whose dramatic turn in the Showtime original film, Cavedweller, earned a 2005 NAMIC Vision Award nomination.
Acclaimed female poetry/soul duo Floetry will open the shows. The British natives, now based in Philadelphia, are renowned songwriters and veterans of Badu's Worldwide Underground Tour. They are currently at work on their next album.
The Sugar Water Festival is sponsored by Curvation and Pizza Hut, along with CoverGirl -- who will have a presence at 13 of the 20 shows for their on-site brand experience Celebrate the Queen in You!
Concertgoers will receive free makeovers from trained CoverGirl beauty experts using CG eyes, lips, and/or face products, in addition to a free CoverGirl-branded makeup bag and free digital beauty photos taken to remember their Sugar Water experience. More information is available at www.celebratethequeeninyou.com.
Full Listing of Sugar Water Festival Tour Dates Friday, July 8 Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach, VA Amphitheater Saturday, July 9 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD Tuesday, July 12 Jones Beach Amphitheater Wantagh, NY Wednesday, July 13 Bank of America Pavilion Boston, MA Friday, July 15 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ Saturday, July 16 Tweeter Center Camden, NJ Sunday, July 17 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT Thursday, July 21 Chastain Park Atlanta, GA Friday, July 22 Chastain Park Atlanta, GA Saturday, July 23 Verizon Wireless Charlotte, NC Amphitheater Tuesday, July 26 DTE Energy Center Detroit, MI Wednesday, July 27 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Canada Friday, July 29 Lakefront Pavilion at Chicago, IL Northerly Island Saturday, July 30 Germaine Amphitheater Columbus, OH Sunday, July 31 UMB Bank Pavilion St. Louis, MO Tuesday, August 2 Fiddler's Green Amphitheater Denver, CO Thursday, August 4 Chronicle Pavilion at Concord, CA Concord Saturday, August 6 Mandalay Bay Arena Las Vegas, NV Tuesday, August 9 Greek Theater Los Angeles, CA Wednesday, August 10 Greek Theater Los Angeles, CA
Formed in 2005, Sugar Water Festival, LLC, owned by Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah & Jill Scott, operates the Sugar Water Festival multi-city tour in the United States and will expand into Europe & Asia in 2006.