Esperanza Spalding Announces Tour of the Americas

Fans of the jazzy, modern-day Joni Mitchell rejoice! Earlier this year, Esperanza Spalding released the awesome new album Emily’s D+Evolution, which has already garnered critical acclaim and made it onto Vulture’s Best Albums of 2016 so far. Now, Pitchfork reports, the singer will be touring both North and South America to promote her new music.

Find her North American tour dates below, and get tickets here:

08-13 Richmond, VA – Richmond Jazz Festival
09-03 High Point, NC – John Coltrane Int Jazz & Blues Festival
09-16 Santiago, Chile – Teatro Cariola
09-18 Lima, Peru – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
09-19 Bogota, Colombia – Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo
09-21 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Cine Joia
09-23 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Teatro Gran Rivadavia
09-29 Augusta, GA – Westobou Festival
09-30 Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre
10-01 Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
10-02 Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
10-05 Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater
10-07 Pittsburgh, PA – August Wilson Center for African American Culture
10-08 Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center
10-09 Annapolis, MD – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
10-11 Wilmington, DE – World Café Live at The Queen
10-14 Burlington, VT – Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10-16 Ithaca, NY – State Theater
10-18 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
10-20 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
10-21 Louisville, KY – Bomhard Theater
10-23 Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
10-24 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
10-25 Iowa City, IA – Englert Civic Theater
10-27 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10-28 Eau Claire, WI – Eau Claire Regional Arts Center & State Theatre
10-30 Madison, WI – Shannon Hall

Listen to Spalding’s “One,” off of her latest record, below.

Esperanza Spalding Invokes the Wrath of Bieber Fans

Remember when Justin Bieber tweeted a photo of himself snuggling up to Kim Kardashian and jokingly referred to her as his girlfriend? Remember when his hormonal throng of teenage fans immediately began sending death threats to the voluptuous reality TV star? Well, Kim K. is off the hook — now it’s Esperanza Spalding’s turn to take the heat. When the relatively unknown jazz singer nabbed the prize for Best New Artist at last night’s Grammy Awards, outraged Beliebers scrambled to their computers to deface her Wikipedia entry.

Spalding’s page was updated to reflect her new status as a Grammy Award-winner, but it was also marred with taunts from irate Bieber fans, who weren’t pleased that the teen sensation was passed up for the award (along with Drake, Mumford & Sons, and Florence and the Machine). Spalding’s middle name was replaced with “Justin” and “Quesadilla” and added to her bio were a few angry messages, some of which read: “Justin Bieber deserved it go die in a hole. Who the heck are you anyway?” and “Biber 4 Lyfe.”

All of the new additions were erased by Monday morning, and MTV confirms that a courteous Bieber did shake hands and congratulate the jazz singer backstage last night. If Esperanza Spalding was hoping to expand her fan base, that didn’t exactly happen, but there are at least a couple hundred thousand teenage girls who won’t forget her name anytime soon.

Morning Links: Lady Gaga Wears Egg to Grammys, Charlie Sheen’s Porn Star GF Is Pregnant

● After the jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding beat out Justin Bieber for Best New Artist, someone took to her Wikipedia page for vengeance: we don’t know much about the new Grammy-winner, but it seems unlikely that her middle name is “Quesadilla.” [Gawker] ● The Health Department is taking a close look at the Playboy Mansion after 100 party attendees came down with a respiratory infection. The fog machine is being cited as a possible cause of the outbreak, but there’s really no saying what’s to blame. [NYDN] ● In case you hadn’t yet noticed, Lady Gaga arrived to last night’s Grammy’s encapsulated in an egg. [Hollywood Reporter]

● Porn-star Kasey Jordan texted Charlie Sheen that she was pregnant, but, “I don’t believe it’s yours, but I’m going to Oregon to take care of the situation.” Looks like Charlie Sheen’s porn-star family dreams won’t include any little ones just yet. [TMZ] ● Superbowl seating arrangements painted an interesting portrait of America, with Ashton Kutcher sitting just over ex-President George W. Bush’s shoulder. Kutcher wasn’t really feeling the love, though: “He just was not very nice to me. He just kind of snubbed me a little bit.” [HuffPost] ● James Franco previewed his musical career this weekend, debuting “I Love You,” a duet with partener-in-crime Kalup Linzy, for the audience at Cynthia Rowley. An initial listen ranks Franco’s musical career somewhere behind his acting but ahead of his fiction writing. See you at next year’s Grammy’s, boys. [NYM]

Minorities & Michael Chabon: The White House’s First Poetry Slam

With Bush’s legacy looking to be preserved solely by wrinkled suits and a general disdain for smarts, it’s a relief that his successor’s looking to mint his rep on literacy and innovation. Apologies to the Bill O’Reilly set, then. And if a White House-hosted potluck of multi-talented literati can get a generation of Americans to re-examine their issues with the they’re/their/there conundrum, or at least encourage them to crack open something other than Twilight or Harry Potter, it can only be a good thing.

Luckily, such an event happened Tuesday night — and was streamed online. But you probably missed it because you were out cavorting with drag queens, infidel. Not to worry, a terse summary of the shindig, which The New York Times tactfully points out, consisted of “performers [who] were either members of minorities or married to the author Michael Chabon or Michael Chabon himself,” follows.

Performers who were members of minorities: James Earl Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mayda del Valle, Eric Lewis, Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Joshua Bennett, and Esperanza Spalding who performed a Lauryn Hill song that unfortunately was not “Doo Wop (That Thing)”.

Performers who were married to author Michael Chabon: Lollie Groth Ayelet Waldman.

Performers who were Michael Chabon: Michael Chabon.
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