IMGoing is pleased to announce ERYKAH BADU with special guest Westside Gun, are coming to the Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion Wednesday, September 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale
IMGoing is pleased to announce ERYKAH BADU with special guest Westside Gun, are coming to the Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion Wednesday, September 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 23, at 10 a.m. Tickets are also available at the Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion box office or www.ticketmaster.com
In 1997, following the release of her landmark debut album “Baduizm,” Erykah Badu was dubbed the “Queen of Neo-Soul” in the press. It was a fine enough title at the time; neo-soul was a nascent subgenre and journalists were trying to grapple with this new sound. But Badu was never just that and was never meant to rule one thing. A forward-thinking creator, she was a gentle spirit and a badass, a multifaceted mix of tender R&B and old-school funk. So the title “Queen of Neo-Soul,” as regal as it sounds, could never capture Badu’s true depth — and 23 years later, she’s still defying the term.
The plan was to spend 2020 performing but the appearance of Covid of course canceled all tours for the foreseeable future. Never one to wait it out, Badu quickly pivoted and can now add the label “tech visionary” to all the other ones that have been applied to her in years past. She entered the tech space to create the ambitious “Quarantine Concert Series: The Apocalypse” which married technology with Badu’s creative vision to give users an unmatched, first-of-its-kind, intimate, and interactive streaming experience that maintains the integrity of her live shows. She charged fans just $1 to $3 to access a show that would normally have been $80 – $500 at a concert hall. “I didn’t want to just put a phone on a tripod. That only feeds me,” Badu recalls, thinking of her band and crew. “I needed to figure out something that feeds all of us and I wanted the experience to have the integrity of my live show. I want to support an ecosystem that keeps musicians going.” Of the series, Badu told New York Times in Sunday’s Arts & Leisure cover story, she planned on sharing her newfound technical prowess and platform once she made all the mistakes first. From musician to tech CEO to music supervisor to mother, Badu continues to defy expectations and never stops creating and innovating. Be it music, fashion, or technology, she’s always been ahead of the curve. learning, reflecting, growing — peacefully thinking about the next steps in her storied career.
(Wednesday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion
16 Crawford Circle