His soulful, beautiful sound has captured the hearts of fans everywhere, and now singer/songwriter Maxwell is bringing his talents to Indianapolis this summer! Amber had a chance to chat with Maxwell about the tour and how his music has changed and developed over the years.
Maxwell local date: *** Mon June 12 Indianapolis, IN Butler University Clowes Memorial Hall***
Maxwell will embark on a headlining arena tour kicking off at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on May 23. Ledisi will open for Maxwell with Leela James to play on select dates. Common has been confirmed for Nashville and Greenville to kick off the tour.
Recently TIDAL exclusively debuted the Philip Andelman-directed music video for “Gods,” the “sparkling” (Pitchfork) cut from Maxwell’s recent album ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ (Columbia). Shot in various Los Angeles locations, Maxwell says “inspiration stemmed from having an experience of sort of seeing the spiritual parallel universe–that which can’t be seen. Art is subjective, visions evolve and I want fans to interpret the video on their own. I hope they enjoy it.” Watch the video here: http://tidal.com/us/maxwell
Maxwell has had a busy past 12 months. In July, he released his much-anticipated ‘blackSUMMERS’night,’ the second installment of his musical trilogy encompassing his 20+ year career.
The album garnered praise from Rolling Stone, SPIN, Complex, NPR and more, and the album earned him his third-Grammy (Best R&B Song for “Lake By The Ocean”), an NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Male Artist), and a Soul Train Award (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist).
In November, Maxwell embarked on the co-headlining The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour with Mary J. Blige, which took him to arenas around the world. Maxwell kicked off 2017 by performing at the Women’s March on Washington D.C. in January, and this Summer he will be performing songs off ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ along with hits from his long-standing career.
MAXWELL CONCERT DATES
Tue May 23 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Wed May 24 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Fri May 26 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
Sat May 27 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans
Tue May 30 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
Thu June 1 North Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
Sat June 3 Baton Rouge, LA River Center Arena
Sun June 4 Chattanooga, TN Soldiers & Sailors Memorial
Tue June 6 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
Thu June 8 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Sat June 10 Nassau, NY Nassau Coliseum
Mon June 12 Indianapolis, IN Butler University Clowes Memorial
Tue June 13 Southaven, MS Landers Center
Thu June 15 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
Fri June 16 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Sat June 17 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
Tue June 20 Kent, WA ShoWare Center
Thu June 22 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Fri June 23 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Arena
ABOUT: Maxwell has artfully managed to transfix music lovers for more than two decades, releasing 4 studio albums, all in his own time – all duly anointed as classics. Now, the Brooklyn-born soul legend returns with his 5th album, BlackSUMMERS’night, the long-awaited second installment of his trailblazing trilogy, a powerful reminder that great music really is about more than moving the twitter needle.
Maxwell’s reentry into the pop orbit straddles but never strains the fertile groundwork he’s already laid as an R&B/soul pioneer. His seminal 1996 debut album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, which the New York Times credited for ‘turning away gangsta’ machismo to reclaim the utopian spirit of 70s soul…’has been enthusiastically re-celebrated recently in an avalanche of commemorative articles marking the 20th anniversary of the genre spawning debut. His last album, 2009’s #1 debuting, Grammy-winning BLACKsummers’night and its signature single “Pretty Wings,” (which owned the top spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart for 4 and a half months) tamped down Chapter 1 of the sensual, pathfinding trilogy. The album landed on most critics’ Year’s Best lists and snared 2 Grammys, with Rolling Stone praising it as an ‘album about love, not sex, for grown-ups who know the difference.’
The ambitious follow-up reaffirms Maxwell’s commitment to further the musical crossroads, even as he acknowledges his own reluctance to willingly let go of his own creations: “I knew the new album was good, that it was done – but they still had to tear it from my hands to get it out,” he says. Most revealingly, he admits to arriving at a ‘good place’ at 43 years of age, equipped with a keener sense of proportion about the seductive mystique he has come to represent.
Maxwell on the Web: http://www.musze.com/